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Stunning Villa With Private Pool Overlooking Sandy Beach - Whole Villa

Bedrooms 5
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights



Whole Villa

This is a magnificent villa with stunning sea views from downstairs, upstairs and the roof terrace - it is located right by the beach. It has gas central heating for use in winter. When used as one unit the upstairs lounge converts into an additional bedroom which means there are six bedrooms. If it is used by two families it can be completely separated in the stairwell as the apartments each have their own kitchen, lounge, shaded terraces and separate entrance.

The spacious downstairs lounge has an inside dining area, comfortable lounge seating and a great real fireplace with glass front. It has light from three sides and opens onto a shaded front terrace with views of the sea - even from the downstairs.

To the rear there is a large, private, shaded terrace with BBQ for outside dining and with ample space for using the deck-chairs to lie in the shade. This overlooks the pool and garden area and is adjacent to the granite-topped kitchen. There's a basket ball hoop by parking area.

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About the property

Villa Canela

Magnificently located Villa OR two Apartments with private pool overlooking the white sandy beach of Isla Canela and the Atlantic. When used as a villa the upstairs lounge can create a sixth bedroom. If rented as 2 apartments, the private pool can be shared by the two rental units. “Isla Canela” is the beach area of Ayamonte, The property has sea views from upstairs and downstairs lounges, with a breathtaking coastal panorama from the rooftop terrace; Portugal can be seen in the distance. Restaurants/cafes are 3mins walk, a 4* hotel and mini-market are close.

Ayamonte and The Algarve: The very pretty fishing port and town of Ayamonte on the Spanish/Portuguese border is lined with street cafes, restaurants, tapas bars and nice boutiques/shops - the freshly caught fish and seafood in the restaurants is a big draw to Spaniards from Sevilla, Cordoba, Badajoz, Madrid and even from the north of Spain. Other nearby places of interest are Huelva, from where Columbus first sailed to the New World; El Rocio, famous for the annual pilgrimage; and Andalucian capital Seville, home of tapas, flamenco, Moorish architecture and so much more. The eastern end of the Portuguese Algarve is also worth a day trip or two, it is a beautiful and largely unspoilt region with long sandy beaches, small fishing villages and attractive national parks. The historic town of Tavira is only 40 mins drive away and has a lovely square next to the river with a hilltop castle/gardens, churches and other ancient buildings. It is also lined with street cafes and restaurants.

Beaches and Activities: The beach is very safe and ideal for water sports, with a sandbank out to sea where “almejas” (mussels) can be fished without nets!. The beaches are highly prized by Spaniards, but still little known to foreigners. The long pristine sandy beaches provide a base from which to enjoy the watersports for which the area is famous - sailing, windsurfing and kite surfing. If you do not want to try it yourself, you can just relax on the beach and enjoy the skilful gymnastics of the kitesurfers and windsurfers. There are marinas at Isla Canela & Isla Cristina where sailors of all abilities can hire boats to enjoy the Atlantic Coastline.

For younger family members, on the road into Cartaya (approx 30 mins) there is the Kartodromo de Cartaya (Karting) open year round, and the very popular Aquopolis water park.

Cycling in and around Isla Canela is great for the whole family. There are cycle paths with no cars along the side of the beach, tracks into Ayamonte and a disused railway line.

Golf and Kite Surfing: Five excellent golf courses nearby: Isla Canela Golf, Costa Esuri Golf, Monte Rei, Castro Marim and Islantilla Golf Courses, winter home of the Swedish & Danish Golf Unions. Facilities include Driving Ranges, Putting & Chipping Greens, Practice Bunkers, Resident Golf Pros. Isla Canela also has 2 international standard bowling greens, tennis courts & football training areas. Other nearby courses are: El Rompido, Nuevo Portil and, just across the border in the eastern Algarve: Quinta de Cima and Quinta da Ria.

For the keen golfer the Costa de la Luz, Huelva and the Eastern Algarve are as yet “undiscovered' when compared to the western Algarve and Costa del Sol. Green fees are lower and the courses less crowded, making it much easier to get a start time. They are also some of best courses in all of Spain.

The beach is very highly rated by kite-surfers and there are good instructors. Part of the beach is reserved for kite-surfers/ sailors in summer.

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Property Manager
Katharina Jelly
Member since: 2002
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese
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Calendar last updated:
20 May, 2018

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Please negotiate with me to get the best rental rates!
Villa Canela is warm in winter - if you need a little extra heat, light up the open fire!

Golf Green Fees - Golf discounts available
Kite Surfing Courses - Kite Discounts available


Accommodation and facilities for Whole Villain Ayamonte in Costa Occidental

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • beach
  • waterfront
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Alarm Clock
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Safe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Downstairs Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Upstairs En Suite Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Upstairs Shower Room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Outdoor Shower - Outdoor Shower , By Pool, Not enclosed
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Upstairs Twin Bedroom - 2 Single Bed
    Upstairs Children's Bedroom - 2 Single Bed , Bunkbed
    Downstairs Double Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Downstairs Twin Bedroom - 2 Single Bed
    Upstairs Lounge Bedroom - 2 Single Bed , Single Pull Out Beds
    Downstairs Lounge - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Double Sofa Bed
  • 2 doubles, 4 twins. If you plan to use either lounge as a bedroom, please discuss so that we can provide the extra linen required. If you need baby cots, please also advise me when making the booking.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck Chairs
  • Bicycles
  • Boat
  • Terrace
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis
  • Terrace
  • 12 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Optional
  • bay
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Mosquito Nets on Windows. May be suitable for use with a wheelchair as the villa has two downstairs bedrooms. However, there are a few stairs up to the entrance of the house from the gate by the road and we have not as yet built a ramp. Re: Heated Pool - Heating for winter use not yet installed at Villa Canela, but we are considering this and would like to hear views from potential clients. Would a heated pool be highly desirable in winter?


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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average rating of 4.818182 based on 11 reviews

A gem find! Perfect place to unwind and recharge!

  • 5 of 5

We just have had a wonderful week at the downstairs apartment of this amazing villa situated at a quiet end of the resort of Isla Canela. The property is one of a few in the same area, owned by the super friendly Katharina.

Villa Canela deserves a glorious 5-star review in terms of communications with the owner, cleanliness, reception, and value for money! The villa is just 30 steps away from the beach and the pool is fantastic, although due to end of October, it's a bit nippy and takes a bit of courage to step into it. It would be great if it could be heated for colder months, but we know this is too cheeky to ask, as this is pure luxury for us already! Due to the small size of the family, we usually can only rent a holiday apartment, this is the first time we ever have experienced a villa, thanks to the flexible design and rental options (it can be rented as two separate units or an entire villa)! The bar has been raised!! We will definitely return.

We can't stop singing praises of this well appointed villa and the 6 km long beautiful sandy beach at Isla Canela. In fact, several friends after seeing our holiday photos have asked for information already! It is definitely the perfect place for catching the winter sun, as it's very easy to get to, either 45 minutes away from Faro airport or 60 minutes from Seville. It was still 28 degree when we arrived, and about 24 degree when we left on 1st November. In comparison, it was only 5 degree when we came back to UK, brrrrr.... It goes without saying that the villa is perfect for summer holidays as well, but do expect the crowds!

We are almost reluctant to write this review because now that the secret is out, we might not be able to book it next time for our holiday due to popular demands. Thank you very much, Katharina. We'll be back soon!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Villa Canela from 2nd oct - 10th oct 2014, lovely villa, everything you could ask for - stunning location with lovely beach bars, lovely views from 2 balconies, private pool, bbq everything provided you need - even bikes!!! If you want English food - breakfasts etc don't bother as everything typically Spanish - fab

We will definitely be back!!!!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Nov-2014
  • Date of Stay: October 2014
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Stunning Villa Canela!

  • 5 of 5

Villa Canela was more than we expected. A beautiful comfortable spacious house with sea views and many terraces and a large pool overlooking a lovely beach . The area was charming with lots to do ,kitesurfing ,cycling ,atmospheric chiringuitos( beach cafes),an authentic Spanish town nearby,Ayamonte . Katharina , Mike , Alina,Sorin and co made us feel like part of the family . I look forward to returning and highly recommend Villa Canela.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lisbon, Portugal

Very pleasent family weekend...

  • 5 of 5

We were in Villa Canela in mid August.

This is a nice area with pleasing surroundings and a beautiful and calm beach. The beach is right in front of the house, a street away from the house door.

The downstairs terrace facing the pool was the main place for everyone in the house. There is a table outside, stretch beds and a BBQ.

The pool was large enough to put up with a large family as we are. The pool was nice and treated.

The teenagers and the children passed a lot of time in the pool. The elder were chatting and playing cards at the table.

Everyone enjoyed the Villa...

The house is great, the kitchens were well equipped and it felt cosy to be there. It was clean and everything was there.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2010
  • Date of Stay: August 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Papendrecht, Netherlands

Villa Canella - Isla Canella

  • 5 of 5

It is the third time we went back (two family's) to Villa Canella, and not without a reason. The place is just awesome. We travelled a lot and this villa is just on the right place. No kidding, it is only 30 meters from the beach. It is great to see the kids playing around in our own private pool, which is great to have. Lots of places around the house you can catch the sun (in the wind or just out the wind). The view from the room terrace is priceless, just sitting there and watch relaxed over the ocean makes a perfect holiday. The villa is perfect for two friended families and sleeps total of 12. Own parking place. We had one small issue with the pool, the water stopped pumping, which was not dramatic, but one phone call and within 5 minutes Kevin was at the villa fixing it (water was just a bit low, probably to many bombs and dives in teh water) .. PS Kevin's Andalusian's Bar , check it out, it is the place to pick up the keys. Good seafood for a even better price. If you want to enjoy a nice quite relaxed holiday, this is THE place to be.. Less then 50 minutes by car from Faro, Villa Canella highly recommended...

  • Review Submitted: 10-May-2010
  • Date of Stay: May 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spain, Madrid


  • 5 of 5

Zona poco explotada turísticamente (playa solo hace 5 años, antes zona de mariscadores). Zona de playa ventosa ideal para deportes acuáticos. Casa muy cuidada, limpia, con todas las comodidades. Piscina genial de más de 4x8m con escaleritas de entrada. Lavavajillas y 3 lavadoras. Preciosas vistas. 2 dormitorios en cada planta, pero el salón se puede convertir en otro dormitorio más, con la pega de q no hay persianas (son venecianas y no quitan la luz). Mesa muy grande en porche, con muchas sillas.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2009
  • Date of Stay: July 2009
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Nearest Airport
72 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
250 Metres
El Botalon
Nearest Golf
2 Kilometres
Isla Canela, Costa Esuri and Castro Marim
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Espuma del Mar Seafood Restaurant
Nearest Beach
20 Metres
Isla Canela
Car: recommended

Isla Canela is the beach resort of the picturesque white Andalusian town of Ayamonte, originally a traditional Spanish fishing village with a market, old town and plazas. The prized Atlantic 'golden' sandy and clean beaches of Isla Canela can be accessed by a beautiful road causeway, with cycle path, through protected salt Marismas. The sea is very safe for children, you can walk for miles along the beach, there are great seafood restaurants and yacht marinas.

Isla Canela is in the Huelva district of Andalucia on the Costa de la Luz (Spanish Algarve) , 45 mins from Faro and 1hr from Seville, towns served by airlines such as EasyJet, Monarch, MyTravel, Ryanair, Jet2 and BA. Ayamonte is located by the Rio Guadiana which is a wide, tidal and exceptionally beautiful river. It separates Spain from the Portuguese Algarve; you can hire boats to explore it for miles. A quaint ferry can be taken to Portuguese Vila Real de San Antonio with its shopping streets and market.

Other Activities: Kite-surfing

Golf: There are four golf courses at a distance of less than 20 mins by car. They are all very different. Isla Canela Golf Course wends its way through beautiful coastal marismas and is 5 mins from Villa Canela. It has a picturesque restaurant, bar and competition bowling greens. Costa Esuri golf is on the east bank of the Guadiana River, good for a game, but without many surrounding services. Then just over the border are two Portuguese courses, Castro Marim near the old castle and the Jack Nicklaus course of Monte Rei, well known and a world-class golf destination. By staying at the beautiful beach of Isla Canela you really can combine exciting golf, including competitions, with a beach holiday. I have a large secure basement for storing golf bags/trolleys etc adjacent to the gated car parking area by the house. Also, I have negotiated REDUCED GREEN FEES for my clients.

At Monte Rei Jack Nicklaus designed his first of two 'Signature' Golf Courses in Portugal. There is highly qualified staff to ensure top quality playing surfaces, instruction and catering. I understand there is an award-winning Chef, Jaime Perez, in the Fine Dining Restaurant, 'Vistas'. The dining terraces offer superb views of the sea and mountains.


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