Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday villa in Sao Bartolomeu de Messines - Algarve River House
Child friendly 5 bedroom villa with views of the river
5 Minutes from local shops & restaurants or we can arrange a cook to take care of your meals. The bedrooms include 5 king-size beds or single. The bathrooms are well appointed as per modern standards.You will be delighted to use the fully equipped kitchen to cook your favorite recipes.
The living room of our child friendly holiday retreat has large screen TV, DVD player a& small DVD library. There is a private pool (fenced) for you to revel in after a long day.The patio offers panoramic mountain & river views & ideal for bird watching & star gazing. The well lit garden is great for 'Al Fresco' dining.
There are many restaurants & cafes nearby where you can relish some amazing cuisines. The shopping centres & outlet stores are also close by where you can stock up on supplies or buy your holiday memorabilia.
Mountain bikes on site to explore the area or take a quad bike into the hills for the day. Falesia beach is a 25 minute drive.
Activities: There are two trips the kids really love. The boat tours, from the Albufeira marina, to view the dolphins, caves & unique rock formations and the catamaran day trips, from the Villamoura marina, that includes a sardine BBQ on the beach & a dip in the ocean.
Falesia beach , near Albufeira, has been awarded the golden flag & 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 and restaurants.
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.
Wine tours (various tour options) in Guia, near Albufeira, at Adega do Cantor translates to Winery of the Singer, Sir Cliff Richard.
A range of shops, eateries, bowling alley, 9 screen cinema & Nike outlet at the Algarve shopping centre (Guia). Pottery outlets in Porches & Monchique
Silves Near S.B. Messines: 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.
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.
The two week Silves Beer Festival in July is held in the Fabrique do Ingles. There are many restaurants & live entertainment throughout the summer months including state of the art laser shows.
Days Out: Alte is a typical Portuguese village & extremely attractive. Picnic tables, BBQ facilities, cafe & restaurant can be found at at Fonte Grande where you can to enjoy a swim in the lovely cool waters. The large handicraft shop where you are sure to find something Portuguese is well stocked with linen, pottery, lavender oil etc. 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.
- children welcome
- Events Allowed
- pets not allowed
- Long-term Renters Welcome
Guestbook comments from the owner
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 in a really peaceful and beautiful location yet within half an hour drive of the airport, silves, albufeira, loule, praia de rocha etc. there are some lovely restaurants in the locality that offer great value and horse riding and quad biking is just over the road.
The house itself has all the facilities you could possibly want and plenty to keep the kids entertained. The gated pool was a great source of peace of mind and the trampoline entertained our little one for hours.
The two downstairs bedrooms are stunning and ideally suited for the adults if the kids are old enough to stay in the smaller rooms upstairs. The bathrooms are especially luxurious both upstairs and downstairs.
The property really is stunning and I would imagine that a similar property on the coast if it were to exist would cost three times the amount and lack the serenity that this property has.
I would highly recommend it.
Cheryl Smith from www.GreatHolidayLocations.com
Our first visit to the Algarve was in 1998 when some of the main roads were still dirt roads.
The area reminded us of Africa, where we are from, so we made the Algarve our main holiday destination and we have returned every year, some years on multiple occasions visiting various parts of the Algarve.
We have stylish and child-friendly luxury holiday rental apartments privately owned at the Sheraton Pine Cliffs resort or our country retreat villas in the Algarve. There is something for every one from a one bedroom apartment on the beach sleeping 4 to an upmarket luxury country villa in Silves that is spacious enough to accommodate two or three families comfortably.
A child friendly villa with wide open spaces and a trampoline, swings and table tennis to keep the children amused.
Free toddler equipment, free wi-fi, two tail-gators and buggy to attach to to the adult bi-cycles to enjoy cycling along the quite country roads and river.
Large comfortable bedrooms with fresh white linen and windows framed with lovely views of the countryside.
A modern villa on the river in a great location, with great facilities to make your holiday stay an enjoyable experience with lasting memories.
Why would you choose to book your holiday with us?
1. We choose to have a select number of properties that we feel are truly child-friendly and suitable for families to enjoy local activities.
2. The activities recommended on the website have all been experienced by our family over the years.
3. We take the stress out of your holiday arrangements by catering not only for your accommodation but by also help to organise your home cooked meals, baby sitting services, baby packs, grocery hampers, celebration cakes, champagne and flowers for special celebrations.
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