Colonial-Style Villa in Lagos, Portugal

Casa Limao at Quinta santo Phunurius, Lagos.

The peace and tranquillity of the traditional Algarve, yet less than five minutes drive to the nearest large and sandy beach and the centre of old Lagos - a bustling market town and small resort.

Set in five acres of stunning gardens and farmland in Portugal's unspoilt Western Algarve, Quinta Santo Phunurius is a spectacular country retreat consisting of an elegant colonial-style villa with separate studio apartment and three rustic cottages.

Casa Limao ("Lemon House") is one of the cottages. It is a charming, typical Portuguese country cottage with a private patio surrounded by plants and trees. The maing gardens and swimming pool (shared with the other 4 properties) are just a few metres down the track.

Lagos is something of a rarity in the Algarve, for not only does it boast some. of the region's finest beaches, but it is also an ancient town that is steeped in history. A fortress, centuries old, stands guard at the entrance to the river, which leads to the magnificent international Marina. From the river fishermen can be seen unloading their boats; at the quayside meals or coffee can be taken while basking in the sun, watching the boats come in and out. Further along the coastline, close to the town, are beaches of soft golden sands and beautiful rock formations. Lagos has the feet of a 'real' Portuguese community and has a host of excellent restaurants and lively late night bars along the harbour-side promenade.