The Quinta

Perched on a scented, terraced hillside above the unspoilt market town of Monchique, this typical quinta offers a quiet and and serene retreat for the discerning. Within its own 3 acre garden awash with flowers and fruit trees and an enticing pool, it is the perfect location for the complete healthy and relaxing holiday.
Guests can enjoy Quinta da Relva at any time of year. The big open fire and the endless supply of fragrant logs, a very long shelf of books and a selection of  board games are just what is needed after a day walking the footpaths from the house or exploring further afield. Enjoy the farmhouse kitchen, a delightful place to cook and eat some of the abundant produce. Alternatively, local restaurants offer traditional Portuguese dishes and a friendly atmosphere from a past age.

Traditional Portuguese farmhouse in stunning, tranquil location. Colourful gardens and inviting pool

These mountains are Algarve’s best kept secret. A different life is here. People have lived, farmed and passed their houses and land down through the generations.
Local people enjoy the occasional festival, the market and just getting together with family and friends. Monchique has few tourists and you will be made very welcome

Walking from the quinta to the back of the mountain there is a different life again. There are stunning views to the interior.

It is difficult to sample all the different kinds of local produce on a single stay. A trip to Aljezur market is a must combined with a visit to the beach, then home again to barbecue the fish.

Plenty to do for the active in and around Monchique – hiking, canoeing, cycling, beaches. We also recommend a visit to Silves a pretty historic town where you can visit museums and the castle or take a  fascinating boat trip down the wide river. If you prefer to just relax, spend your day by the pool in the garden, lush with dappled shade and fruit trees. Birdsong, trickling water and crickets are the only sounds.

Our visitors book says ‘Paradise’, ‘Heaven’. ‘The best holiday, anywhere, ever!’ and ‘How did all those stars get there?’

This is the complete healthy holiday. Organic food almost impossible to avoid. Produce travels metres not miles. Swim in spring water, lie in the garden eating fruit as it drops of the trees; drink wine from the local Adega.  Let us arrange a massage by the pool maybe.

Beachlife is 30-40 mins away in either a southerly or westerly direction. Chose from the south coast for small secluded coves and boat trips, spoting yachts in the marina. Go west, through foothills and forests for big antlantic beaches, the national park where you can spot dolphins and walk the cliff paths.

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pool jumping

A much loved comfortable family home, nestling in a valley with views across foothills to the sea

Accomodation

The main house sleeps 6

For larger groups we extend into 2 other houses in the valley within 5 -15 mins walk, equally as comfortable and well equipped, both with their own swimming pools.

The main house

3 bedrooms, I double and 2 twin or double.
The main bedroom has its own private roof terrace, ideal for lazy breakfasts and stargazing with a glass in hand.

The second room has views across the garden to the coast. There is a shared family bathroom with a full sized bath.

Downstairs is a cheerful snug bedroom looking onto the garden.There is a comfortable sitting room with big open fire and huge sofa, a hayloft reading area, large farmhouse kitchen, a downstairs shower and toilet and utility room. There is a lockable bike shed.

The private 3 acre garden is terraced and has both cultivated and wild garden areas and a variety of fruit trees trees. Around the house and pool are colourful flower beds and climbing plants. There is plenty of outside seating, sun beds and a hammock.

Amalia comes 3 times a week to take care of the house and garden and the pool is cleaned once a week. Our local English speaking managers are on hand every day.

What our Guests are saying

We had wonderful days in this beautiful mountain villa. The pool was too cold for swimming in this time of year, but we still had better weather than expected. From the house you can wonderful hiking. The south and west coast can be reached in about 30 minutes by car. Our favorite beach was that of Alvor, which is very child friendly. The most beautiful place for us was Lagos. Great lanes, great food and a harbor from which you can make good boat trips. In the evening our house offered us a barbecue and a large cozy fireplace. The housekeeping was very careful, keeping everything in order and not bothering at all. On foot, the restaurant "a Rampa" can be reached in 15 minutes. Good and very cheap food. Great service and excellent Frango Piri-Piri. All in all, we had wonderful days. Thanks Diana and hopefully see you soon. Sorry for my bad English. Andre Winkelheusener
I've been here twice now, once in winter and another time in June, and both times I have had the most incredible stay. My winter stay was with family, and was all that I wanted it to be - incredibly relaxed, plenty of places to explore nearby on foot and in the car (the wind farm on the top of the mountain is very impressive), and it was even warm enough to brave the pool! Coming to the house again the following summer I brought friends, so we had a chance to check out the local restaurants and bars (Monchique has a particularly good bar, along with a pool table and amazing decor), go to the nearby beaches, food markets and fairs (one in the local fire station), swim in the pool, have lovely sunny walks and of course have the obligatory daily cocktail hour in the garden.... A wonderful place, will definitely be back again. ***** 5 out of 5
Amanda W.
The first thing you notice as your arrive is the wonderful eucalyptus scented air that immediately feels calming - It just gets better from there on in. The farmhouse has a great home-from-home feeling and had everything we needed, including a great open fire for cooler evenings. The swimming pool and surrounding land offers complete privacy. One of the great advantages to the farm house for me was the location. Its tucked away on the side of the mountain yet actually you are only around 25 minutes from the coast and only 5 minutes approx. from the market town of Monchique. Due to its location its not affected by light pollution and as a result the night skies are stunning. I also had some of the best nights sleep of my life! Getting around is easy if you have a car, although I can recommend hiring bicycles (Rental available in Monchique) and exploring on two wheels or just take a walk in almost any direction for more of this fantastic area and literally hundreds of great views. A trip to the coast is easy and worth doing with a good choice of beaches well within 30 minutes driving, yet that said I found it hard to pull myself away from being in and around Monchique. Eating out is recommended with a surprising choice of great local restaurants, run by locals and frequented by locals and thats always a good sign. Its not possible to name them all but without doubt my favourite was A Rampa. It didn't look like much from the outside but the simple tasty cuisine and great atmosphere has meant I will never forget it. To summarise - In absolute terms this is a fantastic area to stay, particularly if you like a bit more than just dozing on a beach - You can of course do this too. It offers so many varying landscapes to explore, great community, real Portuguese cuisine, privacy and a feeling of well being. Its one of those places that you leave feeling very lucky to have discovered. Matthew Phillips ***** 5 out of 5
Matthew P.
My first visit to the Algarve was a far cry from what you'd normally expect from an Englishman abroad! Rather than endless rounds of golf punctuated by tourist-orientated surroundings, I felt I had not only had a relaxing holiday, but also had a thoroughly Portuguese experience. The town of Monchique itself, and the surrounding area, has a rustic and serene atmosphere, seemingly more at home in fiction than in reality! When wandering around town (normally to buy some pork from the local butchers or enjoy a casual drink in a cafe in our case!) you get the feeling you're experiencing the genuine side of being a tourist in Portugal. Those who aren't content with the standard package holiday, touristy, sort of holiday will be right at home in Monchique. The south coast is also only an hour's drive, so easily accessible As for the house itself, you'd ordinarily be forgiven for taking online descriptions of properties with a pinch of salt, but in this case you'd be making a huge mistake! The trip to the house is a series of small winding roads leading up a mountain absolutely heaving with all manner of plant-life, particularly eucalyptus. The location couldn't possibly be any more tucked away - it was entirely up to us whether we wanted to venture out of our bubble of relaxation, as opposed to being disturbed by other rowdy tourists! The entrance to the farmhouse itself is shaded by an impressive vine, which also provides the perfect lunch spot where you can sit at the table and gaze out towards the south coast. The pool is also a perfect spot to relax, both offering some shade to sit and read and also fresh, clean water to take a dip in. The interior seemed to me to be very faithful to the culture of the surrounding area - it felt somewhat like we were borrowing a local's family home and that they would be back to look after it in a couple of weeks! One difficulty I normally have in warm climates is feeling overheated at night, but because of its mountain location it tended to get cool enough in the evenings to sleep. Another thing that should be mentioned are the geckos, which can be a slight surprise at first, especially when you're used to holidaying in less rural areas. But in fact, I found they never really bother you and are actually really handy at keeping mosquitos, flies and all manner of bugs away from you in the evenings. After a couple of nights I learned that they're definitely friends, not foes! I couldn't have had a better holiday overall ***** 5 out of 5
Calum P.
Our holidays at Relva are like coming home! With sunny days spent exploring the lovely colourful garden, and surrounding pine, lavender and eucalyptus woodlands. The well maintained pool is a real delight, just the place to cool off after sunbathing. Drinks on the starlit terrace with its view down to the coast were another highlight. Chilly evenings gave the opportunity to light a roaring fire of scented logs in the attractive traditional galleried sitting room. Relva is in a secluded spot, but with the benifit of upgraded road tracks giving easy access to the delightful little town of Monchique, Foia mountain top and the unspoilt West Coast resorts it is in an ideal position. We love it so much that we have already booked for 2013. ***** 5 out of 5
Ron C.
5 friends and I spent a very relaxing and enjoyable few days in this idyllic farmhouse. The location and views were exactly as described and perfect for a complete 'getaway'. We hired a car for our trip and so were able to explore the surrounding area where we found plenty of places to visit including beautiful beaches, local markets and some lovely walks! We were lucky enough to be invited to a private view at a charming local art gallery and we found some super restaurants with both local and international cuisine. We were slightly unlucky with the weather during our visit but we still managed to make use of the lovely swimming pool and terraced area around the farmhouse during the day as well as the open fire in the delightful galleried living area during the evening. The owner provided excellent information, both before and during our visit and even managed to organise a local beauty therapist to come to the property and give us a massage after a particularly damp walk! I would definitely recommend this property to a friend or relative and would very much like to return there myself! Jane Shakeshaft ***** 5 out of 5
Jane S.
We have always visited Quinta da Relva in the summer months so this was a contrast to visit in the Spring and escape the vast snow in England.. Wisteria out, blossom trees blooming, oranges ready for picking at the side of the pool & the sound of the Cuckoo from the scented Pine forest. Quite chilly in the hills & what more could we want than a nice log fire in the evening after visiting "Rampa", the local restaurant for the best Chicken Piri Piri in Monchique! Although the weather was not at its best we managed to chase the sun, finding it on Alvor beach on the south coast & also our favourite deserted beach on the west coast (Amoreria) Amalia the maid was as cheerful as ever, keeping the house spotlessly clean and comfortable for the duration of our stay. We found the new Intermarche supermarket in Monchique very useful to stock up with food on our arrival. Restaurants Jardin das Oliveiras not too far away proved as good as ever and for the best sea food we visited Atlantida Restaurant on the edge of Alvor Beach, well worth the drive down the mountain. We will certainly visit this rustic, away from it all farmhouse again! ***** 5 out of 5
Denise H.
We've been before. And we'll be going again. Nicest house we've been to in Portugal. Freshly picked oranges for breakfast and 200 books to read. Couldn't recommend it more highly.
Loz H.
Very relaxing. Beautiful weather. The children built a hut from wood in the big garden. We liked going to the beaches at the West Coast. The view all the way to the Atlantic is amazing. We had a great week in Quinta del Relva.
Juliette P.
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