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Countryside Villa with Pool, in a very rural peaceful setting.



Updated: 16-Aug-2016
Villa near Santa Catarina,Tavira, Eastern Algarve, Portugal - Peaceful Location, 15 Minutes Car Drive to the Beach

A stunning villa, completed summer 2009, with a definite wow factor, sleeps 6/8 people comfortably. A half hour drive from Faro airport. The villa is set in 2 acres of peaceful rolling countryside with lovely views. Fantastically equipped with all you need for a relaxing holiday. The south facing 9x5 swimming pool is edged by a large terraces and BBQ-with a covered pergola(added summer 2012)-for sunbathing, relaxing and outside dining. Wake to the sound of birdsong and partridges scuttling across the terrace, breakfast outside surrounded by olive, carob and fruit trees with nothing obstructing your view. Tavira and its charms are a short 12 minute drive away, as are the beaches and golf courses, across from the villa is a small country hotel with a great restaurant and a tennis court. We look forward to welcoming you.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

I live in England with my wife and our two dogs- a Westie called Nessy and crossbreed hooligan called Spot! We have 2 grown up sons who we still haven't managed to rid of- they like the home comforts too much. We fell in love with the Eastern Algarve on our first visit 8 years ago, so much so that we decided to property hunt straight away and found this bit of heaven there and then. Luckily the Portuguese way of life suits us and we have made great friends and have fantastic neighbours there, as soon as we land at Faro we feel the tension slip away and we relax!

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15 Reviews

based on 15 holidaymaker reviews


Lovey villa with double height living space.

  • 5 of 5

Great villa for a family holiday. Beautiful setting in the hills with great star lit nights to look at and sunsets over the horizon. Very well equipt and all well kept and looked after. The house looks much bigger inside than the photos show. The owners were very helpful and we had good contact with them at every step. The restaurant across the valley is well worth a visit too! Would love to return! Thanks for having us!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for choosing us! Lovely review and come back anytime!
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Relaxing, spacious, clean and equipped

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to this villa and again we had a wonderful holiday.

The villa is set in a beautiful spot, with rural views yet not too far from the town of tavira and the coast.

It is very well equipped and offers great space for a family to relax and feel at home.

The pool is a real asset and we (family of four with two young children) made use of it everyday.

The owner provides good communication ahead of travelling and the information provided on arrival is very helpful.

We recommend this villa highly.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review, we always love it when previous guests return.
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Great villa in lovely location

  • 5 of 5

We had a really great holiday here. The villa was exactly as described, and was clean and well maintained.The kitchen was well equipped. Swimming pool was fantastic. Outdoor barbecue was good, and the shaded awning was handy during the sunnier hours of the day.

The villa has great views and sits in the hills.

The owner and caretaker were both friendly and provided good customer service.

We have small children so didn't travel round much during our stay, but we did go to a couple of really nice beaches which were an easy drive away. Tavira is really close by and we enjoyed visiting the local market there. Supermarkets and other amenities were close by also.

I would happily recommend a stay here.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Fantastic! We love it when our guests have a great holiday, thank you for your lovely review and we hope to welcome you again in the furure.
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A perfect holiday

  • 5 of 5

Our 2 week holiday in Mariola's villa could not have been better. From the start, communication with the owner was excellent and all questions that we had concerning the villa were answered promptly. The villa itself exceeded expectation. The living area was spacious, the kitchen fully equipped and more. Wine, beer, fruit, cheese, bread etc were in the fridge when we arrived. Everything was clean and attractive and the bedrooms in the wonderful Portuguese sunshine were quickly cooled by the efficient air con. It was wonderful to return to the pool and terrace after a morning spent at one of the beautiful local beaches or in Tavira or Loule. Our little grand daughter's confidence in the pool developed during our holiday and she loved all the inflateables. The hotel opposite, a 10 minute stroll away was a great place to dine in the evening if we didn't fancy driving. The villa has a great collection of dvds but because the weather was so great we didn't watch tv at all...except the football! We (3 generations) had a superb holiday in this villa and we cannot recommend it highly enough.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow what a great review! Thank you for your kind words, hopefully we will be able to welcome you again in the future 😊😊😊
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Excellent Villa - Excellent location

  • 5 of 5

Our 2nd visit to Mariola's villa. Feels very much likehome form home. Very well equipped - a great place to relax and enjoy all of what the Tavira region has to offer

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: A very big thank you to the Hinds family for your return visit, hopefully we will see again in the future :-)
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Fab villa in peaceful surroundings!

  • 5 of 5

Good communication before our holiday. Extremely well equipped and clean. Lovely pool area and bbq with shaded area. Extra nice touch was the welcome provision pack, especially having arrived in the middle of the night. Thanks to Robin for greeting us at such a late hour and helping us with directions.

The ideal place to unwind and chill out! The villa is far better than the photos on the website. A real home from home! Thanks for a great holiday.

Would definitely recommend to others.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

The Property is a new build completed in the spring of 2009. Is is about 5 minutes car ride outside Tavira situated in quiet rural area, but only 10 - 15 mins from beaches, some of which run all the way to the Spanish border. While the area is up and coming it has not been over developed and still has that lovely laid back feel that the Western Algarve used to have. Tavira is a working town and not just for holiday makers so there is life in the winter months as well. After landing at Faro airport it is only a 30 minute drive to the house along a usually deserted motorway, a joy after the congestion of the UK. While it is in a rural area we do have neighbours, so there is never the feel of being cut off from civilisation.

Activity and Interests

Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

The house is in a rural location, it offers excellent opportunities for walking, bird watching (we often have partridges in the garden), and because of the lack of sodium lighting the night sky is spectacular!


There are several beaches close by (10-15 minutes by car), Tavira beach is a short ferry ride away with lots of bars and restaurants. The beach at Santa Luzia is reached on foot or by a sweet little train ride. A little further afield is the beach at Manta Rota which is HUGE and stretches all the way to Spain with excellent car parking and facilities. Or my personal favourite- Fabrica, no facilities, a boat ride, pure clean sand and water, warm pools and clam picking.


Faro airport is only 30-40 minutes away. Hiring a car is essential - we use Argus or Economy car hire to find the cheapest option.


12 minutes into Tavira with all its facilities, 8 minutes into Santa Catarina where there is a small supermarket, cafes and restaurant. Herdade da Corte (a small hotel) is across the way with a bar and restaurant open to the public.

Further Details:

Tavira is a living working town, it doesn't shut down in winter, and it has been sympathetically restored and retains its Algarvian charm and beauty. There are plenty of excellent restaurants, cafes and a fantastic summer programme with free open air concerts in the town square. The local council is providing something unique - culture and promotion of local skills and talent. There is only one night club and its set on the outskirts of town if that's your scene! Plenty of shops, a new shopping centre and cinemas showing English speaking films for the rare rainy day. The surrounding marshes of the Ria Formosa national park are a bird lovers delight, as well as offering walking, fishing and cycling opportunities.


Rental rates

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Rate 1
1 Apr 2017 - 31 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 3
16 Sep 2017 - 31 Mar 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £300

Changeover Day:
There is no set changeover day, we are flexible to your requirements.

Notes on prices:
All prices are per week, more or less than a week will be charged pro rata.
If booking a weekend/short break only a supplementary charge of £50 will be levied for cleaning and laundry.

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From the Owner

The rural area is quiet, but you are still close enough to Tavira for shopping and cafe life when needed as well as good restaurants for all tastes and pockets. The house has a swimming pool so you don't have to venture to the beach if you don't want to. There is plenty of bird life, boxing hares and an occasional wild boar (if you are very lucky- they don't normally come close) for nature lovers. For astronomers the lack of light pollution allows you to wonder at the stars and be amazed at just how many there are. There are all the usual pastimes you would expect of the Algarve, golf, tennis, walking, fantastic sandy beaches that stretch for miles, local restaurants several just minutes away.

Property Type

  • villa


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • rural

Floor Area

  • 165 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • En-suite to bedroom 1 with large shower, WC, bidet and wash basin Main bathroom with bath, shower, WC and wash basin.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size bed and en-suite , large private sunny balcony. Bedroom 2 with twin beds (can be pushed together). Bedroom 3 with twin beds (can be pushed together). Bedroom 4 / study with double sofa bed (very comfortable).


  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: The house is our home away from home and we have tried to make it as comfortable as possible. The windows have fly screens, all the bedroom have air conditioning and quiet room fans, and the shutters allow for sleeping with the windows wide open. The pool is not fenced and has unobstructed views of the surrounding countryside and it will therefore require constant supervision of children. Outside: Large terrace with a covered pergola, BBQ, outside furniture- table, chairs, loungers, brollies. The outside is spectacularly lit at night, but you may want to leave the lights off to see the breathtaking, starry night sky. Utility Room: Airer, iron and ironing board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All cotton linen, towels and beach towels, provided. Towels and linen are changed weekly and the house is cleaned prior to arrival. Midweek cleaning can be provided if requested. Other: The master bedroom has a large, sunny and very private balcony/terrace- perfect for private sunbathing! Bedroom 2 has double doors which open onto the pool terrace.

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