You can not help but enjoy yourself. What more can I say?
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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 Guest House in 1995
Why Marc Toole chose Tavira
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 Guest House unique
Great beaches, great weather, good prices, good food for a good value.
Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
No smoking in the rooms. Exterior ok.
Pets must be confirmed with the manager beforehand
Minimum age of primary renter:18
Max guests:25 (sleeps up to 23 adults)
Bathroom towels not to be used at the swimming pool or taken to the beach. Guests can rent beach and pool towels for €5.00/stay
We require all guests to adhere to using our recycling bins
We encourage night BBQ's and swimming, however music around the pool must be kept moderate after midnight, to respect our neighbours
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Best place to turn 60!
I and a group of friends rented this stunning property for my 60th birthday celebration. It was everything I could have wished for and more. Marc was a fantastic host, was around in the background but totally non-intrusive.
The place was clean, really well equipped with 2 stoves, 4 fridges and ample plates and kitchen equipment and totally private
Thank you marc for a memorable trip!!
It is I, to thank YOU for having given me the chance to be host to your fantastic 6 star group. It gives me the greatest please to make my guests happy and share some of the beauty of the world, that I hope they take back with them and share further.
Hope to see you again. Hell...there's always 65 in one way or another. :)
We’ve just returned from staying at Fazendinha. What a lovely peaceful place with everything you need to hand. We were a family group of 20, a mix of adults and kids. We loved to barbeque in the evenings after the kids had fun in the pool all day. The Accomadation comprised of different size family rooms was absolutely ideal for our group. Loved it, hope to return many thanks Marc!
Stunning accommodation, fantastic holiday
Marc's place is a perfect place for large family groups to stay. Each room is different, but all have en-suite and their own private terrace and table and chairs. The pool area is amazing - areas to sunbathe, sit in the shade, chill out, eat, bbq....and the setting amongst orange groves and the river valley was very beautiful. We had young kids and older teenagers, as well as senior folks, and everyone was comfortable and had a great time.
The property was ideal for a party of 16 (10 kids and 6 adults). Great location and plenty If space
Excellent stay, great location for 3 families with 10 kids and 6 adults. The property was ideal with various areas for all to enjoy. The pool was great and the bbq facilities were perfect. Great location near tavera and other beaches. Very clean and easy to deal with the owner. Highly recommended!
The villa was the perfect place for a group holiday. Surrounded by the most beautiful gardens.
The villa was great. Lovely pool area and well equipped. Perfect for a group holiday. Only a short drive into tavira. Cookie the dog was a lovely addition to our stay. Marc was very helpful in helping us with things to do in the local area. Fans in all rooms would be a bonus, some rooms were quite hot at night.
Absolutely Terrific Place
Marc’s place is enormous and has everything you’ll need if travelling in a big group. There’s loads of rooms of different size and bed combos, a huge communal area and an amazing pool / barbecue area. It’s well kept, clean and has everything you’ll need. Marc is incredibly helpful and on hand should you have any questions. It’s about a 10 min drive from town / supermarkets. Would certainly visit again.
I really appreciate you kind words and the effort you put into your response.
I try my best to make everyon's stay a memorable one.
It would be a pleasure to have you stay again, Sam and company!
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.
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.