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Old Townhouse in Tavira, Eastern Algarve

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


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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Richard Wilkinson
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

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

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, etc. 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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Tavira in Municipality of Tavira

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • beach
  • town
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 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.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • 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.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
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 stay.


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Old Townhouse in Tavira, Eastern Algarve
average rating of 4.9565215 based on 23 reviews

Absolute Gem.

  • 5 of 5

Well, what can I say that hasn’t already been said. Richard’s house is a delight. The original old house has been thoughtfully renovated and brought up to date beautifully. The character is still there with the original doors, windows and shutters but the bathroom and kitchen are both modern.

The kitchen is just lovely with every gadget and utensil you’d ever need. In fact the best juicer we’ve ever used! Cupboards have most herbs and spices and we also received a welcome pack. The main shower room is large with plenty of storage, lovely towels and a powerful hairdryer. Living/dining room have comfortable seating and bedrooms have comfortable beds. What more do we need? Oh, some outside space. The large patio has table and chairs and loungers as well as beautiful planters and is like an outside room.

The house is walking distance to shops and restaurants as well as the ferry to the beach. The train station is not far either. Richard himself is very good to deal with and has a very thorough information folder in the house. We would love a return visit if the house is available sometime.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Your review is much appreciated Jackie! Thank you very much. I am so pleased your stay in Tavira was a success - you and your husband will be most welcome guests should you plan a return visit... Richard
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Excellent house in the centre of beautiful Tavira

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a fabulous week long stay in this sweet town house. The property far exceeded our expectations. The house was exactly as described, and shown in the photos, but there was so much more to it. The kitchen, for example, was the best equipped of any self catering property we have stayed at -there was absolutely everything we needed, and more. The little patio at the back of the house is a suntrap by day, but cool in the evening and lovely to sit out in after a long day exploring. Everything was spotless and Kate, who manages the property for Richard, was there to greet us when we arrived, (and to see us off when we left) and even provided a much appreciated lunch and a bottle of wine. The location couldn't be better - easy to get to from Tavira train station (a few minutes by taxi) and just minutes walk from restaurants, a little supermarket and the ferry for the beach. The owner, Richard, couldn't have been more helpful. He answered all my emails promptly, and was always ready to help out with any questions. The very comprehensive information pack which he had left in the house, we found invaluable. He really has thought of everything, (including binoculars and information about bird watching for those that are interested, and a DVD collection if you fancy a film night). There is absolutely nothing to fault this house. Richard and his family have worked hard to create a lovely home and deserve the 5* reviews. We'd love to stay again if we get the opportunity.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Helen! I am delighted that you had such an enjoyable stay at our house. And thank you for such a very kind review. We try to ensure that guests feel as much at home as we do ourselves when we are in Tavira. The town is very special, and we understand why guests often wish to return. Please come again! Richard
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Can we stay again please Richard.

  • 5 of 5

We recently returned from a 9 night stay in this lovely home which eventually managed to book 10 months previously and having stayed there we can fully appreciate why it is fully booked months and months in advance. We were meet by Kate who showed us around the property and answered our numerous questions about parking, restaurants etc. From stepping through the front door we knew immediately we had found the perfect holiday home it was immaculate. Every room was so well kept and very very clean and what can we say about the kitchen that hasn't already been said in previous reviews. It had everything you could possibly want and much much more it was every woman's dream kitchen. The courtyard, outside shower room and utility room were an added bonus. The flower tubes, the garden furniture, the barbecue even the washing line tucked away in the alleyway was just perfect. Richard you have thought of everything anyone could possibly wish for in your holiday home it was just amazing. The property is in a great location for restaurants, shops, market and the ferry to the beach. Richard and Kate both gave great customer service and were on hand if any problem arose. We would like to say that we would recommend the house to other people but we are reluctant to because we might never be able to book it again ourselves due its popularity. Thank you Richard your home is just perfect.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this very generous review! There's not much I can add other than to say that we do our very best to keep the house in tip-top shape, not only for guests, but also for ourselves. This is after all our second home, and if it appears to be heavily booked it is often because it is being occupied by ourselves , family and friends. By all means yes - please stay again! You will be most welcome. Richard
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Just perfect

  • 5 of 5

This house is wonderful! Close to everything you could wish for in the way of restaurants, shops and lovely walks. The property is very well maintained, clean & very comfortable. The owner, Richard, was very helpful, supplying information in advance of our holiday, & Kate the property manager met us at the house & again was very helpful. The house feels like a home not a holiday let and we will certainly be back. We wouldn't look anywhere else which is most unusual for us!

  • Review Submitted: 06-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much Marion! We are delighted that the house, which is our second home where we spend an increasing amount of time, ticked as many boxes for you as it does for us. Tavira is indeed a wonderful town, and we hope to welcome you back again! Richard
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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: 25-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 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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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: 11-Dec-2016
  • Date of Stay: December 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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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.


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.


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 & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Tavira, Algarve

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Late Spring
28 Apr 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
29 Sep 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter Pre-Christmas
27 Oct 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas and New Year
22 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

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

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.