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 4 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 30 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).
Pool / Spa
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Paradise at Casa da Figueira
The private atmosphere of the house and large gardens is unique being so close to the center of Praia da Luz. The home is beautifully decorated with many original pieces of art which we really enjoyed. Vacationing at Casa da Figueira has all the luxuries of a hotel (our beds were made daily, the home was sparkling clean and even our laundry was done!). Obrigada Amelia. We are already planning our next stay in this hidden paradise. Lut en Polle
Dear Lut and Polle, thanks for staying at Casa da Figueira. Indeed, we love the fact that once you enter the large tropical yard you are in the quiet oasis of casa da Figueira. At the same time the small town of Praia da Luz has everything you need for a relaxing holiday: shops, restaurants etc.
And yes, Amelia really makes our clients feel at home and indeed makes you feel as if you are in a super nice hotel!
Looking forward to your next visit, Sophie
Happy to be back!
This was our second stay at Casa da Figueira and we could not have enjoyed it more. The house is lovely and comfortable, inside and out, and everything is kept beautifully clean. My husband and I especially enjoyed having breakfast and tea on the verandas overlooking the courtyard and pool, and walking through the garden where the roses were in full bloom. My daughter and her friends said the nearby beach was the nicest of all the wonderful beaches they visited in the area. We enjoyed hiking the trails overlooking the ocean, and walking to shops and restaurants in town - everything is within easy walking distance. There are many good places to eat and also many fun and interesting things to do within easy driving distance of the house. We would like to go back to Casa da Figueira soon!
Dear Liz, thank you for staying at Casa da Figueira again. Indeed, Casa da Figueira is a quiet oasis near the beautiful large sandy beach and walking distance from shops, restaurants, and many trails. Hope you return many times!
Great house with lovely grounds. The pool is secluded and it’s a quick walk to the beach! It’s a charming locale for a relaxed beach vacation. Amelia and the gardens are absolutely lovely and made the stay! We loved it and would definitely stay again.
Dear Kaitlin, thank you for your kind feedback. Indeed, Casa da Figueira, including the large private pool and mature tropical gardens, feels very secluded once inside the property. The location is excellent, 2 min walk to the beach, and easy 5 to 10 min walk to the town with restaurants and shops. Amelia indeed makes everyone truly feel at Home and keeps Casa da Figueira in exceptional condition. Hope you come again! Sophie
Amazing, relaxing, private, beautiful, clean, well stocked, perfect getaway!
Outstanding! This is our second year visiting and we are in love with the villa, the town, and Portugal! Perfect location for beach, golf, historic tours, nature tours, and great food. Truly feels like home away from home, but better. Amelia is so kind and helpful, she makes the stay feel luxurious. The home is comfortable and private and meets all of our needs. Even better it’s a quick walk to the beach and restaurants, but you feel totally secluded on the property. Will definitely return!!
Dear Michael, thank you for the kind words. Indeed, Casa da Figueira is ideally located just a few steps from the large sandy beach, shops and restaurants while at the same time being very secluded thanks to the large private tropical yard that encloses the property. And as you say, Amelia who has been helping out for over 25 years, makes everybody who vacations at Casa da Figueira feel truly at home. Better yet, being home while someone takes care of the laundry, cleaning etc... Looking forward to your return to Casa da Figueira for many years to come! Warm regards, Sophie
wonderful property in a great location.
We loved the house and gardens. Everything was as expected and promised or better. Great location in a seaside village with all the options we were looking for. We appreciated Sophie's comments in advance of our arrival; these were very helpful. We will be back to Luz and hope that we can arrange to be at Casa Figura. One more thing; tell Amelia that we appreciated her help and the conversation.
Randall and Andrea Taylor
Dear Randall and Andrea, thank you for your kind words, especially about Amelia. She indeed does a fantastic home keeping Casa da Figueira in excellent condition and making everyone feel welcome. Casa da Figueira's location is indeed excellent, really close to the beach, hiking trails, and the village of Luz with great restaurants. We very much hope that you will stay in Casa da Figueira again for your next trip to the Algarve, Portugal. Regards, Sophie
A Perfect Place to Unwind & Enjoy
Ideal home for relaxing and enjoying the area. Had a fantastic stay at this super convenient and comfortable home. It is excellent in every way.
Spacious and private - it is centrally located but the open lay out, large property, and gated concept provides a uniquely peaceful and secure environment.
The home is also very functional - the facilities all work really well (including the wifi, water, kitchen etc).
Great and responsive host and staff - very kind and attentive.
The house also has a great feeling - it starts feeling like "home" very quickly.
Overall, very highly recommended. I will definitely return.
Hi Italo, indeed, we love Casa da Figueira for the same reasons: spacious, private, secure, conveniently located close to beach, trails, restaurants, shops etc... Amelia's help with keeping the villa in excellent condition, doing laundry and making beds, allows us to both feel home as well as relax and enjoy our vacation! Hope you return soon, 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.