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Secluded property with garden & pool, next to beach

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, bed-sofas in s/room, 2 bathrooms, beach very close, pool, garden

One double bed with en-suite bathroom (& cot); two twin-bedded rooms sharing a bathroom; sitting room with double bed sofas, wood-burner, hi-fi, telephone wi-fi; entrance hall with single bed sofas and wood-burning stove; well-equipped kitchen and integral dining room; washing machine; large terrace with barbecue and tables for eating; 8x4m pool (heated) surrounded by large terrace and stylish cafe furniture; well kept large garden with lawn and fruit trees; internal parking for cars.

I have a folding bed that can be put in any of the bedrooms. There is also a covered space on the roof where my son likes to sleep, and another room by the pool with a single bed, but no bathroom.

Although it has only three bedrooms, by using the folding bed and the bed sofas we have had more than a dozen staying in the villa. There is enough bedding for that many people, and enough cutlery (not all matching) and crockery (mostly matching) for them.

I have a leaflet on how to arrive at the villa, be it by public transport, shuttle from the airport, or car. There is also a comprehensive information leaflet on the use of the amenities in the villa, suggestions for exploration and some local restaurants that we patronise.

More Details

John Trapp
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, Portuguese, Russian, Polish
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
27 June, 2017

About John Trapp

Living near Cambridge where I enjoy playing real tennis, listening to classical music and going to the opera.

I have a number of old motorcycles that I restore and maintain.

I am a former Lecturer in Mathematics at the Open University in the UK, now retired.

John Trapp purchased this villa in 1969

Why John Trapp chose Carvoeiro / Lagoa region

My mother acquired this property after she had sold the cliff-top property adjacent to ours as she was short of money. I have been coming here since it was first bought, and made many improvements to the property over the years.

My son first came when he was seven months' old, and he will kill me if I sell it.

The villa is over 40 years old, and in need of some renovation, so don't expect gleaming marble surfaces and designer furniture. However, it is functional and has all the basic requirements for a holiday home in a fantastic location; the emphasis is on `home' and most visitors love the slightly chaotic charm of the villa.

I don't do online bookings and reservations, because I want to ensure that you know what to expect, and are happy about the villa before you commit. I want to have a dialogue and establish that you know what to expect.

What makes this villa unique

I can go out in swimming trunks, swim in the sea and return to the house to eat oranges, figs or plums depending on the season.

I have a part-time gardener to care for the extensive garden.

I take the bus from the airport to Faro railway station, then the train to Ferragudo, and walk the 3km to the house. Only hire a car for a couple of days when I have guests new to the Algarve, as the village has all the amenities.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Ferragudo in Lagoa Municipality

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , A hand-held bidet shower
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , A wet room with access for a wheelchair to the shower.
  • Solar heating in both bathrooms and kitchen. Electric wall fires for when cold, and heated towel rails, in both bathrooms.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 1 has a double bed, cot, and a folding bed (that can be taken to the sitting room or the other large bedroom). Dressing table, chest of drawers, wardrobe, bedside tables and lamps. En-suite bathroom. Access to the patio. Bedroom 2 has similar furniture and shares a bathroom with Bedroom 3. Separate access to the garden. Bedrroms 2 and 3 are separated by the dining room and sitting room from Bedroom 1.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • pier fishing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Secluded property with garden & pool, next to beach
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 6 reviews

Idyllic Location and Beautiful Property

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to Casa Sol and we were not disappointed. The recent improvements to the property make it even more appealing than it was already! A real home from home but with all the finishing of a traditional Portuguese house. Plenty of space, beautiful gardens, lovely pool and in an absolutely idyllic location! Ferragudo never disappoints with it's lanes, beach and friendly locals. It's always very hard to leave!

  • Review Submitted: May 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad that improvements have been appreciated, and there are more to come this autumn.
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An absolute gem

  • 5 of 5

We picked this property based on the fantastic reviews and we were not disappointed.

We arrived very very late, it was past 1am when we arrived at the villa but thanks to John's brilliant directions and my husband's reading of them, the taxi driver, who initially took the road to the left of the car park (it should be the road to the right of the car park with the castle walls on your right), got us there no problems, just make sure you take the correct road from the car park at the bottom of the hill.

The villa was everything we had hoped for and more...it has a rustic and homely feel but with good kitchen and bathroom facilities, plenty of space to spread out. The gardens are magnificent and the first thing that hits you when you arrive at Casa Sol is the fragrance as you walk up to the house. The kids absolutely loved the pool and definitely made good use of it...we asked for the pool to be heated even though it was mid to high 20s the week we were there.

Although the description says the villa is near to the beach you don't actually appreciate just how close it is until you are there...it probably takes about 30 seconds to reach the steps to the beach from the gate.

Also, we didn't realise that you can walk to the village via the beach, just head towards the castle, past the rocks and continue towards the rather run down huts...this takes you into the village where you can catch the taxi ferry to Portimau. It takes about 10-15 mins to get to the village this way, and that was with three 5 year olds in tow, this is the most scenic route, the most comfortable on a hot day and less hills to negotiate.

We had no problems with the villa, and on the two occasions when I had to call John I had no difficulty getting hold of him. There is no TV at the villa but there is WiFi and we had plenty of devices with us to stay connected.

Ferragudo itself is a lovely little village with lots of eateries, definitely a great place to take young kids as there is so much beach and play grounds in the village and on the beach itself.

We are already talking about going back next year and we only got home this evening.

Warm thanks to John for his hospitality and making the whole process from the booking, to our arrival and our visit so pleasant...we really enjoyed our first visit to Portugal and it definitely won't be our last.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad that the villa was up to your expectations, and that you had a very enjoyable week. Very happy that I can share this gem with others.
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A real find!!

  • 5 of 5

Having just returned from a stay in this wonderful villa, I can honestly say that we're having some of the worst holiday blues we've ever experienced. The villa is set in a stunning location, right next to the beautiful beach of Praia Grande (not busy even on a June weekend) and only a short walk to the town of Ferragudo.

The villa itself is full of charm and character, and while there was only 3 of us staying we could easily have had more people there and still had plenty of space. The master bedroom is at the other end of the villa from the other two bedrooms, ensuring that there is plenty of privacy if you're in a larger group. The villa contains everything you would need to live comfortably for your stay-a very well equipped kitchen, towels, dressing gowns, sun hats etc. The outside area is a real highlight; the pool is a very decent size(which we asked to be heated and then experienced a heatwave of 36 degrees-a mistake on our part!), and the pool room provides plenty of fun in the form of floats, lilos etc. The garden is beautifully kept and provided a secluded haven when the sun became too hot, and we made full use of the orchard(particularly the lemon tree for our gin and tonics). There's a sun roof and a patio/BBQ area as well-the photos really don't do justice of how spacious the villa and grounds are.

It was so hard to tear ourselves away from the pool and villa even though the beach is stunning (and has a few bars and restaurants)and is less than a minutes walk away. Ferragudo is an incredible little place which seems hardly touched by tourism. In the mornings we’d buy fish from the returning fishing boats to cook up on the villa BBQ in the evening after a few drinks on the beach. It was just the most relaxing holiday. We returned almost tempted to not mention it to anyone so that it doesn't become too popular and retains its traditional allure. And if you fancy a visit to a larger town, the water ferry to Portimao was just 5 euros for a return ticket.

John was a superb host in that he was always happy to help with our many questions (recommending restaurants etc), and did his best to facilitate all of our requests. He made the booking process so simple, and we’re so grateful for all of his help. I can’t think who I wouldn’t recommend this villa to-whether you want to remain in Ferragudo or use it as a base, it’s such a tranquil villa to return to. Not people to often return to the same place, we’ve already booked to go again.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted that you were able to enjoy the villa in the same way as we have done for almost fifty years. John
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Homely villa in a beautiful setting!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week here and really didn't want to leave. The house is so spacious, the pool a lovely place to relax and there are wonderful views from the roof terrace. The house had everything we needed. John the owner was efficient in dealing with our request to book and on hand throughout our stay. The gardens are beautiful and an ideal place to sit and enjoy the Portugese sunshine. The surrounding area offers a stunning beach, picturesque village, cliff top walks and friendly locals. I cannot recommend the place or accommodation highly enough. A definite must for those, like us, who enjoy making the most of a traditional place to stay and local culture rather than the newer complexes available.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your positive feedback, and it is very pleasing that my villa is appreciated and enjoyed. I hope that this will be so for other visitors as well. Be assured that 'being on hand' does not mean I am on the premises or in the village. I was 1250 miles away in the UK. The problem was no mains water, and having first identified that it was not a leak in the pipes in the property with the help of my guests, I was able find out from my friends in the village that it was because the mains supply had been cut in the village.
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  • 4 of 5

This is a rustic villa with heaps of character, although in need of some tlc, we all agreed it was beautiful.

The photos do not do the grounds and villa justice. We stayed as a group of 7 and not once did we get on top of each other as there is so much space indoors and outdoors. The garden is set in an old Orchard which means there are lots of hidy holes to explore. The pool is a decent size for a villa and the beach with several beach bars couldn't be closer. I would definately return here, would even buy it given the oppurtunity. John was on hand the only time we had a query, which he sorted immediately. I cannot praise this villa enough, not for those wanting posh and modern but if you want character and authenticity it's perfect!!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments which I appreciate. I am doing some more updating this November, moving and modernising the kitchen, but I don't want to remove its character. It is a non-standard villa and a family home in a location that is impossible to obtain nowadays. I am lucky to have acquired it, and want to share it with others. John
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Unsere schöne Tage in Ferragudo

  • 5 of 5

Wir hatten 4 Tage mit der Familie in einem sehr schönen Haus mit großem Garten verbracht .Es ist alles vorhanden was man braucht.Die Lage zum Strand ist super max 80 m.John hat hat sich gut um alles gekümmert.Am ersten Tag hatte die Haushälterin uns besucht .In diesem Haus wurde viel investiert (neue Küche,Bäder,Solaranlage)Fazit:gerne immer wieder

  • Review Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.05 Kilometres
Restaurante Praia Grande
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.05 Kilometres
Restaurante Praia Grande
Nearest Beach
0.1 Kilometres
Praia Grande
Car: not necessary

Lovely long sandy beach within breakwaters making it safe for small children. Nearby village is 10 minutes walk, and has ATM, pharmacy, dentist, fishmonger, butcher, cafes and restaurants, Post Office, bus to nearest town.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Ferragudo, Algarve

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
26 May 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
15 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
3 Sep 2017 - 29 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
24 Mar 2018 - 8 Apr 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
10 Apr 2018 - 24 May 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
25 May 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
Peak season
15 Jul 2018 - 2 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
3 Sep 2018 - 28 Oct 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Pool heater is £70 a week (minimum) extra, and pro-rata thereafter.

Each person (except for babies occupying the cot) in addition to six is £50 a week extra.

Information booklet sent as a PDF before arrival; booklet on how to get there is sent on receiving the first payment. Keys sent once full rental has been paid.

Telephone bills in excess of £5 to be paid extra.

Breakages, except minor ones such as a plate, to be paid for replacement.

Linen is changed once a week by the housekeeper.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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