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Monchique 8550-909 Portugal

Listing # 55769

Rates From USD 1000 Monthly
Independent Scholar
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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Beautiful, large, sunny country house in the Monchique hills, southern Portugal, with river in grounds

Available September 2014 for a minimum of 10 months, maximum negotiable. Perfect retreat to work quietly surrounded by nature. This beautiful and peaceful country house in southern Portugal is available while the owners are continuing a sabbatical at Duke University, NC.

We have 10 acres wilderness and garden, including huge cork oaks and wildflowers, fruit trees (figs, citrus, soft fruit, exotics, apples etc) and a river flowing down from the Algarve's highest mountain, with abundant natural vegetation and wildlife. The river has natural pools of mountain water running down from the local mountains.

The house was built as a Tai Chi training school and has 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a large kitchen/dining room with spectacular views over the mountains. There are several recreation/study rooms, two entrance rooms, garden room, scullery, boiler room, office, playroom, garage and ample parking. The house has been converted to offer two separate residences if required. There is also a huge games/music room. Nearly all rooms have open access to the garden directly.

We are 25 minutes from picturesque traditional market town of Monchique with most essential services, 40 minutes from vibrant city of Portimão on south coast (and some of the world's best golf courses), and 25 minutes from glorious and unspoiled west coast beaches.

This would suit person(s) wanting a peaceful refuge to work, or as a base to explore western Europe. Portuguese is useful but not essential, many service providers and local people speak English. We would prefer a mature couple without pets.

Cleaning services included.

Our local airport is Faro (90 minutes drive) and direct cheap flights are available into Faro from most European capitals.

The house is fully furnished.

Rental: Low rent of US$1,000 per month, excluding utilities, in return for care of two pet (outdoor) dogs and some housekeeping/gardening duties. Logs from local Olive, Cork Oak and Medronho trees are available for efficient modern log-fires located in both sitting rooms, also providing heat for bedrooms – usually required in winter (Nov – March).

Portugal is a safe, civilised and family-friendly country, and the pace of life is very relaxed.

For more information please contact:- zoejewell228@gmail.com


Number of Bedrooms
Number of Bathrooms
Number of Offices
Surface Size
3770 Sq. Feet
Suited for
8 people
Property Type


Available from Monday, September 15, 2014 until Monday, June 15, 2015
Minimum Stay
10 month(s)
Flexibles With Dates
Comments on Dates
We can be a little flexible on start dates - from early September 2014
*Approximate location of the property is within the blue radius. Red markers indicate surrounding points of interest including schools, universities, libraries and museums.

City Monchique
Postal Code - State or Province 8550-909
Country Portugal
Neighborhood Keywords Monchique
Closest University Faro, University of the Algarve - 1.5 hrs
University nearby Lisbon (3 hours), Coimbra (6 hours)

Rental Price:

USD 1000 Monthly
Rental Fee Comments
cleaning and gardening services available locally if required
Rent Negotiable
Utilities Included
Cleaning Services Included


  • Rural Environment
  • Near Woods
  • Near Ocean/Lake
  • Near Moutains
  • Near Public Transports

Additional Information:

  • Furnished
  • Available for Academic Term
  • Available for Long Term
  • Writing or Country Retreat


  • Modern Kitchen
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • High Speed Internet
  • Wireless Network
  • Printer
  • Stairs
  • Reserved Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Piano
  • TV
  • Balcony or Patio
  • Garden
  • Other:


Kid Friendly
Small Children Safe
Smoke Free
Pets Welcome
Car Available

Perform Housesitting Duties?:

  • Look after Pets
  • Care for Plants
  • Forward our Mail
Housesitting Comments
very low rent in exchange for housesitting duties

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Independent Scholar Independent Scholar (working outside traditional academia) & Retired Academics
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Two wildlife conservationists as visiting professors to the USA for a year.

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