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Unwind in Elegance with large private pool & amazing views. - (Free WI-FI)

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,750 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Perfect place for total rest and access to all holiday activities in the Algarve

Quinta Fonte do Cascalho is a unique detached property, set in 2 acres of grounds amid the tranquil Algarve hills; just 20 minutes north of Faro airport and on the edge of the Portuguese town of Sao Bras de Alportel, full of rustic charm, with many street cafes, restaurants, banks, tourist office, shops and supermarkets.

This is an ideal location for people who want to get away from it all and enjoy a relaxing holiday in privacy yet the beautiful beaches of the Algarve are just a short distance by car, plus have easy access to all the holiday attractions the Algarve can offer.

A real ‘home from home’ this modern, fully air-conditioned, country house is finished to very high standards for comfort and entertainment.

The master suite, with own private terrace, occupies the entire first floor of the villa and provides 360 degree panoramic views. It has a king size ‘Duxiana’ bed, with multi-positioned headboard; a full entertainment system comprising 32” flat screen TV with internet receiver, DVD player and B&O; stereo system; trouser press and personal safe. The en-suite bathroom has a large corner temperature controlled spa/whirlpool bath with four preset programs to suit your mood, plus lighting if desired.

The other two bedrooms have large handmade ‘Millbrook’ pocket sprung beds and individual entertainment systems of internet TV and DVD players. Bedroom 2, which benefits from an additional private entrance, is also equipped with a drinks fridge, trouser press and personal safe. The other bathrooms are also fitted with temperature controlled spa/whirlpool baths with four preset programs, plus lighting.

The entertainment area has a dining table with capacity for 8; and the spacious lounge has comfy leather seating with recliner chairs; perfect for watching a film or your favourite program on the large B&O; TV with surround sound. This area also has a Wi-Fi hub for internet access. For the cooler months of the year, there is a cosy log fire in the lounge and the air-conditioning or central-heating provides heat throughout the rest of the villa.

The farmhouse kitchen, fitted with granite worktops and AGA range cooker, has all the utensils and equipment you will need for the preparation of meals. In addition to the dining table in the villa, food can be enjoyed alfresco on the upper BBQ terrace or on the lower pool terrace. If dining out is your desire; there are many fine and casual restaurants providing traditional or international cuisine throughout the local area, including one within walking distance.

The large pool terrace, bathed in sunshine all day during the summer months, is very private and enjoys magnificent hillside and distant sea views.

Imagine yourself soaking up the Algarve sunshine, on the large pool terrace, you pick up a glass of your favourite drink, gaze over the wonderful countryside & distant sea views, and notice the only thing you can hear are birds and cicadas. You step into the large crystal clear pool for a refreshing dip and discover that feeling of peace and tranquility. Finally; you have escaped modern life and feel relaxed and revitalized.

More Details
Registration Number : 38720/AL

Christina & Barry
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
16 August, 2018

About Christina & Barry

In 2007 we decided to make our home available to holidaymakers and have subsequently met some wonderful people. Many have become good friends.

By living in the Algarve we are able to deal with all of our guests personally; from initial greeting to cleaning and maintenance, plus resolve the odd problem. Furthermore, we are able to continuously liaise with the local tourist office for the current and new attractions or activities available, throughout the Algarve, for our guests.

Christina & Barry purchased this villa in 2006

Why Christina & Barry chose São Brás de Alportel

The views from the house are stunning and the feeling of total peace adds to the tranquillity of a great holiday home. From this location, there is easy access to all the attractions the Algarve can offer; making this the complete holiday package for a family, friends getaway or discerning golfers.

What makes this villa unique

The area, in which we live, is a perfect environment for local wildlife and birds to which we have developed our birdwatching skills and love of nature. Based on this we are able to suggest other local areas for incredible birdwatching or sightseeing.

The location provides easy access to many excellent golf courses and through our local golfing contacts we are able to obtain excellent discounts on green fees and equipment hire.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This villa is in a stunning setting with lovely views of the mountains. The owner was on hand, but very discrete, helping as and when required. The standard of the furnishings and amenities is very high, with bathrobes, towels and even slippers available! The bathrooms are very luxurious, all with jacuzzi baths, and the kitchen is large and very well equipped. The lounge area has comfortable settees and there are top of the range TVs and DVD players in all rooms. The pool is not heated, so at this time of year was too cold to use, but very pleasant to relax beside. The location is too far out of the closest town to walk and so a car is essential, although there are two good restaurants just a short distance away, before you reach Sao Bras de alportel. The supermarket is about 5 minutes away by car. It is situated withing easy reach of a number of interesting sights and towns including Tavira, Loule, Faro and Olhao. Overall, I would recommend this villa highly.
Oct 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in the São Brás de Alportel in the Municipality of São Brás de Alportel

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2750 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Jacuzzi , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Jacuzzi , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Jacuzzi , Bidet
    Terrace - Outdoor Shower
  • All spa baths are pre-set to 4 programs to suit your mood.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Paradise - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot , Cot available
    Hollywood - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Can be set as twin 3ft singles.
    Vine - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Each bedroom is equipped with remote controlled air-conditioning that can be set to automatically maintain the exact temperature you require. It can also be set to silent run just to give you that extra quietness during your sleep. All bedrooms have spa baths, bidet, toilet and wash hand basin. Bath robes are also provided. Bedroom 2 is set as an extra large double bed that can be made as two singles, if requested.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 14 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • Private Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Unwind in Elegance with large private pool & amazing views. - (Free WI-FI)
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 56 reviews

Fantastic holiday!

  • 5 of 5

Christina and Barry's villa was like heaven on earth. The villa had everything we could ask for and more. We didn't want to leave and the pool was amazing. Christina and Barry were perfect hosts. I would highly recommend their villa and look forward to returning. A car is necessary.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
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Comfortable, well appointed Villa with spectacular views to the East and South.

  • 5 of 5

The Villa is situated high up the side of a valley, affording spectacular views to the East and South. The house itself is well designed with three luxurious bedrooms (two ensuite), a comfortable living room and a very well appointed kitchen. Outside the pool is the main attraction, but there are also several seating areas where we enjoyed al-fresco dining. There is also a substantial brick built barbeque which we didn't use.

We (a family of four) enjoyed our stay immensely. The large, private pool amused the children for hours, allowing the adults to relax with a good book. Two minor annoyances (that the owners can do nothing about!) were the almost constant barking of local dogs and the wind, which can get quite strong at times.

Our hosts, Barry and Tina were very welcoming and ensured that all are needs were met.

Being slightly inland and away from (but easily accessable to) the major touristy areas, we got more of a flavour of the real Portugal. Loule and Tavira were particularly memorable as was an educational visit to the nearby cork factory. We did however, venture down to the coast and enjoyed a boat trip round the caves at Benagil and a visit to 'the end of the world' at Cape St Vincent. The Capela dos Ossos is a must see in Faro. A car is essential to get to the property and to take full advantage of the local area. Parking in local towns is plentiful and reasonably priced - quite often free.

Would we stay at Quinta Fonte do Cascalho again? Absolutely!

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
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Beautiful villa

  • 5 of 5

My partner and I recently returned from a 10 day stay in this beautiful villa. Extremely well equipped and spotlessly clean there was also an ice box available which we took advantage of. It's a pity all villas don't provide this piece of equipment. The new B&O system is obviously Barrys' pride and joy there were a few teething problems with it which he was determined to put right! The views from the terrace were spectacular although the weather wasn't that kind to us it didn't spoil the holiday. Only 20 minutes from Faro and Loule (don't miss the Saturday market) The beautiful beach at Fuseta is only 15 mins away and many more nice beaches along the coastline. Plenty of places to eat La Gracianas and Horta being typical Portugese and very good value. Barry recommended Lagar Mesquita for a more upmarket restaurant which was excellent (thanks Barry). Although Barry and Tina live on the premises they are not intrusive but readily available if needed. We would certainly recommend this villa and we will definitely be returning in the future.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
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Luxury Villa set in a beautiful part of the Algarve.

  • 5 of 5

Lovely superbly equipped villa in the heart of the countryside. Easy access to all the major towns around the Algarve. The accommodation is excellent with good internet throughout the villa and excellent TV service.

The Swimming pool warm all through the day and is kept clean by the on-site owners.

The villa is beautifully kept and is furnished to a really high standard. The kitchen is superb.

Thouroughly enjoyed our holiday.. recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
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Our Second Visit To A Very Well Equipped Villa

  • 5 of 5

Love the location of this villa and everything you need to make your stay comfortable

is there at hand

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
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Paradise Perfection

  • 5 of 5

On arrival Tina and Barry are there to greet you. Any requirements that you may have are seen to promptly. Information is to hand from supermarket to restaurants, beaches, theme parks, nature reserves and many sporting activities. Ideal just for chilling by the pool enjoying the spectacular scenery. Will be going back

  • Review Submitted: 01-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
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Nearest Airport
18 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
O Graciano
Nearest Train
18 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
A22 Olaho
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
O Graciano
Nearest Beach
12 Kilometres
Olhao & Fuseta
Car: recommended

The villa is nestled in the hills, just outside the town of Sao Bras de Alportel, and enjoys magnificent hillside and distant sea views. Through its location, in the authentic Algarve, ‘Quinta Fonte do Cascalho’ offers the best for all types of holidaymakers. It is ideal for people who want to get away from it all and relax by the pool in total privacy, yet the beautiful beaches are just a short distance by car. This location has something for everyone, from walking in the local nature reserves or peaceful country drives through traditional Portuguese villages, to the stunning Ria Formosa nature reserve..

Other activities include: Golf, Slow Travel, Ecoturism Tours, Birding & Bird Watching tours, Water parks, zoo marine, fishing, horse riding, walking, mountain biking, cycling, and water sports.


The Algarve is known for its beaches, but the winter months are a prime time to visit one of the world's premier golf destinations. Each golf course offers a unique design taking advantage of the local landscape allowing the golfer a challenging yet pleasurable game.

With more than 30 top quality golf courses in the Algarve, you will never be short of a quality course to play. Quinta Fonte do Cascalho is ideally located to have access to a high percentage of these courses within just 20 minutes drive. To the East are Benamore, Quinta da Cima, Quinta da Ria, Castro Marim, the Jack Nicklaus signature course Monte Rei, as well as the Seve Ballesteros-designed Quinta do Vale. To the South is the Golden Triangle of golf with Vale do Lobo, Ocean and Royal, Quinta do Lago North and South courses, Sao Lorenzo and Villa Sol. To the West is the Vilamoura complex, with the Arnold Palmer design Victoria, plus the Old Course, Millennium, Laguna and Pinhal. Through our local contacts, we are able to obtain excellent golf discounts and equipment.

Eco-tourism and Eco-fashion:

Sao Bras de Alportel is situated in the Barrocal region of the Algarve comprising large open spaces, pure air and lush foliage of almond, fig, carob and cork trees; to which the region became the biggest cork producing centre in Portugal and the world. Today there are organized cork trails that take you through this beautiful countryside and a visit to the cork museum. In the centre of Sao Bras is the shop where you can purchase many eco-fashion items that are produced from cork such as purses, handbags, belts, shoes and even curtains, which you will find in the lounge of Quinta Fonte do Cascalho.

A Birdwatchers Paradise:

‘Quinta Fonte do Cascalho’ sits in a natural area that is a fantastic habitat for the birds that frequent the Algarve. In addition to the Swallows and Martins that share the pool with you, from the terrace you would see: Golden Oriole, Cattle Egret, White Stork, Black Stork, Bee Eater, Hoopoe, Azure-winged Magpie, Bluethroat, Fan-tailed Warbler, Cetti's Warbler, Melodious Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Short-toed Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Southern Grey Shrike, Woodchat Shrike, Common Waxbill, Serin, Black-winged Kite, Black Kite, Red Kite, Griffon Vulture, Montagu's Harrier, Short-toed Eagle, Booted Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Marsh Harrier, Spanish Imperial Eagle. Through our local contacts, we can arrange bird-watching tours, with responsible guides, for sea or the 10 reserved land locations for birds in the Algarve.

Lawn Bowling:

During the winter months, the Algarve is an ideal location for Lawn Bowling. There are numerous organized clubs scheduling regular games. Visiting players are very welcome to join in where clubs stock a full range of bowls for hire at a nominal charge. Tavira Bowls club, with an eight rink level green, is just a few minutes away from the villa.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in the São Brás de Alportel, Portugal

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
7 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer
1 Sep 2018 - 19 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
20 Oct 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas 2018
22 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
5 Jan 2019 - 5 Apr 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
6 Apr 2019 - 26 Apr 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
27 Apr 2019 - 17 May 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early Summer
18 May 2019 - 5 Jul 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
6 Jul 2019 - 30 Aug 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer
31 Aug 2019 - 4 Oct 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
5 Oct 2019 - 20 Dec 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
21 Dec 2019 - 3 Jan 2020
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £250

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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