Quinta dos Cochichos

Quelfes, Algarve

Pop into Olhão for espressos, 'pasteis' and clams fresh from the market, or discover the azure lagoons of the Ria Formosa Natural Park


3 places


Sleeping from 2 – 5


A hop away from the crumbling, charming port of Olhão is a simple, friendly Algarvian farm, a place of escape from the world. Olive, citrus and banana trees thrive (figs, pomegranates, almonds too), hens cluck, a rooster crows, and your kids splash in the pool. Delightful owners Paula and Mark (she Portuguese, he Belgian) have six languages between them, and a young child. Mark could talk for hours about his organic farming plans, and loves to show guests around: here the playground and the boules, there the veg patch, the sauna, and the very pretty pool. It’s intimate, relaxed, and really well done. Near the old farmhouse are two new cottages, built by Mark, gleaming in the sun. ‘Alfaroba’ and ‘Fico’ are together (one up, one down); ‘Nespera’ stands alone. All share a minimalist décor, fresh and pleasing on the eye. Green country chairs pull up to a chunky wood table, a cow hide is strewn across a tiled floor, bright Portuguese stripes top simple white beds, a porch faces the garden next door. A welcome basket is left for you with organic fruit from the farm and regional produce.


  • 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
From 3pm
Check out
By 10.45am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. Parking on-site.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Restaurants 1km. Breakfast available.


Nightly price
from €65
Weekly price
from €455
Damage deposit
Extra bed/sofabed available €70 per person per week.
1 Apartment for 2
From €651 bedroom
1 Apartment for 5
From €752 bedrooms
1 Apartment for 4
From €752 bedrooms


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Paula Philippart

  • The City of Olhão has its beautiful vegetable and fish market (one of Eiffels works). Saturday mornings are home to the local producers who come to the outside market and sell their organic fruits and vegetables
  • The City of Olhão and mainly its historical area, is know as the Cubist City, due to its top white terraces that when seen from above reminds you of a cubist painting.
  • We are situated in the Ria Formosa Region, a Natural Park with its beautiful white sand long beaches. The Natural Park harbour a great fauna and flora diversity and it is visited by nature lovers during the whole year.
  • One can visit the Ria Formosa by boat and do some bird and dolphin watching. Besides these, you can take a small tour or go fishing around the islands... why not try the cozy fish restaurants on the islands?
  • If you wish to be close to nature you can also visit some specific areas by walking / trekking with our guide and learn about the local fauna and flora.
  • We are close to the City of Faro and Tavira. Behind us there is also Estoi, with its beautiful Palace. There is so much to discover in the Algarve Region!