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Beautifully Restored Quinta with Spectacular Views



Updated: 23-Sep-2016
Quinta in hills just outside Tavira, Eastern Algarve, Portugal - Totally Private Pool, Private Gardens, 20 mins from Tavira

The Quinta is located 12km from Tavira, on the East side of the Algarve. It is positioned in a quiet location in the Santa Catarina Hills with panoramic views over the countryside and to the coast. The area is one of outstanding natural beauty with indigenous trees and shrubs (cork, cork oak, carob, almond, olive, lemon, rock rose and medronho bush) with most of the surrounding lands completely natural. It occupies a private position within 10,000 square metres of its own land. The Quinta was fully restored in the late 1990s retaining many original features and styles. It is reached by a tarmac road and through gates to a gravel drive. We are far enough away from the hustle and bustle but a 20 minute drive to the Roman town of Tavira and the surrounding areas/beaches and 10 minutes drive to St. Catarina. The property has 3 double bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The master bedroom has French doors opening to its own private balcony. Upstairs is a south facing good sized terrace complete with BBQ facilities and private sunbathing.

  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I'm a British private owner who uses the quinta every year for a week or so in low season. Its a home from home as well as a peaceful retreat to my family so its well looked after. I'm not living in Portugal so I use a good local management company to ensure the house and our guests are well looked after.

You can contact me direct through this site.

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Speaks English, German

Guestbook comments from the owner

We spent a lovely week at the Quinta.

It was perfect. Mrs K Keenan Aug 2011

we had a fantastic holiday in your lovely property.

It was everything we hoped it would be and more, so thank you. Mr. P. Schwier Aug 2011

Beyond all expectations! Thank you for the nice days we spent at the quintas

das janelas azuis. The fantastic swimming pool was really appreciated by the

family. Mr O. De Brye August 2010

thank you for letting us use your beautiful quinta.

Such amazing views and all the privacy we needed! Mr E. Liefsoens Sept 2010

We had an absolutely wonderful time at your house. Its a great place. E. Gummig Oct 2010
Jun 2006
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8 Reviews

based on 8 holidaymaker reviews


Lovely holiday villa

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic week in this lovely villa. Spectacular views from all aspects of the property. We especially enjoyed watching the sun rise over the sea from the roof terrace. The villa is set in a very private and peaceful hilltop location but is not too remote and is within easy reach of local towns, including the historic Tavira, the coast and incredible mountain drives. We found the layout of the villa to be particularly good with easy access the the wonderful pool and terraces etc. We would recommend this property and would stay there again.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful holidays

  • 5 of 5

We spent two weeks at Quintas Azuis in July. Situated on the hills of the Serra Algarvia, it is a wonderful retreat, offering complete privacy, peace and stunning views. The house is beautifully decorated, clean and well equipped. Local property manager was very helpful and welcoming. A fantastic place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Santa Catarina da Serra

  • 4 of 5

Fabulous villa, wonderful views from every aspect. We had a fantastic week dipping in and out of the lovely pool. The owner was very helpful giving us suggestions on local restaurants, beaches and places to visit. Would highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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The photographs cannot do this justice

  • 5 of 5

This house is even more beautiful than the photographs suggest and it's location on a hilltop with a distant view of the sea was utterly stunning. I was utterly transfixed by the wildflowers and the garden. Our children delighted in the pool despite the early spring temperatures and we loved discovering the Eastern Algarve from this magical spot. Beautifully tucked away but easy to nip down to Tavira and explore the rest of the coast. The house is very well supplied with all that is needed on holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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What a Place!

  • 5 of 5

Located on a hillside a few miles inland from the Atlantic, this gorgeous, Architectural Digest-worthy villa is simply spectacular. Combined with its Mediterranean climate and small fishing villages dotting the coast, this is a perfect place for a getaway... or hideaway if you choose. The local food and wine can't be beat and you're just a few hours drive from Seville, quite a beautiful city.

There are few places that Lisa wants to re-visit once she's been there, but this certainly is one of them.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 15, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2012
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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The place to unwind

  • 5 of 5

So much more to the Algarve than mere beaches and this villa proves it. A truly wonderful space, its elevated position making it fabulously private with stunning views. The quinta is stylish, elegantly moorish and really comfortable. Everything you need is there, and more. Easy distance of village with excellent bakery and general amenities. Close to a fabulous hilltop restaurant with breathtaking views. The saltwater pool is a joy and beautifully situated in glorious landscaped garden. A perfect villa away from madding crowds yet short drive to everything you will want. Our favourite place in the sun.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

peaceful, green, natural but within 10 minutes from all amenities. Totally private. For food lovers, its a great area with several outstanding restaurants within half an hours drive. The house have a private dining terrace for eating al fresco.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Faro at 25 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : St Catarina at 4 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Several at 15 Kilometres Nearest Train : Tavira at 15 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A2 at 10 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : St Catarina at 4 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Barril at 15 Kilometres Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

This is a perfect area for birdwatchers, star watchers, cyclists, hikers and peace seekers.


Several beaches within a 20 min drive


Faro airport 30 minutes by car, Seville 1 hour 45 minutes, Lisbon 2 hours 45 minutes.


Fonte de Bispo village 5 mins drive. St. Catarina (local shops, mini market, pharmacy, English newspapers etc) 10 minutes drive. S. Bras de Alportel (shops/large supermarket/restaurants) is 15 minutes by car. Beaches are about 20 minutes drive away (choice of several). The old fishing villages of St. Lucia, Cabanas and Cacela Velha are all around 20 mins drive. The beautiful Ria Formosa National Park is also well worth a visit. Seville is less than 2 hours drive.

Further Details:

There are some fabulous restaurants within a 20 minute drive, to suit all tastes. A Gourmet's delight.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
low season
22 Oct 2016 - 31 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
50% deposit to secure and confirm a booking. Balance payable before travel. A small holding deposit is also requested and will be released after inventory.

Changeover Day:
Saturdays. Other days by arrangement.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds. Welcome pack, cleaning, clean linen, pool maintenance, garden maintenance, electricity, gas inclusive. Winter rental considered.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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From the Owner

swimming, relaxing, outside dining, star gazing.

Property Type

  • villa


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural


  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet, Bath has shower attachment
  • 1 en suite to master bed. 1 separate with bath/shower, double sinks


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Double beds, wardrobe space.


  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda ...
  • 1 bicycles


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: Moorish style Quinta, Pool, BBQ, outside dining, mature gardens, wifi, roof terrace, great views, complete privacy, fabulous nearby restaurants, shops within 10 mins drive -- remaining October weeks now reduced to gbp 500 per week -- Outside: 10m x 5m pool, outdoor shower, bbq area, enclosed walled garden with ornamental pond. Large roof terrace, large dining terraces, private drive, parking, large mature garden surrounded by wild rock rose landscape. Utility Room: Washing machine, iron/board, vacuum cleaner. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels/linen included. Weekly cleaning. Pool cleaning weekly. Gardener included. Activity info on request. Other: Outdoor furniture, sunloungers hammocks, dining room with large antique pine table and dresser. There is also a selection of books to read.

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