Fantastic location close to shops, bars and amenities. All bedrooms en suite
- english, portuguese
About Karen Athill
We are the Athill family. Villa Laranja is our only holiday rental property and it is a labour of love. We have had many family holidays with large groups of friends so we have tried to create an environment that considers all of the experiences we have had on our previous holidays. We've tried to add all of the little touches that make a group holiday just that little bit more special. We hope you enjoy staying at our beautiful villa.
Karen Athill purchased this Villa in 2005
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Fantastic villa,beautiful views on a quite location. The best equipped villa we have stayed in.
Very straight forward renal process and owners sorted out a slight problem in original booking dates very quickly. All communication with owners were answered promptly.
Lovely, relaxing home
We had a blast staying at the villa. It was very clean and spacious, and had everything we needed. The outdoor space was a clear highlight. The only downside, which we knew ahead of time, is the walk into town. It is under a mile, but down (and of course then back up) a pretty steep hill. That said, parking in town was pretty easy, at least when we visited, so it wasn't a big deal. Would absolutely recommend the home to others. Also, Paula, the property manager is super helpful and friendly and was available to us for all of our questions.
Good sized property suitable for a large family or group of friends. Well equipped.
Spacious and comfortable communal areas. Great entertainment systems and well equipped kitchen. All bedrooms were a good size with en-suite bathrooms
Wonderful family holiday at Great villa
Our beautiful family holiday was crowned by this great villa, here we have nothing missing. We would have liked to stay here longer. The upscale amenities and clean rooms have all fallen very much. We are longtime Algarve lovers but this holiday with good friends in this great place was memorable.
We were completely satisfied and can recommend the villa in good conscience.
Thank you so much for you kind review. I’m glad you had a wonderful holiday with you family. Best wishes, Karen and Richard
Good but not Great as we have experienced much better VRBOs (11 time user in 5 different countries)
The Villa was as pictured and was certainly spacious enough for our group of 5 couples.
The location made for easy drives to a number of scenic areas and was close enough for us to walk to both the beach and local restaurants all of which were worth the visit. We discovered a couple of great wineries during our stay so were able to enjoy lots of great Portuguese wine with the local cheeses and meats.
There were however some issues along the way which we believe are due to the Management Company who did not respond to calls in a timely manner and are clearly not paying enough attention to the conditions in the VIlla:
1. Some dangerous shower doors had to be repaired and while this was done quickly we were concerned that the workmen came to the house unsupervised and had keys.
2. There were burned out lights and even when they sent someone to replace them they did not do all of them.
3. The bedroom closets need to be aired out as they are not usable due to the smell in them.
4. Some remote controls needed new batteries and better instructions for use.
5. The bathroom towels are in rough shape and in fact some were stained and infact the housekeepers took away some towels that we our personal towels.
As we have used VRBOs numerous times we are comparing this one to others we have stayed in so we were disappointed by the issues.
We would also note that in our previous VRBOs we have found the basics (paper towels, a few garage bags, Kleenex, soap and such) in place so that we have not had to head to the store immediately upon arrival.
Perhaps our expectations were too high but they were based on the excellent reviews on the website and our previous VRBO experiences. Our group enjoyed their time in Portugal and we were respectful of the Villa and left it in better shape than we found it.
Thank you for your review. We always take on board the feedback and observations offered and use them to improve the experience for our future guests.
As the Owners we are disappointed to read that our villa didn’t meet your expectations. We and our Management Company endeavour to keep the villa running to the highest standard. There are, unfortunately, some matters that don’t come to light until they are flagged by guests; at which point every effort is made to remedy the matter as soon as is possible.
Thankfully, the vast majority of our guests are extremely happy with their stay at Villa Laranja.
Richard & Karen
Amazing villa exactly as photos show
Fromthe first email to Karen to book this stunning villa to arriving on our holiday and seeing it just as photos show was amazing.
This villa is well laid out with beautiful furniture and special little touches dotted around. Very spacious, light and airy with amazing views. The pool is fantastic and with heating is just perfect. It is at the top of a hill which is great for the views but is a bit of a struggle to walk back in the heat but there are plenty of taxis. All the rooms are large and have everything you need and all bedrooms are ensuite which is a massive bonus. The villa was clean and well presented and would certainly recommend to our friends and family. We all had a great holiday and the weather was superb as was the beach and water sports and restaurants.
Many thanks Karen for the little extras as everything was perfect!!
The Warren family xx
Dear Warren Family,
Thank you so much for your extremely kind review.
I can’t tell you how much it means to us when our guests notice the little touches that we try to add to make the villa a real home from home.
We hope you decide to stay with us again.
Very best wishes
Praia da Luz is a lovely family orientated resort towards the quieter Western end of the Algarve coast. The beach is long and sandy and backed by a beautiful palm tree lined promenade. It has numerous restaurants, bars and shops. The larger town of Lagos is only a 10-minute drive away and this has a more cosmopolitan night-life along with a lovely marina, loads more restaurants and shops and several sandy beaches. The Algarve is famous for its fabulous golf courses and the closest are Boavista and Parque da floresta which are both a 5-10 min drive. As Villa Laranja is so close to all these amenities car hire is not essential although we would recommend it to allow exploration of the lovely Algarve coastline, mountains and towns. Villa Laranja is situated at the top of a hill so a car would be necessary for the elderly, small children or less mobile people.
Golf: Boavista golf course is very close to our villa, this is the newest & much praised course situated only 2km from the villa or 5 minute drive. It has other facilities there i.e. tennis, indoor pool & a spa. Also we are within a 20 min drive to 'Parque da Floresta' golf course, which also has extra facilities open to all i.e. tennis, lawn bowls, archery & a spa. The same distance is the 'Palmaras' golf course, to the East of Lagos, which is very picturesque & has 5 unique links holes along the dunes of Meia Praia beach & then there is the championship 'Penina' golf course which is approx. a 25 min drive away, as are the 3 courses at Silves. All the other courses around Quinta da Lago, Vale do Lobo & Villamoura are also very accessible (all within a 45 min. easy drive) now that there is the very convenient A22 motorway.
Please note - If you are using Google Earth to get a better idea of the villa and it's surroundings the current images shown are from 2006/7. The building site to the West was completely finished around 2009 including the introduction of a small playground just 30 seconds walk from the villa.