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Casa Violeta - Self-catering house in Algarve

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8150 030, Algarve
Southern Portugal, Portugal

Charlotte Barton

+44 (0)1534 731885 (landline)

A simple Slow holiday in the Algarvian hills: hikes and bike rides amid cork oaks and carobs, swimming, views, sunset barbecues and stars

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Approach this sleepy Algarvian hamlet with adventure in your heart, through choppy green seas of cork oaks, carobs and eucalyptus, on lanes meant for carts not cars. Clouds of bougainvillea usher you into the cool sitting room of a prettily rustic house framed by chunky whitewashed walls, tiles, arches and traditional cane ceilings. A corner fire, bright art, sofas with ethnic throws: flop without fussing about footprints or fripperies. Outside, a rooster crows... Outside, too, are a fenced pool gazing south, a terrace for sunset sips and peaceful reads, a tree-shaded dining area, soul-boosting views. Meander past olives, kumquat, cactus, a palm – no thirsty plants in this hot, breezy climate – then step in to a galley kitchen with bread machine and ice maker. If Charlie is not here, friendly Mags welcomes you. Slow down, relax by the pool, listen to the cock-crows emanating from the neighbouring rooster's harem. Head out for swims wild in dams, hike, pedal and picnic, barbecue at sunset, stargaze in clear skies. Coast and Faro are 30 minutes but don't come for beaches: this place is for active families, peace seekers and wild bunnies.

Limited mobility
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible without steps.
Children welcome
Suitable for guests with children aged 3 and over.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Air conditioning
Some, if not all, bedrooms are air-conditioned.
Wireless internet access available.
Swimming pool
On the premises.

Electricity included

Open fire / woodburner

Microwave oven

Central heating

Mobile reception




Cooked meals available

Washing machine

Restaurant within 3 miles

Shop within 3 miles

Pub within 3 miles

Relaxation areas

Breakfast available

Breakfast included



Spa on site

Bar on site

Free parking on site

Free parking nearby

Paid parking nearby

Local points of interest from Charlotte Barton:

Local points of interest from
Charlotte Barton:

  • Visit the Museum in Sao Bras de Alportel for displays of local culture and history; occasional fado evenings and art exhibitions
  • Cova da Muda is a bird watcher's paradise - see and listen for European bee eaters, Golden oriels, owls, hoopoes, Sardinian warblers and more (binoculars provided at the cottage)
  • Beautiful beaches and seaside restaurants only 20 minutes away
  • Fabulous fish, veg and meat markets at Olhao, a fishing port 25 minutes drive away - also many local markets within easy reach at Loule, Sao Bras de Alportel, Moncarapacho etc
  • See the famous ancient Milreu Roman ruins in the nearby pretty village of Estoi and wander around the Palacio do Visconde (aka the Pink Palace) just up the road
  • For a fun away-day you could visit Seville, 90 minutes away, or beautiful Tavira in the Eastern Algarve - on the other side visit the most westerly point in Europe at Sagres then head a bit north for great surfing at Alzejur on the West coast
Points of interest

Guest feedback
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"Casa Violeta is a hidden gem. Tucked away in the hills the complete peace and stillness allows you to completely relax. The house is very pretty and well equipped and the pool and hot tub are perfect to enjoy whatever the temperature. If you can tear yourself away from the property the surrounding towns and villages have plenty to explore and eating out is easy and inexpensive. The markets are fantastic for buying fresh produce to bring back for the barbecue. Mags and Ian are perfect hosts supplying a useful provisions and a friendly welcome."

Lisa - Taunton, United Kingdom

August 2017
"A perfect holiday. Ray and Kathy are lovely hosts who were incredibly helpful, and the kitchen is fantastically equipped, every bit as good as our own. An added bonus is that it's both a lovely place to laze around and really well-located for surrounding beaches and sights. "

Stephen - London, United Kingdom

August 2017
"On the first morning we woke up and booked next year before we got out of bed ! The house is perfect, incredible views all round. The pool is beautiful and the views from the hot tub stunning. There are orioles, nightingales and owls, plus a valley filled with flowers and bees. Lovely walks from the house and a log fire if it's cooler. We had a warm welcome from Mags and Ian, and a fantastic welcome pack. We bought local food at Sao Bras market as we love to cook and had bbqs on several evenings. Loved the place so much we hardly went out all week. Hope to return next year. "

Alan - Newark, United Kingdom

May 2017
"Superb location for bird watching and listening Excellently comfortable house with outdoor pool and hot tub [for bathing under the stars whilst listening to the nightingale sing] A wee gem of a property."

Shelagh - edinburgh, United Kingdom

April 2017
"Fantastic villa, wonderful location, all you could ask for. Beautiful, peaceful surroundings, fantastically equipped with great rooms and facilities. An all rounder, we can't wait to go again! "

Lucy - Manchester, United Kingdom

October 2015
"We enjoyed a wonderful ten day break at Casa Violeta. The villa is wonderfully appointed, in the hills, a short drive from Faro Airport. Great care has been taken to ensure everything you might need is provided and you cannot see another building from the pool. What more could you want ?!"


August 2015
"After a short journey from the town of Sao Bras de Alportel we arrived at Casa Violeta, one house in a small hamlet perched perfectly on the hillside overlooking a stunning vista. Casa Violeta took our breath away: it is beautifully appointed, everything is thought of. Outside the pool area is fantastic, totally private (no-one overlooks except the darting birds). The hot tub affords full view of a star-filled sky at night. There are lovely outside spaces in shade and sun for eating, drinking, sun worshipping and well, just doing very little at all. A real gem. Please keep it a secret :)"
August 2014
"We have just returned from Casa Violeta after having two chilled & peaceful weeks. Everything was even better than we thought. The views of the hills were amazing and beautifully painted chairs had been placed at the end of the pool to take in one of the delightful views, just right with a G & T on an evening. The house itself is lovely and a great deal of thought has gone into your needs. We spent most mornings walking and jogging along the many trails, picking figs & blackberries along the way. Nothing was too much trouble for Mags & Ian who came to our aid when we had tyre trouble .It was a great comfort to know they were around. We will certainly return to Casa Violeta, before too long."
August 2013

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  • 1 House for 4
Price:(i) £850 to£1250 per week

Heated pool €150 per week.

Special Offer: Last two weeks' availability Summer holidays 2018 - July availability: arrival Friday 13 July departure Sunday 29 July 2018. We're offering this 16 day period for the price of two weeks (£2,500), so you get two days' free - a saving of just over £350.

Booking info:

Minimum stay: 7 nights on weekdays. 7 nights in high season.




Christmas, New Year, 4 November - 31 December, 1 January - 31 January.


8150 030, Algarve

Self-catering Casa Violeta (self-catering)
House ~ 1 double (en suite), 1 twin; 1 shower room.
Price: (i) £ 850 to £ 1250 per week

Charlotte Barton

+44 (0)1534 731885 (landline)