5 bedroom, 3 bathroom traditional farmhouse luxury conversion with private gated and heated pool, free WiFi and satellite TV near Sao Rafael, Albufeira
- english, french, portuguese
I, my brother and two sisters jointly own Casa do Grego which is a family home passed down by my father to his children. We have all spent many holidays there at different times of the year and most of us regard it as our 'second home'. Each of us is now married with children of our own who are growing up rather quickly and we do like to go somewhere else occasionally which frees up Casa do Grego for other families to enjoy! Over the years, various families seem to have adopted it as their second home as we have had many repeat tenants with one family staying every year for 8 years. The area around Albufeira offers so much for each age group and we believe that this is what makes Casa do Grego such an excellent holiday base for families and/or groups of friends of all ages.
Owner purchased this Farmhouse in 1963
Why Owner chose Municipality of Albufeira
Casa do Grego was bought by my father in 1963 for family use when he was appointed as chief architect in charge of the Vale do Lobo development at Quateira. Back then, there were hardly any hotels and nowhere for all of us to stay when he was working in the Algarve. When it was first converted, there was no electricity or running water and I have vivid memories as a child of paraffin and gas lamps, a charcoal iron, a paraffin fridge and 10 minute shifts on 'bomba' duty pumping water from the cisterna up into the water tank! We continue to thank our lucky stars that the area immediately surrounding the house has remained quiet and remarkably unspoilt and that the view down to the beach just as magical as it ever was. The beaches are fabulous and we all learnt to swim in the nearest cove and spent hours scavenging among the rock pools.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Casa do Grego is a converted farmhouse with stunning views that was originally built in the second half of C19th. It still retains several of its original features including its bread-oven, ladrilho floors, water catchment area and did have the original 'Christ o rei' hanging by the inglenook fireplace in the living room which was found buried in a wall during the 1960's conversion. Traditionally a figure of Christ the King was always buried in the foundations to bring both the house and its occupiers both luck and blessings. Sadly some well meaning person thought that it had been broken and threw it away --- grrrr! The Algarve, and the Albufeira area in particular, is well-known as a great place to holiday with its fabulous beaches, excellent golf courses, thousands of restaurants, bars and other amusements. Casa do Grego is a marvellous base for all these attractions but provides an alternative quiet oasis for those who just like to chill out and enjoy the pleasures of their own gated pool and unpolluted air!
Pool / Spa
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
Max guests: 11
Casa do Grego
Charming quiet well equipped farmhouse, stunning location, easy walking distance to beach. Highly recommended.
Lovely traditional villa
Great villa in a lovely location. We loved being able to walk to the pretty local beach and to the marina as well. The villa had everything we needed and any issues were quickly dealt with by the local contact. We hope to back again!
Wonderful Family Holiday
I am so glad we chose to stay at Casa do Greco for our family holiday. A traditional farmhouse full of character, very well equipped and a great pool. Situated in the countryside with marvellous views. An easy walk to the beach, Marina, or Albufeira town but as the house was so lovely we were happy to spend most afternoons around the pool.
Superb location and an excellent place to stay!
Can't recommend this property too highly. Whilst close to Albufeira, it is still in a rural location with no immediate neighbours. The pool is a delight and well maintained. There are also several very attractive beaches within easy walking distance. The farmhouse itself is spacious and very well equipped .It is decorated in a attractive, traditional style and was a very comfortable place to live in. We had everything we could ask for at Caso Do Grego and were very sad to leave. Will be rebooking!
Can't wait to finally go there!
Ms Darvall is an incredibly friendly, helpful and attentive person. She helped us out a lot in a very unlucky insurance-situation and even had a birthday-cake organised for my grandma. We were so eager to go to Casa do Grego for my nan's birthday - until we couldn't, because Corona hit. We will try again as soon as this is all over and are looking forward to finallly meeting you and visiting your beautiful place. Thank you for all your help!
Special interest holidays:
Unless you are a golfer or a walker, the Algarve is a sun and beach destination but various slide and splash type venues prove a welcome change to the beach for some families. In addition, Zoomarine in Guia is s superb example of conservation meeting family entertainment - an experience not to be missed. There is also a zoo, opportunities to go on Safari, deep sea fishing, big ship sailing along the coast and some marvellous walks for the more energetic. Two local hotels have tennis courts and welcome non-resident players.
The Algarve has some of the best golf courses in Europe and a bespoke golf package can be put together by a local expert should any tenant be interested. Please just ask for an introduction. Albufeira is located almost exactly in the middle of the Algarve so all courses are within an easy drive. There are also some marvellous walks if you are interested.
Seville is only a couple of hours from Casa do Grego, Lisbon around 3 hours away and Faro Airport is a mere 40 minute's drive.
Casa do Grego is set well back on a cliff top approximately 200 metres from the high tide line. The nearest beaches are 10 minutes walk away - a really lovely walk across the cliffs or slightly longer down by road. The closest cluster of beaches are reminiscent of parts of Cornwall and comprise three small sandy bays with impressive stacks, rock pools and a reef. The rocks are sedimentary and contain hundreds of fossilised sea shells. Beyond the nearest headland is a large beach called Praia Grande - the big beach which is otherwise known as Praia Sao Rafael!
Faro Airport is the closest (about 40 minutes drive); Seville (Spain) is approximately 2 hours away and Lisbon Airport a 2 1/2 to 3 hour drive.
Casa do Grego is approximately 1 mile to the west of Albufeira which is on the coast in the centre of Portugal's most southerly province. It is therefore perfectly placed as a base for activities all over the Algarve. The east/west motorway (with tolls) takes you to the Spanish border in approximately one hour and to Cape St Vincent with its magnificent cliffs in about 1 hour 15 minutes in the opposite direction. The historic town of Silves is 30 minutes away and the beautiful hills of Monchique just 45 minutes by car.
The nearest small supermarkets are approximately five minutes by car with larger ones about 10 minutes away. The really large Continente at Guia is 15 minutes by car in Algarve Shopping. The fresh fruit and fish market in Albufeira is also approximately 10 minutes away by car. There are numerous restaurants in the area with one or two within 10 minutes walk such as the Clube de Pesca e Nautica (excellent) on the road down to the Marina. The Marina itself is 15 minutes walk away downhill but probably a good 20 minutes back! Guia (15 mins by car) is the famous "home" of chicken piri piri. Albufeira itself has a wide range of restaurants although parking can be difficult in high season. There are a number of other restaurants of varying quality on the coast road from Casa do Grego towards Armacao de Pera. There is cork board in the hallway on which previous visitors have pinned various restaurant cards with their comments in the hope that future visitors will share their discoveries and know which ones to avoid!