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David & Corinne Lambert
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About David & Corinne Lambert
My wife Corinne and I have lived in Skipton in North Yorkshire for more than 30 years and have 2 sons & 2 grandchildren. We're surrounded by beautiful countryside so when we decided to look for a property abroad we were very hard to please. Like many people, we'd watched countless episodes of 'A Place in the Sun' during long winter evenings but never believed we would do anything about it. We initially looked in Spain but whilst visiting Portugal in 2007, we fell in love with this area, it's scenery, tranquility, friendly locals and of course the great weather. We wanted a property which was detached and private but not isolated, with great views, local amenities and good outside spaces. The property had to have character but also be modern, not much to ask then!
David & Corinne Lambert purchased this Villa in 2008
Why David & Corinne Lambert chose Municipality of Ansião
Although we like the sea, we also love the hills and river beaches. This location provides easy access to everything we and our family enjoy including the fabulous Silver Coast. We saw Casa Bedrock and the views from the garden on the Internet whilst it was being built in 2008. It is located in a beautiful conservation area where planning laws are strict. The developer takes great pride in his work and can only build on the footprint of earlier dwellings or renovate existing buildings which he does superbly and with great care. Casa Bedrock was designed by a local architect who has created a unique property, even managing to incorporate some limestone features whilst retaining as much of the original character and old walls as possible.
What makes this Villa unique
Peace and quiet, great barbecues, family friendly pool area with lockable barrier (new in 2014), good local restaurants and lots of places to see and things to do including a few walks are what we require from a holiday. We work hard and play hard and therefore need a place to which we can retreat and feel at home. This is high on our list of essentials and we truly believe we have achieved it with Casa Bedrock. We love our 'get away from it all' villa and know that you will too!
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Beautiful, spacious, exceptionally well equipped.
Our family of 2 adults and 2 teenagers have just returned home from a most relaxing 12 night stay at Casa Bedrock. We found it to be everything that the property description promised. Beautiful, spacious, exceptionally well equipped and supremely comfortable.
We were delighted to receive Dave and Corinne’s excellent guidebook in the week before we arrived. They are extremely passionate about Casa Bedrock and the general area and it shows in spades when you flick through the guidebook. More than any other holiday villa owners we have encountered over the years, they are dedicated to ensuring that guests have the best holiday possible. From the time of booking (pre-Christmas 2017 ), we received many communications from Dave and got the sense that he was as excited about our planned holiday as we were!
The villa is set in a very peaceful rural location but less than a 15 minute drive on quiet roads to the good sized town of Ansiao which has a well stocked supermarket and a good choice of restaurants. Restaurante Caracol, which serves excellent food at equally good value, is just a 5 minute drive from the villa and proved to be our favourite. The owner Luis has good English and was very welcoming and attentive.
We had a hire car for the full duration of our stay and expected to use it to visit some of the many attractions and places mentioned in the guide book. However, upon settling in, we got very lazy and spent most days relaxing by the fabulous pool or in the spacious garden. We did enjoy morning walks from the villa on quiet tracks & roads relying entirely on the many routes mapped out by Dave and Corinne in the guidebook.
We were unable to find a bike hire service locally but after some online enquiries from the villa, found a hire service named “by bike” who advertise on Facebook. They supplied 2 mountain bikes with helmets for our teenage boys with delivery and collection from the villa. The bikes were of good quality and we found them to be punctual and much better value than other online bike hire companies.
Our 12 night stay at Casa Bedrock passed all too quickly. We would love to return, knowing that Dave and Corinne would do their utmost to ensure that our return visit would better the one before. A sincere thanks to Dave and Corinne for the wonderful stay had by all at their beautiful villa.
The Monahan family.
Love the review Colm! As you mentioned, we do indeed get a sense of excitement from providing a hassle free, fulfilling & pleasurable holiday experience for our guests from the first enquiry throughout. Guests are often hesitant about asking questions which is perhaps a reflection of past experiences… but we love it! We're passionate about Casa Bedrock & its environs & it is hugely pleasurable for us to share what we are so lucky to have.
Thanks for your amazing feedback & thanks also for discovering the excellent mountain bike hire company - details are now in our guidebook! It was a pleasure to have you & your family at Casa Bedrock.
Perfect Peaceful Location
We are just home from a 2 week stay at Casa Bedrock & already want to return!! The area is very peaceful, perfect for relaxing. Our children loved the pool and spent nearly all their time in it. The villa itself is so well equipped. Wifi was great & kept everyone happy as well as lots of English tv channels. Air con in the bedrooms was fantastic & the villa itself stayed so cool even after day's hitting 30 degrees. The kitchen is well equipped & was easy to cook meals & with the added bonus of a dishwasher, or if you want to eat out there are many lovely restaurants within 5/10 min drive. Shops/supermarkets/banks etc 5/10 min drive away. The guidebook the owner provides or as we called 'the bible' was just amazing. It documents walks, shops, restaurants, days out etc etc, we referred to it every day! If you're thinking of booking, DO IT, you won't be disappointed!!
Firstly, thanks for your 2018 rebooking Jo! Always good to know that we're doing things right; family appeal and contentment are extremely important to us. Thanks for your great review & we look forward to welcoming you & your lovely family again in 2018.
Stunning views and a pool to die for!
A beautiful villa with views over the countryside which never grow old. Loved lying at the gorgeous pool area while butterflies and birds kept us company. The villa has absolutely everything you need and the extras like books/games/dvds as well as british tv channels were all appreciated. Good bedding and super air con made sleeping easy.
The property was spotless and communication with Dave was superb. Every email or call was answered almost instantly! Dave provides the most amazing guide book which we used every day. It is very obvious Dave cares about his guests and thinks of everything.
There is a well stocked Intermarche in Ansiao, a Chinese shop which sells everything and a handful of restaurants within a 5 to 10 min drive plus a few even closer.The prices of meals in this area are ridiculously cheap and of great quality.
Can thoroughly recommend the property and the area and wished we had been able to stay longer. Thanks for a lovely time.
Great review, thanks Susan! Your comment regarding our swift response to your communications is very valid… In our opinion there’s nothing worse for guests than having to wait for an unresponsive owner. It doesn’t bode well for a smooth, trouble free holiday! As for all the other important little luxuries & our careful attention to detail - Corinne & I ask ourselves “What would make our holiday extra special?” We put all of those into Casa Bedrock.
Beautiful Holiday Home
We had a fantastic holiday. The villa has everything you need. I love cooking and the kitchen was very well equipped. The villa was spotless & very cool after a day in the beautiful sunshine.
Plenty of outside space & different areas to sit. The pool was absolutely fabulous a lot of thought has gone into making this a perfect holiday.
David's guide book is second to none..... we always get lost finding our way to previous villas but this time we found it straight away!!
Plenty of places to visit & things to do a very comprehensive read.
We loved the peace & tranquillity that surrounds the villa, we are looking forward to a trip back next year.
Thank you so much David & Corinne......couldn't have been any more wonderful for us.
I just received your 2018 booking Lucy. Thank you! So pleased to add you to our list of regular Bedrockonians :-) Not much more I can say except thanks for your wonderful review!
A hidden paradise
Fantastic location if you want to see the real Portugal lots to see and a very informative guide book written by the owner full of useful information of places to go and places to eat.
The villa is very spacious well equipped and lovely garden and pool to relax.
Everything was first class and the owners are very helpful and nothing was too much trouble.
We would definitely be back.
A hidden paradise in Portugal
Stewart and Edith Brown
Thanks Stewart & Edith for your great review! We believe the guidebook we send to every guest prior to their holiday is the icing on the cake. Quality time throughout your holiday is our philosophy; villa, pool & garden have to be perfect but you shouldn’t have to waste time wondering where to go, where to eat etc. The book is still growing, 200 pages at present, new book binder on its way for the next edition!
Wonderful house in a small authentic Portuguese town. Super friendly people and delicious food.
Property was very clean, beautiful garden and so quiet. It was just heaven.
Thanks so much for your review Jesse. You summed up nicely what Casa Bedrock is all about! I know the villa is a long way from California but you're welcome back at any time.
Special interest holidays:
Free illustrated guidebook. There’s nothing worse than starting your holiday with no idea of where to go - what to see and what to do. So to enable our guests to plan ahead we send a comprehensive, self published guidebook of the area prior to your holiday. It is free for you to keep and is packed with information on things to do and places to visit, from golden sands to river beaches + mountain villages and includes contact details for activities as diverse as trekking, water skiing & surfing. It is illustrated with over 200 colour photographs and detailed walks, recommended restaurants, shops, markets and local facilities. We also include directions from Lisbon and Porto airports. As one of our guests said last year. "Just received the keys and your book of the area - brilliant"! & others.... "Your guidebook was brilliant & saved us a great deal of time & trouble". "Thanks for your excellent guide to the area which was breathtaking & tranquil".
The beautiful Silver Coast beaches are an easy drive of about 40 minutes. From the lively resort of Figueira da Foz and southwards to the quieter coastal gem of Sao Pedro de Moel, the waves of the Atlantic sweep onto miles of fine golden sand, uncrowded and unspoiled. There is something here for everyone; adrenalin-junkie surfers, beachcombers, lovers, and incurable romantics who simply need to experience the splash of waves around their feet whilst watching the sunset melt below the horizon.
Many airlines have cheap flights from UK airports such as Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Gatwick etc to Porto & Lisbon. Flight duration is approx 2 hours. Then it's an easy drive of 1hr 40mins on A1 South from Porto Airport or approx 1hr 50 mins on the A1 North from Lisbon. Roads in Portugal are quiet & well maintained and even the A1 is comparatively stress free. A car is of course essential but because there are so many places of interest near your holiday location, driving is not a chore.
Pombal Aqua Park (20 minutes). Ansiao Swimming Pool (10 minutes). Our private pool (5 seconds away -:) River beaches + changing facilities & cafe bars (within 20mins). Tomar, with Medieval castle and large market (35mins). Penela, old town with cobbled streets rising up to well preserved castle (15mins). Coimbra, historic city of culture (30mins). Beautiful beaches of the Silver Coast (40mins). Conimbriga, Roman city (20 mins). Wide choice of quality restaurants at unbelievable prices nearby.
The surrounding area is beautiful and diverse, ranging from pastoral valleys containing orchards, vineyards and olive groves, through deep gorges with waterfalls and tranquil pools for bathing, or to bare mountainsides with exposed limestone and miles of tracks and paths offering exciting opportunities for walks and exploration ( 2 x small rucksacks with sufficient room for drinks & sandwiches are provided for your convenience.)
In spring & summer months the ground is alive with wild flowers growing through & around areas of limestone paving which are literally ‘on the doorstep’.
When you first arrive, you can’t fail to notice the shepherds track which runs behind the back of the villa. It winds along, through & across limestone paving between dry stone walls & links with other lanes & tracks, ideal for an evening stroll after dinner or a much longer walk for the more adventurous.
Although the coast is only 40 minutes away, many of our guests have been content to use the local river beaches. They’re all located in beautiful surroundings & are a speciality in this area of Portugal, being incredibly well organised & most of them having cafe’s, changing facilities, & toilets. Details of these are also available in the guidebook.
If pretty towns with castles are your thing then there is no shortage of these. The closest is Penela, a lovely picturesque little town which nestles below it’s well preserved medieval castle. It’s an ideal place for an evening out, where you can sit as the sun dips below the horizon, taking the heat out of the day as a warm glow spreads across the valley & picks out the mountains of the Serra da Lousa away to the east.
We think that the most outstanding benefit of this area is it’s diversity, which enables you to tailor your holiday to suit the whole family regardless of age. The aforementioned free guidebook will be a big help in this respect & your only problem will be deciding what to do first! Free wifi internet.