Casa Luum

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Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 2


Recommended Pool Quirky Modern Beach Nearby Ideal for Kids


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Set within a lush nature reserve, Casa Luum is a sleek and modern villa that offers an idyllic retreat in the heart of the Algarve.

With white walls, concrete, and strong lines throughout, the house has been expertly designed by award-winning Lisbon-based architects, Pedro Domingos Arquitectos, to match its sister property, Casa Agostos. Rent the pair together and experience the ultimate large group escape - also ideal for multiple families holidaying together.

Casa Luum has four double bedrooms for a maximum of seven guests and one toddler, all of which are on the ground level. There are two large bathrooms, as well as two outdoor showers that are great for rinsing off pre- and post-swim.

Inside, the property has a lounge with a cosy yet modern fireplace at its centre. The family kitchen is well-equipped for entertaining, and there is enough dining space to accommodate all guests.

Heading outside, and this is where Casa Luum really comes into its element. The property was once an old ruin, situated at the end of an unassuming dirt road, yet so much love and care has gone into its restoration to ensure that the space beautifully blends with the wildflowers and olive groves surrounding the villa.

The gardens have been designed by Lisbon-based landscape gardener Sigmentum, intended to showcase the natural beauty of the area with seeds collected from the wild by botanical architects. Keen cooks are welcome to help themselves to the locally grown herbs and other aromatic plants, to create their very own, flavoursome dishes inspired by traditional Portuguese cuisine.

Families with older kids and larger groups will love the semi-enclosed swimming pool. Make the most of the Algarve’s brilliantly warm and sunny weather, and spend the day and night on the outdoor lounge spaces, dining area, and pool deck. Head to the roof terrace to enjoy spectacular views of the countryside, day and night, or cosy round the fire in the upper living room on cooler evenings. Every bedroom also has easy access to a terrace too, effortlessly blending the outside with the indoors. 

This impressive property is finished with largely local furnishings, handmade in the nearby area. Pottery and blankets accentuate the locally sourced handmade doors, windows and shutters, while natural stone is the main feature of the pool, kitchen counter, sinks and benches. 

Whatever your preferred style of design, be prepared to be blown away by the clean, simplistic beauty and exquisite surroundings of Casa Luum. 

Oliver Approved

What you should know…

  • There are only showers on the property, no bathtubs.
  • Although there is a toddler bed, the Casa Luum is recommended for children aged 6+.
  • Cleaning, linen and towel change takes place weekly.

Property Features

Private Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Ground Floor Bed & Bath Working Fireplace/Woodburner

Ground floor
- Fully equipped kitchen with a large island and access to the terrace
- Dining area for 6 people with access to the terrace
- Bedroom with double bed with access to the terrace
- Bedroom with double bed with access to the terrace
- Bedroom with double bed with access to the terrace
- Bedroom with double bed with access to the terrace
- Bathroom with shower
- Bathroom with shower

First floor
- Living room with fireplace and access to the roof terrace

Exterior Grounds
- Private semi-enclosed swimming pool
- Multiple terraces and patios
- Outdoor dining
- Various sun loungers
- Private parking


About the surrounding area of Casa Luum
Beach Nearby <1hr to Airport Watersports Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Wine Tasting Golf Nearby Tourist Towns & Villages Boat Trips
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Set in the heart of the Algarve countryside, Casa Luum is a five minutes drive from Santa Barbara de Nexe, a small but convenient village with a selection of shops, bars, and restaurants.

Head 20 minutes towards the coast, and you’ll be treated to some of the best beaches in the Algarve. Soft white sand, waves that are perfect for both swimming and surfing, and ample coves for you to explore. The closest, Praia da Falésia, was recently named one of the best beaches in Europe by the TripAdvisor 2021 Travellers’ Choice Awards. Backdropped by striking cliffs, this stunning beach also has a lifeguard.

If you’re a keen golfer (or eager to try!), you’re in luck - Casa Luum is just a 10-15 minute drive away from some world-class golf courses. Live the life of a professional and try your hand on the Quinta do Lago courses, considered among many to be Portugal’s finest, and home to a number of international golfing championships.

Indulge in a touch of retail therapy during your villa holiday in Portugal, with Mar Shopping Algarve just a 10-minute drive from the property. A huge shopping centre, you’ll find everything your shopaholic heart desires in this mall, perfect for days when you want to escape the heat and seek some shade.

Aside from the spectacular beaches, one of the main attractions of the Algarve region is the Ria Formosa nature reserve, which Casa Luum is also conveniently near. Take part in boat and kayak tours, as well as birdwatching, beachcombing, and exploring the range of landscapes with your family. The ultimate, nature-filled day out.

For wine lovers, the Algarve region is a must-visit. The area is famed for its wineries and vineyards, many of which are among the most renowned in Europe, if not the world. Spend the day exploring the various family-owned estates in the area, embarking on a wine tasting tour of the attractions.

If you’re flying into Portugal, Faro - the capital of the Algarve and home of the international airport - is a 20-minute drive away from Casa Luum. This is a great place to pick up your rental car too, so you can begin your villa holiday with ease.

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Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Faro Airport


Nearest Village Santa Bárbara de Nexe


Nearest Town/City Faro


Nearest Restaurant Santa Bárbara de Nexe


Nearest Bar/Pub Santa Bárbara de Nexe


Nearest Supermarket Jafers Santa Bárbara de Nexe


Nearest Beach Praia de Faro (Mar)


Nearest Golf Quinta Do Lago Laranjal Course



Please be aware that the location tab shown on the website is not based on the property's exact location; therefore, all location amenities are an approx of facilities, restaurants, and villages/towns you might find around the property. The property's exact location will be provided to you before arrival and might come along with some recommendations about the area and what to visit.


Loulé is the ideal town in the Algarve to explore for a short trip. In this historically interesting town, you can discover a real taste of Portuguese culture. The town has a beautiful centre and a magnificent market hall. The narrow streets take you to important churches, and you can discover the ruins of a 13th-century castle.

Although the town of Loulé is not located directly at sea, its municipality does include some beautiful beaches. The beaches of Loulé are known for their exclusivity, like Praia da Quinta do Lago or Praia da Quarteira.


Though most people tend to see the Algarve as all about the beaches and a holiday on the Med, there’s far much more to it than that. There’s actually a load of fascinating culture and history, superb cuisine and enthralling adventures to be had, though we’d be the first to admit that the beaches are pretty special too, with lots of sand, spectacle and wonderfully clean water.

But while you’re enjoying one of our fantastic villas in Algarve, you may well want to take some time out from all that sun worship to explore everything else the region has to offer – so we’ve put together this handy travel guide to give you a little help and inspiration!

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Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

Looking for a family-friendly holiday in the Algarve that your kids will love? Casa Luum is the place to be. Watch your kids play in the pool while you relax inside, as the kitchen has a large pivoting window that allows for a full view of the swim area.

Sandy toes? Not to worry - rinse off in the outdoor shower after a day spent on the beach, before unwinding in the comfortable bedrooms. There’s an extra toddler bed in one of the rooms for your convenience, too. 

Casa Luum is a natural playground for kids, being surrounded by nature and indigenous trees in the heart of a nature reserve. Your little ones can spend the days in the villa grounds running wild, exploring all that this beautiful part of the countryside has to offer. 

The location of the property is also perfect for a kid-friendly holiday. Head to the coast and the Algarve’s stunning beaches, for an easy and relaxing family day out. If your children are more the adventurous type, there’s also a range of watersports and even surfing lessons for them to get involved in. They won’t be bored, that’s for sure!

Water babies will also love the nearby aquaparks, guaranteed fun for the entire family. There’s Aqualand, Aquashow, Slide & Splash, and more - take your pick! There are also attractions that allow your little ones to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience with their favourite aquatic creatures. Head to the likes of Zoomarine or Krazy World Zoo to come up close and personal with these impressive animals. 

For a unique day out that is child-friendly, we recommend Fonte Benemola. A walking trail that passes through protected woodland, the route contains numerous boards explaining the geographical uniqueness of the area and wildlife to watch out for. Bring a picnic to make the most of the day.

Casa Luum is also close by to Loule, home to colourful markets and ideal for shopping, thanks to the addition of the large mall, Mar Shopping. As well as stores and restaurants, the mall also has a children’s playground and cinema, making it a great spot if you do want to escape the sun and heat for a day. The best part? It’s only ten minutes away by car. 

Whatever kind of entertainment your little ones desire, Casa Luum and the varied attractions of the Algarve has you covered.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Water park
  • Zoo
  • Kid-friendly excursions
  • Water excursions/Boat trips
  • Beach Nearby
  • <1hr to Airport
  • Watersports
  • Tourist Towns & Villages


At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting/childcare services

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit 750€ paid via bank transfer to the owner one month before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 4pm
Departure time 11am
End of stay cleaning included? Extra €90 not included in the rental price, paid with the balance to OT. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or garbage disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Linen & towels included? Extra cost for bath towels, linen and pool towels is 60€ not inlcuded in the weekly rate.
Energy costs included? Yes, included in rental price.
Internet access? Wi-Fi internet access included in rental price.
Minimum stay 7 nights
Changeover day Saturdays
Pets welcome? Not allowed.
Smoking Allowed? Not permitted.
Tax Tourist Tax included in the rental price.
Insurance Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, personal belongings, public liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay.
Other Ts and Cs 50% deposit is required at the time of the booking.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period Weekly
Feb 22nd 2024 - Mar 1st 2024 £2,189
Mar 1st 2024 - Mar 30th 2024 £2,189
Mar 30th 2024 - Apr 21st 2024 £3,069
Apr 21st 2024 - May 1st 2024 £2,409
May 1st 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 £3,069
Jun 1st 2024 - Jul 1st 2024 £3,288
Jul 1st 2024 - Sep 1st 2024 £5,488
Sep 1st 2024 - Oct 1st 2024 £4,168
Oct 1st 2024 - Nov 1st 2024 £2,849
Nov 1st 2024 - Dec 15th 2024 £1,969
Dec 15th 2024 - Aug 25th 2025 £2,409

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period Weekly
Feb 22nd 2024 - Mar 1st 2024 €2,377
Mar 1st 2024 - Mar 30th 2024 €2,377
Mar 30th 2024 - Apr 21st 2024 €3,333
Apr 21st 2024 - May 1st 2024 €2,616
May 1st 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 €3,333
Jun 1st 2024 - Jul 1st 2024 €3,572
Jul 1st 2024 - Sep 1st 2024 €5,961
Sep 1st 2024 - Oct 1st 2024 €4,527
Oct 1st 2024 - Nov 1st 2024 €3,094
Nov 1st 2024 - Dec 15th 2024 €2,139
Dec 15th 2024 - Aug 25th 2025 €2,616

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period Weekly
Feb 22nd 2024 - Mar 1st 2024 $2,575
Mar 1st 2024 - Mar 30th 2024 $2,575
Mar 30th 2024 - Apr 21st 2024 $3,610
Apr 21st 2024 - May 1st 2024 $2,834
May 1st 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 $3,610
Jun 1st 2024 - Jul 1st 2024 $3,868
Jul 1st 2024 - Sep 1st 2024 $6,456
Sep 1st 2024 - Oct 1st 2024 $4,903
Oct 1st 2024 - Nov 1st 2024 $3,351
Nov 1st 2024 - Dec 15th 2024 $2,316
Dec 15th 2024 - Aug 25th 2025 $2,834

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.


  • Fabulous experience

    on 17/07/2023

    What a fabulous experience we had in this gem of a house. Time melted away with the purity of materials and careful framing of the environment.

  • Most stunning house ever stayed

    on 03/07/2023

    Casa Luum is without doubt the most stunning house we have holidayed in to date. It is at one with its beautiful setting and surrounding countryside; a credit to owner Kristoff and his architect. Simply and elegantly furnished with the same attention to detail that we had already experienced in its sister property and neighbour, Casa Agostos, several years back. Remote and deliciously secluded yet still only a short drive from magnificent beaches, the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve (a must!), with plentiful spots to visit and restaurants to enjoy. The perfect first-day welcome in the capable hands of Fred plus we were luck enough to meet our hosts. Kristoff, it was a pleasure and your passion for the Casa Luum project is infectious. We’re on board!

  • Loved the peace and quite

    on 17/05/2023

    Casa Luum is so beautiful and peaceful we didn’t want to go anywhere else while staying there (we did, but the best moments were at home). The kids loved the pool and how the house had so many little corners to explore, and we loved the peace and quiet (and of course the amazing exterior and interior design). Every room was so beautiful it was an experience in itself – the kitchen, the living room, the outdoor shower, the rooftop. Looking forward to coming back really soon. Lovely experience and the nicest people. Thank you for the wine and coffee, as well as all the amazing restaurant tips.

  • Perfect location and beautiful house

    on 31/03/2023

    Beautiful house, we spent 10 days there in February/March this year. We were able to already enjoy terraces and outside spaces during the day, as it was sunny on most days, the architecture of the house is stunning in its simplicity, bringing in the light like works of art. The beds are comfortable (unfortunately all just queen size) and each bedroom has a different feel to it. The kitchen is pretty well equipped, closeness to beaches and shopping makes this location perfect, if you don't want to be in the middle of the tourist buzz. We had a wonderful time

  • Spectacular

    on 30/08/2022

    Spectacular accommodation

  • Cannot praise it highly enough

    on 16/08/2022

    I doubted whether I should place a comment on “Casa Luum” – not to let out the secret but I decided differently as my heart speaks out loud – still under the spell of our unforgettable stay. Do not know where to start the praise – is it the location? (isolated, impossible to find by GPS) or the moonlit sky? (no artificial light pollution all around except the lit trees in the meadow and the lit pool) the design furniture? (Hay, Artemide, Eames chairs, Grashopper Lamp /Greta Grossman, Acapulco Chairs to name but a few) so many places to daydream and relax – a daily fight over the hammock – design kitchen to die for (as was the food we prepared) roaming the markets each morning – returning home with our treasures, aperitif on the roof terrace, – squid, fish, lamb… all that is on offer in Cockaigne=Portugal. 1/2 hour drive to stunning beaches (deserted in July !!!) Nele the house manager does any effort to please the guests – the music system can be connected to your I-Phone I-pad or whatever tablet and we danced away the night to our own tunes. Cannot praise it highly enough Eye Candy wherever you address your eyes to Big.

  • The most beautiful house we ever stayed in

    on 16/08/2022

    Without any doubt, the most beautiful house we ever stayed in: the architecture and decoration of the house are (close to) perfect, the pool is a gem (with the beautiful stairway), the roof terrace a dream (watching the starred roof above your head from there is a delight) and the outdoor shower a treat. Communication with owner Kristoff was swift and easy and some first teething problems (we were one of the first guest staying in the house) were dealt with very professionally. And his tips for restaurants, shops and outings were all great. The only thing that we missed, was a bit of shadow above the outside table, at the hottest moment of the day. Of course this all comes at a price, but it's really worth it: we had an unforgettable stay. We would surely want to come back once.

  • Stunning

    on 08/08/2022

    The most stunning house we ever stayed in! So quiet and private in a beautiful nature reserve. The pool, garden and rooftop terraces are amazing. We will go back in Autumn!!

  • Beautiful

    on 07/07/2021

    Beautiful house. Super quiet. Perfect place for a holyday.

  • Perfect

    on 28/10/2020

    Just the perfect house in Algarve, away from the crowds, with the most seductive of pools.

  • The best vacation rental

    on 20/08/2020

    We just stayed one week at this gorgeous house and it was all picture perfect! The best vacation rental we ever reserved in Portugal since 15 years. We will be back next year casa luum!

  • A gem

    on 08/06/2020

    An architectural gem in the most beautifully secluded surroundings - wonderful.

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