2 bedrooms 2 baths, in Parque da Floresta,close to Salema, 3 Terraces, streaming TV, 50GB WiFi,Golf,Bea
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About Domi Cooke
Tim and Domi are friendly owners who like to welcome our guests to our house in Portugal and do our best to help them have an enjoyable holiday. We are a professional semi-retired and active couple who like travelling and exploring places. We now have a baby grand-daughter in New York so less time for our visits to Portugal, ie more time for guests! In England we live in West London and are always happy to chat with people and give them as much information as we can so they can look forward to a great holiday.
Domi Cooke purchased this Villa in 2005
Why Domi Cooke chose Budens
At first we were very taken by the Portuguese people and culture during a visit to Lisbon. Then we fell in love with this still quite wild area of the Algarve, its wonderful unspoilt beaches, welcoming beach restaurants, fabulous fresh fish and lovely wines at quite reasonable prices. We love relaxing in the warm sunshine, a great escape from our busy lives. The resort and its landscape makes it a very pleasant and quiet surrounding. We particularly enjoy the swimming pools close to our house which are always clean and heated, as well as all the facilities of the resort. Meanwhile all this is so close to UK, we can travel door to door in a very short time, with our rented car waiting for us in the Faro car park! Will let you have the details when you contact us!
What makes this Villa unique
Most of our guests have described our house as a home away from home - with all the facilities and ease of use that any one could expect for most age groups (though not for wheel chairs due to stairs). The well supplied local supermarket is less than 5 minutes away by car and open most days until 8pm and you can easily walk to resort bars, restaurants, golf, tennis, and children's club. In the house, you will find stylish furniture, crisp and fresh bedding and towels, all the mod cons, UK and European TV, high speed WiFi, a very private roof terrace with sun loungers, great location with golf views, private bedrooms opening onto terraces well elevated above ground level, a very quiet area and a great place to enjoy your sunset glass of wine!
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 p.m.
Check-out: 11:00 a.m.
Cot and high chair available
No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
The property was nice and clean and the kitchen had everything we needed to make light meals. The beds and bed linen were all lovely. We really enjoyed our stay.
3 level condo in a lovely golf and spa complex between Lagos and Sagres
Everything about our stay was great. The kitchen is really well stocked for food prep. I most appreciate the two sharp knives! I usually bring one of my own because VRBO rentals don't often have them. We were a little perplexed operating the washer and other appliances. It was immensely helpful to have the manuals available.
We also appreciated having coffee in the place when we arrived, as we forgot to pick it up while at the Intermarche on the way in. The bed was really comfortable, the shower lovely and all the rest just right.
I appreciate that all the staff at the resort were friendly and helpful to us even though we were not owners. We played two rounds of twilight golf, renting clubs and buggies, etc., and it all worked out well. Quite a funny and challenging course!
We managed to get over to Sagres and ate lunch at Telheiro do Infante, walked the beach at Cabanas another day and stopped at that cafe for a bite. Took the Bom Dia sailing tour out of Lagos to the coastal caves, which was jawdropping and fun, and did a private boat charter out of Faro to the islands in the Ria Famosa. That was lovely too. We really enjoyed the area and this rental site.
Many thanks for your enthusiastic review of your stay at our house, so pleased to read everything was great for you and you enjoyed it so much, including the golf course. I am glad to read you got some leads from our info pack. We would be delighted to welcome you back. Best wishes, Domi.
We had a fantastic holiday for nearly 2 week with our two buys (9 & 11). The apartment was spotless and very modern with everything you needed. Its layout worked really well spilt over two floors. We had many BBQ's on the terrace overlooking the golf course in the evenings. The swimming pool was excellent - very clean and quiet most of the time. This is a lovely quiet resort in walking distance to the village which has an amazing restaurant, traditional bakery and a supermarket. The surrounding area is beautiful and the beaches amazing. This is rural Portugal and we will come back again!!
The house is fully equipped and extremely comfortable for 4 people.
The owner was extremely helpful and followed up on our emails quickly. She has a good house manager who helped is during our stay, no question was too small. We spent 2 weeks here and are reluctant to leave.
So glad you enjoyed your stay and found our house to your complete satisfaction. Our house manager is indeed very dedicated to all our guests. Plus you were the lucky ones to get our brand new high speed internet! We would be delighted to welcome you back!
A lovely house in an ideal location.
The house afforded us everything we needed for a comfortable stay and we enjoyed it very much.
We especially loved the bedroom proportions and the layout upstairs with the balcony. Everything was in working order and the information we received was very good. When we did have a problem with the balcony chairs it was resolved the very same day with no fuss.
We made great use of the juicer with the lovely oranges available and we were able to enjoy the Olympic Games as we had access to BBC TV.
If we could suggest some improvements, these would be having cushions and an occasional table on the roof terrace and also a modest table and chairs on the ground floor terrace. Also, the double bed was very creaky and needs attention. (screws tightening?)
Restaurant wise, we loved O Tiago in Budens but had a poor experience at the resort Pizzeria, Vincentes. We had great meals at Zavial, Castelejo, Adega de la Marina in Lagos, and a poor meal at Atlantico in Salema. Agua na Boca was very good in Salema though.
Many thanks for your very constructive review, I am taking note of your suggestions which I shall address with our house manager.
I am very glad you had a very enjoyable holiday and would be delighted to welcome you and your family next time.
Wunderschönes Appartement, gut ausgestattet, schöne Anlage, sehr netter Vermieter
Wir (Ehepaar mit Baby) hatten wunderbare 2 Wochen in diesem großzügigen, top ausgestatteten Appartement. Sehr schöner Ausblick, die Analge ist recht modern. Der Vermieter ist sehr freundlich und entgegenkommend, hat alle wünsche möglich gemacht! Immer gern wieder!
Special interest holidays:
Other activities include children's club, floodlit tennis courts and tennis academy, fitness centre, scuba diving, snorkelling, horse riding, mountain bike hire, archery, bowling, all can be booked through resort reception. Lots of walking in the National Park and the coastal paths, as well as surfing on the wild Atlantic beaches within 30 minutes by car. We can arrange private guided walking or cycling tours and other activities with a local contact.
Superb coastline and idyllic unspoilt local beaches and fishing villages by car. Salema 5 mins, Boca do Rio, Burgau and Luz within 15 mins with choice of restaurants. Atlantic beaches 30 mins drive to the west are a surfers paradise. Worth doing: boat trip from Lagos marina to view the cliffs and grottos - inland drive to Caldas de Monchique.
Approx 1 hour by car from Faro Airport. Take the A22 motorway to Exit 2 Lagos, then the EN125 to Budens 15km. The main resort entrance is clearly marked on the right opposite the Salema beach turn off - staff will guide you to the local reception. Car hire essential - we can put you in touch with local car hire.
Lagos 20 mins by car, lively market town, lots of shops and restaurants in old cobbled streets, fish market, old harbour and museum rich in history. Burgau and Luz 10 mins, great beaches. Sagres 30 mins to the west is also worth a visit. Water parks, zoo marine and zoo within 30 to 45 mins. Exceptional walking trails for nature lovers within the Costa Vicentina nature reserve. Excellent local markets in Villa d'Obispo and Lagos close by.
Well supplied local Ecomarche supermarket/petrol 2 mins drive by main road in Budens (open daily to 8pm in season). Restaurants in the resort, in Budens, Salema, and many more within 15 mins in beaches or inland villages. Markets, supermarkets, shops, banks 15 mins in Lagos. Cash dispenser at supermarket or by resort reception.