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Special Hillside Villa, in a perfect location close to Lagos & beautiful beaches

Bedrooms 5
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights

About the property

Lovely, family friendly villa, near Lagos, West Algarve, Portugal - set 3 acres with private pool, huge terrace and southerly panoramic views towards Lagos & the Ocean.

Imagine sharing a villa in a great location, with the luxury of space, peace and quiet In a rural setting, extensive views with your family and friends?

Quinta das Casuarinas is away from any developments! But only a stones throw away from Lagos and all its

21st century facilities!

A comfortable, family friendly villa set in three acres and with a pool surrounded by a large terrace - all just for you!

With the added bonus of lots of spots to escape the crowd for a quiet read or contemplation and lovely areas for getting together for BBQs, drinks, coffees and afternoon tea!

Quinta das Casuarinas for 30 years, has been our beautiful, spacious, comfortable, first or second home.

The villa is set in 3 acres of mature grounds and although not isolated, has a wonderful feeling of privacy, seclusion, peace and quiet.

A perfect location with just a short drive into Lagos and everything it has to offer.

Family friendly and spacious.

My Web Site.

To get a more complete picture please visit my web site -( you will find the link on the Facilities page - below the list of facilities).

Here you will find lots of extra photos, a floor plan and information etc.

Our southerly panoramic views are towards the village of Portelas and the historic old town of Lagos ( only 2 miles away) and the sea where there are miles of beautiful clean, sandy beaches. And Beach bars aplenty for drinks, coffees, ice creams, salads, delicious fresh fish etc

Bougainvillea, Morning glory, Oleander and Acacias grow abundantly around the villa.

There are many covered, shaded areas for escaping the midday sun - one of which overlooks the huge securable pool terrace and our new Octagonal Pergola on the pool terrace itself, both providing seating for those that like some shade and also for the supervision of young children in and around the pool.

Plus other peaceful spots for those needing to escape the crowd for a quiet read!

The newly furnished alfresco dining area, with seating for 12 people and a large BBQ, is just above the pool terrace. There are speakers for your own music here --- just plug in your MP3 player ---

Looking west there are further covered areas ( just outside the family sitting-room / kitchen ) - a second dining area, great for breakfast or meals away from the pool. Plus a comfortable outside ‘sitting-room’ from which to enjoy your morning coffee or evening drinks with a view of the garden and setting sun.

There are many beautiful golf courses within easy driving distance. Tennis courts in Lagos. Water sports on local beaches . Horse riding stables. Plus surfing only a 1/2 hour drive away on the west coast.

We have all mod cons! Telephone, Wi-Fi with boosters , New TV set top box - NTV with all the channels and Sport, BBC, ITV etc and many current films included. A DVD player, lots of DVDs and books ( including reference books & cookery books).

There are reliable people, just a phone call away, to help and advise on anything and everything!

Some of our guests extend their holidays by flying to & from Lisbon or Seville, spending a night or two discovering those lovely cities and enjoying the drive or train to Lagos and the West Algarve --- with the added bonus that sometimes, there are better flight deals flying to these airports!


We are 5 minutes drive away from many beautiful sandy beaches all around Lagos. On Meia Praia you can walk or run for several miles. Windsurfing, sailing, water skiing and jet skiing all available. There is surfing and surf schools on the west coast beaches 1/2 hours drive away. Day trips and equipment can be organised from Lagos, or you can hire boards etc on Cordoama and Armado Beaches.

Occasionally you can surf on the south coast too - but there are no hire facilities here.

Lagos is an old city with a general museum, cultural center, Golden church, Slave Museum etc -

Lots of extra info on my web site - www.jillparkinson.wordpress.com

one page devoted to " Things to do on your holiday!" with a list of links to sites for all sorts of diverse activities - plus a few photos

- The Owners Direct link to my web site is on the Facilities page - below the list of Facilities

Further Details:

When you visit the ' Owners Website ' using the Owners Direct link. On the opening page, there are local photos - and THEN please click on - Villa photos, information & floor plan. At the top or on the right. Lots of extra photos and information can be found here.

Also check out my new the page! Visitors Book for their photos and comments.

Please read our 5 ***** reviews here and more on my website!

More Details

Jill Parkinson
Member since: 2004
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
10 January, 2017

About Jill Parkinson

Back in 1984 we took a last minute, unplanned holiday to Portugal. We flew to Faro, on the south coast, hired a car and drove from Tavira to Cape St. Vincent with many stops on the way.

We fell in love with the West Algarve, its friendly people, the charming old walled town of Lagos, steeped in history and with its views across The Bay of Lagos. Wonderful blue skies, turquoise sea, warm sunshine and miles of beautiful, golden, sandy beaches.

With the added bonus of being so close to the stunning protected beaches of the West Algarve coast, craggy cliffs, soft sand, wide estuary's and surf. This was an big extra draw.

It reminded me of years of family holidays in Cornwall, but with great weather & my husband was missing his earlier years in the South African sunshine!

Jill Parkinson purchased this villa in 1980

Why Jill Parkinson chose Lagos region

By the end of our holiday, we returned home to the UK, as proud owners of a half built house on a south facing hillside! After a couple of years we moved, lock, stock and barrel, to The Algarve, with our two small children, to live the dream! Sadly after 7 happy years we had to return, secondary education for our two boys beckoned. But we haven't looked back, we continue to spend as much time there as possible, visiting old friends and enjoying holidays for celebrations with family, friends and children of all ages. We love sharing it with all of you and really appreciate all the great feed back we get! Over the years my husband has worked hard and developed the garden.

What makes this villa unique

I now have a studio in the garden, (I don't use this while guests are staying) and have had many exhibitions of my paintings in The Slave market in Lagos. Unfortunately for us artists, this has recently been converted from an Art Gallery into The Slave Museum!

I have been lucky that our guests have sometimes bought my paintings, that they have seen in the villa. And sometimes I have been commissioned to do paintings of places that they have found evocative and wish to remember. On my web site there are extra photographs - of the Algarve, our villa and some of my paintings.

We have been advertising with Owners Direct since January 2004 - and have had many lovely family's and groups of friends, staying in our villa. With many coming back again and again. A very real ''Home from home

Guestbook comments from the owner

My family and I would like to thank you very much for a wonderful holiday at your beautiful home. Lagos is a lovely area and we enjoyed exploring it and the surrounding area. Alison from Aberdeen - July 2014

Just to let you know we have arrived safe n sound - the place is absolutely beautiful! and it feels just like home! We are loving it! Mandy from Dublin -June 2014

We enjoyed everything about the villa, the beautiful pool, the

comfortable beds and the wonderful charm and character about the place.

there was nothing we wanted for, especially in the kitchen - you've

every utensil, dish & cookbook known to man :) !

Thanks so much June 2014

The whole family enjoyed our stay in your beautiful house and there were several days where we just chilled out, a most idyllic location and there's talk of doing it again next year. Paul from Devon - June 2014

A wonderful holiday,the villa was perfect, great location so near Lagos. We all appreciated the space,the beautiful setting and facilities. The villa is very well equipped and very homely. Thank you for all your help in organising it so well.

Thank you! Thank you! We had a most heavenly time! Really everything was perfect- so comfortable and really homely - could we please book 2 or poss 3 weeks next summer?

We really enjoyed our stay in your wonderful home.We encountered no problems at all.Ascencao was a wonderful asset. Thanks again.

Fantastic holiday yet again ( our 4th!) We would all like to return again next year for the same dates if not already booked?

We very much enjoyed our 2 weeks in your lovely villa .Ascencao was her usual delightful self. Another wonderful holiday!

An ideal, perfect holiday. Made my 1st Cataplana with Ascencao! A wonderful time had by all. On a boat trip we saw dolphins & a turtle!

Check out the 'The Visitors Book' page on my website.
Jan 2004
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
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Superb villa and excellent location

  • 5 of 5

Our fourth year here, it is just so good in all ways. The villa itself is very well equipped with everything you need, it is clean and very comfortable. We visited as a family of three generations (nine in total) but there is enough space to spread out and even to find a quiet area to read and relax when needed.

The pool area is lovely with plenty of sun loungers and pool towels. Even has shady areas so you can keep out of the sun but still join in. The location is excellent with Lagos only a short drive away with shops, restaurants, beaches etc.

Our holiday's here are always great.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great holiday thanks! The girls had a blast to be honest and so did everyone.

The villa is lovely and it has a real charm.

It had everything we needed. Normally we stay at one of the hotels but it was great to be away from it all!

Gabriella was a great help and so was your lovely maid (so sorry I can't remember how to spell her name!).

Hope to stay again soon!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful location, great villa for family holiday

  • 5 of 5

We were a party of eight adults and one infant. This delightful villa is large and spacious with a variety of areas for quietly relaxing, having fun by the pool or enjoying a big family meal or BBQ. Very comfortably appointed. Peaceful rural location but only minutes from Lagos and it's fabulous beach. The description and photos on the website is entirely accurate. Excellent communications from owner Jill. Gabriela and Ascencao were both very helpful. The opportunity to order groceries ahead of arrival worked very well and allowed us to settle in comfortably the first afternoon and evening. The kitchen is outstandingly equipped. Being a family of foodies, this enabled us to enjoy many memorable meals around the large outside and indoor dining tables. The worst thing was having to leave at the end of the week. I whole heartedly recommend this lovely villa.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Absolutely fabulous villa for large family/group

  • 5 of 5

A superb villa feeling like a real family home with everything you could ever want Very spacious with 5 bedrooms ,lounge,kitchen diner- television room.Great bar-b-q with patio to seat 10

Fabulous pool and surround with loungers etc. Maid service most days so the property was always maintained superbly.

The position is excellent being high up with superb views yet only 5 minutes from Lagos with its stunning beaches and great restaurants. I have just spent 3 weeks there celebrating my 70th with friends and family joining us all raved about the place!

The owner was exceptionally helpful with all advice prior to our arrival

I would have no hesitation in recommending this villa in a beautiful part of Portugal

  • Review Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fabulous Villa

  • 5 of 5

I found this villa on Owners Direct and I cannot commend the owner enough - she made the booking very easy and is efficient, personable and lovely to deal with. As for the villa, it does not disappoint. We were an extended family of 9 and the space was wonderful, so well equipped and the pool - gorgeous. High on the hill side, so cool, very near to Lagos and lots of lovely beaches. We ate in very evening on the terrace above the pool using the BBQ. We had an amazing holiday and were sad to leave and would recommend it without reservation.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A lovely place for a holiday

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely holiday staying at Quintas das Casuarinas, for a week, although we would all have liked to stay longer! The villa is plenty big enough, masses of different outdoor areas so you can have sunshine or shade somewhere very pleasant at any time of day. The gardens are beautiful.

We all , especially the children, loved the pool and spent a lot of time in it. If we put the covers on overnight the water was noticeably warmer the next day.

Because of the position on the hill, there was a gentle breeze most of the time which was very welcome.

The owner, Jill, arranged for us to have a supermarket order delivered, so we arrived to a full fridge and didn't need to shop for days!

It is a very short drive to Lagos, which is a lovely little town, not too full of tourists at all, with a pretty marina and plenty of good places to eat, although we mainly bbq'd at the villa.

We went to the local beach and to Salema, about a 20 minute drive away, a small fishing village with a lovely sandy beach.

The house is very well looked after and cleaned almost daily, with all we needed and lots more!

We would definitely like to go back, which is a first for us as we tend to try new places rather than return

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: A great compliment that you would like to return! Thank you!
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 1
18 Feb 2017 - 1 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 2
8 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 3
1 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late summer
3 Sep 2017 - 1 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £300
Tax Rate 6.0%

Booking Notes:
Booking deposits are not refundable.

Personal travel insurance is recommended.

Changeover Day:
Preferred changeover day is Saturday - however we will try to be flexible where possible.
Access after 2pm, Departure by 10am. Luggage can be left before 2pm on arrival day & left to be picked up after 10am on departure day.

Notes on prices:

The prices are per week in UK £s. We also accept Euro at whatever exchange rate, prevails at the time.

Prices quoted. The price includes the last night/date on the pricing chart - ie where departure is the following morning ! Hope this makes sense!

Small people - we have 3 cots, bedding & 3 Highchairs, security gates etc --- No extra charge for these.

A booking deposit of 25% of the total rent is required, to be paid within one week of booking please. The remaining rent is due 8 weeks before your holiday PLUS a refundable security deposit cheque of £300 against telephone calls,breakages & damage. Should you have to cancel, after the remaining rent has been paid, we will make every attempt to replace your booking and reimburse you accordingly..

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Lagos in Algarve

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 310 m²
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
  • 1 en suite 1 optionally en suite, family or shared Both of the above have, a bath with shower over, basin, bidet & WC 2 further bathrooms. Each with a walk in shower (1 has a fold down seat & grab rails) basin & WC. Check my web site floor plan
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 3 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps from 2 to 12 (5 Bedrooms) + 3 babies cots Electric fans in all the bedrooms Notes on bedrooms: No 1. bedroom with double bed No 2. bedroom with double bed and sofa No 3. bedroom with twin beds OR double bed No 4. bedroom with twin beds. No 5. bedroom twin & bunk beds. Plus 3 cots & 3 highchairs. For photos & floor plan visit my website.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • children welcome ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Please visit my Website using the Owners Direct link on the Facilities page. Then click on Villa photos for a villa floor plan, photographs of local scenes, beaches, Lagos, more villa interior & exterior shots & information. Telephone or Email me with any queries. The swimming pool (33 x 16.5ft)- has 2 large gates to prevent over enthusiastic toddlers from getting to the pool unsupervised. The villa has been our home, 1st or 2nd for 30 years! We lived here with our small children. So safety was always an important consideration. The villa is set in 3 acres of grounds with many mature trees providing attractive shaded areas. It is enclosed by a mixture of fencing and/or hedging with a gate at the bottom of the drive. Away from the house, my (locked) painting studio has a covered terrace, which this summer has provided a peaceful adult escape for a quiet coffee and a good book! Next year we have a painting holiday planned. Outside: From the pool terrace there are lovely, southerly, sweeping views of countryside & the village of Portelas, towards the old historic town of Lagos & the sea -2 miles away. A perfect location! The private pool has a cover to warm it up & to keep it warm & is surrounded by a huge terrace, with a generous supply of sunbeds & poolside furniture. Plus a covered terrace for escaping the midday sun with 2 large gates to prevent over enthusiastic toddlers from getting to the pool unsupervised! Several shaded spots for a quiet read - a game of cards or peaceful drink. There is a choice of dining tables outside - under the covered terraces for alfresco meals. One near the pool has a large gas BBQ and speakers for your music. The other is on the westerly terrace, with fresh herbs, nearer to the kitchen. Also on the westerly terrace, away from the pool & next to the lawn, an 'outside sitting-room' where you can enjoy your morning coffee or an evening drink while watching the setting sun. Utility Room: There is a casinha, a little cottage across from the kitchen - where Ascencao does all the house washing & ironing. In the kitchen there is a dishwasher and washing machine, plus a separate iron and ironing board for our guests to use. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Maid service. Ascencao comes in 5 weekday mornings except on National Holidays. Bath towels and linen are included and changed weekly or as necessary. Pool towels provided. But not beach towels to be taken away from the house to the beach or slide parks. Other: The villa has - Wi-Fi, Uk adaptors for UK applinaces. Hair dryers & Electric fans. To deter moths & insects at night all the bedrooms have mosquito nets and some of the doors and windows have insect screens. ( including the kitchen / family room )

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website:

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