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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 white fluffy 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 (30 to 100 metres from the property).

More Details

Zoe Giltrap MacCourt
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 August, 2017

About Zoe Giltrap MacCourt

Researching the retirement market in the Algarve

Zoe Giltrap MacCourt purchased this house in 2014

Why Zoe Giltrap MacCourt chose Portimao region

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 Mexilhoeira Grande

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 ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 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 ...
  • 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 6pm, 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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(25 traveller reviews)

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Far From The Madding Crowd…But Not Quite…..
average rating of 5.0 based on 25 reviews
Riverton, New Jersey

Lovely Cottage in Ideal Location

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week at Casa Clare in Alvor. This "fisherman's cottage" house was the perfect size and in the perfect location: a block off the busy main street of Alvor, but quiet enough to not be at all disturbed by the nearby activity. Everything one would need for a beach holiday was available at the house, such as beach towels, umbrellas, sunscreen, etc., as well as for a lovely stay, like the large screened television and the well equipped kitchen. We spent lots of time out in the garden and on the rooftop patio, where stunning sunsets each evening were a big treat. Alvor is a great town to serve as a jumping off point in the Algarve, and we were able to travel to many different beaches within short, easy drives. We were also able to walk to the Alvor beaches, which are lovely as well. I hope we have the chance to come back to the part of Portugal again, and stay at Casa Clare.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review Jill. We are glad you enjoyed your stay in Casa Clare and hope the rest of your European trip went well. Regards Gervase & Zoe
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Do yourself a favour and book it.

  • 5 of 5

Excellent communication and information from Zoe throughout when we arrived Neil and Helen were there to meet us at Casa Clare despite us arriving earlier than the 15:00 check in time (thank you).

Neil and Helen were very helpful and gave us a tour of Casa Clare and its facilities. Bottles of port, milk, wine and water were waiting for us too. Casa Clare is in an excellent location a quiet street in the very heart of Alvor.

Everything you could want is within very close walking distance, the beech, the sea, the riverside, wonderful restaurants, bars and supermarkets. The owners have been very thoughtful in considering guests needs at their home (and it does feel like home). I have stayed in many places in the past that I booked via owners direct and this must be one of the best the house and the area has everything you could need. The only problem you will have is that you won’t want to leave.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely review Darren, it was a pleasure to have you stay at Casa Clare as a guest. We hope you get to visit again. Regards, Gervase & Zoe
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Excellent property

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful holiday at Casa Clare. So comfortable and in such a great location. A real home from home. Everything you could want was provided for. Would highly recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Valerie, Thank you for your review of Casa Clare. We're delighted you enjoyed your stay and hope you get to visit again. Regards, Gervase & Zoe
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Great central location

  • 5 of 5

A feeling of home from home.

All possible amenities provided.

Water pressure fantastic for showers

Instant hot water.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the review Peter, we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and hope you get to visit Casa Clare again. Regards Gervase & Zoe
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Fantastic location

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic location

  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Brilliant Gem

  • 5 of 5

We first stayed in Casa Clare for about 5dys last year and said we'd be back for a longer stay. We arrived back at the beginning of June and stayed a full week. As always everything went smoothly from initial booking with Zoe to key hand over with Neil. The cottage had everything you can think of to use and is 50mts from restaurants etc but there is no noise, even the chickens didn't bother us this year!! I'm already trying to get time of work for next visit! credit to owners !!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the lovely review Paula, we are delighted to have you back as a repeat guest. Hopefully the memory of a good holiday will keep you going till the next time! 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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Alvor, Algarve

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
July & August 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
September 2017
1 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
October 2017
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
April 2018
1 Apr 2018 - 30 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
May 2018
1 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
June 2018
1 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
July and August 2018
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
September 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
October 2018
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £182.71

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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