Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
This beautiful 3-bedroomed villa is only 20 minutes drive from Faro airport. It is set in the countryside, far from the madding crowds, on a hilltop by a ruined windmill. It is very peaceful, private and self-contained. But should you wish to tear yourself away from our heated pool, beaches from Tavira in the east to Albufeira in the west are all within easy reach and the golf courses of Val do Lobo and Quinta da Lago are only a short drive.
Casa das Flores is close to the village of Gorjoes, near Santa Barbara de Nexe, and midway between Loule and Sao Bras. Being on a hilltop it has views all round and yet its pool and garden are very secluded and not overlooked by any other property. Although a car is essential, there is a small supermarket not far away, a hypermarket at 7kms and twenty or more restaurants within 8kms. The Algarve Forum shopping complex is only 20 minutes away.
Outside, the villa is set in almost an acre of garden and orchard, completely fenced and walled. The villa, pool and main terraces are all on the same level and the only staircase leads to the roof terrace with 360 degree views of open countryside to the distant sea. The pool terrace, as well as being totally private, also enjoys most of these stunning views. The 10x5 metre pool is heated by solar panels (at no extra cost). The covered terrace at the poolside has a dining table, occasional table and chairs.The BBQ is on a separate terrace, also covered and shaded by an oak tree.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Faro 17 km|
|Access||Car essential, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Faro 16 km, Nearest railway: Faro 18 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Private outdoor pool (heated), Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (heated)|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, CD player, Telephone, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (heated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors||
Casa das Flores is all on one level. All the bedrooms are en suite, and have built-in wardrobes. The main bedroom (air conditioned) has a king sized bed and a sliding door to the pool terrce. The en suite has a large walk-in shower and twin wash basins.
The second bedroom (also air conditioned) has twin beds and the en suite has a full bath and a separate shower. The third bedroom has a separate outside entrance, a king sized bed and an en suite shower room.
There is a fitted kitchen with full cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher, and a washing machine in the utility room outside.
The lounge/dining room is L-shaped with a hatch to the kitchen. It is comfortably furnished, with 2 sofas and 2 easy chairs, a log fireplace (which you should not need to use),and a 37inch flat screen satellite television with surround sound(including mp3 line-in and USB socket), DVD and CD player. The dining table seats 6. There is also an extensive library of novels and DVDs. Double sliding doors lead on to the pool terrace.
A small study with desk, WiFi and a pool view is a handy quiet spot. There is also a guest toilet for visitors. All the main rooms and bedrooms have pleasant outlooks either to the pool or gardens.
The interior of the villa has no steps.There is one step up at the main door and two steps down from thepool terrace to the pool.
All the rooms have fans available and the two main bedrooms are air conditioned.
|Further details outdoors||
The villa is at the end of a country cul-de-sac, approached by a tarmac road, past a ruined windmill, and once the gates are closed behind you, you are in a world of your own. The garden is completely walled and fenced, giving you both space and seclusion, yet with beautiful views. It extends to nearly an acre including a wild orchard of almond, olive and plum trees. Oak and carob trees provide shady spots at all times of the day. Climb the stairs to the roof terrace and enjoy 360 degree views, both inland to the rolling hills and to the distant sea.,
The heated pool, 10 metres by 5, ranges from 1 to 2 metres deep, and is completely private, but with beautiful views. It has a set of steps at the shallow end. The pool terrace gets sun from early morning to sunset so is provided with colourful awnings to protect you from the noonday sun and to enjoy lunch at the dining table provided there.
The BBQ is on a separate shaded terrace, under an oak tree with its own ceramic topped picnic table.
A double car port will keep your car(s) cool.
Maid service 3 days per week.
No smoking inside the villa
Rentals may be for 7 days or more, and subject to the owners' agreement, may start on any day of the week.
Car hire is essential and can be provided through us at the time of booking.
Linen and bath towels changed weekly. Beach towels are not provided.
A washing machine and ironing facilities are available for use of clients.
Air conditioning in the two main bedrooms is included.
Pool heating is included.
Free Wifi is available.
Our English speaking house manager is always available to answer your questions and sort out any problems.
The Algarve region
Casa das Flores is on the border between central and eastern Algarve and so enjoys the benefits of both areas.
Near enough for a day trip to Spain or a cruise on Guidiana River. Visit the Chapel of Bones in Faro Cathedral...if you dare. Spend an afternoon browsing in the spectacular Algarve Shopping Centre while the kids sample the range of fast foods there. In the evening the Forum is great for a meal and a late night show at the Cinema (most films are shown in English).
Several beaches stand out. Take the little train across the salt marshes at Pedras del Rei to a sweeping beach with all amenities. The children will love it. Or take a boat trip out to Ilha Deserta from the centre of Faro and enjoy its solitude...apart from the wonderful seafood restaurant there. Visit Olhao fish market in the morning and wonder at the spectacular range of seafood on sale Then sample it, with lunch on the promenade while watching the the coming and goings of the fishing fleet. Then take a ferry out to Armona island for its popular beach.
Faro beach stretches for miles and can be quite quiet... but not at the weekends when the Faro locals descend en mass. Enjoy a walk in the Ria Formosa in Quinta do Lago; the wild life is unmatched. If you're lucky you'll see the flamingos.
Move further west but still only half and hour or so for the waterparks and the sand-sculpture 'Fiesa' at Pera. This is open all summer and is a must for all the family.
Loule and Sao Bras are almost equidistant (about 5 miles) from Cas das Flores. Both are towns with busy markets on Satudays. Loule gypsy market is specially popular with tourists. All your needs can be met in the major supermarkets, banks, pharmacies, post offices, shops and restaurants of either town. Santa Barbara is a smaller and more intimate village slightly closer, but still with a choice of restaurants and bars.
Don't miss the attractions of Estoi with its roman villa open to the public and its Palace, newly refurbished as a Pousada, or just wander its picturesque back streets and bars. Then try a visit to Sao Bras Museum of local culture or have a walk around Loule city walls. How about the free entry go-carting stadium in Almancil with activities for all ages.
Gorjoes, itself, is a sleepy backwater, excellent for country walks and meeting the locals. But it comes alive every Saturday night when open air dancing and music attracts people from miles around. Join in with the friendly Portuguese for a memorable evening.
The Algarve Stadium, built for the 2006 European Nations Cup, is close by (6kms) and hosts many special events during the summer.
Finally, Gorjoes sports one of the finest restaurants in the Algarve ( Sunday lunch will not break the bank) and highly rated Trip Advisor eating places are within 10 minutes drive. There is also a popular nightclub a couple of miles away.