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Ursula Higham

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english, french, german

Elegant Villa With Private Pool For 2-12 People

22 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Casa Funda is a large, elegant villa with private pool and terraces sitting on 6000sq metres (roughly 1 acre) of grounds with olive, carob, orange and lemon trees, bougainvillea, palms and yuccas. The property has 5 bedrooms, ALL WITH AIR CONDITIONING ( a small charge will be made if used extensively), one of which is a studio flat complete with second kitchen and bathroom, attached to the property but with separate entrance. The studio is never let separately. The main house and its 4 bedrooms all have brand new (2015) mosquito screens. In the main house there is a large drawing room with flat screen TV, patio doors to terraces and pool, separate dining room for 12 also with patio doors, fully fitted kitchen, master bedroom w/ queen sized bed, patio doors + en suite bathroom , family bedroom with double and single bed and en suite bathroom and two twin bedded rooms. There is a third bathroom downstairs. The studio flat, with its own terrace and very distant views to the sea, has a large bathroom, a fitted kitchen and 3 single beds .

After buying the house we embarked on a huge landscaping programme and created a second,large, terraced dining area away from the pool and the noise for reading, siestas, etc. We have further landscaped the garden, adding a fountain/pond feature in local stone, with goldfish, and planting more fruit trees, bamboo, bougainvillea etc. There is a once-a-week gardening service and the pool is serviced twice a week in the high season.

We have already upgraded the house by installing air conditioning, a huge flat screen television, internet access upon request, new curtains etc. In the Spring of 2011 all fittings in all 4 bathrooms were renewed.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Ursula Higham (Owner)
Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english, french, german

About Ursula Higham

My husband, I and our teenage son rented this property in 2008, fell in love with it and bought it in 2009. We live near Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire. My husband, who died very unexpectedly in September 2012, was an English lawyer and I am half German, half Hungarian,, born in NY and fluent in German, English and French. My son has just finished Leeds University and is now working in London. We had a much-loved English cocker spaniel and now have a three legged equally loved golden labrador. I try and spend most of June and two weeks in September at Casa Funda, mostly taking friends down with me.

Ursula Higham purchased this villa in 2009

Why Ursula Higham chose Tavira region

Having spent a week in this house on a 'last' type holiday, we so loved the house that we decided to buy it. It is generous, spacious and had, and hopefully has, a happy feel to it. It IS a family home. It is also ideally located for Tavira and the beach...

What makes this villa unique

Its greatest benefit, and why we fell in love with it, is its design: there is a very large, generous drawing room AND dining room, with the bedrooms off these rooms on either side. In addition there is the separate, but attached, studio flat. So three families can be there without falling on top of each other. The two huge terraces also create a feeling of privacy.

We have always had a 5 star rating. One reviewer loved the house and gave it a 1, thinking that was the highest honour. Unfortunately she misunderstood the rating system, and her 1 instead of 5 reduced our average to 4.5 (if you read the reviews you will see!)


based on 22 traveler reviews

Elegant Villa With Private Pool For 2-12 People
average rating of 4.7272725 based on 22 reviews

Casa Funda June 2009

  • 5 of 5

A large well equipped villa in a rural location, with gated access off a quiet side road. The owners met us on arrival and had a quick response to any questions.

Probably the best equipped we've stayed at with attention to the essentials that you always end up buying like washing up liquid,dishwasher tablets,salt,vinegar BBQ coals etc, even had a pair of reading glasses!!

Very spacious accomodation although partly closed off as there were only 4 of us, had the facilities & space of a 6 bed villa at 2 bed prices,very good value for money.

Car is essential as there is nothing within walking distance ,Tavira is a 10 min drive away, lovely old Portugese fishing village, large choice of bars & restaurants also has nearest supermarket.

If you're looking for somewhere lively with plenty of nightlife then this is not for you , but if you just want to chill out and take in some of the original Portugese culture then you'd have a job to find anywhere better.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2009
  • Stayed: May 2009
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The right place to relax and rejuvenate

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful holiday we had at Casa Funda. The villa is a real home from home - it contains everything you need to have a relaxing time. The house is spacious, clean, cool and the gardens are a joy with lemons and limes growing as well as many fragrant flowers.

We wanted a quiet break and that is exactly what we got. As Gemma did some shopping for us we didn't have to go anywhere. After a couple of days of complete relaxation we started to visit some local towns - Tavira being the closest with the river running through it with the beautiful cobbled streets. The villa is well placed for visiting different towns we went to

Towards the end of our break we were really feeling revitalized so we made use of the badminton court and the table tennis table which we enjoyed.

To sum up a beautiful villa, a lovely relaxing place an ideal antidote to living in 2015.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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large villa with a lot of atmosphere!

  • 5 of 5

We were 10 persons i total (children, grandchildren, and grandparents - from 13 to 73 years and had a wonderful stay (only too short).

We enjoyed the many terraces and the pool. Lovely garden and surroundings.

Tavira is a beutiful town with a lot restaurents - highly reccommended

Take the small ferryboat to Isla di Tavira and have a nice day at the Beach.

Nitionalpari Ria di Famosa is a must!

The owner - Ursula was very helpful to our family

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
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Owner's Response: Thank you very much. It was a pleasure to have you stay at Christopher's and my house and you would be very welcome anytime you wish. Thank you also for having left everything so neat and tidy!
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Our stay at Casa Funda

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at Casa Funda. I’ve rented other vacation homes in the past and have been disappointed. This home is the exception. The villa is well laid out, giving ample space for a large family and, at the same time, providing an unusual amount of privacy, because it divides into three areas. The property is well kept with more than adequate supplies of essential household items.

Casa Funda has large terraces and gardens in the front the back. The front terrace surrounds a beautiful swimming pool, well suited for swimming.

The villa is about 4 miles from Tavira, one of the most charming villages in the Algarve. There is an extensive waterfront area with restaurants and other entertainments. Beaches lie on the south side of an island, extending along the coast. Access is by boat and ferry, which helps preserve their charm and relatively modest use, as compared to other tourist destinations.

Casa Funda is highly recommended.

  • Submitted: May 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Sam V. It was a pleasure welcoming you to Casa Funda and I am genuinely happy that you loved the house as much as I and my family do. Thank you also for the return booking next year. I look forward to Gemma or me welcoming you then.
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Lovely private villa a few miles drive from Tavira

  • 5 of 5

The owner Ursula was very helpful and responded very quickly to emails before and during our visit.

Gemma, the manager, was also very helpful.

The villa was very clean, as was the pool.

I would have no hesitation in recommending this property.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. This is the first year I have rented the villa without the help and support of my husband, who died suddenly last year. But my children and I love it dearly and hope to keep it forever!
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Beautiful villa

  • 5 of 5

This villa was as the advert says a pleasure to stay there.

We only stayed 5 nights but wish we had booked it for the 7 nights

Recommend it to anyone.

Regards June

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: THank you June, it was a pleasure to meet you and I was very, very happy to welcome you and your family to the villa...
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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Aeroport le Plus Proche
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
La Gare La Plus Proche
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Restaurant Le Plus Proche
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Plages Les Plus Proches
Car: necessary

Casa Funda is a 7 minute drive from elegant Tavira, with a Roman bridge, cobbled alleyways, medieval squares, innumerable restaurants and riverside cafés and a vibrant fish, fruit and veg market. You can sit by the river sipping a beer or a traditional 'bica,' a Portuguese expresso, or view the camera obscura by the castle. 5 minutes' away is an ancient, charming fishing village, Santa Luzia where you sit outside and dine on freshly grilled fish or take a water taxi to kilometres of unspoilt white, sandy, underpopulated beaches.

For nature lovers: the RIA FORMOSO nature park along 100 miles of protected coastline, with hides for birdwatching. .

Bike hire is easy, both mountain and regular bikes. The hills around the villa are breathtakingly beautiful and there are wonderful restaurants with far-ranging views over the mountains.

Casa Funda is 25kms from the Spanish border. Seville is only1.5 hrs away. It is one of the world's most beautiful cities, full of architectural treasures and tapas bars. Lisbon is 2.5 hours away by car.

Other Activities: Badminton court and table tennis on the property

Golf: Please email owners for golf info; there are so many golf courses that one cannot list them all!


Rates & Availability

Tavira Town Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2016
Jul 3 2016 - Sep 3 2016
7 night minimum stay
Early Autumn 2016
Sep 4 2016 - Oct 29 2016
7 night minimum stay
Christmas 2015
Dec 20 2016 - Jan 7 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $199




Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Tavira region Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • The en suite bathroom to the master bedroom is brand new. Bathrooms 2 and 3 and 4 all have new suites, showers and all fittings (as of 15 December 2010) with stronger pressure pumps. There is a brand new boiler in the studio flat (as of June 2010).
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , sliding doors to patio
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , sliding doors to patio
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 3 twin/ single
  • Bedrooms 1 and two have sliding doors to the terraces and pool. All bedrooms have air conditioning available. A charge will be made for AC if you exceed the average electricity use of 300 kw per week. This charge will be 30cents per kilowatt. The meter is read on arrival and again on departure. We provide a cot with bedlinen as well as a high chair free of charge. If you require more than one there is a 15 Euro weekly rental charge.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
We have created a huge tiled terrace complete with a second stone barbecue to the front of the house, so one can read, doze or dine in peace away from the pool. The pool area has also been re landscaped, with a fountain and additional trees and shrubs. In the modernised kitchen there are new appliances, including a 5 ring range cooker, microwave, dishwasher and an extra large refrigerator(8 July 2010). There are three other fridges also available. A new utility area outside with a new washing machine also houses a small fridge and a chest freezer. In addition to the landscaping, we have created a badminton area for the sporty minded (racquets in the house) and there is a ping pong table for your use. We have a large amount of books, French, German and English, as well as a selection of boardgames (both French and English) and toys and pool toys for your and your children’s' enjoyment. There are cuddly toys in one of the bedrooms, a rugby ball and a selection of other balls.

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