Exclusive Villa with Pool Near Sandy Beach, Golf and Wineries.
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- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
Praia da Luz villa description
Casa da Figueira is a traditional Portuguese villa with a large private heated pool surrounded by mature tropical gardens. Housekeeping services during weekdays. Casa da Figueira is a 5 min easy walk from a beautiful large sandy beach, a lovely village, excellent restaurants, and several cliffs with nature trails for hiking or biking. There are 20 golf courses and 15 wineries within an hour drive. It is truly your private paradise!
Casa da Figueira has an Estabelecimento de Alojamento Local license and is available as a private vacation rental year-round.
Casa da Figueira is the perfect vacation resort for a relaxing holiday. The private villa is enclosed by a tropical yard, fruit gardens and a beautiful white wall is a fantastic location for a private honeymoon, to bring friends, or for a family get together. Casa da Figueira has 3000 sq ft indoor space. There is plenty of room for children to play and adults to relax and enjoy the pool, tropical garden and orangerie. With 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms the villa can accommodate up to 8 adults. If you bring an extra child we will provide a cot and high chair for free.
The villa has nicely decorated living and dining rooms with original paintings from local and European artists. There is a fully equipped kitchen, free wireless internet and local phone calls, satellite TV, DVD/CD player, security safety deposit box, air-conditioning, heating, a fireplace, and two covered terraces that provide shade and excellent locations for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
French doors open from the dining and living room to the covered terrace and walled-in private pool area which is only for you, your family or friends to enjoy. The pool is 1m deep on the shallow end and 2m 20cm on the deep end. It is over 10 meters long and 5.6 meters wide. The pool can be heated for an extra weekly fee. This might be needed in spring and fall. Lazy pool chairs are available for your enjoyment.
The front door opens to a covered terrace, connected to a large private courtyard where your children can play all kinds of ball sports. A winding pathway enters a lush enclosed tropical garden with a variety of trees and flowers. The fig tree which gave the house it’s name: Casa Figueira, stands in the middle of the large yard surrounded by palm trees and an olive tree. The yard is completely surrounded by a tall beautiful white wall with gates that can be locked. This makes it an ideal location to bring little children who'll have plenty of secure room to play.
The newly renovated kitchen has lots of countertop space,opens to a second courtyard with build-in open fire barbecue pit. Behind the courtyard is the Orangerie with lemon, orange, Clementine, and pear trees. The guests are welcome to enjoy the fruit when it is ripe. In addition we plant an annual herb garden with a wide variety of herbs that the clients are also welcome to use when cooking.
From the front courtyard a 70 meters private walkway brings the guests to a very quite cobblestone road. Walk this secure Parque da Praia narrow road for 200 meters (just a couple minutes) and you’ll arrive at the lovely large sandy beach. You can also leave the property via the garage entrance.
The living room is connected to the dining room and has a brand new fireplace that you are welcome to use. Two French doors open from the dining and living rooms to the covered terrace and private pool area. The front door opens to another covered terrace linked to a large courtyard with a pathway to a lush enclosed tropical garden.
There are 3 bedrooms in Casa Figueira: The master bedroom has a king size bed (180cm x 200cm), a large wardrobe and dresser as well as an antique desk. The master bedroom connects into a beautifully renovated private bathroom with a large two-person bathtub and Portuguese sink.
The yellow bedroom has 3 twin-size beds and a large build-in wardrobe. It has a new private sink.
The blue bedroom has beautiful double and twin-size beds and a large build-in wardrobe. We can provide an extra crib, kid folding bed, or high-chair free of charge.
In addition to the bathroom in the master bedroom, two additional bathrooms are located in the hallway. One of them also has a large bathtub, the other a shower. With three bathrooms there is never a need to delay taking a refreshing shower or a relaxing lazy bath after a long day outside.
The living room has a tall fireplace, a large sofa and comfortable seats. There is satellite TV (100 channels) which can show several European and international channels. A DVD player with small DVD collection and a CD player and CD collection are available for your enjoyment. Our clients are welcome to use the phone for free local calls and of course for all incoming calls. In addition free wireless internet is available, but please bring your laptop to connect.
The dining room has a large table and connects via a pass-thru hole to the kitchen. The dining room also connects to a very cozy covered terrace where most of the meals can be held enjoying some shade at noon, or the sunset in the evening.
The kitchen has a stove, fridge and freezer. It is equipped with all the necessary items to have breakfast with tea or coffee, and to cook delicious lunches or dinners from fresh fruit, vegetables and fish obtained from the local markets.
On weekdays Amelia, our housekeeper of more then 20 years, provides exceptional daily housekeeping services in a friendly and non-intrusive way. Towels are changed twice/week and linen once a week. Amelia makes you feel welcome and immediately at home. Amelia speaks English and will be able to provide assistance as needed. A tip at the end of your stay is always appreciated. Thank you!
This villa is truly your 'home away from home' as one of our clients likes to call it. Please feel at home in Casa da Figueira and please do leave some comments and suggestions in our guest book upon departing. We also created a comprehensive information folder with details on Casa da Figueira, Praia da Luz, Lagos and the Algarve. This is a living ever-green document so please do add your comments and suggestions. It is thanks to feedback from our clients that we can continue to make Casa da Figueira an even more lovely place.
We hope you will enjoy Casa da Figueira as much as we do!
Keywords: Villa, Casa, Portuguese House, Beach House, Casa da Figueira, Pool, Golf, Wineries, Alojamento Local, Algarve, Vacation Home, Private, Beach, Ocean, Hiking, 3 bedrooms, sleeps 8, Portugal Vacation rental, Algarve vacation rental
- 275 m²
- 1 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Included
Fully enclosed yard allows kids to freely run around and play. The large private pool is in a separate area that is also fully enclosed. Ofcourse you should always keep an eye on your kids so they don't open the gate to the pool. Older kids love taking the easy 2 min walk to the beach or exploring the hills and trails around the property....moreless
While it is possible to enter with a wheel chair, it is not very easy. From the garage the clients will need to take one flight of steps to get onto the property. However, there is also a 70 meter walkway that can be used to get onto the property for clients in wheelchairs....moreless
Non Smoking Only:
Smoking is allowed outside the villa on the terraces or in the yard, but not inside the Casa da Figueira. We like to keep Casa da Figueira in exceptionally clean condition and allowing smoking inside makes that hard to do. Thank you!...moreless
- Pets Considered:
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Events Allowed
- Clothing Optional/Nude Sunbathing Nearby
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8
- A new king-size bed is available in the master's bedroom. The blue room has a beautiful double bed, and a twin or Single Bed. The yellow bedroom has 3 twin beds. The blue room can accommodate an additional teenager folding bed. A baby crib and high chair can be added free of charge upon request....moreless
Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
The kitchen has recently been remodeled. It is perfectly equiped and also has a lot of countertop space to allow our guests to prepare delicious meals at home. One note, in order to use the oven you need to turn the 'oven timer' located on the oven on in addition to the heat settings! This is a feature that is different from what many of our clients are used to....moreless
Several restaurants in the area will allow you to order take-home food. My husband and I catered our wedding dinner at Casa da Figueira ordering from the amazing local restaurant called: Onda Luz. For...moreless
All cooking utensils are provided. Please do let me know if anything is missing and I make sure we have it next time you arrive. There is an electric coffee grinder and fruit juice press, as well as c...moreless
Please feel free to leave your left-over spices, paper towels, etc... for the next clients. We provide toilet paper, dishwasher soup and dishwasher detergent for your use. Ask Amelia if you run out....moreless
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- Child's Highchair
Amelia, our amazing housekeeper who comes each morning during weekdays will do your laundry. So if you come for many days/weeks, no need to pack many clothes. An electric haidryer is also provided, so no need to pack one....moreless
A wood fireplace with a system that heats the living and dining rooms is available for use by our clients. Wood is located on the patio near the kitchen entrance. Amelia can show you how to use the fi...moreless
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- Hair Dryer
- Living Room seats 8
- Iron & Board
- Casa da Figueira is a typical one story Portuguese villa in the exclusive residential park at the beach near the ocean. The park borders the large sandy beach and the beautiful cliffs. So while you can not 'see' the ocean due to the trees and white walls surrounding the villa, you can 'hear' the waves on windy days. Very unique to Casa da Figueira are its large tropical gardents and the many delicious fruit trees including oranges, persimmon, lemons, figs, mandarines, and other excotic fruits. There is also an olive tree and a herb garden. Our clients can eat as much as they want of the fruits or herbs in season while staying in Casa da Figueira. Also unique is the amazing service Amelia, our housekeeper of over 20 years, provides each weekday. She comes in the morning and in her friendly and non-intrusive way keeps Casa da Figueira is exceptional condition and helps you with your laundry. Thank you and I hope you will enjoy Casa da Figueira as much as we do! Sophie and Jesus...moreless
Satellite / Cable:
A new large screen TV with sattelite and local antennas is available for our clients to enjoy. There are over 100 channels available (incl. English, serveral other European and Portuguese channels)....moreless
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Pool & Spa
- Private Pool:
- Heated Pool
Deck / Patio:
Casa da Figueira in encircles by several decks and patios. The two near the front door and the living room door are both covered, have tables and are very enjoyable and quiet places (except for the bird songs) to have breakfast, lunch or dinner. There is a 3rd uncoverd terrace outside the kitchen door where you can enjoy the fruit trees, herb garden and use the open fire barbecue pit....moreless
Lanai / Gazebo:
The villa in encircles by decks and patios. The two near the front door and the living room door are both covered, have tables and are very enjoyable and quite places to have breakfast, lunch or dinner....moreless
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- Away From It All
Location & View
Although you can not 'see' the sea from the villa, Casa da Figueira is a 200 meter or less then a 5 min easy walk from the beach in the original Praia da Luz neighborhood called Parque da Praia. This is an exclusive small park with mature gardens bordering the beach with a dozen luxary private enclosed villas with pools....moreless
Casa da Figueira is a 5 min walk from the beach in the original Praia da Luz neigborhood called Parque da Praia. This is an exclusive small parque with mature gardens bordering the beach with a dozen luxary private enclosed villas with pools....moreless
Golf Course View:
While you can not quite 'see' the golfcourse from our enclosed villa, the nearest golf course called Boa Vista is 2 miles away (an easy drive). There are 20 more golf courses driving distance from Praia da Luz. ...moreless
- Mountain View:
- Car Not Necessary
- Jet Skiing
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Water Skiing
- Pier Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Equestrian Events
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Water Tubing
- Surf Fishing
- Rock Climbing
- Deepsea Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Sight Seeing
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Theme Parks
- Winery Tours
- Water Parks
- Horseback Riding
- Miniature Golf
- Wildlife Viewing
- Bird Watching
- Paddle Boating
- Whale Watching
- Scenic Drives
- Casa da Figueira is located in the Algarve in a small park that borders the beach, close to the 'end of the world', Sagres from where the Portuguese left to discover the world. There are a lot of historic locations within a short distance from Casa da Figueira. Casa da Figueira is located in Praia da Luz and the beach, cliffs with walking trails, stores, and restaurants are all withing walking distance. There is good public bus transportation to Lagos. Golf lovers will enjoy the 20 golfcourses nearby and the weather is excellent year round to play golf. Wine lovers might enjoy visiting the 15 Algarve wineries within an hour drive from Casa da Figueira. Many offer tours and wine tasting. Casa da Figueira has an Orangerie with many delicious fruit trees including oranges, lemons, peers, figs, mandarines and other excotic fruits. There is also an olive tree and a herb garden. Our clients can eat as much as they want of the fruits or herbs in season while staying in Casa da Figueira...moreless
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Casa Figueira fully met our expectations. My family from South Africa fell in love with the whole Portuguese experience; the pool ( heated) was a big hit with the 3 girls, particularly the pool "toys". The villa was a mixture of old and modern and the gardens absolutely superb- offering peace and quiet with shade as required. Only 5 minutes from the beach and promenade BUT so quiet and private. The" icing on the cake" however was Amelia, the maid. She kept the villa spotless, offered invaluable advice on local attractions and restaurants, and even taught us all some basic Portuguese! Would I recommend Casa Figuiera-without doubt.
- Guest Mickey (Blackpool UK)
- Date of stay 08/22/13
- Review Submitted 11/12/13
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, families with young children.
Owner response: Thanks Mike! Looking forward to host you and your family again! Sophie
Heated pool and good kitchen... aaahhh!
Heated pool and good kitchen... aaahhh!
Casa da Figueira was the highlight of our three-week vacation in Portugal. Our family (2 parents, 2 kids ages 5 and 7, and 2 grandparents) thoroughly enjoyed the heated pool, well-stocked kitchen with the coffee maker, thermos, blender, juicer, good selection of pots and pans, toaster (which Amelia promptly replaced when the old one stopped working!) and all the lovely dishes. Plus fresh herbs right outside the door. And although we are relatively tidy, it sure was nice to have Amelia come in in the morning and thoroughly clean the kitchen. The house feels so private, yet is within a 5 minute stroll to a lovely beach. In town, we enjoyed easy access to restaurants and grocery stores, and a bit farther out we enjoyed interesting sightseeing at Lagos and Sagres. With beach walks, swimming, and hikes/runs up the cliff we were able to eat as much bread and cheese as we could. Our only disappointment (which has absolutely nothing to do with Casa da Figueira) was that almost all the tennis courts in the town are for hotel guests only. We made up for it by watching the French Open on the satellite TV. Thank you for offering a lovely place for a fantastic holiday.
- Guest visitors (Alaska)
- Date of stay 06/01/13
- Review Submitted 06/25/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, sightseeing, age 55+, families with young children.
Owner response: Dear Amalie, thank you for your kind review. We try hard to make Casa da Figueira a "home away from home" by providing all desirable appliances and allowing our clients to use as many of the herbs and the fruit as they want. But for sure, without Amelia's amazing and discrete housekeeping help the vacation would just not be the same. I hope you come back and stay at Casa da Figueira again soon, Sophie
A relaxing vacation in Luz
A relaxing vacation in Luz
In addendum to MarciaB's review, I would like to add that the owner Sophie was very responsive and helpful with my many inquiries about the house and Portugal in general. This house is great for singles or families with children since it has multiple single beds. We did not have a car but never had a problem getting around via taxi and bus. Everything in Luz is within walking distance. We were glad to know the grocery had delivery, but we always walked. There are plenty of restaurants but we did go to our favorites twice just to enjoy more of their menu. I was also able to take long walks along the coast toward Lagos and the opposite direction toward the west. The views are spectacular and worth the climb. The long beach also provides for a lovely walk. We liked the relative quiet of Luz day to day and Lagos is not far if you want a little more activity. I was impressed by the many activities available in the vicinity, including hiking, water sports, horseback riding, golfing etc, even though that was not the reason for our trip. Clearly if you have a car there are more options open to you. A car rental is available in Luz if you prefer to take public transportation from Lisbon. All in all we had a peaceful and relaxing vacation enjoyed by all of us. Thanks to the owners and Amelia!
- Guest LisaK (Ohio USA)
- Date of stay 05/11/13
- Review Submitted 05/28/13
Recommended for: Age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway, tourists without a car.
Owner response: Thank you Lisa for your kind words. Casa da Figueira is indeed perfectly located for a vacation without a car. Of course with a car, as you point out, you can enjoy all the Algarve's golf, wineries, historic towns, and other attractions. Hope to host you again soon! Sophie
Comfortable, convenient and CLEAN!!!
Comfortable, convenient and CLEAN!!!
Our party of four adult women had a peaceful, restful two weeks in Praia da Luz at Casa da Figueira. This property is in a beautiful neighborhood, a very short, pleasant walk from town and the beach -- and at night, is absolutely silent - perfect for sleeping! We had many great dinners in town, and especially recommend Chicca's and OndaLuz (go for the skewered monkfish and prawn!) Lagos was our destination for a day of shopping and another day for lunch and a boat tour of the caves/lagoons with BomDia, which was a wonderful trip. (If you have no car, riding the public bus to Lagos is no problem at all.) At the house there is a substantial library of novels ("take one, leave one"), and a developing inventory of movie DVDs. Internet service is fast, reliable and free. For a visit in May we did have the pool heated, and were glad to have done so, because we had a couple of cooler days. I also manage a VRBO property, so was particularly impressed by the careful attention to property care. The garden, the pool and the house are PERFECTLY maintained, tile floors are impeccably clean. Linens are clean and of high quality. As other commenters have noted, furnishings are somewhat dated and some bear marks of wear -- but I would describe them as comfortable, creating a "low pressure" atmosphere which we found perfect for us. (I appreciated feeling I could sit down in the dining room even in a damp bathing suit!) Although we dined out every night, and did not cook, we noted the kitchen was very well equipped, and appreciated the dishwasher! Amazing cleaning and laundry service is provided by Amelia, who speaks English very well, and will assist you with anything you may need. Thanks to Amelia, I was very happy to be able to pack CLEAN CLOTHES for the trip home. In summary, I absolutely would recommend this property to a family or group visiting the Algarve region. This was our first trip, but will not be our last. Thanks for everything!
- Guest Marcia B. (-)
- Date of stay 05/10/13
- Review Submitted 05/26/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, girls getaway, tourists without a car.
Owner response: Dear Marcia, we are so lucky to have Amelia, Casa da Figueira's housekeeper of the last 20 years, who in a discrete way keeps the villa perfectly clean and truly spoils our clients by doing their laundry. I am delighted that you plan to visit Casa da Figueira again!
This was our fourth trip to the Algarve, and thanks to Casa da Figueria, our best. The villa and the gardens were spectacular. It was very quiet and extremely private. The pool was huge with the water a perfect temperature. Amelia kept the house immaculate and was prompt to remedy any problem. The location was perfect, just a couple minutes walk to the beach, restaurants and shops. In 40 years of traveling we have never found a rental property we have enjoyed more. We couldn't think of staying anywhere else in the Algarve. We give Casa da Figueria our highest recommendation. My wife and I love the village of Luz and the town of Lagos. Luz has a wonderful beach, several grocery stores, fabulous walking trails and numerous restaurants. (We particularly enjoyed dinner at Restaurante Ondaluz and lunch on the patio overlooking the ocean at the Fortaleza). Luz is a quaint village situated perfectly for short excursions to explore the western Algarve. A short pleasant drive to Aljezur to view the ruins of an old fortress on the top of a hill overlooking the town is a must. Lagos is just a 10 minute drive from Luz. It can also be reached by a stunningly picturesque trail. There are several major grocery stores in Lagos where we enjoyed shopping with the locals. There are numerous restaurants and shops as well as the fish market and the site of the old slave market within the walls of the old city where we spent hours exploring. Mama Mia Restaurant has fantastic pizza and very good sangria. We went there twice on this trip and regret not having gone more. Restaurants Dos Arti was exceptional. About a 5 minute drive from the walls of the old city gets you to the grottos, a must visit while in Lagos. Twelve euros will get you a boat tour of the grottos, another must. All in all our trip was a fantastic experience and Casa da Figueria was the star.
- Guest Carman R.
- Date of stay 04/17/13
- Review Submitted 05/22/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, pet owners, families with young children, people with disabilities, girls getaway, tourists without a car.
Owner response: Carman, I am delighted you enjoyed your stay at Casa da Figueira so much -- the best in 40 years of travel, wow! Many thanks also for describing the beautiful historic towns of Luz and Lagos. I hope to host you in Casa da Figueira again for many years to come. Obrigada! Sophie
Here I am, once again, trying to find adequate words to thank you for letting us use the beautiful and magic Casa da Figuiera for the past 4 weeks. It has been a priveledge. While we were there the mimosa trees shone bright yellow, the fig tree sprouted neon-green leaves, the tiny violets under the wall bloomed purple, and the abundant daisies dazzled us with white and mauve. The air was filled with perfume! The doves and various birds charmed us too. I cannot tell you what a wonderful difference the new living-room window has made---especially during the colder "inside" days. The light and the view this has afforded is such a plus for the casa. We enjoyed all our walks on the different area beaches. All have such breath-taking views. What a treasure is the Western Algarve! However, at sun-down we always walked on the Praia da Luz-- and the magnificent light on the cliffs was awesome! The country-side became awash with colour as the wild flowers burst out on the roadsides and in the fields. I especially appreciated learning the names of so many intriguing plants in your volume of "Plantas do Algarve" which is illustrated so beautifully. I too own an old family summer place,over 100 years old and has been in my family for a long, long time. It too is full of family treasures and memories. This is one of the many reasons we love renting your casa so much. It feels like home. We look forward to our return next March!!!
- Guest Graham T. (Ottawa)
- Date of stay 02/24/13
- Review Submitted 03/31/13
Recommended for: Age 55+, romantic getaway, families with young children, tourists without a car.
Owner response: Dear Anne and Graham, thank you so much for returning to Casa da Figueira. I am happy that you enjoy the new living room window. We continue to make yearly investments in Casa da Figueira. Warm regards, Sophie
good holiday villa
good holiday villa
We stayed a week with our kids aged 8 and 10. We found the accomodation large and perfectly adequate. The gardens and the pool are lovely. The reason for not giving 5 stars, is that for us the house itself lacked the "wow-effect". I guess it is also a matter of taste but we found the decoration somewhat older and things like doorhandles, insect screens and 2 out of 3 bathrooms showed some signs of wear and tear. However, the owner is really responsive to feedback. Make sure to bring your own DVD's as they are not in the house yet (although the owner will change this soon). I also suggested to leave an information package for the guests, as apart from general travel guides, there was little information on the house and Praia da Luz and surroundings. So t0 sum up, a good holiday in a good place, with some room for improvement.
- Guest cindyandpeter (netherlands)
- Date of stay 10/21/12
- Review Submitted 11/03/12
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, families with young children.
Owner response: Dear Cindy, thank you for vacationing in Casa da Figueira. Your suggestions are very much appreciated. Many of the improvement we keep making to Casa da Figueira, our traditional Portuguese home, were suggested by our clients. Sorry about the insect screens, we fixed them and all are now in excellent working condition. We also remodeled a couple of the bathrooms and will check out the others this winter. The kitchen was doubled in size last year. Also many thanks for suggesting we leave some DVDs as well as a folder or information booklet regarding Casa da Figueira and things to do. Casa da Figueira now has a couple dozen DVDs as well as CDs for our clients to enjoy. In addition I pulled together a comprehensive booklet with information about Casa da Figueira itself, Praia da Luz and other practical and entertainment info. Thanks again! Sophie
My family and I spent a wonderful week at Casa da Figuera in September. There was lots of space for our group which included my brother and sister-in-law and my daughter and two grandsons. It was the perfect place for a family holiday. We loved the pool and surrounding gardens and the fact that we could walk to the town and beach. Many thanks to the housekeeper, Amelia, for all her help and to you Sophie for making it so easy to rent your place. Everything went so smoothly. We would stay there again in a heartbeat and I have recommended it to all my family and friends in Canada and England.
- Guest Julie (Canada)
- Date of stay 09/22/12
- Review Submitted 10/23/12
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with young children, people with disabilities, girls getaway, tourists without a car.
Owner response: Dear Julie, many thanks for staying at Casa da Figueira. Amelia is indeed fantastic. For the last 15 years she has provided Casa da Figueira's clients with excellent housekeeping services (including laundry) in a very discrete way. Thank you for telling your friends about your wonderful Casa da Figuiera vacation and we hope that you stay at our villa again in the future. Warm regards, Sophie
My husband and I enjoyed an incredible week at Casa da Figueira. Enough can't be said about the comfortable home, the beautiful beach, the charming town and the ease of booking and working with the very helpful Sophie. What we enjoyed most was the privacy the home offered and its close proximity to the beach, shops and restaurants. If you want a fun night out on the town, it's yours with an easy stroll. If you want a relaxing night in, you've got ample outdoor space, a well equipped kitchen, a grill and the beautiful setting of Casa da Figueira to enjoy in complete peace and quiet. My only regret is that we only stayed one week and not two!
- Guest Emily (USA)
- Date of stay 10/06/12
- Review Submitted 10/14/12
Owner response: Dear Emily, thank you for vacationing in Casa da Figueira. Indeed, the combination of being extremely "private" and "walking distance from the town, beach, trails etc..." is what we love about Casa da Figueira. I hope you return to Casa da Figueira.Sophie
Fantastic family holiday
Fantastic family holiday
Casa Da Figueira looks great on the photographs but the reality is even better. A fantastic spacious villa, beautiful large gardens, wonderful pool in a brilliant location just a short walk to the beach, local shops and restaurants. We had a wonderful holiday, spent most of the time in the pool and at the beach, we BBQ'd most nights (fish from Lagos market was great) and just lazed and relaxed by the pool, all you need is a swimming costume and a toothbrush - don't bring too many clothes because Amelia took care of the laundry. Amelia is just the loveliest person, efficient, unassuming and so friendly the children loved her, nothing is too much trouble. Only very minor criticism is the pool temperature, its ok for adults but our small children found it a bit cold so i would consider having it heated next time, and there will be a next time as we are already looking at the calendar for next year. Thankyou Sophie for sharing your lovely villa
- Guest Sarah, Justin and the Kids (England)
- Date of stay 08/02/12
- Review Submitted 08/31/12
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway, tourists without a car.
Owner response: Dear Sarah, thank you for staying at Casa da Figueira and for your very kind review. Amelia is indeed amazing. Normally the large private pool temperature is OK in July and August, especially if you keep the cover on at night. In the winter, spring and fall it is however good to have the pool heated although electricity is very expensive in Portugal. But as you say, with little kids even heating it in the summer might be useful. Next time just ask Amelia and she can turn it on even if you did not order it in advance. I am happy you will be returning to Casa da Figueira, thank you so much! Sophie
December through February: 790 Euros/week - 15% off winter 2013/2014 March through May: 975 Euros/week - 15% off before March 22, 2014 June and September: 1250 Euros/wk July and August: 1650 Euros/week October and November: 975 Euros/week Pool heating Nov-March: 150 Euros/wk; April-October: 100 Euros/wk 50% deposit required upon booking with the balance due the week prior to arrival 80% deposit refunded 90 days prior to stay or other client rents at regular price
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- Nearest Airport: Faro at 50 Miles
- Nearest Train: Portimao at 15 Miles
- Nearest Motorway: Lagos at 3 Miles
- Nearest Beach: Praia da Luz at 200 Metres
- Nearest Barpub: Praia da Luz at 200 Metres
- Nearest Golf: Luz at 2 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: Praia da Luz at 200 Metres
Year Purchased: 2007
About the owner: We were both born in Europe but now live in Boston, MA. Jesus teaches at MIT and Sophie does research for a technology company. We have 6 grown-up children. Flying to Portugal (Lisbon) is easy from Boston; and from Lisbon to Casa da Figueira is an nice drive to Praia da Luz. From Europe the best way to fly to is Faro which is an hour drive away from Casa da Figueira. My parents bought Casa da Figueira in 1976 when I was a teenager. Casa da Figueira is a beautiful traditional Portuguese villa that has been in our family for almost 4 decades. We do yearly upgrades and maintenance to keep it in exceptional condition while maintaining the authentic atmosphere. in 2012 we renovated the kitchen and we have renovated the bathrooms, build a beautiful pool, completely surrounded the large property and tropical yard with a traditional white wall so its safe for children to run around. Our own six childeren, now young adults, have enjoyed coming to Casa da Figueira at all ages. We are looking for individuals or families who will enjoy Casa da Figueira as much as we do and who can help cover the costs of maintaining this beautiful exclusive property and keeping Amelia, our truly amazing housekeeper who has worked for my family for 15 years, employed. We are very much looking forward to hear from you. Sophie Vandebroek & Jesus del Alamo, Boston, MA
Why the Owner Chose Praia da Luz:
Casa da Figueira, a traditional Portuguese villa with private heated pool and tropical gardensis paradize for us. The location is perfect: Lisbon is a 3 hour highway drive to Casa Figueira and Faro is a 1 hour highway drive to Casa Figueira. Casa Figueira is extremely closely located to the beach in Parque da Praia, the beach park. In fact, you can hear the waves while enjoying breakfast outside. The 70 meter walkway gets you to a little cobble stone street that is one block from the eastern side of the beach. The Algarve has over 25 fabulous golf courses, with the Boa Vista Course just 5 min from Casa da Figueira and 15 wineries. The villa is also one block from a nature trail that goes up the cliffs and is ideal for jogging, walking, biking or to witness amazing sunsets. The eastern limit of the beach of Luz is marked by the famous “black rock” noticeable since all the other cliffs are golden orange. Praia da Luz retains the charm and character of a traditional Portuguese village yet offers excellent facilities to complement the broad, safe, sandy beach. The narrow village streets meander up from the beach, past white-washed houses, an 16th century Fortaleza turned into a romatic restaurant and pretty yellow church offering many different religious services, to the village center with many restaurants, grocery stores, and a few pottery stores. The Algarve’s long Moorish control, its Mediterranean climate, and its abundance of fine sandy beaches endow the Algarve with a unique character. Separated from the rest of Portugal by rolling hills, Algarve, the southernmost province, with its abundance of sun, sardines and tuna, is an ideal vacation location. The closest city to Praia da Luz is Lagos. While Lagos is a very historic town, it has a refreshing, relaxing charm with lots of cozy restaurants, many bars, live music, local art shops and an active marina. A daily fresh fish market, weekly vegetable market and monthly flee market provide unique charm to the town
The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
To answer this question, here is great feedback we received from one of our recent clients: 'We had such an incredible time. Your villa is charming, and obviously taken care of with a lot of love and attention. Amelia was wonderful, very helpful, and very patient with our questions. We walked everywhere, took tons of pictures, the views were stunning, and ate at pretty much all the places you mentioned. My husband went diving in Lagos, and all the guys went golfing up the road. We found the cork shop at the other end of the village, and we got used to orange egg yolks. We checked out all of Luz. We found the bakery and the soup shop. Quejadas were declared our breakfast food. We took a ride down to the fort in Sagres, and spent a day in Tavira exploring. That was an incredible crash course in history. We took plenty of pictures of the bridges, fort and churches. We climbed the mini mountain behind Casa da Figueira and walked all the way around it. That was more than enough exercise for me, but would not have missed it because the views and changing colors were perfect. By mid week, the guys were checking out the 'for sale' signs and comparing prices. We met all kinds of people, who were very kind. Needless to say we are not an overly quiet group, animated conversation being the norm, so at all the restaurants we went to, the owners came over and talked with us. Lots of stories were shared, and lots of advice was given. We were very surprised to find the beach being dog friendly which was great. We also had a person at the beach who made sand sculptures every day. There are so many other things we experienced on this trip that I am sure I am forgetting. In short, I have never had such a relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable vacation in my life. We all had a wonderful time and would consider doing it again.' - Janie, Ed & Travis Gschrey, New York State, USA Also very unique are Casa da FIgueira's tropical gardens and many mature fruit trees (for you to enjoy).
Casa da Figueira's large heated pool and covered terrases create quiet oasis.
Casa da Figueira's huge private patio offers plenty of room to play for children
Casa da Figueira spacious living room with French doors to terras and pool.
Casa da Figueira's dining roomwith pass-thru window to kitchen and original art.
Casa da Figueira's new kitchen withall modern aminities and view of lemon tree.
Casa da Figueira's yellow bedroom with three twin beds, private sink & bookcase.
Casa da Figueira's Portuguese bathroomsink in newly remodeled master bathroom.
Casa da Figueira's cozy front patio with build-in table and Portuguese azulejos.
Casa da Figueira's tropical garden with cozy benches to enjoy a quiet afternoon.
Casa da Figueira's fig, olive and palm trees in the large tropical garden.
Casa da Figueira's Orangerie with Mandarins, Orange, Lemon, Pear and other trees
Casa da Figueira's large private heated pool is fun for all ages and seasons
View of Casa da Figueira main entrance and patio from the tropical garden.
View of tropical garden as seen through the large new window in the living room.
Casa da Figueira's nicely decorated living rm with view to hallway and dining rm
Casa da Figueira's dining room showing AC/heating unit and french door to deck
Casa da Figueira's master bedroom with king-size bed and private bathroom.
Casa da Figueira's blue room with comfortable majectic twin and double beds.
Casa da Figuiera has several well-stocked book cases, DVDs, CDs and toys
Casa da Figueira's private kitchen patio with build-in open-fire barbecue pit.
Casa da Figueira's Mature Private Tropical Gardens with walkways and statues.
View of Casa da Figueira's private Orangerie with fruit trees and herb garden
One of Casa da Figueira's many beautiful wall azulejos surrounded by flowers
Casa da Figueira borders a large family-friendly sandy beach and many trails
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