The SpaceMadresilva Country House with its modern newly renovated attached Studio loft space, is a lovingly restored traditional Moorish Country Home, all within our private secluded countryside of 165 Acres of fenced & gated property. Originally styled from the medieval Moroccan invasions of the Iberian Peninsular, there are few gems left in the Algarve of this particular style with thick walls keeping the interior cooler during the heat of summer and flat rooftops for the most incredible star gazing at night, sunsets, moon rises & meditation/yoga retreats. Nestled away in your own tropical paradise, yet only 5 minutes from the tourist hustle & bustle of our fishing villages & beaches. Enter into your own Private Estate down a 1/4 mile private Cyprus lined access road with gated & remote entrances, tropical gardens, olive, fig, almond and 200 year old ancient carob tree orchards. Romantic moonlit walks, bird watching, picnic, all within your own private surrounds. The main Country House - Madresilva - has just had extensive renovations keeping in tact the traditional Moorish style with a wrap around veranda and shaded arbors of 200 year old carob "chocolate" trees, perfect for afternoon siestas. Our newly renovated Artist Studio, located within the central garden patio, is modern in style of a spacious NYC loft, bright & sun drenched, high ceilings & 3 additional private entranced bedrooms. The Studio lounge and kitchen are sun drenched, open & airy, with one en-suite Queen sized bedroom off the lounge. The 2 en-suite bedrooms located off seperate sides of the roof terrace, each similar in style & with the same loft style presence. Brand new shower "wet rooms" & views. Both bedroom lofts have sweeping views across the valley enjoying breathtaking sunset views while relaxing in bed. PLEASE BE MINDFUL, ALL OF THE BEDROOMS MAY CONVERT FROM KING SIZE BEDS TO SINGLES AT YOUR REQUEST. The large downstairs kitchen/lounge, is an additional fun "hang out" space for all guests within the property to chill. The property is ALWAYS rented as a whole & NEVER shared with other guests. Enjoy slow roasting lamb on the typically restored outdoor bread baking/pizza oven or the contemporary barbecue for fresh fish suppers, just caught throughout the night, from the surrounding seas & purchased at our morning markets of Fuseta & Olhao. An old Romanesque Amphitheater for outdoor parties especially in autumn & winter w/ bonfires - has been enjoyed throughout many a year end. This complete property is a much loved family "home away from home" and our guests have returned year after year with their growing families. Perfect for groups of friends and large families(especially teenagers) wanting to relax in their own private space and rooms. THIS PROPERTY MAY BE RENTED FOR 2 GUESTS OR UP TO 10. The property has its own private pool surrounded by tropical gardens and open countryside, with 100% privacy accompanied by the melodies of rare indigenous birds and baby owls as the sun sets on Madresilva.
Our private neighboring home property Bela Romao, is within its own secluded private land of 105 acres and therefore the two properties are seperated by heavily planted gardens, trees, a roadway and therefore no noise pollution. You may be invited for Sunday Brunch and enjoy some excellent, clean Mediterranean fusion cooking with invigorating small shared plate inspirations, from our organic kitchen gardens and orchards, accompanied by a vintage cocktail or choose from our unique wine list. Dining around the gold tiled pool from your own Moroccan tent with breathtaking views of the Ria Formosa National park barrier islands out front and a full size international croquet lawn, of which you are more than welcome to enjoy a game or quick lesson with silly hats and a glass of Prosecco.
Your host Sarah, is the joint proprietor and Chef/Maitre d' instructor from the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley California and Hyde Park, New York. Her partner Lita Gale, is a fun loving Portuguese lady who loves nothing more than to entertain, so get ready to have some fun! There is nothing in the Algarve quite like us, and you will understand why we are touted as "One of the best hidden Gems of the Algarve", on Trip Advisor, San Francisco Chronicle, Algarve Resident & our reviews here on airbnb. We are less than a five minute drive to pristine white sandy beaches and remote islands, with a wild bird sanctuary national park. If you are up early for a morning walk at our local Fuseta beach, you can see the wild Pink Flamingos bathing in the sunrise and also watch the local artisan salt merchants quickly working in their "sea baths" to capture & skim the Flor de Sal off the surface, before it drops to the bottom to become ordinary table salt.
The local fishing village of Fuseta, is where you will find, restaurants, shops, beach shack bars, fish market with every possible fish you can imagine captured during the nights catch. The main town of Olhao during summer is heaving with tourists Fuseta village is quite lively with night life and local live music, summer fun! Or......just relax at home in the beautiful private surrounds of your delightful summer home.
We can assist with the rental of mopeds and bicycles(delivered to the house), if you really want to get off the beaten path and travel along the beautiful, no car, bicycle pathways, that run alongside the ocean. Pre-booking bikes are essential especially during busy season. Hop on a water taxi in Fuseta to the secluded islands, or rent sea kayaks, paddle boards, wind & kite surfing, pre-order a picnic basket from Chef and enjoy a day out on our surrounding paradise barrier islands, amazing and romantic. You may sometimes find yourselves alone on your own island as most visiting tourists do not know of them! Faro Airport is 25 minutes away; Ayamonte Spain 35 minutes, Lisbon & Seville 1:45hrs. UK is less then 2.5hr flight from all UK destinations! We can also organise airport pick up and drop off with our trusted taxi service, up to 8 guests in one car. The inexpensive taxi service can be used throughout your stay, to ferry your group around where ever & whenever you want. Alfredo & his son are used all the time as our chauffer & cost from airport is €35. So without hesitation, welcome to your holiday home, we are here to exceed your expectations! Guest AccessMadresilva & The Studio are secluded within their own private grounds down our Cypress tree lined access road, CCTV cameras and the property completely fenced and/or hedges. All set back 1/4 mile off tourist road of Route 125 which runs across the Algarve with easy access to everything! Madresilva has its own private drive way off the 125 with electronic gates at the entrance, with ample private parking. All within its own 60 Acres of private exclusive property just for the use of Madresilva guests only! Interaction with GuestsWe very rarely have to bother our guests, unless guests contact us for a maintenance problem, or if you wish to request private dining at Bela Romao, just ask Chef - (need minimum 72hrs notice as Chef has a busy schedule) and we can create dinner parties, birthday, anniversary surprises, etc. Pool cleaning is once a week in the early morning by our trusted groundsman Vladamir who also fixes minor problems around house should you need. The NeighborhoodThe area is still the delightful old Algarve, where horse drawn carriages are often seen along the roads, antiquated "favela chic" fishing villages with mornings catches available for sale daily at local markets. Mostly Portuguese is spoken in Eastern Algarve but we have lots of Portuguese books you can learn a few much needed words. We are very laid back and relaxed but with every intention of exceeding your expectations for your well earned holiday! *Private Cooking School coming in 2017 with world renown guest chefs from the Culinary Institute of America, New York! We shall have cooking class packages with accommodation for weekends or a whole week. Stay Tuned! Getting AroundBuses run along Route 125 regularly taking you to Romanesque towns of Tavira and Faro. Car hire is advisable as there is alot to explore off the beaten track, or bicycle hire for closer to home adventures. We have a private driver available if you do not wish to hire a car, or we have a privateTaxi service we use from the airport & is approx €35 each way. Madresilva has its own private driveway, parking all within its private grounds. Spanish border is a 35 minute drive into Ayamonte beaches and towns. Seville and Lisbon are 1:45 hr drive. Lisbon may be easily accessed by train from Faro city. Old town Faro is a quick 8 minute drive from airport. Other Things to NoteFour out of the 5 bedrooms have King size beds which equally can be turned into single beds upon request if guests prefer.
We have two highly recommended and knowledgeable massage therapists who study in Thailand 6 months out of the year, and available here all summer round. Swedish mother Margot and son Andreas' studio is 5 minute drive from the property or they can come to Madresilva if pre-arranged. We highly recommended them for all types:- ailments, injuries, pregnant or just complete relaxation! They are the best I have encountered throughout my whole 20 years working in exclusive 5 star Spa Hotels! Cost is only €40 an hour at their studio in Fuseta or €50hr to come to country house and set up by the pool or in the large Studio space.