Nestled in a nature reserve in the hills of Silves, The River House offers stylish group accommodation with character and charm and total privacy for up to 10 people.
Only a 35-minute drive from Faro Airport into the Algarve’s peaceful countryside. This riverside location has 5 spacious double rooms with light and airy social spaces; high-ceiling lounge and kitchen outfitted with a center kitchen island and a bespoke cherry wood dining table.
There are several quiet areas on the property to enjoy and take advantage of the peaceful, tranquil, scenic surroundings. Outdoor spacious deck area with terraces offering warm sun, a cool canopy and natural shade, all with stunning views of the countryside and breathtaking sunsets.
Enjoy bird watching, book a relaxing aromatherapy massage, a stand up paddle boarding lesson or you could simply chill out by the infinity pool with jaw-dropping views of the Funcho dam and river area.
The clean, country air and beautiful views of the river and countryside can be best enjoyed during picturesque, easy going walks on the well signed walking route know as the via Algarviana. On this walk you will discover the lovely cistus rockrose, thought to be magical and therapeutic and Portugal’s national tree, cork oak, showing their bright orange-brown coloured trunks when stripped for cork. You can meander along the river and through the country fields to the village, S.B. Messines, home of the famous Portuguese poet, João de Deus. Enjoy a leisurely lunch before heading back to the villa.
The local shops, restaurants, supermarket and farmers market is a 5-minute drive by car.
Prepare seasonal produce purchased from the nearby Farmers Market into delicious delights in our expansive fully equipped kitchen. You can have local ingredients procured for you courtesy of our shopping concierge service. If you prefer not to cook, choose delicious home cooked dishes from our extensive menu and have the meals delivered to the villa.
A 25-minute drive by car takes you to some of Europes most sought after beaches in Albufeira. Our favourite being, Praia da Falésia, a 5 mile sweep of Blue Flag beach, and where you will find the quaint and traditional fishing village, Olhos de Água with a selection of restaurants with ocean views and a variety of fresh fish on the menu.
Explore the beautiful countryside with Hugo, a 10 minute walk from the villa. His Quad Bike Adventure, will take you out into the hills to a location where you can swim in a fresh water dam.
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.
Take a boat tours, from the Albufeira marina, to view the dolphins, caves and unique rock formations. The catamaran day trips, from the Villamoura marina, includes a sardine BBQ on the beach and a dip in the cool, fresh ocean.
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, home stores & Nike outlet at the Algarve shopping centre (Guia). Pottery outlets in Porches & Monchique.
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.
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. 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.