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Sao Rafael. Beautiful 2 Bed G.Floor Apt. Beach/pool 250m. Albufeira 5 min drive.

People6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 914 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

Beautiful Gd Floor Apt. Sleeps 4/6 + cot. Beach or pools 250m. Happiness is.

This attractive property was acquired by the owners in Spring 2015. It's a beautiful ground floor apartment, built to exceedingly high standards with marble floors, lovely woodwork, and air conditioned throughout. "The apartment is placed, we think, in the best position on the complex, sat on the outer edge, providing wonderful garden space, midway between the local beaches and the pool. The ground floor covered terrace invites alfresco dining, a relaxing shady area, and lots of room to spread out onto the lawns and landscaped gardens to soak up the sunshine, and so brilliant for little ones! There are excellent restaurants, bars and couple of small supermarkets within easy waking distance, or maybe have a couple of rental bikes delivered to your door! Albufeira's new marina, with its shops, bars, cafe's and water sports is less than 5 minutes by car, or a pleasant 20 Mins walk. Golfers are spoilt for choice with several local options including Salgados Golf Course, just 5kms away. Altogether, it's a great choice for a wonderful holiday. Do check out the reviews, of which we are really proud! The ground floor aspect and garden space makes this an ideal choice for families with little ones, and also wheel chair users. It's pretty near perfect for adults too! No pets please." Were on Facebook too - have a search for Sao Rafael Apartment. "If we set out again on a property search, we would buy it all over again!"


Owner
Bruce Shepherd
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
21 August, 2017

About Bruce Shepherd

We have spent many happy holidays in the Algarve. Just recently we have made the decision to buy our very own apartment. We have chosen carefully. The location, the build quality, and the fixtures & fittings are all just excellent. So after flying into Faro, just 40 minutes later, we, or you, can be relaxing on the terrace of a delightful apartment, enjoying the sunshine, the garden views, and making plans on how best to enjoy your stay. You have so many activity choices. In which case, I have written some notes on some of the options you may wish to consider. Have a look at the "location" section. Alternatively, check out tripadvisor on the web and search for "Albufeira" and "Things to do". Or just simply relax! Garden, beach or pool? Each comes with sunshine! Whatever your choice, we are confident that you will enjoy your stay.

Bruce Shepherd purchased this apartment in 2015

Why Bruce Shepherd chose Algarve

It's location is just perfect. For Summer long holidays, the gorgeous beaches and good size family pools are just 5 minutes away. The biggest decision each morning will be to turn left for the pool, or right for the beach! Or perhaps try out one of the many first class golf courses nearby. Salgados is just 5kms away by car. During the winter months, the weather is warm, the complex is quieter, but just as gorgeous, with lovely walkways built along the beaches. Albufeira is just 30 minutes walk (5 mins by car/and around 5Eur by taxi) passing the new marina (15 mins walk) along the way. You might also take time out to visit Guia, a pretty and very "Portuguese" old town with some 25+ restaurants. It's also the home of Piri Piri. We haven't eaten in all 25+, but those we have were excellent! 10 Mins away (by car/taxi).

What makes this apartment unique

Enjoy the day long sunshine on the south facing terrace. We chose ground floor purposely, to provide that extra terrace space. More room for dining. More room to spread out onto the lawn, so it's also brilliant for youngsters with plenty of energy. Meanwhile, you sit back, relax and enjoy the garden view, in the sun or the shady areas. Unlimited Wi-Fi is included, so you can catch up with the world if you feel the need! Before dinner, take a stroll around the gardens, before eating alfresco, using the BBQ, wooden table and chairs provided. Or even further out? There are four good restaurants, within a ten minute walk. That's your 2nd decision of the day! And what sets us apart? Well, we feel quite privileged. Our apartment has been purchased and fitted out as our own holiday home, not just as an apartment for renting out, albeit that, for just a few weeks each year, that's what we'll do. Our choice of interior fittings might tell you that. It also means that you are sharing something really special with us. So if you do choose to stay, be sure to enjoy yourselves.

Guestbook comments from the owner

A real home from home in true Owners Direct fashion! Thanks so much for the welcome pack. Much appreciated!
May 2016
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in the Albufeira in the Faro District

Property Type:
  • apartment
Building Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 914 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • resort
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Holiday Complex
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • En Suite Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The En suite bathroom (to the Master bedroom) has a bath/shower, toilet & 2 vanity sinks. Bathroom 2 has a waterfall shower, wash basin & toilet. I'm tall (Bruce the owner 6ft 2ins) and use this lovely waterfall shower, instead of the en suite shower over the bath.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • The Master bedroom has a double bed, side tables, fitted wardrobes and a chest of drawers together with a gorgeous en suite bathroom. Bedroom 2 has twin beds, side tables, fitted wardrobes and a chest of drawers. In addition, the living area has a 3 Seater Sofa/Double Sofa Bed. Hence 6 beds in total. Plus a travel cot (& high chair) can be made available as an optional extra. Please ask.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Notes:
The activity opportunities in the area are outstanding. As well as several good and famous golf courses to play, you can participate in sunset boat trips, barbecue boat trips, dolphin safaris and cave tours, jet ski rental, rocket ski boats, parasailing, yacht and power boat charter, big game fishing trips, or visit the local dive school, all at Albufeira Marina. Elsewhere, you can go horse riding, hire a bicycle, visit Zoo Marine and Aqua Land Algarve Water Park. The list of activity options just goes on and on.......

Reviews

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Sao Rafael. Beautiful 2 Bed G.Floor Apt. Beach/pool 250m. Albufeira 5 min drive.
average rating of 4.8125 based on 18 reviews
5

Fabulous apartment in a great location

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a fantastic 2 week holiday in this lovely gem of an apartment. There were 6 of us , two 17year old girls and another 2 girls 14 and 12. We have always booked 3 bedroom apartments in the past so were a little nervous of how we would manage with 4 girls in a 2 bedroom place. We needn't have worried it met our needs superbly. The sofa bed was a decent size and very comfortable for the girls. We left it up all the time and it really wasnt in the way, the living area was so spacious it more than allowed for it. With plenty of mirrors around the girls were more than happy and we had no issues on space.The apartment was modern, comfortable and the extra outside grass area really made a difference. With 2 fridges , dishwasher and a washing machine we had everything we needed. We spilt our time between the lovely pool which was 5 minutes walk away and the fabulous beaches. The pool did get busy but providing we were down reasonably early we managed to get loungers if not you can lie on the grass. We had hired a car so this allowed us to explore the wide variety of beaches within a relatively short distance. You really are spoiled for choice. Gale was better for swimming as it was shallower to get into and also had option of watersport activities, however Sao Rafael 5 minutes walk from the apartment was so pretty. If you have a car and don't mind going further afield would highly reccommend Tavira. Its about an hour away, get a water taxi (adds to the experience and saves waiting for the ferry). Its like a little island with some lovely beach bar restaurants and a beautiful beach. Our girls said it was their favourite day. Wide selection of boat trips available from the Marina which gave some stunning views of the coastline. (we found Mara were the cheapest). Aqualand waterpark was also great and only 20 min drive. The girls enjoyed plenty of nights out in Albufeira new town , whilst we preferred the old town for a meal and a drink and plenty of local character. Both were easily accessible (about 10 euros in a taxi)

We cannot thank Bruce and Elaine enough for allowing us to use their beautiful home for our holiday. The attention to detail and the helpful emails are much appreciated. Bruce was most helpful from early on in the booking process right through to even answering queries whilst we were actually on holiday. It seemed to really matter to them that we had a good time and that meant a lot.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Nicole - Thank you so much for writing such a detailed and happy response of your holiday experience. You certainly seemed to have enjoyed yourselves, and with four young ladies to entertain, that would seem to have been mission accomplished! I just hope you found time to relax yourselves. Interestingly, every time we read a new review, we find that our guests find more and more reasons to visit Sao Rafael, and of course, our apartment, which we fell in love with at first sight. Indeed, if we had to go through the process, once again, of finding a new home from home in the Algarve, we would choose exactly the same again, for all of the reasons that you have described. Well done on your decision to explore the local area, and travel slightly further afield. Tavira is indeed beautiful, and also Silves in the other direction. Albufeira, both old and new has something to offer, and are minutes away by taxi home, if needs be. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay, and hope you'll come back again soon. It's pleasing that we seem to attract so many caring, thoughtful and thoroughly nice people! Thank you for staying Nicole, Best Wishes, Bruce & Elaine.
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5

Great apartment

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week. The apartment was lovely with all amenities and very comfortable. Very quiet and peaceful area.

Great location very close to beach, restaurants and supermarket.

At they apartment we found a very useful file with great and useful information of all great places to eat, visit and shop.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a lovely 5* review Ann. Thank you so much. It's true that our apartment enjoys the best of both worlds. We're so close to the beaches (x2), pool, local small supermarket, bars and restaurants. Yet in the peak season (Jul/Aug) when you stayed, sat on our patio, with the lawn and gardens stretching out in front on you, it is so so peaceful. We continue to love it! Thanks for looking after our home from home Ann. Please come back again soon! Best wishes, Bruce & Elaine.
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5

Lovely apartment!

  • 5 of 5

We would highly recommend this apartment in Sao Rafael. The apartment is furnished to an excellent standard with everything we needed for our stay. It was spotlessly clean. The beds were comfortable and there was plenty of room for us and our two teenagers. The apartment has a shaded patio, complete with table and chairs, which is perfect for meals or just relaxing out of the sun. Well maintained gardens surround the apartment and these were lovely too for a spot of sunbathing. A few minutes walk from the apartment is the pool which was not crowded and had a bar servcing some refreshments.

The location is very good, within walking distance of beaches, shops, supermarkets, bars and restaurants, the Marina and Old Town, so we could all find things to do on foot. We didn't hire a car and found the taxis to be excellent and inexpensive, however, a car would be great to explore inland and to find less touristy places.

There are two sandy beaches with cryetal clear water within 5 - 10 mins walk, we thought Sao Rafael was the best one with paddle-boarding and kayaking. The Marina is a good place to find bars and restaurants (NoSolo Italian do great pizzas and Sangria!) and it is where boat trips can be organised.

Bruce, the owner, and Amanda, the agent at Cerro Novo, were both fantastic in making sure that we had all the information we needed. There is a very detailed information folder at the apartment with excellent directions for finding supermarkets, etc. A welcome pack was waiting for us, which was very much appreciated as we arrived in late afternoon.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Holidaymakers! What a wonderful, pleasing and quite factual review of your recent holiday, Sao Rafael, and our apartment. Every time a new guest stays, they comment on something different, or share a new experience which is great. But then, that it what The Algarve and indeed, Sao Rafael has to offer. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you for looking after our sunshine home so very well, and also for the personal comment about Amanda at Cerro Novo. She will be very pleased! Please, do come back and stay once again quite soon! Maybe stay a little longer next time! With our very best wishes, Bruce & Elaine.
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5

Fab holiday home from home. Perfect setting with large garden space for young children.

  • 5 of 5

I couldn't rate this property high enough - partly to do with Bruce the owner. From the very beginning of our correspondence he has been responsive, informative & exactly what a holiday maker would want in an owner that aids the booking process along smoothly. Incl on arrival is a helpful welcome pack of milk, bread, cheese etc and a really useful folder with all detailed instructions, local recommendations that we found very helpful. The apartment is perfect for a family of 4, great outside space and all the added extras youd need but wouldn't expect from a self catering property. I almost don't want to review the property do highly for fear of it becoming so popular we don't get our desired dates to return in the future but this truly is a gem of a holiday home!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Charlotte. It's always a huge pleasure to read about a new guest experience. I know that you and your family had a brilliant time, and I am happy to have played a part in that. I also appreciate you writing in such glowing terms, which may attract more like minded guests! For whatever reason, we seem only to attract lovely people to stay, who take good care of our "home from home" in Sao Rafael, yourselves included! Please come back again soon! I can open up the calendar as far ahead as you will ever want! Best Wishes, Bruce & Elaine x
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This apartment has it all quality in all aspects and it is in a fabulous location.

  • 5 of 5

4 of us stayed in this brilliant apartment without a car and used taxis to get around. No hassle parking etc etc and for 4 people they were cheaper than the bus.The location with its beautiful flower laden gardens and the beach 5 mins walk made it outstanding.Small supermarket 10 mins walk had everything you needed.The small restaraunt at the Hotel Maritur had a great menu and so cheap with live music 3/4 times a week.Take the kids to Albufiera in the evening to see the puppet show in the main square its amazing.Take a boat trip from the marina but please pick a time when the sea is flat calm!!!!!! We left a note of a fabulous restaraunt in Aburfiera just near the taxi rank run by an irish man.The food and service were fantastic and the price well go and see and enjoy.This has been our first visit to Portugal but not our last and will be returning. Thank you Bruce for all your help and for letting us share this wonderful apartment and gardens.

TED AND JEANNIE CREEDON AND FRANK AN KATHLEEN BEST.

Stayed 3rd June till 10 June 2017

  • Review Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a lovely review Jeannie. Thank you so much for taking the time to write. It certainly seems that you enjoyed your first trip to The Algarve, and Sao Rafael. As you have commented, there are so many things to do in and around the local area, we are spoilt for choice. The Marina, so close at hand is wonderful, with its varied water sports activities and boat trips. The old town of Albufeira just beyond is a real treat with local shops, bars, restaurants, music and even puppet shows! I am so pleased you enjoyed yourselves, and indeed our apartment Jeannie. Please come back again soon, and enjoy it all over again! Since writing, I am aware that you have booked again for next year! Congratulations. Our first repeat booking guests - and we've since had more! We look forward to welcoming you back! Best wishes, Bruce & Elaine.
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5

brilliant location and the villa was larger than expected and very clean and homely

  • 5 of 5

Lovely place all we needed and more

  • Review Submitted: May 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What delightful comments Billy. Thank you so much. We have tried really hard to ensure that our website with Owners Direct gives a true refection of our lovely apartment. But by far, the comments written by our guests themselves are always the very best and most accurate reflections. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay. Please come back again soon! Best wishes, Bruce & Elaine Shepherd.
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Location

Car: recommended

The location in Sao Rafael just seems to have it all. The fabulous beaches (or pools) are a 5 minutes walk away. There is a selection of bars, restaurants and a grocery shop 10 mins walk away. The local beach walks along the coast are just lovely. The popular town of Abufeira, with all of the entertainment you might wish for is just 3kms away, a 30 minute walk. or 5 minutes by car/taxi. Along the way, you will pass the new local marina, with its bars, restaurants, water sports facilities & shops. The local bus stop is 10 mins up the road for the service which runs along the coast and to/from Albufeira. The slide 'n splash water park near Logoa is 30 minutes away (by car/taxi). If you need more shopping, then the nearby major Algarve shopping centre is 10 mins away (by car/taxi) and opens daily 10am/11pm. As well as the pool and the local beaches, there are so many things to do in the area, which will cater for all age groups. Have a look at Trip Advisor for "The Algarve - Things to do". You may have to limit your choices! Most of all, just enjoy the sunshine, where the average temperature is 10/15c warmer that the UK. Average temperatures are up to 21c in March and 25c in October, which can't be bad!

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in the Albufeira, Portugal

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
1st Jul/4th Sep 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 4 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£715
for 7 nights
£715
 
 
5th/30th Sept 2017
5 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£500
for 7 nights
£500
 
 
Oct 2017
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
£255
for 3 nights
From
£85
£450
 
 
Nov/Mar 2017/8
1 Nov 2017 - 31 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
£210
for 3 nights
From
£70
£350
£995
 
 
Apr 2018
1 Apr 2018 - 30 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
£225
for 3 nights
From
£75
£400
 
 
May 2018
1 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
£255
for 3 nights
From
£85
£450
 
 
June 2018
1 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
£285
for 3 nights
From
£95
£500
 
 
1st July/3rd Sept 2018
1 Jul 2018 - 3 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
£715
for 7 nights
£715
 
 
4th/30th Sept 2018
4 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
£500
for 7 nights
£500
 
 
Oct 2018
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
£255
for 3 nights
From
£85
£450
 
 
Nov/Mar 2018/9
1 Nov 2018 - 31 Mar 2019
3 night minimum stay
£210
for 3 nights
From
£70
£350
£995
 
 
April 2019
1 Apr 2019 - 30 Apr 2019
3 night minimum stay
£225
for 3 nights
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£75
£400
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £150

Outside of July/Aug & Sept, we are delighted to accept stays of 3 nights or more. Unlimited Wi Fi is included. A high chair and travel cot are optional extras and can be hired in for your stay. The high chair is UK£15 per week or part week and the travel cot is UK£20 per week or part week. Please let us know about these items at the time of booking. Our property management team are fluent English speaking and are available to help you at any time during your stay. Keys will be made available to you upon your arrival. Please vacate by 10am and arrive after 3.00pm, unless by prior arrangement, to allow sufficient time for cleaning. Changeover Day - Midweek or weekend arrivals and departures are acceptable, except for the Peak Season where weekend changeovers are preferred. Notes on prices: 'Special' Deals are available for extended stays during the winter months.

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Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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