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Alto do Botelho São Bras de Alportel | 3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Web Ref: 1014 | Sleeps 6
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Alto do Botelho 3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Air Conditioning | WiFi | Beach 21km | Sleeps 6
Inviting and very stylish, this beautiful property sits in a lovely rural position close to the town of São Bras de Alportel commanding far-reaching views across open countryside from its privileged hillside position. Amongst a wealth of charming, characterful features, offered by the house surely the most impressive is the exceedingly spacious, thoughtfully landscaped grounds which border the shaded terraces and enticing private swimming pool. Italianate in design, perfumed by lavender and featuring a vast array of indigenous shrubs, plants, trees, lawns, statues, rockeries and sculpted hedgerows, the garden at Alto do Botelho is not only a haven of tranquility but a delight for any horticulturalist.
This welcoming external ambience carries seamlessly through to the interior which is very tastefully furnished and adorned with eye-catching features such as the traditional vaulted entrance hall (a marvel of the stonemason’s craft), two wall frescoes of rural scenes, a large comfortable living room and an adjacent dining room replete with dado rail and distinctive Toile de Jouy wall covering.
Extending easily over one level, most rooms also offer direct access onto the covered terrace that edges three sides of the property providing an ideal focal point for al fresco living.
Each of the bedrooms is well appointed and air conditioned; the principal bedroom benefitting from not one but two, individual en suite bathrooms.
Renowned as a centre of cork production, São Bras (3km) is home to all amenities including a large supermarket and several interesting local restaurants. Estoi (10km) has further facilities, famous Roman ruins and a ‘posada’ with a restaurant. Gateway to the magnificent sandy beaches of the Ria Formosa Natural Park, Faro (15km) is the vibrant regional capital while the countless churches, beautiful gardens, squares and narrow cobbled streets of Tavira as a well as the Moorish castle at Silves also merit exploration.
The tiered garden means younger children would need supervision. The owners of Alto do Botelho respectfully request that guests do not smoke inside the house.