Pousada de Faro, Palacio de Estói – 19th-century palace with spa, gardens, and wonderful views
This Pousada was built in the ancient Palace of Estói (XIX century) and was formerly owned by the Viscount of Estói, José Francisco da Silva. The construction of the palace lasted about 20 years and was finished with a spectacular celebration in the gardens of the palace on the 2nd of May 1909. After the Viscount’s death, the palace was kept by his family until 1987 when it was bought by the Faro City Council. Today the palace has been converted into the Pousada of Estói.
Composed of the principal building with the ancient tea pavilions and beautiful gardens in “Versailles style”, this notable Pousada is located by the small village of Estói, close to the Roman ruins of Milreu. Majestically poised inland from the coast, Estoi's Pousada enjoys panoramic views of almond tree gr0ves, hills and countryside, with the coastline as a great backdrop in the distance. As you approach the Pousada you will understand the importance and relevance of its setting as you circumnavigate the Palace's wall and gates, pass through the orchards and up to the main entrance.
The original building houses the public areas including the reception, bar and part of the restaurant, which are located next to the original kitchens - part of which can be viewed still - and which lead onto the terraces, gardens and the attractive swimming pool. Given the Algarve's impressive record of good weather for most of the year and mild winters, the terraces of Estoi's Pousada are often bathed in sunshine with a light breeze to take the edge off the peak summer temperatures.
Attached to the palace is a modern extension in a sympathetic design which houses the spacious standard and superior rooms, all comfortably appointed with marvellous views of the surrounding countryside. The blend of the modern and historic architecture works very well in unison, particularly with the dramatic pink exterior of the palace building and the colourful gardens. You can view several 'teahouses' with original stained glass on 2 corners of the terrace as well as pretty fountains and the groves that extend away from the property.
The Pousada de Estoi's complex, about 4 hectares in size, also incorporates the conversion of the ancient stable and dairy, and there is a considerable business centre within the grounds.