Quinta Monte Serra

Tavira, Algarve
+351 281 961099

A haphazard, interesting place with an eccentric owner. Come as a group - there's a shared pool and views of the sea. If you're lucky you'll get some treats


4 places


Sleeping from 2 – 6

Children welcome
Pets welcome

The Experience

When Jean-Jacques bought this lovely old place, in among the carobs and the olives, his architect said, “change nothing.” You may be forgiven for thinking he has taken this advice too literally but, no matter, those in search of an authentic experience will be fine here. The 100-year-old farmhouse – built by an émigré who made his fortune in Brazil – lies a cobblestone’s throw away from its outbuildings, one a fine white stable that once housed sheep and mules. It’s not immaculate and definitely not for the helicopter brigade –  your host’s relaxed personality is reflected in the informality. There are outdoor sitting areas for summer, wood-burners for winter and palm trees and peace all year round. As for the pool, it’s a half moon-shaped beauty set into the old threshing floor. Have a splash, gaze on the sea… the beaches are a ten-minute drive (or mini-train ride). For relaxed families, fuss-free couples or a great big party of easy-going friends.


  • 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

Booking restrictions
Extra beds available in Casarão, White Stables and Casinha.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Restaurants 4km.


Nightly price
from €50
Weekly price
from €350
Weekend prices available on request.
1 House for 4
From €802 bedrooms
1 Cottage for 2
From €501 bedroom
1 House for 4
From €702 bedrooms
1 House for 6
From €1403 bedrooms



What a fantastic place! We arrived very tired but returned home completely restored in the Casa do Páteo. From our very first email correspondence, Jean-Jacques could not have been a more welcoming and thoughtful host: he was always available (but never intrusive). The beautiful Quinta has been sensitively restored into lovely, comfortable, individual houses. It’s a fantastic point from which to explore the Eastern Algarve (and even take the ferry across to Spain!), and we really enjoyed taking the boat from Fuseta (15 mins away) over to the stunning beaches. Already planning our next visit!

Kate and, Oxford

This place is absolute fantastic. I think it is the best hidden secret of the Algarve. We have come here many times and had a lovely times. Jean Jacques, the owner, has many food advices where to go and which restaurant is the best. I can recomment it to couples, families, groups of friends. Anybody who looks for a authentic Quinta, rest, beautiful sights and beautiful furnished houses.

Ruerdje, Zeist

What a place - in two minds as to whether to leave a review or not - would rather jealously guard Monte Serra as a closely kept secret! But it would be mean not to share this marvel and deny others the opportunity to hear about this idyll. Jean-Jacques the owner/host, has saved this farm and its buildings through his restoration & the place is magical thanks to his sensitive guardianship and vision. We spent ten glorious days here as a family and from the off, Jean Jacques was an incredibly helpful host, greeting us with supper on our late arrival. Monte Serra is very special - thank you

Christabel, Cardiff

Quinta Monte Serra provided the perfect setting for our extended family re union this summer - peaceful , beautiful , comfortable and totally child friendly . All 22 of us - from one to eighty years old - loved the wonderful views , space and freedom. The big house is brilliantly set up for big groups - we loved the huge kitchen and eating together at the big tables outside . Jean Jacques and his team could not have been more hospitable and generous. The pool was perfect for us all and the local beaches delightful. We are already planning to go back to this magical place.

Libby, London

I can't have enough good things to say about Quinta Monte Serra and Jean-Jacques. From the moment I messaged Jean-Jacques, he was helpful and friendly -- making me look forward to meeting a new friend versus just a hotel manager. You feel like you're heading to a retreat (which in a way, it is). From waiting for me even though I arrived late to spending beautiful time in his cottage that I felt like was my own to lazy days at the pool or beach to getting to know Jean-Jacques and his animals on the farm, I couldn't have had a more amazing experience. Thank you from the bottom of my heart :)

Nadia, London

We have just returned from a New Years break to Monte Serra. What a beautiful charmed place with great attention to detail for a winter stay albeit sunny in January during the day. We were collected from the train as didn't want a car and welcomed with a bottle of local wine. The cottage for two was perfect with big bath, double sided wood burner for chilly evenings, great terrace with sea views and plenty of space for two. Overall it is the warmth and intelligence of the host and the sensitive approach to the old buildings and land that clinch it. Thank you Jean-Jacques

Angela, Lyme Regis Dorset

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Jean-Jacques de Coninck

  • Wood-burning stoves for cosy winter evenings in The Patio House, White Stables and Casinha.
  • From nearby Fuzeta a launch will take you to the white beaches on the sandbanks just across the lagoon.
  • Water taxis will land on more remote islands or take you out to sea to watch dolphins’ ballets: a great show at all time, often even better in autumn, winter and spring.
  • Monte Serra issues a guide listing nearby watering holes and restaurants, shops and markets, golf courses and tennis courts, sightseeing destinations, etc.
  • Massages service available.