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5 Bedroom Detached Rural Villa With Large Pool. Seperate 2 bed cottage available



Updated: 23-Jun-2017
  • Sleeps 10
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

Villa in Espiche, Praia da Luz, Western Algarve, Portugal - Totally Rural Location With Large Orchard Just 5 Minutes Drive From The Beach

NEW FOR 2017 - Extra self contained 2 bedroom cottage now also available! Ask for details. Large detached family villa in beautiful, peaceful and private location, fully modernised in 2012, offering every comfort for the discerning guest. Large 11m x 5m pool, beautiful gardens surrounded by fig orchard. Highly equipped with luxury master suite with en suite jaccuzzi bathroom and balcony. Fast unlimited wifi, separate TV lounge with surround sound and UK and European TV channels. Fully equipped stylish new kitchen and utility room. High quality furnishings, including some fine antique items. 4 full bathrooms, all with bath and shower, large dining room with glass dome, Outdoor covered barbecue and dining area.

NOTE: EXTRA COTTAGE AVAILABLE from winter 2016, self contained, 2 bedrooms, sleeps 4. Ask for rates.

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About the Owner

hal stewart
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese
Calendar last updated:
23 June, 2017

About hal stewart

My name is Hal Stewart, I am 51 years old, British and I have lived in the Algarve for 15 years, owning and operating apartments and villas for the more discerning travellor. Villa St Francis is the former family home, now refurbished and presented for tourism. This is our first year on this site, having had a very successful 1st year last year with a large EU tour operator, but prefer to operate independantly of tour operators, as prices became too high for my liking.

hal stewart purchased this villa in 2004

5 Reviews

4/5 -
(5 traveller reviews)


Room for improvement

  • 1 of 5

Owner said we were the first occupants of the season so why was the villa not better prepared.

1 Dirty crockery and cutlery , dirty oven.

2 Broken sunbeds with dirty mattresses (mattresses replaced promptly)

3 Broken and loose heavy pool edging slabs.

4 Barbeque not cleaned since last season.

5 Shower heads not working due to lime scale.

6 Hand basin wastes blocked and smelly.

7 Bed linen and towels not automatically changed during the 10 day stay.

8 Broken catches on upstairs window and balcony sliding doors.

Otherwise it was ok ,in a peaceful rural setting. Only suitable for 8 adults and 2 children though (bunk bed in fifth bedroom)

  • Review Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fabulous Villa set in tranquil surroundings

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned back to the UK after spending 4 weeks at this amazing villa. We have rented several villas over the past 4 years in the Lagos area, and this was our first stay at Villa St Francis. By comparison to previous years at other rental villas, Villa St Francis exceeded all of our expectations as was by far the best holiday we have had in Portugal. The villa is spacious and well equipped with the most beautiful well kept gardens, pool and surrounding area. The owners Hal and Ed were both accommodating and friendly and were happy to point us in the right direction for all our requirements. We have returned home not only refreshed and totally recharged but have also brought some fabulous memories of this great holiday with us. I would not hesitate in recommending this fabulous holiday home.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful villa in rural location

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Hal and Edgar for letting our large family of 14 have an amazing 2 week holiday in your beautiful villa st francis . The villa was a breath of fresh air clean specious plenty of room for the 14 of us. The children spent hours in the pool at the end of the day we all gathered in the large living area where there was enough room to relax we watched a few movies from the plenty English channels you have. We also ventured out to the zoo marine and splash and slide they went a storm with the kids. We also visited luz burgaue and Lagos beaches and towns where there was plenty of restaurants and activities. If you did stay hear you would need to hire a car. Overall i would highly recommend this villa.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fabulous clean and spacious Villa

  • 5 of 5

This villa is lovely and peaceful with ample room for everyone. Villa and pool area very clean and owner Hal very helpful, we arrived late at night and the directions he emailed me were spot on and made our Journey from the airport less stressful. Kids in particular enjoyed the pool, and had to be dragged away from it for days out! There is a shallow end and deep end which is ideal if you have kids with different swimming abilities, also the gate into the pool area was ideal for younger children, this villa also has a very large strong stair gate which was essential for toddler. Shaded area for parking our car which was great for keeping it cool. This villa is rural which is what we wanted its about 7-10 mins drive from Lagos and 5 min from Praia da Luz so car is advised. We can't wait to return next year and have booked for 2 weeks this time as 1 week was just too short.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Excellent rural villa, close to all activities

  • 4 of 5

We were very happy with our accommodation, which was very clean and fresh, and very spacious. Fab swimming pool & facilities. Excellent customer service from owners Hal and Edgar. We would recommend this property to others. Just one little observation - a portable fan would be welcome upstairs - but then we got an extraordinary hot week - up to 38 degrees some days.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Fans puchased and deployed! Thanks for the feedback so we can right this.
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : faro at 80 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : espiche at 1.5 Kilometres Nearest Golf : espiche golf at 2 Kilometres Nearest Train : lagos at 7 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A22 at 4 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : espiche at 1.5 Kilometres Nearest Beach : praia da luz at 3 Kilometres Car: necessary


All local beaches feature golden sands, and scenic cliffs, most with easy access, cafe, toilets and showers. Closest is Praia Da Luz, just 5 minutes drive. The smart resort of Lagos with many beaches is just 10 minutes drive. The more wild, protected, Atlantic West Coast is just 25 minutes away featuring numerous amazing beaches with almost guaranteed surf for the more adventurous.


Destination airport is Faro, 80km drive (motorway with toll or slower, free, main road.) Car is essential for this property.


The nearest village is Espiche, just 1.5km, with a small selection of good restaurants and local style bars. Praia da Luz is 5km, with large selection of restaurants, bars, food shopping, and beach leisure facilities such as jet skis, parascending, diving etc.

The smart, cosmopolitan resort of Lagos is 8km, and features beautiful walled old city, countless restaurants to cater for all tastes and budgets, fantastic, busy marina, numerous beaches. Selection of supermarkets and diverse shopping.

Further Details:

IMPORTANT NOTE: The satellite photo on Google Maps was taken in 2012, prior to the renovation of the property, and shows the swimming pool as looking out of use. This was temporary during the renovation and the pool, of course, is in full working order as shown in the property photos (which were taken after the renovation.)

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
2017 Peak
9 Jul 2017 - 10 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £168.44

Booking Notes:
Booking and enquiries by direct contact with owner, either phone, sms or email. Deposit of 20% payable at time of booking. Full payment 10 weeks prior to arrival date. €200.00 Security Deposit required.

Changeover Day:
Changeover is usually at the weekend but we can be flexible. Minimum stay is usually 3 days (November to march only). Checkout is at 10.30 am and check in is from 3pm (15h) This is not flexible, to allow for the Villa to be thoroughly cleaned.

Notes on prices:
All prices are based on 10 persons, discount available for 5 or less, excluding high season.

20% at time of reservation, balance payable 10 weeks prior to your arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Updated: 23-Jun-2017


Property Type

  • villa


  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Child's Highchair


  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Master en suite with luxury jacuzzi bath, rain shower and quality finish. All other bathrooms fully equipped with bath and shower over. Bidet in bathrooms 2, 3 and 4.


  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1, Double and En suite. Bedroom 2, Twin with en suite. Bedroom 3, Twin with adjacent bathroom. Bedroom 4, Twin. Bedroom 5, Bunk beds. Family bathroom adjacent to Bedrooms 4 and 5.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered
  • children welcome


  • Notes on accommodation: Cot and high chair by request at time of booking. Outside: Accessed by a little-used rural road, totally fenced, this is a very safe property for young children. The pool area is surrounded by a fence and gate, so unsupervised small children can be kept safely away from the pool. There is covered parking to keep 2 cars cool from the sun. The gardens feature some fine mature palms, trees, shrubs and lawns, offering lovely, shady quiet spots to relax. The pool area is equipped with loungers, parasols, tables and chairs and an outdoor shower. There is a comfortable shaded swing lounger. The gardens are surrounded by a large fig and orange orchard, and open protected heathland. Utility Room: Washing machine, tumble dryer, additional freezer, iron and ironing board, vacuum cleaner and cleaning equipment. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels and linen are provided, changed once a week, beach towels also supplied. Other: The villa has very large rooms and lots of space, there is a large feature dining room with high ceiling and glass dome over the dining table, access to barbecue and outside dining area.