Alto do Botelho

Eastern Algarve

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  • Ground Floor: Entrance hall. Cloakroom (washing machine). Living room (TV, DVD, CD, WiFi, fireplace) with doors to terrace. Dining room with doors to terrace. Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher). Double bedroom (A/C) with dressing area, door to covered terrace, en suite bathroom and separate en suite shower room. Double bedroom (A/C) with door to covered terrace. Twin bedroom (A/C) with door to covered terrace. Bathroom.
  • Outside: Barbecue. Open and shaded terraces. Tiered, landscaped garden. Private parking.
  • Private swimming pool (9m x 5m) with Roman steps.

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.

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Great Things to Do Near Alto do Botelho

The village of Estoi

is famous for its Roman ruins at Milreu dating from the 2nd Century. They are about a 10 minute walk out of the village. The 19th Century Estoi Palace and Gardens are also well known and attract visitors to see the ornamental fountains and the blue and white tiled terraces.

Go to Spain!

It is worth taking a trip to the border with Spain at Vila Real de Santo Antonio, on the banks of the river Guadiana, which forms the border with Spain. Explore the twin castles of Castro Marin which were strategically placed to protect the settlement for many centuries.

Go to the beach!

You can catch a boat from Olhao to one of the small islands just offshore where the uncrowded white sandy beaches are reportedly some of the best in Portugal. There are beach bars and restaurants available.

Explore the town of Olhao,

one of the most important fishing ports along this coast. The town once had close trade links with North Africa which is reflected in shape of the town's cube-shaped houses with flat roofs and external staircases. Reward yourself with a fantastic lunch of the day's catch of the day at one of the many seafront fish restaurants.

Explore the very local town of Loulé

and witness craftsmen at work in many traditions such as copper, tin, brass and wrought iron mainly in the streets around where the market is held. Other items manufactured locally are shoes, cane furniture, pottery, wax candles and harnesses. Many a fascinating hour can be spent watching the craftsmen plying their trade.

Loulé is famous for its lively Saturday market

where it is possible to buy some great bargains in leather and textiles. It is also well known for its crafts and you can watch artisans wood carving, making lace and painting pottery and tiles.

Take your budding Lewis Hamiltons go-karting.

Karting Algarve at Almancil offers karts for adults and children along with other activities such as mini boats, trampolines and radio controlled cars. An exciting day out for all of the family.Located on the EN125 at Almancil. Kartodromo de Almancil. Tel: (00 351) 289 399 899. www.kartingalgarve.com. Open from 10am daily.

Birdwatching

The Algarve is a stop off point for migrating birds and as such is a haven for birdwatchers. One of the most important sites is the Parque Nacional do Ria Formosa, close to Faro and the wetlands are considered to be amongst the most important in Europe in terms of birdlife. Amongst the species that have been spotted are white stork, flamingo, hoopoe, stone curlew, Caspian Tern, Iberian Chiffchaff etc.

Visit some charming inland villages.

Alte is a popular village with white washed houses and narrow cobbled streets. Explore the charming little shops and then relax in the shade with a picnic by the Fontes and have a refreshing swim in the freshwater pool.

For a day out with a difference,

visit the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa, which stretches along 37 miles of coastline east of Faro from Olhao to Tavira. It was created to protect the ecosystem of the area and is an important breeding area for wetland birds.

When in Rome....don't forget to sample the many different types of port wine!

Chilled white port makes an interesting aperitif and can be a serious rival to sherry.Accompanied by some delicious local olives, it's a great way to preface a supper of freshly grilled sardines!

Visit a water park.

There are several along the Algarve coast, the nearest to the property being Aquashow Algarve at Quarteira. (Tel: 289 389 396). Open daily from 10am - 5.30pm (7pm in August). It is also a bird park with birds of prey and tropical birds such as parrots and macaws.

Learn about the traditions of the area

visit the museum in Sao Bras de Alportel which houses a collection of traditional Algarve clothing throughout history and an exhibition about how cork is produced.

Visit the Museu dos Frutos Secos in Loulé

an unusual museum, which focuses on early harvesting methods for figs, carob and almond fruit. Indulge yourself afterwards at the exciting Pastelaria Baguetomania, just off Avda 25 Abril. You only pay as much as your plate weighs.

Spend a day at Zoomarine

one of the biggest attractions on Algarve. It is both a theme park, Aquarium and there are water shows with dolphins, seals and sea lions to entertain all ages. It is on the EN125 at Guia. www.zoomarine.com . Tel: 00 351 289 560 300.

Visit the Pego do Inferno

7kms northwest of Tavira this spectacular series of waterfalls stretch over 2 kms is well off the beaten track. It can be reached by a series of wooden walkways and wooden bridges. There are picnic areas and the pool is a great favourite with families who can enjoy a dip in the crystal clear waters.

Play a round of golf!

The Algarve is renowned for the quality of its golf courses, offering challenges for every standard of player.

Visit the most south westerly tip of Europe

at the Cabo de Sao Vicente, which has reputedly the most powerful lighthouse in Europe. To watch the sun setting here is a truly memorable experience.

Monchique is a spa town

set in the hills planted with cork, eucalyptus and fruit trees. There are some lovely walks through the woods with stunning views of the mountains. Pamper yourself with treatments in the Spa Hotel Termal in Caldas da Monchique.

The castle town of Silves is worth spending a day exploring.

The Cathedral, built in red stone, and the Moorish castle both offer beautiful views over the orange and almond groves below.

Nearby

Towns

Sao Bras de Alportel 10 mins
Loule 15 mins
Faro 20 mins
Vilamoura 25 mins
Tavira 25 mins
Vila Real de Sto. Antonio 40 mins
Silves 60 mins
Lagos 70 mins

Beaches

Tavira Beach 25 mins
Quinta do Lago 25 mins
Vale do Lobo 25 mins

Airports

Faro 21 mins
Sevilla 150 mins
Lisbon 180 mins
Times are approximate

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