Set in quiet, calm grounds with stunning views over unspoilt wild valleys and hills to the sea in the distance. Perfect escape for those seeking privacy, peace and quiet and the freedom of clothing optional…..truly a place to dream and make dreams come true!
Shared only with the owners (who live in a separate part of the house) the pool and hot tub are surrounded by pretty gardens inhabited by birds and wildlife. There are sun beds and recliners with the benefit of a cool shady pool house if you need to shelter from the hot sun. Swimming under the stars and in the moonlight is very special!
In addition to the pool area there are also a number of secluded areas around the grounds with seating and even a hammock and swinging chair….perfect to relax, read, snooze or just ‘Be’!
Leaving the road and climbing the meandering track the property feels miles from anywhere but it is close to the quaint and friendly village of Santa Catarina, 15 minutes drive to Tavira with its character, excellent restaurants and naturist beaches and 30 minutes to both Faro airport and the Spanish border.
The property is self catering and can be booked for a maximum of two visitors on an exclusive basis.
Please note the property is on a hillside with many steps and some rugged paths and is therefore not suitable for everyone.
The apartment is self contained, consisting of large living room, bedroom, conservatory, kitchen and bathroom.
Externally there is a large poolside terrace for your use with recliners, sun umbrellas, pool and hot-tub, together with dining area with table, seating and barbecue ….perfect for alfresco cooking, dining, enjoying the panoramic views and star gazing our wide, dark skies….it is not unusual to see a shooting star!
The living room has a comfortable sofa and armchair, dining table and chairs, air-con, TV with Netflix, and CD player.
The bedroom boasts a very comfortable super king (180cm) bed, good storage and air-con but many of our guests sleep with doors and windows open to enjoy the fresh air, breezes and total peace and quiet!
The kitchen is ‘small but beautifully formed’ with a fridge, dishwasher, washing machine, two plate hob, microwave/grill, kettle and toaster. It is well equipped for cooking and eating. There is an iron and board.
The bathroom has mains shower over the bath, toilet, bidet and twin sinks.
All towels and bedlinen as well as pool/beach towels are provided. There is also a cool box for shopping or picnics. Wi-fi is throughout the property.
Well we must admit we struck lucky. Having booked last minute when Portugal came off the quarantine list , we actually managed to get a week in before it went back on again! Then we were lucky with the weather which provided a week of unbroken sunshine combined with light winds that stopped it from being too hot. And last but certainly not least we were extremely lucky to have found (with our customary minimal research) the carefully crafted piece of paradise that John and Denise have created in the Algarve countryside.
Set on a hillside with panoramic views and a private swimming pool this is high end accommodation which would be the envy of many a five star hotel, but with self catering facilities that means you can have exactly what you want when you want it.
And when you don’t want to cook there is an excellent local restaurant 10 minutes drive away (Luis de Prego - which produced some truly excellent octopus) and a whole host more in Tavira , which is 10 minutes further on.
If you want sea and sand there’s also a naturist beach about 20 minutes drive followed by either a walk or a shuttle train ride (open carriages and walking pace speed – ideal for studying the local fauna and flora). Very easy access and plenty of bars and restaurants on the beach with excellent seafood.
And when you are chilling out back at the house, John and Denise are the ideal hosts – they remain firmly in the background but instantly available if you need anything.
A wonderful week in a summer which let’s face it has had more than its’ share of ups and downs…
Just a thank you for the privilege of staying in your beautiful apartment, full of character, well appointed, everything you need and more, and a most comfortable king-sized bed.
Really quiet and totally relaxing, the scenery is beautiful, in the middle of nowhere, Paul went for a walk each morning and took a different route each time, and on only one occasion saw another person, fantastic. If you cannot relax here then you most certainly have a problem!
The pool is delightful, the hot tub the icing on the cake and the garden just goes on and on with many special features. Thank you also for the welcome pack which is a nice touch.
Santa Catarina is 5 minutes away with quaint little shops that remind you of the 60s in England, you can get everything you need, the bread shop cum cafe has a magnificent array of cakes and was a hive of activity. Further afield you can go to Tavira in 15 minutes and to the outstanding Praia do Barril beach is another 10 minutes, it is a must, almost white sand, stunning.
To cap it all we used the gas barbecue almost every day because we did not want to leave the tranquil environment we were in, need we say more.
We liked it so much (if you will have us again) to book for the same time next year
What a great discovery! What a pleasant stay rich in sensations!
A little corner of paradise perched on the peaks, surrounded by nature with a magnificent view!
A comfortable, clean and very well equipped apartment. There is a terrace and garden where it is good to rest, walk, and enjoy a pleasant drink or meal. With a swimming pool and a jacuzzi to relax in.
The natural surroundings with scents and colours we really appreciated. A calm and relaxing place where you feel so good that it is difficult to leave it to find pleasure in the evenings or for excursions.
But it is also close to Tavira with its shops, restaurants, boats, walks and beaches….including the naturist beach of Praia do Barill …and other charming places to discover.
The owners are as welcoming and available as they are discreet. Thank you to Denise and John for their welcome and all their little attentions, such as the small lunch package provided for our arrival, which showed concern for us.
We will definitely be back!
We have just returned from a relaxing week in these most peaceful surroundings, with their stunning views over the Algarve countryside towards the sea. The villa was well-equipped, comfortable and immaculately clean. Although the pool and hot tub were the central attractions, we loved exploring the various sunbathing options around the garden. We enjoyed memorable sunset barbecues and swims under the vast starlit skies.
It was hard to tear ourselves away from this setting but the beaches at Barril and Santa Luzia were well worth the trip. Tavira has enough history and character about it to make an interesting excursion not to mention a range of eating places.
A big thank you to John and Denise who were excellent hosts - unobtrusive so as not to impinge upon their guests, yet always available with helpful advice and suggestions if asked.
“We have just returned from Portugal having had a perfect holiday at John & Denise’s villa.
The apartment was spotless and extremely well-equipped- like a home from home. The washing machine was much appreciated and the bed very comfortable.
The days were hot and sunny and we enjoyed the pool, sitting on the terraces looking at the amazing views and watching the sunsets. The location is very peaceful and ideal for a relaxing holiday. It would have been tempting to spend our days enjoying the pool and garden but we did venture out most days. We particularly liked Tavira and the naturist beach Praia do Barril is lovely with miles of soft white sand.
Many thanks to John & Denise who are the ideal hosts, giving us complete privacy but always there when needed. We had some lovely chats with them both. We hope to return!!”
|Dates||The Apartment - maximum 2 people|
April & May
June - August
September & October
£850 per week