Our Accommodation

A Paradise in Algarve Portugal with an African Soul…a unique eco-retreat
For those of you who have visited us before, you will be thrilled to see we have made a definite move towards making our lives & business greener, simpler and happier, without losing any of the comfort, good cooking and adventurous expeditions for which we are well known. The 150 acre farm set close to the Aldeia Da Pedralva is a beautiful, tranquil place. Because were renovating extensively or building from scratch we were able, to integrate our buildings into the natural splendour of the landscape.


The accommodation is a unique experience. Cottages are set among the Cork oak forest and is surrounded by a landscape of rivers, gardens and nature. Each space has been individually built, giving it a different style, view & beauty. Cozy areas, bright spaces with sweeping views of the spectacular natural environment.
Lounge: a corner fireplace for reading, writing, games or afternoon tea...lots of comfortable cozy seating.
Eating areas: a dinning room with a large covered deck, for evening meals by candle light or breakfast in the morning sun. Warm summer evenings take advantage of our African inspired fire pit, seafood barbecues or a traditional Paella surrounded by a multitude of evening stars. Pizza night: homemade pizzas made in the wood fired oven…you have to try them.
Games area: an area for table tennis, dancing, or just resting in a hammock reading you book.
Swimming: 1 large spring fed lake, zip lines, paddle boards;  a new jetty make them ideal for swimming and fun in the water.
Outside African showers: each room or cottage is equipped with its own bathroom but should you want to foray into nature, try the outside showers overlooking the river. Hidden among the trees you are secluded from the outside world but surrounded by nature.
Much more than just adventure and activities, a holiday or a stay with Aqua Ventura is also about rediscovering your sense of self, de-stressing, unwinding, re-awaking your sense of wonder at the world you live in and re-earthing back to NATURE.
Accomadation is self catered or catered, it is also possible to join one of the activities each day. There are walking trails, mountain bikes and surfboards aviable for guests use.

It is an idyllic place with rivers, dams, forests of cork oak and mountains. The orchard, planted over three decades ago, produces the most amazing fruits and our vegatable garden is full and diverse.
Situated on the most south western point of Portugal (Cabo de San Vincente) it is hidden from the main stream tourists and located within the national park of Cape St Vincent. We are located within the termino of Vila do Bispo in the small village of Pedralva also known as  Aldeia Da Pedralva.
We offer family cottages,  double cottages, twin rooms, single rooms.  Catered or self catered accommodation.

Guest interaction
Activities: surf, kayaking, deep water soloing, climbing instruction or day trips, bike tours, walking, bird watching.
Rentals: Mountain bikes, surf boards, body boards and wet suites.
Meals: available.

Tree House

Cottage built with timber and glass feels like living in the trees.
Perfect for couples or families with a small baby
Double bed
En suite bathroom
Small outside deck

Violeta & her family have one of the most incredible places I have stayed in my life - if you have the opportunity to stay with them, take it! Each room is tastefully & magically decorated, secluded in the forest of Algarve. This is a true get away from it all experience that I cannot recommend highly enough. Also if they invite you for dinner, you will not be disappointed! Thank you Vio & Family - it was such a wonderful time!

Driftwood Cottage

Cottage is made of timber,  situated on the corner where 2 rivers come together.  2 beautiful rooms with stunning views.
1 twin & 1 double room
Seating for chilling 
1 bathroom

Das Anwesen ist sehr ruhig und bietet genau das, was man zum Entspannen braucht. Violeta und ihr Mann sind tolle Gastgeber und das Frühstück ist sensationell - und auch das Abendessen. In der Nähe sind super Stände zum Surfen und Sonnenbaden. Es ist ein Stück natur pur!

African Cottage

Eco Cottage built from straw, clay and timber. Beautifully finished.  Bathroom: En suite.
Sleaps: 1 double bed
Spectacular views
Shared facilities

Quiet and secluded and so relaxing. But only a 10 minute drive to surf beaches on the west, swimming beaches on the south and nearby towns. We made use of the amazing African showers & kitchen, and had brought along our own vegan cheese for the pizza nights we'd heard about - and it was worth it. Delicious! Very inspiring to see what Violeta & Jonathan have built, and the life they have created for themselves in this beautiful part of the world. I have a feeling we'll be back...

Twin Cottage

Family cottage: A traditionally built Portuguese coattage built from brick and mortar. Cool in the summer, warm in the winter, with fireplace for the chilly nights.
2 bedrooms: sleeps from 4 to 6 people. Beautifully finished. 
1 double room
1 twin room with bunk bed
1 bathroom

Violeta and Johnny have built a very special place from the ground up in the most beautiful location. Our family has been traveling through Spain and Portugal for the last month and our stay with them was a highlight for us all--the lake, the swings, the outdoor shower!!! Breakfast each day was delicious and we were fortunate enough to have dinner there one night. The most beautiful beaches are only a short drive and Johnny and Violeta are full of helpful suggestions. What a treat it is to return to their property after a day on the beach and take a shower looking out at the trees and valley. They make you feel at home & what a lovely home it is!

Blue Cottage

Traditionally built Portuguese coattage built from brick and mortar. Cool in the summer, warm in the winter, with fireplace for the chilly nights. 
1 double room
En suite.

We spent 2 wonderful weeks at Violeta and Jonathan and did not want to leave at all. We have fallen in love with the cozy, beautiful accommodation in the middle of the cork forests. Everything was possible: hiking, surfing, climbing, cycling or kayaking, playing table tennis, relaxing in the hammock, ... And Violeta and Jonathan cook incredibly delicious. The electricity and water supply is autonomous. Sensational. We loved it and want to return. Tiptop

Since we acquire most of our energy from the sun, our supply is limited to what nature gives us. As such, we must ask everyone to be kind to our system; heavy electricity usage and the use of high-consumption appliances – such as irons, hair dryers, etc. – will quickly drain our power supply. If you require the use of such items, we have special, low energy ones we can provide when needed. Of course, this doesn’t mean to say you’ll be sat in the dark if the sun isn’t out; we will always provide energy, but it’s part of the experience to be conscious of your usage. The same goes for water.

Buildings:  In 2014 the property was abandonned, buildings have been rebuilt using different natural meterials to best integrate into the surrounding nature. All cottages have beautiful views and private spaces, with minimum environmental, impact built using as many local materials as possible stylish "green: buildings.

This is a nature-lovers retreat, and would suit anyone wanting a truly comfortable and stylish accommodation experience whilst also enjoying the peace and adventure that such a bush setting offers.

We recycle glass, plastic, paper, metal and food and because we produce our energy from sun we operate with a very low carbon output and very little waste. This of course is a bonus because you are spending your holiday greener for the same value with no strain on the planet. Of course we ask our workers, visitors & guests to help us realize this and stick to this attitude. We’ll ask you too to attain an ecological attitude.
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