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Beautiful large Townhouse set in pine forest 3min walk to Praia Verde beach

14 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights


Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday home in Retur - Casa Serena

Self-catering rental 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, sun terraces, sleeps 4+2

Casa Serena is a very attractive, large 2 bedroom town house on an exclusive private development, nestling on the edge of surrounding pine forest/nature reserve and is just a 3 min walk to the blue flag beach of Praia Verde. Big enough for a family and cosy enough for couples, the house has high standards of furnishings throughout. Casa Serena is situated in the romantic area of Praia Verde in the Eastern Algarve, so called because much of the surrounding area is covered in pine forest and is a protected nature reserve. The Eastern Algarve (Sotavento) is rightly called the unspoiled gem of the Algarve and Praia Verde is perhaps the prettiest of locations. From the roof terraces there are spectacular views of sea, hills, beach and forest! Praia Verde is only 35 minutes from Faro airport via the motorway and provides a perfect location for your vacation, whether beach, golf, walking, cycling or simply relaxing. Praia Verde also benefits from 24/7 private security, exclusive to the development.

Local Golf: The Western Algarve is famous for its excellent golf facilities and the Eastern Algarve is no exception - there are five 18-hole courses all very close to Praia Verde:

Benamor - 18 holes, Par 71, 5,500m designed by Sir Henry Cotton - situated near Conceiçao just off the N125 (ask us for website link).

Colina Verde - 9 holes, Par 28, 1,145m is situated between Olhão and Tavira.

Quinta da Ria -18 holes, Par 72, 6,016m designed by Rocky Roquemore and situated near Vila Nova de Cacela just off the N125.

Quinta da Cima - 18 holes, Par 72, 6,256m new sister course to the Quinta da Ria and is located next door!

Castro Marim - 18 holes, Par 71, 5,265m designed by Terry Murray and situated near the historic town of Castro Marim.

In the western Algarve there are the more famous golf courses, such as Villamoura, which hosted the World Cup in November 2005, but they are more expensive than the courses above.

Shopping, food & other activities: Both Vila Real de Santo Antonio and Tavira (with new large Shopping Mall) are real-life small towns with shops for everyday items - some excellent bargains are to be had in household linens - towels, bed linen and table linen. Along the coast road and inland, fantastic local pottery is available. The beach resorts of Monte Gordo and Altura provide holiday shopping with gifts, clothes, shoes and beach equipment. There are many other activities open to the more adventurous - from walking, riding, cycling, sailing and surfing - all within easy access from Praia Verde. There is an excellent beach-side restaurant near the house, Pezinhos N'areia, for drinks, lunch, snacks or evening dinner - great for watching the sun go down with an ice cold glass of the local vinho verde. Excellent restaurants abound in the Algarve, both in the towns and nearby villages and along the coast road. Choose from the local 'black' pork, cataplana (seafood stew) or fresh fish and you won't be disappointed.

Beaches: Every type of beach is available - from small coves to wide-open spaces. Casa Serena is located only a few hundred metres from the wide-open, blue-flag beach of Praia Verde, with a pedestrian access path leading straight down. From the beach it is possible to walk to Monte Gordo in the East and Altura to the West, each taking less than 45 minutes. If you feel really adventurous just keep on walking - the beaches stretch for miles! The whole beach area is very much orientated towards families and is a very safe, clean environment with ample open space, even in peak times, for sunbathing, swimming and playing with the kids! This area is truly one of the most outstanding areas of natural beauty - you will not be disappointed!

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Phil Naylor
Member since: 2005
Speaks English
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5 October, 2016
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Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Phil,

Just to tell you, that we had some wonderful days in your house in Praia Verde! The weather was great so we spent most of the time at the beach, just walking over the dunes to the sea (which was warm enough to swim and play in). There were basically only us, hardly any other people, which was actually very relaxed. The house is very comfortable and we enjoyed everything! Thank you very much!
Oct 2013
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based on 14 holidaymaker reviews

Beautiful large Townhouse set in pine forest 3min walk to Praia Verde beach
average rating of 4.571429 based on 24 reviews
North West England

This is Portugal as it’s meant to be

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from a wonderful holiday in this beautiful unspoilt part of Portugal.

Transfers were a breeze about 35 /40 minutes from Faro airport, the owners supplied excellent directions.

The house we stayed in on Praia Vede was fantastic it’s located on a quiet residential estate.

It is modern and spacious, decoration and fittings were very good quality it feels more like staying in someone’s home than a rental house.

With stunning views from the roof terrace over a nature reserve to the Spanish border and views to the ocean and beach.

A few minutes’ walk will find you on one of the most gorgeous beaches you could wish for, oh and a little beach bar.

The estate has a quality hotel and restaurant a further outside pool with restaurant and bar and other cafe bars.

My wife a keen cook was impressed with the fully fitted kitchen and she made full use exploring the local markets.

Alternatively you can find good quality Portuguese, Chinese, Pizza or even an Indian restaurant all locally

Two good supermarkets and a petrol station are just a few minutes’ away.

There are fantastic drives into the unspoilt countryside lots of small local cafes to catch a mid morning espresso and pastry,

Roman ruins to explore and breathtaking scenery.

Or if you must there is a new shopping centre on the outskirts of the lovely little town of Tavira about 15 20 minutes away.

I think a car is essential for this location.

I would heartily recommend this house and area to families and couples don’t expect a hectic night life though this is Portugal as it’s meant to be. When can we go again?

  • Review Submitted: Oct 28, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to hear you had such a good time and like the area and house too! Hope to welcome you back soon!
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We loved the place!

  • 5 of 5

We spent 2 weeks at Casa Serena last July and we loved the place. The house is a couple of minutes away from the beach, the restaurants and other amenities, which was great for the kids. We could even park our car just in front of the door!

Phil, the owner, was very helpful, as were the people from the local agency.

We definitely recommend Casa Serena and will hopefully go back in 2015!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for the review - we are always pleased to hear when guests enjoy their stay! We look forward to welcoming you back in 2015 - best wishes Phil & Jean
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5 0
Lisboa / Portugal

Excellent cosy house in Praia Verde

  • 5 of 5

Excellent house, very well located, nicely decorated, very confortable.

We were a family of 5 and everybody loved it.

I only have nice things to say about it and I look forward to go again next year.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the positive feedback - we look forward to welcoming you back next year!
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  • 5 of 5

We went here late October. The location three minutes from the beach was tremendous. Every morning after breakfast we walked along the beach enjoying the sand and the ocean as well as the sun on our backs. The complex was quiet during our stay which we loved. The weather was great and in the late 70's every afternoon.

The house was a pleasure. It was clean and tastefully decorated throughout with everything you would need.The house has a barbeque out on the third floor and a further sun lounge on the fourth.

There was plenty to do for all the family. My daughter and myself love the sun, my husband likes "doing interesting things." There was an interesting nature reserve with great bird watching opportunities for him five minutes away. We visited Tavira, Alcutin which is on the Spanish border and St. Antonio a local working Portuguese town.

We had not been to this part of the Eastern Algarve and definitely will go back!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 8, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to receive such positive feedback. Many thanks and come back soon!
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19 0
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Great holiday with 2 small children

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at Casa Serena. The house was larger than we expected, well equipped and maintained. Our two children (1 and 3 years old) had a great time too. Everything we needed for them (children's bed, chair) was available. We were there at the very start of the season which meant that some shops and restaurants were not open yet but that was no problem. It also meant that we had the each practically to ourselves every day.

I would definitely recommend this house to my friends or relatives!

  • Review Submitted: May 21, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you enjoyed your vacation at Casa Serena on Praia Verde. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!
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Boston Spa

Relaxing Location

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic resort area and a great house and base to stay!

The area is outstanding for natural beauty. Wonderful beaches and views to die for. We had a great time ambling through the forest and finishing off the walk in one of the beachside restaurants or cafes.

The house is just great and very spacious and well equipped.

Would definately recommend it

  • Review Submitted: Oct 28, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
55 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Praia Verde
Nearest Ferry
10 Kilometres
Vila Real de Santo Antonio for trips to Spain
Nearest Golf
6 Kilometres
Castro Marim
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Vila Real de Santo Antonio
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Junction 17 off IP1
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Praia Verde
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
Praia Verde
Car: necessary

The East Algarve resort of Praia Verde is ideally located for trips to Spain for a change of scenery & culture - Ayamonte is the closest Spanish town at approx 15 minutes by car & Seville is under 2 hours away! The beach towns of Monte Gordo & Altura are a few Km away & offer the usual souvenir shops, cafes, restaurants & bars. Monte Gordo also has a large casino for the keen gambler! Vila Real de Santo Antonio is only 10 minutes away & has the usual facilities of a larger town with a wonderful marina & promenade by the river Guadiana. For the more athletic amongst you Vila Real also has an IAAF certified sports centre used extensively by top athletes & coaches. The stadium is a preparation centre for the Olympic Games, accredited by the Olympic Committee of Portugal. It was also an official training centre for Euro 2004. Top athletes that have trained there include Steve Backley, Darren Campbell, Dwain Chambers, Cathy Freeman, Dean Macey, Fiona May, Paula Radcliffe & many more.

Other Activities: Large communal swimming pool & restaurant complex by the beach


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Retur, Castro Marim

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low - Mid Season
1 Oct 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low Season
7 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low - Mid Season
1 Apr 2017 - 28 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
29 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid - High Season
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
1 Jul 2017 - 28 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Peak Season
29 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
3 Sep 2017 - 16 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid - High Season
17 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
1 Oct 2017 - 4 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low Season
5 Nov 2017 - 30 Mar 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

We recommend all independent travellers obtain adequate travel insurance with cancellation cover before their journey.

We have friendly English, Dutch and Portuguese speaking 'meet and greet' Agents who will show you around the property, explain how things work and assist you in anyway they can to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.

25% of total price required when making the reservation.
Reservations will be confirmed when the deposit is received.
Remaining 75% payable on or before 6 weeks of arrival.
If the booking is made within 6 weeks of arrival the full rental payment is required.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Retur in Castro Marim region

Property Type:
  • house (terraced)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 150 m²
Location Type:
  • beach
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking On Street
  • Safe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet , Separate vanity area.
    Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Next to the main bathroom is a separate vanity area comprising sink, set in marble top with cupboard underneath, large mirror and shaver socket.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Double Bedroom - 1 Double Bed
    Twin Bedroom - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot , Travel cot for baby
  • Each bedroom has large floor-to-ceiling fitted wardrobes and French windows leading onto balconies. A travel cot & high chair, suitable for a baby or toddler are available FREE of charge. Extra cot & high chair is €15 / week for both. There is additional sleeping capacity in the Lounge - a very good double size sofa bed is available.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Smoking is not allowed inside the house, for the benefit of all guests. Air conditioning/heating installed. There is a new communal pool and restaurant complex by the beach, within 2 minutes walk from the house. The communal pool costs approx €15/day for adults and €5/day for children. The house has recently been re-decorated throughout to a very high standard. New sofa bed (proper double size) and matching chairs. There are sun loungers and mattresses. Garden has been completely re-landscaped and new irrigation system installed. New plants on the terrace area. Safe installed for guests use. Wheel chair accessible to ground floor.

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