The River House

São Bartolomeu de Messines, Algarve

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...


10 beds


5 bedrooms


Sleeps 10


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.


  • 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
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • 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

Special offer: Book your next holiday at a unique and secluded riverside setting in the peaceful Algarve countryside in the south of Portugal. Explore the clearly signed walking/cycling route, known as viaAlgarviana

Booking information

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Minimum stay: 7 nights.


Nightly price
from £300
Weekly price
from £2100
Damage deposit
1 House for 10
From £30010 beds5 bedrooms


We had a superb week at The River House. Avril was great and the house had everything we could have wanted.


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.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Cheryl Smith

  • Night off cooking? Choose a dish from our extensive home cooked menu and Gill will deliver. Ask Cheryl to forward you the meal list and wine list in advance or decide when you at The River House.
  • Stretch and Balance at The River House: Enjoy the quiet calmness of your surroundings and connection with nature. Ask Cheryl for yoga equipment (mats, belts, blocks, bolsters) or book Bruno for a stand up paddle board lesson and tour.
  • Wine tasting at The River House: Portugal has received quite a few wine awards recently. Antonia will take you through Portugal’s up-and-coming wine regions and styles when staying at The River House.
  • Painting in Paradise Art Holiday: Develop your drawing and painting skills in a wide variety of media. Enjoy art painting lessons and if you feel energetic, Cheryl will take you on a guided walk. Non-painting partners welcome. Art Holiday September 2019.
  • A Paint Day at The River House: Step-by-step instruction and guidance from a professional art tutor to create your holiday masterpiece to take home with you. We supply a blank canvas, acrylic paints, assortment of paint brushes and use of an easel.
  • Say "I do" in Portugal: 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.