Algarve holiday accommodation

“One of our most popular rural places to stay, probably because it has everything. Great selection of accommodations, charm, warmth, a pool, nearby beach and an eco ethos.”

Highlights

Meia Praia Bay 1.5km away | Hiking in Serra de Monchique | Organic vegetable baskets available on request | Organic local wine | Traditional farm buildings | | Outdoor swimming pool | Outdoor bread oven and fireplace | Ria Formosa Nature Reserve

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Our top tip:
Take the train from Faro to Lagos where the owner of the accommodation will meet you, for a car-free holiday. Or if you hire a car, book it through the owners.
Room description:
Self-catering accommodation, 2 guest-houses, 1 loft apartment and two rooms .
Solos:
Price is per room or per house, so no single supplement.
Amenities:
Shared outdoor pool in summer, hammock, fruit and vegetables to pick, barbecue. Bottle of organic local wine.
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Algarve holiday accommodation

Environment

The south-west of Portugal has the most sun hours and the cleanest air in Europe and facilitates many outdoor activities - stimulating peoples’ contact with nature and awareness of its value. At this moment we have an organic vegetable garden, several fruit gardens and a diversity of flowering plants to attract bees and butterflies all year round. There are two solar systems, one for electricity and one for hot water and heating. The back-up of the hot water system is a biomass-burner. Rainwater is collected, we recycle authentic building materials of architectural value, and, whenever possible, we use natural materials in the developing processes. We use ecologically friendly cleaning products and recycle waste materials in order to create the lowest environmental impact possible. Recently, we started a tree sponsoring project, in which people are invited to plant a tree on the land and thus contribute to the creation of a food forest.

Community

The Quinta is a 10 minutes΄ drive from Lagos (population 31.000 in winter), whose main industry is tourism and services. There are many foreign residents that are drawn to this area and a growing population of multilingual, travelled young people from all over Portugal. In the current economic and social climate many people are developing positive initiatives to see what ‘we’ can do to make this world a little brighter. We are continuously searching for possibilities to collaborate with local initiatives or to initiate them. We provide our guests with information on where to eat, where to shop and where to go. In this information we promote local establishments, (organic) markets, small-scale organizations and local cultural events.
Now that our West wing is finished, we offer (off-season) the possibility for artists-in-residence and there will be a unique space for workshops (with focus on liberal arts, sustainable living and personal growth) and small scale cultural events.
Part of the income from tourism and what remains from the activities after maintenance and energy expenses will be reserved for social projects like the integration of organic vegetable plots for people that live on social benefits, organizing activities with children. Where possible we will combine activities (for example: children in the vegetable plots to learn from people about (organic) gardening, music and theatre during a meal for older people).
As a Wwoof host (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) we receive volunteers from all over the world who help us maintain and develop the Quinta in exchange for board and lodging.

Reviews of Algarve holiday accommodation

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 08 Sep 2016 by

Five star - we loved it! Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Aug 2016 by

The most exciting part of our holiday was seeing the property and our room for the first time. It was truly magical. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Jun 2016 by

It was wonderful from start to finish - a warm welcome, a beautiful house, lovely pool, fantastic views. It was a great holiday and we hope to return. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2016 by

Was an amazing place to stay. Gorgeous pool. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Oct 2015 by

Allow yourself time to just hang-out at the quinta. It's so relaxing and there are plenty of places to sit/lie while reading yet another good book. A true possibility to stop life for a bit. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Jul 2015 by

We spent 10 nights and it was all really great, friendly and helpful hosts and beautiful, clean accommodation. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Jun 2015 by

100%. Exactly what we as a family of three generations, age range from almost 3 to 71, were looking for. The freedom to wander their land, pick oranges, lemons and apricots. The beautiful swimming pool with a natural rock surround which all three generations used every single day. The meals were superb and the service outstanding. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Mar 2014 by

Great place, great people!... also perfect place to be with kids! Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Sep 2014 by

We had a lovely time!...The accommodation is faultless and very beautiful and the hosts are welcoming and friendly. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Mar 2014 by

The most memorable part was the location - so tranquil and perfect hosts. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 May 2013 by

So relaxing! Excellent apartment with beautiful surroundings, chilled out owners who make u feel very welcome. Looking forward for a return. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Sep 2013 by

Excellent holiday that we all thoroughly enjoyed and would warmly recommend. Perfect for a relaxing family holiday. Also an ideal setting for visiting the Algarve. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Jun 2013 by

It was a fantastic place, and Theo, Inge and their family have created a very special atmosphere. A brilliant place for our children's first holiday abroad. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Sep 2012 by

The most memorable part of the holiday was our young son finally finding the courage to come into the sea on the last day...It was a really lovely break. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Jul 2012 by

We were particularly blown away (not literally) by some of the stunning beaches on the nearby Atlantic coast; great surfing too...We had a fabulous time. We feel this is small-scale rural tourism at its best. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Apr 2012 by

The most memorable part was the really unique property, beautifully restored, in several acres of land, full of flora and fauna, with a relaxing remote setting but only 5 mins from Lagos. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Oct 2011 by

Excellent. Our fourth responsible travel find and a fourth success. Thank you Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Sep 2010 by

It was amazing. Really the best one I've ever had. I loved the feel of the place and I felt really at home with out all the baggage of being at home (phone, computer, projects, piles of stuff...) Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Nov 2010 by

We loved the house where we stayed. The garden, the swimming pool, the quietness, the views - were all just what we wanted... Excellent place to stay and relax. I honestly could not think of a nicer house / garden. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Sep 2010 by

The beautiful gardens and pool were most memorable, which, together with the comfortable and well-equipped accommodation, really helped us to unwind and relax. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Sep 2009 by

Seriously, can all holidays be like this? Beautiful apartment, brilliant pool, stunning scenery, generous hosts and a stack of awesome beaches, restaurants and castles in easy reach. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Nov 2009 by

Beautiful weather in early November. A great place for a winter break. The kids were still paddling in the pool in temperatures of 24 degrees. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Apr 2009 by

Very relaxing. Our 20 month old daughter loved it... the animals the space the pool, and SUNSHIINE!! Our hosts were lovely and their children very friendly and welcoming. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Apr 2008 by

It was positioned a short distance from the main house with its own lovely veranda, court yard and access to the swimming pool. As there is only one other guest house you pretty much feel like you have the place to yourself. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Nov 2007 by

Totally relaxing, perfect for a couple or a family alike. Small children are well catered for with very friendly and helpful hosts. You will become part of their family for the week and feel that you are in your own home. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Jul 2007 by

We loved every minute of our holiday! From the moment we arrived, Inge made us feel at home. The place is very beautiful. The guest house we stayed in was delightful - rustic, homely, very fitting with the environment with all the comforts that one needed. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Jun 2007 by

Excellent. If you like a relaxed atmosphere, peace, natural beauty and still want to be near a beach and a large town then this is the place for you. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Apr 2007 by

Portugal as a whole is one of the most memorable holidays we have ever had. Our accommodation just topped it off. Specific though... the beaches were just beautiful. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Jul 2006 by

On arrival in Portugal, finding our way there in the dark shadowed lanes, waking up in a 4 poster bed to the sound of crickets and running water and a cool breeze coming through our bedroom window, then seeing the Quinta in daylight - a flurry of colour and old world character with beautiful undulating views Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Jun 2006 by

We will remember the scenery of the surroundings at the accommodation. It is a very beautiful place with lots of colour and wildlife. ***** and we are looking forward to going back again one day! Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2006 by

The heat, the sun, the swimming pool, the beautiful plants around the house. Watching our children feed horses and chickens, pick their own carrots and eggs and exploring the whole place. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Jun 2006 by

The most memorable part of the holiday was how quiet and secluded it is, especially the main villa. The pool and the terraces were beautiful. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2006 by

This accommodation is a fantastic place if you really want to get away from it all. It offers a real haven of peace and the fact that you are encouraged to recycle all products enhances that feeling. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Dec 2005 by

We have just returned from a week at this accommodation near Lagos Portugal. All in all a relaxing getting back to nature holiday. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2005 by

The accommodation was lovely - very tasteful, the flowers and trees also beautiful...Walking on the nearby beach in the beautiful evening light as the baby began to take his first steps was the most memorable part. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Jun 2005 by

We really enjoyed relaxing on the veranda every evening, listening to the sounds of the countryside, enjoying the peace...It was great to be able to enjoy the delights of such a place and feel as though we were supporting an ethical initiative -that really made the difference for us. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Mar 2005 by

The most memorable part of our holiday has been our daughter Emma who is nearly 3 enjoying being on a farm with one sheep, two horse, dogs cats and chickens...We did indeed enjoy our holiday, and will use responsible travel again and will also recommend to friends. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Dec 2005 by

I expected better service for what to me seemed like a lot of money. Particularly as the host sorted wood out for himself during our stay. Read full review

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