Villa | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
Ideal for families with a good selection of DVDs, board games, puzzles, cookery books for adults & kids. A baby friendly property with cots, high chair, baby den with tent, changing mat, bouncer, bottle sterilizer, stair gates, bed guards, toys & potties.
Outdoor swings, trampoline & table tennis to keep the kids amused. Adult bikes with tail-gators & a bike trailer stroller jogger seat buggy for the wee one. Quad bike adventures are a 10 minute walk. Pony Club every Saturday near Loule is 20 minutes away.
Great location for sunsets & star gazing. Walking and cycling map details picnic spots, hunters look out posts, bird feeders and all routes start and end at the River House. Meals in the fridge/freezer can be arranged. The main town is less than a 5 minute drive with supermarkets, banks, pharmacy, take away outlets, coffee shops etc.
The villa benefits from its own private enclosed infinity splash pool, with a shallow large step perfect for toddlers. Downstairs bedrooms have double patio doors leading onto the lawn and pool. Upstairs bedrooms have Juliet balconies with views of the river and hills. Lounge with large screen TV. Large kitchen with a large island & has folding doors opening onto an al fresco shaded eating area for 12. Garden is well lit for night entertainment. Modern bathrooms, two having double basins. Hairdryers in all the bathrooms.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Albufeira, golden flag Falesia, life guards in sea 25 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Faro, about 45 minutes 40 km, Nearest railway: S.B.Messines 3 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||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (6), Double beds (2), Cots (3), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 9|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Swing set, Trampoline|
|Further details indoors|
All bedrooms can be made up as single beds or king size beds. A docking station for your ipod is available and there are portable outdoor speakers for around the pool and garden.
In addition to the large screen TV with DVD player a smaller TV with built in DVD player is available to place in any bedroom.
3 large comfortable Lara Ashley sofas in the lounge. Indoor dining seating is possible for 12 in the lounge or the kitchen. Kitchen is well equipped for kids baking - novelty cakes (car & rabbit), jelly and chocolate moulds.
Baby/Toddler Equipment: 2 High Chairs, Baby Bouncer, Baby Den with Tent, Bed Guard, Changing Mat, Baby Bath, Potty, Mosquito Net, Toys, DVDs for Toddlers, Stair Gates, 3 Cots with Linen
Children: Swings, Trampoline, Table Tennis
Bicycle Equipment: 3 Adult Bicycles, 2 Tail-gators, Seat Buggy/Jogger/Stroller
Serviced: Maid service and towel change twice a week on request, Linen and towel change weekly
Meals: Home Cooked Meals Delivered, Meals In The Freezer, Cook On Site/Off Site
|Further details outdoors|
The shaded outdoor area has seating for 12 diners leading off the kitchen. 4 Large umbrellas are available & the garden has many mature trees providing shade. A large gas BBQ is provided. 6 Wicker sunbeds have thick cushions and 3 are of a mesh design. Cars can be parked under the mature cork oak trees.
Swimming pool measurements - The half circle (mushroom cup shape) has a 3.00m radius & a diameter of 6.00m with depths of 1.0 to 1.5m. The mushroom stem (step) is 1.5 by 2m with depths of of 0.25m. The mushroom step is an ideal paddling pool for the younger ones. Pool is enclosed with lockable gate.
A small welcome pack is provided and a complimentary light meal (rolls, cheese, ham etc) on arrival. Change over day is preferably on Saturdays during high season. Minimum booking of three nights for short breaks.
Linen and towels (swimming and bath) are included.
I have 2 comprehensive folders at the house with information about the Algarve and activities for all ages.
Distances from The River House by car
Shopping in Messines - 3 minutes (supermarkets, bank, post office, coffee shops, restaurants)
Shopping at The Algarve Centre - 15 minutes (bowling and cinema English films
Silves - 10 minutes (Historical town, castle, archeology, cathedral)
Alte - 15 minutes ((Typical & prettiest Algarve village; swim in the natural springs or waterfall)
Water Parks - 10 - 15 minutes
Golf courses - 15 minutes
Beach - 25 minutes (Golden flag, Falesia, Albufeira)
Restaurants - Vale Fuzeiros 10 minutes, selection of 3 typical Portuguese restaurants
Stables - 2 minutes (lessons, hacks, summer camp)
Quad bike adventures - 2 minutes
Monchique - - 30 minutes (hot thermal spas)
Highest peaks in the Algarve for panoramic views (Foia & Picota) - 45 minutes
Sheraton Algarve, Pine Cliffs - 30 minutes
The Algarve region
Visit our guides for suggestions on holiday activities in the Algarve, greatholidaylocations.com/things-to-do/
There are two trips the kids realy love. The boat tours, from the Albufeira marina, to view the dolphins, caves & unique rock formations and the catamaran day trips, from the Villamoura marina, that includes a sardine BBQ on the beach & a dip in the ocean.
Falesia beach , near Albufeira, has been awarded the golden flag & has a variety of water sports on the beach. Villamoura also has a lovely beach with water sports & has a marina with a variety of shops and restaurants.
Ria Formosa, a natural park with lots of opportunity to do bird watching. Take a boat from Olhlia to the islands & spend the day on the beach. Olhlia has a large fish market & vegetable market well worth a visit. The church built of bones can be seen in this town.
There are a variety of food festivals (sardine, seafood, Portuguese food etc) during most months in the Algarve.
Family fun at the water parks (Slide & Splash at Lagoa), a visit to the zoo (Zoo Lagos) with 'monkey islands' are brilliant or Zoomarine oceanarium (Guia) with an opportunity to swim with the dolphins are close by.
Wine tours (various tour options) in Guia, near Albufeira, at Adega do Cantor translates to Winery of the Singer, Sir Cliff Richard.
A range of shops, eateries, bowling alley, 9 screen cinema & Nike outlet at the Algarve shopping centre (Guia), 15 minutes away. Pottery outlets in Porches & Monchique.
Albufeira old town with it's pretty cobbled streets, is a lively town & has loads of restaurants, shops & night life in São João ("the strip") to enjoy. The beautiful beach, Oura, is just a short distance from the bottom end of the strip.
Lagos lies on the river & the beaches are a few minutes away from the town. It has historical interests, cobbled streets, lively bars that can be found on the Rua 25 de Abril (main street).
Kayaking near Lagos is a great way to explore the caves along the coast.
The Moorish town, Silves, is on the river & has a castle, cistern well in the archaeological museum, magnificent cathedral & the Cruz de Portugal (Cross of Portugal). Lots of shops & lovely restaurants to enjoy. Rui's restaurant is very good for seafood, the English Cafe near the castle has great views or try one of the riverside restaurants.
Silves is the perfect setting for the annual Medieval Festival in August with it s narrow, cobbled streets leading up to the castle to a medieval market place. Trestle tables & hay bales are laid out next to the barbecues & spit roasts in the "dining" area & strolling musicians & jugglers entertain.
The two week Silves Beer Festival in July is held in the Fabrique do Ingles. There are many restaurants & live entertainment throughout the summer months including state of the art laser shows.
Alte is a typical Portuguese village & extremely attractive. Picnic tables, BBQ facilities, cafe & restaurant can be found at at Fonte Grande where you can to enjoy a swim in the lovely cool waters. The large handicraft shop where you are sure to find something Portuguese is well stocked with linen, pottery, lavender oil etc. Walk (or drive) out of the village & along the river for about 2km to the Queda Vigario, the largest waterfall in the Algarve.
Caldas de Monchique was a fashionable spa in the early 20s. Famous for it warm springs. Have lunch in the quiet square under tall shady trees. The region is well known for its medronho (brandy made from the fruit of the strawberry tree) & the scissor chair (wooden chair). There is a pleasant walk in the forest along a stream. En route to Caldas de Monchique visit the Foia peak (902m) the highest mountain in the Serra de Monchique & enjoy views of the entire Algarve coast on a clear day.
Enjoy bird watching or star gazing from the River House's sunset pool deck over looking the river.
The level of the water surrounding the property is dependent on the amount of rainfall in the rainy season. The level of water starts dropping from May & the river can reduce to a mere stream in August otherwise it is a lovely spot for course fishing at the bottom of the garden; close & safe for kids. I can recommend a fishing shop where you can get your fishing gear from.
Spring has a wonderful show of wild flowers. The cistus with its grey-green leaves produces masses of white flowers that shimmer in the sunlight.
Learn a Skill on Holiday programmes offering photography,craft (mosaic or felting) or horse riding courses through out the year. Details on request.
Quad bike adventures suitable for all ages is a mere 10 minute walk from the River House. Days trips into the hills with lunch can be arranged.
The River House walking guide map for self guided walking & cycling with picnic spots, hunters lookout posts & bird feeders marked on the map. All routes start & end at the River House.
There are 4 mountain bikes on site can be used at your own risk at no extra charge.
Bike rental at the stables if more are required. Walking map can be used for cycle routes.
We're half way on the Via Algarviana, a walking/cycling/horse riding path that runs between Lower Guadiana & Cape St Vincent.
The Silves municipal walking route passes the house to the church on the hill . A tiled plague describes the battle scene in detail that took place over 100 years ago.
A day trip to Villa Termal Das Caldas De Monchique, offers a variety of well being programs, thermal treatments & spa programs. The waters are believed to have medicinal properties. The Hilton hotel also offers fantastic spa programs.