Casa da Figueira: Private Villa with Pool, 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths (Sleeps 8)
Sophie Vandebroek & Jesus del Alamo
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About Sophie Vandebroek & Jesus del Alamo
We were both born in Europe and now live in Boston, MA. Jesus teaches at MIT and Sophie does research for a technology company. We have 6 grown-up children. Sophie's parents bought Casa da Figueira when she was a teenager. Casa da Figueira is a beautiful traditional Portuguese villa that has been in our family for 5 decades. We do yearly upgrades and maintenance to keep it in exceptional condition while maintaining the authentic atmosphere. Casa da Figueira is decorated with original art pieces from artists from all over the world. If you enjoy beautiful surroundings, inside and outside, Casa da Figueira is the place to be. We recently renovated the kitchen and we have renovated the bathrooms, build a beautiful pool, completely surrounded the large property and tropical yard with a traditional white wall so its safe for children to run around. Each January we do significant maintenance so please do let us or Amelia know if something needs to be upgraded. Keeping a traditional Portuguese home in exceptional condition requires on-going maintenance work. Our own six children, now young adults, have enjoyed coming to Casa da Figueira at all ages. We are looking for individuals or families who will enjoy Casa da Figueira as much as we do and who can help cover the costs of maintaining this beautiful exclusive property and keeping Amelia, our truly amazing housekeeper who has worked for my family for over 25 years, employed. We are very much looking forward to hear from you. A comprehensive folder with information about Casa da Figueira, Praia da Luz and the Algarve is available for your use. Please do add your personal comments and suggestions so our other clients can benefit from your experience. We hope you will enjoy Casa da Figueira as much as we do. Looking forward to hear from you! Sophie Vandebroek & Jesus del Alamo (Casa da Figueira owners)
Sophie Vandebroek & Jesus del Alamo purchased this Villa in 2007
Why Sophie Vandebroek & Jesus del Alamo chose Luz
Casa da Figueira, a traditional Portuguese villa with heated private pool and tropical gardens is paradise for us. The location is perfect: Lisbon is a 3 hour highway drive and Faro is a 1 hour highway drive to Casa Figueira. Casa Figueira is a 2 min walk to the safe and large sandy beach in Parque da Praia, the beach park. In fact, you can hear the waves while enjoying breakfast on one of the terraces. The 70 m walkway gets you to a little cobble stone street that is one block from the eastern side of the beach. The Algarve has 40 fabulous golf courses, with the Boa Vista Course just 5 min from Casa da Figueira and 15 wineries. The villa is also one block from a nature trail that goes up the cliffs and is ideal for jogging, walking, biking or to witness amazing sunsets. The eastern limit of the beach of Luz is marked by the famous “black rock” noticeable since all the other cliffs are golden orange. Praia da Luz retains the charm and character of a traditional Portuguese village yet offers excellent facilities to complement the broad, safe, sandy beach. The narrow village streets meander up from the beach, past white-washed houses, an 16th century Fortaleza turned into a romantic restaurant and pretty yellow church offering many different religious services, to the village center with many restaurants, grocery stores, and a few pottery stores. The Algarve’s long Moorish control, its Mediterranean climate, and its abundance of fine sandy beaches endow the Algarve with a unique character. Separated from the rest of Portugal by rolling hills, Algarve, the southernmost province, with its abundance of sun, sardines and tuna, is an ideal vacation location. The closest city to Praia da Luz is Lagos. While Lagos is a very historic town, it has a refreshing, relaxing charm with lots of cozy restaurants, many bars, live music, local art shops and an active marina. A daily fresh fish market, weekly vegetable market and monthly flee market provide unique charm to the town.
What makes this Villa unique
To answer this question, here is great feedback we received from one of our recent clients: 'We had such an incredible time. Your villa is charming, and obviously taken care of with a lot of love and attention. Amelia was wonderful, very helpful, and very patient with our questions. We walked everywhere, took tons of pictures, the views were stunning, and ate at pretty much all the places you mentioned. My husband went diving in Lagos, and all the guys went golfing up the road. We found the bakery and the soup shop. Quejadas were declared our breakfast food. We took a ride down to the fort in Sagres, and spent a day in Tavira exploring. That was an incredible crash course in history. We took plenty of pictures of the bridges, fort and churches. We climbed the mini mountain behind Casa da Figueira and walked all the way around it. That was more than enough exercise for me, but would not have missed it because the views and changing colors were perfect. By mid week, the guys were checking out the 'for sale' signs and comparing prices. We met all kinds of people, who were very kind. Needless to say we are not an overly quiet group, animated conversation being the norm, so at all the restaurants we went to, the owners came over and talked with us. Lots of stories were shared, and lots of advice was given. We were very surprised to find the beach being dog friendly which was great. We also had a person at the beach who made sand sculptures every day. There are so many other things we experienced on this trip that I am sure I am forgetting. In short, I have never had such a relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable vacation in my life. We all had a wonderful time and would consider doing it again.' - Janie, Ed & Travis Gschrey, New York State, USA Also very unique are Casa da FIgueira's tropical gardens and many mature fruit trees (for you to enjoy).
Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
We celebrated our wedding there! Ideal location.
Smoking is not allowed inside. Outside OK.
yes, crib/high-chair provided when requested
Max guests:8 (sleeps up to 6 adults)
The house phone can be used for local Portugal calls but not international calls. Thanks!
When heating the pool, please do cover it at night as otherwise it cools off too much. Thanks!
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Excellent Location - Excellent Property - Will go Back!
This property was everything that was promised. It was a dream come true. The property was extremely cared-for and it has lots of room, a beautiful outside area and was walking distance to the beach and shopping . Amelia came every day and even did some laundry for us which was very much appreciated. We loved it at Casa da Figueira and there was public transportation in town to get to other towns close by.
Thank you for allowing us the use of your beautiful home! As we were departing all of us said it was the best vacation we have had !
Dear Martha, I am happy to hear that your stay in Casa da Figueira was your best vacation ever. The villa is indeed ideally located close to the beach, town and trails. And yes, Amelia, who provides exceptional and discrete help, makes vacationing at Casa da Figueira really special. I hope you return many times! Sophie
Casa da Figueira is a once in a lifetime getaway property that has it all!
As the chill of fall approached in New England we extended our summer in Luz at Casa da Figueira, the perfect getaway. Private lush grounds, plenty of space to share with another couple (or two), a well appointed kitchen, clean and up to date, lovely swimming pool, peaceful and quiet but just a few minutes walk from a fabulous beach, shops and many wonderful restaurants. It was our second visit and this stay surpassed all our fond memories of four years ago. Some short drives took us to a variety of destinations for exploring the coastal towns, castles and forts, and mountains of the Algarve. But one could just remain at the Casa and have a wonderful time, enhanced by the attentions of Amelia who came every weekday to clean, do our laundry and act as hostess. This is a “wow!” property with exceptional charm and amenities. We will definitely be back!!
Dear Christy, thank you so much for returning to Casa da Figueira. We are lucky to have so many travelers who return many times.
We are indeed also super lucky that Amelia, who has been Casa da Figueira's housekeeper for over 25 years, continues to provide discrete and superb services by keeping Casa da Figueira exceptionally clean and helping clients with laundry.
Thanks again for vacationing at Casa da Figueira and I hope you come back again soon, Sophie
An unforgettable stay
Our family had a dream holiday at this beautiful villa. It couldn’t have been better for two families with small children to stay in. There were toys to play with for the house, beach and pool, two travel cots, high chairs, beach towels - not to mention fantastic cooking facilities. The house itself is immaculate and beautiful, we loved the traditional decor and homely touches. The gardens were a bonus and the pool was clean, warm and huge!
Everything was perfect from start to finish!
And having Amelia visit us daily to help with cleaning and washing our clothes was the icing on the cake.
The location is perfect and walking distance to the beach and lots of wonderful local restaurants, and it feels safe and friendly.
The communication was incredible from the owner and all of our questions were answered swiftly.
A special place - we will definitely be back in the future.
Dear Isabelle, I am delighted that you all had a "perfect" holiday at Casa da Figueira. Over the years Casa da Figueira has hosted many families with children and have indeed been able to make sure the villa and gardens have everything needed to make the guests truly "have a home away from home". Amelia is indeed fantastic and makes sure everyone who stays at Casa da Figueira can indeed experience a super relaxing holiday. I am already looking forward to host you and your friends/family again. Sophie
Sober maar goed. Fantastische locatie
Fantastische ligging. Op loopafstand van alles wat je wilt. Sobere maar prima accommodatie tegen een prima prijs.
Geweldig strand, goede restaurants en gezellige terrassen. Mooie golfbanen vlak in de buurt.
Beste Peter, hartelijk dank om weer eens in Casa da Figueira te logeren. Indeed, the villas is very close to everything you need during a relaxing vacation: beach, golf, restaurants, bars... Hppe you come again! Sophie
Best place ever!!!!
This property was special. The accommodations are spacious, private, and luxurious. The grounds are beautiful and exceptionally maintained . We spent many afternoon and evenings relaxing by the beautiful heated pool. Amelia is a treasure. She came daily to make our beds and to keep the place sparkling. She even did our laundry! She was incredibly helpful and respected our privacy. You simply could not ask for a better location - steps to hiking, beach, great supermarket, and restaurants. We will happily return!
Indeed, Amelia makes Casa da Figueira super special by keeping the villa exceptionally clean and even doing laundry in a very respectful and quiet way. I hope you and your family return soon!
Perfect for my family
I traveled to Portugal with my mom, dad, sis and a friend. The villa was well appointed and the pool was lovely. It was indeed steps from a beautiful beach (Praia do Luz) . And it was excellent to have off street parking as parking is at a premium in this area. The owners, Sophie and Jesus were wonderful. They responded very quickly to any questions that we had and were most accommodating. We wanted a later checkout and they said no problem. I would stay here again in a heartbeat.
Dear Sonia, we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at Casa da Figueira. Indeed, we try to respond always very quickly and do whatever we can to make our clients happy and make Casa da Figueira feel as their "home away from home". The location is perfect and having off-street parking is indeed very nice. Hope you will return to Casa da Figueira for a future holiday. Sophie
Casa da Figueira is a beautiful traditional Portuguese villa with a large private heated pool, mature tropical gardens, and daily discrete housekeeping services during weekdays and enclosed garage. Casa da Figueira is only a 5 min easy walk from a beautiful large sandy beach, a lovely village, excellent restaurants, and several cliffs with nature trails for hiking or biking. There are 20 golf courses and 15 wineries within an hour drive. Praia da Luz's waves are also excellent for surfing and other water sports. It is truly your private paradise!
Casa da Figueira is the perfect vacation resort for a relaxing holiday. A fantastic location for a private honeymoon, to bring a couple friends, or for a family get together. Casa da Figueira has 275m2 indoor. There is plenty of room for children to play and adults to relax and enjoy the heated pool, barbeque, garden and orangerie. With 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms the house can accommodate up to eight adults.
Other Activities: What is really nice about Casa da Figueira is that you could easily spend all your vacation time on the property enjoying the large heated pool, the mature tropical gardens with plenty of flowers and trees, the orangerie with lots of fruit, the BBQ area or the front porch. It is truly a private oasis once you enter the gate from the enclosed covered garage into the property.
Once you exit the property you are on Praia da Luz, which used to be a fisherman village. Praia da Luz retains the charm and character of a traditional Portuguese village yet offers excellent facilities to complement the broad, safe, sandy beach. The narrow village streets meander up from the beach, past white-washed houses, an 16th century Fortaleza turned into a romantic restaurant and pretty yellow church offering many different religious services, to the village center with many restaurants, grocery stores, and a few pottery stores.
A lot of historic sites, wineries and golf courses are within 30 min drive. Enjoy!
Golf: The Algarve where Casa da FIgueira is located has over 20 fabulous golf courses and the weather is perfect for golfing year round. There are also 15 wineries within an hour drive from Casa da Figueira. They offer wine tasting and some also do wine making tours.
The Algarve has been selected by the German Golf Magazine as the best place in Europe to play Golf. The Algarve is a highly regarded year-round golfing destination, a true golfer’s paradise. There are over 27 fabulous golf courses in the Algarve with many more under development. Several of them are close to Casa Figueira.
* Boavista (18 holes, 6,053m) is located 5 min from Casa Figueira and overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
* Palmares (18 holes, 5,961m), Meia Praia is located 10 min from Casa Figueira in Lagos with spectacular views of the Bay of Lagos.
* Parque da Floresta (18 holes, 5,670m), Budes, Vila de Bispo, 10 min West of Casa Figueira.
* Alto Golf (18 holes, 6,125m), near Alvor, a picturesque fishing village.
* Golfe do Morgado (18 holes, 6,399m), new Championship course lies on the lower slopes fo the Monchique mountains.
* Penina (18 holes, 6,343m), West of Portimao, and surrounded by eucalyptus trees.
We also registered Casa da Figueira as a Portuguese Estabelecimento de Alojamento Local which means we have implemented all safety features and have a tourist license for renting it out.