Casa da Ria

Algarve, Portugal
Sleeps up to 10 in total plus 3 infants in cots in 5 bedrooms
£1530 - £2804 per week

Top 10 Reasons to Stay Here

Five bedroom Algarve hideaway with gorgeous views
Enclosed private infinity pool with shallow area
Stunning spacious interiors
Lovely deck area for taking in the stunning views
Outdoor dining facilities and a lovely grassy area
Homemade meal service available, including kids' menu
Cooking master classes available
Five minute drive to the nearest town with restaurants and a supermarket
20 minute drive to beautiful beaches
Plenty of nearby family fun activities including water parks and zoo and indoor play centres

Guest Reviews


Pool protected by fencing and lockable gate

The Property

Double bedrooms Two
Twin bedrooms Three
Bathrooms Three, two of which are en suite, all with walk-in showers
Living room With space for dining table

Local Information

Nearest village/town Messines 5mins drive, 2 miles
Nearest supermarket Messines 5mins drive, 2 miles
Nearest doctor Messines 5mins drive, 2 miles
Nearest A&E Portimao, 35 mins drive, 20 miles
Nearest beach Albufeira, 30km, 25 minutes' drive
Nearest restaurant Casa da Vinho, 5 mins drive, 2 miles


Home cooked food Available on request, additional cost, payable locally
Babysitting Babysitting can be booked through the villa manager, this service is offered for €15 per hour. It is advised to book babysitting in advance.
Swimming Towels available Yes, including children's towels
Local Bike hire Available locally
Local assistance/housekeeper Yes
Welcome pack Yes
Internet access Yes
Restaurant on site No
Shopping Service available
Air Con or Cooling System Yes - in all rooms


Pool Protection Yes
Central heating Yes
Open fire No
Garden shade Yes
Heated Pool No
Walking Distance to Village/Restaurant No
Dogs Allowed Yes
Suitable for Multiples Yes
Suitable for Wheelchair Users No
Home Cooked Food Yes
Babysitting Yes
Kids Club No
Restaurant on Site No
Additional Cleaning available Yes
Wifi Yes
Shopping Service Yes
Swimming towels Yes
Golf available locally Yes
Less than 1 hour from Nearest Airport Yes
Local Bike hire Yes
Air Con or Cooling System Yes
Car required? Required
Swimming Pool Yes
Private Pool Yes
Self Catering Yes
Creche No

Essential Kit Guarantee

Cots Three travel cots available
Highchairs Two available
Booster seat Yes
Bed guards Two available
Potty Three available
Steriliser Yes
Baby monitor Yes
Plastic crockery Yes
Plastic step Yes
Changing mat Yes
Stairgate(s) Yes
Non slip bath mat Yes
Indoor toys and books Yes
Microwave Yes
Food blender (hand held) Yes
DVD player Yes
Children's DVDs Yes
Child's loo seat Yes
Bath toys Yes
Blackout blinds or curtains/shutters Yes
Night light Yes
Cot linen Yes - linen and blankets

Additional Equipment

Changing table No
Socket guards Yes
Baby den Yes
Baby bath Yes
Washing Machine Yes
Dishwasher Yes
Tumble dryer No
Garden equipment (slide etc) Yes
Hairdryer Yes
TV Yes
Sound system No
UK satellite TV channels Yes
Barbeque Yes

Extra Information

Other information You can request the bed configuration on your booking form.

Baby Pack available on request with selected items at additional cost.

The security deposit for this property is £500 and is payable directly to your host. Details of how to pay this will be available when you pay your balance.

For additional information and the individual Terms and Conditions, please see the 'Need to Know' section for this property.
Essential Kit Guarantee Info Some terms and conditions apply so please read our complete Terms and Conditions before booking.

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Indoors & Outdoors


In the centre of the house is a large sitting room with three sofas, large flatscreen television with cable channels and a DVD player; the room is very light with large french doors leading to the terrace outside. 

From the sitting room you have access to the stairs, kitchen, downstairs bedrooms and loo.  The kitchen is large with high ceilings and is very modern, with everything you could possibly need including a full range of children's cookbooks and utensils, perfect for (hopefully non-existent!) rainy days. 

There are flexible dining options with a cherry 10-seater table in the kitchen, as well as bar stools around the kitchen island, and a 10-seater outdoor table under the shaded pergola, which can be moved to the waterfront deck if you'd prefer.

There are two large bedrooms downstairs, both with en suites with walk-in showers, as well as ample room for a cot.  Both these bedrooms have French doors leading outside to the garden and enclosed pool area. 

Upstairs, there are three twin bedrooms and a large bathroom all with underfloor heating.   Two of the bedrooms have a small door with views overlooking the pool and garden and surrounding countryside. 

There is also room to put a cot in at least one of the upstairs bedrooms, allowing flexible sleeping arrangements if more than one family is holidaying together.

All bedrooms are individually designed with their own colour scheme and furnishings.

Parent points:

  • In the ground floor bedrooms, there are two small steps between the bedroom and bathroom
  • Infinity pool - parents should beware of children swimming / floating to the edge which has a drop; children should not to be left unattended in the pool
  • The oven is at low-level

Gourmet Cooking Experience

For something a bit different and a chance to discover the wonders of the Portuguese cuisine, you can enjoy a variety of gourmet cooking experiences at the Casa da Ria.

The 4 hour cookery class will show you how to create a professional style three-course meal whilst enjoying a glass of wine and getting as much involved with the cooking as you wish.

You can have peace of mind and enjoy your ‘me time’ as you can arrange to have our trained chef take you through crafting your meals with expert tips and techniques.

After the cooking experience you and your group can relax and enjoy your delicious meal and don’t worry about the cleaning up as this is taken care of!

Menus can be designed according to your preferences such as Lobster and Shell Fish, Italian or something specifically for a special celebration.

The cost is from 810€ for up to six people (depending on the menu selected), which includes dinner and wine. The cooking experience can be combined with a wine tasting that will include a variety of wine tasting experiences from Portuguese varieties, Port tasting, Champagne & Foreign varieties.

This experience is booked directly with your host and paid directly to the gourmet experience company once you have chosen your menu.


From the sitting room and kitchen are large French doors leading to the terrace around the property.  There is a paved area from outside the kitchen, leading along the house past the sitting room to a grassed area and pool at the back of the property. 

Surrounding the house are mature carob trees and shrubs.  Outside the kitchen there is a large table and BBQ with a sunshade and lights for late ‘al fresco' diners. 

From here you have great views of the river and hills around. At the end of the garden is an infinity plunge pool with a shallow area, where little ones will love splashing.

There is a fantastic large paved deck which overlooks the river basin, which has sun shades, so you can escape the heat of the midday sun, and chill out with a cocktail while the sun sets.

Around the pool area are several sun loungers and umbrellas for you to while away an hour whilst the little ones splash about under the other parent's supervision.  The owner has thoughtfully provided a playpen so you can take a soothing dip while your baby plays in the shade. 

There is a good amount of space for children to run and play around the house. From the garden there is access down to the riverbank if you fancy a spot of fishing, but there is a fence and gate to prevent ‘small wanderers'. 

Parent points:

  • There is an area at the top of property near the driveway which is not fenced; it has mature trees and shrubs but is not completely enclosed, so parents need to be vigilant with children playing in this area
  • On the property is an old barn; although not falling down, it is not recommended to let children play inside
  • There are a few rock steps along the side of the pool house in the garden where little ones will need supervising

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What's Around?

The nearest town, Messines, is just a five minute drive, and is very convenient if you want to grab some groceries, as there is a supermarket, butcher and a bakery, as well as a market every day.  There is a lovely coffee shop opposite the market, where you can pick up authentic Potuguese custard tarts.

Within 20 minutes' drive, you have the beautiful beaches of Albufeira, Gale and Armacao de Pera; if you don't want too much beach there are many other interesting towns and villages to discover such as, Alte, with its natural springs, the old Moorish town of Silves and the ‘mountain' of Monchique.  There is also shopping in the ‘Algarve Shopping' centre in Guia, near Albufeira, or why not take a stroll through the boutiques in Vilamoura?

There are plenty of family attractions within driving distance - Krazy World, Lagos Zoo and my personal favourite, Zoomarine, to name a few.  You also have several water parks, although these can be pricey with not a lot to do for small tots, so I would advise to check facilities and prices first. 

For the more sporty and adventurous, Biking and walking trails, suitable for toddlers, are within walking distance. Horse riding stables suitable for toddlers are a 20 minute drive away. From the property there are many walks and bike trails of varying difficulties and distances, including access to the ‘Algarve Way', a guided walk that goes from Spain to the West Coast of the Algarve with various access points.

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Need to Know

Before booking, please read our Terms and Conditions.

Price Includes:

  • All Essential Kit items
  • Linen, towels, electricity, heating and/or air conditioning

Additional Charges:

  • Home booked food can be arranged with advance request - payable locally

Swimming Pool:

The pool is unheated. This means that the water temperature varies according to the weather.

Check-In & Check-Out Times:

Check-in is after 4pm
Check-out is before 10am

Security Deposit:

The security deposit for this property is £500 and is payable directly to your host. Details of how to pay this will be available when you pay your balance.

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Travel Info

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