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We had a wonderful, relaxing week at Casa do Campo. The house is a few minutes from the town of Silves, a quiet valley village, and about 20 mins from the nearest (and stunning) beach. It's a perfect home base for exploring the Algarve and after checking out the entire region and it's vast differences, we were so glad that we were staying in Silves. It is "away from it all" and yet so close. But, more importantly for us, a family of four, the house was incredibly comfortable. It's well-equipped and the recent restoration to the house is gorgeous. There is a lovely outdoor living area as well, though it was too cold in February to eat outdoors. You can see how many considered choices were made in the design and decor-- Nelson and Lena did a fabulous job and the photos on the listing do not do this home justice!!! The pool is small but I imagine the perfect place to cool off when it's hot in the summer. The gardens are so lovely and our kids absolutely loved checking for eggs in the chicken coop every day. We were also welcomed to pick vegetables and fruit (the best fresh squeezed orange juice ever) from the garden. Surrounding the house are vineyards and more orange groves. We saw one neighbor the entire week (their is plenty of space between neighboring houses). It was such a quiet, restful and relaxing week! I will absolutely miss sitting in the hammock each morning enjoying the morning sun, soaking in the view of the rolling valley and vineyards.
Nelson met us on the first day and left a lovely welcome gift of cheese, bread, wine. And, of course, fresh eggs from the chickens! Nelson checked on us once more during the week and is such a gentle and kind host. Sonia, their daughter, was available quickly via email every step of the way and was so generous with her kindness as well. They offer several suggestions of what to do and where to eat and we can confirm that the simple chicken restaurant next to the veg market in Silves is delicious.
If you're looking to be away from the tourist scene and have a more authentic Algarve experience, this home is a wonderful choice. I would absolutely stay here again and have already recommended this home to friends.
Many thanks to Fernando and Mathilde for their generosity and hospitality. We were greeted on arrival with a full lunch, including freshly squeezed orange juice from some of Fernando’s orchard.
We stayed at the villa for 4 weeks as we were moving permanently to the Algarve. The villa is very comfortable, with a great location. Silves is only 8K away, where you will find fresh fish market and many reasonably priced restaurants, all the amenities you need. Nearest beach is only 15/20 mins as is Carvoeiro.
The villa is very well equipped, full kitchen, including a lot of cooking/kitchen utensils. Outside is a nice swimming pool and patio, including a barbecue area. We spent many evenings on the patio watching the sun go down over the mountains. We also enjoyed picking strawberries and other fruit for our breakfast each day.
We had our 2 dogs with us for the duration of our stay, and they were also made very welcome by the owners.
We would highly recommend Quinta Moriata to anyone wanting a good sized, well equipped villa in tranquil setting, yet close to Silves, Portimao, Monchique and the lovely beaches of the Algarve.
The owners are very welcoming and extremely helpful.