4 Bed Villa - Spacious & Indulgent. Fantastic location, sea views & draft beer!
- English, French
About Jo Tarling
Genuine people who will do all we can to make your holiday special which, we are delighted to read, is reflected in our reviews.
Why Jo Tarling chose Vila Real de Santo António
This is pool heating with a difference....We have installed a ground source heat pump to pump the swimming pool water through the pipes layed under the pool terrace.. The result is that even today, as I write this on November 7th 2013 the swimming pool is at 29 degs! It is supplementary to the solar panel heating and since we connected it last month, we have been amazed by its efficiency. Update for 2016; it still works and is still a delight and enable our guests to swim out of season which regular solar heating wouldn't necessarily do.
What makes this Villa unique
We are as near or as far as you want us to be - if you need guidance, advice or taking to A & E, we will always be there. If you want total peace and tranquility, you will never see us!
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No need to go anywhere, brilliant👍👍🍻🍻😁😁😁
Impressive villa - a perfect holiday haven
We’ve returned relaxed and revitalised after a gorgeous week long holiday here. Villa Alfarroba is a stylish abode with impressive attention to detail. Perks such as wall mounted Bluetooth speakers enable you to create a great atmosphere around the gorgeous heated pool. It’s a perfect retreat which comfortably catered for our two families (5 adults, 4 children and a baby). The wine and beer on tap is a great addition to any holiday.
As a mum I was most impressed to see a baby bouncer, toys, a changing mat and a beautiful cot set up for our 6 month old son. The high chair was duly brought round as soon as we requested it. Nothing seemed too much trouble for Jo and Paul - fantastic, welcoming and thoughtful hosts. Oh and if you can, sample the homemade cheesecake, it’s impressive.
The setting is idyllic and remote. You do need a car to get around. Tavira and Praia da Manta Rota are both worth a visit.
Whenever the sun got a little too much or the children simply needed some chill out time, the cinema room downstairs was a perfect sanctuary.
We were impressed by so many aspects of this villa. It’s highly recommended. Our friends, that we travelled with, have returned year after year - and it’s easy to see why.
Thank you so much - we really appreciate the review you have left and would love to see you and your gorgeous boys again - I promise I will make another cheesecake !!! J & P x
Out of this world
Amazing experience from first enquiry to the end of the holiday. Jo went above and beyond from the beginning. We arrived for a surprise birthday treat to balloons, decorations, fizz and amazing three course dinner and birthday cake ! Shopping in the fridge and wine and beer on tap ! Jo worked tirelessly to make it all so memorable. All 8 guest were amazed. The villa is superb and the most well equipped I have encountered with every detail thought of. Can't praise it highly enough. Thank you
Sian, what a lovely review - thank you. It was my pleasure to help you make the surprise special and I am so delighted it worked out so well. J & P xx
Absolutely amazing !
We had a rocky start to our holiday after our initial flight was cancelled at the last minute but jo couldn’t of been more helpful and flexible.
Once we arrived at this amazing villa all our stresses melted away, it is a beautiful villa in a quiet setting with everything you could need for a perfect holiday.
We had 2 ladies with physical and learning disabilities and the villa was exceptionally laid out and well equipped for all their needs.
We shall certainly be back, and look forward to many more wonderful breaks here
Just spent a week here. We are 4 golfers in our 14th year staying and playing golf in Europe. Villa Alfarobba was an excellent property to base ourselves in. Well furnished and superbly appointed. We chose to have beer & wine on tap which was really convenient. The heated pool was also excellent as previously we’ve found the water in Portugal to be a bit chilly at this time of year. There are 4 great courses on your doorstep and more nearby. In summary we would definitely stay here again if we were back in the area. Also worth mentioning that the communication throughout the booking process was excellent. Many thanks Jo & Paul
Thanks for your review Fergus, glad you all enjoyed your week. We look forward to hearing some more Roxy Music if you head back here again! J & P
Eastern family hollidays in Villa Alfarrobia
We stayed with 10 persons, 6 adults and 4 children, in this lovely villa. The hosts Jo and Paul, are very friendly and welcomed us with a bottle of wine and a bolo of the region. In spite of the absence - a few days - of the sun and the very windy weather, we had a lovely time and the heated pool made it all good! The kitchen is very well equiped - the best I ever used in a holiday house - everything you need and ever more, you can find in this lovely apple green kitchen! The women from the cleaning service worked very well and the gardeners came by as foreseen. We are thinking back with a big smile; thank you, Jo and Paul. Irene & Jack, Belgium
Thank you for taking the time to write such a glowing review - you were lovely guests - my Belgium chocolates were delicious!
Hope to see you again one day. J & P
Villa Alfarroba, so named because of the lovely, very old Alfarroba (carob) tree in our front garden, is in the little hamlet of Sta Rita, just 3km from the beautiful blue flag beach at Manta Rota. Our villa offers the perfect setting for exploring the Eastern Algarve. Within a 15 minute drive of Villa Alfarroba there are 7 golf courses to choose from including the prestigious course of Monte Rei designed by Jack Nicklaus. The towns of Tavira and Cabanas are within easy reach and are great for an evening stroll and a sundowner outside one of the many street cafés. Faro is about 40 minutes from Villa Alfarroba and is an easy journey with the majority via motorway where often you can drive from one exit to the next and not see any other cars! Whether you want to enjoy the culture, the many sporting activities or visit the local towns, go to theme parks ,take a trip up the Guadiana, pop across to Spain, do some bird watching or just laze by the pool - there is something for everyone!
Other Activities: Twitching
Golf: If you want to escape the crowds, the Eastern Algarve is perfect for golf. It is less developed and much less crowded. This is perfect accommodation for golfers wishing to sample the excellent courses situated in the Eastern Algarve. Within a 20km radius there are 7 courses to choose from - all within 15 minutes of Villa Alfarroba. These courses are in areas of natural beauty and are free from the development of fairway-lining villas. We are a few minutes from the prestigious new course of Monte Rei designed by Jack Nicklaus. Although a costly experience, this is a real treat for golfing fanatics wishing to experience a little high life! It is already ranked in the Top 20 in Europe & Top 100 in the world by Golf Digest USA - the only Portuguese course to achieve this ranking.
Ski: Sierra Nevada, Spain is about 400km away!!!