Casa Violeta, Cova da Muda
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Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Casa Violeta is an ideal retreat for families and friends seeking peace and tranquility in an authentically rural private setting in "real Portugal". There's a comfortably furnished sun terrace above the exclusive secluded swimming pool (ideal for sun worshipping); a west-facing shady garden with a barbecue plays host to a newly installed hot tub from which wonderful sunsets can be watched while sipping a cooling drink.
As well as four sun loungers by the pool there's a hammock in the garden. Four brightly painted and comfortable Adirondack chairs range along the end of the pool for relaxing view gazing.
The house, built in 1931, is full of character in authentic rustic style with thick walls for coolness and archways encouraging breezes from room to room. The bedrooms, living room and dining room all have airconditioning and ceiling fans and insect protection screens are fitted on every window and door.
There are many beautiful mountain walks and tracks, ideal for walkers perhaps looking for a picnic site overlooking one of the many manmade lakes in the area. Mountain bikers, geo cashers and hikers would love the many quiet rough roads and trails. After an energetic day swimming, hiking, biking or pony trekking the hot tub waits to massage your tired limbs.
Whilst the location itself is quiet, the region's main town, Sao Bras de Alportel is less than ten minutes' drive away. There you will find all amenities - supermarkets, newsagents, diverse and amazingly good value restaurants, a bustling local market, fascinating Museum, bars, cafes, hairdressers, pharmacies, etc.
Although there are no shops in the village, bread, meat, fish, frozen food and fruit and veg vendors frequently drive up to the village in their vans and occasionally on a Sunday morning fresh produce can be bought just a short walk down the lane from your doorstep.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Ilha de Faro 20 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Faro Airport 20 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||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||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Although the house is ideally for four people, there's ample room for a cot which can be supplied, free of charge, along with a high chair, on application. There's plenty of room for 5 chairs around the dining room and barbecue tables and two comfortable three seater sofas in the living room.
The kitchen's well equipped for aspiring cooks and, as well as the usual gadgets, includes a bread making machine, food processor and an essential large ice-making machine. We have a cool box in case it's required for picnics and excursions and also picnic crockery and cutlery.
In winter the evenings can be chilly and we supply cosy electric blankets and fleecy dressing gowns. In summer as well as all bedding, towelling, etc., we supply waffle dressing gowns.
There's a house laptop with free wi-fi for guests to check emails, surf the net, check in flights, print boarding cards, etc.
Board games and books are also provided in the villa as well as a selection of DVDs.
|Further details outdoors|
There's ample parking down a small track accessed directly from the garden. The pool and sun terrace are fenced for additional security.
The pool measures 8 metres x 4 metres, from 90 centimetres at the shallow end to 1.90 metres at the deep end and has a pool cover which when used at night, stops the heat escaping. This is not necessary in summer months but can make a significant difference in Spring and Autumn when the nights are cooler - also essential for keeping the warmth in when the pool heater is on!
Although we have no hidden extras in our prices unfortunately we do need to ask for an additional £125.00 per week if pool heating is required and please let us know on booking.
The hot tub is separate from the pool area, located at the bottom of the back garden. The mountain view has no buildings and is totally secluded.
We can arrrange to hire mountain bikes if requested on application.
Minimum booking 7 nights, otherwise no limits. Checking in time is 2.00 p.m. and checking out is 10.00 a.m. A 10% discount is offered for returning guests or if there are only two people in the party as shown on Schedule No. 2. Payment to be made in Sterling by internet banking, Pay Pal (with guests paying the costs) or a cheque. A deposit of 30% is payable upon booking and the balance is to be paid eight weeks before the arrival date. Unfortunately we cannot offer refunds.
The Algarve region
The Eastern Algarve is the quiet, relatively undeveloped part of the Algarve. There are many small agricultural "white villages" specialising in the farming of olives, almonds, oranges, cork, sheep, chickens and goats. The winters can be bright and sunny with cool evenings, although November to January can have rain. Springtime during the day is warm, but again, the nights can still be chilly. Wild flowers at this time are exceptionally beautiful and a day trip north to the Alentejo region just to see the flowers is recommended.
Summers are hot, but up in the hills there is often a pleasant cooling breeze which makes the heat more bearable.
Serious walkers would probably be happiest during the Spring and Autumn when the days are still pleasant but with gentler sunshine.
Nowhere in the Algarve is far away, and beautiful beaches and golf courses can be reached in 25 minutes by car. Spain is only 40 minutes away and a day trip to the beautiful city of Seville is not out of the question. Some guests have taken a break to duty free and historic Gibraltar which is about 3 1/2 hours away. Lisbon is 2 1/2 hours away.
Whatever your inclination, there are beaches, towns and amusements in the Algarve to suit every taste - Tavira is a beautiful town to the East and Sagres, the most westerly part of Europe is also well worth a visit. In between are many diverse locations, ranging from lively Albufeira, half an hour away, to the beautiful historical town of Silves. We have a large range of guide books at the house to help you to choose your places to visit. As well as mountain biking and hiking, there are stables nearby and pony treks go through the village.
Faro itself has a delightful "old town" with cobbles, storks and orange trees - or alternatively it has many shopping centres and cafes for wandering and browsing. Loule has a wonderful Saturday morning market and nearer to home the pretty village of Estoi has some famous Roman ruins of "Milreu" to visit, near to the Palacio do Visconde aka the "Pink Palace" which is now a Pousada (government subsidised hotel for travellers). For fish lovers, a visit to Olhao is a must - there is a string of wonderful fish restaurants and a busy market overlooks the port with beautiful views and enticing bars and cafes. There is a stunning pageant in Sao Bras de Alportel over Easter.
Sao Bras de Alportel
Alportel, about four minutes' drive away is a small, picturesque village with pretty traditional houses and cafes and snack bars.
Sao Bras de Alportel is nearby and is a pleasant busy local town with all the shopping amenities you will need. There are well-stocked Intermarche, Lidl, Pingo Doce and other supermarkets where you can get everything under one roof. As well as excellent Portuguese restaurants there are Chinese and Indian restaurants as well as the renowned "Chicken George" or Louis dos Frangos where you can reputedly get the cheapest and tastiest chicken and chips around. A selection of recommended restaurants will also be at the house.
There is an interesting Museum in Sao Bras which gives the story of cork production as well as many other insights into Portuguese life and history. It is also a cultural centre and often puts on Fado shows or other themes linked to the Portuguese way of life. Fado is Portuguese music and song which traditionally evokes the yearnings of the soul or "saudades" which is haunting and very beautiful.
Sao Bras also has a weekly market on Saturdays which is a busy and colourful time when all the locals converge to buy and sell, gossip and drink coffee or have a late breakfast or early lunch from one of the temporary food stalls around. It's fun to wander around and perhaps buy an original souvenir, present or just food for the weekend.
If you are in the Algarve on the second Sunday of the month the area's biggest market occurs in nearby Estoi and one can spend all morning browsing around the stalls and soaking up the lively and busy atmosphere.
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26 Mar 2014
Casa Violeta surpassed all of mine and my wifes expectations. The Villa was very well stocked with everything you could possible need and we particularly liked the added extras that we didnt think we … More
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