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All reviews rural hotel set menu three courses small balcony faro airport restaurant staff fish golf course family hotel pool area algarve coast mini bar off the beaten track room was spacious air con beautiful grounds stayed here for nights
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Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

Situated in a beautiful spot this superb little hotel deserves all the plaudits.
Best visited in May when the wild flowers are blooming & it's not to hot.
A hire car is needed (drive4fun) is recommended to tour the area as their is plenty to see.
Friendly staff , clean & set in lovely grounds the only reason 5 stars wasn't given is that the divan had seen better days & the pillows could have been plumper.

Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
2  Thank Philip B
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Reviewed 16 October 2017

Four of us spent a wonderful holiday at this lovely family-run hotel a few miles inland from Faro in early October. What a special place – it’s hard to add to all the positives that have already been mentioned by previous reviewers but I’ll try!

The staff were really friendly and helpful, and also spoke very good English. Our room (207) was perfect – very clean, spacious, a very comfortable king-size bed, efficient shower/bath, free Wifi and a great view across the pool area and grounds below. The cleaning staff did a great job in an unobtrusive way.

I believe there are just 22 rooms and with it being October, it was a very quiet and relaxing place to be – at times there were only a few people by the pool, there was never any need for an early morning rush to claim the best sun beds even allowing for the consistently high temperatures – cloudless skies and +30 degrees every day.

We also loved the waiting staff, especially Ricardo and Nelson – again, such friendly and witty people, with whom we developed a great rapport, with lots of banter.

As for the food, well….superb! The breakfast buffet was always well stocked and, unlike some hotels I’ve stayed at abroad, they certainly know how to fry or scramble an egg! You could also make your own cup of tea from a freshly boiled kettle – again a bit of a treat when outside the UK!

We dined in the restaurant every night bar one (when we went to Gunthers down the road – also a 5/5 rating!) – so six dinners in total. We were happy to go with the excellent value 17 euros set menu most of the time. I love my fish and as they changed the fish course every night, I did not get bored with the otherwise restricted choice….and a la carte was also available.

And finally the grounds – apart from the mini golf course (which we didn’t use), there are some nice relaxing walks down to the lake, which contains turtles and goldfish, and beyond. As a keen bird watcher, I was happy just to stroll along the circular path that meanders past the self-catering chalets and various fruit trees and be rewarded with sightings of lots of hoopoes (very common in the Algarve), plus a resident green woodpecker and little owl, azure-winged magpies (I’ve included photos with my review).

Not surprisingly we’re already thinking of going back!

Just a word of warning, you do need to hire a car if you stay here, unless you’re happy not to venture out, as it is in a rural location with no public transport available. Faro and Olhau are both a twenty minute drive away.

Room Tip: Room 207 is the last room on the west side and has a great view across the pool and grounds
  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled with friends
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1  Thank PVilly
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Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

Big, Comfy bed, quiet air con, good shower & cupboard space including fridge & safe. Extremely friendly, helpful family run business with an excellent restaurant. Outdoor pool, hoopoes on the manicured lawns. Can’t think of anything negative except - as with many European hotels - no tea making facilities in the room. Out of season, but still 28*, this is a place off the beaten track. You need a car or taxi to get to other places. Need to unwind & recharge? This is it.

Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
2  Thank BabsInsights
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Reviewed 6 October 2017

We stayed here in September 2017 but booked in September 2016. We knew of this hotel before we booked because we had many holiday's in a Villa near Pechao. We visited here for dinner on an evening and the food was wonderful. As a result we decided to stay here for a holiday. We were glad we did as we had a wonderful holiday. The staff are very friendly and couteous. We were allocated a large room on the first floor just near the landing area which overlooked the pool. It was a lovely room with large wardrobes including a safe and a nice bathroom. The shower was good and there was an abundance of toiletries. There was a fridge and a TV, but the TV only had three English speaking channels CNN CNBC BBC world news. It was a great spacious room which was kept very clean by the room service ladies who worked very hard. The air con was an added bonus which helped to keep the room cool.

There is a nice big swimming pool with lots of sun loungers. The place is very peaceful and serene. The gardens are beautiful and it's nice to have a stroll around the gardens. We stayed-in for evening dinner on four nights and the food and the service was first class. The waiters go out of their way to please you. They have a four course set menu for 17 euro's which was very good, plus an al-a-carte menu.

The buffet style breakfast is first class with lots of different choices. You can request cooked eggs from the ladies in the kitchen. The kitchen ladies were extremely helpful and worked very hard to please us.

We had a great holiday here and will definitely return in the future. It's a great place to stay!

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank David N
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Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

A hidden treasure - we have stayed at this hotel a few times and always lovely. Tonight we visited just for an evening meal and I can thoroughly recommend. The staff were attentive and lovely and the meal was perfect. As a vegetation in Portugal I could not face another omelette so the vegetable curry I was served was probably the best one I have had anywhere. My husband had the salmon that was equally good and the deserts were delicious too. Will definitely be visiting again.

Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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