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Tavira Historic Centre - Excellent Restored Townhouse

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

Great Location, In Peaceful Tree Lined Square, A Perfect Holiday Base

Charming 3 storey restored townhouse( 2009) , close to all amenities, Casa Branca refurbished and equipped to a high standard, using traditional materials. 3 double bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sunny living room and large fully equipped kitchen. Outside patio for dining al fresco. Broadband, cable tv and phone for free calls inside Portugal, air-conditioning/heating.

Close to the River Gilao with its Roman bridge, the 13th century castle, and gardens, and the hilly cobbled streets home to some blue and white houses. Churches - Tavira has 37 of them. And if you need a break pop into one of the cafes in the Praca da Republic for a coffee and a Pastel de Nata. At night you can enjoy the many cultural and musical events only 2 minutes from home. Or take the ferry to the Ilha da Tavira. Close by are other beaches to enjoy Barril, Cabanas, Manta Rota. Sta Lucia is close by with its vibrant fishing and cafe scene.

Ann Byron
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French, German, Portuguese, Portuguese
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 April, 2017

About Ann Byron

We've been living in Tavira for 12 years, both retired architects. Until last year we a little house in the country near Tavira which rented for holiday lets. We fell in love with this little town house, Casa Branca, and its 'downtown' location which we recently bought, and are are intending to use it for our family and for holiday rentals.

Ann Byron purchased this house in 2013

Why Ann Byron chose Tavira region

Excellent Location, refurbished to a high standard, in a very charming and friendly neighbourhood We love Tavira which is quite unique, and the perfect place to unwind and relax,

What makes this house unique

Location - the little square with orange trees, very peaceful and safe, close to shops, bars and restaurants, the River, and great summer events in the Praca Republica, and various churches.

Beaches - Pristine Blue flag beaches, Ria Formosa lagoon, with its unique vegetation and birdlife.

Culture - summer music and dance festivals, markets, art and exhibitions.

Food and Drink. Famous for its mediterranean diet of local fish locally sourced fruit, vegetables, olive oil, and wine. Good restaurants very reasonably priced. Come and enjoy a gourmet break.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Tavira in Algarve

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • beach
  • city centre
  • near the sea
  • town
  • waterfront
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 1 bathroom with wc, washbasin and shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • 3 double bedrooms
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Bed linen and towels provided, weekly cleaning and linen change.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(33 traveller reviews)


Lovely little gem

  • 5 of 5

One word, perfect. Beautiful house, Ann was so accommodating and Vasvi offered a welcome airport service-all in all, nothing was too much trouble and the house is beautifully maintained and in the perfect position in the town- would definitely recommend and would stay again in a heartbeat

  • Review Submitted: Apr 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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No Car required

  • 5 of 5

A very well appointed property centrally located in town. Although we drove from Saville Airport there's really no need for a car unless your planning to tour the Algarve.

Great not having to bring beach towels as these were provided. Beach umbrellas also. Air Conditioning very welcome as temperatures well over 30 all week.

The kitchen was well stocked with utensils and having breakfast outside in the courtyard was a bonus.

The staircase up to the bedrooms might prove a problem for folk with disabilities or young children, but otherwise we found the house very pleasant and at night very quiet.

The local ferry is 5 minutes away and takes you over to the beach. The Mercado market nearby has fresh fish daily as well as a number of butchers. Fruit and vegetables also on sale.

There are numerous restaurants not only Portuguese, you can eat at and all in ally out shouldn't be disappointed by your stay in Tavira.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect 'home from home' retreat

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Casa Branca was brilliant! The pictures on the website and the glowing reviews we read before we booked are absolutely spot on; it's a wonderful place; clean, cosy and yet very spacious. The air con worked extremely well (and was needed!) and everything was provided that you would expect in a home (including the nice touch of a bottle of wine and a couple of cold beers for when we arrived). Our satellite TV didn't work on arrival, but a quick phone call to Ann, the owner, and with the help of the very friendly Vasvi; it was fixed the next day. Our family included a 9 and 7 year old who loved having their own rooms. The modern spiral staircase in the property made me nervous at first, but we all took our time on it and it was fine; might be a worry for parents with a younger child who likes to rush about though! The location was perfect and perfectly historical; only 3 streets away from the Ferry boat taking you over to the Ilha da Tavira beaches, and less distance still from the main promenade and bridges and a host of wonderful restaurants; but oh so quiet. We ate across the river a lot at the less touristy restaurants - Restaurant Bica being our favourite; but there are some very good places to eat within a few minutes walk of Casa Branca through the cobbled, narrow streets; they were also happy to go 'off menu' a bit for our fussy eaters. We had a fantastic time in Tavira, and we would recommend Casa Branca to anyone visiting the city. We spent a few hours in Vila Moura along the coast which was characterised by large hotels and 'international' cuisine chains and we couldn't wait to get back to Tavira and our 'home' there. The six year old neighbour even came over for a play one afternoon! Our stay really felt like an authentic Portugal retreat, which is what we wanted and what we got. We all hope we are able to return one day.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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We loved our time in Tavira!!

  • 5 of 5

Casa Branca was perfectly located and very comfortable. Effortless walk to town, restaurants, and the island ferry!! Highly recommend! Ann was a very gracious and attentive host!! Thanks so much!!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ecellent Location in Tavira

  • 5 of 5

The property is situated in a central area of Tavira, just 500m from ferry to the island and a 5 minute stroll to the Roman bridge and lots of places to eat and drink.

The house itself has everything you could need for an enjoyable stay and was spotless in all areas.

Parking was no problem in the street outside

Wifi signal was very good

  • Review Submitted: Jun 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Everything I hoped for.........

  • 5 of 5

As I had never booked a private property in Portugal before I was a little nervous about it but I have to say Ann was very helpful and always responded quickly to my messages about her property. When we arrived in Tavira which was only about forty minutes from Faro Airport, we were greeted by Vasvi at 9.00pm to give us the keys and show us around the house. I fell in love with Tavira as soon as I got there and the house was lovely, it had everything you need for a self catering holiday. Ann was also very thoughtful and left some shopping for us such as bread and milk etc. as the shops might have been closed when we arrived. The house is in a really nice quiet area but walking distance to all the restaurants and shops, we found many good restaurants to eat out and only really had breakfast at the house. We did go to an Italian restaurant just a few yards from the house on the road to China Bizaar, the food was good and the staff were really friendly. We were so lucky as the weather during the day was in the 20's but it did get a bit cold at night and we put the heating on in the house for a wee while to take the chill away. There was only one small thing and that was the stairs were quite narrow as others have said, one of my friends had a walking disability and stayed in one of the first floor rooms which he managed ok but just took his time. I would definitely recommend this property and visiting the village of Tavira, I hope to be back in the summer.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid Season
3 Apr 2017 - 9 Jul 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
High Season
10 Jul 2017 - 9 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
Mid Season
10 Sep 2017 - 6 Oct 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Low Season
7 Oct 2017 - 19 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200
Tax Rate 6.0%

Payment can be made in stirling or euros. Guests should arrive at after 1.00pm, and leave by 10.00am. The security deposit is will be returned within 2 weeks after your stay, provided there are no breakages or damage. Guests will receive a 50% refund of the total cost (minus the booking fee ) if they cancel at least four weeks before the start of the holiday.

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