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Unique Hilltop Windmill

39 reviews
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3 bedrooms
1 bathroom
7 guests
7 nights minimum
Rental Home
The mill is a magical hilltop haven, a beautiful and unique private home that is occasionally let to the lucky traveller seeking something private, secluded and special. Perfect for couples escaping for a romantic break and families alike. Flipkey Top Vacation Rental Winner 2013, 2012 and 2011. Selected by TripAdvisor as the 2011 number 1 Unique Holiday Rental and voted number 3 in the World's Top 10 Quirky Holiday Rentals 2010. The grounds of the mill are divided into different garden areas with 3 different dining areas where you can enjoy or avoid the sun at your leisure or swim in a wonderful bio-pool. A sand terrace surrounds half the mill, perfect for relaxing, doing a spot of Yoga, (mat supplied) or letting children run free, or for a good game of Petanque. There's a tree swing,...The mill is a magical hilltop haven, a beautiful and unique private home that is occasionally let to the lucky traveller seeking something private, secluded and special. Perfect for couples escaping for a romantic break and families alike. Flipkey Top Vacation Rental Winner 2013, 2012 and 2011. Selected by TripAdvisor as the 2011 number 1 Unique Holiday Rental and voted number 3 in the World's Top 10 Quirky Holiday Rentals 2010. The grounds of the mill are divided into different garden areas with 3 different dining areas where you can enjoy or avoid the sun at your leisure or swim in a wonderful bio-pool. A sand terrace surrounds half the mill, perfect for relaxing, doing a spot of Yoga, (mat supplied) or letting children run free, or for a good game of Petanque. There's a tree swing, and a tree chair and a hammock slung between an almond and an olive tree. The bio-pool (8m x 3m) is 2m deep and perfect for a cooling swim. The pool is chemical free and filtered by a water garden of aquatic plants. It was designed in partnership with the designer behind the award winning pool at Hampton Court. There is free wifi, books, a well stocked DVD library, a PS3, cards and boardgames, binoculars, body boards, balls and lots more for guests to enjoy. A welcome pack of local wine and food greets every guest so you can arrive unprepared and not worry. Also there's a detailed information pack full of useful information. Situated in an ecological reserve the mill stands on a hill overlooking the plains that roll their way from the Atlantic coast to the Spanish border. Tucked away near the delightful village of Santa Luzia, between the historic town of Ourique and the picturesque Odemira the mill may be secluded but it is not isolated. The mill is a perfect base for birdwatching, cycling, stargazing, walking, horse riding and exploring. It is just a ten minute walk to the local village shops and restaurant, and a fifteen minute drive to the nearest town, banks and supermarkets etc. Fabulous beaches are 30 minutes away and wonderful lakes are much closer, and great walks straight from the back door. It's also the ultimate retreat for those wanting to get away from it all. More
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About the Owner
Mark E
Languages spoken:English, French, Spanish
Response Rate:67%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:November 2009
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Reviewed August 29, 2018

When we booked we had high hopes of a truly relaxing and peaceful holiday at the mill. When we arrived it surpassed all our expectations, we settled in straight away and this stunning, unique place was home for the next 8 days. There were a...More

Date of stay: August 2018
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Reviewed September 5, 2017 via mobile

This is our second visit and we will be visiting for a third time next year. We just love the uniqueness of this fabulous property in rural setting with peaceful vistas. As a photographer I like to view the Mill at different times of the...More

Date of stay: June 2017
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millonthehill, VR Owner at Unique Hilltop Windmill, responded to this reviewResponded September 7, 2017

Thanks so much for the lovely review and for the magical photos you've shared with us :) R&M xx

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Reviewed June 3, 2017 via mobile

This is our second visit to Mill on the Hill. The pool is warm, the views are fab. The Mill has everything you need for a relaxing trip but close to beaches and a train ride for a day trip toLisbon

Date of stay: June 2017
Thank barrym596
Reviewed December 28, 2016

Overlooking the village and with views up to the horizon the windmill's location is truly extraordinary. Away from everything yet near enough to the coast this place let's you unwind. Kids loved feeding the goats coming uphill and of course the resident cat. We had...More

Date of stay: October 2016
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millonthehill, VR Owner at Unique Hilltop Windmill, responded to this reviewResponded December 29, 2016

Thank you for the lovely review. Very much appreciated and we're so very glad you enjoyed your stay. Mark & Rachel

Reviewed July 4, 2016

A beautiful mill sensitively adapted to afford peace and tranquil relaxtion within an eco-friendly environment. Total antidote to today's high pressured life style, swim in the eco-pool, relax in the hammock, take in the unspoilt landscape and wonder at the night sky free from light...More

Date of stay: June 2016
2  Thank pjcnfk
millonthehill, VR Owner at Unique Hilltop Windmill, responded to this reviewResponded August 6, 2016

Thank you for the lovely review. It means a lot to us :)

Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Washer
Outdoor Dining Area
Towels Provided
Paper Towels Provided
Private Yard
Cycling Trips
Books
Hairdryer
TV
Parking
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
Playground
Horse Riding Nearby
Internet Access
Swingset
Toaster
Stove
Grill
Local Guides/Maps
Fishing Nearby
Alarm Clock
Blender
Freezer
Cable/satellite TV
Soap/Shampoo Provided
Iron
Stereo System
Microwave
Balcony
Private Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Terrace
Fireplace
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About the neighborhood
Roads are quiet, beaches, about a 40 minute drive, are lovely and have space, prices are low, amenities are good, the people are friendly and you get a real taste of what is best about Portugal. The climate is southern Californian. Once known as the bread basket of Portugal the region has always been associated with food. If you like pork then here you will truly taste it. You'll probably rediscover the taste of onions and find out what supermarkets stole from the humble tomato. Fare is simple but fabulous. Porco Preto will steal your soul and the region's wine will find it.
Getting around
There is a main line train station on the Lisbon - Faro line, 8km from the mill at Funcheira.
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