Villa in AlmaVerde, Nr.Burgau, Western Algarve, Portugal. - Tennis, Childrens play area, close to Beach
About Susannah Whetstone
We enjoy travelling and have holidayed in many places, but Portugal, where we now own our villa, has been a favourite place of ours for many years. Buying our holiday villa/home has been a dream of ours for a long time. We have taken the time and trouble to kit our villa out with everything we would want for a very comfortable holiday, like a home from home and we pride ourselves on providing this for other people who use our villa/home as well.
Susannah Whetstone purchased this Villa in 2008
Why Susannah Whetstone chose Vila do Bispo
We love this part of Portugal and have visited the Western Algarve over the years many times. Although we have seen a great change during this time, the Western Algarve remains relatively unspoilt and because of the conservation areas, this will remain. It provides a 'slowed down pace' for a relaxing and 'chilled' holiday. There are wonderful beaches that cater for all age groups. There is a variety of sport - water sport, golf courses, walking, birdwatching, horse riding etc. The local villages are picturesque. Lagos is the local vibrant town, with a marina, that offers a great family atmosphere, again for all ages and has a wonderful selection of bars, restaurants and shops. The beaches also have great beach bars for casual eating. This is all only a 1 hour drive from the airport.
What makes this Villa unique
This property is part of the AlmaVerde Village which is near Lagos, Sagres, Burgau and all the local beaches. We have made our villa just that little extra special. We have provided a well stocked villa with all those extra comforts of home. The artwork we have on the walls really adds to the homely feel and the level of comfort in this villa is far more superior than others on the development. With our own pool and secluded garden this is a great holiday rental. AlmaVerde Village, although still to be fully developed/completed, is already a well known holiday destination. AlmaVerde prides itself on being 'green' with lots of vegetation and well manicured gardens to please the eye. The villas are also built with energy saving materials and structures. Book now!
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Pleasant, well maintained villa.
Had a great time. Dispite no air con. and temp. in the high 30's the house stayed relatively cool. The part shaded pool was ideal. Well equipped kitchen.
We found the villa by chance on the website. We were looking for somewhere quiet, away from the tourist areas with good beaches - and we found it.
The villa is absolutely superb - nothing is missed. The welcome pack is generous so if you arrive late at night as we did, you've got a welcome beer and glass of cold wine waiting for you as well as sufficient for a generous breakfast, as well as fresh fruit and snacks.
The villa is very well equipped and immaculately clean.
The pool is big enough for a good swim to cool down but well worth paying the additional fee to have it heated.
The complex the villa is on is beautifully maintained, as are the gardens of the villa itself (and the pool maintenance man came on Friday too).
We had a couple of issues while we were there. A burst main water pipe meaning we had no water one day, but this wasn't anyone's fault and the reception staff were extremely helpful and kept us informed. Then the boiler broke down another day so we had no hot water, but, when we reported this to reception, they sorted it straight away and the boiler was fixed the same day.
The villa is ideally suited to explore Lagos to Sagres as it's half way between the two. You definitely need a car to stay here. We found some beautiful beaches locally Martinhau, Salema and Cabanas in particular.
There are some great places to eat - The Spice Village in Burgau and the Burgau Beach Bar were excellent. We were very disappointed with the Ancora Restaurant in Burgau - overpriced and food not good. The best restaurant by far we found was the Aqua Na Boca in Salema - absolutely superb.
Our only slight negative is that the garden was in shade a lot of the day as it's surrounded by trees. We found we were chasing a small patch of sunshine around with the sunloungers.
Having said that, we would not hesitate to return to the villa - it was everything we were looking for.
Thank you for your review. A quick update on the shady garden. We have recently cut several trees down so the garden is definitely more sunny but still retaining some shady areas.
Lovely villa, great spot for exploring!
The villa is very comfortable and well equipped and our 2 children (10 & 12) loved having the pool to play in, in between our trips out!
The welcome pack was brilliant as we arrived very late on our first night.
The position is great between Lagos and Sagres giving the opportunity for lots of different adventures to keep the kids entertained - paddle boarding, kayaking, surf lessons, horse riding and water parks. The villa is also in easy reach of the many beaches along the South and West coast.
All in all and very enjoyable and relaxing holiday!
Lovely villa and pool in quiet setting
We hired this villa for our first holiday in Portugal and had a wonderful time. Family of 4 (2 sons age 4yrs and 7yrs) Coming in April we knew the temperatures wouldn't be scorching but we were surprised and had lovely hot sunny days and the shaded pool was a plus for us. No worrying about the boys getting sunburnt and having to coat them suncream all the time. Pool was great and paying the extra for the heating is a must for little ones. We chose the villa because of the heated pool. The villa is well equipped (great to have lots of kitchen utensils!) and feels very homely and cared for. The selection of pool toys (loungers, weighted rings for diving etc) and beach items (umbrellas, body boards, games and buckets and spades) was fab for the children. The selection of books for the grown-ups was appreciated as well. It's nicest villa we have stayed in. Well positioned for exploring the Western Algarve, all its beaches and exploring the hills inland. A car is a must as the villa is on the Alma Verde residence so you need to drive to shops and restaurants. We always hire a car and so this was expected and not an issue for us. Closet village is Burgau which has lovely restaurants and beach. From finding the villa online, making the booking with Susannah, getting directions from the airport (better than our route planner!) and the fab welcome pack. Everything was easy and ran smoothly. Will recommend to family and friends.
Lovely villa on quiet site
We spent a week at this lovely villa with my parents and had a really great time. We choose the villa because it is on the Alma Verde site, we had visited the site last year with friends and were impressed with how quiet it was and only 5-10 minutes away from quaint Burgau. Right from the word go Suzanne answered all my inquiries promptly and her instructions and directions were spot on.
We arrived late on the Saturday night, courtesy of Easy Jet problems and the up grades going on in Faro airport, to find the villa so clean and welcoming. Suzanne had provided a welcome pack which was amazing and really thoughtful.
The villa has plenty of space for 6 people so for the four of us it was really good, Mum and Dad downstairs with their own en-suite and no stars to negotiate and us upstairs with en-suite and balcony. Mum was especially pleased that she could watch BBC TV!!!
We spent most of the week enjoying the garden which some people have said is shady, this is a bonus when it is hot (30 plus most days we were there) reading, eating and relaxing. If you want full sun you can sit on one of the two balconies. We did have a problem with the pool heating but the management team on the site were quick to attend.
Burgau is a lovely little village with lots of nice restaurants and a great bar serving the most amazing G&T's! Lagos is the main town and is easily reached in 20 minutes. We ventured up into the mountains one day which we would highly recommend for the drive and the views.
The week went far too quickly but we all had a lovely holiday and hope that we will be able to return to this part of the Algarve again next year and if we can we would definitely book this villa again.
Thank you Suzanne and family for sharing your villa with us.
Well equipped, ideal family location
A very well equipped villa with a lovely pool and garden - ideal for relaxing, as well as visiting a number of Algarve attractions. The villa is spacious, cool and has the mod cons that make it a home from home - a fully fitted kitchen, decent size fridge/freezer and wifi. It was spotlessly clean upon arrival and the welcome food package was much appreciated after a late night arrival.
The pool is the absolute gem to this place - we all enjoyed it with the children not wanting to get out - the bonus of having access to it from the living room, hall and dining area means that you are able to keep an eye from wherever you are.
We did have to speak with the management company who were helpful and able to assist very quickly. Making the booking was very straightforward - I would recommend this villa.
Special interest holidays:
Western Algarve has a wealth of activities: horse-riding, boating, sailing, fishing, diving, swimming with dolphins, dolphin safari, walking, bird watching, beach sports, paragliding, tennis (on site), wellness centre (on site), swimming and Slide and Splash water park.
The charming fishing village of Burgau is 5 mins drive from the villa where you will find most amenities, shops, bars and restaurants. The village of Salema, also close by, has a good selection of bars and restaurants. Most coastal villages provide beach bars serving locally caught fish and other Portuguese dishes There are many other sandy beaches waiting to be explored. The beaches on the South Coast tend to be calmer whereas the Atlantic coast on the West is ideal for surfing.
Nearest airport Faro 95km. 60 mins by car to villa. Nearest beach/village Burgau 3km from villa. Nearest motorway A22 10km. Nearest town/train station Lagos 10km. Car highly recommended to explore all that Western Algarve has to offer.
Lagos is the main town in the area with all major facilities including shops, bars, restaurants and a vibrant nightlife. The new marina is a major centre for all sailing and boating activities. The spa town of Monchique in the mountains is approximately 45 minutes drive away. The historical town of Sagres is 20 minutes drive and Silves is within 30 minutes drive.
AlmaVerde Village and Spa offers Day Spa facilities with a range of treatment and therapies that can be booked. The village also offers floodlit tennis courts and all the equipment can be hired from the management company at the reception office. Tennis lessons can be booked. There is also a childrens play area. Bikes can be hired from the reception office with sugguested cycle routes and walks. This is an award winning development with the final villas due for completion in the next few years. The fishing village of Burgau with a sandy beach 5 mins drive from the villa. There is a fantastic beach bar and several restaurants in the village.
Lagos is about 15 mins drive from the villa and has everything you would want from a town. Good shops, bars, restaurants and nightlife. On certain days there is a market. Lagos has a marina and another attraction is the very long beach of Meia Praia where you can hire a variety of water sport activities. Also some great beach bars can be found here Lagos also offers glass bottomed boat tours of the coastline which is great fun for all the family. There are some excellent beach bars and restaurants all within easy drive, found throughout the local villages and towns.