With their Farmhouse of the Palms in the south of Portugal, Veronique and Frank Persyn have made their own dream of creating the perfect holiday retreat come true: Modern design meets countryside simplicity.
Recently, a lot of sophisticated boutique hotel concepts have popped up in the Southern regions of Portugal. Farmhouse of the Palms, however, is still unique because it perfectly satisfies the needs of urban entrepreneurs in a holiday retreat. And due to one of the most perfect climates in Europe, this place is also heaven on earth in mid-seasons spring and autumn.
When we visited, we really fell in love with the spacious rooms with ample privacy, the stylish pool with a magnificent view of the hinterland and the beautifully designed nooks to either stay undisturbed or network with the rest of the world.
The very gentle owners, the Flemish couple Veronique and Frank, have always had a dream of opening their own bed and breakfast. They toured different places until they finally zoomed in on the Algarve region. With the 200-year-old “Monte”, the Portuguese word for “estate”, they both found the perfect place to unwind. Little by little, they transformed the ruin into a guesthouse with now seven rooms and suites. Their aim? To offer their guests as much peace and space as possible.
The simple design, the natural stone and the whitewashed wood exude a peaceful atmosphere. With both patience and the knack to try something different they managed to combine the simplicity of Portuguese rural life with harmonious design elements — with all the key components produced in workshops by local artisans. The modern bathrooms and the straightforward interior are an exciting contrast to the old building with its stone walls, historic tiles and old bread oven.
Since days usually start with sunshine over here the guests mingle in the morning for breakfast in the garden. If desired, Veronique also offers small dishes for lunch. All other drinks during the day are served at the “honesty bar”.
Most beautiful detail
The noble look of the outdoor pool with its black mosaic tiles — together with the fantastic view over the entire valley!
Couples who appreciate tranquility as well as beautiful design in one of the most southern locations of Europe (just think of the climate in late October!). Since two rooms can accommodate up to four people, the Farmhouse of the Palms is also suitable for families and friends.
Kids are welcome as of the age of 13 years.
Small trips lead to Loulé or São Brás de Alportel. Only half an hour’s drive are the towns of Faro and Olhão. So the idyllic serenity can be left behind for the bustling city life whenever you need it.
Distance to the beach
The beaches in Faro and nearby are only a 25 minutes drive by car, so you can easily plan it for the day.
Doubles in low season from 145 Euros for two, including breakfast. High season 205 to 285 Euros.
Booking & Contacts
Farmhouse of the Palms
Cerro do Botelho
8150-027 São Brás de Alportel
Algarve / Portugal