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John, Manuel and Maria

Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese

The best kept secret in the Algarve [Broadband WIFI]

15 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday villa in Portugal - Casa Maria

Luxurious villa with private pool and privacy, 2 min. from São Bras de Alportel

Casa Maria is a lovely villa set in a gated property with beautiful finishing’s. It is a superb house located in a quiet area within a walking distance from São Bras de Alportel. Here, visitors can sample the real Algarve and be in contact with nature.

Interior stylishly decorated, this charming, spacious villa offers superior accommodation for a relaxing holiday. Set on one floor, it is bright and airy throughout, with the benefit of many patio doors leading to the lovely garden.

The living room has a dining area, a wood burning fireplace and patio doors to the swimming pool.

Next to the dinning area, is a separate, modern, fully fitted kitchen. The two main suites have king sized comfy beds, with fitted wardrobes, a dressing area and en-suite bathrooms. The third suite, is a little smaller but has stones displayed from the old refurbished house, which creates a impressive and amazing scenario to its guests. The guest room, the living room and the kitchen also have this particularity

There are patio doors to the pool’s area and garden. The pool, which has generous dimensions, is hidden from the glaze of neighbours, and is located next to a lawn area, where the children can play. The barbecue area is covered and has a wash basin, to allow you to make your favourite delights at the outdoor, with your friends or family. And the villa has a private parking place for three or four cars. There are games for the youngest and entertainment for the adults, such as DVDs players, surround stereo system and satelite TV. This villa benefits from air-conditioning throughout, which is included in the cost. It has internet wi-fi with a good bandwidth. And the two main suites have comfy king size beds! It is a one floor only villa, perfect for people with reduced mobility.

Restaurants nearby have a excellent quality/price ratio and São Brás is located in central Algarve, which allows you to easily visit the whole Algarve and west of Spain.

Birth watching and mountain hiking are the nearest attractions. This is a quiet and relaxing place. Although, if someone of the group is looking for something more energetic, the house is situated 15 minutes by car from the main tourism attractions in Algarve, namely Vilamoura, Quinta do Lago or Vale do Garrão. And 35 minutes by car from Albufeira.

Vale Do Lobo, Quinta Do Lago, Tavira and Faro beaches can all be reached in approx. 20 mins. by car. Where nautical sports are available. Tennis and Horse riding are 5 mins and 15 mins away. Great location for golf lovers with 'Golden Triangle' Vale Do Lobo, Quinta Do Lago, Vilamoura Golfing resorts 20 mins away West. Going East Quinta daRia and Quinta de Cima championship Golf courses (18 hole ) are approx 20 minutes. Colinas Verde is 20 minutes (9 holes). Two Waterslide Parks: 20min & 30 min drive. Horse riding over the sand dunes: 15min drive. Water sports & jet ski on Galé Beach. Big game & Reef fishing from Albufeira marina just 25min drive. Krazy World (zoo & mini golf): 25min drive. River trips, Jeep Safaris, Sea day trips with barbecue on a secluded beach. Excursions to local markets and other places of interest in the Algarve, to Seville and Lisbon. All information and tickets can be gained from the local Algarve Tourist Office 1km away from the house.

More Details
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
John, Manuel and Maria (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese

Why John, Manuel and Maria chose Portugal

- king size beds, spacious bedrooms with semi-detached dressing area

- large swimming pool, covered BBQ

- enclosed parking space

- close to utilities (walking distance to supermarket, restaurants and shops)


based on 15 holidaymaker reviews

The best kept secret in the Algarve [Broadband WIFI]
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews

An excellent villa!

  • 5 of 5

From reading the previous reviews our expectations were high, but we were not disappointed! Casa Maria is a very spacious villa, both inside and out, and comes fully equipped with everything you need to enjoy your stay (a car is essential).

At this time of year (February) it's warm during the day but still quite cold at night, so we were very glad of the large wood-burning space heater in the main living room (wood is supplied at a small extra charge per kilo). Perfect location for sightseeing (and venturing inland to the 'serra's' and villages), and only a short trip to explore the coastline. Also, perfect terrain for cycling (on road or MTB).

Thank you Maria, Manuel & João.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Ontario, Canada

Wonderful villa, great vacation

  • 5 of 5

Thank you to Maria, John and Manuel for allowing us to stay in your beautiful villa, also for being so prompt in answering all the emails and questions that I sent you. The villa was as we expected it to be, spacious comfortable rooms, nicely furnished and well decorated. We enjoyed being close to so many little towns that we could visit and also the proximity to the Algarve area. We also managed to get in a trip to beautiful Seville. We were able to find everything we needed in the town supermarket and wonderful fresh fish in the local fish market. On our quiet days we sat around the pool and enjoyed the gardens, our high-lite was watching the swallows dive into the pool. The villa was well equipped with dishes, glasses, pots and pans, etc and we were able to even cook some of our own meals. We also managed to try some of the local restaurants in Sao Bras, lots of choices with very good food and reasonable prices. The villa is ideal for a family or as in our case four couples enjoing a wonderful vacation.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 1, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very private, beautifully appointed villa.

  • 5 of 5

We found the villa exactly as promised - well furnished, spotless and very well located. Either the owner or a family member was available for any questions or concerns we had, as well as wonderful recommendations regarding local sights, restaurants, etc. Unfortunately our stay at the villa coincided with the rainy season so we were not able to enjoy the beautiful, well maintained pool and spacious decks and outdoor areas. We would love to come back to Casa Maria during the summer months with our children and grandchildren. The villa is spacious and furnished well enough to accommodate our entire family.

  • Review Submitted: May 7, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your message and for your review. It is very rewarding to receive good feedbacks. All of you were very nice and we gave our help with much joy. It is always gratifying to have such a nice guests at our villa! It was a pleasure and we are looking forward for your return! Yours sincerely, John, Maria and Manuel
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"Amazing !"

  • 5 of 5

What a stunning place to spend a holiday! It was everything we expected and more, from the secure gates to the beautifully cared for gardens, fluffy white towels and bathrobes and the most comfy beds ever we loved every minute we spent at Casa Maria. Throughout the booking process John was most helpful, responding to all our questions (of which there were many) and offering advice allowing us to choose the perfect location and villa for our different family needs. On arrival we were met by Maria despite the late hour who made sure we had everything we needed before leaving us to it, the villa itself definitely exceeded our expectations having everything you could want and was spotlessly clean. A visit to Loule market on Saturday, Tavira and Faro are a must and with buses from Sao Bras it was really easy to do. Sao Bras itself was charming and relaxed, just what we were looking and hoping for. We enjoyed fabulous food at Fonte do Pedro and of course Chicken Luis and found it really easy to get a taxi to and from the villa into town for just 4 euros. however most of our time was spent at the villa chilling and enjoying barbeques on the terrace and cooling off in the gorgeous pool. The photos really do not do this villa justice it has to be seen to be believed. I would recommend this villa to anyone who is looking for total peace and relaxation who just want to spend quality time with family or friends. we were only 5 adults but there was lots of space to accommodate 8 easily. Already planning our return same time next year, can't wait !.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 22, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastic villa and area

  • 5 of 5

we stayed in this fantastic villa for 3 weeks. A beautifull villa and in a lovely area. The villa, pool and garden are perfect. The rooms are very fine and there were everything we need in the kitchen. Perfect for all - children,disabled yes everyone will love be there. If you want a relaxing holiday then rent this villa.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 1, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Dublin, Ireland

Second visit to Villa

  • 5 of 5

We recently returned from our second stay in this lovely villa and I felt that it was worth adding a second review to update our impressions of the villa and local area.

The owners have installed a new satellite so you can watch about 10 of the main English channels (inc. BBC1, BBC2, ITV, CH4). You may never watch TV while there but it is nice to have the option, particluarly in the early morning or evening. It also shows that the owners are committed to providing the best possible accomodation. We also noticed that a new espresso machine had been added to the kitchen which again shows how committed the owners are to keeping the villa fully equipped.

Sao Bras itself is a lovely village and it is quiet in the evenings, although there are some good restaurants nearby. It is easliy accessable from the airport and has both a Pingo Doce and Lidl in the town for food and general shopping. There is also a couple of Continente Supermarkets in Loule about 8km away which stock pretty much everything you could need. Loule also has good restaurants and is a very pretty town to visit.

I would have no hesitation in recommending the villa to any of my friends or family and think that it is an excellent choice, particularly if there were two sets of couples as there are two large double beddrooms or a large number of children.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 29, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Once again, thank you for your review. We put a lot of effort on this villa and therefore it is always with a smile that we receive compliments like yours. It is very rewarding and good to know that you have enjoyed our villa. We also enjoy having you here. It is true that we always try to improve our service. We believe we are offering a very good value for money to our guests, since they have a luxurious villa just for them, with all the appliances and objects to do a normal life for an affordable price. Your review will certainly help them chose and we are thankful to you for writing it. Hope to see you again in beautiful Algarve. It is very nice to have you here!
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Nearest Airport
17 Kilometres
Faro Airport (FAO)
Nearest Golf
14 Kilometres
Vale do Garrão, Quinta do Lago, Vilamoura
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
There're plenty of restaurants nearby, nearest one
Nearest Beach
14 Kilometres
Vale do Garrão, Quinta do Lago, Vilamoura
Car: recommended

São Bras de Alportel is a little town, characterised by the tranquil, unhurried lifestyle of the friendly local population. The market town of São Brás, 12kms from Loulé, has a central square surrounded by cafes and small streets. It is convenient for a variety of shops, restaurants, museums, ruins and other amenities. The town is surrounded by a ring of hills that look out onto the sea and the mountains. Low white houses, typical of popular architecture stand alongside more substantial buildings, their facades decorated with tiles, ornate stonework and cast iron verandas. São Brás has a covered market-place selling fresh fish, meat, fruit and vegetables and a monthly outside market. This area is relatively unaffected by tourism. This is the perfect place to sample the real Algarve.


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Prices for this holiday villa in Sao Bras de Alportel region, Algarve

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May 16
1 May 2016 - 7 Jun 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
1 Jul 2016 - 31 Aug 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
September 16
1 Sep 2016 - 2 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

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Rates apply for up to 4 persons. Additional people may require additional fees.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Portugal in Europe

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 220 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • High quality towels, 100% cotton. Bath robes available as a option (12€ per person). Pool towels included.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , with private WC and a lounge sofa
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , with private WC and a lounge chair
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , with private WC and a sofa chair
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , with common WC
  • The two main suites have a lounge sofa, as well as a dressing and changing area. All rooms have its own air-conditioning device.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Porch Furniture
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • Whirlpool
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
There's air conditioning in every room, as well in the living room. Exercise bicycle available. Smoking is only allowed outside the house. One floor house, perfect for wheelchairs users ( wheelchair accessible rooms) and elderly people. (there is only one space which you have to go down stairs, which is where we placed the exercise bicycle and kids games.

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