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Beautiful Algarve, Peaceful Countryside, Not Yet Spoiled By Tourism. - Chalet, Sta Catarina

Bedrooms 1
Space 279 sq. ft.
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights



Chalet, Sta Catarina

The chalet is ca. 25 m2 consisting of a combined living/bed room with dining table and chairs, small Kitchen and bathroom.

There is TV for English channels, DVD player, air conditioning, ceiling fan & MP3 player dock.

There is a fully fitted small kitchen with almost everything one may need for preparing breakfasts and snacks and meals. There is no microwave, but kettle, coffee maker, toaster, juice press, gas hob & oven, fridge with a freezer compartment and utensils.

Towels are supplied and changed twice weekly and bed linen changed weekly.

A cot and highchair can be rented for €4,-/day

The small bathroom has a toilet, washbasin & seperate shower room and a hair dryer is supplied.

There is also a large porch for relaxing or eating with table and chairs.

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About the property

Casa Dos Amigos

This lovely old farm is located in a small hamlet about a 5-minute drive from Sta Catarina Fonte Bispo and a 35-minute drive from Faro airport. It is in a small vineyard, in a quiet, unspoiled area, ideal for a couple who enjoys the peace and tranquility of beautiful countryside.

There are 2 rental properties, both private with views of the vineyard and surrrounding hills. There is a beautiful garden and a swimming pool. There are several patios and places to sit and relax, and a dining area with a BBQ for the guests.

The Portuguese farmhouse of the owners is nearby on the same plot, and they are available to answer all your questions.

There are several steps on the property,, so it is not suitable for people with mobility problems. The swimming pool and guest loungers are available to guests of the chalet as well as guests who stay in the guestroom.

Discover the beautiful countryside with its wonderful nature and lovely, friendly people. Here one can buy their local honey and smoked sausages and hams. Kilometres of tracks to walk are scattered around the hillside. Short walk to the local cafe, or a longer walk with a bottle of wine and olives to savour while enjoying the fantastic views these hills have to offer. Or maybe just laze by the pool With a good book.

Taran is also an artist working with 'Glass Fusing' in her little studio that was once a pig-sty. Her art has been widely exhibited around the Algarve and can be purchased from her small gallery.

There are many sandy beaches nearby (20-25 min.), e.i in Fuseta and Barrill, and excellent golf courses as well. Recommended places to visit at only a 20 minutes drive include the charming town of Tavira with its castle ruins, and the large fishing port of Olhão. The Nature Reserve Ria Formosa is also worth a visit.

The guestroom has its own separate entrance and consists of a bedroom with a double bed, TV , DVD player. The en-suite bathroom has a shower, toilet and washbasin

The room is not air-conditioned but has a ceiling fan. It has its own terrace overlooking the vineyard, with a table and chairs. It also has a charming 'Summer Kitchen' on the private guestroom terrace. The 'Kitchen' has 2 gas rings, fridge and all utensils necessary to make breakfasts and simple meals. A barbeque is available for grilling too.

Towels are supplied and changed twice weekly and bed linen changed weekly.

A cot and highchair can be rented for €4,-/day

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Robert Harris
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, German, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
21 November, 2017

About Robert Harris

We are a married couple, Bob & Tania. Bob is English and Tania is Norwegian. We purchased the property in 2004, built the chalet, and rebuilt the old farmhouse into a charming simple home in 2007.

Robert Harris purchased this chalet in 2004

Why Robert Harris chose Santa Catarina da Fonte do Bispo

We both fell in love with this 'ruin' at first sight and realized this is as good as it gets. Peace, tranquility, nature and sun.

What makes this chalet unique

Choosing this you get a taste of the real Portugal with its slow pace and 'if it can be done tomorrow do it tomorrow attitude' Your batteries will soon be charged. Every season offers different qualities. Summer - sun, Autumn - grapes, Winter - walks in the mild climate and Spring- the blossoms.


Nearest Barpub
6 Kilometres
Sta Catarina
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Monte Velho
Car: necessary

In the immediate area there are 2 villages, Sta. Catarina and Moncarapacho.

Sta. Catarina. is a small sleepy village with cafes, restaurants, small supermarkets, bank (ATM), post and chemist, and a church at its centre. Sta. Catarina is famous for its tile making. Tiles still made by hand from the belt of clay running behind Sta. Catarina.

Moncarapacho is larger and more of a 'working' town than village. Here one can sample local workers lunch menus at very competitive prices and good restaurants for evening dinners. Prices have not yet reached the tourist levels here but that does not mean food is not of a high quality.

The East Algarve coastline is dominated by the nature reserve, the Ria Formosa. This is lagoon running east from Faro to Monte Rota. The most stunning beaches on this part of the coast are offshore and access to them is by various boats or water taxis or 'little train'. The closest beach, ca. 20 mins. by car, is Fuzeta. Fuzeta is a small town with bars and cafes and restaurants and a clean sandy beach. Fuzeta is unusual because it has an onshore Beach, and offshore beaches accessed by boats. Our favourite beach is Barril, 25 mins. by car, with a choice to walk to the offshore beach or take the little train which costs €1,20.

The East Algarve, because of the building restrictions in the nature reserve, is not yet so spoiled by tourism and a lot of the towns and villages have still managed to maintain their original charm. Not least beautiful, old Tavira, our favourite.

Spain is only ca. 40 mins. away by car so the area is also ideal as a base for exploring this area on both sides of the border. Seville is only 90 mins away.

The countryside is ideal for hiking. Hilly with lots of tracks for every type of hiker. Olive trees, citrus trees, rivers, wild flowers, old ruins and fantastic views.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chalet in Santa Catarina da Fonte do Bispo in Tavira

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 279 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Printer
  • Scanner
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Wet Bar
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Toilet, sink and modern shower unit
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Child Bed , 1 Cot
  • 1 double bed and 1 child/small adult bed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • MP3 Dock
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Terrace
  • Deck Furniture
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • hiking
  • surfing
Taran is a Glass Artist working with Fused Glass. She has her own studio and gallery on the site. If you are interested, you can maybe see her working. If given sufficient time she can produce custom made glass items.


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