The whole establishment is imbued with that personal care and attention that is so often lacking in larger concerns.The owner, Frank, emigrated to Portugal in 1987, bought some land and has slowly built up Quinta do Barranco da Estrada into what it has now become, "A Paradise in Portugal".
It is a small 10 bedroomed south facing lakeside hotel, with stunning views over one of Europe´s largest and cleanest lakes, and is set in unspoilt countryside one and a half hours from Faro International Airport. The lake, though close to the Algarve, is relatively unknown, with a busy day being the sight of over five boats, and in the summer the mature fruit and flower gardens lead guests down to the shore where a variety of watersports are on offer, overlooked by the lawns close to the water´s edge.
The winter too has its own delights with marvellous walks in the vicinity and a complete absence of traffic noise the whole year through, the latter a priceless asset in the hustle and bustle of the modern world. Frank is a birdwatching guide and brings with him an infectious enthusiasm and the knowledge gained from living here for more than 20 years. His partner, Daniela, is not only a wonderful cook but also a qualified Shiatsu masseuse so you´re sure to be well looked after!
The cooking style is "International Home Cooking", with many of the delicious ingredients coming straight from the garden, and the friendliness and professionalism of the international staff make a holiday here something to be treasured.
The Quinta has dogs, and guests are welcome to bring their own if they wish.