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Spacious air-conditioned apartment communal pool and close to beach

Bedrooms 2
Space 968 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 30 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Parking


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps up to 5 people free unlimited Wi-fi

This tastefully furnished, spacious, ground floor apartment is situated in a quiet cul-de-sac in the highly desirable Sao Rafael village and is set in several acres of mature tropical gardens with a large communal pool and separate children’s pool. The complex is a short walk from the wonderful Algarve coastline with easy beach access, and 5 minutes drive from Albufeira and about 20 minutes walk from the marina.

Just 35 minutes from Faro Airport, Sao Rafael is ideally placed to explore the beautiful beaches and many places of interest in the area.

Offering 2 generously proportioned,air-conditioned bedrooms, 1 with a double bed and the second with twin beds and space for a third, both have large built in wardrobes.

The lounge-dinning room has 2 comfortable sofas,coffee and lamp tables, LCD TV, fireplace, dinning table table and chairs,sliding doors to covered terrace with patio table and chairs.

Modern,well equpped kitchen, with generous fridge/freezer,halogen hob,combi microwave and washing machine etc.

All lined provided except pool/beach towels.

The property is very well maintained, newly decorated and stylishly furnished with the added benifit of free Wi-Fi and TV via broadband providing Uk programms and a vast choice of sport and film channels.

Parking is available adjacent to the apartment and it is just a few seconds walk from the communal pool.Having both hot and cool air con the property is suitable for long term stays in the cooler winter months and very attractive long term rates are offered for out of season bookings, from € 750 per month.

More Details
Registration Number : 291-AL-2013

Steve Willsher
Member since: 2007
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 May, 2018

About Steve Willsher

I re-located to the Algarve full time in October 2000.Having lived in west Cornwall for 16 years I was ready for a change and some sunshine! I run a boarding kennels and cattery near Faro and have very little free time but still enjoy meeting new people and ,of course their animals.

Steve Willsher purchased this apartment in 2004

Why Steve Willsher chose Sesmarias

When I decided to buy another property I spent a long time looking at all areas around the Algarve.Areas west of Portimao I thought were too far from the airport,over an hours drive.So somewhere within a 45 min drive was essential.Albufeira is the most well known tourist area in the Algarve,but I did´nt want to been right in the middle of the town, close proximity to the beach was also important-if you have to drive there you also have to try and find a parking space! not always easy in August.

I found Sao Rafael by accident,a client of mine had a friend who wanted to sell his apartment so I went to look and bought it on the spot!

What makes this apartment unique

The condominium has the appearance of a small village, cobbled paths meander through the beautiful tropcal gardens,all the aparments are low-rise,none more than 3 floors there is plenty of green open space.It is a very tranquil and peaceful place to stay,when I do get the chance to get away and stay there for 2 or 3 days I feel like I have had a real break even though I live here. The apartment is very well proportioned all the rooms are spacious , it has the benifit of a seperate kitchen and a big covered terrace.The communal pool is huge and has lovely sun terraces and lawns around it and of course it´s just 5 mins walk from the superb Sao Rafael beach with it´s wonderfull rock formations.In all I think this condominium is one of the best in the Algarve.......I´ve yet to see one I prefer!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Sesmarias in Albufeira

Property Type:
  • apartment (semi-detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 968 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 24
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • resort
  • town
  • Family
  • Holiday Complex
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Newly refurbished with large walk-in shower, vanitory unit with storage below and mirror above,W:C,heated towel rail,shaver point.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 1: double bed, bed side tables, table lamps large wall mirror,built-in triple wardrobe, large chest of drawers,chair . Air con. Bedroom 2: twin beds, chest of drawers, built-in double wardrobe and dressing table,chair and stool,wall mirror bedside lamps. Air con. (1fold up single bed is available if required).
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • bay
  • marina
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Kitchen: Newly fitted units, electric hob, fridge-freezer, washing machine, microwave combination oven with grill, kettle and toaster, breakfast bar and stools. Living room. Bright spacious room with corner fireplace , 2 comfortable black leather sofas,side table coffee table and table lamps.dining suite .TV via broadband and wi fi with English programs DVD player. PortugueseT.V. Patio door’s to south facing terrace with table and 6 chairs, access to garden.


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(22 traveller reviews)

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Spacious air-conditioned apartment communal pool and close to beach
average rating of 4.681818 based on 22 reviews
Muscat, Oman

Beautiful apartment, very clean and well maintained.

  • 5 of 5

Loved this apartment! The owner was very thoughtful and left a bottle of champagne for my husband and I to congratulate us on our wedding day which we had in Portugal that week.

The apartment itself is of a very high standard with a comfortable double bed. All of the essentials and more were provided. The WiFi is excellent and had no problems with multiple devices connected.

The property is located extremely close to the Sao Rafael beach but I would advise a car if you were looking to go into Old town or the surrounding areas.

I got ready here on the morning of my wedding and the apartment was spacious enough to accommodate bridesmaids, hairdressers and make up artists.

Very pleased with our stay here and would highly recommend it to anyone. If we return for our anniversary I will be contacting Steve.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Well fitted out, spacious accommodation, great location and accommodating owner / its all you need!

  • 5 of 5

This is our fifth trip to Portugal and this has been a real gem of a find, the location is great - easy to find from the directions and close to pretty much everything we wanted to do. The owner (Steve) was very helpful throughout and we were lucky enough to be on an early fight and Steve kindly allowed us early entry without any fuss. The pool is lovely too, we only used this once as the property is so close to the beach (always a preference) and has easy access to the A22 to travel further afield. Be warned that to use the pool you can go anytime it's open, but to get beds, you'll need to be there early (9am latest) and although there is a policy regarding reservation of sun beds, this was obviously easy to overcome and exploit! There are numerous good local beaches all within easy walking distance and there are some lovely places to eat too, of which our favourite was the Praia Grande Restaurant and Bar. Personal service and great food!

Air-con was very useful - especially when daytime temperatures had been 38-39 C!

Well stocked and kitted out - we used the kitchen mainly for the fridge but did cook a couple of meals too and this contained everything you could need.

Apartment was quiet and well sound proofed and thouroughly well kitted out with tech - again we didn't use any of that as we spent most time out and about, but great if you want to stay in or keep kids amused with TV.

All in all a great stay and location, we love Portugal and having a lovely place to use as our base was very important to us / we are confident that you'll enjoy your time here if you choose to stay :)

Thanks very much Steve.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fabulous apartment

  • 5 of 5

Great apartment just a 5 min walk to the beach. A number of restaurants in walking distance but would recommend a car for supermarket and day trips. Apartment very well equipped, it had everything you could need, even children's beach toys and beach tent. The bedrooms were a good size with plenty of drawers and wardrobe space. The fold up bed for my little girl was great. Steve was great from start to finish, would definitely stay again.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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There is nothing at all that I could faul.t about Steve's house. It really is a home away from home.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed Sao Rafael area and Steve's place is in a great location very near to albufeira. All facilities were available at Steves. The beach nearby is beautiful. The restaurant there is that little bit more upmarket than the norm. Sunbeds are 16euro for two plus the shade. The Atlantico hotel across the way is beautiful... worth taking a walk around in there 😁? Steve had a basket of water toys eg. Bucket and spade, a blown up floating seat, rackets and ball, snorkles... so it was nice to avail of these for our daughter. Beware though, we were not allowed to use the floating seat and the ball in the pool... the management are fairly strict about it unfortunately.

Thanks Steve for the use of your fab house. We loved having breakfast on the veranda and i was thankful of the air con needed at times during the night!

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Good location and a very good sized apartment for the money.

  • 3 of 5

A really enjoyable place for a quiet family holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Convenient but quiet

  • 5 of 5

Steves place was excellent with everything we needed. Close to the beach yet sufficently close the the city and close to the highway exits for our day trips. Steve was an excellent host as we had a slight problem with the sink the fist day and he quickly arrived to fix it. Overall a great experience

  • Review Submitted: 24-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
8 Kilometres
A22 exit 13
Car: not necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Sesmarias, Algarve

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
early summer
30 Apr 2018 - 3 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
4 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
mid summer
1 Jul 2018 - 14 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
high season
15 Jul 2018 - 2 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
late summer
3 Sep 2018 - 22 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
23 Sep 2018 - 21 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
long let min 1 month
22 Oct 2018 - 30 Mar 2019
30 night minimum stay
for 30 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £43.7

25% deposit payable on booking and balance payable 28 day´s before holiday.
Part week bookings are available ,please contact me for more information.
Long term winter let( minimum of 1 month stay ) from € 775, this price includes water and electricity but not weekly maid service.Ample linen and towels are provided and the is a washing machine and vacuum cleaner.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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