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



Updated: 30-Sep-2016
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.

sat nav co ordinates N37 09.184 W007 48.866

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

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.

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Speaks English, Spanish

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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24 Reviews

based on 24 holidaymaker reviews


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: Sep 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 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: Sep 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 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 Carols......in 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: Sep 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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What a wonderful, intriging holiday haven of peace

  • 4 of 5

It was a last minute decision to get away for a week to switch off before a trying time, and we picked the right place here. The property description and accompanying images were accurate but did not do it justice. We had everything we needed wrapped up in an intriguing melange of living space, terraced gardens, secluded arbours and art exhibition. Lynn and Brian were brilliant, there when you needed them and not if you didn't, full of local knowledge and interest, fair advice on where to go and eat. We had a wonderful time and will visit again given the opportunity.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Knowing what you two are up against and the fact that you have taken the time to write this review even in the midst of it all has reduced me to tears you so and so. We are thinking of you both, and you had better be back and bouncing!
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Home from home

  • 5 of 5

Just returned after 10 days of peace, rest and relaxation. This was our second visit to this beautiful holiday cottage with its stunning views and comfortable, meticulously clean interior. It was lovely to see Lynn and Brian, they are so welcoming and nothing is too much trouble. There are some nice restaurants within a five minute drive (Hortas was a favourite of ours) and supermarkets within easy driving distance. If you fancy an evening refreshment there is a small bar at the bottom of their drive where you can also buy ice creams! We will definitely go back in the not too distant future and would recommend the property to friends and family. Thanks Brian and Lynn, it was great to see you again! :-)

Louise, the prepper and the boys x

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Relax away from the tourist track

  • 4 of 5

This quirky, original holiday cottage ticked all the boxes with enough space for us to relax for two weeks during a hectic summer.

Although away from the main tourist zone, it was so close to lots of interesting towns as well as within half an hour's drive of Faro and a multitude of beaches; but some of our best days were spent lounging around the delightful garden - which Brian and Lynn have talently created - playing games, cooling off in the pool and ending with sharing a few beers, barbecue and interesting stories.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

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.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Motorway : at 5 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : at 3 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Fuseta at 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.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 1
14 Apr 2017 - 31 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
Rate 2
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
Rate 4
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
Rate 5
1 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
Rate 6
1 Oct 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 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.

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From the Owner

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!

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • 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


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural


  • 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


  • 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 2
  • 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.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 2 bicycles


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • 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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