Design escape in the Algarve's country side
Between hilly landscapes, charming white villages and kilometers of unspoilt beaches, on the east side of the sun drenched Algarve in Portugal, you will find a small boutique hotel that makes a lasting impression.
Pensao Argicola, a beautifully redesigned country farmhouse from 1920, lies just a few kilometers away from arguably the most charming white village of all charming white villages; Tavira; where white washed walls mixed with colourful tiles give the little seaside town it’s distinct character.
Amongst Fig and Orange trees, owner and architect Rui, has created a design experience that exceeds all expectations. The romantic Portuguese landscape combines perfectly with the history of the country house and the stunning white exteriors of the cabanas.
At the Pensao every detail is thought out to perfection. The six uniquely designed rooms are filled with vintage treasures, that added together make for an eclectic mix, an interior that would not look out of place on the cover of some of the best interior design magazines.
Breakfast is served on the shared patio and consists of fresh local produce, home made jams and grandma's secret recipe chocolate cake.
Besides exploring the beautiful surroundings, there is enough to do here to keep you busy for a while. The small but stylish pool serves well on those hot summer days and in the back of the garden you can say 'hello' to the amicable resident donkeys.
Rui knows the area like the back of his hand and loves to share some of his insider tips with you; from coastal lagoons to the best fish restaurants around.
This Pensao has the feel of a five star hotel concealed as a bed and breakfast. If it’s a true immersive Portuguese experience that you are looking for, this is where it’s at. Trust us, you won’t regret it.