Casa Olhao

Olhao, Portugal

Casa Olhao is an exceptional 12 bedroom private home available to rent on an exclusive basis throughout the year for retreats, events, holidays and photo shoots. The Algarve is one of the few areas in Europe to enjoy 300 days of sunshine per year!

It is ideal for large families (children aged 8 years or more), friends and groups seeking a high-end, yet relaxed, private and intimate location for time together, special occasions and/or retreat work.

Casa Olhao is a historic townhouse located in the heart of Olhao’s old town. Originally, a classical gentleman’s residence, it was lovingly restored over a three year period, between 2014 and 2016. We called upon the skills of the local craftsmen and artisans to create a property that balances the heritage of its architecture with contemporary design and comfort - including a spectacular rooftop pool! Throughout, we have used a palette of natural colours and materials - white, stone, wood and linens, aiming to create a space in which everyone can feel at ease the moment they walk through the door.

With our local knowledge and relationships, we can help you create authentic, personal and unique experiences and events. We can also help you develop bespoke programs of activities to support spiritual, creative, wellness, meditation and corporate retreats. Our local house manager will be on call to help with those unexpected issues that even the best planning can’t foresee!

Located in the heart of Olhao’s Old Town, the fabulous markets and a wide selection of family run restaurants are within easy walking distance of the house - as are the ferries and taxis to the outlying islands.

Almost, best of all, the house is no more than 15 minutes drive from Faro international airport - well served, all year round by multiple airlines.

Regret no children under the age of 8.

The house has over 1000sqm of internal space and 560sqm of external space including:
- 12 double bedrooms, each with a large ensuite bathroom (with walk-in shower, and in one, an additional free-standing bath) nine of the twelve have the flexibility of being twin rooms
- Rooftop pool (9mx3m -heated when needed) and pool bar
- Rooftop yoga decks (capacity for 16 + teacher)
- Meditation room (capacity for 16 + teacher)
- Two massage/treatment rooms
- Multiple terraces and outdoor sitting areas for communal entertaining or sneaking away to read a book!
- Games room with pool table
- Large winter living room with open fireplace
- Library opening onto a central courtyard
- Large contemporary domestic kitchen, opening onto a large terrace with tables and seating for 24 in comfort. The terrace also has a charcoal BBQ and separate open fireplace to extend the dining out season.
- Industrial prep kitchen on the ground floor - for larger events and/or winter dining downstairs
- Large entrance hall - for flexible use (including winter dining room)
- Laundry facilities

When we travel, we find it can be the little things that count the most; so we’ve included the following elements to add an extra touch of comfort to your stay:

- White Company 100% cotton bed linen
- White company 100% cotton luxury light terry bath towels
- Stylish hammam towels and umbrellas for the beach
- Hand made local wicker baskets for trips to the beach or the market
- Hairdryer
- Top of the range ceiling fans
- AC, but only where it is needed. We dislike AC - it dries you out and is terrible for the environment. In some places around the house it makes things more comfortable and has been included but for the most part the old house design included clever use of natural ventilation, which we have taken advantage of and boosted with the ceiling fans; keeping AC to a minimum.
- Underfloor heating throughout the bedrooms, bathrooms and common areas

Weddings: Casa Olhao is a beautiful venue for small, intimate weddings. Vows can be taken on the roof overlooking the churches and the rooftops of the old town.

It is also a wonderful location for the family to base themselves for a larger wedding party held on one of the beautiful nearby islands.


Wedding service: 40-50 guests on the pool terrace

Sit down lunch/dinner: 30 guests on the kitchen terrace, 30 guests on the pool terrace and 24 guests at the entrance/wine vault.

Standing reception: 80 guests on the kitchen terrace, 80 guests on the pool terrace and 40-50 guests at the entrance/courtyard.

Please note that different terms and conditions may apply for events, so please get in touch if you are interested in hosting an event at the house.

Corporate/conference facilities: Casa Olhao provides a peaceful, yet inspiring environment for small business meetings. We have good WiFi connections throughout and an AV projector with sound bar.

Spa: Early morning yoga on the rooftop terrace to the sound of church bells, racing pigeons and the town waking up is a perfect way to start the day with a little of what we call everyday magic.

Meditation in the sanctuary on the first floor is an exceptional experience.

We have worked with a local specialist to create a bespoke package of treatments (massages, body scrub, facial and reflexology) which with notice, can be arranged in the two dedicated treatment rooms on the ground floor.

Let us know what you would like and we will be happy to make arrangements.

The prices below are based on 7 days accommodation only.

2017 prices:

1st - 30th June: From €13,600
1st July - 31st August: From €16,980
1st - 30th September: From €13,600
1st - 31st October: From €11,887
1st November - 31st December (excluding Christmas & New Year): From €8,945
Christmas (24-26 December) & New Year (30 Dec - 1st Jan): From €10,030

Please enquire if you would like to stay for a longer or shorter period. (5 days is our minimum, except in July & August and over Christmas/New Year when our minimum is 7 days.)

We recommend arriving on Wednesday or Thursday to ensure you can enjoy the market on Saturday morning, but we will do our best to accommodate other requests.

Check in between 15:30 and 18:00 and check out by 11:00.

Deposit: 30% (non-refundable)
Balance due: 8 weeks prior to arrival
Security deposit: 20% of rental fee due 1 week prior to arrival

What's included:

- 3 hrs per day maid service for 5 days per week
- Fresh linen once per week & fresh towels twice per week
- Some initial provisions in the fridge and the pantry…. (Generally this will include: Nespresso capsules (two per guest), tea, sugar, fresh bread, selection of fruit and veg, fresh local cheese, butter, milk, eggs, olive oil & vinegar, salt & pepper). If you would like a full fridge shop to be done before you arrive, just let us know what you would like.

Our lovely local house manager will be available to meet and greet you at the house, show you how everything works, share recommendations and local knowledge. She can be available to pop in every day or disappear if you prefer complete privacy.

The towns and islands


The best way to get to know Olhao is to walk out the front door and wander down to the waterfront. Getting lost in the twisted network of cobbled streets along the way is part of the fun. There is usually a surprise or two to enjoy along the way. When you get to the sea front, there are the fabulous markets at the water's edge (fish to the right, fresh fruit/veg & meats to the left) and a host of restaurants, cafes and bars to relax in along the way.

The Islands & beyond

Not to visit at least one of the Islands (Armona, Culatra, Farol or Deserta) would be criminal! They each have a distinct feel but each one has beautiful unspoilt beaches, and wonderful low key restaurants/beach bars where you will happily while away the day. The islands are easy to get to: you can either take a small ferry which runs multiple times per day during the summer or a river taxi. They all go from the same place, just 150m west along the waterfront from the market.

If you rent a car, a host of wonderful places can be reached within a 30 minute drive and if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, Seville is only 2 hours away.

Local Events

Saturday market - every Saturday morning the waterfront outside the Olhao market bursts into life with small holders and the local community coming to buy and sell what was in the ground at their farms just a couple of days before.

San Antonio - 12/13 June - the feast of San Antonio is a huge event in Lisbon, but the Olhaonese don’t like to miss out on a party! You won’t be able to miss the tables and bunting across every alley.

Seafood festival - August - the Festival de Mariscos starts in Faro but reaches its peak when it arrives in Olhao. It has become a major event over the last few years, attracting thousands of locals and visitors alike, drawn by the spectacular local produce and live music.

Flea markets - every weekend, somewhere in the eastern Algarve, there will be a flea market where you can get lucky and find a hidden gem… If nothing else, it is always a fun day out.


If you would like to do more than relax by the pool, there are a host of local activities.

Options cross the range from sporting to creative, cultural to foodie, sea-faring to romantic…. To get the imagination going, here is an initial list of ideas...

- Paddle boarding (with or without yoga!)
- Bike tour (with or without yoga)
- Hiking in the hills
- Horse riding
- Tango dance class
- Ceramics class
- Art class
- Olive oil tasting
- Digging for Ria Formosa clams
- Cooking demonstration
- Dolphin watching
- Nature tour in search of the elusive chameleons and seahorses
- Romantic houseboat for two moored by a deserted island

Nearest airport: Faro (10 miles)
Nearest station: Olhao (0.5 miles) or Faro (10 miles)

Property details

  • Sleeps: 24
  • Bedrooms: 12
  • Swimming Pool: Yes
  • Beach nearby: Yes
  • Internet access: Yes
  • Open fire: Yes
  • Catering: Yes
  • Wedding Venues: Yes
  • Corporate: Yes
  • Spa Properties: Yes
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