Quinta Monte Serra

Tavira, Algarve

Bikes on the house, bubbly in the fridge, and a lovely shared pool with a view of the sea. A year-round treat for couples - or a big party


4 places


Sleeping from 2 – 6


When Jean-Jacques bought this lovely old place, in among the carobs and the olives, his architect said, “change nothing.” You’ll forgive the new floors and windows – perfect replicas of the originals – and the old walls rendered with a deliberate rusticity. 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. Your host’s relaxed personality is reflected in the informality and he’s generous too: bikes on the house and bubbly in the fridge. Interiors are charming and uncluttered: solid country pieces, brown leather sofas, pretty vintage cast-iron beds; even the kitchens are inviting – we loved the Sant’ Anna tiles. 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). Brilliant for families, couples (the cottage is a sweet retreat) or a great big party of friends.


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

Family friendly

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


  • 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.
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 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.