The property is perfect for a family holiday in a relaxed setting and comprises a main house and two adjacent studio's with their own on-suites. In total the property can accommodate up to 8 persons.
The main house has been lovingly restored in the traditaional style, but with all mod-cons including dishwasher, washing machine, large fridge/freezer and bottle fridge, and comprising two double bedrooms, bathroom with shower and toilet, lounge with log burning stove (wonderful for cosy winter nights). The main bedroom has recently been extended with en-suite bathroom, air conditioning and French doors leading out on to one of the patios. All other bedrooms including in the studios have air-conditioning. The roof terrance provides full 360 degree views and is the perfect location to watch sunsets. The ceilings of the house and studios are all restored to original cane thatch so keeping the rooms cooler in the hotter months, and there are lots of shaded patio areas.
Outside the studios is an additional kitchen area (covered) with sinks, plug points, lighting and tiled work top area's.
The whole place is perfect for a large group, as you are not all living in one house so you can have some private space and even independent breakfast if you so wish.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Tavira Island and Praia da Barril 4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Faro 18 km, Nearest railway: Tavira 2 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player, Sea view|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 3 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Double beds (3), Single beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The house is one of the oldest in the area, it is sad but most old houses are being knocked down these days, so we are proud of the renovations!
There is furniture and benches on the patio's, there is also plenty of shade from the old Carob trees with a hammock for siesta's!
The roof terrace is accessed by steps outside and has breathtaking views down the Asseca Valley and to the hills beyond. To the front are views of the sea, infact all around the property there are far reaching views.
The pool is across the carob shaded gravel parking area at the front of the house, there is a split level decked area around the pool at the back is a raised, thatched covered area which catches the breeze, there are sunbeds, the pool area also has lighting.
The mature garden is full of olive and fruit trees and there are no other houses that overlook the property.
|Further details outdoors|
There is a large stone built barbecue in between the house and studio's.
The pool is cleaned once a week sometimes twice in the hot months
Linen and towels are changed once a week
Someone will be there to welcome you when you arrive and be on hand if you have any problems
Change over days are Saturday and Sundays but we can be flexible
The Eastern Algarve is not as developed as the western Algarve so it retains more old world charm!
The region is part of the Ria Formosa which is a very beautiful natural wildlife reserve, so many coastal area's cannot be developed hence hardly any high rise yet!
The Blue Flag beaches are stunning white sand, and stretch for miles with beach cafes and restaurants dotted along the way.
Inland there are gently rising hills with wonderful views of the coast and pretty villages nestling in the hillsides.
Villa Real is a very pretty town sitting beside the river which divides Spain and Portugal, it is famous for its top quality linen and towels at bargain prices, plus you can catch the ferry (5 min's) across to Ayamonte in Spain!
Spain is a stones throw away from Tavira (30 min's) and Ayamonte is a town worth visiting for its narrow cobbled streets, market, different culture, plus lots of good cheap Spanish wine! There is an off road 4x4 excursion from here over the sand dunes and beaches.
There is a Fast Train to Lisbon from Faro if you want to visit Lisbon even for a day (Leave at 7.30am, return at 5.30pm) and very cheap!
Temperatures on the Eastern Algarve tend to be a little higher than the western side usually from May - October you can virtually guarantee sunshine, but then the Algarve is famous for all year round sunshine! We have seen people sunbathing on the beach in January!
Our property sits on top of a hill overlooking the Asseca Valley to the rear and the coast to the front. Serro Da Zorra means "Hill of the Fox" The views are stunning, especially from the roof terrace in the evening.
We have a very "different" style restaurant within walking distance of the house run by a former French chef. It is a must and not expensive, kids are welcome, he only seats about 12 max so its quite intimate.
The river Gilao flows out of the Asseca and cuts through Tavira. Just at the back of our house about 3 miles away there is beautiful waterfall, where you can take a picnic and go for walks. In fact there are loads of places to walk right outside our gate.
Tavira is a beautiful town and is fiercly protective of its heritage the buildings are restored not pulled down! The streets are narrow and cobbled with many small bars and restaurants. The river divides the town, so many of the bars/restaurants are by the river along with the fishing boats! The main square hosts craft fairs, dances, local bands and other celebrations during the summer months.
At the far end of the town is the small ferry terminal for Tavira Island, a 5 minute journey where there are restaurants, sunbeds and shades, the beach is long, backed by sand dunes you can get away from the crowds if you do come across any! The last ferry back is about 11pm. You can also pick up a water taxi to Cabanas a fishing village 5 minutes down the coast. There are many other pristine beaches. Our favourite is Praia da Barril, a few km west of Tavira, which is gentle sloping, has great 'sand-castle' sand, and selection of restaurants at the back of the beach. You can access the beach on foot or on a small train, which is great for the kids.
The market is a must on Saturday not only to buy fresh fish and vegetabels but to people watch too!
The weather in Tavira is pretty hot in July/August, to catch the breeze there is always the beach, the top decking at the house! or the hammock! The Algarve is famous for its year round sunshine, it does rain sometimes but usually never in the summer. Saying that we have sat outside for breakfast in January many times!