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Quinta do Catalao

Portugal / Luz, Algarve
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Experience the soul-soothing simple life of the Algarve, on a quirky and family-run organic farm that feels like home.

A mere hour away from Faro Airport and achingly close to the coast, Quinta do Catalão is a family-run organic farm that doubles as a refreshing, natureful sanctuary.

The farm is a true labour of love, rescued from its abandoned state by Karolina, Max and their three children. With hard work, they proceeded to transform the site into a thriving homestead, complete with an organic vegetable garden and friendly, cared-for animals.  

You'll find an eclectic, eco-friendly selection of accommodation here, along with tasty, home-prepared meals (there's even a traditional wood-fired pizza oven to help your evenings along!), a welcome bottle of wine, and generous facilities.

The romantic tipi is ideal for dreamy nights under the stars, complete with a handmade wooden double bed, an outdoor sofa, and soft-glowing solar lights (though with that clear, unpolluted sky overhead, you might find the light from a thousand stars is more than enough!) Meanwhile, you'll find a shower and toilet just a short walk away, along with shared kitchen facilities.

The rustic, 14m2 Tiny House is lovingly crafted from recycled materials, proving that good things really do come in small packages! Ideal for two, there's a front terrace that's perfect for sunset-watching, a small kitchenette, and a deliciously cosy double bed, along with a shower-equipped bathroom.

Sleeping up to three guests (two adults and a child), the two snug shepherd's huts are a great choice for families who want to get back to nature. Equipped with a double bed, a boutique kitchenette, and a large window that allows daylight to flood inside, you won't want to leave!

There's also a traditional Portuguese farmhouse for larger groups, or guests who prefer more conventional accommodation.

Relax over a breakfast of freshly-laid eggs and tasty local produce, then why not head out and get to know the area a little better?

The nearest beach is the charming and family-friendly Praia da Luz, a short drive from the farm. If you prefer a longer stretch of sand, a slightly further drive will take you to Meia Praia - a glorious, 4km-long stretch of golden sand that's ideal if you're making a day of it.

The centre of Lagos is close by too, with its thriving restaurants and bars (if you're in the mood for something different, why not hire a rowing boat, or arrange a dolphin-watching expedition?)  There's plenty of scope for family days out in the surrounding area too, from Lagos Zoo to the Slide & Splash water park!

Head back to Quinta do Catalão to greet the animals and devour some tempting home-made pizza, freshly cooked in the open air.  As you relax under the emerging stars, far away from the tourist bustle, you're sure to agree that the simple pleasures are the best!

Things to note

Yoga mats and beach towels are provided free of charge. Baby cot is available. No smoking, parties or events. Cleaning fee applies to all stays. As this is a working farm, animal interaction is to be expected and pets live on property. Minimum booking period is 1 night during April, May, June, October. 2 nights during July, August and September.

Tried and tested

"Highly recommended! The tipi is a wonderful place to stay. It is very romantic and the night sky is so beautiful! We got greeted with a bottle of wine and were provided with all the necessary information. The shower made from the watering can is a real experience which you should try at least once. It was the perfect place to stay to fully relax and take up the beauty of the countryside."

"Our stay at Karolina's rustic tiny house was absolute heaven. The rustic house is incredibly cute and homely with a lovely balcony out the back which you can sit on and watch the sunset. Karolina's farm is about 6-7km out of Lagos so you do need a car for access, but it is so quick and easy to get into Lagos or one of the smaller seaside villages, and the location makes it worth it for that view of the stars and the night sky. It was just what we were looking for: incredibly peaceful, tranquil and somewhere a bit different to the tourist apartments and hotels. Karolina's husband was also very informative with tips about good beaches and coves to visit that only the locals know about. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would love to come back at some point!"

"This was the favourite part of our trip in Portugal. The place was beautiful and perfect for glamping. There were lots of cute farm animals greeting us every day including Lucky the dog and geese. Our host Max was very welcoming and gave us very good tips for the area including secluded beaches and local food. The farm fresh breakfast was amazing! Highly recommended. It is in good proximity (maybe 10 min) from central Lagos by car but would be harder to get around otherwise although Max was very willing to drive those who did not have their own transportation. Overall we had an amazing experience and would definitely return during another trip to the area."

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The basics

Region: Luz, Algarve
Cost (from): £80 per night (Tiny House)
Sleeps: Varies
Bedrooms: Varies
Bathrooms: Varies
Minimum stay: 1 night (off peak)
Property ref: 1085

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Tiny House sleeps 2, double bed, bathroom with shower,  bedding and towels provided, small kitchenette, solar lighting, mini table & 2 chairs, larger communal kitchen nearby, fresh breakfast provided, outdoor terrace, 2 outdoor chairs, parking.  

Tipi sleeps 2, double bed, bedding and towels provided, bathroom & shower located 100m away, solar lighting, large communal kitchen nearby, outdoor sofa, fresh breakfast provided, parking.

Shepherd's Hut sleeps up to 3, double bed, sofa bed, bedding and towels provided, bathroom & shower located 100m away, small kitchenette, solar lighting, mini table & 2 chairs, larger communal kitchen nearby, fresh breakfast provided, parking.

Farm House sleeps 5, 3 double bedrooms, bedding and towels provided, family bathroom, large fully equipped kitchen, large dining table, outdoor terrace, hammock, parking.

Local activities

Beaches, surfing, hiking, cycling, wine tours, stargazing, swimming, golf, horse riding, fishing.  

At a glance

  • Eclectic, cosy accommodation for couples and families, set within a peaceful organic farm in the Algarve, one hour's drive from Faro Airport.
  • In order to make the most of your stay and access local amenities, a car is recommended.
  • Choose from a cosy tipi and a rustic Tiny House for two, or two shepherd's huts that each sleep two adults and a child. Larger group accommodation can also be provided in the traditional Portuguese farmhouse or Beach Hut.
  • Generous facilities, including a shared kitchen, shower and toilets, are located close to each accommodation (the Tiny House features its own shower room).
  • Wine is provided on arrival, with a fresh, locally-sourced breakfast served each morning. Yoga mats and beach towels can be provided on request.
  • There are a number of beaches close by, along with attractions, shops and sightseeing opportunities in nearby Lagos.

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