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An elegant villa and cottage with gardens and pool in a truly unspoilt village.

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms for 4 + optional cottage for 2 - 4

A handsome villa, with delightful mature gardens & a large private pool. Experience a truly authentic village life, with friendly Portuguese neighbours, plus comfort and privacy - a rare combination ! The Villa has a superb sunny (25 foot) sitting room at first floor level, with wood-burning stove, overlooking a pasture often grazed by goats. 2 French windows lead onto a wide sun terrace looking towards the coastal cliffs. Steps curve down to the mature walled garden containing peach, orange, lemon and mandarin trees, fruiting vines & a gazebo.

The adjacent private pool is surrounded by floral beds in its own walled garden, reached by a gate in the Villa garden, thus enabling it to be secured safeguarding infants. The ground floor has 2 large twin bedrooms with French windows into the garden & 2 bathrooms (baths & showers). The optional cottage (Casita) has a sitting room (with a sofa which can become two single futons), 1 twin bedroom & bathroom. There is air-conditioning , and heating if required in winter months.

A generous welcome pack of food and wine is included. An English babysitter is available. Additional beds, cots and high chair are available.

The house has views over open countryside and over the quaint village roof tops to the coast. The area, being a National Park, is generally agreed to be the most beautiful in the Algarve and is richly endowed with wild flowers, rare birds and butterflies.

Golf, fishing, riding, tennis and sailing, are all only a few minutes away, as are little whitewashed fishing villages where the morning catch is sold and cooked, very cheaply.

More Details

Patricia Bird
Member since: 2001
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 April, 2017

About Patricia Bird

The owner (not Patricia , who is a friend of the owner and is dealing with the bookings ) writes : I was a barrister, a Cambridge don and a schoolmaster and, after retirement , a professional artist, having been an amateur painter for many years previously.

I hold regular exhibitions in London, Paris, and Oundle where I still live, in a 500 year old drovers' inn, with an art gallery converted from the ancient stables.

I am also a keen musician , playing the bassoon in various chamber ensembles, and on numerous occasions have brought chamber groups to the Villa and given concerts in the Algarve.

Patricia Bird purchased this house in 1978

Why Patricia Bird chose Vila Do Bispo region

The owner (not Patricia) writes : I found this charming village almost by chance 35 years ago. I had come to Portugal in search of beautiful places to paint, but, dismayed by the wanton development along most of the Algarve coast, penetrated to the west Algarve,which was then virtually unknown, and discovered this delightful village, only a few minutes walk from the most stunning coast.

I was painting there when a villager told me about a ruined manor house (the Casa) which was for sale very cheaply, and having fallen in love with the village, I rashly bought it at once. This was the start of over 10 years restoration, and subsequently, the designing of a smaller house (the Villa) in its grounds, which is now completely separate and the conversion of two old barns into a cottage (Casita) in the Villa grounds.

It was a somewhat fraught experience at the time, but being finished it is an unfailing joy whenever I go there, either to paint or with friends and family (see photo, on the beach). Astonishingly, the village and environs have hardly changed since my first arrival and I bless the day when I made that impetuous decision to buy the old ruin.

What makes this house unique

The owner (not Patricia) writes : There is too much to summarise here, but, briefly, I love the tranquility and beauty of the place with many of the old village characters whom I have known for 35 years, the wonderful views in all directions, the sense of peace and privacy in my gardens and pools, the astonishing bird life and the timeless quality of the place. I can't do justice to it here - you need to experience it for yourself !

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have just returned from a magnificent holiday in your property.

Very occasionally one manages to find a a location with unique charm.

Your villa can only be described as spectacular. the sort of place which one sees on the cover of holiday brochures but never finds in practice. We would like to book it for the same time next year ; meanwhile we intend to improve our golf so that we can enjoy the beauty and challenges of the splendid course. Mr and Mrs J. Terry, Chester---This was our fourth visit to Villa dos Arcos, and every time we come we love it more. This year John’s highlights were several sightimngs of booted eagles seen from the path to the beach, Marsh Harriers seen from the terrace and a Hoopoe strutting in the garden. For us it is a perfect house in a perfect village and we are already looking forward to returning again next year. - John and Sue S
Nov 2007
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Burgau in Algarve

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Baby Gate
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom - 2 Single Bed , twin
    Bedroom - 2 Single Bed , twin
    Bedroom - 2 Single Bed , twin
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Sofa bed/Futon , twin
  • 3 twins, 2 sofa beds, further beds available, 2 cots, crib on request.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Terrace
  • Deck Furniture
  • Golf
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Tennis
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 5 deck chairs
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The facilities listed include both the Villa and the Casita (cottage). Welcome pack of food and wine provided. English speaking baby-sitter available.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(21 traveller reviews)


Great villa in idyllic location

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Villa dos Arcos. The quiet location and the spacious living accommodation, not to mention the lovely pool, really made our stay in Portugal memorable. Figueira is one of the few unspoilt places on the South West coast of Portugal and one of the highlights was walking to Figueria beach, wonderfully remote and no other souls to be found, I suppose you sacrifice remoteness for lack of amenities. However there were other beaches nearby with facilities and restaurants with some great shell fish.

The description of the villa was accurate and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We ate out most evenings but the kitchen was well appointed for the evenings we decided to stay in. The local supermarket was excellent and very inexpensive compared to the UK.

I have passed on the details to several friends and look forward to returning next year.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spacious villa in unspoit village

  • 5 of 5

With the coast so heavily developed it is a delight to still find a village which retains its traditional character. The villa is a traditional dwelling located on the edge of the village with lovely views of the surrounding countryside from its spacious first floor sitting room. There is a sunny walled garden with mature plants and this leads to the villa's own pool. Within a short distance of the villa are a number of delightful beaches. The village has a lovely small restaurant where home cooked food is available in friendly informal surroundings. The village is full of narrow streets, but we never had any difficulty parking our hire car right next to the villa. The villa was well maintained and although we had no problems it was reassuring to know that that there was someone nearby to help with any difficulties. A piece of old Portugal away from the madding crowds, and thoroughly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The Villa is just as described in the website : spotlessly clean, spacious, with lovely views from the windows and terrace. It is full of local character, with a beautiful garden and a large swimming pool which has been completely renovated this year. It is tastefully decorated and well equipped, and the caretaker who met us was very helpful in answering all our questions.

We loved being in a real Portuguese village, with its cobbled streets and quaint little shops, and, as a bonus, a really excellent restaurant where delicious home-cooked meals were extremely modestly priced.

The nearest beach was a joy - hardly anyone else on it, with perfect sand and sheltered by cliffs ; the children loved exploring the caves.

It was so good to find a comfortable, stylish villa which was not on one of the many developments scarring the coastline further to the east.

We would recommend this unreservedly, unless you or your family want night life - there is none ! But there are many restaurants in other nearby villages, and we were never disappointed.

Finally, if you are a keen bird-watcher, this is a paradise - even a hoopoe in the garden, and lots of egrets in the pasture immediately outside.

Go before it gets spoilt.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Highly recommend this pretty villa .

  • 5 of 5

The directions we were given and assistance to get to the property was first class. The villa was very pretty, just like the photos. It was spotlessly clean. Tracy, the housekeeper had left a welcome pack of food and a bottle of wine for us, she was extremely helpful and friendly throughout our week's stay. We were blessed with mainly sunny weather but as it was the middle of March the nights were chilly, the log burner in the living room made the room look lovely and was really warm.

We weren't familiar with this area of Portugal but really enjoyed the non tourist environment. We went some lovely walks to the unspoiled beaches, which were absoulutely beautiful and enjoyed the cliff top walks to the pretty little resort of Salema which was only about a mile away by road. There was plenty information in the villa about the local and surrounding areas. The patio areas were wee sun traps. We mainly ate in or had barbecues as our family and 2 year old grandson were staying with us but really enjoyed a delicious but extremely cheap lunch in one of the local bar/restaurants Saphinas.

We had a surprise visit in the field adjacent to the villa of sheep, lambs and goats along with the melodic sound of the bells they wore round their necks - pure joy for our wee grandson!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Autumn break in Portugal

  • 5 of 5

The Vila dos Arcos was a charming place to spend a few days of sun before facing winter in London. It was my first visit to the Algarve and the Vila offered a perfect introduction.

Figueira is an unspoilt Portuguese village set on a rising ground a short but adequate distance off the main road between Lagos and Sargres. It is in the West Algarve National Park and so the countryside is less developed than further East.

Figueira beach, set between two protruding outcrops of rock and guarded by a Roman fort is not accessible by road so is never crowded. The walk from the Vila to the beach takes about twenty pleasant minutes.

The Vila is very well designed with a spacious living room on the first floor giving views of the village and surrounding countryside in two directions. There us also a south facing-large balcony looking over the courtyard gardens. The bedrooms are on the ground floor and open directly into the inner courtyard. Two doors lead from the inner courtyard into an outer courtyard with a swimming pool. Both courtyards are paved with marble and have varied plants in beds and climbing up the walls, including a vine, pomegranate and bougainviliaea. These gardens have great charm and offer a relaing setting for lazing, swimming or reading.

The Vila dos Arcos offers the best of both worlds - modern comfort and classical Portuguese charm - an excellent place for a short or long holiday at any time of the year.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Relaxation and peace in the sun

  • 5 of 5

This villa, with its spacious rooms, simply and tastefully furnished, its delightful paved courtyard garden and good-sized pool, is set in a traditional small village in the national park area. The village retains its authentic Portuguese character - narrow cobbled streets, colourful gardens and views out over the surrounding hills.

A variety of south-facing uncrowded sandy beaches and coves are within easy walking or driving distance, and there are excellent bars and restaurants nearby. There is also a well-stocked small supermarket about 2 km away. Interesting local walks provide opportunities for enjoying the many wild flowers and birds.

This is a wonderful place to relax, away from it all: the perfect retreat in a beautiful setting!

  • Review Submitted: May 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 2
12 Mar 2017 - 5 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 3
6 May 2017 - 26 May 2017
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Rate 4
27 May 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
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Rate 5
24 Jun 2017 - 26 Aug 2017
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Rate 6
27 Aug 2017 - 23 Sep 2017
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Rate 7
24 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
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for 7 nights
Rate 8
30 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
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for 7 nights
Rate 9
23 Dec 2017 - 6 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 1
7 Jan 2018 - 8 Mar 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

These rates are for the Villa. The Casita prices are considerably lower, often less than half the Villa prices. Please telephone, or consult our website( WWW.VILAD.COM): for details of the Casita prices. The Villa can be rented on its own ; the Casita can only be rented in conjunction with the Villa.
Details and rates for the adjacent Casa dos Arcos (sleeping 8+) can be viewed on our website.

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100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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