|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.
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
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...
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!)
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Jul 3 2016 - Sep 3 2016
7 night minimum stay
Early Autumn 2016
Sep 4 2016 - Oct 29 2016
7 night minimum stay
Dec 20 2016 - Jan 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$199|
THESE RATES ARE FOR A MAXIMUM OF 4 GUESTS. FOR 2016 EACH ADDITIONAL GUEST IS £90 PER
WEEK, EXCEPT IN PEAK SEASON
FROM 02 JULY TO 03 SEPT, WHEN EACH ADDITIONAL GUEST IS £120/WEEK. PLEASE NOTE THAT IN JULY AND AUGUST THE CHARGE WILL BE FOR A MINIMUM OF 6 GUESTS - £1540 - EVEN IF THE PARTY IS SMALLER.
DISCOUNTS MAY ALSO BE AVAILABLE DEPENDING ON TIME OF BOOKING
Please note: JULY-AUG PEAK SEASON 2016 WE CHARGE FOR A MINIMUM OF 6 GUESTS, IE GBP 1540. FORTNIGHT BOOKINGS WILL BE DISCOUNTED.