Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Casa Josephina is an idyllic luxury Algarve villa with a large private swimming pool (12 x 6m), situated in unspoilt countryside but only 15 min. drive from Faro. The villa lies in the middle of a beautiful 2700 sq. m. large garden with fruit trees, roses, bougainvillaea and other colourful plants. Casa Josephina is suitable for 2 to 8 people and offers privacy, space and comfort.
The villa has 4 bedrooms, all with good quality comfortable beds and air conditioning.There are two ensuite bedrooms, one on the ground floor. Two of the three upstairs bedrooms offer access to a large roof terrace with fantastic views to the sea.
Casa Josephina has a modern fully equipped kitchen with dining table seating 6, and a spacious living room (50 sq.m.) with a dining table seating 8. There is free wireless internet and a new LCD satellite TV offering both English and Dutch TV.
Outside in the garden you can find several sunny as well as shady terraces where you can unwind, enjoy the peace and quiet, have a drink or read a book. There is also an outdoor kitchen with barbecue, wood-fired bread/pizza oven, and a large covered outdoor dining area. Next to the large private swimming pool there is a large sunny terrace where you can sunbathe or just relax on one of the sunloungers.
Casa Josephina is a luxury villa, equipped with every convenience you can think of. We are convinced you will spend a lovely holiday here, just like all our former guests. Thanks to the central heating system, and the wood-burning stove, it is also suitable for winter holidays. We offer interesting rates for winter stays of longer than 3 weeks. NEW FOR 2013 - 14 - No extra charge for winter heating.
NEW FOR 2014: During your stay, you are entitled automatically (by kind permission of the proprietors) to temporary membership of the beautiful and stylish Bela Romao Croquet and Country Club, located just a few minutes by car from Casa Josephina. Even if croquet's not your thing, it's worth a visit to the Club just for the superb cuisine of the talented chef-proprietor, Sarah Byrne. Or just relax with a drink in your hand in a beautiful setting with stunning views over the sea to the islands. Open Fridays - Sundays only. Please email the proprietors, Lita Gale and Sarah Byrne, on firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange your visit, or ring them on (00 351) 918- 051- 787. Further details on their website, www.belaromaocroquet.com.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Fuseta 7 km|
|Nearest Amenities||4.5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Faro 22 km, Nearest railway: Olhao 5 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||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (6), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Algarve region
The Sotavento (eastern Algarve) runs from Faro in the west to the River Guadiana, the border with Spain, in the east. In the north, there are the mountains: the Serra de Calderao and the Serra do Cume Alcaria. Between the mountains and the coast stretches a lovely rolling landscape. The mountains (highest peak in the Serra de Calderao is 577 metres) give a protective effect against any cold northern weather. They are covered with forests of eucalyptus and chestnut trees, with many pine trees, holm oaks and cork oaks, and lots of underbrush. A beautiful setting for your holiday!
Moving down from the hills, we come to orange, lemon and olive groves with agaves, fig trees and palms. Characteristic of the landscape is the carob tree; the many hours of sunshine and mild subtropical climate provide ideal conditions for it to thrive. especially in spring and autumn, this area is a green oasis, and always somewhere in the distance is a view of the blue ocean. There are stunning views both towards the coast and the hinterland from the top of the Serra de Monte Figo (410 m).
The sports to be found in the eastern Algarve will certainly meet your needs. A variety of water sports, such as catamaran sailing, surfing, diving, big game fishing or dolphin watching as well as paragliding, skydiving - in short, too many to mention!
For children, the Algarve is a paradise: there are several zoos, pony rides, karting, Aqua parks, Zoomarine, miniature golf and even swimming with dolphins!
But it's also great for long walks on deserted beaches, by the lagoons or in the hills where there are loads of opportunities for cycling on the many back roads, or mountain biking on unpaved dirt roads.
The Algarve is,of course, a golfer's paradise. Casa Josephina is perfectly situated for you to make the most of the golfing opportunities available. With the famous courses of the Central Algarve less than 30 minutes drive to the west, and the less-discovered but equally fine courses of the East Algarve only 20 - 30 minutes away to the east, you have no fewer than 18 courses within half an hour's journey.
Casa Josephina is in a quiet and secluded area just on the outskirts of Quelfes. The village is dreamy and quiet - time seems to stand still. The villa is only 5 minutes drive from Olhao, the focal point for fishing in the Algarve, where you can find many shops and restaurants and, of course, lots of fresh and delicious fish. In a different direction, you are 5 minutes from Moncarapacho, a town which is well worth a visit and which has many fine restuarants.
In the immediate (rural) area, there are a number of restaurants, marked by signs along the roads and country lanes. Driving on these roads you will pass many orange and lemon groves, and plantations of olives, agaves, figs and palm trees. Their different flowering periods ensure that it always smells wonderful!
One of the great features of the East Algarve is an extensive lagoon system that runs from Faro to Manta Rota with beautiful wide, long, soft sandy beaches. This sheltered lagoon area is protected from the Atlantic Ocean by islands and sandbanks off the coast where there are even more paradisiacal beaches! These beaches are amongst the finest in Europe.
From several places (Olhao, Fuzeta...) it is possible to walk, take a boat or even a small train (Pedras d'el Rei) to visit these islands and sandbars. This whole area is approximately 1800 hectares and has been declared a national park: the Ria Formosa. Of interest too is the Visitor Centre, Quinta de Marim.
The nearest beaches are just minutes away from your house: in Olhao and in the village of Fuzeta. Fuzeta is still an original fishing village with a beautiful beach and a nice lagoon! A ferry takes you five minutes to a fantastic, miles-long beach on the other side of the lagoon. A little further towards the Spanish border lie the world-famous and idyllic beaches of the Ilha de Tavira.
The delightful old towns and villages of the Eastern Algarve coast are fascinating to explore. The "jewel of the Algarve" is the old town of Tavira. Located just 10 - 15 min drive away, Tavira invites you to wander through its winding streets, explore its wealth of churches (30 in all!), or just relax with a drink at one of the riverside restaurants.
Olhao is even closer - a Moorish-looking town with a strong fishing tradition - don't miss the lively fish market. Take a stroll through the tiny streets an alleys and have a closer look at the many interesting shops. Also interesting is the lively covered market on the quayside where you can drink delicious cappuccino (or something stronger!) overlooking the marina or the sea.
East of Tavira is the tiny Cacela Velha, an older "robbers'den" situated above the lagoon, witha fantastic view over the Ria Formosa and the coast.
It is fascinating to visit the Moncarapacho church museum where one of the former priest's archaeological and ethnographic private collection is on display. The adjacent church has beautifual yellow-blue and olive green azulejos (tiles) from the 16th and 17th centuries. In the "Olaria" at the entrance to the village, the ctraftsmen still bake the traditional ceramics.
The Eastern Algarve has some of the finest beaches in Europe. From Faro to Manta Rota in the east, there is an extensive lagoon system with beautiful long, wide sandy beaches. This sheltered lagoon area is protected from the Atlantic by a string of offshore islands, where the beaches are even more paradisiacal! You can catch a boat to the islands from the little fishing village of Fuzeta, or from the busy fishing town of Olhao, both of which are only 5 minutes drive away. Or at Pedras del Rei, you can walk to one of the islands or even take the miniature railway.
A huge variety of watersports awaits you - sailing, surfing, diving, big game fishing and dolphin watching. For children, there is a great range of activities on offer - zoos, pony rides, karting, aqua parks, Zoomarine, miniature golf and even swimming with dolphins.
The area is great for all kinds of walks - on deserted beaches, by the lagoons, in the hill. Or just stroll in the lanes round Casa Josephina where you can enjoy the rolling green landscapes, with orange, lemon, olive and almond groves, and stunning views to the sea.
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28 Oct 2013
"A gorgeous villa in a perfect spot"
We all loved Casa Josephina including our 2 year old granddaughter. The wonderful pool and surrounding garden was perfect for just switching off in this quiet, unspoilt part of the Algarve, but within easy reach of gorgeous beaches, large supermarkets & the airport. The villa looked perfect from the outside & was fabulous inside, so much space & everything spotless & Andre the manager made sure our stay was perfect. Adrian & Miranda were so helpful with any queries we had. From the little cafe, two steps away!, to the restaurant a 10 mins stroll away along the little country lane, you had the perfect place to stay, of course didn't want to leave, but we'll hopefully be back!
2 Sep 2013
Casa Josephina was just perfect for our annual family holiday. The large pool is great for boisterous teenagers and perfect in the hot weather. It is lovely and private but not isolated and within easy driving distance of supermarkets and Olhao. We used the barbecue on many evenings which was the perfect end to long lazy days. Would recommend and would definitely return. Andre was a tremendous help, and was only a text away when needed.
7 Aug 2013
"Stress busting holiday. Quiet and comfortable."
We spent 10 days in this charming villa which is a couple of kilometers outside Quelfes. Don't expect hustle and bustle, this is a villa for chilling out and making the occasional excursion to be… More
6 Aug 2013
"Idyllic Villa in fabulous, unspoilt location - Great for Kids"
We expected a beautiful Villa from the description and photographs on Owners Direct and were not disapointed. The layout and facilities that the this villa had to offer were second to none. The building is so well designed and full of charicter. It makes the most of the sun shine throughout the whole day from the morning on the kitchen terrace where the kids enjoyed their breakfast every day to the pool and roof terraces where you could kick back and relax. The highlight for me (apart from the very large pool) was the very well laid out and equiped oustide bbq and pizza oven area where we cooked and ate our evening meals. You don't need to leave but if you do, Tavira was our favorite place and a very unspoilt town with a lovely square with some great restaurants. Andre, the Villa manager was on hand at all times should we have needed anything and the pool was maintained during our stay.
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