A real 'Home away from Home', with access to everything the Algarve can offer.
Christina & Barry
About Christina & Barry
During the 1980’s, Tina owned her own Holiday hotel in St Ives, Cornwall and had several enjoyable years looking after holiday clients whom many became returning guests. I, as an IT consultant for a global software company, spent most of my life in hotels on a business basis throughout the UK, Europe, USA and the Middle East and many of those hotels were of highest quality. While we were waiting for our house build to be completed in 2006, we spent a year living in the Algarve using ‘Time-shares’ and hotels. During this period of nomadic lifestyle, we noticed which environments and facilities were positive and which were negative for the travelling person. In 2007, based on our service industry experiences from both sides, we decided to make our unique home available to holidaymakers and have subsequently met some wonderful people, with many becoming very good friends. By living in the Algarve we are able to deal with all of our guests personally; from initial greeting to cleaning and maintenance, plus resolve the odd problem. Our objective is to ensure all our guests are completely comfortable and able to fully enjoy their holiday to the maximum. With this in mind, we are available 24/7 for you and with our knowledge of the Algarve and its lovely people, are able to suggest activities, places to visit and where to eat. If, on the odd occasion, there is a question or requirement that we cannot immediately answer or resolve, we will always do our utmost to find an answer or solution without spoiling your enjoyment. Furthermore, we continuously liaise with the local tourist office for the current and new attractions or activities available, throughout the Algarve.
Christina & Barry purchased this Villa in 2006
Why Christina & Barry chose Municipality of São Brás de Alportel
The views from the house are stunning and the sensation of total peace adds to the tranquillity of a great holiday home. From this location, there is easy access to all the attractions the Algarve can offer; making this the complete holiday package for a family, friend’s getaway, couples, retirees and discerning golfers. Unlike many holiday destination resorts, the ‘laid back’ town of Sao Bras de Alportel is open all year round, with many activities going on. The town is the crossroad of the routes linking Loulé to Tavira and Faro to Almodôver and is the hub of the area. The tranquil, unhurried lifestyle of the friendly local population makes this the perfect location for the unhurried lifestyle. That may explain the reason there are so many cafes and restaurants with tables outside where the locals while away the day. If you are in a rush this is not the place to live, as the local shopkeepers want to know how you and your family are whilst serving you.
What makes this Villa unique
The area, in which we live, is a perfect environment for local wildlife and birds to which we have developed our bird-watching skills and love of nature. Based on this we are able to suggest other local areas for incredible bird-watching and sightseeing. The location provides easy access to all the areas that comprise the “Ria Formosa”, a natural reserve of outstanding beauty and one of the most amazing places of the Algarve. Additionally there is easy access to many excellent golf courses and through our local golfing contacts we are able to obtain excellent discounts on green fees and equipment hire.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 p.m.
Check-out: 10:00 a.m.
Please advise us what you want prior to booking.
Responsible smoking is allowed outside the villa.
Max guests:7 (sleeps up to 6 adults)
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
We spent eight days at this beautiful villa in October 2019 - two “70-something” couples from Canada experiencing The Algarve for the first time. Barry and Christina welcomed us warmly and were available throughout our stay to resolve any problems. Most of the coastal towns and inland villages are easily accessible from this location. Moreover it was a short drive to some excellent local restaurants and several larger super markets. The Villa is exactly as advertised on the Vrbo site with spectacular views and wonderful facilities.
We would highly recommend this property for young and old alike, families and groups, and anyone looking to explore the Algarve. A big thank you to Barry and Christina for allowing us to stay in your wonderful home.....Charles, Margaret, Bruce and Eilleen.
A sudden turn from the N270 and a dirt track for about a 100 yards followed by a sharp left turn brings you to the iron gate that holds a secret. There’s a hidden gem on top of that hill and this paradise belongs to Barry and Tina. The only way you can experience it is to rent it for a song. Barry and Tina will be happy to greet you at the iron gate. Checking in takes a couple of minutes as you gaze across the valley and into the massive hills of Eastern Algarve. The view is breathtaking. The pool is clear and as blue as the sky. The huge deck is so inviting you may not even bother to go inside the villa until you have to. Well furnished, immaculately clean, warm and comfortable at every step. Perfect for a family of 6 or 3 couples. Everything you’d ever need has been taken care of. For you entertainment pleasure, Barry has set up an amazing TV system. SmartTv’s in every bedroom and an incredible system in the living room. You’ll be blown away by the Bang & Olufsen system and huge TV. But wait until you see the kitchen. This is the best stocked kitchen we have ever seen in our travels. The AGA cooker may make you want to come home and change your cooker! Barry and Tina - thanks for being the perfect hosts - rarely seen yet always there to help. We’ll be back once you have a solar blanket for the pool and there’s a walk in shower in the master bathroom (:-).
It is obvious that Tina and Barry take great pride in their villa. As they should. The Villa is spectacular and I just wish we could have stayed longer.
Heaven on a hillside
A beautiful villa with great views. So many areas to lounge and a fantastic private pool. Top tech - Excellent Wifi and smart TVs in all rooms.
The best equipped kitchen ever. I coveted the the stainless steel salad spinner with pull cord.
Cannot recommend this villa highly enough. The hosts Tina & Barry were lovely too.
Fantastic villa with wonderful owners
This was the perfect villa for our family and friends to stay in the eastern Algarve. The villa is set in a beautiful hillside location in the countryside with stunning views from the pool and outside areas.
The large pool is very well maintained by the owners and the steps at both ends made it perfect for our kids to enjoy while building their confidence.
The whole outside space is very well thought out with the barbecue area leading into the dining area and then down to the terrace with plenty of outside seating options. All of the furniture and fittings inside and out are of a high quality so that you can always find the perfect spot to relax comfortably.
The kitchen also deserves a special mention as I don’t think a kitchen utensil or appliance has been invented that is not available here! Fresh orange juice made using the orange juicer was a daily treat. Having two large fridge-freezers was also handy as we were a large group and chose to mainly self-cater.
What really made this villa special for us was the warmth and kindness of the owners Barry and Tina. Absolutely nothing is too much trouble and they are always on hand to offer advice or assistance if required, whilst always respecting your space and never being intrusive.
Thank you for a fantastic holiday. I’m sure we will return!
Adam & family & friends
A fabulous villa with amazing views, inviting pool and first class hosts.
It is the best villa we have ever stayed in (family of 2 adults and 2 teenagers). A huge thank you to Tina and. Barrie who get the balance between helpful and discrete just right.
An amazing holiday had by all.
The villa is nestled in the hills, just outside the town of Sao Bras de Alportel, and enjoys magnificent hillside and distant sea views. Through its location, in the authentic Algarve, ‘Quinta Fonte do Cascalho’ offers the best for all types of holidaymakers.
It is ideal for people who want to get away from it all and relax by the pool in total privacy, yet the beautiful beaches are just a short distance by car. This location has something for everyone, from walking in the local nature reserves or peaceful country drives through traditional Portuguese villages, to the stunning Ria Formosa nature reserve..
Other activities include: Golf, Slow Travel, Eco-tourism Tours, Birding & Bird Watching tours, Water parks, Zoo Marine, fishing, horse riding, walking, mountain biking, cycling, and water sports.
Sao Bras de Alportel.
Unlike many holiday destination resorts, the ‘laid back’ town of Sao Bras de Alportel is open all year round, with many activities going on.
Restaurant and bar prices are more to the locals liking rather than the inflated rates in tourist resorts.
The town is the crossroad of the routes linking Loulé to Tavira and Faro to Almodôver and is the hub of the area. The tranquil, unhurried lifestyle of the friendly local population makes this the perfect location for the un-hurried lifestyle. That may explain the reason there are so many cafes and restaurants with tables outside where the locals while away the day. If you are in a hurry this is not the place to live, as the local shopkeepers want to know how you and your family are whilst serving you.
The Algarve is known for its beaches, but the winter months are a prime time to visit one of the world's premier golf destinations. Each golf course offers a unique design taking advantage of the local landscape allowing the golfer a challenging yet pleasurable game.
With more than 30 top quality golf courses in the Algarve, you will never be short of a quality course to play. Quinta Fonte do Cascalho is ideally located to have access to a high percentage of these courses within just 20 minutes drive. To the East are Benamore, Quinta da Cima, Quinta da Ria, Castro Marim, the Jack Nicklaus signature course Monte Rei, as well as the Seve Ballesteros-designed Quinta do Vale. To the South is the Golden Triangle of golf with Vale do Lobo, Ocean and Royal, Quinta do Lago North and South courses, Sao Lorenzo and Villa Sol. To the West is the Vilamoura complex, with the Arnold Palmer design Victoria, plus the Old Course, Millennium, Laguna and Pinhal. Through our local contacts, we are able to obtain excellent golf discounts and equipment.
Eco-tourism and Eco-fashion:
Sao Bras de Alportel is situated in the Barrocal region of the Algarve comprising large open spaces, pure air and lush foliage of almond, fig, carob and cork trees; to which the region became the biggest cork producing centre in Portugal and the world. Today there are organized cork trails that take you through this beautiful countryside and a visit to the cork museum. In the centre of Sao Bras is the shop where you can purchase many eco-fashion items that are produced from cork such as purses, handbags, belts, shoes and even curtains, which you will find in the lounge of Quinta Fonte do Cascalho.
A Birdwatchers Paradise:
‘Quinta Fonte do Cascalho’ sits in a natural area that is a fantastic habitat for the birds that frequent the Algarve. In addition to the Swallows and Martins that share the pool with you, from the terrace you would see: Golden Oriole, Cattle Egret, White Stork, Black Stork, Bee Eater, Hoopoe, Azure-winged Magpie, Bluethroat, Fan-tailed Warbler, Cetti's Warbler, Melodious Warbler, Sardinian Warbler, Short-toed Treecreeper, Nuthatch, Southern Grey Shrike, Woodchat Shrike, Common Waxbill, Serin, Black-winged Kite, Black Kite, Red Kite, Griffon Vulture, Montagu's Harrier, Short-toed Eagle, Booted Eagle, Lesser Kestrel, Marsh Harrier, Spanish Imperial Eagle. Through our local contacts, we can arrange bird-watching tours, with responsible guides, for sea or the 10 reserved land locations for birds in the Algarve.
During the winter months, the Algarve is an ideal location for Lawn Bowling. There are numerous organized clubs scheduling regular games. Visiting players are very welcome to join in where clubs stock a full range of bowls for hire at a nominal charge. Tavira Bowls club, with an eight rink level green, is just a few minutes away from the villa.