Casa Lagoa is an urban farmhouse on the main street of Lagoa just a short drive from the beautiful beaches of the Algarve.
A staircase leads to the rooftop terrace with a swimming pool. This is the ideal setting for sundowners and a swim at the end of a day.
The rooftop terrace and pool offer wonderful views over Olhão.
You’re within easy walking distance of the market, the ferries to the islands and the shops.
The pool is not very big but more than enough for a refreshing swim at the end of the day.
Parking is an experience in the heart of Olhão. On the upside, it is mostly free of charge.
What was the inspiration/story behind Casa Olhão?
We were on holidays in Portugal and had driven past this beautiful village. One day, we decided to drive into town and stayed a night in one of the guesthouses. Olhão is renowned for its cubism-style houses and is one of the only villages in the Algarve to have been preserved during the 1970s and 1980s when the property developers came through. Today, it’s still a working city of Portuguese people (not a holiday village), so it’s very alive and vibrant throughout the year.
We immediately fell in love with the beautiful old homes (many of which were very neglected) and on our next trip, we bought one. We loved the small windows and green doors but it had been abandoned for around 20 years, so it needed a lot of work. During the restoration, we preserved all the original shutters and doors of the house, which are really charming and are always commented on by guests.
How would you describe the atmosphere of Casa Olhão and what do you love about it?
We love the authenticity — it feels like a traditional old house but with all the comforts of a modern residence. When you step inside, you feel relaxed and there’s a certain flow to the home. It might appear small from the outside but it’s actually incredibly spacious inside.
Is it suitable for families, couples or both?
It is suitable for families, however, parents should be aware that we don’t have protection on the staircase or around the swimming pool, so children must be supervised around these areas (and the house is used at their own risk). But we have tried to design it so that it’s functional and inviting for everyone, particularly in the kitchen. Sometimes mothers get stuck in the kitchen of holiday rentals for hours trying to cook something but not being able to find what they need. We’ve ensured that it’s fully equipped and in a space that invites them to relax also.
The main door leads to a living room where there are sofa beds to relax on, with two spacious bedrooms on the ground floor (which helps to keep them cool). One has an en-suite bathroom and the other has a separate bathroom that can be used by anyone in the house. Both of the bedrooms feature high-quality mattresses and linen.
Upstairs is the open-plan kitchen and dining area that connects with the outdoor terrace. There’s a large family dining table for evening meals and bar stools where you can have your morning coffee. We’re both chefs, so the kitchen is highly functional and with everything you need. The bench is also a little higher than normal to ensure the right posture, particularly for Northern Europeans who tend to be a bit taller.
A staircase leads from here to the rooftop terrace where there are sun loungers and a swimming pool, as well as an outdoor shower. This is the ideal setting for sundowners and a swim at the end of a day at the beach.
We provide high-quality linen for guests, as well as bathroom, beach and swimming pool towels (more can be ordered on request). If families are staying with young kids, we can also provide baby beds and high chairs, together with unbreakable plates and cups.
The house is cleaned on the day of arrival so that it’s fresh and is cleaned a second time if guests are staying for more than a week. We also like to add some personal touches, such as a bottle of wine with the guests’ names to welcome them. We’re also more than happy to offer our recommendations for restaurants, bakeries or grocery stores if they want to buy a certain produce item.
I’d definitely recommend visiting the three islands located off the coast, which are really beautiful, with nice beaches and a lighthouse. You can take a ferry from the main port or get a private boat. There are also bike rental companies and bike tours if you want to explore on two wheels. We’d also recommend visiting one of the nearby villages or taking the train to Lisbon. If you like to shop, there’s a big mall not too far away with around 300 shops.
Olhão is a real foodies destination too, with people from the surrounding villages coming on Saturdays to buy fresh produce. There’s also a fish market and an organic market, as well as various flea markets on Sundays. While the city doesn’t have big nightclubs like much of the Algarve, it is very cultural as there are lots of festivals happening throughout the year.
Casa Olhão is in the centre of Olhão’s old town in a very calm area. It’s surrounded by small, narrow streets that are an adventure to explore in themselves as there’s always something new to see. It’s within a short stroll of bakeries, restaurants and cafes where you can grab a coffee, as well as the fresh produce market and port area.
Really the whole year through but the majority of visitors come between February and November. Early in the year and late in the season are ideal for those who don’t want too much heat or sun while we find that families are often booking during the middle of summer (June, July and August).
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