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Secluded villa in beautiful countryside, private pool, large gardens, AC & WiFI

Bedrooms 3
Separate WCs1
Space 1,614 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, sleeps 8 (6 beds + cot & 2 small futons), free WiFi

Casa Norinha is set in the beautiful Algarve countryside, offering you a private villa experience. It's ideal for families, groups of adults or couples looking for somewhere away from the resorts yet close enough to easily visit the busier areas of the Algarve. It is an Alojamento Local licensed property, registration number 11144/AL, fully compliant with the Portuguese law on short term lettings.

This detached, secluded villa is set in over an acre of landscaped gardens and is surrounded by fig, almond, olive and carob trees. It is completely private, not overlooked and enjoys far-reaching views across the Algarve countryside.

There is a 10m x 4m Roman-style pool with underwater lighting and a large pool terrace with six sun beds, large parasols and an outdoor shower.

The three bedrooms - one double, two twin - have fitted wardrobes, dressing tables and sliding doors to the outside, fitted with mosquito-proof shutters. The twin beds can be connected to form very comfortable super king beds. There is a cot, high chair and buggy, as well as two additional single futons, suitable for children.

All bedrooms and the sitting room have their own terraces which lead directly to the pool area and gardens.

The villa features a large living room with wood burning stove and dining area, a covered outdoor dining terrace with built in barbecue, a fully equipped kitchen and a roof terrace for secluded sunbathing.

WiFi internet is included in the rental rates. The living room has a flat screen TV with HDMI, USB and AV ports, as well as a DVD player, satellite receiver and Nintendo Wii. The stereo has indoor and outdoor speakers, CD and cassette players and can be connected to MP3 players.

There is air conditioning in all the bedrooms and ceiling fans in the living room and kitchen. In the winter the air conditioners can be set to heating mode, and the wood burning stove makes the living room cosy.

The large gardens have many mature trees and shrubs, a games area, hammock and newly planted orchard. There is also a pergola which is planted with grape vines and roses.

Games equipment is provided, including a croquet set, cricket set, boules, golf clubs and a volleyball net for the pool.

There are two mountain bikes available to guests, for a small weekly rental fee plus damage deposit. The bikes are very useful for exploring the local area and for trips into Paderne.

Casa Norinha is ideally situated for exploring the Algarve - just fifteen minutes from the central beaches and Albufeira, and centrally located so that the whole region can be visited in day trips.

There are many lovely walks in the immediate area and a 12C Moorish castle nearby, which is the subject of an ongoing archaeological dig.

The nearby town of Paderne is traditional and peaceful, with friendly locals and some excellent, yet inexpensive, restaurants.

Our house manager, Norbert, is German and also speaks Portuguese and English.

We are happy to negotiate on rates for longer rentals.

More Details
Registration Number : 11144/AL

Alex Outhwaite
Member since: 2004
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 July, 2018

About Alex Outhwaite

My family has been visiting Portugal since I was a baby, and Casa Norinha was actually built by my parents, assisted by local contractors from Paderne who are still family friends.

The house is very much a home from home for us and it is managed in Portugal by another great family friend, Norbert, who runs a villa maintenance business in partnership with my aunt!

Everyone involved in managing Casa Norinha is friendly and welcoming, and will do all they can to make your stay a pleasant and memorable one.

Alex Outhwaite purchased this villa in 1983

Why Alex Outhwaite chose Albufeira

My parents bought the land at Casa Norinha in the early 80s, when we lived in the area for a year. They wanted a rural plot on which to build a holiday home away from the bustle of the coastal resorts.

The way of life in this area is still very traditional - the shepherd regularly passes by in the fields, orange and olive crops are grown and gipsy families collect carob beans in the Autumn.

What makes this villa unique

The villa was designed to make the most of its location - nestled into the hillside so that it is private and secluded, but with lovely views over the countryside. The sun sets behind the hills opposite the terrace, and the stars are so clear at night.

In the driveway there is a huge old carob (alfarroba) tree, and the surrounding land is scattered with numerous fig, olive and almond trees, dramatic agaves and a profusion of wild flowers in the Spring.

There are many birds in the area, and birdsong is a constant backdrop at Casa Norinha. In the evening, swallows come and catch insects above the pool by swooping down across the terrace. I have also spotted a hoopoe several times in the garden in the early mornings. Swallowtail butterflies are a common sight in the Spring and early Summer.

The villa has a very large garden with many mature trees and shrubs.

Casa Norinha was designed in the traditional Algarvian style, with Moorish chimneys, terracotta pathways and curving architectural details. The villa is decorated with a nod to the Algarve's unique combination of European and North African influences - painted tiles and ceramics, dark wood, marble and granite. The garden pergola is paved with Portuguese calçada stones.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in the Albufeira in the Municipality of Albufeira

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1614 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Main Bathroom - Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Cloakroom - Toilet
    Ensuite Bathroom - Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Outdoor shower - Outdoor Shower , Pool shower
  • All towels provided - bath and pool, as well as bed linen and blankets.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Double Bed , En suite. Sliding doors on to pool terrace
    Pool Terrace Room - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot , Single beds can be connected to form super king.
    Garden Terrace Room - 2 Single Bed , Single beds can be connected to form super king.
  • 1 double, 2 twins, 1 cot The twin beds can be connected to form very comfortable super king beds. There are also two single futons, suitable for children
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Veranda ...
  • Terrace
  • 2 bicycles
  • 9 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Sitting room features sliding doors out on to outdoor dining terrace with large dining table and eight comfortable chairs. Maid service is once weekly - additional cleaning on request. There is a tipi for children to play in made of bamboo from the local river. Manager is German and speaks good English and Portuguese. He is extremely friendly and helpful and can generally arrange facilities such as bicycles, airport transfers etc.


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Secluded villa in beautiful countryside, private pool, large gardens, AC & WiFI
average rating of 5.0 based on 26 reviews

Great holiday location for peace and quiet

  • 5 of 5

This is our second stay at the villa. We returned because it 'ticks all the boxes' for us. Great swimming pool area. Spacious bedrooms. Cooking facilities very good. The booking process is extremely easy and Alex is so helpful even handling some of our special requests.

It is a short walk (20 minutes) into Paderne where you can find good local restaurants. The supermarket in the main street is cheaper than the large supermarket 5 miles away although there isn't quite the selection of products however there are some very good Portuguese wines for 1.65 euros!!

Looks like we will be booking again for next year!!

  • Review Submitted: 18-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for the lovely comments, it was great to have you back at Casa Norinha and we hope to welcome you back again next year!
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Lovely homely villa in quiet location

  • 5 of 5

Our second visit to this villa, it is very well equipped and homely with everything you need all there. Also beautiful pool and gardens and lovely walks on the doorstep. The owner has been very kind and helpful and in full contact whenever needed. The manager who lives In Portugal is delightful and friendly and there if you need him. Situated in a quiet spot near paderne away from the crowded touristy parts, but not far to drive if that is your thing. Nowhere is that far to drive, whether it be coast, beaches, inland towns or even a nice shopping mall in Guia (if the weather not too accommodating!) Hope to return again in the near future. Would recommend this villa to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We have just returned after a week at this beautiful villa.

The villa has everything you need and more.

The views are second to none.

The peace and quiet is perfect although Paderne is only a 3-5 minute drive away which has lovely restaurants and a really well equipped supermarket.

The communication with Alex was great from booking to our arrival and Norbert was extremely helpful and friendly. Nothing was too much trouble.

We will definitely be rebooking.

Thank you Alex and Norbert

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect Hideaway yet close to everything

  • 5 of 5

This villa in the village of Paderne is perfect for a private getaway and also for a central location within easy travelling distance of the main tourist attractions.

20 minutes walk to the village for the bars and restaurants along a flat route.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for the kind comments, we’re so glad you enjoyed your holiday!
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Kent, UK

Wonderful Villa - Could not have been happier!

  • 5 of 5

So glad we chose this villa. Right from the start Alex made everything so easy, even down to response times to emails. This was our first visit to Portugal and we loved it. The villa just outside the picturesque villlage of Paderne was a real home from home with everything you would expect provided, plus the little extras that really go to show the thought that has been put into making sure your holiday is stress free and relaxing. We were a family of 6 and found the villa spacious and the gardens superb for finding your own little piece of tranquility should you wish. The pool was a massive hit and I'm sure the kids would have been happy to stay there all day, had we not wished to explore. The views from the villa across to the castle and beyond are beautiful and are at their best when seen from the balcony at the end of the day with a glass of wine in hand.

As it is fairly secluded a car is definitely needed to enable you to visit all that the local area has to offer. The local restaurants offer some fantastic food and are really good value for money. It is an easy 10 min drive to the main supermarket in the area, but there are several smaller ones in Paderne for everyday bits and pieces. We also used the Chemist in the village who spoke good English and were very helpful.

We must also thank the lovely Norbert for all his help during our stay. Nothing was too much trouble for him and the welcome pack he provided on our arrival was superb. The wine was delicious, so much so I am trying to source it back here!

Well done Alex and Norbert, the villa is gorgeous. Keep up the good work!

  • Review Submitted: 21-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the lovely feedback Suzanne, we're delighted that you enjoyed your stay!
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Forest of Dean

Beautifully quiet and well appointed property

  • 5 of 5

Our first trip to Portugal but it won't be our last. The property is secluded and has just about everything you could require. The information provided by the owner and the extremely helpful feedback to our questions made us feel confident that we would enjoy our stay and we weren't disappointed! It is set in a beautiful location (even more beautiful I think before the highway in the distance was built - not a problem though, just an observation). The sunsets were spectacular. With the BBQ lit and beer in hand I was in 7th heaven! A car is definitely a must unless you enjoy hiking to the nearest shop. Everything we needed was provided (even down to a baby buggy and stairgate to the pool for our 11 month old granddaughter). We didn't manage to eat out in any of the restaurants recommended in the visitor comment book (due to aforesaid Granddaughter's sleeping patterns!) but will do next time as we have already booked for next year. Thank you Alex for inviting us into your villa in Paderne and being so helpful. It was brilliant.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the lovely review, we're so glad you had a nice time! We look forward to welcoming you back next year.
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Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Faro Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Zip Zip, Purgatorio; various in Paderne
Nearest Train
7 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
A22 at Ferreiras
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Zip Zip, Purgatorio
Nearest Beach
15 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Paderne is situated about 2km away. Paderne is a typical, unspoilt Portuguese town. There are several good restaurants within and close to the town. There is a health centre, police station, supermarket, post office, bank, pharmacy and various other shops. The friendly population is close knit and very welcoming to visitors.

A larger supermarket is located in Ferreiras, about 7 km from the villa.

Guia, with its shopping mall and famous piri piri restaurants, is a 15 min drive. Albufeira is about 15km from Casa Norinha and has a fabulous beach as well as plenty of shops and restaurants. It is the tourist hub of the Algarve but retains plenty of charm. A short drive along the coastal road takes you to some beautiful beaches - quieter than Albufeira and with amazing cliffs and rock formations.

Being centrally located in the Algarve, Casa Norinha is a great base for exploring the whole region and day trips to Sagres, Lisbon or Seville are highly recommended.

The lovely towns of Boliquieme and Alte are a short drive from Casa Norinha and there are countryside walks to be had right from the front door, including to the 12th century Paderne castle and a roman bridge.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in the Albufeira, Portugal

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer 2018
14 Jul 2018 - 1 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
September 2018
2 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
October 2018
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Winter 2018 / 19
1 Nov 2018 - 28 Feb 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
March 2019
1 Mar 2019 - 31 Mar 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
April 2019
1 Apr 2019 - 30 Apr 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
May 2019
1 May 2019 - 31 May 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Early Summer 2019
1 Jun 2019 - 19 Jul 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Summer 2019
20 Jul 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
1 Sep 2019 - 30 Sep 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
October 2019
1 Oct 2019 - 31 Oct 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £50

5% under occupancy discount for using only one bedroom. 10% discount for returning guests.

In the event of a cancellation, refunds will be awarded as follows:

Ten or more weeks before start of booking - 100% refund
Eight to ten weeks before start of booking - 80% refund
Less than eight weeks before start of booking - 0% refund

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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