Carob Cottage – Loule
The Quintassential is an oasis of peace and tranquillity perched high on a hilltop 1200 feet above sea level totally fenced and accessed via electric gates overlooking the market town of Loule, only 10 minutes from the blue flag beaches of the Algarve and world famous golf courses and a 15 minute drive from Faro International airport. The Quintassential Self Catering Holiday Apartment Cottages are a small family run cluster of self catering holiday accommodations catering for couples, families and the over 50’s. The accommodations are fully licensed meeting to all requirements by the Portuguese rental law with the required Alojamento Local licence (AL). Loule has everything one would need from a holiday with endless restaurants, cafes, supermarkets, banks, shops, award winning traditional vegetable, fish & vegetable market, famous gypsy market, historical buildings etc. There are also two restaurants within reasonable walking distance of the Quintassential.
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. Our minimum booking is for three nights.
The cottages are individual at the Quintassential, originally dating back to the 19th century that was once a farmhouse and over the years has been thoughtfully converted to provide picturesque holiday accommodations. One of the accommodations is occupied by the owners who are there to help, but never infringe on your privacy. Our rustic home from home accommodations are furnished equipped and decorated to a very high standard, with great attention to detail visible in all the accommodations together with little personal touches resulting in good value for money special holiday lets and varied to suit all age groups. All the accommodations are south facing and all have sea views, have their own separate entrances, own kitchens, private south-facing sun terraces and BBQ areas. In all the accommodations there are a selection of puzzles, chess set, dominos, playing cards and a vast selection of English reading books. No group bookings are accepted to ensure that all guests have a truly relaxing and peaceful holiday. There is also free Wi-Fi Internet access available with hotspots within the Quintassential for guests staying.
Outside The Quintassential is blessed with panoramic sea views and spectacular countryside views, just what you need for a tranquil and relaxing holiday. The gardens at Quintassential, just over an acre, are marvelous and are a flower, shrub and fruit tree haven of peace and tranquility where you can always find a quiet area to read a book, relax and unwind. Added with the breathtaking views of the Algarve coastline by both day and night, this gives location oodles of character, uniqueness and creates a warm friendly relaxing atmosphere for our guests. If you are looking for a quiet, tranquil retreat away from it all, but close to all local amenities, The Quintassential is perfect and is an ideal base to explore the Algarve whatever your age group.
The Quintassential has a large heated pool area; the pool measures 10 x 5 m and sun loungers, parasols etc are provided for the use of the guests. There is also a large raised sun deck poolside to soak up the glorious sun and a freestanding hot tub spa jacuzzi for guest use, especially nice under the stars and moonlight. The pool is heated during the cooler months from 1st October until 30th November and then again from 1st March until 30th April and there is no additional charge for heating the pool.
Children are welcome at the Quintassential and there is a children’s play area with swings, slide, and seesaw all alongside an orange grove. For those guests that are a little more energetic, there is also an outdoor games area with a professional size table tennis table and a 12ft trampoline. For families travelling with small children, we can provide a whole host of baby equipment free of charge, being parents ourselves, we know what it is like travelling with little ones, and our aim is make everyone’s holiday an enjoyable memorable experience, not stressful.
On arrival at the Quintassential the owners will meet you and awaiting your arrival in your accommodation will be a welcome hamper, compliments of the house for guest staying a week or more. For guest staying less than a week, this can be arranged for an additional charge of £15.00 GBP. For all our adult guests bathrobes are provided for use during your stay. Pool towels are also provided for the use of our guests, but guests are asked to bring their own beach towels or these can be hired from us, and in all the accommodations there is a hairdryer, iron and ironing board.
For an additional charge we can also arrange a pre-arrival shopping service, champagne and strawberries, baby welcome hamper, baby sitting services, spa treatments, take away meal service, beach towel hire and a laundry service. Further information on our website.
We can also arrange varied activities whilst holidaying at the Quintassential. We can arrange dolphin watching tours with a local nature company. Jeep safari tours can also be arranged where you are picked up at the Quintassential and enabling you explore the inland Algarve. For those who wish to walk the Algarve, we can arrange guided walks, half day, full day or even walking holiday weeks. Your guide will pick you up at the Quintassential and take you on a discovery trail. For those who like to bird watch we can also arrange bird watching tours and bird watching holiday weeks. For further information please ask.
The Carob Cottage is one of the newer apartment cottages available and the sunniest of the 4 accommodations available and is a peaceful relaxing hideaway. The Carob Cottage is a light and airy one bedroom apartment cottage ideal for couples or families with a small child.
The bedroom is large with a double bed, and is also large enough to accommodate a child’s single sofa bed or cot. There is a digital security safe, sloping ceilings & patio doors leading on to the south-facing sun terrace. The bedroom is tastefully decorated to very high standard in vibrant colours, beautiful throw and crisp bed linen to compliment the décor. The bedroom also has a free standing fan and a 19 inch Toshiba LCD TV with DVD player.
The Carob Cottage has a modern bathroom with shower, washbasin with vanity unit under, bidet, WC and shaver point.
The spacious open plan kitchen lounge/diner is decorated tastefully and has a large comfy leather sofa and is simple yet lacks nothing. The lounge has a 32 inch Samsung flat screen LCD TV Satellite TV (UK free to view channels), DVD player (small selection of DVDs available) and a mini stereo Hi-Fi with radio/CD player and MP3 reader (guests to bring own CD’s). There is a large selection of English reading books, puzzles, chess set and playing cards. There are patio doors leading onto a private south-facing terrace with a table and chairs, reclining chairs and your own brick built BBQ. You will easily enjoy the sun on this terrace into late evening.
The kitchenette is modern and comed fully equipped and comprises of a fridge with freezer compartment, combi microwave oven, electric kettle, toaster, coffee filter machine, hand held electric blender and electric hob.
The Carob Cottage also has the added benefit of gas central heating for those cooler winter months. The price for the heating is already included in the tariff. Details of the set heating times will be provided at the time of booking enquiry.
The Carob Cottage sleeps a maximum of two adults and a child.
Children are welcome and we do everything possible to ensure that families with children have a holiday that is both fun and relaxing. We understand that holidaying with children and babies can be stressful at times from deciding what to pack or not, to sleeping arrangements and protecting them from the sun. With children of our own we know how important it is to keep kids happy & entertained on holiday, within a safe & secure environment. The Quintassential is totally fenced & accessed via electric gates, so a very safe place. There is a lot of space for children to play and to discover nature, play with Alfie, Max and Indie our children loving dog, we have three dogs and one very old cat in total.
There’s a whole range of activities for young ones from the fantastic Zoomarine where you can swim with the dolphins, to Aquashow the best water park in the Algarve, Family Golf park in Vilamoura, karting and all the water activities on the fabulous Algarve beaches and highly recommended sea dolphin watching, a truly superb day out.
The accommodations are all separated from the pool area, the pool area is enclosed & gated to give parents of toddlers that extra piece of mind. All the baby/toddler friendly accommodations also have fencing around their terraces for the added security.
We have something for all age groups with a children’s play area available designed for little ones situated on a large lawned area alongside an orange grove. There is a slide, swings, seesaw, playhouse, toddler slide, toddler trampoline etc, this area adds an exciting dimension for all the visiting children & keeps them occupied for hours. There is also a seating area for adults to relax, unwind and top up their tans. For older children (and adults) we also have a Cornellieu professional size table tennis table & 12ft trampoline.
For babies we have baby paddling pools to use on our pool terrace or your accommodations private terraceand we have endless buckets and spades to take to the beach.
We do not charge for children under the age of 2 & can provide a range of equipment for babies and toddlers free of charge, meaning you can travel lighter! The following equipment can be made available to all our guests on request:
- Large Travel Cot with linen and comfy mattresses - three available
- Mamas & Papas Moses Basket with linen – for babies up to 6 – 8 weeks of age – one available
- High chair – three available
- Baby Ergo 2 stage bath with towels – two available
- Chicco Reclining chair (up to 3 months) with attachable activity toy – one available
- Bouncy Chair (up to 6 months) – one available
- Floor activity centre with arch (up to 8 months) – two available
- Feeding equipment - children's cutlery, bowls, cups etc – each accommodation has a selection
- Chicco electric steam bottle steriliser – one available
- Microwave bottle steriliser – one available
- Lindam Playpen – one available – only for use in the Orange Cottage
- Electric hand blender – each cottage has one available
- Changing mat – three available
- Potty – three available
- Child toilet seat and step – one available
- Toilet seat – one available
- Baby Dan Bed Guard – two available for use in Orange Cottage with twin beds
- Baby umbrella stroller (from 6 - 18 months, no sun shade or rain cover) – one available
- Fisher Price Baby listening intercom system with walkabout handset – for use in Orange Cottage
- Avent Phillips Baby listening intercom system with walkabout handset – for use in Lemon & Carob Cottages – one available
- Galt Baby Nest – from 3 months to 9 months of age – one available
- Bumbu seat – one available – from 6 months of age
- Portable high chair for restaurant use (up to 18 months) – one available
- Baby Polar on the go baby seat – one available
- Baby sit in pool floats (up to 18 months) – two available
- Baby paddling pools (up to 12 months) – two available
- Toddler paddling pool with sun shade (from 12 – 18 months) – one available
- Satellite TV (CBeebies!) and other children’s channels - Lemon, Carob and Orange Cottages have Satellite TV
- Small selection of videos and DVD’s
- Selection of preschool toys – from 6 to 18 months of age – two available
- V-Tech First Steps baby walker – one available
- Cool bags with Ice Packs
- Beach Parasols – each accommodations have a couple
We are also pleased to be able to provide baby welcome packs. The Quintassential would like to give you the opportunity to make your holiday with small children run as smoothly as possible.
The exclusive Baby Welcome Pack service is designed to reduce the stress of traveling with young children, reduce the amount of extra luggage needed & eliminate the difficulty of searching for familiar baby products in another country.
For further information regarding which products are available, please refer to our website.
We are also pleased to announce a baby sitting/child minding service from a British qualified nanny/nursery assistant.
Prices are based on a two person occupation of the accommodation for 7 nights and prices range from £365.00 GBP to £505.00 GBP per week. Children under the age of 2 stay for free and a range of baby equipment can be provided free of charge.
Prices during October, November, March & April include pool heating.
Prices from 1st November until 31st March include heating with gas cental heating and set heating times.
- Credit cards
Payments accepted via PayPal or by bank transfer into UK bank account
Available once a week, a 3 course meal for two with wine for 45.00 Euros.
- Car park
One parking space available for each accommodation.
Available to rent locally
As we have 3 dogs, one cat, hens and one minature pig, we do not acccept guest pets.
All accommodations are non-smoking and smoking is only permitted on your accommodations private terrace.
- Disabled persons
- Internet / wireless access
Free Wi-Fi with hotspots available within the Quintassential grounds.
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