Casa Mocho

Eastern Algarve

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  • Ground Floor: Main entrance into kitchen (dishwasher, oven, microwave, fireplace). Living room with doors to covered and side terrace. (Sat TV, Wi-Fi). Steps to dining room with doors to terrace. Twin bedroom with doors to side terrace and en suite bathroom with laundry area and door to terrace (A/C, washing machine). Shower room. Twin bedroom with doors to terrace (A/C, ceiling fan). Principal double bedroom with en suite bathroom (A/C, ceiling fan).  
  • Outside:Electric gated entrance (shared drive). Private parking. Extensive grounds. Barbecue. Covered dining/seating area.     
  • Private swimming pool: 12m x 6m with corner roman steps. Poolside shower.

Casa Mocho sits within extensive grounds of tall palms, gracious carob-trees and time-worn olives. The property boasts an impressively large swimming pool, attractive outdoor dining and seating areas, pretty calçada pathways and a distinctive interior bursting with character.  

Local stone and timbers cleverly crafted together, fuse effortlessly with terracotta tiling and cane beamed ceilings. Casa Mocho hints strongly at tradition which contrasts pleasingly with a contemporary fitted kitchen and island, modern appliances along with well-appointed living spaces. There is plenty of convenient access to the outdoors and a wonderful relaxed atmosphere is created  thanks to the owner's keen eye for colour and comfortable interiors. 

Casa Mocho is named after the owner's love of owls, a theme that runs through the house. The spacious covered terrace, with nearby barbeque, offers an excellent space to enjoy outdoor dining with family and friends, whilst that impressive swimming pool and large surrounding sun terrace will surely entice many a keen swimmer! 

Nearby, the pretty white washed village of Estoi (4km), and the sleepy market town of São Brás de Alportel (6km) both offer a choice of several excellent eateries. Beach lovers will enjoy a short trip to Fuzeta (16km), situated on the banks of the Ria Formosa Natural Park, famed for dune backed golden beaches and simple quayside restaurants serving delicious freshly caught seafood.

Uneven paths and steps around the grounds and pool mean that young children would need supervision.

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Great Things to Do Near Casa Mocho

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.

Learn about the traditions of the area

visit the museum in Sao Bras de Alportel which houses a collection of traditional Algarve clothing throughout history and an exhibition about how cork is produced.

The village of Estoi is famous for its Roman ruins at Milreu dating from the 2nd Century.

They are about a 10 minute walk out of the village. The 19th Century Estoi Palace and Gardens are also well known and attract visitors to see the ornamental fountains and the blue and white tiled terraces.

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.

Capture the atmosphere of Faro,

steeped in history, by taking a walk around the old town, which is encircled by medieval walls. Evidence of the rich history of the town can be found in the Museu Arqueologico including a Roman floor mosaic and a collection of Moorish oil lamps. A visit to the Cathedral is a ‘must’.

Take your budding Lewis Hamiltons go-karting.

Karting Algarve at Almancil offers karts for adults and children along with other activities such as mini boats, trampolines and radio controlled cars. An exciting day out for all of the family. Located on the EN125 at Almancil. Kartodromo de Almancil. Tel: (00 351) 289 399 899. www.kartingalgarve.com. Open from 10am daily.

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…..

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.

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

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!

Santa Luzia is known as the octopus capital of the Algarve,

testament to which are the hundreds of covos, or pots, that can be seen stacked by the quay, ready to be used. Needless to say, the day’s catch features quite prominently on the menus of the local restaurants.

Nearby

Towns

Estoi 6 mins
Sao Bras de Alportel 10 mins
Faro 22 mins
Tavira 25 mins
Albufeira 35 mins
Vila Real de Sto. Antonio 45 mins
Silves 45 mins
Lagos 60 mins
Monchique 60 mins

Beaches

Fuzeta 27 mins

Airports

Faro 22 mins
Sevilla 120 mins
Lisbon 150 mins
Times are approximate

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