Villa near Moncarapacho, Algarve, Portugal - Spacious And Secluded Garden, On Edge Of Unspoilt Village, Short Drive To Shops And Beach
Adrian and Miranda Wallace
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About Adrian and Miranda Wallace
We live in England (South Shropshire), but spend as much time as we can in Portugal. We fell in love with the wonderful, unspoilt East Algarve 10 years ago and have finally been able to realise our dream of having a holiday house there.
Adrian and Miranda Wallace purchased this Villa in 2011
Why Adrian and Miranda Wallace chose Olhão
Casa Josephina is, for us, the perfect combination: a beautiful house with a large and private garden, totally secluded and not overlooked by other properties, but not isolated. The countryside is totally unspoilt - a rolling landscape of olive, almond, orange and lemon orchards - yet you're only 5 minutes away from Olhao with all its shops and restaurants, and the little ferries to all the lagoon islands. As we're golfers, but didn't want a house on a golf complex, Casa Josephina is ideally located for us, with at least a dozen courses within 20 - 30 min drive.
What makes this Villa unique
One of the great things about Casa Josephina is that there are so many places to sit and relax. You can flop by the pool on one of the sun loungers, or under the new poolside loggia if you prefer- or on a shady terrace under the carob trees - or in the covered outdoor eating area with views over the almond and olive orchard next door - or on the kitchen terrace (a suntrap in the morning) - or on the first floor terrace, with its fantastic views of the sunset or southwards down to the sea. So many choices - you hardly need to go elsewhere! We love the large and well-matured garden, with its glorious displays of roses and its huge variety of fruit trees (orange, lemon, peach, pomegranate, fig, persimmon, guava....) Gardening is one of our passions.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
A complete family get together holiday at a lovely villa which had everything we needed for a very comfortable stay
Thanks to Adrian, Miranda and Andre
loved Casa Josephina,excellent facilities,lovely location,handy for everything
Marvellous stay at Casa Josephina
Our second holiday at Casa Josephina and, again, it did not disappoint. Beautiful villa in delightful grounds. There is nothing quite like picking your own oranges for freshly squeezed orange juice! The pool area is fabulous.
Clean well appointed and private villa with a fantastic restaurant about 10 minutes walk away. We would love to stay in this villa again and would not hesitate to recommend it.
We're very glad to hear that Karen and her family enjoyed their second holiday at Casa Josephina. It always gives us great pleasure to welcome returning guests - we feel it's a compliment to us that they want to come back. Thank you too for picking & eating our oranges - they are there to be enjoyed! We hope to be able to welcome Karen back for another holiday some time in the future.
Adrian and Miranda Wallace
Wonderful holiday at Casa Josephina
We spent a wonderful 9 nights at Casa Josephina. A very clean, spacious and well appointed villa in lovely grounds. Although only 4 of us holidayed there, it would still be spacious for 8. Lots of sitting out areas in the gardens and pool area, but the loggia is star of the show. The loggia is very well equipped, with fridge, sink, glasses etc and even a kettle!
Good location, 5 minute drive to Olhao. Excellent restaurant within 10 minutes walk.
Owner was helpful throughout and I would definitely recommend this villa.
Clean and well equipped. Nice and private but not too far to drive to towns and beaches.
Beautiful spacious villa which is well equipped for all your needs. Even after a cool rainy day we had a cosy log fire all ready to light and relax in front of. Also for those who don't want to miss their TV soaps or series there is British TV. Even though the lovely big pool was a tad chilly by the end of October the grandchildren enjoyed a dip everyday. I even braved it on one of the warmer days. The nearest town, Ohlao, with its fish market, is pretty much untouched by tourist. It has a few pleasant restaurants and not to be missed the ferry out to the beach islands. A little further a field we enjoyed Faro Old Town and Tavira.
Amazing family villa
Having just returned from Casa Josephina, I can honestly say it was by far one of the best holidays I've ever had.
It was our first time staying in a villa so we were a bit unsure of what to expect but we had nothing to worry about as everything was perfect, the villa is better stocked than our own homes especially the kitchen!
Communication with both Adrian and Miranda during the booking process to Andre in Portugal was second to none, nothing was too much trouble and all questions were answered extremely quickly. We requested an extra travel cot, high chair and stair gate and all requests were met with no issue at all which we were really grateful for.
The pool is a fantastic size which easily accommodated 8 adults and 2 small children. The villa itself is stunning and in a lovely location. There are no bad points that I can think of at all, we had a fantastic time and would happily return.
Thank you :)
The nearest beaches are just 4 - 5 km away in Olhao and the village of Fuzeta. Fuzeta is still an original fishing village with a beautiful beach and a nice lagoon! A ferry (just 5 min) takes you to a fantastic, miles-long sandy beach on the island on the other side of the lagoon. From Olhao, take the ferry across the lagoon system to one of the many "barrier islands", some bustling, some deserted sandy paradises. Near Santa Luzia you can even take a miniature train to one of the islands!
The villa is only 20 minutes drive from Faro airport. Seville airport is about 1hr 45 minutes away on the motorway. Car hire strongly recommended.
The lovely little inland village of Moncarapacho is 4 km away, and Olhao and Fuzeta about 4.5 km. Olhao has an excellent selection of restaurants and fish markets. The lovely town of Tavira, the jewel of the Algarve, is only 10 - 15 min away by car. Most of the attractions of the Algarve (water parks, boat trips, water sports etc) are within 30 min or so. 30 min drive to the east takes you to the border with Spain. Lisbon is about 2.5 hours away by motorway.
Casa Josephina is on the edge of the village, secluded but not isolated - there is a café close by, and a restaurant only 750m away. The corner shop is only 300m away but for most shopping, we recommend the huge choice (supermarkets, fish market, meat and vegetable market) in Olhao, just 4.5 km down the road. There is an abundance of restaurants and cafés in the area, not just in Moncarapacho and Olhao (surely the Portuguese seafood capital!) but along the little country lanes round the village. Most essentials can be found in Olhao (banks, newsagents, pharmacies) and on the outskirts of Faro, the Algarve Forum shopping mall has lots of clothes shops - as does the big shopping mall on the outskirts of Tavira.
NEW FOR 2014: During your stay, you are entitled automatically (by kind permission of the proprietors) to temporary membership of the beautiful and stylish Bela Romao Croquet and Country Club, located just a few minutes by car from Casa Josephina. Even if croquet's not your thing, it's worth a visit to the Club just for the superb cuisine of the talented chef-proprietor, Sarah Byrne. Or just relax with a drink in your hand in a beautiful setting with stunning views over the sea to the islands. Please contact the proprietors, Lita Gale and Sarah Byrne, to arrange your visit (contact details provided when you book your holiday at Casa Josephina).