When we first came across the property, which was a while ago now (2002). We were inspired to rebuild and revitalize the landscape. Our aim was to create a comfortable atmosphere where our guests could feel at home. From the beginning of the renovation we decided to retain the old structure, it helped to guide and give us ideas for the restoration. As the stone wall was strong, we left it standing and built around it.
The help, ideas and hands from our many international volunteers (who stayed on our farm), these buildings were made possible. We have created 8 apartments of various sizes, built from local and traditional Portuguese materials. We built ceilings from eucalyptus and bamboo canes, used a lot of clay and straw for the walls and stones from the river for the bathrooms, the floors are hand-made terracotta.To decorate the apartments, we used clay and created many beautiful designs and patterns.
Outside the apartments you can find a handmade clay pizza oven, barbeque and an open air sitting/dining area for general use. There is also an area for the division of rubbish. There are containers for glass, plastic, food waste, paper and general rubbish.
Each apartment also has its own outdoor sitting area. At our biological farm (which is next door) we use solar power to heat water, the apartments (floor heating system) and provide electricity. We also have a solar cooker to make food. You are welcome to visit us!
Staying in our apartments is a unique and different holiday. We have built from the heart and we hope that this will make you feel at home. It is simple, natural, close to nature and a traditional way of life. It will be an experience you will never forget!
In each apartment we provide: towels and bedding, these are washed with eco-friendly detergents, soaps and cleaning supplies. Wholesome, organic produce is for sale which comes fresh from our gardens. We rent wetsuits and surfboards. Pets allowed (prior to arrangement). Smoking is not permitted in the appartments.
The main airport is for the Algarve is Faro and it is located about 1 hour and 20 minutes drive from Carrapateria. We can organize your collection from the airport or Lagos train station (consult us for the price).
Airports: Faro (110 km away), Lisbon (318 km away), Seville (306 km away)
We recommend this website for car rental. If you decide to travel without a car, you can ask us for advice regarding bus and train timetables.
In the nearby village of Carrapateira, there is a small supermarket, bars, free internet access, school, surf shops and restaurants. The local market has fish and fresh vegetables each morning.
Other nearby villages with bars, pharmacy, cash machines, gas station, restarurants and shops are Alzejur which is 19 km to the north or Villa Do Bispo 16 km to the south. The stunning village of Sagres and city of Lagos are approximately 30 kms away.