Quinta do Feliz Dragão - the farm of the happy dragon -
A spectacular and beautifully renovated, typical Algarvean farmhouse and cottage with pool and 4 double bedrooms, nestled into the edge of a valley, with incredible views. Generous interiors and ample exterior spaces, which capture the farmhouse essence of the vernacular architecture, landscape and quiet rural lifestyle.
With all modern conveniences, a beautiful square mosaic pool and terraces for every occasion, Quinta do Feliz Dragão is a dream retreat, ideal for relaxing at home and being well located for visiting all the beautiful beaches and coastal historic towns.
Set above a rural enclave of small holdings and country houses the grounds have far reaching views over the valley and its small winding river and coastal line. Horses graze in the fields beyond the nearby horse riding school and further north, the national forest paths lead to beautiful copses and a lake.
The Quinta is south facing with cobbled terraces running the length of this single-story farmhouse. Under the dappled arbour of an ancient vine is a large dining area seating eight, in front of the sun lounge and generous flower beds of mature bougainvillea and wisteria plants that contour the elevated terraces and provide shade and privacy. The square 5m x 5m mosaiced pool with its antique stone surround and water funnels was once the site of the farm well and is central to the generous stretch of terrace in front of the bedrooms.
Just outside to the side of the sun lounge is an original bread oven and barbeque grill area, at close proximity to the wrought iron and mosaiced dining table and front terrace.
The lower garden from the entrance has grassy lawn areas on split levels and mature orchard trees including mango, avocado, citrus, olive, carob and almond, all for the picking when ripe! The house and terraced areas are reached by a wide, steep staircase and there are more steps behind the house to the 2.8 hectares of land. There is a covered parking area near the entrance to the grounds and more parking beside the adjoining cottage.
The traditional thick stone walls and high ceilings of the house ensure a cool ambient in summer and lend to keep the warmth in over the winter months. Air conditioning is available in each room apart from one of the bedrooms.
Beautiful antique furniture and comfortable leather sofas furnish the ensuite bedrooms and both the living areas, while the kitchen and dining room are in the style of an old country manor kitchen, spacious and open planned yet equipped with all modern appliances.
The ancient bread oven and barbeque are located just outside the kitchen and sun lounge - a must for foodies and barbeque enthusiasts!
The one-bedroom cottage is located to the east side of the house and pool and provides an independent fully equipped accommodation for two people, comprising a living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom and exterior seating area.
The main house has Portuguese cable TV (MEO) with some English-speaking channels and the cottage receives English satellite channels. Both houses have unlimited Wifi access.
The windows and doors mostly have fixed mosquito nets and shutters. Both houses have large fireplaces or wood burners.
Two of the bedrooms in the main house are accessed only from the terrace, not internally.
Are sun loungers and umbrellas provided?
Quality sun loungers deck the terrace around the pool and there are sun umbrellas, canopies, exterior tables and chairs available.
What are the dimensions of the pool? What type of pool cleaning?
5m x 5m with steps leading into a shallow end and a deeper end of 1.7m. Freshwater pool with Chlorine cleaning system. The pool is serviced twice weekly during summer and once weekly during the rest of the year by a competent and reliable professional. Pool and garden lighting is available.
Is the accommodation suitable for children?
Parents must be aware that there are steep sets of stairs leading up to the main house with a low containing wall between the terraces and the garden below which has a few metres drop.
Therefore, we would recommend this accommodation for families with children not younger than 7 years old, unless they are babes in arms.
What facilities are there for babies and children?
There is a cot and high chair provided. Please let us know if you have any other requirements.
Is the accommodation suitable for elderly?
Both the main house and the cottage are on one level and the access to the cottage is suitable for elder or less mobile people as there is parking just outside, so one needn’t navigate the steep steps.
How close are the nearest neighbours? Is the property overlooked?
Quinta do Feliz Dragão is not overlooked and neighbouring houses are located below the property yet near enough to not feel isolated.
What type of access it there to the property?
Good tarmac roads reach the accommodation, less than 8 minutes’ drive to both Tavira and Cabanas, 30 minutes’ drive from Spain and Faro.
How quiet is the area around the property?
This is a quiet rural location, with a handful of country houses situated below on a quiet country road.
How far are the shops and restaurants?
There are a quantity of quality restaurants and amenities within 2 -5 km from the property.
How far are the beaches?
The white sandy spit islands of Cabanas, Tavira, Cacela Velha and many more can be reached within 5 to 15 minutes drive.
How far are the golf courses?
There are excellent golf courses within 5 to 15 minutes drive from the accommodation. The closest is Benamor, which is just behind Almargem, the location of the villa, and slightly further are Quinta da Ria and Quinta da Cima and Monte Rei.
Is smoking permitted?
Ashtrays are provided for smoking outside the property.
Are pets allowed at the accommodation?
Due to the possibility of guests being allergic to animal hair, we would rather not allow pets.
Which is the changeover day and time?
Flexible, though we aim to keep bookings as close as possible. Departure is by 10am and arrival is from 2pm unless otherwise arranged.
Are linen, bath towels and beach towels provided?
Yes, we provide a once weekly linen and bathroom towel change including a clean of the bathrooms.
Will there be provisions at the accommodation upon arrival?
There will be some toilet paper and soap for arrivals and a hamper of beverages, with additional breakfast and snacks are provided for late arrivals.
Is a car recommended for this property?
Yes, especially in the heat of summer…and for reaching all the beautiful and interesting places further afield. Car rental, taxi transfers and bicycle hire can be organized with local reputable firms in advance or by calling the local representative.
Will there be a local representative available on arrival and in the event that we need any assistance?
Guests will be met at the villa, or otherwise informed where to locate the key and visited soon after arrival. We ensure a prompt and competent service from a team of property managers, who can be contacted at anytime.