Name of establishment
Quinta da Cebola Vermelha, Boliqueime
A rural guesthouse hidden away in the countryside around Boliqueime. The Quinta was transformed from a ruin on parched land into an intimate, stylish guesthouse with many period features and traditional touches.
In case you’re wondering, Cebola Vermelha means ‘red onion.’
It is impossible not to relax from the moment you walk in. The setting is peaceful, and the luscious gardens are a perfect complement to the old farmhouse.
The Quinta is family run which has created an easy-going ambience that you cannot find in larger hotels, but fits perfectly with the setting.
Extra beds are available for kids, but the Quinta is generally used by couples looking for a romantic break, and the atmosphere reflects this.
If you are used to blending in with the crowds at a large hotel, then the Quinta can feel very small, but it won't take long before you feel completely at ease thanks to the attentive staff who know when to step back and when to come over and make conversation.
The communal sitting/dining room is deceptively large and even when full, you have plenty of space to feel private.
In the winter, the large open fireplace is an irresistible spot to sit with a good book and a glass of wine, while in the summer it is easy to spend all day by the pool and simply do nothing.
The Quinta has nine large rooms, each with their own unique style but all warm, welcoming and ideal for couples looking to get away from the rest of the world.
Each room is its own haven of good design, great artwork and traditional features including high beamed ceilings and wooden shutters, whilst the traditional look sits happily with modern underfloor heating and free wi-fi access.
Included in the room price is a freshly prepared breakfast including fruits, yoghurt, local warm breads, freshly squeezed orange juice and hot food options. When you sit down either inside or on the terrace, a member of staff will simply ask you what you would like.
On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays a three-course fixed menu is available and is well worth staying in for - it’s as good as any you would find in local restaurants.
Guests are encouraged to explore the beautiful gardens, complete with orange, olive and almond trees and maintained to a very high level. Also outside there is a large saltwater swimming pool, which is heated throughout the year, and a small area with multigym equipment.
The Quinta is essentially a bed and breakfast with dinner available on certain nights (see above) but on the other evenings the team are able to recommend many restaurants in the local area to suit all tastes.
If you are looking for activities to do during the day, then trips can be arranged in line with the rural tourism feel, including horse riding and sailing, together with visits to some of the best pottery shops, galleries and local attractions.
When to go?
The Quinta is open all year round, but thanks to its reputation it is usually booked up early for the summer months by repeat clients. The heated pool makes swimming possible even in the colder months, while for those wanting to explore the countryside, spring and autumn are ideal.
It is well worth asking the team about local secret spots and activities while on your holiday. If you want to go and pick some fresh clams for instance, then a local fisherman can be called up to arrange an unforgettable Algarvian experience.
1km from the town of Boliqueime and accessed easily from both the EN125 and A22 motorway.
Full directions are available on the website - and look out for the small red painted stones that lead the way.
A double room costs €115 in the low season, €125 mid season and €135 in the high season per night.
Single rooms cost €95 per night all year round.
Full details and special offers are available on the website.