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Marc Toole

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, portuguese

"Fazendinha" guest house: reservations for single rooms or large groups

Sleeps28
Bedrooms 7
Bathrooms7
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Overview

Picota House Rental Photos and Description

You can not help but enjoy yourself

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL GUESTS: Please be aware that when you request a price, the HomeAway system will ONLY give you the option to book ONE room. If your group is more than 5 people, the quote that you will get will be INCORRECT. Imagine booking a room for 2 people at €50.00/night and then adding 17 other guests at €10.00/night to that room. OBVIOUSLY the room could not accomodate 19 people and the price would be wrong. For larger groups you would need more rooms. Please email for a quote. THANK YOU!

Our lovingly restored guest house has been converted into apartments and rooms - all en-suite and with their own patios. The house can be rented exclusively for large groups or individual rooms. In this case they would share the house. Local materials have been used where possible and our use of solar power and reed beds for the purpose of water management ensure that we do our best to promote natural living. Positioned in the center of the green Asseca valley and it's own garden, the farm house overlooks orange groves, olive trees & the bamboo lined river that flows into Tavira.

The large, kitchen and barbecue areas around the pool are perfect for large groups or individuals to enjoy the freedom of home catering or late night parties while the free table tennis table is where large and small kids can have their own fun! The plentiful, private outdoor space is where you can bask in the warm sunshine of the day or sit under an endless sky of stars at night and is the perfect place to relax and simply enjoy life.

GPS Coordinates: 37.157016,-7.682158

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL GUESTS: Please be aware that when you request a price, the HomeAway system will ONLY give you the option to book ONE room. If your group is more than 5 people, the quote that you will get will be INCORRECT. Imagine booking a room for 2 people at €50.00/night and then adding 17 other guests at €10.00/night to that room. OBVIOUSLY the room could not accomodate 19 people and the price would be wrong. For larger groups you would need more rooms. Please email for a quote. THANK YOU!

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALTHOUGH FAZENDINHA IS AVAILABLE FOR EXCLUSIVE BOOKINGS BY LARGE PARTIES, WE ALSO ACCEPT INDIVIDUAL ROOM BOOKINGS FOR SMALL PARTIES OR COUPLES. THIS IS THE REASON THE BOOKING CALENDAR MAY SEEM EMPTY AS IT ONLY SHOWS FULLY BOOKED PERIODS WHERE NO ROOMS AT ALL ARE AVAILABLE.

Thank you.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Marc Toole (Property Manager)
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, portuguese

About Marc Toole

I am English/American born in Hong Kong, grew up there, Japan and Spain. My wife Carol is from England. We have spent 17 years rebuilding the old 150 year old farm house into our ecological guest house it is today. "Ecological" because we used all natural products in it's construction and energy efficient and low impact systems. My two larger children went all through school here in Tavira and Ruby our little 6 year old will do the same, growing up multilingual. We are easy-going and life-loving people, and this outlook is projected onto our Guest house. We hope you will enjoy it as much as we do.

Marc Toole purchased this house in 1995

Why Marc Toole chose Tavira region

I chose Portugal in 1995 because it had just joined the EU, because I love the South of Europe, because it was unspoiled and has a lovely countryside and because the prevailing winds mostly come off the Atlantic so any industrial and noxious disaster in Europe would probably blow away from us.

I chose Tavira, because it was, without a shadow of doubt, the nicest town on the Algarve and still is and because it is on river that is always full of water (not always the case in the south) and because the town is located on a stretch of coast called the 'Natural Park of the Ria Formosa' that is ecologically protected because of it's abundance of wildlife so it is improbable that the area will ever be over developed by mass tourism that has partially ruined other coastlines around the world. After 17 years of living here, I can happily say that my choice was the right one as the whole coast, with it's inland waterways and immaculate beaches are still beautiful.

What makes this house unique

Great beaches, great weather, good prices, good food for a good value.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(58 traveler reviews)
"Fazendinha" guest house: reservations for single rooms or large groups
average rating of 4.862069 based on 58 reviews
5

Amazing holiday week

  • 5 of 5

We were a family group of 14 people including adults and children. Most of the group were from Portugal and some came from England. We found out about Fazendinha through home and away website and we then went to visit in person in June before we booked. We met Mark in June who showed us around and was really friendly so we booked our week for July. We were there for a week in July and i have to say it was really relaxing. We had 4 of the rooms and there was more than enough space for everyone. We were really lucky to get really nice weather and temp of 30+ degrees everyday. The kids all enjoyed the pool area. There was a large pool which the older kids loved and even a small pool for smaller children which was a hit with the younger ones. The water was always a really good temp even for some evening swimming. By the pool you have two BBQs which we used twice and we had two very nice dinners which usually lasted until 1-2am as the atmosphere was just perfect. The outdoor areas are really well looked after and make you feel very relaxed walking round. There was a common living room with a tv with sky tv, a basket with lego toys for the little ones and a ping pong table which the kids spent alot of time using and having fun. There was a common kitchen which had all that you needed for self catering. The Fazendinha is only 10mins by car from taviras town centre where we went in the evening for ice creams and to see the little fair. The best near by beaches we recommend as we are familiar with the area are cancela velha, cabanas and manta rota. The beaches are nice and the water is amazing, all around a 20-30mins drive from Fazendinha but worth going for the day. Fazendinha is also close to some local activities we went to try stand up paddle in cabanas in the Ria and we did a horse ride hack in tavira in the countryside. Mark the owner and host was very accommodating and extremely friendly and helpful. Being dog lovers we couldn't forget to mention his dog cookie who was so nice to all of us and the kids loved to cuddle her. We only left today but are all already missing Fazendinha. We highly recommend it if you wish to have a relaxing, fun holiday. ⛱

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Loved, Loved, loved it!

  • 5 of 5

24 of us stayed here from Canada and we had an amazing time. We were six families in total and Fazendinha was perfect for our needs. When we arrived, we asked Mark where we could buy groceries. He offered to show us the places where we could do that in town and so we had a small car convoy following him around town as he pointed things out to us. He Was so helpful. He graciously answered any questions we had and helped out in anyway we needed.

The grounds themselves were absolutely lovely, the beds comfortable, and the bathrooms were quite pretty. We made good use of the kitchen and the outside barbecue. The kitchen is very well-equipped and we had everything we needed. We appreciated getting fresh eggs every morning from the chickens on site.

The pool was well-maintained and someone seem to be cleaning the grounds every day.

We would all go back in a heartbeat. Each of us kept telling the other how amazing it was and how perfectly suited to us.

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aaaw, I am so thrilled to have received your review. I am always happiest when our guest are happy too and you seem to have enjoyed it so much it made a tear come to my eyes with pride to have made your stay so memorable. Thank you! You were perfect guests and I would have you back in a heartbeat!! Take care all! Marc and Cookie :)
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5

Absolutely stunning!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here as a party of a 10 for our wedding celebration, the property is what we expected and more! So well maintained, huge space, lovely landscape and decoration, you can tell how much effort Marc puts into his Fazendinha. We'd love to come back and we'd definitely recommend to friends and family to stay there. A big thank you! Ana & Chelle

  • Submitted: Sep 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your glowing review. I have always postulated that guests should also receive a point score from establishments...in this case your group would receive 12 out of 10 for being one of the nicest and most respectful guests we have ever had! It would be our pleasure to have you visit again. Take care, Marc and Carol
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5

Unforgettable marriage

  • 5 of 5

A Fazendinha é um dos lugares mais bonitos em Portugal, que representa o que é o verdadeiro Algarve, dos laranjais, das noites quentes e das paisagens virgens. Foi este o lugar incrivel que eu e o meu marido escolhemos para casar e foi simplesmente maravilhoso. Recebemos durante 4 dias os nossos amigos e familia, que também ficaram rendidos a este lugar e a toda a boa energia e beleza do espaço. O Mark é simplesmente um das pessoas mais fenomenais que já conheci! Recebeu-nos como se fossemos da sua familia , tratou de tudo o que pedimos e não pedimos e fez do nosso casamento algo imemorável para nós e para todos os convidados. Arranjou um espaço, que ficava no topo da montanha, para fazermos a cerimónia e ficou um lindo miradouro. Ele tratou de tudo sem nos cobrar nada! O Mark proporcionou-nos o melhor serviço que alguma vez tive, foi super atencioso, hiper honesto e faz tudo com uma enorme simpatia e verdadeiro prazer.Toda a casa, quartos, espaço exterior são perfeitos para uma grande festa, férias, o que se quiser e fica mesmo junto às praias e ao centro de Tavira. Recomendo a todos vivamente!!! O que posso dizer é que tivemos uma sorte imensa de ter descoberto este lugar e o Mark!

Obrigada por tudo Mark, somos realmente gratos!!!!

Filipa & Hugo

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Unforgettable marriage in Fazendinha

  • 5 of 5

A Fazendinha é um dos lugares mais bonitos em Portugal, que representa o que é o verdadeiro Algarve, dos laranjais, das noites quentes e das paisagens virgens. Foi este o lugar incrivel que eu e o meu marido escolhemos para casar e foi simplesmente maravilhoso. Recebemos durante 4 dias os nossos amigos e familia, que também ficaram rendidos a este lugar e a toda a boa energia e beleza do espaço. O Mark é simplesmente um das pessoas mais fenomenais que já conheci! Recebeu-nos como se fossemos da sua familia , tratou de tudo o que pedimos e não pedimos e fez do nosso casamento algo imemorável para nós e para todos os convidados. Arranjou um espaço, que ficava no topo da montanha, para fazermos a cerimónia e ficou um lindo miradouro. Ele tratou de tudo sem nos cobrar nada! O Mark proporcionou-nos o melhor serviço que alguma vez tive, foi super atencioso, hiper honesto e faz tudo com uma enorme simpatia e verdadeiro prazer.Toda a casa, quartos, espaço exterior são perfeitos para uma grande festa, férias, o que se quiser e fica mesmo junto às praias e ao centro de Tavira. Recomendo a todos vivamente!!! O que posso dizer é que tivemos uma sorte imensa de ter descoberto este lugar e o Mark!

Obrigada por tudo Mark, somos realmente gratos!!!!

Filipa & Hugo :)

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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4

séjour très agréable

  • 4 of 5

Bonjour,

Nous comptions rester une semaine, et finalement avons passé deux semaines superbes à la Fazendinha. Marc et sa femme sont très accueillants. l'endroit est superbe, dans la campagne mais non loin de Tavira. Nous étions avec notre fils de 4 ans qui a adoré (de même que nous...) les deux piscines, la grande salle commune chaleureuse... C'est aussi le genre d'endroit où l'on rencontre des personnes de qualité, qui sont comme vous à la recherche de confort mais aussi d'authenticité. J'espère que nous reviendrons (et cette région est sublime!!).

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Map

Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Faro
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Tavira
Nearest Golf
6 Kilometres
Benamor/Quinta da Ria
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Tavira
Nearest Motorway
7 Kilometres
Tavira J.16
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Ciclista
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Tavira 4 Aguas
Car: recommended

I think the town of Tavira is the most authentically Portuguese & well preserved town on the Algarve. It's eclectic style combines history, preserved architecture & tradition with modern, cosmopolitan & funky trendiness. There really is something for everybody here. The key is it's geography. The strip of untouchable natural reserve 'Ria Formosa' that cuts a 100km path from the Spanish border to the West (Yuk!) Algarve with its salt flats & inland waterways has meant that vulgar tourism could not ruin the beachfront, so it evolved better. Buzzing Tavira Island & all the beaches are off the mainland apart from Manta Rota, a mere 15 minute drive from Fazendinha & are gorgeous.

Restaurants of all tastes are available, traditional Portuguese tascas & tavernas to international bars & restaurants of good taste. Large supermarkets, shopping centers, a huge local market, clubs, renowned golf courses, international cinemas, wine bars, gyms, fairs...etc etc are all unobtrusively present.

Marc

Other Activities: Kayaking, trekking, horse riding, water activities, fishing, paintball...

Golf: The Algarve is synonymous with golf, and you won't be disappointed with the facilities available locally to Tavira.

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Rates & Availability

Picota House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Top Season
Jul 17 2016 - Sep 3 2016
3 night minimum stay
$79
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $8 per night, per additional guest
 
Middle Season
Sep 4 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
$62
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $8 per night, per additional guest
 
Low Season
Nov 1 2016 - Dec 27 2016
3 night minimum stay
$45
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $6 per night, per additional guest
 
Year End
Dec 28 2016 - Jan 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
$450
 
Notes: Rates are based on 26 guests; add $11 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

The rates above are per room with charges for extra beds. Children from the ages of 0-3 stay for free, while children between the ages of 4-8 stay for half price.
Group discounts and longer stay discounts (above 10 days) can be arranged.

Rates do not include breakfast, which can be provided for €3 for a continental breakfast or €8 per person for a savoury breakfast with fruit, yoghurts and eggs.

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Amenities

Picota House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Guest House
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 625 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Security System
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 24 people
Bathrooms:
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 'Dão' Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , Radiator
    'Bairrada' Bathroom' - toilet , combination tub/shower , Underfloor heating
    'Douro' Bathroom - toilet , shower , disabled/Underfloor heating
    'Vinho Verde' Bathroom - toilet , shower , Underfloor heating
    'Madeira' Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , Underfloor heating
    'Alentejo' Bathroom - toilet , shower , bidet , Radiator
    'Algarve' Bathroom - toilet , shower , Electric radiator
  • All bathrooms are large and spacious. Bathroom in 'Douro' has full disabled facilities.
Bedrooms:
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 28
  • Room 'Douro' - 3 twin/ single , Family room (for up to 3) private terrace, en suite
    Room 'Vinho Verde' - 4 twin/ single , Family room for up to 4, private terrace, en suite
    Room 'Madeira' - 1 queen , Double room, private terrace, en suite
    Room 'Alentejo' - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single , Family room with room for 4, private terrace, en suite
    Room 'Algarve' - 3 twin/ single , Double room, private terrace & en suite bathroom
    Unit 'Bairrada' - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , 2 sleep sofa /futon , 2 bedrooms on 2 floors, private terrace, en suite
    Unit 'Dâo' - 2 king , 3 twin/ single , 2 bedrooms on 2 floors, private terrace, en suite
  • All apartments and bedrooms are large and have their own private terraces. All bedrooms have en suite bathrooms or shower rooms Room 'Douro' has full disabled facilities. Children's travel beds may be available - please ask. Underfloor heating in winter, air conditioning and fans in summer
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 10 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 10 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
The guest house provides the following shared facilities: Shared communal kitchen with ovens, hobs, microwave, fridges, freezer, crockery, glasses, cutlery etc. Several barbecues around the pool area. Large 12m x 4.8m swimming pool and children's pool. Ping Pong table. Dining area. Free parking for up to 10 cars Wifi internet TV and Sat TV

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