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  • Minimum stay:5-6 nights
  • Sleeps:5
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Experience living in pure architectural simplicity whilst being in harmony with nature. Retaining its traditional Portuguese exterior, this villa's interior was completely transformed into a loft-like space which is filled with natural light. Designed by well-known architect Erik Kortchinsky, this is a unique modern country house. The floor to ceiling windows in the living and dining-room area allow nature to enter seamlessly inside the space. The interior of the house is bathed in light every moment of the day, illuminating the glossy concrete floors and walls. The furnishings are minimal and contemporary, allowing the energy of the space to flow. The house has wi-fi and cable TV, and all necessary kitchen equipment. The terrace opens onto the south side of the house, and from the mezzanine you are able to see the sea in the distance. On the mezzanine floor there is a sofa bed, allowing for another one or two persons.

Safety awareness- because of the mezzanine area, & stairs with open spaces between them, this home is not suitable for children under 8 years old or the very elderly. There is also a strict no-smoking policy inside the house, but one may of course smoke- with care, outside.

A car is essential to travel to nearby beaches and the local towns, however one can easily walk to the village of Santo Estevao, which has a pharmacy, two small supermarkets, and local cafes.

As the property is situated in nature & part of an ecological reserve area, there is not a swimming-pool. There are several beautiful beaches within a 10-15 minute drive. One can also sit in or by, the water feature to refresh oneself on a hot day.

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Member since: 2014

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 11/10/2016

Property Type

  • House
  • 160 m²

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    8 years old. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Absolutely no smoking inside the home, but guests may smoke outside. Please take care to carefully extinguish all cigarettes, as the land is very dry in the summer and fires can be easily started....moreless

  • Not Suitable For Children:

    Because of the mezzanine area and stairs with open spaces between them, this home is not suitable for babies or young children. Children from the age of 8 years old upwards, will be permitted- no exceptions!...moreless

  • Pets Considered
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

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  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

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  • This home is essentially for 4 people, comprising of 2 double bedrooms. There is extra sleeping for one or two persons on a sofa bed, which is located on the open mezzanine area....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower, bidet

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  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub, bidet

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  • The bathroom with the shower is en-suite to one of the bedrooms.

Other Amenities

  • The garden has been landscaped so that one can walk around the property and stop and sit and ponder, in various spots under the shade of the old carob trees. The water feature in front of the south facing terrace has become a veritable bird sanctuary....moreless

Entertainment

  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Cable TV with 118 channels....moreless

Theme

  • Away From It All

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Village:

    The tranquil village of Santo Estevao (St. Stephen) has coffee shops, two well-stocked mini-markets, a post-office, pharmacy (where they can order homeopathic remedies for you) and an ATM....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Kayaking
  • Paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining:

    There is an adjoining dining-room off of the kitchen which can seat up to eight people....moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    There is air conditioning in both bedrooms and in the main living area....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Part of the washing machine. Please refer to booklets left in kitchen to understand the different programs....moreless

  • Fireplace
  • Garage:

    No garage....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    There is heating in both bedrooms and in the main living area....moreless

  • Internet:

    The home has wifi, and the password will be given to guests upon arrival....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Linens are provided and will be changed weekly....moreless

  • Living Room:

    The living-room can seat up to 8 people. It has been furnished with select contemporary pieces and lighting in keeping with the spirit of the home....moreless

  • Parking:

    There is ample space for parking on the property....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Towels, including beach towels are provided....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    In kitchen, please be sure to use products provided, and do refer to the booklets left in kitchen to understand the different programs....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    There is an expresso coffee maker- for the induction stove top, and regular filter drip machine for coffee, plus a teapot....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    The kitchen is stocked with dishes, flatware (cutlery) and glasses for eight people. There are also assorted saucepans and a wok and steamers for cooking, plus oven dishes....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Please see handbooks left in kitchen for any information....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    The kitchen is fully equipped with induction stove, oven, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, washer & clothes dryer....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Please see handbook left in kitchen for operating instructions....moreless

  • Oven:

    Please see handbooks left in kitchen for any information....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    The fridge dispenses water and ice. Please see handbooks left in kitchen for any further information....moreless

  • Stove:

    Induction, please only use pans and pots suitable for induction surfaces....moreless

  • Toaster:

    A Bosch toaster is part of the kitchen equipment....moreless

Outside

  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden:

    The 5,000 sq.meter/1 1/4 acre garden has fig, almond, carob, pomegranate, apricot, plum, grapefruit, orange, lemon, lime, guava, persimmon, cherry, litchi and avocado trees. Shady nooks abound!...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter
Dec 1 - Mar 31, 2017
5 night min stay
$96
$533 $1,600

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $16 per night, per additional guest

Spring
Apr 1 - May 31, 2017
5 night min stay
$128
$747 $2,453

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $16 per night, per additional guest

Early Summer
Jun 1 - Jun 30, 2017
5 night min stay
$149
$853 $2,880

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $16 per night, per additional guest

High Summer
Jul 1 - Aug 31, 2017
6 night min stay
$160
$1,120

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $16 per night, per additional guest

Late Summer
Sep 1 - Sep 30, 2017
5 night min stay
$149
$853 $2,880

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $16 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
6 night min stay

$960

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $16 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $400.00
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

Please note, this home essentially sleeps 4 people. A further one or two persons can sleep on the sofa bed on the mezzanine area for an extra charge of 15 euros per person per night.

For cancellations up to 8 weeks before arrival date, there will be no charge. Cancellations 4-8 weeks before arrival date- 50% of the rate will be refunded. Less than 4 weeks before arrival date, no refunds. Payment can be made to a local euro account, a UK sterling account, or for US dollars, via Paypal. All transfer costs are to be covered by the payer.

Property is inspected prior to arrival and departure, and all breakages must be paid for. If renters wish to purchase for themselves additional coverage for expenses due to accidental property damage, please visit: www.vacationprotection.com, which can provide up to $5,000.00 in coverage for accidental damage to vacation rentals.

Arrivals and departures: changeover day is generally flexible unless otherwise stated. In high season, bookings can tend to be quite close. Arrivals are from 14.00 on the first day of the rental period and departures are by 10.00 on the last day of the rental period. There may be some flexibility on arrival and departure times, which can be agreed accordingly in advance. Guests arriving at the property after 20.00 whom require meeting at the premises may be charged an additional 25 euros, and shall be advised of this on confirmation of flight details.

Linens and towels will be changed once a week, including a general house cleaning. For long lets, clean linen will be provided weekly, and the cleaning of toilets. Any extra cleaning required will be at the cost of the renter. Also, for long lets, any extra electric usage for heating or air-conditioning, will be the responsibility of the renter.

There will be toilet paper and soap for arrivals, and a "welcome" package of food and beverages.

Booking reservations are secured upon receipt of 30% as deposit- payable within 5 business days. There is also a security deposit- refundable two weeks after guests leave. Long-let bookings' security deposit is 575 euros, weekly lets- 375 euros. Payment of the balance is required up to 8 weeks prior to arrival date. Reservations made less than 8 weeks prior to arrival date, to be paid in full.


Manager's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting manager when booking


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Location

40 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Faro
15 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
Benamor Golf, Tavira
7 Kilometres
Nearest Train
Tavira
9 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
A 22
3 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
Luis do Prego, Malhao Santo Estevao
10 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Ilha da Tavira, Terra Estreita, Barril

Car: Necessary

Tavira, one of the oldest and most beautiful towns in the Algarve, dates back to the Roman times. Its Roman bridge spans the River Gilao, and its picturesque cobbled streets and little alley ways have remained the same for decades. In both Tavira and nearby Santa Luzia, one really feels as if time has stood still.

In the months of July and August, the Cine Club of Tavira hosts their yearly open air film festival, held in the grounds of an old convent in town- the Cloisters of Convento do Carmo. These evenings are very special, and all of the locals from the area and other towns gather here!

Be sure to visit the daily market (Mercado Municipal)- located on the Southern bank on the Eastern side of town, for fruits, vegetables, fresh cheeses and meats, plus an an incredible array of fish. Amongst the shops on the outer walls of the market, is Beterraba, a very good health food store.

Nearby, in walking distance is Bistrot 'oPorto (near to where one gets the ferry to Ilha do Tavira) a wonderfully delicious restaurant for lunch and dinner.

On Saturdays, there is also an amazing fish and vegetable market in Olhao, which is 25 minutes away. Follow your shopping with a snack and drinks at Cantaloupe, one of the better sidewalk cafes, with more interesting menu choices than the usual.

In the busy months of July and August one must be sure to make reservations in restaurants for dinner!

 

Manager info

Year Purchased: 1984

About: I grew up in India, went to school in England, then lived and worked in London. Prior to coming to the US, I was based in Belgium, living and working all over Europe. My home here is in the New York area, where I live with my husband and daughter. I have my own homeopathic practice since 1997. My other passions in life are our two Tibetan Terriers, good food and wine, yoga and traveling. I have owned my home in the Algarve since 1984, and have recently re-built the interior with the help of a fantastically gifted architect by the name of Eric Kortchinsky. He has done his magic and created my Dream Home!

Why Santo Estêvão, Tavira, Portugal:
Portugal is a very special country, the people are wonderful, the food and wine delicious, the fado music amazing, and the quality of light there is extraordinary. The location is also great- from my home, it is just half an hour to the Spanish border, less than two hours by car to Seville, and three hours to Lisbon.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Inspite of the huge influx of visitors and the inevitable general increase over these last years in tourism to the area, I feel that this eastern part of the Algarve still retains some of its old traditional charm, and remains relatively unspoiled. Tavira is a lovely town, and nearby Olhao has become home to many artists, both Portuguese and foreigners.


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Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 11/10/2016

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Photos

  • Vivenda Franco- front entrance.

    Vivenda Franco- front entrance.

  • The living-room, Magis armchair & Foscarini floor lamp.

    The living-room, Magis armchair & Foscarini floor lamp.

  • Dining-room seen from the living-room, Magis coat stand.

    Dining-room seen from the living-room, Magis coat stand.

  • The kitchen as seen from the dining-room, Magis stools.

    The kitchen as seen from the dining-room, Magis stools.

  • One of the double bedrooms.

    One of the double bedrooms.

  • En-suite bathroom to this first bedroom.

    En-suite bathroom to this first bedroom.

  • La Forma sofa bed on mezzanine.

    La Forma sofa bed on mezzanine.

  • Outdoor dining on the south facing terrace.

    Outdoor dining on the south facing terrace.

  • The outdoor dining table on the south side of the house.

    The outdoor dining table on the south side of the house.

  • The small dipping pool where you can sit and cool off on a hot day.

    The small dipping pool where you can sit and cool off on a hot day.

  • Tavira's Roman bridge spanning the River Galao.

    Tavira's Roman bridge spanning the River Galao.

  • View of the dining and living-room area from the front door.

    View of the dining and living-room area from the front door.

  • Jilouro easy chair, Koos sofa & a wood-burning fireplace.

    Jilouro easy chair, Koos sofa & a wood-burning fireplace.

  • Magis dining table, Kartell chairs and Vita feather lamp.

    Magis dining table, Kartell chairs and Vita feather lamp.

  • Fully equipped kitchen with induction stove-top, oven, microwave & dishwasher.

    Fully equipped kitchen with induction stove-top, oven, microwave & dishwasher.

  • Second double bedroom.

    Second double bedroom.

  • Mezzanine seating.

    Mezzanine seating.

  • The mezzanine area with south-facing sea view in the distance.

    The mezzanine area with south-facing sea view in the distance.

  • Another dining area under the olive trees.

    Another dining area under the olive trees.

  • This dipping-pool/water feature, has become a sanctuary  for all the birds.

    This dipping-pool/water feature, has become a sanctuary for all the birds.

  • The traditional Portuguese exterior of the house, with distant sea view.

    The traditional Portuguese exterior of the house, with distant sea view.

  • One of the beautiful white sand beaches- Terra Estreita @ Santa Luzia.

    One of the beautiful white sand beaches- Terra Estreita @ Santa Luzia.

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Friday, December 02, 2016

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