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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
Registration Number : 38720/AL SCE129231826

Christina & Barry
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 16, 2018

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 São Brás de Alportel

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 4.9444447 based on 48 reviews

Fantastic Location and Accommodation

  • 5 of 5

What can i say that hasn't already been said. Lovely location with superb views from the pool area, couldn't have asked for better accommodation and facilitys from this Villa everything that we needed was there on hand, Barry and Tina were the ideal hosts living on site but not at all intrusive. Superb weather all week just a shame we couldn't stay for longer. Highly recomended and would not hesitate to return at a future date.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Total Relaxation

  • 5 of 5

Instructions to get there very clear. We did have a problem locating the actual side road to the villa but that's Portugal for you. When we got there we were warmly welcomed by Tina and Barry and shown around there beautiful Villa and it was. You didn't want for anything, it was all there. The area was extremely quiet. Plenty of restaurants to choose from and a short drive into St Bras again a very nice place. We will be recommending this one to our friends.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Don't hesitate to book.

  • 5 of 5

We were delighted we chose this excellent well-equipped villa. The views are fantastic, the furnishings and equipment all in good working order and Barry could not do enough to make us comfortable.

We especially liked the terraces for relaxing, watching the swallows dipping over the very clean heated pool, comfy huge master suite bed and the internet TV to watch UK terrestrial TV channels before turning in at night. We were disappointed that the lounge TV needs attention to do likewise and feel that Barry should invest in new patio chairs to go with the new cushions. Barry & Tina live on site, but are not at all intrusive. Whilst there were only the 2 of us, we could imagine families of 4-6 enjoying a wonderful holiday here. We would not hesitate to recommend the villa which is well centrally positioned to visit beaches both sides of Faro as well as the many towns and villages around. Don't hesitate to book.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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stunning house in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

We've just returned from a fantastic holiday in this lovely house. The hosts couldn't have been friendlier or more helpful and the house itself has the most stunning aspect and is fantastically well equipped. We made good use of our hire car and explored nearby towns, villages and beaches but this would make the perfect location for a lazy week by the fabulous pool too. I would highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Excellent 😊😊😊

  • 5 of 5

The Villa itself was stunning inside and out the way it was decorated. Set up on a hillside, the views were fantastic. It was so quiet absolutely perfect for a nice relaxing holiday, with a wonderful sized pool to cool off in. Tina and Barry were really welcoming and friendly,they were always around if we needed anything.

We would definitely go back again.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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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: August 2017
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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
Refundable damage deposit $350.93

A £250.00 damage deposit is required on arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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