Up a narrow cobbled street, just five minutes from the main church in the heart of old Tavira, behind a small door, is this perfect oasis of hospitality. When you look at the state of the building next door, you realise what an achievement it was for Andy and Tamsin to convert this one into a charming, well-thought out, home from home. No wonder it took them four years! The design is clean and unfussy, mirroring the white-washed houses in the town outside with their touches of colour.
The beds are comfortable, with duvets of the right weight for the season. We had a big bathroom with a shower area, ie with no screen or curtain, which might not suit everybody but was fine by us. The lounge has floor-to-ceiling glass windows on one side, looking out to the small enclosed garden that provides a touch of greenery. The chairs are comfortable and the selection of reading material extensive (in English). There is a lot of material on the local area and suggestions of day trips. The big German heater warms the area up nicely. The upstairs roof terrace has a splendid view across the river and over the neighbouring Algarve chimney pots and roofs.
Breakfast was fantastic, with local honey, jam, cheese and ham as well as a big bowl of finely chopped fresh fruit, fresh orange juice, plain yogurt, brown toast and warm pastries. My only complaint would be that serving it at 9am is really too late for guests who want to get in some serious sightseeing before everything closes for lunch. Having the kettle and a wide assortment of teas on tap was also a nice little touch.
All in all, a great experience made special by the owners, who are genuinely concerned to share their love of the area and make sure that all their guests have a great stay in the Algarve.