Villa in Franqueira, Silves, Central Algarve, Portugal - 10 Mins Drive To Silves Or Messines, 40 Mins To Beaches, Surrounded By Very Peaceful Countryside
Excellent appointed villa set in an elevated, private location, with huge 12M pool and extensive private grounds. Ideal for those who wish to get away from it all, yet not totally isolated. The 3 bedrooms, family bathroom & kitchen lead off from the hallway. The kitchen has a separate utility room housing the washing machine & tumble dryer. The safe is also located here. The kitchen back door leads to a small terrace which is mainly in the shade with views towards Monchique. There are steps down to a rotary washing line, pegs provided. The dining area leads from the kitchen through an archway. From here there are 2 steps down to the lounge. This is comfortably furnished with a wrap around 6 seater sofa, plus a single chair set behind the sofa, creating a 'snug type' area where you can read or just sit and enjoy the beautiful views.
The lounge is equipped with a 40" LED TV and DVD player. A set top box which works via the internet provides the main UK TV channels. This is dependent upon broadband speed which may vary and is totally out of our control. Portuguese cable TV is also available which has many English programs. There is a hi-fi and DVD player. Two patio doors lead from the lounge to the outside terraces & bbq area. Steps down lead to the 12x6m pool and outside shower. The lounge & all bedrooms have ceiling fans. The master bedroom has a TV (Portuguese channels only) and its own private door to the bbq terrace leading down to the pool and outside shower. Flyscreens & shutters are fitted to patio doors & windows.
There are steps up from the bbq terrace to the roof terrace, which has amazing 360 deg views. Sun beds are provided on the roof terrace for those who wish to sunbathe privately.
We have installed a rotating solar array in our field adjacent to the villa. This generates electricity for the Portuguese grid and helps keep our villa 'green'. Solar panels on the roof provides hot water to the villa.
Top Traveller Review
Superb villa with stunning views
About the Owner
We first came to the Algarve in January 1999, staying at Alvor. We were blown away by the fantastic beaches, beautiful weather (it was 20 deg C then!) and most importantly, the friendly, kind local people.
I had always wanted one day to purchase a holiday home abroad, being of the generation when the first 'package holidays' arrived. Going with my parents on our annual holidays to new and exciting countries. Our visit to Alvor all those years ago convinced us that Portugal was the place to be.
Our first villa was purchased in March 1999 (we decided just to go for it!) as a building project. We soon became the proud owners of a concrete oversite with just 2 brick walls, but set in the most fantastic location amongst its own olive grove in the heart of the Algarvian countryside. With stunning 360 deg views we knew that our project would be challenging, but boy was it worth it. Our Portuguese builders became our friends, and we have ended up with a beautiful home which we called Casa da Franqueira and have successfully rented to our guests since 2002. We only offer our villa for rental for a few short months during the summer, and try to spend as much time as we can there, work permitting.
We decided to purchase a further villa in 2010 with the intention of renting this to guests all year round. Completely different to our home in the hills, this 2 bed villa is perfect for small families or couples who like to be near the beach and all the local tourist attractions. Casa Joan has proved to be very popular with many guests returning.
We count ourselves lucky to have had the chance to discover The Algarve and meet some wonderful people who have become our dear friends.
Deborah and Clive
Guestbook comments from the owner
"We have enjoyed our stay here, especially the great pool. The weather could have been a bit kinder, but this well equipped villa made up for the few cooler days which forced us to spend more time inside than we would have liked. Congratulations to the owners who have provided a special place for a great holiday. Thanks indeed." Mark & Penny, S. Devon 12-26th June 2014
"Honeymoon holiday! We have had an amazing first trip to Portugal. The villa is perfectly located with Silves on the doorstep - a fantastic town. Castle, cathedral and museum well worth a visit, as are the shops and Café Ingles. The pool and view are wonderful - we swam everyday and had numerous bbqs. Everyone has to try chicken piri-piri - yum! Thanks so much."
"Wonderful honeymoon in the Algarve. Beautiful Villa and beautiful weather - local area really lovely. Enjoyed every minute". The Mirringtons, Cornwall, 26 June - 3 July 2014.
"Our 4th stay here in 10 years - we love it! Sad to go, we'll be back!" Anne, John, Rebecca & Hannah, Warrington. 3 - 10 July 2014.
"Fantastic villa - perfect location for a relaxing holiday away from it all but within reach of plenty to do. Views & sunsets are stunning & star gazing on the roof terrace is a must for all who visit. A beautiful home that the owners are lucky to have found - very jealous! Thanks for sharing it with us. Its been a fantastic place to stay." The Brabiners, July 2015
"Beautiful villa - best we have been to. Weather fabulous. Visited Silves Castle, Monchique village up in the hills - well worth the trip. Had some nice meals in Café Ingles & Rui Marisqueira. Sorry to be leaving." The Stevens, August 2015
"You have found a little piece of paradise here in Casa da Franqueira - amazing sunsets, view, pool, the list goes on. Thank you for allowing us to share this beautiful villa. We have enjoyed eating at some of the recommended restaurants from your previous guests and managed to make friends with some of the locals along the way! We will definitely be coming back." The Moon family, August 2015
4.8 based on 6 holidaymaker reviews
Superb villa with stunning views
A stunning villa in a superb location totally secluded although only a short drive from Silves or Messines. A very clean and well equipped property with a superb pool and patio area. Everything you need for a totally relaxing holiday.
Amazing Villa, beautiful place to rest and Holiday
We went as a family of 4 and we all loved this Villa. The pool was fantastic and the kids were never out of it. All facilities were perfect, we cooked on the BBQ regularly and looked at the view and the sunsetting as well as star gazing on the roof terrace. So comfortable and clean, we will return one day for sure. Very spacious and although a little remote, we enjoyed being away from it all. Highly recommend this Villa for couples, families etc
Excellent holiday villa
Large spacious villa, excellently equipped and nicely furnished. All the kitchen equipment you could need with large fridge and lots of cooking space. Large bedrooms (we wondered if an extra guest could be added on a camp bed as plenty space). Large pool with lots of sitting area outside on different levels meant we could all spread out. Wonderful views and sunsets at night. Completely away from it all - 15 mins to Silves for supermarket. Great beaches aprox 35mins. Bulldog buggies definitely worth doing! Very helpful and attentive property manager and cleaners. Wouldn't hesitate to return.
Beautiful villa in an Idyliic location
Fantastic 2 weeks spent in this beautiful villa..did not want to leave. The villa exceeded our expectations...photos cannot capture fully the great views and the peace and tranquility of the villa location. Everything was perfect...the villa is spacious and has all you need for a great holiday.Enjoy coffee on a morning on the terrace looking over the pool, enjoy lunch / dinner by the BBQ and star gaze an amazing sky on a night up on the roof terrace - shooting stars are magical to see. The pool size is amazing - great for us as we have older kids and even with 4 adult sized bodies in the pool you had plenty of space to swim , have 2 lilos etc. We went out and about to beaches at Portimao , Albufeira and they are beautiful but each time we went we were always keen to get back to the comforts of the the villa. There are shops and restaurants nearby in Silves to cater for your needs. We visited the shopping outlets in Faro , Portimao , Guia (ladies the Marypak outlet for shoes is a must) - they are open til midnight so you dont need to miss sightseeing in the day to visit them. Monchique is also not far and offers stunning views of the Algrave. The Sand Fiesa is great to visit - we went at night - again open til late...as is Crazy Golf at Villamoura.
The villa is immaculate and all of the property is well maintained and very attractive.
From enquiry to return home the communication / responsiveness of villa owner and manager has been great ..while there we had no need to call anyone as nothing was needed...all was perfect.
Wish I was there now !! would have no hesitation in recommending this villa to others...you will have a great holiday here...
This villa was everything we had hoped for. We had a wonderful holiday and would certainly recommend it. It was secluded and peaceful, but still only 10 minutes drive from the restaurants and supermarkets of the medieval town of Silves. The villa was clean and welcoming with a huge pool which was a hit with everyone.
Had a lovely time at casa Franqeira. Pool is fab as it's much larger than most villa pools. The villa is in its own grounds so you are not disturbed by anyone & vice versa. Silves is a bit quiet so we travelled to alvor which is livelier ! Pidge family
From the Owner
“A picture speaks a thousand words, but Casa da Franqueira just has to be seen in the flesh to appreciate its stunning location. For Clive and myself, the location sold us the 'concrete slab' as soon as we wound our way up the private drive. Silves is a beautiful medieval town and we both fell in love with the area.”
Activity and Interests
The beautiful sandy beaches are approx 40 mins drive. The large beach at Gale is fantastic for walking. There is a board walk which runs parallel with the beach & the lagoon bird sanctuary at Salgados. Carlos' beach bar between Gale & Armacao de Pera is great for having a fish supper & watching the sunset. The fisherman's beach at Armacao de Pera is a must. You can watch the boats being launched & brought back onto the beach by tractor & buy fresh fish direct from the fishermen!
Faro airport is approx 40 mins drive. The A22 motorway from Faro to Messines (toll road), then the EN124 heading towards Silves is the most direct route. Alternatively the EN125 is a slower route passing through the villages avoiding toll charges. If you fancy a day out in Lisbon you can catch the fast train from Tunes at 7.30am We would recommend a car for your holiday.
The villa is approx 15 mins drive to both Silves or Messines. Continent & Lidl supermarkets are on the outskirts of Silves. There are several banks in both towns with ATMs, & chemists. Also several local shops, restaurants & bars. The castle & cathederal in Silves is a must. A medieval festival is usually held around the castle in the first 2 weeks in August. Algarve Shopping is at Gale approx 15 mins drive. Here you will find a large Continent supermarket (similar to Tescos) & a cinema complex which is open 7 days a week. There are also several clothes shops, gift shops & a large food hall. These are usually open until midnight. There is also a new shopping complex at Portimao, approx 30 mins drive. At Armacao de Pera, 40 mins drive, you can take a boat trip from the beach to visit the caves along the coastline. There are several fish restaurants here, and Pedro's bar sits on the beach. You can enjoy a cold beer with your feet in the sand! Driving inland you will find 2 reservoirs (barragems). These are very beautiful and worth the drive around the twisty roads. You will come across local bars/restaurants which are worth a visit and the food is freshly cooked. You will not be given a menu, but a choice of a few 'dishes of the day' which are always good value. These local bars do not usually accept credit cards & only accept cash. The norm is to tip approx 10% on top of the bill. The large supermarkets all accept credit cards but the local shops are cash only. You will find the Portuguese people very friendly & helpful. Don't worry about the language barrier, a smile & hand gestures will always get you by! You will probably be taken into the kitchen & shown the food on offer if you can't understand! Each town has a market once a month in rotation, usually on a Monday. The details can be found in the local weekly English newspaper 'The Algarve Resident'.
Please visit our website www.casadafranqueira.co.uk on your desktop computer. You will need to have 'flash' enabled for this to work.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
Rate 1 2017
1 Jun 2017 - 5 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 2 2017
6 Jul 2017 - 30 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 3 2017
31 Aug 2017 - 13 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 4 2017
14 Sep 2017 - 27 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£250|
25% deposit required to secure booking. Full payment of balance required 8 weeks before arrival, together with security deposit of £250. The security deposit will be refunded in full after 7 working days assuming there are no breakages or other damages, the cost of which will be deducted from the deposit. Anna Rose, our villa manager, manages the booking & payments. We accept payment in either sterling or euros. Directions to the villa and key instructions will be given once you have paid the balance in full. The changeover day is flexible.
We offer a flexible changeover day to suit your flights. Please check the availability calendar which is regularly updated, or contact me direct to check availability.
Notes on prices:
Prices shown are in Sterling. We can also accept payment in Euros.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“Stunning sun rises, sun sets and if you are lucky to be there during a full moon, you will feel that you can just reach out and touch it! The views from the roof terrace are stunning. At night during August you can watch the shooting stars zoom across the sky... The castle at Silves is lit at night and this adds a certain atmosphere to the night time view, together with the villas in the distance twinkling like stars.”
- Away From It All
- Ceiling Fans
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room ...
- Telephone ...
- Towels Provided ...
- Tumble Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker ...
- Dishes & Utensils
- Kitchen ...
- Dining ...
- Dining Area
- Books ...
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- Television ...
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool
- bird watching
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- medical services
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
- Private en-suite shower room adjoining master King bedroom with wc & bidet. Family bathroom serves the 2 bedrooms with bath & shower over, wc & bidet. Wall mirrors with lights over the sinks. Both have windows. Solar water system provides the hot water.
- 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bed 1, King bed with Silentnight mattress, full mirror, local TV. Bed 2, Double bed, Bed 3, wide twin beds with firm mattresses. All have bedside cabinets & lights, chest of drawers with mirror over, large fitted wardrobes with hangers, ceiling fans.
- Golf ...
- Barbecue ...
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Notes on accommodation: Casa da Franqueira is registered with Tourism Licence no 4564/AL. The villa is managed a professional villa management company headed by Anna Rose. Her team are on hand to assist you and help you 24/7 should you have any problems during your stay. The pool is cleaned once a week and the gardener will attend when required. The villa sits in a rustic location so there are cacti & succulants planted to blend in with the surrounding countryside. A foodpack is available if required at an extra charge, please request this when booking and it will be ready for you on arrival. The Kingsize bed has a 1,000 pocket Silentnight mattress, the double bed has an orthopaedic mattress, the twin beds are firm. Outside: The private pool is 12m x 6m and an outside shower is provided. There are 6 sun loungers for sunbathing by the pool with sun umbrellas for shade. The terrace has a built-in BBQ with sink and working area attached. BBQ utensils are provided. There are 2 lounge terrace areas, one has a large wooden dining table & 6 chairs with large sun parasol and the second area has a comfortable hardwood suite with cushions for those evening drinks on the terrace. There are several shaded seating areas around the villa, perfect for admiring the wonderful views. The villa is completely private so you can achieve the all over tan! The villa sits in large grounds and there are several footpaths which meander around the countryside, so walking shoes are recommended if you like to explore on foot. Utility Room: Washing machine & condensing tumble dryer. Iron & ironing board. Vegetable rack. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen, pillows, duvets are provided, as are towels & beach towels. Maid service on Thursdays & Mondays. The bedlinen & towels are changed once a week. Other: The dining area leads from the kitchen & is adjacent to the lounge. There is a large table providing comfortable seating for 6, a typical Portuguese dresser & wrought iron up lighter. Ceiling light over the dining table & wall lights in the lounge.