Casa Terra

Tavira, Algarve
Bed & Breakfast

An Algarvian house with freshwater pools, therapeutic gardens, serene bedrooms, yoga, massage, tai chi, and exquisite greenery and light


14 beds


7 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Babies welcome

The Experience

Glide through the reeds of the natural pool, or swim in the round one with a view. The inspired creation of artist, gardener and therapist Fred, this ‘house of the earth’, a neighbour to Quinta Sol D’Agua but 8km from Tavira, is a peace-seeker’s dream.

Great for friends, tailor-made for groups, it’s an eco-building with a central block and three units connected by private terraces and gardens. Off a road that winds gently up to the mountains, it sleeps 14 with ease and has its own yoga hall. Taste the fruits of the permaculture garden; wake up in bedrooms with a view of the sea – the top ones have them.

You can stock up at the fish market in Olhão, or spot flamingoes on the salt marshes of the Ria Fomosa, a series of lagoons teeming with wildlife and protected by islands of white sands. Catch a ferry to the Ilha da Culatra: bask on the dunes; find shelter at a beach bar.

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We think you'll love

  • Staying in a self-sustaining, light-filled house
  • Finding secret corners in the beautiful gardens
  • Having a choice of two freshwater pools
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You should know

  • The unprotected pools make it unsuitable for young children
  • Not for tourists and explorers: just chill out and ‘be’
  • The set-up is non-traditional


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. Whole house available for up to 14 people.
1 November to end of February.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Breakfast included. Lunch & dinner by arrangement. Restaurants 1.5km.


Nightly price
from €110
Damage deposit
€1500 when the whole house is booked.
Cot available.
6 Twin/doubles
From €110
1 Twin
From €140



We spent a wonderful, sun-filled six days at Casa Terra and are still feeling the positive effects of this beautiful place and experience. The spacious casita (we had Madeira) has clean lines, traditional and personal touches, a creative use of natural materials, its own sunny patio area with loungers and sea glimpses. There is bird song, the sound of running water, as well as local country life going on around. Loved its two pools, location close to Faro Airport, Tavira & Santa Luzia for dining and local interest/beaches), attentive staff & THE best breakfasts! We'll be back for sure!

Julie, London

An extraordinary place for a large group who want to enjoy peace & quiet in natural surroundings. The place has such a "good" feel to it that it invites you to stay and simply "be" there. The exquisite taste of the interiors, the lightness of the building, the views, the inviting pools of fresh water and the lushness and beauty of the garden makes it a unique place to stay at. Highly recommended

Carlos, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

In ten minutes you can be ordering fresh seafood in Moorish Tavira, 7km. Seaside Cabanas, 12km, is another fine old town. From the rolling hills to the salt marshes of the Ria Formosa, this is an attractive, not-quite-discovered area. There are shops and restaurants in little Santa Luzia, 8km, and regular ferries to white sand beaches (often deserted). For market shopping and nightlife head for the old fishing towns of Olhão (26km) and Fuseta (14km). The Spanish border is 30 minutes away; try the beaches near the river port of Ayamonte.

Local points of interest from Fred Maurice Levy

  • Permaculture Precepts have been applied in the creation and development of the three properties ; Altanure, Casa Terra and Quinta Sol d'Agua have all been developed under the precepts of Permaculture with
  • Natural Reserve Ria Formosa is an internationally known ornithological reserve
  • A Network of professional in Yoga, Taishi, Qigong, massage and professionals in Healthcare are regularly operating on site and give clients the opportunities to interact with locals
  • The clients can take part into the constant care and development of the food forest, garden and vegetable garden.
  • Surfing, paddling and kite surfing are courses and tours are organized from the property.
  • A specific program in horse therapy is developed on site


Fred Maurice Levy

Raised in Belgium, Fred fell in love with the area many years ago. Principally a landscape designer, he is also a therapist and runs an internationally renowned programme for anorexic sufferers financed by the Dutch government. Part of the treatment is working on his permaculture garden. Not only is Fred talented and charismatic, he is totally unassuming. He lives in Tavira and welcomes you to this house.