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Far From The Madding Crowd…But Not Quite…..

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

Once a typical fisherman's house, situated in the best location possible

Located right beside the marina / main restaurant area, Casa Clare offers four people comfortable, convenient home-from-home accommodation with its two bedrooms, traditional barbeque, large patio and roof terrace offering stunning views over the marina as far as Lagos.

With a Mediterranean climate of hot, dry summers and mild winters, summer temperatures are high, but moderated by the sea breeze. It is said that the Algarve has one of the best all year climates in Europe.

Alvor, in the Western Algarve is testament to that! It is perfectly located, close to the sea and countryside it is the optimal destination for those seeking a versatile holiday. Alvor is a 50 minute drive from Faro airport.

Village life is pleasant, you can wander to the market hall or bakery in the morning and buy your fresh fruit, fish and bread and spend your afternoons relaxing on the beach. For the more energetic there’s golf, horseback riding, water sports and a wide selection of excursions (land and sea, all available within 100 metres of Casa Clare).

Steps immediately outside Casa Clare on Rua dos Pescadores lead down to the main restaurant area / marina. Alvor boasts 115 restaurants and Casa Clare is almost equidistant from the (current) top 4 on Trip Advisor.

Our fully equipped kitchen will make home cooking a pleasure and should the weather warrant it, the dining suite in the living room provides for comfortable eating indoors

This room also boasts two large Italian sofas with matching foot stools. The entertainment unit housing a 50” smart TV with Netflix and Chromecast, books and games and a stand-alone wood burning stove creates a cosy homely feel on the rare cool day or chilly night. Of course there is air-conditioning! There is wifi throughout the house and terraced areas.

But who wants to be indoors? Eating out at home is such a joy…….the aromatic scent of fresh herbs, coupled with the sizzling sound of fresh fish or meat on the charcoal is mouth-watering at any time of day!

Breakfast outside on the patio is extra special with cheerful birdsong and the faint sounds of the fishermen returning with their late night or early morning catch!

There’s no need for a clock here, the local church bells ring in the hours and lively antics and calls of the seagulls announce mealtimes!

Sundowners on the rooftop to the sound of the wind blowing through the rigging and halyards of sail boats in the marina, the fading light “through dark clouds a red rose peeping and an amber gleam*” eases the day into the night. (*Afanasy Afanasyevich Fet)

The master bedroom to the rear of the property is en-suite (shower & toilet); it has air-conditioning, an electric fan and satellite TV. There is ample storage in the wardrobe, two bedside lockers and vanity unit.

The second bedroom to the front of the house also has twin beds, a large wardrobe, bedside lockers, vanity unit and under window storage

There is an electric fan and a Windows 10 PC for guest use and a separate guest shower and toilet. All beds are made up with luxurious Egyptian cotton linen and Egyptian cotton guest towels are also provided.

Both shower rooms have extractor systems and heated towel rails. Both bedrooms have hair dryers and hot & cold fans.

There is a large safety deposit box (can hold 2 laptops) in the living room

Suitability: Casa Clare is best suited for responsible adults due to the tiled and graded floors, multiple steps and a high terrace. It may not be suitable for the very elderly or infirm. It is not wheelchair friendly.

Smoking is not permitted in the house and pets are not allowed.

Casa Clare is on a pedestrian only street. There is free on-street parking in Alvor (50 to 100 metres from the property).

More Details
Registration Number : 11534/AL

Zoe Giltrap MacCourt
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 April, 2018

About Zoe Giltrap MacCourt

Researching the retirement market in the Algarve

Zoe Giltrap MacCourt purchased this house in 2014

Why Zoe Giltrap MacCourt chose Alvor

Casa Clare is situated in what we believe is the best location in Alvor. Its close to superb restaurants and the marina, close (but not too close) to the pubs and night-life. The garden and roof terrace are a delight, a private haven so conveniently located

What makes this house unique

Casa Clare is on a pedestrian only street and away from the usual tourist accommodation but (a very short) walking distance from all the essential facilities including a superb range of restaurants. The neighbours are for the most part Portuguese, and are very welcoming.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Alvor in Municipality of Portimão

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • town
  • waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Shampoo, conditioners and shower gel supplied
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Check in time between 3pm and 7pm, to be agreed in advance, check out time by 10 am, other times by prior arrangement NB An additional charge is payable locally for late arrivals after 6pm of €20 and €40 for arrivals after midnight


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Far From The Madding Crowd…But Not Quite…..
average rating of 4.96875 based on 32 reviews

Great location, terrific accommodation.

  • 5 of 5

Very clean, great location.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay in Casa Clare and hope you get to visit again. Regards Gervase & Zoe
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Fantastic Location and Facilities

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic stay in Casa Clare. If you interested in staying in Alvor the location is impossible to beat. The property is steps away from the main street with a variety of bars and restaurants. There is nearby free on street parking too, if you have rented a car like we did.

We used the patio area for breakfast each morning and the sun deck is wonderful for either soaking up the sun in the afternoon or having a relaxing drink and watching the sunset in the evening.

The entertainment setup was great when we wanted a break from the sun, with a large smart TV, and fast WiFi connection throughout the house. We also would have been lost without the parasols and other beach equipment the owners have provided for guest use.

We would normally stay in hotels on our holidays and were slightly apprehensive about booking our accommodation through sites like homeaway, but we needn't have worried. Communication with Zoe before we made the trip was first class and the experience when arriving and departing couldn't have been easier.

Overall, we couldn't have been happier with our booking decision and we will definitely be back!

  • Review Submitted: 10-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely review Laura, we are delighted you enjoyed your stay in Casa Clare and hope you get to visit again. Regards Gervase & Zoe
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A true gem . loved this house

  • 5 of 5

Charm, convenience and comfort! Loved this house - our second time to come back and once again didn’t disappoint. The owners clearly care about their guests as the attention to detail is second to none . Great not to have to hire a car as everything is within walking distance - restaurants and bars and the beautiful beach. Will definitely come back to Casa Clare! Thanks again!

  • Review Submitted: 29-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely review Martina, we are delighted you got to visit Casa Clare again and hope you are enjoying the rest of your world trip. Regards Gervase & Zoe
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In the heart of it!

  • 4 of 5

A nice little cottage with most things you could need. Lovely view from the upper terrace and peaceful in the garden. The bathrooms could do with a little tlc and the beds could be better. Enjoyed having UK TV and Everything Is on the doorstep so that was wonderful. Great restaurants and superb views over the little harbour. A beautiful village, well worth a visit.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your review of your recent stay at Casa Clare. Your feedback is extremely valuable to us, as we strive to improve with each and every stay Our main priority is to be able to offer a very well-maintained and comfortable atmosphere at Casa Clare. It is usual for us to do some painting & decorating after the busy season summer season, this will no doubt provide for the TLC you say our bathrooms need. We will check the beds and take appropriate steps to ensure they provide for a comfortable sleep. Regards Gervase & Zoe
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Lovely week in Alvor

  • 5 of 5

Casa Clare is exactly as described.It is in the centre but being one street back from the main street it is not affected by noise from the many bars and restaurants. Yes there is some noise from the chickens and roosters from the neighbours but this didn't affect our enjoyment.The house was clean and very comfortable.As a couple we only used the main bedroom which is at the back of the house. There was always plenty of hot water. There was everything provided that you need for a very enjoyable holiday plus many additional items such as shampoo and shower gels. A welcome pack of water, milk , tea, wine etc was provided. The WIFI was great and the smart TV worked well.. We would definitely stay again.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Judith for your lovely review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay in Casa Clare and hope you get to visit again. Regards Gervase & Zoe
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Second visit to Casa Clare

  • 5 of 5

Having stayed at Casa Clare, Alvor in August 2016 and enjoying a super holiday, we were keen to return.

Again our 2017 trip proved to be equally as good.

Casa Clare really is home away from home. It is so well equipped and provides a comfortable and relaxing base in which to holiday. The real gem in this property for us is the outside terraces and barbecue which we take full advantage of and have enjoyed several home cooked meals. The local market is just a short walk away and here you can buy all the fresh produce including fish, fruit and vegetables.

The house itself is situated so close to the centre of everything in the town and yet only a short 10/15 minute walk to the beautiful beach. The local bars, shops and restaurants are all close by also.

I would not hesitate to recommend a visit to Casa Clare and Alvor.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely review Annette. We were delighted to have you back in Casa Clare this year and hope you get to visit again in the future. Regards Gervase & Zoe
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yacht club
Watching the sunset at the Yacht Club bar / cafe at the Marina is really worth while. Specta...
Nearest Airport
73 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
60 Metres
Nearest Ferry
90 Metres
Alvor Boat Trips
Nearest Golf
3.5 Kilometres
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Meia Praia
Nearest Motorway
5.5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
20 Metres
Green Door
Nearest Beach
800 Metres
Car: not necessary

Watching the sunset at the Yacht Club bar / cafe at the Marina is really worth while. Spectacular photo opportunities abound. Alternatively view it from the steps outside Kate's 'Sunset Bar' with a cocktail in hand.

The Alvor board walk and main beach are famous. Its also worth travelling to the Tres Irmaos beach at the eastern end of Alvor Beach for wonderful swimming.

To try something different, there's a beautiful walk inland starting at the marina following the course of the Alvor River upstream, with flamingos, spoonbills and storks usually viewable upstream of the dam (circa 1.5km from Casa Clare). Good walking shoes are required as the terrain is hilly after you leave the paved walkway and climb up hill beyond the wooden fisherman's huts on stilts.

Remember to bring a bottle of water or else a full picnic if you want to sit down, relax and enjoy the view. There are wild fig and almond trees on this walk as well as seasonal wild flowers.

To extend the estuary walk a little further, cross to the other side of the dam and follow the river even further upstream to the main road as far as the Penina Hotel, stop for lunch or a drink and then ask the hotel reception to order a taxi back to Alvor (total walk circa 5km).

The indoor market at the top of the town has a superb array of fruit, vegetables and fresh fish (the latter only in the morning).

Leinster House Irish bar is worth a visit in the evenings with Aaron Whooley on guitar usually from 10pm. There are many other bars ranging from small quiet cafe type catering mainly for locals to livelier bars all across town, depending on your taste.

A sailing boat day trip to Lagos departing from the Alvor marina is memorable.

There are so many wonderful restaurants in Alvor that its hard to know where to start. Some of our favourites are Arco de Velha for turbot, A Lota for all types of prawns, A Ribeira for red snapper, Salsa Bistro for lamb chops. These are all within 80 metres of Casa Clare. There are many many more to choose from.


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Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £174.3

Rates are subject to change until booking is confirmed. We accept Euro and Sterling payments for bookings. Please email for prices in Sterling if required.

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