|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Casa Margaretha is set in a secluded rural position, yet is easily accessible, has a 10 x 5 metre swimming pool in landscaped gardens that look out over a lush valley, just south of the sleepy market town of São Brás. The villa is fully equipped with TV (BBC, ITV, Channel4 etc.), BOSE Sound Dock (for IPOD), microwave, washing machine, dishwasher, hairdryer, iron etc. Unlimited WiFi included. The garden/swimming pool are completely private and a large south-facing sun terrace, adjacent to the swimming pool, overlooks the surrounding countryside. There are also two breakfast terraces and covered barbecue area suitable for alfresco dining. Shops, cafe-bars, restaurants, supermarkets & other amenities conveniently located in nearby São Brás, which is only 15 minutes walk away, or 2 minutes by car. A selection of superb golf courses at Vale do Lobo, Quinta do Lago & Tavira easily reached along with bowling at Vilamoura. Beautiful sandy beaches also only a short distance
Eating Out: is great and very good value. Most visitors to the area eat out nearly every night. Sao Bras has an abundance of restaurants and the majority of them can provide a good meal for under £10.00 for two. Taste of Punjab (Indian - formerly Bom Amigo) - closest eatery to our villa. Churrasqueira Luis dos Frangos (Chicken Luis) - about 100M from Bom Amigo; speciality is Chicken Piri-Piri, in addition, whole pork fillet cooked in garlic, grilled turkey breast and daily fresh fish are well worth a try. Fonte de Pedra - Top of the Avenida. The food is very good and is freshly prepared to order. English is spoken well - very popular at the weekends.
The Avenida - Near the top of the main high street on the left hand side. Good food cooked simply but well. House wine by the 'Jarra' jug is worth it too. The locals reckon this is the best Chicken Piri Piri too.
Cafe Horta (on the Tavira road) - excellent food, great service and full of locals. A great meal with wine for roughly 10 Euro per person.
Hiking: Sao Bras is an excellent location as there are many hikes with a starting point within 30 minutes to 1 hour drive from the villa and about 6 of them withing 30 minutes drive. All the hikes are marked. Visit the tourist officie in Sao Bras and there is a little book with around 30 hikes in the Algarve. However, there are even more possibilities than explained in the booklet. The book is availalble in English, German, Spanisch, Protugees and even Dutch.
Guest Comments: 'Villa exceeded expectation, super BBQ, pool & garden too! Everything suited us fine. Hope to come again. An excellent holiday.' (Baldock family, Cheshire).
'Excellent facilities and location, would wish to return. PARADISE!!!!' (Prof.J A Webb & friends, Hereford).
'Our second visit to this villa. Again everything perfect for a relaxing holiday. Enjoyed watching the wildlife & how the lovely garden had matured.' (Dickinson's, Ruislip)
'Another super week, villa excellent again!' (Mackenzie & Clearys, Dunmow)
'Great villa and pool, very peacful, clean, tidy & well equipped. Had a relaxing holiday in the sun.' (Hassell family, Worcs).
'Goregeous clean villa, fabulous pool, beautiful garden, fantastic weather - what more could we ask for?! Back to not so sunny Newcastle, UK, until next time!' (Kelly Family, Newcastle).
'We had the most wonderful time here, much more than we expected but definitely what we needed - peace, relaxation, wonderful villa & weather' (S. Notay, London)
It doesn't say much, because we loved your villa. It is close to being perfect. I've no doubt we will be in touch sometime in the future about renting it again.
Home from home, everything you could possibly want in holiday accommodation and more besides. A 'little piece of heaven on earth'. It may sound corny however, the villa is beautifully appointed, very private but shops and restaurants within 10 minute amble. Have been before and hope to return ..... many times more! Thank you Helen and Richard.
We arrived in the evening and in the dark.
The moment we walked inside it felt like coming home!
After a good night sleep we opened the back door and fell silent!
What a view!
We fell in love with the house and garden.
7 days relaxing was the best waste of time you can think of in this garden with a very nice pool too!
We barely left the house because it has it all!
We have seen a lot of houses in the Algarve but so far this is number one!
We would love to come back if we may please?
Thanks for the lovely time we had in your house!
Anneke and Willem
This was our fifth visit to Casa Margarethe and we love it. It has become a home from home for us. On our arrival, the casa was spotless as always and the welcome pack from Lynne was very much appreciated.
The casa is very well maintained and we particularly enjoyed the pool area and the garden. WiFi and IPTV worked perfectly ( my husband was very happy!) We are getting to know our way around Sao Bras now and our favourite restaurant has to be Ysconerijo. Fabulous food and lovely staff.
We had a very peaceful and relaxing fortnight. Thank you Helen and Rich.
We have been holidaying in the Sao Bras area for over twenty-five years. The last seven years holidays were spent in Peral a small area north of Sao Bras. Last year it was sold, the new owners took it off the rental market. We came upon Casa Margaretha after trawling through website after website looking for a replacement villa for our our annual sojourn to the Algarve, and what a replacement it turned out to be. With two bedrooms and two bathrooms this all on the one level villa fitted our requirements perfectly. While it was a little more expensive that our previous villa it was within walking distance of Sao Bras town centre consequently we saved on a full two week car hire. I cannot recommend any particular restaurant in Sao Bras as they are all good. For a special occasion though I can recommend a trip to Lagar Mesquita which was €15 return in a taxi from Casa Margaretha. The villa was clean and well serviced. There is a good selection of books if the glare of the sun prevents you from reading your kindle outside. There is wifi in the villa and (internet tv) all the usual UK channels. The washing machine and covered drying area meant we didn't come back with heaps of washing. On route to the villa for the first time do stop and pick up some essentials (milk coffee teabags bread and butter) Previous villas we have stayed in have been plagued with barking dogs at night and screaming cockerels in the morning Casa Margaretha I am pleased to say had nothing but perfect peace and tranquillity
We really loved our stay! Everything was great!
The Villa got everything we were looking for one week of relax. It's private, quiet, very clean, well maintained, and comfortable.
Highly recommend it.
It's the kind of place where you start thinking on return even before you leave.
We were looking for somewhere to be lazy and enjoy some good weather - we found it at the villa - and more. The villa is well appointed, everything is to a high standard and quality and at the same time very comfortable and exceptionally clean. The star for us was the pool, and when the temperature soared to the high 30's we made the most of it. It's very unusual to find somewhere which is not overlooked, which added to the charm of the villa. Helen was very helpful and answered all our questions quickly, the whole booking process was extremely easy.
The area is characterised by the tranquil, unhurried lifestyle of the friendly local population. The market town of São Brás, 12kms from Loulé, has a central square surrounded by cafes and small streets. It is convenient for a variety of shops, restaurants, museums, ruins and other amenities. The town is surrounded by a ring of hills that look out onto the sea and the mountains. Low white houses, typical of popular architecture stand alongside more substantial buildings, their facades decorated with tiles, ornate stonework and cast iron verandas. São Brás has a covered market-place selling fresh fish, meat, fruit and vegetables and a monthly outside market. This area is relatively unaffected by tourism. This is the perfect place to sample the real Algarve.
Other Activities: Bowling
Golf: The villa is within 10-20 minutes driving distance of 17 golf courses including Victoria, Millenium, Laguna, Old Course, Pinhal, Vila Sol - all at Vilamoura. The Ocean and The Royal at Vale do Lobo. Ria Formosa, Quinta do Lago, San Lorenzo, Pinheiros Altos (all at Quinta do Lago), Colina Verde Golf at Fuzeta and finally Benamore, Quinta da Ria, Quinta de Cima all near Tavira. A perfect place to stay and play golf every day!
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$247|
Rates are on the basis of 2 people occupancy. If 3 or 4 people are renting together then an additional £80 per person per week is payable on the rental prices.
A £200 security deposit cheque will also be required 10 weeks prior to departure. This cheque will be returned following completion of your holiday and no damage has occurred.
Payments should be in UK Sterling by cheque or bank draft. A non-refundable deposit of 50% of the total holiday price is required to book the holiday. The final balance is due 10 weeks prior to departure,