From €690 for 2 Guests/3 Nights

Up to 2, 10 or 14


Chef / Cook Service

Breakfast / Welcome Hamper



Swimming Pool and/or Jacuzzi

Near Golf Courses

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"A quintessential Portuguese Quinta featuring a modern villa and two smaller cottages, sharing a swimming pool and tranquil estate grounds, near the south-west coast."

Quinta da Donalda on the Western Algarve has been owned by the same family for over 360 years and was recently renovated to offer a perfect blend of a classic Quinta style and modern-day essentials for relaxing self-catering holidays. The property is well suited for large families or groups of friends up to 14 guests wanting to holiday together yet retain some independence, whilst the villa and cottages can be rented separately for smaller parties (2 to 10 guests), sharing Quinta amenities. There are also a few extra sofa beds available on request, if your party is slightly larger.

Dating back to the 1600s and described as “a farm surrounded by vines, fig trees and bread making land”, Quinta da Donalda sits within 92 hectares of land and is still a working estate today. The vines have since gone but other farm products can be bought in Portimão Municipal Market. In 1944 a small chapel dedicated to Nossa Senhora da Conceição was built and in 2014, a large fire destroyed the main Quinta building, which is still being renovated. Past guests have included the Portuguese Royal Family (Braganza), the Crown Prince of Liechtenstein and the Counts of Paris (D’Orleans) as well as several Portuguese presidents and politicians.

The Liberal Wing villa (alluding to Reformists family members during Portugal’s royal past and civil wars) is attached to the main Quinta building and includes 5 bedroom suites all on one floor (one suited for a disabled person/wheelchair user), opening onto an orange tree courtyard for breakfast and outdoor meals. The Bartolomeu & Daniel cottages (charmingly named after previous workers who once worked at Quinta da Donalda) have been converted from old farm buildings. They mirror each other and feature a mezzanine level bedroom over an open plan ground floor. All properties have their own fully equipped kitchen and are fitted with fireplaces and air conditioning for year-round rentals.

Resident staff provide breakfast daily and can prepare other meals on request.

This is a quiet and calm setting away from the hustle bustle of the coast, allowing you to fully relax with a book by the pool with its lawn surround or take a walk through the estate. You can also go horse riding or play a round of golf nearby and the closest beach (Alvor), is only a 10-minute drive away.

WARNING NOTES: Family rentals with children under 8 years of age are accepted only with full rentals/exclusive use of the Quinta. This is a working country estate where machinery and farming products abound, and young children must be supervised. 

  • The LIBERAL WING villa has a maximum capacity of 10 guests: Entrance hall. Central open plan living/dining room opening onto the orange tree courtyard. Kitchen with fridge freezer, 4-point electric hob and oven, microwave and dishwasher. Twin/double bedroom (2 beds of 90x 200 cms) with en-suite shower bathroom. Double bedroom (bed of 140×200 cms) with en-suite shower bathroom, suitable for a disabled person/wheelchair user. A larger suite comprising of a twin/double bedroom (2 beds of 90×200 cms) with a small sitting room with sofa bed and a full bathroom, is ideal for a couple with children. Twin/double bedroom (2 beds of 90×200 cms) with en-suite full bathroom. Double bedroom (bed of 140×200 cms) with en suite shower bathroom (direct access to exterior).
  • On two levels, the DANIEL & BARTOLOMEU COTTAGES will each accommodate 2 guests: GROUND FLOOR with open-plan  living/dining room with 2 single sofa beds, kitchenette with small fridge, 2-point electric hob and oven, microwave and coffee maker. Rear access and shower bathroom. FIRST FLOOR/MEZZANINE LEVEL with twin/double bedroom (2 beds of 90×200 cms) with en-suite shower bathroom.
  • Bedroom & bathroom linen provided for the requisite number of guests changed every 4 days plus at the end of a weeks stay, in the case of longer rentals
  • High-quality Portuguese bathroom products provided as well as hairdryers
  • One suite in the Liberal Wing is particularly suited to host someone with limited mobility, and ramps are available for small steps here and there
  • All twin bedrooms can be made up as a double king size bedrooms with beds of 180x200cms on request
  • The whole Quinta sleeps 14 guests comfortably, but if your party is slightly larger, there are sofa beds in the suite of the Liberal Wing & on the lower level of the Daniel & Bartolomeu Cottages, available on request
  • Cot & High Chair (for exclusive rentals only) on request
  • Safes provided in all bedrooms
  • All properties are fitted with air conditioning/central heating throughout; there are also wood burners in the Bartolomeu/Daniel Cottages & an open fireplace in the Liberal Wing (wooden logs provided)
  • All properties have a flat screen 42″ LCD Satellite TV
  • The Liberal Wing has a DVD player, surround system music system & CD player
  • All properties offer free WiFi available throughout
  • Outhouse laundry facilities but each property equipped with ironing board & iron
  • Barbeque(s) provided
  • Fenced-in swimming pool w/roman steps (size 12,5×8 meters, shallow-end 0,80 meters, deep-end 1,60 meters); outdoor shower; poolside shade & sun loungers available; pool towels x 1 p/guest p/week provided
  • Resident staff live in a self-contained cottage within the Quinta: daily housekeeping, plus garden & pool maintenance as required
  • Continental style breakfast served every day between 9:00-11:00 Hours (fresh bread, homemade cakes and cookies, seasonal fruit, bread, eggs (by request), yogurt, butter, ham, cheese, homemade jam, honey, tea, coffee, milk, orange juice) + other basics included in the rental (toilet paper, shower gel, hand soaps, dishwashing liquid or machine products, salt, pepper, vinegar  & olive oil)
  • Cook service, paid locally – 3 courses @ €30 p/adult & €15 p/child (3-12 years of age) p/meal; beverages not included
  • Picnic basket, paid locally
  • Personal laundry, paid locally
  • Weddings/events of 50 guests maximum accepted only outside the peak season only and all properties on the estate must be booked together; extra wedding/event fee of €2,000 + security deposit of €2,000 applies; wedding/event planner & full event insurance at clients cost
  • Beaches: Praia de Alvor, 8 kms; Meia Praia in Lagos, 16 kms; Vila do Bispo (the gateway for west coast beaches), 45 kms
  • Golf: Penina, 4 kms away. Other golf courses located on the Western Algarve are the Alto Club, Silves, Alamos, Gramacho, Morgado do Reguengo, Oceanico, Palmares, Boavista, Espiche & Santo Antonio/Parque da Floresta
  • Portimão (major shops, municipal market, banks & hospital): 4-5 kms
  • Portimão Marina: 8 kms
  • Restaurants & Nightlife: Alvor Village, 7 kms; Lagos Town Centre, 18 kms
  • Other Must Visit: Castle Town of Silves, 18kms; Monchique Mountains, 26 kms; Sagres & Cape St. Vincent, 53 kms
  • Autódromo Internacional do Algarve (Racing Track): 13 kms
  • Alvor Aerodrome (with flights twice a day between Alvor & Cascais, near Lisbon / possible to land private helicopters & aeroplanes): 3,5 kms
  • Faro Airport: 70 kms


July & August (minimum 4 nights rental applies but preference given to 7-night stays)

Exclusive use of all 3 properties & grounds (up to 14 guests) @ €2,020 p/night

Liberal Wing with shared amenities (10 guests) @ €1,440 p/night

Daniel or Bartolomeu Cottages with shared amenities (2 guests each) @ €290 p/night

Easter (23 March-13 April), 1 May-30 June & 1-30  September (minimum 3 nights rental applies)

Exclusive use of all 3 properties & grounds (up to 14 guests) @ €1,550 p/night

Liberal Wing with shared amenities (10 guests) @ €1,090 p/night

Daniel or Bartolomeu Cottages with shared amenities (2 guests each) @ €230 p/night

1 October-30 April (except for Easter; minimum 3 nights rental applies)

Exclusive use of all 3 properties & grounds (up to 14 guests) @ €1,055 p/night

Liberal Wing with shared amenities (10 guests) @ €720 p/night

Daniel or Bartolomeu Cottages with shared amenities (2 guests each) @ €230 p/night

  • Minimum 4 nights rental but preference given to 7-night stays in high season; minimum 3 nights rental applies other periods; flexible change over days
  • Check-in after 16:00 hours; check-out before 10:00 hours
  • Children under 8 years of age accepted only with full rentals/exclusive use of the Quinta
  • No parties for more than full capacity, no pets & strictly no smoking indoors (penalty equal to security deposit)
  • Extra services are subject to availability and should be booked well in advance especially in high season; no credit cards accepted locally, only cash
  • Non-refundable rental deposit of 30% required to reserve the property
  • Rental balance due 6 weeks prior to start date of rental, non-refundable after this date
  • Security deposit of €200 for each cottage, €500 for villa only rental or €750 for the whole Quinta, to be paid in advance of rental – this amount minus any applicable charges is refundable at the end of the holiday


"Another fantastic stay in this lovely tranquil house (2nd time)! Monica's cooking and housekeeping are absolutely outstanding and all staff involved in maintaining the grounds are much appreciated. I am sure we will return again..."   

The Hall Family

UK (July 2023)


"Everything was perfect, again! It was the second time we booked this property and we stayed in the main house (Liberal Wing) which was even nicer. We really liked the decor and breakfast was even better, but we already though it was perfect 3 years ago!"   

Catarina Albuquerque

Portugal (August 2023)


"Our stay here was perfect and we fell in love with absolutely everything! The cottages we stayed in were tasteful and practical. The housekeeper was super and spoilt us with delicious breakfasts. We ran every morning within the peaceful estate but it's also close enough to beaches where we spent part of the day.”   

Catarina Albuquerque 2020

Portugal (August 2020)


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