Hi Canoeman,thanks for the reply,I think that may be the place,I know it used to be a hotel but thought it had only recently been purchased for a care home and also I thought it was all just one big building I didn't think it was lots of single villa type places,also I actually thought it was st Barbara and not gorjoes,I will have another look and see what I can find out.
Palhagueira has been established for many years so this cannot be the one you are thinking of. The one you are talking about I am not aware of but vaguely remember reading something about it some time ago, but I thought it had to be built first. Palhagueira is very pretty and as well as the villas (which are the retirement section) there is also a dedicated nursing home there too.
Hi quelfesgirl ,
thanks for the post,yes I have seen the care home on google earth at palaghuera but I have also seen a place on one of the roads outside of st Barbara,I was told it used to be a hotel but has now been bought as a care home,I know there used to be a restaurant there called the riviera I think as I remember driving past it at sometime on my travels,I was just wondering if anybody had any information as to what it had become now as it was a big site with a pool and helipad and allsorts.
The nursing home at Palhagueira was converted from an old farmhouse in the mid nineties and has always been a nursing home. Alongside it, is a retirement village with 33 houses. It's a great idea for retirement, as when you get too infirm you can just popover to the nursing home and start a new life there! The 'hotel' you talk of used to be "La Reserve" on the road from Sta. Barbara to Esteval. It was a fine, luxury hotel in its day, but now is a nursing home - "Cantina do Avo" Cheers, genial george
The nursing home is still very much a going concern. The erstwhile hotel, now care home has only been in operation for a couple of years or so. before that it was rented to a Dutch TV co. where they filmed Big Brother type shows. Before becoming a care home it remained empty and I suppose that's when it was pictured by Google. There are plans to build a 4 star hotel on land next to Gorjoes and Goldra, with golf, of course and swimming pools. Should liven up the leisure market round about!
Thank you for some more clarification on the subject,we are looking into purchasing a holiday home in the area around about St Barbara so that would be good if they were going to build a golf course amongst other leisure stuff,how realistic is the chance of them doing that do you think ?
We'll have to wait and see! There is a whole raft of projects launched with great publicity in Portugal, which have never seen the light of day. This one has 60 bedrooms and would make a big difference in the area. Apparently a German co. behind it, so might make it. Will probably take another year for detailed planning permission to come through.
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