Description of the house
The house is located near the "Barragem do Arade" lake, close to the charming historic town of Silves. It has a rich history in the lake region. It is not known exactly how old the house is, but certainly more than 100 years.
At the time of construction of the dam (around 1950) there was a "Taberna", a pub, in the house. Traces of this past are still present; like an earthenware jar which is built into the wall.
In 2015 the house was completely renovated and extended in the original style. For the renovation and construction sustainable, natural and environmentally friendly materials have been used; some of the walls of the new part are made from straw bales with a mixture of sand, lime and oil. The walls of the old part of the house are 70 cm thick and made of clay and stones. This ensures perfect insulation. The straw bales used for the walls of the new section of the house offer the same perfect insulation. This ensures that the house is very comfortable. A lot of wood was used in the renovation of the house; most of it from the Algarve and treated with eco friendly products.
In the straw bales part of the house is an open kitchen and living room. Because of the French doors and large windows the room is filled with light.
In the cooler periods you can enjoy the warmth and coziness of the wood stove.
On two sides of the house there is a terrace made of natural stone sourced from the immediate vicinity. There is always a choice to be in the sun or the shade. Outside you’ll find options to laze in a hammock or cool off in the natural pool without being exposed to chemicals.
The garden is a mix of orchard and ornamental garden that gradually merges into the natural environment adjacent to the stream. This stream is the continuation of the Arade river that runs through Silves and then on towards the sea.
If you're staying in the right season you can pick your own oranges, mandarins, lemons, loquats and pomegranates.
There is also a vegetable garden where you can pick fresh vegetables, the variety and quantity depend on the time of year.
The area surrounding the house consists of Mediterranean landscape, small groves and beautiful nature where you can enjoy beautiful walks or mountain biking. 15 minutes walk away from the house there is a large reservoir where you can swim or fish.
The nearest town is Silves; in about 10 minutes you’ll reach this typical Portuguese town with narrow streets, cafes and restaurants and can enjoy Portuguese specialties.
Silves was the capital of the Algarve during the time of Moorish domination (13th century) and is known for its rich history. Interesting sites are among others: the castle and the footbridge over the River Arade dating from this time of Moorish domination. In early August Silves goes back to the Middle Ages 10 days; everything is made to appear as it was then and you get an idea of what it was like.
Silves has a vegetable and fish market where stalls sell mostly locally grown fruits and vegetables: fresh fish is sold daily.
The house is centrally located in the Algarve. This has the great advantage of having relatively quick access to many beautiful places in southern Portugal.
The beautiful beaches for which the Algarve is known can be reached within 30 minutes. If you want to visit the rugged west coast and want to be on the southwestern most tip of mainland Europe, you’ll get there within an hour.
To the east are the vast beaches around the Ria Formosa nature reserve and the beautiful hiking trails in the park are also highly recommended. This area can also be reached within the hour.
An hours’ drive to the northeast takes you to the steppe landscape of Alentejo, a totally different world. Here you can admire the typical nature of this particular landscape.
All on the same level.
Living room with open kitchen.
Two bedrooms, one with a double bed and the other room has two twin beds which can be used as desired as a double or twin beds. There is a loft in this room too where two people can sleep.
Luxury bathroom with shower and a separate toilet.
• the Dutch owner lives nearby and is available if you need him
• 5th and 6th person can sleep in the loft in one of the bedrooms.
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