House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Quinta de Oxalá is a stunning restoration of an old farm cottage and is filled with interesting antique details and furnishings. The big sitting room with wooden floors is a special place to relax. The house is uniquely designed and perfect for a family holiday, or romantic getaway. Children love to roam the property looking for fossils. There are plenty of spaces for everyone to find a favourite spot both indoors and outdoors. Three separate verandas, two sitting rooms and many outdoor areas to choose from. You can decide to dine indoors, on the spacious veranda or under an old carob tree shading the barbecue area overlooking the swimming pool. There is plenty of seating. Below the pool is a vine shaded terrace. A shaded bench beneath olive trees overlooks the water-lily pond. The farmhouse sits in countryside on the fringes of a small, unspoiled village with a church that is a national monument.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Ferragudo 4 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Faro 58 km, Nearest railway: Estombar 500 m|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|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 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors||
•In the main house is one double bedroom and one twin bedded room and two bathrooms, there is space for the cot in either room.
•Beside the pool is the Carob Tree Suite consisting of a double bedroom, a twin bedroom, a bathroom and a sunny veranda.
•The dining room, kitchen and smaller sitting room give out onto the long, wide shaded veranda.
•Next to the hall and big living room is the entrance veranda that looks out toward the lily-pond.
•The farmhouse is ideal for two families or three generations who wish to holiday together.
•A spacious secluded courtyard for private sunbathing.
|Further details outdoors||
The rooms and verandas have ramps or gentle slopes to make pram and wheelchair access easy, there is even a ramp into the pool. Maid service 3 days a week ensures a relaxed holiday.
Depending on the season you will be able to pick fresh figs, plums, peaches, olives, medlars or grapes, crack your own almonds or collect herbal teas, and the lemons are ready to pick at any time of year. The baker stops at the top of the lane by the cafe every morning, the ice-cream van and the market gardener come by on a Saturday. The farmer grazes his sheep in his fields next door. The pond is full of water lilies, goldfish, and of course, frogs.
The cottage is available for long winter lets from October to February. The sitting room has underfloor heating and a log fireplace and the airconditioning also heats the house. It is a very comfortable and secure place to stay, and children and wheelchairs users are welcome. Should you wish to bring a nurse or a nanny there is a small separate, self contained apartment. Maid service. Please email for price and conditons.
The Algarve region
Algarve was known as the garden of Portugal, the range of hills and Monchique mountain protect it from the north and keep the temperature a few degrees warmer than the rest of Portugal. The main crop was olives, figs and almonds. This farm is a remnant of that time. Estombar was settled in Roman times and then later by the Moors, this is evident in names of the narrow, white streets. Its castle is one of the dozen on the Portguese 'Escudo', but is now just four stone walls at the end of my mother's garden, Not long ago most of the villagers of Estombar used to work in the sardine factories that surrounded the estuary of the River Arade close by. The fabulous sandy beaches of nearby Carvoeiro and Ferragudo protected by golden cliffs are its present day attraction.
This is a country cottage only ten minutes from many of the beautiful sandy beaches of Carvoeiro and Ferragudo. Only five minutes drive away are two 19 hole golf courses. The little village of Estômbar is only walking distance, where there is a market every weekday morning for fresh bread, meat, fish and vegetables, and there are plenty of small grocery stores, busy cafes and great local restaurants. Estômbar is one of the few villages in the Algarve as yet untouched by tourism. No hotels, resorts or caravan parks; it is still quiet and authentic with its twin-steepled heritage church which celebrates holy days with a canopied procession. The historical ancient Moorish capital city of Silves is just nine kilometres away. Within less than five kilometres are many different Atlantic beaches and resorts, golf courses, the towns of Portimão and Lagoa, a waterslide-park, and the freshwater natural spring pools and amphitheater at the nearby Fontes which holds a summer jazz festival. A kilometre from the cottage is Boca do Rio Club. Restaurant, indoor athletics pool, gymnasium and boat, waterski and board hire are abvailable.