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Far From The Madding Crowd…But Not Quite…..

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

Once a typical fisherman's house, situated in the best location possible

Located right beside the marina / main restaurant area, Casa Clare offers four people comfortable, convenient home-from-home accommodation with its two bedrooms, traditional barbeque, large patio and roof terrace offering stunning views over the marina as far as Lagos.

With a Mediterranean climate of hot, dry summers and mild winters, summer temperatures are high, but moderated by the sea breeze. It is said that the Algarve has one of the best all year climates in Europe.

Alvor, in the Western Algarve is testament to that! It is perfectly located, close to the sea and countryside it is the optimal destination for those seeking a versatile holiday. Alvor is a 50 minute drive from Faro airport.

Village life is pleasant, you can wander to the market hall or bakery in the morning and buy your fresh fruit, fish and bread and spend your afternoons relaxing on the beach. For the more energetic there’s golf, horseback riding, water sports and a wide selection of excursions (land and sea, all available within 100 metres of Casa Clare).

Steps immediately outside Casa Clare on Rua dos Pescadores lead down to the main restaurant area / marina. Alvor boasts 115 restaurants and Casa Clare is almost equidistant from the (current) top 4 on Trip Advisor.

Our fully equipped kitchen will make home cooking a pleasure and should the weather warrant it, the dining suite in the living room provides for comfortable eating indoors

This room also boasts two large Italian sofas with matching foot stools. The entertainment unit housing a 50” smart TV with Netflix and Chromecast, books and games and a stand-alone wood burning stove creates a cosy homely feel on the rare cool day or chilly night. Of course there is air-conditioning! There is wifi throughout the house and terraced areas.

But who wants to be indoors? Eating out at home is such a joy…….the aromatic scent of fresh herbs, coupled with the sizzling sound of fresh fish or meat on the charcoal is mouth-watering at any time of day!

Breakfast outside on the patio is extra special with cheerful birdsong and the faint sounds of the fishermen returning with their late night or early morning catch!

There’s no need for a clock here, the local church bells ring in the hours and lively antics and calls of the seagulls announce mealtimes!

Sundowners on the rooftop to the sound of the wind blowing through the rigging and halyards of sail boats in the marina, the fading light “through dark clouds a red rose peeping and an amber gleam*” eases the day into the night. (*Afanasy Afanasyevich Fet)

The master bedroom to the rear of the property is en-suite (shower & toilet); it has air-conditioning, an electric fan and satellite TV. There is ample storage in the wardrobe, two bedside lockers and vanity unit.

The second bedroom to the front of the house also has twin beds, a large wardrobe, bedside lockers, vanity unit and under window storage

There is an electric fan and a Windows 10 PC for guest use and a separate guest shower and toilet. All beds are made up with luxurious Egyptian cotton linen and Egyptian cotton guest towels are also provided.

Both shower rooms have extractor systems and heated towel rails. Both bedrooms have hair dryers and hot & cold fans.

There is a large safety deposit box (can hold 2 laptops) in the living room

Suitability: Casa Clare is best suited for responsible adults due to the tiled and graded floors, multiple steps and a high terrace. It may not be suitable for the very elderly or infirm. It is not wheelchair friendly.

Smoking is not permitted in the house and pets are not allowed.

Casa Clare is on a pedestrian only street. There is free on-street parking in Alvor (50 to 100 metres from the property).

More Details
Registration Number : 11534/AL

Zoe Giltrap MacCourt
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 23, 2018

About Zoe Giltrap MacCourt

Researching the retirement market in the Algarve

Zoe Giltrap MacCourt purchased this house in 2014

Why Zoe Giltrap MacCourt chose Alvor

Casa Clare is situated in what we believe is the best location in Alvor. Its close to superb restaurants and the marina, close (but not too close) to the pubs and night-life. The garden and roof terrace are a delight, a private haven so conveniently located

What makes this house unique

Casa Clare is on a pedestrian only street and away from the usual tourist accommodation but (a very short) walking distance from all the essential facilities including a superb range of restaurants. The neighbours are for the most part Portuguese, and are very welcoming.


Alvor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • 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
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Outdoor shower - outdoor shower , Outdoor shower (not enclosed) for cooling down in summer
  • Shampoo, conditioners and shower gel supplied
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Check in time between 3pm and 6pm, to be agreed in advance, check out time by 10 am, other times by prior arrangement NB An additional charge is payable locally for late arrivals after 6pm of €20 and €40 for arrivals after midnight


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Far From The Madding Crowd…But Not Quite…..
average rating of 4.974359 based on 39 reviews

Highly recommended

  • 5 of 5

Casa Clare is perfect. It is located in the best spot in Alvor, being on a pedestrianised street one road away from the Estuary and just back from the main road which has restaurants and bars to suit all tastes.

The property is extremely comfortable and exceptionally well equipped. We wanted for nothing.

The beds were supremely comfy and we slept very well.

The air con is efficient and kept us lovely and cool.

The gardens were delightful and the views from the terrace stunning!

There was nothing at all to fault. I would not hesitate to return and most highly recommend. I should add that the property represents excellent value for money and the owners were a delight to work with.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Maxine for your lovely review, we are delighted that you enjoyed your visit to our home in Alvor. Its great to hear back that guests love it as much as we do! We hope you get the opportunity to visit again, Regards, Gervase & Zoe
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A charming house in a perfect location !

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Casa Clare with our kids for 10 days! we had an absolutely great time. The house is in the most perfect location. It is right beside the shops, restaurants , Marina etc, Although so close to the hustle and bustle the house manages to be so quiet and peaceful. The house itself caters for your every need. Whether you want to cook on the Barbeque outside or use the modern kitchen, it's all there. The owners have some lovely touches, there is a great selection of books to read, board games to play. There is a great size TV with all the channels when you need a break from the sun, and most importantly for the teenagers they have Wifi. We would highly recommend Casa Clare, and hope to return again in the near future,.Zoe and Gervase were so helpful and easy to deal with and came with great recommendations for restaurants or activities for the kids! We really enjoyed our time there!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Place for a Holiday!

  • 5 of 5

Great location- half a mile to beach, 100 metres to restaurants,supermarket, daily fruit and fish market.

House fully equipped with television, 2 good shower rooms, excellent kitchen with oven, hob and fridge freezer.

Kitchen well stocked with pots, pans and utensils. And cupboards had stock of salt pepper, herbs and spices which all helped in cooking on the outside BBQ.

Good outside space to eat or lie or sit in the sun.

No car necessary as everything you need is at hand.

Despite its proximity to the restaurants it was still peaceful at night even when the restaurants were busy.

Air conditioning as well though house was cool enough without it.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the lovely review Peter, we hope you get to visit again Regards Gervase & Zoe
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  • 5 of 5

This is our second year returning this property however this year was a little different as we had an 8 month old baby with us. The property was absolutely perfect and catered for every need even for our baby. They had a travel cot and mattress , bed sheets , fresh towels and upon arriving fresh milk , water and. Bottle of wine in the fridge. It’s so close to the Harbour , restaurants and shops which made everything extremely easy with the baby . I couldn’t recommend this property more and I will definetly be returning again .

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ideal breakaway

  • 5 of 5

Not too far away from our home base, this new find proved to be most rewarding. This converted cottage reminded us of the Home of the Year competition with the wow factor, especially after the initial entrance leads one out to a very private and open outdoor area. This combines with all the modern conveniences, equipment and spatial surroundings. The owners provide comprehensive guidance on the surrounding area, activities and restaurants etc. Together with the central location, a very warm and hospitable local community with many amenities, this made for a memorable holiday and hopefully we will renew our new found relationship on a regular basis.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review, we are glad you enjoyed your stay in Casa Clare and hope you get to visit again Regards Gervase & Zoe
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Brilliant stay... again

  • 5 of 5

This was our third stay here and as usual we loved it. The cottage has everything you could need and is close to the main restaurants, boat trips, harbour and boardwalk. Can’t wait to go back !!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Paula, yet again! We are delighted that you have been able to stay in Casa Clare this year and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Regards Gervase & Zoe
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Nearest Airport
73 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
60 Metres
Nearest Ferry
90 Metres
Alvor Boat Trips
Nearest Golf
3.5 Kilometres
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Meia Praia
Nearest Motorway
5.5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
20 Metres
Green Door
Nearest Beach
800 Metres
Car: not necessary

Watching the sunset at the Yacht Club bar / cafe at the Marina is really worth while. Spectacular photo opportunities abound. Alternatively view it from the steps outside Kate's 'Sunset Bar' with a cocktail in hand.

The Alvor board walk and main beach are famous. Its also worth travelling to the Tres Irmaos beach at the eastern end of Alvor Beach for wonderful swimming.

To try something different, there's a beautiful walk inland starting at the marina following the course of the Alvor River upstream, with flamingos, spoonbills and storks usually viewable upstream of the dam (circa 1.5km from Casa Clare). Good walking shoes are required as the terrain is hilly after you leave the paved walkway and climb up hill beyond the wooden fisherman's huts on stilts.

Remember to bring a bottle of water or else a full picnic if you want to sit down, relax and enjoy the view. There are wild fig and almond trees on this walk as well as seasonal wild flowers.

To extend the estuary walk a little further, cross to the other side of the dam and follow the river even further upstream to the main road as far as the Penina Hotel, stop for lunch or a drink and then ask the hotel reception to order a taxi back to Alvor (total walk circa 5km).

The indoor market at the top of the town has a superb array of fruit, vegetables and fresh fish (the latter only in the morning).

Leinster House Irish bar is worth a visit in the evenings with Aaron Whooley on guitar usually from 10pm. There are many other bars ranging from small quiet cafe type catering mainly for locals to livelier bars all across town, depending on your taste.

A sailing boat day trip to Lagos departing from the Alvor marina is memorable.

There are so many wonderful restaurants in Alvor that its hard to know where to start. Some of our favourites are Arco de Velha for turbot, A Lota for all types of prawns, A Ribeira for red snapper, Salsa Bistro for lamb chops. These are all within 80 metres of Casa Clare. There are many many more to choose from.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Rates are subject to change until booking is confirmed. We accept Euro and Sterling payments for bookings. Please email for prices in Sterling if required.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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