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Villa with breathtaking views over the sea and Faro's valley

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,368 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Villa near Santa Barbara de Nexe, Central Algarve - Located In A Hill

Villa located in the mountains north of Faro. 15 minutes driving from the airport. Close to local towns like Loule, S. Bras Alportel and Faro. 10x5 Swimming-pool. 2.800sq m plot, fully fenced; Satellite TV and DVD (guests will be invited to choose a reasonable number of DVD titles from the owner's personal collection - +700 to choose); Two water boilers; Kitchen fully equipped, including American Fridge with ice-maker; barbecue. Garage for 2 cars and automatic gate at property entrance. Quiet area. Wireless Internet connection available. Lovely Conservatory. Guests will be personally welcomed at the airport by the owner(s) and guided to the property.

Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, portuguese
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 20, 2017

About Laura

Ricardo is 50 something, and Laura is 40 something. Both Portuguese. He was born and grew up in Lisbon, but Laura is a true Algarvian. We love to host people. Show around, explain things, satisfy the healthy curiosity of our guests.

Laura purchased this villa in 2002

Why Laura chose Algarve

One day we woke up and decided too many people were building around us and the area was becoming too crowded. So we decided to sell our previous villa. It was official: we were looking for a new home. And when the phone rang and a real estate agent said she had exactly what we were looking for, we accepted to visit still another property. That was the day when we came to Casa do Sonho for the first time. Its location was a bit out of the way for us. But the views were so good... and the building quality... and the fine swimming-pool... we just couldn't resist. We bought the place. We had happy years there. The community is great, and especially during the Summer, when everybody comes to their villas, the atmosphere is unbelievable.

What makes this villa unique

The project villa Casa do Sonho didn't start life as a commercial enterprise. We didn’t build this villa with the intention of renting it out. It was our home until we decided it was a little too far for our normal active working lives. We moved to Vilamoura and decided that we would rent out the Casa do Sonho villa to help us with our new property expenses. So, what does this mean to you? Simply put, it means that you will find a real home here, instead of a poorly furnished villa designed for maximum profit.. We look forward to welcoming you and enabling the Casa do Sonho to become your home for a well-deserved, comfortable and memorable vacation. But to be honest, I think our guests opinion must be taken. We kindly suggest you to read our testimonials in our own website.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Just wanted to let you know that we really enjoyed staying in the was nice and secluded with plenty of space and a lovely view. The beds were really comfortable and the showers were good.I would recommend the villa to other people as it is very spacious, has a good quiet location and has everything you need.
Aug 2006
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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:
  • 2368 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Parties/events not allowed
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Ocean View
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , En-suite
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • En-suite bathroom to main bedroom, with Bath/Shower. Shared bathroom with Bath/Shower serving the other 2 bedrooms.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 baby crib , En-suite and Air-Conditioned
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Fan Only
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Air-Conditioned
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) + 1 Baby-cot Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed and 5 doors fitted wardrobe, with en-suite bathroom and air-conditioned Bedroom 2 with double bed and 2 doors fitted wardrobe, with fan. Bedroom 3 with twin beds and 4 doors fitted wardrobe and air-conditioned
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Smoking is only alllowed outside. Please bring your own Beach / Pool towels. A GPS TomTom for Car Navigation with our selection of way points and maps of Portugal and Spain will be available to our guests. English interface and voices, naturally.


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Villa with breathtaking views over the sea and Faro's valley
average rating of 4.975 based on 49 reviews

New Year Holidays

  • 5 of 5

The description of the villa was accurate well done. The outlook from the terrace was amazing. The property was clean and the equipment was really well. There are different places, where you can relax and linger. The owners are very friendly and helpful. We would gladly come back and recommended the villa to our friends. The beach of Faro is very marvellous. New Year day to stay in this villa is very special and unforgettable.

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stunning Views

  • 5 of 5

Casa do Sonho is a lovely, comfortable, well equipped villa situated in the hills. The views over Faro, Olhao and out to sea are stunning, by day and night. It's location is excellent and you can reach all parts of the Algarve with ease. Laura and Ricardo are a lovely, friendly couple. They suggested many places for us to visit which we appreciated. Would we recommend this villa? YES!!!!

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Location in the hills with beautiful wiews on the coast

Villa is confortable and very weel equiped

Many thanks for Laura and Ricardo, we come back soon

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Large, well appointed villa with excellent views

  • 5 of 5

The villa was situated very conveniently for access to major roads and towns enabling easy exploring of the Algarve region. The contents of the villa were very extensive indeed. A number of supermarkets are within easy driving distance with comprehensive ranges for groceries and household goods. Ricardo and Laura were extremely friendly and very proactive with comprehensive advice before our arrival to ensure we found the villa and were able to start the holiday immediately. They were also available throughout the stay for adhoc questions. Our only comment on "extras" needed in the villa would be that it would be good to have pool/beach towels, as with limited luggage space carrying large items such as these around is probably not practical for many guests.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Villa and Pool

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 11 nights in this lovely villa and pool. A very peaceful and private location in the hills with a beautiful view down to the coast. Well equipped and comfortable. Definitely need a car but local towns closeby and nearest beach within 20 minutes or so. Laura and Ricardo helpful with recommendations etc. Will happily return in the future.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Wonderful hollidays

  • 5 of 5

We spent lovely days in this Villa which reflects Peace & Affection.

We have been entirely satisfied by the Villa (equipments, beauty, private swimming pool, decoration) & also by the availability of the owners.

Thank you Laura & Ricardo

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Nearest Airport
15 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
12 Kilometres
Nearest Train
12 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
17 Kilometres
Praia de Faro
Car: recommended

Located in a hill with only a few neighbor villas, this house offers the joy of a quiet area. Although, its easy access is one of its best values: driving from here to Faro, Almancil or Loule is only 15m away. And Vilamoura, Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo are also easily reachable.

There are a few recommendable local restaurants (less then 5 mim driving) and the closest village, Bordeira, is only 2 km distant. There you will be able to buy basic groceries, bread, ATM, etc. If needed, a short drive of 4 km will conduct you to S. Bras de Alportel, a small town where will be able to find a proper supermarkets.

Beaches will be at your reach; only problem will be to choose one.

Close to local towns like Loule (15 minutes), S. Bras Alportel (10 minutes), Santa Barbara de Nexe (5 minutes) and Faro (15 minutes).


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit $352.82

- Security Deposit of 300,00-Euros/Pounds (returned at departure time,if nothing is damaged)
- Air-conditioning (4 units:master bedroom,twin bedroom,living room,dining room) is available as an option, costing 22,50-Euros a week/per unit required.
- Baby-cot and high-chair can be supplied at a cost of 35,00-Euros weekly (only cot, not linen).
- For long term stays (3 months minimum): 1.250,00-Euros per month

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund