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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.

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Christina & Barry
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 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:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
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
  • Free Wifi
  • 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


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Unwind in Elegance with large private pool & amazing hillside views. (Free WIFI)
average rating of 4.935484 based on 43 reviews

So good we came back for more!

  • 5 of 5

Our second visit to this fabulous villa... fabulous views, luxurious comfort, excellent pool and wonderful hosts. Perfect holiday home. Highly recommended. Looking forward to returning for a third visit.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
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Excellent location , facilities, pool, and Villa

  • 4 of 5

Barry & Tina are a lovely couple who looked after us very well. The villa was perfect for our needs , everything you could possibly need was in the Villa.The views from the pool were magnificent as was the pool, we will be recommending the villa to friends and family.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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Relaxing and very enjoyable stay.

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful villa very well equipped and spacious with amazing views! Well looked after by Christina and Barry, made to feel very welcome. Transport is essential but an excellent taxi service is available.

A very enjoyable holiday

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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A second wonderful holiday!

  • 5 of 5

A beautifully secluded villa with views to "die for" offering all the facilities we would ever require.

Barry & Tina are the perfect hosts maintaining the property to a high standard and always available to help if needed.

As a family of 3 we have spent the last 10 years in and around the Sao Bras area loving what it has to offer. Totally peaceful with excellent restaurants and quality beaches 20 minutes away.

July 2017 will be our 3rd stay at the villa. Enough said!

Thanks Barry & Tina.

Love, Paul, Jan & Joe.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very Private Elevated With Fantastic Views Over The Valley And Beyond

  • 5 of 5

We were greeted by Christina And Barry the owners on our arrival and Barry gave us a guided tour of this extremely well equipped beautifully appointed villa, Christina and Barry made our 2 week stay very enjoyable we have been visiting the Algarve now for over 25 years and we can honestly say this is the best equipped villa we have stayed in looking forward to returning next year, very relaxing xx

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Amazing place and awesome people! Don't miss

  • 5 of 5

We travel extensively and this villa is everything it promised to be and more. The views are breathtaking and one has everything at their fingertips in this place; HIGH CLASS villa, and true gem. I have not met more kind and welcoming hosts. Barry & Christina are soooo nice and informative and caring; they spent time explaining to us how to get around the town and even recommended restaurants (yes, there are several within walking distance that are top notch). Barry even helped us try to polish away some scratch marks on our rental car that someone made while we were parked near Lisbon. I speak for all 4 persons in our group when I say- we HIGHLY recommend this place and the hosts. Thank you for a wonderful stay. We hope one day to be back. God Bless you!!!!

  • Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Roman Villa of Milreu
Nearest Airport
18 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
O Graciano
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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit $322.33

A £250.00 damage deposit is required on arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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