8 bed Villa, E Algarve, Portugal. Un-spoilt rural location, sea views. Near beach.
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Lovely Family Villa
The property was excellent with spacious rooms for all the family .
Well equipped and spotlessly clean . Quite isolated which is fine as no noisy neighbours only a cockerel crowing and dogs barking from time to time
The real bonus was the enclosed snug bbq by the pool especially as the evenings were still cool and of course the pool which everybody loved .
The view across to the sea was fabulous .
Moncarapacho is a nice town but further away than we thought .
The smaller village which was closer had no facilities .
Overall for a week it was delightful . We hope to come again next year .
Had a great time
Highlights were. - the heated pool, my other half never normally ventures into the pool but this was lovely and warm, just the right size and depth, and we were both in it everyday.
- the lovely view from the patio across the fields and down to the sea
- I also enjoyed watching the planes heading into Faro airport, the Fliught Radar App was on overtime!
Property was nice and clean and Helen was very quick to respond throughout the booking process. We did have a minor issue with the villa's internet but this was subsequently sorted by Dirk.
I wasn't aware when booking that there was another property close to the villa across the drive but they can't see into the property and apart from the occasional vehicle visiting them, there was no real noise. Like anywhere in rural Portugal, there are dogs barking and cockerels crowing in the distance but the villa was still a lovely secluded retreat so these weren't an issue. Great base for exploring the Eastern Algarve, we travelled out to Santa Luzia, Tavira, Olhao and even across to Spain from Alcoutim.
Well equipped villa with everything we needed for our stay.
Excellent stay at the villa, so peaceful and relaxing. Pool area and BBQ area are amazing and the air con is a real bonus! Definitely need a car to get around as the local villages and towns are hidden gems. Didn't get to do everything on our list which gives us an even better excuse to return again.
Helen was very helpful with advice and her communication.
Dirk the property manager was excellent and a fountain of local knowledge.
Hopefully will return again next year.
Very peaceful rural position with lovely views yet within easy reach of coast , shops etc . The house is very well equipped and spacious ( there were 4 of us ) Plenty of outside space both shady and sunny and of course a pool . Excellent and helpful contact with the owner prior to arrival ensured everything went smoothly - the only slight hitch was quickly rectified by Dirk .
It's true that the track leading up to the house is rather rough but that's what hire cars are for !
Yes , there is a fair amount of barking from dogs at certain times but that's quite usual in rural locations abroad and it didn't adversely affect our stay . All in all an extremely pleasant stay in a very different part of the Algarve .
Wonderful relaxing retreat in the Algarve
I absolutely love this house! We stayed there with a couple of friends middle of May 2017 and I am already looking so forward to come back again next year!!!
It's a secluded holiday home at the end of a cul de sac, up the hill, overlooking rural surroundings and the ocean. So peaceful, all you can hear are some cicadas. All the plants around the garden were in full bloom (springtime … amazing field of flowers in the back yard) and there were lots of swallows flying around, and even white doves. And a little shy cat came around for dinner every night :)
The bedrooms are very comfy and spacious (lots of cabinets to store your stuff), and so is the rest of the villa … super cosy living room and a very well equipped kitchen … we did not miss a thing! There's a capsule coffee machine but I was so glad to find a plunger as well :D
I'm very much about sustainable living, so I was stoked to see those solar panels, and I told the owner the only thing I was not perfectly happy with is the shared shower, because there's not so much of water coming out (being a German haha) … but the other 2 showers are fine, and it's good to save on water anyway ;) Also the eco mode on the dishwasher is crap, if you use it, you gotta wash/dry the dishes again, but the regular mode is doing it's job!
What I loved most about this place (besides the private pool, we even did a skinny dip hehe) was the BBQ area … we spent such a lovely evening down there. Beautiful light setting (and my favourite WiFi music), and the local dourada we bought in the supermarket was the tastiest ever! They have these fish grillers (idk how to call it) in one of the top cubboards, and even the coal and fire starters were provided. Also some other people left behind some delicious Algarve honey and organic olive oil … oh I wish this carries on :)
Some other tipps about the area:
All the villages east of Faro are very authentic and well worth a visit … old towns, churches, cafes/bars/restaurants, markets, delicous food and cheap beer. You need a rental car to go there, or a cab driver. I can highly recommend www.travelwithwolf.com (up to 8 passengers, super friendly and reliable.)
In Olhao (awesome place for murals btw) you can rent bikes for a day trip to Praia do Barril (11k one way), a beautiful beach, with a little train for the last 1.5k, cool for kids.
In Faro you can hop on a boat to cruise around the Ria Formosa National Park and also enjoy the pumping night life.
We all left happy as!!!
we stayed in this villa for 7 nights at the beggining of August. I cannot begin to tell you just how beautiful this villa is.
We came as a family of 5. We were met by the owner & his wife at the airport, who guided us back to the villa, following them. They went out of their way to be helpful, and even drove to a supermarket on the way to the villa, so we could pick up some essential items for our stay. The town of olhao is very close and had everything we needed, including a shopping centre, with go karting for the kids. The villa itself is up a dirt track, and though its quite rocky to get to, its also the last villa on the end of the road, so its very private. I would suggest hiring a car is essential. The villa has a magnificent view over the countryside & a view of the beach. There are 4 bedrooms, all very spacious, and 3 bathrooms. The villa is beautifully spacious and laid out, with a very large lounge area and a spacious kitchen and dining area. They have a smart tv with english telly, so when you are relaxing, you are able to curl up and watch it.
The kitchen was well equipped with everything we needed, as well as a laundry room which we were able to use.
By far for us, the pool was the best bit, it is a lot larger than it looks in the pictures, and the whole family loved it. As an added bonus it has under pool lighting in the evenings. The villa has beautiful grounds surrounding it. The pictures on the site dont do it justice, it is perfect for a family, and the owners are so friendly and helpful, they really went out of their way to make sure we had a wonderful stay.
Many thanks for your great review hope to see you and all the family next summer.
Howard G. Winskill
Special interest holidays:
Portuguese courses language in Moncarapacho
Fuseta, with its wonderful beach, is only 5-6 kms away. There are other beaches close by and the stunning Falesia beach is 20 mins away.
There are ferry boats from Olhao, Cabanas and Tavira which take you to the wonderful unspoilt island beaches of Culatra, Armona, Farol and Island Deserta all within easy reach. Well worth a trip, fantastic golden sand.
The villa is only 20 mins from Faro airport and is accessed with very good roads. Please note car hire is essential. Please contact us directly for very competitive local car hire.
Having good access to the motorway opens up the whole of the Algarve and Spanish border (40 mins) for exploring. Lisbon is approx a 2 hours drive.
Within easy distance are Tavira (regarded as the loveliest town in the Algarve), Estoi (with its Rococo palace, and Roman ruins), Olhao (fishing port, markets and fine shopping) and Vila Real (16th century town on the Spanish border. Seville can be reached with 90 mins, Lisbon approx 2.5 hours and Cordoba 3 hours. Within 30 mins driving west one can access major central Algarve towns and attractions. The nearby Ria Formosa National Park offers excellent walks, extensive beaches and birdwatching.
The small town of Moncarapacho is less than 1 km away with supermarkets, pharmacy, bars, 3 excellent restaurants, petrol station, internet cafes, cash machines, museum. Moncarapacho is an authentic traditional rural Portugeuse village.
Eating out in this part of the world on wonderful local fish, meats and wine is still incredibly inexpensive. You will find it hard to spend more than 15 euros per night (per person), including local wine.