Fazenda Nova Country House

near Tavira, Algarve, Portugal Book from Book from £1351 per night

A stunning farmhouse renovation near beautiful beaches, with rustic-chic décor and fabulous food
Surrounded by 10 hectares of almond, pomegranate and olive orchards, Fazenda Nova is the realised dream of ex-Londoners Hallie and Tim Robinson, who have holidayed here for years. There are just 10 bedrooms so it feels friendly and relaxed, but it's ultra stylish with plenty of pampering touches; magazine worthy. Walk into the smooth dove-grey interior and the effect is instantly soothing after the dazzling Portuguese sun. Balinese teak furniture sits alongside design classics like Eames chairs, and exotic objects that Hallie and Tim collected on their travels add an eclectic vibe (a South African feathered headdress; painted Moroccan doors).

In the restaurant, which has a shady outdoor terrace, you can expect delicious flavours, super-fresh fish and homegrown produce (carob, figs, salad leaves plus their own olive oil). Relaxing gardens wind around gently blowing grasses, aromatic herbs and exotic wild flowers; a saltwater pool looks over the olive orchards. You'll struggle to leave.

Information provided by Fazenda Nova Country House on 14/10/2020.

Cleaning and hygiene
Alcohol dispensers added in different common areas (restaurant, bar, lobby, bathrooms, staff entries.) Increased frequency of sanitation in the common areas, door handles, switches, TV controls, AC controls, etc.)
Staff are trained to wash their hands frequently.


  • Gorgeous rooms with private swathes of garden and hanging pod seats
  • A get-away-from-it-all, chilled-out atmosphere and a relaxed 25-minute drive from Faro airport
  • Endlessly knowledgeable and very friendly owners, who live on site: Hallie is an expert on the local markets and nearby islands; Tim is the building and garden guru
  • Perfect for couples or families and the 2 are kept separate; children are only allowed during Family Weeks (Easter and July) unless you book the whole property
  • Impressive eco credentials (solar-heated water; own borehole; reused stone and brick; reed beds for filtering grey water)


  • The restaurant is closed on Saturdays. It is also closed on Wednesdays during the months of Feb, March, Oct & Nov (excluding Easter)
  • You need transport to get to the beach, other restaurants and to nearby towns such as Tavira. We strongly recommend hiring a car, but taxis can be arranged
  • Bedrooms in the 2 Apartments are small, but you get a sitting room, too

Best time to go

The best months are April and May (for spring flowers and warm temperatures), and September and October, when it’s still hot and sunny by day, and mild at night. July and August can be uncomfortably hot. Winter months are cold at night, and the wind can be chilly, although the sun still shines most days.

Our top tips

  • Check the blackboard in the hall for daily suggestions of what to do in the area - Hallie and Tim delight in suggesting where to go and what to buy, without being pushy
  • Take a book to a quiet, secluded spot in the garden - a chair under olive trees looking out over the orchards, a wooden shelter by the herb garden, or a bench in a shady corner
  • Don’t miss the coastal town of Fuseta, with its boho vibe - there’s a monthly flea market and live music on a Wednesday night
  • Great for...

    Great Outdoors
    • Boutique Hotel
    • 10 rooms
    • Restaurant & bar (open 5-6 nights a week, depending on season)
    • Adults only, except during Family Weeks.
    • Closed: from 15 November to 18 March
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Spa Treatments
    • WiFi
    • Pet Friendly
    • Disabled Access
    • Beach Nearby
    • Off-street Parking
    • Restaurants Nearby
    • Air Conditioning
    • Guest Lounge
    • Terrace
    • Garden
    • Gym
    • Bicycles Available


    Minimalist but homely with old wooden trunks (which came with the farmhouse) and seagrass mats on warm orange brick floors, the rooms epitomise rustic-chic. Expect low-key but high-end; we adored our chunky Balinese bed with Hypnos mattress and soft Belgian linen, under a carved wooden headboard. Bathrooms feel decadent, too: enormous glass-walled showers have state-of-the-art Hansgrohe showerheads, pampering Ren products and fluffy bathrobes.

    There are 8 Garden Suites, each with a little garden where beanbags sit under a carob tree, or you'll find a hanging pod chair - curl up and be gently swung to sleep.

    If you’re staying en famille, or like to self-cater the odd meal, book an apartment: each has a small bedroom, a sitting room with a sofabed, and a tiled kitchenette with a microwave, fridge-freezer, oven, hob and sink, plus a table and chairs. One has a garden, too.

    All rooms have an iPod dock, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, and sleek Artemide lighting with touch-controlled dimmers. There’s air-conditioning, but we preferred to open our French windows and let the breeze flow through.

    Features include:

    • Air conditioning
    • Bathrobes
    • Cots Available
    • Extra beds
    • Hairdryer
    • Ipod dock
    • Mosquito net
    • Phone
    • Satellite TV
    • Terrace
    • Toiletries
    • WiFi


    The restaurant, A Cozinha, is open for dinner every day except Saturday throughout the peak season. It is also closed on Wednesdays in off-peak months (Feb, March, Oct & Nov, excluding Easter). Market-fresh produce is bought daily and the dinner menu (2 or 3 choices for each course) is chalked up on a blackboard. You might get mackerel, sea bass or bream, served without fussy sauces or nouvelle foams but with sweet roast peppers, courgettes and beans, as well as inventive, zingy salads - orange, carrot and sweet potato, or fig and goat’s cheese. There are also new twists on the national cuisine with inventions such as Iberian pork with polenta and clams. We loved the carob tart - less sweet than chocolate but tastier, using home-harvested 'black gold'. Sandwiches are available for lunch.

    Nothing beats fruit direct from the tree, and Fazenda Nova grows 15 organic varieties, from olives and almonds to pomegranates and figs, as well as herbs and salad; they even use weeds in soup! On the breakfast buffet we found homegrown apples, plums and pears, fresh pomegranate and orange juice, as well as crusty bread from the 200-year-old oven which they renovated, and delicious, tiny pastel de nata pastries baked by neighbours. Thanks to mild Portuguese winters, the outdoor terrace is a year-round winner.

    If you want to dine out Algarve-style, Cafe dos Mestres in Fuseta is well-priced and heaving with locals. Grab a table on the lively riverside terrace overlooking the fishing boats, and feast on sardines and seabass cooked over an open grill. We also loved the arroz de marisco, a simmering cauldron of rice and shellfish, at Fialho in Pinheiro. Both are a 10-15 minute drive.

    Features include:

    • Bar
    • Children's meals
    • Restaurant
    • Vegetarian menu


    • Float in the saltwater pool then soak up the sun on a wooden lounger, or snooze in a hammock in the shade of an olive tree
    • Be a hands-on foodie: pick fruit from the fazenda’s trees or help with the olive harvest in October; for the best food markets head to Olhao (15km), the Algarve's largest fishing port, where you can gawp at the vast array of fresh fish and buy local rosemary honey and dried figs to take home
    • Tavira (11km away) is the prettiest town on the Algarve. It’s river-fronted with a Roman bridge spanning the water for pedestrians. Head to the camera obscura - the old water tower - that through clever use of a rotating mirror and magnifying glasses projects a 360-degree 'tour' of Tavira onto a large horizontal screen
    • Browse for collectibles and tasty treats in the nearby markets - Hallie will point you to the best ones. Fuseta has a great flea market with vintage toys, copper pans and magazines (it’s where she picked up many quirky delights for the hotel). Food stalls at Quelfes are laden with suitcase-friendly olives, almonds, chorizo and cheese
    • Spend a day on the Algarve’s stunning island beaches, all set within a protected nature reserve, the Ria Formosa National Park. You have to take a short boat or train ride to get to some - guaranteed to thrill any child. Some, such as Ihla Tavira, are bustling with shops and restaurants; others - Fuseta, Cabanas, Culatra - are quieter; Armona has the best beach; all are pristine. You can borrow maps, parasols and beach towels from the fazenda, and order a picnic basket from the chef
    • Hallie and Tim can help you organise no end of activities, from windsurfing to quad biking, horse riding to fishing or boat trips to spot dolphins. There are bikes to borrow, too

    Activities on site or nearby include:

    • Boat trips
    • Cycling
    • Fishing
    • Golf
    • Historical sites
    • Horse riding
    • Kayaking
    • Kitesurfing
    • Mountain biking
    • Plantlife / flora
    • Sailing
    • Shopping / markets
    • Swimming
    • Well being
    • Windsurfing
    • Wine tasting
    • Yoga


    This is a small hotel where noisy kids will be heard by everyone, so bookings for families and couples are kept apart. Children are welcomed during 'Family Weeks' - generally Easter and July.

    Tim and Hallie are endlessly kind and patient with children - with 3 of their own, they’re used to hullabaloo. Baby cots and fold-out beds are available for all rooms (supplement cost).

    Best for:

    Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

    Family friendly accommodation:

    The 2 Apartments, which can interconnect, are aimed at families and kitted out for preparing a simple lunch or snack for peckish kids, or heating baby food, though not for cooking a complicated meal

    Children's meals:

    During family weeks the menu includes kid-friendly dishes like homemade gourmet burgers or battered fish

    Kids Activities on site:

    • Pool with a shallow end and wide steps, perfect for less-confident swimmers
    • Outside space to run around
    • Board games
    • Bicycles to borrow

    Kids Activities nearby:

    • Beaches
    • Boat trips and dolphin spotting
    • Train rides

    Kid Friendly:


    Fazenda Nova is set in the heart of the eastern Algarve in the village of Estiramantens, 11km from the historic coastal town of Tavira and stunning coastline.

    By Air:
    Fly to Faro (29km). Click on the links below for a list of airlines serving this airport.

    From the Airport
    Most guests will hire a car but if you don't drive, you can ask Hallie to book you a taxi.

    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.com.

    More on getting to Portugal and getting around


    • Faro 29.0 km FAR
    • Lisbon 289.0 km LBO


    • Beach 7.5 km
    • Shops 6.5 km
    • Restaurant 6.5 km

    Our guests' ratings...

    Based on 7 independent reviews from i-escape guests


    Overall an amazing stay. 4/5 for food because the menu was a little limited in evenings and lunch salads were quite pricey.


    What a fantastic hotel. Beautiful gardens, superb room. Food was lovely and service could not be faulted. Can't wait to visit again.


    We loved our room - beautiful decoration in particular. Great breakfast, lunch and dinner became a bit repetitive and there were limited child-friendly options. Service was outstanding, very friendly and happy to accommodate all sorts of requests. It is fairly expensive.


    Overall the hotel is beautiful and the service from staff excellent. We were not happy with our room. The bed was not comfortable . We had requested the same room we had had previously with a queen bed and did not get it.


    We loved Fazenda Nova and would highly recommend it. The house is very well appointed and impeccably maintained. Thoughtful touches include blankets and sun hats. The gardens are beautiful, stylish,and verdant. There are lovely nooks and crannies to have private space in comfort. Fazenda Nova is an oasis of tranquility: there is a restful and relaxing atmosphere with gentle but attentive staff who are obliging and courteous.


    A really lovely stay at a beautiful, quiet and very relaxing hotel which felt like a home from home. I wouldn't hesistate to recommend this place!


    Fazenda Nova was OK.... Considering where I've stayed before for a similar price there were certain things that were a stickler. The food was expensive, particularly as the food outside of the hotel was beautiful and more than half the price. The room was OK, the pool area was lovely. Very quiet and peaceful and the pool was refreshing and with beautiful surroundings.


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