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The best kept secret in the Algarve [Broadband WIFI]

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,690 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

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

John, Manuel and Maria
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 July, 2018

Why John, Manuel and Maria chose São Brás de Alportel

- 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)


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
Floor Area:
  • 2690 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • 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
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • Whirlpool
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surf fishing
  • 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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The best kept secret in the Algarve [Broadband WIFI]
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The secret is it needs a good clean!!!

  • 1 of 5

First we were told we could have the villa between 2 - 5 so we booked early flight, we were then emailed the day before, to be told we couldn't have villa cos the previous family who had disable boy weren't flying out till later that day and was told they could stay till 4pm, we understood their need, so said it would be OK. We arrived at the villa at new arranged time 5.30pm only to discover Maria and her cleaner were still there, they eventually left at 6.45 full day we lost. When we got keys, the cleaning was much to be desired, we had to clean all the pots, tables work tops etc etc, then when we got into bed, it was damp and smelt of damp. The other couple staying in the master room had the same problem. The next day we had to strip the beds and put the heating on to try to dry the villa out. The safe on the first day broken, with all our money and passports in, we were going to drive to Seville but had to wait the next day for son to bring key,

I agree with the previous review :-

pool was icey cold

There was no english tv as stated no sun parasols

The main bedroom was damp smelt damp the bed was damp too,and tv did not work.

The rose room had no tv as stated.

No loo rolls

And to top it all there's two yapping dogs that start barking at 6.30 EVERY morning.

Stay here again? if Maria cleaned her act up, dried the place out, got TV's working and the dogs moved, maybe or maybe never!!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Family Holiday

  • 2 of 5

The villa was ok at first glance as we arrived 9.30pm maria showed us around.There was no welcome pack we had to buy our own toilet paper as non provided plus our own cleaning products. We could not use the pool as it was icey cold as the filters was on 24/7 and was coming out freezing,my teenage sons could not stand it that cold.There was no english tv as stated no sun parasols for shade the games room was ok had to mend table tennis tabel.The main bedroom was damp smelt damp the bed was damp too,and tv did not work.The rose room had no tv as stated.It was ok for a base but to stau there all day not good this villa was not as described.Would we stay there again NO not worth the money.

  • Review Submitted: 26-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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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: 01-Mar-2015
  • Date of Stay: February 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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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: 01-Jun-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: 07-May-2014
  • Date of Stay: February 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: 22-Sep-2013
  • Date of Stay: August 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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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.


Prices & Availability

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

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
15 Jul 2018 - 31 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Aug 2018 - 19 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
August II
20 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Oct 2018 - 1 Jan 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 £267.75

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

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. For long term stays please make an enquiry.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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