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If past guest reviews are anything to go by, there are few better places for a taste of laid back rural relaxation than Quinta das Achadas, a short drive inland from the Algarve resort of Lagos on Portugal's south west tip. Here, under the friendly care of hosts Jill and Julio, families with young children tend to wind down to a gentle pace with long lazy days spent enjoying the lovely pool (heated in cooler months), sub tropical gardens, children's play areas, self-catered meals, or sociable communal BBQs, and farm fresh breakfasts taken on their private terraces.
The 19th century farmhouse has been lovingly transformed into a charming guest house and apartments by Jill and Julio, who live on site with their menagerie of animals. Although the Quinta isn’t really a farm anymore, little ones will squeal with delight at the pen of Vietnamese Pot belly pigs while the pen of free range hens kindly supply fresh eggs for breakfast, served daily with home-baked bread and homemade preserves. The Quinta also has a large organic veg patch which is regularly raided for communal evening meals, offered a few times a week and served in the owners open plan farmhouse kitchen. In the summer, the owners also frequently host BBQ’s on their roof terrace.
Jill and Julio have stayed true to the Quinta’s roots by going for rustic, farmhouse-chic style, with contemporary luxury touches and all mod cons. Wood burning stoves, comfy sofas and cosy throws all make the apartments incredibly homely, complemented by luxury tiled bathrooms, well equipped kitchens, TV’s, DVD players and Wi Fi. The owners also provide essential baby equipment for feeding time to bedtime, along with children’s books and DVD’s.
Perhaps best of all, Quinta das Achadas is set in a paradise garden for basking in the Algarve sunshine, snoozing in the shade of palm, fig, almond and orange trees or sipping a chilled Rosé in the poolside cabana. A saltwater swimming pool, measuring 10m by 5m, is always kept to an optimum temperature and there is a hot tub for bubbly fun with baby or a romantic dip in the moonlight. Children also have their own play areas and toys for all ages, including swings, slide, climbing frame, see saw and a separate toddler area with play house, baby slide, baby swing and paddling pool. It’s hard for families to tear themselves away but then the famous Algarve beaches are also too close to miss and the owners will be happy to recommend which are the best.
Accommodation Overview - Apartment Jasmine:
Quinta das Achadas comprises two, 2-bedroom apartments, one large 1-bedroom apartment and two double bedrooms. Reservation requests from this page will secure 'Jasmine', which has two en-suite double bedrooms, a lounge/dining area, kitchen and covered terrace overlooking the garden/pool. Each apartment is equipped with an electric cooker and ceramic hob, fridge, microwave, DVD player and Freesat TV. All are centrally heated for the winter months and contain wood burning stoves. A daily maid service is provided and a laundry service is available.
Prices are per room/per week & include breakfast and maid service
Quinta das Achadas has a scenic setting, just inland from the honey-coloured beaches and well known destinations of the Western Algarve, including Lagos (10 minutes), Alvor and Portimao. Odiaxere is a sleepy little town nearest to the Quinta but there’s plenty going on in Lagos with its historic, cobbled old town, variety of restaurants, glittering marina and Meia Praia beach, featuring a string of beach bars on the 4km of golden sand. There are several ‘mini mercados’ and a Lidl supermarket in Lagos, plus a buzzing Saturday farmers market and a daily fish market, where the top floor of the hall is a restaurant with fantastic views over Lagos Bay.
In the opposite direction to Lagos, Alvor is a lively fishing town surrounded by stunning beaches and packed with restaurants while Portimao is famous for its fish restaurants and the irresistible aroma of sizzling sardines fills the air.
There are countless magnificent beaches to discover within very easy reach of the Quinta and the owners’ favourites include Amoreira and Monte Clerigo to the west, Salema to the south and the unspoilt Cape St Vincent national park, where huge stretches of sand are backed by amazing rock formations.
The Quinta is also beautifully located for taking pleasant stroll along the cliffs or inland, with a selection of walking books provided and over 300 species of birds to look out for along the way. Alternatively, if a trip to the Algarve simply isn’t complete without a round or two of golf, Palmares is the nearest course, 10 minutes away.
Getting there: The Quinta is around 40 minutes from Faro airport.
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Sleeps 4 + infants in 2 x double bedrooms each with en suite bathrooms.
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This really is a gem for families with young children. We arrived late and were warmly welcomed by the owner Julio who spent time showing us around and giving us a welcome drink. The villa (Jasmine) was much bigger than we expected and had everything we needed in it. It was spacious, cosy and exceptionally clean. The bonus of this location is a daily maid service and breakfast supplied, something which we had not received at the other BFB properties we had stayed in before. As a mum going on holiday isn't always a break as you are constantly tidying up and thinking about food, but to have this done as part of the holiday, in a villa, was bliss.
The facilities were wonderful. A heated pool, an outdoor play area, mini football pitch, table tennis, outdoor movie theatre and a hot tub (again for me to relax in). The owners instantly felt like old friends, and were so helpful with ideas of where to go daily and also great w ...
We have just come home from a wonderful week at the Quinta das Achadas and we're already planning when we can return. Jill, Julio and Julio's mum, Gloria made us feel so welcome and so comfortable we felt like part of the family. The kids (aged 4 and 7) had a fantastic week, picking and cracking almonds fresh from the trees, collecting eggs from the hens, feeding the pigs, cuddling the dogs and having an amazing time with new found friends in the pool and playground. We didn't once have to worry about how to entertain them and had a hard time dragging them away from the Quinta for a day out! There is so much to do in the area, however, we will have to return often to try all the things we didn't do this time.
Wonderful hosts with lots of information on where to visit, great breakfasts and delicious fun dinners. For the little ones a great heated pool, children's play area and toys. Beautiful beaches a short drive away and lots of lovely restaurants in Lagos.
Absolutely wonderful hosts, spacious accommodation, lovely food (breakfast and communal meals), fabulous swimming pool, great location with loads to do. We couldn't have asked for anything more - we'll be back!
This is a fantastic property and location for families. We had an amazing time. The villa was spacious and had everything we needed. It was spotless and cosy. The hosts are on hand to provide a delicious breakfast and details on where to spend your sunny days. The pool is heated (bliss!), the hot tub is relaxing (perfect), there is a great play area (plus football pitch) and also an out door movie theatre. Beaches are all within a short drive as are restaurants and small towns. This holiday was fantastic value for money considering the scale of everything on hand and how lovely the accommodation was. We will definitely return and can highly recommend.