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Gorgeous Villa With Pool, Tranquil, Well Situated Rural Location



Updated: 18-Oct-2016
Villa in Santa Catarina da Fonte do Bispo, Nr. Tavira, Eastern Algarve, Portugal - Only 20 mins from Faro Airport,15 Mins Drive to Tavira and Beaches. Short Walk from Local Shops

Casa do Riacho is a traditional Algarvean style villa, built in 2009 by the current owners, who know the area well and feel they have created the perfect place to quickly relax by themselves with friends and family all year round. The location is rural, though extremely convenient and well positioned. It is furnished comfortably and to a high standard. It includes air conditioning, Sky TV, CD and DVD players and an iPod dock. The villa is situated in a quiet, peaceful and private rural location, surrounded by hills, unspoilt countryside and amazing views, yet is just a short walk from the local shops which caters for all the usual provisions. It is within close reach of Faro Airport (20 mins) , with easy access to numerous beautiful sandy beaches and the local towns of Tavira (15 mins), Olhao & S. Bras (10 mins), Loule (20 mins) and is only 6km from the A22 motorway jct 15, linking the whole of the Algarve coast with Spain and Lisbon (the Spanish border is less than a 20 min drive). Additionally, the villa is 30 mins drive from many of the region's best golf courses, including those of Vilamoura, Vale do Lobo, Quinta do Lago to the West and Benamor, Monte Rei, Quinta da Cima, Quinta da Ria, Castro Marim, Quinta do Vale to the East, plus it is in easy reach of Algarve tourist attractions including Zoomarine, the water parks and many historical places of interest. The Colina Verde 9 hole gof course and leisure club is just 15 mins drive. The villa boasts 3 good sized bedrooms and 3 bathrooms (2 en suite and one adjacent). It comfortably sleeps up to 6 people in two double and 2 twin beds (babies' cots available on request). The 8 x 4 metre clear salt treated swimming pool is located at the front of the villa and there are several lovely terraces on which to sunbathe and dine alfresco. The pretty mature well tended gardens, including carob and olive trees, offer additional natural shady areas to relax. The immediate surrounding area has wonderful country trails for keen walkers and the area in general attracts cyclists. The small local town of Santa Catarina is conveniently just a short walk/drive away. It offers several mini mercados/small supermarkets, a bank, pharmacy, health centre, fresh fish and fruit shop, newsagent, cafe/bar cum lovely bakery, offering many choices of fresh bread and locally baked cakes. There is a traditional Portuguese restaurant, O Constantino, approx 5 mins walk from the villa and many others within a very short drive. The nearest main (and reasonably priced) supermarket is less than a 10 min drive. The villa is well managed/serviced by a friendly, efficient and reputable local multi-lingual property management company, headed by Lorraine. The are on hand for help and advice. The owners are always happy to discuss clients' requirements and can be flexible concerning arrival days and length of stay and longer lets.


POOL: Whilst families are always very welcome at Casa do Riacho, it should be pointed out that the swimming pool (shallow end approx 1 metre deep) is NOT fenced and is located very close to the villa and is therefore unsuitable for unsupervised children or non-swimmers. There is a small brook that runs through part of the garden during periods of rain only. It is dry for most of the year.

SMOKERS: Smoking is not accepted in the villa but is not a problem on the terraces and in the gardens, though careful disposal of cigarette butts is essential, due to the risk of forest fires, especially in the dry season.

DOGS/PETS: The owners are huge dog/animal lovers but please enquire regarding bringing your pet with you.

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

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About the Owner

We are Lisa and Charles Davies - a professional couple who reside in the South of England. Having had strong family and business connections with Portugal for more than 30 years, we spent a number of years finding the perfect location to build this idyllic villa, which we completed in 2009, to our own very high specifications (at the time not with rental in mind). We continue to spend as much time as our schedule allows at Casa do Riacho with our family and friends and are very happy to share the experience with others who may appreciate it as much as we do, when we can't be in residence.

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6 Reviews

based on 6 holidaymaker reviews


The photos do not do it justice!!

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we enquired about hiring this beautiful home, we were well and truly taken care of. The owners, Lisa and Charles were extremely helpful, as well as the local staff who oversee the home. We were met by Lorraine, who looks after the property with her husband, Luis, and they could not have been more helpful. We were welcomed by the gorgeous smell of the burning open log fire. We preordered a welcome hamper, and as it was New Year's Day, Lorraine even provided extras such as wine and groceries so we could cook that evening, which we paid her for.

The villa is extremely spacious. There is a large utility which has a washer and a fridge in. This leads to the excellently equipped kitchen....honestly, there is nothing you won't find in there! We actually ate in every evening as it was so well equipped. After dinner, load the dishwasher and relax. The kitchen leads through to the dining area which has a bookcase and board games aswell as a beautiful sideboard and a beautiful rocking chair in an open space leading out to the terrace. Off the dining area is a double bedroom with a bathroom opposite. Stairs lead upto the wonderful master bedroom. This is an extremely large room and has an ultra modern glass walk in shower. A highlight of the room is a large terrace which overlooks the beautiful unspoilt countryside and the ocean in the distance. Back downstairs, a few steps lead down to the lounge which is so homely and cosy. There are two sofas and a chair, with a large table. The main feature of the room is the open log fire. The fire and surround is truly stunning. We designated one of our party to collect the logs from the log store at the back of the villa and clean the fire out each morning. There is also a CD player and a TV and DVD machine....not only that, but a large selection of CDs and DVDs to accompany these. We took some DVDs with us and it was so cosy after dinner to relax in the lounge with the log fire burning away. There is an amazing light feature which hangs from the high ceiling. Off the lounge is a spacious twin room with an ensuite bathroom with bath and shower. This room has a window overlooking the pool and has a beautiful chair which was lovely to sit and read in. All of the bathrooms have heated towel rails too!

Outside is just as stunning, a beautiful med style garden with cacti, various terraces to sit on and a beautiful pool...even in January we dipped our feet in! The views from the villa are breathtaking too.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful review. It was a pleasure to have you stay in our villa and so happy that you all enjoyed your stay. This is a really great detailed reveiw and will help our future guests with a visitors view of the house and service that we offer. Love to see you back soon.
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  • 5 of 5

This was the first time my wife and I had been to Portugal and we were not disappointed. It is a truly beautiful country with friendly people and very reasonably priced excellent restaurants. We were delighted with every meal. The icing on the cake for us was this stunning home. It is very well kept, close to all amenities, private, welcoming and comfortable. We loved sitting on the terrace in the evening overlooking the pool and the grounds, and then retiring to the comfort of the 'sunken' living room. An absolute pleasure. We cant wait to come back.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Paul, Thank you for your kind words, we are most pleased that you had such a wonderful stay! Our door is always open, and we hope to see you again soon.
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful villa and setting. Very secluded with lovely pool and plenty of garden tables, chairs and sunbeds. The villa is luxuriously equipped and we had a wonderful relaxing holiday. Car required, but numerous nearby restaurants.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Ann, we are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay at the villa and that your were pleased with the facilities and amenities on offer. We are always super happy to know our guests have had a great time. That's our job! Thank you very much for taking the time out to give us your feedback, please come back and see us again. Best wishes to you and your family from The Team
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Peaceful, relaxing and close to Faro

  • 5 of 5

I stayed in Casa do Riacho last year for a last minute getaway. It was just what I needed. The villa seems very new and incredibly clean & tidy. There is so much space inside and out, and there are some beautiful views of the hills, with the ocean in the distance. There was a lovely sized pool (it was a bit too cold to swim in October) and a really nice patio & varanda to eat lunch / read a book / sunbathe.

I would recommend that you rent a car. The same issue with a lot of places in Portugal, things like supermarkets tend to be situated in isolated locations so a car would be really helpful.

The nice bars & restaurants are only a 10 - 15 minute drive away. The local town near the villa is small but handy, and just 10-15 minutes away is the bigger town of São Brás that has everything you could need. The beaches are about 15-20 minutes away, and the airport is about 20-25 minutes away.

I would definitely come back to this villa again. I was so relaxed after spending the week. I just hope next time I can do it in the heat of the summer!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi VicHi .. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay in Casa Riacho. We do endeavor to ensure our clients are happy from initial contact to the end of their stay so we really appreciate your your feed back. Thank you for taking the time out to write a review for us, and please come back and visist us anytime, you will be very welcome. Thanks again and best wishes from The Team.
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  • 5 of 5

This was a holiday organised by our kids as a romantic 10 days for just the two of us

It was simply the best holiday we have had in 25 years, no kids no mess and no one to worry about or to entertain

We ate out at some of the reasonably priced restaurant's nearby for a couple of nights but actually preferred to cook back at the villa and have the evening to ourselves

The villa was superb, beautiful inside and out, and with the addition of the swimming pool it was ideal for us to relax and imagine this is what life should be like

The villa was spotless on arrival and easy to keep clean, we had everything we needed including the most important cork screw for the local wines

I think it's going to a long time before we top this holiday

  • Review Submitted: Sep 10, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Mike.. wow how romantic! We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay in Casa Riacho. What lovely kids you have arranging that for you. We do endeavor to ensure our clients are happy from initial contact to the end of their stay and it is great to get your feed back on that. Thank you for taking the time out to write a review for us, and please come back anytime, you will be very welcome. Thanlks again and best wishes from The Team.
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Does what it says on the tin

  • 5 of 5

A very smart, we'll presented property. It is exactly as described in the property details. Nicely located for access to places of interest on the Algarve. Families with children should not be put off by the pool arrangements and gardens unless their children can't swim or are badly behaved and/or don't do as instructed, in which case steer clear. Lovely south facing terraces. The cleanest property we've ever rented in the past 10 years. Local village is quiet but offers the basics - bakery, cafés/bars, small shops etc. We were a party of adults, would we return? Yes.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Nigel Thank you very much for your review. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay in our villa, and the Algarve. It would be lovely to see you again in the future. Thanks again for taking the time out to give us some feedback, very best wishes from The team.
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From the Owner

Having spent so many years visiting the Algarve, we know it intimately and believe we have uncovered a hidden gem! The Eastern Algarve is very unspoilt and much quieter the the touristy Central and Western part of the region, yet still within very easy reach of it when the desire takes us to make a visit. We were so lucky to find a suitable plot just outside the small, friendly and tranquil town of Santa Catarina to build our dream villa. We feel its location is perfect ie. close to the airport and within easy reach of many amenities and connections to the rest of the Algarve, other parts of Portugal and a stone's throw from the Spanish border. For us, the villa is home from home and we feel relaxed the moment we arrive here. Feedback from our guests suggest they have the same experience.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Faro Airport at 18 Miles Nearest Barpub : Santa Catarina at 0.5 Miles Nearest Golf : Colina Verde Golf and Sports Resort at 7.8 Miles Nearest Motorway : A22 jct 15 at 4 Miles Nearest Restaurant : O Constantino at 0.5 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Praia do Barril at 10 Miles Car: necessary


15 mins drive to the beautiful long sandy beaches of Tavira, plus the owners' favourite beach, Praia do Barril (also 15 mins drive), with it's small and charming narrow guage railway, making a fun day out for the kids!


Faro Airport - 20 mins drive.

Spain - 20 mins drive.


Santa Catarina - less than 1KM

Tavira - 15 mins drive approx

Sao Bras de Alportel - 10 mins drive approx

Loule - 20 mins drive approx

Olhao - 15 mins drive approx

Faro - 25 mins drive approx

Val do Lobo/Quinta do Lago - 30 mins approx.

Further Details:

Meet and Greet by property manager for guests upon arrival at the villa, plus Welcome Pack available upon request at an additional fee. Santa Catarina's local shops include: mini-market (small supermarket) has most provisions, plus good butcher, fresh fruit veg and general groceries, there is also a very good new baker/cafe (nice selection of fresh bread and cakes), newsagent sells English newspapers, bank with an multibanco/ATM, hardware shop, local produce centre (where you can purchase the local olive oil that the village is renowned for). There is also a catholic church, a petrol station and a medical centre (see times of opening which vary). A good sized and very reasonably priced supermarket called Intermarche is situated along the road in Sao Bras (10 mins) and the Gran Plaza, a large shopping complex, can be found in Tavira (15 mins). For local general shopping, Sao Bras Olhao and Tavira are worth visiting and Loule, along the same road but further West is a typical tourist town. Tavira is a one of the most beautiful towns in the Algarve and is also worth checking out. It is steeped in history, is on the river and is most picturesque. It has good night life with various bars and night clubs, plus nice restaurants. It's also not too expensive.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
October 2016
1 Oct 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Nov & Dec 2016
1 Nov 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
January-March 2017
1 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
April 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
May 2017
1 May 2017 - 31 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
June 2017
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
July 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
August 2017
1 Aug 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
September 2017
1 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
October 2017
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1st Nov to 31 March 2017
1 Nov 2017 - 31 Mar 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Reservation deposit of 25% with the balance due 6 weeks prior to arrival.

Winter long stays, for stays of a month or more (Nov to March) price is negociable with utilites charged extra

Length of stay and changeover day:
We can very flexible on length of stay and change over day. Please do not hesitate to contact us with your requirements and we will do our very best to accommodate them. Under 7 day min stay will incur a supplement

Notes on prices:
Prices are per week in GBP for up to 6 people sharing and includes all linens and towels (please bring your own pool/beach towels), all utilities and air conditioning. Optional extras (paid in resort) include: internet, cots and high chair, grocery pack, pool towels and airport transfers.

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Updated: 18-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

Well equipped and completely self contained/home from home. Private and safe location, not overlooked, quiet/rural but not far from civilisation, walking distance (10 mins max) from the small town of Santa Catarina da Fonte do Bispo. 15 mins drive from the Tavira, which in our opinion is the most unspoilt and beautiful town in the Algarve, a short drive to beautiful sandy and uncrowded beaches. You will get a real taste of Portugal here . The restaurant prices are not as inflated as Central and Western Algarve, yet it is within easy reach of these areas by car. In our opinion it's far more beautiful and relaxing. The local people are lovely too.

Property Type

  • villa


  • Away From It All
  • Romantic


  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


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

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • golf
  • swimming


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Ground floor: Family bathroom adjacent to bedroom 2 with shower, wc, basin, heated towel rail. Ensuite bathroom to twin bedroom 3 : bath with shower, wc, basin, bidet, t/rail. Bathroom to Master Bedroom: en suite has large walk in double shower, twin basins, wc, heated towel rail.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 adults (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Ground Flr: Bedroom 2 -double, with lots of fitted wardrobe space, close to family bathroom. Ground Flr: Bedroom 3 -twin, en suite, fitted wardrobes. 1st Flr: Master Bedroom - double, en suite, fitted wardrobes, patio doors to private varanda with views of villa gardens, pool and hillside


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


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: Casa do Riacho is conveniently located 200m from the road linking Tavira, Sta Catarina and S. Bras (EN270) and access is via a small country lane. The villa is alarmed and is protected with a fence and has a remote controlled electric gate. There is air conditioning/heating in all the main rooms and an open log fire in the living room. Outside: The villa is situated among many terraces and lovely well kept exotic Mediterranean gardens to front and rear. There are plenty of places to sunbathe and relax in the sun or shade & a good supply of sunbeds and chairs. The garden and pool get the sun all day. The area is ideal for walkers, joggers, wild life watchers, country trails and hill walks of varying distances and levels of difficulty. The swimming pool is 8 x 4 meters and around 1m in depth dropping to about 2m in the deep end. The water is treated by a modern efficient non chlorine/salt based system. The pool is terrace level to one side but is unfenced, so is not suitable for unsupervised small children and non-swimmers. Also ,there is a Mediterranean garden immediately below the far side edge of the pool. which children should be instructed to stay clear of. There is a lovely kitchen patio with a large marble table ideal for meals and general entertaining and a larger marble table (for 8) on the front terrace. Utility Room: This utility room is off the kitchen and has fitted cupboards, washing machine/drier, iron, ironing board and washing/cleaning equipment. Fridge freezer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The villa will be cleaned and prepared for guests' arrival with all linens and towels (not beach/pool towel) provided. For 2 week stays, we clean and change towels and linens after the first 7 nights. Management available 24hrs in case of emergency. Other: The spacious dining room is adjacent to the kitchen. It has a round dining table ,which can be extended and seat about 8 people. It has split aircon/heatin

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