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The Old Wine Store - 2 bedroom ground floor apartment

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

'The Old Wine Store' consists of two newly renovated and sympathetically restored apartments in a beautiful old town house on a quiet street in the historic centre of lovely Tavira - the jewel of the Eastern Algarve! Each provides extremely spacious and modern accommodation whilst remaining faithful to the historic fabric of the building.

The whole house, which is only a short walk from the riverside shops, restaurants and beach ferries, is also perfect for the larger party, or two families wishing to holiday together. Tavira beach is currently ranked the best on Portugal by Lonely Planet and, depending on which criteria you use, 8th best in the world!

Apartment 2 is on the ground floor with easy wheel/push-chair access to a quiet street with nearby free parking, yet only 50 metres from the picturesque riverside, and within easy walking distance of shops, bars, restaurants, beach ferries or water-taxis, and all that enchanting Tavira has to offer.

It is one of two completely separate apartments in this beautiful old house. It provides extremely spacious modern and elegant accommodation, being floored throughout with the local Santa Catarina tiles. It has a large well equipped dining kitchen and spacious elegant lounge with TV, DVD, and CD player. There are two generously proportioned, stylish bedrooms, and two bathrooms, one en-suite. It is equipped with ceiling fans, gas fired heating, and electric radiators, providing comfort all year round.

If required, access can be opened between the two apartments, making the whole house into the perfect holiday experience for the larger party, or two families wishing to holiday together.

Excursions and Destinations Around Tavira: We recommend hiring a car because there are so many wonderful places to visit in the eastern Algarve and across the border in Spain. In addition to the golfing opportunities described below, you can go cycling or mountain biking, fishing, water skiing, wind surfing, boating, swimming in both the sea and the calmer lagoon waters. For nature lovers, the Algarve is a treasure trove: bird watching is excellent at all times of year, but particularly fruitful in the Spring and the Autumn when the migratory species are on the move between Europe and Africa. Wild flower and garden enthusiasts will appreciate the wonderful plants to be seen here. For the history minded, excursions to the castles at Castro Marim and Alcountim will also give you a look at life in the Algarve hills away from the seaside resorts. The picturesque border town of Vila Real Sto. Antionio contains a wonderful town centre built to the plans of the Marques de Pombal following the famous earthquake in 1755.

More Things to Do: Visit the Camara Obscura in Tavira, and the astronomical observatory north of Tavira for a different sight of the Algarve´s attractions. Or tour the Mine Park which explores the mining history of the area through archaeological and historical displays ranging from Roman times to the 20th century. Or take the local train to Faro, the provincial capital, and wander around tis fascinating old quarter, the pedestrian precincts and the shopping centres. You can also take the local train or drive to the famous fish market at Olhão. Or if you are here at the right time, go to the Medieval Days festival at the castle in Castro Marim, or attend the outdoor film festival in Tavira. The guest book in our apartment has information on many attractions to help you make plans and bookings. Our local agents, Ingeburg and Emma, can also assist, if needed.

For Families and Children: There are many activities for families and children, beyond of course, the pool and the beaches. A boat ride on the Guadiana River or on the Ria Formosa lagoon can be fascinating, or just a boat ride to the beaches on the offshore islands is a treat. Most restaurants are very family friendly. The Ria Formosa Nature Reserve has a lovely educational walking trail explaining the ecosystem of the Reserve. There is also a center for the preservation of the Portuguese water dog at the Reserve.

More Details

Property Manager
Ingeburg and Emma
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, German, Portuguese
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 May, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Tavira in Municipality of Tavira

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • town
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking On Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , en-suite
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • Each bathroom has an electric point for hairdryers/shavers.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , en-suite
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Both apartments can accommodate further small children sleeping in cots, and have good wardrobe space. Each bedroom is beautifully and individually furnished in a style sympathetic to the character of the house. Original features such as doors and shutters have been carefully repaired and restored.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Bicycles
  • Barbecue
  • 2 bicycles
  • 2 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair accessible
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
The centre of Tavira, only a two minute walk from The Old Wine Store, is a free Wi-Fi zone with fast broadband connectivity that can be accessed from the pavement bars and cafes. Other internet facilities are available at various town centre localities at a reasonable cost.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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The Old Wine Store - 2 bedroom ground floor apartment
average rating of 4.8 based on 10 reviews

The Old Wine Store Tavira

  • 3 of 5

Firstly many thanks to Emma Rodgers of Casa for her warm welcome and information regarding the property and the area.

We stayed in both the downstairs and upstairs flats of this property.Its position is superb being in the street parallel to the river and within walking distance of all the shops and restaurants.However parking outside is metered and although there is limited free public parking nearby this could prove a problem in any season other than the winter when we were there.Both flats are adequately furnished and equipped to an Ikea standard.The housekeeping was fair. Both could do with more adequate heating in the winter.The downstairs flat is on the dark side with no outdoor space which in fairness was pointed out to us when we rented it.The area in the lounge to the right and behind the settee shown in the picture seems to be used by the owners as a storage space for their trail bikes and what I assume to be picnic furniture.Not only is every footstep from the upstairs flat amplified from the wooden floored upstairs flat but virtually every other movement can be heard as well.The wifi reception downstairs is patchy.The upstairs flat is better and has more natural light.There is a good sized outside patio lounge.The wifi is better but there is a confusing set up of electrical plugs and sockets and it is unclear which plug works which.We could not access the satelliteT.V The screens in both flats are small and dated.There is a good selection of videos, books and games in the flats especially the upstairs flat.I disliked the fact that part of the upstairs flat was cordoned off for private use.I would not like to be in the downstairs flat if the upstairs flat was occupied with a family with young children for example. There can also be some disturbance from the restaurants and flats opposite the upstairs flat.I do not feel this property lends itself to the individual rental as 2 separate units.I think it would be ideal for two families with older children or teenagers to let as a whole.There is an internal door that interconnects both flats which would allow say the parents to have the upstairs and the children the downstairs.The bathrooms in both properties were first class.Tavira isa lovely town that I hope to visit again with some superb beaches within easy reach by car or in summer by boat.There is also a frequent and cheap rail service to the rest of The Algarve.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Tasteful comfort

  • 5 of 5

The apartment is clearly a labour of love. The finsh and furnishings are of a quality I have never come across in holiday rentals. The outside space is fantastic and the accommodation is so comfortable in every way. The location is perfect. Moments away from central tavira and the ferry to the beach. This is somewhere that would be a great base at any time of the year.

  • Review Submitted: 26-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Location

  • 5 of 5

We have been to Tavira every year for the past 12 years and this is definitely the best apartment that we have stayed in during that time. The townhouse is located really close to the boat to Ilha Tavira and to all the amenities. Being one street back from the Main Street made such a difference in terms if noise levels. Really quiet most of the time, apart from an early wake up call from the resident cockerel opposite. Cannot recommend the apartment or Tavira enough. Apartment clean, beds incredibly comfortable and decor tasteful. We would definitely return here if available, try and avoid August if you can!

  • Review Submitted: 30-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful holiday apartment

  • 5 of 5

The apartment is in a beautifully restored old building in a quiet cobbled street in the heart of Tavira. The apartment had everything we needed and was incredibly comfortable, the beds especially were very comfy. We really enjoyed our Christmas in Tavira and would definitely stay in this apartment again.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jan-2014
  • Date of Stay: December 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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A holiday I will never forget

  • 5 of 5

I had heard a little about the renovation of the Old Wine Store and Tavira and it did not disappoint.

We had both apartments (it's one house cleverly split into two apartments) and from the moment we opened the original Portuguese door we fell in love with it. The house is gorgeous, a standard that makes the fee a real bargain, its five star living within the warmth of a home.

I thought that Portugal was over commercialised and didn't think that places like Tavira existed any more, its a rare gem that has retained its natural and historic beauty. The Old Wine Store is in the centre of everything, including the ferry stop that takes you to the Island, around 15 kms of pristine sand and clear blue ocean. The ferry is a brilliant touch and if you walk to the middle of the island, you can have it to yourself, as most people get off the ferry and plant themselves at the first bit of sand they see.

There are places to eat and drink on the island, so you can stay and watch the sun go down before getting the last ferry back, or a water taxi should you want to stay when everyone else has gone.

As for the town, there are so many places to eat and drink out but don't miss getting take away frango piri piri, a bottle of chilled vinho verde and enjoying the fantastic terrace at the Old Wine Store surrounded by candles - it's magical.

There are bikes you can take to explore the local area. Go one way into the lanes and orange groves, another to the capital of the Octupus Santa Lucia, do both they are worth it.

I could go on all day about how amazing it is. We have since been back to the Old Wine Store in November, it was still stunning then and because of the features of the house; nice bath, heating, fire, etc it really is an all year round destination.

Emma and her family are amazing and will give you any help you need during your stay. The owners, Phil and Barbara have created a place that is fantastic for all.

  • Review Submitted: 13-May-2013
  • Date of Stay: June 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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A perfect spot!

  • 5 of 5

We spent our honeymoon in Tavira in the upper winestore apartment. It is spacious, beautifully made and furnished and the location is charming and very close to town. It is quiet for being so central (not so much during weekend nights) and the terraces are absolutely fantastic! Tavira town and the beaches are great to explore and yet not overcrowded. We were welcomed and received perfectly by Emma.

Highly recommended for people who are looking for an individual, varied holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Oct-2012
  • Date of Stay: May 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Bettina! Thank you for your kind review, most appreciated! Hope to see you and your hubby in the near future :) Emma xx
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Nearest Ferry
50 Metres
Riverfront (Summer only, winter=Quatro Aguas 1.5k)
Nearest Golf
4 Kilometres
Nearest Train
800 Metres
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Nearest Beach
1500 Metres
Tavira Island
Car: not necessary

Tavira - Jewel of the Eastern Algarve.

The Old Wine Store is situated in a tranquil old street, yet within 50 metres of the picturesque river that runs through the heart of Tavira and only a minute walk from the ferry and water taxis to the stunning beaches. Tavira beach is currently rated best in Portugal by Lonely Planet, and, depending on your criteria, 8th best in the world.

Tavira is the perfect base to enjoy the more traditional Portuguese experience offered by the Eastern Algarve.

It has a wide selection of excellent, reasonably priced restaurants, bars and shops within easy walking distance, and a lively cultural scene, with music and dancing in the open air amphitheatre in the summer months

Within 13 km are five golf complexes including the world-class Monte Rei.

Tavira is surrounded by National Parks, including the famous Ria Formosa, and over 30 km of stunning beaches.

The town itself is steeped in history,having been inhabited from Neolithic times. Its architectural riches have led it to be known as 'the Venice of the Algarve' and 'the town of churches', having no less than 37.

Other Activities: The Ria Formosa National Park is a bird-watchers' paradise, being one of Europe's most important habitats for wading birds.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Tavira, Algarve

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
April-May 2018
1 Apr 2018 - 31 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
July-August 2018
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
October 2018
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
November 2018-March 2019
1 Nov 2018 - 31 Mar 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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