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 barbecue. 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
  • TV 
  • Bluetooth Speaker
  • Washing Machine (personal laundry by arrangement with cleaner for a small fee)
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Coffee Machine
  • Hairdryer
  • Underfloor Heating/Cooling
  • Cot & Highchair included by request
  • Cleaning twice a week. Weekly linen change
  • 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 Barbecue
  • Pets are not permitted at this property
  • 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 - 6
03 Feb - 03 May 24 £896
04 May - 07 Jun 24 £1386
08 Jun - 05 Jul 24 £1750
06 Jul - 23 Aug 24 £2443
24 Aug - 30 Aug 24 £1750
31 Aug - 13 Sep 24 £1386
14 Sep - 22 Nov 24 £896

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 £110 per week
  • Washing Machine - the washing machine is located in a private cupboard which contains some of the owner's belongings.  Therefore, access to the washing machine is via the housekeeper only.  She is happy to do some personal laundry upon request for a small fee.
  • 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 - 2024 - £300.00


Taxi transfer 1 - 4 people £55.00
Taxi transfer 5 - 8 people £79.00

Any taxi prices shown are for 1 way journeys


Unconfirmed booking
On request
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Mrs G Cooper. Sep 23: Amazing 5* service.We first booked with the villa agency in 1999 and we have used them ever since!! Their 5* service really is the best from the initial contact to the call when you are away they go above and beyind. Heres to the next 24 years !! Trustpilot Review

Mrs A Cooper Sep 23: Beautiful Villa. If you want to get away and relax this villa is it. Spacious and beautiful for a family. This is out second time staying here and would recommend it without question. Trustpilot Revew

Mrs G Cooper.  Sep 2022:  It was our first time back to this amazing villa since 2009 and as usual it didn't disapoint! The villa agency once again made the whole experience !!from the very first phone call to re booking us for next year they were brilliant. Trustpilot Review

Mr Scopes.  Aug 2019:  Easy to use website, good communication and information provided both during the booking process and afterwards. It was a pleasant surprise to have a call from the agency a couple of days into the holiday to make sure everything was ok. Would definitely recommend and will be using them again! 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

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Things we love
"Albufeira is a great location for families and young groups with lots of activities and nightlife in the livelier parts. There are also some of the prettiest beaches in the Algarve here and plenty of quieter areas for those who want a more relaxing vibe, like Vale de Parra. Choosing villa rental in Albufeira is by far the best way to enjoy this exciting region. Some of our most loved villas to rent are in this area and we have clients that return year after year."
Things to be aware of
"Some of the resorts in this area can become crowded in the peak season and Albufeira beach can be busy in the summer. With so many beaches and coves along the coast road, it is well worth exploring to find your new favourite beach. The Atlantic can be a little cooler than the Mediterranean so it is a good idea to pack or hire wetsuits if you want to surf or enjoy prolonged swims. It is also a good idea to book ahead if you want to eat out as the restaurants can get busy.”

If you require a hire car, transfers or any special requests, please contact us.


Any promotional codes can be entered at the final stage of the booking process.

The preferred 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 booking confirmation.