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Create your own Eden at home

Tucked away in the hills behind Loulé is a quaint house belonging to Michael and Kate Fitch. As you walk round their house and garden, you soon learn what their business is, and you will be impressed! The company is called Table Tops and Trellis Design, and the couple pride themselves on creating different and interesting products, which is why they have such a good client base.

Michael and Kate moved here in 1982 from England, just as the expatriate society was flourishing, and have been in business for the better part of 17 years. They specialise in constructing huge tables, which sit around 10 people, whose tops feature beautiful tiled designs. This is perfect for anyone with family and friends visiting regularly.

Their pergolas have also been a huge success – they have even built one in their own garden – and they can build them in any size, from a gazebo to a full-sized outdoor room. They are excellent for deep shade in the Algarvean summer heat.

A local Portuguese company, who imports materials from Africa, made it easy for Michael to create thatched pergolas, which has been a bestseller for the last few years. Hand painted tiles can be fitted to tabletops by the team of experts employed by Michael and Kate. They are friendly and ready to meet your every need, using the highest quality materials.

Table Tops and Trellis Design can transport any project to any region of Portugal. Michael and Kate are very accommodating, though their house can be difficult to find. If you want to know more, all you have to do is pick up the phone and call them to arrange a visit to their home, where their workshop is also located. There, in the serenity of their house in the hills, you can discuss ideas and be shown many prototypes discretely present in their garden. They can create many kinds of garden accessories, from wooden steps to sunloungers.

What has made their business a success is their skills and customer care, which has made them one of the most well loved trellis and table designers in the Algarve. Their self-contained Eden will amaze you but, more importantly, you can get an idea of what you can achieve for your home.

• For an appointment with Michael and Kate, call 289 432 359 or 919 312 080. Log on to to view their website.