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Special Hillside Villa, in a perfect location close to Lagos & beautiful beaches

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,336 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Lovely, family friendly villa, near Lagos, West Algarve, Portugal - set 3 acres with private pool, huge terrace and southerly panoramic views towards Lagos & the Ocean.

Imagine sharing a villa in a great location, with the luxury of space, in a lovey rural setting with extensive views towards Lagos and the sea, with your family and friends?

Quinta das Casuarinas is away from any developments! But only a stones throw away from Lagos and all its 21st century facilities!

A comfortable, family friendly villa, where children and babies are welcome & catered for, set in three acres of grounds, with a private pool surrounded by a large terrace - secured by lockable gates at either end.

With the added bonus of lots of spots to escape the crowd with a good book or just to spend time in contemplation. Then lovely areas for getting together for BBQs, drinks, coffees and afternoon tea!

All just for you!

Our southerly panoramic views are towards the village of Portelas and the historic old town of Lagos ( only 2 miles away) and the sea where there are miles of beautiful clean, sandy beaches. There are Beach bars aplenty for drinks, coffees, ice creams, salads, delicious fresh fish, chicken piri piri, delicious garlic prawns ---- and many other tasty options!

Quinta das Casuarinas for over 30 years, has been our beautiful, spacious, comfortable, first or second home.

The villa is set in 3 acres of mature grounds and although not isolated, has a wonderful feeling of privacy.

A perfect location with just a short drive into Lagos and everything it has to offer.

Family friendly and spacious.


for those who like to eat at home - has an adjoining dining, inside and out - and sitting area - with its own television etc

It has a double oven, larder fridge, under counter drinks fridge and under counter freezer.

Provisions of your choice, delivered free, can be ordered to await your arrival.

There are lots of cookery books and fresh herbs growing just outside on the terrace.

All detergents included in the rental

THE MAIN SITTING ROOM has 2 sets sliding doors - one set out onto a second dining terrace, looking south and close to the pool.

the other set is on the far side of the security gates - to the west.

This newly furnished alfresco dining area, has seating for 12 people and a large BBQ, is just above the pool terrace. There are speakers for your own music here --- just plug in your, phone, MP3 player ---

There are 5 bedrooms -

2 with double beds ( one of these also has a sofa) . hair dryers for every bedroom

2 with a choice - (twin beds or 190cm doubles) and a 3rd bedroom has the same choice, plus a set of bunk beds.

4 bedrooms have cooling ceiling fans and insect screens for those pesky moths --- !

The fifth bedroom has large sofa, floor standing fans & a huge net over the bed.

We also have 3 cots and 3 highchairs, potties, changing mats etc etc and movable security gates. There are no extra charges for anything.

There are 2 full bathrooms ( with baths and bidets ) and 2 shower rooms, all 4 with basins and toilets.

One shower has a seat and a grab rail in the shower cubicle and a grab rail next to the loo.

Bougainvillea, Morning glory, Oleander and Acacias grow abundantly around the villa.

There are many covered, shaded areas for escaping the midday sun - one of which overlooks the huge securable pool terrace and our new Octagonal Pergola

on the pool terrace itself, both providing seating for those that like some shade and also for the supervision of young children in and around the pool.

Plus other peaceful spots for those needing to escape the crowd for a quiet read!

Looking west there are further covered areas ( just outside the family sitting-room / kitchen ) - a second dining area, great for breakfast or meals away from the pool. Plus a comfortable outside ‘sitting-room’ from which to enjoy your morning coffee or evening drinks with a view of the garden and setting sun.

There are many beautiful golf courses within easy driving distance. Tennis courts in Lagos. Water sports on local beaches . Horse riding stables. Plus surfing only a 1/2 hour drive away on the west coast.

An excelent little zoo just up the road - where you can also have lunch!

If you are interested in history - Silves is a half hour drive and Sagres, the most south westerly point of Europe - not too far away

We have all mod cons! Telephone, Wi-Fi with boosters , New TV set top box - with all the channels and Sport, BBC, ITV etc and many current films included.

DVD players, lots of DVDs and books - including reference books for cross words ---, cookery books & novels etc for adults and for children too ).

There are reliable people, just a phone call away, to help and advise on anything and everything - sort out any problems --- however small

Maid service all included by Ascencao and Gabriela to meet and greet.

Some of our guests extend their holidays by flying to & from Lisbon or Seville, spending a night or two discovering those lovely cities - even enjoying a walking holiday before or after. Then enjoying the drive or train or bus trip to Lagos and the West Algarve --- with the added bonus that sometimes, there are better flight deals flying to these airports on different days of the week!


We are 5 minutes drive away from many beautiful sandy beaches all around Lagos. On Meia Praia you can walk or run for several miles. Windsurfing, sailing, water skiing and jet skiing all available. There is surfing and surf schools on the west coast beaches 1/2 hours drive away. Day trips and equipment can be organised from Lagos, or you can hire boards etc on Cordoama and Armado Beaches.

Occasionally you can surf on the south coast too - but there are no hire facilities here.

Lagos is an old city with a general museum, cultural center, Golden church, Slave Museum etc -

More Details

Jill Parkinson
Member since: 2004
Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
27 August, 2018

About Jill Parkinson

Back in 1984 we took a last minute, unplanned holiday to Portugal. We flew to Faro, on the south coast, hired a car and drove from Tavira to Cape St. Vincent with many stops on the way.

We fell in love with the West Algarve, its friendly people, the charming old walled town of Lagos, steeped in history and with its views across The Bay of Lagos. Wonderful blue skies, turquoise sea, warm sunshine and miles of beautiful, golden, sandy beaches.

With the added bonus of being so close to the stunning protected beaches of the West Algarve coast, craggy cliffs, soft sand, wide estuary's and surf. This was an big extra draw.

It reminded me of years of family holidays in Cornwall, but with great weather & my husband was missing his earlier years in the South African sunshine!

Jill Parkinson purchased this villa in 1980

Why Jill Parkinson chose Municipality of Lagos

By the end of our holiday, we returned home to the UK, as proud owners of a half built house on a south facing hillside! After a couple of years we moved, lock, stock and barrel, to The Algarve, with our two small children, to live the dream! Sadly after 7 happy years we had to return, secondary education for our two boys beckoned. But we haven't looked back, we continue to spend as much time there as possible, visiting old friends and enjoying holidays for celebrations with family, friends and children of all ages. We love sharing it with all of you and really appreciate all the great feed back we get! Over the years my husband has worked hard and developed the garden.

What makes this villa unique

I now have a studio in the garden, (I don't use this while guests are staying) and have had many exhibitions of my paintings in The Slave market in Lagos. Unfortunately for us artists, this has recently been converted from an Art Gallery into The Slave Museum!

I have been lucky that our guests have sometimes bought my paintings, that they have seen in the villa. And sometimes I have been commissioned to do paintings of places that they have found evocative and wish to remember.

We have been advertising with Owners Direct since January 2004 - and have had many lovely family's and groups of friends, staying in our villa. With many coming back again and again. A very real ''Home from home

Guestbook comments from the owner

My family and I would like to thank you very much for a wonderful holiday at your beautiful home. Lagos is a lovely area and we enjoyed exploring it and the surrounding area. Alison from Aberdeen - July 2014

Just to let you know we have arrived safe n sound - the place is absolutely beautiful! and it feels just like home! We are loving it! Mandy from Dublin -June 2014

We enjoyed everything about the villa, the beautiful pool, the

comfortable beds and the wonderful charm and character about the place.

there was nothing we wanted for, especially in the kitchen - you've

every utensil, dish & cookbook known to man :) !

Thanks so much June 2014

The whole family enjoyed our stay in your beautiful house and there were several days where we just chilled out, a most idyllic location and there's talk of doing it again next year. Paul from Devon - June 2014

A wonderful holiday,the villa was perfect, great location so near Lagos. We all appreciated the space,the beautiful setting and facilities. The villa is very well equipped and very homely. Thank you for all your help in organising it so well.

Thank you! Thank you! We had a most heavenly time! Really everything was perfect- so comfortable and really homely - could we please book 2 or poss 3 weeks next summer?

We really enjoyed our stay in your wonderful home.We encountered no problems at all.Ascencao was a wonderful asset. Thanks again.

Fantastic holiday yet again ( our 4th!) We would all like to return again next year for the same dates if not already booked?

We very much enjoyed our 2 weeks in your lovely villa .Ascencao was her usual delightful self. Another wonderful holiday!

An ideal, perfect holiday. Made my 1st Cataplana with Ascencao! A wonderful time had by all. On a boat trip we saw dolphins & a turtle!

Check out the 'The Visitors Book' page on my website.
Jan 2004
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa around the Municipality of Lagos around the Faro District

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3336 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
  • 1 en suite 1 optionally en suite, family or shared Both of the above have, a bath with shower over, basin, bidet & WC 2 further bathrooms. Each with a walk in shower (1 has a fold down seat & grab rails) basin & WC. Check my web site floor plan
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 3 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps from 2 to 12 (5 Bedrooms) + 3 babies cots Electric fans in all the bedrooms - 4 with ceiling fans. All with hair dryers. Notes on bedrooms: No 1. bedroom with double bed No 2. bedroom with double bed and sofa No 3. bedroom with twin beds OR double bed No 4. bedroom with twin beds. No 5. bedroom twin & bunk beds. Plus 3 cots & 3 highchairs. For photos & floor plan visit my website.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Email me with any queries. The swimming pool (33 x 16.5ft)- has 2 large gates to prevent over enthusiastic toddlers from getting to the pool unsupervised. The villa has been our home, 1st or 2nd for 30 years! We lived here with our small children. So safety was always an important consideration. The villa is set in 3 acres of grounds with many mature trees providing attractive shaded areas. It is enclosed by a mixture of fencing and/or hedging with a gate at the bottom of the drive. Away from the house, my (locked) painting studio has a covered terrace, which this summer has provided a peaceful adult escape for a quiet coffee and a good book! Next year we have a painting holiday planned. Outside: From the pool terrace there are lovely, southerly, sweeping views of countryside & the village of Portelas, towards the old historic town of Lagos & the sea -2 miles away. A perfect location! The private pool has a cover to warm it up & to keep it warm & is surrounded by a huge terrace, with a generous supply of sunbeds & poolside furniture. Plus a covered terrace for escaping the midday sun with 2 large gates to prevent over enthusiastic toddlers from getting to the pool unsupervised! Several shaded spots for a quiet read - a game of cards or peaceful drink. There is a choice of dining tables outside - under the covered terraces for alfresco meals. One near the pool has a large gas BBQ and speakers for your music. The other is on the westerly terrace, with fresh herbs, nearer to the kitchen. Also on the westerly terrace, away from the pool & next to the lawn, an 'outside sitting-room' where you can enjoy your morning coffee or an evening drink while watching the setting sun. Utility Room: There is a casinha, a little cottage across from the kitchen - where Ascencao does all the house washing & ironing. In the kitchen there is a dishwasher and washing machine, plus a separate iron and ironing board for our guests to use. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Maid service. Ascencao comes in 5 weekday mornings except on National Holidays. Bath towels and linen are included and changed weekly or as necessary. Pool towels provided. But not beach towels to be taken away from the house to the beach or slide parks. Other: The villa has - Wi-Fi, Uk adaptors for UK applinaces. Hair dryers & Electric fans. To deter moths & insects at night all the bedrooms have mosquito nets and some of the doors and windows have insect screens. ( including the kitchen / family room )


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average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews

Oh, what a wonderful holiday!

  • 5 of 5

What a fabulous villa, so spacious and well equipped and in a beautiful and tranquil setting. The charming town of Lagos is just 2 miles away, as are the closest beaches, but we often chose to remain at the villa and enjoy a peaceful swim in the large pool. The daily maid service was a great bonus, and the manager was very well informed and provided lots of local information and suggestions for day trips. We all fell in love with it and didn't want to leave!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Superb villa. Ideal for a family get-together

  • 5 of 5

We were having a family celebration for a 70th and a 40th birthday. There were 11 of us from 3 generations comprising of 6 adults and 5 children with ages ranging from 15 months to 71 years of age. We could not have wished for a more perfect place to celebrate. Jill has been most helpful in every way including ordering and arranging delivery of our shopping order for when we arrived. On our arrival Gabriela visited and gave us lots of helpful information. The villa is in a lovely setting only a short drive from Lagos. It is most comfortable with loads of living space and everything one could possibly need is provided. The pool and poolside are a great feature with plenty of sun loungers, shade and beautiful flowering shrubs. The children spent every possible moment they could in the pool and of course the adults enjoyed swimming in it as well. Ascencao, the lovely maid, kept everywhere beautifully clean for us. Our week here passed all too quickly and we were all very sad to leave and wished we could have stayed longer. Many thanks to Jill for providing such a perfect setting.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Superb villa and excellent location

  • 5 of 5

Our fourth year here, it is just so good in all ways. The villa itself is very well equipped with everything you need, it is clean and very comfortable. We visited as a family of three generations (nine in total) but there is enough space to spread out and even to find a quiet area to read and relax when needed.

The pool area is lovely with plenty of sun loungers and pool towels. Even has shady areas so you can keep out of the sun but still join in. The location is excellent with Lagos only a short drive away with shops, restaurants, beaches etc.

Our holiday's here are always great.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic stay!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great holiday thanks! The girls had a blast to be honest and so did everyone.

The villa is lovely and it has a real charm.

It had everything we needed. Normally we stay at one of the hotels but it was great to be away from it all!

Gabriella was a great help and so was your lovely maid (so sorry I can't remember how to spell her name!).

Hope to stay again soon!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful location, great villa for family holiday

  • 5 of 5

We were a party of eight adults and one infant. This delightful villa is large and spacious with a variety of areas for quietly relaxing, having fun by the pool or enjoying a big family meal or BBQ. Very comfortably appointed. Peaceful rural location but only minutes from Lagos and it's fabulous beach. The description and photos on the website is entirely accurate. Excellent communications from owner Jill. Gabriela and Ascencao were both very helpful. The opportunity to order groceries ahead of arrival worked very well and allowed us to settle in comfortably the first afternoon and evening. The kitchen is outstandingly equipped. Being a family of foodies, this enabled us to enjoy many memorable meals around the large outside and indoor dining tables. The worst thing was having to leave at the end of the week. I whole heartedly recommend this lovely villa.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Absolutely fabulous villa for large family/group

  • 5 of 5

A superb villa feeling like a real family home with everything you could ever want Very spacious with 5 bedrooms ,lounge,kitchen diner- television room.Great bar-b-q with patio to seat 10

Fabulous pool and surround with loungers etc. Maid service most days so the property was always maintained superbly.

The position is excellent being high up with superb views yet only 5 minutes from Lagos with its stunning beaches and great restaurants. I have just spent 3 weeks there celebrating my 70th with friends and family joining us all raved about the place!

The owner was exceptionally helpful with all advice prior to our arrival

I would have no hesitation in recommending this villa in a beautiful part of Portugal

  • Review Submitted: 16-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Portelas and Lagos
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Meia Praia
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Lagos (2 miles from the villa) is a beautiful, walled town full of lovely old buildings and is steeped in history. There is a mass of bars, restaurants and interesting little shops. The local produce market offers a huge choice of fish, flowers and fresh fruit, and it is still possible to eat a simple seafood meal with wine for around 12 or 15 Euros per head. Surfing: wonderful, sandy, surfing beaches on the West Coast which would remind you of the Cornish north coast with the exception of the weather! Here there is glorious sunshine, cooling breezes and fewer people.

Farmers Market -

Every Saturday morning, where you can buy locally grown produce - some of it organic. ( by the bus station ).

Lagos Monthly Market.

On the first Saturday of the month Lagos holds a large market selling every thing you can imagine. This is held by the roundabout on the east side of the town, next to the football stadium. (Morning only).

Tennis courts - There are municiple courts or our east side of Lagos and at The Boa Vista Golf Course on the west side of Lagos - the west side now easily reached using the new bypass.


Faro Airport 56 miles from house is less than 1 hour's drive on the new motorway.

As you leave or arrive look out for the roundabout with the sculptures!- next to the 24hr / 7 day week - petrol station.

Car hire.

Is a BIG advantage - I can recommend a local company who are reliable and do not over-charge. No charge for extra drivers - and no inspection with a magnifying glass ! How-ever it is essential to carry your driving licence and your passport when driving .


LAGOS - The lovely old walled city, beaches, marina and fishing port is 2 miles.

PORTELAS is 1/2 mile from the house and has a shop and 2 restaurants.

SILVES - The Moorish capital of the Algarve, with its Castle, Cathedral, Moorish sculptures, Cork Museum is 40 mins.

CALDAS de MONCHIQUE the small spa town in the hills - famous for Chicken Piri Piri approx 40 mins drive.

CAPE St.VINCENT - the south-westerly point of Europe next to the small town of SAGRES where the fish couldn't be fresher! approx 45 mins drive.

I welcome lots of questions to help you make your choice.

Pool Cover / Blanket - we have a new pool cover (on a roller with wheels). This increases the pool water temperature by in between 8 and 10 degrees with good sunlight during the day - and greatly helps to stop the temperature dropping and water evaporation over night.

Internet Access - our local signal has been upgraded and increased. And our phone has been rewired from the villa to several posts away. So we are hoping in future that the wireless connection will be much more reliable than it has been in the past, connection details are in the villa. But you will need to bring your own lap top.

Horse riding stables are within 5 minutes drive, and tennis courts within 3 miles. Painting classes are available for most of the year - even one to one - with paper and paints provided! Slide and Splash water park 30 minutes. Zoo 10 minutes. Marine Water Park about 30 minutes.

Information about banks, doctors is all available in the villa.

Plus information on safari trips in to the Algarve interior! Boat trips with BBQs etc.

A Cultural Centre in Lagos with plays, concerts and exhibitions.

The historic Slave Market is now a Slave Museum.

Lagos Zoo - is worth a visit and you can enjoy the restaurant there as well.

The new Formula One race track is only 20 minutes away.

I am sure I have missed things out. But we have a file of information in the villa! There is a mass of restaurants, bars and clubs within a couple of miles - no shortage of choice to suit everyones taste - and taxis are cheap!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa around the Municipality of Lagos,

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 4
2 Sep 2018 - 3 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 2
5 May 2019 - 28 Jun 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Summer
29 Jun 2019 - 31 Aug 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £300

Booking Notes:
Booking deposits are not refundable.

Personal travel insurance is recommended.

Changeover Day:
Preferred changeover day is Saturday - however we will try to be flexible where possible.
Access after 3pm, Departure by 10am. Luggage can be left before 3pm on arrival day & left to be picked up after 10am on departure day.

Notes on prices:
Refunds - we will endeavor to repay any and all money that you have paid - provided we are able to replace your booking.Minus any extra advertising fees or other expences.

The prices are per week in UK £s. We also accept Euro for summer 2019 the weekly rate for July and August is 2.800Euro

Prices quoted. The price includes the last night/date on the pricing chart - ie where departure is the following morning ! Hope this makes sense!

Small people - we have 3 cots, bedding & 3 Highchairs, security gates, changing mats, potties ---- etc --- No extra charge for these.
Included in the price is the provision of loo paper,detergent for washing up, dish washer and clothes washer, hand wash and kitchen paper. Also all bed and cot linen, bath & hand towels and pool towels all provided.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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