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

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,776 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

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.

Mariola Stone
Member since: 2010
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Calendar last updated:
25 May, 2018

About Mariola Stone

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!

Mariola Stone purchased this villa in 2007

Why Mariola Stone chose Santo Estêvão

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.

What makes this villa unique

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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Santo Estêvão in Municipality of Tavira

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1776 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • 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
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 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
  • 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).
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
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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Countryside Villa with Pool, in a very rural peaceful setting.
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews

stunning villa

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have been more pleased with the villa, gorgeous setting, really well equipped and incredibly comfortable. We had a wonderful week and would highly recommend and hope to return!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review- we hope you return too!
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 2 weeks here and couldn't recommend it enough. We were a party of 8, 5 adults and 3 young children and it suited us all. With the hire mini bus collected at Faro airport we arrived in Tavira early at about 9am but Paula the house keeper who was very helpful and informative kindly agreed to meet us and show us round the villa earlier than the 3 o'clock check-in time which was very much appreciated. The pool is a good size and well maintained compared to previous villas we've stayed at and deep at the one end so keeping an eye on the little ones is a must (Evening dips were a favourite!) The night sky is amazing with the lack of light pollution, our first day coincided with a meteor shower and even though we were tired we stayed up and were treated to a display of shooting stars. The villa itself is well equipped with everything that you need and with regular linen changes, in our experience we have found that this is something some owners don't do. A nice design feature is the gable end full length window that allows the sunrise to gradually come through. To summarise, a nice villa that's well equipped and a pleasure to stay in. Thank you to Mariola who was always easy to get hold of.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review, we love it when guests enjoy their holiday.
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A modern property in an outstanding location.

  • 5 of 5

The property is modern, clean, comfortable and very well equipped. The setting is outstanding - rural, tranquil and with superb views. The pool and outdoor area we enjoyed thoroughly. At the same time, the property is close by car to all local attractions and amenities.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review, we are always happy when guests have enjoyed their holiday.
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Lovely, relaxing week in the Algarve

  • 5 of 5

We recently spent 1 week holidaying in this gorgeous villa.

It was perfect - although one week was not long enough!

The setting, the house and the amenities were all great.

From the pool there are beautiful views across the Algarve countryside.

There is also a great poolside BBQ and lovely terrace area for al fresco dining!

The villa itself is also perfect; light and modern with a very impressive living area with equally impressive views from the master bedroom. Air con in all the bedroom was definitely a bonus!

We would, without hesitation, recommend this villa and would love to return on another holiday.

Mariola and Paula are both very easy to contact and communicated with us promptly where/when required (pre/post holiday).

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your fabulous review, we greatly appreciate it and love it when our guests enjoy their holiday.
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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: 17-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 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: 05-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 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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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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Santo Estêvão, 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
5 Sep 2017 - 31 May 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Rate 1
1 Jun 2018 - 8 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Rate 3
9 Sep 2018 - 31 May 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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