Quinta da Donalda, Ferragudo & Portimao Area

Property ref: PA1297

Maximum: 14 adults plus 4 child/children

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

Quinta da Donalda is on the western Algarve, Penina, close to Portimao and surrounded by lush countryside, fig trees and 'bread making land'.  The property has been in the same family for over 360 years and is the perfect blend of a traditional Quinta with modern day living.  Ideal for large groups or families, it sleeps 14 people and is particuarly suitable for those who want to holiday together yet enjoy their own space as the accommdation is made up of three individual cottages.

The Quinta sits within 92 hectares of land and the estate continues to produce farm products which can be bought in the Portimao Minicipal Market.  In 1944 a small chapel dedicated to Nossa Senhora da Conceição was built.  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 (alluding to Reformists family members during Portugal’s royal past and civil wars) is attached to the main Quinta building and includes five en-suite bedrooms all on one floor (one is considered suitable for those with limited mobility).  The bedrooms open out on to an orange tree courtyard which is perfect for alfresco 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 cottages have their own fully equipped kitchen and are fitted with fireplaces and air conditioning for year-round rentals.

This is a tranquil and relaxed retreat away from the busy coastal resorts. Guests can enjoy peaceful walks around the estate, surrounded by nature, or curl up with a good book in any of the chill-out areas at the villa.

Resident staff can provide daily breakfast, included in the villa rental, picnic baskets, personal laundry and meals upon request at an additional charge.  Nearby, there is horse-riding and golf courses and Alvor beach is just a 10 minute drive away.

Please note:  This is a working country estate where machinery and farming products abound, and young children must be supervised.

Things we love...

"This property is enchanting. The housekeeper takes great pride in looking after guests and we love the history that exudes from this house. The setting is particularly peaceful and I think guests will truly relax here, surrounded by the sounds of nature " - Ginnie, Managing Director

(Although every care has been taken to make sure photographs and descriptions are kept updated, the properties are subject to changes, updates and improvements. If something is particularly important to you, please let us know so that we can confirm this facility is available).

Rental License 100052/AL


Liberal Wing Cottage: 

Steps up to entrance hall.  Open-plan living/dining room with access to the orange tree courtyard.  Kitchen. 

Twin bedroom (can be made up as a double by request) with en-suite shower room. 

Double bedroom with en-suite shower room (this room may be suitable for someone with limited mobility but please note there are steps into the main entrance and ramps can be provided upon request). 

Twin bedroom (can be made as a double by request) with a sitting room with sofa bed for 2 children and full bathroom (this is ideal for a couple with children). 

Steps down to twin bedroom (can be made up as double by request) with en-suite shower room. 

Steps down to music room with upright piano leading to double bedroom with en-suite shower room.

Daniel Cottage:

Ground Floor:  Open-plan living/dining room with 2 single sofa beds, kitchenette (2-point electric hob and oven, fridge, microwave & coffee maker).  Shower room.

First Floor:  Mezzanine level with twin bedroom (can be made up as double by request) and en-suite shower room.

Bartolomeu Cottage:

Ground Floor:  Open-plan living/dining room with 2 single sofa beds, kitchenette (2-point electric hob and oven, fridge, microwave & coffee maker).  Shower room.

First Floor:  Mezzanine level with twin bedroom (can be made up as double by request) and en-suite shower room.

Outhouse laundry facilities.

Note - the villa sleeps 14 comfortably.  It is possible to accommodate 4 children on sofa beds by request at no additional charge.  Please ask us about this upon enquiry.

Limited Mobility - This property has a bedroom and shower room on the ground floor with little or no steps in the living areas or to the swimming pool/garden, so may be considered suitable for someone with limited mobility. Ramps can also be provided. As everyone's needs are different, please check with us at time of booking to ensure suitability for your group.


  • Wifi
  • TV in all cottages
  • Surround Sound in Liberal Wing
  • Coffee Maker in each cottage
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing Machine
  • Daily Cleaning with mid week linen & towel change
  • Continental Breakfast Included Daily
  • Hairdryers
  • Cot & Highchair included by request
  • Safe
  • Air Conditioning/Heating in all cottages
  • Wood Burners in Daniel & Bartolomeu Cottages (logs provided)
  • Fireplace in Liberal Wing (logs provided)
  • Gated Swimming Pool 12.5 x 8m with roman steps.  Depth 0.8 - 1.6m.
  • Outdoor Shower
  • Pool Towels
  • Barbecues
  • Weddings and events are possible by request and at an additional cost.  Please ask us for more details


  • Penina Golf 4km
  • Portimao 4.5km
  • Alvor Village (restaurants and bars) 7km
  • Portimao Marina 8km
  • Alvor Beach 8km
  • Lagos Beach 16km
  • Faro Airport 70km


Pounds (£)

Number of people
1 - 14
01 Jan - 22 Mar 24 £7175
23 Mar - 13 Apr 24 £10542
14 Apr - 30 Apr 24 £7175
01 May - 30 Jun 24 £10542
01 Jul - 31 Aug 24 £13748
01 Sep - 30 Sep 24 £10542
01 Oct - 31 Dec 24 £7175

Prices are in £'s sterling per week. If your holiday dates cross two seasons please ask us for a quote.

Additional Costs & Information

  • Catering Services available.  Please ask us for a quote.
  • 7 night minimum booking preferred in peak season.  Minimum 4 nights rental will be considered upon request in peak season.  3 night minimum rental at all other times.
  • Although the villa has a flexible arrival day we cannot leave too many empty days between bookings. Please always check with us to make sure the dates you require are acceptable.
  • Booking deposit 30% of the villa rental or £250, whichever is the greater amount. Balance due 8 weeks before departure.

Refundable security deposit - 2024 - £750.00


Taxi transfer 1 - 4 people £85.00
Taxi transfer 5 - 8 people £125.00

Any taxi prices shown are for 1 way journeys


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Ferragudo & Portimao Area

Discover Ferragudo & Portimão...

Things we love
"Ferragudo is renowned for amazing seafood restaurants and, as this region grows in popularity, there are now some atmospheric beach bars serving fish platters, barbecued food and cocktails. It’s the perfect place to watch the sunset. Boat trips and water sports can be booked at Portimao Marina – we highly recommend experiencing this area from the water as the coastline is very special."
Things to be aware of
"These resorts are further from Faro Airport so transfer by taxi is more expensive. We can arrange hire cars from the airport at competitive prices and we can supply local taxi company numbers for those nights out when no one wants to drive!"

If you require a hire car, transfers or any special requests, please contact us.


Any promotional codes can be entered at the final stage of the booking process.

The preferred arrival day for this villa is Flexible and the arrival time is 4pm
Checkout time is 10am

IMPORTANT - Villa dates sometimes need to be verified before we can confirm a booking therefore please DO NOT book your flights until we have checked your booking request and you have received our booking confirmation.