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Sao Rafael. Beautiful 2 Bed G.Floor Apt. Beach/pool 300m. Albufeira 5 min drive.

Overview

Property

Updated: 04-Dec-2016
Beautiful Gd Floor Apt. Sleeps 4/6 + cot. Beach or pools 300m. Happiness is.

This attractive property was acquired by the new owners last Summer. It's a beautiful ground floor apartment, built to exceedingly high standards with marble floors, lovely woodwork, air conditioning 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. 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, a great choice for a wonderful holiday. Do check out the reviews, of which we are really proud! The ground floor aspect makes this a great 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.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

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.

Speaks English

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
  • 1 of 2

11 Reviews

4.7
based on 11 holidaymaker 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

A LOVELY SPACIOUS APARTMENT IN ONE OF THE BEST AREAS OF THE ALGARVE.

  • 5 of 5

YOU HAVE A VERY SPACIOUS, COMFORTABLE APARTMENT ON ONE OF THE BEST POSITIONS ON SAO RAFAEL. WE REALLY ENJOYED OUR STAY ESPECIALLY AS WE KNOW THE AREA SO WELL AND HAVE FRIENDS IN NEARBY.YOUR APARTMENT HAS A VERY RELAXING FEEL, PARTICULARILY HAVING AN OUTSIDE AREA TO BB-Q. SO GOOD WHEN THE WEATHER IS VERY HOT.

THANK YOU FOR DEALING WITH THE INITIAL PROBLEM SO PROMPTLY AND THANK YOU FOR A LOVELY HOLIDAY. HOPE YOU ENJOY THE G & T!

KIND REGARDS

STEPHEN AND MARY SAUNDERS

  • Review Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Stephen & Mary - Thank you both for your very kind words. It's true, we do enjoy our BBQ cooking and then relaxing over a meal on the patio with the spacious lawn and gardens directly in front of us. For those reading this, the initial problem was caused by our maid/cleaners arriving late on your arrival day. Once we knew of the problem it was dealt with immediately. Thank you both for your understanding. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and want to thank you for taking good care of our home from home in the Algarve. We do hope that you can both come back again soon! With our very best wishes, Bruce & Elaine Shepherd.
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4

Super apartment in a relaxing location - highly recommended!

  • 4 of 5

Just back from a wonderful 2 weeks in this superb apartment. Lots of space, fully equipped, super facilities, our children (12 and 8) loved the grass area at the back of the apartment to play on. Only a few minutes walk to a lovely pool, very deep, great for diving! 3 great beaches to choose from, only a short walk away, and a huge beach 4 km long just over 5 minutes away by taxi. This is also where there is a large supermarket for fresh meat/fish and everything you would need. Locally, a 10 minute walk from the apartment, is a small supermarket for the every day needs, along with a good selection of restaurants. There is a marina 20 minute walk away (or a 3/4 minute taxi ride) with a great selection of restaurants and boat trips to see the beautiful coastline, caves and dolphins. Bruce, the owner, has left excellent directions for finding all these places, along with a folder full of helpful information and very detailed instructions. Cant thank him enough for his exceptional help with all communication, highly recommended!

We would fully recommend a visit to this lovely apartment, we hope to come back, it is a very relaxing place and we loved it.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Julia for your excellent review. You have captured so many of the benefits of staying at Sao Rafael, and of course, our apartment! Your descriptive comments are really excellent and absolutely accurate and I thank you so much for taking the time to write, and also for the pleasing comments about our communication. We know the place so well now, so it's a fairly simple task to write with clear directions. Thank you for looking after our holiday home, and yes, please do come back with your family soon! Best Wishes, Bruce & Elaine.
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5

Just Perfect !

  • 5 of 5

What can I begin with other than Wonderful !

We have just returned from staying at this apartment , my husband my self and three children aged 5, 8 and 13.

We stayed 8 nights each one perfect. This has been our third visit to Portugal staying in different areas each time , this however was undoubtedly the best, fantastically equipped and most comfortable apartment we have stayed in whilst holidaying in Europe.

From our initial booking request , Bruce the owner of the apartment has gone out of his way to make our journey and our stay as straight forward and as smooth as possible.

The area of Sao Rafael is quiet and laid back with a few restaurants within walking distance. Two beaches are also very easily accessed with just a few minutes walk. The communal pool is a couple of minutes away with plenty of sun beds to use.

The apartment itself has everything and more that you could ever need , two fridges , washing machine , dish washer , cooker and microwave , TV DVD.

We came for a relaxing stay away from the hustle of working demands and to spend quality time enjoying our children - the comfort and amenities in this apartment meant we was able to do this , so Thankyou Mr and Mrs Sheppard x

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well, what I say, other than "Thank you" for such a lovely review Kerrie. You have summed up our apartment so well in just a few simple lines, and have managed to capture why we love it so much. Frequently we will ask our guests to come back again. In your case, we absolutely insist, if only because we know that you looked after our apartment so well. It was a real treat having you stay! Thank you. Bruce & Elaine. x
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5

Fantastic apartment in great location with brilliant beaches nearby

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we booked, the owner was absolutely amazing with his communications telling us everything we needed to know ahead of going. This included not only the information about the apartment and driving directions that were spot on, but also what there was to do in the vicinity. The apartment itself more than lived up to the prior reviews and the pictures. It is a beautiful apartment with all mod cons and big rooms, with air con too for when it gets a tad hot.

The owner's attention to detail was further reinforced with a welcome pack and a folder full of great holiday information, which we referred to constantly.

We ate at the apartment five times at night, BBQing three times, and regularly at lunchtimes. We loved sitting on the terrace.

The pool is close by as is Arrifes beach, which is simply stunning and only a few minutes walk away. Our favourite beach was at Gale, as it was shallower with more to do. But there are just so many great beaches it is hard to choose where to go!

The other great thing about the apartment is the proximity of some great restaurants within five minutes walk or less. Margem Sul, Praia Grande and Sardinha, on Arrifes beach, which was the priciest of the three for fresh fish and shellfish. But great service.

We would recommend doing some boat trips from Albufeira marina. The sunset BBQ was brilliant. The sea kayaks were harder work but very rewarding. If you have kids, a trip to Zoomarine is a must.

All in all, this was a brilliant holiday for our family. We will go back and we will go back to the apartment for three weeks. Assuming the owner will allow us of course. :-)

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Alan - We are absolutely delighted that you enjoyed your stay so much, and have taken the time to write in so much detail. We know that our apartment is special for lots of reasons, and you have highlighted many of its benefits so well. Thank you also for your comments about our own communication. We have the benefit of knowing the area well now, and so it is pleasing for us to share our knowledge with you. Finally, the answer is "Yes of course. Stay for 3 weeks next time if you can! You are most welcome back, any time" Best Wishes, Bruce & Elaine Shepherd.
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5

Beautiful relaxing stay in Portugal!

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we arrived we felt settled and comfortable with everything we could possibly need. It was safe, secure and beautifully presented. Both children were happy with all outside space to play in! Happy holiday all round, would definately go back :-)

  • Review Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Jess - Thank you so much for your review. We are delighted with your comments and are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay. The large garden space right on our doorstep does indeed make it just perfect for little ones. We think it's pretty perfect for adults too! Your comments are really helpful and appreciated. And Yes! Do please come back soon! Best wishes, Bruce Shepherd
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Location

From the Owner

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).

Activity and Interests

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!

Availability

Rental rates

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1st Jul/4th Sep 2017
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Apr 2018
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May 2018
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June 2018
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1st July/3rd Sept 2018
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4th/30th Sept 2018
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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable 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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Facilities

From the Owner

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.

Property Type

  • apartment

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

Entertainment

  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...

Suitability

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Location Type

  • beach
  • near the sea
  • resort

Floor Area

  • 85 m²

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.

Outside

  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles

Meals

  • Self-catering

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.......

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