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Mrs N Holden

Member since: 2010
Speaks english

Moorish Style Villa With Private Heated Swimming Pool In Quiet, Hilltop Location

7 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


Photos and Description of this Cerro Grande holiday villa

Villa near Paderne, Central Algarve, Portugal - Stunning Views Inland And Towards The Coast

Casa do Moinho (House of the Windmill) is situated high in the hills a few miles from the village of Paderne with fantastic 360 degree views towards the coast and inland. Moinho is ideally suited for relaxing family holidays, but with it's peaceful, countryside setting as well as for golfers, ramblers and artists. Due to the hillside location, it has cooling breezes in the summer. Moinho is a split-level Moorish style villa which has some modern elements, but still retains some of the more

traditional, homely Portuguese features. It is a good base for those wishing to experience the real Algarve with several traditional and European restaurants nearby. Moinho is within easy reach of the coast, good beaches, numerous golf courses and shopping facilities.

Free WiFi now available.

As BSky have literally pulled "the plug" on receiving UK satellite TV in Portugal we have this month ( April 2014 ) install a new system via broadband from a company called UKTVPortugal. All BBC,ITV Channel4 etc plus many more channels can be viewed on our flat screen TV.

Casa do Moinho is strictly a non smoking villa. Please respect other clients and not smoke inside the villa. Thank you.

2017 rates now updated on website and taking bookings for 2017

More Details
  • long term rentals available
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Mrs N Holden (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Speaks english

About Mrs N Holden

The Holden family is Mike, Niki and three daughters who all love our time at Moinho just relaxing, swimming, cycling, sunbathing, reading and enjoying the culture, food and wine of the area. With everyone working at an alarming rate nowadays a few days away in Portugal allows the batteries to recharge. The rest of the family are always on the go too, so an opportunity to stop the clock somewhere we know is a real bonus.

Mrs N Holden purchased this villa in 2003

Why Mrs N Holden chose Albufeira

As a family we have holidayed in the Algarve for many years and when the opportunity came to invest in a holiday home there was only one location for us. We have always loved this area away from the coast and the madding crowds and developments but still within a short distance of the airport, coast, shops and other facilities. All around we have lovely views, restaurants and places to visit. We looked for some where where we had space, peace and privacy - somewhere that we could switch off from the busy life we leave behind in England. When we found Moinho we knew it was a place we could call home. We have worked hard to constantly improve the house with little touches and facilities that make it our home but without spoiling its rural nature.

What makes this villa unique

Moinho is only 40 minutes from Faro airport, and 20 minutes from a selection of beaches, golf courses, shops and there are some great local restaurants and wines to enjoy. The property is spacious inside and out, private and has great views inland and down to the coast making the most of its hilltop position. We can get to major towns very quickly, even Sevilla in Spain and Lisbon are within relatively short drives. It doesn't get better than this.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Just wanted to say a huge thank you for the chance of renting your wonderful villa and your thoughtful and much appreciated welcome pack. After a long night and day with no sleep we arrived at your wonderful Algarve home and was blown away by the location and views , everything we were looking for, peace and quiet and chance to unwind, thank you again.
Sep 2016
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Moorish Style Villa With Private Heated Swimming Pool In Quiet, Hilltop Location
average rating of 4.857143 based on 15 reviews

A fantastic holiday!

  • 5 of 5

We booked to stay at the villa for a week in August, with friends, who have children. The villa was perfect! We each had our own separate rooms, all with en suites, which allowed us to all have our own space and privacy. The family occupied the two opposite rooms at one end of the corridor and we had the large room, with the balcony overlooking the pool, at the other. The house was extremely clean and well presented, the bathrooms have recently been done to a very high standard.The kitchen had everything you could wish for. As we had children with us, we prepared most of our meals at the villa and we were very grateful for the vast array of serving dishes and crockery, which meant we didn't have to wash up after each meal and could hide it in the dishwasher! . The outside area was beautiful, we loved spending our evenings admiring the view from the balcony. The children loved the pool! We had paid extra for it to be heated, although as the temperatures rarely went below 36c while we were there, we probably didn't really need to have bothered. The villa, although being away from the main hustle and bustle, was a pleasant drive from many of the main towns you may want to visit. We loved the beach at Alvor and enjoyed looking at the yachts at Vilamoura, both within an hours drive. We would definitely book again and would recommend this villa for anyone planning on holidaying with friends. Overall, a fantastic holiday!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Penny for your very kind comments and glad you all had a great time. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon
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Holiday heaven

  • 5 of 5

What a fabulous place to relax and unwind!

We chose the villa from the photos and reviews but seeing the villa when we arrived exceeded our expectations. There were 3 of us staying and we all enjoyed using the pool, we didn't bother having the heating on and did not need it as the water was a lovely temperature. The villa was very spacious, clean and had everything that you could possibly need, we did not find the keys to the pool room for a couple of days, it might be worth mentioning it in the information book. The views are really outstanding and we ate all our meals out on the terrace when we were dining in.

There are lots of lovely restaurants around but our favourite was Xerem near Paderne, very friendly staff and outstanding food.

Thank you so much for letting us stay in your beautiful holiday home Niki, we will be back!!

The Levitts from Barnsley South Yorkshire

  • Review Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your very kind comments and we are glad you had a relaxing holiday. We will action your suggestion about the pool room keys but this is the first time we have had this problem in 13 years.
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A tranquil holiday

  • 4 of 5

The villa is set on top of a hill with far reaching views, the neighbours are not very close so your holiday is very peaceful with very little noise from other holidaymakers, also it is totally private and not overlooked, and has benefitted recently with upgrades to two of the bathrooms, which are of a very high standard. Everything that you could need is provided, the kitchen is very well equipped, and has a utility for your laundry needs. It should be noted though that a car is a must for this location, the nearest town is Paderne which is small and quaint. Larger supermarkets can be found at Faro and Guia. We can thoroughly recommend this villa, we have been twice now and very much hope to visit again in the future.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. we look forward to seeing you again soon at Moinho
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The best holiday ever

  • 5 of 5

We have had many villa holidays before but our stay here in portugal at casa do moinho hasa to be the best.From opening the front door we could feel ourselves relaxing in the beautiful atmosphere Niki and her family have created, The villa was spotless and so well equiped with extra littles touches added in all the lovely rooms,,we are so glad we had the pool heated as the nights in sept were getting cooler. Trips out to local restauants are a must and the coast is only a short drive away on very quiet roads . The portuguese people are so friendly it was a pleasure to go anywhere...Kim ( the manager ) was very helpful with any thing we needed to know , As a couple we enjoyed the peace and quiet and could not get enough of the stunning views from the terrace , if you want a get away from everything yet still close to small village bars and cafes this villa is the one for you ..Helen and Richard from Huddersfield

  • Review Submitted: Oct 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Helen and Richard for your lovely comments from a couples point of view. Glad you had a relaxing peaceful holiday and look forward to welcoming you back again soon.
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Holiday Heaven

  • 5 of 5

After driving through some very narrow village streets, we arrived at the bottom of a rural track. As we got to the top we didn't know what to expect, but we were absolutely delighted. "Casa do Moinho" is a fabulous hilltop villa with amazing views of the surrounding countryside and down to the coast. If you want to be in the middle of lots of shops, bars and restaurants then this is not the place for you. A car is an absolute necessity and all these things are within a few minutes drive. If you are looking for a beautiful, quiet, get away from it all type of place, then "Casa do Moinho" definitely fits the bill. It is airy, spacious, equipped with everything you could need, spotlessly clean and very well maintained. The pool area, terrace and gardens are all very well kept.

We are a family of five with three teenagers. Having wifi is great as it keeps them entertained and in contact with the world for hours! English TV is another plus point to keep them happy. Having a private pool is great and lots of time was spent swimming, playing and floating looking at a very clear blue sky! The terrace is beautifully furnished and most of our holiday was spent on it. A perfect place for reading, relaxing, having meals, enjoying the local beer and wine, and just watching that ever changing view ... pure bliss! In the evenings after our many BBQs we had some competitive and fun games of Petanque in the lower garden.

There are loads of things to do and places to visit. Paderne about 5-10 mins drive has some bars, restaurants and a couple of very small local shops. For a large supermarket and shopping mall we went to Guia. Sagres, a small town on the South West tip of the Algarve has fabulous clifftop walks and is well worth a visit for the views and windswept cliffs. Other places we visited were Lagos in the Western Algarve and Tavira in the Eastern Algarve, both nice towns with lots of shops, bars, restaurants and beaches. Loule in the hills behind Faro has some interesting saturday markets and a bustling centre. Vilamoura on the coast is about 25 mins by car and has a marina with lots of restaurants and bars and is a great place to visit for dinner and do lots of people watching!

We went to "Slide and Splash" waterpark for a day. The kids really enjoyed it and had great fun. Another morning the boys went quadbiking at "Quinta Quads" based near Loule. They had a fantastic time. We loved "Casa do Moinho" so much we are booking it again! Can't wait!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your very kind words. Am so glad you all had an amazing holiday and look forward to welcoming you back in 2016 ,.
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What a fabulous villa and location

  • 5 of 5

Mum and dad have been to the villa many times I've seen photos and heard about their time at the villa and must say it lived up to all expectations.The road up is a bit narrow in places and winding but it doesn't prepare you for villa and views when you get to the top magnificent.To start with when you walk into the villa you can tell it's someone home it's so welcoming,bedrooms are well furnished all on suit very nice staircase down to lounge is very elegant and welcoming furniture is very comfortable,kitchen has everything you need to hand can't fault it.Out side the view is to die for to sit and have a coffee or something of the grape varieties just heaven,we had the pool heated such a bonus with small children.Went on trips out and about coast ,shopping,meals out but enjoyed time in and around villa just relaxing and winding down,just one small thing to make it perfect would be if the pool room could be made into a toilet so you don't have to go back upstairs when you have been in the pool?just a little though.Apart from that such a great holiday thanks letting us stay in your fabulous home from home we will be back.all best Crooks and Dennis family

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely comments and glad you all had a fabulous holiday. Agree about the walk upstairs but unfortunately it is not practical or feasible to build a toilet there. Look forward to welcoming Mum and Dad and the family again soon.
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Cerca Velha
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
A2 at Boliquieme
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Cerca Velha
Car: necessary


The famous sandy beaches of the Algarve are within easy driving distance. These include Quinta do Lago,Vale do Lobo, Falesia,Gale and further along the coast towards Praia do Rocha and Cape St Vincent and to the Spanish border.


Faro airport is 40 minutes from the villa via the EN125 or A22/IP1 (motorway) All major airlines including budget airlines fly into Faro from many major towns/cities in the UK and Ireland as well as European cities. Car hire is essential. The nearest train station is at Tunes with connections east to Faro town, west to Lagos and north to Lisbon (3hrs).


Paderne is 5 minutes away by car and Quinta do Lago/Vale do Lobo/Albufeira about 25 minutes. Lisbon/Seville are about 2-3 hours by motorway. Large supermarkets can be found in nearby Ferreiras, Loule and Albufeira with a modern shopping complex with multi-screen cinema and food court at Algarve shopping near Guia around 20 mins drive away.

Further Details:

Paderne has it's own castle ruins which can be seen lit up at night from our patio. The village is one of the few remaining traditional Portuguese villages left on the Algarve. Meander around the narrow cobbled streets and stop for a coffee and pastel de nata at one of the numerous cafes around the village square.The Moorish capital of Silves, poetic Alte and Loule are worth a visit together with the Roman ruins at Milreu and palace at Estoi. Or venture inland to the cool mountains and spa at Monchique and climb up to the highest point at Foia 903m above sea-level for the fantastic views. Many towns and villages hold monthly or weekly markets. Loule has a particularly good gypsy market on Saturdays together with the covered market in the centre of town. There is a wealth of sporting opportunities along the coast, including water-skiing, paragliding, banana boats, jet-skis, deep sea fishing and boat trips along the coastline. You can swim with the dolphins at Zoomarine and between Quarteira and Portimao there are a number of water parks with varying waterslides and shutes. Other family attractions include Algarve zoo at Algoz, carting near Almancil and safari jeep tours which go high into the Algarve countryside often via dried up riverbeds. For the cooler months you can partake in long,off the beaten track country walks/rambles.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday villa in Cerro Grande, Portugal

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Rate 3 2016
29 Sep 2016 - 2 Nov 2016
4 night minimum stay
Rate 1 2017
2 Mar 2017 - 29 Mar 2017
4 night minimum stay
Rate 2 2017
30 Mar 2017 - 26 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
Rate 3 2017
27 Apr 2017 - 31 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
Rate 4 2017
1 Jun 2017 - 28 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
Rate 5 2017
29 Jun 2017 - 19 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
Rate 6 2017
20 Jul 2017 - 30 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
Rate 7 2017
31 Aug 2017 - 27 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
Rate 8 2017
28 Sep 2017 - 1 Nov 2017
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit A$402

Booking Notes:
A non-refundable deposit of 30% of the rental is due to secure the booking,with the balance and a breakage deposit of £250 payable 6 weeks before departure. If a booking is made within the 6 weeks the full rental plus breakage deposit are payable in full. The breakage deposit will be banked and then refunded, less any deductions, within two weeks subject to a house inspection.
5% discount on rental for all returning clients for 7 nights or more

Changeover Day:
Changeover days are usually Thursdays but can be varied. Arrival after 15.00 (3pm) and vacate by 10am on morning of departure but can be flexible if no clients are in before or after your stay.

Notes on prices:
Prices shown are for the property per week in UK pounds. Shorter rentals - 4 days min and long term rentals are available. If rental periods cross seasons the rent payable is at the appropriate rate.Payment can be made by BACS - prefered method- sorry no cash payments taken
5% discount given on rental prices for all returning clients throughout whole season March to November for 7 nights or more.
Please note car hire is essential to reach and travel around the area.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa rental in Cerro Grande, Portugal

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , bath with shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure
  • En-suite bathroom to master bedroom with bath, WC, walk-in shower and sink unit refurbished to a high standard in March 2016 . Bedroom 2 tastefully refurbished as shower room. Bathroom to bedroom 3 has a bath, WC and twin sinks. Separate shower room with WC and sink. Pool side shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6/8 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 -king size bed, small balcony overlooking the pool area, large double wardrobe. Bedroom 2 - twin beds, large double wardrobe and Alentejo traditional style furniture Bedroom 3 - twin beds, double wardrobe and Alentejo traditional style furniture
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • long term rentals available
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: All bedrooms have a portable electric fan, a hairdryer and an electric anti-mosquito machine. For comfort and space a sleeping capacity of 6 is recommended but an extra child/adult can be accommodated on a put-u-up in bedroom 2 . If 2 families of 4 (2 adults/2 children) wish to hire the villa we can provide an inflatable double mattress for 2 children. There is a cot with linen and highchair at no extra cost. Logs for the fire and up to 3 Portable electric heaters . Pool heating cost is in March/April/May/Oct £160pw June/Sep£120pw July/Aug £90pw. Pool heating is not available from Nov to Feb . Free WiFi access now included . Portable air con unit and aircon in main bedroom. Welcome pack with English tea/ coffee/milk/water/toilet rolls/ complimentary wine and beer to start your holiday with. We are a non-smoking villa. Outside: Patio doors from the kitchen and lounge lead out to a covered dining terrace. We have recently purchased a modern, rattan set of dining table and chairs together with comfy sofa, armchairs and coffee table for the terrace area. This leads onto the pool area with a heatable pool 10 x 5m with steps and depth of 0.75 - 2m with a poolside shower. There are 6 sun-loungers with cushions and 2 sun umbrellas. This goes onto the barbecue area with a built in barbecue and table and chairs. There is a storeroom with pool toys and games. Steps lead down from the pool area to a Petanque/boules pitch (boules sets provided). Utility Room: 2 x fridge/freezers, washing machine, clothes-dryer, ironing board and iron. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Maid service available on request.Bedlinen and towels provided and changed weekly. Pool towels provided. Gardener and pool man call at least once or twice a week in high season. Cot/ bedlinen and highchair available free of charge Other: Dining room with large table seating 8 and 2 sideboard

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