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Substantial Authentic Rustic Countryhouse In A Tiny Hilltop Hamlet : Secluded Pool and Barbecue Area

Bedrooms 4
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Farmhouse and Annexe in Sao Bras de Alportel, Eastern Algarve - Superb Panoramic Mountain Views In A Peaceful, Bucolic Location Away From Tourists But Near All Amenities

A Casa do Campo has two units: a large three bedroomed farmhouse and a one bedroomed annexe let exclusively to the group renting the main house.

Price quoted is for six-eight people. Discounted price available for smaller parties.

The spacious authentic rustic farmhouse and the annexe, both artistically and lovingly restored, offer beautiful countryside mountain views. The original features have been painstakingly and stylishly updated with typical Portuguese style windows (shielded by anti-insect screens), doors and cane ceilings. There is air-conditioning in every bedroom.

Drive through the automatic gates and park off-road; nearby is the roofed outdoor living room overlooking the (8m x 3.5m) pool on a sunny terrace with pretty Portuguese tiles and comfortable outdoor furniture. Look across to country views and relax on the cushioned rattan suites, ideal for sipping a cool drink, reading a book, playing games or just chatting with friends. For sun-worshippers there are plenty of rattan sunbeds, stylish cushions, side tables and parasols for lounging around the pool.

Up some steps at the front of the house is another long upper terrace with far reaching mountain views (on a clear day you can see the sea) and a huge barbecue tucked around the side.

A chunky farmhouse table and benches near both the barbecue and the kitchen gives 8 people lots of room for relaxed al fresco dining, shaded if required by a large awning and umbrellas.

Inside The Main House:

The new and well-equipped architect-designed "eat in" kitchen (with round table seating eight for relaxed indoor conviviality) and separate utility room with fridge and essential ice machine are conveniently near the al fresco eating area.

Although the Main House only sleeps six, there is ample seating for eight in the kitchen, the living room, barbecue area and outdoor living room by the pool.

There are double doors from the terrace to the large, bright and airy living room and a twin room with house bathroom further along and a staircase up to the top floor.

The top floor houses the double bedded ensuite master bedroom on one side of the staircase and on the other is a large double room with a double and a single bed and its own bathroom nearby. The house laptop with free wifi and basic printer sit quietly in the hallway in front of a bright window with pretty views - a quiet away-from-it-all spot for browsing. Childproof gates are available to be fitted if required at both the top and foot of the stairs.

Inside The Annexe:

A Casinha do Campo, or "The Annexe" is only rented out as an extension to the Main house and is not available for independent lets. It lies down some steps from the Main House. The previous owner of "A Casa do Campo" ran the Annexe as a B&B so it is fully equipped for independent living while being close enough to the Main House so that guests in the Annexe don't feel excluded in any way.

There's a large double bed, traditional built-in wardrobes and units and in the far corner is a fridge, kettle and larder space. .

A good sized shower room with WC completes the self-contained amenities.

The Annexe has its own little terrace with mountain views, two sunbeds and overlooks the pool - it's slightly set apart but not so much that you miss out on any fun!

The Annexe has complete access to all the amenities inside and outside the Main House, as described above.

More Details

Clive and Charlie Barton, Mags Lake
Member since: 2014
Speaks english
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
13 June, 2018

About Clive and Charlie Barton, Mags Lake

Clive and Charlie have owned property in the Eastern Algarve since 2001. Charlie's childhood was spent in Peru until her family relocated to Jersey. The family were happy there but missed the wild rawness of Peruvian countryside and in the 1970's retreated to a summer bolthole in Almeria, Spain, later moving on to Las Alpujarras, Granada where her artist mother loved to paint.

Charlie inherited the love of a simple rural life and when visiting friends near Estoi she and her husband Clive fell in love with the Eastern Algarve.

"Casa Violeta" came up for sale, followed by "A Casa do Campo" in a village reminiscent of happy, stress-free childhood holidays away from tourists in beautiful unspoilt surroundings.

Clive and Charlie Barton, Mags Lake purchased this farmhouse in 2013

Why Clive and Charlie Barton, Mags Lake chose São Brás de Alportel

We bought "A Casa do Campo" from a friend who had refurbished the farmhouse to such a high standard that very little needed to be done.

Two years previously Charlie had bought "Casa Violeta" (P10140) in the same village which has proved very popular both for couples wanting a quiet romantic "away from it all" holiday and for families or friends wanting a location which, although quiet and seemingly remote is still very near to all amenities and beaches, golf courses, etc.

We are also very lucky to have our Property Managers, Ian and Mags living close by and looking after both properties to a very high standard which has been much appreciated by our guests at Casa Violeta.

What makes this farmhouse unique

A Casa do Campo has a wonderful barbecue area and large terrace with sweeping mountain views. There is also a covered seating area by the pool where one can relax in the shade while keeping an eye on the children enjoying the swimming pool.

The old and atmospheric house is airy and spacious with lovely views from every window.

Sao Bras de Alportel, a busy town, is only a ten minute drive away on quiet country roads - beaches are just half an hour away. There is no stressful motorway driving to do between the airport and the house.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse rental in São Brás de Alportel, Portugal

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath (no shower) , shower enclosure
    Shower room 1 - shower enclosure
    Shower room 2 - shower enclosure
    Shower room 3 - shower enclosure
  • Ensuite bathroom to master bedroom with small bath, WC and walk-in shower; a shower room with basin and WC near the 2nd upstairs bedroom; a house bathroom with WC and shower on the ground floor near the twin room. The Annexe has a shower, basin and WC
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Price quoted for 6-8 people. Discount available for smaller parties Notes on bedrooms: There are 2 bedrooms at the top of the house - the master bedroom with a double bed and ensuite, and a large bedroom with a double and a single bed and its own bathroom. Downstairs is a twin room with bathroom. The Annexe has a double bed and ensuite.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Games
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Pool / Spa:
  • Indoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Priced for 6-8 people but discount available for smaller groups. The master bedroom is on the top floor with a 5ft double bed plus a large bedroom across the hallway containing a double (also 5ft) and a single bed. This bedroom can either be used for a couple, or for two children who need to sleep near their parents. Cot available plus baby gates can be installed on the stairs. There is one twin room downstairs and a further double room with 5ft bed in the annexe as described above. All bedrooms have airconditioning. Outside: The property is accessed by a remote controlled entrance and there is room for parking a large car inside the grounds. You step through from the parking area into a large covered outdoor room, built for shady but poolside relaxation. Here there are comfortable rattan sofas with plump and colourful cushions for flopping, reading, playing cards or just enjoying a break from the sunshine with a cooling drink. You can sit here but still watch over the kids in the pool if they need supervision. There are six rattan sunbeds by the pool and two further sunbeds outside the Annexe, which is in full view. At the far corner of the house, above the covered sunroom is the large barbecue and huge farmhouse outdoor table and benches. There are plenty of sunshades for shady lounging/dining. At night the sky is full of stars due to the lack of light pollution in the area. Utility Room: The utility room lies through an archway from the kitchen and houses a washing machine, tumble drier, second fridge and dishwasher. A large cupboard holds cleaning equipment, iron and ironing board and second sink. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bath towels and pool towels are all supplied as well as all bedlinen. The property is cleaned and bedlinen and towels changed once a week. In case of bookings of 10 days, bedlinen, etc will be changed during the middle of the holiday.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews
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Villa cosy and homely pool lovely and clean nice sitting area near to the pool with a fridge

  • 5 of 5

Mags and Ian who manage the property were fab nothing was too much trouble .we arrived two hours late and they were still at the villa waiting for us both really friendly despite our late arrival. The welcome pack was amazing absolutely everything you would want and need. Villa and pool Fab. Very quiet location . Be careful which car rental company you use as sixth try to get you have extra insurance 234.00 euros extra plus there is a late pick up charge of 34euros plus a charge for the satnav which is part of the car . Also be aware there are charges for the use of the motorway excessive charges we came home to a 108.00 credit card bill . That aside we had a fantastic holiday

  • Review Submitted: 15/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time and trouble to write us such a nice review and we hope to welcome you back one day soon. We offer a 10% discount to returning guests. The motorway problems unfortunately affect us all here in Portugal but I'd like to confirm to anyone thinking of booking that the route from Faro airport to Casa Violeta does not involve driving on a motorway or paying tolls.
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Fantastic stay

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful peaceful villa But only about 30 minutes from the airport.

Mags and Ian were there to meet us and had filled the fridge with all the essentials to get us started. They were there to answer any queries but were not at all intrusive.

We had a lovely holiday and will definitely return.

  • Review Submitted: 17/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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An excellent house

  • 5 of 5

Our party of five adults found the house well supplied with what we needed to be comfortable, to cater for ourselves, enjoy the fantastic weather and cool off when it got too hot. The standard of cleanliness was faultless, the flyscreens worked well and possibly our only complaint would be that the annexe bedroom did not have a screened door. Other than this we had a splendid stay.

  • Review Submitted: 26/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Well equipped property with amazing views

  • 5 of 5

On arrival, We were given a very warm welcome from Mags and Ian. A welcome pack to provide an evening snack and breakfast for the next day was very much appreciated as we had a late flight in. A beautiful well equipped house with stunning views. The private pool was brilliant to come back to at the end of a day out or to have a chill out day by the pool. Very comfortable beds upstairs but downstairs beds may be fine for children but not so comfortable for adults. The freshly picked lemons from the lemon tree in the garden tasted equally delicious in both avG&T or with iced water . An Algarve holiday away from the crowds.

  • Review Submitted: 11/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fantastically peaceful

  • 5 of 5

My partner and I stayed here for 10 nights of unadulterated bliss. Cova Da Muda offered us the quiet sanctuary we were after. The beautiful valley views were a fabulous start to our mornings. We travelled around the Algarve ahead of staying here so it really was a deserved retreat to relax.

The villa had everything we needed, and was in a really clean and good condition.

My boyfriend loved the shaded cabana as he's less of a sun worshipper than me, so was a very welcomed addition. The short drive to the local restaurants of Sao Bras was easy for us to do and all the reasonably priced restaurants served us all great food.

We absolutley loved our 10 days here and were sad to leave. We will definitely be back.

  • Review Submitted: 19/06/2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Maison tout équipée ( home cinéma machine a glaçon 4 frigo ordinateur et imprimante ...)les personnes sur place sont tres accueillantes et directement la en cas de problème

À recommander sans hésitation

  • Review Submitted: 19/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci beau coup de nous ecrire un commentaire. C'etait un plaisir de vows accueillir et nous esperons que vous allez bientot rentrer (10% de reduction pour les clients qui rentrent!)
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Nearest Airport
22 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
22 Kilometres
Nearest Train
22 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
16 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
6 Kilometres
Sao Bras
Nearest Beach
22 Kilometres
Ilha de Faro
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

The area around Sao Bras de Alportel is perfect for mountain bikers and geo cashers.

There are many little-used tracks around in lovely countryside for hikers, picnickers and man-made dams round which to enjoy a picnic.

There are stables nearby and pony treks regularly go through the village.

It's also a paradise for bird watchers - golden orioles, hoopoes, bee-eaters and many other species are predominant.


Beautiful beaches stretch the length of the Algarve and are about 30 minutes away. There is information in the house and many recommendations to suit all tastes.


Faro Airport is the nearest; about 30/35 minutes' drive away - no motorways - and mostly quiet roads.

Seville Airport is an hour and a half drive away and Lisbon two and a half hours.

Car hire is earnestly recommended, although we know a helpful and reliable English speaking taxi driver who can pick you up from the airport and take you back at the end of the holiday for 30 Euro . A stop at a supermarket would add 5 Euro. Bikes can be hired and Sao Bras de Alportel is 10 mins drive


Sao Bras de Alportel, the nearest large town, is about 10 minutes by car. Faro is 30 minutes, with a pretty old town and interesting churches. Olhao has lovely fish, meat and vegetable markets on the front where you can enjoy a cool drink and watch all the fishing boats, and is also about 45 minutes and Tavira is also well worth a visit. Otherwise lovely Portuguese sea side towns to the west include Ferragudo, Lagos and Sagres - an hour or so.

Beautiful Seville is an hour and a half away.

Further Details:

There are many good and amazingly inexpensive Portuguese restaurants in Sao Bras de Alportel, as well as Chinese, Indian, Pizza places, cafes, bakeries, supermarkets, banks, pharmacies etc. There's a lovely local market, always busy, where people are most helpful.

There's an interesting Museum which features traditional Portuguese agricultural life and often there are art exhibitions and Fado recitals.

Parking is generally easy and there are supermarkets like Pingo Doce, Lidl and Intermarche within easy reach.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday farmhouse in the São Brás de Alportel, Portugal

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
1 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
AU$1,966 **
High Summer
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
AU$2,591 **
Autumn 2018
1 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
AU$1,787 **

Additional information about rental rates

+4 guests to 8 - extra AU$ 12.51 per person per night

Booking Notes:
We have a minimum stay of 7 nights, but are flexible as regards stays of over a week depending on itineraries of other guests. If available additional days can be arranged, pro-rata. To secure the booking please send 25% of the total - bank details will be given for a BACS transfer, otherwise a cheque is fine. .

The balance is requested eight weeks before the date of arrival.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is flexible depending on the itineraries of other guests. Normally check out is at 10.00 a.m. and check in is at 4.00 p.m., but if there are no other guests on a given day we can try and accommodate earlier or later times to suit.

Notes on prices:
The above prices are for a party of 6 - 8 people but we offer a discount for smaller parties. There are are no hidden charges in our prices, and we give a generous complimentary welcome pack on arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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