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Quinta Tapada do Gramacho
Sitio do Tapada do Gramacho | near Silves, Estombar 8400-080, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Estombar B&B and Inns
Huntsville, Canada
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“One of the best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

My wife and I recently spent 7 plus weeks traveling in the UK and Europe staying in several hotels and BnB's during this period of time.  The Quinta Tapada do Gramacho in Silves Portugal which is where we spent 4 nights is in the top three of all the places we stayed.  Karin and Imca are wonderful hosts and make you feel right at home.  While they are there to assist they do not encroach on your privacy.  
The rooms as described in their web site are truly funky.  Our's had a bright blue wall and bright red chair.  Our room was large, clean and comfortable with several amenities included.  Another great thing for budget conscious guests is that if you wish to make your own lunch or dinner the kitchen is available to do so, of course you must clean up.  
They offer an honour system for wine, beer, water, and other snacks which is great.  The pool, outdoor BBQ are also available for guests to use.  
The location is very remote and a car is a must if you want to travel to the Algarve or other areas for day trips. Since the Quinta  is in a remote location be sure to follow the directions provided by Karin.  I failed to read her email with the directions and paid the price by wasting a few hours looking for the place.  
The breakfast is very good with fresh squeezed orange juice a true  highlight.

The other highlight was the daily visit by a local goat herder as he walks the valley with his dog and goats.  I was lucky to get some incredible pictures.
During our visit the Quinta had families with small children, couples and singles from various parts of Europe.  We all sat around at the end of the day and enjoyed the wonderful location and great conversation.
I would highly recommend the Quinta to anyone.  Thanks Karin and Imca for making our stay so memorable.
 

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2011

We loved our stay at this quinta in March. The large living room windows overlook a large marsh, in which one could watch egrets, among other water birds. The hosts were extremely helpful in every situation, making suggestions for restaurants (be sure to ask!) and providing telephone help when required. A special meal was prepared one evening by Imko's chef brother, and it was absolutely exquisite. Morning breakfasts included delicious breads, homemade preserves, eggs and many other goodies. Karen and Imko were very friendly and made us feel extremely welcome. The beds are comfortable, and the rooms open out onto the outside. We stayed in the "Funky Algarve" room, which was decorated in an offbeat but fun way. It is away from town lights and is very quiet - star gazing is definitely good here, and the call of the frogs at night is a far cry from city sounds!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Utrecht
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2010

-Friendly, flexible and service-minded owners/staff
-Breakfast wat superb
-Central location: east and west Algarve accessible within 1/2 - 1 hour driving
-15 minutes to beach
-Clean en spacious rooms
-Quiet surrounding
-Top quality restaurants accessible within 15 minutes driving
-3/4 hour to internationaal airport Faro

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2010

The B&B is well located, just 15 minutes from beautiful beaches but well outside of the 'stone desert' of some of the villages on the coast --- very pieceful in green surroundings. The renovated farmstead is close to Silves, a charming historic city with attractive bars and restaurants.
The B&B is renovated with a stylish hand. The owners are very friendly and helpful, yet do not impose themselves on their guests. They have young children themselves, and it made my young family (3 childeren under 5 yrs old) feel very much at home.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ontario
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2010

A charming B & B located away from the crowds in a river valley but close to the attractions of the Algarve. The room was comfortable and clean with a great deal of attention to detail. The owners create a warm, family-like atmosphere and are extremely helpful and accommodating. A wonderful retreat from which to visit the Algarve.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Guildford, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2009

Quninta Tapada do Gramacho is a real hidden gem. Set in a beautiful picturesque location, this modern accommodation is very clean and a real home from home. The Dutch couple that run it are really friendly and helpful - Karin bakes her own bread for breakfast as well as providing delicious homemade preserves and jams. Karin gave us great recommendations for local restaurants (where we had the best minted lamb loin I have ever tasted!!) and really went out of her way to make our stay enjoyable and relaxing. Definitely worth a visit.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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N.I./France
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2009

Good points; A friendly hostess who makes the most delicious bread and preserves, designer rooms that are quirky, comfy, well equiped and clean, quiet surroundings yet just minutes to Silves and easilly linked to the motorway/coast.
Bad points; we probably won't be able to return for at least another year.
As a couple I think it might not be a good idea in high summer as the guesthouse seems very popular with families but for shoulder season an ideal, quite romantic destination.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Sitio do Tapada do Gramacho | near Silves, Estombar 8400-080, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Estombar
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Estombar
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tapadado Gramacho is an under architecture restored Portuguese farm on 7 hectares of land bordering the river Arade near the historical village of Silves. It's uniquely situated in a nature and bird watching area. Tapada do Gramacho offers you the feeling of an old Portuguese farm with modern comfort and luxury. All set up in a peaceful place full of rest, space and nature, nevertheless near everything to what the Algarve has to offer, like beaches, golf courses, restaurants, cities etc, all within 10 minutes drive. It is also perfect for groups up to 24 people. Ideal for golf or business groups, families, courses, events, etc. The whole guesthouse will be exclusively for you. ... more   less 
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Quinta Tapada Do Gramacho Algarve/Estombar, Portugal

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