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 four 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 and we do not invite children under 14.
The apartment is self contained, consisting of large living room, bedroom, conservatory, kitchen and bathroom. In addition there is another separate double bedroom with ensuite should you wish to bring friends or family.
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, air-con, TV and CD player, table and chairs.
The bedrooms boast very comfortable beds….the main a super king (180cm) and the second bedroom a king size (150cm). Both rooms have good storage and there is air-con in the main bedroom with a fan in the second bedroom 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 and ensuite have mains shower, toilet and sink.The bathroom shower is over the bath, and there is also a bidet in this room.
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.
“A beautiful quiet location with stunning views over unspoiled countryside to the sea, a lovely pool, and private sunbathing areas. The accommodation is well presented with wood-burning stove and everything you could need. A relaxing retreat with a sense of peace to be at one with nature.”
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…
Chris and Yvonne
Myself and my Husband arrived at John’s house on October 2019, we arrived at outstanding views in the valley, such a mind blowing views and so peaceful to relax without any disturbance We stayed for four days of total relaxation experience. I thoroughly enjoyed being in the pool and jacuzzi, with my relaxing music on my headphones. Amazing experience. The apartment a five star cleanliness.. A memorable experience, we will making another trip next year to John’s house in Tavira
M & V
John and Denise,
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
Marie and Paul
Set high in the hills near Santa Catarina and overlooking the coast the panoramic views are beautiful.
My guest 'annexe' was airy and spacious, with a large lovely contemporary bedroom and sitting room, together with a separate bathroom with shower and small kitchenette.
The owner, who lives in a completely separate part of the extensive villa was very welcoming. It's the perfect place to relax, sit by the lovely pool, or enjoy the many private sun terraces. I found it the ideal spot to stay; while being so peaceful and quiet it is only 15 minutes from Tavira and the beaches.
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.
|Dates||The Apartment - maximum 2 people||
With seperate double bedroom/en-suite -
for additional maximum 2 people
|April to October||£800 / Euro 895 per week||£1,200 / Euro 1330 per week|