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Near the beach, waterfall & historical town | child-friendly & friendly owner

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,798 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Child friendly 5 bedroom villa with river views

Only 5 minutes from the local shops, market & restaurants or book a cook to take care of your meals. We are only 25 minutes from one of the most sought after beaches in the Algarve, Falesia. Guest have the option of booking a 4-hour gourmet cooking master class to celebrate any special occasion and can be combined with a wine tasting session. An English speaking baby sitter can be arranged at any time during your visit. The villa sleeps 10 with 5 king-size beds or 10 single. The bathrooms are well appointed as per modern standards.

The living room of our child friendly holiday retreat has large screen TV, DVD player a& small DVD library. There is a private pool (fenced) for you to revel in after a long day.The patio offers panoramic mountain & river views & ideal for bird watching & star gazing. The well lit garden is great for 'Al Fresco' dining.

The family friendly villa comes with high chairs, 4 cots, bed guard rails, toys, dvds, stair gates, baby pen and a trampoline, swing and table tennis in the garden.

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.

Explore the area with our self guided walking routes or book a quad bike adventure with Hugo, our neighbour, and explore the the hills and swim in a fresh water dam.

Activities: There are two trips the kids really love. The boat tours, from the Albufeira marina, to view the dolphins, caves & unique rock formations and the catamaran day trips, from the Villamoura marina, that includes a sardine BBQ on the beach & a dip in the ocean.

Falesia beach , near Albufeira, has been awarded the golden flag & has a variety of water sports on the beach. Villamoura also has a lovely beach with water sports & has a marina with a variety of shops and restaurants.

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.

Silves Near S.B. Messines: 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.

The two week Silves Beer Festival in July is held in the Fabrique do Ingles.

Days Out: 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. The large handicraft shop where you are sure to find something Portuguese is well stocked with linen, pottery, lavender oil etc. 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.

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Cheryl Smith from
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, Afrikaans
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9 July, 2018

About Cheryl Smith from

I am an IT Consultant in London and the founder of the holiday company, Great Holiday Locations.

I understand better than anyone how important family holidays are. They’re not only a great time for parents and kids to have lots of fun together, but also for parents to make a little quality-time for themselves to help recharge those energy levels away from the hectic combination of work and home.

The Algarve area reminded us of Africa, where we are from, so we made the Algarve our main holiday destination and we have returned every year, some years on multiple occasions visiting various parts of the Algarve.

I have a stylish and child-friendly luxury holiday rental apartment privately owned at the Sheraton Pine Cliffs resort and the country retreat villa, River House, in the Algarve.

Cheryl Smith from purchased this villa in 2008

Why Cheryl Smith from chose São Bartolomeu de Messines

A child friendly villa with wide open spaces and a trampoline, swings and table tennis to keep the children amused.

The villa is also a great destination for like minded groups to have a great time and enjoy some of the events we have on offer at the villa such as master cooking lessons, healthy living retreats etc. Ask me for details and dates.

Free toddler equipment, free wi-fi, two tail-gators and buggy to attach to to the adult bi-cycles to enjoy cycling along the quite country roads and river.

Large comfortable bedrooms with fresh white linen and windows framed with lovely views of the countryside.

A modern villa on the river in a great location, with great facilities to make your holiday stay an enjoyable experience with lasting memories.

What makes this villa unique

Why would you choose to book your holiday with us?

1. We choose to have a select number of properties that we feel are truly child-friendly and suitable for families to enjoy local activities.

2. The activities recommended on the website have all been experienced by our family over the years.

3. We take the stress out of your holiday arrangements by catering not only for your accommodation but by also help to organise your home cooked meals, baby sitting services, baby packs, grocery hampers, celebration cakes, champagne and flowers for special celebrations.

4. You can view and join my professional network on Linkedin,

5. You can book using a debit or credit card.

We are here to help you so just ask us.

Contact us to discuss your holiday requirements for a stress free break in the Algarve.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I travelled to the River House with my husband and 10 month old baby together with another family of 3 with a baby and also one single friend. The house accommodated us all wonderfully. The five bedrooms are air conditioned and really well appointed. The linen was wonderfully crisps and the downstairs bedrooms had fans and lovely ensuites. We spent most of the time either in the kitchen or in the garden. The kitchen is massive and has every kind of dish, utensil, pot you can think of. It's seriously impressive. We had a bbq every night at the house and ate outside in the garden. The bbq is serious and we had a lot of fun trying different things. The outdoor furniture is really comfortable too. One of the most amazing things about the house is it's location. From every angle, you're hard pressed to find a neighbour or house. It's so remote! Truly relaxing! We found that most things were a 30 minute drive from the house, so it's very accessible. The only things I would mention that weren't perfect was the lack of a bath despite having more than enough space. Overall it was an amazing holiday which we won't forget!
Jun 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in São Bartolomeu de Messines in Municipality of Silves

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2798 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Baby Gate
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Computer Available
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom Bedroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Double Basins
    Bathroom Bedroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Large Basin
    Bathroom Upstairs - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Double Basins
  • Hair-dryers and shaving points can be found in all the bathrooms. Spacious, modern main bathroom has double basins. Upstairs spacious, modern bathroom has double basins. SWIMMING TOWELS provided & can be used for the beach as well. Bath and hand towels provided and changed weekly.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , superking size, and can be split into 2 single beds.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , superking size, and can be split into 2 single beds.
    Bedroom 3 - Upstairs - 2 Single Bed , Beds can be made up as superking size.
    Bedroom 4 - Upstairs - 2 Single Bed , Beds can be made up as superking size.
    Bedroom 5 - Upstairs - 2 Single Bed , Beds can be made up as superking size.
  • Downstairs bedrooms 1 and 2 have en-suite bathrooms and doors leading outside onto the patio. Upstairs bedrooms 3, 4 and 5 share the large bathroom upstairs. All duvets (10.5 tog) and pillows are Fogarty anti allergy fibre. Linen changed weekly. The main bedroom , teal and purple bedrooms have enough room for a cot. There are travel cots (2) with cot linen, high chair, baby bath, night lights, bottle steriliser, changing mat, stair gates and toys for small children.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Terrace ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 15 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
BABY EQUIPMENT - 4 travel cots, night lights, 2 high chair, baby bouncer, monitor, 2 boaster seats, baby den with tent, bed guards, baby bath, changing mat, potties, bottle steriliser, bottle brush, cupboard/drawer locks, stair gates - top & bottom. Bike rental available nearby if more are required. AMERICAN SIZE FRIDGE with ice maker. DOCKING STATION & Outdoor speakers. OUTSIDE - 2 patio tables seating 12 & 9 sun lounges. Gas BBQ. GAMES - Table tennis, soft ball, trampoline, swings Selection of board games, dvds & books.


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Near the beach, waterfall & historical town | child-friendly & friendly owner
average rating of 4.888889 based on 22 reviews

Lovely, quiet property in rural Algarve

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at the River house with our 2 families (including 5 children - 8 years and under) this July. We appreciated some of the extra touches - a welcome package with wine and snack and really appreciated that the owner supplied 3 lifejackets for our youngest children to keep them safe in the water. The property is very quiet, and set in a rural area. We enjoyed runs along the river, pretty view from the pool and the kids had fun playing on the deck and in the pool. It is a bit of a drive to get anywhere - but we did multiple local day trips that were fun (village of Alte, castle at Silves, beaches in several places). Some minor downsides were that the kitchen wasn't that well stocked for families (no tupperware to pack up lunches), no garbage bags that fit the bin, and no spare toilet paper! The beds were all singles pushed together, so the couples had to deal with not falling in "the crack"! We also had quite a lot of debris from the trees falling on the deck, so it took some sweeping to keep clear for the kids. We didn't see any water toys for the pool, but we picked some up easily. Lots of information provided re things to do and places to eat. Overall, it was a great place to stay with lots of space for the kids, and plenty of toys and games to keep them occupied. Air conditioning, security system and Wifi worked well.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank-you for looking after our villa and the lovely photo of the kids having fun in the pool :-) The beauty about being in the country side is the tranquility and peacefulness but you are never really far away such as Alte, one of the prettiest villages in the Algarve and the historical town, Silves that are a 15 minute drive and the nearest local shop is 3 miles away but then it is also easy to go down to Albufeira's beaches that are just 25 minutes by car. We have noted the points you raised about the villa and are taking care of them and we already have a solution for the beds :-)
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Great house and location

  • 5 of 5

What a gorgeous villa and location!

We had a fabulous time. We visited lots of beaches (motorways are empty so we're able to just drop down to the coast and pick a different beach each day) and local towns - including the historic Silves, the market at Loule and the gorgeous village at Alte. We also used the local cook, Gill, on the last night and enjoyed her catering which was a lovely treat. The trampoline, toys and ride on cars at the villa were a big hit with the little boys! And the BBQ and sun setting view from the pool was enjoyed every evening by the relaxing adults!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You were a delight to have as guests in our villa and so pleased you enjoyed exploring the countryside and beaches.
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Very comfortable, all comforts you need whilst in the countryside

  • 5 of 5

Great villa, well equipped and great service from owners and staff

  • Review Submitted: 18-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ideal for family holiday

  • 5 of 5

A peacefully situated, well equipped and comfortable house - matches the listing description perfectly. The house easily accommodated our family of 8 adults and was fully equipped for our one year old granddaughter, including lots of toys and a playhouse which she loved. Extremely good value for a property of this standard. We had a wonderful holiday and we're hoping to go again next year.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The playhouse was a new additional this season so I am pleased to hear your granddaughter loved it. Thank you for looking after the villa and we look forward to your visit next year. Warm regards Cheryl.
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  • 5 of 5

House was superb and really new and the area around was fantastic.

We enjoy a lot our holidays and did lot of things (rented the quads to visit the hills, enjoy lots of beachs and rested a lot).

Everything has been really easy from the begining.

Thanks Cheryl, we had a great holiday!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Aug-2010
  • Date of Stay: July 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Gorgeous villa in an idyllic setting

  • 5 of 5

Sometimes pictures don't live up to expectations but in this case, we think the pictures don't do it justice!

We spent a week here, the villa is located in a quiet, rural area with plenty of scenic walks and wildlife to be seen on the river in front of the house. There's still plenty to do on the days that you don't feel like lounging by the gorgeous infinity splash pool. If you're feeling adventurous there's quad biking and horse-riding or go fishing like the locals. We spent a thoroughly enjoyable day at Zoomarine and the fabulous beaches of the Algarve are only 30 mins drive away.

The villa is spotless and really well equipped, everything you could possibly need has been thought of in the kitchen and there's a super BBQ. If you don't feel like cooking, definitely take a trip to Guia, home of Peri Peri chicken and full of family-friendly restaurants packed with locals. More upmarket was 'Colina Verde' in Algoz - really gorgeous food and wine in a romantic garden setting - definitely leave the little ones at home for this one.

We really enjoyed our stay at River House - it's a beautiful villa and everything has been done to a very high standard. Would definitely recommend!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jul-2010
  • Date of Stay: June 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
48 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Casa da Vinho, with pool table
Nearest Ferry
44 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
17 Kilometres
Silves 20 minutes
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
S.B Messines
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Casa da Vinho, typical Portuguese Restaurant
Nearest Beach
23 Kilometres
Felesia, golden flag beach, Abulfeira
Car: recommended

Shopping in Messines - 3 minutes (supermarchés, banque, bureau de poste, café-restaurants, restaurants),

Shopping at The Algarve Centre - 15 minutes (bowling and cinema English films,

Silves - 10 minutes (Historical town, castle, archaeology),

Alte - 15 minutes ((Typical & prettiest Algarve village; swim in the natural springs or waterfall),

Waterparks - 10 - 15 minutes,

Golf - 15 minutes,

Beach - 25 minutes (Golden flag, Falesia, Albufeira),

Restaurants - Vale Fuzeiros 10 minutes, selection of 3 typical Portuguese restaurants,

Stables - in Loule and Silves,

Quad bike adventures - 2 minutes,

Pony Club - 30 minutes at Monte da Ribeira, near Loule

Monchique - - 30 minutes (hot thermal spas),

Highest peaks in the Algarve for panoramic views (Foia & Picota) - 45 minutes,

Pine Cliffs Resort (We rent an apartment that sleeps 4) - 30 minutes.

Other Activities: Pony Club for all ages, quad bike adventures, municipal indoor pool

Golf: Oceanico Faldo Golf , Amendoeira Golf Resort in Alcantarilha.

Golf: Morgado Golf do Reguengo, north of Portimão.

Golf: Golfe dos Àlamos, Herdade do Morgado de Reguengo - The brother course of Golfe do Morgado.

Golf: Silves Golf - A Pestana Golf Resort in Silves.

Golf: Oceânico O'Connor Course in Amendoeira -Designed by Christy O'Connor Jr. Amendoeira Golf Resort.

Golf: Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa.

Oceânico Old Course in Vilamoura.

Spa: Hilton Vilamoura

Nearest beach: Praia da Falésia near Albufeira.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in São Bartolomeu de Messines, Algarve

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7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £500

Full board €120, half board €75, breakfast only €24, lunch only €41.
Peak season book min 7 days.
10 Day breaks are also accepted. Minimum 3 night stay - book any time during off peak season or last minute during peak season, £1200.
We recommend you take out your own travel insurance.
Bed linen & towels (bath) changed weekly. Washing machine available for additional washing.
Check-out before 10h00; check-in after 16h00

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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