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Architectural gem in the Algarve countryside!

13 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 6 nights


Minimum Stay
5 - 6 nights


Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday home in Santo Estêvão - Vivenda Franco

Light-filled 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom contemporary home, situated in nature.

Experience living in pure architectural simplicity whilst being in harmony with nature. Retaining its traditional Portuguese exterior, this villa's interior was completely transformed into a loft-like space which is filled with natural light. Designed by well-known architect Erik Kortchinsky, this is a unique modern country house. The floor to ceiling windows in the living and dining-room area allow nature to enter seamlessly inside the space. The interior of the house is bathed in light every moment of the day, illuminating the glossy concrete floors and walls. The furnishings are minimal and contemporary, allowing the energy of the space to flow. The house has wi-fi and cable TV, and all necessary kitchen equipment. The terrace opens onto the south side of the house, and from the mezzanine you are able to see the sea in the distance. On the mezzanine floor there is a sofa bed, allowing for another one or two persons.

Safety awareness- because of the mezzanine area, & stairs with open spaces between them, this home is not suitable for children under 8 years old or the very elderly. There is also a strict no-smoking policy inside the house, but one may of course smoke- with care, outside.

A car is essential to travel to nearby beaches and the local towns, however one can easily walk to the village of Santo Estevao, which has a pharmacy, two small supermarkets, and local cafes.

As the property is situated in nature & part of an ecological reserve area, there is not a swimming-pool. There are several beautiful beaches within a 10-15 minute drive. One can also sit in or by, the water feature to refresh oneself on a hot day.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Sonam Kushner
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
26 August, 2016

About Sonam Kushner

I grew up in India, went to school in England, then lived and worked in London. Prior to coming to the US, I was based in Belgium, living and working all over Europe. My home here is in the New York area, where I live with my husband and daughter. I have my own homeopathic practice since 1997. My other passions in life are our two Tibetan Terriers, good food and wine, yoga and traveling. I have owned my home in the Algarve since 1984, and have recently re-built the interior with the help of a fantastically gifted architect by the name of Eric Kortchinsky. He has done his magic and created my Dream Home!

Sonam Kushner purchased this house in 1984

Why Sonam Kushner chose Tavira region

Portugal is a very special country, the people are wonderful, the food and wine delicious, the fado music amazing, and the quality of light there is extraordinary. The location is also great- from my home, it is just half an hour to the Spanish border, less than two hours by car to Seville, and three hours to Lisbon.

What makes this house unique

Inspite of the huge influx of visitors and the inevitable general increase over these last years in tourism to the area, I feel that this eastern part of the Algarve still retains some of its old traditional charm, and remains relatively unspoiled. Tavira is a lovely town, and nearby Olhao has become home to many artists, both Portuguese and foreigners.

Guestbook comments from the manager

It was an honour for us to be your first guests- what a spectacular home! Our only regret is that we were unable to stay longer because our continuing travel plans had already been confirmed by the time we found Vivenda Franco.
Apr 2015
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based on 13 holidaymaker reviews

Architectural gem in the Algarve countryside!
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

Beautifully designed home in Countryside near Travira

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent a very relaxing week in this lovely home. The owner has put much thought and care into Vivenda Franco to make it a very special place to stay. The beds were comfortable, bathrooms very spa like and the kitchen well outfitted for cooking with bbq outside. The decor is white and very tastefully done. The house captures beautiful views to the sea and the amazing light of the Algarve. We used it as a base and enjoyed day tripping to the rest of the area from here.

Very relaxing and comfortable place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A fantastic house with an extraordinary light

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in the house in Tavira has been a rare experience beyond the ordinary. Perfect description of how to find the house. The welcome by Adelaide and the instructions for the house. The house itself was amazing to stay in - the light, the architecture, the convience of the house well equipped, the view, the garden, the silence and the stars. The house was so nice that it was difficult to leave it to go on excursions in the area - a lot of opportunities close. Many thanks to Sonam for letting us stay in the house and to Adelaide for metting us on arrival and departure. We wood love to come back.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for these kind words. It seems that you have perfectly captured the spirit of my home. I am very happy that you had the opportunity to include your time in my home as part of your discovery of Portugal. It will be waiting to welcome you, should you decide to visit again!
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Contemporary, architectural design. Easy living. Comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place! The home in the Tavira countryside has been completely redone by noted Portuguese architect Erik Kortchinsky. Erik and his wife, the amazing Adelaide, met us upon arrival and were very gracious. Sonam, the owner, has left complete instructions for everything and a comprehensive guide to the area. The split level design of the home allows for gracious living and privacy. The home is located in a quiet location with a wonderful, peaceful view. Everything works--from the Wi-Fi to the clothes washer. From the home, you have easy access by car to the beautiful town of Tavira and other seaside locations. We have stayed in many VRBO homes, and this one is one of the best! You won't be disappointed.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: As one who also has the experience of living in an architect designed home, I am so delighted that you appreciated the peaceful and harmonious energy of my home!
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  • 5 of 5

Luminous and magic every moment of the day, with everything we wish close but not too much! The Ocean, supermarkt, restaurant but in a very quiet and pleasant place! Pure nature with sofistication.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So very happy to hear that you and your family were able to relax in peaceful nature, but yet be close to the local beaches, restaurants and shops. Please come again!
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Luxurious tranquility!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this property for two months during the winter. We loved it and are planning to return next year for an even longer stay. The house has been newly renovated by a local architect and is all quite comfortable. It has very modern conveniences. The wifi worked perfectly. It allowed us to connect with grandchildren back in North America using face time. It is cooler in the winter in Portugal but we found that the electric heaters did a good job of heating the house when necessary. There is a fireplace that worked well, with some firewood supplied but we only used it once. Working with the owner, Sonam, was easy. She was very accommodating and all arrangements regarding deposits and arrival and departure times were very straightforward. She also left a booklet, not only about the house, but also with recommendations about local restaurants, markets, and beaches. We tried many of her suggestions and found them to be excellent. There is also Adelaide, the local manager. She was very available whenever we had questions and helped us a great deal. One of the things we really enjoyed about Vivenda Franco was the setting. It is within walking distance of the small village of Santo Estavao and about a 10 minute drive from Tavira. It is at the end of a long lane. The property is beautiful with a view of the ocean in the distance. There is no traffic whatsoever near the house. We very much enjoyed the peace and quiet. I would say, however, that you must have a car to enjoy this property. There is plenty of room for two couples. Our son and daughter-in-law came to visit for ten days and we were quite comfortable. If I had one minor complaint I would say that Vivenda Franco needs some better outdoor lounges. There were two but they were not terribly comfortable. I understand from Adelaide that new outdoor furniture is on the way. In closing, I guess the fact that we are planning on returning and would recommend this place to any friend or family is the best recommendation I can give it.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy to know that you both enjoyed the peace and tranquility of my home and it's surroundings. May you be as comfortable outside, as you were inside- with the new loungers, during your next stay in Vivenda Franco.
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Francisco and Sofia

  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect, beautifully equipped, everything new, very well decorated and very clean. The owner and his represantive they are very nice people and very helpful.

To stay at Vivenda Franco you will need a car, but for the other side, the house is located in a very quite place.

We spend a very good time in Vivenda Franco.

Thank you Sonam and Adelaide

  • Review Submitted: Oct 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Benamor Golf, Tavira
Nearest Train
7 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
9 Kilometres
A 22
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Luis do Prego, Malhao Santo Estevao
Nearest Beach
10 Kilometres
Ilha da Tavira, Terra Estreita, Barril
Car: necessary

Tavira, one of the oldest and most beautiful towns in the Algarve, dates back to the Roman times. Its Roman bridge spans the River Gilao, and its picturesque cobbled streets and little alley ways have remained the same for decades. In both Tavira and nearby Santa Luzia, one really feels as if time has stood still.

In the months of July and August, the Cine Club of Tavira hosts their yearly open air film festival, held in the grounds of an old convent in town- the Cloisters of Convento do Carmo. These evenings are very special, and all of the locals from the area and other towns gather here!

Be sure to visit the daily market (Mercado Municipal)- located on the Southern bank on the Eastern side of town, for fruits, vegetables, fresh cheeses and meats, plus an an incredible array of fish. Amongst the shops on the outer walls of the market, is Beterraba, a very good health food store.

Nearby, in walking distance is Bistrot 'oPorto (near to where one gets the ferry to Ilha do Tavira) a wonderfully delicious restaurant for lunch and dinner.

On Saturdays, there is also an amazing fish and vegetable market in Olhao, which is 25 minutes away. Follow your shopping with a snack and drinks at Cantaloupe, one of the better sidewalk cafes, with more interesting menu choices than the usual.

In the busy months of July and August one must be sure to make reservations in restaurants for dinner!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Santo Estêvão, Tavira region

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Autumn/early winter
1 Oct 2016 - 30 Nov 2016
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
1 Dec 2016 - 31 Mar 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
1 Apr 2017 - 31 May 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
Early Summer
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
High Summer
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
Late Summer
1 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £335

Please note, this home essentially sleeps 4 people. A further one or two persons can sleep on the sofa bed on the mezzanine area for an extra charge of 15 euros per person per night.

For cancellations up to 8 weeks before arrival date, there will be no charge. Cancellations 4-8 weeks before arrival date- 50% of the rate will be refunded. Less than 4 weeks before arrival date, no refunds. Payment can be made to a local euro account, a UK sterling account, or for US dollars, via Paypal. All transfer costs are to be covered by the payer.

Property is inspected prior to arrival and departure, and all breakages must be paid for. If renters wish to purchase for themselves additional coverage for expenses due to accidental property damage, please visit: www.vacationprotection.com, which can provide up to $5,000.00 in coverage for accidental damage to vacation rentals.

Arrivals and departures: changeover day is generally flexible unless otherwise stated. In high season, bookings can tend to be quite close. Arrivals are from 14.00 on the first day of the rental period and departures are by 10.00 on the last day of the rental period. There may be some flexibility on arrival and departure times, which can be agreed accordingly in advance. Guests arriving at the property after 20.00 whom require meeting at the premises may be charged an additional 25 euros, and shall be advised of this on confirmation of flight details.

Linens and towels will be changed once a week, including a general house cleaning. For long lets, clean linen will be provided weekly, and the cleaning of toilets. Any extra cleaning required will be at the cost of the renter. Also, for long lets, any extra electric usage for heating or air-conditioning, will be the responsibility of the renter.

There will be toilet paper and soap for arrivals, and a "welcome" package of food and beverages.

Booking reservations are secured upon receipt of 30% as deposit- payable within 5 business days. There is also a security deposit- refundable two weeks after guests leave. Long-let bookings' security deposit is 575 euros, weekly lets- 375 euros. Payment of the balance is required up to 8 weeks prior to arrival date. Reservations made less than 8 weeks prior to arrival date, to be paid in full.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Santo Estêvão in Algarve

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 160 m²
Location Type:
  • village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower) , Bidet
  • The bathroom with the shower is en-suite to one of the bedrooms.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • This home is essentially for 4 people, comprising of 2 double bedrooms. There is extra sleeping for one or two persons on a sofa bed, which is located on the open mezzanine area.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • Kayaking
  • paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
The garden has been landscaped so that one can walk around the property and stop and sit and ponder, in various spots under the shade of the old carob trees. The water feature in front of the south facing terrace has become a veritable bird sanctuary.

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