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“Amazing experience” 5 of 5 stars
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Quinta da Cebola Vermelha
Po Box 2141, Boliqueime 8100-908, Portugal   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 hotels in Boliqueime
Charlottenlund, Denmark
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“Amazing experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

Just so much more then we had anticipated. What a unique place, the family have created. With only 7 rooms, you feel at home and as if you in fact are just a visitor in a private home. The house and rooms are fantastic.
Dinning in is a also a great experience when sitting on the terrace enjoying the wonderful food.
Would absolutely go again, if I come to the area.
As the place is in the rural area, you do need a car to go to restaurants etc. Alternatively expect to use taxis.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

We have just returned after spending 7 nights at this outstanding hotel. The QDCV is a beautifully refurbished Quinta, owned and managed by a Dutch family, Ard, Noor, Sebastian and Charlie. The overall atmosphere is welcoming, relaxed, and informal. We dined at the hotel on two nights and enjoyed the experience on both occasions. We took breakfast on the terrace each morning looking out over the attractive gardens. All the food served at the hotel was fresh, locally sourced and well presented. Our room, (number 1) was spacious, comfortable and spotless. We particularly liked Noor's paintings which added to the individuality of our room. The QDCV is located just outside of Boliqueime with easy access to the excellent restaurants in the area. In particular we enjoyed Casavostra and Pequeno Mundo in Almancil. Ard also recommend a very good Portuguese fish restaurant in Villamoura which is well worth the visit.

This was our first visit back to the Algarve for 18 years so we took the opportunity to revisit a number of towns and beaches that held special memories for us. Although there has been a significant amount of development in some areas, it was possible to easily find the empty and unspoilt beaches, excellent local restaurants and quaint villages that we remembered.

Overall we have no hesitation in recommending the Quinta da Cebola Vermelha. We will certainly make the QDCV our preferred hotel when we next visit the Algarve.

Room Tip: We avoided any restaurant where the menu was a set of photographs. If in doubt go into the kitchen...
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  • Stayed June 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2012

Second time round and wishing to go back again! Simple rooms but unique at same time.
The whole setting, with pool, gardens, living room and bar makes me want to re do my own house! The decor is Fab with a real touch of class without the tacky bling bling! Well worth a visit whether its one night or one week... go!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2012

We stayed in this guesthouse for a week, excellent place. Run by a Dutch couple + their 2 sons, they have built a true paradise; only 7 rooms, very quiet area, only 15 minutes from Faro Airport and exceptionally well located for as well daytrips within the Algarve or fi to the Atlantic Ocean.
The service is outstanding, the rooms are spacious, food is good ( breakfast only, however the owner cooks 3 times a week what he feels like that day and you can join if you want; he then gets it from the local market and cooks awesome meals; used to be a chef in the Netherlands....) and a great salt water swimming pool.
The good thing is also that they can give you excellent advice for trips to make and/or restaurants to go to; we had excellent food and wines for cheap prices !
Definitely worthwhile to go !!

  • Stayed May 2012, 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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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2012

We found this place by accident doing an "agri-tourismo" search on the internet... They don't really have this concept in Portugal we discovered... Our review of the quinta is based on dinner only although it is a beautiful boutique hotel too

The situation is stunning, the [Dutch] family, are very friendly and welcoming even offering to pick us up from the local church if we could not find it... (Navigon GPS was unable to pinpoint the location). Walking around the grounds, we notice a modest pool and some fitness instruments of torture (especialy in that heat), and there are some horse belonging to the owners (not sure it they let guests ride them though)

Dinner is only server 3 nights a week, and you need to book on the day before noon (this is so the team know what to buy from the local market for that evening)... The mean is set, however we were asked if there was anything we didn't like to eat to ensure there was an alternative.

The food itself uses local ingredients, however the cooking style is not Potugese (hence the food was not swimming in oil as it does in these parts)... Flavours were very nice and the staff more than accommodating

Although I would highly recommend this place (I'd go again if in the vacinity), it is quite expensive for the region, but then you have to expect to pay for quality... So value for money was still acceptable although more than you would expect to pay locally.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

Fabulous place, we thoroughly enjoyed every minute of our weekly stay at QDCV.
Ard and family are truly delightful and friendly hosts, very welcoming and with a unique attention to detail, ensure that you are looked after at all times without being intrusive.The breakfast served outdoors was a delightful and memorable experience and the quality of food at dinner was exceptional. The whole place is tastefully decorated and spotless. The hosts have a great sense of humour and all the advice given on restaurants and places to visit was sound.
We shall be returning hopefully with friends to perhaps spend some more time around the great pool and enjoy the hospitality. Great find!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Kent
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2012

We came to this quinta after staying at the 5 star Vila Vita Parc so it was interesting to see the differences between the two. This is also a hidden oasis in the Algarve - you will definitely need a car to get here and to get around. The welcome here was also very friendly and we enjoyed talking to the owner about his renovation work. The family have built a very special place and there is a lovely atmosphere. The rooms are very large and the showers are fantastic. Breakfast was lovely and we were able to get hot drinks in the evening. We wished we had booked for an evening when Ard does the cooking as his selection of cookery books (including Ottolenghi) suggests that the food would have been great. Wi-fi is available but not TVs. We loved the style of the building and can see that in warmer weather it would be a great place to relax. The price represents very good value for a location in the Algarve and we recommend this place.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Address: Po Box 2141, Boliqueime 8100-908, Portugal
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Location: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Boliqueime
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 2 hotels in Boliqueime
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Official Description (provided by the hotel):
QUINTA DA CEBOLA VERMELHATake a deep breath and enjoy the sweet scent of the surrounding orange orchard. This is Portugal, the Algarve at its best. Ard, Noor and Bas welcome you at “Quinta da Cebola Vermelha” (farmhouse “The Red Onion”). This is a place to recharge your batteries and feel at home. Enjoy the culinary, have a light lunch by the swimming pool or be pampered by specialities and delicious home cooking by the fireplace. This is also the ideal base from which to discover the southern portugal. We welcome you. ... more   less 
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