- english, french
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Minimum age of primary renter:18
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Little oasis away from the crowds
Fountain Court is situated in the hills outside of Portimao in the village of Malheiro, a pleasant quiet residential area with great surrounding views away from the tourist area. The apartments are located around an attractive fountain courtyard with lovely landscaped gardens, a stunning pool area, gym, sauna and outside jacuzzi, which we made good use of.
Nick and Jean are convivial and attentive hosts, who live on site and go out of their way to help their guests. Jean also offers spa treatments if you fancy being pampered.
Our two-bedroom apartment was modern, clean and fresh with a small kitchenette which included a hob and microwave. There is also a BBQ. The apartment benefits from air-conditioning, which was very welcome in the extreme July heat. Each bedroom had a smart ensuite bathroom which had great showers!
If you can’t be bothered to cook, there's an unassuming looking local taverna (on the right after the roundabout) which does delicious garlic prawns, BBQ chicken and the Masa de Coco pudding!
There are local buses, but we had a hire car, which we found essential for getting around and sight-seeing. We are independent travellers used to exploring, but the apartment could benefit from a guidebook, which Nick and Jean may now have in place given they're newly opened. If you're not one for the crowds of Praia la Roche, try exploring the old town of Portimao and the many authentic Portuguese restaurants and bars. Alternatively, drive to nearby Ferragudo which is unspoilt and charming, to stroll along the quayside or eat in one of the great fish restaurants. Fin Do Mundo was recommended to us, but book ahead. From there we also took a boat trip with a small and friendly company with a wonderfully engaging guide and ex-fisherman, Luis with lots of local knowledge about good beaches and coves www.ferragudoboattrips.com. Further highlights for us include the characterful Lagos. Try the lovely Praira do Camilo beach and walk along the cliffs at sunset. There are scenic views from the traditional hill villages Monchique and Silves and the highest point Mount Foia. Further north west try a day trip to Odeceixe and Zambujeira to discover a beautiful rugged coastline and wonderful quieter beaches. We also squeezed in a trip on our last day to to charming Tavira, 30 mins on the west of Faro airport but definitely worth a visit. We had a very pleasant stay at Fountain Court which was a great base from which to explore and to unwind!
Great place to say!
Beautiful property...peaceful, lovely gardens overlooking the city...spa treatments were just the icing on the cake!
We had five perfect days in this owner-managed house, hosted by Nick who was extremely friendly and helpful. The Garden House is big enough for five people and well equipped. Around the house there are gardens and spaces for a good time of relaxation, isolated from the surroundings, which provides a good rest. The wonderful and well-kept pool as well as the Jacuzzi, the gym, the sauna and the steam bath. In short, it was a very pleasant day and we will definitely repeat. Thank you so much Nick for your hospitality and friendliness.