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Fabulous Large Beachfront Villa with Heated Pool, Full Time Maid, Extensive Gardens

Bedrooms 6
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Parking


About the property

6 bed, 5 bath beach front villa. Perfect for families & groups. Heated pool, full time maid, locally Managed & 5 mins level walk to everything!

Casa do Mar is a uniquely positioned 640m² large front line beach house with DIRECT access to the sandy family friendly Luz beach only 20m from the pool and with its own beach terrace, it is a true location, location, location house. With its un-interrupted spectacular sea views, a solar heated swimming pool and daily maid service the house is irresistible and provides for the most wonderful family or large group holidays. The house sleeps up to 14 adults plus babies in cots and has large and numerous indoor and outdoor communal areas and terraces. The house sits on a plot of roughly 2 acres of managed gardens, lawns and courtyards which means that there is plenty of room for privacy or group gatherings with space aplenty. The house is located in an exclusive, quiet, private villa area known as Parque da Praia and is not overlooked, yet is only a 3 minute stroll along the beach to all the restaurants, bars and shops. The convenience of location, size and amenities makes Casa do Mar's position unsurpassed in Luz.

Susannah Churcher
Member since: 2008
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Susannah Churcher

My parents purchased Casa do Mar in this a then undiscovered part of the Algarve in 1971. I now manage the house for the current owners having had an uninterrupted 40 years contact with the house. It has provided for many great and happy family summers both for me as a child and now as an adult with my own children. Casa do Mar has been successfully rented for 40 years to families who initially brought their children to stay and still return yearly but now with their grand children !

Susannah Churcher purchased this villa in 1971

Why Susannah Churcher chose Luz

Casa do Mar’s position is simply stunning. To go to sleep hearing the sea and wake up to the blue skies melting into the blue ocean, framed by the green lawns is a sight I never forget. The house isn’t surrounded by neighbours either because of its beach front location so it’s peaceful and private. Having a maid to clean the house and change the linens and keep things tidy means that you can really switch off and enjoy your holiday. Even when the house is full (it can accommodate 3 families easily), you never feel crowded which is often the case in most villas as there is so much space to spread out. There is a huge front terrace running the full width of the house, a separate big terrace by the lovely pool, lawns aplenty to spread out on and sun loungers for everyone! There is also a lovely marble outside dining table where you can sit in the shade enjoying long lazy lunches before flopping into the pool or going for a glass of wine on the beach as the sun sets. I have been staying in the house for 40 years and I never tire of the serenity it brings. My children now visit the house and it has brought us all years of fun, joy and relaxation.

What makes this villa unique

Very large 640m² frontline beachfront house

Stunning location with private beach terrace.

6 day per week maid

Solar heated Swimming pool

Egyptian Cotton linen, bath towels and beach towels.

3 minutes walk to the centre of Luz

Enormous 2 acre grounds, very very rare in villa rentals when you are normally crammed into as small a space as possible!

No car hire required, everything is walkable.

Professional in-country multi lingual villa management company that can sort any needs asap.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"The most fabulous location in the Algarve."

"Wonderful spacious sprawling house, ideal for extended family and friends of all ages."

"To have a maid to clean and launder takes this out of the ordinary and into the sublime."
Apr 2008
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Luz in Municipality of Lagos

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • resort
  • waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , En-suite to bedroom 1 with bath/shower over and WC.
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , En-suite to bedroom 2 with bath/shower over and WC.
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , En-suite to bedroom 3 with bath/shower over and WC.
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Large Shower Room with WC near bedroom 5
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Large Shower Room with WC & basin in Next to beds 4 & 6
  • En-suite to bedroom 1 with bath/shower over and WC. En-suite to bedroom 2 with bath/shower over and WC. En-suite to bedroom 3 with bath/shower over and WC. Shower Room with WC & basin in West Wing Shower Room with WC & basin in East wing.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 3 - 3 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 4 Single Bed , Bedroom 2 can have either 2,3 or 4 in full sized single beds
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps up to 14 (6 Bedrooms) + 1 baby cot & 1 high chair. Additional cots and high chairs can be rented locally through our agents. Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with a super kingsize bed Bedroom 2 with twin/will convert to double bed. Can have an additional 2 beds to sleep 4. Bedroom 3 with three single beds/2 will convert to double Bedroom 4 with twin beds/will convert to double bed Bedroom 5 with 2 single beds Bedroom 6 with single bed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The villa is let and managed from the UK but on a daily basis there is maid service and a local managing agent to look after our clients. This is all included in the price and is very rare in villa rentals nowadays. This includes supervising the general well being of the house, cleaning and tidying, a weekly linens change and ensuring that everything is kept in working order, as well as seeing to the needs of the guests. You will be visited within 48 hours of arrival by our managing agent, or by appointment, to help with instructions to the maid, etc., please do not hesitate to ask them for help or advice in connection with the villa at any time. There is a villa book, for reference, in the property. The garden/lawns and pool are maintained weekly on contract.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Stunning location. Fabulous villa.

  • 5 of 5

The villa was wonderful. Very large, rambling home with lots of areas for relaxing or socialising as a group. Gardens are beautiful. We were big fans of Luba - the new maid for this season. On arrival one wing of the house had no hot water - however a quick call to Hugo at the agency received prompt attention. Kids loved the swimming pool but the biggest hit was the direct access to the beach where we spent many a happy afternoon.

Definitely recommend A’Fabrica for dinner but you’ll need to book.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the lovely review of Casa do Mar it is a wonderful house with a very special location. So pleased our local agency was very responsive to your needs and Luba was so good. I will pass on your comments to them both. We hope you’ll come back and stay with us again soon. Kindest regards, Susannah
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Simply the best location in Luz

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful week in Casa do Mar in April. We are frequent visitors to the area for the last 10 years and have stayed in many rentals and this is the best location yet. There is no other villa with it's own beach access, with a view of the town to the right and Luz rock to the left, with only the sea in between it was simply breathtaking.

The house is massive. The pictures don't convey the sheer scale of the property, the gardens, beautifully manicured and extensive give plenty of spots to relax, sit and take in the view. We had a couple of rainy days and it was a pleasure sitting in the comfortable living room, reading a book looking out to sea or watching the large smart tv.

The villa location is excellent, we had a car but hardly used it, everything is in walking distance and it is very quiet despite being close to town. We hope to return here very soon.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review. Casa do Mar is wonderfully located and we like to think unsurpassed too. I am really glad you were able to so enjoy this and the house too even when the sun wasn't shining. Its a real plus also that you don't have to have a car when staying with us with everything accessible on foot - great for young and old alike !.Thank you again and we look forward to having you back for a return visit in the not too distant future. Kindest regards, Susannah.
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Amazing house and great location

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of twelve, some couples and some singles. The house has so much space so there were areas to be together as well as be off on your own for quiet private time. The beach access was amazing and the pool is gorgeous. The grounds are very well maintained. Alice the housekeeper kept everything tidy for us. Thanks again for a great vacation

  • Review Submitted: 24-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic large villa in perfect position.

  • 5 of 5

This villa is very attractive, clean and well maintained. It is large and has large grounds and gardens and easy beach access.

Everything that was listed was available and in good working order. The maid service was excellent and also very amenable. We requested that she didn't start until 11am as this suited us better with a lot of mixes age children. She duly began at 11am which was probably not so good for her, and kept the villa spotless.

Other than specific outings to Sagres or Lagos, or out to dinner or lunch, everything we needed was at the house. Our group consisted of 6 children aged from 3 to 15 and 6 adults and none of us felt the need to entertain ourselves elsewhere.

Our stay was made very easy due to the excellent customer service of Susannah who looked after our booking from the very first contact.

I find it very difficult to find any faults with this holiday home. Maybe the pool was a little small when all 12 of us were in it (!), but on the plus side the solar heating worked very well and it was at a very comfortable temperature.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Malcolm, Thank you very much for your wonderful feedback on Casa do Mar. It really is a very special house for a holiday. I am so pleased you had such great service from Alice and that everything was perfect for your stay from first contact to the end. We look forward to a time when we can welcome you all again in the future. Kindest regards, Susannah.
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Superb location for a great big family holiday

  • 5 of 5

6 adults, 3 kids and a baby hoping for a great Easter holiday and Casa da Mar delivered in spades.

The villa has everything that a family would want - swimming pool (was a bit cold at the beginning as we were the 1st visitors of the season), table tennis table, 2 TV's (one that had Sky Sports but both had UK terrestrial channels), bbq that was cleaned EVERY day, loads of room to get away from each other when necessary.

PLUS 2 things that really did make this place special:

1. Literally on the beach - when they say its close it is!!!!! Down the path, through the gates and there you are on a most beautiful beach that was clean with good surfing for the kids and rock pools refreshed every tide.

2. Alice - the housekeeper - there are not enough words to say how brilliant Alice is. Not only did she clean up after us (4 kids in a place this size leave stuff all over the place for sure) but she spent time with us all so we came away with many more Portuguese words than we arrived with. The kids LOVED their morning language lessons with Alice. She is brilliant simple as that.

Praia de Luz is a nice quiet little town that has everything you would need; Baptista is a great supermarket, Spar not so good. Great golf close by, Sagres is great for surfers and the coast is magnificent.

All in all a brilliant 3 week Easter holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Dave and Family So glad you had such a wonderful family holiday at Casa do Mar. The houses location and size is truly spectacular and as you say the beach is literally down our path. Glad you got to have some surf, though this is less common as normally it's flat! Alice is a gem and loved by our clients and I'm so pleased she brought so much joy to your family, I will make sure she knows how you feel. We hope to welcome you and your family back soon. Many thanks for the review. Susannah Churcher
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Unbeatable Location!

  • 5 of 5

Stayed for a week at Casa Do Mar and had a wonderful time. The Villa is spacious and has everything you need, beautiful gardens and direct access to the beach. We did not see another villa in Luz that was as big and had the same beach access.

Susannah was very helpful with any questions both before and during our stay and any issues were dealt with straight away.

We would definitely return!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Nov-2015
  • Date of Stay: October 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Praia de Dona Ana
Nearest Airport
95 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Car: not necessary

Special interest holidays:

Luz is renowned for its safe sandy beach which forms the central attraction for many holidaymakers. There are water sports centres where wind surfers and sail boats can be hired. Tuition in water ski and diving are available from the beach. Beside the cliff known as the Rocha Negra an underwater reef produces a break which is well rated by local surfers when there is a decent wave although for more reliable surf you should head to the west coast which is only 25-30 minutes drive away. There are also numerous surf camps and triathlon companies who operate in the Algarve due to its great climate, safe cycling roads and easy access.


Casa do Mar enjoys direct access to the beach with no road or path to cross. This is almost unique for property in the Algarve. There are generally buckets and spades to spare at the house, and some inflatable pool toys, but these are subject to use by all visitors and cannot be guaranteed to be there. The small shops along the front promenade and elsewhere, have a wide variety of beach "toys" for sale. The east end of the beach has rocky outcrops; at low tide children love to search the pools.


The easiest way to travel to Praia da Luz is to fly to Faro airport which is 89km from the house (approximately 1 and a half hours drive). Road access is easy from the airport with a major toll road linking to minor roads straight to Praia da Luz.

Other visitors from further afield have flown to Lisbon, which is also readily accessible by car (using another toll motorway) in approximately 3-4 hours depending on time and the driver.


Luz is on the doorstep. It is 3 minutes level walk along the beach, or quiet beach road, to the centre of Luz with all its restaurants, bars & supermarkets. Much of Luz centre is pedestrianised. There is a little known Roman site on the beach front with access along the promenade. Lagos is a historic town, with a museum, art galleries, many many shops and restaurants, about 6km. 4+ large supermarkets there+ Lidl & Aldi too! The old town is fascinating to walk through.

Further Details:

There are so many restaurants it is no longer possible to list them, but you can walk to (and from) a great many. The centre of Luz is a 3 minute stroll along the beach. Coffee, breakfast, lunch, supper are all available along the pedestrianized seafront if you wish. Larger and smaller supermarkets are accessible and some deliver. 4 Large supermarkets, plus a Lidl and Aldi, are in Lagos.

A bank is in the village at the church square. Hairdressers, clothes shops, chemists, doctors, are all in the "village" and the post office is on the "high street", all walkable. Any questions, please ask.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Luz, Algarve

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
June 2018
9 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
July 2018
30 Jun 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Peak Season 2018
14 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
September 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
October 2018
29 Sep 2018 - 19 Oct 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
End of October 2018
20 Oct 2018 - 3 Nov 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
November 2018
4 Nov 2018 - 2 Dec 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add £28 per night, per additional guest
March & April 2019
23 Mar 2019 - 26 Apr 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Early May 2019
27 Apr 2019 - 10 May 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
End of May 2019
11 May 2019 - 24 May 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
May Half Term 2019
25 May 2019 - 31 May 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
June 2019
1 Jun 2019 - 28 Jun 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Early July 2019
29 Jun 2019 - 12 Jul 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Peak Season 2019
13 Jul 2019 - 30 Aug 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
September 2019
31 Aug 2019 - 27 Sep 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Early October 2019
28 Sep 2019 - 18 Oct 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
End of October 2019
19 Oct 2019 - 2 Nov 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £500

Booking Notes:
Contact via the Casadomar website or through Owners Direct.
50% deposit to secure, balance to pay 8 weeks before going.

Changeover Day:
Saturday changeover. 4pm check in and 10am check out. We are flexible on these times depending on before and after rentals, but by prior arrangement. This has been successful for years and will continue for the foreseeable future.

In non-peak or high season weeks the changeover day may be flexible. Please contact the owner.

Notes on prices:
Whilst the house usually rents on 7 or 14 day cycles, Saturday to Saturday, unusual rental periods will be considered on a case by case basis. Contact the owners for more information.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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