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.
|Region||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|
|Design||Fred Evrard (architect), Nele De Block (interior design)|
|Architecture||Old & new|
|Criteria||1-4 (house/apartment), Dog-friendly, Family, Garden, Sea, EV-charging station|
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