Per weekfrom 3000.00 to 3500.00 GBP
Gorgeous sandy beaches, bathed in warm sunshine make the Algarve a family favourite and Riverside House is near enough, yet far enough away from the tourist honey pots to be a superb retreat for up to 10 family and friends
Riverside House has a stunning location, nestled in a bend of the River Funcho in a protected reserve at São Bartolomeu de Messines, 10 minutes from the Moorish town of Silves. Frazzled parents can unwind in peace and tranquillity, with fabulous views all around, but also take full advantage of local restaurants and shops, or head for the Algarve's endless beaches and coves under half an hour's drive.
Inside and out, Riverside House is pretty special and the owners can be justly proud of achieving an impressive balance of super sophistication and child friendliness. Fresh white walls throughout and high beamed ceilings create a cool and airy ambience, complemented by the comfort of three Laura Ashley sofas and a designer chef's kitchen that's as well equipped for little cooks as grown-ups, with special recipe books, jelly moulds and cutters, a US-style fridge freezer, ice maker, blender and Rangemaster oven. Five spacious double bedrooms each have their own stylish colour theme, two of which have sleek, contemporary ensuites in addition to the roomy house bathroom, with his and hers basins and huge walk-in shower.
The villa is well equipped for amusing youngsters indoors, with a large TV, DVD player and DVD's , electric piano, wi fi, toys and books but The Algarve River House beckons guests outdoors. Folding doors in both the living room and kitchen open onto a large wooden deck with Oz shading, complete with outdoor furniture, and a Weber bbq for dining al fresco beneath the carob and gum trees. A private, crystal clear pool with deep cushioned loungers on the deck provide the perfect spot for snoozing in the sun and toddlers have a shallow infinity pool of their own, table tennis and five baby dens that can be used in various combinations.
Amoung the other thoughtful services to ensure holidays get off to a completely stress-free start, a baby hamper of essentials, a welcome hamper of provisions and meals in the freezer can all be booked in advance.
Riverside House sleeps up to 10 family and friends plus up to 2 babies in cots, with 5 bedrooms, two ensuite shower rooms and a huge house shower-room. The Striped and Teal ensuite double bedrooms are on the ground floor and both have room for a cot. The Purple bedroom upstairs has twin beds and also room for a cot. The Zebra and Green Rooms have twin bed which can be made up as a Superking.
(Registration number: 3184/AL )
Riverside House is only 5-10 minutes drive from the shops and restaurants of São Bartolomeu de Messines and within half an hour's drive inland from the superb Algarve beaches and holiday resorts of Albufeira and Villamoura.
There's a host of activities to enjoy of the doorstep, including walking and cycling trails, keeping eyes peeled for the chirruping local birdlife. The Queda Vigario waterfall are 12km away for a picnic and a plunge or guided mountain bike tours for all ages and abilities can be arranged with Paul from http://www.activityalgarve.com/. Exhilarating quad bike adventures with Hugo are availabel within 10mins walk.
The historic town of Silves is around 10 minutes drive, renowned for its Moorish citadel and cobbled streets, full of enticing shops and excellent restaurants such as Rui's for the seafood and an English cafe near the castle for great views.
Around 15 minutes drive from Riverside House is the typically attractive Portuguese village of Alte where a picnic and a refreshing dip at the Fonte Grande (Great Spring) is a must. A large handicraft shop is also good for picking up pottery, linen and lavender oil as local souvenirs.
For days by the sea, there are countless fabulous beaches and coves to choose from with 25-45 minutes drive. Lagos is one of the finest 4 km stretches, featuring the Algarve's frequently photographed sandstone stacks and grottos, while Falesia and Villamoura are good for watersports. From Albufeira Marina, dolphin spotting boat trips cruise along the coast, passing spectacular rock formations and sea caves or swimming with dolphins takes pester power to new heights at Zoo Marine Park. There are several water parks within easy reach and mums can pamper themselves with the thermal spa treatments at Caldes de Monchique.
Getting there: Faro aiport is a 40 minute drive by car whilst Lisbon aiport is 2.5 hours away.
Check-in time: 16:00
Check-out time: 10:00
Reservation Deposit: 50%
Balance: 84 days prior to arrival
Check-in time: 16:00
Check-out time: 10:00
Reservation Deposit: 50%
Balance: 84 days prior to arrival
Arrival: , Departure:
10% discount will be applied to full weeks after the first week
We have two children and have been visiting the Algarve for over 20 years and are owners of two holiday locations in the Algarve, The River House and the apartment at Pine Cliffs.
When visiting the house we enjoy visiting the local markets, buying the sweet oranges on the roadside so we can have fresh orange juice every morning. The local restaurant, Casa da Vinho, is one of our very favourite restaurants to meet with friends and enjoy the local Portuguese cuisine.
When visiting Pine Cliffs we enjoy being on the beach and all the lovely facilities on the resort. It is renowned for it's stunning 9-hole golf course and the famous Devil's Hole 6 with a distance of 198m over the cliffs. If you not a golfer the tennis academy and Serenity spa facilities are worth experiencing.
We love going to the little fish shop down the road for fresh fish to grill on our barbecue or pan fry.
We renovated the house in June 2010 with the intention to make this house our home sometime in the future so that we can also enjoy over 300 days a year of Algarve sunshine!
A private location in the Algarve countryside with panoramic views over the water. Listen to the tinkling of the goats’ bells as they pass with the local shepherd and enjoy the spectacular sunsets that provide an unforgettable backdrop for those evening cocktails.
Early morning Yoga on the large Waterfront Deck is something very special. Focus on your breathing whilst the birds chirp in the carob trees or simply relax and enjoy an afternoon snooze under the carob trees.
The large waterfront deck, with mature carob trees is a great place for the kids to enjoy playing outdoors and scooting around on the scooters. The tranquillity, closeness to nature and the freedom children experience in this protected reserve makes it ideal for children.
The villa has a large selection of games, dvds (age appropriate), table tennis, swings, trampoline, toys, scooters and swimming pool to keep them amused.
The water park, Aqualand, is close to the villa and makes a great family day out. Book your water park tickets on line to get the best deal.
Our favourite beach for children, when visiting the House, is Olhas d'Agua, near Albufeira, (and near our Pine Cliffs apartment) and has everything on hand for children. Purchase fishing nets here and when the tide is out, the kids can explore and swim in the rock pools. Lunch at La Cigale for grilled fish and views of the ocean is an excellent restaurant choice.
Show the children, Algarve's best preserved Moorish castle, in the historical city, Silves, and walk along the perimeter of the castle and view the archaeological digs. Enjoy lunch at the cafe in the castle garden.
The Pine Cliffs luxury resort has won several World Travel Awards and has a great children's kids club offering a variety of kids activities. Kids can also enjoy the daily programmes at the golf and tennis academies. Bicycles can be hired on site and the kids cycle through the lovely landscaped gardens every where. There is a beach restaurant and water sports on the beach making it easy to spend all day at the beach.
Sleeps up to 10 including 4 babies in cots in 5 x bedrooms comprising two ground floor doubles with ensuite shower rooms and 3 x bedrooms with twin/super king beds (convertible).
Faro airport is 48km away.
The golden flag Falesia beach is a 25 minute drive with life guards and water sports. Olhos da Agua is a typical fishing village and is next to Falesia beach with its own lovely small beach.
There is a fenced and gated pool
In addition to delivery of home cooked meals, a cook can be booked daily or weekly (includes a special healthy kids menu) and the meals can be either cooked onsite or offsite
Babysitting available on request.
The house provided a wealth of baby gear; 4 travel cots, 2 highchair, a baby bath, steriliser, blender, potties, toilet training seats, stairgates, 2 bed guards, socket covers, plastic crockery, cutlery, sippy cups, 2 baby booster seats, step loo, baby monitor and blackout blinds. The villa also has 5 baby dens.
For indoor play there are kids books, general toys and U-rated DVD's.
A meal delivery service with a range of meals can be provided with 48 hours notice. The same applies for special occasions and birthday cakes, a welcome hamper and baby hamper.
For outdoor play there are swings, and table tennis.
Reiki treatments can be pre-booked via a mobile therapist
stairgates are provided.
There is an extensive private garden with fenced pool and dining terrace and a very large waterfront deck with 2 mature carob trees and OZ shading.
Wi-Fi is available.
Multiple cots and highchairs are available.
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A peacefully situated, well equipped and comfortable house - matches the listing description perfectly. The house easily accommodated our family of 8 adults and was fully equipped for our one year old granddaughter, including lots of toys and a playhouse which she loved. Extremely good value for a property of this standard. We had a wonderful holiday and we're hoping to go again next year.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the River House. It is in a remote spot, with beautiful views of the hills and the river (dry when we were there). It was however close enough to head to Valle de Lobo/ Quinta when we wanted too (about 40 mins drive). The house is beautiful and we were excellently looked after by Avril. The house was very well equipped with toys for kids and bikes etc. Would definitely recommend!
Beautiful property with a small pool, great for toddlers to paddle about. Location is a bit remote so a car is essential.
A lovely property with a great pool, small but perfect for toddlers. All the equipment inside the villa that you could wish for.....monitors, safety gates, toys, books etc. Very comfortable all round. A bit remote so you would definitely need a car. A beautiful setting and very peaceful. The grounds outside the property though are a little stony / scrubby, so no bare feet for little ones.