A peaceful rural setting where you can take walks, listen to birdsong, read books and generally lounge around in hammocks under the carob trees to your heart's content. A place just to be.... And we now have swimming pool!
This is the Wood Cabin, the Pixie Hut AND the new kitchen...which for some reason never seems to show up in the Airbnb site!
We have two cabins which are 2m apart the other is the Pixie Hut at https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/93545) and share kitchen & bathroom facilities so please be aware you might not be entirely alone if the other cabin gets booked at the same time! The cabins can be rented together or by separate couples.
Anyone under the age of 5 is free but having said that I should warn you that our environment is rather wild and we now have a small unfenced swimming pool, so having small children here requires constant vigilance. On top of that the pixie house has a small spiral staircase, which is irresistible for small (email hidden)t the best recipe for a restful holiday. But then again, if you have under 5's with you I don't imagine anywhere is all that restful ;)
Remote & Wild
We are situated in the hills just 15 minutes drive from the sea front of Portugal's Algarve coast, (and 30 minutes from the open ocean on the west coast). The cabins blend in perfectly with its natural surroundings of fruit trees, hills and birdlife - the perfect spot for a retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. You'll definitely need a car to get around the Algarve!
The style of accommodation is SMALL, clean and simple, with wooden furniture, antiques, artwork, books and a few curiosities from my travels to create a cosy, interesting ambient.
This particular cabin sleeps 2 people but we can add a camp bed or mattress if necessary. The style of accommodation is clean and simple, with wooden furniture, antiques, artwork, books and a few curiosities from my travels to create a cosy, interesting ambient. We have a little thatched Pixie Hut which is right next door and sleeps 4 people in two separate rooms linked by a spiral staircase.
You DEFINITELY need to rent a car since we're off the beaten track here and although there is a bus stop a 20 minute walk away you can't exactly depend up on it......shall we say. And sometimes it even arrives too early which is obviously worse than if it were regularly late!
Please print the driving instructions to get here rather than the map as they are far more reliable and they also (email hidden)-ordinates since the roads are not exactly signposted in this rural area!
We provide bathroom towels for you and dishtowels for the kitchen. But you will need to bring your own beach towels.
If you fancy a night camping down at the river we have a 3-man tent which you could borrow,
What else......I think that's everything. But if there's something I've forgotten or something you need please just ask and I imagine most requests can be fulfilled.
Internet & Wi-Fi
The signal doesn't quite reach down to the cabin so if you'd like to check your mail come up to our porch and go online there. At night you're welcome to come inside.
The shower block is a short walk through the garden. This is gas powered so its always hot. We have a small gym as well for the worthiest of our visitors! There is a washing machine just outside which you can use if needed. Please bring your own beach towels as our towels are only for the shower.
We have a second (solar) shower and toilet attached to the back of the new kitchen and they are only a couple of meters away from your cabin. Be warned though that on a cloudy day of course the shower won't be warm.
There is a large, wooden kitchen equipped very BASICALLY with a fridge, a cooker/oven and wash basin as well as storage for food and utensils & plates. There is also an out door bbq area for the intrepid visitor. You will need to buy your own food, drink, and all the things you usually require for living.
Both showers and the kitchen facilities are shared with the other cabin.
Art & Culture:
Fonte da Estrela is owned by a sculptor so there are studio facilities available on request. For painters, the landscape is perfect for water colour in autumn and spring, and in the summer a stronger palette of oils will surely keep you occupied. We can send you off in the direction of a number of bijoux art galleries showing the work of new and emerging artists as well as some by the more established. We also have an art trail which will take you to the studios of individual artists living and working here in the Algarve.
If painting or drawing is something you'd like to do then I can arrange to have a professional artist to come and teach for a morning or a day. POA.
There are a number of yoga teachers and studios around. Just ask and I'll show you the schedules. A class costs 10 euros less if more than ten sessions are purchased in one go.
There is good surfing to be had during the summer and winter as well as kite surfing and body boarding. Equipment can be hired at the sea front. There are boats to be hired and fishing trips to go on as well as diving. Also you can take a ferry from Olhão or Faro to local islands and empty beaches that go on for miles even in the height of summer.
Just 10mins away there is a beautiful river with pools and small rapids and idyllic picnic spots. A 15 minute drive takes you to the nearest beaches, and the excellent, public swimming pools in Loulé. Aside from that we overlook a natural reserve so there are plenty of good walking, cycling, painting and bird-spotting opportunities. Horse riding can also be arranged.
Food & Sight Seeing:
There are a good many, affordable local restaurants as well as some very up market dining experiences to be had in the area. (See: (website hidden)_Algarve.html). If you want self catering then the local grocer is just down the road or the nearest large supermarket in Loulè which is 15 minutes away. And on Saturdays there is a terrific gypsy market as well as food and veg market in the town. With its rich past the Algarve has many historic towns, castles, ruins, Roman burial grounds and natural sights to visit along the coast.
Music: During the summer the Algarve is rife with music festivals and local towns compete with each other to hold their own festivals. There's a great jazz festival in July and concerts throughout summer with international artists as well as local bands and musicians playing. Ask for more details when you know the dates of your holiday.
Faro airport is 20 mins away, and the nearest train station is 15 mins away in Loulé. Local buses are cheap and take you to Spain or the beautiful, cultural city of Lisbon for day trips.
Interaction with Guests
I live a stones throw away from the cabins but aside from being available for questions or help of any kind I try to respect the privacy of my guests by leaving them to do their own thing.
The thing I love most about where we live is the tranquility and the birdsong. Late afternoon is my favourite time when the light here is extraordinary and makes the garden look like spun gold.
Please warn us if your arrival or departure is going to be very late so that we don't fall asleep and forget about you if you don't arrive at normal check in time which is after 3pm. Check out is before noon so we can prepare the space for new arrivals. During the summer months it is crucial that you be very careful with cigarettes, candles and leaving glasses outside. Bush fire is a very present and real danger in the Algarve and to be taken seriously at all times. Only use the BBQ area provided. Take care when walking on narrow tracks because although they move slowly heavy farm vehicles also use them. Please remove your shoes on entering the lodge and keep your shoes in the place provided especially during winter because it can get quite muddy. Please switch off all lights and heating when possible to save energy. Please use water with the awareness that it is a scarce commodity in the Algarve during summer. When washing up its good to throw the grey water on nearby plants as much as is possible to avoid wastage. We like to recycle our rubbish so please use the bins provided which are marked up to make it easy for you. Thank you.
We had a very warm welcome by Toin's mum. The wood cabin was as in the pictures. We were lucky with the weather, although the nights were a bit cold. Fortunately there was a little stove in the cabin. The kitchen, toilets and showers are outside, as well as a small gym (!). The surroundings are nice and quiet, rural. There is a cute dog around . A real nice place to hide away from the hustle and bustle of the Algarve beaches. We would def. recommend this place to the young and slightly adventurous-,nature-seeking and creative souls. Good vibes.
We stayed at Toin's wonderful place during an especially wet and inhospitable few days in October. The wood cabin, in contrast to the conditions, was warm and welcoming - Toin even more so!
The cabin is really cute, beautifully appointed, and has a handy heater for cold weather! The kitchen area is great, very spacious and practical with all you need to be self sufficient. Lovely shower facilities too, all convenient and clean.
We enjoyed exploring the area. It doesn't take long to get to lovely beaches, Loule itself has markets and shops to browse, it's a quick journey to Faro and even Albufeira.
We heartily recommend, incidentally, the local Indian restaurant which Toin can direct you to!
We had a lovely time in a special place - and Toin herself makes it exceptional.
Toin´s place was just amazing!
The location was great, so many nice and lovely details. It is a place to relax and something special.
There´s not really anymore to say. If you like the pictures, you should definitely go there.
Toin is a beautiful person. So much to share with the people.
The directions to the cabin were excellent and Toin welcomed us warmly. The Cool Wood Cabin was comfortable and I was pleasantly surprised by the bathroom (I had expected it to be basic and feel more outdoorsy) the kitchen is well stocked and there's a great outdoor eating area. We had a relaxing stay here as it's not too close to the touristy resorts but close enough to visit the beautiful beaches is the algarve. Nearby loule is a nice little town with good supermarkets (20mins drive). If you would like to stay in a quiet remote spot then the cabin is ideal!
Unos días maravillosos en la cabaña de Toin. El interior de ambas cabañas, y de las instalaciones son muy acogedores, tal y como se muestra en las fotografías.
La anfitriona es muy amable y afectuosa y estuvo disponible en todo momento siempre que lo necesitamos.
El lugar es muy tranquilo y apacible, aunque necesitas el coche para todo, está bastante aislado y eso tiene sus ventajas, y el inconveniente del transporte, aunque hay parada de autobus cercana.
Espero repetir en otra ocasión.
Thank you very much, Toin. It was a wonderful hollydays, and the cabin was great. Our neighborgs was really nice too, so I hope to return again.
Sûrement notre meilleur expérience airbnb jusqu'à présent. Les cabine sont exactement comme sur les photos et le terrain est de toute beauté. N'oubliez pas de regarder le ciel le soir car les étoiles sont magnifique de là-bas. Dans la cuisine il y a tout ce qu'il faut pour vous faire des bonnes bouffes. Toin à toujours été là pour nous aider ou pour nous donner des places à visiter. C'est une femme très gentille qui aspire à la joie de vivre.
Sans aucun doute une place à allez.
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