Family sized villa - relax on the terraces with beautiful views of the sea
About Chris Ehinger
We are a family with two teenage children, and bought the villa from my parents, so this villa has been in the family for 30 years. We have updated it, and have enjoyed many holidays here over the years. Generations of kids have enjoyed holidays here, from babies through to teens and young adults, to families with grandparents. We love the peacefulness here, yet there is so much to do. We try to enjoy holidays here three or four times a year, sometimes with the kids, other times just with friends. We live in Berkshire, England, having moved from the States in 1996.
Chris Ehinger purchased this House in 2003
Why Chris Ehinger chose Parish of Almancil
We never get bored, there is always something to do. the restaurants are fabulous, and we think the beaches here are the best in the Algarve, if not the world.
What makes this House unique
The proximity to the beach and all the facilites of the Praca - indeed much of Vale do Lobo is walkable from this location. But the sweeping sea view we enjoy from our front terrace is the main attraction of the house.
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Home from home
As good as aways!
We have previously stayed here on several occasions and keeps getting better , this time bigger patio area and new patio table and chairs ( very comfy ) the property is exactly as describe in the property description so you know what to expect if you read it properly , unlike previous reviews!!
The owner could not do more for you , very helpful and responses very quickly to any query's or questions. We will be back and feel very lucky to have found this little gem , Highly recommended.
Thanks Rob and Jane, we look forward to having you back to stay and hopefully meet you both one day too!
A happy return trip to this lovely villa
Recently returned to this comfortable & well appointed villa 5 years later I wondered why I hadn't returned sooner!
This visit was in late June with a group of friends when the weather was nice & warm & the proximity to the beach was ideal. The villa is a great base for a mix of site seeing , enjoying the beach & there is also a huge choice of restaurants & bars some a short walk away others a short drive. One of my favourites was BJ's which sits along the beach & serves fresh fish, lovely to watch the sun go down from there.
The highlight of the trip though was a visit to Faro old town which is charming & from there a boat trip into the Ria Formosa to see how they are preserving this beautiful natural habitat & its wildlife.
Top location with deficits
For this house we also had to sign a contract with the owners, something we never had to do before. But we took a positive view that it is important for the owners to know who is coming into the house. Nevertheless, it was unusual, as there were still various chargeable add-ons integrated (e.g. heating). The Vale de Lobo Resort has about 1500 apartments and houses, 2 golf courses, 14 tennis courts, a medical center, etc.). That's why we haven't been able to find the parking lot for a long time and it's easy to get lost without a plan. After about 1 hour we found the house after all. A precise route description would have been very helpful in advance. However, the view and the location of the accommodation compensated for this for the time being. Another positive aspect was that some good restaurants were available within walking distance. Price performance was right. Unfortunately, there were also some things we didn't like. Unfortunately, we were also not informed in advance that a large construction site was in operation right next to our house. Between 7 and 8 o'clock in the morning we were woken by construction noise. In the kitchen we were missing some important things, like a sharp knife, enough coffee spoons, coffee machine. Various things like toilet paper, detergent, kitchen paper, etc. we first had to buy ourselves. The dryer mentioned in the description was also missing. The furnishing and functionality of the furniture is very outdated and the drawers sometimes smell very unpleasant, so that we have placed our clothes on the chest of drawers instead of in the chest of drawers. No door in the house can be closed without noise because they are warped. On a bed sheet we discovered an unsavoury spot. Fortunately, we were able to change the cover of an unused bed. The biggest disappointment was that we were not allowed to use the pool for free. We would have had to pay 60 Euro for the whole family and this per day!!!!! Here, too, we would have appreciated some advance information. We are considering coming back to Vale de Lobo, but unfortunately not to this house. The price does not justify the performance at all.
What a shame that you didn't appreciate the charm and character of our lovely Portuguese home as much as previous guests. If you do indeed return to VDL we would most definitely recommend you opt for a modern rental property.
We did apologise at the time about the construction, of which we knew nothing as VDL had not notified any of the residents, not even our managing agents were aware of it. It turns out the mini golf was being renovated after 30 years!
We do indeed have a separate contract because this is our family home, so this process may well differ from your previous experiences with rental properties. We try very hard to make sure that our guests' expectations and ours are aligned, all of which you seemed happy with during the booking process.
You clearly speak excellent English, but perhaps you misunderstood or misinterpreted some of the details relating to pool charges, laundry facilities etc. These are clearly detailed on the webpage.
Lastly , I am sorry you found the kitchen lacking, nobody has ever complained before.
Can't wait to go back
Everything we could have wanted, lots of personal touches, great location. What's not to like?
2 minutes walk to the beach
Exactly as announced: 2 minutes walk to the beach, very quiet at night in spite of being so near to the center. Well equipped and with a very nice view from balcony. Just one suggestion: room furniture could be more "summer like".
Thank you Jose. Glad you enjoyed the villa, and yes, we are always updating and looking at new additions which you will see when you come back next year.
Vale do Lobo is Portugal's best known and largest golf, tennis and beach resort. In an area of outstanding natural beauty with protected grassy reserves, the beaches are pristine, and stretch for mile upon mile of golden sand with dunes and golden cliffs. A truly year round destination, with three premier golf courses, the Tennis Centre with 14 multi surfaced courts, pool and gym, the Royal Spa and Fitness Centre with indoor pool and gym, Hamman and luxurious beauty treatments, Equestrian centre, biking, and go-karting to name but a few activities. In the summer enjoy waterskiing, windsurfing, parasailing and sailing. There are so many fabulous restaurants, of varying price ranges, that it is impossible to visit them all in one holiday. The villa is only 20 minutes from Faro airport, and within easy reach of several excellent shopping centres, cinemas and waterparks. The local shopping centre (8 minute drive) has everything from local pottery and handicrafts, to international designer name stores. The villa is located in a prime position , south facing with wonderful 180 degree sea views, and is perfect for all ages. A car is not necessary, but recommended as the supermarkets are a short drive away.
We have local management agents, who are easily contactable if you have any questions about the villa, or the local area. They can also provide excellent babysitters if required.
We will take bookings in £ stering or Euros.
Golf: Vale do Lobo, San Lorenzo, Quinto do Lago, Vilamoura - to name but a few of the excellent and championship courses nearby. There is plenty to do for families with children of all ages, or groups of older singles. The nightlife in the Praca includes two nightclubs and there are several restaurants, newagents and shops. The Praca is easily walkable in a very safe area. The large pool in front of the house is open seasonally to all residents. Guests in the villa may purchase daily or weekly admission, children under 7 are free (there is also a kids' pool). Guests cards for the resort can be purchased at the Vale do Lobo reception, and used to obtain discounted entry to all the facilities.