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Villa | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 14 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

A stunning, newly-built five bedroomed villa with swimming pool, in the heart of the Algarve countryside. Casa Sophie has three large double, en-suite bedrooms, and two twin bedrooms.

Every comfort is provided in this very spacious and luxurious family home. Casa Sophie has air conditioning throughout the house and can comfortably sleep ten people. Come and relax at this very peaceful property set in the beautiful hills above Tavira.

Casa Sophie is made for entertaining and has an expansive, shaded dining terrace with an inbuilt barbeque area. A pretty rose garden surrounds the terraced pool area, the remaining garden has olive, fig and carob trees. Both upstairs en-suite bedrooms have access to a large roof terrace with exterior seating and views over neighbouring vineyards and the undulating hills of the Algarvian 'serra'.

The interior of Casa Sophie is very spacious and light. On the ground floor there is an ample and comfortable lounge area with free to view English satellite channels and wireless internet provided. There is a through dining room with seating for 10 and an open fireplace. Leading through glass sliding doors is the very modern and fully equipped kitchen area, which looks out onto the pool terrace. The kitchen has a pantry, storage area, a small breakfast table and access to the barbeque and pool area, as well as an exterior utility room with washing machine and clothes dryer. There is also a cloakroom on this level. Accessed through double doors from the lounge is the large double en-suite bedroom and two twin bedrooms, both with patio doors leading onto the front and side terraces and an elegant bathroom with bath.

A sweeping staircase with a long picture window and a seating area at the top lead to the first floor with two further large en-suite double bedrooms, both with access to a wrap-around roof terrace with pretty pool and 'serra' views. All three en-suite bathrooms have built-in showers and all the bedrooms have fitted wardrobes.

10 sun loungers deck the terrace around the pool and there are sun umbrellas, a table and chairs available.

The swimming pool is 9 m x 4.5 m with steps leading into a shallow end of 1.20m and a deep end of 2.20m. Freshwater pool with a Chlorine cleaning system. The pool is serviced twice weekly during summer and once weekly during the rest of the year by a competent and reliable professional. Pool and garden lighting is available

Casa Sophia is perfect for families and children. There is a cot and high chair provided. Please let us know if you have any other requirements.

There are three bedrooms on the ground floor and no internal or external steps, making this an ideal property for the elderly or less mobile.

The nearest neighbours are 30 meters away, Casa Sophia is not overlooked.

Casa Sophia is accessed via 1km of unmade country road. The property is gated and there is plenty of secure parking place.

Casa Sophia is located in the village of Umbria amongst a very rural community, the nature and wildlife are the only sounds to be heard!

The nearest shops are in the local village of Sta. Catarina 8 km drive.

There are several local restaurants offering good value traditional cooking. Restaurant O Monte is perched on a hill in the valley of Umbria - the owner and chef, Anna Lidia, serves generous courses of daily dishes, specializing in wild game.

The nearest beaches can be reached in 20 minutes by car, namely Fuzeta and Ilha de Tavira

There are excellent golf courses within 20 minutes drive from the accommodation. The closest are Benamor, Quinta da Ria and Quinta da Cima, Monte Rei.

Ashtrays are provided for smoking outside the property.

Due to the possibility of guests being allergic to animal hair, we would rather not allow pets.

We provide a once weekly linen and bathroom towel change including a clean of the bathrooms.

There will be some toilet paper and soap for arrivals and a hamper of beverages, with additional breakfast and snacks are provided for late arrivals.

Guests will be met at the villa, or otherwise informed where to locate the key and visited soon after arrival. We ensure a prompt and competent service from a team of property managers, who can be contacted at anytime.

Size Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms
Nearest beach Ilha de Tavira, Fuzeta Island 19k 14 km
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 8 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Faro Airport 35 km, Nearest railway: Tavira 14 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player
General Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 3 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace
Furniture Single beds (4), Double beds (3), Cots (1)
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Secure parking

The Algarve region

A small rural market town nestled in the hills north of Tavira and south of São Bras de Alportel. Santa Catarina is surrounded by small villages within beautiful settings of Mediterranean woodland and scrubland, which reflect the changing seasons, rural lifestyle and indigenous wild life…an ideal environment for Walking, Horse riding, Bird watching and observing nature.

Winding brooks and fields of wild flowers can be enjoyed from January through to July. Spot wild Terrapins basking in the sun on river beds, Otters and Kingfishers among the verdant riverine vegetation and wild Oleander and Thyme.

On higher ground one can have great panoramic views of the ocean and valleys beyond, flushed with Cistus, Eucalyptus, Rockrose, Cork-Oaks and Wild Olive trees along old rural paths flanked by typical vegetable plots and Dryland Orchards.

During summer and autumn months, the countryside bares its rich clay earth and the hilltops offer respite from the heat with gentle sea breezes and shade from the majestic Carob, Oaks and Maritime Pine trees. This typical Mediterranean woodland is home to a variety of flora and fauna including Golden Orioles, Turtle Doves, Bee-Eaters, Iberian hares, Red-legged Partridge, Genets and Wild boar. Santa Catarina hosts a local farmers market on every fourth Sunday of the month. Here you can sample traditional barbeque chicken and buy locally produced woven baskets, honey, chouriço, fruit and vegetables amongst an array of other things.

There are several local restaurants offering good value traditional cooking. Restaurant O Monte is perched on a hill in the valley of Umbria - the owner and chef, Anna Lidia, serves generous courses of daily dishes, specializing in wild game.

Meander through the timeless villages of Corte do Vidreiro, translated as the glass cutters' village with a resident glass maker who exhibits and sells her wares. Sample local 'Firewater' Aguadente in the tavern of Varzeas do Vinagre and take up the opportunity to ride horse-back through the hills of Aceifão with a local guide who can show you some off the beaten track attractions. The higher points of Agua da Tabuas and Mesa da Cume offer great view points and nature reserves with many walking paths, also leading to a couple of great restaurants, namely, Mesa da Cume and Bemparece.


Tavira, referred to in guide books as the 'Venice of the Algarve' is one of the most authentic towns in the Algarve and definitely worth visiting.

Historically, Tavira was an important harbour town and there are still remnants from Moorish, Phoenician and Roman occupations. There is a lively fishing trade along the river front, though far less than when Tavira was known for its huge tuna fishing fleets, the anchors of which can all be seen lodged in the sand at Barril beach.

The beautiful centre of Tavira is situated on the banks of the river Gilão. The town has a seven arched Roman bridge that spans the river and is the focal point of the town.

There are many highly recommended fish restaurants, which serve locally caught shellfish and fresh fish dishes, enjoyed with a glass of 'vinho verde', the ´green` sparkling wine which is typically Portuguese. Numerous cafes and restaurants line the river, public gardens and quiet squares, offering an array of traditional patisseries and fresh fish dishes.

Tavira beaches make up part of the Nature Reserve of the Ria Formosa, which comprise six unique barrier islands protecting a system of salt marshes and tidal mudflats, each fronted by white sand beaches that spread as far as the eye can see. An unspoilt haven for nature lovers, walkers and bird watchers.

Few places in Europe have so many Blue Flag beaches in such a concentrated area, you can enjoy the boat and miniature train river crossings, many of which are operational throughout the year.

Inland and set in rural countryside 7 km north of Tavira is the waterfall of 'Moinhos da Rocha'. A series of wooden decks and bridges skirt a leafy ravine sheltering the crystal clear waters of a small stream. This culminates in a low but impressive waterfall that empties into a small lake. Further up stream are the other beautiful cascading waterfalls of 'Pego do Inferno', both pretty places for picnics and having a dip!

There are seasonal festivals of live music, street theatre and open air cinema interspersed with various fairs. One of the main festivals is Sâo Joâo on the 24th of June, when Tavira is decorated in paper flowers, host carnivals and processions with late night sardine- eating and street dancing!

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  • 1 Years listed

Calendar last updated:25 Jul 2014

Based in Portugal

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