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" Secluded Family Home" In The Algarve hills, wonderful views to the coast.



Updated: 21-Nov-2016
Villa near Santa Barbara de Nexe, near Estoi and loule, Central Algarve, Portugal - Quality 4 Bed Villa, Large Private Heated Pool; Tennis Court/Games Room; Beautiful Tropical Gardens;

If you are interested in our home please include your land line or mobile number with your enquiry , and all details of the size of your party and childrens ages ,( If applicable ) and I will get back to you with a price. . We have a minmum rental of 7 nights , we are open all year winter guests benefit from lower prices and wonderful winter sun . The villa is our family home in the sun and we love it , and we invite you to share it with us. We have many who visit us year after year because of the attention to detail and welcome that they receive. .

Our prices are very reasonable and we are committed to giving our clients a well decorated lovingly cared for home, with all that they would wish for. We do our upmost to look after our guests and provide you with a holiday that best suits your needs . Our management team also give you the peace of mind that you are not alone, meeting you on arrival, showing you around our home and showing you how things work, and if problems arise or you need further information ,they are there for you making your stay more comfortable,

The Villa is set in over 2 acres of attractive mature & secluded tropical gardens lovingly looked after by our Portuguese gardener who is on site every Monday and Friday afternoon ( weather permitting ). Large private swimming pool 9x5 metres cleaned 2 times per week and can be heated for that extra luxury if wanted . Our cleaner will be on site during your stay , keeping our home fresh and clean, changing bed linen once per week and bathroom towels twice per week. Price also includes Tennis court & boules ct, well equipped modern games-room with table tennis table , darts board table football and pool table ( I euro per game ) , benefits include child friendly environment for your baby/toddler ( babies room £60 per week includes all you would require for a baby/toddler as well as many toys to keep your little ones occupied in and out of the house) and included in base price are stair gates and pool panels , with Unlimited wifi and outside speekers and ipod docking station so music can be listened to outside areasl .well appointed villa with plenty of quiet spaces , relaxing bedrooms and comfy beds, featuring a well equipped country-style kitchen with ample cutlery and crockery fully equipped with all you would need, bosh dishwasher and washing machine, our outdoor eating area has a sink , marble worktops charcoal bbq, large round table and ample seating with fantastic views across the valley and terrace area . Open-plan dining and living rooms with exposed beams, stone walls & colonial style fans, open fire for autumn guests, Logs can be ordered and paid for on site . Shaded verandah leads to the alfresco dining area over looking pool and large terrace with stunning vistas.


The price list is based on minimum of 6 people sharing we do have the facility to accommodate up to 11 ( 8 adults and 2 children under 13 years old as well as a baby/toddler. Supplements apply to larger parties no discounts for smaller parties . A small complementary welcome pack is also included . JULY and AUGUST rates include air con to all bedrooms.

Air con in bedrooms for heating / cooling in april ,may, june ,september and october is charged @ £150 per week


prices start @£590 per week for 2 people sharing 1 bedroom extra guests are charged @£20 per person per night.

heating to all rooms will be charged as used, meter read on arrival and departure a deposit for electric use of £12 per day will be payable in advance ( 1 week before your arrival ) if their are extra payments these will be taken from security deposit, over payments will be refunded with security deposit.

air con heating to bedrooms

2 Electric heaters are provided , underfloor heating is available for longer lets ie 2 weeks or more.

logs for the open fire can be purchased on site.

maid 2 times per week , services of our management team and a complementary welcome pack are included in the above price , as well as games room and tennis crt, our veranda can be fully closed for winter guests allowing you to sit outside and enjoy the warm winter sunshine in an enclosed area..

We do charge extra for the luxury of Pool heating set @ 26 degrees

Summer ; MAY , JUNE JULY AUGUST and SEPTEMBER £25 per night , put on 3 days prior to arrival .+ set up charge of £55

EASTER , APRIL and OCTOBER , price is £30 a night . put on 5 days prior to arrival, + set up charge of £55.


.A car would be an advantage and reccommend , but we do have guests using taxis for their days out and shopping trips, a small shop and bar are within a short uphill walk , and santa Barbara is a level 30-40 minute walk where you can tie in a meal and do the shopping before getting a cab home.

We are perfectly placed for visiting wonderful beaches , and all attractions are within 45 minutes drive ,nearest aqua park is 15 minutes( quarteira) away nearest beach 15 minutes away ( faro) and this beach has childrens play area and loads of restaurants serving up fresh locally caught fish to fantastic variety of meat and a long and wide sandy beach that goes on for miles so if you want privacy there is plenty of space for adults and children to enjoy.We are also well positioned for golf courses and wonderful local restaurants which are of a very high standard and very reasonably priced. With our home you have all the attractions of the Algarve on your doorstep without the huge price tag you would expect to pay if you were based at on the coast.We are 15 minutes from the fantastic town of loule with a daily fresh fish market , which also sells locally grown produce and a small but well worth a visit castle , loule also has plenty of fabulous restaurants and bars and a wonderful avinida to walk down and chill out on those warm Algarve evenings.

More Details
  • Sleeps 11
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

we bought .this house in 2001 and have enjoyed many family holidays we love it .We have worked very hard to make our home a nice place to stay and relax in ,and continue to have friends and family holiday in our home.

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Guestbook comments from the manager

just returned from this wonderful villa, the warmest one we have ever stayed in. We are fequent travellers to portugal in the winter and have stayed in many villas but never as nice as this one , we will be back in november and again in february 16 , steve from england .
Oct 2005
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9 Reviews

based on 9 holidaymaker reviews


Perfect villa for a relaxing family holiday!

  • 5 of 5

We chose this villa as we were looking for somewhere suitable for our small children (6 months & 3 years) and we certainly made the right choice! EVERYTHING that we needed for our children was available including stair gates, change mats, highchair etc which made us feel really relaxed. The villa is only a short drive from the airport which was great after an early morning flight with 2 children.

The villa and it's grounds are huge and really well maintained and you can tell that the owners put a lot of energy into its upkeep.

There is so much to do in the area with beaches, waterparks and theme parks that it was difficult to agree on what we would do each day as we wanted to do everything!

We ate out in a couple of the local restaurants and found they were really family friendly although our best meals were cooked at the BBQ!

Once the children were in bed it was great to sit on the veranda at night, have some adult time and plan our next trip to Casa Crianca!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely villa

  • 5 of 5

An absolutely wonderful villa with all you could possibly need for a fantastic family holiday. The owners were a pleasure to deal with from start to finish, and the management company were extremely helpful during our stay. We spent most of our time making use of the great outside space particularly enjoying the BBQ and outdoor eating area. The pool is lovely (and can be heated) and the added child safely equipment gave us extra peace of mind travelling with an adventurous 4 yr old. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the villa and would most certainly return again.

  • Review Submitted: May 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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beautiful villa but never felt welcome

  • 3 of 5

We cannot fault the villa itself and beautiful location, but sadly I feel compelled to write some home truths here. We stay in villas every year all over the world and I have never come across the situations we found ourselves in here. Firstly, the property manager is round every few days making sure nothing is broken. There are signs up all over the house telling you what you can and can't do. You pay 50 quid to hire the tiny games room and then have to pay 1 Euro per game of pool. If you hire the tennis court then you pay for rackets, balls. When you leave, bearing in mind the 10am departure time, both the manager and cleaner arrive at 9am and chase you out. Whilst we were there, wild dogs got into the property nightly, making a mess in the garden and tennis court. The manager said it was a first and had no idea how they got in, until I pointed out that one unfenced side of the house backed onto scrubland. At 5am the alarm went off one day, and when an electrician came round when we were out, he broke the kettle (which we were then charged for). When we left, all the chairs, Sun loungers were put away barring 2 of each, as a couple were arriving - we only hope they had no friends coming round. If you don't hire all the bedrooms, the spare ones are locked. Now whilst most of this is known upfront, the whole package ends up making you feel uncomfortable and simply cattle to pay the mortgage. Never have we felt like this in the dozens of houses we've stayed in. I'm surprised I'm giving it a 3 star rating but it's a beautiful house sadly let down by an overbearing manager and owners intent on bleeding their guests, having lost sight of the reason we all hire these villas - to have a relaxing and stress-free holiday!

  • Review Submitted: May 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect Portugal

  • 5 of 5

As a first timer to Portugal, I was most impressed with Casa da Crianca and the surrounding area. This villa is beautiful, superbly equipped with en-suites to every room, with the recent addition of air con if needed (which we didn't as the interior remained delightfully cool), lovely well equipped kitchen and a pool, terrace and most interesting and extensive gardens as well as a great games room, in which we enjoyed playing pool and table football! The villa is situated in the hills above Faro with a splendid view of the sea from which it receives cooling winds. Fortunately there are a couple of extensively equipped shops, a bakery and bar within easy walking distance of the villa and a small town, Santa Barbara which boasts a number of bars, restaurants, shops and a bank - everything you could need within a few miles walk or short drive. In fact, one would not need to stray very far from the villa at all during a stay, which would be a pity as Portugal seems to have so much to offer. I shall be back!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 5, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A Safe Haven

  • 5 of 5

Nine of us including 3 children, ages 5 to 16 months, got together for a family celebration. We couldn't have chosen a better place.

The facilities are 1st class even down to stair gates and buckets and spades for the children on the beach, if we could drag them away from the pool that is. Recommend having heating for the pool especially with little ones. Plenty of room for everyone to escape for a quiet time if wanted (who wouldn't with grandparents on hand?!)

Villa is off the beaten track but with good restaurants a short distance away, recommend La Piazza in the village.

After our week the cry went up "let's do this again next year" , can I say more.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Paradise in the sun

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous two weeks at Casa da Crianca with all of our family. The Villa is simply stunning. The rooms are attractive and comfortable; the gardens are immaculate and well-maintained; the pool is relaxing and spacious; and the facilitaties (e.g. Tennis Court and Games room) are well worth taking advantage of. Overall, we could not have wished for a better place to spend precious holiday time with the people that matter most to us. We would certainly recommend the Villa to anyone looking for a special place for their holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

We saw 5 properties and this one had the best view, rolling hills , other lovely villas to look @ and the sea in the distance , even being able to see the waves on a clear day , even though the coast is approx. 10k away and wonderful sunrises and sunsets with great views from both terraces. the grounds have been beautifully landscaped and cared for by our hard working gardener.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : faro airport, is 15 minutes drive 20 euros by cab. at 15 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : bar and mini supermarket at 650 Metres Nearest Golf : Quinto do largo , vale do lobo at 15 Kilometres Nearest Train : at 5 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : motorway or EN125. at 5 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : santa barbara de nexe has 6 restaurants , 5 bars at 3 Kilometres Nearest Beach : faro beach long white sand , restaurants and bars. at 15 Kilometres Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

CHILD FRIENDLY VILLA Children under 11 will have pool area fenced off and gated .Under fives provided with child safety gates bottom of stairs and outside gates , these will be put up prior to arrival. These gates are compulsary as we need to comply with with portugues laws and included in the price.

TODLER PACK £50 per week includes all these items.

1-2 will be provided with wooden cot/day bed,travel cot, changing mat, toys, pool toys, beach toys (bucket spades etc) dvds videos ,books , water proof mattresses , bedding cuddly toys , potty, toilet seat, , high chair, dressing up box, plastic cutlery all your todler would want babies/ todlers room is incorporated in Master bedroom on the ground floor (is completely self-contained) Items listed above only available with the bedroom rental.


The Beautiful Algarve Coast is within a 15 minute drive.The Algarve has many outstanding beaches many within 20 minutes drive, small coves, Beautiful Golden Sand beaches for endless fun. Many attractions are to be found; swimming with Dolfins, Jeep Safari days out, beach activities and many wonderful beach and waterfront restaurants. If you have never been to Portugal before and so many people have not , you will find it's a superb destination, we cannot recommend it highly enough!


Faro airport and our nearest beach is 15 minutes drive away, Cab cost from the airport is around 20 euros if all your cases do not fit in the hired car. Being so close to the airport means ease of access and does not prolong your journey , when you arrive at our stunning villa you will be blown away with its position , with stunning views and a wealth of extras that make our home well worth a visit.


Santa Barbara de Nexe 30 minute Leisurely walk. 3 minutes by car. The Village includes a Bank, Post Office, Doctors dentist Pharmacy, Mini Super Market and a much larger one near the petrol station, 2 Baker/Patisseries serving some fantastic cakes and snacks, numerous Bars & Restuarants and the Delightful 17th Century Church, with its White-washed walls & Bell Tower. . The Market town Loule is apx 20mins to the west, while just 10 mins drive to east you will find Estoi, with its wonderful palace Roman ruins and fantastic bars restaurants and wonderful old church and square, with Olhao & Tavira lying enroute to Spain only 40mins drive

Further Details:


A car is not essential if you are worried about driving abroad, (WE have had several clients over the years that have decided not to Hire a car.)

Taxis are cheap and are constantly used by guests to and from the shops and to our many local restaurants 8 being in the Village.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Nov 2016 - 25 Mar 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
26 Mar 2017 - 19 May 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
20 May 2017 - 9 Jun 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
10 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Jul 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £28 per night, per additional guest
1 Aug 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £28 per night, per additional guest
2 Sep 2017 - 16 Sep 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £20 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £500

May June and September prices do not include heating or cooling
July and august prices include air - con in bedrooms.
Easter , april and october heating and air con not included.
November to march prices include heating to 1 bedroom,
may, june, , july ,august and September £25 per night on 3 days before arrival , + pool set up fee £55
easter,april and october £30 per night put on 5 days prior to arrival + pool set up of £55
electric heating to pool set @ 26 degrees , please be aware that rainfall and cool night air will have a bearing on the temperature.
if you happen to break anything please tell our management team immediately
Health and safety rules apply while using the pool , and terraces, which can become slippery with excessive water and sun tan lotion internal marble floors can also be slippery when wet.
Vacate by 10am on departure day , ( if we have no following guests and you have a late flight then you may extend your departure time ) and please try to leave our home as you found it putting back any furniture that you have moved and leaving it clean and tidy. There may be added costs should you leave our home in a mess on departure.
Minimum rental of 7 10 or 14 days.
security deposit of £500 refundable after let
Only guests named on the booking form are allowed to stay at the villa.
We have a no smoking policy , either in the house or on the grounds. e cigarettes are included in this smoking ban
Please take out travel insurance to cover your losses should you wish to cancel as we have a NO REFUND POLICY, unless we can sell your dates in full to another client.


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Updated: 21-Nov-2016
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From the Owner

The pretty village of Santa Barbara De Nexe with its quaint little street offering a variety of shops 2 suermarkets and 8 restaurants, numerous bars with wi fi english breakfasts and sky tv ,a bank with cash point, post office selling post cards etc and the 17 century village church, is well worth a visit, with its white tower visible from the coast during the day and lighting up the night sky as dusk approaches, you could say our little village is almost stuck in a time -warp. 30/40 minutes level walk from the villa or 5 minutes in the car. The beautiful Algarve coastline with its golden beaches the closest of which is only 15 minutes away. We are fortunate to have a really hard working and loyal team looking after our home and gardens, and making our home as welcoming and clean as possible for your arrival. Our team will greet you on arrival and any questions you may have can be dealt with then. We aim to look after you during your stay in our wonderful home making your holiday experience one to remember for all the right reasons. If you do have any causes for complaint please address any issues on site to our management team , who will do all they can to sort out any problems

Property Type

  • villa


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool

Onsite Services

  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff


  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • 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
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • All bedrooms have fully tiled en-suites with either bath or walk in shower, plus Wash-Basin & W.C. There is also a W.C/cloakroom/changing room close to pool, with W.C and hand Wash-Basin, Plus on terrace shower with hot water for pre-swim use.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed, 2 Child Bed
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 1
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeping 2-10 people plus a baby / todler Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 ground floor suitable for wheelchair use, Super King bed with air con & En-suite inc bath & walk-in shower and seperate babies room. Two further Double Bedrooms with air-con & En-suite Shower, wc & wash-basins. 4th bedroom has 2, 3ft single beds plus a bunk bed sleeping up to 4 people with ensuite.


  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: Bed linen, towels, tea towels and pool towels provided & changed once per week. Maid, Pool Cleaning & Gardening twice per week. Large ceramic tiled sun terrace and our pool is 1.4m deep throughout with a Roman end, heated (optional) ceiing fans in lounge. Games room, with pub size pool table (1 euro per game) Table tennis, bats and ping pong balls supplied, dartboard with darts & table football. Games room/tennis crt included in price. Our on site tennis court for your exclusive use: includes basketball post and tennis raquets, old tennis balls included, new ones can be bought on site. Minimum stay 7/10/14 nights, maximum stay per let is 42 nights (6 weeks) Outside: Double gated access to over an Acre of Beautiful Lovingly Tended Tropical Gardens, enabling you to take a stroll around the grounds in almost complete seclusion overlooking a picturesque valley of mature trees and palms. We have peach, & other fruit trees & olive & rubber plants. Cactus rockeries, indidgenous succulent beds, including many varieties of giant garvas and aloe-vera. Dry-stone walling with alpine plants cascading, several areas laid to lawn, one of which leads you through stone arches to a shady secluded courtyard away from the pool & terrace where one could relax with a book. On site tennis court surrounded by undergrowth and mature trees to explore and climb. Large sun terrace with heated pool: 11x5metres including roman end, for your use only. Covered dining area, charcoal BBQ, adjacent to sink, drinks fridge work tops and wonderful country and coastal views. Fantastic rural setting, with plenty of outdoor space. Villas are dotted in the surrounding hillside. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: A local management company will look after you during your stay, greeting you on arrival and showing you round our home. Bed linen, towels/tea towels/pool towels provided & Changed once per week. Maid Service, Pool Cleaning & Gardening twice per week. Other: Outside: covered dining area, 6/8 place setting round marble table, charcoal bbq, adjacent to sink , small drinks fridge, marble w/tops providing perfect alfresco dining facility, over looking pool & sun terrace, & views across valley to far

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