Casa Alegre is a delightful Algarve style villa with Moorish arches furnished to a high standard in a peaceful location situated at Fazenda Caravela, and benefits from a regular maid service, and free Wi-Fi. The Villa has an outside covered terrace at the front of the property, which has Table Football and countryside views over farmland and the 2 new Amendoeira championship golf courses (now open for play), leading to a private solar heated pool & sunbathing terrace, built-in BBQ, all within the mature walled garden, filled with trees and shrubs. They include Almond, Apricot, Orange, Lemon, Loquat, Peach trees and Grapevines, and also Bougainvillea. Casa Alegre is situated 6km from ancient city of Silves with its castle, food market, shops, restaurants and 8km from the coast with a wide range of beautiful sandy beaches and restaurants. It is an ideal base for a relaxing holiday sitting the pool, lying on the beach, or exploring the Algarve countryside, coast, and local cuisine. Very child friendly.
Villa at Fazenda Caravela in Alcantarilha Gare, Nr. Armacao de Pera, Algarve, Portugal - Peaceful and Beautiful Location 15 mins drive to the Beach and Convenient for Golf Courses
- Calendar last updated:
- Feb 11, 2019
About Jane Shenton
My family has owned Casa Alegre since it was built 40 years ago, and having taken my children there since they were babies, I am now seeing my grandchildren being taken there, as well as wider members of the family, and guests, many of whom have become my "regulars", and friends over the years. We aim to have a well kept and friendly house and like to see our guests enjoying the Algarve as we do - relaxing, swimming in the pool, walking in the countryside, going to the beach, sightseeing, sunbathing and generally having a good time, either eating out in the many restaurants, using the BBQ in the garden, or catering at home. My most frequent family of visitors have been coming to Casa Alegre for 15 summers consecutively.
Jane Shenton purchased this Villa in 1960
Why Jane Shenton chose Alcantarilha
My husband Brian was offered the one of the first two plots for sale on Fazenda Caravela, and the choice of 4 villa styles to have built there by an English builder. He fell in love with the countryside and views, as well as the friendly Portuguese people. It was a place of quiet and contentment for him and later for all the family.
What makes this Villa unique
We enjoy being able to please ourselves about when we come and go, whether we want to be by the pool, in the garden, on the terrace or indoors, reading, relaxing, listening to music or watching a film or TV. The villa is convenient for trips to nearby beaches, small villages such as Algoz for visiting the food market, lovely towns such as Silves, and the Monchique for trips into the hills. Fazenda Caravela exerts a quiet charm over its guests and visitors.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 12:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
A lovely family Villa located centrally in the Algarve, for fantastic golf and beaches.
Clean, tidy and well equipped, and a great pool to chill out in.
Thanks to Jane, Maria and Lynda for making our stay so pleasant.
A lovely villa, extremely clean and comfortable. A real home from home. Maid service (Maria, lovely lady) 3 times a week which was quite excessive, once a week would have been preferable. The building work was much nearer than we had envisaged (next door), which made it difficult to sit outside to eat. Even in the evening the owner would come and inspect the work and very often other people were with him. The only peace we had was at weekends. Hence only giving 4 stars. I would certainly go to this villa again as long as all the buildings were finished.
I am very sorry that you were disturbed by the building work, which is not within our control. If you remember, a 20% discount on the rental was given
before booking, to mitigate any annoyance. We very much hope that the work
will be finished quickly and normal peace will return to Fazenda Caravela.
Best wishes from Jane
The best home away from home
A wonderful week in the sun with a lovely pool and views over the farmlands. Just the holiday we all needed.
Delighted that you all enjoyed the holiday, and we hope to see you at Casa Alegre again soon. We are honoured that many of our guests come regularly.
Kind regards, Jane
Casa Alegra - a wonderful experience
Initial impression excellent. Bright, clean, well maintained with everything we could have wished for. The extra bonus of a regular friendly maid was much appreciated by us all. Outside the pool was one of the best we have experienced in this type of property and the whole group took full advantage of it.
If we could just think of one thing to improve the property it would be air conditioning - we were there at a particularly hot time of year.
Middle of nowhere paradise
A real home from home and as said before a kitchen that lacked nothing in the shape of utensils. Lovely little BBQ area just outside the kitchen with access to the pool in just a few steps so nice and easy.
We loved the heated pool it was so nice to be able to get in quickly and stay in just bobbing around.
Quiet surroundings which was also close to the beaches and shops
So glad you enjoyed your stay, and I hope to welcome you back to Casa Alegre
on another occasion.
A Terrific Place for a Holiday
We last stayed at Casa Algere in 2008 and were so very pleased that our memory from that stay did not let us down. Booking was simplicity itself and the owner very approachable. She is delightful and helpful.
Casa Alegre is a lovely villa occupying a commanding position above the valley and looking towards the sea (just visible) over orange groves and golf courses. Beautifully designed and laid out, it has a terrace, well kept gardens, excellent shaded parking and of course the perfect swimming pool with day long sun. With 3 bedrooms, one with on-suit and 2 at the other end of the house with their own shower room, it should not be cramped with 6 adults. For 8 of our 14 days we were 4 adults and our 20 month old grandson and never felt in the least bit crowded. The kitchen has everything possibly required, the sitting room and dining area are very comfortable but it was a joy to sit on the terrace at night eating 'al fresco'. Casa Alegre is extraordinarily well equipped with everything needed for a lovely holiday including WiFi , and for those that need it, UK TV. Of special note was all the extra equipment necessary for a small child or two being provided (except,obviously, a car seat), the child safety features of the swimming pool and Maria (delightful)who came in around 10 or 1030 in the morning on weekdays to keep the property spick and span. She even, to my shame, cleared the BBQ out if I left it!
We arrived on Saturday night at 9.30 to be greeted to an immaculate property with a welcome basket of provisions (bread, cheese ham etc), an excellent bottle of white wine and a charming welcome card from Jane. A light supper and a chilled drink on the terrace was perfect after a relatively long day.
The swimming pool is wonderful, a perfect temperature in June, and an oasis of calm and relaxation; or it was until the arrival of our grandson. He took to the pool immediately, behaved himself immaculately and made full use of the armbands provided.
Casa Alegre is beautifully situated just a short drive to Silves with its market, supermarkets, restaurants, shops, delightful history and charming streets. (We particularly enjoyed the fantastic BBQ Piri Piri Chicken at Churrasqueira Valdemar facing the river 150 yards or so as you turn left off the bridge). Slightly closer is Algoz with its small family businesses and an excellent restaurant opposite the bank.
We would thoroughly recommend Casa Alegre and very much hope to return soon.
Armacao de Pera is the nearest coastal resort, which is 15 mins drive, with its beautiful beaches and golden cliffs. There are a wide range of large & small beaches to expore along the coast, which are ideal for swimming and sunbathing. Or you can taking a boat trip to explore the caves and grottos, water ski or jet ski etc
Faro airport is 40 kms from the villa, a journey of 35 minutes.
Car hire is essential, as the villa is in a rural location. Pre booked cars are picked up at Faro airport, and returned there at the end of the stay. Courtesy coaches from drop off point to Airport nearby. From Tunes station (12 minutes drive) excellent train service to Lisbon, Oporto, and local destinations. Fares reasonable and discounted for over 65s on production of passport.
Faro Airport 40 kms, Armacao de Pera, Gale, 8 kms, Silves (6 kms).
Fazenda Caravela overlooks two golf courses and these are within a few minutes drive, turning left at Poco Barreto, then left again in through the main entrance of the golf courses.
Banks and a "Continente" (previously known as "Modelo") supermarket may be found in Silves. Large shopping precinct at “Algarve Shopping” near Guia. Many local restaurants in nearby villages, towns and near beach at Armacao de Pera serving local cuisine and fresh fish and seafood. There is also a selection of high quality restaurants serving Mediterranean and international food within 15 mins drive.
Other leisure activities include Zoomarine with its Dolphin and sea lion & bird of prey shows. Water slide park "The Big One" is at Porches, within 10 mins, and the sand sculpture exhibition 10 mins away.
Additional information about rental rates
Booking Notes: Guests are strongly recommended to take out travel insurance and to take with them a European Health Insurance Card for each member of the family, which are available free of charge. Please note that not all eventualities can be covered by the EU card, which makes travel insurance a necessity. Changeover Day: Changeover day is Sunday, departure by 10 a.m. and arrival after 12 noon.