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The River House - Self-catering in Algarve

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The River House, 8375-059 São Bartolomeu de Messines, Algarve
Southern Portugal, Portugal

Cheryl Smith

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+44 (0)1932 488710(landline)

+44 (0)7976 660526(mobile)

A natural garden and a child-friendly infinity pool for this dream designer house by river and hills. Stock up at the market in Messines...

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An architect-designed, no-expense-spared renovation of a lovely old terracotta-roofed house. Warm sloping timbers blend with pale walls and floors and all is contemporary, clean and spacious. Dazzling white rules - with splashes of colour in striped curtains and cushions, sofas are elegantly upholstered in neutral linen and the huge double-height kitchen has a big cherry table for 10. There's a piano to play and bold pieces of African art adorn the walls. All the bedrooms have very large bathrooms with tiled floors, safe terraces link to an infinity pool overlooking the water and surrounded by eucalyptus trees. This is great for families, with lots of toys, and you can request pretty much anything: yoga retreats, paddle boarding, cycling (you can hire bikes locally), home-cooked meals if you don't want to cook. The natural garden, dotted with wildflowers, blends into the landscape - set off from here for a walk along the via Algarviana, the famous self-guided route passes the driveway. Stock up at the daily market in Messines, return to wicker loungers and a splash in the lovely pool.

Children welcome
Suitable for guests with children aged 3 and over.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Air conditioning
Some, if not all, bedrooms are air-conditioned.
Wireless internet access available.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Swimming pool
On the premises.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.
Babies welcome
Suitable for guests with a baby or toddler under 3.
Grounds for guests to explore.

Electricity included

Open fire / woodburner

Microwave oven

Central heating

Mobile reception




Cooked meals available

Washing machine

Restaurant within 3 miles

Shop within 3 miles

Pub within 3 miles

Relaxation areas

Breakfast available

Breakfast included



Spa on site

Bar on site

Free parking on site

Free parking nearby

Paid parking nearby

Local points of interest from Cheryl Smith:

Local points of interest from
Cheryl Smith:

  • Arrange to have a private chef to cook your daily meals, which can be pre-ordered off existing menus or chosen depending on your daily desires. Home cooked family favourite meals for 4 from £40.
  • All Year: A secret oasis for your wedding location with 360° views. Spectacular sunsets provide an unforgettable backdrop for those important photos. This is truly the ultimate secluded and peaceful spot for a wedding of up to 120 guests.
  • Riverside Retreat May 2018: Relax, Reconnect and Explore your Inner Spirit. New tastes, new adventures and holistic experiences. Experience various yoga styles with various yoga teachers, gong showers, chakra balancing, meditation and walking.
  • Retreat August: Stephanie Jeffs, author, coach and raw food expert runs a detox wellness summer retreat with daily yoga, walking, raw food workshops, gentle exercises and massages at the River House.
  • 3-hour Indian Cookery lesson - Learn how to use a combination of traditional & contemporary Indian cooking techniques in the relaxed surroundings of our farmhouse kitchen.
  • August Silves Medieval Festival with battle re-enactments, fire-shows & dancers around the medieval Moorish castle. A chance to purchase handicrafts, Arab-inspired goods & produce. Visit the medieval dining areas near the bbq & spit roasts.
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Guest feedback
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"We had a superb week at The River House. Avril was great and the house had everything we could have wanted."


August 2015
"A fabulous villa in an idyllic location. Perfect for a family visit which included 4 children aged 4 and under. The villa is equipped to an extremely high standard and the local manager made sure the villa was prepared and ready to meet all the requirements we had made. The views are spectacular from this secluded spot which allowed us to really unwind and spend some quality time together."
August 2014

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  • 1 House for 10
Price:(i) £2000 to£2800 per week

Special Offer: Early bird 10% discount for 2018 bookings - Enjoy sipping cocktails with sunset views on the Algarve river. An idyllic and private location; perfect for a romantic getaway, family holiday, special occasion or wedding.

Booking info:

Minimum stay: 7 nights.




The River House, 8375-059 São Bartolomeu de Messines, Algarve

Self-catering The River House (self-catering)
House ~ 2 doubles (en suite), 3 twins; 1 shower room.
Price: (i) £ 2000 to £ 2800 per week

Cheryl Smith

Visit website

+44 (0)1932 488710(landline)

+44 (0)7976 660526(mobile)