This is the place to take a girlfriend and make her very happy. It's located 2 mins walk from the train station - the station staff all know where it is. We walked across the tracks and up the road - I hadn't told my girlfriend where we were staying and she was in a bad mood while going along the pavement. As soon as I told her we needed to go under the archway at the entrance of the place, her spirits suddenly lifted, with comments 30 seconds later like 'Oh, you shouldn't have...'. Should make up for all the foul-ups I may have done over the last month or so !
It's not a big place - everyone gets a standalone house rather than a room, each named after a flower. Our house had a lounge, kitchenette, master bedroom, small bedroom upstairs and 2 sizeable bathrooms, as well as seating outdoors - 4 people could have stayed quite easily.
The pool is not large - it's more for jumping in and splashing around a bit, but after a hot day was very welcome. The houses are all centred around some gardens - plenty of flowers, with a a small bird enclosure in the middle and a handful of sunbeds dotted around. Wander around a bit, and you'll find the ponds with fountains and floating lilies.
Breakfast is ample, and served in a room behind the main building. If you want bacon+eggs each morning, you're in the wrong place - you'll get cold cheese + meat, rolls with pumpkin jam (surprisingly nice) and fruit, some of which is grown in the tree next to reception. For the addicts, Portuguese custard tarts are available as well. My girlfriend spoke to one of the people owning it, telling them she'd never really tried figs before, but thought the ones at breakfast were delicious. Late that evening when we got back from a night out, a basket of figs appeared in our kitchen which made for a wonderful midnight snack !
I saw one couple with a baby, but the all round good taste in which this place is done, makes for a place that adults will very much enjoy.
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- Also Known As:
- Quinta Do Caracol Tavira, Portugal - Algarve