..... an oasis of tranquillity in the centre of the Algarve
The Quintassential is a small family run cluster of 4 self catering / bed and breakfast holiday accommodations catering for the solo traveler, couples, families and the over 50’s located in the central Algarve, 2 kms north of the market town of Loulé, surrounded by Algarvian countryside and a short drive from some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, traditional quaint villages, world famous golf courses, marinas, water parks etc.
On first arriving, you may be surprised by the scale of the Quintassential‘s setting, 1200 feet above sea level, your eyes wander over the hills down to the coast with views from Faro to Portimão, a view that is particularly entrancing at night and truly beautiful during the day.
Our hilltop location is an oasis of peace and tranquility and a place that is quite magical, a place where you will be able to relax, unwind and just enjoy your holiday. The exclusive atmosphere gives the Quintassential uniqueness and creates a warm friendly relaxing atmosphere for our guests. It is also an ideal base for those wishing to pursue outdoor activities such walking, hiking, cycling and bird watching for which activities we are happy to organise specialist tailor made holidays or tours. Set in an acre of beautiful gardens with olive, orange, lemon, pomegranate, walnut, almond, avocado, peach trees just to mention a few.
Originally The Quintassential dates back to the 19th century and was once a farmhouse that has been over the years thoughtfully converted to provide picturesque holiday accommodations. There is a large heated pool, a hot tub spa Jacuzzi, especially nice under the stars and moonlight, children’s play area, games area and beautiful gardens. The Quintassential has something for all age groups, our name “Quintassential” means perfection or class – it says it all.
The Quintassential is open all year round so that guests can enjoy the 3000 hours of sunshine the Algarve has to offer. We understand that with low cost airlines it may be better to travel on days other than Sunday or Thursday, so we are flexible with our arrival and departure days, (minimum stay 3 nights, season dependent). The apartment cottages can only let individually (no group bookings accepted) to ensure a peaceful and relaxing break.
Our individual home from home cottage accommodations are furnished equipped and decorated to a very high standard, with great attention to detail visible in all the cottages added with little personal touches, results in good value for money “special” holiday vacation accommodations, varied to suit all age group needs. All the accommodations are south facing and all have panoramic sea views, private separate entrances, own kitchens, bathrooms, private south-facing sun terraces and each accommodation their own brick built BBQ area. In all the accommodations there are a selection of puzzles, a vast selection of English reading books, UK free to view and Astra free to view TV channels, approximately 161 channels and free Wi-Fi Internet access available with hotspots within the Quintassential grounds.
Our gardens are a flower, shrub & fruit tree filled haven of peace and tranquillity where you can always find a quiet private area to read a book, relax and unwind, added with the breathtaking views of the Algarve coastline both day and night, this gives the Quintassential oodles of character, uniqueness and creates a warm friendly relaxing atmosphere for our guests.
The owners occupy the fifth accommodation at the Quintassential and are always willing to assist with any problems that may arise, happy to share their local knowledge of the area, or a personal recommendation of the local restaurants. Their promise to their guests is that they will never infringe on guest privacy.
If you are looking for a quiet, tranquil retreat away from it all, but close to all local amenities, plus activities including walking, cycling and bird watching in the central Algarve. The Quintassential is perfect and is an ideal base to explore the Algarve from, whatever your age group.
Along with the owners who live in the fifth accommodation at the Quintassential live their pets, two dogs, Alfie and Max, one part time dog, Ticky. Alfie is now approaching 11 and Max is approximately 7 years old. Ticky has adopted us on a part time basis and we believe he is approximately 3 years old. All the dogs are good natured dogs, love humans and especially children, and all are rescue dogs.
We also have one Vietnamese pot-belly pig called Pinky who is coming up to 4 years of age and two hens.
The Quintassential is located in the Central Algarve, a 20 minute drive from Faro International Airport, 2½ hours from Lisbon International Airport and overlooks the market town of Loulé, which is a five minute drive away. Our closest blue flag beaches are in Vale do Lobo, Quarteira and Vilamoura, Quinta do Lago, Vale do Lobo and Vilamoura are our closet world famous golf courses, Aquashow, the Algarve’s best water park can all be accessed within a 15 minute drive of the accommodations.
Loulé is a remarkably authentic market country town, with locals going about their business in the daily covered market and is one of the oldest towns in the region situated 18 km (11 miles) north west of Faro, in the foothills of the Algarve mountains. Loulé is a busy centre with its colourful and bustling Saturday morning market, which is famous amongst the locals and holidaymakers. The market has an excellent selection of fruit and vegetables, and fresh fish every day.
Leatherwear such as bags, belts and shoes, or embroidered linen and tableware, are also to found in abundance, so too is pottery. Loulé is a town where craftsmanship is still very active.
Loulé is the centre of the Algarvian craft industry and you will often see artisans working brass, copper or clay in and about the streets of Loulé. The Moorish castle that dominates the town with its thick boundary walls is a proud and imposing structure. Today it houses the local tourist office and a museum.
Loulé has a maze of narrow alleyways lined with tall compact houses which contrasts with an expansive boulevard shaded by rows of trees, which in spring burst into pinky-red blossom. The parish church, São Clemente, has a mixture of styles, ranging from the Gothic 13th century to the later Manueline era. Opposite the church is a garden called - "Garden of the Sulky ones". Loulé is famous throughout Portugal as it hosts the biggest and most flamboyant celebrations at Carnaval time; it also celebrates the almond blossom festival at the same time.
Loulé is now a main district town and has everything one will need for a holiday. It has an abundance of history to sight see, a variety of restaurants and cafes, banks, post office, supermarkets, shops and list goes on.
3 days of celebration before Lent, (the 40-day fast before Easter) is derived from carne vale - farewell to meat. This is the party of the year, and you can expect dancing in the streets, floats, flower battles, and fancy dress. Water and flour bombs are often aimed at friends, but seldom get their targets.
At carnaval time the people of Loulé really let rip and stage a lively event with plenty of parties. Elaborately decorated floats and people in fancy dress parade along the Avenida José da Costa Mealha in the centre of Loulé, just 2 kms south of the Quintassential. For the past three years a family member of the Quintassential has also taken part in this weekend of fun and frivolity.
Carnaval takes place three days prior to Ash Wednesday every year.
With a history that stretches back over 100 years, Loulé Carnaval is the most important event on the city's calendar and each year attracts thousands of visitors from across the Algarve. The carnaval has religious origins but the modern day event is more concerned with ensuring that everybody has a good time during the three days of parades and partying. Among the many highlights of this colourful festival is the Battle of the Flowers and the parade including brightly-costumed dancers, decorated floats and papier-mâché models.
The Local Area
Our location is an ideal base from where to explore the Algarve from. After over 12 years of living in the Algarve, we put all our knowledge and useful tips inside a comprehensive information book of the best things to see and do in the Algarve. There is also a comprehensive local restaurant guidebook in the accommodations.
For those who enjoy wildlife and bird watching, the beautiful Ria Formosa is a must visit place. The fishing town of Olhão, fresh fish is the dish of the day and not to be missed. The old capital of the Algarve, Tavira – its history speaks for itself. Sit on the riverbank with a coffee and watch the world go by.
North of the Quintassential and not too far away, less than a 15 minute drive is the village of Querença perched on a hilltop and with its stalagmite caves, with its rolling foothills and mountains beyond. The focal point of the village is the church with hidden treasures inside. Not far from Querença is Benémola spring, a fantastic picnic spot and an excellent spot for bird watching and for walking. This is a real Algarvian village; the locals make you feel really welcome too.
The village of Salir is a wonderful sleepy village with a few scattered remains of the ancient castle and nearby two 800 meters long walls from the Neolithic period. It is worth a visit to Salir for the beautiful and untouched landscape and the fresh air that blows down from the mountains. Algarve how it used to be.
Further inland is the small village of Alte, (20 minutes from the coast) a village that is known for its unspoilt rural architecture, whitewashed little houses and its enthusiasm for folk music located at the foot of four mountains. From the highest point at Alte you will be able to have 360 degree views of the Algarve, absolutely breathtaking.VIEW GALLERY