1 double bedroom with twin beds & air-conditioning.
1 twin bedroom (can be used as a second double) with air conditoning.
2 bathrooms with shower., one en suite
Well equipped kitchen with dishwasher, and microwave, etc.
Lounge 2 sofas, dining room with with oval table for 8.
Separate laundry room.
Automatic gas heating throughout. Small fish pond below patio.
There are large patios at the front and side of the house with built-in barbecue and all rooms have beautiful views of the countryside and the sea. Woodburner for cooler winter evenings, as well as balanced-flu gas heaters in each room.
Nestling into the brow of the foothills of Sao Miguel with panoramic sea views, mature gardens and a large 60 square metre (10m x 5m) shared pool with the 2 other villas, this ancient paradise of farmhouses, amid rambling gardens, have been lovingly restored to retain their rustic Algarvean charm. At the same time each villa provides every modern amenity including a fully equipped kitchen, satellite TV. & Internet. We also provide 24 hour service when needed. Monte Velho (traditionally meaning an old community) offers an ideal retreat in the sun yet close to all amenities, bars and restaurants and the gorgeous sandy coastline with numerous unspoilt beaches.
I've been living in the Algarve since 1986 & have enjoyed having guests at Monte Velho ever since. Many of them return year after year, one charming family from Paris--now 24 times!
Myself & my family are always available to assist or give information. I was raised in the Hudson Valley, New York,. I lived and worked in California & Pakistan. Following those adventures I became a volunteer worker in Togo & Nigeria, where I met my late, Geordie husband & had my daughter. After spending 12 years in New York, we moved to Portugal & restored Monte Velho, the most rewarding work I have ever done! I am a member of the Archaeological Association.
I look forward to meeting you & introducing the delights of Monte Velho.& the Eastern Algarve
Mary Campbell purchased this villa in 1986
We bought our Eastern Algarve property because this is still a peaceful, rustic area with friendly people. And we have superb views of the Atlantic Ocean and the countryside. Our guests enjoy the many country and seaside walks, so near at hand. It is not remote, only 5 miles from the Atlantic Ocean and 2 miles from the friendly village of Moncarapacho. We enjoy a micro climate, no frost and little rain. The Eastern Algarve is Europe's best kept secret!
Peace and tranquility, a chance to totally unwind.
And the joy & thrill of discovering another world.
Scarborough: Thank you so much for such a lovely holiday. We were very comfortable in Casa Catarina & have very happy memories to think about during the winter months!
Kind regards, Kath, Frank, Jean and Bob.
You may make a "provisional" booking whilst you find flights.
25% to owner to confirm booking & the balance 6 weeks prior to arrival.. Please request bank details.
Saturday, but flexible when possible.
Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds. There is a discount for 2 people only, & for late availability and cancellations. The following attractive discounts are available to people renting more than one villa during the same time period (except 5 July - 30 August). 8% off if 2 properties are rented at the same time. 10% off if 3 properties. Dogs cost £25 each per/week.
WINTER RATES, from NOV - 3 APRIL: £490/month for Hélena & Catarina;
£580 for Maria. Gas heating throughout.
We stayed in Casa Catarina for 10 nights and we had a great time. I agree with everything the other reviews have said but, as I am a bit slow, I didn’t really know what well equipped really meant. Therefore I though I would list everything I liked and didn’t like about our stay.
The Villa really did have everything we needed – Hairdryer, towels (both hand, bath and beach), shampoo and soap, some tea and coffee, some really sharp knives (I’ve got the cut to prove it), washing machine and dish washer (with tables), spare shopping bags, loads of cutlery, plates, bowl etc. and allsorts of little extras – like charcoal for the BBQ. There was even a bowl of oranges and all 3 major food groups – Red, White and Beer – which was really nice welcome surprise.
The local town is a little too far to walk to.
The towel rail in the bathroom was too slippery.
Some of the knives were too sharp!
As you can see by my short and pedantic list of dislikes, it is hard to find fault. Mary and Bill where lovely hosts that really made our holiday special.
Have spent the last 8 winters there--need we say more ?
The 3 Villas are set in a rural tranquil setting amidst beautiful gardens around a 10 metre swimming pool. The Villa Catarina was well equipped, rustic, with 2 terraces placed for the daytime and evening sun with views down to the sea.
The owners live on site, and are available for advice and solving any problems promptly and efficiently.
Rates are cheaper than the western Algarve, which has more tourism than the eastern sector, where agriculture plays a larger role.
The coastal lagoons and Islands have great bird watching with Flamingoes, Spoonbills, and many other coastal birds with Storks nesting in many villages on roof tops etc. The downside is that the beaches are more difficult to access and not as attractive as in the Lagos area for example.
There are several good Restaurants in the nearby town of Moncarapacho, which I reviewed separately on TripAdvisor.
I highly recommend the Villa for those seeking a relaxing rural setting, comfort, but not luxury, and with good service plus an attractive price, particularly in low season.
We have just returned home after two wonderful months in Casa Helena, what a little bit of Paradise, fantastic villa, equipped with everything you could possibly need, and a kitchen that was better equipped than my own back home, very spacious villa, two large bedrooms, large Dining area cosy lounge, superb terrace with a view to die for, lovely pool area and stunning gardens, so relaxing, we could not have wished for better hosts than Mary & Bill who were always on hand with lots of information, we felt very much at home, and were extremely sad to leave, I would definitely recommend this fantastic place, Thank you Mary and Bill for making us so welcome, also Richard and Joan, not forgetting Marcia, we do miss her singing away with her earphones in while she was gardening, not sure she was even aware that we heard her, it truly is a home from home and we will definitely be back, hope Shay and Rex are behaving, we do miss their morning visits, Take care, best wishes to all, love David & Jessie xxx
I have been a regular guest at Monte Velho, Moncarapacho, Eastern Algarve, on an average of once a year since 1994, and my visits never disappoint! I have stayed in several of the Villas and each one is unique, combining traditional Portuguese décor with all the ‘mod cons’ of home with the added bonus of friendly Hosts nearby who will provide you with all the Tourist Information required.
Charming bougainvillaea framed terraces adjoin the Villas and capture the warm Algarve sunshine and views to the ocean. The pool is there for Summer days – swim or be lazy poolside or in a hammock under the trees. The charming Village of Moncarapacho is only a short drive away with cafés, restaurants and historic points of interest. Winter or Summer, I strongly recommend you enjoy the MonteVelho experience!
Special interest holidays:
The ancient town of Tavira is 20 mins east. And the Roman site Milreu is 10 mins. west, next to the Estoi Palace, recently refurbished, stunning. A drive north into the hills is well worth while, going through Sao Bras. Or drive east to the Guadiana River and on up to Alcoutim. Or cross over to Ayamonte, Spain by ferry or bridge. Kite sailing & SUP taught nearby at Fuzeta. Archaeological sites in Estoi, Tavira & Vilamoura. Markets: Monthly Sunday markets are in Moncarapacho, Estoi, Santa Catarina, Quelfes and Olhao. Cyclists will enjoy the cycle path along the Ria Formosa, extending across the Algarve. Fish Market: Olhao has the biggest selection in the Algarve (also a smaller local fish market). Ayamonte, Spain, is a 40 min. drive, crossing the Guadiana River by bridge or very cheap ferry. Birdwatching under the bridge or at nearby Fuzeta salt pans, or Ria Formosa Reserve to see storks, flamingos, spoonbills, etc. Kite surfing in Ria Formosa is safe & excellent.
There is easy access to the beautiful local beaches: Fuzeta & its island are our nearest beach & a frequent ferry takes you there in minutes. A little further east, Pedras Del Rei beach offers windsurfing & waterskiing with excellent sea food restaurants. Olhao is 5 miles south & offers boat rides along the Ria Formosa. Activities in the local community centre, Casa do Povo, includes, Scottish dancing, yoga, guitar lessons, Portuguese lessons & Sunday tea dances!
Airport 30 minutes (Faro). A car is essential in this area and car hire can be arranged on request. Seville is only 1 1/2 hrs drive east.
Moncarapacho is 2km east. The fishing port of Olhao is 8km south. Faro Airport is 30 mins away. Estoi, Roman Villa Rustico, Milreu, is 8km west. Tavira, the most picturesque town in the eastern Algarlve, is 20 mins drive east.
We are blessed with excellent local restaurants in Moncarapacho: Colibri, Antionio's, Pizza Love, Ana's, Cortico & many Snack Bars. Virtually everything can be bought here including PG Tips. Moncarapacho has a supermarket open 7 days til 8pm. Aldi, Lidl, Pingo Doce, Intermarché & Continente are 6 miles away in Olhao. Moncarpacho Museum is small but well worth a visit. Casa do Povo has dances every Thursday evening & Sunday afternoon, as well as yoga lessons, Portuguese lessons! The social life here is plentiful & informal.