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BOOK BEFORE END MARCH 2015 AND ENJOY 10% OFF your stay in May, September or October.
(Valid for stays of one week or more and excludes Halloween weekend Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st October).
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Casa Bonita, situated on a cliff top on the western Algarve coast, is a magnificent 4 bedroom luxury, fully air-conditioned villa which affords panoramic sea views. From all rooms in the villa is a breath-taking, uninterrupted view of the coast from the cliffs at Lagos to the picturesque fishing village of Burgau.
The house lies just metres from the coast with access to a clifftop walk which runs for many kilometres along the coastline, taking you from the house east to the beach at Luz within 20 min walk and to Burgau to the west in around 40 mins. Finished to an extremely high specification this property is privately owned and self-contained within the seafront development of Porto Dona Maria.
The villa has paved terraces running the length of the front to make the most of the stunning views with 2 of the upstairs bedrooms also having their own large balconies. The pool deck area enables guests to make the most of the magnificent views whilst soaking up the sun or enjoying the sunset over a glass of wine.
AROUND THE VILLA: On all sides of the villa are planted gardens with a shaded car port at the front of the house. This is accessed through remote control electric gates. There is ample further car parking for a number of cars at the front of the villa. Porto Dona Maria is a beautiful resort with reception and 24 hour security. It has been built with a strong environmental focus. Great care has been taken in ensuring that the villas blend into their natural environment with each of the villas being built using natural products, sourced locally where possible. Casa Bonita features handmade Portuguese tiles around the house and pool area, and local timbers in the floors, kitchen and storage. The planting within the gardens is sympathetic to the surrounding landscape and uses flora natural to the local area. The location of the resort within the Western Algarve Conservation area means that beautiful walks lead all directions from the villa, along the cliff tops and surrounding countryside.
GROUND FLOOR: On this level is the spacious, light and airy lounge with comfortable leather sofas and armchairs providing seating for 8 people. The lounge has a 32” plasma screen television with satellite TV providing a range of UK & international channels, a hi-fi, PlayStation (which can be used as a DVD player) & a glass fronted wood burning stove.
Double width patio doors open onto a terrace overlooking the pool area with truly magnificent sea views. On this terrace guests can relax in the shade from the mid-day sun whilst enjoying the view or watching the kids play in the large 10m x 4m swimming pool.
The lounge is open plan to the dining room which features an impressive dining table with seating for 8 people. It has access to another outdoor shaded terrace with a further table seating 8 for alfresco dining. All of the outdoor terraces are lit to enable you to make the most of your time outdoors in the pleasant Algarve climate.
The hall leads to the fabulous modern well-equipped kitchen with large American style fridge/freezer, integrated microwave & oven, dishwasher and gas burner hob with built in cherry wood units providing excellent storage. The kitchen has all appliances you would expect including double toaster, coffee maker, kettle, crockery & cutlery for 16 guests and enough saucepans and ovenware to cater for meals for a large group. The kitchen has direct access through double patio doors to its own sheltered terrace and the BBQ area.
Views from all the outdoor terraces are stunning, and all of the rooms make the most of them with full length patio doors and additional windows making sure you can appreciate the location no matter where you are.
Also on this level: the utility room comprising washing machine, tumble drier, iron, ironing board & other cleaning equipment; and a separate cloakroom comprising toilet and wash hand basin.
Each of the living rooms is equipped with its own individually remote controlled air-conditioning units, although the design of the house means that the rooms stay perfectly cool without the need for air-conditioning for most of the year.
FIRST FLOOR: The first floor comprises the four spacious bedrooms. Each of the bedrooms has its own luxury bathroom, with a further cloakroom on the ground floor, making the house perfect for large families or groups to share.
The magnificent master suite with king bed has its own private balcony with stunning views along the Algarve coast, perfect for enjoying a lazy breakfast in the beautiful Algarve sunshine. The large patio doors to the front & windows to the side ensure this view can be appreciated from both inside & out.
The master suite has its own walk in dressing room with plenty of storage space which leads to a luxury ensuite bathroom. The bathrooms are beautifully finished, each with a feature wall using local Portuguese hand-made ceramic tiles. The master features magnificent double sinks with marble surround, well-lit mirrors and a large walk-in 'rain' style shower cubicle. It also has a separate bath with overhead shower, toilet and bidet. Each of the bathrooms has a heated towel rail and towels are provided for our guests' use.
The second master bedroom has a king size bed, built in storage and an ensuite bathroom. It has views out to sea from its “Juliet” balcony & to the east along the coast towards Lagos. The bathroom includes a bath with overhead power shower, large sink with marble surround, well-lit mirror and toilet.
The third bedroom has twin beds and also has its own private balcony with seating to enjoy the same stunning views towards Lagos and out to sea. This bedroom also has built in storage and its own bathroom which comprises a large walk-in 'rain' style shower cubicle, sink with marble surround, well-lit mirror and toilet.
A few steps lead to the final spacious twin bedroom which also has built in storage and an ensuite comprising large walk-in 'rain' style shower, sink with marble surround, well-lit mirror and toilet. This bedroom has views towards the west and of the evening sunset.
All the bedrooms feature beautiful hardwood floors & are tastefully decorated with ample linens & towels.
OUTSIDE: Whilst the inside of the villa is beautifully presented with all the facilities you need to make the most of your holiday it's the outside that we think you'll fall in love with! The views from all the terraces, balcony & pool deck are stunning and take in a panorama from the cliffs at Lagos, along the coast to the beach at Luz, the clifftop walk in the Western Algarve Conservation Park and finally west towards Burgau.
There are 8 reclining sun loungers available at Casa Bonita, along with 4 small side tables meaning you can set yourself up for a day of sun and relaxation around the spacious pool deck. The pool itself then provides the perfect refreshing dip when the day heats up and at 10m x 4m is large enough for the most avid of swimmers to get in a few lengths before lunch on the dining terrace. We think the villa has a perfect combination of shady terraces to seek shelter from the mid-day sun and other open space for the whole group to enjoy the year round Algarve sunshine.
The sheltered dining terrace with table seating 8 enables you to enjoy the sunset over a glass of wine, while the lighting on each of the terraces means you can stay out in the balmy Algarve climate late into the evening.
Outside the kitchen, along the edge of the garden, is the barbeque area, housing a fantastic extra-large brick barbeque newly built in 2013, which means you can comfortably cater for all the party outdoors.
The upstairs balconies lead directly off the bedrooms and are each furnished with 2 comfortable wicker seats and side table. They get the sun from early in the morning and are perfect for breakfast with some freshly baked local bread and Portuguese produce from nearby Luz, or from the small delicatessen on the resort.
On all sides of the villa are planted gardens with a shaded car port at the front of the house. This is accessed through remote control electric gates. There is ample further car parking for a number of cars at the front of the villa.
RESORT FACILITIES: Rental of Casa Bonita gives guests access to the many other facilities on the resort should you wish to use them, however most of our guests tell us they find they have everything they need in our own private villa!
Onsite resort facilities include a large communal salt-water swimming pool and separate children’s pool; the poolside 'Cabana do Pescador' (Fisherman's Hut) which serves drinks, light meals and a variety of dishes, both inside the cafe and on the outside terraces every day (opening hours vary with the season and it is normally closed in Winter); “L’Escargot” restaurant, featuring traditional Algarve dining with fresh local fish dishes as well as other tasty meat dishes, beautifully prepared starters and desserts.
The resort also freatures the Dona Maria Golf Academy which consists of a driving range and putting green.
Nearby in Luz, the local supermarket Baptista is great, offering a fantastic selection of fresh fish, meat, breads and cakes. It has some lovely restaurants including our favourites Forta Eleza (Sunday jazz lunch), The Dolphin and Pastelaria Chicca.
We think Casa Bonita is perfect for an extended family holiday of all ages and we regularly visit with our grandchildren. We can arrange cot & highchair hire and we have created Casa Bonita's Big Box of Fun (some games and toys for younger children) and included a range of plastic bowls, cups & plates to reduce the amount you need to pack. We have a playstation with a range of games for all ages and we added WiFi access in 2014 for you to connect your own devices. If there's anything else you think might make travelling with the kids easier just let us know and we'll consider adding it....moreless
Dining table with feature glass top table seating 8 comfortably with cream leather highback chairs. Fully airconditioned with patio doors leading to outdoor dining terrace. Open plan to living room...moreless
The living room provides 4 comfortable leather sofas and an armchair enabling everyone to be seated together or have a quiet area for reading/relaxing/games. There are 2 further sofas outdoors...moreless
The house has a number of terraces which all seek to make the most of the sun and shade and different times of day. The living room terrace with sofas also has sliding glass window to the east. ...moreless
The Porto Dona Maria Golf Academy onsite has a driving range and putting green and we are in an excellent location close to a number of Championship courses (Boa Vista, Palmera, Vilamoura, Pestana)....moreless
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Feb 28 - Apr 3, 2015
4 night min stay
Apr 4 - Apr 10, 2015
7 night min stay
Apr 11 - May 15, 2015
4 night min stay
May 16 - Jun 26, 2015
4 night min stay
Jun 27 - Jul 17, 2015
7 night min stay
Jul 18 - Aug 28, 2015
7 night min stay
Aug 29 - Sep 18, 2015
4 night min stay
Sep 19 - Oct 9, 2015
4 night min stay
Oct 10 - Oct 30, 2015
4 night min stay
Oct 31 - Dec 4, 2015
4 night min stay
Dec 5 - Dec 18, 2015
4 night min stay
Dec 19 - Jan 1, 2016
7 night min stay
Jan 2 - Mar 4, 2016
4 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
All linens and towels are included as part of your rental. Weekly maid service with a towel change midweek and linens changed once a week is included in the cost of your rental where rental is at least a week. If rentals are less than one week then cleaning costs are extra.
Aircon & pool heating available at £100 per week, each.
Cots & highchairs are available to hire if required.
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With its fantastic views, our location combines the peacefulness of a coastal setting with the convenience of readily available restaurant, bar and shopping facilities in nearby towns.
The resort of Porto Dona Maria is a located on the coast between the villages of Luz and Burgau and enjoys breathtaking ocean views. It is set in 285,000 square metres bounded by the Western National Park Conservation area giving fantastic access to beautiful coastline walks with retained wildlife, wild flowers & fauna and some 40,000 square metres of preserved sea coast.
A pleasant walk along the clifftop path will take you into Luz in 20-25 minutes or you can walk west along the path towards Burgau in around 40-45 minutes.
The stylish & historical town of Lagos with its variety of bars, restaurants, shops and modern marina is minutes away by car. This area is a perfect holiday destination all year round.
The Algarve is famous for its fantastic fresh seafood & a number of first class restaurants are in the Lagos area.
Porto Dona Maria has a small 9 hole 'golf academy' and driving range free for our guests to access to practice before hitting the course.
BOAVISTA, an impressive 18 hole championship golf course with spectacular scenery & delightful views of Lagos Bay & the Monchique Mountains is only 4km away.
*MANY OF OUR OFF SEASON GUESTS COME TO ENJOY THE GOLF - WE OFFER DISCOUNTS FOR GROUPS OF 4 AND UNDER (EXCEPT JULY & AUGUST) SO PLEASE CONTACT US ABOUT THESE. *
PARQUE DE FLORESTA 18 hole Championship golf course, with breathtaking views over the rolling hills of the Western Algarve National Park Conservation area, is 4km west of Porto Dona Maria. This golf course also offers free golf lessons for children.
PALMARES Championship course is approx 20 minutes drive away & the famous PENINA course is approx 30 minutes drive away.
THINGS TO DO AND SEE:
1) PONTA DA PIEDADE (LAGOS)
With a magnificent view of the Atlantic and the shapes of cliffs carved by the sea and time, Ponte da Piedade is an idyllic setting of cut out rocks that sharply contrast with the greenish blue waters below. Located 2 km from Lagos on the Costa d’Oiro and full of grottos, unknown bays and quiet beaches, the Ponte da Piedade is particularly captivating when viewed from the sea.
Long, narrow stairs lead you down to a small cove where pretty boats wait for visitors wishing to explore this natural paradise. Experienced fishermen wind their way expertly through the gigantic stone sculptures whilst revealing their names and secrets.
Those daring to climb up 182 steps to the top of the lighthouse will have a view of the Ponte da Piedade promontory, which marks the limit between land and sea.
2) CABO DE SAN VINCENTE (Cape St Vincent, SAGRES)
6km from Sagres is the most south-westerly point in Europe and offers amazing views and walks. The lighthouse and cliffs at Cape St Vincent are a fantastic trip from the villa, and a great place for a picnic lunch. There is plenty of parking and visitors can walk the cliff paths and climb the lighthouse tower when open. The lighthouse was built on top of a 16th century convent.
3) ZOOMARINE (GUIA)
Zoomarine is a fantastic marine park can watch shows with dolphins, seals and sea lions, tropical birds and birds of prey. You can also find an amazing aquarium with sharks, Cinema4D, attractions, amusements and swimming pools.
4) SLIDE N SPLASH WATERPARK (LAGOA)
A great day out to a nearby waterpark for the whole family with slides, lazy river, kids play pools, restaurants.
5) LAGOS ZOO is just a 15 minute drive from the villa.
We love this zoo for our grandchildren. It’s ideal for smaller children and buggies as it’s flat and includes a small farm, lots of beautiful tropical birds, primates, giant tortoises, meerkats etc. Everything is very accessible for the children to see and there’s a small café and shop onsite.
There’s a wealth of beautiful beaches near the villa, from the beaches at Luz and Burgau to the larger beaches at Meia Praia in Lagos and many, many others.
OTHER SPORTS & ACTIVITIES:
There’s a wealth of other attractions across this area of the Algarve including the fortress at Sagres, the historic town of Silves and its castle, river boat trips from Portimao inland, shopping at the Guia complex and the annual international festival of sand at Pera. Plenty to keep you busy if you can drag yourself from the poolside at Casa Bonita!!
Burgau Sports Centre offers a range of children’s sports including tennis, football, hockey, touch rugby, running races, swimming races, diving competitions, baseball & rounders. Luz has a watersports centre offering jet skis, banana boats & windsurfing & the marina at Lagos offers boat trips around the coast, as well as dolphin watching and glass bottom boat trips.
About the owner: My husband and I love spending time at Casa Bonita. We are regularly at the property either ourselves or with varying members of our extended family (children and grandchildren). The villa is great to spend time in on our own soaking up the views and relaxing in the sunshine (we've had some lovely weather even in December & January!). Its also great when it's full of the noise of the children playing, splashing in the pool and long lunches and dinners on the dining terrace.
Why the Owner Chose Burgau:
We fell in love with Casa Bonita on our first visit even though it was only half built at that point. The views are just amazing and our main thought in designing the house, garden and pool deck was in maximising those. We're a mixture of sun and shade lovers so we ensured we had a good balance of shaded terraces and deck area for the loungers. We love this area, Luz is a beautiful village with cobbled streets, bars, restaurants, cafes and a gorgeous beach with childrens' play area. We also like to wander into Burgau and have a lazy lunch on the beachfront restaurant before a slightly slower walk home! Lagos itself is beautiful to walk around, the cobbled streets are gorgeous and have any amount of great restaurants (Italia, Dom Sebastiao, Dom Henrique. We also like the marina and cafe Oasis. There's always street entertainment in the summer months and the beautiful old carousel in the centre of the town is a great hit with the children. We think we're ideally situated here to have a little bit of peace and quiet but perfectly accessible for the towns (we often taxi into Lagos for a night out) and sightseeing further afield. We've travelled up to Lisbon and spent a night or two on different occasions and the motorway makes it an easy run up and back. We're also just over an hour from Faro airport and, again, the attraction of the easy motorway journey almost door to door appealed to us for long weekends and travelling with the grandchildren.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
Personally, my favourite bit of the house is the living room terrace. The views are just magnificent. We have it set up with cushioned outdoor sofas and I could easily spend a day there from breakfast when it's in sun, through to the best shade in the middle of the day and into the evening as the sun comes down and the moon shines out over the sea. We put in windows along the west side a couple of years ago so that you can even sit out there if you get a cooler autumn or winter day! The views from the master suite bedroom and balcony are also just breathtaking. We've had a number of our reviewers comment that waking up with that view has been the highlight of their stay. Off season we get lots of golfers staying at the villa, as we are so well positioned for a range of championship courses (Boa Vista, Palmares, Villamoura, Pestana are all nearby). The villa works brilliantly for those who don't want to be based at a course but have them very near at hand. And because we have 2 master suites and all bedrooms have their own private bathroom we find it makes excellent value for groups of couples travelling together. We offer discounts off season for smaller groups too so don't hesitate to get in touch about those.
Stunning luxury villa with panoramic sea views from all terraces and pool deck
The master bedroom suite, this is the view from the bed!! Great to wake up to!
Sunbathing with the stunning views beside you
The master bedroom terrace runs the length of the room
Villa from rear with carport and gardens
Outdoor sofas on the living room terrace
The spacious living room out towards terrace with comfortable cushioned sofas
3rd twin bedroom with private balcony, sea views and its own bathroom
Gardens to the east of the house leading to the rear.
Electric gates to the driveway and car port at the rear of the villa
The top of the cliff top walk (this is East of the villa towards Burgau)
Casa Bonita at night, the terraces are all softly lit for outdoor use year round
View from pool deck towards cliffs at Lagos
New (late 2013) outdoor dining table with cushioned chairs for extra comfort!
Shady terraces at the hottest time of the day or pool deck for sunbathing
Lounge & view from terrace. The two seating areas provide flexibility for groups
The lounge has two separate seating areas, easily seating 8.
Second master bedroom with the same amazing views and full ensuite bathroom
New brick BBQ built in 2013 with access to the dining terrace & kitchen
Beautifully planted gardens surround the side and rear of the house
Sunset from the terraces
Watersports in the bay
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