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Luxurious Old Merchant's House In Olhao In Eastern Algarve

House with 2 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in Olhao, Portugal

From £705 per week

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House to rent in Olhao, Algarve

  • House
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Washing machine
  • Sea view

House overview - owner's description

Tastefully restored old Merchant's House with great views and plenty of character with fantastic views of the old town and the nearby sandbank islands. Decorated to the highest of standards.

This unique and outstanding property has been restored to former glory as an old (wealthy) merchant's house- when Olhao was the major centre of fishing in Portugal. It boasts two outdoor terraces (one with garden feature and one with open air jacuzzi) from which you can enjoy fabulous views to the nearby sandbank islands and the still bustling fishing port, as well as amazing views over the old town and it's traditional cube houses. There's even storks nesting on nearby chimneys you can watch feeding their young. Whilst maintaining great character and elegance, this property has the modern conveniences of a new kitchen, two bathrooms, central heating and solar powered hot water as well as satellite TV, stereo and iPod base. Comfort, luxury, sophistication and character for discerning guests. This is really special with the best views and a great atmosphere all around you.
There are 2 bedrooms - first bedroom is En-suite with lovely restored French bed (double) and top quality mattress and then the Sun room on the terrace floor has Laura Ashley day beds - ideal for day dreaming or acts as second bedroom(converts to 2 singles or one double).
There is a guest bathroom next to the Sun room.
The kitchen is equipped with all the mod cons needed .
Solar power provides hot water and heating. There is a jacuzzi on the top terrace for your relaxation and offers great views. Because of stairs and access we do not recommend suitability for younger children.
The first terrace has pretty paved and decked area with outdoor dining. Also it has a small and sweet garden and lovely views to the islands and over the city scape. The second terrace is situated at the top and has 2/3 person bubbling jacuzzi - sun loungers and even better views to the sea and fishing port .
This property is above the house on the ground floor and also has 2 terraces- so there are staircases to negotiate which may prove difficult to less mobile people and possibly younger children.

There are beautiful unspoilt beaches close by - access from Olhao by short passenger ferry ride to 3 different sandbank islands. Other beaches are 10 minutes drive away.
Olhao fishing port and boating marina is just a 3 minutes stroll away and there is a Nature reserve close by (sea birds inc flamingos) which takes 10 minutes walk to get to.

Olhao boasts a great fruit and vegetable and fish market as well as many fresh food restaurants. It is a Portuguese town that retains its character and hasn't been changed by the tourism that has affected the Western Algarve.
Along with the traditional cube buildings from its heyday as the major fishing port, it has some lovely old churches, cobbled streets and easy access to the nearby islands. A nature reserve is on the door step - home to many rare bird species. We love the town with it's characteristic cube buldings and roof top terraces, old quaint churches, bustling market, glorious sea front promenade with it's many restaurants. There's a new municipal Theatre , just round the corner with live performances of Music (Jazz, Fado, Classical), Shows and Dance.
There's easy access to the splendid unspoilt islands and local towns along this part of the Eastern Algarve and great nature to be enjoyed. Highly recommended if you want the sea , sand, sun and character - but without the built-up package tourist bit.
If you need to connect to the outside world - free Wi-Fi is available from the Park Cafe - one minute away.



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From Cwmbran

A superb find, in the quiet and colourful historic old town of Olhao. The owner takes great pride in the Villa and that is evident in the attention to detail and high standard of decoration.
The photos on the website looked appealing but I thought they might have been artistically presented as they appear to be taken with a fish eye lensed camera- they are not, infact they do not do the apartment enough justice, and there are no photos of the excellent bathroom or the showroom upstairs (just off the sun room/second bedroom).
Previous visitors had completed the feedback book in glowing term with the occasional suggestion - best of all the suggestions had been addressed (coffee maker, small upstairs fridge for the terrace etc.)
The views from the Jacuzzi/hot tub were spectacular, and as its primarily a residential area it is not only quiet but from the terraces you can watch the residents just going about their daily life- spectacular, and so relaxing.
Friday night was our only noisy night and that just because an open mike night was on four or five streets away (until3pm).
The local bar (three doors away )was a real local haunt and closed by 11pm, very friendly.
The local Supermarket Pingo Doce is less than three minutes away, and not only convenient but a well provided medium sized market.
Mario (the local contact/representative for the owner) was very helpful, arranging taxis, happy to meet us late on our arrival, and proud to show us around the property.
The Jacuzzi/hot tub had evidently been giving people problems (ie: not working), but whilst we were there although on a fixed temperature we had no difficulties, and definitely not to be missed as the views from there are spectacular. Mario assured me that the water was changed between each rental, and this was clearly the case as by the last day our original clear blue hot tub water now had a slight sun-lotion tint to it.
Only one air-conditioning unit in the property (in the bedroom) but we found with the windows open to cause a through draft, and the occasional use of the many fans around the house we really did not need anything more.


This house is:

15km from the nearest beach 2km from the nearest bar 15km from the nearest restaurant 15km from the nearest supermarket 20km from Faro airport 5km from Beach 1km from Olhao town 20km from Tavira 35km from Golf

Local activities

Boat hire 15km Climbing 45km Cycling 15km Fishing 15km Flying 45km Golf 45km Horse riding 45km Mountain biking 45km Sailling 45km Scuba diving 45km Sports center 45km Swimming 15km Tennis 45km Water skiing 45km Walking 15km Wind surfing 45km

Sights and attractions

Historic site 45km Museum 45km Shopping 15km Theatre 45km Theme park 45km Zoo 45km Cinema 45km

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Outside this house in Olhao, Algarve
This house is in the town but in a quiet area near the sea. It has a sea view. Car hire is recommended as the house is less than a 15 minute walk to at least a couple of shops, bars and restaurants; however parking is not available.

Prices and availability

Updated 7 July 2016

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Changeover days and minimum stays

  • 24 September - 28 October 2016: the minimum stay is 4 nights.

Compulsory extras

  • Damage Waiver Deposit

    £300.00 per booking, paid locally



2 bedrooms, Sleeps 4:

  • 1 double bed and en suite
  • 2 single beds


2 bathrooms, 1 en suite bathroom


CD player, DVD/Blu-ray player, TV Languages in Local, Satellite / cable


Living area seats 4, Dining area seats 4, Central heating, Iron / board, Towels / linen, Washing machine, Car hire recommended


Cooker, Crockery, Cutlery, Fridge, Glassware, Microwave, Pots / pans


Sea view

Suitable for

Children, Infants

Olivia Mullan

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