Farmhouse / 4 bedrooms / sleeps 8

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 4 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Car essential
  • Air conditioning
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

The property is perfect for a family holiday in a relaxed setting and comprises a main house and two adjacent studio's with their own on-suites. The farmhouse has 2 double bedrooms that can sleep 4 people and 2 adjacent studios, each with a double bedroom. The whole property can provide accommodation for 8 people and there is also a cot for a baby. The prices in the rates table are for rental of the whole property, please consult the additional information below the rates to see the prices if guests wish to rent less than the whole property. If less than the whole property is rented, the studios will not be rented to others.

The main house has been lovingly restored in the traditaional style, but with all mod-cons including dishwasher, washing machine, large fridge/freezer and bottle fridge, and comprising two double bedrooms, bathroom with shower and toilet, lounge with log burning stove (wonderful for cosy winter nights). The main bedroom has recently been extended with en-suite bathroom, air conditioning and French doors leading out on to one of the patios. All other bedrooms including in the studios have air-conditioning. The roof terrance provides full 360 degree views and is the perfect location to watch sunsets. The ceilings of the house and studios are all restored to original cane thatch so keeping the rooms cooler in the hotter months, and there are lots of shaded patio areas.

Outside the studios is an additional kitchen area (covered) with sinks, plug points, lighting and tiled work top areas.

The whole place is perfect for a large group, as you are not all living in one house so you can have some private space.

Size Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 3 en suites, Solarium or roof terrace
Check in time: 14:00
Check out time: 10:00
Nearest beach Praia da Barril 4 km
Access Car essential
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Faro 18 km, Nearest railway: Tavira 2 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Fireplace, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view
Pool Private outdoor pool (unheated)
General Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine
Furniture Double Beds (3), Single Beds (2), Cots available (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available
Outdoors Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users
Further details indoors

The house is one of the oldest in the area, it is sad but most old houses are being knocked down these days, so we are proud of the renovations. The house sleeps 4 people in 2 bedrooms (one double and two singles). The studios have double beds, so the whole property can comfortably sleep up to 8 people. Please refer to the notes under the seasonal prices schedule for details of house only and studio rental. If the house only is rented the studios will not be rented separately to others.

Further details outdoors

There is a stone built barbecue in between the house and studios. The roof terrace is accessed by steps outside and has breathtaking 360 degree views down the Asseca Valley and to the hills beyond. The pool is across the carob shaded gravel parking area at the front of the house, there is a split level decked area around the pool at the back is a raised, thatched covered area which catches the breeze, there are sunbeds, the pool area also has lighting. The mature garden is full of olive and fruit trees and there are no other houses that overlook the property.

The Algarve region

The eastern Algarve is not as developed as the western, so it retains more old world charm! The region is part of the Ria Formosa which is a very beautiful natural wildlife reserve, so many coastal areas cannot be developed. The white sand beaches are stunning and stretch for miles with beach cafes dotted along the way. Inland there are gently rising hills with wonderful views and pretty villages. Villa Real is a pretty town sitting beside the river which divides Spain and Portugal, it is famous for its top quality linen at bargain prices, plus you can catch the ferry (5 mins) across to Ayamonte, which is worth visiting for its narrow cobbled streets, and atmosphere. If you want to visit Lisbon there is a fast train from Faro.

Serro da Zorra

Our property sits on top of a hill overlooking the Asseca Valley to the rear and the coast to the front. Serro Da Zorra means Hill of the Fox. The views are stunning, especially from the roof terrace in the evening. The river Gilao flows out of the Asseca and cuts through Tavira, a beautiful town and fiercely protective of its heritage the buildings are restored not pulled down! The streets are narrow and cobbled with many small bars and restaurants. The river divides the town, so many of the bars/restaurants are by the river along with the fishing boats! The main square hosts craft fairs, dances, local bands and other celebrations during the summer months. At the far end of the town is the small ferry terminal for Tavira Island, a 5 minute journey where there are restaurants, sunbeds and shades, the beach is long and backed by sand dunes. The last ferry back is about 11pm. You can also pick up a water taxi to Cabanas a fishing village 5 minutes down the coast. There are many other pristine beaches. Our favourite is Praia da Barril, a few km west of Tavira, which is gentle sloping, has great sand-castle sand, and selection of restaurants at the back of the beach. You can access the beach on foot or on a small train, which is great for the kids. The market is a must on Saturday to buy fresh fish, vegetables and other local produce. The Algarve is famous for its year round sunshine, it does rain sometimes but usually never in the summer. Saying that we have sat outside for breakfast in January many times!