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View of pool from the orchard

Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 19 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

Your piece of Portuguese paradise is located a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the Algarve yet its still only 25 minutes from the airport, sea and golf courses. This is the real Algarve which has fortunately remained totally Portuguese. Mesquita Alta is a little village and all your neighbours are Portuguese although most speak a bit of English. The villa is on an orchard full of Mediterranean fruit trees and part of the joy of staying here is picking your own fruit straight from the tree! Imagine fresh figs in August for breakfast or what about freshly squeezed grape juice in September with your lunch? You can even help pick the carob pods in summer too or help with the olive harvest in winter. What can be more special than returning with freshly pressed olive oil that you helped to produce! The villa has everything your heart desires for a great holiday with the added bonus of an orchard full of organically grown fruits. The pool can be heated in winter for an extra fee of £100 per week. TV with UK channels. Kitchen has a microwave, fridge, freezer, gas hob, oven, honesty larder and dishwasher. Honesty larder with basic necessities to get you started. Separate laundry room with washing machine and dryer. Brand new cot and mattress for junior citizens! The villa is ideal for exploring the unspoilt Algarve hinterland - or just relaxing by the pool and enjoying my villa library. There are lots of local walks nearby through the idyllic countryside of Sao Bras. You don't even have to cook as 3 min away is a lovely restaurant whose speciality is "Steak on the Stone." There is even a small local bar closeby with dancing on a Friday night in the basement ! This is where all the locals hang out!

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Ilha de Tavira 19 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 1.5 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Faro 19 km, Nearest railway: Faro 19 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, Staffed property
General TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites
Furniture Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden
Access Secure parking

The Algarve region

I have travelled all over the world for work and play and when I came to the Algarve hinterland I couldn't believe my luck in finding such an authentic piece of Portugal! Forget the high rises of the coast, forget rows and rows of restaurant chains and forget mass tourism - welcome to the Alternative Algarve where time has stood still....... Think of small whitewashed houses huddled together in wee villages around the imposing village church. Think of authentic Portugal where people are warm and friendly and there is pure Portuguese restaurants, bars and dinky little shops. Immerse yourself in rural bliss. Mesquita Alta is a lovely little village just outside S. Bras de Alportel which is a bustling market town with little shops and cafes clustered round the main square ideal for a mid morning coffee and pastel de nata. However, its piece de resistance is undoubtedly the lovely old area with its wee cottages and imposing church. To see this in spring when the jacaranda trees are in full bloom is truly aweinspiring! Just 19 km (20 min.) along the road is Tavira with Ilha de Tavira one of the top ten beaches in world or what about Rio Formoso one of the world's most photogenic natural reserves. Of course, you may not want to tear yourself away from the pool to see all those so I will willingly send you photos!! Or what about getting your supplies at the Loule gypsy market every Saturday morning? This is a true feast for the senses and showcases all the amazing local products that are yours for the trying! However, if you don't want to venture so far there is a smaller local market in S. Bras and a supermarket just 5 min by car or 20 minutes on foot from the villa.

Sao Bras de Alportel

What can I say? The Algarve hinterland is an amazing area where you can get really lost in the beautiful countryside and visit whitewashed villages clinging to the hillsides such as Alte a mere 40 min. by car through the hills from the villa. In fact you are more likely to think you are in Switzerland or Austria driving there as you inhale the smell of the pine trees and marvel at the views out across the hills. Or if you don't fancy driving one day why not take a bus from S. Bras to Faro and be dazzled by its old town. In fact Faro is not just about its airport its about a hidden gem of an old town that can't fail to take your breath away and ladies think shoes! In fact in all my life I have never seen so many fab shoe shops all in the same area!!

So if you want to experience the Alternative Algarve for a truly authentic Portuguese holiday this is the place for you!

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18 Sep 2014


"Highly recommended!"

3 women out to explore this part of Portugal and also chill out - couldn't have asked for a better location: plenty of countryside around the villa, even an exquisite restaurant Lagar da Mesquita… More

21 Aug 2014


"A pleasent place to recover from daily troubles"

A wonderful place with all convenience you could expect, far enough away from the coastline to let you find peace and this in an luxurious atmosphere. Ideal base to discover the surrounding area or … More

19 Aug 2014


"Fabulous residence"

The villa is perfectly located and well equiped. Close to the airport and to different beaches but away from crowded and noisy places.Nuno, the neighbour speaks excellent English and is very helpful i… More

4 Aug 2014



The villa is beautiful and also the pool is amazing. We hired a car and we arrived the beach und the most interresting cities only by 25 min. Opposite there is a bar which is very cool. And also a res… More

23 Jul 2014


"High quality accomodation in great rural location"

This villa is tastefully decorated and very well equipped. The gardens are really lovely with a fantastic swimming pool.

The location is perfect to explore the real authentic Portugal but still close enough to the wonderful Algarve beaches. Some great, well priced restaurants nearby. Jean provides information about these in her comprehensive information pack.

We recommend visits to the "praia de Barril" near Tavira and the old town in Loulé.

2 Jun 2014



From my first communication with Jean I knew that our stay in the villa would be fantastic and it exceeded our expectations. Jean gave us so much information on the villa, Sao Bras and surrounding are… More

13 Feb 2014



Although only a 35 minute drive from Faro, Villa Maria is situated In a lovely rural spot yet only five minutes from the nearest town of São Bras de Alportel. The Villa is really user friendly, well … More

20 Nov 2013



The villa and grounds are beautiful, very comfortable and luxurious with lots of added extras that you wouldn't expect, but go to making your holiday that extra bit special. We stayed for just a… More

22 Oct 2013


"Peace and Paradise in a wonderful rural setting"

We stayed at this villa in late August early September 2013 for just over one week. The villa itself is beautifully appointed, with extremely comfortable and good quality fittings and furniture throug… More

20 Oct 2013



What a fabulous holiday! We were picked up at the airport by Nuno who runs the bar opposite the villa. He was extremely kind and helpful throughout our stay. Great to have the bar so close with gre… More

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Languages spoken
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • German
  • Italian

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