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Hilltop Villa with Private Solar Heated Pool, Maid Service, and Countryside View

Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Parking


About the property

Villa at Fazenda Caravela in Alcantarilha Gare, Nr. Armacao de Pera, Algarve, Portugal - Peaceful and Beautiful Location 15 mins drive to the Beach and Convenient for Golf Courses

Casa Alegre is a delightful Algarve style villa with Moorish arches furnished to a high standard in a peaceful location situated at Fazenda Caravela, and benefits from a regular maid service, and free Wi-Fi. The Villa has an outside covered terrace at the front of the property, which has Table Football and countryside views over farmland and the 2 new Amendoeira championship golf courses (now open for play), leading to a private solar heated pool & sunbathing terrace, built-in BBQ, all within the mature walled garden, filled with trees and shrubs. They include Almond, Apricot, Orange, Lemon, Loquat, Peach trees and Grapevines, and also Bougainvillea. Casa Alegre is situated 6km from ancient city of Silves with its castle, food market, shops, restaurants and 8km from the coast with a wide range of beautiful sandy beaches and restaurants. It is an ideal base for a relaxing holiday sitting the pool, lying on the beach, or exploring the Algarve countryside, coast, and local cuisine. Very child friendly.

Jane Shenton
Member since: 2007
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Calendar last updated:
15 June, 2018

About Jane Shenton

My family has owned Casa Alegre since it was built 40 years ago, and having taken my children there since they were babies, I am now seeing my grandchildren being taken there, as well as wider members of the family, and guests, many of whom have become my "regulars", and friends over the years. We aim to have a well kept and friendly house and like to see our guests enjoying the Algarve as we do - relaxing, swimming in the pool, walking in the countryside, going to the beach, sightseeing, sunbathing and generally having a good time, either eating out in the many restaurants, using the BBQ in the garden, or catering at home. My most frequent family of visitors have been coming to Casa Alegre for 15 summers consecutively.

Jane Shenton purchased this villa in 1960

Why Jane Shenton chose Alcantarilha

My husband Brian was offered the one of the first two plots for sale on Fazenda Caravela, and the choice of 4 villa styles to have built there by an English builder. He fell in love with the countryside and views, as well as the friendly Portuguese people. It was a place of quiet and contentment for him and later for all the family.

What makes this villa unique

We enjoy being able to please ourselves about when we come and go, whether we want to be by the pool, in the garden, on the terrace or indoors, reading, relaxing, listening to music or watching a film or TV. The villa is convenient for trips to nearby beaches, small villages such as Algoz for visiting the food market, lovely towns such as Silves, and the Monchique for trips into the hills. Fazenda Caravela exerts a quiet charm over its guests and visitors.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Had a fabulous time, boys enjoyed pool, weather was good and waterparks great. Sea kayaking was best from Lagos. Some excellent restaurants. Thanks. Janette, July 2008.

We have had the most perfect 2 weeks. The villa was so peaceful, and the pool and surroounding area wonderful. We have been blessed with blue skies, and warm weather every day. Very reluctant to leave! Thank you. Martin, June 2008.

Another fantastic week with the added bonus of the Olympics

Peter and Jane, 18-24 August 2008

We've had a lovely 2 weeks enjoying the beautiful weather. The house and setting are lovely and so well equipped for a young family. Thanks, Sally.
Jul 2007
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Alcantarilha in Municipality of Silves

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • En suite to Bedroom 1, with bath, integral shower, WC, bidet and handbasin. Adjacent to bedrooms 2 and 3, with shower cubicle, WC, handbasin.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) + baby in travel cot Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with queen size bed. Wall safe for protection of valuables. Bedroom 2 with 2 long single beds. Bedroom 3 with 2 standard single beds.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The property is very suitable for families, the terrace is gated at either end, and each exit from pool to garden has a gate, which should be kept closed for childrens’ safety. Pool and surround can be lit for night time use. Travel cot, high chair and changing mat provided without extra charge. Outside: The solar heated pool and surrounding sun-terrace are walled for privacy, and have lounging chairs for sun bathing. The pool is for Casa Alegre guests only, with a built-in barbecue close by. The house is surrounded by a mature walled garden planted with trees and shrubs from the Mediterranean region. The owner makes herself responsible for the care of two countryside (neutered) cats which are fed outside and do not come into the house. Guests are kindly requested not to allow any animals into the house. There is a table with six chairs on the covered terrace for outdoor meals. As the terrace is gated at both ends, it is ideal for family meals with small children. Pool dimensions: Length: 8 metres Width: 4 metres Depth: shallow end by steps 1.20 metres Depth: deepest part 1.65 metres Depth: deep end 1.40 metres Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Maid cleans 3 times per week. All linen supplied (except beach towels, which guests should bring) Sheets and towels changed twice weekly Other: Full length glass doors lead to covered terrace with table and chairs for outdoor relaxing or dining. Access on same level to walled swimming solar heated pool. Terrace and pool area gated for children's safety. Pool dimensions: Length 8 metres Wi


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Hilltop Villa with Private Solar Heated Pool, Maid Service, and Countryside View
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews
Stevenage, Herts, UK

The best home away from home

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful week in the sun with a lovely pool and views over the farmlands. Just the holiday we all needed.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted that you all enjoyed the holiday, and we hope to see you at Casa Alegre again soon. We are honoured that many of our guests come regularly. Kind regards, Jane
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Casa Alegra - a wonderful experience

  • 5 of 5

Initial impression excellent. Bright, clean, well maintained with everything we could have wished for. The extra bonus of a regular friendly maid was much appreciated by us all. Outside the pool was one of the best we have experienced in this type of property and the whole group took full advantage of it.

If we could just think of one thing to improve the property it would be air conditioning - we were there at a particularly hot time of year.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Terrific Place for a Holiday

  • 5 of 5

We last stayed at Casa Algere in 2008 and were so very pleased that our memory from that stay did not let us down. Booking was simplicity itself and the owner very approachable. She is delightful and helpful.

Casa Alegre is a lovely villa occupying a commanding position above the valley and looking towards the sea (just visible) over orange groves and golf courses. Beautifully designed and laid out, it has a terrace, well kept gardens, excellent shaded parking and of course the perfect swimming pool with day long sun. With 3 bedrooms, one with on-suit and 2 at the other end of the house with their own shower room, it should not be cramped with 6 adults. For 8 of our 14 days we were 4 adults and our 20 month old grandson and never felt in the least bit crowded. The kitchen has everything possibly required, the sitting room and dining area are very comfortable but it was a joy to sit on the terrace at night eating 'al fresco'. Casa Alegre is extraordinarily well equipped with everything needed for a lovely holiday including WiFi , and for those that need it, UK TV. Of special note was all the extra equipment necessary for a small child or two being provided (except,obviously, a car seat), the child safety features of the swimming pool and Maria (delightful)who came in around 10 or 1030 in the morning on weekdays to keep the property spick and span. She even, to my shame, cleared the BBQ out if I left it!

We arrived on Saturday night at 9.30 to be greeted to an immaculate property with a welcome basket of provisions (bread, cheese ham etc), an excellent bottle of white wine and a charming welcome card from Jane. A light supper and a chilled drink on the terrace was perfect after a relatively long day.

The swimming pool is wonderful, a perfect temperature in June, and an oasis of calm and relaxation; or it was until the arrival of our grandson. He took to the pool immediately, behaved himself immaculately and made full use of the armbands provided.

Casa Alegre is beautifully situated just a short drive to Silves with its market, supermarkets, restaurants, shops, delightful history and charming streets. (We particularly enjoyed the fantastic BBQ Piri Piri Chicken at Churrasqueira Valdemar facing the river 150 yards or so as you turn left off the bridge). Slightly closer is Algoz with its small family businesses and an excellent restaurant opposite the bank.

We would thoroughly recommend Casa Alegre and very much hope to return soon.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Middle of nowhere paradise

  • 5 of 5

A real home from home and as said before a kitchen that lacked nothing in the shape of utensils. Lovely little BBQ area just outside the kitchen with access to the pool in just a few steps so nice and easy.

We loved the heated pool it was so nice to be able to get in quickly and stay in just bobbing around.

Quiet surroundings which was also close to the beaches and shops

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay, and I hope to welcome you back to Casa Alegre on another occasion.
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portugal holiday

  • 5 of 5

This was one of the best if not the best holidays I have ever enjoyed!

The villa felt it was up above the world with a spectacular view over lemon orchards. The villa is so comfortable with all the amenities of home plus a daily housekeeper . The pool is wonderful and the weather was perfect- sunny with a cool breeze and the restaurants were a short drive away to enjoy the delicious and very reasonable Portuguese menus.

I would go back in a heartbeat!

  • Review Submitted: 30-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: September 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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lovely relaxing break

  • 5 of 5

A memorable, relaxing break at a lovely villa, in a scenic and private setting surrounded by great views. Our first visit to Portugal and booked at short notice, we settled on this place after all our needs seemed to be ticked. The booking process was an easy one with the owner very helpful and happy to accommodate wherever possible. Jane has a true gem of a place here available to lucky visitors. The place is a short drive to the beach, close to excellent restaurants and with a private pool, there is nothing missing. The mature gardens hosting oranges, tamarind and lime are but a small aspect of the charm and character of Casa Alegre. It is spacious and well equipped, and whether you are looking for a romantic break to a truly beautiful place that is the algarve, or a family break in a picturesque setting, you will leave Casa Alegre with fond memories, yearning to go back. Jane was a lovely host, providing detailed notes and advice as for holiday logistics and we hope that we can return again one day soon to enjoy her splendid Villa.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Nov-2013
  • Date of Stay: September 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Faro Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Cafe Martins
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Alcantarilha Gare
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
8 Kilometres
Armacao de Pera
Car: necessary


Armacao de Pera is the nearest coastal resort, which is 15 mins drive, with its beautiful beaches and golden cliffs. There are a wide range of large & small beaches to expore along the coast, which are ideal for swimming and sunbathing. Or you can taking a boat trip to explore the caves and grottos, water ski or jet ski etc


Faro airport is 40 kms from the villa, a journey of 35 minutes.

Car hire is essential, as the villa is in a rural location. Pre booked cars are picked up at Faro airport, and returned there at the end of the stay. Courtesy coaches from drop off point to Airport nearby. From Tunes station (12 minutes drive) excellent train service to Lisbon, Oporto, and local destinations. Fares reasonable and discounted for over 65s on production of passport.


Faro Airport 40 kms, Armacao de Pera, Gale, 8 kms, Silves (6 kms).

Fazenda Caravela overlooks two golf courses and these are within a few minutes drive, turning left at Poco Barreto, then left again in through the main entrance of the golf courses.

Further Details:

Banks and a "Continente" (previously known as "Modelo") supermarket may be found in Silves. Large shopping precinct at “Algarve Shopping” near Guia. Many local restaurants in nearby villages, towns and near beach at Armacao de Pera serving local cuisine and fresh fish and seafood. There is also a selection of high quality restaurants serving Mediterranean and international food within 15 mins drive.

Other leisure activities include Zoomarine with its Dolphin and sea lion & bird of prey shows. Water slide park "The Big One" is at Porches, within 10 mins, and the sand sculpture exhibition 10 mins away.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Alcantarilha, Algarve

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
June 2018
1 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
July 2018
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
August 2018
1 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
September 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
October 2018
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
November 2018
1 Nov 2018 - 30 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
December 2018
1 Dec 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
Guests are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance and to take with them a European Health Insurance Card for each member of the family, which are available free of charge. Please note that not all eventualities can be covered by the EU card, which makes travel insurance a necessity.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Sunday, departure by 10 a.m. and arrival after 12 noon.

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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