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Child Friendly River House


Excellent 5/5 Score from 12 reviews

Pool with Large Shallow Step for Toddlers

Villa | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

Ideal for families & 20 minutes from the beach. A baby friendly property with cots, high chair, baby den with tent, changing mat, bouncer, bottle sterilizer, stair gates, bed guards, toys & potties. A good selection of DVDs, board games, puzzles, cookery books for adults & kids.

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)
Access Car advised
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 (4), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 9
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Swing set, Trampoline, Private fishing lake or river
Access Parking
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.

Further details

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

T There are two trips the kids really love. The boat tours, from the Albufeira marina, to view the dolphins, caves & unique rock formations & the catamaran day trips, from the Villamoura marina, that includes a sardine beach BBQ & a dip in the ocean.

The golden flag Falesia beach, near Albufeira 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 & 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.

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.

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.


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.

The area around the villa is very peaceful as it is in a protected nature reserve and you are only 5 minutes away from the shops in S B Messines and 15 minutes from the historical town, Silves. Some of the best beaches in the Algarve, Falesia and Olhos d'Agua are only 20 minutes away.

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.

A typical Portuguese village, Alte, is extremely attractive and has a perfect shaded spot with cool spring waters. Fonte Grande is an ideal place to take the kids and their water inflatables for a day out when they have had too much sun. This area has picnic tables, BBQ facilities, cafe & restaurant. You can 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.

The River House villa's sunset pool deck has un-interrupted views of the river and hills and is ideal for bird watching or star gazing.

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.

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.

The self guided walking map of the area around the villa 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.

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11 Sep 2014


"An outstanding villa in and idyllic location"

A fabulous villa in an idyllic location. Perfect for a family visit which included 4 children aged 4 and under. The villa is equipped to an extremely high standard and the local manager made sure the … More

The views are beautiful and every window has a gorgeous view. Thank you for looking after the villa during your stay and we really look forward to your next visit.

26 Jun 2014


"Perfect holiday destination for our family and friends"

I travelled to the River House with my husband and 10 month old baby together with another family of 3 with a baby and also one single friend. The house accommodated us all wonderfully. The five bedro… More

We are happy to hear that you had an amazing holiday at the River House and that you found the villa so comfortable and well equipped. My husband loves the BBQ too and refers to it as the space ship! Unfortunately we lost our TV channels when the satellite was repositioned but we are looking into other options so that we can provide a variety of TV channels including British. The installations of the baths are on our to do list! Thank you for taking your time to provide us with your feedback and we hope you have the opportunity to stay with us again in the not too distant future :-)

9 Jan 2014


"Fabulous house in a beautiful tranquil location - great for all kinds of groups."

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in October - it is so peaceful, very spacious and extremely well equipped (especially for babies). We always tried to make it back to the house for sunset by the pool as… More

10 Sep 2013


"good, well-set up house in nice spot"

We stayed at the River house with 6 children under 6 (!) and one other couple. Its a very well set up house for kids - good number of bedrooms and bathrooms, very safe (but very small) simming pool, e… More

21 Aug 2013


"A stunnig Villa in a simply beautiful location... and perfect with kids!"

We've just arrived back from a truely memorable stay and can only say Thank - you to Cheryl the owner for delivering on all of the website promise. The River House is such a wonderful Villa, in a… More

You are very welcome! Thank you for looking after the villa so well and we look forward to your next visit :-)

8 May 2013


"Couldn't have asked for more"

This house is beautiful. The kitchen is fantastic and perfect for large groups of people. It is also in the most amazing location with fantastic views of the river and enjoying complete peace and quie… More

4 Jul 2012


"Beautiful house in a fantastic location with everything you need."

Our recent stay at the River House in the Algarve was absolutely perfect. It was a beautiful house in a fantastic location. We have been telling all our friends about it and we look forward to returni… More

19 Jun 2012


"A wonderful stay at a very peaceful location but close enough to all activities to enjoy them."

We had a brilliant time and the house was everything we expected. From the generous welcome pack to the nice pool which all ages enjoyed, We would thoroughly recommend this property. I t made our firs… More

12 Sep 2011


"Child friendly luxury at reasonable prices in a peaceful setting"

We have just returned from a wonderful week at the river house. It is so difficult to find somewhere child friendly without compromising on luxury but this property really ticks all the boxes. It is i… More

23 Aug 2011


"Great quality and stylish accomodation in a peacefull setting."

The river house provides eally good quality accomodation in a remote, peacefull setting. This house has plenty of space. The living room has high ceilings, 3 sets of sofas and airconditiong. All th… More

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