from United States, October 2017
"Most pleasant holiday this year!"
I won't forget the place and people I met who led the program and ran the villa. Rosario, Ines, Luis and Marta were so hospitable and so kind and engaging! They love what they do and are such people persons that I felt at home and relaxed like hanging out with friends.
from United States, August 2017
"restful meals in the sade"
loved trips to the market, food was very fresh and delicious, good hands-on experience, loved our hosts, loved the setting for our meals together, loved meeting other guests
from United States, June 2018
"Incredible holiday with a great mix of activities/relaxation"
I loved the warm, friendly environment with impeccable service, cuisine, views, and care. The family and staff did everything possible to make my solo-traveler experience the best it could be. The cooking class, training, massage and site-seeing experiences were wonderful and the people I met rounded out a perfect holiday.
We booked this before visiting Tavira on the Eastern Algarve last July. We are four mature ladies and our fellow classmates were a Canadian family consisting of mum, her son and his two teenage daughters along with an American couple, an eclectic mix who gelled well. After meeting our host at the local market, which happened to be right behind our hotel, we went with him to buy the fresh fish and vegetables required for our cooking. As we had no transport he arranged for local taxi to Monte do Alamo in the hills outside Tavira (not far). We then helped our hosts prepare a traditional Portugese Cataplana followed by carob truffles, all taking a turn in the preparation. After the demo we enjoyed the fruits of our endeavours plus excellent local wines an al fresco beneath a shady carob tree in the grounds of the beautiful villa. Delicious! The kitchen was well laid out and modern but the building had charm and traditional features. Something different to try on holiday.
Alexandra M. Canada
My husband and I booked a cooking class with Luis and Rosario as a part of our honeymoon in Portugal, and it was easily one of the best experiences of the entire trip. From the moment we arrived, we were welcomed like family to such a warm and inviting home. The day started with a trip to the market to pick out fresh ingredients for our recipes - such a treat, and a wonderful learning experience. Then back to the farm to create delicious dishes that we will never forget (we even got sent home with a recipe booklet so we can recreate these dishes at home!). We truly loved this day and could not imagine visiting Portugal and missing out on this hidden gem. Thank you so much Luis and Rosario for inviting us into your home and creating such a memorable day on our honeymoon.