Paderne Villa Rental Photos and Description
3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 8 (6 beds + cot & 2 small futons), free WiFi
Casa Norinha is a countryside haven, offering you a truly private villa experience. It's ideal for families, groups of adults or couples looking for somewhere away from the resorts yet close enough to easily visit the busier areas of the Algarve.
This detached, secluded villa is set in over an acre of landscaped gardens and is surrounded by fig, almond, olive and carob trees. It is completely private, not overlooked and enjoys far-reaching views across the Algarve countryside.
There is a 10m x 4m Roman-style pool with underwater lighting and a large pool terrace with six sun beds, large parasols and an outdoor shower.
The three bedrooms - one double, two twin - have fitted wardrobes and sliding doors to the outside, fitted with mosquito-proof shutters. There is a cot, high chair and buggy, as well as two additional single futons, suitable for children.
All bedrooms and the sitting room have their own terraces which lead directly to the pool area and gardens.
The villa features a large living room with wood burning stove and dining area, a shady outdoor dining terrace with built in barbecue, a fully equipped kitchen and a roof terrace for secluded sunbathing.
WiFi internet is included in the rental rates. The living room has a flat screen TV with HDMI and USB ports, as well as a DVD player, satellite receiver and Nintendo Wii. The stereo has indoor and outdoor speakers, CD and cassette players and can be connected to MP3 players.
There is air conditioning in all the bedrooms and ceiling fans in the living room and kitchen. In the winter the air conditioners can be set to heating mode, and the wood burning stove makes the living room cosy.
The large gardens have many mature trees and shrubs, a games area and newly planted orchard. There is also a pergola which we have just planted with grape vines, roses and passion flower.
Games equipment is provided, including a croquet set, cricket set, boules, golf clubs and a volleyball net for the pool. There is also a tipi for the children to play in, made with bamboo from the local river.
There are two mountain bikes available to guests, for a small weekly rental fee plus damage deposit. The bikes are very useful for exploring the local area and for trips into Paderne.
Casa Norinha is ideally situated for exploring the Algarve - just fifteen minutes from the central beaches and Albufeira, and centrally located so that the whole region can be visited in day trips.
There are many lovely walks in the immediate area and a 12C Moorish castle nearby, which is the subject of an ongoing archaeological dig.
The nearby town of Paderne is traditional and peaceful, with friendly locals and some excellent, yet inexpensive, restaurants.
Our house manager, Norbert, is German and also speaks Portuguese and English.
We are happy to negotiate on rates for under-occupancy or longer rentals.
- children welcome
- pets considered
- wheelchair accessible
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- Low Allergen Environment
- suitable for elderly or infirm
About Alex Outhwaite
My family has been visiting Portugal since I was a baby, and Casa Norinha was actually built by my parents, assisted by local contractors from Paderne who are still family friends.
The house is very much a home from home for us and it is managed in Portugal by another great family friend, Norbert, who runs a villa maintenance business in partnership with my aunt!
Everyone involved in managing Casa Norinha is friendly and welcoming, and will do all they can to make your stay a pleasant and memorable one.
Alex Outhwaite purchased this villa in 1983
Why Alex Outhwaite chose Paderne
My parents bought the land at Casa Norinha in the early 80s, when we lived in the area for a year. They wanted a rural plot on which to build a holiday home away from the bustle of the coastal resorts.
What makes this villa unique
The villa was designed to make the most of its location - nestled into the hillside so that it is private and secluded, but with lovely views over the countryside. The sun sets behind the hills opposite the terrace, and the stars are so clear at night.
One of my favourite sounds is the gentle clatter of the goat bells as Paulo the goat herd brings them through the surrounding fields every day. Over the garden wall you can see the goats climbing up into the trees to eat the leaves.
In the driveway there is a huge old carob (alfarroba) tree, and the surrounding land is scattered with numerous fig, olive and almond trees, dramatic agaves and a profusion of wild flowers in the Spring.
There are many birds in the area, and birdsong is a constant backdrop at Casa Norinha. In the evening, swallows come and drink from the pool by swooping down across the terrace. I have also spotted a hoopoe several times in the garden in the early mornings. Swallowtail butterflies are also a common sight in the Spring and early Summer.
The villa has a very large garden with many mature trees and shrubs.
Casa Norinha was designed in the traditional Algarvian style, with Moorish chimneys, terracotta pathways and curving architectural details. The villa is decorated with a nod to the Algarve's unique combination of European and North African influences - painted tiles and ceramics, dark wood, marble and granite. The garden pergola is paved with Portuguese calçada stones.