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Luxurious and contemporary villa with heated pool, WiFi & Home Cinema 6879/AL

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,229 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

4 Bed Villa - Spacious & Luxurious - fantastic location, sea views

For your reassurance Villa Alfarroba has an "Alojamento Local" (letting licence) and is registered with the Portuguese authorities to ensure specific safety standards and regulations are met. When considering other rental properties, please make sure that they are legal to be rented out. It is a legal requirement that the number (####/AL) be displayed in the property description.

Luxurious private villa- 4 en-suite bedrooms, spacious living area inside and out.

Our villa offers the perfect setting for exploring the Eastern Algarve. Within a 15 minute drive of Villa Alfarroba there are 7 golf courses to choose from including the prestigious course of Monte Rei designed by Jack Nicklaus. The towns of Tavira and Cabanas are within easy reach and are great for an evening stroll and a sundowner outside one of the many street cafés. Faro is about 40 minutes from Villa Alfarroba and is an easy journey with the majority via motorway where often you can drive from one exit to the next and not see any other cars! Whether you want to enjoy the culture, the many sporting activities or visit the local towns, go to theme parks, take a trip up the Guadiana, pop across to Spain, do some bird watching or just laze by the pool - there is something for everyone!

More villa details: The ground floor living area is open plan, tiled throughout with cream porcelain which give the house a lovely light and airy feel.

The kitchen is a bright citrus lime with a black granite worktop/breakfast bar. Aswell as top quality major appliances, the kitchen is fully equipped with all you could need from toasted sandwich maker to lettuce spinner and all in between!– we have a large commercial fridge as we understand the importance of keeping everything cold in the hot Summer days. We also have two dishwashers so that you will never end up with work top full of dirty dishes waiting for one dishwasher to be emptied before it can be refilled. There is a 90 cm induction hob which is a delight to cook with. There are two ovens and two warming drawers. The dining table seats 12 people when fully extended. There are three comfy sofas situated around a panoramic window with lovely views to the sea. There is a 46 inch LED television which was an indulgence but lovely!

New for 2016, we have invested in 4 extra 2ft 6' single beds with good quaity mattresses to replace the fold down guest beds. This means if you are a party of more than 8, as long as you appreciate there are only four bedrooms, you can bring a few extra bodies for a nominal cost per bed per night.

Outside space: There is a gorgeous solar heated swimming pool with plenty of terrace and eight luxury sun beds and an external toilet and shower. There is a covered dining area with an additional sink and a large purpose built BBQ. Additionally there are several small tables and chairs surrounding the villa to sit and have a drink and enjoy the views. The garden is well planted but as the garden was recently landscaped, the plants are not yet mature..

We have a draft beer and wine machine with a flash chiller so you can have an ice cold drink whenever you want to. This is only available if pre booked, so we can buy in barrels - approx cost is £72 for 30L and £55 for 15L white wine or sangria.

Beaches, Restaurants and Shopping: If you can drag yourself away for our lovely villa and the beer fridge, there are so many beautiful beaches around the area. They are immaculately clean and very spacious. They do get busy in July and August but if you are prepared to take a few extra steps from the end of the walkway onto the beach, you will find plenty of space.

For a change, you can drive into Tavira and get the little ferry over to the Isla de Tavira where there is a stunning beach and lots of restaurants and bars.

There are so many nice restaurants and of course we have our favourites - in the Villa we will provide comprehensive details of our recommendations.

On the third Sunday of every month there is a market in the local village of Vila Nova de Cacela where you can pick up locally made crafts, boxes of fresh strawberries and just about anything else you can think of.

There is a shopping mall at Tavira but local shops sell fresh meat, fresh veg and home baked bread.

There is a municipal market in Tavira which is well worth a visit - freshly caught fish and lots of lovely fruit and vegetables at very good prices - ideal if you fancy a BBQ. Best to go before noon to get the best selection.

If you want to hire a care but will struggle with the trip from the airport with all your cases, we can arrange to meet you and bring the cases back for you and return them to the airport at the end of your holiday so that you don't have to book a huge vehicle to fit everyone and their baggage in. This is 50€ each way.

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Jo Tarling
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english, french
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Calendar last updated:
July 19, 2017

About Jo Tarling

Genuine people who will do all we can to make your holiday special which, we are delighted to read, is reflected in our reviews.

Why Jo Tarling chose Vila Real de St Antonio region

This is pool heating with a difference....We have installed a ground source heat pump to pump the swimming pool water through the pipes layed under the pool terrace.. The result is that even today, as I write this on November 7th 2013 the swimming pool is at 29 degs! It is supplementary to the solar panel heating and since we connected it last month, we have been amazed by its efficiency. Update for 2016; it still works and is still a delight and enable our guests to swim out of season which regular solar heating wouldn't necessarily do.

What makes this villa unique

We are as near or as far as you want us to be - if you need guidance, advice or taking to A & E, we will always be there. If you want total peace and tranquility, you will never see us!

Guestbook comments from the owner

On our first day at the villa we were planning a return trip
Aug 2011
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Vila Nova de Cacela Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3229 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Village
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Wet Bar
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Wet room
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Wet room
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , luxuriously large bath
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , Wet room
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , Handy downstairs cloakroom
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower , External toilet, shower and wash basin
  • All bedrooms are en-suite and contemporary in style with tiling throughout. Three are wet rooms showers with large shower heads and a powerful water supply for a luxurious showering experience. The fourth has a large 1800mm steel bath and a bidet. Lovely white fluffy towels are provided!! There is an external shower house with toilet and wash basin.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Can be made into twins
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Can be made into twins
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , Can be made into twins
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , Can be made into twins
  • All bedrooms have en suite bathrooms and fitted wardrobes. Each bedroom has two 'zip and link' divan beds so we can make them up as one luxurious king size bed or two 3ft single beds. Just let us know your requirements in advance. We also have 4 fold down beds that would be suitable for children and can be placed in any of the rooms at a small additional cost. There are two bedrooms on the ground floor, both with walk in wet room showers. One of which has patio doors with direct access to the garden. On the first floor there is a further walk in wet room to the master bedroom and an extra big Kaldewei steel bath with a step surround attached to the third bedroom which also benefits from a balcony that gets the morning sun. We have two lovely cots, one is able to be set up as a toddlers bed for a little too big for a cot and too small for a big bed - these are available at no extra charge.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • marina
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Completed in 2011, it is brand new and was let for the first time in 2011. Before moving to Portugal, we built a bungalow in Kent that was televised and featured on Grand Designs in 2008 (See Hi-tech Bungalow, Maidstone). We have endeavoured to incorporate many similar technologies in Villa Alfarroba. All door thresholds are flush to floor to make access to outside terraces easy for pushchairs and wheelchairs alike as well as wheeling in suitcases! The solar heated swimming pool has a swim jet and a built in cocktail table. There is free wifi, a cinema & games room in the basement with a table tennis table, casino table, board games, DVDs, books and a CD player. It is a bit of a den and is great when it is hot or the kids want to hang out on their own. or should I say when the parents want the kids to hang out on their own!! It is a luxurious villa with everything you could want to make your holiday a perfect experience.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 104 reviews

Fantastic Holiday!

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a brilliant week at Villa Alfarroba. The villa was immaculate, and all the bedrooms were really good sizes. The super king beds will be missed!! The beer pump was a really handy addition, especially on the hottest days.

Jo and Paul were really helpful, nothing was too much trouble and they helped us out with a taxi booking and some good restaurant recommendations.

If you stay we would recommend O Castello in Tavira, booking is essential but the number is in the handy welcome book provided. The steak was amazing! The taxi firm Norberto was also really good we used them a few evenings.

All in all we had a fantastic time, such a lovely villa and pool. We would highly recommend. Thank you Jo and Paul for everything, hopefully we will see you again!

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your glowing review - so glad you had a good holiday and we would be delighted to welcome you back any time - J & P
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the fabulous Villa Alfarobba for a week to celebrate my birthday with my family. The villa was an easy drive from Faro airport. Thankfully we had pre-arranged a meal for our arrival and as we didn't reach the villa until gone 9pm what a welcome sight greeted us. Jo and Pauls friends Pam and Paul were there to welcome us with a beautiful array of bread meats and cheeses and a wonderful main course of peppered chicken with veg and a lovely salad. THey showed us around the Villa then left us to enjoy the delicious meal at the beautifully set table outside. WE were in awe of the gorgeous surrounding from day one , the villa was spotless and so well equipped. THe bed rooms are all spacious with lovely walkin showers.

THe pool was fabulous, clean and the water was a delightful temperature, certainly didn't need any extra heating.

DEfinatley recommend the Sangria on tap, one of the best I have tasted, perfect after a hard day round the pool

We did a day trip to Seville which was only an hour and a half away . We would have liked to have done some trips but to be honest the Villa was so lovely and the pool so inviting we were loathe to leave it for too long. Maybe next time we visit we will explore a bit more of The Algarve.

My daughter had liaised with Jo prior to our visit to organise a wonderful restaurant overlooking the sea, this was the perfect way to celebrate my birthday. NOthing is too much trouble for Jo and Paul they are a lovely couple, felt like I had known them ages. Will definitely be visiting again

Thanks so much

Lesley,Geoff Lindsay and family xx

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ahh Lesley, lovely review! So glad you enjoyed Villa Alfarroba and it made your special birthday memorable! Sorry we weren't there to greet you on day one (family birthday bash like yours!) but it is great to hear our back up support team did such a good job! We know our guests are in very capable hands with Paul and Pam ! We will have the sangria waiting for your return trip! J & P
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June 2017

  • 5 of 5

This is a fantastic villa in immaculate condition, and was perfect for us! We were 4 couples and 1 young child of 1, and the size of the villa, plus the facilities were great. The villa is very clean and well maintained, with a lovely pool and garden area. The house is big enough that we had plenty of space for us all.

The beds were very comfortable, with great outdoor spaces and all things you could possibly think of for the house!

If we had any points to improve, it would be the wifi connection as it was unreliable. The house was equipped with 2 dishwashers but unfortunately for us only one was working, which with so many people was difficult!

The hosts were fantastic, with really quick response time, and always available for any questions and to make us feel welcome.

We would definitely recommend this villa and would go again!

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking time to write such a positive review! Dishwasher is now fixed and sorry for the inconvenience of only having one. The WiFi is always a bit flaky, especially as a lot of people in Portugal use the internet to watch TV - it is fine for emails etc. but struggles with streaming. We are looking at alternative providers who may give better coverage in the area and you never know, one day we may have fiber!!! You were a great crowd and we look forward to seeing you again (if your BBQ skills improve haha!) one day...
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the carter family

  • 5 of 5

Very pleased with the villa it was all that it says and more. very clean and well maintained. There was 8 of us and we all enjoyed our stay we would definitely go back .The beach was near and very clean , shops restaurants and activity's all not far away. Jo and Paul were very helpful and nothing was to much trouble for them . Once again thank you both very much hope to see you again soon xx

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted to receive your glowing report and we are so pleased you enjoyed your holiday at Villa Alfarroba. Looking forward to seeing you next time and the Armaginha is on us!! J & P
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Stunning and beautiful setting.

  • 5 of 5

On arrival we were blown away with the villa and its setting, you view the pictures on the website but nothing prepares you for seeing it for the first time, it is simply stunning. We had ordered a welcome meal which was gorgeous and well recommended to save time and stress when you arrive. The villa was immaculate, clean and very spacious. There was 5 adults in our party, plenty of room for more. The outside is very secluded and private with beautiful grounds and a good view from the balcony.

We didn't have the best of weather while we were there but we made the most of the sun when we got it and spent time around the pool and the villa. We had the pool heated which we highly recommend, it was lovely and warm to get into first thing in a morning for a swim.

We ate out in numerous places as well as BBQs around the villa, our favorite place to eat was Sabinos Restaurante in Villa Nova, a 5min drive away. The steak on a stone was to die for and we went twice, if you love your beef and steak it is not to be missed. Another great place to eat was Mars Bar, very relaxed, great food and they speak English and if you dont want to miss the football thats the place to be, even if you only want a drink or two! There is a great butchers in Manta Rota where you can get all your meat for BBQs and a good little supermarket across the road if you dont want to go to the main hypermarket. One of our favorite towns to visit was Santo Antonio which is a Marina full of yachts and boats a good place for seafood and lovely shops and cafes for lunch.

The safari was great fun and a full packed day from being picked up early to being dropped of at night, the meal was delicious and the people were fantastic, it was very well organised.

We visited Albufeira twice and although it is a bit of a drive we had a fantastic day at Zoo Marine. We were five adults that enjoyed it so if you have young ones its a must. The second time we went to Cliff Richards vineyard which is called Adegade de Cantor, very interesting but we did need Jo's help with booking it!

Jo and Paul were fantastic throughout our stay and we highly recommend Villa Alfarroba to young and old. We cant wait to return next year.

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking the time to write such a lovely review - it is such a shame that you had some grotty days but I know you still had fun and at least you had the cinema room and the warm pool! We look forward to seeing you on your return! Jo
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A stunning place to stay

  • 5 of 5

A stunning, incredibly well equipped villa set in a beautiful and tranquil location. We had a fantastic week and were blown away by the quality, size, spec and facilities at the villa. it is very well situated if you like peace and quiet, with lovely views from the roof terrace. There were 10 of us staying there - including 5 teenagers, and there was plenty of room for us all to spread out and relax. The kids loved the cinema room and choice of DVDs, and the Wii and played in the pool non stop. The outdoor BBQ was a big hit and we ate outside by the pool every day. Jo and Paul were on hand if we had any queries and couldn't have been more helpful. Would highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the glowing review and we are delighted you liked the villa. You aren't the first crowd to say the photos don't do it justice! Hope to see you again one day when the children don't have school exams to worry about!
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Nearest Airport
50 Kilometres
Faro Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Sta Rita
Nearest Ferry
15 Kilometres
Vila Real de Santo Antonio to pop over to Spain
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
Quinta de Cima
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
Vila Nova de Cacela
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Tavira where you can join the En125
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Alpendre at the end of the Rd or Cacela Vehla
Nearest Ski
400 Kilometres
Sierra Nevada, Spain
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Beautiful and expansive beach at Manta Rota
Car: recommended

Villa Alfarroba, so named because of the lovely, very old Alfarroba (carob) tree in our front garden, is in the little hamlet of Sta Rita, just 3km from the beautiful blue flag beach at Manta Rota. Our villa offers the perfect setting for exploring the Eastern Algarve. Within a 15 minute drive of Villa Alfarroba there are 7 golf courses to choose from including the prestigious course of Monte Rei designed by Jack Nicklaus. The towns of Tavira and Cabanas are within easy reach and are great for an evening stroll and a sundowner outside one of the many street cafés. Faro is about 40 minutes from Villa Alfarroba and is an easy journey with the majority via motorway where often you can drive from one exit to the next and not see any other cars! Whether you want to enjoy the culture, the many sporting activities or visit the local towns, go to theme parks ,take a trip up the Guadiana, pop across to Spain, do some bird watching or just laze by the pool - there is something for everyone!

Other Activities: Twitching

Golf: If you want to escape the crowds, the Eastern Algarve is perfect for golf. It is less developed and much less crowded. This is perfect accommodation for golfers wishing to sample the excellent courses situated in the Eastern Algarve. Within a 20km radius there are 7 courses to choose from - all within 15 minutes of Villa Alfarroba. These courses are in areas of natural beauty and are free from the development of fairway-lining villas. We are a few minutes from the prestigious new course of Monte Rei designed by Jack Nicklaus. Although a costly experience, this is a real treat for golfing fanatics wishing to experience a little high life! It is already ranked in the Top 20 in Europe & Top 100 in the world by Golf Digest USA - the only Portuguese course to achieve this ranking.

Ski: Sierra Nevada, Spain is about 400km away!!!


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Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $260.52

A £200 refundable security/breakage/cleaning deposit is required with the final payment - returned within 10 days of your departure- subject to no damages or breakages. Breakages or damage will be charged at replacement or repair cost. If the BBQ is not cleaned a charge of £30 will apply. Balance will be returned. The swimming pool is solar heated however electrically powered heating to guarantee a warm pool is available at an extra cost.

A non refundable deposit of 30% is required to secure the holiday and the remainder is due 8 weeks before your holiday.

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