About this listing
A peaceful rural setting where you can take walks, listen to birdsong, read books and generally lounge around in hammocks under the carob trees to your heart's content. A place just to be....
This is the bedroom in the pixie hut. It has a very cute attic room upstairs with another double bed.
This unique, eco-dwelling is situated in the hills just 15 minutes from the sea front of Portugal's Algarve coast. Made using ancient building techniques using lime, reeds and thatch it blends in perfectly with its natural surroundings of fruit trees, hills and birdlife - the perfect spot for a break from the hustle and bustle of city life. You are very close to nature here with owls, geckos, Golden Oriols, wood peckers and more.
You definitely need a car to get around the Algarve.
We have two cabins which are 2m apart, the other is at https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/343732. and they both share kitchen & bathroom facilities so please be aware you might not be entirely alone if the other cabin gets booked at the same time! The cabins can be rented together or by separate couples.
Anyone under the age of 5 is free but having said that I should warn you that our environment is rather wild and we now have a small unfenced swimming pool, so having small children here requires constant vigilance. On top of that the pixie house has a small spiral staircase, which is irresistible for small (email hidden)t the best recipe for a restful holiday. But then again, if you have under 5's with you I don't imagine anywhere is all that restful ;)
Remote & Wild
We are situated in the hills just 15 minutes drive from the sea front of Portugal's Algarve coast, (and 30 minutes from the open ocean on the west coast). The cabins blend in perfectly with its natural surroundings of fruit trees, hills and birdlife - the perfect spot for a retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. You'll definitely need a car to get around the Algarve!
The style of accommodation is SMALL, clean and simple, with wooden furniture, antiques, artwork, books and a few curiosities from my travels to create a cosy, interesting ambient.
This particular cabin sleeps 2 people but we can add a camp bed or mattress if necessary. The style of accommodation is clean and simple, with wooden furniture, antiques, artwork, books and a few curiosities from my travels to create a cosy, interesting ambient. We have a little thatched Pixie Hut which is right next door and sleeps 4 people in two separate rooms linked by a spiral staircase.
You DEFINITELY need to rent a car since we're off the beaten track here and although there is a bus stop a 20 minute walk away you can't exactly depend up on it......shall we say. And sometimes it even arrives too early which is obviously worse than if it were regularly late!
Please print the driving instructions to get here rather than the map as they are far more reliable since the roads are not exactly signposted in these rural areas!
We provide bathroom towels for you and dishtowels for the kitchen. But you will need to bring your own beach towels.
What else......I think that's everything. But if there's something I've forgotten or something you need please just ask and I imagine most requests can be fulfilled.
Internet & Wi-Fi
The signal doesn't quite reach down to the cabin so if you'd like to check your mail come up to our porch and go online there. At night you're welcome to come inside.
The shower block is a short walk through the garden. This is gas powered so its always hot. We have a small gym as well for the worthiest of our visitors! There is a washing machine just outside which you can use if needed. Please bring your own beach towels as our towels are only for the shower.
We have a second (solar) shower and toilet attached to the back of the new kitchen and they are only a couple of meters away from your cabin. Be warned though that on a cloudy day of course the shower won't be warm.
There is a large, wooden kitchen equipped very BASICALLY with a fridge, a cooker/oven and wash basin as well as storage for food and utensils & plates. There is also an out door bbq area for the intrepid visitor. You will need to buy your own food, drink, and all the things you usually require for living.
Both showers and the kitchen facilities are shared with the other cabin.
Art & Culture:
Fonte da Estrela is owned by a sculptor so there are studio facilities available on request. For painters, the landscape is perfect for water colour in autumn and spring, and in the summer a stronger palette of oils will surely keep you occupied. We can send you off in the direction of a number of bijoux art galleries showing the work of new and emerging artists as well as some by the more established. We also have an art trail which will take you to the studios of individual artists living and working here in the Algarve.
If painting or drawing is something you'd like to do then I can arrange to have a professional artist to come and teach for a morning or a day. POA.
There are a number of yoga teachers and studios around. Just ask and I'll show you the schedules. A class costs 10 euros less if more than ten sessions are purchased in one go.
There is good surfing to be had during the summer and winter as well as kite surfing and body boarding. Equipment can be hired at the sea front. There are boats to be hired and fishing trips to go on as well as diving. Also you can take a ferry from Olhão or Faro to local islands and empty beaches that go on for miles even in the height of summer.
Just 10mins away there is a beautiful river with pools and small rapids and idyllic picnic spots. A 15 minute drive takes you to the nearest beaches, and the excellent, public swimming pools in Loulé. Aside from that we overlook a natural reserve so there are plenty of good walking, cycling, painting and bird-spotting opportunities. Horse riding can also be arranged.
Food & Sight Seeing:
There are a good many, affordable local restaurants as well as some very up market dining experiences to be had in the area. (See: (website hidden)_Algarve.html). If you want self catering then the local grocer is just down the road or the nearest large supermarket in Loulè which is 15 minutes away. And on Saturdays there is a terrific gypsy market as well as food and veg market in the town. With its rich past the Algarve has many historic towns, castles, ruins, Roman burial grounds and natural sights to visit along the coast.
Music: During the summer the Algarve is rife with music festivals and local towns compete with each other to hold their own festivals. There's a great jazz festival in July and concerts throughout summer with international artists as well as local bands and musicians playing. Ask for more details when you know the dates of your holiday.
Faro airport is 20 mins away, and the nearest train station is 15 mins away in Loulé. Local buses are cheap and take you to Spain or the beautiful, cultural city of Lisbon for day trips.
The pool, the garden, the car park and the wifi.
Interaction with Guests
I live a stones throw away from the cabins but aside from being available for questions or help of any kind I try to respect the privacy of my guests, leaving them to do their own thing.
The surrounding countryside is tranquil and full of birds with a small river about a 20 minute walk away.
Public transport is not very efficient where we are for the needs of a tourist who wants to go to the beach and so on. its more for locals travelling between the hill towns. Thats why a car is really necessary here.
Other Things to Note
Please be sure to rent a car whilst you are here!!
There is a fee for late check in of 20€. Normal check-in is from 3pm til 7pm. Check out is before noon.
Please remove the rubbish and recycling when you leave.
Please be very careful with cigarettes, candles and leaving glasses outside. Fire is a real danger.
Please remove your shoes on entering the lodge.
Please switch off all lights and heating when possible to save energy.
Please use water with the awareness that it is a scarce commodity in the Algarve. When washing up its good to throw the grey water on nearby plants as much as is possible to avoid wastage.
We like to recycle our rubbish so please use the bins provided which are marked up to make it easy for you. Please take you rubbish with you when you leave.
We had a wonderful couple of weeks at the Pixie Hut. The set up was perfect for us as a family and the pool definitely a welcome addition. It couldn't have been more perfect and is a great place to unwind, relax and generally recharge ones batteries.
A special thank you to Marc for answering our son's endless questions and letting him help with jobs! and to Rex for entertaining both children with his demands for tummy tickling!
What a lovely place. Tucked away in nature far from the madness of algarve tourism and a short 20 min drive to the beach. This was the perfect place to bring my 3 children (8,7,4) to escape our busy London City life. The pixie hut is like something from a child's storybook and the newly completed swimming pool is fantastic for a quick cool off. This place is great for anyone who enjoys peace, quiet and being close to nature. Thank you Toin for hosting us.
This place is awesome and Toin is a great host! We enjoyed our stay there with the BBQ place, the nice pool and the simple but absolutely great hut. We would definitely recommend this place!!!
This place is fantastic. While my friends and I only had a couple days to enjoy it, we were relaxed and recharged. The stars are unbelievable out there as well. Toin is incredibly sweet! I have travelled consistently for the last 12 years, and this just knocked out everything in my top three. I will be back for sure!!!
This was a cosy place, not far from the Algarve coast. You will need a car to arrive here and explore the region. The pixi hut and the wood cabin are basic and can become quite hot during the day, but with the fan provided the nights are cool, plus it cools off at night. Toine is very welcoming but will not be "all around you". Do not expect the but, the kitchen, and the shower to be cleaned every day. Which is fine by us. All together, this place is very nice and peaceful, as promised!
Logement atypique, dans un environnement lui-même atypique et isolé, au calme.
Toin est une hôte charmante, qui nous a accueilli de façon tres sympathique et qui reste discrète dans le quotidien des vacanciers!
Nous nous sommes sentis chez nous!
Merci à elle et bonne continuation!
We thoroughly enjoyed our time staying in the Pixie Hut. The accommodation blends a functional simplicity with a deft aesthetic touch. There is a pool and plenty of space to relax in privacy or with other guests. A personal highlight for me was the half-cut barrel BBQ which we utilised daily. There was also firewood enabling us to sit back with a few beers at night and when the temperature dropped and the stars came out.
Toin is a wonderfully interesting and hospitable host who invited us into the home to enjoy the company of her friends and family. We spent a couple of nights around their table engaging in stimulating conversation and humour. This was of course optional and by no means thrust upon us. Our stay coincided with a local festival in the nearby town of Loule. We would not have known about this had Toin not invited us, and offered us a lift to and from with her family. This was a night that will live long in the memory and I just want to say thank you for being so warm and generous to us.
I am struggling to find a negative aspect of the stay. For the sake of adding a critical note for other potential guests, it was extremely hot at the time of year we went and I did come away with a few insect bites, but this was to be expected given that I did not bring any repellent. My advice is, if you can't hack living without air conditioning and have a fear of insects then book a hotel, there is plenty around towards the coast. We would definitely stay again but for longer next time.
Well Tom thanks for a lovely review. You and Ed were fabulous guests. We loved hanging out with you. Next time you come I will arrange for the temperature to be turned down a notch and I shall banish all insects from my kingdom!! Much love and hope to see you again one day! :)
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