Hotel Tavira House Hotel 0 star
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Dr Rua Miguel Bombarda,8800-419, Tavira Tavira, Portugal -
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Tavira House is a discreet contemporary boutique guesthouse nestled in one of Tavira's residential streets. Extremely well-renovated, the 19th century house is a home away from home for a high-end clientele that likes things simple, neat and fuss-free. Comfortable with kitsch 'Austin Powers-esque' touches, the house is a great base to explore the rest of the area from. An ideal pied à terre for a wide-ranging clientele, from couples to families.

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      Tavira House   -   © Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE

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    Location 3.0 /10

    The hotel is located in the new centre of the small fishing village of Tavira. The village has a rich history as an important fishing port; the village was also an important Moorish city in the 1700s and ruins of forts and settlements are still visible all over the village. The hotel is about an hour's drive east on the N-125 from Faro, the capital of the Algarve. The nearest beach is about 20 minutes away on foot.

    Accommodation 6.70 /10

    There are nine rooms including a duplex and each has a flower's name. Most of the rooms are on the basement floor of the house, meaning that they don't tend to get much light, so ask for a room on the ground and first floors.

    Every room is different with regards to decoration; all have crisp white walls and meticulously polished hardwood floors, but the bed linen, headboards, lamps and furniture differs from room to room. The colours are bright and cheerful turquoises, lime greens, oranges, pinks and reds.

    The duplex is the most spacious of the rooms, features an original Arne Jacobsen Egg chair, and has its own access to the roof-top terrace. This room would be the best option for families. Another room with a distinguishing feature is the first basement room, which has a freestanding bath tub well worth trying out.

    All rooms have flat-screen televisions, iPod docking stations and DVD players. Guests can also have their TV programmed for their top channels. The Wi-Fi is free and can be connected to throughout the house, even on the terraces.

    Overview 7.70 /10

    Opened in July 2011, Tavira House is a little-known spot in the village that even taxi drivers do not know about, but worth staying at for travellers who like their home comforts with a contemporary edge. The first thing that will hit you as you walk in is the fresh smell of Castelbel diffuser sticks, which can be found in every room. The house is run by Freddy and Serge throughout most of the year, and they really give soul to the place. Serge is a middle-aged Frenchman who is practically local, and Freddy is a young Australian-born Portuguese local. Both speak impeccable English.

    Renovating the house was an adventurous project to undertake for the owners as it was a question of rebuilding most of it to present-day norms without compromising too much on the original features - it took over eight years to get the house back into shape. The house belonged to a wealthy colonel in 1860, who bought it for his beloved mistress, Alice - the house's original name is 'Casa de Aliça'. In fact, the house is said to be haunted by Alice's ghost, and although Freddy and Serge tend to joke about this, guests shouldn't be surprised to see lights turn themselves on or off. The ghost is otherwise harmless and guests have never reported spooky sightings other than that.

    Up the original late 1800s staircase, to the right, is the large extremely kitsch Victorian-style living room complete with a large fireplace, ceiling paintings and although pleasant, is a little crowded with velvet upholstered furniture and drapery.

    Back into the hallway and through to the bar area, which doubles up as reception, is the breakfast room, adjoined. The bar area also leads out onto one of the terraces, which is popular with guests who want to have a cold beer after a long day's sight-seeing while recounting their tales to Freddy and Serge.

    The major advantage of Tavira House is that is has lots of nooks for guests to relax. Upstairs from the first terrace is the roof-top 'lounge' area, with lots of smart rattan daybeds and parasols; a great place to come to work on getting a perfect tan when not out exploring the area. Downstairs from the first terrace is an outdoor Moroccan-themed sitting area and a plunge pool.

    Food and drink 6.70 /10

    Only breakfast is served at the house, although Freddy and Serge are quite flexible and light lunches and dinners can be pre-arranged (with 24 hours' notice). Breakfast comprises of a selection of fresh fruit cold cuts and cheeses, with Serge sometimes rustling up eggs at guests' request. In Friday evenings small barbecues will be held out on the terrace as well as wine tastings carried out by Serge. Breakfast can be served up in the rooms if pre-arranged.

    Otherwise, the guys are more than happy to advise guests as to where they should venture out for lunch and dinner, sending them off to explore the region.

    Beach 6.70 /10

    The beaches in Tavira are beautiful, especially out of season, as most beaches will be deserted - great if your ideal holiday is spent on a beach all to yourself! But not so great if you actually want to have a swim without the necessary squirming ceremony to get into the cold water, the Portuguese will tell you. The best time for a seaside swim is in September, when the water has been heated up throughout summer and tourists have gone home. Our preferred beach is behind the Vila Galé Albacora Hotel, which sits right on the banks of the Formosa River encased in fine white powdery beaches. There is also a beach accessible via a two minute boast-taxi ride from the hotel. The area is part of a protected natural park so tourists must take all their rubbish with them after a day here in order to help keep the area clean.

    To know

    Like at many guesthouses in the area, there is no 24-hour reception, however, Serge lives just across the road and guests are given his telephone number in case of an emergency.

    Equipment

    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Swimming pool

    advantage

    • The clean and neat edge of the place.
    • Freddy and Serge, the extremely friendly, efficient and helpful personnel.
    • The location, right in the midst of local life.
    • The original 19th century details of the house.

    disadvantages

    • The interior decoration might not be to everyone's taste.
    • The basement rooms don't tend to get much light.

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