Casa Violeta

Cova da Muda-Sao Bras de Alportel, Algarve

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


4 beds


2 bedrooms


Sleeps 4


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.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 2pm, please get in touch for early or late check in
Check out
By 10am, please get in touch for late check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 7 nights on weekdays. 7 nights in high season.
Christmas, New Year, 4 November - 31 December, 1 January - 31 January.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.


Nightly price
from £128
Weekly price
from £800
Heated pool €150 - €200 per week.
1 House for 4
From £1284 beds2 bedrooms


A great place to chill out - you can't hear any road noise, or any noise at all really apart from birds. The garden is pretty and the pool hard to resist. The villa is homely and cosy inside so even if the weather is bad you'll feel comfortable.

Nicola, Bristol

A truly tranquil place in the hills! Just returned from a very relaxing and comfortable stay in Casa Violeta, which is situated in an idyllic location. Mags and Ian made us feel very welcome and provide helpful information with good tips about restaurants etc. Everything was just spot on - so much so that we have already booked to return next year!

Merethe, Baughurst

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

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

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

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 ?!


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 :)


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.


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The neighbourhood

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