Monte do Casal
Villa | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
Monte do Casal is one of the Algarve's hidden treasures. Sitting in two acres of delightful, private, walled landscaped gardens with orchards bursting with plum, orange, lemon and lime trees, this elegant 19th Century Villa is Portugal at it's very best. In the garden is an early 17th Century well which supplies the house with pure water. The private, full size, heated pool has a shallow end and is gated for child safety.
The villa has been refurbished to the highest possible standard, giving the guest luxurious, contemporary comfort whilst retaining a sense of it's historical past. The use of colour, soft furnishings, locally crafted floorcoverings and textiles make this a unique place to stay. All the spacious bedrooms have individual features and superb en-suite facilities. There are three bedrooms in the Main House and the separate Pool House has two bedrooms with French windows opening onto a pretty private courtyard. Meals can be either enjoyed in the splendid Dining Room with it's traditional Portuguese furniture or al fresco on the bourgainvillea shaded patio. Leading off the kitchen is a delightful terrace with cosy sofas where you can relax and pick a lemon for your evening gin and tonic!
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Vale do Lobo 20 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Faro 20 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Telephone, Fax machine, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 5 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Monte do Casal has been refurbished to the highest possible standard, giving the guest contemporary comfort, whilst retaining its splendid original features. There are 3 bedrooms in the main house and 2 bedrooms in the fabulous separate pool house, with it's private courtyard, for those guests wanting that little extra privacy. The well equipped kitchen is high ceilinged with original terracotta tiles and huge refectory table. A separate dining room with beamed ceilings and antique dresser has seating for 10. The comfortable drawing room has french windows onto the bougainvillea shaded veranda and outside dining areas.
The Pool House has two Bedrooms - one with King Sized Bed and one with Twin Beds. Both rooms have French Windows onto the Courtyard and onto the pool area. There is a table, chairs and fridge for poolside snacks.
|Further details outdoors|
Monte do Casal is set in over 2 acres of stunning, landscaped gardens and fruit filled orchards. The private gated 10m x 5 m pool has built in steps and a shallow end for children. There are sun loungers and umbrellas.
There are two patio areas – one with comfortable settees and wicker chairs. A great place to enjoy a relaxing pre-dinner drink – you can even pick a lemon for your evening gin and tonic! The other outside dining area benefits from a bamboo pergola shaded with lemon trees, bougainvillea and lemon verbana. There is a large stone table where dining can be as formal or informal as you like. A family sized gas Weber BBQ completes the al fresco experience.An eight foot wall surrounds the property, making this a safe and secure place for families with children.
Included in the cost is a welcome pack of local produce. A complimentary dinner, with wine, is prepared in advance for your arrival.
Pool Heating is included in the price.
The Algarve region
Central Algarve is where you will find some of Europe's most stunning beaches and with more sunshine hours than anywhere else in Europe, even in mid-winter you will guaranteed a temperate climate and an unforgettable holiday. Whether you are looking for a beach holiday or watersports, sailing and golf, you won't be disappointed. The owner of Monte do Casal would even be happy to introduce you to his private golf club!
Monte do Casal nestles in a lush, herb covered valley between the coast and mountains near to the village of Sao Bras de Alportel in the Central Algarve. This is the secret heart of the Algarve, where wild almond, fig and pomegranate trees grow around the villages, whose simple charms and whitewashed houses give the feel of having stepped back in time. The church, with its splendid bell tower, goes back to the 15th Century and you can still see traditional crafts being practiced; handmade tiles and bricks, and baskets woven with palm leaves. The area is renowned for its almond confectionary, especially during the Easter period, and the wild oregano is used in gazpacho and in the local bread soup, known as “acorda”. Sao Bras has a good supermarket and a farmers market every Saturday where you can buy fruit, vegetables and seafood. There is a Post Office, Tourist Information Office and Bar/Restaurant.
Only eight kilometres away is the pretty town of Loule with its Medieval castle and historic centre, much of which has retained its original charm. A good selection of shops and restaurants.The narrow alleys of the old town area joy to explore. There is a daily covered market which is perfect for buying fish, seafood, fruit and vegetables and local handicrafts.
There are numerous small towns and fishing villages on the coast between Faro and the Spanish border – particularly worth visiting is Olhao, which is renowned for its fish market and numerous seafood restaurants, and the elegant town of Tavira with its roman bridge spanning the water and riverside restaurants.
There is lots of water parks and entertainment for children – the Waterslide Park at Quarteira and the very popular Zoomarine at Guia which is close to Albufeira, where there are dolphin displays, seals and sea lions and fascinating tropical birds.
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