Chaparral De Cabanas

Chaparral de Cabanas
  • Type: Villa
  • Sleeps: 8 (4 Bedrooms)
  • Nearest Beach: Almograve (20 km)
  • Change Over Day: Saturday
  • Access: Car Essential
  • Long term lets considered
  • Pets allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Pets considered
  • suitable for children

Imposing, large, high-ceilinged, airy, recently converted old farmhouse in 120 acres of private land, mainly olive groves and wild cork oak forest, with stunning views. 12 metre swimming pool for your personal use, not overlooked. House sleeps 8+ in 4 bedrooms, 3 en suite. Traditionally furnished. Wild and natural countryside, 15 minutes' pleasant drive to Odemira with all its facilities, 40 minutes' drive to the fantastic Atlantic beaches. The entire west coast here is a nature reserve. Ideal family holiday location, suit children of all ages. Pets welcome. Wonderful walks, bird watching (ask for list!), horse riding, kayaking, fishing nearby, wide terraces for sunbathing, relaxing and enjoying the views, dramatic arid garden.

The rural location of Chaparral de Cabanas offers much for those seeking peace and quiet. You could spend the whole holiday at the property, just venturing out for supplies, or use it as a base from which to explore the local towns and villages or more distant cities.

Reliable Internet signal from own satellite dish, wifi.

The terraces are great for eating out in the fresh air while enjoying the views of the surrounding countryside. One terrace overlooks the pool so an eye can be kept on the children while they are splashing about. There are lots of shady trees if it gets too hot, and, due to its thick walls, the interior of the house is usually 10 degrees cooler than outside. We have a small fenced lake with fish and sometimes ducks, lovely for a picnic or a quiet read. There is an outdoor projector which projects movies onto the wall of the house, imagine watching your favourite film under the stars! Don't forget to bring DVDs.

Special interest holidays:
Ideal for country walks and bird watching, cycling, painting. Boating and fishing on Santa Clara lake, 30 minutes' drive. Kayaking on River Mira.

40 minutes' drive to stunning Atlantic beaches, many to choose from, all family friendly, some with dramatic cliffs, others with gently sloping sand.

Car essential. Nearest airport is Faro, 2 hours' easy drive. Lisbon Airport is 3 hours' drive. Nearest train station, Santa Clara: comfortable air-conditioned efficient trains to Lisbon and Faro, about 35 mins' drive. Lisbon 2 hours, Faro about 90 minutes. Bus and coach station in centre of Odemira.

Nearest town is Odemira (pop. 25,000), about 15 minutes' drive. Restaurants, banks, cash points, filling stations, library, 24/7 health care centre (with helipad!), shops, cinema, cafes and supermarkets.

Further Details:
Several traditional local markets in neighbouring villages, see info book at property for details. The huge Santa Clara lake is about half an hour away, great for fishing (huge carp!), motor boating, swimming. Also Kayaking on River Mira, leave from Odemira.

We bought the property about 10 years ago. We loved the farmhouse itself, it's big and spacious, and of course the views. You can see for 40-odd miles down to the south, to the Monchique Hills. Chaparral is close enough to the sea to be able to spend a day or half day on the beach, but not so close that it's always windy, a disadvantage with many coastal properties.
The house itself is just down from a hill top, so it has the amazing views, but also privacy as it's shielded by trees. The drive from Odemira follows the course of the River Mira, along a clear and pretty track. It's about 15 minutes.
It's extremely quiet with no traffic/plane noise, and no pollution, though the constant calling of the Cuckoos does drive you a bit mad in the spring! In fact it's a birdwatcher's paradise with over 50 species recorded at, or near, the property.

The Portuguese Registration number is AL 18603.

Images of Chaparral De Cabanas

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The Alentejo South Region

Alentejo is the biggest province of Portugal with a southerly and northerly halves. We are in the south west, not far from the coast. The area is agricultural and partly forested, millions of wild flowers in the spring, sunny and dry in the summer. Beautiful rolling hills ideal for long walks.

Odemira Area

Several traditional local markets in neighbouring villages, see info book at property for details. The huge Santa Clara lake is about half an hour away, great for fishing (huge carp!), motor boating, swimming. Also Kayaking on River Mira, leave from Odemira. Great restaurants and cafes, plus other activities all listed in the House book.

Getting There

Chaparral de Cabanas is 2 hours' pleasant drive from Faro Airport, 3 from Lisbon. It's 15 minutes down a pretty track from Odemira.

Nearest Travel Links

Rental Details

Minimum 7 nights, ideally Saturday to Saturday, but flexible. 20% deposit with booking, balance 4 weeks prior to departure. Please email owner (Martin Gibbons) at for booking or further details.

Suitable types of Holiday Odemira

  • Fishing
  • Horse riding
  • Mountain Biking
  • Swimming
  • Walking
  • Hill Walking
  • Local cuisine
  • Relaxation

Exterior Details

The property is surrounded by wild countryside, mainly cork oaks and olive groves, perfect for walking and bird watching. Magnificent views from the terraces.

Exterior Facilities in Chaparral De Cabanas

  • Balcony/Terrace
  • BBQ
  • Parking space
  • Private garden
  • Private outdoor swimming pool
  • Secure parking

Interior Details

Big sitting room, kitchen and dining room, all with high exposed ceilings. French doors direct to terrace. All doors and windows fly-screened. Comprehensive 'house book' covers all aspects of your stay: how the house works, what to do in the area, where to eat, best beaches, local markets. Local man on the spot (Joao) to meet and greet, and answer any questions.

Facilities in Chaparral De Cabanas

  • CD player
  • Central heating
  • Cooker
  • DVD player
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Hairdryer
  • Highchair
  • Internet access
  • Iron
  • Kettle
  • Linen provided
  • Log fire
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Towels provided
  • Video
  • Washing machine
  • Safe

Bedrooms / Bathrooms

  • Bedrooms (4)
  • Bathrooms (4)
  • Ensuite (3)
  • Showers (4)
  • WCs (4)

Sleeps a Maximum of 8 people:

  • Single Beds (2)
  • Double Beds (3)


  • Dining Seats (8)
  • Lounge Seats (8)

Tariffs Currency Conversion

Note: Low season September - May
High season June to August


Low season
GBP £775.00


High season
GBP £950.00

Prices may be subject to change at the owner's discretion.

Guest Book

Dream Space
By Pat Stocker on 29-Sep-2017
I wanted to write to you just to let you know how much we all enjoyed being at Chaparral, how very comfortable the house and pool were and how much we all admired what you had achieved in creating this paradise.

We loved your garden and we had breakfast every morning at the big table on the terrace, soaking up the views all around. And the pool was perfect. The whole place feels calm - a truly good place to be. I found myself using adjectives like 'magical' to friends about the house and the environment. So beautiful! A place to write, to read, maybe to paint.

Your ‘house book’ was very helpful and everything worked perfectly. I found it interesting living in a solar-powered house and I know that we were all conscious that it forced us to think about turning lights off etc.! Maybe a good lesson to bring home.

One day Dick and I would love to return.

Anyway, thank you for creating such a dream space!

All the very best,

5 of of 5
Perfect Relaxing Destination...
By R. Rolfe on 23-Sep-2017
Communication with Martin (the owner) was excellent, and he was always on hand and eager to help, not just during the booking process, but also throughout our stay. When we arrived at the house, Joao, the housekeeper, was incredibly helpful and friendly. He came most days to check the pool, but was always very discreet. It was always a real pleasure to see him and have a chat.

The unpaved track to Chaparral de Cabanas took just over 20 minutes in our 9-seater minibus, which convinced us to do the trip out no more than once per day, but the upside to this was the beautiful peace and isolation of the house. some days we wouldn’t see a single person or vehicle, which made the holiday truly relaxing, and of course totally free of traffic noise.

The house itself was fantastic. The kitchen/dining room was big and airy, and the kitchen was well equipped. The bedrooms were spacious and three had en-suite bathrooms.

Outside was amazing. The huge patio made a perfect dining area, with an excellent brick barbecue, big dining table and plenty of seating. The pool was just wonderful, particularly for the children, and we all spent many hours swimming and relaxing around it. It was great in the evening, being able to lie on our backs on the patio, looking up at the (very clear) Milky Way. If you happen to have a telescope, be sure to take it!

Overall, Chaparral de Cabanas was the perfect relaxing destination for our party of seven, and we thoroughly enjoyed our two week stay. Would we return? Most definitely!

Stay: 25th July - 9th August 2017.

5 of of 5
Wonderful Stay
By Ariella & Family on 13-Sep-2017
What a wonderful stay we had in Chaparral! We loved every minute of it. The pool was great, the kids enjoyed it and so did we. The silence, the remoteness, the amazing views and the starry nights (incl. milky way!) were very special to us. Thank you for a lovely holiday.
A special thank you goes to the kind, loving and adequate service of Joao (and his family). He was there for whatever we needed and was always so friendly and helpful. We would love to come back one day. We heard that you are now enjoying your house. Hope we left it well for you. Thanks again for your hospitality.

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