Casa do Sol

Central Algarve

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Accommodation

  • Ground Floor: Cloakroom. Living room (A/C, TV, DVD, CD, WiFi) with doors to covered terrace. Dining room (A/C) with doors to covered terrace. Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine) with doors to covered dining terrace. Double bedroom (A/C, TV) with en suite shower room and terrace. Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite shower room and terrace. Double bedroom (A/C) with en suite bathroom. Twin bedroom (A/C) with en suite shower room and terrace. Twin bedroom (A/C) with en suite bathroom and terrace.
  • Suite: (external access) comprising: Bedroom with double bed and seating area (A/C, TV, DVD, CD, microwave, fridge). Bathroom (spa bath and a separate large shower).
  • Outside: In built barbecue. Shower. Covered dining terrace. Open and shaded terraces. Landscaped grounds with lawn. Table football. Private, all-weather tennis court (bring own equipment). Private covered and open parking.
  • Private heated swimming pool (11m x 5m) with corner Roman steps and long shallow ledge along one side. Separate, circular heated children’s pool (4.5m diameter).

The convenience of this location, choice of facilities on offer and quality of finish to both the interior and exterior makes Casa do Sol, without doubt, one of the most impressive properties we have discovered on this privileged coastline. There is, in fact, so much to admire it is difficult to know where to start! Spacious, thoughtfully designed, comfortably furnished and decorated with extreme taste and care, the house sits in beautifully kept, private grounds that are home to a lovely private pool, separate (heated) children’s pool and private all weather tennis court. Further additions to this already impressive list of attributes are eye-catching views to the Atlantic Ocean from the grounds and many rooms, the sandy, blue flag beach of Olhos d'Agua within 1.5km, golf within 2km and a selection of excellent amenities including a large supermarket and several restaurants within walking distance.

Electric entrance gates usher you into the grounds and onto a cobbled driveway that sweeps up to a large front parking area. Attention to detail in every part of Casa do Sol is enviable and it is very quickly apparent that the styling of the house bears the hallmark of an owner with considerable taste. The ground floor rooms radiate off the entrance hall in several directions creating an air of grandeur and reinforcing the feeling of spaciousness that pervades this fine home.

The imposing living room is very comfortably furnished with plump sofas, striking artwork and many tasteful decorative touches. Doors lead out to the terrace and garden from here and from the large dining room alongside. Both of these rooms also boast a vaulted, antique-style Portuguese ceiling, an eye-catching and traditional feature emblematic of so many of the region’s finest quintas. The kitchen, in turn, is another good size room, well equipped and with plenty of worktop space for easy, large party catering. A dedicated dining terrace with in built barbecue sits off here.

All six bedrooms are equally well appointed, each featuring a tasteful and distinctive colour scheme, en suite bath or shower room and independent air conditioning. Just a few steps from the house front door a separate, self contained studio/apartment adds flexibility to the choice of sleeping options for large sharing parties or maybe a family with older children seeking a degree of independence.

The property’s two private pools and tennis court are bordered by lawn, sun terraces, flower beds, oleanders and mature palms. A choice of open and covered terraces continues the sense of space experienced inside and means a quieter spot to yourself can easily be found if required, perhaps for a little holiday reading or post-prandial siesta.

Full of life, vibrant Olhos d'Agua has grown up around a gorgeous sandy beach and, within walking distance of the house, offers virtually all the amenities needed to make the most of your holiday (although, tucked away in your own private oasis behind the walls of Casa do Sol, you would not realise they were there!).

  • Parties paying the 10 person rate will have access to the main house only.
  • Parties paying the 12 person rate will have access to the main house and suite.
  • Maid service three days per week.
  • The owners of Casa do Sol respectfully request that guests do not smoke inside the house.
  • There is flexibility with the changeover day at this house (but not in peak season) - please enquire
  • The pools can be heated (minimum three days notice to be fully effective) at the following costs, to be paid directly to the house owner:   Main pool & children's pools: € 300 per week.  Children's pool only: € 110 per week

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Great Things to Do Near Casa do Sol

Relax on the terrace by the pool and drink in the lovely vista of the sparking Atlantic Ocean.

At night the twinkling lights of the fishing boats and the brightly lit cruise liners gliding silently by on the far horizon are a spectacle to enjoy from the comfort of your chair.

For a day out with a difference,

visit the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa, which stretches along 37 miles of coastline east of Faro from Olhao to Tavira. It was created to protect the ecosystem of the area and is an important breeding area for wetland birds.

Visit the most south westerly tip of Europe at the Cabo de Sao Vicente

which has reputedly the most powerful lighthouse in Europe. To watch the sun setting here is a truly memorable experience.

Visit the Museu dos Frutos Secos in Loulé –

an unusual museum, which focuses on early harvesting methods for figs, carob and almond fruit. Indulge yourself afterwards at the exciting Pastelaria Baguetomania, just off Avda 25 Abril. You only pay as much as your plate weighs.

Motor racing!

The new Autodromo Internacional do Algarve opened at the end of 2008. It is just off the A22 between Portimao and Lagos and is well signed. Check out the events for this forthcoming season on www.autodromodoalgarve.com for both cars and motorbikes. The petrol heads in the party will love the experience.

The delightful town of Tavira is well worth exploring

as it is considered by some to be the most charming town in the region. It is sited on two sides of the River Gilão and spanned by an elegant Roman bridge. As you wander around the narrow streets, take note of the portas de reixa, which are Arabic style lattice panelled doors. One of the claims to fame of the town is that it has some 40 churches!

A delightful beauty spot to visit is Quatro Aguas

just southeast of Tavira, which has lovely views of the lagoon. There are some very good seafood restaurants to try. The regular ferry departs here for the Ilha de Tavira, the sand dune island stretching 11 kms, popular in the summer months for its excellent swimming

Take a boat trip from Albufeira Marina

See this dramatic coast from the sea as you cruise westwards– rock formations, cliffs and caves, as well as seeing the delightful sandy beaches. You might even spot some dolphins during the voyage! Full day, half day and fishing trips are on offer.Algarve Seafaris. www.algarve-seafaris.com. Tel: 00 351 289 302 318.

Buy some ceramics to take home.

The region is famous for its wide range of pottery, ranging from simple glazed brown dishes and tableware to the highly coloured and intricate ranges of ornamental plates, jugs and bowls, to name a few. There are several pottery shops to be found all along the EN125.

Visit the Pego do Inferno

7kms northwest of Tavira this spectacular series of waterfalls stretch over 2 kms is well off the beaten track. It can be reached by a series of wooden walkways and wooden bridges. There are picnic areas and the pool is a great favourite with families who can enjoy a dip in the crystal clear waters.

Visit the World of Sand.

This international sand sculpture festival is usually held between May and October. Reportedly the biggest sand city in the world, this fascinating and spectacle will amaze all members of the family! There are sand sculpture activities for children and it is illuminated by night. Take Exit 8 off the A22 (Algoz/Pera), or from EN125 at Pera and follow signs.

Go to the beach!

The Algarve is renowned for its wonderful beaches of soft golden sand. Most have parking areas, toilets and restaurant facilities and during the peak months most of them have lifeguards on duty. There are so many to choose from but a particular favourite on this part of the Algarve is Praia da Falésia, where the sands stretch for over 3 kilometres.

The village of Guia

is renowned for the number of restaurants famous for serving the typical Algarvean dish of chicken piri piri. Naturally, they all claim to be the best but you can be assured that they are all very good and represent excellent value for money.

Visit some charming inland villages.

Alte is a popular village with white washed houses and narrow cobbled streets. Explore the charming little shops and then relax in the shade with a picnic by the Fontes and have a refreshing swim in the freshwater pool.

Birdwatching

The Algarve is a stop off point for migrating birds and as such is a haven for birdwatchers. One of the most important sites is the Parque Nacional do Ria Formosa, close to Faro and the wetlands are considered to be amongst the most important in Europe in terms of birdlife. Amongst the species that have been spotted are white stork, flamingo, hoopoe, stone curlew, Caspian Tern, Iberian Chiffchaff…..

Spend a day at Zoomarine –

one of the biggest attractions on Algarve. It is both a theme park, Aquarium and there are water shows with dolphins, seals and sea lions to entertain all ages. It is on the EN125 at Guia. www.zoomarine.com . Tel: 00 351 289 560 300.

Explore the very local town of Loulé

and witness craftsmen at work in many traditions such as copper, tin, brass and wrought iron mainly in the streets around where the market is held. Other items manufactured locally are shoes, cane furniture, pottery, wax candles and harnesses. Many a fascinating hour can be spent watching the craftsmen plying their trade.

It is worth taking a trip to the border with Spain

at Vila Real de Santo Antonio, on the banks of the river Guadiana, which forms the border with Spain. Explore the twin castles of Castro Marin which were strategically placed to protect the settlement for many centuries.

Wine tasting

Visit the Quinta da Miradouro winery near Guia to sample the Vida Nova wines specially produced for Sir Cliff Richard. Tours are available but must be pre-booked on 00 351 968 776 971 or adegadocantor@mail.telepac.pt but if you simply wish to purchase you can visit Cellar Door Shop. Opening hours for both are Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm (closed for lunch 1-2pm).

Explore the nearby sandy beach of Olhos d’Agua

which is flanked by cliffs topped with umbrella pine trees. Visit when the tide is out and you should see the unusual spectacle of fresh water springs amongst the rocks.

Nearby

Towns

Olhos d'Agua 2 mins
Albufeira 10 mins
Vilamoura 20 mins
Loule 25 mins
Silves 30 mins
Faro 35 mins
Lagos 45 mins
Tavira 45 mins
Monchique 50 mins
Vila Real de Sto. Antonio 60 mins

Beaches

Santa Eulalia Beach 5 mins
Olhos d'Agua Beach 10 mins
Maria Luisa Beach 10 mins
Albufeira Beach 10 mins
Oura Beach 10 mins

Airports

Faro 35 mins
Lisbon 150 mins
Sevilla 150 mins
Times are approximate

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