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Elegant Villa With Private Pool For 2-12 People

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,690 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Parking


About the property

Large villa with private pool and two huge reception terraces

Casa Funda is a large, elegant villa with private pool and terraces sitting on 6000sq metres (roughly 1 acre) of grounds with olive, carob, orange and lemon trees, bougainvillea, palms and yuccas. It is tailor-made for larger families: two or three families holidaying together, or one family including Granny, Grampy, aunts and uncles. The property has 5 bedrooms, ALL WITH AIR CONDITIONING ( a small charge will be made if used extensively), one of which is a very large studio flat complete with second kitchen and bathroom and three single beds, attached to the property but with separate entrance. The studio is never let separately. The main house and its 4 bedrooms all have brand new (2015) mosquito screens. In the main house there is a large drawing room with flat screen TV and a brand new (as of June 2017) free view box and satellite dish which gives you all the major UK channels as well as about 200 more! We also have Apple TV. there are screened patio doors to terraces and pool, separate dining room for 12 also with screened patio doors, fully fitted kitchen, master bedroom w/ queen sized bed, screened patio doors + en suite bathroom , family bedroom with double and single bed and en suite bathroom and two twin bedded rooms. There is a third bathroom downstairs. The studio flat, with its own terrace and very distant views to the sea, has a large bathroom and kitchen.

After buying the house we embarked on a huge landscaping programme and created a second,large, terraced dining area away from the pool and the noise for reading, siestas, etc. We have further landscaped the garden, adding a fountain/pond feature in local stone, with goldfish, and planting more fruit trees, bamboo, bougainvillea etc. There is a once-a-week gardening service and the pool is serviced twice a week in the high season.

We have already upgraded the house by installing air conditioning, a huge flat screen television, internet access upon request, new curtains etc. In the Spring of 2011 all fittings in all 4 bathrooms were renewed. In 2015 I had screens put in for all the windows and doors downstairs. In 2016 the downstairs bathrooms were also screened.

More Details

Ursula Higham
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French, German
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
30 May, 2018

About Ursula Higham

My husband, I and our teenage son rented this property in 2008, fell in love with it and bought it in 2009. We live near Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire. My husband, who died very unexpectedly in September 2012, was an English lawyer and I am half German, half Hungarian,, born in NY and fluent in German, English and French. My son has just finished Leeds University and is now working in London. We had a much-loved English cocker spaniel and now have a three legged equally loved golden labrador. I try and spend most of June and two weeks in September at Casa Funda, mostly taking friends down with me.

Ursula Higham purchased this villa in 2009

Why Ursula Higham chose Santo Estêvão

Having spent a week in this house on a 'last' type holiday, we so loved the house that we decided to buy it. It is generous, spacious and had, and hopefully has, a happy feel to it. It IS a family home. It is also ideally located for Tavira and the beach...

What makes this villa unique

Its greatest benefit, and why we fell in love with it, is its design: there is a very large, generous drawing room AND dining room, with the bedrooms off these rooms on either side. In addition there is the separate, but attached, studio flat. So three families can be there without falling on top of each other. The two huge terraces also create a feeling of privacy.

We have always had a 5 star rating. One reviewer loved the house and gave it a 1, thinking that was the highest honour. Unfortunately she misunderstood the rating system, and her 1 instead of 5 reduced our average to 4.7 (if you read the reviews you will see!)

Guestbook comments from the owner

----Original message----

From : ciarajcronindoug@

Date : 19/08/2016 - 17:30 (BST)

To :

Subject : Holiday 2016

Dear Ursula,

I hope you are well. I have been meaning to email you ever since we returned from our holiday a week ago. We had a fantastic time! Our children are very spoiled now, and want to return to Casa Funda again...& again!!

I hope to try to return to the Algarve again next year, so we will keep a keen eye on Casa Funda's availability.

I hope everything was ok with the Villa following our stay. Tavira has definitely become busier since we were there 2009! The landscaping you have had done is very nice and of course the pool was well used everyday!!

Hopefully we will return soon; best of luck for your future at Casa Funda.

Kind regards,

Ciara D.
Jul 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Santo Estêvão in Municipality of Tavira

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2690 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • The en suite bathroom to the master bedroom is new. Bathrooms 2 and 3 and 4 all have new suites, showers and all fittings (as of 15 December 2010) with stronger pressure pumps. The studio flat has its own boiler. All bathroom windows downstairs are fully screened.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 5 - 3 Single Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , sliding doors to patio fully screened (moustiquaires)
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , sliding doors to patio, fully screened (moustiquaire)
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot , windows fully screened (moustiquaires)
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , windows fully screened (moustiquaires)
  • Bedrooms 1 and two have sliding doors to the terraces and pool. All bedrooms have air conditioning available. All downstairs bedroom doors and windows are fully screened. A charge will be made for AC if you exceed the average electricity use of 300 kw per week. This charge will be 30cents per kilowatt. The meter is read on arrival and again on departure. We provide a cot with bedlinen as well as a high chair free of charge. If you require more than one there is a 15 Euro weekly rental charge.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 8 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • 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
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
We have created a huge tiled terrace complete with a second stone barbecue to the front of the house, so one can read, doze or dine in peace away from the pool. The pool area has also been re landscaped, with a fountain and additional trees and shrubs. In the modernised kitchen there are new appliances, including a 5 ring range cooker, microwave, dishwasher and an extra large refrigerator(8 July 2010). There are 2 other fridges in the property . A new utility area outside with a washing machine also houses a chest freezer. In addition to the landscaping, we have created a badminton area for the sporty minded (racquets in the house) and there is a ping pong table for your use. We have a large amount of books, French, German and English, as well as a selection of boardgames (both French and English) and toys and pool toys for your and your children’s' enjoyment. There are cuddly toys in one of the bedrooms, a rugby ball and a selection of other balls


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Elegant Villa With Private Pool For 2-12 People
average rating of 4.76 based on 26 reviews

Casa Funda June 2009

  • 5 of 5

A large well equipped villa in a rural location, with gated access off a quiet side road. The owners met us on arrival and had a quick response to any questions.

Probably the best equipped we've stayed at with attention to the essentials that you always end up buying like washing up liquid,dishwasher tablets,salt,vinegar BBQ coals etc, even had a pair of reading glasses!!

Very spacious accomodation although partly closed off as there were only 4 of us, had the facilities & space of a 6 bed villa at 2 bed prices,very good value for money.

Car is essential as there is nothing within walking distance ,Tavira is a 10 min drive away, lovely old Portugese fishing village, large choice of bars & restaurants also has nearest supermarket.

If you're looking for somewhere lively with plenty of nightlife then this is not for you , but if you just want to chill out and take in some of the original Portugese culture then you'd have a job to find anywhere better.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Sep-2009
  • Date of Stay: May 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful clean and spacious accomodation in a peaceful environment with a great pool.

  • 5 of 5

Casa Funda was all and more than the reviews stated. The accommodation was fantastic, plenty of room for two extended families catering for 6 adults 3 young adults and 4 teenagers. They was plenty of games and books on hand to keep everyone entertained. The pool was big and deep enough to allow for a family game of water polo/basketball. It was a peaceful environment but close enough to the town of Tavira, although you do need a car. Taxi from Tavira was only €8. Pego Do Inferno was only 5-10 mins away and was a big hit with all ages. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay here.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Casa Funda - fantastic holiday

  • 5 of 5

We loved Casa Funda - it is very spacious indeed with the bedrooms handily spread out, which worked really well for our two parties. It is extremely well equipped with all manner of things, from board games to barbeque utensils, which was ideal with children. We especially liked the large pool which was big enough to accommodate 9 easily. Because it's nicely detached we didn't have to worry about noise from the children which was perfect.

The villa is near Tavira (5/10 min drive) but is far enough away to be quiet and secluded - we found it an ideal location. Tavira itself is a beautiful, unspoilt town with lots of restaurants/cafes. The beach which you reach by train (Ilha de Tavira I think) was very crowded and the waves were so big it wasn't really possible for children to swim - a bit disappointing. However if you travel west you can find beaches where the waves are much smaller, so this wasn't a problem really.

i would really recommend Casa Funda, especially if you have a large group. Ursula was quick to respond to any queries and couldn't have been more helpful. We were very sad to leave!

Fi Douglas

  • Review Submitted: 20-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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The right place to relax and rejuvenate

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful holiday we had at Casa Funda. The villa is a real home from home - it contains everything you need to have a relaxing time. The house is spacious, clean, cool and the gardens are a joy with lemons and limes growing as well as many fragrant flowers.

We wanted a quiet break and that is exactly what we got. As Gemma did some shopping for us we didn't have to go anywhere. After a couple of days of complete relaxation we started to visit some local towns - Tavira being the closest with the river running through it with the beautiful cobbled streets. The villa is well placed for visiting different towns we went to

Towards the end of our break we were really feeling revitalized so we made use of the badminton court and the table tennis table which we enjoyed.

To sum up a beautiful villa, a lovely relaxing place an ideal antidote to living in 2015.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Nov-2015
  • Date of Stay: October 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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large villa with a lot of atmosphere!

  • 5 of 5

We were 10 persons i total (children, grandchildren, and grandparents - from 13 to 73 years and had a wonderful stay (only too short).

We enjoyed the many terraces and the pool. Lovely garden and surroundings.

Tavira is a beutiful town with a lot restaurents - highly reccommended

Take the small ferryboat to Isla di Tavira and have a nice day at the Beach.

Nitionalpari Ria di Famosa is a must!

The owner - Ursula was very helpful to our family

  • Review Submitted: 03-Nov-2014
  • Date of Stay: October 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much. It was a pleasure to have you stay at Christopher's and my house and you would be very welcome anytime you wish. Thank you also for having left everything so neat and tidy!
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Our stay at Casa Funda

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at Casa Funda. I’ve rented other vacation homes in the past and have been disappointed. This home is the exception. The villa is well laid out, giving ample space for a large family and, at the same time, providing an unusual amount of privacy, because it divides into three areas. The property is well kept with more than adequate supplies of essential household items.

Casa Funda has large terraces and gardens in the front the back. The front terrace surrounds a beautiful swimming pool, well suited for swimming.

The villa is about 4 miles from Tavira, one of the most charming villages in the Algarve. There is an extensive waterfront area with restaurants and other entertainments. Beaches lie on the south side of an island, extending along the coast. Access is by boat and ferry, which helps preserve their charm and relatively modest use, as compared to other tourist destinations.

Casa Funda is highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 08-May-2014
  • Date of Stay: April 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Sam V. It was a pleasure welcoming you to Casa Funda and I am genuinely happy that you loved the house as much as I and my family do. Thank you also for the return booking next year. I look forward to Gemma or me welcoming you then.
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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Aeroport le Plus Proche
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
La Gare La Plus Proche
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Restaurant Velo II in Santa Margrida
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Plages Les Plus Proches
Car: recommended

Payment can equally be in GBP with NO exchange rate surcharges!

Casa Funda is a 7 minute drive from elegant Tavira, with a Roman bridge, cobbled alleyways, medieval squares, innumerable restaurants and riverside cafés and a vibrant fish, fruit and veg market. You can sit by the river sipping a beer or a traditional 'bica,' a Portuguese espresso, or view the camera obscura by the castle. 5 minutes' away is an ancient, charming fishing village, Santa Luzia where you sit outside and dine on freshly grilled fish or take a water taxi to kilometres of unspoilt white, sandy, underpopulated beaches. You can be in Seville in under two hours, or Lisbon in less than three...Wine tours can be arranged through tour operators in Tavira; we did a brilliant one to Quinta da Tor near Loule.

There are quite a few Michelin restaurants within taxi reach: Sao Gabriel and Henrico Leis in Almancil (1 star, the latter SUPERB) and two 2 star ones slightly further away.

For nature lovers: the RIA FORMOSO nature park along 100 miles of protected coastline, with hides for birdwatching. .

Bike hire is easy, both mountain and regular bikes. The hills around the villa are breathtakingly beautiful and there are wonderful restaurants with far-ranging views over the mountains.

Casa Funda is 25kms from the Spanish border. Seville is only1.5 hrs away. It is one of the world's most beautiful cities, full of architectural treasures and tapas bars. Lisbon is 2.5 hours away by car.

Other Activities: Badminton court and table tennis on the property

Golf: Please email owner for golf info; there are so many golf courses that one cannot list them all!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Santo Estêvão, Algarve

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Late Spring 2018
29 Apr 2018 - 1 Jul 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
High Season Summer 2018
2 Jul 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £18 per night, per additional guest
Late Summer 2018
2 Sep 2018 - 14 Oct 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £131.47





Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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