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Newly Renovated Wonderful Townhouse Built To High Standards

Bedrooms 1
Space 645 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Townhouse in Olhao, Algarve, Portugal - Perfect Location Less Than 100 Meters From The Sea

During its tastefull renovation project, Casa Da Esquina was transformed into a state of the art 'upside down house'. The en-suite air conditioned bedroom is located on the ground floor, keeping it cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The open plan living room and kitchen are on the first floor with convenient large french windows opening onto the sun drenched terrace with BBQ and outside dining. This south facing property benefits from the abundant Algarvian sunshine all year round. The upper roof terrace is an added bonus and a great place to sip a glass of wine or a beer and top up your tan! Wi Fi is provided at no extra cost! I recommend bringing a tablet or large phone to enable you to watch all your favourite channels. All the attractions that entice holiday makers to Olhao are on the door step. The sea is about 100 metres away as are the famous markets. The restaurants, coffee shops and bars are literally just around the corner, in fact, as everything is so convenient, you may decide that you do not need a car. Please note, like the vast majority of Olhao townhouses, the stairs are fairly narrow and steep, though not plentiful. Although acceptable to most people, please consider this if you have any fitness or injury concerns.

Neil Dawson
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
27 April, 2017

About Neil Dawson

Neil Dawson. Occupation; I am Head Golf Professional at Astbury Golf Club in Cheshire, UK.

I currently own and rent two properties in the olhao and pechao area. This 'pastime' started when I came across a really old derelict building that was for sale. I made an offer and the rest is history! It is such a great experience to see an old building knocked down and replaced with a vastly improved one! The olhao properties have all undertaken major renovation work (as apposed to a complete rebuild). It is a great experience and I would recommend it to anyone.

Neil Dawson purchased this house in 2009

Why Neil Dawson chose Olhao region

The challenge was to find somewhere in the centre of town but still in a quiet area. This property is as near as you will find to this description as no cars are allowed down the cobbled walkways.

If you walk fifty yards, numerous restaurants, bars and shops await. Not to mention the harbour and sea beyond!

This property was formerly a run down, semi derelict, house. after my purchase, a major renovation project started. twelve months later, the end result is a beautiful, perfectly located, townhouse. This property seems to have more 'return visitors' than any other I have owned.

What makes this house unique

No cars whistling by your front door and a perfect location. Within fifty yards or so is everything you could need, including the sea!

Guestbook comments from the owner

'This house may be the best townhouse in Olhao. It gets all the sunshine, has a very open feel to it and has a great location. I cannot wait to go back. Next time I will not bother with the hire car as everything we needed is accessible by foot.'

Have just spent 2 weeks in Neil’s house in Olhao. A lovely little house, with everything one needs and so close to the hub of the town. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Thank you Neil. Mrs Agee (November 2010)

Dear Neil- We've just returned from a fabulous time in Olhao. The house was great. Sue.

Dear Neil, We have now returned from a splendid week in Olhao. we were fortunate enough to have good weather and your house was more than adequate. we enjoyed catching up with our family and being close to the harbour made it easy to see them. Jenny

Dear Neil. Enclosed is a key to the lovely apartment we rented from you in Olhao. We really enjoyed our stay there, what a fantastic place. We've already mentioned it to friends! Anne and Phil
Feb 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Olhão in Algarve

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 645 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • town
  • village
  • Air Conditioning
  • Living Room ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite bathroom with bath and separate shower. Good size with the brick built ceiling providing an authentic feel.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Bedroom has Air Con/Heater Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom with double bed. En-suite. Two new shutter windows to get extra light when required. The original brick ceilings are exposed providing a quaint aspect to the bedroom and bathroom.
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: The original character of the property has been maintained, but a fresh, airy, modern feel has been added. The spot is great for sun worshippers have 2 sun soaked terraces. The important corner location also cannot be understated, as it enabled the property to gain a hall way and also lots of windows so the property has a bright airy feel about it. The satellite television channels offer sky news and other channels. The DVD player is easy to use. Outside: Two outside terraces! The first one adjoins the living room. By fully opening the patio doors this really opens out the living room. You can sit here with a beer and watch the world go by below you. A brick built barbecue is built into the wall on this terrace. From this terrace, you can walk up to the upper roof terrace. Up here you get sunshine all day long! It is a quiet, peaceful and private spot, ideal for sunbathing or an afternoon nap! Utility Room: Area by the entrance room can be used for storage. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Property is cleaned prior to arrival. Towels and linen are provided. A villa manager is employed. He lives five minutes away and his phone number is available to all clients. Other: Front door leads to entrance room which adjoins the bedroom and the stairs leading up to open plan kitchen/diner/living room. From there you have two roof terraces at your private disposal! The lower terrace has shade and the upper terrace sun drenched!

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


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(12 traveller reviews)


Yet another lovely stay

  • 5 of 5

Another lovely stay in this delightful house.

We keep going here because the house is wonderfully sunny and sheltered all day, and it is exceptionally well situated in a quiet traffic free street, just round the corner from the markets, the seafront, and the cafes and restaurants of this atmospheric old town. Neil does everything possible to ensure that you have a good stay, and any problems are quickly resolved.

A car is not necessary as everything is in easy walking distance, and you can take a ferry to the islands or take the train along the length of the Algarve, or even to Lisbon if you want.

We have already booked to go again twice this year which shows how much we like the place !

  • Review Submitted: Feb 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent property near the Town Square!

  • 5 of 5

WOW! This is a fabulous little house situated down a quiet alleyway/rua in the vibrant town of Olhao. What a super place to visit-there were great bars and restaurants but did not feel overly "touristy". Lots of friendly Portuguese who helped direct us to various places of interest. (boat trips to the islands, love tuk wine tours etc)

Perfect if you do not want to hire a car as everything is either within walking distance or accessible by ferry or train. So close in fact, that if we needed the loo when we were out for the night, we would just nip "home"-if only the same could be done at home in the UK!

The house has the perfect solution to the hot Portuguese summers with excellent air-conditioning in the downstairs bedroom. But for sun lovers, there are two small terraces which are perfect places to drink some vinho verde in the evening before hitting the town!

And a very special THANK YOU goes to Neil, the owner. Our plans changed on the final day and he willingly allowed us to stay on in the house until the cleaner arrived-which meant that we didn't have to drag luggage around all day whilst we waited to be picked up for the airport. I have dealt with owners before who have not been as amenable or flexible- so thumbs up to Neil for his speedy responses and consideration towards us.

The only word of caution is that the internal stairs are quite steep and narrow but these added to the character of the building-and helped to burn off the calories gained after consuming all those delectable ice creams from the Gelato shop!

We would 100% recommend this property!

Liz and Wayne

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words, I am very pleased that you enjoyed your stay. Further improvements have been carried out to further improve guests experience. A new sofa was purchased in winter 2016 and Wi-Fi has been installed. The house has had a major redecoration in 2017. Thank you again for your 5 star rating and I look forward to welcoming you back to Olhao soon!
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Nice little house but needs some TLC

  • 2 of 5

Neil was really helpful during the booking process. We learned about this property through his website. We love Olhao, having stayed there several times, attracted by the fantastic fish market and great quality restaurants. The house is in a great central location on a fairly quiet street. It was spotless on arrival and the air-conditioned bedroom was very welcome! However, we spent the first day replacing light bulbs, most crucially that in the entrance area - at the bottom of very steep stairs - a safety must!

We also had to provide an ironing board as a washing machine and iron were provided but nowhere to use it. Neil's website stated that a weekly maid service was provided but no such service appeared, I love self catering but don't relish the idea of washing and ironing bedding and towels...Needless to say, I had no choice and ended up having to go and buy a washing line to attach on the roof terrace to dry the linens.

The living/kitchen area was perfectly adequate but too hot to use to its full advantage and the ripped and worn out couch wasn't particularly appealing. The shower also leaked over the bathroom floor.

In theory, the house is a nice compact property but in need of some tlc...

  • Review Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for the response and the feedback. I am glad you found the booking process helpful. I am also pleased that you enjoyed the location of the house and that you had a peaceful and quiet stay. Light bulbs should get checked by our cleaner prior to every stay and I have reiterated that to my manager. also, thank you for your kind words about the house being spotless on arrival. The cleaner we use is, in our opinion, the best in Olhao! A cleaner should be available for a mid clean and I am very sorry that they did not. Had you have raised the point to my manager at the time, the cleaner would have paid a visit very promptly. Nonetheless, I apologise. As for the sofa, a new one will be purchased in winter of 2016, and the usual maintenance work and decorating will be carried out at the end of the season This is a process I undertake at the end of every season. The house does get TLC on a regular basis and my reviews, on the whole, seem to concur with this. Once again, thank you very much for the review, I am glad you had a good holiday and I will certainly take your thoughts on board. Neil.
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Gold Star

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful month in Neil's townhouse. The house was very clean and well kept. Neil provided excellent service and was very sensitive to his 's clients needs. The town of Olhao was the perfect size, the marketplace is only 2 blocks from the house, bakery around the corner and a 5 minute walk to a grocery store. English spoken everywhere, warm and friendly people. We would return in a heartbeat. Thank you Neil,

  • Review Submitted: Jun 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mr & Mrs B, Thank you so much for your kind words and I am so pleased you had a really good stay. Also, thank you for your feedback. Wi-Fi will be fitted (all being well) in 2016, giving guests an even better experience. I look forward to accommodating you again soon! Neil. Further update; Wi Fi fitted nad available for use!
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I will come back again

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful 2 week;s in your lovely home, sunny position and central to all the Amenities, bakery and fresh fish and veg. market only a short stroll away, ferry nearby to reach the 3 Islands, Air Con was brilliant. Nothing but praise for Neil;s House. We will return, Many thank-s Marlene @ Tony,

Crewe Cheshire.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Delightful house in a perfect location

  • 5 of 5

Another wonderful stay in this lovely sunny house - perfect for a couple who want to have privacy and quiet, yet also be literally just around the corner from the fabulous markets, seafront, restaurants and shops. The house has recently had further improvements carried out, and is looked after extremely well by an English speaking local manager. Olhao is a charming real portuguese fishing town, with an atmospheric old quarter, attractive seafront with promenade and gardens, and easy access to anywhere along the Algarve coast including the offshore islands - thoroughly recommended

  • Review Submitted: May 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Rate 2
15 Sep 2016 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Off Peak
1 Oct 2017 - 30 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Jul 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Cheques are accepted. Deposit payable at time of booking. Remainder payable 12 weeks in advance of holiday. Please visit my website for details of my other properties in Olhao. www.olhaorentals.co.uk

Changeover Day:
Totally flexible to suit your requirements.
Arrival strictly after 3pm, departure before 10am.
This is to allow time for cleaning/maintenance.

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.
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