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Air Conditioned Villa On Small Development Set In 24 Acres

Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Villa in Quinta da Saudade, Vale da Parra, Guia, Portugal - 2 Shared Pools, Tennis, Mini-golf, Table Tennis, Horse Riding, Children's Pool And Play Area

Casa Amendoeira is a pretty 2 bedroomed air conditioned villa situated on the privately owned Quinta da Saudade, a mature development occupying 24 acres in a peaceful country setting amongst orange, almond and olive trees about 5 miles west of Albufeira. The Quinta overlooks farmland and the marshes of Pera where there is a wetlands nature reserve and the Salgados golf course is only a few minutes away. The Quinta has two swimming pools one large pool with a separate shallow end for small children and a quieter kidney shaped pool set in gardens near Casa Amendoeira. In addition there is a tennis court, mini golf, petanque, table tennis and a children's play area with its own paddling pool.Horse riding is available on site for experienced and novice riders as well as Carriage Rides for the older person. The original farmhouse has been converted into an independently run bar/restaurant open in the evenings. There is also a poolside bar that serves light meals during the day.

Geraldine Venables
Member since: 2003
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
3 April, 2018

About Geraldine Venables

We live in Hertfordshire with our 5 year old Standard Schnauzer called Tilly. We enjoy walking with our dog especially in our local country park.

We first holidayed in Portugal in the mid eighties when our children were young, we happened to stay at the Quinta for the first time a few years later and fell in love with its unique character. We bought Casa Amendoeira in 1989 and have spent many years lovingly updating it but allowing it to remain quintessentially Portugese. We have seen our children grow up on many holidays there and have made great friends with other families who holiday at the Quinta.

Now our grandchildren are experiencing the Quinta and loving it as much as our children did. It is quite simply our home from home

Geraldine Venables purchased this villa in 1990

What makes this villa unique

Casa Amendoeira has a prime position on the Quinta enjoying not only the best views but easy accessibility to all facilities whilst remaining private and tranquil.

The views to Carlos Beach are unforgettable, one never tires of sitting on the terrace in the evening watching the sunset whilst enjoying a glass of wine. Often you will see the horses returning from their ride to the beach or the Shepherd returning with his herd of goats for the night.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Vale de Parra in Salgados

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Family
  • Holiday Complex
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • En suite bathroom to bedroom 1 with shower wc and wash basin, electric towel rail. Separate bathroom with bath/shower wc and electric towel rail.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 2 bedrooms both with twin beds.Bedroom 1 has an ensuite Shower, WC and Wash Basin. There is plenty of room in the second bedroom for a third bed or cot.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The villa is fully air conditioned and there are room heaters and free standing fans if required. Bed/Cots and highchairs can be rented at extra cost. Outside: The villa has two terraces one leading from the sitting room with table and chairs, parasol, barbecue and sun loungers and a large roof terrace, both have wonderful views across open farmland towards the sea. There are 2 private, shared swimming pools on site and a poolside bar which serves light meals. An independently run bar and restaurant is open in the evenings. Also on site is a tennis court, mini golf, petanque, table tennis and a children's play area with its own paddling pool. Utility Room: Automatic washing machine. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels are provided including beach towels. There is a maid service 3 times a week. The towels are changed twice a week.


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Air Conditioned Villa On Small Development Set In 24 Acres
average rating of 4.888889 based on 9 reviews

Excellent and well located

  • 5 of 5

From the booking right through to arrival this was perfect, and the villa could not be better. There was an Arrival pack, the beds were ready , the air con was on, there was wood for the wood burner, the kitchen has everything you need, and we could sit on the balcony at sunset watching a golden sun set over a nature reserve and the beach. We LOVED it and will be back!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your glowing review we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay it is very much appreciated. We would love to welcome you back to the Quinta in the not too distant future and thank you for recommending our villa to your family and friends. David and Geraldine Venables
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  • 5 of 5

This was our first visit to the quinta.

Firstly, Geradline was exceptionally helpful with the booking process and answering questions - very efficient and we felt we were in good hands! The office staff at the quinta were also very helpful.

The location is idyllic and peaceful yet still within easy reach of busier resorts if that is what you are looking for. We had a car which made it easy to travel around.

The villa itself was immaculate and equipped with all you could wish for and the welcome pack was a lovely touch. Geraldine has provided a good information pack on places to visit/eat and there are also books and dvds available.

We particularly appreciated the wood burning stove in the villa for the cooler evenings since we were visitng late December/early January when the temperature in the mornings and evenings can be chilly. There was also heating in the bedrooms which in the winter months is most welcome.

The view from the villa is outstanding - across the nature reserve and out towards the sea and further along the coast to armaceo de pera. The sunsets were stunning. The sun terrace has plenty room to relax with loungers and patio furniture. From here we also enjoyed watching the horses being trained at the on site stables and heading out/coming back from treks. The terrace also has views to the nature reserve and out to sea. The grounds themselves are immaculate and we enjoyed sitting round the pools in the sunshine - there are two to choose from - (also in pristine condition) . The maid service was excellent - she even set the wood burning stove ready for us to light on our return to the villa after a day exploring!

We certainly hope to return to the villa for a future holiday - we have been lots of holidays to the algarve and this was definitely one of the best places we have stayed. We would most definitely recommend this to friends.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to give us a lovely review, We are so pleased you found everything to your satisfaction and had 2 weeks of sunshine in January, We look forward to welcoming you back again in the near future. David and Geraldine
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Quiet hillside location easy access to attractions

  • 4 of 5

This spacious 2-bed apartment is situated in a peaceful, rural, hillside location within 5 minutes drive from the local beach, in fact most of the Algarve is accessible within an hour's drive -- in the 7 days we visited we went to 7 different beaches all within easy driving from the villa. The apartment has everything you would need for a self-catering holiday, with a lovely care package waiting for us on arrival. As we did most of our planning for the next day from the apartment, it would however benefit from wifi access throughout the apartment (only the far corner of the balcony had very intermittent wifi). There are 2 beautiful and clean pools - after the day at the beach we unwound by the upper pool and basically had it to ourselves.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great holiday, very clean beautiful villa

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time in Guia, Quinta de Saudade was really nice, peaceful place perfect when you've had a day at the beach. The villa itself was immaculate, the cleaners were great they even washed our dirty laundry and hung it all on the line. I recommend the place to anyone with children.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you enjoyed your holiday and your stay at our villa, we look forward to welcoming you back again. We are constantly updating the villa and hope that guests find it a home from home.
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Beautiful & Unique with so much to offer

  • 5 of 5

I had no conception of what to expect when I arranged to stay in this apartment. As soon as the Yellowfish taxi approached the development I was amazed at the incredible views. We bumped along the cobbled roadway which is throughout and arrived at the villa.there are steep steps (with handrails)but once inside it is worth it.A compact kitchen which is well planned with everything one could need,the lounge area has two comfy sofas placed so that one can look through the windows or if it rains watch television.Two twin bedded rooms both with ensuite one with shower the other with a bath and shower facility. There is a downstairs laundry with washing line

outside the front door.There is a maid service and they help with any household request. The outside balcony is larger than one would expect with barbecue at one end and seating for five or more at the other.to say that the view is breathtaking is an understatement.

Looking to the left the sea is in the distance and to the right the stables where the horses take riders out twice a day.(if you are an accomplished rider or novice it is a facility right on the doorstep).

There is a bar and restaurant on site.the bar sells good healthy lunches and in the evening the restaurant serves fabulous meals.the bar in the restaurant,(opening times to be checked) is a lovely place to relax after a hard day of sunbathing..

Talking of sunbathing there are two pools one on the lower part of the development which is perfect for exercise and for those swimming lengths. There is cover provided and loungers.The top pool is oval and also a good size with loungers and umbrellas.Both pool areas have toilet facilities and outside showers.Both pools are surrounded by the beautifully maintained gardens with an abundance of flowering shrubs which are throughout the property.

I would like to stay again in this villa I loved it. Oh I forgot to mention the wildlife reserve area with flamingos and numerous species of birds.the walk along the boardwalk to the long sandy beach with restaurant and bar..just perfect.

I think I would advise hiring a car although the taxi service I found efficient .Also perhaps if you are elderly then you would need someone with you to negotiate the steps as there are quite a few.

As I said at the beginning this is a very unique development and you would be hard pressed to find anything so fab in this area of Portugal.Try it..you won't be disappointed!!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for such a glowing review. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and agree with you it is a completely unique development and we know there is nowhere else like it on the Algarve. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.
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  • 5 of 5

Had a fantastic time, weather was wonderful. So peaceful, gardens are beautiful, very helpful staff and horse riding on the beach to die for.

Cannot wait to go back, our villa was fantastic with everything you need and more.

  • Review Submitted: 09-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you enjoyed your holiday and look forward to welcoming you back again. The Quinta is an oasis on the Algarve there is nowhere else like it that is why we have had a home there for so many years.
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Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
6 Kilometres
Carlos Beach
Car: recommended


The nearest beach about two miles away (less than 5 minutes drive) has long stretches of sand bounded by dunes with a beach bar and is never crowded even in August. Further along the coast are pretty sandy coves, hidden amongst stunning Algarve rocks and cliffs, with clear rock pools to explore.


Faro Airport is 40 minutes away. Hiring a car would be advisable.


Zoo Marine is about 5-10 minute drive and the nearest Water Splash park is approximately 10 minutes drive. Algarve Shopping Centre with its shops, restaurants, cinemas and bowling alley is approximately 5 minutes drive from the Quinta

Further Details:

The fishing towns of Albufeira and Armacao de Pera are about ten minutes drive away with plenty of restaurants, shops, markets and nightlife. Closer to the Quinta is the old village of Guia with numerous inexpensive restaurants where chicken piri-piri is a speciality. Local amenities include golf, water skiing, windsurfing, jet ski, cycling, tennis, walking, horse riding, parascending, aqua park, swimming, bird watching, flora and fauna, sea fishing. There is also good nightlife within 5 minutes drive.

Horse riding is available on site where you can enjoy an hour or two hour ride through the beautiful countryside, sand dunes and local beach. For those less experienced riders lessons are available in the outside school. Hard hats are provided. Carriage rides can be booked for the more mature person


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Vale de Parra, Algarve

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid Season
19 Apr 2018 - 2 May 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Mid Season
3 May 2018 - 23 May 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Mid Season
24 May 2018 - 27 Jun 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
High Season
28 Jun 2018 - 4 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
5 Jul 2018 - 29 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
30 Aug 2018 - 3 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid Season
4 Oct 2018 - 24 Oct 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Low season
25 Oct 2018 - 5 Dec 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Low Season
6 Dec 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Changeover Day:
Thursday during the summer but flexible at other times.
Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds.
November - March heating and logs are charged as extra. We give a 20% discount for a 4 week rental and 30% for 8 weeks, excluding high season.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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