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Edmund Bealby-Wright

Member since: 2003
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Villa With Private Heated Pool In Secluded Rural Setting With Sea Views

4 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


Photos and Description of this Monchique holiday villa

Established house with two acres of garden, heated swimming pool, new kitchen and bathrooms, underfloor heating throughout.

Set in the unspoilt terraces of Monchique Mountain, Casa Ginjeira is a luxurious and very comfortable home with bedrooms all opening onto spacious veranda with southerly views across the foothills to the coast. In summer the high-ceilinged rooms are cool and there are plenty of shady spots to relax, as well as a large private pool which also enjoys spectacular views. An extended season is insured with underfloor heating throughout the house and a new swimming pool heater powered by solar electricity. The house is set in a large garden surrounded by olive and citrus groves and ancient farmed terraces against a backdrop of eucalyptus and cork oak. The air is filled with the scent of eucalyptus and orange blossom and nothing but the sounds of gurgling streams, birdsong, chirping crickets and perhaps a lone frog. Nightingales are numerous in the spring, and other birds such as the Hoopoe, Azure-winged Magpie and Golden Orioles may also be spotted. A five minute walk up the track takes you to our favourite restaurant serving the best piri-piri chicken in the area, and there are other great restaurants serving local specialities. The market town of Monchique is just 4km away, where you can buy anything you may need. You have the choice of two coastlines within easy reach; the glamorous and busy South, with its golf courses and nightlife or the wild and spectacular West, with world class surfing.

  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Edmund Bealby-Wright (Owner)
Member since: 2003
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Speaks english

About Edmund Bealby-Wright

I have been coming to Casa Ginjeira since I was a child.

My parents decided to build a large pool above and behind the house so that it does not dominate the view and they planted many trees including mimosas and palm trees, which are all now fully grown.

Edmund Bealby-Wright purchased this villa in 1970

Why Edmund Bealby-Wright chose Algarve

My parents first came to Portugal in 1968 and fell in love with the Monchique area. In 1970, whilst on a walk in the valley my father found a half-built house nestled on a magical site among cultivated terraces with stunning views to the coast. They bought the property and finished the building, employing 40 workmen including José with a winning smile, who stayed on as a gardener and still grows potatoes on our land for his own use. As a child I played with José's son Carlos, who is now the builder responsible for carrying out the great improvements of the last two years, and his daughter Euália is our manager.

What makes this villa unique

Casa Ginjeira is ideal for a completely relaxing holiday of gentle strolls around the mountain, lazing by the pool and walking up to the local restaurant, but it is also ideally placed for venturing out, with easy access to the South and West coast. As well as taking trips to the sea, there are miles of empty lanes that wind around the valley to be explored on foot or on the four bicycles that are for use of guests. There is underfloor heating throughout the house that now enable a comfortable stay off-season.

The wonderfully dark evenings (no light pollution here) can be spent out on the verandah watching the twinkling lights of Portimao on the coast or trying to spot shooting stars in the vast blanket of stars above.

Guestbook comments from the owner

14-21 July 2012

Our third glorious visit to Casa Ginjeira. Once again we have loved every minute of this beautiful place.

August 12

What a blissful week! Didn’t feel the need to go anywhere else at all. May Ginjeira continue to age beautifully. Dan.

6-13-October 2012

Amazingly refreshing to swim every morning as the sun crept up to the terrace over the palm tree. We’ve had a lovely week at this gorgeous, wonderful villa.

From the moment we set eyes on this astonishingly beautiful place we have found it difficult to tear ourselves way. Trips to the beach or other towns have left us longing to be back here- surrounded by the heady fragrance of orange blossom and accompanied by the croaking frogs and the tinkling of the bells around the goat's necks just below in the valley. 2010

We loved every second of our holiday in Portugal. thanks for keeping the place so charming and inviting,it holds so many happy memories for our family even though we have only been there twice. E.T.
Mar 2003
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Villa With Private Heated Pool In Secluded Rural Setting With Sea Views
average rating of 4.75 based on 5 reviews

A wonderful family home with magnificent views

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at Casa Ginjeira twice, once in September and once in February, so have experienced it at the extremes of the weather conditions. It is a special place, with its own unique presence, a wonderful family home with lots of character, spacious and comfortable, with magnificent views. It is in a spectacular situation in Foia, very close to a local restaurant, and is surrounded by fruit trees. We feel at home there and the new floors, bathrooms and especially under floor heating are superb.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for returning to Casa Ginjeira, please come back again!
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Stunning Rural Retreat

  • 4 of 5

Stayed here for a week with my husband and twin sister. What a fantastic find. Could have sat on the balcony all day just taking in the different greens of hundreds of trees. Plenty of walks from the property and found a lovely one to the summit of foia. Spectacular views. Easy drive to Cape Vincent Sagres and Lagos which made a lovely day out stopping at Aljezur to climb up to the ruins of the fortress and visited the market for wonderful fruit and salad. The lady was so helpful and gave us lots of samples to try. Only ate out one luchtime as we really enjoyed cooking for ourselves and eating outside listening to only birdsong. Would highly recomend.

  • Review Submitted: May 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous oasis of tranquility

  • 5 of 5

Casa Ginjeira is a beautiful villa in the most lovely part of Portugal we've visited. We loved the tranquility of the location and yet it was so easy to get to and had great restaurants less than a mile from the doorstep. We went on many drives from the villa on blissfully empty Portuguese roads to both coasts and pretty hilltop villages.

The gardens are a delight to explore and I spent many contented hours snoozing in the hammock!! The villa has something for everyone - if you like the sun there are great sunspots and if you prefer not to burn, there is plenty of shade on the verandah and under the palm tree. The kitchen is great for cooking and all the furnishings in the house are artistically arranged. The underfloor heating and new bathrooms are a lovely touch too and most appreciated once the sun has gone down behind the mountain.

The owner and the manager were extremely helpful and responsive and they really give things a personal touch, like handcut calla lilies from the garden in vases waiting for our arrival. Everything was clean, well maintained and clearly much loved as both a family home and holiday home.

Overall, we'd love to come back and we've been singing Casa Ginjeira's praises to all our (now very jealous) friends! I couldn't recommend this place enough...

  • Review Submitted: May 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A truly unique place

  • 5 of 5

The villa is absolutely stunning. Spacious, comfortable and tastefully decorated, it offers amazing views over the lush hillside. Our children just couldn’t believe their luck when they toured the garden for the first time. We all spent hours exploring its secret corners during our stay.

Check-in was extremely simple and both the villa owner and manager were really friendly and helpful.

Casa Ginjeira is a truly unique place. We can’t wait to be back!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
86 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
A Rampa
Nearest Golf
21 Kilometres
Morgado Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
A Rampa
Nearest Beach
27 Kilometres
Praia da Rochas
Car: necessary


The South coast is about half an hour away (27km). Forty minutes of driving on empty roads through beautiful mountain scenery takes you to the unspoilt West coast beaches with their natural habitats and great surfing. Beautiful beaches west of Lagos can be reached in under an hour.


1 hour and 15 minutes to the airport. Car hire is essential.


The attractive town of Monchique is 4km down the hill.

Further Details:

Golf is very popular in Algarve, our nearest course is Morgado, 21 km south. Surfers head for Arifana Beach on the West Coast. A beautiful drive of 40 minutes.

Jose, who has worked for us since 1970, looks after the pool 3 mornings a week. He farms the terraces near the house and you can buy organic vegetables from him. His grand daughter Eulalia is the house manager. She is fluent in English and will deal with any problems or questions you may have.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday villa in Monchique, Portugal

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
2 Oct 2016 - 5 Nov 2016
5 night minimum stay
6 Nov 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
18 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
Winter 2017
8 Jan 2017 - 17 Feb 2017
4 night minimum stay
Spring half term
18 Feb 2017 - 26 Feb 2017
5 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
27 Feb 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
4 night minimum stay
Easter 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
5 night minimum stay
Late Spring 2017
22 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
5 night minimum stay
May half term 2017
27 May 2017 - 4 Jun 2017
5 night minimum stay
Early Summer 2017
5 Jun 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
5 night minimum stay
High Summer
8 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
Early September
2 Sep 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
6 night minimum stay
Late September
16 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
30 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit A$241

Booking Notes:
A non-returnable deposit of 30% on making the reservation. The balance to be payable 6 weeks before arrival. Heating the pool can be very costly out of season because the nights get cold up the mountain. In the high summer it is not necessary anyway.

Changeover Day:

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds. We would like to offer a discount for two persons when possible (i.e. not in high season).
A charge is made for extra days pro rata.
Cost of underfloor central heating, electricity, gas for cooking and logs is included in rental, but cost for pool heating is charged extra according to oil used shown on the gauge. The pool takes up to a week to heat, so you will be charged for this if there has not been anyone else before you.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa rental in Monchique, Portugal

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 175 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Toilet 1 - toilet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath with shower , shower enclosure , bidet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , shower enclosure
  • All the bathrooms have been upgraded to accommodate underfloor heating. The large en-suite bathroom to the master bedroom has twin basins, a bath, walk-in shower and seperate wc. It can also be shared with other rooms since it is accessed via a lobby. 2nd bathroom with bath, walk-in shower and wc. Separate lavatory off hall.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom with double bed and en-suite bathroom. 2nd bedroom with single bed and washbasin. 3rd bedroom with twin beds. 4th bedroom with single bed. All bedrooms open onto veranda.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • forests
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Casa Ginjeira is a comfortable house attractively furnished by the artist owners who have cherished it for 45 years. The granite walls keep it cool in the hottest weather. During the winter of 2014-15 we have installed underfloor heating throughout the house, which will extend the season. It is powered by an eco-friendly heat pump. In the sitting room there is a large selection of books on the shelves and a cupboard full of games, dvds and cds as well as a guitar for any musicians who have been inspired by the nightingales. Outside: All the rooms open out onto a deep South facing veranda with views to the sea. There are steamer chairs for relaxing and a table for al fresco dining. To one side is an olive grove, and below is a secluded garden with flowers and jacaranda trees where you can laze in a hammock. A winding path leads further down to the orange grove, where you are welcome to pick oranges, lemons and tangerines for your breakfast. The large pool (10m x 5m) is fed by mountain spring water and is up some steps behind the house with a fantastic view to the sea. There are plenty of sun loungers and a tiled table and benches for eating under the olive trees. There is a cottage on the same level with a ping pong table and various beach games/boogie boards et. Utility Room: Laundry room with washing machine, sink, airing cupboard, ironing board, iron. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels provided. Towels for the house only, not to be taken to the sea. Linen changed once a week. Beach and pool towels also provided. Other: Dining room with large table seating 10, and doors leading onto the verandah and out to the sunny courtyard. Poolside cottage with ping pong table.