You’ll really feel like part of the town with less than a minutes stroll from the main avenue and markets. Enjoy an exclusive and relaxing getaway in our traditional, newly renovated ‘cubist’ town house. Located right in the center of the picturesque and historical fishing town of Olhão.
A stunning house renovation in the historic bairro of “sete cotovelos” in Olhão. Just 100m from the seafront and ferries to unspoilt beaches; one of the Algarve's best kept secrets. Sleeps 2 people.
The Salt House is located in the picturesque fishing village of olhão, a stone’s throw from Faro and is the perfect getaway for those who want to experience the unspoiled Algarve, but be close enough to all the other attractions.
Winding cobbled streets lead down to the waterfront markets for the freshest of ingredients and an abundance of incredible restaurants and wine bars. So why not sit down and watch the perfect sunset across the river while enjoying a glass of wine. Minutes away a boat ferry will take you on a picturesque ride to some of the best beaches in the Algarve, a lot more peaceful than others.
There is a strong Moorish influence in the town and many of the houses like ours are composed of a ground floor, a first floor and second floor and a balcony or flat rooftop.
No expense has been spared in renovating this stunning little house with local craftsmen seamlessly marrying the old with the modern facilities guests now expect. The external original design of the building has been fully restored but the inside has been fully renovated, to provide wide open rooms that invite light in. It has been fully furnished with classic pieces that give this little house a romantic feel.
The property is compromised by a first and second floor, with its own private entrance. The living quarters are located on the open plan first floor while the bedroom and bathroom are located on the second floor, giving access to the balcony and stunning views over the town.
The kitchen is located on the first floor and opens to the living room. It is equipped with a high quality full electric oven, with induction hob and extractor fan, fridge with freezer compartment and a large stone worktop that allows plenty of room for your cooking.
The kitchen is supplied with a Nespresso coffee machine, kettle and toaster but is also fully equipped with all the cooking utensils and crockery you’ll need to cook yourself a fantastic meal. You’ll have some essentials to start you off, including plenty of tea and a selection of coffee capsules.
The double doors open up over the town, making the this living room a true light room, especially at the end of the day with the low setting sun, the perfect scenery to have a romantic meal or simply relax on the sofas. Brass and crystal chandeliers complete the rooms romantic look making it perfect for a getaway for two.
The living room is equipped with a 2 person sofa, an armchair, meal table and chairs and a coffee table, it also has a flat-screen cable TV and air conditioning.
The bedroom is situated on the top floor and opens completely to the balcony, allowing it to become a special relaxation place, on a hot afternoon while the sea breeze cools you down. It is equipped with air conditioning, for ultimate comfort.
The bedroom features a romantic queen-size french bed, with high quality spring mattress and percale cotton linens, covered with plenty of pillows so you can lay back and relax.
The newly renovated bathroom features a shower with a beautiful gold plated ‘rain shower’, WC, bidet and spacious sink.
Each guest will find a set of Egyptian cotton towels and a local handmade soap so you don’t have to worry about packing any of that in your bag.
Access to the entire house
Amenities / Facilities:
Flat screen TV with 130 cable channels and HDMI input.
High speed wireless internet – unlimited usage.
Fridge, hob/stove, oven, coffee machine, toaster, kettle
Air Conditioning throughout.
Bed is made up for arrival with percale cotton linens, 2 sets of pillows, goose feather duvet and a throw. One set of 3 Egyptian bathroom towels per guest. Linens and towels are changed weekly however more changes can be arranged. A beach towel is supplied per guest along with a beach bag.
We also include a set of local handmade soaps.
The kitchen is supplied with some essentials including: tea bags, nespresso coffee capsules, local sea salt, black pepper, virgin olive oil, white wine vinegar, butter, milk and sugar.
We keep an updated local guide recommending the best sightseeing, restaurants and bars in the area - Includes local services information.
A welcome basket including a bottle of wine, piri-piri sauce, local dried fruits, home made preserve, sardine pate, olives, local tinned fish and local biscuits. The contents of the welcome basket may vary depending on availability and period of stay.
Airport pick up and drop off service – We are more than happy to pick you up and drop you off at faro Airport for a small extra charge (15€)
Extra set of towels – Set of 3 Egyptian bathroom towels per guest (5€)
Like all original houses in Olhao the stairs are steep but our indoor stairs have been remodeled and are now quite comfortable, however the access stairs to the property are 120 year old stone stairs that still maintain their steepness. There is good ambient light and wrought iron handrails to further improve the access and safety.
There is a perfect little terrace off the bedroom with a table and chairs that make this a very special place
Notes on accommodation
In order to retain the wonderful original setting this house wasn’t further built on. This means it ideally suits couples. We are local and always available for any emergency or guidance.
The Salt House is in the bustling heart of Olhao, and life in Travessa do Pacheco is local and authentic. The real Portugal complete with hustle and bustle of daily life not a standard holiday resort - and that’s exactly what we love about it. The street is pedestrianized and spared of any traffic noise. The balcony unlike many properties is not overshadowed by neighboring properties so offers a wonderful sun trap especially in winter, with amazing sunsets.
Pets not allowed. Children not allowed. Low Allergen Environment. Non smoking inside only.
Pets not allowed.
Non smoking inside the house.
No unregistered guests allowed
All guests much show Passport or ID card for Immigration and Borders Service communication.
Changeover days are flexible, especially outside of the summer season. Please see availability calendar. Otherwise checking out by 11.00am, check in by 4.00pm.
I am 34 years old and was born in Olhao, South of Portugal. I have a degree in Architecture, from the Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, and have been a practicing architect for the last 11 years .
I am also self-taught cook who has developed my expertise in cooking and food over the last 20 years. In 2010 I moved to Swansea in the UK and opened a Cookery School. After realizing that the I missed the sun, the food and amazing weather I decided to move back to Olhao where I bought and restaured these beautiful houses.
In addition to running my architecture practice, I am a food correspondent and writer for publications in the UK.