Casa da Escola Velha, Vale de Parra, Albufeira, Algarve

Property ref: PA89

Escola Velha is in an ideal position for relaxing holidays. It is located in a quiet lane just off the coast road in Vale de Parra and is close to the beaches, golf, restaurants, Albufeira Marina and Algarve Shopping.

As it was once the village school, it has great Portuguese charm with thick whitewashed walls and typical high cane ceilings which keeps the house cool in the summer months.

It has been extensively renovated (with a new fully equipped kitchen), keeping original features, combined with some surprising creativity. Escola Velha offers spacious accommodation, great character and comfort both inside and outside.  It really is one of the most charming villas in our portfolio!

There are several spacious terraces with outdoor furniture around the house and sunbathing areas with views over the surrounding countryside.

There is also a petanque court (boules provided) and a barbeque. There is ample shaded parking under the olive trees. 

The swimming pool has a child friendly pool cover which keeps the pool warmer than usual. The cover can be used when the pool is not in use giving parents peace of mind. The pool also has a new cleaning system which makes the water much kinder for anyone with allergies.  

There is a restaurant just a short walk from the villa which is lovely and they will always be particularly happy to welcome guests of Escola Velha!

Tourist License No:101650/AL.

(Although every care has been taken to make sure photographs and descriptions are kept updated, the properties are subject to changes, updates and improvements.  If something is particularly important to you, please let us know so that we can confirm this facility is available).


Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Master suite with king size bed & bathroom with bath and shower. 2 twin bedrooms (can be made up as king size upon request). 2 shower rooms. Poolside shower.


  • Wifi
  • 55" flat screen UHD TV 
  • DVD Player 
  • Bluetooth Speaker
  • Washing Machine by arrangement with cleaner
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Coffee Machine
  • Hairdryer
  • Underfloor Heating
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Cleaning twice a week
  • Safe
  • Petanque Court
  • Pool Towels
  • Portable Fans
  • Mosquito Nets on windows
  • Swimming Pool 10 x 5m with steps and safety cover. Depth 1 - 2m
  • Poolside Shower
  • Enclosed Garden
  • Built-in Charcoal Barbeque
  • Small pets accepted by arrangement
  • Parking for 4 cars


  • Restaurant 50m
  • Cafe 200m
  • Supermarket 1km
  • Tennis 1.5kms
  • Beach 2kms
  • Salgados Golf 2kms
  • Town (Albufeira) 6kms
  • Faro Airport 45kms


Pounds (£)

Number of people
1 - 4 5 - 6
01 Jan - 07 Jan 22 £1253 £1253
08 Jan - 04 Feb 22 £770 £770
05 Feb - 06 May 22 £721 £770
07 May - 10 Jun 22 £1169 £1253
11 Jun - 08 Jul 22 £1428 £1575
09 Jul - 26 Aug 22 £2191 £2191
27 Aug - 02 Sep 22 £1428 £1575
03 Sep - 16 Sep 22 £1169 £1253
17 Sep - 25 Nov 22 £721 £770

Prices are in £'s sterling per week. If your holiday dates cross two seasons please ask us for a quote.

Additional Costs & Information

  • Underfloor heating/cooling included
  • Although the villa has a flexible arrival day we cannot leave too many empty days between bookings. Please always check with us to make sure the dates you require are acceptable
  • Booking deposit 30% of the villa rental, balance due 8 weeks before departure

Refundable security deposit - 2022 - £250.00


Taxi transfer 1 - 4 people £53.00
Taxi transfer 5 - 8 people £76.00

Any taxi prices shown are for 1 way journeys


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Mr Scopes.  Aug 2019 - Read Trustpilot review

Mrs A:  7 Sep 2019

This villa is a stunning property, with everything you could need. The attention to detail of decor and coordination of colour scheme throughout out made it a tranquil, calming place to stay. Home from home. The cleaner and her husband who maintain the villa were so lovely and helpful, regularly checking we had everything we needed, changing bedding/towels but informed us when they were doing this so no issues with privacy. Surrounding area was pleasant, you need a car, beaches are short drive away, then just carry on up the coast to explore whichever beach is your preference. Near to the villa is a lovely restaurant and a tapas place. A couple of petrol stations that sell essentials are 3 mins walk away, then you have Aldi close drive away 5 mins. The large Algarve shopping centre is 10 minute drive away which I found quite cheap and addictive to pick up a bargain. They have a massive supermarket their too. To be honest this was my first trip to Portugal and loved it, loved the people, the place. This won’t be my only visit. I almost don’t want to do a review of this villa as don’t want this little gem booked up when I try to go again. But fairs fair it was a delightful stay, plus the pool was the icing in the cake 🍰?.

Mr & Mrs L  "Thank you for another wonderful holiday. Your UK staff were friendly and very helpful with our booking and it was lovely to visit Escola Velha again. We hope we can do the same next year!"

Mr L,  "Just a line to say thank you again for another wonderful holiday at Escola Velha. We hope to be able to book again next year and maybe even stay a little longer! As always your staff were very friendly & helpful with our booking and we would recommend you to all our family and friends. Once again, many thanks"

Mr A   "Will certainly book with you again, first class service and accommodation is exactly as described in your brochures. Oh, nearly forgot, the rep and the cleaner were 1st class also".

Mr P "We have been to this area many times in the past and always had villas, but it is fair to say that this was the best villa we have had.  The villa itself was in a lovely location, the pool was great and we had many lovely evenings sitting on the beautiful veranda, which was superb in that it had many different seating areas.  We are real foodies and the kitchen and barbecue area really catered for that.  The kitchen was exceptionally equipped which was a real pleasure and, as people who enjoy cooking, it was a pleasure to have sharp knives and every utensil on hand.  We really enjoyed the authenticity of the villa and the owner’s quirky taste – definitely a home from home.  Our elder grandson (11) became a master barbecuer whilst we were there and the location of the barbecue meant that you were not excluded from the rest of the family.  Our grandson was so impressed that he made a video to show everyone at home. He also really enjoyed the wifi facility.  The maid came twice during the week and was very friendly and efficient".

Mrs L "Thank you for another wonderful holiday with The Villa Agency! Everything was perfect including the lovely car we had. We never tire of visiting Escola Velha and we look forward to more holidays there in the future."

Mr G " Thank you.  We had a lovely time there again".  

Mrs H 'Your agency was a pleasure to do business with and everyone I had dealings with were so helpful. It's so refreshing!! We certainly would considering using your agency in the future.'


Vale de Parra, Albufeira, Algarve

Vale de Parra is to the west of Albufeira and has some of the Algarve's finest beaches, the best known is probably Galé, a vast expanse of golden sand with restaurants and water sports, including jet-skiing and parasailing; there is also a 'banana' - great fun for the kids! Galé can be busy in the summer but turn down any of the tracks along the coast road and you are likely to find a quiet beach or bay. Some, like Praia da Coelha, are a fair walk from the nearest parking area but worth the effort. São Rafael and Praia do Castelo are more accessible and have good beach bars. There are some wonderful restaurants, for example São Domingos, which has a good menu (including some excellent vegetarian dishes) and our clients are made especially welcome here. Also, O Marinheiro, which specialises in fresh fish. The Cerro d'Aguia is...

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a ridge which runs from the western side of Albufeira, parallel to the coast with lovely views across the countryside to the marina, which is home to some stylish yachts, several cafés, restaurants and an ice cream parlour. Sea fishing trips, dolphin safaris, diving (see Indigo Divers) and other water activities are available from the marina and in the summer there are open-air concerts and fashion shows. To the west of Vale de Parra, Quinta da Saudade is a mature estate of privately owned villas with a restaurant and bar. It is only five minutes from the beaches and just above Salgados Golf with a club house and restaurant (where our clients receive a 25% discount on green fees). Guia is close by; slightly inland and famous for its modestly priced restaurants serving chicken piri-piri (dry cooked, with a spicy chilli marinade). The nearby Algarve Shopping complex has numerous boutiques, cinemas and ten pin bowling and plenty of food outlets.

Close to some of the best beaches with a varied selection of restaurants. Most of the villas are in country positions, just a short drive from towns.
This area is becoming increasingly popular and there may be some construction work at certain times of the year.

If you require a car for you holiday please contact us.


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The arrival day for this villa is Saturday and the arrival time is 4pm
Checkout time is 10am

IMPORTANT - Villa dates sometimes need to be verified before we can confirm a booking therefore please DO NOT book your flights until we have checked your booking request and you have received our invoice.