Panorama of Várzea da Gonçala from the valley road.The geese enjoying the pond...
Natural paradise, west Algarve
Natural paradise, west Algarve
6 guests
2 bedrooms
4 beds
1 bath
6 guests
2 bedrooms
4 beds
1 bath
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Várzea da Gonçala nestles in the steep-sides Cerca valley. 6km from the small castled town of Aljezur, and 15km from some of the finest and cleanest beaches of Portugal. We are a permaculture-based project whose intent is to develop a beautiful and productive landscape, in which adult and children alike can enjoy a creative life.

The space

Features which make a family holiday special here, are a diverse childrens' play area, with tree-house, large trampoline, swings and slides, and other hand-made features.

There is a river-bathing pool all summer, marked walking trails, excellent bird-life, lots of fresh organic vegetables from the garden, and fruit from the developing food-forest when in season.
The air is the cleanest in Europe, and our valley does not have a through-road, so traffic is minimal.

All guests are more than welcome to have a guided tour of the land, and the results of our work on the land, which is continuously ongoing.
There is a picture diary of our project on the Blog, now over 4 years of continuous entries, which is accessed from our web site.

Please note also that the toilet facilities in the house is for liquids only, with paper to be put in the bin provided. We have composting toilets close to the house for solid waste. This is a clean, 100% recycling process, without need for excess water or expensive treatment elsewhere. The solids are covered with a little saw-dust and the natural digestion makes an earthy compost in 6 months, used for planting trees.

Guest access

We have no fences or boundaries, and guests are welcome to explore all parts of Várzea da Gonçala, while respecting of course the space around personal homes. There are maps to show walking tracks, and also signs to direct you.

Interaction with guests

We are always happy to answer queries or interested questions about all aspects of our project.


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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
3 single beds

House Rules
Not suitable for pets
Check in time is 4PM - 12AM (midnight)
Check out by 12PM (noon)

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Dog(s), cat(s), and other pet(s) live in the house


Safety features
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

5 nights minimum stay

13 Reviews

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Paolo User Profile
September 2017
We spent a Wondeful week. We were able to get in touch with Chris ' Project. The location is nice. Wondeful for children. The appartament offers everything you need. Besides there are plenty of Wondeful beaches to reach

Ute User Profile
August 2017
Wonderful host - wonderful place
Chris User Profile
Response from Chris:
Thank you, Ute, for your kind words. It would be a great pleasure to welcome you back any time. The trees and the beauty will keep growing!
August 2017

Thierry User Profile
July 2017
Beautiful place and quiet. A real relaxing holiday.

Karsten User Profile
July 2017
The location is wonderful laying in the small valley close to Aljezur, the people are very kind and relaxed. The house is very clean and cozy. You are always welcome to use the growing fruits and vegetables for cooking and eating. We liked it very much and hope that the recultivating of The Valley will be successful!

Manu User Profile
June 2017
We had a marvellous time at this little wonderland. Great community, so much to learn there! Highly recommended.

Marlen User Profile
June 2017
To live in Chris Guesthouse is just to live in a nature paradise. I could not believe how wonderful this place is. This nature, this view and beaches for swimming and surfing, too. Our kids were outside all the time, at the treehouse or playing with the very chilled dogs ( our son is 1 year and loves dogs) . There is a Trampolin and a sand playground, a river to explore and to get some freshness! And beside all this, I really will miss this fresh air, in the morning I was just so impressed that I never before breathed fully clean air!!! Thank you Chris for our best holiday so far we will come back for sure!
Chris User Profile
Response from Chris:
Thank you for your super-kind words Marlen. Working with nature is endlessly creative and so whenever we have the pleasure of welcoming you back, there will be new things for you and the kids to enjoy! Very best wishes for the summer, Chris, Várzea da Gonçala.
June 2017

Chris and Chris were great hosts! We felt very welcome and had a great time at this place! Perfect holiday home for our children!

Aljezur, PortugalJoined in March 2015
Chris User Profile

61 years old, male.

Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a day

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