From their slightly elevated position in the hills between Luz and Burgau, Mazulis Cottages enjoy alluring views over a semi-rural landscape to the sea.
Relaxing in the flower-filled grounds, surrounded by the scent of sweet almond blossom and the melodies of birdsong, it is easy to lose all sense of time and place, yet the small and pleasantly laid-back beach resorts of Luz and Burgau are just a couple of kilometres away.
Both boast beautiful sandy coves framed by rocky cliffs, a sprinkling of good local restaurants, a handful of shops and even the odd bar. For the occasional, livelier night out, the bustling little town of Lagos with its interesting craft shops and thriving street art scene can be reached by car in 10-15 minutes.
There are five cottages (plus Maria's own house) offering the choice of an open plan studio for two people or two one-bedroomed cottages. Inside, the cottages are roomy and simply furnished,with open plan kitchens and modern shower rooms.Two of the studios have been newly built for the 2002 season and are located away from the rest of the residence.
All the properties have twin beds, and both one-bedroomed cottages contain one sofa bed in the living area to accommodate a further one person. Although three of the cottages are attached, each of these has its own spacious terrace and garden area with views over the countryside and steps leading down to the swimming pool.
What adds particular charm to each cottage is the inclusion of Maria's own ceramic works, for as weIl as running her small residence, she is also a master potter and ceramics artist.
Azulejo tiles are Maria's particular speciality and she breathes new life into this traditional Portuguese art through the introduction of contemporary motifs and colours.
Part of Mazuli's Cottages' appeal is the genuine Portuguese hospitality that awaits each guest, as Maria who speaks English likes to ensure that her guests feel thoroughly at home. Each cottage has its own barbecue.