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Croquet Competitions 2019

Welcome to Bela Romao Croquet Country Club

Over looking the exotic Ria Formosa Islands of the Eastern Algarve, nestled into secluded tropical gardens and orchards, of the first Croquet Club in Portugal, home of the Portuguese Croquet Federation.

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Beautiful Madresilva Country Home w/semi detached Studio Loft

Villa Madresilva, a spacious traditionally restored flat roof Moorish styled country house(very few of these gems left in the Algarve), is completely separated within its own 60 acres of countryside & surrounded by tropical gardens, orchards of, fig; almond; olive and 200 years old carob trees. Own private pool, sleeps 11 with semi-detached 3 bedroom studio, especially most suitable for teenagers and the mother in law, in need of privacy! All within its own fenced 60 acres of countryside, perfect for romantic moonlit walks, bird watching, yoga/massage retreats or just serenity!.

Beautiful Madresilva Property, a large 5 Bedroom Country House.
Sleeps up to 11 guests.
Country House includes semi detached 3 Bedroom Sunny New York Style Loft space.
5 Minutes from tropical blue flag beaches.
1/4 mile private cyprus tree lined access road with gated remote & CCTV entrances.
Sun drenched all day long, fresh, open & airy.
 Large contemporary lounge downstairs with open kitchen.
Outside bar area in shaded arbor with 2 hammocks by the pool .
Chef from the Culinary Institute of America, Napa California & NYC.

Hosted by Sarah & Lita
The area is still the delightful old Algarve, where horse drawn carriages are often seen along the roads, antiquated “favela chic” fishing villages with mornings catches available for sale daily at local markets. Mostly Portuguese is spoken in Eastern Algarve but we have lots of Portuguese books you can learn a few much needed words. We are very laid back and relaxed but with every intention of exceeding your expectations for your well earned holiday! *Private Cooking School coming in 2019 with world renown guest chefs from the Culinary Institute of America, New York & California! We shall have cooking class packages with accommodation for weekends or a whole week. 

If you are visiting from an International Croquet Club wishing to extend your winter/spring season in the sunny Algarve, we can accommodate all your needs with our “Croquet in the Sun Retreat” packages. On site Country House accommodation for 11 or B&B at the club house for 2 guests with en suite bedroom, private entrance.

Beautiful Moroccan style 5 bedroom country house, within the tranquil property grounds. Sleeps up to 11 guests.

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Personalized Private dining for you and your guests, poolside, inside a Moroccan garden tent or in our club house Bistro.

Equally, if you live locally and enjoy croquet or are an absolute beginner wishing to learn,  we can organise coaching for large groups, singles, or join our awesome Beginners Ladies Day every Wednesday morning followed by the gastronomic delights of our New York Culinary Institute of America Chef.  Gents day is also available for beginners/intermediate players, every Friday mornings followed by lunch.

We are only 2.5 hours from any UK airport,  25 minutes from Faro Airport, 30 minutes from Spanish border,  1-1/2hrs from Lisbon and Seville.

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Our Facilities

Our Guest House

Morrocan style villa with semi detached Studio Loft Spaces


Madresilva, a lovingly restored traditional farmhouse nestled back from the sea into 60 acres of private countryside, tropical gardens, olive, fig, ancient carob and almond trees. Romantic, moonlit walks, in your own private countryside. Typically restored outdoor bread baking/pizza oven, barbecue & grill. Wrap around veranda with shady arbours & hammocks, private pool, flat roof for incredible sunrises, sunsets, shooting stars & universe gazing.

Gastronomic Delights

Romantic dinner made for our New York Culinary Institute of America Chef served beside the pool

Privileged sea views

Personalized private dining for you and your guests, inside Moroccan style tents by the pool overlooking the beautiful barrier islands or inside our Club House Bistro.

Great Entertainment!

We can provide all the fun at our exclusive private members club with style and Privacy

Outdoor Swimming pool, Amphitheatre, Veranda

Personalized Private dining for you and your guests, poolside, inside a Moroccan poolside tent or in our club house Bistro

Club membership / Day pass

Full membership applications available, or enjoy our facilities on Day Membership fees

Non members welcome, contact for reservations

All subscriptions are subject to approval of the Membership Committee Admission.

Come as a non member and enjoy our croquet/culinary delights, please email the club for table/tent reservations.

Three beautiful grass croquet lawns

Play Croquet with a panoramic sea view in a first class croquet lawns

Local and International Tournaments

If you are visiting from an International Croquet Club wishing to extend your winter/spring season in the sunny Algarve, we can accommodate all your needs with our “Croquet in the Sun Retreat packages”.
Join our awesome ladies every Wednesday and play on our pristine grass lawns, as we enjoy our winter wonderland of sunshine, followed by a light lunch. Laughter and good friends are unavoidable! Gents mornings every Friday, also welcomes beginners and intermediates, followed by lunch & beverages.

Afternoon Teas

Selection of delicious home baked cakes, pastries & sandwiches served inside the Bistro.

Tea & Croquet?

Selection of Delicious Home Baked Cakes & Pastries
Buttery Fruit Scones with thick Devonshire Cream
Homemade Strawberry Jam & Preserves
Quirky teapots with a full selection of teas & Silly Hats!
Organic egg & cucumber sandwiches along with all the favourites!
Served inside the Bistro, around the beautiful gardens or…
Reserve your own private Moroccan Tent (4 -12 people)
Champagne + Afternoon Tea + Croquet = Fun!
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Practice Makes Perfect

Best Croquet in Portugal, private coaching lessons available for members & non members, single & groups.

Your Hostess

Lita Gale
Lita GaleCroquet Club founder

Portuguese born, enthusiastically developing Portugals 1st ever Croquet Federation committing more time in the Algarve from her busy London Solicitors firm, Lita Gale Solicitors and Wordpower Translations.

Sarah F. Byrne
Sarah F. ByrneNew York Culinary Institute of America Chef

Born in the North of England and raised in San Francisco & NYC, where her culinary skills were developed. Her food is wholesome, clean, fresh, rustic & flavourful, utilizing only the freshest of ingredients, sought out through local artisans and her home organic kitchen gardens. 

Where to find Us

Quinta Marialva

Bias do Norte

8700-066 Moncarapacho

Algarve, Portugal

Club Membership Tel:- (00 351) 289 -798- 254

Reservations Tel:-(00 351) 918-051-787 or CLICK

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