Villa | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 5
The villa was recently built in traditional Alentejo style, offers comfortable modern air-conditioned accommodation for holidays or long lets all year round. It has a double en suite bedroom and a twin bedroom with a further single bed on a mezzanine level above the lounge.
Recently the villa gained 'Alojamento Local' approval from the local council, which means the villa fully meets safety and comfort standards.
The villa stands in its own grounds within 25 acres of wilderness including two lakes. Outside is a totally private pool with a large sun patio. A large covered patio provides for shaded dining and lounging.
The villa is set in 25 acres of wild terrain. Three large hills surround a long valley that has been landscaped with two lakes, the water levels are subject to the amount of rainfall. One end of the property has a forested environmental area, while opposite end is bounded by a small river that freely flows in winter.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Vila Nova de Milfontes 60 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Faro 110 km, Nearest railway: Funcheiro 3 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Air conditioning, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (3), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Swing set|
|Further details indoors||
Inside is a large high ceiling air conditioned lounge/diner with a wood burning stove for winter evenings. Further heating is via electric radiators and a gas convector.
The villa has 2 air conditioned bedrooms allowing comfortable nights even at the height of the summer. During the winter these provide heating. One bedroom is a double with an en-suite bathroom, the second bedroom a twin. Hairsryers are provided in both bedrooms.
A third single bed is provided on a mezzanine floor and is suitable for a teenager.
|Further details outdoors||
A large covered veranda provides plentiful shade from the morning and afternoon sun. In late afternoon the the sun floods the veranda giving optimum conditions for evening drinks and dining.
The tiled below ground pool was constructed in 2008, has deep and shallow ends with internal steps for easy access. The use of modern salt technology means that the water does not contain heavy doses of chemicals and is very kind to the skin.
The lakes attract a variety of wading birds and wildfowl as well as supporting numerous frogs.
Depending on the season, the following birds can be seen around the villa: Special birds that can be seen from the villa - Azure Winged Magpie, Black, Red and Black Winged Kites, Booted and Short Toed Eagles, Short Toed Treecreeper, Golden Oriole, Montagu Harrier, Woodchat Shrike, Southern Grey Shrike and a variety of larks and warblers.
Just 20 km away is an important birding area, Castro Verde Plains - where visits can be arranged to see rare steppe birds including Great and Little Bustards, Black Bellied Sandgrouse and Lesser Kestrel.
Just a 2 km stroll away is the small village of Garvão, with local bars, restaurants and shops. The surrounding area is ideal for walking, birdwatching, fishing and riding.
Linen and towels are provided for use in the villa. Please bring your own beach and pool towels.
As guests may arrive late a welcome supply of a few basic items up a about 20 euros is provided free of charge.
The Alentejo region
The villa is situated in the Alentejo region of Portugal, it lies just to the north of the well known Algarve. The Alentejo shares the same benign climate as the Algarve but is entirely different in its people and culture. It is said that the Alentejo is the old Portugal, there is virtually no industry and pollution, instead laid back villages in peaceful farming land characterises the region.
The terrain changes from areas of mountains and lakes to vast plains with cork and olive trees. The west coast has beautiful beaches that sit within nature reserves. Portugal is famous for its year round sun, the hottest months are July and August with temperatures about 30C. In the winter frosts are rare and midday eating outside is a pleasure.
The surrounding area is very sparsely populated compared with most of Europe. The close proximity of lakes means that many species of birds visit the area. Numerous tracks are available for walking though beautiful terrain.
The small town of Milfontes, 45 mins away on the west coast, is well worth a visit. Set on a river estuary the views are spectacular. To the north and south is the wild Atlantic coast set in a national park. Apart from late July and August when the Portuguese throng to the beach the area has few visitors.
Further afield, the following places are recommended: Beja, the district capital is 45 mins by car boasts an attractive old town, other totally unspoilt places worth a visit are Castro Verde, Odemira, Castro da Cola and Mertola.
A few miles away is Funcheiro station that has regular services, to Lisbon, Faro and Beja allowing relaxing day trips.
Just 4 km away is Lake Rocha, large irregular expanse of water that is home to wildlife. Fishing is popular and most of the year absolute tranquillity can be found. Boating is permitted on the lake but silence is preserved with a ban on motorised craft.
Garvão is an easy walk and has at least 7 bars despite its small size. Local food is served in most bars. Also within the village is a mini market, bakers, post office, cash machine and chemist among other smaller shops.
The village boasts its own bullring and has about two events a year. In contrast to Spain, Portuguese bullfights are more concerned with the skill of the horses are the bravery of the men. The bull is not killed, the bullfight ends with a man jumping between the horns of the bull and then with help wrestling the bull to a calm standstill. A herd of cows then appear and the bull meekly trots after then out of the ring.