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Luxury Villa, Large Pool and Garden, Covered Eating Area, BBQ & Pizza Oven, Wi-

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,690 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Villa near Moncarapacho, Algarve, Portugal - Spacious And Secluded Garden, On Edge Of Unspoilt Village, Short Drive To Shops And Beach

Casa Josephina is an idyllic luxury Algarve villa with a large private swimming pool (12 x 6m), situated in unspoilt countryside but only 15 min. drive from Faro. The villa lies in the middle of a beautiful 2700 sq. m. large garden with fruit trees, roses, bougainvillea and other colourful plants. Casa Josephina is suitable for 2 to 8 people and offers privacy, space and comfort. The villa has 4 bedrooms, all with good quality comfortable beds, air con and central heating. There are two en suite bedrooms, one on the ground floor. Two of the three upstairs bedrooms offer access to a large roof terrace with fantastic views to the sea. Casa Josephina has a modern fully equipped kitchen with dining table and a spacious living room (50 sq.m.) with free wireless internet and a new LCD satellite TV offering both English and Dutch TV. Outside in the garden you can find several sunny as well as shady terraces where you can unwind, enjoy the peace and quiet, have a drink or read a book. NEW FOR 2016 - a poolside loggia / covered seating area, with fridge, sink, running water and comfortable seating.

More Details
Registration Number : 6092/AL


Olhão Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2690 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • From the end of May until mid- September, we only accept Saturday to Saturday bookings (except by special arrangement).
  • From 1st October until the end of May, we only accept bookings for more than 1 week by special request. Do contact us to discuss your requirements.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Rural
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
    Shower room 1 - shower
  • Bedroom 1(downstairs): ensuite bathroom with bath (shower over) Bedroom 2 (upstairs double bedroom): ensuite shower room. Bedrooms 3 and 4 share a bathroom, with shower over. WCs and basins in all bath / shower rooms. Separate guest WC downstairs.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 1 downstairs twin bedroom (ensuite). Three bedrooms upstairs, one double and two twins. Double bedroom and one twin bedroom share access onto large first floor terrace with lovely views down to the sea. Floor to ceiling fitted wardrobes in all bedrooms.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
Outside: The large (2700 sq m / 3/4 acre) garden is full of roses, fruit trees and flowering shrubs. Secluded and private (not overlooked!), it has a huge choice of seating areas, some sunny, some shady. A perfect garden for "hide and seek"! The pool area, with a large (12m x 6m) private pool, has a large sunny terrace, and 8 sunloungers. Pool lighting for those relaxing evening swims. NEW FOR 2016: an elegant loggia / covered poolside seating area. Al fresco dining is a way of life at Casa Josephina, with our covered outdoor eating area, covered outdoor kitchen with BBQ and bread/pizza oven. Utility Room: In the other half of the large kitchen, there is a kitchen table (seats 6 - 8), washing machine and tumble dryer, more cupboards and work surfaces. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen provided, except beach towels. Linen and towels are changed once a week (except for long winter lets). Price includes end cleaning, and a fresh-up clean for Summer rentals of 2 weeks or more. In winter, price INCLUDES the cost of heating.


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Luxury Villa, Large Pool and Garden, Covered Eating Area, BBQ & Pizza Oven, Wi-
average rating of 4.714286 based on 15 reviews

Wonderful holiday at Casa Josephina

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful 9 nights at Casa Josephina. A very clean, spacious and well appointed villa in lovely grounds. Although only 4 of us holidayed there, it would still be spacious for 8. Lots of sitting out areas in the gardens and pool area, but the loggia is star of the show. The loggia is very well equipped, with fridge, sink, glasses etc and even a kettle!

Good location, 5 minute drive to Olhao. Excellent restaurant within 10 minutes walk.

Owner was helpful throughout and I would definitely recommend this villa.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Clean and well equipped. Nice and private but not too far to drive to towns and beaches.

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful spacious villa which is well equipped for all your needs. Even after a cool rainy day we had a cosy log fire all ready to light and relax in front of. Also for those who don't want to miss their TV soaps or series there is British TV. Even though the lovely big pool was a tad chilly by the end of October the grandchildren enjoyed a dip everyday. I even braved it on one of the warmer days. The nearest town, Ohlao, with its fish market, is pretty much untouched by tourist. It has a few pleasant restaurants and not to be missed the ferry out to the beach islands. A little further a field we enjoyed Faro Old Town and Tavira.

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Amazing family villa

  • 5 of 5

Having just returned from Casa Josephina, I can honestly say it was by far one of the best holidays I've ever had.

It was our first time staying in a villa so we were a bit unsure of what to expect but we had nothing to worry about as everything was perfect, the villa is better stocked than our own homes especially the kitchen!

Communication with both Adrian and Miranda during the booking process to Andre in Portugal was second to none, nothing was too much trouble and all questions were answered extremely quickly. We requested an extra travel cot, high chair and stair gate and all requests were met with no issue at all which we were really grateful for.

The pool is a fantastic size which easily accommodated 8 adults and 2 small children. The villa itself is stunning and in a lovely location. There are no bad points that I can think of at all, we had a fantastic time and would happily return.

Thank you :)

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Just arrived back from a fantastic fortnight at Casa Josephina. Highly recommended.

  • 5 of 5

From our first enquiry to the day we left this proved to be a well managed villa with everything that we would have wanted for a relaxing holiday with family and friends. Adrian and Miranda, together with Andre provided a great holiday home with fantastic service (Andre even helped us out with a parking ticket)! The villa is well located for a quiet and relaxing holiday but with many bustling towns and villages within easy reach (by car) - the best of both worlds. The large pool and the furnished loggia were stunning. The layout and size of the property gave everyone enough privacy and space to not be on top of one another. The villa had a well equipped kitchen (plus two extra fridges, essential for keeping the drinks cold) which meant we could fully cater for ourselves when we didn't go out and the tv/wifi/games and aircon allowed our teens to 'chill out' when they wanted a break from the sun in the hottest part of the day. Comfy beds, secure parking, beautiful gardens and a huge choice of seating inside and out. Not much more to add other than we would return and would definite recommend!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Spacious villa

  • 4 of 5

A very nice villa, well maintained and furnished, and with a fully equipped kitchen. The spacious bedrooms and lots of tables and seating areas inside the villa, and outside on the terraces in the nice garden, make Casa Josephina very comfortable, even for a group of eight adults, like ours.

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
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Spacious villa

  • 4 of 5

A very nice villa, well maintained and furnished, and with a fully equipped kitchen. The spacious bedrooms and lots of tables and seating areas inside the villa, and outside on the terraces in the nice garden, make Casa Josephina very comfortable, even for a group of eight adults, like ours.

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
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Adrian and Miranda Wallace
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
February 3, 2018

About Adrian and Miranda Wallace

We live in England (South Shropshire), but spend as much time as we can in Portugal. We fell in love with the wonderful, unspoilt East Algarve 10 years ago and have finally been able to realise our dream of having a holiday house there.

Adrian and Miranda Wallace purchased this villa in 2011

Why Adrian and Miranda Wallace chose Olhão

Casa Josephina is, for us, the perfect combination: a beautiful house with a large and private garden, totally secluded and not overlooked by other properties, but not isolated. The countryside is totally unspoilt - a rolling landscape of olive, almond, orange and lemon orchards - yet you're only 5 minutes away from Olhao with all its shops and restaurants, and the little ferries to all the lagoon islands. As we're golfers, but didn't want a house on a golf complex, Casa Josephina is ideally located for us, with at least a dozen courses within 20 - 30 min drive.

What makes this villa unique

One of the great things about Casa Josephina is that there are so many places to sit and relax. You can flop by the pool on one of the sun loungers, or under the new poolside loggia if you prefer- or on a shady terrace under the carob trees - or in the covered outdoor eating area with views over the almond and olive orchard next door - or on the kitchen terrace (a suntrap in the morning) - or on the first floor terrace, with its fantastic views of the sunset or southwards down to the sea. So many choices - you hardly need to go elsewhere!

We love the large and well-matured garden, with its glorious displays of roses and its huge variety of fruit trees (orange, lemon, peach, pomegranate, fig, persimmon, guava....) Gardening is one of our passions.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Casa Josephina was just perfect for our annual family holiday. The large pool is great for boisterous teenagers and perfect in the hot weather. It is lovely and private but not isolated and within easy driving distance of supermarkets and Olhao. We used the barbecue on many evenings which was the perfect end to long lazy days. Would recommend and would definitely return. Andre was a tremendous help, and was only a text away when needed.2 Sep 2013

We all loved Casa Josephina .... The wonderful pool and surrounding garden was perfect for just switching off in this quiet, unspoilt part of the Algarve, but within easy reach of gorgeous beaches, large supermarkets & the airport. The villa looked perfect from the outside & was fabulous inside, so much space & everything spotless & Andre the manager made sure our stay was perfect. Adrian & Miranda were so helpful with any queries... you had the perfect place to stay, of course didn't want to leave, but we'll hopefully be back! 28 Oct 2013
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Nearest Airport
17 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Dois Manos
Nearest Golf
27 Kilometres
Nearest Train
4.5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
7 Kilometres
A22 junction 15
Nearest Restaurant
800 Metres
Do Carmo
Nearest Beach
6 Kilometres
Car: recommended


The nearest beaches are just 4 - 5 km away in Olhao and the village of Fuzeta. Fuzeta is still an original fishing village with a beautiful beach and a nice lagoon! A ferry (just 5 min) takes you to a fantastic, miles-long sandy beach on the island on the other side of the lagoon. From Olhao, take the ferry across the lagoon system to one of the many "barrier islands", some bustling, some deserted sandy paradises. Near Santa Luzia you can even take a miniature train to one of the islands!


The villa is only 20 minutes drive from Faro airport. Seville airport is about 1hr 45 minutes away on the motorway. Car hire strongly recommended.


The lovely little inland village of Moncarapacho is 4 km away, and Olhao and Fuzeta about 4.5 km. Olhao has an excellent selection of restaurants and fish markets. The lovely town of Tavira, the jewel of the Algarve, is only 10 - 15 min away by car. Most of the attractions of the Algarve (water parks, boat trips, water sports etc) are within 30 min or so. 30 min drive to the east takes you to the border with Spain. Lisbon is about 2.5 hours away by motorway.

Further Details:

Casa Josephina is on the edge of the village, secluded but not isolated - there is a café close by, and a restaurant only 750m away. The corner shop is only 300m away but for most shopping, we recommend the huge choice (supermarkets, fish market, meat and vegetable market) in Olhao, just 4.5 km down the road. There is an abundance of restaurants and cafés in the area, not just in Moncarapacho and Olhao (surely the Portuguese seafood capital!) but along the little country lanes round the village. Most essentials can be found in Olhao (banks, newsagents, pharmacies) and on the outskirts of Faro, the Algarve Forum shopping mall has lots of clothes shops - as does the big shopping mall on the outskirts of Tavira.

NEW FOR 2014: During your stay, you are entitled automatically (by kind permission of the proprietors) to temporary membership of the beautiful and stylish Bela Romao Croquet and Country Club, located just a few minutes by car from Casa Josephina. Even if croquet's not your thing, it's worth a visit to the Club just for the superb cuisine of the talented chef-proprietor, Sarah Byrne. Or just relax with a drink in your hand in a beautiful setting with stunning views over the sea to the islands. Please contact the proprietors, Lita Gale and Sarah Byrne, to arrange your visit (contact details provided when you book your holiday at Casa Josephina).


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $372.21

Booking Notes:
Price includes: all linen/towels, end cleaning, wi-fi, services of English-speaking villa manager who lives nearby and is available to help you throughout your stay, and 25 Eur worth of electricity (enough for air conditioning provided it isn't left on all day!). Please note - new for 2013/14 -winter prices now include the cost of gas heating. Booking procedure is simple, and is done by email exchange with the owners. 20% non-refundable deposit payable on booking, balance 30 days before holiday.

Changeover Day:
Changeover days are flexible, but priority will be given in high season (July - August) to guests who are happy with a weekend changeover (Sat/Sun).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.