Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday farmhouse in Monchique region - Quinta da Relva
Romantic retreat, available all year, in the real Portugal
Approached through woodland, nestling in a valley which enjoys stunning views of foothills and coast, the house bursts with charm. Retaining many of its original features, carefully restored and enjoyed by the owners over 25 years, there is everything here for the complete natural healthy holiday; organic food is almost impossible to avoid, water is from our underground spring. No light at night in the valley apart from the moon and the stars, no sound but the wildlife. These mountains are Algarve's best kept secret. The house is a typical quinta surrounded by fertile farmland. Footpaths lead from the house into the forests & foot hills. This is a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. At the far side of the mountain eagles circle overhead and there are views as far as Lisbon over a vast expanse of foothills There is another world here. People have lived and farmed here all their lives. The landscape is strange and beautiful. Sunset best viewed with a bottle of wine.
At Home : Always very popular with honeymooners and families with children who enjoy the opportunity to spend days at home by the pool and exploring the garden It is home to us and our children, so there are boxes of toys and books. There is a dining area outside the kitchen with a granite table and barbecue. The swimming pool and garden at the side of the house reached by a level path. This is particularly useful for people with small children as access to the area can be more easily monitored
Around the pool area are wooden sunbeds with mattresses, chairs and an umbrella. The pool is 5m x 10m, there are wide steps for easy access. The rest of the property is terraced with a variety of olive trees, fruit trees and wild flowers. There are stunning views from the higher terrace to the foothills and coast. You are welcome to help yourself to fruit from the trees.
Our nearest restaurant (our favourite) is 15min walk across the valley, a magical walk home by moonlight.
Real Portugal: This is authentic Portugal .Monchique is a small working town. There are few tourists: those who visit come for lunch and to gaze at the view. It has a good number of restaurants and bars, banks, food shops and a market. Produce has travelled metres rather than miles. Vegetarians ,vegans and omnivores are all delighted. There is an attractive square, a park and indoor swimming pool and craft shops. Staying in Monchique is a very different experience from life on the coast. The pace is slow and you will feel you have stepped back in time. Walking the footpaths around the town you will see a forgotten culture. You are likely to be included in whatever festivities are taking place, be it an event at the church, a pig roast or music in the square. There are weekly and monthly markets and a horse fair. It is possible to use the house as part of a larger group and the owner can make arrangements for other houses in the area. Special interest holidays can be arranged by the owner.
Christmas, New Year and Easter: Chance to refresh your spirit. Christmas in Monchique is very simple. Festivities only begin a few days before. Celebrations take place at home and at the church. Christmas trees are in all the restaurants and houses.
If you wish to have a simple Christmas Quinta da Relva is perfect. You can cut your own fir tree from the grounds and decorate the house with orange branches, light an enormous log fire and enjoy the smell of eucalyptus. and wood smoke. The weather can be bright and sunny and warm in the day but cold at night So bring warm clothes. At New year it is possible to go to the coast for the celebrations, or sit on the terrace and watch the firework display, then a New Years Day walk on the west beaches. Easter in Monchique is celebrated at the church and with a procession in the town, flowers decorate the pavements. This is the best time for walking in the forests, mountains and coast. Wild flowers are everywhere. The weather can do anything however, so come prepared.
- Events Allowed
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- Low Allergen Environment
- children welcome
- pets considered
- smoking allowed
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- wheelchair accessible
About Diana Hudson
We are a family of four and we live in Dorking in Surrey.
Our children have been coming here since they were born . Now 22 and 17 and still come with us twice a year bringing their friends with them . They love the sense of belonging here and have their own places to go and people to see . Daughter has been arranging her wedding here since she was about 5 !
We are all in the creative world and this place is our inspiration. . In the last 3 years I have been arranging exchanges with young people between Monchique and Brighton as we are very aware of the difficulties unemployment brings to a rural community , so we have had quite a few living with us in Dorking and they have become friends
Diana Hudson purchased this farmhouse in 1981
Why Diana Hudson chose Monchique region
A Portuguese friend introduced us to Monchique . We saw this place and it was love at first sight even though it was getting dark and raining at the time. It has taken us years to rescue it . We have lost track of the people who have described it as 'absolute heaven' in our guestbook. We wanted the real Portugal and we wanted to be part of the town, to shop locally and use local trades people. We were helped to renovate this house by a local builder who used the traditional methods (and the traditional very slow speed) The materials are all sourced locally We work on the garden whenever we are there . There terraces had been abandoned .when we bought it from the farmer as their had been a drought . We have kept a balance between a beautiful garden and and the wild mountain. Always something to explore
What makes this farmhouse unique
It is fairly unusual to be able to stay in a farmhouse rather than a 'villa'. According to our agents this is the most sought after house on the mountain . Some have stayed for as long as 4 months and some are just about to come for their 15th visit . This is a real much loved home and we are told it shows . Amalia our maid has also looked after this house for 22 years and shows no sign of stopping. The house has 'all mod cons' and is very comfortable.