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Cottage -
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Silves, Faro District, Algarve

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Adrian T
Southampton
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3 reviews
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“Fantastic accommodation in wonderful setting.”
Reviewed 11 August 2013 for a stay in June 2013
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We spent a week in Casa Mel at the end of June and had a wonderful time there. The owner, Marion, was extremely helpful in facilitating our stay - we were very much a last minute booking, contacting her on the Saturday and arriving on Tuesday. Marion lives very close by - ideal if you have any questions or queries - but do not feel put off by this if you like your own privacy, as she is not imposing and will leave you to enjoy your holiday.
Having hired a car at the airport, we were able to find the cottage with ease thanks to the detailed map and directions that Marion e-mailed us. Parking was free in the square at the side of the cathedral, no more than a minute or two stroll from the front door.
The cottage itself was very well equipped with everything you could require should you choose to self cater. The cottage is very light and airy, tastefully furbished and spotlessly clean. Marion also provided a 'welcome' including bread, milk, fruit and drinks, which was very much appreciated. Situated on a picturesque cobbled street onto which the front door opened, gave the feeling of living as a local rather than a distant tourist.
There was an abundance of restaurants within walking distance, and we would recommend the baked cod at the Cafe Ingles, next to the cathedral. The guest book lists many other good places to eat. The market down by the river provided an abundance of fresh fish, fruit and vegetables and was definitely worth a visit.
All in all, a great cottage in a great location and excellent value for money.

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Galimetro
Oxford, UK
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Lovely house in a great location”
Reviewed 11 June 2013 for a stay in June 2013
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If you want to enjoy the Algarve but stay away from the big resorts - this is a perfect place. An old house in the centre of a historic town, on a cobbled road next to the cathedral and the Arab-period castle. The house is comfortable, tastefully decorated, and well-equipped. There is a bedroom (with a comfortable double), living room, sophisticated kitchen, and small but private sun roof. Although Silves is visited by tourists during the day, there are very few hotels so most don't stay. There are plenty of good restaurants (we followed the suggestions of the owner and previous visitors), a market for fresh food (and an extended farmers' market on Saturdays), plus late-hour grocery stores and supermarkets. There was live music at least twice a week.
With a car, you can easily reach several beaches (20-60 minute drive), as well as well-marked hiking trails throughout the Algarve.
Marion, the owner, has been extremely helpful, we were pleasantly surprised by the generous provisions in the kitchen when we arrived.

Highly recommended!

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Brechin, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Lovely cottage in a lovely city!”
Reviewed 28 January 2013 for a stay in January 2013
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Casa Mel is a lovely, clean, tidy cottage in the beautiful city of Silves. The owner was very friendly and helpful and there was ample parking at the square. Tea, coffee, milk, butter and other essentials were provided which added a very nice, welcoming touch and were gratefully recieved on our arrival. There are plenty of restaurants neaby (we used the Casa Velha most days - highly recommend them) and plenty to do in the area. The cottage was a lovely place to return to at the end of the day, especially the wetter days we had while we were there! Silves itself is an ideal location for travelling around the rest of the Algarve. It was an ideal getaway for us as a couple and we will, certainly go back there when we return to the Algarve!

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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 27 November 2012 for a stay in September 2012
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Liked best: The bed and the terrace.
Liked least: There was nothing I did not like.
Travelling group: Other
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Robin S
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“Quiet hideaway in centre of the old town”
Reviewed 12 November 2012 for a stay in October 2012
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A really well prepared and well appointed cottage in a superb location close to the historic centre of Silves. The cottage lies on the road leading to the ancient cathedral and imposing castle. The owners live close to the cottage and were very welcoming and friendly. There was even a comprehensive pack of groceries to make us feel at home. Although the cottage is central there are no problems with parking or with noise. Luckily the cathedral bells are silenced overnight so a good night's sleep is assured.
Although the kitchen is fully equipped there is no need to eat in every night because there are several restaurants and cafes nearby and some have good live music on certain nights. We also found that Silves is a good base for further exploration. There are some wonderful clifftop walks along the stunning coastline only 20 minutes away by car, some good hiking trails inland and Faro is not far away. The proprietor at the nearby Cafe da Se (Mike) has a wealth of local knowledge and was a good source of ideas for trips.
All in all this cottage ticks all the boxes.

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