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Stunning Private 4 bedroom Villa with large Pool in Own Grounds AirCon/heating/ Wi Fi



Updated: 08-Sep-2016
Villa near Sao Bras del Alportel, Eastern Algarve - Many Luxury Features, Peaceful Location, 20 Mins To Faro, Beautiful Views Inc Sea View

Beautiful,luxurious farmhouse style villa.We have air con/heating in all of the 4 beautiful unique bedrooms which are very spacious and all ensuite. Internet access is provided.Large private pool on paved patio area with several seating areas..The house is set in its own gated and walled grounds.Beautiful views from the balcony to the sea.20 mins from Faro airport and the many golf courses around Faro.The villa is 5 mins drive to Sao Bras with its many restaurants and coffee shops,seafood and vegetable markets, (Fleamarket too once a month),cinema,supermarkets.Horse riding,off road buggy driving and bike hire all available locally. 15 mins to Loule (the market town of the region). Within walking distance of an excellent yet reasonable restaurant this is an ideal getaway retreat. Many particularly beautiful features including an impressive calcada drive,cool and spacious entrance hall with 16th Century Church doors, large airy rooms, beautiful views and an ideal location to explore the beaches and countryside, to cross into Spain,or as many of our guests choose to do, just stay and relax in the grounds and around the pool. Tree house/pirate ship for the children,sundowner area for the adults.Table tennis table in shaded area.Gazebos and several outside seating areas.The pool-side covered seating area with marble table is the perfect location to sit relax, sketch, read or enjoy a gin and tonic (we have the lemon trees too!)

This is not a usual rental villa,it is a beautiful home from home.Entering the electric gates leads you into a beautiful courtyard from which you can access the orchard,the lower lawns and the house.

The main entrance hall leads on one side into the extremely well equipped kitchen and utility room and on the other side into the expansive lounge .

In the lounge there are all the facilities necessary for entertainment,TV with Sky ,DVD player,CD player and a variety of DVDs and discs.

From the lounge there are two sets of French doors which lead onto the patio and pool area.The patio has 2 seating areas,one with a marble topped table for al fresco dining and another a soft furnished area for lounging . Also benches around the property and a quiet covered area and large hammock for relaxing.

The pool has an automatic cover which can be utilised to keep the pool at the perfect temperature.

There are 3 bedrooms on the ground floor ,all ensuite and furnished to a really high standard.The 4th bedroom on the first floor has an adjoining bathroom with a double walk in shower,wc,bidet and vanity units.The balcony from the bedroom has an amazing view over the grounds and hillside to Faro.

All the bathrooms have double wash hand basins,mirrors,vanity units and are beautifully fitted out.

There is a cloakroom in the ground floor inner hall with a separate wc.

This property is a one off,unique in that it is not a sparse kitted out villa,rather a very special dream home for your very special holiday.

More Details
  • Sleeps 8
  • 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 had been visiting the Algarve for 20 years when my husband saw a photo of a beautiful lemon tree at the foot of some sweeping steps in an estate agents window in Loule. (I was shoe shopping at the time). We visited the property,stood beside that lemon tree and knew we had found our home in the Algarve before we had even entered the house. We are only the 3rd family to own the house and have had such a wonderful time renovating, utilising experienced local craftsmen to help bring the house to a truly magnificent standard. We have brought furniture, carvings and paintings from all over the world to enhance it.The house was the original farmhouse of the area and is in parts over 100 years old.The donkey stable is now a wonderful 'yellow bedroom'. We know you will love the house as we do.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

'The villa was beyond our expectations!Such a pleasure to be in your beautiful gardens and luxurious rooms.We have never been to such a stunning villa.It is meticulously cared for by your lovely housekeeper and gardeners who were very helpful.'(Summer 2014)

'Truly unique home and fabulous gardens.We had so much space to all be doing different things,swimming,reading,table tennis etc without disturbing each other.'(Summer 2014)

Business Manager RAC holidays"Thank you so much for letting us use your lovely home for our holiday.Will definitely hold onto the details for next year" (Sept 2005 - they returned in 2006,9,10,11,12 ,13 and 14).

We had a truly wonderful holiday in your beautiful villa, one we will never forget and hopefully one which will live long in the memories of our children.A fantastic setting and some lovely, wonderful days.(Aug 2006&2011)

'The best holiday ever,the pool was great so relaxing, just what we needed,we hardly ventured out, will definitely be back next year'(Sept 2008,10,12)

A truly exceptional villa the website doesn't do it justice.We had the most relaxing holiday ever, so peaceful. Once the gates were closed it was our perfect paradise. We will be back, please(Summer 2009 &13).

What a beautiful home an absolute haven of peace and tranquility,the house and gardens are kept immaculate(Sept 2008)

We loved the pool and gazebo.The villa is amazing,so relaxing,we had to tear ourselves away(Spring 2010)
Jan 2006
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2 Reviews

based on 2 holidaymaker reviews


Wonderful. This is a fabulous villa!

  • 5 of 5

The photos do not capture just how beautiful this villa is. I cannot sing its praises highly enough. Staying there was like living in a luxurious family home set in a little piece of paradise. Everywhere you looked, no matter whether inside or out, there were fabulous things to see. The villa was immaculate. The furnishings and fittings were of the highest quality. The extensive gardens were full of the most beautiful plants. I would not hesitate to recommend this property and I can't wait to return..

  • Review Submitted: Jun 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A Truly Remarkable Villa

  • 5 of 5

This property is truly wonderful, the photos could not do this villa justice. There is a Wow factor around every corner inside the property and outside. The villa is beautifully furnished, very clean and well maintained. It has a large heated pool with a marvellous patio surrounding it. The owners provide excellent customer service and are a pleasure to deal with. There is an excellent restaurant within walking distance too. If you are looking for something a little special then this is it. It's exceptional.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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From the Owner

The area around Sao Bras has everything.Beautiful,wild countryside for hiking and exploring. Close to the hills yet also to the beautiful white sandy beaches. Within a short drive to the main towns of the Algarve, all with their own charm and character and yet also also to Seville. We enjoy the simple healthy food in local restaurants and also benefit from some of the best restaurants in Portugal. The great range of produce available at the local markets,shops and supermarkets is also wonderfully fresh,reasonably priced and delicious. The Portuguese people are very friendly, we have known this area for 30 years and chose Sao Bras as we feel it has everything at its fingertips.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Restaurant : Beirra Sierra at 1 Kilometres Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

The Algarve tourist office is located in the town square approx. 5 mins drive away. It advises of tennis and horse riding ,a 15 mins drive away. 2 great Waterslide parks, 20 and 30 mins distance by car. Also reef and big game fishing from Albufeira marina 25 mins away, windsurfing,peddalos,jet skiing and minigolf at various locations and resorts all within 20-30 mins drive.Off road 4x4 locally at Alportel. A great area for bird watching and walking,cycling and many activities


Faro beach is approx 20 mins drive from the house. A long white sandy beach. There are many good fish restaurants here as well as bars, snack bars and the famous Camanes restaurant is located here. The beaches on Tavira Island and the beaches of Quinta do Lago are approx. 30 mins away, quiet, white sandy beaches with sunloungers and umbrellas available to hire. Excellent fish restaurants minutes from the beach, pizza and burgher bar and music bars.Praia Verde is an excellent beach for all.


Use of a car is essential unless you want to rely on our local taxi driver service which is excellent, English speaking and very reasonable. Faro airport 20 mins. Local car hire company will deliver car to the villa and collect if you wish to take a taxi from/to the airport. Details on request.


Sao Bras 5 mins by car -proud of its history as the centre of the cork industry is famous for its Easter festival. With smart pavement coffee shops offering delicious coffee,juices, custard pies and pasties.A variety of restaurants, bars, local museum, pharmacies and an amazing bakery, fish market, shoe shops, clothes shops, supermarkets and banks. Loule, 15 mins -market day on Saturdays, hand painted pottery. Seville, 2 hours. Faro-20mins. Estoi-palace and Roman ruins-15 mins Beaches-20mins

Further Details:

The house has the benefit of Wi FI internet access and Sky and also a security system which can be utilised when away from the villa and at night. There are metal shutters to all the french windows which can be brought down but left angled to allow light to come through. The enclosed drive offers privacy and also provides large parking areas. We have a tree house/pirate ship in the garden constructed 2012 , fun for kids and great for sundowner drinks for the adults. We have an outdoor table tennis table too. Behind the house the hills sweep away into a large valley with just a few farmhouses dotted around making walking and leisurely touring good fun. Excellent area for photography, wildlife, sketching and outdoor activities, horse riding and 4 x 4 particularly. Historical roman ruins at nearby Estoi also the newly refurbished poussada, the palace at Estoi is well worth a visit with its stunning gardens and views, excellent for a sunset drink and great for lunch on the terrace. Details of the many local restaurants are kept in a folder at the villa which guests can add to as more are discovered. 2 local restaurants within reasonable walking distance. 2 large supermarkets within 5 mins drive. Banks, post office, local fish and produce market , shops and large choice of restaurants all in nearby town. Great Indian,steakhouse,Chinese and also typical Portuguese restaurants.Shoe shops too for the ladies who like to find a bargain!


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
9 Sep 2016 - 15 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
16 Dec 2016 - 5 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low Season
6 Jan 2017 - 29 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
30 Mar 2017 - 12 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
13 Jul 2017 - 7 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn Season
8 Sep 2017 - 26 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter Season
27 Oct 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
22 Dec 2017 - 7 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £300

Booking Notes:
30% deposit to confirm booking, non refundable unless we take a replacement booking in which case we will refund in full less any expenses. Balance to be paid 8 weeks prior to start of holiday (by cheque or bank transfer) to include a £300 deposit which will be refunded, or deductions made for any damages/breakages, within 2 weeks of the end of the holiday.Discounts considered for last minute bookings when we have the availability.

Changeover Day:
Preferred changeover day Thursday, we will be flexible wherever possible.Arrival/departure times flexible but if changeover departure by 9am, arrival after 2pm.

Notes on prices:
Prices shown are for the property per week in UK Pounds for up to 8 persons. Out of High Season a reduction may be offered for occupancy of between 1 to 4 people, please enquire. Deposit and key money will still apply.
There are no hidden extra charges for water,heating,extra towels,these are all included.Discount considered for last minute bookings if we have the availability.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 08-Sep-2016
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From the Owner

We have an amazing support network.Our housekeeper, who visits weekdays unless otherwise arranged,has her own room separate from the house for washing and ironing. She is very unobtrusive and discrete,having been with the house since before we purchased it.Our property manager reacts almost instantly to any reasonable request, our gardeners maintain the pool and gardens to very high standards. We have a local taxi service, most of the drivers speak very good English and German,who are very reliable for trips when we decide to enjoy the Portuguese wines and of course the port (white as an aperitif, red after the meal). We are just 20 minutes North of Faro yet have no aeroplane disruption or noise(we can see the lights from the planes landing from the balcony in the evening).

Property Type

  • villa


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool


  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • rural
  • town


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 380 m²


  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet, Double walk in shower,double wash hand basin with mirrors
  • bath room 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, double wash hand basin,mirrors,units
  • All bathrooms are marble with double vanity units with 2 wash hand basins and mirror. Large separate bathroom adjacent to bedroom 1, wc, bidet, double walk-in shower with 2 shower heads. Large ensuites to bedrooms 2 & 4 with shower/wc,vanity units,mirrors Large ensuite to bedroom 3, bath, wc, bidet,vanity units,mirrors


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 - Superking bed, private balcony views to the sea. Bedroom 2 - Kingsize bed, shutters to windows. Bedroom 3 - 2 full length single beds,1 Double bed.French doors to patio. Bedroom 4 - Double bed, French doors to patio. Bedside tables in all.Beautifully decorated and very comfortable


  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: The house is maintained to a very high standard and improvements carried out annually.Bedroom 3 is an ideal family bedroom with a double and 2 single beds;or for 4 children sharing.Bedroom 3 and Bedroom 4 are linked by an adjoining door. The rooms can be utilised for a single family by leaving the interior door open/ajar. If the room is to be used separately access will be through the French doors which are fully lockable from the inside and outside. Security system, security lighting and electronic gates. Mosquito screens to bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms. We have 2 cots available and 2 highchairs at the house, please advise in advance should you require these so the housekeeper can prepare them. You would be advised to bring cot sheets for the cots. All visitors to the house have stated how relaxed they have felt,a stunning setting in the hills, peaceful surroundings and easy access to places of interest, restaurants, the beaches etc. We have an extensive library in the main hall. Outside: Entering the property via electric gates,the calcada drive winds up to the stunning 16th Century entrance doors which open into an imposing hallway.Set in beautiful gardens, with a large tiled heated swimming pool (10.4 x5m) in the extensive patio area with key operated pool cover.Overlooking the pool,there is a large covered brick built outside eating area with a marble table top and wooden chairs and also a brick built BBQ and table tennis table. 8 luxurious wooden sunloungers with comfortable matresses and large sized umbrellas around the pool.At the poolside is an outside relaxing area,sofas and chair with comfortable cushions and coffee tables.At the front of the house there is a typically Algarvian rockery with imposing trees and plants and adjacent to the house is an orchard with many carob,olive,almond,fig,orange and lemon trees. In the main area of the garden the lawns support a tree house,gazebos with loungers,pomegranate,grapefruit,palms,jacaranda,bougainvillea and oleanders Utility Room: Leading directly from the large kitchen the utility room has 3 large modern fridges, a freezer, a washing machine, microwave oven and ironing facilities. The back door leads from the utility room for easy access with bringing shopping to and from the car. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Maid service and gardener Monday to Friday. All linen and towels provided for use within the villa. Linen and towels will be changed weekly, unless otherwise agreed. Beach towels available also towels to lay on the sunloungers and for use by the pool. Other: Very spacious villa,ideal getaway retreat,large rooms and hallways Set in walled gardens with electric gates.Orange,lemon,pomegranate,almond,olive and fig trees 5 mins drive to Sao Bras,supermarkets,restaurants,shops,smart pavement cafes.Herb/veg gardens

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