Villa and Apartment in Sitio da Igreja, Sao Lourenco, Almancil, Central Algarve - Secluded Private Grounds with Pool, Games Room and Separate Apartment
About Nathalia Cross
Our names are Paul and Nathalia Cross and we have and three daughter's, Alex, Pip and Chloe.We both work full time but get over to Portugal as much as we can, and as we are so close to the airport, often fly out just for a day or two. We have family and friends with properties out there and do a lot of socialising when out there, so the house is perfectly central to everything we need;beaches, bars and restaurants, golf, shops and waterparks. The children are never bored, nor are we.
Nathalia Cross purchased this Villa in 2007
Why Nathalia Cross chose Parish of Almancil
We have spent many years holidaying in Vale de Lobo and wanted to find somewhere to buy that was close enough to the resort, but not in the middle of it, as it tends to get overrun in the summer. We frankly didn't fancy the idea of holiday revellers passing our door singing at 4am! I have recently refurbished the house and have spent many years in the planning of it. It is full of character and finishing touches that we created ourselves. It is by no means a standard villa, and is quite unique.
What makes this Villa unique
We are 5 minutes from pretty much anything that you need, but having the benefit of a peaceful location. The house is great for approx four families and totally geared up for children from every age.
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We had the most wonderful stay at church farmhouse. We were a group made up of 3 families with 7 adults and 4 children. The villa was spacious and the pool area was great. The kitchen is well equipped with all baby and children equipment and the cots and high chairs were in great condition. Our children all enjoyed the tv room. The pool was lovely and warm(we had it heated) and there were lots of inflatables to use. We visited Solar do Poeta which is the restaurant in front of the villa. Would recommend for a nice meal. We used uber taxis to take us to the supermarket - Pingo Dulce (5 min drive). This had everything we needed to stock up for our stay. We also got taxis to Val do Lobo and spent some time at the beach. About a 10 min drive. Overall a wonderful holiday and we would highly recommend church farmhouse.
A Fantastic Villa for a very large family.
We have just returned from a fantastic week in Church Farmhouse and what a beautiful place it is. We were an extended family of 19 people (12 adults, 3 teens and 4 kids) The house was equipped with everything we needed. The pool, games room and TV room to keep all the kids entertained. There was travel cots, bottle sterilisers, strollers and stair gates in the house, all the things you would never think of. This is an amazing property and was so relaxing because there was so much space for us all. We all can’t wait to go back again. Thanks for everything.
We have just returned from a wonderful week at Church Farmhouse. A three generation family, and we all loved it, the villa plus apartment being big enough for us all to have our own space as families, and to be together. It’s well equipped internally and externally, from wifi to barbecue to bars to the heated swimming pool, and the jewel in the crown is the ‘fairytale' penthouse master bedroom which overlooks the pool and the grounds, with access to the roof terrace, a stand-alone bathtub, settees and dressing tables. Ideal for a wedding party! or for oldies like us!
Thank you for your wonderful comments David. We look forward to seeing you again.
Beautiful villa, amazing week!!
We had an amazing week in this villa!! It is beautiful and really well looked after. It is in a perfect, quiet location but within a 5 minute drive of supermarkets and other amenities. Although we had cars, we got around easy enough using Ubers especially on nights out e.g. to the marina at Vilamoura (our favourite). Nathalia really made sure we were looked after with plenty of communication and instructions beforehand and whilst we were there. The outdoor area is huge and all the extra touches made the villa even better such as the bar, the fire pit, the roof terrace and the games room with plenty of pool inflatables!! We really hope to return next year we loved it so much. Thank you SO much Nathalia and family, it is a property you should be so proud of building/owning!
An AMAZING Family Villa with the WOW Factor!!
We have just returned from a very relaxing Family Holiday at this Beautiful Villa. We go away every February half term as a full family, 17 in total. This is by far the best property we have visited and catered for everyone from as young as 4 up to 60!
We still felt like we had plenty of room and our own space due to the different areas in the property. We did spend the majority of the time in the garden which is idyllic and very relaxing. We were unable to use the pool heating due to low temperatures but this did not effect us. The little ones still occasionally braved it and spent hours playing football and games in the large enclosed garden. While the men kept themselves entertained in the games room, and the teenagers were happy with the Wifi!
The Villa itself is so well equipped and there was nothing that we felt that was not there. The property was immaculate on arrival and I was surprised to find the housekeeper also came midweek for a mid week clean which was very much appreciated! All the bedrooms are very comfortable and the bathrooms are modern and clean.
Location wise was perfect. A lovely restaurant right next door with traditional home cooked food. We ate here twice and the owner Lil is so welcoming and can not do enough for you. We did hire a car as we travel to Portugal usually twice a year so like to have a drive around to our favourite places such as Vilamoura and Old Town Albufeira. A car is not a necessity though as there are nearby supermarkets within walking distance.
As for our host Nathalia I could not have asked for anything more. I asked her many questions in the months leading up to our holiday which she promptly answered. We had a couple of very minor issues on arrival which Nathalia sorted immediately. Lovely, helpful host!
I would definitely recommend this property and hopefully one day return! Thanks again for an amazing, memory filled holiday!!
Thank you so much Jenna for your wonderful comments. It was a pleasure to have you. You were wonderful guests and we look forward to seeing you next February.
Best wishes yo you all.
Nathalia and Paul
We were a family group of 11 ranging from 66 to 3 years. Church Farmhouse is a beautifully appointed villa and has everything you could possibly need for a relaxing holiday even down to children’s toys, pool inflatables, dvd’s and books . The grounds are extensive and the property has the added benefit of a separate apartment with small kitchen, two bedrooms and bathroom. The recent addition of the sunset bar and seating area is a great facility. The barbecue equipment was used every day and the eating area is great, now covered with a canopy. The pool was fine without heating and the children enjoyed the games room with table tennis, pool table, and air hockey. The kitchen is well equipped and Nathalia arranged to have the internet reconnected while we were there. The air conditioning worked in all the bedrooms. Keeping 11 people fed and watered for a week was a major task and we made the mistake of following the advice of a stranger to shop initially at the most expensive supermarket. However we discovered Aldi in Almancil which was perfectly adequate and at least half the price! I find it hard to say anything negative about this place but if pushed I would say that all the adults found the beds on the hard side and the teenagers would like to have been closer to the sea without having to use taxis.
All the taxis we used arrived on time, Almancil Taxis were basic but cheaper than Algarve Taxis which were more plush. Nathalia and her housekeeper were very helpful and accommodating. I hope that one day we will all be able to return to Church Farmhouse.
5 minutes drive to beautiful sandy beaches and watersports. 5 minutes drive to waterpark, gym,golf, health centre, tennis, football, horse-riding and go-karting. 10 mins from Algarve stadium.
10 minutes drive to Faro Airport.
Car hire recommended.
500 metres Almancil. 1m Quinta do Lago. 5m Vale de Lobo
7km Faro. 9km Faro Airport.
1km from Almancil containing supermarkets, banks, bars, restaurants, takeaways etc. There is a fantastic value traditional Portuguese restaurant next door that is happy tpo deliver to the door. Although there is a mini supermarket within walking distance, we always recommend hiring at least a small car as most attractions and facilities are scattered all over the Almancil/Vale de Lobo/ Quinta da Lago area.
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