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Central Algarve, Albufeira 3Km - 5 Bedrooms detached - 1 acre - Private pool

Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's1
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Sleeps up to 13 + 3 cots, Air con, Sat TV, WIFI, Kids play area, Close to beach

Casa Do Mel - House of Honey - A little piece of paradise

Please view the Aerial video. The link is at the bottom of the facilities page.

Remaining JUNE WEEKS NOW DISCOUNTED, please ask.

This charming, much loved, country style house, extensively refurbished and updated, offers the perfect location. It is accessed by a long, gated, private driveway, set back 400m from the road in a quiet, tree lined valley and set in the centre of its 1 acre garden, with lawns, flower beds and trees. The stone arched entrance hall leads to the lounge, tastefully furnished in a unique country style where you will immediately feel at home. The rooms are very spacious with 4 bedrooms in the main house and a 5th in the attached annexe, with its own kitchen/utility. The 10m x 5m pool is set in front of the south facing house and to the rear is a large, typically Mediterranean style, enclosed, courtyard with olive tree, vines and a built in barbecue for alfresco cooking on those balmy summer evenings. It is hard to imagine that in this idyllic, secluded location, all this is just 10 minutes stroll from the beach and restaurants and for those who prefer the peace and quiet, the villa location has it all.

Our Guest book is full of glowing reviews, four of which are shown on this page:-

1) Your villa was fabulous, plus all the extras it came with...........

2) Heaven on Earth - I'd highly recommend this home away from home.............

3) A real home from home feeling - We would definitely recommend you to our friends..........

4) The villa is gorgeous, both inside and out - We would definitely go back........

To read the rest of these reviews in full, please scroll down.

OUTSIDE: Large gardens enclosed by mature trees and shrubs, provide a secluded setting with a succession of floral colour throughout the season, to just relax, away from it all. The 10 x 5m pool is located in the south garden with tiled surround and lawns. Garden furniture provides 10 sun beds, 6 tables, numerous chairs and a choice of many outside social spaces. The spacious Garden Room and also Wooden Chalet/summer house with its decking in the pool garden, offer shady areas with comfortable seating, both inside and out. Two built in BBQ areas, one in the rear courtyard and one by the wooden chalet near the pool, help to keep the outdoor entertainment going well into the evenings.

All of these areas are all well lit for your evening outdoor leisure.

Sport & games: All weather Table Tennis Table, Indoor Pool Table, Petanque, Badminton/volleyball net. For the kids, a bank of swings, Balance beam, Jungle gym climbing frame with slide and look out platform and a Tarzan swing on the large pine tree which also offers fun for all ages.

There is a good selection of indoor and board games. Toddlers giant jigsaw play mat. Hammock in the trees.

The Algarve is full of golf courses, 28 courses at the last check, in idyllic locations, suited to all playing levels and abilities. From 9 holes to championship courses, whatever your golfing prowess may be, the perfect course is waiting to be discovered, leave the rest of the family having fun at the villa whilst you venture out for a round, then later, you can rejoin them at the villa.

For those who love to be pampered, you can use the Spa facilities of the nearby, prestigious, Hotel Grande Real,

by arrangement with reception.

Equipment: Air conditioning:

All bedrooms have air conditioning and also the lounge/dining area. The use of this recently added facility is provided at no extra cost. The 6 units have hand held remote controls and can be used to heat the room as well as cool.

For babies:

2 Cots, 2 high chairs, 2 buggies, baby monitor, potty. Any additional items can be rented directly from the management housekeeper upon arrival or by request when booking. Car seats are not supplied except for our airport transfers, but these can be hired from your car hire company if requested in good time.

There is a good selection of Cd's for the stereo music centre and also a selection of films on dvd.

British Freeview satellite TV is provided as well as live Internet TV from most European countries, including British I players on some channels for catch up TV.

Please view the Aerial Video. The link is at the bottom of the page.

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John & Maggie
Member since: 2007
Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
28 June, 2017

About John & Maggie

In 2005, five years after early retirement, we made a delayed but, big, big decision, to sell our house in England and go for a complete life change, following our dream to own a 'Place in the sun'. We moved out, put all our possessions and remaining furniture, into storage and moved into our touring caravan on a seaside site in our locality. Yes, people thought that we were mad! Three months later we set off for a 4 week trip to Portugal's Algarve having invited a handful of Estate Agents to help us find our place in the sun. After seeing more than a dozen lovely houses, up and down the coast, we were taken to Casa do Mel. Wow! Yes, we both felt the wow, even though it presented us with an enormous task in repairs and renovation and made an offer at the first viewing. John and Maggie

John & Maggie purchased this villa in 2007

Why John & Maggie chose Albufeira

We wanted an older style house with charm, a big mature garden, in a secluded location, with space for a pool and as close as we could get to the coast. When we found Mel, we weren't disappointed, it already had a large pool. We soon realised that the location had so much more to offer, as we also love the area, the local restaurants and of course the nearby, beautiful, beach at Santa Eulalia. We love being there throughout the winter period when we carry on with improvements to the house and its facilities with the wonderful winter sunshine of the Algarve, allowing us to spend most of our time out in the open. We did stretch our budget to buy Mel and made the decision to offer it as a rental property for the summer months. We have made it our mission to improve the property each winter, to make the facilities perfect for a large family group with young children and judging by the feedback from our guests we know that we are more than achieving this goal.

This winter 2012/13 we have made many upgrades to the upper floor of the house and we now have 5 ensuite bathrooms to the 5 bedrooms.

What makes this villa unique

We always dreaded the winter in England, especially now that we were retired and now that we have our place in the sun, we can enjoy our 'out and about' lifestyle all the year round, in the sunshine. After the rental season comes to an end we can't wait to get back to our 'little piece of paradise' - The house of Honey - Casa do Mel. Roll on September.

The house was built back in the late 1960's before this stretch of coastline was developed for tourism and consequently has a unique setting in a green undeveloped valley at the end of a rustic driveway with beautiful large mature gardens surrounded by trees with views acroos the tree tops. Everything is big, the rooms, the outside space, the pool and terraces. All this peace and tranquility, is surprisingly, only 10 minutes walk from the nearest restaurants and the beautiful beach of Santa Eulalia. Many of our guests prefer to just stay at Casa do Mel and chill out in its beautiful surroundings. - Perfect!

We have made it our mission to create the perfect combination of comfort and facilities, for families with children, offering activities and amusement for everyone. Please view the Aerial Video. The link is at the bottom of the page.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I have to say your villa was fabulous plus all the little extras it came with. The summer house was a real bonus and we thoroughly enjoyed dining out in the evenings beside the barbecue. The kids loved the Tarzan swing and the hammock got great use when we needed a shady respite.

The master bedroom was wonderful and the furniture throughout was beautiful. Air Con in the bedrooms was also a bonus considering we were getting temps of 35 degrees during our stay.

The location was excellent, Santa Eulalia beach is beautiful and only minutes from the villa. Plenty of decent restaurants also within minutes and the Algarve Shopping Mall only 15minutes drive away. Overall we had a very enjoyable time during our stay and would definitely come back.

We wish you the best of luck with the rental of the villa and I've already recommended it to friends for next year.

Regards and many thanks,

Kinsella/Kelly & Keogh Clans , JULY07
Nov 2007
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Santa Eulália in Albufeira

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Safe
  • Sunbed
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Outside washroom/loo - Toilet , Toilet + Urinal + basin + stone top
    Garden Pool shower - Outdoor Shower , Poolside
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , En-suite
    En-suite Shower room 2 (Bed 2) - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Deluxe en-suite. Stone worktop with 2 basins..
    Bathroom 5 (Bed5 ) - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , En-suite or shared when utility is used as an extra bedroom.
    Bathroom 1 (bed 1) - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Deluxe en-suite. Stone worktop with 2 basins.
    En-suite Bathroom 3 (Bed 3) - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Deluxe en-suite. Stone worktop with 2 basins.
  • The bathrooms: All have basin, toilet, mirror and shaver point. 4 have a bidet. The hot water is provided from solar heating for beds 1,2,& 4 with electric heating as a back up. The hot water for bedroom 5 and utility room is from bottled gas (exterior boiler). The new outside washroom/toilet is convenient for the Pool and garden room. The poolside shower is solar heated.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Very large room, en suite bathroom, space for extra beds.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot , En suite bathroom, space for extra bed.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , Ensuite shower room, space for cot
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed , En-suite shower room, space for cot, access door to garden.
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , Or KS double, ensuite shower room, space for extra bed/cot.
    Utility room can be used as Bedroom 6. - 2 single beds possible - Please read about annexe below.
  • The French style furnishing extends into the bedrooms which are all large and spaced well apart. For more than 10 persons, or for couples who prefer their child to sleep in the same room, we can provide up to 3 extra beds which can be moved to suit your requirements. The main bedroom can easily accommodate 3 extra beds. Bedroom 1 has a large roof terrace with views across the mature gardens. All of the bedrooms have air conditioning units, which provide cooling, heating and humidification. Bedroom 1 with en-suite bathroom & separate shower Bedroom 2 with its own en-suite shower room. Bedroom 3 with en-suite bathroom & separate shower, Bedroom 4 with its own en-suite shower room. Bedroom 5 with its own en-suite shower room.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Child's Swing
  • Terrace ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Gated Community
  • Golf ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Porch Furniture
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Wood Decking
  • Yard
  • 13 garden chairs
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • bay
  • caves
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The Annexe: Accessed via the main entrance hall. This single storey building, houses the 5th bedroom, with en-suite shower room and utility room.The annexe kitchen is currently used as a utility room and therefore has washing machine, clothes horse, ironing board, iron, laundry basket, second fridge, microwave oven and electric hob and is available for guests, for their personal use, if required. This utility room has been used as an extra bedroom, housing 2 of the folding single beds, but does not have the comfort of the other bedrooms. The new garden room with open arches to the south garden, has comfortable conservatory style wicker furniture and large communal coffee table - a place to relax out of the sun, to sit and share conversations, listen to music or even pick up the WIFI for your laptop or smart device.


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Central Algarve, Albufeira 3Km - 5 Bedrooms detached - 1 acre - Private pool
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Beautiful Villa Holiday

  • 5 of 5

The Casa Do Mel villa truly lived up to our expectations and also the photo’s on the website. Being a large family group of varying ages it had something for everyone and with so many different seating areas there was always somewhere to go if you wanted to escape for a little while. The main talking points of the villa were the beautiful garden room leading from the dining area and the pool/garden dining area. We spent many relaxed mornings and evenings here enjoying breakfast and dinner. The large pool and sun bed terrace was spacious and catered for everything we could possibly have needed. Last but not least was the master bedroom with the lovely terrace looking directly over the pool and garden. Relaxing here in the large comfortable bed felt like luxury. The local shop/cafe to the right on the main road was so convenient as was the hairdressers/beauticians next door to it. We enjoyed eating out several nights and there is an excellent choice of restaurants within a 10 minute walk. I would definitely like to stay again and won’t hesitate to recommend Casa Do Mel to others.

Sarah and Steve were extremely helpful at all times. We didn’t need to call on them during our stay but felt sure we could have contacted them had it been necessary.

Our stay at the Casa Do Mel is a lovely memory for our first family holiday together for over 20 years. One I am sure we will talk about fondly in the years to come. It definitely didn’t disappoint.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much for your lovely comments on your stay at our beloved 'Mel'. We are delighted to hear that you all had a wonderful holiday, our guests comments are very important to us & it is always a pleasure to read them. We hope that you will return again in the future.
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Fantastic villa holiday

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the villa Casa do Mel for a week in August 2016. We were a family of 10 with ages ranging from 7 to 67. This was our first villa experience and we were not disappointed. The villa was beautiful and it was set in its own grounds and had a very relaxing atmosphere and on some days all you heard was the birds singing.

We spent virtually all our time at the villa as the children didn't want to leave the pool. There was a beautiful beach at Santa Eulalia which was a 5 to 10 minute walk away which we all enjoyed.

There was a supermarket close by, and although it was not large, it was well stocked with everything that we needed. The villa provided 2 very handy shopping trolleys which saved us carrying all the shopping back to the villa.

The dining areas were fantastic with the rear courtyard ideal for BBQ'S and the outside dining table by the pool was ideal for lunch.

Our favourite spot was the garden room, where we spent most of our evenings as a family, playing cards, watching the outside television or just having a chat.

The grounds are large enough to go and relax and have your own space, and chilling in the two hammocks in the shade was a brilliant idea.

Everything that you could possibly need is provided within the villa.

John and Maggie (the owners) were so friendly, approachable and so helpful throughout the booking process and also during our stay in the villa.

We would highly recommend this villa to anyone thinking of booking it and would definitely return if we were looking to book a large family villa holiday again. We would like to thank John and Maggie for allowing us to have a great holiday in their villa.

Rob, Ann and family

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Rob & Ann for taking the time to write such a glowing review. We are so pleased that you all enjoyed your holiday at Casa do Mel, our home in the sun, to which we always love to return each year for the winter months. It is our priority to maintain the high standard that we offer, making everything perfect for our paying guests and so each winter, whilst we are there, we spend a lot of our time doing just that, in preparation for the following rental season. More and more, we are seeing repeat bookings from guests, who also love Casa do Mel and hope that we can welcome you again one day. Best wishes. John & Maggie
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Just the BEST

  • 5 of 5

Casa do Mel is perfectly described. John & Maggie were unfailingly helpful regarding the area; the managers were efficient and very pleasant. However it was Mel that starred in our holiday - we were 11, 6 children (3 - 11) & 5 adults. There was masses of room; the garden room was a great hit but it was the glorious private garden with cooling trees, a superb pool and its location that made our holiday such fun. Everything was thought about, even down to providing shopping trolleys to take beach stuff the 8 mins. walk to a clean, safe beach (with life guards). I cannot recommend this villa more highly. The zip wire adventure park 5 minutes away was a great hit - go early on a Monday morning! Shopping was easy, restaurants abound and the Real Spa was pure luxury. We had such a wonderful holiday I can't wait to go back.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always so pleased when we receive such glowing reviews and when we read yours, it just made us want to be back there ourselves at Casa do Mel.
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Lovely secluded villa

  • 5 of 5

Villa is lovely and spacious, especially the master bedroom, and very well equipped with high chairs, buggies, toys, games etc for the children, also pool table, games, books etc for the adults. Very private, beautiful gardens and very safe for the children to play but not far to walk to the beach and nearby supermarket. Everyone enjoyed the pool, BBQ's and especially the garden room. Would thoroughly recommend for a family/group holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is always gratifying to receive such positive comments. We always strive to create the perfect holiday for our guests by maintaining the high standards that we provide and then each winter, by improving our facilities where we can. John & Maggie
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Dublin, Ireland

Heaven on earth!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Casa do Mel in September 2010, we had a group of 12, 6 couples over to celebrate my Dad's 60th birthday. The villa was out of this world, it had all of the facilities that anyone could want or need and is beautifully decorated. It was perfect for a group of family or friends. We enjoyed the barbecue facilities most evenings, the men enjoyed the pool table and everyone enjoyed the pool. The villa was centrally located a short walk away from the beach and short drive/taxi to Albuferia. There is a large supermarket close by. The only feedback I would give is that it would be helpful if there was a garbage collection a few times a week as with a large group you need to use frequently, we had to carry the garbage up to the nearby town as we hadn't hired a car. I'd highly recommend this beautiful home away from home and we hope someday to return.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 16, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stockport,Cheshire, UK

A Real Home from Home Feeling

  • 5 of 5

We had a brilliant time at Casa do Mel, We thought that the Villa was everything that we could have wanted, it served all our needs and more. The pool had great use as did the Monopoly board game!!! My son loved the play area and pretended it was a pirate ship and he loved walking through the garden area. The Villa was big enough for everyone to have their own space if it was needed. We all had a fantastic time, the weather was gorgeous, the house was amazing.

we would like to thank you for the loan of your beautiful home, we had a wonderful time with loads of special memories. We would love to visit again and we would definitely recommend you to our friends.

Thanks again

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.9 Kilometres
Many many
Nearest Golf
1.5 Kilometres
Balaia Golf - no membership required
Nearest Train
9 Kilometres
Albufeira - Fereiras
Nearest Restaurant
0.9 Kilometres
Many many choices
Nearest Ski
1 Kilometres
Water ski at Praia da Oura
Nearest Beach
750 Metres
Praia da Santa Santa Eulalia
Car: not necessary

Situated close to Praia da Oura, Albufeira

The beautiful beach of Santa Eulalia with its golden sands , shallow waters, safe bathing and unspoilt cliff walks, is just 8 minutes walk away, with beach cafe and restaurants. The nearby bay of Praia Da Oura has many water sports facilities and even more restaurants overlooking the beach, which is floodlit at night. The famous Strip, with its wealth of restaurants, live entertainment and nightlife, is just 15 minutes walk. Good bus routes and excursion pick up points are nearby, making it easy to visit the Algarve attractions, such as the Zoomarine, Water parks, the Algarve Shopping Mall with its Multi screen cinema and bowling. As in England, the choice of restaurants is now very multicultural and the food is also reasonably priced. The Algarve is renowned for the excellent local seafood in almost all of its restaurants whilst some do specialise in this cuisine.

Other Activities: Spa facilities available at the nearby prestigious Hotel Grande Real

Golf: The Algarve is full of golf courses, 28 courses at the last check, in idyllic locations, suited to all playing levels and abilities. From 9 holes to championship courses, whatever your golfing prowess may be, the perfect course is waiting to be discovered. Casa Do mel is situated not too far from several of these courses so if you decide to rent Casa Do mel, you can indulge in your favourite pastime in almost guaranteed sunshine, then later, spend time relaxing with your family, at the villa or on the beautiful Santa Eulalia beach.

The popular 9 hole course 'Balaia Golf' is just 1.5Km from Casa do Mel along the coast road, with open competition each Wednesday and hire of equipment available.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Santa Eulália, Algarve

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
2017 PEAK
21 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2017 MED
1 Sep 2017 - 14 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2017 LOW
15 Sep 2017 - 6 Oct 2017
Changeover Day: Friday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

The above 2015 rental rates are for the villa per week and up to 10 persons, with a standard extra charge of £95 for each extra person per week. Children under four years old are not regarded as extra persons.

A deposit of 25% of total amount is due at the time of booking.
The balance is due by 8 weeks before the commencement date of the rental period and will include an added security deposit of £500.
This is returnable either in full or in part, after a satisfactory inspection of the villa, within 14 days after the end of the rental period.
Terms & conditions will be sent at the time of booking.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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