A stunning old 3 bedroom townhouse in a classical and excellent location. Casa do Carolas has a beautiful old facade facing on to a superbly renovated square surrounded by other well kept townhouses with their own little plant pots with typical Algarvian flowers and plants offering a great secluded little spot in a tranquil little area.
The 3 bedroom townhouse offers accommodation over three floors with a split level roof terrace offering an outside style kitchen, a lower terrace with a dining table and chairs for some al fresco dining whilst overlooking the fabulous rooftop views over Olhao. Climb a little spiral stair case and find a lovely seating area with shading for a day of relaxed sunbathing, reading and general relaxation.
Whilst Casa do Carolas has a wonderful and deeply traditional double wooden front door complete with the very typical "hand" door knockers and wooden shutters with metal filagree the best way to enter is via the side door.
To the side of our superb 3 bedroom townhouse is a door in a wall from the traditional cobbled pedestrian lane that leads in to a small, enclosed and private courtyard. Another door then give direct access to the house and straight into the kitchen.
The courtyard makes a great and safe place to store bikes or maybe the beach stuff and makes it much easier the enter the house rather than the front doors that lead into the living area.
Both the door from the lane and the kitchen door can be locked and are of a good metal design.
A door from the kitchen gives access to the living room. The room is and L shaped room and directly in front of the kitchen is a huge antique wooden dining table surrounded by 6 chairs. It makes quite a stunning feature to the room and is very much in keeping of the Portuguese family tradition of all eating together and making an occasion out of food.
To the back of the living room is a wonderful little painted antique dresser. Between the ding table and sofa is a modern unit for the flat screen Smart television. This offers some European channels and is also where the wifi unit is located giving wifi access throughout out the whole 3 bedroom townhouse.
Facing the front door and the television is a large black fabric
comfortable and cosy L shaped sofa that fits neatly into this space. Cushions add a bit of colour and texture. Its a great place to sit and relax in the cool as even without air con Casa do Carolas was built to be nice and cool in the Summer months.
This 3 bedroom townhouse is well looked after but not renovated as it has been well maintained by generations of local families. We have installed air conditioning as it is a modern comfort that is enjoyed when on holiday in our lovely warm climate. It provides refreshing cool air in the hot summer months but can also be used to provide lovely warm cosy air in the cooler winter months. This means our lovely old 3 bedroom townhouse is a great holiday option any time of the year.
Beautiful, traditional and original terracotta tiles make the floor and at a low level a layer of blue patterned tiles cover the walls. The wooden front doors have no glass and when the shutters open they let is dappled light from the stunning decorative bars thats are very traditional to this type of house. The two large windows that overlook the dining table and sofa are also adorned with beautiful iron work and lets in plentiful light to the room.
These windows are again very in keeping with the style and age of the 3 bedroom townhouse. You can either just open the 2 small wooden shutters and have small glass window panes set in the white painted wood or you can open those too and have a huge open window letting in and abundance of cool are and light. The ironwork thats decorates the outside of the windows act as security for the house when the windows are completely open.
From the back of the living area large iron work gate thats is Moorish is style directs you to the beautiful tiled stair cases. All these wonderful old features remind you that you are living in a piece of Olhao history for your holidays.
The kitchen is a separate room and acts as the best way to gain access to the whole of the 3 bedroom townhouse. From the enclosed yard a door leads into the kitchen and to the right is a small modern breakfast bar with 2 stools. Dual aspect windows let in plenty of light. One looks over the courtyard whilst the other is above the sink and looks out into the small cobbled street, reminding you that you are in the heart of the old town.
In the corner is a free standing gas hob and oven and above is the old fashioned chimney adding the traditional feel to the kitchen. Also her is the gas boiler that provides hot water for the house via the large gas bottle stored safely in the court yard.
Older style kitchen units units painted blue/grey are filled with all the items you would expect to find in any family kitchen. We have provided plenty of crockery, cutlery, glasses, mugs, coffee cups and much more to try and cater for every Nationality.
Olhao is famous for its fresh produce as the daily markets offer up a magic selection of freshly caught fish and seafood from the flotilla of fishing boats that still work out of the Olhao harbour today. The market also has the most amazing fresh produce hall with locally grown vegetables and fruit along with traditional local butchers.
So we have made sure Casa do Carolas has a kitchen well equipped with plenty of cooking utensils, pots pans, serving dishes and much more so you too can taste a bit of traditional Algarve life.
But we have made sure modern items are not missed! We have a dishwasher, a full size fridge freezer, a capsule coffee machine, kettle toaster and microwave too.
We have provided tea towels, and a little supply of hand soap, washing up liquid and dishwasher tablets to help you get started on your self catering holiday.
Bedrooms and Bathrooms
Heading through those magnificent Moorish style wrought ion gates a marble and tiled enclosed stone stair case leads to all the upper floors of this superb 3 bedroom townhouse.
Before climbing the stairs a family bathroom is located to the left on the ground floor. Tiled floor to ceiling in blue and white tiles the bathroom offers a walk in shower a toilet and a basin with an over head mirrored cupboard above. Perfect for storing toiletries and cosmetics.
In the bathroom we have left some hand soap and a toilet roll for you.
Upon climbing the first set of stairs the landing gives access to the 3 bedrooms in our glorious 3 bedroom townhouse and also a shared bathroom.
To the front of the house the first bedroom offers a large king size bed and a very light and spacious room. Each side the the bed is small bedside units both with lamps. A large antique set of drawers offers a great option for clothes and a place for cosmetics.
The walls are painted fresh white and the floor is lovely warm laminate flooring giving a little bit of comfort.
An old traditional curtain pole hangs above the wooden floor to ceiling wooden double doors with white curtains. Again, the same as the rest of the 3 bedroom townhouse the windows are the original wooden windows and doors with small shutters. They look over Largo do Carolas square below. A gorgeous wrought iron work fence keeps you safe and adds to the dimension of the facade.
An air conditioning unit has been installed to give you a cool refreshing breeze in the summer months but also lovely warmth in the cooler winter nights.
The bed is made with fresh, crisp white sheets and we provide you with hand, bath and beach towels too.
Our second bedroom also overlooks the square but is dual aspect and also overlooks the small alley to the side of the 3 bedroom townhouse. As the same as the rest of the house the window that overlooks are large double doors with windows and original to the house. The window that overlooks the alley is original but window sized. Both let ins an abundance of natural light and a cool breeze when needed. But having shutters means the room can be made lovely and dark.
This bedroom is huge, light and very spacious. In 2018 a new kingsize bed was added and is exceptionally comfortable. Items of antique furniture adorn the bedroom and add an eclectic mix to the bedroom. Antique wooden curtain poles hold warm curtains adding softness to the room.
Fitted wardrobe run the length of one wall in the bedroom adding plenty of hanging space and storage. We have placed an air conditioning unit on the wall to provide lovely cool air in the hot summer months and also some cosy warmth in the cooler winter evenings.
The third bedroom does not have a door and is divided from the small landing by a large curtain. Windows runt he length of the room ad are dressed with curtains designed to block out light. These windows overlook the courtyard and alley below.
An old Portuguese antique wooden bed frame adds interest to this room and the bed is a double in size. It has a new mattress so is very comfortable to sleep on whist still being able to enjoy a little piece of old Portugal.
The bedroom offers a bedside table and lamp along with a useful chest of drawers. Small ornaments remind you that you are near the sea.
Air con adds a modern touch and facility to give maximum comfort.
Between the bedrooms is a family bathroom. A full size bath adds comfort with an over head shower, bidet and toilet. A wood and marble vanity unit holds a basin and offers great storage options. You will also find a hair dryer for your use. Above is a large mirror.
Climb the second part of the internal stair case and a small storage area allows access to an enclosed kitchen/utility room stocked with glasses and other useful items to enjoy on the roof terraces whilst relaxing.
A wooden table and chairs offers a place to sit and and relax. Also found here is a washing machine.
Our wonderful 3 bedroom townhouse has two extraordinary roof terraces
From the upstairs kitchen a door leads out on to the first terrace where we have a BBQ and a large rattan table and 6 chairs to really enjoy some al fresco dining. This terrace is a wonderful holiday place and offers a quiet place to sit and relax looking over the Olhao roof tops and down to the maze of alleys and little streets below. We have provided a selection of sun loungers to enjoy a place to sunbathe read, relax and enjoy the wonderful ambient Algarve sunshine any time of the year.
An iron spiral stair case leads to the top terrace, once used as a lookout watching the flotillas of fishing boats coming home from a hard few days fishing, possibly tuna?
Here we have now placed a great outside rattan sofa so it makes for a perfect and tranquil spot to enjoy he glorious views over the cubist roof tops of Olhao and even some glimpses of the sea and Ria Formosa protected lagoons.
Casa do Carolas our simply fabulous 3 bedroom townhouse in the heart of the little traditional alleys of Olhao offers comfortable living with a great feel of authenticity and local living.
The house is not renovated but has been fitted with modern appliances to include excellent wifi and air conditioning and modern kitchen appliances. So you can live comfortably during you holiday but still sample Olhao life.
Our lovely 3 bedroom Townhouse comes with its own manual that you can download to your tablet or smart phone. Packed full of information to make the best of your holiday starting from the moment you arrive. It tells you how to collect the keys, who will look after you during your stay and clear concise directions to Casa do Carolas. Then it is packed full with details of the best restaurants, taxis and local amenities and activities.
And of course our managers are on hand to make sure you love your holiday more if you need any advice or tips on the local area they will be more than happy to help.
Town centre location
No need for a car
Private roof terraces
All linen, beach/pool towels provided
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