Peaceful Cottage with safe rambling country walks - Tourism Registered AL 1612
Karl and Daphne
- English, German, Zulu, Portuguese and follow Flemish Dutch
About Karl and Daphne
As a young family we had a very happy 20 years of trading in the remote Zulu Kingdom of South Africa. On being politically displaced in 1980 we retired early to the North Coast of Durban and 15 years of “part time farming” our beef ranch in remote northern Natal. Having more leisure time we toured extensively and whilst in Europe we fell in love with the Algarve and promptly acquired a holiday villa, which inevitably in 1995 became our permanent home. Having acquired more holiday villas to rent out we now enjoy meeting guests from around the world, many of whom are now our dearest friends. Annually we visit our families in the southern summers of South Africa and Australia and returning home to enjoy and love the Algarve even more.
Karl and Daphne purchased this Cottage in 1992
Why Karl and Daphne chose Alcaria Cova
The Ria Formosa wetlands and offshore Islands being a protected world heritage, our part of the Eastern Algarve is fortunately spared from mega tourist developments and consequently remains more traditionally Portuguese; the most friendly and polite people you could ever wish to meet. An idyllic easy going lifestyle, festivals, village markets, offshore islands endless golden beaches and all year sunny blue skies
What makes this Cottage unique
A very peaceful country locality, elevated location set in natural shrub land all around, for unwinding in ultimate relaxation. With stunning coastline sea views and the offshore islands beckon with uncrowded sundrenched beaches Easy access to village shops and affordable restaurants, also several beaches, sport activities and entertainments just a short drive away.
Outdoor ashtrays are available
A lap dog on leash is considered.
Children not allowed
Minimum age of primary renter:18
Use of TINTED suntan lotions is subject to penalty costs for scrubbing off pool yellow scum line and replacement of badly stained towels and bedlinen
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
A perfect place to recharge your batteries!
Thank you for the most amazing break in your serene little haven. We can not fault the clean and comfortable accommodation and the pool was a godsend in the 30 degree heat.
Karl and Daphne were the perfect hosts, they were on hand whenever we needed them but we also felt that we had privacy, even around the pool which is near to the main house.
We thoroughly enjoyed lunch at 'Chicken Louis' on our first day with Karl and Daphne and they kindly drove us to the local supermarket for supplies because we didn't hire a car.
The private sundeck was blissful and we enjoyed many BBQs while the sun was setting, relaxing in the hammocks and enjoying ice cold beers from the outdoor fridge while sitting in the hot tub looking at the stars. We even saw some shooting stars!
We visited nearby Faro and Sao Bras and were impressed that we could use Uber taxis. We would recommend future visitors hiring a car as it would have allowed us to explore even further afield.
Overall, we had a wonderful stay. A perfect place to switch off, relax and recharge your batteries. We would recommend without reservation. Thank you again!
Thank you for your kind review, we enjoyed having you and are delighted you had a good time
Fabulous little find
Had a lovely relaxing time here. The villa is so cute and homely. Really well equipped and the hosts are super friendly and helpful. Will be recommending this place to friends and will be coming back.
Thank you for your quick and very kind review, all much appreciated.
We have stayed at the Nest 13 times! Its a delight to return to this villa for some R&R, Karl & Daph are great hosts and now our good friends.
There are lots of lovely places to explore, a car is a must. Beaches, villages and mountains to soak up the Eastern Algarve atmosphere. Can't beat it,
13 years of 5 star encouragement, inspiration and friendship. THANK YOU
Relaxing comfortable holiday
Our third visit to the Love Nest and it gets better every year!
Our hosts Karl and Daph have managed to improve on perfection from the last time we visited, the Nest is very very clean , well kitted out with all the essentials and the best welcome pack I have ever experienced including ice cold beers!
If you are looking for a peaceful relaxing holiday in very clean accommodation then this is the place.
The best holiday accommodation I have ever visited, great location, well kitted out with many extras and a world class couple who are always on hand if needed to make sure you have the greatest holiday experience.
I would not hesitate in recommending this property in fact I have already booked for next year!!!
A most inspiring all 5 Stars and "five high" encouragement.
The Villa is very well appointed inside with a high standard to all furnishings etc. Externally we can’t believe that there is another holiday villa with so much going for it. Swimming pool, hot tub, bbq area, floodlit boules court, ‘African den’, lots of sunbathing areas. Then the friendliness, helpfulness and charm of the owners Karl and Daphne who live next door and are a lovely couple. Location is great in the hills about 10 miles from the coast. It’s very quiet but the Villa is only 15/20 minutes away from very nice towns and facilities.
Inspiring all 5 Stars and “five-highs” encouragement...! THANK YOU
First class plus.could not have been better .
The property was spotless we were treated as members of the family.The service was first class.We would recommend this property to every one without hesitation.The villa. is. Close to so many small towns with good access to some wonderful restaurants.
We are inspired to keep our 5 stars glowing, thank you
The Algarve is Portugal's holiday playground, blessed with all year around sunshine, unpolluted blue skies and crystal clear seas.
Summers are very hot and dry, parched meadows and endless beaches with the cool Atlantic are a refuge from the heat of the day. Evenings are refreshingly cooler, and are ideal for dining out, listening traditional "Fado", some serious clubbing or simply good eating in the regions vast choice of restaurants, famous for fresh foods.
Spring and Autumn are milder and are preferred by many, still hot and mostly all blue skies with possibly a stray shower from winter rains restoring the lush green countryside and spectacular wild flowers.
Being a winter rainfall zone, Algarve Winters are surprisingly mild, with some colder days interspersed with days of warm sunny skies, cool evenings ideal for a heart-warming log fire were central heating is merely a surplus luxury.
Unlike central to west Algarve's bustling and crowded tourist resorts, our Eastern Algarve, having protected World Heritage wetlands and offshore islands, is fortunately spared from mega tourist developments. It consequently remains more traditionally Portuguese; the most friendly and polite people you could ever wish to meet.
An idyllic easy going lifestyle, with village markets, festivals, uncrowded beaches and all year wall to wall blue skies.
The region offers a wide variety of activities and entertainments, and is well served with shopping malls, regional produce and crafts.
For a change from beach life there is dolphin-watching, scuba-diving, surfing or sailing. You can also visit famous Oceanariums and swim with dolphins, splash away at Water Worlds or enjoy a luxury boat cruise along the spectacularly beautiful coastline. There are also the options of riding a bicycle, horse riding or walking in unspoilt countryside.
With golf as choice activity there are Europe's top courses to hand, and in the Algarve nowhere is too far away to go.
MONCARAPACHO (8Km). The nearest town has a welcoming atmosphere, small market and local pottery as well as the usual shopping amenities. Further on is FUSETA town on the waterfront, from where a short hop across by little ferry takes you to the popular Island beach. Onwards on your way towards the well liked TAVIRA a town which in itself is a fast growing tourist area and well worth a visit, is SANTA LUZIA with rows of restaurants along a lovely palm lined waterfront, from where you may hire water taxis to enjoy your own private beach paradise for the day. Nearby is a miniature rail which crosses the marshes to endlessly long island beach of Isla Barril.
OLHAO (9Km) Is a flourishing old fishing town, and has a small harbour and jetty with small ferries and water taxis that shuttle across to the nearby island beaches. These include Armona and Culatra, as well as the distant light house island of Farol. On the waterfront is a famous undercover fresh fish and vegetable market, inside two huge Moorish style halls. A bustling daily market is a must see for an insight into day-to-day Algarve life. An endless choice of restaurants makes this town a seafood paradise.
AZINHEIRO (Nearby 3Km) Is a small hamlet saddling the mountain ridge. Located in a narrow crossways linking Monte Miguel, Sao Bras, Estoi and Olhao, is the popular local snack bar "O Rissol" owned by very friendly Paulo and Sandra who speak perfect English.
ESTOI (4Km) Is a prominent old town in the foothills of the Calderao mountain range. The recently restored "Pink" Palacio de Estoi is a true sleeping beauty palace and, with the Milrue Roman Temple ruins further along, well worth a visit.
SAO BRAS (9Km). Is a bustling inland town nestling against the lovely outback cork hills. It has all the convenient shopping amenities and very affordable restaurants, along with the ever popular phenomena Luis dos Frangos, or just "Chicken Louis"
FARO (17Km) Is the capital town and has quaint old cobbled shopping walkways and the nearby fortressed old town is well worth a meander. The ancient cathedral bell tower provides a splendid view over the city, wetlands lagoons and inland hills.
From the small marina in the town centre boats offer group tours of the Ria Formosa Wetland Reserve with its famous birdlife, and also visit pristine Isla Deserta for idyllic beachcombing amid a myriad seashell.
The very modern Algarve Forum shopping mall on the outskirts of town offers good retail therapy with specialist chain stores, cinemas, and restaurants.
HOW TO GET THERE:
The nearest airport of Faro is only 20 minutes away and is served by many budget airlines such as EasyJet, Monarch, Ryanair, Jet2, Airberlin etc. At times some national airlines also offer direct flights in to Faro.
The alternative Portuguese airport of Lisbon is only 3hrs drive and Seville airport in Spain is only 2 hours away. Some guests take a leisurely drive to the Algarve which in itself is a lovely scenic trip with interesting stop overs along the way