|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Solar de Santa Isabel is a renovated 16th century manor house in the centre of Portimao old town. This large house is furnished with antiques but features modern bathrooms and amenities, including an 11 by 4 metre pool set in a beautiful walled garden with a fountain, large sun bathing terrace and summer house. The house is on a narrow cobbled street just off the main square and waterfront, with its abundance of restaurants, cafes and bars. The post office, banks, taxi rank and bus stops are within walking distance. The famous beach resort of Praia da Rocha is a five-minute taxi, car or bus ride away.
Facilities in the house: There is a barbecue in the garden. We also have sets of plastic tableware for use around the pool. The kitchen has crockery and cutlery for 24 persons and a full range of saucepans, frying pans etc. All the bedrooms have sprung mattresses with protectors and have cotton bedlinen. Blankets are also available. Sets of towels are provided in the bathrooms but WE DO NOT PROVIDE BEACH OR POOL TOWELS. At the beginning of each stay we stock the fridge with a range of basic items, including tea, coffee, milk, butter, bread and jam, and supply some bottles of local wine for you to sample. Further supplies (including additional toilet paper and washing powder) should be purchased by guests. There is wireless broadband access in the house which is available for guest use.
Local amenities: Close to the house are a number of small cafes which can provide snacks. Around the square at the bottom of the street are a number of inexpensive restaurants and local bars. There are two or three medium-sized supermarkets within a five minute walk and a large hyper-market about 15 minutes walk away in the modern part of Portimao.
Boat trips and boat hire are available from the quay and marina which are at the bottom of the street.
There are several golf courses around the town including the Penina course and the Gramacho course.
More information: There is no garage at the house, but parking is possible in some of the streets around the house. There are several large car parks within 2-5min walk: one to the south of the square at the bottom of the street and an underground car park behind the church at the top of the street. There are more pictures of the house and a map of the location on our web site, please, contact for the address. We employ a local English-speaking manager who will be happy to assist you with any queries or emergencies and will greet you on arrival. Please note a refundable damage deposit of £300 will be required with all bookings.
We stayed in the house with a group of 22 youngsters and had an incredible time.
At first we were unsure about the size of our group and didn’t know which of the two houses (Solar de Santa Isabel or Casa da Viuda, which belong to the same owner) we should rent. There was a lot of see-saw but the owner was very helpful and very patient.
Finally we rented Solar de Santa Isabel. The house is fantastic; it is huge and offers enough privacy for everyone. It is particularly convenient that every room has its own bathroom. The garden was also beautiful; an excellent place to relax and enjoy the sun or to have a barbecue. Another highlight was of course the swimming pool in which we spent most of our days.We were also amazed by the friendliness and the helpfulness of the housekeeper.
The location is great too. It is in the heart of the old town of Portimao, in a quiet street. The water front is just a couple of meters down the road and you will find nice cafés and restaurants there. To go to the beach by car takes only 5-10 min., and taking a taxi costs just about 4 Euro.
Altogether we spent a wonderful week in this house which exceeded our expectations. I can absolutely recommend it to any kind of group especially because the price is totally fair!
We had a wonderful stay here in October 2010. A large group of friends, we wanted somewhere where we could relax and enjoy each others company but have easy access to shops and restaurants with no need to hire a car. This house achieved all of that. A 5 minute walk to the harbour and restaurants plus lots of shops to keep us occupied. We also visted the museum. One of the group became unwell and the housekeeper could not have been more helpful, finding a doctor and arranging a taxi. The resident, very friendly, dog is a lovely touch and the perfect excuse for lots of walks. The only slight niggle was the kitchen facilities. Fortunately the weather was good so we could use the barbecue but it would be difficult to cook for a full house otherwise. But who wants to do much cooking anyway! Communication with the owner was good and he was very helpful.
Four families rented this property together for one week. We were 7 adults and 7 children. Overall, we loved the place and really enjoyed our stay, so much that we hardly left the house, except for a couple of excursions, and visits to the supermarket. There was plenty of room for everyone, no loss of privacy, and enough space to all eat together. The pool was great fun for children and adults alike. The caretaker next door was extremely helpful and friendly, even helping us prepare freshly caught fish.
Only criticisms were that the kitchen could have been slightly better equipped - eg dishwasher soap dispenser didn't work properly, oven was hard to regulate, knives not sharp enough etc, but these were minor problems.
I would recommend the place to any large group.
This is an amazing house it totally blew us all away, there were 27 of us 10 adults and 17 kids and we all had a ball. The pool is gorgeous, the decor stunning, the trust the owners have to rent this out with all the antiques and beautiful furniture is astounding. we were concerned that the plumbing might not be great in such an old house but it was perfect. Highly recommend this house and Portimao is a nice town not far from Alvor and Praia de rocha. We may be back !
We've visited Solar de Santa Isabel twice now - the first time our 'Girls Just Want To Have Fun' all girls (ok, I use the term 'girls' with a little poetic license!) trip in 2006, with 12 ladies and then, because we loved it so much, we brought our hubbies and some other friends along in 2008 as a mixed group. The house and location are perfect for everyone - we range in age from early 20s to late 50s - singles and old marrieds - so you can't get more of a diverse range of people than us - and it suited everyone. There are lots of good restaurants locally, great beaches and livelier bars/clubs just a bus or (cheap!) taxi ride away (all available within about a five minute stroll). The house itself is quirky and interesting, all 12 bedrooms have en suites and there are interesting furniture, photos, curios and pictues etc all over the house. Pay to have the pool heated and you can have a lovely warm mid-night swim - fantastic! The couple of reviews that mention the 'small' kitchen make me smile - the kitchen is absolutely fine if you only want to prepare snacks and continental breakfasts to eat in the beautiful garden, and the main thing is that there's plenty of fridge room for wine and cocktail ingredients. To be honest, there are so many great eating places in Portimao and the various other towns/villages just a stones throw away, I can't imagine anyone wanting to prepare full on meals. We didn't even get round to BBQing although that would be wonderful in such a lovely environment. In a nutshell, this is a great venue for a big party of people and would pretty much suit any demographic. And ladies, as if all that wasn't enough, there's a fabulous designer shoe outlet shop just one minute further along the street - pretty much the icing on the cake if you ask me!!!
The house is situated on a cobbled street in the historic centre of the old town of Portimao, close to the river front and main square. The new part of the town with pedestrianised shopping streets is within a few minutes walk. There are numerous cafes and restaurants close to the house. There is a public underground car park nearby.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$370|
At any time the pool can be heated at an extra cost of £100 per week, although this is usually only necessary between October and April.
Between October and May we can negotiate lower rates for low occupancy of the house (for example for just one or two couples using a couple of rooms). We are always willing to consider discount rates for late bookings if there is availability.