Algarve, Portugal

Casa da Rocha


Mi casa, su casa


Angular Algarvean abode



The Algarve isn’t just for August: cosy up in Casa da Rocha’s winter lounge (complete with built-in fireplace) with a glass of local port in hand, or in spring and summer, stretch out on a pool-side lounger overlooking the Atlantic. There are five bedrooms (three with ensuite bathrooms), a fully equipped kitchen, basement pantry and wine cellar inside this single-storey white-washed casa, and you’ll find beautifully maintained gardens, a centrepiece pool and ocean-facing lawn in the grounds. The tiny Praia dos Beijinhos cove, relatively off the radar for the Algarve, is mere minutes from your doorstep, and there are idyllic beach bars nearby and traditional Portuguese restaurants in town.

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First Glance

  • Single-storey casa in a local fishing village, mere steps from the beach.
  • Beautifully maintained grounds with a saltwater swimming pool and shaded terrace facing the Atlantic.
  • Two lounges to cover both seasons: the light and airy summer lounge faces the garden and has a telescope for stargazing; the winter lounge has a huge L-shaped sofa, built-in fireplace and TV.
  • Hyper-modern kitchen with central island with seating and glass doors that open outside to a shaded terrace and dining table. There’s a BBQ too, and anything you can’t find in the kitchen will be in the basement pantry – even the more obscure ice cream makers and air fryers.

Villa highlights

  • Whites and woods
  • Fishing village charm
  • Sunset vistas

Sleeping arrangements

  • Five bedrooms, three of which have ensuites. All rooms are decked out in neutral tones, have built-in wardrobes and look out to the front or back gardens.
  • The master bedroom has a mezzanine study overlooking the garden and pool, floor-to-ceiling sliding doors and an ensuite with double vanity and walk-in rain shower.
  • Bedrooms 2 and 3 have a double bed, glass doors leading to the gardens, an ensuite with walk-in rain shower and an oversized desk.
  • Bedrooms 4 and 5 can be made up as either double or twin rooms, with access to the back garden and a shared bathroom. One room has a floating staircase to a mezzanine alcove, which can be used for reading.

Key kit

  • Basement wine cellar
  • Free WiFi
  • Outdoor dining terrace
  • BBQ
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Air-conditioning and underfloor heating
  • Volleyball court
  • Kayaks
  • Yoga mats
  • Pets can stay on request, for a charge of €500 per pet, per week


  • Large, turquoise-hued saltwater pool.
  • The pool isn’t heated – but the Portuguese sun should see to that.
  • Inflatables are available for kids (and adults too, no judgement).


  • Huge garden with swimming pool, terrace and loungers. The grounds are well looked after: you’ll find orange, lemon, almond, carob, apricot, fig and olive trees dotted throughout, as well as a statement pomegranate tree in the back garden.
  • The garden has an excellent view of sunset over the coastal cliffs.
  • Shaded outdoor dining area with a BBQ.
  • Back garden with loungers, beanbags and manicured grounds.
  • Outdoor private parking.


  • The casa sits on the cliff edge of a small fishing village in Portugal’s golden-sanded Algarve.
  • Praia dos Beijinhos is your closest beach: a quick flip and flop down the coastal path.
  • Faro airport is 40 minutes away by car, and the casa can arrange private transfers for €80 one way (up to seven people). Direct flights arrive from major cities all over Europe.
  • A hire car is a good idea if you want to explore the beaches and towns of this coastal region. There are plenty of hire-car desks at Faro airport, and the casa has a private drive with enough room for three–four cars.
  • Alcantarilha train station is a 15 minute drive from the villa, Algoz is a 20 minute drive away.

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