Villa Rental West Algarve
UNIQUE PROPERTY with Gardens and Pool, In a TRULY UNSPOILT VILLAGE ( the best of both worlds )


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Owner : Patricia Bird

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Overview
  • Property Type Villa Rental
  • Location West Algarve
  • Sleeps 8
  • Bedrooms 6
  • Bathrooms 4
  • Minimum nights stay7
  • Low season price per week£390
  • High season price per week£1190
  • Average price per week£590
  • Customer rating 5.0 / 5 ( 16 reviews )
  • Please contact the owner directly to confirm the price and availability
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ADJACENT PROPERTIES AT THE EDGE OF AN HISTORIC VILLAGE IN THE NATIONAL PARK

CASA DOS ARCOS (sleeps 8), VILLA DOS ARCOS (sleeps 4) with optional cottage CASITA DO PINTOR (sleeps 2-4)

This charming and unusual group of properties , very near the coast, will suit any combination of guests from 2 to 14. Traditional village houses, lovingly restored, they have great character, beautiful gardens , private pools and command dramatic views.

CASA DOS ARCOS (sleeps 8):
Large village house - former "big house" of the village, now faithfully restored.
Drawing room - Handsome, spacious drawing room with Algarvean open fireplace and wood burning stove. Satellite television, DVD player.
Kitchen and dining - Large traditionally furnished dining room with fully equipped kitchen area. French windows open onto the garden. Kitchen facilities include washing machine, fridge-freezer, oven, microwave, hob, kettle, toaster, cutlery and crockery.
Bedrooms - 4 twin bedrooms - 3 of the bedrooms have French windows which open onto the terraces.
Bathrooms - 2 large marble-tiled bathrooms with baths, wash basins, w.c. and bidets.
Outside - Charming patio garden with wall lighting, flower beds and full barbeque. Also sun terraces with dramatic views.
Swimming Pool - Small private pool in a sheltered setting - regularly cleaned.
General - Outside furniture includes loungers and dining furniture.
Linen and bath towels are provided but please take your own beach towels.
Suitability - Family friendly - cots are available and an infant's crib. English speaking babysitter available.

VILLA DOS ARCOS (sleeps 4):
Detached villa built in 1985 to traditional design and using traditional material. Separate cottage in the grounds (Casita do Pintor, sleeps 2+) available as an option.
Sitting Room - 25ft sitting room at first floor level with open fireplace and wood burning stove, satellite television with DVD player and dining area. Extensive views to North and South over the village and the surrounding open countryside. French doors to spacious terrace.
Kitchen - Well equipped sunny kitchen with breakfast bar. Kitchen facilities include washing machine, fridge-freezer, oven, microwave, hob, kettle, toaster, cutlery and crockery.
Bedrooms - 2 twin bedrooms with fitted wardrobes and french windows leading into the garden. There is also a double sofa bed in the sitting room - the Villa can accommodate a maximum of 6 people.
Bathrooms - 2 marble tiled bathrooms
Outside - Wide south facing sun terrace with stunning views and steps which lead into the gardens. Delightful garden with barbeque, wall lighting, gazebo, pergola and orange, lemon and peach trees, fruiting vines.
Swimming Pool - Private swimming pool in walled garden with floral sun terraces, regularly cleaned. The pool is shared with the Casita, but the garden is separate.
General - Outside furniture includes loungers and dining furniture.
Linen and bath towels are provided but please take your own beach towels.
Suitability - Family friendly - cots are available and an infant's crib. English speaking babysitter available.

CASITA DO PINTOR (sleeps 2-4):
N.B. Only available in conjunction with Villa dos Arcos
Delightful cottage converted from two old barns, only available in conjunction with Villa dos Arcos.
Sitting room/Kitchen - Light, sunny sitting room with kitchen area and french windows to the patio.
Bedroom - Twin bedroom with fitted wardrobes. There are two sofa beds in the sitting room - the Casita can accommodate a maximum of 4 people but is most comfortable for 2.
Bathroom - Marble tiled bathroom
Outside - Patio with barbeque.
Swimming Pool - Private swimming pool (shared with Villa dos Arcos), regularly cleaned, with floral sun terraces.

GENERAL
Outside furniture includes loungers and dining furniture.
Linen and bath towels are provided but please take your own beach towels.
Suitability - Family friendly - cots are available and an infant's crib. English speaking babysitter available. Owing to its proximity to the pool, the Casita is not recommended for infants unless they are constantly supervised.

The nearest beach is reached by a glorious short walk through a valley dotted with fig and bamboo groves, and medieval wells, with abundant bird and butterfly life. It is sheltered by cliffs all round with a ruined Roman fortress on top, and there is sometimes a freshwater lagoon. Because it cannot be reached by car it it tends to be deserted even in high season.

There is a small white-washed fishing village about the same distance away, reached on foot or by road in a couple of minutes. On its expansive, sandy beach fishermen land and sell their catch, mooring their colourful boats; several restaurants charcoal-grill the freshly-caught sea food, although recent 'improvements' have sadly led to some of its quaint character being lost.

There are many other deserted beaches and small coves within easy reach, with superb cliff-top walks between them, making this one of the finest stretches of untouched coast-line in in Europe.

Visitors are thus able to enjoy the unique combination of authentic village life, together with the comforts of a modern villa and pool normally found only in the development areas which have destroyed so much of the Algarve. They offer that rare discovery - the best of both worlds.

pendently. The two houses are adjacent, but not inter-connected. The Villa has a cottage in its grounds (Casita do Pintor) which is available as an option ; two or more families (or generations) wishing to go on holiday together but wanting a measure of independence may favour this arrangement. Large parties (eg. golfing parties) can be accommodated using all three properties (maximum number 16).

All the houses are attractively furnished in traditional Portuguese style and include bed linen, towels, and complimentary welcome pack with selection of food and wine.
An English speaking baby sitter is available..

FACILITIES NEARBY (with times by car):
Golf: Parque da Floresta. A fine 18 hole championship course, never crowded, in a charming forest setting with many water holes and challenges. Concessionary rates have been negotiated. ( 3 minutes) Details on request.
Palmares. 18 hole seaside links course. (20 minutes)
Penina. 36 hole woodland course(s). (30 minutes)
Boa Vista. 18 hole cliff-top course. (15 minutes)

BIRD WATCHING.
There is an abundance of bird life, including Sardinian and Melodious Warblers, Montagu's and Marsh Harriers, and Egrets. There are many other rare species in the area including Pratincoles, Stilts, Hoopoes, Bee-eaters, Black and Red Kites, Vultures, Booted Eagles and migrants (en route to Africa).

Professionally guided tours to breeding grounds and, by boat, to watch Petrels and others far out at sea. ( Details on request). Lagos has a centre where large birds of prey are flown and demonstrated daily . There is a vast wetland bird reserve at Palmares.


SPORTS
Squash, Tennis (3 minutes), Riding (Hacking and lessons) in Burgau (8 minutes). It is possible to ride for miles over wild countryside and beaches.
Wind-surfing in Salema (3 minutes). Excellent board and body surfing at numerous nearby beaches
Sailing, Micro-light hire in Lagos (15 minutes)
"Slide and Splash" Aquatic Park (30 minutes)
Scuba diving also arranged
Donkey sanctuary nearby (3 minutes)
Fishing: Superb sea fishing all along the coast
Big Game, Marlin and Shark fishing in Lagos

Beach-Barbecues: (arranged by boat). Scooter hire and local market in Salema (3 minutes)

Entertainment: Museums, Churches, Galleries, local handicrafts, cinema, wide range of restaurants and night life in Lagos (some, of a more modest nature, in Salema)
Local Art School (English speaking) in Burgau (8 minutes )

Reviews

Peaceful And Secluded


By David E on 20-Feb-2019

Casa dos Arcos sits on a high point in a village which has avoided the blights of mass tourism. Its walled garden and swimming pool area are bedecked with flowering shrubs and trees which produce an irresistible combination of scents and colours. Pleasant walks lead to unfrequented, unspoilt beaches. Winds from the Atlantic ensure the Algarve's heat is moderated.Simple restaurants serve fresh cuisine ( especially fish) and local wines. To summarise; anyone wishing to escape to a quieter and slower way of life should head to Casa dos Arcos!


5 of of 5

Ein Schoene Und Ruhige Oase


By Hans L on 20-Feb-2019

Wir hatten das Glueck , diese ungewoehnliche Villa zu entdecken, danz anders als so viele andere. Wir hatten eine herrliche Woche in einem authentisch portugiesischen Dorf , weit weg von den touristischen Gebieten , aber nur wenige Gehminuten von herrlichen einsamen Straenden und praehistorischen Staetten . Die Villa war sehr sauber, komfortabel und gut ausgestattet , und die Gaerten und Pool waren sehr gepflegt und ganz privat . Die Angestellten waren aesserst freundlich und hilfsbereit. Die umfangreichen Blicke in beide Richtungen waren herrlich, abwechslungsreich, und mit viel Wild, insbesondere mit einer Vielzahl von Voegeln , mit mehreren verschiedenen Greifvoegeln. Es gibt kein Nachtleben im Dorf abgesehen von zwei einfachen (ausgezeichneten) Restaurants. ( Jungenlich koennten es langweilig finden, obwohl sie vielleicht auch die Freuden der sanfteren Genuesse entdecken wuerden. ) Wir werden auf jeden Fall zurueckcommen und hoffen, dass der Massentourismus diesen idyllischen Ort nie erreichen wird.


5 of of 5

A Charming Villa


By Mark L on 02-Oct-2018

This delightful villa is in an old and atmospheric Portugese village, well away from most tourists. The villa is charming, elegant and authentic. The traditional bedrooms and facilities are simple but entirely adequate. The delightful sitting room has a superbly light and sunny outlook; its terrace overlooking the garden and pool is most inviting and a wonderful place for indulgent lunches. This villa is highly recommended (except for those seeking very luxurious modern accommodation).


5 of of 5

A DELIGHT


By PMK on 23-Aug-2017

The location is delightful: in a village that still remains largely undeveloped and overlooking open fields in one direction and with a long view from the terrace, across village rooftops to the not-so-distant coast, in the other. There's a beautiful beach reached via a lovely country walk. The village has an excellent - and-amazing-value - restaurant within easy walking distance of the house and there's plenty to do and see in the area. All facilities that one could sensibly require are present; the rooms are generously-sized and the garden is delightful, including a secluded and good-sized pool. Everything was clean and well-maintained. Highly recommended!


5 of of 5

A Truly Unspoilt Village


By Michael A on 17-May-2017

Absolutely amazing to be able to find a place with unspoilt scenery and very good amenities. The Villa was perfect with a beautiful pool that is cleaned regularly. Many places within easy walking distance. Fantastic


5 of of 5

Great Villa In Idyllic Location


By Kevin M on 30-Sep-2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Villa dos Arcos. The quiet location and the spacious living accommodation, not to mention the lovely pool, really made our stay in Portugal memorable. Figueira is one of the few unspoilt places on the South West coast of Portugal and one of the highlights was walking to Figueria beach, wonderfully remote and no other souls to be found, I suppose you sacrifice remoteness for lack of amenities. However there were other beaches nearby with facilities and restaurants with some great shell fish. The description of the villa was accurate and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We ate out most evenings but the kitchen was well appointed for the evenings we decided to stay in. The local supermarket was excellent and very inexpensive compared to the UK. I have passed on the details to several friends and look forward to returning next year.


5 of of 5

Spacious Villa In Unspoilt Village


By Tanya Hoare on 17-Aug-2016

With the coast so heavily developed it is a delight to still find a village which retains its traditional character. The villa is a traditional dwelling located on the edge of the village with lovely views of the surrounding countryside from its spacious first floor sitting room. There is a sunny walled garden with mature plants and this leads to the villa's own pool. Within a short distance of the villa are a number of delightful beaches. The village has a lovely small restaurant where home cooked food is available in friendly informal surroundings. The village is full of narrow streets, but we never had any difficulty parking our hire car right next to the villa. The villa was well maintained and although we had no problems it was reassuring to know that that there was someone nearby to help with any difficulties. A piece of old Portugal away from the madding crowds, and thoroughly recommended.


5 of of 5

STRONGLY RECOMMENDED


By Benjamin N on 30-Jul-2016

The Villa is just as described in the website : spotlessly clean, spacious, with lovely views from the windows and terrace. It is full of local character, with a beautiful garden and a large swimming pool which has been completely renovated this year. It is tastefully decorated and well equipped, and the caretaker who met us was very helpful in answering all our questions. We loved being in a real Portuguese village, with its cobbled streets and quaint little shops, and, as a bonus, a really excellent restaurant where delicious home-cooked meals were extremely modestly priced. The nearest beach was a joy - hardly anyone else on it, with perfect sand and sheltered by cliffs ; the children loved exploring the caves. It was so good to find a comfortable, stylish villa which was not on one of the many developments scarring the coastline further to the east. We would recommend this unreservedly, unless you or your family want night life - there is none ! But there are many restaurants in other nearby villages, and we were never disappointed. Finally, if you are a keen bird-watcher, this is a paradise - even a hoopoe in the garden, and lots of egrets in the pasture immediately outside. Go before it gets spoilt.


5 of of 5

HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS PRETTY VILLA


By Geri M on 27-Mar-2016

The directions we were given and assistance to get to the property was first class. The villa was very pretty, just like the photos. It was spotlessly clean. Tracy, the housekeeper had left a welcome pack of food and a bottle of wine for us, she was extremely helpful and friendly throughout our week's stay. We were blessed with mainly sunny weather but as it was the middle of March the nights were chilly, the log burner in the living room made the room look lovely and was really warm. We weren't familiar with this area of Portugal but really enjoyed the non tourist environment. We went some lovely walks to the unspoiled beaches, which were absoulutely beautiful and enjoyed the cliff top walks to the pretty little resort of Salema which was only about a mile away by road. There was plenty information in the villa about the local and surrounding areas. The patio areas were wee sun traps. We mainly ate in or had barbecues as our family and 2 year old grandson were staying with us but really enjoyed a delicious but extremely cheap lunch in one of the local bar/restaurants Saphinas. We had a surprise visit in the field adjacent to the villa of sheep, lambs and goats along with the melodic sound of the bells they wore round their necks - pure joy for our wee grandson!


5 of of 5

Autumn Break In Portugal


By Huigh M on 29-Oct-2015

The Vila dos Arcos was a charming place to spend a few days of sun before facing winter in London. It was my first visit to the Algarve and the Vila offered a perfect introduction. Figueira is an unspoilt Portuguese village set on a rising ground a short but adequate distance off the main road between Lagos and Sargres. It is in the West Algarve National Park and so the countryside is less developed than further East. Figueira beach, set between two protruding outcrops of rock and guarded by a Roman fort is not accessible by road so is never crowded. The walk from the Vila to the beach takes about twenty pleasant minutes. The Vila is very well designed with a spacious living room on the first floor giving views of the village and surrounding countryside in two directions. There us also a south facing-large balcony looking over the courtyard gardens. The bedrooms are on the ground floor and open directly into the inner courtyard. Two doors lead from the inner courtyard into an outer courtyard with a swimming pool. Both courtyards are paved with marble and have varied plants in beds and climbing up the walls, including a vine, pomegranate and bougainviliaea. These gardens have great charm and offer a relaing setting for lazing, swimming or reading. The Vila dos Arcos offers the best of both worlds - modern comfort and classical Portuguese charm - an excellent place for a short or long holiday at any time of the year.


5 of of 5

Relaxation And Peace In The Sun


By Eleanor R on 26-May-2015

This villa, with its spacious rooms, simply and tastefully furnished, its delightful paved courtyard garden and good-sized pool, is set in a traditional small village in the national park area. The village retains its authentic Portuguese character - narrow cobbled streets, colourful gardens and views out over the surrounding hills. A variety of south-facing uncrowded sandy beaches and coves are within easy walking or driving distance, and there are excellent bars and restaurants nearby. There is also a well-stocked small supermarket about 2 km away. Interesting local walks provide opportunities for enjoying the many wild flowers and birds. This is a wonderful place to relax, away from it all: the perfect retreat in a beautiful setting!


5 of of 5

THE TRUE PORTUGAL ; A REAL DELIGHT


By Victoria B on 02-May-2015

The website calls it 'the best of both worlds' and this is certainly what we found. The Villa itself is comfortable, tastefully furnished, light and airy, well equipped and nicely presented ; the pool is a good size, sheltered, with a very pretty garden. But what distinguishes it from other villas is its setting in an authentic, living village, and we greatly enjoyed being part of the local life (despite our lack of Portuguese !) even being invited in by some of the villagers. The village restaurant served simple but delicious food at very reasonable prices, and the two tiny shops (together with visits by the baker and the fisherman with fresh catch) provided all our needs for our own catering. The beaches were perfect and almost completely free of visitors, the bird life astonishing, and wherever we walked there were brilliant carpets of wild flowers. I am happy to recommend this property for a very special experience . Thank you.


5 of of 5

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED


By Jane G on 14-Apr-2015

A very unusual property. We have often visited the Algarve, but this time we reckon that we found the 'real' Portugal at last. The villa itself is comfortable, simple but tasteful, nicely presented, clean and well equipped, with an attractive garden and pool ; but the neighbours, instead of being other holidaymakers as one generally finds , are genuine, simple villagers, and we felt part of a living rural village, full of character and interest. The narrow cobbled streets were fascinating, and the views from the villa windows and balcony are spectacular, particularly as we are keen bird -watchers (the bird log in the villa is interesting and informative). The nearby beach was a joy (with a charming walk to it) ; we often went there after having lunch in the garden under the bougainvilleas or by the pool which was bathed in sunshine all day long . By way of contrast there is a great golf course nearby which is quite challenging but beautifully landscaped and blends naturally with the surrounding landscape. The only slight negative was the occasional dog barking at night and the cockerel which greeted the day rather early, but those are inevitable part of village life and we very soon learnt to live with them. Go to this delightful property before the village gets discovered and developed - which we hope will be never, being in the National Park.


5 of of 5

Thank You For A Wonderful Week


By Hugh M on 07-Mar-2015

To our suprise and delight, all our expectations were fulfilled . The property was just as described ; a charming, comfortable house, well equipped, with a beautiful garden, fruiting trees and a large pool, in an astonishingly unspoilt village. We loved our breakfasts on the sunny terrace, lunches by the pool and barbecues in the garden, surrounded by brilliant bouganvilleas and lit by the distinctive -pattern thrown by the garden wall lights. It was spotlessly clean without being clinical or bland - both the villa and the village are full of authentic, traditional character. We bought warm bread daily from one of the two quaint little village shops, and the exceptionally fresh sea food was amazing. We saw many rare birds, including a booted eagle, and swam daily in the pool and once - brvely - in the sea (from the glorious beach which we had entirely to ourselves). This property is highly recommended . We will be back next year - but with our children and grandchildren.Recommended for: Families with Young Children, Sightseeing, Age 55+, Romantic Getaway.


5 of of 5

Lovely Stay In An Unspoilt Village


By Nicky P on 09-Oct-2014

We have had a wonderful week in Villa des Arcos. The house had everything we could want and we greatly valued the complete privacy of the beautiful garden and pool - picking fruit from the trees and enjoying meals under the vine- covered pergola. Whilst not a luxury villa (it never claimed to be one) it was comfortable and spacious, well equipped and with sensational views in both directions. The walk to the delightful, secluded beach was a joy, easily accomplished by all the family in fifteen minutes. The village restaurant had excellent local food at astonishingly cheap prices. We can't wait to return next year as there is so much more that we still want to see and do.


5 of of 5

A Charming And Most Unusual Property


By James A on 12-Sep-2013

The house is elegant and tasteful with light, spacious rooms, well equipped and immaculately maintained. The gardens and pool are a delight ( brilliant bougainvillea , oranges and lemons straight from the trees) : we had a wonderful fortnight. What distinguishes it from most other rental properties is its situation in an authentic , and historic, rural village with all the usual attributes ( our neighbours happily gave us some of their produce and our children made new friends - despite the absence of a common language!) The bird life is astonishing and we much appreciated the informative , up-to-date bird log added to by successive previous visitors. Lovely simple meals in the village restaurant and marvellous walks, both short and long, to the various secluded beaches , all with perfect sand. We will be back next year - and probably for several years after - we just hope that it remains so unspoilt.


5 of of 5
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Children Welcome
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Refrigerator Hob Oven
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Toaster Dining seats Dining room
Internet Fireplace Wood stove
Air conditioning Heating Linens provided
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Hairdryer Ironing board Television
Satellite/cable Dvds Video library
Books Private pool Balcony
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