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Private South-facing detached 8-person Villa with pool, seaview terrace in LUZ

Bedrooms 4
Space 581 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Praia da Luz, Algarve, Portugal - Quiet, residential location just 10mins walk to town centre and beautiful beach

Spacious, well equipped, detached villa full of character. Downstairs, four airy bedrooms each with bathroom/shower room (3 ensuite) and two with patio doors onto private pool (8m x 4m) and pretty garden all south-facing. Interesting layout with curving corridor and stairs up to large horseshoe-shaped lounge/dining room with 2 separate seating areas and two dining spaces onto south-facing terrace (panoramic views of sea, cliffs and also Lagos and Monchique mountains in the distance) with comfortable rattan outdoor dining furniture. BBQ. Large, fully equipped kitchen with table/chairs. Non-smoking, no pets environment. TV, Wi-Fi. Private off-road parking for up to 3 cars.

Licensed by Local Authority (AL)

More Details

Louise Hudson
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
3 March, 2018

About Louise Hudson

We are Louise and Simon Hudson - I'm a travel writer and he's a Professor of Tourism, researcher and author. We're both British but currently live in South Carolina. Having travelled the world as beach-seekers, we decided that Portugal had the best combination of gorgeous unspoilt beaches, laidback lifestyle, great food, affordable prices and very friendly people. We bought our villa in Feb 2015 after visiting Praia da Luz a few years ago on a house-hunting mission. We already had several groups of friends with properties there, so we knew it was going to be the right location for us. We have 2 grown sons, one working in the USA, the other at university in Canada and they both love spending family vacations at the villa. Although it was already a charming and comfortable villa when we bought it, we spent two months re-painting and re-furnishing it to make sure it has every facility for the perfect villa holiday. Every time we visit we make extra finishing touches to give it a light, airy, cheerful and comfortable vibe.

Louise Hudson purchased this villa in 2015

Why Louise Hudson chose Luz

As travel writers and researchers, we have spent the past 30 years wandering the globe in search of perfection. We love laid-back, unspoilt areas with dramatic scenery but with a modicum of infrastructure for creature comforts. After summers working in the Med in our youth, we're inveterate beach bums and love the sand and seas of Praia da Luz and the nearby fishing villages and unspoilt beaches. Having lived for 6 years in South Carolina, we're also keen golfers (check out our book "Golf Tourism", published by Goodfellow), so we particularly like the topnotch golf courses in the area including Boa Vista and the fabulous new eco-golf resort at Espiche. The rugged terrain and cliff paths around Luz are perfect for hiking to more gorgeous beaches and quaint towns and there's masses of mountain biking - newer passions of ours with which we work off all that great food and wine in the many restaurants dotted around town, on the beaches and in the rugged rural hinterland.

What makes this villa unique

Fabulous panoramic views - including the sea, cliffs and around to Lagos and the mountains. All the benefits of being near the beach and village but with a very quiet location for a great night's sleep even in high season. Our villa is set on the hillside on the top edge of town, bordered by dramatic cliffs to our left, giving great views over Lagos and Monchique. Because we are set above town, we have a wonderful vista of sea views, too - so uplifting and peaceful while eating breakfast or sipping sunset drinks/dinner on the terrace. Walking into town is a huge pleasure as our district is full of older, unique villas with gracious gardens, walls burgeoning with colourful flowers and vines, huge palm trees and immense foliage. It is lovely to wander down the winding streets - so different from the newer parts of town with their "cookie cutter" properties, all the same, set in straight lines. Staying in our villa will make you feel that you are living like a local in Praia da Luz and make you want to come back again and again!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Luz in Municipality of Lagos

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 581 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • village
  • waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • Ensuite 1: Toilet, Washbasin, Bath with Shower Ensuite 2: Toilet, Washbasin, Bidet, Bath with Shower Ensuite 3: Toilet, Washbasin, Wet room style shower Hallway 4: Toilet, Washbasin, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Description of sleeping capacity: 4 bedroom, 8 person - and also a sofabed upstairs and a baby cot Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom with double bed, fan and patio onto pool - full ensuite bathroom 2nd bedroom with large twin beds and patio onto pool - full ensuite bathroom 3rd bedroom with double bed - ensuite bathroom with large walkin shower 4th bedroom with twin beds plus its own separate bathroom opposite All rooms with ample storage wardrobes Shutters on doors and windows so lovely and cool and shady when it is hot outside!
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • 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
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Newly re-Stuccoed and re-painted exterior, refurbished inside, really pretty villa in lovely quiet residential area with lots of different neighbouring villas, interesting rooftops, lovely flowers and curved streets winding down to seafront. Children's play park around the corner. Hotel Bela Vista gym nearby. Village 15 mins, beach 18 mins walk. Pottery nearby. Bus stops. Outside: Private 8metre x 4metre pool set in pretty mature garden with bougainvillea trailing up the outside stairs to panoramic patio. Plentiful sunloungers and seating around pool as well as dining sets on the terrace above. Spectacular panoramic views from terrace (off lounge and dining areas) including cliffs, bay, and town below as well as Lagos and Monchique in the distance from one corner of the terrace. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels, linens and maid service included. Maid service three times per week, linen changed twice per week. We have a cot for a baby and also a highchair.


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Private South-facing detached 8-person Villa with pool, seaview terrace in LUZ
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

Wonderful holiday home

  • 5 of 5

We went to Praia da Luz for the first time and booking a house a we didn't know in a location we didn't know was a big things for us as a family with 4 young children. We stayed there for 2 weeks and had a wonderful time and wonderful memories were made there. The house was perfect for us. Because we have young children we had certain requirements and all of those were met. For example, there are 4 spacious bedrooms with toilets. The pool is sloped and has a shallow end so that even our 2 year old could play safely in the pool. there are shutters on all doors and windows which means the house was lovely and cool during the night and dark for nap time during the day. these seems like small things but really made our holiday all the more enjoyable. The house has a large kitchen and living area upstairs so there was plenty of room for all of us to play, sleep, read or watch TV during the evening hours. The house is sufficiently equipped with anything you might need. We got new towels and bedsheets and the house was cleaned several times in the 2 week period which was a huge bonus for us. The only things i would say is unless you love walking up and down a hill in the summer heat, I would highly recommend hiring a car. The distance to the village is only about 20 mins by foot one way but baring in mind the summer heat and that the house is located on a hill, our 4 young children would not have been able to do that walk every day and we would not have managed carrying groceries back to the house. We would have been lost without our car. We are delighted that we decided last minute to rent a car as this also allowed us to explore the neighbouring towns and villages and get to know portugal a little bit more. All in all this is a great house at a great price in a beautiful location and i can highly recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Franziska! So happy that you had such a lovely, memorable stay with your family. I always advise people to rent a car - not just for transporting kids and groceries (although actually Baptista does deliver your shopping) but also for experiencing the lovely nearby villages, amazing West Coast surf beaches and authentic rural lifestyle. Hope you return next year - there is a discount for repeat guests!
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Beautiful - didn't want to leave

  • 5 of 5

Just wanted to Thank you for allowing us to rent your villa. It was the most amazing week and none of us were ready to come home.

The area is beautiful, people are friendly and such fantastic views from the villa.

We will definitely be back, probably not next year, but the year after.

Clara is a credit to you, so helpful and we met her out and about a few times and she always made sure we were ok.

Met the lovely Norman and his wife maintaining next door and became our taxi for the rest of the week 😀. That sorted the hill 😂😂. Once again thank you

  • Review Submitted: 27-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to hear that you had a wonderful time. Looking forward to hosting you again in the future and repeat guests always get a discount!
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Hillside haven in the sun

  • 5 of 5

Two families of 4 arrived at this lovely villa on the 16th July. With spacious bedrooms and 4 bathrooms it never felt crowded. It felt instantly comfortable and the welcome pack kept us contented enough before hitting the shops. It is a lovely walk from the Villa into Luz (a bit of a puff heading back) but at least an opportunity to walk off some of the amazing food available in the restaurants. The Dolphin and A Fabrica probably the pick of the bunch.

The villa is well appointed. Plenty of seating and always with amazing views.

All as described in the blurb and the maid service was very useful. There was a slight problem with the pool initially but Luis the pool maintenance man responded promptly and it was soon sorted. Highly recommend this Villa and Louise was great in communication and providing information.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a wonderful stay! We love those two restaurants, too. But our favourite part is coming back to the villa after a day of beaching or other explorations and soaking in those views from our terrace. Discounts for repeat visitors, so do look into coming again next summer.
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Fabulous find!

  • 5 of 5

We have just come back from 2 weeks in this charming villa. Everything was exactly as Louise had described it on the website and the photos were very realistic.

We loved the area, especially the beaches and restaurants. But we also did lots of cycling, walking, tennis and golf, all very nearby.

Louise gave us good directions and lots of useful information about where to go.

The villa was very well equpiped and comfortable and we are definitely going to book again next year!

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy that you had such a lovely stay! Let me know if you want to make a reservation for next year - especially as return guests get a discount! All the best, Louise
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Just Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

This was the 2nd time I've stayed at the property - once with family and this time with a small group of friends. It is perfect for exactly what we wanted which was a relaxing week in the sunshine. The villa has everything you need and is only a cheap taxi away from the main area of Lagos and walking distance from the beach in Luz. Would highly recommend to anyone wanting to enjoy Portugal in a traditional setting.

Will be returning again soon!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I love hearing about my guests' experiences in our gorgeous villa - even if it makes me jealous!! So happy that you had such a wonderful time and plan to come back soon. Remember, I give a £50 discount to repeat visitors.
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Spacious and gorgeous

  • 5 of 5

The villa is perfect for a group. Four good sized bedrooms, 2 with patio doors opening to the poolside and 3 have ensuite bathrooms.

Lots of eating space and sofa space for relaxing. Lovely balcony with stunning sea and hill views!

The kitchen is well equipped and has everything you need. The villa is cleaned and fresh towels left mid week. Pool towels are also provided which is very useful.

The villa is about a 15-20 minute walk to the beach at a steady pace but be warned, the incline is rather steep!

Lovely stay. Beautiful villa which is reasonably priced. Highly recommended


  • Review Submitted: 02-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you loved it and enjoyed your reunion with your family from overseas at our villa! All the best, Louise
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Car: recommended


Nearest beach is Praia da Luz, 10-15 mins walk depending on route, with a wide curved bay, promenade with beach cafes & shops, sand, gentle waters featuring every watersport, & rugged cliff backdrop. Just the other side of the 16th century Fortaleza (now a good oceanfront restaurant) is a quieter locals' beach (Praia Prahina) with soft sand & comfortable flat sunbathing rocks. The wilder west coast is 20 mins drive to unspoilt sandy swathes, surfing seas, majestic cliffs & pristine National Park scenery.


Faro airport:50 mins drive. Train Faro to Lagos (10 mins from Luz) cheap, takes 1½ hours. Airport taxi transfers cost 70 euros each way with YellowFish. Car hire recommended (or at least bikes) as there is so much to see and do in and around Praia da Luz and Lagos. But you can also take taxis around town and get buses to nearby attractions. And, if you don't want driving to spoil your relaxation, there's lots to do right in town and on the beach.


Barao de Sao Joao, about 5 mins drive, must-see artsy town with Taberna d'Maria for music & munchies. Lagos 10 mins drive. Lots of cute fishing villages & beaches within 25 min drive inc Sagres, Zavial. Local buses to Lagos & quaint villages of Burgau (sunset bar, beach bar and lovely beach) & Salema (beach bars and unspoilt beach). Cape Vincente, most Southwesterly point of Europe is 30 mins drive. And Monchique, 1hr drive, highest point in SW Europe. Lisbon & Seville, Spain - 2 hrs 42 mins drive. The wild west coast is about 40 min drive - Amado Beach for surfing and great restaurant set on the cliffs above.

Further Details:

As you drive into Praia da Luz, you fall in love with this delightful hillside town overlooking the expansive, curved bay. With only low and medium-rise development, it has just the right amount of infrastructure for a great holiday and relaxed lifestyle. Everywhere around town and the beach is walkable or bike-able. There's a handy central supermarket (Baptista - 10 min walk and they deliver to your doorstep) as well as lots of big ones (in Lagos - Intermarche, Lidl, Aldi, etc) 10 mins drive from our villa. Built around a charming church, the town is full of character, with lots of quaint eateries including Fortaleza, an ancient fort repurposed as a fine dining restaurant with antique interior and oceanfront patios. The boardwalk is lined with pavement cafes and there's a couple of pubs for British beer and football. O Camilo, 10 min drive away, is a topnotch, modern restaurant perched on a clifftop overlooking Lagos. Algarve food in general is diverse, ranging from local seafood to Portuguese pork and beef, with reasonable prices. Sensational sunset drinks in Burgau are inexpensive. As well as typical sun, sea and sand activities, there are lots of sports available, outdoors or at the fitness centre in the Hotel Bela Vista or pilates, zumba and aerobics classes around town. There are plentiful biking paths linking to coastal and rural villages - all quaint and cheap for food and drinks. The whole area is very pretty with lots of greenery, immense cliffs, white sandy beaches sometimes with calm turquoise seas, sometimes with dramatic surf.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Luz, Algarve

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
28 Oct 2017 - 28 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
30 Jun 2018 - 6 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
30 Jun 2018 - 8 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
9 Sep 2018 - 27 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
28 Oct 2018 - 3 May 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
29 Jun 2019 - 7 Sep 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
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7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
Please email Louise with any questions. When you decide to book you will be mailed a booking form and asked to pay a £100 deposit per week. The balance of payment is due 8 weeks before departure, booking terms are clearly stated on the booking form.

Changeover Day:
Arrivals usually Saturday and departures Saturday - a few dates available with variations

Notes on prices:
If you would like a longer stay outside of peak season, we are happy to negotiate a special price.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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