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Cottage for Two. Annexe available sleeps two.* Great views

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Villa in Santa Catarina Fonte do Bispo, Eastern Algarve, Portugal - Beach 15 mins. Airport 25 mins. Peacefull location but diverse amenities easily accessible

Casa Da Bruxa has its own access and private garden. There are roses and lilies and visiting geckos depending on the time of the year. There is a shaded sitting and dining area and plenty of room to enjoy the sunshine too. We also offer a unique twin bed annexe with a shower room. Cottage and annexe both have Satelite TV and wi-fi connection. Private gardens to the rear of the property give access to the pool and open out onto woodland with an adventure trail. Views from all aspects are of hills covered in orange, olive and almond trees. We are easily accessible on a tarmac road. Santa Catarina is a 5 minute car ride - a quaint village with a bank, post office, church, small supermarket and great bakery. Sao Bras, 10 mins drive in the opposite direction provides all amenities plus Saturday market and international supermarket.

We can provide introductions to Walking Football, an excellent Horse riding facility suitable for al ages and abilities. There are twice weekly Mountain Biking sessions for the more adventurous. (Specialist bike hire available)

sat nav co ordinates N37 09.184 W007 48.866

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

About Brian

Brian Kilcline, thats me. A former professional footballer with Notts County, Coventry City and Newcastle Utd. Now you're more likely to find me picking carobs or shaking olives out of the trees at our Portuguese holiday rental, or mud caked on a building site in England, than kicking a football.

I love the laid back lifestyle in Portugal and Lynn loves the gardening and we have both enjoyed our venture there into holiday lettings.

Holmfirth is home, we have had property in the village for twenty years. We enjoy the change of pace and everything the area has to offer but in either destination we are surrounded by stunning countryside.

Brian purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Brian chose Santa Catarina da Fonte do Bispo

We bought the property as a renovation project and it was certainly a learning curve. We realised very quickly how lucky we had been in our choice, not for the obvious reasons of the property potential but its proximity to sea, airport and shops whilst maintaining a countryside feel. We are relatively easy to find and access is off a main tarmac road onto a concrete flat top, that is a tremendous advantage both for your vehicle and in the winter. We can be at the village bakery in 5mins. International supermarket in 10mins and paddling in the sea in 15 mins. All that and a beautiful garden and panoramic views of the countryside. Can't be bad! We decided to put our little adjoining cottage on the rental market 2 years ago it was a shame not to let others enjoy what we have.

What makes this cottage unique

Along with everyone who has stayed with us, family and guests alike, the main reaction is 'the peace, its so relaxing.' We feel that way too. Some people never leave the garden even when we supply endless possibilities of events, scenic attractions or restaurants. Then there is 'the bar', at the bottom of our drive. We were too shy to go in at first. Speaking no Portuguese and clearly a meeting place for neighbours we felt really out of place. How could we have been so daft? Owners Joaquim and Vivalinda and all the locals are smashing. Always a welcome smile and tip of the hat regardless of language ability. Joaquim ready with the jump leads and the tractor when the car won't start. If you forget the milk or eggs there is a little store in the back with all sorts. Beer at 75c beat that!

Guestbook comments from the owner>

Subject: Re: Voter Vacance


Notre vol du lundi a été annulé en raison des grèves françaises. Alors, nous sommes rentrés chez nous que le mardi.

Nous avons beaucoup apprécié votre maison et son environnement avec des créations artistiques très réussies.

La terrasse était très agréable car ombragée et à l'abri du vent.

Donc, pour nous, ce fut deux semaines d'évasion

Merci pour votre gentillesse et votre attention

Jeanine et Jean
May 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Santa Catarina da Fonte do Bispo in Municipality of Tavira

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Cottage. Large walk-in shower, sink, WC and vanity unit. Annexe room has private use of shower room and wc.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 + baby/small child. Plus annexe sleeps 2 Notes on bedrooms: Bed 1. Kingsize bed with room fan, electric blanket and radiator. Windows opening onto garden. Additional cot or single bed on request. Bed 2. Separate annexe room available. Twin beds which can be made into a double Sleeps 2.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Air-conditioning in living area. The Annexe is not connected to the cottage. It is ten paces away across the garden. At night all properties are secured by locked metal gates to the main entrance. All doors have secure locking systems. All windows are lockable and have shutters. Outside: Private garden. Private access. No shared facilities other than parking. Access to Pool and large garden area with woodland and adventure trail. [You can devise your own treasure trail or we will create one for you.] There are several seating areas, shaded and in the full sun. There are two barbecue areas and you can dine at the unique spider web table. There is a Dutch Tub available for guests use. Heated in winter. Cool in summer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and bedding provided. [Not beach towels.] Laundry service available. Other: Double annexe room available on request. It is not attached to Casa da Bruxa but accessed through the garden gate. There is access to a private shower room unattached to either property. Price on request.


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Cottage for Two. Annexe available sleeps two.* Great views
average rating of 4.814815 based on 29 reviews

An ideal spot for a quiet getaway in the countryside of the Algarve.

  • 5 of 5

A perfect spot if you're looking for some peace and quiet away from the major tourist areas. Close enough to a number of towns and villages that you can explore for an hour or two if that takes your fancy or alternatively just sit in either the main garden by the pool or your own private garden and relax. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and Lynn and Brian were always on hand to give local advice when needed and helped us to make the most of our stay. Fantastic hosts and made us feel very welcome during our stay.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful cottage with wonderful hosts

  • 5 of 5

What a pleasant stay this was in Algarve! The cottage was perfect for the 4 of us, maybe a bit warm in the annex room, but the airco did a proper job. I adored the way the cottage was decorated, with all kinds of peculiarities in every little corner.

Brian and Lynn are amazing, charming, funny, really perfect hosts, always available when you need them, but never disturbing your privacy.

We will keep nice memories of this place!

Griet & Geert (aka Mr Drone)

Fien & Karen

  • Review Submitted: 22-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great Accommodation and Great Hosts

  • 5 of 5

Thanks to Brian's directions, we found the accommodation easily. Brian and Lynn were there to meet us to show us around and gave suggestions where to eat as it was early evening. We had a fantastic relaxing holiday and really enjoyed Brian and Lynn's "stories", especially the evening down at the local bar which is just at the bottom of the drive! Over our two week stay we explored a lot of the Algarve and can certainly say, in our opinion this accommodation is in the ideal position for true Portuguese culture, beaches and countryside. After a day exploring it was great just to go back to our base and sit by the pool overlooking the beautiful hillside views with a breeze and a cold beer or two. Brian and Lynn cannot of done anymore and are the perfect hosts. If the villa is free, book it now! we'll certainly come back to stay again.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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BAGS of Character

  • 5 of 5

We'd thoroughly recommend this property with the following provisos - be prepared to never stop finding quirky little things about the place - be ready to sit and listen to Lynn's hysterical tales for hours - and brace yourself in readiness to give in to Brian's insistence on frequenting the (very) nearby bar.

Brian and Lynn felt like old friends straight away, and were always on hand when we wanted to ask them anything - without being at all intrusive - a hard balance to find. As wussy tourists, being able to call on their local knowledge was invaluable. For us - just the fact that they both speak reasonable English was a major plus.

The cottage itself is a little gem - small but perfectly formed - with its own shaded, private terrace, and easy access to all the facilities in the main garden - including the very welcome pool.

A car is a must to be able to explore the lovely surrounding area - we'd thoroughly recommend a convertible fiat called Fifi :) Shops aren't too far away - the local bakery is a must, and there's no shortage of restaurants and eateries in the vicinity. Tavira is lovely, and if you have a thing for the macabre - you have to visit Cappa dos Ossa in Faro. (preferably when the city isn't closed for a festival!)

In summary - if you've read this review and your dates are available - get in quick!

(S&G - we hope this review hasn't resulted in causing you a coronary, Lynn - we'll try not to be so much trouble 'n sh*t next time if we get a discount. Take care M&Cx)

  • Review Submitted: 17-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Two more guests who were a complete pleasure. I knew Mike was going to be trouble the minute I spoke with him on the phone and I wasn't wrong. There was a great deal of laughter and torment. Fabulous.
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Alway feels like coming home for summer

  • 5 of 5

well coming to visit Lynns and Brians villa its pleasure , we have been in there place last year as well and I have to say it is hard to meet nicer couple ...everything looks so cosy and nice inside house , wee garden just redone this year looks even nicer , wee pool its exactly what you need and the view is magnificent and best of all is having Brian and Lynn as a company ....definitely will be back ....safrankos from sunshine covered Ireland :)

  • Review Submitted: 08-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: An amazing family with a fantastic out look on life. We have been blessed by our guests this year old and new and infact young and 'older'. We are so pleased if we have been a part of you enjoying your holidays but you cannot imagine how uplifting it is to see smiling faces and hear the laughter coming from the pool and gardens from children and adults alike. A special mention must go to young Master Tom Johnston who wandered about singing his head off most days. The only time we had to chase him was when he began singing Christmas August. Wonderful.
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Amazing place to stay!!!

  • 5 of 5

What a fantastic place to stay! Our first time in Portugal and we were made to feel so welcome by Lynn and Brian! The villa is so lovely and well equipped. The setting is lovely and the gardens are beautiful, with lots of lovely flowers and places to relax. We spent most of our time in the big garden by the pool and BBQing in the evening. A car is essential so that you can visit all of the lovely towns in the area. The beaches are amazing. We spent a lot of time on Tavira beach, but took a boat ride round the other islands and they all looked amazing. Visited the local outdoor pool in Sau Bras which had a diving board, which our son loved. Also spent a day at Slide and Splash waterpark, which was the least stressful visit to a waterpark we have ever had! After all that, we got to relax back at the lovely villa! We will definitely be returning as soon as we can! Thank you Lynn and Brian for a wonderful place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Beach
10 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Escorted day trips available.


Nearest beach 20 mins Fuzeta. Longest beach Manta Rota 30 mins [Stretching all the way to Spain]. Most idyllic and unusual, car free Isla Armona. 15 mins drive and a 10 min ferry from Olhao.


Faro airport is 25 mins drive. Car hire is essential. If driving doesn't appeal we can arrange airport pick up and drop off at £25 each way. A car and driver is available. Price on request.


Santa Catarina 5 mins drive. Sao Bras do Alportel 10 mins. Faro Town 30 mins.

Further Details:

Tavira is an old and stunning town built on a river. There are strong Moorish influences and as yet it remains unspoilt. In the months of July and August free entertainment abounds each evening in the small marble ampi theatre in the heart of Tavira.Tavira is a 20 minute drive. Loule. Historic and vibrant and just 30 mins drive. Olhao. Not the prettiest but this an authentic working port town. Huge daily fish market and adjoining market hall with fresh produce. Saturdays are a delight with the addition of a traditional farmers market 15 min drive. There is a Bowls club just outside Santa Caterina and a lovely open air swimming pool in Sao Bras. For the young or indeed young at heart we have Braveland adventure park 10 minutes away on the road to Olhao. We can arrange to shop for you if there are special items you require on arrival. If you want to arrange a romantic evening we can help. Champagne breakfast suprise on one of the patios, no problem.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Santa Catarina da Fonte do Bispo, Algarve

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 2
1 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
Rate 4
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
Rate 5
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
Prices are for the cottage only. *
The annexe sleeps 2.
Children under 13 £140 per week for the room .
Over 13 £210 per week . Discount available for single person occupancy.
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds. Payments in euros are at rates current at the time of booking.
Jun/Sept/Oct supplement for air con/ heating if required. [25 euro p.w.]
When you contact us to make a booking we will issue you with an online booking form. This will include details of methods of payment and where payment should be sent.

Changeover Day:
Strange flight times? We do our best to help. We can arrange a meet and greet service at the airport for a small additional fee.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds and for the cottage only.*
There is an additional charge for the annexe, on request.
June/Sep/Oct/ Nov/Dec/ Jan there will be an additional charge for air-con/ heating if required.

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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