Quinta da Relva

Monchique, Algarve
+44 (0)20 813 31355

Traditional beamed cottage, tucked in the hills, with views to distant beaches plus colourful gardens and a pool


6 beds


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 6

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

Up, up, up between eucalyptus trees, glimpsing distant Algarve beaches, to your white-washed cottage huddled against the mountains. A wisteria-and-vine-hung terrace sets the tone for this comfortably rustic hideaway: terracotta tiled floors, chestnuts beams, white rough-plaster walls. Rocking chairs cluster around a stone fireplace in the living room while the kitchen  is cheery with Portuguese pottery and a scrubbed dining table. A marble table on the terrace, too, for al fresco eating. There’s a little beamed ground-floor bedroom with a pretty view and two rooms upstairs, one (for romantics), light and airy with its own door to the terrace and steps to the garden; perfect for long lazy breakfasts or star-gazing with a drink in hand. There’s a small shower room and larger bathroom to share; white and simple. Plenty to do for the active in and around Monchique – hiking, canoeing, cycling, beaches – and pretty Silves for the curious. Or doze around the pool in the garden, lush with dappled shade and fruit trees; birdsong and crickets the only sounds. You are in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Magical.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
Check out
By 11am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 3 nights on weekdays. 3 nights at weekends. 7 nights in high season.
Restaurants 15-minute walk.


Nightly price
from £93
Weekly price
from £650
Dogs welcome, £10.
1 Cottage for 6
From £936 beds3 bedrooms


The garden and the views are beautiful. The house provides an oasis of rest. In the morning you wake up with the sound of birds in the grape vines which span over the entrance of the house. There are multiple restaurants on the road down to Monchique and there is a supermarket in Monchique itself. The people of the rental agency in Monchique are polite and helpful. All in all, we had a relaxing 5 days there and really enjoyed our stay.

Arno, Berlin

Wow, what a great week! A great setting and a place to unwind and unplug; the most relaxing week of 2019 so far. The food, the food, the food - so many local, amazing options (Peri Peri Chicken at nearby A Rampa, amazing fish & meat at Luar Da Foia and Pastel de Nata wherever you can buy them!). Some of the best beaches in the world within 30-45 minutes and very diverse. I've not heard our children laugh and giggle so much as they ran around exploring the house and area. If you're into the outdoors, picturesque towns, peace, unique food & drink or seriously chillaxing, then this is for you.

Dave, Horsham

With good directions we could easily find the house of Diana and were very pleasantly surprised! The pool & house were larger than expected, the house was very clean and everything you need was available. As soon as it got cooler in the evening, we really enjoyed the warmth and crackling of the fireplace! All around it was very quiet. You could wonderful hiking and both coasts with beautiful beaches are within 45 minutes easy to reach! Thanks for everything, we'll be back!


This is the fourth time we've been to this delightful place, each time with different people, and the magic still works. On this occasion it was a chance to grab some late sun before the nights draw in. What we like about staying at Quinta da Relva are the elemental things: landscape, light, panorama, food, wine, rest. Unbeatable.

Malcolm, Blythburgh

A wonderful retreat in the hills lost in time and so were we - most of our time was spent around the large outdoor dining table under a canopy of vines, often having BBQs, or relaxing by the swimming pool (where our youngest learnt to dive) - and where in a retro moment we played a game of Monopoly. We also had a few trips to the west coast - where the sand was hot and the sea water very cold! Favourite moments included picking limes to slice up for drinks and blackberry picking along the lane leading to the house. The WiFi coped with our teenagers so must be OK. Im sure we’ll be back!

Gordon, London

This colourful, charming paradise gives me peace. What a delight to wake up here and feel home.


This colourful, charming paradise gives me peace. What a delight to wake up here and feel home.


Thank you Quinta de la Relva for the best holiday of my life! A truly nostalgic place not to miss!

Yorrith de

This is the place to stay when you want a peaceful and authentic break/adventure in Portugal. There are so many things to do aside from just relaxing by the pool we need to go back again! Lots of outstanding beaches to visit, great traditional restaurants, areas of outstanding beauty, traditional villages, cycling, surfing but most of all you get a real sense of staying in another culture, which simply surrounds this fantastic farm house in every direction. The only challenge we found was dragging ourselves away from the house as it was so peaceful and felt like the world had overlooked us for

Matthew, London

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.

Andre, Düsseldorf

Lovely setting, beautiful gardens, welcome pool!

Edmund, London

Tucked away on a hillside far above the coastal plain, an oasis of calm and relaxation. We had the unusual experience for us of using the open fire in the evenings and relaxing in the pool come the afternoon. Well placed to get to both the south and west coasts. Not a luxury stay except in the sense of well being that crept over us the longer our stay went on. We flew in and out of Lisbon which made for a tough first night (the satnav was a boon) but also allowed us to do a good half day in Lisbon on the way home. A great holiday.

David, Cambridge

Thank you for giving us the perfect place to stay at during these 10 wonderful days. After spending a lot of time in the area, at our own place we were looking for a place that would give us the sane rustical feeling at home. The weather was perfect what a luck so we enjoyed the pool the meals in nature and the beautiful flowers ( f let Amalia know she is doing a such a great job). Thank you so much and let us know in case you want to sell this awesome spot . Best Oranges ever!


What a wonderful place! We enjoyed the Quinta da Relva totally and found exactly what we were looking for: tranquility, a beautiful garden with a pool and a very charming house . Everything was just perfect. And how great to wake up to the singing of the birds! Thank you Diana to make this possible and thank you Amalia for bring such a nice housemaid !!! Hope to be back again.


We had a fabulous week at the Quinta. It's a stunning location and we really felt relaxed there after a busy year. Our children (8 and 5) were enthralled with the lizards, bats and assortment of unusual bugs in the terraces...and the pool of course. I'd love to go back again next year but for a longer stay. I'm not sure that I'd be able to stay away if I were the owner!! Celine and Anthony

Celine, Cork

We loved our stay at this beautiful rustic retreat. We arrived late at night and woke to birdsong, blue skies and the loveliest view over the garden to the distant sea beyond. The garden, with its stunning pool, fruit trees and flowers, is a little piece of paradise. There’s plenty to see and do in the area – west and south coast beaches, interesting towns, scenic walks, cycling - and a range of simple, local restaurants as well as good amenities in nearby Montchique. If you’re looking for peace and tranquillity away from the summer crowds, this is the perfect escape.

Tess, Oxford

Lovely characterful villa in a private and peaceful location. Great for walking in the hills of Monchique and a good base for exploring the west or south coasts. Owner very helpful.

Claire, Chester

It really is something quite special, from the amazing wisteria, the inviting pool, finding hidden corners in the grounds to the growing sense of tranquility we felt during the week. The car hire company that was recommended was great- pick up was smooth and it was a very easy journey to get there. Having groceries in (as pre-arranged when we booked) was lovely and a great welcome. We visited the fantastic beaches on the west and south coast and enjoyed exploring on quiet roads and in local towns. We had a great day with Lucio from Alternativ Tours- hike to the Foia peak, 32 km bike ride downhill then into canoes and a swim. Everything in the house was in good order and the maid kept it nice and clean. There was a wide choice of local restaurants: good piri piri chicken was easy to find. We were very grateful to the agents for printing out our boarding cards on Easter Friday - everyone concerned with the cottage has been very supportive. As a place to both get away yet still have access to Algarve's natural attractions, this place was wonderful.


Peaceful location on a large site with only the sound of the birds. Lovely house with cosy rustic character- spent the days relaxing by the pool and the evenings cosy beside the log fire, with plentiful firewood supplied. Comfy beds, loved all the little nooks in the garden where I could relax and read or crochet. Our favourite thing was squeezing oranges from the trees beside the pool, for breakfast. Short walk to A Rampa restaurant for great piri piri chicken and short drive to O Luar Du Foia where we enjoyed fantastic food at a reasonable price. Trips to the West Coast beaches, to Alvor and Lagos were only about half an hour away. The house, its large site and location with wonderful views just made our holiday so special and we hope to return soon.


Our family came to Quinta da Relva for Christmas. We were greeted by a Christmas tree and a huge open log fire The colourful garden is welcoming, and this immediately gives you the impression that you will perfectly relax there. Not only that, despite winter time we had plenty of colourful spots from the garden but also orange and mandarin trees had plenty of fruits. Our young children loved collecting them in the morning for the breakfast juices. There is no disappointment to expect, the description is truthful and in any event the contact point in Monchique is very helpful and swift in reacting. The property is very clean: a caretaker comes 3 times a week which is very helpful. Don't worry she will work without disturbing you if you stay at home while she washes and tidies up. We have enjoyed walking in the mountain: Foia and Picota, which is probably easier in Winter than in Summer. Also the beaches (South and West), are not far (30 km). In Winter you will go there more for playing than for bathing but you will enjoy the space!


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Local points of interest from Diana Hudson

  • Family activity holiday outside high season. Chose from 5 or7 days or design your own walking, cycling, climbing, kayaking .Stunning mountain location 35 mins from deserted beaches beaches. Children under 10 have all their activities paid for by us
  • Walk, paint, cycle, spot rare flora and fauna, canoe, write, have your wedding (really you can), snooze, pick flowers, surf, decorate the Christmas tree, snuggle up by the fire, read, all the books, squeeze oranges, chase butterfies. It's all yours...
  • Learn Traditional Cooking. Gather a few like minded people. Cook, forage, taste, explore with your own chef and guide Check our website for more info on our bespoke packages .or design your own and come anytime
  • A traditional farmhouse, a cosy family home, big open fire and hayloft, lovingly restored, a labour of love over 27 years. Our visitors book says 'Paradise' 'Heaven' and 'The best holiday, anywhere, ever!' and 'How did all those stars get there'?
  • 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 off the trees; drink wine from the local adega., A massage by the pool maybe.
  • Beachlife is 35 mins away in either direction. Choose from the south coast, small secluded coves and boat trips; spot yachts in the marina, or go west, through foothills and forests for big beaches, national park, spot dolphins and walk the cliff paths.