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Elegant Villa With Private Pool For 2-12 People

Tavira, Portugal
  • Villa2690 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms5
  • Sleeps12
  • Bathrooms4
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay7 nights

Large villa with private pool and two huge reception terraces

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. It is tailor-made for larger families: two or three families holidaying together, or one family including Granny, Grampy, aunts and uncles. The property has 5 bedrooms, ALL WITH AIR CONDITIONING ( a small charge will be made if used extensively), one of which is a very large studio flat complete with second kitchen and bathroom and three single beds, 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 and a brand new (as of June 2017) free view box and satellite dish which gives you all the major UK channels as well as about 200 more! We also have Apple TV. there are screened patio doors to terraces and pool, separate dining room for 12 also with screened patio doors, fully fitted kitchen, master bedroom w/ queen sized bed, screened 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 and kitchen.

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. In 2015 I had screens put in for all the windows and doors downstairs. In 2016 the downstairs bathrooms were also screened.


Ursula Higham

Member Since 2009
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english, french, german
Calendar last updated:
Apr 04, 2018
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 Santo Estêvão

Having spent a week in this house on a 'last minute.com' 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 4.7 (if you read the reviews you will see!)


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV


      • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen, sliding doors to patio fully screened (moustiquaires)
      • Bedroom 2
        1 double, 1 twin/ single, sliding doors to patio, fully screened (moustiquaire)
      • Bedroom 3
        2 twin/ single, 1 baby crib, windows fully screened (moustiquaires)
      • Bedroom 4
        2 twin/ single, windows fully screened (moustiquaires)
      • Bedroom 5
        3 twin/ single
      • Bedrooms 1 and two have sliding doors to the terraces and pool. All bedrooms have air conditioning available. All downstairs bedroom doors and windows are fully screened. 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.


      • 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 new. Bathrooms 2 and 3 and 4 all have new suites, showers and all fittings (as of 15 December 2010) with stronger pressure pumps. The studio flat has its own boiler. All bathroom windows downstairs are fully screened.

      Location Type

        • Near The Ocean
        • Rural
        • Village


            • Family
            • Historic
            • Sports & Activities


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Local Restaurant Guide
                    • Activities Guide
                    • Alarm Clock
                    • Basic Soaps
                    • Bottled Water
                    • Broadband Access
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Laundry Soap
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                    • Local Activities Guide
                    • Local Maps
                    • Air Conditioning
                      All 5 bedrooms have air conditioning available and it is serviced every year. Electricity, however is very expensive and if you leave it on during the day it will probably incur some extra costs.
                    • Mosquito Magnet
                    • Paper Towels
                    • Parking
                    • Parking Off Street
                    • Safe
                    • Shampoo
                    • Sofa Bed
                    • Sunbed
                    • Tiled Stove
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                    • Wireless Internet
                    • Wood Stove


                        • Microwave
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          As I love to cook, the kitchen is well equipped. There are enough plates, glasses cups etc for 12 people and plenty of cutlery.
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Freezer
                          There is an additional chest freezer in the laundry room
                        • Grill
                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Mini Refrigerator
                        • Oven
                          It is a large Hotpoint 5 ring cooker with gas hobs and electric oven
                        • Pantry Items
                        • Refrigerator
                          There is an additional refrigerator in the dining room for keeping drinks cool!
                        • Stove
                          5 rings
                        • Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining Room
                            • comfy seating for 12 people


                                • Ping Pong Table
                                • Books
                                  German, English and French language books
                                • Books for Kids
                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                • Games for Kids
                                • Music Library
                                  DVDs, mainly classical
                                • Books for Adults
                                • Radio
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Stereo
                                • Television
                                  You have access to APPLE TV including NETFLIX as well as a brand new box (as of June 2017) similar to Freeview which gets all the major UK channels and hundreds of others from around the world.
                                • Toys
                                  A humble selections of beach toys and pool toys for little ones
                                • VCR
                                • Video Library


                                    • Balcony
                                      The studio flat has a balcony.
                                    • Beach Chairs
                                    • Beach Towels
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Two enormous terraces to the front and the rear of the house.
                                    • Large Cooler
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      There are two stone barbecues, one by the pool on the back terrace and one on the front terrace, which is shady at night and ideal for dining...
                                    • Patio
                                    • Terrace
                                    • Unscreened Porch / Veranda


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • Low Allergen Environment

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Outdoor Pool
                                            • Private Pool
                                              Fully tiled, 5 metres x 10 metres


                                                • playground
                                                • churches
                                                • festivals
                                                • library
                                                • marina
                                                • museums
                                                • cinemas
                                                • pond
                                                • restaurants
                                                • theme parks
                                                • water parks
                                                • winery tours

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • beachcombing
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • eco tourism
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • outlet shopping
                                                    • paddle boating
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • Babysitter
                                                        • fitness center
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • laundromat
                                                        • massage therapist
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • paragliding
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • jet skiing
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • deepsea fishing
                                                            • 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 2 other fridges in the property . A new utility area outside with a washing machine also houses 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

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  25 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Casa Funda June 2009


                                                                  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.

                                                                  Beautiful clean and spacious accomodation in a peaceful environment with a great pool.

                                                                  Niamh M.

                                                                  Casa Funda was all and more than the reviews stated. The accommodation was fantastic, plenty of room for two extended families catering for 6 adults 3 young adults and 4 teenagers. They was plenty of games and books on hand to keep everyone entertained. The pool was big and deep enough to allow for a family game of water polo/basketball. It was a peaceful environment but close enough to the town of Tavira, although you do need a car. Taxi from Tavira was only €8. Pego Do Inferno was only 5-10 mins away and was a big hit with all ages. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay here.

                                                                  Casa Funda - fantastic holiday

                                                                  Fi D.

                                                                  We loved Casa Funda - it is very spacious indeed with the bedrooms handily spread out, which worked really well for our two parties. It is extremely well equipped with all manner of things, from board games to barbeque utensils, which was ideal with children. We especially liked the large pool which was big enough to accommodate 9 easily. Because it's nicely detached we didn't have to worry about noise from the children which was perfect.

                                                                  The villa is near Tavira (5/10 min drive) but is far enough away to be quiet and secluded - we found it an ideal location. Tavira itself is a beautiful, unspoilt town with lots of restaurants/cafes. The beach which you reach by train (Ilha de Tavira I think) was very crowded and the waves were so big it wasn't really possible for children to swim - a bit disappointing. However if you travel west you can find beaches where the waves are much smaller, so this wasn't a problem really.

                                                                  i would really recommend Casa Funda, especially if you have a large group. Ursula was quick to respond to any queries and couldn't have been more helpful. We were very sad to leave!

                                                                  Fi Douglas

                                                                  The right place to relax and rejuvenate


                                                                  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.

                                                                  large villa with a lot of atmosphere!

                                                                  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

                                                                  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!

                                                                  Our stay at Casa Funda

                                                                  Sam V.

                                                                  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.

                                                                  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.


                                                                  Tavira, Portugal

                                                                  Payment can equally be in GBP with NO exchange rate surcharges! 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 espresso, 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. You can be in Seville in under two hours, or Lisbon in less than three...Wine tours can be arranged through tour operators in Tavira; we did a brilliant one to Quinta da Tor near Loule. There are quite a few Michelin restaurants within taxi reach: Sao Gabriel and Henrico Leis in Almancil (1 star, the latter SUPERB) and two 2 star ones slightly further away. 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 owner for golf info; there are so many golf courses that one cannot list them all!

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