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Restored Cottage With Panoramic Views, Rural And Quiet

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cottage in Ourique, Alentejo, Central Portugal - Central For Visiting East/West Coasts, Mountains & Lakes 8713/AL

Welcome to our Monte. It is the ideal place to have some 'me' time. Get away from the pressures of modern life and step back 30 years. The self catering apartment forms part of the Monte which had been sympathetically restored with beams and feather board ceilings; thick walls that insulate, having a cooling effect in the summer whilst retaining the heat when the log burner is stoked up in the colder months. Open the triple paned french doors in the lounge and let in the sun. The other rooms have stable doors where you can watch the storks' nest. There is a private garden area at the back but you are welcome to wander.

.The Monte's garden area has been landscaped with the Mediterranean plants that flourish here. There are views over the rolling plains with the cork trees; the sound of the farm animals and wildlife; the beautiful sunsets; and blue skies.

More Details
Registration Number : 8713/AL

Richard & Jan Hams
Member since: 2006
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 August, 2018

Why Richard & Jan Hams chose Ourique

We loved that it is rural with great views but only 7 kms to Ourique with all the amenities and festas. Also it is very central for travel. It is even better now they have resurfaced the road to Ourique.

What makes this apartment unique

Peace - only the sounds of nature ideal for relaxation and recharging your batteries.

Guestbook comments from the owner

'Thank you from both of us for our lovely holiday in your sweet cottage. We enjoyed ourselves very much'

'Thank you for making us feel welcome. We really enjoyed our stay and will probably be asking to stay again'

'The house was impeccable, lovely wood burning stove to keep us warm... Thank you for your hospitality and your adorable little guest house' Christopher & Jacqueline

All other comments are on the owner's website.
Jun 2006
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Ourique, Portugal

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • lake
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
  • The accommodation has a bathroom with full size bath with overhead shower, wc, bidet and wash basin. A wall mounted fan heater. The ceiling is rustic with beams and feather board.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 Notes on bedrooms: The bedroom has a double bed, bedside tables & wardrobe. Heater plus electric blanket in the winter. It has a stable door with a retractable fly/mosquito door.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: There are fans available in the summer. The log burner for heating in the winter, but there are a variety of heaters if you do not want to light the fire. There is a fire extinguisher, fire blanket and smoke alarm. Outside: The Monte is surrounded by a gravel patio area with planted garden. There is a BBQ, outside garden furniture, and sun loungers. Every year we have a family of storks in our large olive tree. There is no pool because it is in an ecological area, but it is in a area ideal for bird watchers with hoopoes, great bustard, storks and many more. There is a Sports Center eight miles away which has 3 pools and cost about 1.80€ per person per day. There is a grassed area and loungers around the pool and a lifeguard. There is also a cafe on site if you aren't taking a picnic. The sun going down in the evening in a spectacular array of reds and pinks is beautiful with the sound of the birds and rural animals. Utility Room: There is a washing machine, , ironing board, clothes airer, available for use in the 'balloon house' (contains a container that pumps water up from the bore hole) which is an outside building close to the monte. Cleaning / Towels / Linen: Towels (excluding beach towels) and linen are provided. The property is cleaned at changeover of guests. Other: The dining room has pine furniture and a stable door with a retractable fly/mosquito door


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Restored Cottage With Panoramic Views, Rural And Quiet
average rating of 4.909091 based on 12 reviews

Peaceful countryside location

  • 5 of 5

Ideal for nature lovers. Close to LPN reserve for rare birds eg Bustards. Great accommodation and friendly helpful owners Richard and Jan

  • Review Submitted: 26-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments. It sounded like a bird watching success. Kind regards Jan & Richard
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Wonderful property, charming hosts

  • 5 of 5

We were greeted by Richard and Jan on arrival, and shown around their property, which was beautifully appointed, immaculate and very comfortable.

They had stocked up the cupboards with the basic needs for settling in, including washing up liquid and loo rolls....far above any other place we have stayed!

Richard advised us on the local amenities, markets etc., which was invaluable.

You definitely need a car both to get there from the airport, and to travel around. It is beautifully quiet and peaceful with all the countryside around you.

This was a great base to discover Portugal. It was our first visit to the country, and we took advantage of travelling to the coast, and finding little towns and villages dotted around.

We also took advantage of sampling the local cuisine! You have to sample the local black pork! Especially with clams which Rick Stein recently sampled in Lisbon. Ask Richard for direction to the little place he sent us to!!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Penelope. It makes it all worthwhile when we have good comments. Hope we see you both again in the future.
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It was clean, well presented and much cared for. Richard and Jan take pride in their homes

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely holiday and Richard and Jan were very supportive but never intrusive and in actual fact you rarely knew or remember that they were living next door. It was peaceful and so relaxing. We were very pleased with it all and would highly recommend this property to anybody if they want to be in the true Portugal but you will need a car but the cottage is not that far from most resorts if you have wheels and it was really nice to go to these 'hot spots' but then be able to get away and find some peace and quiet. Absolutely lovely.!!!!!!!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind comments. We are pleased you enjoyed your holiday at O Ninho. Hope you arrived home feeling refreshed,
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The most clean and well equipped little place we have ever stayed

  • 5 of 5

We had an excellent experience at O Ninho. Our family runs holiday cottages in the UK and so we usually find something that is missing or not up to standard when we stay away self catered but Richard and Jan's place was faultless; it had everything we needed, and more, was spotlessly clean and really well thought through. Richard and Jan were very accommodating, kindly loaning us BBQ supplies, forgiving us a broken piece of crockery and generally providing us with a great self catering, rural Portugese holiday experience. Thanks very much!! Chris & Claire

  • Review Submitted: 30-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a lovely review. Hope your move goes well and everything is ready in time for the new addition your family at Christmas. Jan & Richard
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A beautiful and peaceful vacation cottage

  • 5 of 5

Richard and Jan are wonderful people and wonderful hosts. We had one of the most restful vacations we have ever had at their cottage. The cottage is clean, new and has everything you need. It's location in the countryside is perfect...great views, no traffic or noise...only the birds singing. We were interested in exploring property and homes in the region and Richard and Jan were extremely helpful in providing information and showing us around. The village of Orique is not a big tourist town so it still has that quiet laid back charm you seldom find, but there are nice grocery stores and restaurants just 5-10 minutes away. We would re-book in a minute and recommend it to anyone looking for a place in south central Portugal.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. You're welcome anytime. It's lovely to know that you had a relaxing break. Good luck in whatever you choose to do. Jan & Richard
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Tolles Häuschen auf dem Lande

  • 5 of 5

Richard empfing uns sehr freundlich in seinem gepflegten Häuschen. Die Ausstattung lässt keine Wünsche offen und die ruhige Lage mit zwei Terrassen laden zur Entspannung ein. Ein idealer Ausgangspunkt für vielfältige Ausflüge und Unternehmungen. Wir haben uns rundum wohlgefühlt.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Danke für nette Worte. Ich freue mich, dass du deinen Aufenthalt genossen hast. Grüße Richard Thank you for kind words. I'm pleased you enjoyed your stay. Regards Richard
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Nearest Airport
99 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
7 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
60 Kilometres
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Funcheiro, Near Garvao
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Lisbon to Faro, Ourique Junction
Nearest Restaurant
7 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
60 Kilometres
South - Albufeira, West - Milfontes
Car: necessary


The scenic West coast is more relaxed and generally less commercialised than the South. The beaches mingle with the rugged cliffs. There are the safe sandy beaches, the ports for fishermen, the rolling waves for the surfers plus many restaurants/cafes for you to enjoy the local cuisine. The Algarve to the South is a more populated area with much history and beautiful beaches plus many themed restaurants and pubs. Enjoy coastal walks and swimming for some gentle exercise.


Air: many budget flights on offer by different operators dependent on which route you prefer. Car: there are an abundance of car hire companies that enable you to pick up and return your car to the airport. Sea: there are ferries to Santander in North Spain and also the French ferry ports if you are touring Europe.


Nearest vila: Ourique 7kms.

North: Castro Verde 14kms - mkt 1st Wed of mth. Beja 58kms - largest district town.

East: Almodovar 17kms - unusual metal artwork roundabouts. Mertola 56kms - castle on top and river runs through.

South West: Monchique 66kms - glorious views - go up to Foia.

South: Faro 103kms. Albufeira 82kms.

North West: Lisbon 191kms - train from Funcheiro (15kms).

East: Vila Nova de Milfontes 61kms - beautiful. Monte da Rocha (lake) 14kms.

Further Details:

Ourique the local town is 5 mins drive away and has orange tree lined streets and an observation point (miradouro) situated in the castle at the highest point showing outstanding 360 degree views. Vineyards: there are local vineyards if you wish to taste the local Alentejo wines which are becoming more popular worldwide. The brown road signs with ‘Adega’ will direct you. Gastronomy: there are many tasty cheeses to enjoy, some served with honey for starters with the homemade breads. The black pig ‘preto porco’ is an Alentejo speciality and the alfresco barbecued Chicken 'frango' also has it's own delicious flavour. If you like olives there are many varieties to try. Unlike the more expensive coastal areas food is very good value for money. You can buy wines in the supermarket for around 1.50 euros and less. A bottle of beer in a café is about 80 cents. A meal will cost about 9 euros. Local activities include fishing, swimming, horse riding, local festas and feiras, bird watching, hiking, historic monuments, walking.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Ourique, Alentejo

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Nightly Rate
18 Mar 2018 - 14 Sep 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
25% non refundable deposit on booking. Balance to be paid 4 weeks before arrival. Total amount to be paid in full if booking within 4 weeks of arrival.


10% discount if your booking is made before 31st December 2013 for a booking in 2014

10% discount for any booking of two weeks or more

NB/ 10% is the maximum discount per booking

** We cannot guarantee the availability of Sky after February 2014 as there is a new satellite due with only a UK foot print.

Changeover Day:
'Changeover Days' - If guests are departing and new guests are arrriving on the same day then it is necessary for the outgoing guests to vacate by 10 am to allow for cleaning. Incoming guests are welcome from 4 pm.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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