Algarve Architect Villa

Tavira Algarve, Portugal Book from Book from £206 per night

Brand new! Former farmhouse fashioned into a cubist-style villa (for 2-8) with unique concierge service and a panoramic rooftop pool
If it wasn’t for the blissfully rugged surroundings of citrus groves and farmland, you’d be hard pushed to know this smart, four-bedroom villa was an old shepherd’s house. From above, its contemporary, geometric design resembles a Mondrian painting, with perpendicular white borders marking out rooms, square roofs covered in sand-coloured shingle, and a rectangular block of brilliant blue where the rooftop swimming pool lies. But history has not been forgotten: the original thatched roof has been carefully restored, the outdoor bread oven still functions (great for cooking pizzas!), and the old stables and barn have been cleverly incorporated.

Owners Ludovic and Bert make for a dream team. Ludovic is a creative director and clearly has an eye for interiors - expect minimalist styling with cooling concrete floors and lots of natural stone. Bert is a wine importer and stores his stock in a glass-walled cellar in the dining room - if you want to try one, just help yourself to a bottle from the wine fridge in the kitchen. Yet where the pair really set themselves apart is with their unique concierge service: a “flying receptionist” will meet you on arrival, bring you fresh bread deliveries each morning, and can help with booking anything from chefs to massages. If you need recommendations for good beaches (a 15-minute drive away), walks in the hills or restaurants in Tavira, just ask. This is a self-catering villa with hotel services: a winning combination in our books!
Covid-19 update: some services and facilities may be changed as a result of Coronavirus measures.

Highs

  • Ingenious, architectural design with rooms on different levels and lots of hidden patios
  • A self-catering villa with hotel services is a real luxury; expect daily food deliveries and a concierge service at your fingertips
  • Blissfully secluded in a one-hectare private estate, yet you’re very well placed for exploring the eastern Algarve’s picturesque countryside, villages and beaches
  • The rooftop swimming pool has delightful views over the surrounding orange trees and the coast beyond
  • Flexible set up: all 4 bedrooms can be doubles or twins

Lows

  • This is a high-end villa so expect high-end prices: EUR1500 security deposit and EUR150 cleaning charge (includes one mid-week clean)
  • You’ll need a car to get to shops, restaurants and beaches
  • Although children are welcome, we think the villa has more of a sophisticated vibe; it would work well for families with grown-up children or for groups of friends

Best time to go

The best months are April/May for spring flowers and warm temperatures, and September/October for sunshine and warm sea. July and August can be uncomfortably hot (40C). Winter months are cold at night, and the wind can be chilly, although the sun still shines regularly.

Our top tips

You can’t come here and not try something from Bert’s wine collection. If you don’t fancy any in the fridge, ask the concierge to fetch one from the cellar for you.

Great for...

Family
Great Outdoors
Romantic
  • Boutique Villa
  • 4 bedrooms
  • Self-catering
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Heated Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Concierge Service
  • Laundry Service
  • End-of-stay clean + 1 mid-week clean
Room:

Rooms

The house is set on two different levels, with the communal areas on the upper level and the bedrooms extending out to the lower level. The original farmhouse now houses the kitchen (see Eating) and a very stylish living room with log burner, cream designer sofas, and a restored thatched roof. This leads to the inner patio, which was originally the barn, set around the old bread oven. The former stables located at the far end of the house have been transformed into the dining room, which has a glass-walled wine cellar and views of the pool and beyond.

Stairs from the dining room lead down to the four bedrooms (doubles or twins), which forms the new, cubist part of the house. Each is ensuite (all shower, one bath) and has its own private patio – ideal for extra privacy from your group! On the roof of the rooms is the swimming pool, ringed by sunloungers, and lots of little spaces for relaxing in.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Barbecue
  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Fireplace
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob or stove
  • Microwave
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Oven
  • Radio
  • Swimming pool
  • Terrace
  • Toaster
  • Toiletries
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi

Eating

The brand-new kitchen is slick and smart. Worktops are made of natural stone and appliances are Miele and Bosch. There’s a fridge, induction hob, oven, dishwasher, coffee machine and plenty of worktop space for cooking. But best of all, there’s a fridge stocked with Bert’s favourite Portuguese wines – just help yourself using an honesty system.

Basic supplies are provided, and fresh bread deliveries (plus other treats) are brought to your door each morning for breakfast. The nearest supermarket is a 10-minute drive away, or you can make use of the shopping service for stocking up. A chef is available on request (just ask your concierge).

For eating out, there’s a myriad of options in nearby Tavira and the surrounding villages. The fish and seafood along this coast are fabulous - don’t miss local specialities like grilled sardines and salted cod, washed down with a glass of crisp vinho verde.

Features include:

  • Barbecue
  • Chef on request
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hob or stove
  • Microwave
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Oven
  • Shopping service
  • Toaster
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • The house has dozens of places for relaxing and hiding away – private patios, various sections of the roof space and hammocks hanging in trees - bring lots of books and try them all!
  • Spend a day on the Algarve’s island beaches, all set within a protected nature reserve, the Ria Formosa National Park. Ilha Tavira is good if you want amenities; Fuseta, Cabanas and Culatra are much quieter; Armona has the best beach in our opinion.
  • There are lots of water activities on offer in the area: windsurfing, fishing, dolphin spotting, boat trips. Ask your concierge to help with arrangements.
  • Explore pretty Tavira, a river-fronted town with a Roman bridge spanning the water for pedestrians. Head to the camera obscura, watch fisherman searching for clams in the shallows, then try the fresh catch of the day at one of the waterfront restaurants.
  • Visit the Castro Marim salt pans, on the banks of the Guadiana River. Take a guided tour, observe wildlife or enjoy a mineral mud bath or a floating salt bath.

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Sailing
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Well being
  • Windsurfing
  • Wine tasting

Kids

Children are very welcome here. There’s masses of space (one hectare to explore), and the heated swimming pool is great for all ages. All rooms can be set up as twins if kids are sharing, and equipment such as cots, high chairs and baby baths are available to borrow (extra cost). That said, the house has a very sophisticated vibe, with designer furniture and a glass wine cellar on site, and the rural location might not be so good for teenagers.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available

Baby equipment:

  • High chair
  • Baby bath

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Kids Activities on site:

  • Kids' books and toys
  • Swimming pool
  • The house and its grounds look great for hide and seek!

Distances:

  • Airport: 30 mins
  • Hospital: 20 mins
  • Supermarket: 5 mins
Kid Friendly:

Location

Algarve Architect Villa is set in the heart of the eastern Algarve in the village of Estiramantens, just outside the historic coastal town of Tavira and stunning coastline.

By Air:
Fly to Faro (31km).

From the Airport
Your flying receptionist will meet you at the airport on arrival. Most guests will hire a car from there, but if you don't drive you can request an airport transfer.

By Car:
If you want to hire a car see our car rental recommendations.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.

Airports:

  • Faro Airport 31.0 km FAR

Other:

  • Beach 9.0 km
  • Shops 5.0 km
  • Restaurant 5.0 km

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