Monte das Marés

Light, tranquillity and botanical delights. 250 m above sea level, surrounded by a huge garden with ancient olive, almond and carob trees, the Monte das Marés guesthouse looks out over dense green hills to the Atlantic. A sun-warmed place for slowing down and where less is more. Structurally as well, because the so-called Monte – a traditional Portuguese farmhouse – dates back to 1904. Inspired by the simplicity of regional architecture and to preserve its original charm, it was renovated to be as minimalist and restrained as possible, using the natural materials of the region, from the whitewashed thick stone walls that stand out clearly against the surrounding green landscape, to the traditional terracotta tiles and local stone used for the kitchen worktops and bathrooms.

The Maré Baixa guest house is located right next to the Maré Alta, the hosts’ house, and faces southwest. The entrance leads into the open-plan living room with the original high ceiling, the focal point of which is the lounge and dining area with kitchen, underfloor heating and fireplace. With two bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, the house is particularly suitable for a family holiday or two couples who are close friends. An extra room can also be booked on request. All interior walls have been left untreated and skilfully balance old and new. Because as well as an interesting mix of contemporary furniture, folkloristic elements and handmade artefacts in a contrasting play of colours, you will find all the modern amenities you need for a relaxing break.
The third and most spacious lounge area is right on the doorstep: the 2.5-hectare garden in the middle of the nature reserve. Here you can enjoy the pleasantly warm Algarve climate all day long and simply let yourself unwind, either in a deck chair, in a hammock or on the panoramic roof terrace, which invites you to sunbathe or dine with a view of the sunset.

What to do

The south-eastern side of the Algarve is known for its unspoiled natural beauty. You can find many pristine beaches for swimming on the offshore islands of Farol, Faro, Culatra, Tavira and Armona along the coast only 15 minutes away by water taxi or ferry. The fashionable seaside resorts of Vale de Lobo and Quinta de Lago near Loulé can be reached by car in just 20 minutes. You can enjoy walking in the lush and varied countryside, take day trips to the surrounding area, visit the picturesque towns of Loulé, Estoi, Faro, Olhão or Tavira, where throughout the year there are numerous cultural events, from open-air concerts to handicraft markets and contemporary art exhibitions.

Why we like this house

New or old? The epitome of a rural retreat that makes you forget not only time, but also the times.

This house is great for

A family, two couples or four friends looking for a quiet break by the sea.


EV-charging station


Region/Town PT – Portugal, Algarve, Sitio dos Agostos
Name Monte das Marés
Scenery Idyllically nestled in a protected nature reserve looking out to the sea from a distance, surrounded by a large, mediterranean garden
Number of guests Max. 4
Completed 2020
Design Fred Evrard (architect), Nele De Block (interior design)
Architecture Old & new
Accomodation House
Criteria 1-2 (house/apartment), 1-4 (house/apartment), Family, Garden, Pet-friendly, Sea, EV-charging station

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  1. We stayed a week in Fred and Nele´s beautiful house in the hills above Faro. A wonderful renovation of an old farmhouse – with almost meter thick walls to keep out the heat, natural materials to provide a welcoming and comfortable environment to live and sleep and eat.
    The interior design was both stylish and homelike. We felt good to be there.
    The kitchen was all one could hope for, the bathrooms were minimalist but absolutely functional, and the beds were comfortable.
    There was only one couch, however we managed.
    The large outside patio area and rooftop were also there to enjoy.
    Fred and Nele were excellent, informative and welcoming hosts, and Chewie the dog was brilliant and friendly – occasionally coming to say hi ( with his teddy bear in his mouth ).
    We enjoyed our stay, and appreciated the opportunity to witness the results of Fred and Nele´s imagination and hard work.
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  2. Wir haben 10 wunderschöne Tage in diesem herrlich gelegenen Haus verbracht. Das Haus selbst ist schlicht, aber mit sehr viel Liebe zum Detail, eingerichtet. Alles was man braucht ist vorhanden, auch in der großen Küche fehlt es an nichts. Dazu kommt eine herrliche Dachterrasse mit Blick bis zur Küste und ein riesiges Grundstück rund um das Haus. Es liegt absolut ruhig mit Abstand von den Nachbarn. Die sehr liebenswerten Eigentümer Nele und Fred wohnen direkt daneben und wenn man sie braucht, stehen sie mit Rat und guten Tipps immer sehr gerne zur Verfügung. An der Küste ist man in 20 Minuten und es gibt viele ausgezeichnete Restaurants ganz in der Nähe. Montedasmares ist ein ganz besonderer Ort, an dem sich jeder wohlfühlen wird. Ganz herzlichen Dank nochmal an unsere Gastgeber, wir können dieses Objekt uneingeschränkt weiterempfehlen.
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  3. We (a family with a 9-year-old child) were able to enjoy the last week of April 2022 in this extraordinary architectural pearl. What we were looking for as a holiday home, we had found in Monte das Marés. And even more. The house is situated in the middle of a huge plot of several thousand square meters, far from the road, with old carob, almond and olive trees, a multitude of beautiful bushes, and (now in spring) colourful flower meadows. From the highest point of the property you can see the Atlantic Ocean – wonderful! The owners Nele (a designer with her own studio on the property [cf. her great work and products on]) and Fred (architect), who also live on the property, are wonderful, warm, interesting and interested people with an almost inexhaustible number of good tips on what to do, where to eat well or buy great pottery, for example. The property, which we were free to explore, was a fantastic adventure playground for our child. The conversion of the 1904 farmhouse into a holiday home was planned and realised by Fred: The purist-minimalist exterior and interior harmonise impressively with the natural materials (natural stone, terracotta, lime) that have been used in construction in this region for centuries. In our opinion, this holiday home not only delivers what it promises on the website, it is even more beautiful in reality!

    What we particularly liked about Monte das Marés:
    – the great setting of the house in the middle of nature;
    – its architecture and the stylish interior design that has been thought out down to the last detail;
    – the absolute silence, even at night;
    – the twinkling starry sky;
    – a glass of red wine in the evening in front of the warming fireplace;
    – the impressive, lovable family dog Chewie, whom we would have liked to adopt right away;
    – the incomparable kindness of the hosts

    We can recommend Monte das Marés without any ifs and buts and will definitely be back!
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  4. Monte das Marés, eine Oase, die Nele und Fred geschaffen haben – und teilen. Vorweg – es ist wirklich so schön und einzigartig, wie es beschrieben wird und die Bilder es zeigen!
    Was auf mich wirkte:
    Die Architektur des Hauses und des Außenbereichs,
    die Liebe zu den Materialen und den Details, drinnen und draußen,
    die perfekt ausgestattete Küche, das bequeme Bett und komfortable Bad,
    die inspirierenden Bücher,
    mein Feuer jeden Abend im Kaminofen,
    die Landschaft und Natur, die Ruhe und Stille,
    die Ausblicke, die Schattenspiele im Sonnenlicht,
    der Kaktus neben der Eingangstür auf der Terrasse (morgens mit Espresso, abends mit Sundowner-Wein),
    meine Gastgeber inklusive Chewie, dem Familienhund (der mich sofort aufgenommen hat),
    Neles Atelier auf dem Gründstück mit ihren großartigen Taschen, Jacken und Mänteln von SENNES, ihrem Label
    – eine Konstellation, die mir eine wunderschöne Auszeit im März und viel Kraft und Ruhe geschenkt hat.
    Danke für diesen besonderen Ort. Monte das Marés bietet Raum für vier, aber auch allein macht er glücklich. Ich komme wieder, allein oder mit Freunden.
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