Our stay at Casa Rosada was a real delight. From the immaculately comfortable room and bathroom to the enchanting garden where we ate our delicious breakfast and Rupert's amazing meal, our time there was a delight. Andrew's kindness and sense of humour meant everything goes along very easily. As hosts they remove all stress and ensure you have everything you need including excellent advice on what to do and where to go; always without being intrusive... They're great!
While we were there we were able to do what makes for a good holiday for us - relax on a local beach in Vila Real ( it's near Dom Petisco restaurant - Andrew and Rupert recommend it but you do have to book) and eat at some lovely restaurants like Tascha Medieval in Castro Marim where the seafood was delicious and the proprietor friendly and helpful, and Julia's (don't know it's real name, we described how the host fitted us in on a very busy day by shifting some plant pots herself to make sure we could sit out of the sun and Andrew exploded into laughter and said, "that'll be Julia's! Best place in Tavira." The salad we had there one afternoon was generous, imaginative and delicious, we're happily recreating it at home now!
Tavira itself, the local resort town, is a fabulous place to wander round doing touristy things. We discovered a church where a local pianist was giving a free concert; everything from Mozart to My Way - listened to by anybody who wanted to go and sit in the beautiful surroundings for half an hour, marvellous!
Casa Rosada can be recommended for anyone who wants to relax peacefully among the Portuguese, eat well ( as mentioned, Rupert's dishes do have to be experienced - he gave us his savoury tomato pannacotta as a starter... Wow!) and explore this lovely, historic, traditional corner of Portugal. Oh, I nearly forgot; as suggested by Rupert and Andrew, we had a ferry ride across the river from Vila Real to Ayamonte in Spain. A fun way to spend half a day.
Everything about the holiday was memorable, easy and enjoyable, thanks Andrew, thanks Rupert, it was just what we needed!