4 Bed Villa - Spacious & Indulgent. Fantastic location, sea views & draft beer!
About Jo Tarling
Genuine people who will do all we can to make your holiday special which, we are delighted to read, is reflected in our reviews.
Why Jo Tarling chose Vila Real de Santo António
This is pool heating with a difference....We have installed a ground source heat pump to pump the swimming pool water through the pipes layed under the pool terrace.. The result is that even today, as I write this on November 7th 2013 the swimming pool is at 29 degs! It is supplementary to the solar panel heating and since we connected it last month, we have been amazed by its efficiency. Update for 2016; it still works and is still a delight and enable our guests to swim out of season which regular solar heating wouldn't necessarily do.
What makes this Villa unique
We are as near or as far as you want us to be - if you need guidance, advice or taking to A & E, we will always be there. If you want total peace and tranquility, you will never see us!
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
We are happy to help with any event or party
No due to allergies
Yes, very - ask for details
Max guests:12 (sleeps up to 8 adults)
Booking are Saturday to Saturday
The house is open plan and ramped. Downstairs bedrooms have wet room showers and wide doors ie. property is suitable for people with limited mobility.
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
A very well equipped fabulous villa, inside and outside
Very comfortable, but would recommend to have a car. Jo was amazing and couldn’t accommodate us more.
Thanks, glad you enjoyed it. Yes I agree a car is best if you want to explore the area but to visit local watering holes, we have a great taxi company with an 8 seater which means everyone can enjoy a drink - we have had guests who enjoy both options!
An amazing family holiday and Birthday celebration!
The villa was amazing - exactly as shown in all of the pictures. Exceptionally clean when we arrived and Jo and Paul were there to greet us upon our arrival. The luggage pick up and drop off service works perfectly for us as we had an early arrival into Portugal and a late departure so being able to make use of those 2 days without worrying about dragging our cases round was a big help. We had 2 meals at the villa which were prepared for us by Jo and Paul - both were excellent. Great food and delivered with very little fuss and without any intrusion at all to our holiday. We spent a lot of time planning our holiday in advance and found Jo to be extremely helpful and responsive to all of our questions and emails - we almost ended up pen pals!
We would thoroughly recommend this villa to anyone wishing to experience the more authentic parts of the Algarve. We made lots of use of the pool, table tennis, BBQ and outdoor dining area but didn't use the cinema room during our stay, despite the fact that it was stocked with hundreds of DVDs, as well as books, games and a poker table!
Thank you for making our holiday an amazing experience!
Thank you, Andrew, for taking the time to write such a glow review and we are delighted you enjoyed your holiday. This is our last year for catering with the exception of my lemon cheesecake which you may have to try next time! J & P
Great villa and great hosts. Couldn't do enough to help and made our stay extra special. Couldn't recommend this home in the Sun highly enough - amazing!
Wouldn't hesitate on going back.
We have stayed in many villas before but this is by far the best equipped we have ever stayed in. The kitchen has everything you could ask for and stuff you didn’t event know you needed!
The bedrooms are huge with huge en-suite shower rooms. Each room has a terrace or balcony with the master bedroom having a full panoramic view over the fields.
The villa I situated in a quiet road and is surrounded by well kept gardens making in private. The downstairs is open plan with a large dining and living space with a huge tv and a Ninetendo Wii.
The surprise was the cinema room in the basement. A substantial collection of DVD’s and a projector with fully surround, complimented with 3 sofas, blankets and cushions!
If that was not enough there is a table tennis table and a poker table as well as a substantial washing machine.
The pool area is large with a decent outside dining table. There is two outside taps for beer and wine which are run through a chiller. Just ask Jo for a keg or box of wine, it’s good value.
The BBQ area is one of the best equipped I’ve ever had the pleasure of using in a villa.
Finally the pool is lovely and deep at the deep end, with plenty of sun loungers.
The villa is finished to a very high standard and is like home. I can not recommend this villa enough, outstanding!
Finally Jo and Paul have been great hosts advising us where to eat, organising trips, providing a number of a great taxi service whilst ensuring we were enjoying our stay without intruding.
Thanks Ian - so glad to hear you all enjoyed our villa.
We love to cook so anything that we would like to find in a kitchen, we have provided for the villa so it was good to hear that nothing was lacking! You were perfect guests and we would welcome you back at any time! J & P
An outstanding villa
This is a lovely villa situated in a quiet country road a few miles from Tavira. A car is essential as the nearest beach and restaurants are a couple of miles away.
The villa has been well designed with four good sized bedrooms all with en-suite facilities. Three of the bedrooms have walk in showers. The outside and ground floor have step free access.
The pool is a good size and was heated during our stay which was great. There is also a pool house with shower and various pool items; lilo floats etc. There are more than sufficient poolside reclining loungers. There is a large outside charcoal barbecue.
Inside the villa is exceptionally well appointed and has everything you could wish to make your stay enjoyable. If has more than sufficient crockery and cutlery to fill the two dishwashers. There are bowls saucepans numerous domed covers for use to protect food when outside etc. You name it it’s there. There was bean to cup coffee machine which had broken down. Paul and Jo got a spare part and fixed this during our stay. We tried hard but could not think of anything missing.
They are numerous sitting areas inside and out. There is a cinema room downstairs with projector and many many dvd’s. The 65 inch tv in the lounge was more than adequate for us. There are also Bluetooth speakers in most rooms and outside.
We have never come across another rental villa as well equipped as this.
Jo and Paul provided an excellent meal one evening setting the table etc. The lasagne and lemon cheesecake were outstanding.
Jo and Paul live nearby and as a result are much more responsive to occupants needs than a management company.
Overall we could not find fault in any in the villa and it is highly recommended.
So next time you go to Portugal try turning right out of Faro and go East. This side of the Algarve is much quieter with long sandy beaches.
Thank you Paul for leaving such a comprehensive review - I am sure it helps potential guests to hear your views. We are delighted you had a good holiday and enjoyed the villa. J & P
We were three families with 6 children between us. We had a wonderful stay in this beautiful villa . We would definitely return. We loved the heated pool and the beer tap . The sangria was the nicest we’ve had . Thank you Jo and Paul for a wonderful holiday . This villa had everything you need for a fantastic home from home . The children loved the cinema room too .
Villa Alfarroba, so named because of the lovely, very old Alfarroba (carob) tree in our front garden, is in the little hamlet of Sta Rita, just 3km from the beautiful blue flag beach at Manta Rota. Our villa offers the perfect setting for exploring the Eastern Algarve. Within a 15 minute drive of Villa Alfarroba there are 7 golf courses to choose from including the prestigious course of Monte Rei designed by Jack Nicklaus. The towns of Tavira and Cabanas are within easy reach and are great for an evening stroll and a sundowner outside one of the many street cafés. Faro is about 40 minutes from Villa Alfarroba and is an easy journey with the majority via motorway where often you can drive from one exit to the next and not see any other cars! Whether you want to enjoy the culture, the many sporting activities or visit the local towns, go to theme parks ,take a trip up the Guadiana, pop across to Spain, do some bird watching or just laze by the pool - there is something for everyone!
Other Activities: Twitching
Golf: If you want to escape the crowds, the Eastern Algarve is perfect for golf. It is less developed and much less crowded. This is perfect accommodation for golfers wishing to sample the excellent courses situated in the Eastern Algarve. Within a 20km radius there are 7 courses to choose from - all within 15 minutes of Villa Alfarroba. These courses are in areas of natural beauty and are free from the development of fairway-lining villas. We are a few minutes from the prestigious new course of Monte Rei designed by Jack Nicklaus. Although a costly experience, this is a real treat for golfing fanatics wishing to experience a little high life! It is already ranked in the Top 20 in Europe & Top 100 in the world by Golf Digest USA - the only Portuguese course to achieve this ranking.
Ski: Sierra Nevada, Spain is about 400km away!!!