Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Situated in undulating Algarve countryside, this pristine villa enjoys spectacular panoramic views overlooking the valley of the River Arade. The surrounding area is tranquil, the nearest neighbours being locals who grow their own fruit and keep goats, dogs, horses and chickens. There is a coffee bar in the village and horse riding stables nearby. Only 5 minutes drive is the town of Silves with it's ancient red stone castle, cathedral and architecture steeped in history, as well as an array of restaurants, bars, shops and supermarkets. Beyond that is the Monchique mountain, with fantastic views and traditional restaurants.
The lounge is a large double aspect room with comfy sofas, air conditioning(heating in Winter), a selection of books, and sliding patio doors opening out to a covered sun terrace with steps leading down to the large private safety-gated swimming pool and enclosed gardens. There is a fully fitted air conditioned (can be used as heater in the Winter) kitchen and dining room, with granite surfaces and equipped with dishwasher and washing machine. The property also benefits from free wi-fi internet access.
There are 3 spacious bedrooms, all with air conditioning - one double bedroom has an en-suite shower room, and the further twin bedded rooms share the family shower room.
Car hire, which we can arrange, is recommended.
The villa has a large private swimming pool with roman steps, and is lit at night. It is safety gated denying toddler access. The surrounding south-facing terrace is perfect for sunbathing all day long and has superb panoramic views of the countryside. There is also a large south facing covered terrace area for lounging and barbecue for al fresco dining, the outside dining area can be lit up at night, and the mature garden is fully enclosed.
**Air conditioning/heating is available throughout the year for an additional charge of £75/90€ p/w.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Armaçao de Pera 15 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||6 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Faro 60 km, Nearest railway: Silves Gare 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Algarve region
The Algarve, Portugal is considered by many to have one of the healthiest and most agreeable climates in the world ideal for the holidaymaker, golfer and outdoor sport enthusiast.
The Algarve enjoys long, dry summers with an average of 12 hours of sunshine per day, it's unusual to see any rain at all between early-June and mid-September.
In recent years, summer temperatures have averaged 28-30ºC, sometimes with highs sometimes in the 40ºs, but thanks to the freshening influence of the Atlantic breezes even summer days are comfortable.
Winters are mild and often equate to a typical Northern European spring with temperatures averaging about 16ºC and with around 6 to 8 hours of sunshine per day. The region's rainfall occurs mainly between the months of October and March and there is a pleasing variation between the four seasons of the year.
There are a vast array of thing to do and see in the Algarve. There are 4 large water parks Aquashow, Parque Atlantico, Aqualand and Slide & Splash. Slide and Splash at Lagoa and Aqualand at Alcantarilha are easily accessible and offer restaurant-cafeteria and bar facilities and several swimming pools in addition to a fantastic array of exciting ways to plunge yourself into the water at great speed. Toward the eastern end of the Algarve, near the town of Loulé there are two more excellent water parks, Aquashow and Parque Atlántico.
We can arrange return transport from your accommodation to any of the attractions featured here... prices upon request.
Zoomarine is the Algarve best family theme park. Here you can swim with Dolphins, see Lion and Birds of Prey shows, visit the 4D Cinema or the aquarium, or just enjoy the rides, the pool and the water slide.
Why not try Karting at Almancil, there are 2 fabulous carting circuits, the larger follows the exact layout of the Formula 1 track at Jacarepágua, and was opened by Ayrton Senna himself.
A smaller track is geared to younger drivers. There is a grandstand and club-house with bar and restaurant. Competitions are held regularly and many events are open to visitors.
An event you can´t afford to miss is FIESA, a mega exhibition of sand sculptures held in Pêra, Algarve.
Every year, a group of talented sculptors from various parts of the world join to shape thirty-five thousand tons of sand into sculptures, with a different theme each year. It's considered the largest sand sculpture festival in the world and can be visited day or night, when the sculptures are wonderfully illuminated by lights.
To see the Algarve from a different perspective there are some boat trips from Silves to Portimão along the Rio Arade, which give a short time (just over an hour) to explore before returning whilst the tide is still high enough. Or maybe you'd prefer a Dolphin Safari, these are available from Lagos Marina.
PLACES OF INTEREST IN and AROUND SILVES
SIlves market takes place on the third Monday in every month.
Castle: This splendid Moorish fortress, one of the finest in Portugal, is open daily July-Aug 9:00am - 8pm and Sept-June 9:00am - 5:30pm, there is a small entrance fee.
Cathedral (Sé): Located just below the Castle – Mon-Fri from 8:30am - 6:30pm, Sunday open between mass – free entrance.
Igreja da Misericórdia: 16th century church opposite the Cathedral main entrance with Manueline doorway, Renaissance altarpiece and 17th century paintings. Frequently the venue for classical music evenings. Mon-Fri 9:30am - 1:00pm and 2:00 - 5:30pm – free entrance.
Archaeological Museum: Constructed around a medieval Islamic well and recently renovated and extended, with translations in English. Mon-Sat 9:00am - 6:00pm.
Torre do Relógio (The clock tower): One of the major landmarks in Albufeira, surviving the earthquake of 1755.
Arco da Travessa da Igreja Velha: Originally the site of an Arab mosque it was later converted to a Christian Church, the arch on Rua da Igreja Velha is all that remains.
The Church on Rua da Igreja: 18th century (the original Church was destroyed in the earthquake) and has a 28 metre tall bell tower that was added later.
The Sacred Art Museum: Inside the Church of São Sebastião in Praça Miguel Bombarda.
Albufeira Market: Takes place on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month in Caliços, on the other side of the Avenida dos Descobrimentos from the town.
The Municipal Archaeological Museum: Inside the ancient Albufeira City Hall.
Paderne: Ruined castle liberated from Moor occupation in 1248 by Dom Paulo Peres Correia.
Ponte Grande: Impressive caverns with large arches, and also the underwater caverns of Grutas do Xorino.
Only 5 or 6 minutes drive is the charming town of Silves, which was once the capital city of Portugal, with it's narrow cobbled streets, ancient red stone castle, cathedral and architecture steeped in history, as well as an array of restaurants, bars, shops and supermarkets.
There is a public indoor heated swimming pool with gymnasium, sauna and various excercise and aerobic classes.
Beyond that is the Monchique mountain, the highest point in the Algarve, with traditional Portuguese restaurants and fantastic views of Albufeira in the East, Portimão and the West Coast.
The immense stretches of beaches and tourist areas of Carvoeiro, Ferragudo,and Armaçao de Pêra to name but a few are within 20 minutes drive, also secluded coves and fabulous clifftop walks.
Two big water parks ,Slide & Splash and Aqualand are within 15 minutes drive and Zoomarine with performing dolphins for the whole family is 20 minutes drive. Algarve Shopping Centre at Guia, just 25 minutes drive away offers great High Street shops, cinemas and restaurants, as does the Aqua Shopping Centre in Portimão.
For the more adventurous the villa is ideally located for horse riding, cycling, surfing, horse riding, bird watching, quad bike safari's, golf, tennis or walking. Arrangements can be made in advance for anyone wishing to go horse riding or hacking at the local stables.
There are a selection of golf courses nearby, including the Silves Pestana course, and the famous Amendoeira Golf course which is the largest in Europe, with bowling and fitness centre among it's many facilities.
Other nearby golf courses include the Pestana and Gramacho courses at Lagoa, and Morgado set in the Monchique mountains.
We will be on hand to welcome you, assist you when necessary and recommend places to visit. As a small family business we look after a few villas in the area. We live locally, and know the area extremely well. We will provide you with detailed directions to the villa before your arrival. We meet and greet you, and provide you with local information and organise taxi or/and a car hire. We look after our guests and make sure that everything is in order in the villa.
We can pre-arrange horse riding lessons or hacking at the nearby stables if required.
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