Pensão
Agrícola

Rural Boutique Hotel in the Algarve
From €130 per night

Boutique Hotel Pensão Agricola Terrace in Algarve - JO&SO
Boutique Hotel Pensão Agricola living room in Algarve - JO&SO
Boutique Hotel Pensão Agricola bedroom in Algarve - JO&SO
Boutique Hotel Pensão Agricola living room in Algarve - JO&SO
Boutique Hotel Pensão Agricola Pool in Algarve - JO&SO
Boutique Hotel Pensão Agricola Garden in Algarve - JO&SO
Boutique Hotel Pensão Agricola Terrace Garden in Algarve - JO&SO
Boutique Hotel Pensão Agricola bedroom in Algarve - JO&SO
Boutique Hotel Pensão Agricola living room in Algarve - JO&SO
Boutique Hotel Pensão Agricola terrace details in Algarve - JO&SO
Boutique Hotel Pensão Agricola vintage red door in Algarve - JO&SO
Boutique Hotel Pensão Agricola deco details in Algarve - JO&SO
Boutique Hotel Pensão Agricola outdoors in Algarve - JO&SO

A stunning 6-bedroom rural-boutique hotel in a genuine Algarve countryside setting.

Opened in 2015, Pensão Agrícola is a stunning 6-bedroom rural boutique hotel that we fell deeply, truly in love with.

This undiscovered spot nestles between the historic town of Tavira and Cacela Velha, a picturesque clifftop fishing village.

On the shady terrace guests can enjoy a delicious, generous breakfast, or take other light meals by the plunge pool which is heated in the winter. Fill your lungs with the wonderful aromas that the south of Portugal has to offer – you’re surrounded by almond, carob, fig, orange and olive trees.

Trust us – you’ll be in for a treat.

Awesomeness

It’s a Portuguese farmhouse, impeccably restored with minimalistic rooms and vintage decor. All the small details will turn your visit into a big memory.

One of the best breakfasts we’ve ever had.

It’s the real Algarve here, and you’re within easy reach of a fishing village and deserted beaches that are its best-kept secret – plus Faro Airport is only 35km away.

Seafood lovers will enjoy the local and super fresh specialities such as oysters, razor clams and tuna.

Bear in mind

Children cannot be accommodated at the hotel.

Suite ‘Armazém’ is next to the outdoor eating area. It might not feel as private as the other suites.

The plunge pool is too small for swimming but it’s perfect for refreshing.

No shops within walking distance but the mini bar prices are super reasonable, which is lovely.

Boutique Hotel Pensão Agricola outdoors nature in Algarve - JO&SO
Our "website cover' wasn't planned - we were just hanging out at Pensão Agrícola.
Boutique Hotel Pensão Agricola terrace vintage bottles in Algarve - JO&SO
Boutique Hotel Pensão Agricola garden lavender in Algarve - JO&SO
Boutique Hotel Pensão Agricola terrace breakfast in Algarve - JO&SO
Boutique Hotel Pensão Agricola terrace breakfast in Algarve - JO&SO
Boutique Hotel Pensão Agricola bedroom in Algarve - JO&SO
'Muro' - one of the beautiful suites with a private terrace.
Praia Verde beach in Algarve - JO&SO

Activities:

Beach
Bird watching
Cycling
Feed & Groom the donkeys
Fishing trips
Golf (6 courses within 15km)
Hiking/Trekking
Hire a classic car or a Vespa
Historic towns
In-room massages
Kayaking
Plunge pool
Scuba-diving
Tuk Tuk tours

Local Action

We love the nearby village of Cacela a Velha (5.5km) with its narrow streets and small white houses with colourful windows – its beach is a delight.

Tavira (7km) is considered by some the prettiest town in the Algarve.

Fuseta (23km) has a fantastic flea market every 2nd Sunday of the month selling some interesting vintage goods.

The hotel offer complimentary bicycles and also organise trips to your own desert island – picnic hamper and parasol included!

Donkeys at Pensão Agricola in Cabanas de Tavira, Algarve - JO&SO
Cycling near Pensão Agricola in Cabanas de Tavira, Algarve - JO&SO
Hangout with the hotel's adorable donkeys, Ernesto and Julia, and cycle to the beach under pine canopies.
Cacela a Velha in Algarve - JO&SO
Cacela Velha in Ria Formosa, Algarve - JO&SO
Cacela Velha - a picturesque nearby village.
Ria Formosa Natural Park in Algarve - JO&SO
Ria Formosa Natural Park in Algarve is a paradise for birdwatchers - JO&SO
The Ria Formosa Natural Park (35km) is a paradise for birdwatchers. Different type of tours including kayak are available.
Monterosa's farm an excellent Olive Oil maker in Algarve- JO&SO
Monterosa's farm an excellent Olive Oil maker in Algarve- JO&SO
Visit Monterosa's farm (23km), an excellent Olive Oil maker.
Noélia e Jerónimo restaurant meal in Cabanas de Tavira Algarve - JO&SO
Noélia e Jerónimo restaurant meal in Cabanas de Tavira Algarve - JO&SO
We had an amazing meal at Noélia & Jerónimo in Cabanas (5km). We highly recommend a visit to this restaurant.

We interviewed Rui Liberato de Sousa, co-owner of Pensão Agrícola.

Rui and Nuno owners of the Boutique Hotel Pensão Agricola in Algarve - JO&SO
Rui and Nuno, the founders and owners of Pensão Agrícola
Boutique Hotel Pensão Agricola vintage details in Algarve - JO&SO

The story behind this small farmhouse

Once owned by the Silva Gomes family, was built in 1920 as a wedding present to the owners’ only daughter and it remained a working farm until 1970. After 40 years of neglect, the memories of more prosperous times have been preserved and incorporated into the current project by Atelier Rua, Maurice Levy and perfumist Lourenço Lucena.

Boutique Hotel Pensão Agricola in Algarve prior construction - JO&SO

One of the spaces as found in 2011
It took 4 years for Pensão Agricola to open.

Boutique Hotel Pensão Agricola terrace vintage bottles in Algarve - JO&SO

Many of the original house contents can still be found in and around the hotel, preserving a lot of its original character.

How did you come up with the idea to start Pensão Agrícola?

We have always enjoyed travelling and hotels. Around 5 years ago we started looking for properties in the Algarve… we saw a lot of them until we found this one. It took us 4 years to create the concept and to get everything ready which involved choosing the materials, the objects, the garden architecture – it takes time!

What was your experience working with hotels?

Neither of us had any experience at all in the hotel industry but we both had a lot of experience staying at hotels as guests. A guest once said, joking, that she could tell I had experience at throwing dinner parties.

How did you find this house and what drew you to it?

We found the house when we were looking in the area. It wasn’t really what we had in mind but it was the perfect location. What really impressed us was that the house was still full of stuff, from the furniture to personal belongings – there was a story behind it all. We fell in love with the house, we felt connected to it.

How do you describe the architecture?

We kept the main house structure as it was but there was a lot that was in ruins, where we built from the ground up. We wanted to preserve the traditional Portuguese – Algarve architecture whilst at the same time giving it a contemporary touch. We were always careful to maintain the features we could, from the original doors to the ceilings.

Another important thing for us was that all of the rooms would be as private possible, and communal areas should be used as social spaces. All the rooms have windows in different directions and none of them face each other. We paid a lot of attention to the architecture but also to the environmental and agricultural aspects.

“This is a place where we want people to feel happy.”

– Nuno, Co-owner
Boutique Hotel Pensão Agricola Vintage details in Algarve - JO&SO

Minimalism meets vintage

The various industrial lamps from the 1940s and 50s are among the many beautiful objects that can be found around the hotel.

Favorite Object

Rui loves an art piece which is on display in the living room, by Portuguese artist Joana Astolfi: “It’s an old hotel key cabinet but there’s only one key which is viewed through a magnifying glass. Instead of showing the number of the room it reads ‘Heaven’.”

Tell us what’s special about this region?

We’re very close to the best beaches in the Algarve and the sea is slightly warmer than in the rest of Portugal. The weather is amazing, there are some fantastic restaurants serving local cuisine and it’s the wildest area in the Algarve. There are huge crops that go up to the sea and the river valley is a unique natural beauty. There’s also the cultural aspect of the nearby villages, Cancela à Velha and Tavira, which are both very interesting. It’s a 20 minute drive to Spain which means very quickly one can experience a totally different environment and cuisine. It’s only 1 hour from both Seville and Faro.

What sets your guests’ experience apart from other hotels?

Well, we had a guest here, who happens to be a director at Vogue, and she described it very well; the real luxury is not a 5 star hotel, the real luxury is to arrive somewhere and to feel at home and to be greeted by someone who makes them feel like they’ve always been here. That’s our concept and our goal – for people to feel good, to have a good bed, to sleep well, to eat well and feel welcome. Every little detail should be perfect, not just the architecture and the decoration.

We had a guest who arrived around 9pm, we had lit the fire and the music was on. When she arrived, she started crying. I was really worried and didn’t know what to do. We soon realised she was crying because she was so happy to be here.

What’s your favourite object in the hotel and where did you get it?

My favourite object is an art piece by Joana Astolfi which shows an old hotel key cabinet but there’s only one key which is viewed through a magnifying glass. Instead of showing the number of the room, it reads ‘Heaven’. We knew when we first saw it that it was perfect for us.

"A guest arrived and started crying, I didn't know what to do…we then realised she was crying because she was so happy to be here."

- Rui, Co-owner
Boutique Hotel Pensão Agricola interior design in Algarve - JO&SO

A Portuguese Farmhouse

The aim was to preserve the traditional Portuguese / Algarve architecture whilst at the same time giving it a contemporary touch.

 

Boutique Hotel Pensão Agricola terrace breakfast in Algarve - JO&SO

We loved the breakfast – it was super generous, varied and absolutely delicious. We won’t disclose much more to keep it as a surprise.

Boutique Hotel Pensão Agricola interior design in Algarve - JO&SO

It’s all about the detail.

What’s your favourite hotel worldwide?

From the top of my head I’d say Posada del Faro in Jose Ignacio, Uruguay. And another one which is very different, a bit bigger – Hotel Raya in an island called Panerea, in Italy. The location is the most important thing. There’s no point in going to a beautiful hotel in a horrible place, although you also wouldn’t want to go to a beautiful location and stay in an ugly hotel!

Where do you tend to go on holiday?

I love travelling and I like to try a bit of everything. The last trip I went on was to Nicaragua where it’s all about eco-lodges and the jungle. But I also love New York and big cities. I like to explore, I value authentic places with a lot of character. Places with a story, with their own cuisine and culture. Places which are well looked after and of which its own people are proud of.

We fell in love with your breakfast, very impressive! Can you tell us a bit about it?

The breakfast is simple but high quality. Fruit, cakes, fresh bread and juice, seasonal fruit and then we give it a little touch. It’s something all the guests love and mention but it’s actually quite simple. It’s more about the quality of the produce and the presentation.

Any plans for the future?

We want to build more rooms and offer more experiences such as Tuk Tuk tours and being able to hire a classic car or a vespa. Even in high season it’s possible to access desert islands, we want to be able to take our guests there and leave them with a hamper and parasol and for them to give us a call when they’re ready to leave. We want people to come and enjoy the Algarve even in the busiest seasons.

How did Ernesto the donkey end up here?

Ernesto was a 40th birthday present for Nuno and for the farmhouse. He was then a 5 month old donkey. We just got a girlfriend for Ernesto and they’re both moving in this summer too. We’re planning to start a donkey family.

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8800-072 Sítio do Valongo
Conceição de Tavira - Tavira
Portugal

Airports

Faro (FAO) – 47km
Lisbon (LIS) – 307km
Porto (OPO) – 593km

By Car

It’s a 40-minute drive from Faro to Pensão Agrícola. Hiring a car is highly recommended to get to the hotel and explore the region and the beautiful beaches and villages nearby. Otherwise, you can take a taxi or the hotel can arrange a transfer from the airport.

Car Rentals
We don’t own a car which means we hire a car for our JO&SO trips. We tend to use Europcar, as we like their cars, transparent fees and the service we receive. We always go for full insurance. It is more expensive, but we once had a flat tire and we were very happy to be fully covered.

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