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2 twin ensuite bedrooms
5x10 M pool with underwater lights
Casa da Cruz Alta was once a farmhouse and has been converted with great care to maintain the original character but with modern facilities including all electric kitchen. The lounge incorporates a fan assisted wood burning stove and both ensuite bedrooms have air-conditioning which provide cooling in summer or heating in the cooler months. The large private pool has ample surrounding space for sunbathing during the day and becomes a romantic setting in the glow of the underwater pool lights at night. The covered terrace, with marble top table provides for alfresco dining in the shade or alternatively the larger main terrace has a ceramic tiled table located close to the gas fired barbecue which has proved very popular. The beautiful landscaped gardens include many exotic plants and fruit trees with strategically placed bench seats. There are many excellent restaurants in the area to suit all tastes and the beach is 25 minutes away.
Notes on accommodation: Prices quoted are for 2 occupants. £ 20 /week supplement per extra person. Air conditioning is £ 50 per week per bedroom. Pets are NOT permitted under any circumstances. Outside: The very private villa is accessed along a cobbled driveway 60 M from the blacktop main road. The roadside gates can be closed as can the 2 additional gates guarding the villa and main gardens. The private pool ( 5m X 10m) is fitted with remote control underwater lights and has curved steps at the shallow end (1.2m) The deep end is 2.1m. The 4 sun loungers have foam waterproof covers with portable sun brollies available. Two dining areas are available, one is undercover and directly overlooks the pool, whilst the other is on the upper patio in full sun with the barbecue nearby. The barbecue is gas fired which makes it very convenient and easy to use. The extensive landscaped gardens contain many exotic plants and fruit trees. Wooden bench seats are placed strategically in the garden so if you feel the need you can have your own space. Click on "Display more photographs" to see more pics of villa and gardens. WASHING MACHINE IS AVAILABLE. THE PROPERTY IS NOT OVERLOOKED BY ADJACENT VILLAS.
Bed linen is included and changed twice weekly. Bathroom and poolside towels are changed twice weekly.
Beautiful villa with gorgeous views
By Anna & Nick on 14-May-2019
We had a wonderful, relaxing stay at Cruz Alta, and Bill the owner was so helpful and friendly at every stage.
The villa's setting, up in the hills, afforded breathtaking views that we simply weren't expecting! And the gorgeous garden was a joy to explore. It really is a secluded piece of heaven away from the usual hustle and bustle of hotels and villas on the coast. Just what we were after. A walk around the hilltop gives views right through the hills, along the valley and all the way down to the sea. So much greenery and birdlife all around. Wonderful.
We didn't have a car, so made use of the local taxi driver, who was lovely. Very affordable, although not always available, so we also made use of Uber, which worked out really well even in the hills. We met some lovely local drivers this way, and picked up some great tips for places to visit. With your own car, this would be a fab location to explore from in all directions.
If you're looking for day trips, we'd highly recommend Estoi - a beautiful town very close by and home to a stunning tiled palace, now a hotel, where you can explore the gardens and enjoy a drink on the terrace.
And if you're looking for a beach to yourself, hop on the ferry from Olhão to the wee island of Culatra. We walked along a deserted beach there to the fantastic beach bar at Farol and then hopped the ferry back from there.
The villa itself had everything we needed, beautifully clean, beds very comfortable, gas BBQ was great and easy to use, and the pool was perfect. I'd never booked direct with a villa owner before, only ever used AirBnb, so was a little cautious of this process, but I needn't have worried a bit. Bill couldn't have been nicer, even arranging our taxi transfers for us. Would absolutely go back, and hope to again someday!
Many thanks, Bill!
By Kelly Boon on 25-Jun-2018
Our family had an amazing holiday at Cruz Alta. Completely overwhelmed by how stunning the gardens were. It was our first holiday spent in a villa and will never go back to a hotel again.
As we did not have a car we opted to use your local taxi driver and he was brilliant. He met us on arrival at the airport and took us out most days or evenings.
At seven months pregnant I wanted peace and relaxation and your villa home exceeded all our expectations.
We hope to return next year with the new addition !
K ,C & E. Herts
Special anniversary place
By R & L New Jersey, USA. on 07-Oct-2017
25 years ago we selected Casa de Cruz Alta from a brochure we found in New York City. We enjoyed our visit so much that we returned 2 years later with my wife's parents in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary.
In August 2017, we returned again to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary.
Over the years we have rented many places in Europe but none have matched Cruz Alta.
Portugal has changed significantly since our last visit but your villa remains a special place. It is clear that you have taken special care in the design of the upgrades over the years. The gardens surrounding the pool are amazing.
I’m sure we will not wait 23 years before our next visit.
By Diane R. on 30-May-2017
Ons zoontje zei bij aankomst meteen; 'Hier ga ik me denk ik wel thuis voelen', en dat deden we ook! Casa da Cruz Alta is precies zoals de foto's weergeven en de tekst beschrijft.
We hadden geluk met het prachtige weer, waardoor we deze week in mei volop van de tuin met diverse soorten fruitbomen en het zwembad hebben kunnen genieten.
Het huis is eenvoudig van opzet, maar heel compleet ingericht. De locatie is landelijk, en toch ben je met de auto zo overal waar je maar wilt zijn.
De communicatie met de verhuurder, house-manager en schoonmaakster verliep goed en uitermate vriendelijk. Wij zouden er graag weer heen gaan!
Just what we wanted
By AK on 20-Sep-2014
We picked this villa because it was secluded without being remote. Clearly a lot of work has gone into establishing and maintaining the grounds and the care and attention to detail is evident from the moment you arrive.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The location was fab, the facilities excellent and the gas BBQ was an effortless treat. We'd certainly recommend a stay at Cruz Alta and the owners provide a friendly and robust service which inspires confidence, so you know that from booking, through to completion of your holiday - you're going to be in good hands!
By Kirsty on 15-Nov-2013
We spent a week at this beautiful, secluded villa in August. Having been used to hotels this was a welcome change for us as a family, me in particular because I didn't have to get up at the crack of dawn to reserve sunbeds! The kids thought it was great having a pool all to themselves and they loved the selection of dvd,s that were available to watch. The villa is really well equipped and extremely clean. Basilia, the maid is a gem! The gardens surrounding the villa are beautiful and alot of thought has obviously gone into it. Be sure to look out for all the little gnomes and faces on the trees when you go. They are brill! The Aquapark in Villamoura is huge and the kids loved it. Would definitely go back.
By Friedrich K. on 12-Nov-2013
Als langjährige Besucher der Algarve haben wir im Oktober 2013 zum wiederholten Mal unseren Urlaub in der Casa da Cruz Alta verbracht. Auch in diesem Jahr war der Aufenthalt einfach genial. Neben dem perfekten Wetter bot die Villa alle Möglichkeiten für einen sehr erholsamen Aufenthalt. Der Pool, die Gartenanlage und der Grillplatz eignen sich hervorragend, sich vom stressigen Alltag zu erholen. Die Räumlichkeiten bieten alles was man braucht und sind sehr sauber. Die gesamte Anlage ist sehr gepflegt und geschmackvoll angelegt. Die notwendige Ruhe wird durch die Lage der Anlage garantiert. Mit dem Auto, daß auf jeden Fall notwendig ist, läßt sich die Algarve von diesem Startpunkt aus wunderbar erkunden. Auch die Geschäfte für den täglichen Einkauf sind mit dem PKW gut zu erreichen. Nach einem erfrischenden Bad in dem großzügigen Pool lädt der Grillplatz ein, um den Tag mit den Spezialitäten der Algarve ausklingen zu lassen. Eine grosse Auswahl an Restaurants in nächster Umgebung ist auch gegeben. Der Vermieter, Bill, und die Managerin, Linda, sind sehr hilfsbereit und können gute Tipps geben. Wir können diese Anlage absolut empfehlen und sind sicher, dass wir in absehbarer Zeit unseren Urlaub wieder dort geniessen werden.
By The Edwards Family on 19-Aug-2013
The Casa Da Cruz Alta is a beautiful Villa in the Hills overlooking Sao Bras. It was the perfect choice for us as a family. Very private and secure. Huge Pool and superb landscaped garden with lovely fruit trees and plants. The Villa was like a home from home with everything we needed for an enjoyable stay. The outdoor gas BBQ was great and we used it almost every day of our holiday! Car hire is advisable if you want to explore further afield in the Algarve. All in all a Superb holiday Villa.