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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
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning


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:
24 May, 2018

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 Olhão

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 Municipality of Olhão

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 645 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:30
  • 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!


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average rating of 4.6 based on 21 reviews

Charming house close to the heart of Olhão

  • 4 of 5

The house was great for us (as we are slim and able enough to manage the narrow stairs) and handy for restaurants and the station for trips to other towns. Good value for the price and the roof terraces will be great later in the year. Communication with Neil was quick and helpful and would recommend it as a base for exploring - we got the train to Tavira, Faro and Loule and it was cheap and easy.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location

  • 3 of 5

Stayed for 8 nights in July 2017.

Location of house is brilliant 2 streets back from Fish market and fruit/veg market. No through traffic so it was surprisingly quiet. Be prepared for noise from nearby bars and dogs however. Enjoyed staying in Olhão but it is a dirty wee town. The house is ideal for a couple. It's very private and the roof terrace is great for sunbathing. We were keen to self cater as we love cooking and we used the barbecue almost every night. However the kitchen equipment could do with upgrading. I had to wash all the utensils and cutlery prior to using for first time. A knife had been put back into knife block greasy and dirty. The utensils on the stand were ingrained with dirt and we didn't use them. There was a bottle of fairy liquid, a pan scourer/sponge and couple of jcloths but no other cleaning materials supplied. There was a general air of neglect about the house. It wouldn't take much money/effort to improve it.

The bed was really uncomfortable and creaky and not conducive to a good nights sleep. The bedsheet was old and had holes in it. I've thrown out better sheets! The ensuite bath and shower room was spacious. Wifi was good.

The stairs to sitting area on first floor are very steep and the risers were difficult to negotiate when you've got short legs! The very narrow stair is not suitable for a wide or unfit person!

Finally the roof terrace was not enhanced by the grotty looking plastic chair. The sun loungers were fine. The owner provided good information. All in all we felt that the price was high for the quality of the accommodation.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property in an excellent location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here last week and will definitely stay again. The cobbled streets are full of character and there are some amazing tapas bars in the narrow streets a short distance from the house.

The ferries are a five minute walk and the islands are just beautiful. The sea is crystal clear and warm and the beaches were really not very busy when we were there. There is some good BBQ fish restaurants as well.

The train station is close as well and very cheap.

Ze, the house manager was brilliant and got us some wine, water and milk for our arrival as we got in quite late (but there were bars still open, so of course we had a little wonder 😊).

Neil, the owner was really helpful and sent us an information pack before we arrived and answered all my questions.

We got a taxie from the airport which cost about €24.

All in all we had a wonderful time, the Portuguese are friendly and helpful and I would highly recommend it.

Thank you 😊

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect getaway

  • 4 of 5

Arrived to a spotlessly clean apartment . Convenient to great restaurants and markets. Very near ferry for island beaches. We had a lovely week at Neil's house and would return again in a heartbeat....

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much indeed for your kind words. It takes a lot of effort to present the house as we do, so it is very much appreciated to get positive reviews. I look forward to welcoming you back soon!
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Fabulous location in a great town

  • 4 of 5

Very traditional apartment ideally located in Olhao, close to sea front and all the restaurants. Beautiful high ceilings in Bathroon and bedroom keep it lovely and cool but when a little hotter there is air-con. Two terraces enable you a choice when you want to either barbecue, sunbathe or just chill out.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Full of character townhouse

  • 5 of 5

Great location in the heart of Olhao. The house has everything you need for a short break.

  • Review Submitted: 17-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much indeed for your kind words, we aim to please! Please get in touch if you wish to return in the future. Neil.
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Nearest Airport
17 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Loads of bars in Olhao
Nearest Ferry
500 Metres
Olhao to Armona
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Numerous courses within half an hour
Nearest Train
1500 Metres
Olhao Train Station
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Please note, this is now a toll motorway
Nearest Restaurant
25 Metres
Plenty of restaurants in Olhao
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Car: not necessary


Two minutes walk to the sea! Olhao has a new harbour with cobbled walkways taking you along its picturesque coastline. The beautiful unspoilt beaches on the car free islands of Armona and Farol are a short and inexpensive (less than five euros return in Jan 2009) ferry ride away. Alternatively a water taxi takes just 5 minutes. Other beaches in the area include the beautiful Faro beach that stretches for miles. It is about twenty minutes drive away.


Faro airport is twenty minutes away. If you do not hire a car, taxis are on hand at the airport. (cost approximately 20euros to get to Olhao). Olhao train station is a short walk from the house. You may consider taking the train to Lisbon and spending a day or two in the historic Portuguese capital. Or you can go along the coast east or west at very reasonable train fares.


Casa da Esquina is perfectly located with everything you need for a great holiday on your doorstep. The street itself is quiet and unspoilt. Cars cannot get down here so peace and quiet is all but guaranteed, yet within a one minute walk you can access many bars, restaurants and shops.

Further Details:

Olhao is famous for its cobbled walkways, as well as its daily fish market and dozens of shops. Numerous supermarkets are within easy walking distance. Restaurants in Olhao include traditional Portuguese, Indian, Chinese, Italian and pizza. In 2008 a new Spanish tapas restaurant opened. For the fast food junkies among you, Olhao even has a Mcdonalds! The local bank is less than a one minute walk away, as is the nearest chemist. Public parking is available within 30 yards of the house.


Prices & Availability

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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.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.