VILLA SAWAN is a 3 bedroom modern link villa with pool, beautifully furnished and offering its visitors a very comfortable stay. Situated directly on the Castro Marim Golf Course, the peace and tranquility is perfect for a relaxing family holiday in an idyllic environment with wonderful views - whether golfing enthusiasts or not! And for those who wish to play golf, what better location. The interior is spacious with lounge/dining area, and 2 ensuite bedrooms on the ground floor. The first floor has a large master bedroom, with bathroom and private balcony. The kitchen is wonderfully equipped and leads to the dining area. For al- fresco dining, there is a deluxe gas BBQ and a dining table & chairs in the shade. The nearby villages of Monte Francisco and Castro Marim offer a good range of cafes, bars and a restaurants, although the on-site club house has facilites including bar, restaurant and gym. This villa offers a real home from home within a very peaceful environment. Castro Marim is around 5 minutes by car and the local beaches of Praia Verde and Cabeco around 10 minutes by car.
The beautiful town of Tavira: When staying in this accommodation a visit to the beautiful town of Tavira is essential! You will not fail to be enthralled by its unspoilt charm, character and tranquillity. As you wander along the cobbled streets, you'll see an abundance of history dating as far back as 2000BC. A Roman bridge links the 2 parts of the town across the River Gilao, its sides decorated with traditional old bars and restaurants where you can relax and enjoy a peaceful drink or meal. Horse drawn carriages and a small train operate around the town and are perfect for sightseeing and enjoying the peaceful ambience. The many churches (37 in total!), the town castle and the typical fisherman's harbour leading to the River Formosa Natural Park are all places to visit, along with the wonderful daily market selling fresh home grown produce. Tavira Island and its wonderful beach is accessible by ferry boat from the town and offers excellent facilities with a wonderful holiday atmosphere
Other places to visit: By travelling a little further afield there are a good range of things to do to suit all tastes. For nature lovers there are forest walks, cruises along the River Guadiana or natures trails along the Ria Formosa Reserve where bird watching is in abundance! By travelling towards the West there are some excellent shopping centres in Faro and Ghia as well as the famous Water Parks and Zoo Marine (wonderful for children), all easily reached by car (around 45 minutes) or by day trip coach. From this property it is easy to take a day trip to Spain. The lovely border town of Ayamonte is not far by car, and once there you can sample the delights of another country, including wine, tapas and excellent shopping. Or you can travel by car, local bus or train to Vila Real de Santo Antonio and from there take the 15 minute ferry crossing to Ayamonte. For the more adventurous the vibrant city of Seville is approx 170 km away. For budding historians the Castle at Castro Marim is worth a look.
Golf: This is perfect accommodation for golfers wishing to partake in plenty of golf. There are 3 great 18 hole courses at Castro Marim and discounted green fees are available to Casa Casita visitors and in addition, only 1km away the new Ballesteros Signature Course Quinta do Vale is growing in popularity. Within a 20km radius there are another 4 great courses to choose from; Benamor and the 2 Quintas (Ria and Cima) are the most popular and are further towards Tavira. The prestigious new course of Monte Rei designed by Jack Nicklaus now has its first 18 holes open and is continuing in its development to the second phase offering the height of golfing luxury, although a costly experience, this is a real treat for golfing fanatics wishing to experience a little high life! We can organise golfing packages for any choice of courses to suit your preferences.
A quiet and perfect week away from it all in a super villa. Location was just right and the weather was great. I love the course(s) and resort, which compared to other areas of the Algarve, is low density and not frequented by hoardes of golf groups being loud at the club house. This is definitely for those wanting peace and quiet. Great location for drives across to Spain and all around the wonderful beaches along the Eastern Algarve. The team at Smartavillas made the holiday a hassle free affair and for that I am most grateful.
There was significant road construction work whilst we were there, but we appreciated it was essential towards further works at the resort and whilst the drive off the main road to the club house was a bumpy off-road affair, it was not detremental to our stay. A jewel of a location and a great setup by those owning and organising the course and resort.
The pool appears to have suffered from movememnt or subsidence but was in it most days for arefreshing dip. No doubt the remedial work will be easily repaired. Again merely an observation and not a critique of the villa or owners.
We will look to return, possible with family and would not hesitate to recommend this accomadation.
Thank you Smartavillas and Castro Marim!
G Stokes - London
This is without a doubt a great villa and comes fully loaded with everything you’ll need making it a home from home. The location is stunning with views of Portugal and over into Spain. A car is essential as there are no local shops but this should not deter you. We would without a doubt recommend this villa to anyone wanting a superb location, fabulous villa that’s family friendly. We are already looking at other villas in and around this location so we can bring our extended family next time.
The description was 100% accurate, the cleaning was excellent. I highly recommend this property for people that are looking for a place to rest and they don't care about the 10 minute drive until the beach (like myself).
Castro Marim Golf & Country Club is stylish and elegant and offers a warm welcome to all guests - and whether golfers or not, no visitor cannot fail to be impressed! The Clubhouse has spectacular panoramic views of neighbouring Spain and the Ocean where you can enjoy the peaceful ambience for drinks, snacks or dining in the elegant restaurant.
Generally speaking, Castro Marim is an ideal place to visit if you prefer a more relaxed holiday where you can still enjoy a traditional feel of the Eastern Algarve with friendly locals and not too much evidence of tourism.
Locally and only 1 km away, the village of Monte Francisco has 'Restaurant Lupisao' offering great Algarvian cuisine at reasonable prices. A little further (3 km) is the main town of Castro Marim which has retained a traditional feel with narrow streets full of character and a wider choice of restaurants, bars and cafes. There is also a supermarket selling a wide range of products and a large open air market that visits monthly. Another key feature of this town is the Castle which is open to the public and worth a visit - even if just to sample the fabulous views at the very least!
Close by, Vila Real, the Portuguese border town facing Spain, is great for shopping and dining out. And also a must is a trip to Spain itself. A short drive across the bridge or the ferry trip from Vila Real will take you to the town of Ayamonte where you can sample the delights of a different country where Tapas, wine and shopping are in abundance!
Beaches - Distance to the closest beaches is around 7 km. At either Cabeco or Praia Verde, you will find beautiful white sands and rolling oceans, perfect for sunbathing or family outings. They are all wonderfully clean and link between neighbouring resorts - perfect for long relaxing walks beside the ocean. At both beaches you will find good food at Cabeco, 'Sem Espinhas' is great for relaxed dining on the seashore and at Praia Verde - 'Pezinhos na Areia', offers a more formal but fabulous dining experience with elegant surroundings overlooking the ocean.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
• The rental price includes cleaning on departure
• Bed Sheets and Towels are provided and will be changed during visits of more than 1 week.
• Changeover days are flexible
• Normal check in time is 16.00h and you will be greeted on arrival. Checkout time is 10.00h
• These times will only be applied if absolutely necessary and we will accommodate arrival and departure as fully as possible
• The advertised rates are for the property, per week. Payment is preferred in the specified currency
• A 20% deposit is required to secure the reservation with the balance payable 8 weeks prior to arrival
• A refundable damages deposit of £200/E is requested on arrival
• Travel Cots and Highchairs are provided with a charge for delivery and hire