Gary or Gill Harwood

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Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type villa
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Self catering villa minutes from excellent beach

A large, four bedroomed villa on the Vale de Milho golf village and country club on the hills just outside of Carvoeiro and overlooking the Atlantic coast in the Algarve, Portugal. Casa Malva Rosa is in one of the largest gardens on the golf village development. It is about two hundred metres from the golf clubhouse and first tee. It has good views of the sea from the roof terracing and is furnished to a high standard. The villa's design, coupled with excellent construction quality and furnishings, provide practical and comfortable accommodation. The terracing surrounds a large, private swimming pool, with separate paddling area, all of which can be heated if required.

The location could not be better, being close to all the amenities one could wish for during a holiday but also being in a quiet, residential area for peaceful relaxation in and around the villa. This villa will, therefore, be suitable no matter what holiday interests clients may have.

Golf: For golfers, all of the Algarve's championship golf courses are close to Carvoeiro. The nearest are the courses at Penina, Alvor and Palmares but Vale de Lobo, Quinta da Lago, Villamoura and Parc de Floresta are all within a half hour drive. Apart from the Vale de Milho course, Carvoeiro also has two other courses Pinta and Gramacho

Other activities: Carvoeiro has its own international tennis club, The Carvoeiro Clube de Tennis, and a number of smaller tennis clubs for the less experienced players. Horse riding, ranging from one to two hour rides up to full day Algarve treks for both novice and experienced riders, can be arranged at the riding club within walking distance of the villa. Naturally a whole range of water sports, including wind surfing, water skiing, scuba diving and deep sea fishing, are provided in the region. Walkers will not be disappointed either. The spectacular cliff walks are possibly best enjoyed in the evenings during the wonderful Algarve sunsets.

Other places of interest: Carvoeiro is within fifteen minutes of the major shopping centre, and fishing port, of Portimao and within thirty minutes of the mountains of Monchique and the famous spa - Caldas de Monchique. Just above Monchique is Foia, the highest point in the Algarve, which on a clear day provides spectacular views of the whole Algarve coast as well as Portugal's more northern regions and west coast. Excellent chicken piri piri restaurants and interesting souvenir and craft shops can be found along the mountain roads leading to Monchique and Foia.

A few miles out of Carvoeiro are two of Europe's largest water slide parks - Slide 'n' Splash and The Big One. If you have children either, or both, of these parks should not be missed. A trip to Zoomarine (about twenty minutes drive east) to see the dolphins, seals, sea lions and parrots is also a must for children.

The village beach is ideal for children with clean, gently sloping sand and several good beach bars.

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  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
Gary or Gill Harwood (Owner)
Advertiser since 2007

About Gary or Gill Harwood

We are a mature couple who have lived in Cambridgeshire all of our married lives. We have two grown up and married daughters and currently one grandson. Gary has worked in the IT Services industry most of his working life running his own IT outsourcing company for many years and having worked as an outsourcing executive for IBM for the last 20 years.

Gary or Gill Harwood purchased this villa in 1988

Why Gary or Gill Harwood chose Vale de Milho

We fell in love with the Algarve region in Portugal in 1982. We decided to buy a second home in the Algarve in 1985 and, having visited Carvoeiro several times, bought a plot of land on a soon to be new golf course in the summer of 1988. We worked with a local architect and builder to design our dream home in the sun and it was eventually completed in April 1990.

What makes this villa unique

Carvoeiro is a wonderful old Algarvian fishing village that has expanded over the last 25 years to become a thriving small town with a fantastic number of exceptional restaurants serving dishes from almost every region of the world. Whilst it is now the home of a few hotels, most of the developments in and around the town are low rise, villa properties. As a result the town has retained its friendly, community conscious feeling where the locals, the international visitors and the permanent foreign residents exist in true harmony. We love the place - and have had many many happy times in Carvoeiro, both by ourselves and with friends and family, during the last 25 years.

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Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay nights
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Large detatched 4 bedroom villa with private pool on golf course
average rating of 2.0 based on 1 reviews
Large detatched 4 bedroom villa with private pool on golf course
Vale de Milho Carvoeiro area
Glasgow ,Scotland

Casa Malva Rosa

  • 2 of 5
We returned to Vale de Milho for a second time and although we had a great holiday we were very disappointed with this villa. The villa certainly did not live up to its ' luxury ' description. Having stayed in several fantastic villas previously we found Casa Malva Rosa a let down in many respects. Overall the villa was very poorly equipped. The poolside furniture was tired and parasols were broken (thankfully , the agent replaced them). There was a lack of kitchen equipment and what was there was needing renewed. Similarly, the towels were old and bleach stained and there were not enough of them for a party of 8. The villa needs air conditioning, despite the owner's assurance that electric fans kept the villa cool (most of them had also seen better days!).
On the positive side the maid provided a good service and the childrens section of the pool was great. Vale de Milho is within easy reach of several good restaurants and the centre of Carvoiero is not too far away.
We would not recommend this villa as there are others offering a far higher standard in the area.
  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2009
  • Stayed: Jul 2009
  • Source: HomeAway



Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Faro, Portugal
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
800 Metres
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Vale de Milho Golf Clbhouse
Nearest Golf
200 Metres
Vale de Milho Golf
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Restaurant Vale de Milho and Julios
Car: recommended

Carvoeiro retains all of its Algarvian charm as a friendly Portuguese fishing village whilst, at the same time, it has been sympathetically developed in recent years to cater for the growing international community that live in and around the village as well as the many holiday makers that select the area to stay in year after year. It is regarded by many as one of the nicest locations in the Algarve and, thanks to careful planning by local developers and the strict building controls enforced, has not been infiltrated by the ugly, haphazard, high rise, concrete monstrosities seen in the more easterly parts of the region and in Southern Europe generally.

Carvoeiro village has a wide variety of shops where everything for day to day living can be obtained. It also boasts approximately one hundred restaurants and bars to suit all tastes in and around the village. The village beach is clean and popular. Within a few minutes drive of Carvoeiro many other excellent beaches can be found

Golf: The golf courses in the Algarve are world famous and most golfers will know of many of them so we have neither listed nor described them. Suffice it to say that all of them are within a short drive of Carvoeiro. Carvoeiro itself boasts three golf courses – the nine hole at Vale de Milho, where Casa Malva Rosa is situated, and the eighteen and nine hole courses on the other side of the village.



Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates


Vale de Milho Villa Rental Rates


  • For bookings longer than one week we offer the following discounts - 1 to 2 weeks 10% discount, 2 to 3 weeks 20% discount and over 3 weeks 25% discount off the total villa rental charge. In the low seasons only the rental rates are for occupancy of between one and four people. An additional 25.00 per person per week is charged if occupancy in these seasons exceeds four people. Pool heating can be arranged for an additional charge of £13.00 per day regardless of which season. Cots and high chairs can be arranged for an additional charge - £15.00 per week (cot), £10.00 per week (high chair).
    A breakages/damages deposit is required of £30.00 per person which will be refunded after rental period provided there has been no damages/breakages.
    50% of total charges is due at the time of booking with the remaining 50% due at least three weeks before the rental period commences. If the rental is to commence within six weeks of the booking the total due is payable at the time of booking
  • Please note that our 2013 rental rates have been kept at the same levels as they have been for the last seven years.



Vale de Milho Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 175 m²
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Parking ...
  • Garage ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Iron & Board
  • Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Sunbed
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Toaster
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Dining Room
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
    Bathroom 5 - outdoor shower , On pool terrace
  • Bathrooms 1 and 3 both have showers over the bath as well as separate shower enclosures (bathroom 1 is extra large) and twin washbasins. Bathroom 2 has a shower over the bath and a single washbasin. Bathroom 1 is en-suite to the master bedroom and bathroom 2 is en-suite to the guest bedroom. Bathroom 3 is the family bathroom for bedrooms 3 and 4. There is also a cloakroom with toilet and washbasin as well as an outdoor cold shower on the pool terrace.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • The master bedroom is furnished in white cane and wood. It has a king sized double bed and patio doors that lead to the top level of the pool terrace. The en-suite bathroom to the master bedroom contains a 'double size' tiled shower, bath, w.c., bidet and twin wash basins set into a marble topped vanity unit with twin mirrors and concealed lighting over and cupboards under. The guest suite also has patio doors leading to the pool terrace and it is furnished in natural pine. The en-suite bathroom to the guest bedroom contains a bath with a shower over, w.c., bidet and a wash basin set into a marble topped vanity unit. The two family bedrooms are both furnished in hand painted, 'Alentejo' furniture which is produced locally in the region just to the north of the Algarve. Both bedrooms contain twin single beds, bedside cabinets and chests of drawers. The yellow bedroom has doors leading to the pool terrace and the blue bedroom has a large window overlooking the front garden.
  • Books for Adults
  • VCR
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Radio
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Patio
  • Barbecue
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • 12 garden chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Heated Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • water parks
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses:
  • medical services
  • groceries
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Double patio doors lead from the dining room to a large, internal, 'courtyard style' patio that has a table under a sun shade and a built-in table with seating for up to twelve people. This patio also has a built-in bar-b-q and steps that lead up to the extensive roof terracing. The pool terrace is on two levels. The terracing is extensive and is surrounded by low walls to keep the Atlantic breezes away from swimmers and sun bathers. There are eight sun-loungers, two sun-shades, four wrought iron chairs and a wrought iron table, built-in tiled seating, a built-in tiled table, a pool-side bar-b-q and an external shower. The built in seating and table are under a large, tiled pergola which makes a nice area to relax or eat out of the hot sun but still by the pool. The swimming pool is 1.2 metres deep at the shallow end and 2.3 metres at the deep end. There is also a paddling pool, separated from the main pool by tiled pillars.