Caldas De Monchique, Algarve, Portugal Tel: 01983 852555 Mobile: 07817 270 343 Email:


QUINTA DA MIMOSA is a very secluded and private villa, being about 200 yards down its own gated driveway from the main road. From the front of the house, no other property is visible and only glimpses of farm buildings and distant houses can be seen from the back. Most of the land and hills within sight across the valley belong to the villa, being part of the original farm and citrus groves that occupied the land.

This magical spot seems to have its own micro-climate and if palm trees, bird-of-paradise flowers and other exotic plants in the garden close to the house were not enough, a pretty stream and woodland walk along the river bank, through giant bamboos, weeping willows and the beautiful mimosa trees from which the house gets its name all add to the effect.

However, it is not at all isolated and two very good, inexpensive restaurants are just across the road from the gates. Another is only a few yards up the hill while just over a kilometre away is the beauty spot and spa village of Caldas de Monchique, the source of one of Portugal's most popular bottled spring waters. Here you will find some classy restaurants and beatiful walks.

About a 7 minute drive north will take you to a modern Intermarché Supermarket & the attractive old town of Monchique.

Going south from the villa it is only about a 15 minute drive to Portimao a large fishing port where you will find everything from small craft shops in the narrow pedestrian streets of the old town to modern shopping malls, hyper- markets, all types of restaurants, train and bus stations and beautiful nearby beaches.


The front of the villa and a glimpse of the pool terrace on the right


A glimpse of the pool and view from the top bedroom.


The house and pool

THE VILLA is approached by a gravel driveway marked by two large white pillars and black wrought iron gates with the name of the house on top of them. As you go down the driveway there is no sign of the villa. Then, on your right you will pass a small ruin with an old bread oven, which is about all that remains of the original farm house. Then, as pass the restored stable building, the driveway turns to the right and the house and swimming pool are revealed ahead of you.

The villa is light and airy and the glazed, double front doors open into the huge hallway and open plan living room with its twin, curved, marble stairs leading to the upper floors. The living room is comfortably furnished for 9 adults and has television with two satellite systems to receive the English channels. For hot summer days, French doors open onto a patio and there is an air conditioner. For cooler times there is a large wood burning stove and a supply of wood is normally kept in the patio. Also on the ground floor is the large, fitted kitchen which is well equipped and has a built in high level electric oven and separate hob. There is a microwave oven, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and ample crockery and cutlery. French doors lead to an outdoor dining patio which is close to the BBQ and pool deck. This can also be reached from two more pairs of French doors from the nicely furnished main dining room. There is also a laundry room and a downstairs shower-room which has a hydrotherapy shower cabin, washbasin, bidet and w/c.

First floor:

The master bedroom has air conditioning. There is a king size double bed and also a single bed, enabling this to be used as a family room if desired. There is a PC in this bedroom with internet connection via the wireless router and the bedroom also has a balcony and an en-suite bathroom with bath/shower, w/c, bidet and washbasin.

Bedroom two also has an air conditioner. There is a double bed and plenty of space for a cot if required. It has plenty of wardrobe space and also has a very large sun deck.

Bedroom 3 has twin beds and a covered balcony. Very close to bedrooms 2 & 3 there is a bathroom which has bath/shower, w/c, bidet and washbasin. There is also a roll away bed, which can be used anywhere in the house.

The second floor bedroom is reached by another flight of curved marble stairs. This is a nearly circular, twin bedded room in the villa's central tower and it has an en-suite shower, washbasin and wc. All the bedrooms have big built in wardrobes so there is plenty of storage space. Any of the twin beds can be pushed together to make a double, if you so wish.

This villa really is as large and spacious and airy as the pictures show. With lots of windows and high ceilings, hot weather is not normally a problem, but just to be sure, there are ceiling fans in all but two rooms, and those have pedestal fans. For winter holidays, there is the big woodburning stove and several electric heaters. The cost of electricity is included in the rental charge so there are no hidden extras.

OUTSIDE: The 10 metre x 5 metre swimming pool has a separate bubble pool and attractive waterfall features, a terrace area with sunbeds and a really nice barbecue. For the safety of children, there is a gate to the pool terrace. The shallow end of the pool is about 3 feet deep for nearly half the length of the pool, then slopes down to about 6 feet. If you want a lazy holiday, then lounging around the pool and BBQ should fit the bill.

There are over 12 acres of grounds belonging to the villa, divided by the small river that flows throughout the year. The land has numerous orange and lemon trees and of course the beautiful Mimosas, which are at their most spectacular early in the year. The pine covered hills also have cork oaks and arbutus - the "strawberry" trees whose fruit is used to make "Medronho", the local firewater and the sweet liquer "Meloso", both of which are often offered in restaurants after meals!

Our own woodland walk takes you through some massive bamboos and willow trees along the river bank and If you enjoy walking, you can continue up the rough paths that lead up our own hillside to the Monchique nature reserve and forest trails. These can take you many miles over the Monchique Mountains with some spectacular views along the way.

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