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Cottage with pool, amazing views, rural, Tavira 10 min's, sleeps up to 8

Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights

About the property

2 bedroom house with pool + 2 double studio's adjacent. Sleeps up to 8.

This Farmhouse Cottage has been lovingly restored, retaining many original features including a stone 'feature' bread oven in the dinning room and a large cast iron wood-burning stove for cosy winter evenings. The many different patio areas surrounding the house have shady nooks for those siestas. The roof terrace with breathtaking views of the hills is the perfect place for a sundowner with amazing sunsets. There is a large patio area with a stone built barbecue and grape vine covered seating area. The ivy covered bench patio area is always shaded for a laid back lunch! The pool area has an elevated shaded area with pleasant views. The house is set in the countryside yet only minutes drive from Tavira, and is very private.

The property comprises the farmhouse with 2 double bedrooms that can sleep 4 people and 2 adjacent studios, each with a double bedroom. The whole property can provide accommodation for 8 people and there is also a cot for a baby. The prices in the rates table are for rental of the whole property, please consult the additional information below the rates to see the prices if guests wish to rent less than the whole property. If less than the whole property is rented, the studios will not be rented to others.

Golf: There are 3 golf courses within 30 minute drive from the property.

Birdwatching: Birdwatching is a popular pastime in the area if this is of interest.

Hill Walking & Beaches: The hills nearby, north of the cottage are great for walking, especially in the spring and autumn.

More Details

Gerry Daughton
Member since: 2008
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 January, 2017

About Gerry Daughton

My wife and I are from UK. I am from Wales and met my wife in Reading while I was at university and she training to be a nurse. Our kids are now grown up and have families of their own.

Gerry Daughton purchased this cottage in 2010

Why Gerry Daughton chose Tavira region

We visited some friends in Tavira for a few days and were blown away by the laid back feel and atmoshere of the town, the beauty of the area, and not to mention the fabulous food and wine. We had absolutely no intention of looking for a place to buy but on passing an estate agents window a couple of properties caught our eye. Once we saw Casa Da Andorinhas we instantly fell in love with it and that was that. Since we bought it we have been improving it slowly, replacing the roof but in traditional cane and tile style and extending the main bedroom with an en-suite.

What makes this cottage unique

Rural, quiet, full of character, great views from the roof terrace, lots of areas around the house to chill out and yet close to the facilities in town, the hills for walking and pristine sandy beaches.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(6 traveller reviews)

Cottage with pool, amazing views, rural, Tavira 10 min's, sleeps up to 8
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at Geralds Cottage. The house has a unique mediterranean style and a lot of nice corners to relax. Even during the hot summer days, we found enough shady spots and the air conditioned rooms provided for a good sleep. Tavira is not too far away and deserves some visits. All rounded up, it was a very pleasant stay, so we give this cottage 5 stars and hope we come back one day.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you back to Casa Das Andorinhas at some time in the not too distant future, take care. Gerry
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fantastic holiday

  • 5 of 5

We loved this property. Its quiet location and beautiful garden with lots of choices of eating and lounging space made it perfect for 3 couples sharing. Plenty of car space and loads of seating meant we were never on top of each other and yet had loads of space to be together in the one space. We instantly felt that the villa was our home for the week. The local manager was very welcoming and was able to help us throughout the week with taxis etc. Lovely well maintained pool and gardens. Tavira and area had super beaches and great selection of places to eat and very reasonable prices.

  • Review Submitted: May 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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A lovely retreat!!

  • 5 of 5

This property was absolutely perfect! It was rural enough to be secluded but within 10/15mins drive from the town and nearby beaches. The pool is a good size and gated which was important for us. Great for families with small or older kids or simply as a quiet retreat. Thank you to Gerry for keeping in touch leading up to our hols and also to Carmen who made us feel very welcome on our arrival. We don't ususally return to the same holiday destination but I think this cottage might be the exception. I would definitely recommend the location and property.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 8, 2013
  • Date of Stay: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Melody for taking the time to post this review, we are really pleased you enjoyed your holiday. Looking forward to welcoming you again to Casa Das Andorinhas at some time in the future. Best Wishes, Gerry.
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Perfect cottage for a peaceful family holiday

  • 5 of 5

With 2 young children and a hectic life in London we really need our holidays - Casa Das Andorinhas delivers the perfect combination of a tranquil yet beautiful base along with a wide range of great beaches and local cultural diversions almost on your doorstep.

We spend many hours roaming around the gardens, picking figs, pomegranetes, citrus fruits etc and dipping into the pool (which is surrounded by an expanse of decking which affords views across the valley). The nearby beaches are fantastic - soft sand and gently sloping - and Tavira offers plenty of choice in terms of quality food to purchase and then bbq at the cottage or to eat out.

We rarely return to a holiday cottage as we like to explore but we are returning for the third time this year - its become our banker as a guaranteed 2 weeks of full relaxation in the sun.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 24, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Keith, we are pleased you once more enjoyed your stay and we look forward to you next visit, Cheers Gerry. For other potential guests, we have found others also like Keith enjoy the cottage so much they re-book. One family have been our guests on four occasions.
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  • 5 of 5

absolutely fantastic....private, secluded and a wonderful welcome ensured peace and serenity from day 1...a truly wonderful holiday, made easier by good information from Gerry


  • Review Submitted: Mar 24, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We were charmed by the house and this beautiful Portugal region. Everything was in line with expectations : quiet, comfort , decoration including a corner to meditate.

We hope to return one day.


  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Nathalie for taking the time to post a review. We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you back again at some time in the future.
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
20 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
6 Kilometres
A number of golf courses within easy reach
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Tavira but more frequent services from Faro
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
East-west N22 Highway a couple of km away
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Spoilt for choice in and around Tavira
Nearest Beach
4 Kilometres
Many unspoilt beaches nearby to choose from
Car: necessary

Tavira is a lovely unspoilt Algarve town sitting on the river Gilao, with its own Fort. Spring and summer bring many local festivals, where areas around the many churches are decorated with paper flowers laboriously handmade by the locals and dancing through the night is common on these occasions! There is a wide choice of places to eat in Tavira, the local food is fantastic and fresh, especially the fish. Spain is only 30 minutes drive away, Ayamonti is a pretty town on the border with narrow cobbled streets and nice restaurants to enjoy some tapas. Villa Real on the Portuguese/Spanish border is famous for its linen and towels. The property is about 10 minutes from Tavira where there is a short ferry ride to the long sand bar island beach which has restaurants. There are many other pristine beaches which are pretty much deserted. Our favourite is Praia da Barril, which is gentle sloping, has great ‘sand-castle’ sand, and selection of restaurants at the back of the beach. You can access the beach on foot or on a small train, which is great for the kids.

A natural reserve is within walking distance where there is a picnic area, cafe and a board walk to the waterfall. There are golf courses within 15 minutes drive.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Clarification of above Weekly Rates:-
The above rates are for rental of the whole property, comprising the House plus 2 Studios. The House sleeps 4 in 2 double bedrooms, each studio has a double bedroom and sleeps 2, so in total the property can sleep 8. If guests wish to rent just the House, or the House + 1 Studio a discounted price will be offered, as follows:
Low season: House = £700. House + 1 Studio = £800
Mid season: House = £900. House + 1 Studio = £1000.
High season: House + 1 Studio (minimum hire in this season) = £1300.

There is also a cot for a baby.

Check-in time is from 2pm and check-out time is by 10am.

A part payment of 25% of rental is required to confirm booking. The remaining 75% is required to be paid prior to 6 weeks of the start of the holiday. Payment may be made by bank transfer to UK in Pounds, or to Portugal in Euro, whichever better suits the guest.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Tavira in Algarve

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot , AC and ensuite
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , AC
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed , AC and ensuite
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , AC and ensuite
  • The bedrooms in the farmhouse are one double and one twin with plenty of wardrobe space and both are air-conditioned. The double bedroom has a new ensuite bathroom and French doors opening onto the patio. Both have high traditional cane thatch and beam ceilings. There is a second bathroom with shower in the house. The studio's are spacious and are both doubles with air-conditioning. They have the same high beamed ceilings as the house, there is a small table and chairs in both studio's, with en suite shower rooms in each studio, both have small fridges, again ample wardrobe and cupboard space. There is also a kitchen outside the studios and has a kettle and toaster with plug points on the work surface plus 2 sinks. The studio's are just across the main patio from the house. We only use the studios as extra to the house, so if you just want to rent the house you still have your privacy, nobody else will be in the studios. There is also a baby cot and highchair
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Wood Decking
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
You will be met at the property by a lady who looks after the place when we are not there. She will show you around and answer any questions you may have. The sheets/towels are changed weekly, the pool is cleaned weekly. You are left to yourselves during the course of your stay to ensure your privacy. The patio's are flat with one step down to the studio patio. The pool area is also flat and has a small entrance gate for safety of younsters. There are sunbeds around the pool. An information pack is available in the entrance area, which will give you some tips on where to shop, the local beaches and restaurants we would recommend. The food and wine is excellent.

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