Bliss in the Algarve. Former Londoners Hallie and Tim turned a dream into reality. A six-year project, Fazenda Nova, is an example of modern-day laid-back luxury and their love for Portugal. This is a unique property as one guest discribes it “full of critical non essentials”.
Fazenda Nova is very much ‘today’. It is a laid-back place, yet luxurious. If it is grand luxury you’re after, well there is plenty of five star hotels in Vilamoura. If you come here for sun, the quietness of the countryside, simple yet delicious food and some stylish interiors you have come to the right place. The renovated 19th-century family farmhouse features a rustic-chic décor with dove-grey interiors with such design items like Balinese teak furniture, Eames chairs, and exotic objects (a South African feathered headdress, painted Moroccan doors) that the owners collected on their world travels.
Fazenda Nova is located in the countryside near the lovely town of Tavira. This is “the other Algarve”, its eastern part, home to olive and orange groves as far as the eye can see, rolling hills and authentic fishing villages set on the Ria Formosa, a nature park of marshes lined by dunes and endless white beaches on the Atlantic.
There are just 10 suites, all located on the ground floor and featuring a terrace and private garden, except for one ‘penthouse’ suite on the first floor offering a huge terrace with fantastic views. The suites have ultra comfortable beds with Hypnos matresses and luxurious linnens. You will be asked in the morning if you had a good sleep as it is to the utmost importance to the owners you did, as they say it will make or break your holiday. Room facilities include a flatscreen TV, an iPod dock, a desk, air conditioning/floor heating, a terrace and a private garden (except for that penthouse suite). Bathrooms in polished concrete have a walk-in power rain shower, a hairdryer, bathrobes and complimentary REN toiletries.
Two apartments have their own kitchenette, so you can self-cater. Which would be a pity as one of the reasons to come here is for the food. The Portuguese chef goes to the market daily and makes the menu according to what is on offer. Plus, she uses ingredients directly from the Fazenda’s land, like olives (Tim is passionate about his olives -and you can taste it-), olive oil, carob, salad leaves and figs. There is also a small shop which sells the Fazenda’s products and other high-quality Portuguese items.
Fazenda Nova also has a bar, which after hours turns into a honesty bar. The relaxing gardens wind around gently blowing grasses, aromatic herbs and exotic wild flowers with a saltwater pool overlooking the olive orchards.
You will definitely need a car here to go to the town of Tavira, the restaurants of the fishing villages or the beach. Hallie and Tim are passionate about Portugal and everything Portuguese and will have some insider tips.
The whole place is eco-friendly: solar-heated water; own borehole; tables and headboards were made from the building’s original shutters and outdoor furniture was made from a 100-year-old pine on the property. Organic waste is composted or shredded for use on the hotel’s orchards and vegetable gardens, and water is treated on-side to be reused.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 15 suites (45-90m2) (484-969 sq ft) • hotel opened: September 2012 • architecture, interior design, & owners: Hallie & Tim Robinson • children are allowed 3 weeks a year only ✅ free parking on-site • no pets allowed • Tavira centre: 10-minute drive • Faro Airport: 25-minute drive