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.
- Also Known As:
- Quinta Tapada Do Gramacho Algarve/Estombar, Portugal
- 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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