Villa in Santa Catarina Fonte do Bispo, Eastern Algarve, Portugal - Beach 15 mins. Airport 25 mins. Peacefull location but diverse amenities easily accessible
Brian Kilcline, thats me. A former professional footballer with Notts County, Coventry City and Newcastle Utd. Now you're more likely to find me picking carobs or shaking olives out of the trees at our Portuguese holiday rental, or mud caked on a building site in England, than kicking a football. I love the laid back lifestyle in Portugal and Lynn loves the gardening and we have both enjoyed our venture there into holiday lettings. Holmfirth is home, we have had property in the village for twenty years. We enjoy the change of pace and everything the area has to offer but in either destination we are surrounded by stunning countryside.
Brian purchased this Cottage in 2006
Why Brian chose Municipality of Tavira
We bought the property as a renovation project and it was certainly a learning curve. We realised very quickly how lucky we had been in our choice, not for the obvious reasons of the property potential but its proximity to sea, airport and shops whilst maintaining a countryside feel. We are relatively easy to find and access is off a main tarmac road onto a concrete flat top, that is a tremendous advantage both for your vehicle and in the winter. We can be at the village bakery in 5mins. International supermarket in 10mins and paddling in the sea in 15 mins. All that and a beautiful garden and panoramic views of the countryside. Can't be bad! We decided to put our little adjoining cottage on the rental market 2 years ago it was a shame not to let others enjoy what we have.
What makes this Cottage unique
Along with everyone who has stayed with us, family and guests alike, the main reaction is 'the peace, its so relaxing.' We feel that way too. Some people never leave the garden even when we supply endless possibilities of events, scenic attractions or restaurants. Then there is 'the bar', at the bottom of our drive. We were too shy to go in at first. Speaking no Portuguese and clearly a meeting place for neighbours we felt really out of place. How could we have been so daft? Owners Joaquim and Vivalinda and all the locals are smashing. Always a welcome smile and tip of the hat regardless of language ability. Joaquim ready with the jump leads and the tractor when the car won't start. If you forget the milk or eggs there is a little store in the back with all sorts. Beer at 75c beat that!
Pool / Spa
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
No pets - Contact owner.Contact owner.
Max guests: 4
Great time in the Eastern Algarve.
This was the first time we’d visited the Eastern Algarve after many visits to the central area and the west.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time and Brain and Lynn are great hosts.
The location is peaceful but within easy reach of great beaches. The accommodation is fantastic.
Brian took us to play walking football and despite our years of inactivity we really enjoyed it. The other guys made us feel really welcome.
There’s a bar at the bottom of the hill full of local characters and Brain took us down there on our first night - one of the locals bought us a beer even though we’d never met - how welcoming is that ?
A great time in a lovely location hosted by brilliant people - we’ll be back.
This was our second time at this property and we had a fabulous time again.
The house is perfect for a couple or family of 4.
Brian and Lynn are great hosts and look after you as if you were family.
A car is vital to make the most of the local beaches - there are so many to choose from but you do need a car to get to them!
We will return again in the future.
Fantastic helpful owners, great location, gorgeous accommodation, so much great stuff to experience
What an amazing week!
We stayed in the main accommodation with our daughter and her boyfriend staying in the annex. The accommodation was really clean, well maintained and had everything you needed for a fabulous week in the sun.
Brian and Lynn's hospitality and kindness made it a very special week for us.
Communication before the stay was great. Communication at 11pm when we were trying to find the place was fantastic!
We spent the week doing our own thing and taking part in 3 brilliant activities organised by Brian & Lynn.
We visited local beaches, towns and restaurants - many recommended by Brian & Lynn. There is so much to do all within a 15-20 mins drive of the accommodation.
We played walking football with Brian and the crew at East Algarve Walking Football club, went paddle boarding with Brian & Lynne and friends, and we went cycling with Brian & Lynne and friends. Brian & Lynn very kindly provided the paddle boards and bikes. Everyone we met was very friendly and inclusive.
There is a gorgeous little bar 1 min walk from the accommodation and the lovely local town with bakery, supermarket and cash point is only 5 mins drive away.
If you prefer to experience more of the real rural Portugal - rather than staying in an all inclusive hotel with 100s of tourists - then we absolutely recommend staying with Brian & Lynn.
Away from it all - but not too far!
A lovely cottage and annexe surrounded by beautiful countryside. Lynn and Brian are excellent hosts. They live within the same grounds, but don't intrude, although are always available for travel tips, restaurant advice etc.
If you're looking for a quiet relaxing break, then give this a whirl!
We had such a lovely time in their annex, Brian and Lynne could not have done more for us without being intrusive. We took up their offer to cycle a 40k route, a slow pace i am glad to say ! I also played walking football with Brian, such a privilege to play with an ex footballer, he hasn't lost his touch.
Overall a fantastic holiday experience, great company yet relaxing and peaceful,perfect location, not too far to Tavira, a lovely town and beaches. we will be back.
Clive and Sally
Special interest holidays:
Escorted day trips available.
Nearest beach 20 mins Fuzeta. Longest beach Manta Rota 30 mins [Stretching all the way to Spain]. Most idyllic and unusual, car free Isla Armona. 15 mins drive and a 10 min ferry from Olhao.
Faro airport is 25 mins drive. Car hire is essential. If driving doesn't appeal we can arrange airport pick up and drop off at £25 each way. A car and driver is available. Price on request.
Santa Catarina 5 mins drive. Sao Bras do Alportel 10 mins. Faro Town 30 mins.
Tavira is an old and stunning town built on a river. There are strong Moorish influences and as yet it remains unspoilt. In the months of July and August free entertainment abounds each evening in the small marble ampi theatre in the heart of Tavira.Tavira is a 20 minute drive. Loule. Historic and vibrant and just 30 mins drive. Olhao. Not the prettiest but this an authentic working port town. Huge daily fish market and adjoining market hall with fresh produce. Saturdays are a delight with the addition of a traditional farmers market 15 min drive. There is a Bowls club just outside Santa Caterina and a lovely open air swimming pool in Sao Bras. For the young or indeed young at heart we have Braveland adventure park 10 minutes away on the road to Olhao. We can arrange to shop for you if there are special items you require on arrival. If you want to arrange a romantic evening we can help. Champagne breakfast suprise on one of the patios, no problem.