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Fabulous open plan farmhouse, rural location, heated pool, short drive to beach

Bedrooms 3
Space 350 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, sleeps 6, 2 bathrooms (1 en-suite)

Rental Rates 2017

May - June = €1190

July - August = €1925

September - November = €1190

The re-furbished farmhouse has three double bedrooms, the master bedroom (the former living room) has high ceilings, French windows and a separate dressing room and en suite shower room. Two further bedrooms, both have air con,one with a double bed and the second with two single beds are located near the family bathroom. A large open plan kitchen (fully equipped) leads into a large open plan living/dining room with French doors onto the patio.

Both these rooms benefit from underfloor heating and a large wood burner in the living room. In addition Entertainment systems include a CD/MP3 music system, TV with limited satellite channels. In addition there is a study/office on the mezzanine to the main bedroom and a 'snug/library' in the centre of the house with a wood burner . WiFi is available.

Pool and gardens: Outside we have a salt water swimming pool that can be heated, typically we start swimming in April although the hearty can probably go earlier! There is also a large gas BBQ which we use all year round. The plot (over an acre/5000 square metres in size) is a mixture of lawns, flower beds and mature fruit trees (olives, figs, almonds and karob). The plot offers privacy and quiet whilst not being isolated.

Towns/cities: Loule – 5 minutes drive to the west of us. Nearest large supermarket. Large (ish) town that is an administrative centre. Mixture of old and new architecture, many local restaurants, daily fruit and vegetable market.

Faro – 20 minutes drive south of us. Capital of the Algarve, historic centre which is great to wonder around, large supermarket, mall and lots of local restaurants.Faro Island – south of the airport and accessed from the airport road has a great beach and plenty of food/drink venues and is more local than tourist. This is also a popular surfing and kite surfing venue. Almancil – 15 minutes south west of us. Almancil is the top of what is known as the Golden Triangle made up of Quinta do Lago to the south east and Val do Lobo to the south west. These have the top golf courses and are mainly made up of villa accommodation. Within the triangle there are many restaurants of all kinds of cuisine.

Towns/cities : Vilamoura – not so much a town but an area centred on the marina which is about 20 minutes to the south west of us. Again this is a main golf area. Between here and Val do Lobo (above) is the seaside town of Quarteira.

Other historic (Roman and Moor influences) towns nearby are Estoi and Sao Bras de Alportel. And a little further west are Silves then eventually Sagres (Cabo do St Vincent) also known as the end of the world as it is the most Westerly point in Europe.

The Ria Formosa Natural Park is a wetland of international importance, the Ria Formosa is a maze of canals, islands, marshes and barrier islands, stretching 60kms along the Algarve coast, between the beaches of Manta Rota and Garrão.This diversity of ecosystems attracts a varied fauna that includes numerous species of birds.

More Details

Julie Butler
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
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Calendar last updated:
April 17, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Julie!

We all had a great holiday in your wonderful house. We loved it. It's so beautifull.

I hope everything was okay. We bought two new Sun umbrellas and put it into the small summer house. So your next guests can use them.

Thank you so much for all. The equipment of your house is fantastic. We never had bevor such a great and well furnished house. Are the photos made by you? They are so lovely.

Best wishes

Aug 2016
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Charneca House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 350 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Bathroom 1 (guest bathroom) recently undergone a fabulous re-fit.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Master bedroom has French windows.. An en-suite bathroom and a separate dressing room. High ceiling with mezzanine. Very light and airy. Bedroom 2 large double bed, high ceiling, plenty of storage. Bedroom 3 2 singe beds, again, high ceiling and plenty of storage.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The open swimming pool and layout of the outside is not suitable for very young children unless they are supervised at all times. There is no air-conditioning, the bedrooms have electric fans for the summer months. Heating is provided as follows - underfloor heating in both the kitchen and living/dining room along with a large contemporary log burner that rotates in the living room. A log burner in the 'snug'. Electric oil filled radiators (portable) in all the bedrooms and electric towel rails in both bathrooms. There ia ample parking on the plot, the main driveway can accommodate at least 3 vehicles and the second drive 1. Both have electronic gates.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(24 traveler reviews)

Fabulous open plan farmhouse, rural location, heated pool, short drive to beach
average rating of 4.9583335 based on 28 reviews

Wonderful Vacation Rental

  • 5 of 5

We stayed with friends in this wonderful renovated farmhouse for nine days. It is very roomy and has exceptional outside areas with lots of seating and pathways around the property. The salt water pool is fantastic. We thoroughly enjoyed the well equipped large kitchen and cooked a number of meals there. We also enjoyed the location and found Santa Barbara de Nexe charming. It really offers all you need but Loule is a short drive away as well. We enjoyed the market there and the access to a larger grocery store. We did lots of exploring around the Algarve and " coming home " to CB was always great.

We had a few very memorable meals close by at La Piazza in Santa Barbara de Nexe and the MEM in Goldra. They were both exceptional meals and how nice to be able to drive five minutes away and have a great meal. MEM was a high end restaurant with excellent service and very reasonable prices for the quality of the food and service.

It was a wonderful stay and we would highly recommend this property to anyone visiting the Algarve. Julie was always prompt in her communication and the property was even more than expected. Thank-you for a womderful stay and great memories.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Sandy. We're delighted that you all enjoyed your time on the Algarve, sounds like you did quite a lot of exploring. I'm also pleased that our home worked well for you after your days out. And the weather was lovely and warm, it's great to use the pool in October. The two restaurants you mention are so close to the house and both totally different. The views from MEM are spectacular, especially if it's a good sunset. And the court yard at the pizzeria with the beautiful vine growing over it is also lovely. Thanks again and we'd love to have you back at CB. Julie
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  • 5 of 5

Thank you for a fabulous stay at your beautiful farmhouse. The previous reviews are spot on and really do your home the justice that it deserves; your attention to detail is perfect and made CB feel like a home from home from the minute of our arrival. The saltwater pool was a particular highlight of our stay – we have not used one before, but it was so much better than the corrosive chlorine we are used to. And then there is your fabulous kitchen – loved it, loved it, loved it.

But we were particularly struck by the location of CB. It seems to be a short 20 minute hop, or less, from everywhere, including the airport. Beautifully secluded and ‘off the beaten track’, set in the hills, but still easily accessible. The Saturday market in Loulé was a real treat, the old mixing with the new perfectly to create a really special atmosphere, and just a few minutes drive away. And at the other end of the spectrum, chilling out in the beach bars and restaurants in Vale do Garrão, watching the sunset was amazing. We also ventured out to Faro Island (again, only 20 minutes away) – perhaps not a natural tourist destination, but what a find. Miles of unspoilt beaches, and with simplicity rarely found these days – I can't recommend it highly enough.

So a stunning farmhouse, in a beautiful and tranquil setting and a really convenient location, within easy reach of something for everyone. We’ll definitely be back to CB next year. Thank you all who made our stay so great.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Frazer. I'm so pleased that you and your wife had a good time at our home. I really appreciate your compliments about CB, it is still a home to us and we try and have everything there that we and our guests will/might need. Also, thanks for sharing your experience of the surrounding area, market and beaches. The Algarve really does have such great options for eating,drinking , swimming and shopping. We hope to see you again next year! All the best Julie.
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Just Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

This was our first visit to CB and it won't be the last. On arrival you come across a traditional Portugese farm building which is very lovely. You then enter the property and WOW. Hidden behind the gates is the most wonderful private piece of land, most of which is landscaped.

The house is like a tardis - never ending, the outside does not give you the impression of the vast amount of living space inside. The bedrooms are all a good size, the master being very large with dressing room and en-suite and these are located in the original building. Then you are completely overwhelmed with the size of the lounge, dining area and the fully equipped kitchen. You want for nothing. The villa is exceptionally maintained and you have everything you need. The pool is just amazing, a salt water pool, plenty of sun loungers and comfy seating as well as a dining area.

The area is rural and you do need a car but all you need is within easy reach. Beaches are a short drive, huge Continente supermarket just 10 min drive away towards Loule with a small supermarket in the village. It is so peaceful and quiet - the perfect getaway from the everyday stress of normal life.

The only negative was we had to leave and come back to the UK.

We would highly recommend this property and thank you Julie for allowing us to stay in your home.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jan, my turn - wow ! Thank you so much for posting such a complimentary and informative review. Your detailed description of the property is spot on, it's quite difficult to show the size and layout of the house with photo's but you've done it with words! Also, as you know the area so well, it's great that you've pointed out what's local and that you do need a car. We hope to see you both again at CB very soon! Best wishes Julie
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  • 5 of 5

Ce séjour à ete parfait!

Maison au calme piscine géniale: en effet l'eau de mer (moins forte que la vraie mer) est très agréable

Entièrement équipée

Juste un peu trop chaud sur les chambre de devant : avec une climatisation ce serait idéal

Mais on s'en sort bien avec les ventilateurs

À recommander

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Here's the translation - Perfect ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ This stay was perfect! Quiet house great pool: in effect seawater (as strong as the real sea) is very nice Fully equipped Just a little too hot on the front room: with air conditioning it would be perfect But it is doing well with fans To recommend Thank you for a really helpful review and recommending our home, much appreciated . We're aiming to have air conditioning installed in the two front bedrooms the end of this year. See you again we hope !
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The true algrave with a touch of class

  • 5 of 5

traditional exterior with a contemporary interior.super large kitchen and living room.Loved the large wrap around veranda which offered shade all day long,best of all was the heated pool which meant you could go for a sunrise swim.Great garden and plenty of outdoor furniture.

despite being in a rural location only minUtes to loule and supermarkets..

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nigel, thank you so much for your review. It's really insightful and informative for prospective guests who are not familiar with the location, a car is essential but as you say, we're really close to towns and also supermarkets and only 20 minutes from beaches. Thanks again, Julie.
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Just Perfect!!!

  • 5 of 5

Our 2nd visit to this beautiful Villa which is outstanding in every way.

The Villa is spotlessly clean, comfortable and equipped with everything needed for a wonderful holiday.

The salt water pool is so much nicer than chlorine, absolutely love it!

Communication with Julie is exceptional.

We hope to return for a 3rd visit in the very near future!


  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you again June for taking the time to write another review. And especially mentioning the salt water pool, it's makes such a difference. We have equipped the kitchen just like our home in the UK, so I'm pleased that it had all you needed, see you both again next year! Best wishes Julie
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Santa Barbara De Nexe
Nearest Golf
16 Kilometres
Quinta do Lago/Val do Lobo
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
18 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Santa Barbara De Nexe
Nearest Beach
10 Kilometres
Vale Do Lobo/Quinta do Lago/Faro
Car: necessary

Our home is a lovely refurbished and extended farmhouse located in the valley of Goldra Da Cima approximately 20 minutes drive from Faro Airport on the delightful Algarve in Portugal.The immediate neighbourhood is rural but not isolated. The nearest village, Santa Barbara de Nexe, is 5 minutes drive away and has a petrol station, bakery, restaurants, etc. The nearest large supermarket is 10 minutes drive towards the large town of Loule, there is also a large fresh produce market. We are 20 minutes drive to the coast and the wonderful beaches and within easy reach of the world class golf courses and other activities that the Algarve has to offer. Central locations such as Faro, Loule, Almancil, Quinta do Lago, Val do Lobo and Vilamoura are all within 20 minutes drive. An abundance of restaurants, cafes and bars can be found throughout the area.The beautiful and historic Spanish city of Seville is only 120miles (2 hours drive) away and Lisbon is about 170 miles away.

Other Activities: Jet skiing, go-karting, bird watching

Golf: The Algarve is home to many of the world's top courses and has played host to many international tournaments and competitions.The favourable climate with more than 300 days of sun per year, allows the golf season to be extended over several months, bringing players from all over the world to the Algarve.

Whether you are a skilled-amateur looking for new challenges, or just a beginner , the golf courses of the Algarve are the place for you.There are over 30 golf courses in the Algarve, ranging from 9-hole courses stretched over the Algarve grassland, to dramatic coastal 18-hole courses set amongst the picturesque cliffs. This makes golf here enjoyable for everyone, regardless of ability, and guarantees that you will find the perfect course for you. We have information in the farmhouse about local course or go on-line to find out more before you arrive.


Rates & Availability

Charneca House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May - June
May 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
July - August
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
September - November
Sep 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $328.24

Late deals - email for last minute and long term (more than 2 weeks) rates
Deposit - 20% of total rental at time of booking. Balance of rental due 6 weeks prior to arrival.
Damage/security deposit - £250/€300 due with balance of rental payment (returned after departure, if nothing is damaged).
Pool heating £75 per week excluding July & August.

Late deals - email for last minute and long term (more than 2 weeks) rates
Deposit - 20% of total rental at time of booking. Balance of rental due 6 weeks prior to arrival.
Damage/security deposit - €300 due with balance of rental payment (returned after departure, if nothing is damaged).
Pool heating €90 per week excluding July & August.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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