Villa Casa Corsino is situated in an idyllic location overlooking Barragem Lake in the forested hills above Lagos. From the house you can walk down to the lake via a narrow track (steep in parts) in just a few minutes. Once at the lake you can walk or jsut sit and watch the diverse wildlife in its natural surroundings. (We can't guarantee the water quality for safe swimming.)
Built in 2007, Casa Corsino is light, airy and spacious and many of the rooms have been stylishly designed to make the most of the impressive views of the lake. Locally quarried stone is a strong feature throughout the villa and in its architecture.
With the exception of the master bedroom suite, all the accommodation at Casa Corsino is on the ground floor. At one end of the house is the well equipped children’s playroom and small twin bedroom which has a shower room. The living, dining area and open-plan kitchen look out onto the terrace and lake views. At the far end of the house, there is a double room with ensuite bathroom. This is a lovely bright room with doors that lead out onto the decked terrace.
The open plan sitting/living room and children’s playroom also lead out onto the decked area and outdoor covered dining area, making it an ideal place to watch the children playing in the pool and surrounding grounds.
Upstairs there is a very light, spacious master double bedroom with a large dressing area, which can easily fit a cot. This leads onto a good sized bathroom with a separate bath and shower. Doors from the bedroom lead onto a large, sunny balcony, from which there are wonderful views of the garden below and beyond to the lake.
The villa is set in extensive grounds and has been divided into two distinct areas – formal gardens and a natural area. The formal gardens, maintained by the villa gardener, consist of the pool which has been cleverly integrated into a landscaped garden, incorporating rock formations and little waterfalls and a ‘beach style’ entry making it good for children (however the beach-style entrance does drop off quite quickly). This clever arrangement gives the impression of a natural rock pool that was intended as part of the landscape. Surrounding the pool on three sides, is a lawned area flanked with architectural plants, palms and colourful shrubs and trees. Beyond here, the remainder of the grounds have been left completely natural allowing the local flora and fauna to flourish in its natural habitat.
Casa Corsino has a real ‘swallows and amazons’ feel and is perfect for guests who enjoy the peace of the countryside, but with the comforts of modern living. You'll get a real taste of Portugal in this beautiful undiscovered part of the Algarve.
Villa Casa Corsino features 2 double bedrooms and 1 twin room all with their own bathroom. All bedrooms are air conditioned. Bathroom products are provided as well as kimono bathrobes. All rooms can accommodate at a cot.
|Double room with bathroom ensuite|
This is double bedroom on the ground floor. It is at the opposite end of the house to the twin room. Doors lead out to the garden.
|Twin room with shower room ensuite|
This is a lovely, small bedroom with twin beds next to the playroom and kitchen with doors that lead to the garden.
|Master double bedroom with bathroom ensuite|
This is a master double bedroom with a good sized dressing room (ideal space for a cot) and bathroom ensuite on the first floor. The Master bedroom has a large balcony overlooking the pool/garden and views of the lake beyond.
The villa is staffed with a fully qualified nanny who is there to take care of all your childcare needs. Our qualified nanny(ies) can look after children from four months to thirteen years keeping them entertained with a variety of fun activities tailor-made to their needs and routines. The dedicated playroom is full of toys, games, creative activities and a games console for all ages to ensure all children have an endless stream of fun on their holiday! Children are as well catered for as adults and your chef will cook delicious meals that cater for all tastes and allergies.
Our villas are equipped with a family in mind with stair-gates, blackout blinds, baby equipment and cots as standard. You can also request nappies and wipes to be purchased in advance so that you have one less thing to worry about. Babysitting can also be arranged if you would like to go out for supper.
All bedrooms at Casa Corsino are airconditioned. All other rooms have fans available. The sitting room has a satellite television (limited UK channels) with DVD/CD player.
Outside, the swimming pool with beach style entry is an unusual shape, but is approximately 10m x 5m and 1.1m – 2.2m deep) and surrounded by decking. A large outside terrace with a covered dining area and barbecue are links the house to the pool. Beyond the formal garden is a narrow pathway down to the lake
Swimming pool with beach style entry (10m x 5m and 1.1m - 2.2m deep)
Casa Corsino has a dedicated drinks fridge which is stocked with a complimentary selection of cold drinks, beers and mixers.
The Algarve is a mecca for golfers for good reason. It has enough to keep golfers of all standards challenged and entertained for a lifetime, let alone a week. If your preference is for tennis, boat trips or anything else, our Scott Dunn Host will be able to make recommendations and get everything organised for you.
|Swimming and garden games|
Available in the garden at Casa Corsino.
There are a number of golf courses within a 30minute drive. Our personal favourite is Palmares which runs parallel to Meia Praia beach.
There are a number of boat trips available from Lagos (approximately 20 minute drive from Casa Corsino). It is also possible to hire boats independently.
|Walking and birdwatching|
There are some pretty walks around Casa Corsino including a narrow path from the house to and around Barragem Lake. The wildlife, especially the birdlife in this area is very impressive.
A fully staffed villa with a chef, host and nanny to look after you during your holiday. Our team pride themselves on their ability to ensure that every aspect of the service is seamless and to anticipate your every need. Your private chef will serve mouthwatering dishes from a menu tailored to your tastes. Your hosts will manage every aspect of your holiday, from restaurant bookings to keeping your glass topped up with wine or a perfectly mixed gin & tonic.
A continental breakfast is served daily; gourmet dinners are offered on five nights and fresh healthy lunches are provided on six days. On arrival you will receive a hamper of local wines and soft drinks.
Above all though, your stay will be crafted as a home from home experience so everything will be personalised for you and we will endeavour to make your stay your perfect family holiday.
Tenancy times: Check in 4pm. Check out 11am.
|Scott Dunn chef|
Scott Dunn chef provides gourmet, bespoke meals to all tastes and dietary requirements at times to suit you.
|Scott Dunn host|
Your Scott Dunn host takes care of all the hidden touches, like serving delicious appetisers by the pool, providing in-depth knowledge of the local area and giving you top tips on the best beaches and coves. They are there to ensure the smooth running of the holiday.
|Airport meet and greet|
This is offered on your arrival. In the event that groups arrive at different times, the meet and greet service will be offered to one of the party. This service is usually undertaken by the villa nanny. The nanny is able to help with the children and provide them with cold drinks and snacks, whilst car hire formalities are taking place. It makes finding your villa very straight forward and stress-free as you follow the lead car to your villa.
Maid service is available 6 days per week, excluding Sundays and any public holidays.
Your villa comes with a private nanny. It is possible to arrange further nannies at an additional cost, subject to availability.
When to travel
The Algarve has a mild climate with more than 300 days of sunshine a year. It is generally warm and sunny in May with the evenings being quite cool. By June the weather generally settles in a pattern of long hot sunny days and balmy evenings, especially in July and August. Rain is unlikely but it can happen from time to time. Throughout the summer months it can be windy especially during the afternoon. June and September are particularly pleasurable months.
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Location and directions
Lake Barragem, Algarve, Portugal
Casa Corsino is in a wonderful secluded location with stunning views over the Lago do Barragem and surrounding countryside, guaranteeing complete peace and calm. While the seclusion feels complete, Lagos and the Algarve beaches are only 25 minutes away.
How to get there
The flight time is around 3 hours from the UK to Faro. Faro airport is served by a number of major and regional UK airports including a regular service with British Airways from Gatwick. Villa Casa Corsino is one hour by road from Faro Airport.
Villa season dates
The villa is operational from the end of May to late September