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Large Family Villa, Private Pool, Free Wi-Fi, Sat TV, Roof BBQ with Sea View

Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Villa near Sao Rafael, Albufeira, Central Algarve, Portugal - Peaceful Location, 5 Minutes Walk To Secluded Beach

This is a lovely villa that was recently fully renovated. It has everything you could need including 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms (all with showers, 2 with baths), extensive living space that has beautiful views over the sea. Two of the bedrooms have patio doors that open directly onto the pool and sunbathing area, and the master bedroom upstairs has an en-suite plus amazing sea views. There is lots of outside space for eating, sunbathing and swimming, and it is very private. There is a full alarm system on the property, plus a gated entrance. The villa benefits from lots of very good quality and modestly priced restaurants in the surrounding area, and is very close to a good range of shops and supermarkets. Albufeira is a 10 minute drive, Salgados Golf Complex is 5 minutes away by car, Villamora golf 20mins and it is only15 minutes from Algarve Shopping Complex with cinemas, shops and restaurants. The Albufeira Marina is also only 5 minutes away by car and offers boats and fishing trips.

Steve checketts
Member since: 2010
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
14 May, 2017

About Steve checketts

We have owned Casa Colina for over 30 years, in fact we originally bought the land and designed our dream second home in 1980, and six months later our dream became a reality. The villa has been an absolute home from home for us and our two children, and now regularly plays host to our three grandchildren, so it is much more of a home than a house.

Last year we completely gutted the whole building and refitted everything from scratch, so it has got many happy years ahead of it.

Most of the year we live in Staffordshire, but for much of the winter and family gatherings, Portugal has become a familiar place to us and our family and friends.

We hope you enjoy the villa and the area as much as we do!

Steve checketts purchased this villa in 1980

Why Steve checketts chose Albufeira

We originally purchased the plot of land because of the beautiful view down to the sea, and this still makes us smile now after 30 years. We also wanted a quieter residential area where we could get to know the locals and really enjoy the true sights and tastes of the Algarve, and Ses Marias suited us perfectly. The fact that the beach was only 5 minutes away on foot was perfect for our children, and the selection of fabulous beaches just minutes away in the car seemed too good to be true. Very little has changed in the area in the last 30 years, and it is still lovely and peaceful.

What makes this villa unique

Great food is only ever 5 minutes away - we have a selection of favourite restaurants in the local area, and the wines are reasonably priced and lovely to enjoy in the warm sun. Another thing we love is that the villa has lots of patio doors, so you can open the villa up and feel the warm breeze whatever you are doing. Shops are just minutes away including a gorgeous supermarket called Apolonia.

All in all we feel that it is the perfect location to enjoy everything the Algarve has to offer!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Castelo in Algarve

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite to bedroom 1 with bath, separate shower, sink and WC. Bathroom 2 with bath, separate shower, sink and WC. Bathroom 3 with shower, sink and WC.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with King size double bed, en-suite and fitted wardrobes. Bedroom 2 with King size double bed and fitted wardrobes. Bedroom 3 with twin single beds and fitted wardobes.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • caves
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: This is a family villa, and families with children should be aware that the pool is not gated or fenced, and children should be supervised at all times for their own safety. Outside: The property benefits from a large sunbathing area, private unheated pool and poolside shower. This area also has a barbecue and preparation area. The middle floor terrace off the lounge area has table and chairs, plus room for sunbeds. The roof terrace is large and a barbecue with rustic table with bench seating, and room for sunbeds. Utility Room: Includes washing machine, ironing board and airer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and Linen are included and are changed once per week. Cleaning is done once per week. Pool is cleaned once per week. There is a full english speaking management service for any queries or problems. we do not supply beach towls


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(8 traveller reviews)


Simply Outstanding

  • 5 of 5

We have been to the Albufeira area many times over the past 10 years and have to say Casa Colina is the most beautiful, spacious, clean and peaceful villa we have ever stayed in. It has good security and all the home comforts.

The owner, Steve, was very helpful and responsive to all our questions and emails.

On arrival we were met by Lizette who was so helpful and friendly. She showed us around and made the whole thing about staying in an unfamiliar villa/area so much easier.

George, the local taxi driver, was also a godsend.

The nearest beach, Coelha, was only a 5-10 min walk from the Villa and we enjoyed lunch at the beach restaurant a couple of times.

We did not feel the need to hire a car during our stay as there are also several lovely restaurants within walking distance from the villa.

The nearest Spar shop is about 15 min walk and had all we needed during our stay. There is also a bar/cafe attached to the Spar which made our daily walk for fresh rolls etc more enjoyable!!

This is a hidden gem and we hope to return again.

John & Helen

  • Review Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I went to this villa a couple of weeks ago, in a group of 6. We had just finished our A-levels, so were looking for a nice relaxing holiday, stress free!

On arrival, we were greeted by Lizette and George, both extremely lovely, and beyond helpful throughout the week we stayed. Lizette proceeded to give us a brief tour of the villa (which is beyond gorgeous) and also showed us how the alarm system worked.

After settling in, the group decided to check out what was going on/ available in the area, and there was LOADS!. The beach is a 5 minute walk away (and has a lovely little beach restaurant on it), and there is also a bus stop situated on the main road, another 5 minute walk from the villa, which took you into Albufeira (for 2.25euros) or Gale. There is also the marina, which is about 7 minutes away by taxi (we used George's taxi service A LOT. He is very reasonable with his fares, and very friendly and reliable.) If you wanted to stay close, there were also plenty of restaurants in walking distance to the villa, all of which were amazing. If you want to stay at home and cook, there is also lidl just down the road.

The villa itself is bright, airy, and super spacious (with an amazing view of the sea from the top balcony). Whether swimming in the pool, or watching movies in the lounge at night, you are comfortable.

Overall, this villa is just beautiful, and everyone who went on the holiday agrees. I will definitely be recommending this to all my friends wanting to go, and I can't wait to return at some point.

Thank you again Steven for letting us stay in your beautiful villa!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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great value and well-equipped villa

  • 5 of 5

We were 2 couples and 2 children and we had a lovely week's stay at this great villa. It is spacious and homely with every gadget needed in the kitchen. It feel more like a home than a rental villa. There are lots of bathrooms and the water was hot and powerful, which is not always a given with rental properties. We were provided with a cot and high chair at no extra cost and lots of extra towels. There is not lots of garden space but you are so close to the most beautiful little beach, that we didn't really mind. We will return if we find time and I would definitely recommend this villa. The local beach bar and restaurant are both good and we recommend The Spot pizzeria on the way to Castelo beach. We also enjoyed the cliff top walks to the nearby bays..

On the way out we flew into Seville as it was lots cheaper and stayed there before catching the then the bus to Faro airport to collect a hire car. This proved to be a fun way to extend the holiday and I would consider this option if you are feeling adventurous.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Superb Stay

  • 5 of 5

First impressions are important and the property and location didn't disappoint. This was our first time renting accommodation and it certainly was a stunning villa. We could see it was a family home with photos and personal items throughout and treated it accordingly. The owner Steve and his team were brilliant and with mobile and home phone numbers available in addition to email, were easy to contact if required. All the facilities were as described and the stunning 'Rabbit Beach' ( praia de coelho ) was only 10 minute walk. Even closer was restaurant O Marinheiro which became a favourite, the staff were so friendly and welcoming, with fantastic food and wine. We had such a chilled out time and with our hire car, Albufeira was only a ten minute drive. We would certainly recommend this villa and area to anyone considering a holiday in the Algarve.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fabulous villa

  • 5 of 5

Just got back after a wonderful holiday at the Casa Colina. The villa was really well set out for us - me, my hubby, 2 daughters & my Dad. There are 3 bathrooms, all with big walk-in rain showers. The kitchen was so well-equipped with every utensil, cutlery, plate or glass you could need. We have been going to villas in the area for the last 20 years & this is one of the best! The views from the balcony are wonderful & the area is very quiet & peaceful. We never tired of sitting looking out to sea during the day & watching 2 geckos that came out from behind the balcony light every night to catch insects. I would definitely recommend this villa - the pictures don't do it justice! Thank you to Steve & family for letting us share your beautiful villa - we will be back! X

  • Review Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Our Summer Break

  • 5 of 5

We were amazed with the size of the villa and its cleanliness. The children quickly found their room and the pool. The BBQ's in the evening on the roof terrace were simply wonderful. We dined out a couple of times, I would recommend a car but the beach & its restaurant was only 5 minutes walk away. The children are already asking to visit the villa again and we shall, thank you.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 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
Early Summer
23 May 2017 - 26 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
27 Jun 2017 - 10 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
11 Jul 2017 - 3 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
5 Sep 2017 - 18 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
19 Sep 2017 - 2 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
3 Oct 2017 - 23 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Bookings can be made directly with the owner by phone or email There is a 10% deposit payable on booking, and full payment must be received a minimum of 6-weeks before arrival date. clients can be met at the airport and transported to the house but we do recommend car hire as transport costs are expensive a map is available to the villa on request .

Changeover Day:
Please contact owner. we are currantly trring to go from monday to monday as we have found that flights to faro are cheaper from most airports on that day.

Notes on prices:
The rates are the same as 2015.

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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