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Unwind in Elegance with large private pool & amazing hillside views. (Free WIFI)

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,750 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Perfect place for total rest and access to all holiday activities in the Algarve

Quinta Fonte do Cascalho is a unique detached property, set in 2 acres of grounds amid the tranquil Algarve hills; just 20 minutes north of Faro airport and on the edge of the Portuguese town of Sao Bras de Alportel, full of rustic charm, with many street cafes, restaurants, banks, tourist office, shops and supermarkets.

This is an ideal location for people who want to get away from it all and enjoy a relaxing holiday in privacy yet the beautiful beaches of the Algarve are just a short distance by car, plus have easy access to all the holiday attractions the Algarve can offer.

More Details

Christina & Barry
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2017

About Christina & Barry

In 2007 we decided to make our home available to holidaymakers and have subsequently met some wonderful people. Many have become good friends.

By living in the Algarve we are able to deal with all of our guests personally; from initial greeting to cleaning and maintenance, plus resolve the odd problem. Furthermore, we are able to continuously liaise with the local tourist office for the current and new attractions or activities available, throughout the Algarve, for our guests.

Christina & Barry purchased this villa in 2006

Why Christina & Barry chose Algarve

The views from the house are stunning and the feeling of total peace adds to the tranquillity of a great holiday home. From this location, there is easy access to all the attractions the Algarve can offer; making this the complete holiday package for a family, friends getaway or discerning golfers.

What makes this villa unique

The area, in which we live, is a perfect environment for local wildlife and birds to which we have developed our birdwatching skills and love of nature. Based on this we are able to suggest other local areas for incredible birdwatching or sightseeing.

The location provides easy access to many excellent golf courses and through our local golfing contacts we are able to obtain excellent discounts on green fees and equipment hire.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This villa is in a stunning setting with lovely views of the mountains. The owner was on hand, but very discrete, helping as and when required. The standard of the furnishings and amenities is very high, with bathrobes, towels and even slippers available! The bathrooms are very luxurious, all with jacuzzi baths, and the kitchen is large and very well equipped. The lounge area has comfortable settees and there are top of the range TVs and DVD players in all rooms. The pool is not heated, so at this time of year was too cold to use, but very pleasant to relax beside. The location is too far out of the closest town to walk and so a car is essential, although there are two good restaurants just a short distance away, before you reach Sao Bras de alportel. The supermarket is about 5 minutes away by car. It is situated withing easy reach of a number of interesting sights and towns including Tavira, Loule, Faro and Olhao. Overall, I would recommend this villa highly.
Oct 2013
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São Brás de Alportel Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub , bidet
    Terrace - outdoor shower
  • All spa baths are pre-set to 4 programs to suit your mood.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Paradise - 1 king , 1 baby crib , Cot available
    Hollywood - 1 king , Can be set as twin 3ft singles.
    Vine - 1 queen
  • Each bedroom is equipped with remote controlled air-conditioning that can be set to automatically maintain the exact temperature you require. It can also be set to silent run just to give you that extra quietness during your sleep. All bedrooms have spa baths, bidet, toilet and wash hand basin. Bath robes are also provided. Bedroom 2 is set as an extra large double bed that can be made as two singles, if requested.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 14 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • Private Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(24 traveler reviews)

Unwind in Elegance with large private pool & amazing hillside views. (Free WIFI)
average rating of 5.0 based on 36 reviews

Wonderful experience from beginning to end

  • 5 of 5

This is without doubt a wonderful place to stay, not only is the villa itself such an outstanding property set in a beautiful location but also the owners Barry and Christina had thought of literally everything to make sure staying here would be an unforgettable experience. The quality of everything within the villa is of the highest standard and I don't think there isn't a thing missing, it made our trip to Portugal one to remember and if we were to go back to the area again without doubt we would be staying here.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Tina and Barry were perfect hosts. The villa was spotlessly clean and well equipped and situated in a fabulous location, picturesque views and outstanding swimming pool and facilities. The villa is the ideal location to explore the real Algarve.

Thank you so much for making our stay such a relaxing one.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful villa

  • 5 of 5

Quinta do Cascalho is a very beautiful and luxuriously appointed villa with breathtaking views. Everything here is of the highest quality and maintained to a very high standard, and yet the villa has a very homely and welcoming feel that puts you instantly at ease and ready for a relaxing holiday. This is undoubtedly due to the incredible attention to detail of the lovely owners Tina and Barry. Nothing is too much trouble, and they go out of their way to make sure you have everything you need to enjoy your stay. We were very sorry to leave this wonderful place at the end of our two week stay, and are already planning our next visit.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic Family Holiday

  • 5 of 5

Wow what a fab week in your lovely villa Barry & Tina, perfect hosts. We've had an amazing family holiday. Thank you so much your villa was just what we needed, spotlessly clean, equipped with everything and more! Great pool which we spent many hours lazing in and around. Our boys aged 13 & 18 enjoyed the pool and the space in and around the villa, particularly the fact that they had large beds and TVs, even a fridge in Jakes room! The TV package is better than we have at home although we didn't spend much time indoors! Enjoyed our BBQ's and our nightly dominoes challenge sat outside at night. We will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Relaxed Luxury

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from spending twelve wonderful days in a stunning villa. Where do I begin, the beautiful views from the poolside terrace, spacious bedrooms, very well equipped modern kitchen, great tv package and not forgetting the large pool. On arrival Tina & Barry made us very welcome with a bottle of bubbly.

We have stayed in the Eastern Algarve many times now and continue to find lovely local people, great authentic restaurants which offer quality food and in our opinion this area is easily the best part of the Algarve.

Tina & Barry what a lovely home you have. When we arrived we met the owners but without doubt when we left we said until next time to good friends.(See you in September).


  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect home from home

  • 5 of 5

This is our second visit and the villa is definitely our favourite and we have stayed in more than a dozen in the Algarve. It is in a perfect location for shops and good restaurants and we never drove more than 10minutes to reach any, which is how we like it. Barry has set up an excellent tv package which allowed us to watch euro 2016 and a few other favourites when we come in from the fantastic sun beds and pool. The villa is full of extras and interest and extremely well equipped. Tina and Barry are excellent hosts and the villa is a perfect home from home with a little added sunshine.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Roman Villa of Milreu
Nearest Airport
18 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
O Graciano
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Nearest Train
18 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
A22 Olaho
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
O Graciano
Nearest Beach
12 Kilometres
Olhao & Fuseta
Car: recommended

The villa is nestled in the hills, just outside the town of Sao Bras de Alportel, and enjoys magnificent hillside and distant sea views. Through its location, in the authentic Algarve, ‘Quinta Fonte do Cascalho’ offers the best for all types of holidaymakers. It is ideal for people who want to get away from it all and relax by the pool in total privacy, yet the beautiful beaches are just a short distance by car. This location has something for everyone, from walking in the local nature reserves or peaceful country drives through traditional Portuguese villages, to the stunning Ria Formosa nature reserve..

Other activities include: Golf, Slow Travel, Ecoturism Tours, Birding & Bird Watching tours, Water parks, zoo marine, fishing, horse riding, walking, mountain biking, cycling, and water sports.


The Algarve is known for its beaches, but the winter months are a prime time to visit one of the world's premier golf destinations. Each golf course offers a unique design taking advantage of the local landscape allowing the golfer a challenging yet pleasurable game.

With more than 30 top quality golf courses in the Algarve, you will never be short of a quality course to play. Quinta Fonte do Cascalho is ideally located to have access to a high percentage of these courses within just 20 minutes drive. To the East are Benamore, Quinta da Cima, Quinta da Ria, Castro Marim, the Jack Nicklaus signature course Monte Rei, as well as the Seve Ballesteros-designed Quinta do Vale. To the South is the Golden Triangle of golf with Vale do Lobo, Ocean and Royal, Quinta do Lago North and South courses, Sao Lorenzo and Villa Sol. To the West is the Vilamoura complex, with the Arnold Palmer design Victoria, plus the Old Course, Millennium, Laguna and Pinhal. Through our local contacts, we are able to obtain excellent golf discounts and equipment.

Eco-tourism and Eco-fashion:

Sao Bras de Alportel is situated in the Barrocal region of the Algarve comprising large open spaces, pure air and lush foliage of almond, fig, carob and cork trees; to which the region became the biggest cork producing centre in Portugal and the world. Today there are organized cork trails that take you through this beautiful countryside and a visit to the cork museum. In the centre of Sao Bras is the shop where you can purchase many eco-fashion items that are produced from cork such as purses, handbags, belts, shoes and even curtains, which you will find in the lounge of Quinta Fonte do Cascalho.

A Birdwatchers Paradise:

‘Quinta Fonte do Cascalho’ sits in a natural area that is a fantastic habitat for the birds that frequent the Algarve. In addition to the Swallows and Martins that share the pool with you, from the terrace you would see: Golden Oriole, Cattle Egret, White Stork, Black Stork, Bee Eater, Hoopoe, Azure-winged Magpie, Bluethroat, Fan-tailed Warbler, Cetti's Warbler, Melodious Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Short-toed Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Southern Grey Shrike, Woodchat Shrike, Common Waxbill, Serin, Black-winged Kite, Black Kite, Red Kite, Griffon Vulture, Montagu's Harrier, Short-toed Eagle, Booted Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Marsh Harrier, Spanish Imperial Eagle. Through our local contacts, we can arrange bird-watching tours, with responsible guides, for sea or the 10 reserved land locations for birds in the Algarve.

Lawn Bowling:

During the winter months, the Algarve is an ideal location for Lawn Bowling. There are numerous organized clubs scheduling regular games. Visiting players are very welcome to join in where clubs stock a full range of bowls for hire at a nominal charge. Tavira Bowls club, with an eight rink level green, is just a few minutes away from the villa.


Rates & Availability

São Brás de Alportel Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Apr 22 2017 - May 12 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Summer
May 13 2017 - Jul 7 2017
3 night minimum stay
Jul 8 2017 - Sep 1 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Sep 2 2017 - Oct 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
Oct 21 2017 - Dec 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 5 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $319.58

A £250.00 damage deposit is required on arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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