Cottage near Moncarapacho, Algarve - Stunning Panoramic Sea View, Pool + relaxation!
About Joan Murray
My main criteria is for guests to relax, I create a very easy going atmosphere, but have high standards as far as accommodation is concerned. You are totally private in the cottage and have the enjoyment of the large mature gardens, lawn and pool at all times. It has been likened by guests to renting a complete large villa. I always put in my famous welcome pack, with wine and beer, so little or no shopping is needed when you first arrive. There are wonderful restaurants and cafes in Moncarapacho, and one superb restaurant, Antonio's. The Eastern Algarve is totally unspoiled, and long may it stay that way. Beaches are unspoilt and even in August, and a 10 minute walk can leave you with the beach to yourself. There are small islands all along our coast (look up the Ria Formosa). These islands are fully equipped for beach fun, but also we have amazing birdlife (including flamingoes). Small and quick ferries take you out to Fuseta, Pedras Del Rei, Tavira and Armona beach. I just want you to go home with your batteries charged. Hope to see you, Joan X
Joan Murray purchased this Cottage in 1989
Why Joan Murray chose Moncarapacho
We bought a complete hilltop and built the villa and cottage. It has a panoramic view of the Ocean from Spain to Faro. These sites are no longer available. Not boasting but it is completely unique. It is completely private, not surrounded by other houses. I have automatic gates and a security fence
What makes this Cottage unique
Because it is so private, it feels like you are renting a large villa. The swimming pool and terraces have amazing panoramic views of the sea and mountains. Relaxing is everything, however you want to do it. Quiet or loud, it is entirely down to you.
I have two dogs and two cats.
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This is a lovely part of Portugal, very peaceful and with a very friendly atmosphere. Joan, the owner, is a fabulous hostess and does everything to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. Her welcome pack is the best ever! A beautiful pool, wonderful views and minutes away from Moncarapacho a great little town with smashing restaurants. We are definitely returning.
You were wonderful guests, and so enjoyed yourselves, as you have many friends around the area. I am so glad you found it a relaxing place to me, that is my main criteria, that my guests go home relaxed. Looking very forward to your return next year.
Super Relaxing Time
A perfect hillside retreat where you can spend time relaxing in the beautiful garden and swimming in the generously sized pool.
The Cottage has everything you need for your stay including WiFi and Multiple British TV Channels and Netflix.
Our Host Joan Graham had prepared a delicious welcome pack including roast chicken, fresh bread, home made humous and pate.Also wine! So handy when arriving after your journey.
The Cottage is close by car to the local towns with really nice restaurants.We certainly recommend Olhao, Moncarapacho and Fuzeta to eat out.
This is our 14th time staying at the Cottage.We love it.
We both had a peaceful relaxing break once again.
What a joy it is having you to stay every year, and sometimes twice a year. You have such a good time in the pool, and at night in the pool. Sorry about Tavira beach this year, but I will get a wave machine for the pool next year!! You found loads of new restaurants to eat in, that I did not know about. It is a very unique situation I have here, with a panoramic view. Look sooo forward to seeing you next year, and maybe a sneaky little week in between. Thank you for making my life fun for the 2 weeks you are here.....
My Piece of Heaven
Wonderful location with stunning views. The cottage has everything you need for a very comfortable stay. It is so peaceful and calm the perfect place to unwind and recharge your batteries. Not forgetting the glorious swimming pool we hardly ever got out of! And last but definately not least the inimitable Joan our Host and what a Host. Kind,helpful and so much fun. Her welcome pack is phenomenal and I cannot wait to go back. I so recommend this place its amazing!!
You were wonderful guests, and your son Pyrs was never out of that pool. You did not hire a car, but used taxis, and it really worked out well. You came to,the cottage very stressed, and went away a different person. And what is more you are back the last week of August this year. And have already booked in for 2020. I will see you very soon.
Amazing as ever
We returned again for what would be our 8th visit (maybe more!!).
We absolutely love the location of this cottage. We love the relaxing feel it give as soon as we arrive. The cottage owner Joan is amazing, lovely, very friendly and accommodating despite this being a self catered cottage. As Joan lives on site, it can be easy to forgot this is "self catered".
Joan leaves you plenty of provisions to start your holiday, We always buy more when we runs out, we wouldn't expect Joan to keep providing! The welcome hamper, which is above and beyond what we would normally receive in a self catered cottage. I'd go as far to say this is exceptional and very impressive.
They is an honesty bar/fridge by the pool, you can help yourself to beer/coke/wine etc and leave the required payment or replace what you've used when you go to the shops.
We hire a car as the town is about 1 mile away, however the local taxi company is very amenable. The town of Moncarapacho is about a 15/20 min walk away, passing beautiful scenery as you go.
The cottage is equipped well, a gas & charcoal BBQ, private seating area, dishwasher and washing machine! I know right - Amazing!
We had some friends come to stay and they stayed in the adjoining bedroom, no through walk way, so still private, but another room off to the left with an ensuite and small courtyard with tea & coffee and fridge etc. Great for parties of 4, you can share the outside space and kitchen. My understanding is it's only let exclusively to friends and not to people you don't know, so you have the run of the amazing "large" pool and surrounding terrace/garden space.
Love love love this place, so much so we are returning in September, cannot wait. :o)
Gary & Lisa Sanders
What a wonderful review, I just love having you here, I think it is your 9th visit, and you are back next September. As people who come every year, my main criteria is for you all to relax. Hence I do a welcome pack where you do not have to leave the cottage for 1/2 days. I am very lucky I love what I do, and have met wonderful people. You also have complete privacy if that is what you want. See you very soon Gaz and Lisa......
This is our fourth visit in a row to this piece of paradise! From the moment you arrive you feel so relaxed, happy and at home. Joan really is the most wonderful host and one of the reasons we keep coming back. Her welcome packs are out of this world, homemade pate, avocado dip and hummus just to mention a few. As well as freshly squeezed orange juice, bread, milk and wine...all meaning you don’t have to leave for a few days or think about cooking. My Mum even said she would travel weekly from Hereford to receive such delicious treats! There are so many reasons why we come back - the setting, the gardens, the big pool, the dogs and of course sharing drinks and giggles on the terrace with Joan. There is everything and more that you need here, we enjoyed bbqs the evenings we stayed in, listening to music and sitting on the spacious terrace. We can’t praise Joan highly enough, it really is paradise. See you next year xxx
Oh! Completely delightful fun guests....and cannot believe it is their fourth visit. And they bring 'Mum' who stays in the wonderful en-suite bedroom adjacent to the cottage. You are such adventuress guests, and rushing off into the hills, finding really amazing Portuguese restaurants.... so looking forward to seeing you again next year.
I love doing the welcome packs for my guests.....and you are particularly great for some of my experiments!!
This was our second visit to Cassa D'Alegria, for a much needed relaxing holiday and once again we were not disappointed. The facilities provided, which includes privacy, extremely comfortable accommodation, a superb welcome pack, exclusive use of a large swimming pool, private terrace complete with panoramic sea views, delightful gardens and surroundings offer a peaceful and tranquil ambience and this is not to mention the most enjoyable company and hospitality of our host Joan, whom we shared some memorable times with. We enjoyed the locality particularly the many fine restaurants in Olhao, Moncarapacho, Fuseta and surrounding district. The accommodation enables you to choose how you want to spend your time, either quiet days/nights in and to BBQ, or to visit a local restaurant or to enjoy sociable evenings with Joan and friends, which we found most enjoyable.
All in all, we found the entire experience to be thoroughly enjoyable and we have already booked for next year and with a possibility of returning sooner.
We cannot praise this accommodation high enough!
You are such rewarding guests, and I know how private you like to be, Then we get together....with much laughter.
I certainly enjoyed the time you were here, and you made friends as well. particularly with Ruth and Finlay....you of restaurants you went to I did not know about....especially in Olhaô. I am so happy you are coming back next year (already booked) and even later on this year, depending on your schedule....thank you for everything....and especially a fantastic review....
15 minutes drive to Fuzeta,which has a beach on the Ria Formosa. Also the ferry to Fuzeta Island (15 mins). Or you hire one of the Water Taxis, they will take you to virtually deserted beaches even in August! There are other beaches within 25 mins of the cottage. If you are willing to walk 10-15 mins along these beaches, they are empty even in August. Good information in cottage on all beaches etc.,
Airport: 30 minutes (Faro)
Car hire essential.
7 minutes drive to Moncarapacho, where you have a local Market, and small supermarkets. 10 mins Estoi - Roman temple, C19th palace. Tavira 20mins, venetian atomsphere, Spanish border 30 mins. Olhao cubist town with fantastic fish and fruit market. Seville 1 hr 40 mins Lisbon 2-3hrs.
Moncarapacho has everything a market town fish vegetable market, very good restaurants, small supermarkets open 7 days a week. Or you go down to 125 road and you have ALDI, LIDL. Sea fishing trips, bird and dolphin spotting and diving expeditions can all be arranged.Visit to the Ria Formosa park centre (many rare birds). IN FUSETA, you have water sport such as Kite Surfing, Boat Tours, Stand up Paddle, kayaking, Water skiing. Also,there is another Water Taxi, he has so much local information, and will take you to all the different Islands, off the coast. Or there is also ferries and water taxi in OLHAO, ALSO TAKING YOU TO ALL THE ISLANDS.
TAVIRA is a beautiful town, and well worth exploring, reminds me of a faded Venice. The architecture is very unique. It is the unspoilt side of the Algarve, and is very Portuguese.