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Private Pool with Sea Views

Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 9

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

This large townhouse offers a peaceful retreat with all the comforts of home. Close to the village of Luz with magnificent sea views, this property offers something for everyone from families to golfers

Casa Gaivota is situated in a quiet and enviable position, with fantastic sea views and just a short walk, about 10 minutes, to the centre of Praia da Luz with its golden beach, cafes, shops and restaurants.

Praia da Luz is located in the Western Algarve of Portugal; approximately one hour west of Faro airport, and a short drive from the larger, historic town of Lagos. It has the advantage of being within easy reach of many picturesque bays and coves along the Algarve coast. Praia da Luz has developed over the past few years into a small, peaceful and popular family resort.

The sweeping sandy beach, which has a Blue Flag rating, as well as full time professional life guards, is ideal for families as it offers safe bathing as well as many types of water sports (from May to October).

Size Sleeps up to 9, 4 bedrooms
Nearest beach Praia da Luz 2 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car advised
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Faro 100 km, Nearest railway: Lagos 6 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace
Furniture Single beds (7), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 9
Other Linen provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden
Access Parking
Further details indoors

Bedrooms

The bedrooms and pool are on the lower level

Bedroom 1 has 1 double and 1 single bed (sleeps 3) with full bathroom en suite and patio doors for direct access to the pool

Bedroom 2 is twin bedroom with full bathroom en suite and patio doors for direct access to the pool.

Bedroom 3 with twin beds

Bedroom 4 with twin beds

All bedrooms have fitted wardrobes and Air Conditioning (hot and cold)

Bathrooms

There is a guest WC on entry level

1 x Shower room (shared between bedrooms 3 and 4)

2 x ensuite bathroom (beds 1 and 2)

Living Area

Built into a hillside, the living room and kitchen are on entry level making the most of the wonderful sea views.

The living room is spacious with tasteful, modern furniture - it has a large dining table, 3 sofas and a woodburning stove.

There is a LCD TV with Full Freeview package, CD/Stereo and DVD player.

Access from the living room via an external staircase to the pool and sun loungers.

Kitchen & Utility

The bright and airy open plan kitchen is located on entry level next to the living room.

Equipped with a gas hob, electric oven, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and microwave.

Separate utility room houses washing machine, Spin Dryer, ironing facilities

Stairgates provided in the villa. Cots/high chairs can be provided on request.

Summary of Facilities

Freeview TV

Heated Swimming Pool (additional charge)

Air Conditioning in all bedrooms (Central Heating in off season)

Utility Room (washing machine, Spin Dryer, ironing facilities)

4 Bedrooms

Dining Table

3 Sofas

Woodburning Stove

LCD TV

CD Player/stereo

DVD Player

Gas Hob

Dishwasher

Microwave

Fridge Freezer

Patio Dining Furniture

Balcony

Roof Terrace

Cot/Stairgate (on request)

Further details outdoors

Patio doors lead from the living room onto the balcony which runs the full length of the property.

The terrace has furniture for 'al fresco' dining, and steps down to the heated pool and sun loungers.

A unique feature is the additional roof terrace where the views can be fully appreciated.

There is a hairdryer in the property.

Bath towels and all linen are included in the rental.

Beach Towels provided by request for £10 deposit

Pool heating available on request at a charge of £10 per week.

Further details

A 25% deposit is required to secure the booking.

A security deposit is required.

Full payment is ideally due 60 days prior to booking start date.

Shorter Rental terms are available please email for details.

The Algarve region

The Algarve from the Arabic word meaning "the west" is the southernmost region of mainland Portugal. It has an area of 5,412 square kilometres with approximately 458,734 permanent inhabitants. The region coincides with the Faro District, and has as its administrative centre the city of Faro, where both the region's international airport at Faro (FAO) and public university (the University of the Algarve) are located. Tourism and related activities are extensive and make up the bulk of the Algarve's summer economy. Fish, seafood and fruit production, are other important activities in the region. The Algarve is the most popular tourist destination in Portugal, and one of the most popular in Europe. Its population triples in the peak holiday season thanks to a high influx of visitors, and receives an average of 7 million foreign tourists each year. In total, including national visitors, almost 10 million people visit the Algarve every year.

The myriad of opportunities provided by this location means you are within moments of two extremes; total peace and tranquillity for those times when nothing but chilling out will do, through to the best sports or shopping facilities with award winning developments offering you the best that the Algarve can provide.

Weather

March to October is warm with little rain in the south. With an average of 3,000 hours of sun per year, the south-facing coast of the Algarve is the sunniest, driest, and warmest part of the country. Tempered by the Atlantic Ocean means the summer heat rarely reaches the unpleasant levels sometimes found in other parts of the Mediterranean. Winters are mild and wet.

The Algarve: Long sandy beaches have brought mass tourist development to the area. The charms of the area may be overwhelmed, so it's best to skip the high season and the area from Faro to Albufeira.

Festivals: Carnival celebration is held in Lisbon in February or March

June: Santos Populares - 13th, 24th and 29th June. The celebration on 13th June is the largest, and all begin the previous evening. People hit each other over the head in the streets with plastic hammers.

July and August: Estoril Festival takes place in July and August

Praia da Luz

Casa Gaivota is situated in a quiet and enviable position, with fantastic sea views and just a short walk, about 10 minutes, to the centre of Praia da Luz with its golden beach, cafes, shops and restaurants.

Praia da Luz is located in the Western Algarve of Portugal; approximately one hour west of Faro airport, and a short drive from the larger, historic town of Lagos. It has the advantage of being within easy reach of many picturesque bays and coves along the Algarve coast. Praia da Luz has developed over the past few years into a small, peaceful and popular family resort.

The sweeping sandy beach, which has a Blue Flag rating, as well as full time professional life guards, is ideal for families as it offers safe bathing as well as many types of water sports (from May to October).

Weather

March to October is warm with little rain in the south. With an average of 3,000 hours of sun per year, the south-facing coast of the Algarve is the sunniest, driest, and warmest part of the country. Tempered by the Atlantic Ocean means the summer heat rarely reaches the unpleasant levels sometimes found in other parts of the Mediterranean. Winters are mild and wet.

Places to Visit

Lagos: With one of the largest bays on the Algarve, Lagos is an attractive, bustling town conquered in the 8th century by the Moors who left behind fortifications, some of which can still be seen today. The centre of the town consists of pretty 18th and 19th century buildings. Cobbled streets and enchanting squares link the maize of thoroughfares creating an ambience of charm, culture and history in this captivating town. The citizens of Lagos continue to make their living from fishing giving the town a character and independence all of its own.

Lisbon: The likeable capital is a relaxed port, overlooked by a ruined castled. Whitewashed, cobbled streets form a labyrinth upon a hill, populated by fantastic architecture, and Art Nouveau shops and cafes. A statue of Christ stands by the river, arms outstretched, surveying the grand suspension bridge and river ferries. Travellers should visit the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, the Manueline complex that houses the tomb of Vasco da Gama, and the Gulbenkian Museum, home to a superb art collection.

Porto: At the mouth of the Douro River, this atmospheric city of tangled tiers reaching up from the river's north bank has more to offer than simply its port-producing suburb of Vila Nova de Gaia. Spectacular bridges span the wide river, contemporary art is on display at the Fundação de Serralves, and the old town bustles beside its riverbanks.

Estremadura and Ribatejo: Just north of Lisbon, these regions are home to a number of delights. Surfers should head to the Atlantic rollers at Enceira, those interested in religion should visit Alcobaça's twelfth-century monastery and Fátima's famous shrine, while geologists will want to explore the Grutas de Mira de Aire - a vast and extraordinary cave system.

The Algarve: Long sandy beaches have brought mass tourist development to the area. The charms of the area may be overwhelmed, so it's best to skip the high season and the area from Faro to Albufeira.

Festivals: Carnival celebration is held in Lisbon in February or March

June: Santos Populares - 13th, 24th and 29th June. The celebration on 13th June is the largest, and all begin the previous evening. People hit each other over the head in the streets with plastic hammers.

July and August: Estoril Festival takes place in July and August

Activities and Sports

Golf

Casa Gaivota is ideally situated in an area blessed with many golf courses and for those who wish to travel a little further, there are over 20 prime courses to choose from, all within an hour's drive of Praia da Luz.

The most local courses to the villa are:

Boavista is only 3km away from the centre of Praia da Luz, This course poses a challenge for the more accomplished golfer.

Palmares one of the most scenic courses in the Algarve, is close to Lagos

Penina a championship course, is about 20 minutes drive away from Praia da Luz

Oceanico offer a range of courses from Arnold Palmer designed Oceanico Victoria course (home to the Portugal PGA Masters 2007-2009) and the Oceanico Faldo Course.

Other activities

The villa’s location is a great base from which to go exploring; guided mountain bike tours and walks take you to many different places of interest in the region. Alternatively hire a bike and explore by yourself or with the family.

Less than 15 minutes drive away: Close to the villa you will find a beach, sailing, water skiing, boat hire, wind surfing, fishing, flying, walking, cycling, horse riding, golf, tennis, sports centre, museum, zoo, theatre / cinema, restaurants.

Shopping and Souvenirs

Leather goods copper, ceramics, embroidery and tapestry, cork products, porcelain and china, crystal and glassware.

Restaurants

With over 200km of coastline, as you would expect fish and seafood are a staple part of the diet for people of the Algarve. The traditional Portugese restaurants normally offer a large selection of fish dishes, one of which is almost certain to be grilled sardines. Also commonly on the menu are a range of omelettes, salads and some meat dishes. The prices are very reasonable, the food is good and the portions are generous. House wine, which is normally a local Portugese wine is very good value and very drinkable! On average a 2 course meal for 2, including house wine can cost less than €25. Obviously prices vary enormously depending on location.

As well as restaurants serving traditional Portugese food, the Algarve has a huge choice of restaurants serving food from across the world; Chinese, Indian, Italian and English being particularly popular. Thai, Mexican, Tapas and Vegetarian are also available.

Burgau and Praia da Luz have a good variety of restaurants, but the more traditional towns and villages will often just have a local Portugese restaurant or cafe serving food.

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Calendar last updated:22 Aug 2014

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