Cottage / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 5

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 8 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

Casa Velha is a charming traditional farm cottage with a wealth of character and exudes a welcoming, friendly atmosphere, with more than a ‘hint of boutique’. The interior is cosy, light and airy, beautifully decorated and furnished to create a home-from-home feel with atmospheric lighting, scented candles and incense to enhance the customer experience.

The cottage comprises two bedrooms + sofa bed, two bathrooms (both with bath, shower attachment, toilet and basin, one with bidet), lounge with seating for four and wood burning stove, separate dining room with seating for six and a fully equipped kitchen. Rooms have high pitched wooden ceilings, adding to its innate charm.

The cottage is surrounded by its own extensive gardens with lawns, full of established native plants, along with fruit trees (lemon, orange, lime, satsuma and apple). The spacious south facing terrace extends the length of the property with table and seating, featuring traditional Portuguese traditional tiled benches. The hot tub is on an additional side terrace. Outside lanterns and candles enhance the night-time experience, adding to the hot tub atmosphere under bright, starry skies.

Size Sleeps up to 5, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Armacao de Pera 8 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 2.5 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Faro 56 km, Nearest railway: Alcantarilha Gare 2 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, Yes, smoking allowed

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Jacuzzi or hot tub, Log fire, Internet access
General CD player, Safe, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 5
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users
Further details indoors

Beautifully decorated inside and out, the cottage exudes charm and character with solid wooden furniture, easy-on-the eye decor, comfortable sofas and chairs and traditional tiled flooring with rugs. The split level nature of the layout adds to its personality - walking down a level to reach the main bedroom, stepping down from the dining room into the sitting room.

For comfort the lounge has a ceiling fan and there is a portable fan as well. Wood burning stove kicks out ample radiated and convected heat in winter months and the main bedroom has a fitted wall radiator if extra heat is required + oil-filled radiator.

I pod docking station in situ.

Further details outdoors

The gardens of Casa Velha are exceptional, full of native plants such as Bougainvillaea, Lilies (Cana, Cala and African), sweet-scented Oleandar, Hibiscus and Lantana as well as a few roses for the English! The fruit trees seem to bear fruit most of the year - lemon, orange, lime, satsuma, apple. The gardens surround the cottage, with lawns to the front and rear - so plenty of choice as to where to BBQ the local sardines. The south-facing sun terrace runs the length of the property and has shade-providing, aromatic jasmine and honeysuckle, along with scented rose geraniums. Traditional Portuguese tiled benches complement the garden table, seating and sun loungers. The hot tub is on its own, additional side terrace.

The Algarve region

Shaped by different geographies and cultures, The Algarve offers a multi-faceted experience, having a slightly African as well as European air. The Algarve lies on the Atlantic Ocean, yet has a distinctly Mediterranean feel, with both a Christian and Islamic heritage. The name algarve comes from the Arabic, 'Al Ghareb', which means the west, or more poetically, 'the land of the setting sun'. The inherent variety and beauty of the natural landscape, combined with year round sunshine make the Algarve an ideal place to stay - peace and quiet or modern sophistication and activity - the choice is yours.

The area has many beautiful beaches and an abundance of country side with plenty of wildlife and is great if you enjoy walking, bird watching and other outdoor pursuits such as pony trekking. Artists/painters will find much to inspire them both on the coast and here in the countryside.


Casa Vehla is found at Caravela, inland from the beach 'Armacao de Pera', nestled in the hills above Alcantarilha - a perfect retreat from the coastal resorts.Caravela is a small community of villas located near Silves and within a 40 minute drive from the delightful Monchique mountains. There is a small grocery shop towards Poco Barreto and more amenities and restaurants in nearby Algoz. Car hire is essential, enabling you to explore the spectacular Algarve beaches, the dramatic Portuguese west coast, the blue hills of the Monchique and the historic towns and cities of the Algarve. Poco Baretto has a top quality restaurant, O'Alambiquie, where Chris Evans is reported to have had his wedding reception!