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Impressive Villa with Private Pool, Historic and Central Location



Updated: 09-Dec-2016
Villa in Porches, Central Algarve, Portugal - Near Senhora de Rocha, Superb Restaurants, Fabulous Location

In the historic village of Porches dating back to Neolithic times and once occupied as a Roman Settlement called Porcus, the climate is superb with a slight elevation and a gentle breeze even on the hottest days. The villa is ideally located within sight (about a one min walk!) of a very famous church that Princess Caroline of Monacco frequents when she visits Villa Lara for their Thalasso massage therapy (world famous and superbly rejuvenating). Tastefully decorated and completely renovated. In the heart of the Algarve-close to all amenities. 5 mins from the beach. 15 mins from the mountains. Near enough to the water parks and golf courses, cinemas, a choice of seven excellent restaurants in the village. Near to possibly the best beach in the Algarve, Senhora De Rocha.

  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We are on hand locally for enquiries,we believe this makes a huge difference when it comes to general assistance ..whether it be planning a surprise birthday or just advising on excursions.

For us customer service is paramount,our repeat guests testify to the fact that we love to assist to make their holiday special.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Lovell Family. We were so sorry to leave your lovely villa as we all thoroughly it. We enjoyed our stay and would highly rec to all. A big thanks for all your help. We had the most fantastic holiday thank you. Narinder Singh. We had a fantastic time the best part was enjoying the villa and the facilities. The sound system on the TV was amazing Thank you or being so friendly we will definitely see you soon.

The Toye Family 'Thanks for a great holiday the children especially enjoyed it because of the pool and pool table. Thanks again for a wonderful experience & the service we received.

Ravenscroft family 'Thanks for helping us to have yet another great holiday. We really enjoyed our time. The kids all had a great time too.'

P&C Smith. 'Thanks for yet again another great holiday a real home from home.'

Brislen I have recommended your villa to all my friends the villa was great and assistance excellent.
Dec 2005
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6 Reviews

based on 6 holidaymaker reviews


Perfect for families of all ages...

  • 5 of 5

Our family group consisted of teenagers to pensioners - all thoroughly enjoyed this comfortable villa. We booked this one as most large villas are out of town and although small Porches does have some nice restaurants to walk to if you dont want to drive every night. Some very thoughtful touches like the games/bar room, comfortable tv room with english tv and films. Lovely eating area and bbq and it was hard to find fault. We would certainly like to return one day.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Home from home

  • 5 of 5

The Smith extended family have been several times to this lovely villa , it's like home from home. Plenty of space , great pool area used by all the family , more than enough sun beeds, everthing would ever need is there. Carol is great host

  • Review Submitted: Nov 16, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear David and Extended Family which grows each year!! Many thanks for your kind comments you are a lovely family and I am so pleased you look upon the villa as your second home. Whenever you need a break you know your beds will be ready for you. Best Wishes to all Carol
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Paradise in Porches

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous and relaxing time at this beautifully well maintained villa.We had everything we needed for day to day living and lots of extras too.We were well looked after with linen changes and cleaning etc within our 2 week stay.The pool was great and cleaned regular also.

The villa,gardens and pool were all immaculately clean.

The village was lovely with a selection of bars and restaurants which we visited often.Local people were very friendly and told us the best places to visit.The description of the villa and location were spot on and as for the hostess she deffo had the mostest, Carol made our holiday perfect and we wll be returning to our paradise in Porches.

Thankyou Carol.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 23, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Wayne Helen and Family I am so pleased that you all enjoyed your stay in Porches, BIG thank you for your kind comments it makes my job so worthwhile. You are a lovely family and welcome anytime. For your next trip I will go to Iceland and have a supply of curry paste waiting for you along with the Portuguese very hot chillies!!! Hope to see you all again soon in Portugal. Best Wishes to all Carol
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Hard to Beat!

  • 5 of 5

Been back home for a month now and still talking about what a great holiday we had. From the amenities to where the villa is situated down to the detail of kitchen utensils it was hard to beat! Carol thank you for all your help and advice it made the difference between a good holiday and a great holiday.(And yes we are still drinking green wine!)

  • Review Submitted: Sep 27, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Martin and Family, I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay in Porches. The garlic crusher has been replaced and a large tray purchased!! I am so pleased you are now converts to the green wine. Many thanks for your kind comments it means a lot. You were excellent guests and welcome anytime Best Wishes to all Carol
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another fantastic stay

  • 5 of 5

this is the third time i have stayed at the villa its like a home from home.

the property is outstanding and in excellent condition it is secluded and private the service supplied by carol and vince is second to none and have recommended it to friends and family cant wait to visit again

many thanks again for the use of the villa and the recomendations on what to do and where to eat where spot on

brislen family

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Shaun Tina and Family are the perfect guests and welcome anytime. The patio has never been so clean with Shaun getting up at 5.30 in the morning to sweep and clean. Big Thank you and hope to see you all again soon Carol and Vince
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Another fantastic stay!!

  • 5 of 5

This is our 2nd visit to Carols Villa, it was again fantastic!!!! Used the pool daily big and small kids! BBQ on several occasions. Villa is brilliant and keeps everybody happy. It's extremely clean and Carol is fantastic.

Hope to stay there again soon, as we all loved it

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jackie and family, I am so pleased you enjoyed your 2nd stay. You are excellent guests and welcome anytime. The green wine and beer will be ready in the fridge!! Best Wishes to all and hope to see you again soon in Porches Carol
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From the Owner

For many years we travelled the world and always wanted a home abroad...we looked everywhere but there was always some brickbat to stop the purchase..climate too dry..no cinemas..dangerous insects and so on... Porches in Portugal was THE perfect location..beautiful climate with a gentle breeze..safe..no dangerous insects,central to everything..wedged between superb mountains and beautiful coast lines there was a very good reason that Porches was chosen as THE place to live by Roman nobility. Add to this wonderful food,friendly people,almost non existent crime,no pollution..and for my husband..the most 3d cinemas in Europe..and you have a recipe for Utopia.. This was our view 14 years ago.its still our view..in fact reinforced now more than ever. We know you will enjoy your holiday.:-)

Activity and Interests

Special interest holidays:

The history in the Algarve region from Neolithic through to Moorish and Roman is unequalled in Portugal and most of Europe..from the nearby Moorish castles at Silves and Paderne through to the Neolithic standing stones at Vale de Fuseiros and Dolmas at Alcalar.

In 7 years living in the Algarve we have only scratched the surface of what there is to see but nevertheless,have amassed a wealth of knowledge that allows us to help you make your holiday the best you have ever had and ensure that you return.

Most of our guests are repeat guests which probably tells you all you need to know!


Whilst you can see the sea from the villa the nearest beach is Senhora da Rocha (our lady of the rock), where legend says our lady appeared above the sea, on the location where the chapel was later built. This is a 7 mins drive. Armacao de Pera 10 mins drive.

But you have a wealth of superb beaches nearby including Benagil,Caramujeira,Carvoiero to name a few..indeed every day you could quite easily choose a different beach to visit!


The nearest airport is faro which is approx 40 mins from the villa. The villa is situated in a village which comprises of a small supermarket, bank, pharmacy, fishmonger, butcher, greengrocer, hairdresser, pottery shops 7 restaurants and 3 cafes. A car is recommended if you wish to explore the other delights Portugal has to offer. Airport transfers can be arranged for you.


Porches is one of the few typical Portuguese villages remaining and is central to the many larger towns of Carveiro, Armacao de Pera, Benagil, Silves and the mountains of Monchique.

Further Details:

Two water parks are within a 10 mins drive. Zoo Marine is 10mins away where swimming with the Dolphins can be arranged.

Also close by is the historic town of Silves with a superb castle,the castle at Paderne with the old mill-a fantastic day out for a picnic!

2 horse riding schools within 10 min drive. Monchique mountains with its spas 25 mins drive. Vila Vita and Thalasso 5 mins drive. 3d Cinemas are 10mins away..Bank and supermarket in the village.

The village also has 7 restaurants, 3 of which are acknowledged as the best in the region..O Leos, Mister Grillo and Porche Velho.

Across the road from the village is the Villa Vita Beer Grden..a cracking night out...

Local Chiropracter and massage can be arranged.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Oct 2016 - 31 Jan 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Feb - April
1 Feb 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
Please contact the owner to check availability 25% deposit is required at the time of booking with the final balance and security deposit required 8 weeks before your arrival.

Changeover Day:
Accommodation is available for entry and rental from 2pm. The accommodation must be vacated by 10am on the date of departure unless previously agreed. But we do our best to fit in with your flight times.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds. 10% discount for 4 weeks or more in the winter period (October - February).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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From the Owner

It sounds silly,but when we bought our home we were told by the owner.."Its a happy home"! It is,and it has a most beautiful spiritual feel that even guests have commented on..most of our guests are repeat guests and one little boy said.."When i grow up..i will buy this villa"... ..Maybe the greatest difference between our property and others is the love ..the lack of sterility..its a home..a home from home for you!

Property Type

  • villa


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


  • Coffee Maker
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


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

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • village


  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • 4 Bathrooms all en suite 2 with baths, the master bedroom has a huge corner bath and 2 wash hand basins and separate shower. Downstairs WC and hand basin


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with 2 single beds ensuite air con. Bedroom 2 with 4 poster bed ensuite with balcony air con. Master Bedroom ensuite with balcony air con. Bedroom 3 with double bed ensuite. Bedroom 4 with double bed air con.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: 1. In the Bar Room we operate an honesty bar, in other words drink what you like..just replace. 2. Selection of c.d.s in the bar room. 3.Centrally located for water parks,Zoo Marine. 4.Free Advisory service to recommend or help you plan your excursions,just let us know your interests when you book. 5. Wedding/Christening/Birthday planning service. 6. Spare beach towels should you require-saves on luggage costs. 7. Baby booster seats and Baby Carseat available. 8.2 x hair dryers. 9. Three of the restaurants in the village are recognised as the best 3 restaurants in the area, one has a Michelin trained chef, all are in beautiful surroundings with a sense of old portugese charm and history. Outside: Large 7m curved Private pool with maximum depth 0f 2m.(*This is at one end of the pool with the ability to walk into the pool via steps and the depth graduating from less than a metre Superb pool lighting, outside shower, outdoor furniture and barbeque. Lovely garden area. Utility Room: Washing machine. Large drinks fridge. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: 3 times per week cleaning service. Towels and linen included. Also a few beach and pool towels Other: Bar Room; 7ft pool table, table tennis,honesty bar, Midi HiFi system, board games Playstation 3, 40 inch Sony Bravia TV, video on demand, Cable which includes many English channels inc. Man U channel, I Pod dock, Wifi access, table football, .

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