Country becomes cool in a hip new guest house not far from Tavira in the eastern Algarve. Fazenda Nova (“New Farm” in English) is an apt name for this rural retreat offering every amenity of an urban boutique hotel. Located on 10 hectares of rolling hills, seemingly far away from civilization, Fazenda Nova is as oasis for anyone seeking fresh air, fresh food and fresh outlook on life.
It has taken several years for London-natives Hallie and Tim to transform this former family country home into a guest house. Their creative vision and passion to build a relaxing innovative space is evident throughout. As well, they have succeeded in retaining the essence of a traditional farm while creating a modern, inviting accommodation for sophisticated travelers.
There are ten suites at this country house: seven garden suites, two apartments and one penthouse. Each suite is unique, due to its décor, garden or terrace access and view of the country. Apartments have kitchenettes open to the living area, and can interconnect to an adjoining suite to increase space for groups or families. The first floor penthouse has a spectacular private terrace with views around the countryside. A super-king size bed enhances the comfort of this special room. All accommodations are fitted with necessary modern conveniences of air conditioning, satellite television, telephone, hairdryer.
Finer touches that make these rooms luxurious include Hypnos mattresses, Egyptian cotton bedding, Villeroy & Boch bathroom fittings, Hansgrohe rain drenching showers, and thick towels and robes.
If you are into design detail, you are really going to enjoy investigating every wall and shelf of Fazenda Nova. The owners have incorporated so many interesting items from around the world. The contempo chrome cantilever bedside reading lamps are from Italy. Refurbished armoires from China glisten with a fresh coast of lacquer. Some beds and room furniture are from Bali. Other bed headboards are repurposed window shutters from the fazenda itself. Knick knacks and wall décor are treasures collected from local and international flea markets.
After your detail tour, step outside for a grander view of things. Exterior spaces have been carefully thought out to provide unique experiences. A fire pit in front provides a warm setting for pre-dinner cocktails. The original bread oven, in a building of its own, creates a traditional back drop for patio dining. A roof terrace with views from mountain to sea is perfect for sipping tea or reading a book from the fazenda library. Hammock “pods” hanging from trees are a great escape for a quick nap. Refresh yourself in the infinity pool. Or, take a casual stroll around the landscaped grounds filled with olive and fruit trees, rosemary and lavender bushes, and vegetable gardens.
A Cozinha is the restaurant at Fazenda Nova. Freshness is the key ingredient in this kitchen specializing in Iberian flavors. Much of the produce is grown right in the fazenda’s gardens. Chef Ricardo takes daily trips to the fish market. Locally-produced meats, including Iberia’s pata negra ham, are delivered to the fazenda. And, fresh breads are baked in the original Portuguese bread oven by former fazenda resident Juliana.
Breakfast is also served here. An array of European favorites such as fresh fruit, freshly-baked breads, juices, pastries, cereals, cold meats and cheese are available each morning. And for lunch, light meals in the form of baguettes, wraps, salads along with meat and fish plates typical of the area. Or, ask ahead, and the kitchen will prepare a picnic lunch for you to take on a hike.
For more information and to make reservations, visit the Fazenda Nova website.
Fazenda Nova Countryhouse
GPS: N 37º 05’14 / W 7º45’19
Phone: +351 281 961 913