Farmhouse | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Reached via a pretty lane from the village of Sao Romao, the Cottage at Quinta do Jardim nestles amongst oak, carob, olive and cypress trees between the coast and mountains close to the market towns of Loule and Sao Bras. This charming 2 bedroomed cottage has been lovingly restored to offer the guest contemporary comfort, whilst retaining many of its original features – including the original manger boxes!
The thick walls keep the house cool in summer and the spacious covered veranda, with its wooden refectory table, is perfect for al fresco dining. Steps lead to the fenced and gated private pool where you can find shade from an ancient olive tree. The spacious roof terrace has stunning views across the Algarve hills. The Cottage is the perfect retreat for those looking for the real Portugal in a secluded location whilst not far from the restaurants and attractions of the area.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Fuseta 20 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Faro 20 km|
|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||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||CD player, Satellite TV|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The veranda leads into the cosy sitting room with terracotta tiled floors and lovely wicker furniture and high raked bamboo ceilings The well equipped kitchen/diner still has the original stone work surface and refectory oak table with seating for 4. The original 18th Century manger stalls have been cleverly designed to form additional seating.
The kitchen leads down into a pretty tiled twin bedroom with traditional Portuguese furniture and a door leading onto the veranda. The spacious tiled family bathroom with bath with shower over, contemporary sink set into stone and a loo. The double bedroom is also traditionally furnished with free standing wardrobe and chest of drawers. The room also leads onto the veranda. The beautifully tiled en-suite bathroom has a shower cubicle, sink set into a stone surround and loo. The main rooms have ceiling fans which is sufficient to keep the house cool in summer due to the thick whitewashed stone walls.
|Further details outdoors|
The farmhouse is set in a pretty rural location enjoying wonderful countryside and hill views. A charming avenue of vines leads you through an archway onto the lovely shaded veranda in front of the cottage with BBQ and wooden dining table and chairs, which is a beautiful setting for eating lunch or simply relaxing.. An extensive terrace with sun beds and patio furniture leads down to the private, fenced and gated swimming pool which offers shade from an ancient olive tree.
Steps lead up to the huge roof terrace which is the perfect spot to enjoy a chilled glass of wine whilst taking in the stunning views and sunsets across the Algarve hills.
Sunday changeover - although this can be flexible in the quieter months. Included is a welcome pack. 20% deposit is taken at time of booking with the balance paid 6 weeks before arrival.
Included in the cost is a welcome pack of local produce. Beds are made up for arrival and house and pool towels are provided. The housekeeper comes in mid-week.
The Algarve region
The Cottage nestles on a lush, herb covered hillside between the coast and the mountains near to the market towns of Loule and Sao Bras de Alportel.
This is the secret heart of the Algarve where wild almond, fig and pomegranate trees grow around villages whose simple charms and whitewashed houses give the feeling of having stepped back in time.
There are numerous small towns and fishing villages on the coast between Faro and the Spanish border – particularly worth visiting is Olhao, which is renowned for its fish market and numerous seafood restaurants, and the elegant town of Tavira with its roman bridge spanning the water and riverside restaurants.
There is lots of water parks and entertainment for children – the Waterslide Park at Quarteira and the very popular Zoomarine at Guia which is close to Albufeira, where there are dolphin displays, seals and sea lions and fascinating tropical birds.
The Cottage is close to the pretty town of Loule with its Medieval castle and historic centre, much of which has retained its original charm. The narrow alleys of the old town are full of potters, saddlers and coppersmiths and a covered market selling seafood, fruits and vegetables alongside locally made pottery.
On Saturday's the town is vibrant with its market spilling into the surrounding streets and alleyways. A great opportunity to buy sardines, dried fruit and local game.
There is a large Continente supermarket – Portugal's answer to Sainsburys! Most supermarkets are open Monday to Saturday (9am to 10pm) and until 1pm on Sundays. Nearby Sao Bras has an Intermarche supermarket (that also sells newspapers and caters for English taste) and a farmers market on Saturdays where you can buy fruit, vegetables and seafood.
Nearby Sao Ramao has an excellent local cafe/bar & restaurant. Worth exploring is a local beauty spot - Fonte Ferrea - which is as yet to be discovered by tourists. This is an oasis of calm with its picnic area, fresh water springs, cafe, cork and eucalyptus trees.
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