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Beautiful 18th Century House On Cobbled Street In Old Quarter With Sea Views

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,399 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 nights


About the property

3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, large living room with sea view, breezy,with 2 terraces

Accommodates five adults comfortably.. Not suitable for very small children. Situated in the best part of the old quarter close to the markets and front and yet quiet.Ground floor: 2 Double bedrooms with en suite bathroom, 1 charming single bedroom. Cool tiled hall , back and front doors.

Upstairs to magnificent large room with 17 foot high ceiling and view of the sea, leading onto a shaded north facing terrace. BBQ facilities, and outdoor eating facilities, Kitchen with all amenities, dishwasher, washing machine, etc.

Up a further flight of stairs to roof terrace with lovely views of Sea and Mountains to North.

Beautifully furnished.

Accommodates 5 people comfortably,

More Details
Registration Number : 1146337

Richard Robbins
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french
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Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
November 21, 2017

About Richard Robbins

I had another house in Olhao which many people visited every year and some of you will remember. This house is just up the street from my old house which I have now sold. The new house has 3 bedrooms and the living is upstairs while the sleeping is down. which in some ways is preferable as it is cooler at night . I discovered Olhao through a friend who has 14 houses there ! He is trying to save the old houses and I and others all agree they are worth saving - we call it the Crumbling Foundation - as Olhao is such a special place and not at all your normal tourist location . Olhao has much to offer the discerning traveller.

Richard Robbins purchased this house in 2010

Why Richard Robbins chose Olhão

This house is very handsome and has a uniqueness to it and a lovely feel. It is very easy to live in without any worries of objectionable neighbours and is built like a fortress - totally safe!

Olhao is a vibrant , living town which is friendly and welcoming in the true Portuguese manner and this is why I like Olhao - it is not false in any way.

The house works best with not more than 5 people. Having saud that a child might well be able to sleep on one of the bedroom floors on a mat (provided) or on the roof if old enough. On the whole though we do not like to overload the facilities of the house by cramming too many people in it.

What makes this house unique

17 foot high ceiling in the living room with a through breeze and views of the sea. House is always cool and the terrace for eating off the living room is north facing so in the shade.

This is a grand old house from the early 19th century and certainly has that feel.


Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
300 Metres
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
O Bote
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

Apart from the lovely nearby beaches reached by a short ferry trip there are small villages inland with picturesque churches and squares and lovely little restaurants. Montcarapacho is about 15 mins by car and is worth a visit. Olhao itself is full of tiny cobbled streets and plenty of seafront restaurants selling delicious grilled fish and seafood and other Portuguese specialities. The Fish market is the best in Portugal with fresh fish caught every day except Sunday.A kilo of the best fresh sardines is about 5 euros.Also plenty of fresh turbot, sea bass, John Dory, oysters, sole etc. Paradise ! Next to the fish market is the vegetable and meat market, both markets situated yards from the water. There is also a supermarket where you can get a good bottle of wine for 3 or 4 euros.

There are three islands which are reached by ferry, Armona being the closest and then pristine white beaches and a few little restaurants. A lovely way to spend the day or half a day - don't forget the sun umbrellas.( supplied)

For a longer trip Seville is just over 2 hours away. The Spanish border is 45 mins away and there are some lovely beaches on the way such as Fabrica which is absolutely fabulous, restaurant right on the beach.

All these places can also be reached by a charming train journey along the coast - well worth a trip. Faro is also a very interesting town with its history and old quarter.Also good hospital and good danish dentist.(details in house)

There is an art school in Olhao and also Tavira which is an old Roman town and well worth visiting ( to the east about 20 kms)

You do not really need a car if you are not going on longer trips as everything in Olhao is walk-able.

There is a national park just to the east of Olhao where many interesting birds can be seen including flamingos and the ubiquitous storks which nest on the high steeples and chimneys of Olhao.

Bike hire is available as are water taxis to the Islands for a quicker arrival. Fuseta is another charming village 10 kms east of Olhao and can be reached by train or car or bus.

Saturday is a big market day when an extra market is set up by the other two markets in Olhao. This is for the local produce that is grown or raised in the local area such as fresh locally grown almonds, all sorts of fruits and veg etc.

Altogether a wonderful 18th century undiscovered town where you can explore to your hearts content.


Olhão House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1399 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Resort
  • Town
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Also has basin
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , en suite with basin etc
  • The double bedroom has an en suite bathroom and there is a further bathroom with shower , basin and wc. Hair dryer is supplied
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , ceiling fan, en suite bathroom.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Ceiling fan. Firm Japanese mattress.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , ceiling fan, room for mat on floor for a child.
  • there is one single bedrooms and two doubles. We can accommodate a further person ( child) on a sleeping mat making six in total . These can be placed either in the single bedroom or elsewhere on the property.
  • Books ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis
Many boat trips out to deserted beaches and the open sea are available. Bike hire is available. Many Many fine restaurants in and around Olhao on the foreshore or in the interior. Much exploring ! Olhao is proud of its musical history and there are many places where one can just have a drink and listen to Jazz or impromptu singers and fado music, well worth going to if you see it advertised. Lovely swimming off the island with regular ferry service to the three islands. Also possible from Fuseta. (ten minutes by car).Hiring a car from the airport is best - I use no hidden costs .


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Beautiful 18th Century House On Cobbled Street In Old Quarter With Sea Views
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very nice holiday house

  • 5 of 5

We've enjoyed a very nice holiday in the Olhão house! It is a large, characterfull house. Although it' an old house, it was clean and had all the modern comfort (dishwasher, wifi, ...)., exactly as described on the website. Joao (the house manager) was very friendly and speaks English very well. He gave us good tips for activities with our 3 children . Everything for the beach (beach chair, parasol, beach toys, ...) is available.

we certainly recommend this house to our friends and family.

We recommend

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful House

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for somewhere both comfortable and convenient to stay in Olhao, I couldn't imagine much more of an ideal place than Richard's house. The house has been very tastefully set up with all the equipment you need to have a BBQ, hit the beach or enjoy dinner on the terrace.

The location amongst the twisting cobbled alleys of the town is perfect and very close to the markets, the ferries and countless restaurants. The helpful neighbour, Joao, will be able to point you in the direction of all of those on arrival.

Olhao is certainly a quiet town so if that's the vibe you're after it's perfect. There are not a lot of the traditional tourist activities on offer but hanging out on the sand islands is lovely.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely holiday home!

  • 5 of 5

We arrived in Olhao thinking it could not be better than our previous location / destination. But we were wrong. Just walking through the cobbled streets in the historical centre to reach this home was a lovely experience. The house itself was very clean, very well equipped and most importantly well laid-out. This resulted in optimum use of terrace, sun and light and allowed for many bbq's on the terrace. The atmosphere of the house is traditional and original and combined with the location (3min walk from sea front) you really get the best of Olhao: orginality, tradition, access by boat to the beaches, fresh fish and fruit and veggies and of course your daily coffee at the market terrace. This house allowed us to have a great ending to months of travelling. Well done on Richard for rebuilding the house with all original features and making us feel at home! Joao the manager next door was around when needed and the neighbours' chat made us feel part of it all. We definitely had a great experience and will be back! We recommend this property to couples, families and friends. A car is not necessary - all shops including markets and supermarkets are within easy walking distance as is the ferry boat to the islands.

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2014
  • Stayed: April 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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wonderful house in old town , Olhao.

  • 5 of 5

I stayed in this house before it was actually listed as i used to stay in Richard's old house which has now been sold. This house is very old but has been completely renovated and is very beautiful. The bedrooms are downstairs and very cool and the living room and kitchen and terraces are all upstairs which works well. The living room has 18 foot high ceilings and a view of the sea and leads onto a lovely north facing terrace where we ate all our meals. The fish and veg markets are literally two minutes away and the ferry to the islands 5 minutes walk.

The house itself was very clean and comfortable and Joao, the next door neighbour and manager, was very helpful and speaks good english. ( his mother is a hairdresser and i actually got her to come in and do my hair! ) . He organises the cleaner, Maria, who is around if you want her but cleans before and after.

I would recommend this house to anyone who wants a safe lovely stay in Olhao and you will be well looked after.

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2013
  • Stayed: October 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 3 of 5


  • Submitted: May 16, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Wonderful home

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home in the center of the town. Fresh, well equipped, with special decor.

Ideal location for travel to the Islands.

Perfect holiday.Thanks to our guests!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $234.74

a fully returnable deposit of 200 euros against breakages and loss of keys. Electricity used in the winter months will be added to the rental.
The house will be clean and all beds made up for your arrival . Cleaning takes four hours minimum.. The property can accomodate children but as with all children , especially very young, they must be supervised and watched as there are terraces and steps and we cannot be held responsible for any accidents. By renting this property you agree to these terms. The house takes a maximum of 5 people. two doubles and one single. Please let Joao, next door, know if you have broken anything or if things need replacing and also if you lose a key so he can get it replaced.

deposit immediately to secure the booking. Balance due 1 month before arrival.either in £s sterling at the current rate or in Euros to Olhao account. The full amount can be paid on booking if preferred as this saves you bank charges. Refundable if cancelled one month before.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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