Herdade Quinta Natura

near Aljezur, Algarve, Portugal Book from

Reviewed by Kate Parsons
A sparkling pool, a tranquil vibe and great prices at this friendly hideaway, just inland from quiet beaches
Bumping along the unpaved road to get here, you'd be forgiven for wondering if you were in the right place. But push on across the river and up the hill and you'll be rewarded by leafy green grounds and a charming welcome from effervescent owner Cathy. She'll show you around, then leave you to swim in the azure pool, or read a book on your private terrace and gaze across the valley to Aljezur.

With only 4 rooms, this sweet guesthouse never feels busy or crowded. There will always be drinks in the honesty bar, a quiet corner to watch the sun set, and a lounger by the pool with your name on it. A huge added extra is a wonderful Mediterranean restaurant down the road (Gulli), also owned by Cathy and her husband, Luigi. If you don't want to drive, you can barbecue or whip up your own supper in the communal kitchen. Come morning, a stunning breakfast spread surpasses all expectations in a chic, French-style dining room. It's all very easy.


  • Plenty of space - bedrooms are roomy, and there are lots of airy communal areas for very few guests
  • Excellent value
  • Cathy and Luigi are warm and friendly hosts who do everything to ensure your stay is perfect
  • A quiet, unspoilt Algarve location and just 5km from the stunning beaches of the Costa Vicentina Natural Park
  • Beautiful, peaceful grounds with hiking trails and wonderful views


  • No restaurants within walking distance; the setting is rural
  • The owners have 3 cats and 3 dogs, so it won't suit those who don't like animals or have allergies
  • No twin rooms; this is a romantic retreat
  • The road to get here is easy to miss, very bumpy and occasionally steep - be sure to bring your detailed directions (sent when you book)
  • It's not great for children (lots of steps and tiered terraces), and babies aren't accepted

Best time to go

Although summer is the obvious draw, spring and early autumn are also great times to visit, because temperatures are a little less searing and the guesthouse gardens are in full bloom. Beaches are quieter, too.

Our top tips

Cathy has lived in the Algarve for a long time and knows a lot of secret beaches and great places to eat; be sure to ask for her insider tips.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
Great Outdoors
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Guesthouse
  • 4
  • Breakfast and communal kitchen (restaurants nearby)
  • Ages 2+ accepted but not ideal
  • Closed: 1 Dec 2016 - 28 Feb 2017
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym


There are just 4 guest rooms, all comfortable and modern, with walk-in rain showers and private terraces. Lighting is remote-controlled and each room has plenty of wardrobe space plus a mini fridge for keeping drinks cold. Robes and underfloor heating are a nice touch for the colder months, but you don't get any toiletries, so be sure to bring your own.

We stayed in Suite 2, which was spacious and light, with a huge bed and a little sitting area. Suite 4 has a mezzanine level for its bedroom and is the most popular (though all are priced the same). Its terrace has a terrific view across the valley and the pool below. Double Room 1 is the smallest but the most private, tucked away in the gardens. Suite 3 has a four-poster bed.

Features include:

  • Bathrobes
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Mini fridge
  • Shared kitchen and BBQ
  • Terrace
  • Terrace
  • Underfloor heating
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet


On holiday, everyone wants a splendid breakfast spread and Quinta Natura has one of the most beautiful we've ever seen; amazingly large for a 4-room B&B. There are bacon and eggs, homemade jam and compotes, pastries, muffins and cakes, breads, cheeses, and little bottles of fresh juice, all artfully displayed. We defy you not to fill your plate and go back for more. Sit at the communal table and chat to other guests or take your feast out on the terrace and enjoy the dreamy views.

In the evening, you can cook in the well-equipped communal kitchen or barbecue - basic ingredients are provided and there are grocery shops in Aljezur. But we'd recommend you head to a local restaurant at least once. The nearest is Gulli, Luigi's restaurant on the road to Aljezur. His take on local and classic Mediterranean dishes is not to be missed: good value and a change from the usual Portuguese fare. Hello Sailors at Arrifana, serving modern Asian salads and burgers, is highly recommended for lunch.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Communal kitchen and BBQ


  • Lounge by the pool, take a dip and lounge again. Repeat until the sun goes down
  • There are 3 stunning beaches within 10-15 minutes' drive (and heaps more if you're happy to head a little further). Go to Arrifana or Monte Clerigo for rolling Atlantic waves or Amoiera for a gentle river beach
  • Learn to surf at Arrifana or Bordeira beaches
  • Hike the trails in the beautiful Costa Vicentina Natural Park - there are rolling hills, rocky coves, broad sandy beaches and amazing views. The cliffs are a stopping-off point for migrating birds and an ideal nesting ground, so bring binoculars if that's your thing
  • Cathy can help you organise mountain biking, rock climbing and horse riding
  • Spend a day in pretty Lagos (20km away) or Monchique, a historic spa town surrounded by woodland (30 minutes' drive away)

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horse-riding
  • Mountain biking
  • Rock climbing
  • Shopping / markets
  • Surfing
  • Swimming


Cathy and Luigi sometimes allow children (not babies), but Quinta Natura is really aimed at couples - please enquire if you want to bring a little one. This would be a great place for an older family group looking to take over the whole guesthouse. It's not recommended for toddlers as there are lots of stone steps and sharp drops, plus the vibe is peace and quiet.

Best for:

Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

Suites 2 and 4 can fit a rollaway bed or sofabed.

Kid Friendly:

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