Holiday Villa Algarve - Idyllic holidays in the hidden Algarve

Lemon Tree Cottage is a well appointed two bedroom self catering holiday villa offering an
unusually private and peaceful location in the heart of the rural Algarve. Only a 15 min drive
from Loulé and 25 min from Faro airport.
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About Us

After travelling extensivly we visited the Algarve for the first time in October 2013 and decided that this was ‘the’ place abroad that we had talked of for so many years.

We returned in July 2014 and after staying at Lemon Tree Cottage for 11 nights we loved it so much that we decided to buy it. We become the new owners of LTC and Vivenda Madeira in October 2014. It will be exciting for us and the locals as new arrivals are a rare occurrence in Corcitos.

Our lovely neighbour Noemia has made us most welcome and is very generous with her hospitality and the produce from her horta. She collects the carob beans from our trees each August and will help us collect our olives in November. It will be very satisfying when, in January, we all go to the Lagar (olive oil mill) near São Bras to collect the azeite (olive oil) produced from our own olives. It apparently tastes like no other!

The previous owners have worked very hard during the past ten years to construct the gardens and it will be a never ending labour of love for us to improve the property. The almond blossom is a particular joy in late January and the vibrant green leaves that emerge shortly afterwards are the harbingers of a new vibrancy. Our gardens come alive during spring and autumn when blossom is plentiful. The heat of summer would turn much of the garden brown but for the nightly irrigation. It is a great pleasure to sit outside somewhere in the garden with a glass of wine during the cooler evenings.

Lemon Tree Cottage was built in 2010 so that the previous owners growing family could come to spend time with them. Lemon Tree Cottage is available to other guests whenever family aren’t occupying it. Some friends / guests simply love Portugal and visit 3~4 times a year. One couple have stayed at LTC ten times now.

Our Green Credentials...

We are as ‘eco-friendly’ as we possibly can be. We have a 3.6 kW solar PV system to generate electricity and offset what we consume. Both properties benefit from having their own solar hot water systems. Some say that we won’t get our money back and we’re silly to invest in the equipment. However, we believe that we should minimise our carbon footprint wherever possible. With over 300 days of sunshine annually there is abundant renewable energy for free. In both Lemon Tree Cottage and Vivenda Madeira we have low energy lighting throughout most of the property. We take water from our own borehole in the orchard. The water has been tested and proven safe to drink. But, the water from the local Fonte (Fonte das Vinhas) actually tastes better. Our swimming pool is a salt-water pool and sanitation is achieved without chemicals. Backwash water can therefore be used in the garden for irrigation. Rubbish recycling facilities locally are excellent and, with over 7000 ‘Ecopoints’ in the region, the Algarve is Portugal’s No 2 region in terms of kilograms recycled per capita and this is despite the population increasing by nearly 100% during August and the summer months when many tourists visit the Algarve.

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Villa in the Algarve with pool, Lemon Tree Cottage, owner Lizzie Wood
Villa in the Algarve with pool, Lemon Tree Cottage, owner Mike Wood
Villa in the Algarve with pool, Lemon Tree Cottage, our neighbour Noemia
Our neighbour Noemia
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