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Old Townhouse in Tavira, Eastern Algarve

Overview

Property

Updated: 23-Mar-2017
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access

About the property

Townhouse in Tavira, Eastern Algarve, Portugal - Located In Historic Centre Near All Amenities

A fully modernised and tastefully restored townhouse centrally located on the West bank of the River Gilao, just a few minutes walk from Tavira’s main square, historic sights, riverside amenities, and ferries to the beaches. The house is single-storey, and high-ceilinged, and while it is built with three bedrooms (and is proportioned accordingly) it is offered as two-bedroom accommodation only, for a maximum of four adults. The restoration work was completed in June 2013 to a very high standard. The house benefits from a large rear patio (unusual in Tavira’s historic centre) which can also be accessed directly from the street via a side door and entrance passageway. The house is registered for rental under Tavira Council license no. 5246/2014.

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Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Richard Wilkinson
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
23 March, 2017

About Richard Wilkinson

As a teenager I visited the Agarve many times with my parents, more years ago than I care to remember, when Albufeira was still a mere fishing village.... The strong attraction to the region has always remained with me, and continues to strengthen as the years go by.

Richard Wilkinson purchased this house in 2011

Why Richard Wilkinson chose Tavira region

I bought the house because I believe the Eastern Algarve (like the far Western part of the Province) - and Tavira in particular - has retained much of its rich heritage and culture, in spite of the pressures of tourism. I bought it not primarily as an investment, but as a second home, and we have re-modelled it accordingly. The house tends to be used more by ourselves, family and friends than by paying guests. It is a tranquil gem in the heart of Tavira's historic centre.

What makes this house unique

The house is located in a very quiet street yet is within minutes of all amenities - shops, post office, ferries, restaurants, banks, cafes, and free parking. It has the advantage of having a large, quiet, and private patio at the rear which is very rare in the central part of the town.

The area is blessed with a wonderful climate and has much to offer throughout the year, from beaches to birdwatching, and from heritage to hiking, passing through fishing, sailing, and - of course - seafoods.

19 Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(19 traveller reviews)

5

Perfect in Every Way!

  • 5 of 5

You will feel that you've stepped into the pages of 'House Beautiful'.

This home has everything you could possibly want, and more....right down to a basket of adapters and chargers for your devices. It is exactly as the pictures portray, although you can't fully appreciate the size and cleanliness, from the photos.

Richard, the owner, and Kate, the property manager are lovely, helpful, welcoming and accommodating people. We were made to feel completely comfortable and at home, immediately.

The home is spotless, the kitchen is 'fully loaded' the beds are very comfortable and the courtyard is huge, and very private.

As well, the location is ideal, with a bank, grocery store, amazing liquor store, bakeries, restaurants and a taxi stand all in close, but not at all intrusive, proximity.

We cannot wait to return. No other place in Tavira will 'cut it' for us now!

Thanks so much for sharing with us, Richard. We'll be back! 😊

  • Review Submitted: Mar 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Come back again Jean - you will be welcome! And thank you for your kind review. We do our best....... Richard
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5

Very clean and comfortable, we loved it!

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a wonderful 8 days in the house, which is exactly like the photos and description, though it was still a very pleasant surprise to find everything so clean, comfortable and welcoming.

The kitchen is fantastic and we cooked in most nights - you can buy everything you need within walking distance of the house - the seafood from the market is great.

We were a bit worried about parking, but it really isn't a problem at all.

There is plenty to see and do in Tavira and it's also an ideal base to explore the Eastern Algarve and Western Andalucia. We went to the Parque Nacional Donana in Spain, which was very nice, though we actually saw more birds when walking out on the salt pans of Tavira!

Thanks to Richard for sharing your home, hope to make it back sometime.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes...even December can be nice in Tavira. Thank you for this kind review - we are always pleased to receive positive feedback such as this, and we are delighted that you discovered the wonderful birdlife in the salt pans. Please come and stay again! Richard
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5

Ideal Location for a relaxing break

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful home, spotless and very practical. ideally located close to the river and super restaurants of Tavira. Lovely private garden area. Excellent communication with Richard about the house and the area. Recommended to anyone who needs to wind down.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words Louise. Tavira is indeed a great place where one can to shut up shop, wind down, and relax.....and we believe the house, with its location, amenities and ambiance, facilitates the process. So glad you enjoyed your stay. Richard
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5

Paradise in Tavira

  • 5 of 5

So pleased we found this amazing place (thank you Richard). A very unique place it was so lovely to find a place so tastefully done. Original features with a twist of modern and antique. We could not fault anything and it comes highly recommended. We will definately be going back.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Judy! We spend much time there ourselves and have put considerable effort into making it our own home from home. So glad you liked it - it's very rewarding to receive such positive feedback. You will be most welcome to stay again! Richard
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BACK FOR MORE

  • 5 of 5

Our second visit in six months.

not sure where to go next; as we are unlikely to find the unique combination of accommodation, facilities, location and laid back ambiance that the Town House and Tavira has to offer.

Thanks again Richard for sharing this with us.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Anonymous! Tavira is indeed a great place, and we are always pleased when guests like you return for another stay. It helps us believe we are doing something right in the way we have set up and look after the house. We look forward to your third visit... Richard
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Wonderful house in a quiet location

  • 5 of 5

Just back from a fantastic stay in this property. The owner is really helpful, answered all my queries and provided suggestions for places to eat.

The property is beautifully equipped and very comfortable. It is convenient for everything you might want in Tavira and parking is not a problem.

We used our car for visiting Monrerosa olive oil mill at Monacarapacho, Loulé produce market (out of this world - we thought Tavira market was good until we visited Loulé!), Nova Cortiça cork factory tour and snorkelling in Fuseta.

Some more suggestions for eating in Tavira to add to those we were provided with - Gilão near the old market and the wooden bridge, Copos e Petiscos on the other side of the river near the wooden bridge and Três Palmeiras (open 1-3pm only) near Continente.

We were two couples and hope very much to return next year

  • Review Submitted: May 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Sue. We are delighted that you enjoyed Tavira and your stay in our house! Please come again!
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Location

From the Owner

I bought the house because I believe the Eastern Algarve (like the far Western part of the Province) - and Tavira in particular - has retained much of its rich heritage and culture, in spite of the pressures of tourism. I bought it not primarily as an investment, but as a second home, and we have re-modelled it accordingly. The house tends to be used more by ourselves, family and friends than by paying guests. It is a tranquil gem in the heart of Tavira's historic centre.

Activity and Interests

Coast/Beach:

The area is known for the high-quality beaches that run along the ocean side of the Ria Formosa Natural Park. The house is less than five minutes walk from the ferries running in summer to the Ilha de Tavira with its splendid beach, bars and restaurants. Quieter nearby beaches to the west of Tavira include Praia da Terra Estreita and Praia do Barril. East of Tavira beaches which include Cabanas, Fabrica, Manta Rota and Praia Verde stretch along the coast to the Spanish border.

Travel:

Tavira is 36km by road to the east of Faro airport on the coastal N125 road, and 40km via the A22 motorway. The town can also be accessed from the airport by public transport or shuttle service, and the use of a car in Tavira is not essential. A local railway service runs the length of the south coast of the Algarve.

Distances:

The Spanish border is 35km to the east, and Seville a further 135km. Seville, like Lisbon, can also be reached by direct bus service from Tavira.

Further Details:

The Ria Formosa Natural Park is considered an important bird area for both resident and migratory species. Bicycles can be rented locally to explore the area and to ride the Algarve Coastal Cycle Route.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Spring
18 Mar 2017 - 28 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
£520
for 7 nights
£520
 
 
Late Spring
29 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£607
for 7 nights
£607
 
 
Summer
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£737
for 7 nights
£737
 
 
Late Summer
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£693
for 7 nights
£693
 
 
Autumn
30 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£563
for 7 nights
£563
 
 
Winter pre-Christmas
28 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
£455
for 7 nights
£455
 
 
Christmas and New Year
23 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
6 night minimum stay
£446
for 6 nights
£520
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
25% deposit payable within 7 days of booking with the balance payable 8 weeks before arrival. For bookings made less than 8 weeks before arrival the full rental is payable upon booking. If a booking is cancelled more than 8 weeks before arrival 10% of the rental will be refunded if the deposit has been paid. The rent includes a weekly electricity allowance of 200 kWh which is ample for normal summer or winter use.

Changeover Day:
Lettings are in principle from Saturday-to-Saturday during the high season, though some flexibility may be possible. Guests should preferably arrive after 15h00 and depart by 10h00, but every effort will be made to take account of their particular needs.

Notes on prices:
Longer lets during the low seasons could be agreed at adjusted rental levels.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Facilities

From the Owner

The house is located in a very quiet street yet is within minutes of all amenities - shops, post office, ferries, restaurants, banks, cafes, and free parking. It has the advantage of having a large, quiet, and private patio at the rear which is very rare in the central part of the town. The area is blessed with a wonderful climate and has much to offer throughout the year, from beaches to birdwatching, and from heritage to hiking, passing through fishing, sailing, and - of course - seafoods.

Property Type

  • house

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library

Suitability

  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • beach
  • town

Bathrooms

  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • The main bathroom is large and contains a walk-in shower, wc, and double washbasin. It has under-floor heating for winter use. There is a separate shower room in the patio area with a shower, wc, and washbasin. A hairdryer is provided.

Bedrooms

  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 adults (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Both bedrooms are accessed from the main entrance corridor. Both have double beds (one 180x200, the other 160x200), wardrobes, reading lights, and are double-glazed and air-conditioned.

Outside

  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: It is regretted that pet animals cannot be accepted, and that rentals are restricted to adults only. Outside: The large private patio (approximately 50m2) at the rear of the house with its table, chairs, and parasol provides a very practical and pleasant extension to the indoor living area, and is perfect for al fresco wining and dining. The shower room/wc at the rear of the patio is ideal for after-beach showering before entering the house. Utility Room: The utility room at the rear of the patio area houses the washing machine, clothes lines, ironing board, patio furniture etc. It is perfectly dry, and could be used for the temporary storage of suitcases, golf clubs, etc. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bathroom towels and bed linen are provided, but not beach towels. A cleaning service is provided at the end of a one-week stay, and a change of bed linen and towels is provided in the middle of a two-week stay.

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