|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
A beautiful and charming four bedroom villa, with private garden and swimming pool, nestled into an inspiring hillside setting, with superb views. This very comfortable villa can accommodate 8 people and is a short drive from the historic town of Tavira and the golden beaches of the Algarve. An idyllic holiday home with all modern comforts.
Designed with the utmost consideration for the landscape, there are many sunny and shady spots to sit and enjoy the views. A covered pergola with a dining table, seating and a purpose built barbeque look out onto the rolling Algarvean ‘Serra’. Follow the steps down to the pretty, tiled pool area with the 12 m by 4 m swimming pool with its plentiful sunbathing area. The pool area has lockable gates, for a safer and more child-friendly environment. Have a game of ‘boule’ on the little court, whilst enjoying this beautiful garden with its bottle brush bushes, lavender, bougainvillea, oleander, agapanthus and many other flowering shrubs. The local area is one of outstanding natural beauty, with bird sightings that include Golden Oriels, bee eaters, red legged partridges, Bonelli eagles and short toed eagles. The indigenous trees and shrubs, include cork, cork oak, carob, almond, olive, lemon, rock rose and medronho bushes with most of the surrounding lands completely un-spoilt.
Vista do Moinho (windmill view) was built on the site of a ruined Portuguese farmhouse. Its design mirrors the traditional features of the old farmhouse. Many of the rooms have vaulted wooden ceilings giving an airy living space. The living room with its double French windows, comfortable settees, and wood burning stove is very inviting. There is a flat screen television with UK freeview channels, a CD player and ipod docking station. The dining area may be closed off with double doors or kept as an open living area, with an extendable 8-seater table the stylish dining room is perfect for entertaining. From the dining area there is open split level access to the kitchen and the fantastic Aga style cooker. The kitchen is fully equipped and has all the cooking and baking utensils you would wish for. There is access from the kitchen onto a breakfast courtyard with table and chairs. From the lounge there is access to a pretty double bedroom with patio doors and an en-suite bathroom with shower. There is a twin room adjacent to the bathroom. The third ground floor bedroom has twin beds and an en-suite bathroom with a shower, and leads on from the dining area. The master bedroom occupies all of the first floor, making it a very spacious and relaxing area. The en-suite bathroom has a shower and a bath. There are two patio doors in the bedroom leading on to a double terrace, with marvelous country views. The master bedroom, as with all of the bedrooms at Vista do Moinho has air conditioning. Vista do Moinho also has wi-fi access.
Quality sun loungers deck the terrace around the pool and there are sun umbrellas, a table and chairs available.
Vista do Moinho has a 12 m x 4 m private swiming pool with steps leading into a shallow end of 1 m and a deep end of 1.8 m. Freshwater pool with Chlorine cleaning system. The pool is serviced twice weekly during summer and once weekly during the rest of the year by a competent and reliable professional. Pool and garden lighting is available.
The charming village of Santa Catarina is a 10 minute drive from the villa, with its shops and amenities and there is a fantastic local restaurant 2 km away, serving local game, including wild boar.
The renowned blue flag beaches of the Algarve including Barril beach in Sta. Luzia and Ilha de Tavira are a 20 to 30 minute drive.
There are excellent golf courses within 25 to 40 minutes drive from the accommodation. The closest are Benamor, Quinta da Ria and Quinta da Cima, Monte Rei.
Vista do Moinho is a wonderful family home recommended for children. The gated pool area can be locked if needed.
There is a cot and high chair provided. Please let us know if you have any other requirements.
This accommodation is suitable for the elderly as there is a bedroom on the ground floor without step access, however there are steps to the pool terrace.
Vista do Moinho is not overlooked, the nearest neighbours are 20m away.
Eiras Altas area has a tarmac road, with a 20m country track approach to the property.
Ashtrays are provided for smoking outside the property only.
Due to the possibility of guests being allergic to animal hair, we would rather not allow pets.
Arrivals are flexible, though we aim to keep bookings as close as possible. Departure is by 10am and arrival is from 2pm unless otherwise arranged.
We provide a once weekly linen and bathroom towel change including a clean of the bathrooms.
There will be some toilet paper and soap for arrivals and a hamper of beverages, with additional breakfast and snacks are provided for late arrivals.
A car is recommended for this property especially in the heat of summer…and for reaching all the beautiful and interesting places further afield. Car rental, taxi transfers and bicycle hire can be organized with local reputable firms in advance or by calling the local representative.
Guests will be met at the villa, or otherwise informed where to locate the key and visited soon after arrival. We ensure a prompt and competent service from a team of property managers, who can be contacted at anytime.
Nous avons passé une très belle semaine à Tavira, vous avez une très belle maison, très agréable à vivre, fonctionnelle, confortable et le cadre est splendide. Toutes la famille était heureuse et merci sincèrement pour l’accueil et le service. En terme de besoin, une cafetière électrique serai nécessaire !
We (father, mother and four daughters and grandson) enjoyed the stay, nice pool, nice and clean house and completely furnished, nice beds and almost all household products present, incl shopping bag!. Just great. We have delicious cooked on the stove and eating in the garden. In short excellent. Thanks
A small rural market town nestled in the hills north of Tavira and south of São Bras de Alportel. Santa Catarina is surrounded by small villages within beautiful settings of Mediterranean woodland and scrubland, which reflect the changing seasons, rural lifestyle and indigenous wild life…an ideal environment for Walking, Horse riding, Bird watching and observing nature.
Winding brooks and fields of wild flowers can be enjoyed from January through to July. Spot wild Terrapins basking in the sun on river beds, Otters and Kingfishers among the verdant riverine vegetation and wild Oleander and Thyme.
On higher ground one can have great panoramic views of the ocean and valleys beyond, flushed with Cistus, Eucalyptus, Rockrose, Cork-Oaks and Wild Olive trees along old rural paths flanked by typical vegetable plots and Dryland Orchards.
During summer and autumn months, the countryside bares its rich clay earth and the hilltops offer respite from the heat with gentle sea breezes and shade from the majestic Carob, Oaks and Maritime Pine trees. This typical Mediterranean woodland is home to a variety of flora and fauna including Golden Orioles, Turtle Doves, Bee-Eaters, Iberian hares, Red-legged Partridge, Genets and Wild boar. Santa Catarina hosts a local farmers market on every fourth Sunday of the month. Here you can sample traditional barbeque chicken and buy locally produced woven baskets, honey, chouriço, fruit and vegetables amongst an array of other things.
There are several local restaurants offering good value traditional cooking. Restaurant O Monte is perched on a hill in the valley of Umbria - the owner and chef, Anna Lidia, serves generous courses of daily dishes, specializing in wild game.
Meander through the timeless villages of Corte do Vidreiro, translated as the glass cutters’ village with a resident glass maker who exhibits and sells her wares. Sample local ‘Firewater’ Aguadente in the tavern of Varzeas do Vinagre and take up the opportunity to ride horse-back through the hills of Aceifão with a local guide who can show you some off the beaten track attractions. The higher points of Agua da Tabuas and Mesa da Cume offer great view points and nature reserves with many walking paths, also leading to a couple of great restaurants, namely, Mesa da Cume and Bemparece.
Tavira, referred to in guide books as the ‘Venice of the Algarve’ is one of the most authentic towns in the Algarve and definitely worth visiting.
Historically, Tavira was an important harbour town and there are still remnants from Moorish, Phoenician and Roman occupations. There is a lively fishing trade along the river front, though far less than when Tavira was known for its huge tuna fishing fleets, the anchors of which can all be seen lodged in the sand at Barril beach.
The beautiful centre of Tavira is situated on the banks of the river Gilão. The town has a seven arched Roman bridge that spans the river and is the focal point of the town. Tavira was virtually rebuilt in the eighteenth century after the famous earthquake of 1755 destroyed most of the buildings. The impressive church of Sta. Maria do Castelo has a gothic portal and stands on the site of the former 13th century mosque and most of the 37 churches have beautiful tile work within. There are many examples of Renaissance and Manueline architecture including the arched doorway of the Misericordia church. The 13th century castle walls border the medieval centre of town, encompassing tranquil gardens and a Camera Obscura. From there your eyes can scan over the rich tapestry of peaked rooftops to the estuary leading through the mosaic of salt pans and far out into the Atlantic.
There are many highly recommended fish restaurants, which serve locally caught shellfish and fresh fish dishes, enjoyed with a glass of ‘vinho verde’, the ´green` sparkling wine which is typically Portuguese. Numerous cafes and restaurants line the river, public gardens and quiet squares, offering an array of traditional patisseries and fresh fish dishes.
Tavira beaches make up part of the Nature Reserve of the Ria Formosa, which comprise six unique barrier islands protecting a system of salt marshes and tidal mudflats, each fronted by white sand beaches that spread as far as the eye can see. An unspoilt haven for nature lovers, walkers and bird watchers.
Few places in Europe have so many Blue Flag beaches in such a concentrated area, you can enjoy the boat and miniature train river crossings, many of which are operational throughout the year.
Inland and set in rural countryside 7 km north of Tavira is the waterfall of ‘Moinhos da Rocha’. A series of wooden decks and bridges skirt a leafy ravine sheltering the crystal clear waters of a small stream. This culminates in a low but impressive waterfall that empties into a small lake. Further up stream are the other beautiful cascading waterfalls of ‘Pego do Inferno’, both pretty places for picnics and having a dip!
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£259|
A breakage deposit of 300 euros is required with balance payment, which will be refunded within one week of departure accordingly.
Property will be inspected prior to arrival and departure and all breakages must be refunded in full.