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luxury villa with secluded private heated pool,aircon, WiFi and large games room

Bedrooms 6
Space 3,982 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Villa In Traditional Portuguese Village, Short Drive To Beach Or Golf

Sleeps up to 13 adults ( plus 2 cots ) 6 bedrooms 3 bathrooms, The whole site is walled and gated and is exclusive to the party booking ; nothing is shared. Ask for quote for smaller parties. Air-conditioning to all bedrooms, lounge and annex. The property comprises a 5 bedroom villa with an integral self contained annex with twin bedroom, lounge, kitchen and shower room.. Enclosed 7m x 4m optional heated pool. Large games room. Covered BBQ area with furniture. Roof terrace. 42' plasma screenTV and DVD player.WiFi , 12Mbps broadband , 5 mins walk to the centre of the village where there are several traditional Portuguese bars and restaurants and a very good mini market. 5 mins drive from the ancient castle and town of Castro Marim and the marina town of Vila Real. 10 mins drive from Monte Gordo with all its bars, shops, restaurants and Casino. Only 5 miles to the best beach on the Algarve, Praia Verdi Beach. 10 mins drive to Ayamonte in Spain for a change of pace. There are several golf courses in the area, Castro Marim golf course can be seen from the villa.

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More Details

john harvey matthews
Member since: 2005
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About john harvey matthews

Retired Engineer living near Chester

john harvey matthews purchased this villa in 2012

Why john harvey matthews chose Monte Francisco

The villa is conveniently located for a variety of facilities, and the area offers good value regarding golf and eating out.

Guestbook comments from the owner

My family and I had a fantastic holiday at your villa, and thank you for the continued correspondence leading up to our holiday and during it - it really helped to make our holiday perfect.

Our family of 6 adults and 4 children (aged 2,3 4 and 8) had plenty of room in this spacious villa. Lots of room inside and gorgeous outside spaces to enjoy the lovely weather. The villa was very clean and had absolutely everything you could need, even some lilos for the pool and buckets and spades for trips to the beach. The little village of Monte Francisco is a short stroll away and we would highly recommend the Cacadora restaurant, it provides high quality home cooking at very reasonable prices (and you can get a litre of house red wine for 5euro, which you top up yourself!).

Further away, the castle, fort and chapel at Castro Marim is well worth a visit, just a few minutes drive from the villa. Further down the same road you come to Vila Real San Antonio which has Lidl and a large local supermarket. The Lidl has a fresh fish counter which is excellent.

The nearest beach is at Monte Gordo, about 20mins drive from the villa. The beach is superb and you have a huge choice of restaurants and bars - much more 'touristy'.

If you want the true experience of Portugal, this little village is perfect and the villa is ideal for a large family holiday.

Thank you for a wonderful week, the memories will be with us for a lifetime.
Jun 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Monte Francisco in Castro Marim

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3982 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Shower room 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 6 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • marina
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The villa lounge, annexe and all bedrooms have air-con/heating. There are full size cots and 2 high chair Bedding and towels are changed weekly and the villa is cleaned at the end of stay . Additional laundry and cleaning can be done at extra cost . All towels including pool towels are provided.There are hand held hair driers . There is an ironing board and iron in the annex . The whole site and facilities - pool, games room , orchard etc. is exclusive to the single party making the booking : nothing is shared . Outside: Grounds of approx half acre. 7m x 4m private heated pool with sun loungers. Covered barbecue area with stone furniture. Secluded shaded patio with stone furniture (see photos). 2 roof terraces offering complete privacy. Landscaped gardens. Orchard, normally having oranges, lemons and other fruit available to eat.


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luxury villa with secluded private heated pool,aircon, WiFi and large games room
average rating of 4.2 based on 12 reviews

Lovely luxury villa with games room

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Spent a lovely family holiday here two weeks ago. Our ages ranged from 3 to 64 years. There was plenty of space for us all and the house is very well equipped. The games room offered table tennis, pool and table football and a large fridge freezer which kept our beer nice and cool. The swimming pool proved very popular and we opted for the heated option even though the weather was very warm. This made all the difference for the younger children (and myself). The shady terrace at the front of the villa provided a lovely place to sit at all times of the day. Watch out for the lawn sprinklers early morning or late evening!

The location of the villa is very convenient for the main road between Spain and Portugal. We had no trouble getting there from Faro airport and travelled into Spain several times. The village itself has a small shop, two bars and a Snack bar which has a large restaurant room at the back serving excellent food. I can recommend the fried prawn starter and fish dishes. There are a number of supermarkets and beaches within 15 minutes drive. Praia Verde beach is beautiful and also the town of Monte Gordo which has a lovely beach, great bars and restaurants and amusements which open late evening. Kids and young adults can recommend the "Fun House" there.

This was my first time in Portugal and I thoroughly enjoyed staying in this lovely villa.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am very pleased you enjoyed your holiday and that the villa was a good contributor to it . Many thanks Harvey
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I have now returned from Monte Francisco having enjoyed our holiday but I am sorry to say it was a holiday which would have been more enjoyable had we not experienced the numerous defects and problems of the Villa. I list below these defects and issues.

Curtain rails not secured to the walls and hanging loose

Curtains not fitting

Shower in the upstairs bathroom not fixed to wall

Shower downstairs inadequate, small and dirty with shower head fixing needing repair

Numerous light bulbs blown

Light fitting to the kitchen needing total overall


Numerous light bulbs blown

No electricity socket for the bedside light in the bedroom

Shower screen needing repair

Water boiler making very loud noises(explosions almost)

Sink wastes system leaking and causing strong smell of sewage

Toilet and cistern rocking and insecure


Pool ph value wrong causing irritation to eyes and skin rashes

The sink waste pipes, the light fitting in the kitchen, the replacement of bulbs, the annexe shower screen, the boiler noises and the pool PH values were all eventually corrected by Purple Parrot but I had to make all the phone calls and alter our arrangements over numerous days to be in attendance for these repairs to proceed.

I regret to say the overall standard of the Villa falls well short of our expectations and left us very disappointed particularly with the standard of the Annexe. Indeed had we not bought three air fresheners and had the sink waste repaired the Annexe would be uninhabitable.

I write to you not in anger but to convey my disappointment with the villa. Our holiday was enjoyable but would have been more so had the Villa been up to standard. In view of our experiences I look to you to make a substantial refund in addition to the breakages deposit.

Harry Taylor

  • Review Submitted: 05-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: In this period there was an exodus of the manager and several staff at the same time from the management company. The situation has been dealt with and the villa is now back to its previous standard reflected in the reviews by other guests . Harvey Matthews
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Beautiful villa in fabulous coutryside. Great location.

  • 5 of 5

Villa is lovely, very well stocked with everything you could need and in a great location to explore the area. The welcome pack was a great surprise and just what was needed after a long journey with children, very thoughtful. A car is highly recommended but the roads are relatively quiet and so fine to drive on for anyone who hasn't driven abroard. Beautiful beaches to explore and Praia Verde and Praia Manta Rota are a must. Monte Francisco has a couple a good restaurants, Luipi's had great service and Vila Real de Santo Antonio has great shops and restaurants. Would definitely return.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We - I and the excellent Management Company headed by Debbie - try very hard to give the best possible holiday experience .
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Nice Villa in good location.

  • 4 of 5

With myself and wife plus my two children's families this villa fitted our needs admirably being very comfortable and roomy. Initially we were not sure about the size of the pool but it turned out very well, the children living in it when we were there. Castro Marim is a nice town and we were lucky they had their Medieval Market and Castle experience whilst we were there which was a real bonus. As I said the location is very good in that we were able to visit Seville one day, (Hours drive), a water park another(45 minutes away), and several beaches nearby.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Villa and location

  • 5 of 5

Like Jan Harvey kept in regular contact with us leading up to our holiday, furnishing us with details on everything we needed from how to operate the TV to information and directions to local beaches, restaurants, supermarkets and even details of the local medical centres.

When we arrived at the villa we were met and shown around. There was a welcome pack containing tea, milk, and breakfast items, which was fantastic as we had al travelled very early from the UK, a nice touch. The local agent Debbie was also very attentive during our stay calling to make sure everything was OK.

We were a party of 13 from 2 to 80, the villa and beautiful grounds were spacious enough to cater for all of our needs.

We found the local people extremely friendly and enjoyed a lovely evening a Lupi's restaurant and the local bar as you approach the village.

I would highly recommend staying here and hope to go back again soon

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is always pleasing to hear that I have helped someone to have a successful , enjoyable holiday . Many thanks Harvey
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  • 5 of 5

From the time I contacted Harvey around nine months before our holiday we were in regular contact, a lovely man with a lovely villa, the villa itself was very well equipped with everything you needed ample space lovely pool great views and very well kept. Purple Parrot the agents in Portugal were very helpful and kept you well informed with everything you needed to know, the local village 5 minute walk away has a small shop with fresh bread cold meats and most of your daily needs.The nearest beach is around 15 mins drive away with plenty of bars and restaurants ( beautiful ) Monte Gordo the bigger town has even more bars and restaurants and a lot more lively and busy. I would recommend this villa if you want peace and relaxation with a livelierlife scene not far away.I have already reserved my weeks for next year that has got to be a good recommendation.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
250 Metres
Nearest Ferry
4 Kilometres
Villa Real
Nearest Golf
2 Kilometres
Castro Marim Golf Club
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Villa Real
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
250 Metres
Nearest Beach
6 Kilometres
Monte Gordo
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

On the outskirts of Vila Real de Santo Antonio (approx 5 minutes drive) there is a municiple Sports Complex which is one of the most highly regarded centres in Europe. The complex is a high performance training centre and it is recognised by the Portuguese Olympic Committee as an Official Training Centre. Aside from athletics it is also a tennis club.


This part of Algarve coast enjoys long sandy beaches. Between Tavira (30km West) and Monte Gordo (6km S/E) there are 5 blue flag beaches. The fantastic soft sandy beach of Praia Verde is less than 10 mins drive from the Villa. Car parking, beachside restaurants and bars all present. Villa Real, less than 10 minutes away has a wonderful marina.

Just over the border, (Ayamonte is 10 minutes drive) are the beautiful unspoilt beaches of Isla Canela.


Car hire is recommended, although there are taxis available from village/locally. Faro Airport is 40 mins drive, Seville Airport 80 mins drive. Airport pickup is available if required. There is also a rail service from Faro to Villa Real, costing less than 5 Euro per person. Taxi from Villa Real station to the villa is approx 8 euro.


5 minute walk into local village. 5 minute drive to the ancient town and castle of Castro Marim. 5 minute drive (can be walked) to the new clubhouse at Castro Marim golf course which has a fine restaurant. 10 minute drive to the marina town of Villa Real. 10 minute drive to Monte Gordo. 10 minute drive to Ayamonte, Spain. 20 minute drive to Tavira. 40 minute drive to Faro.

Further Details:

There are 4 Water Parks and 2 Theme Parks along the Algarve all within 1 hours drive, Zoomarine and Villamoura water parks approx 45 mins. The villa itself is close to a huge nature reserve which has designated nature trails and bird watching facilities. There are lots of locations offering organised activities, such as horse riding or 4X4 'Safaris', within easy driving distance. For those of you who enjoy a night out on the town the nearby Monte Gordo and Ayamonte (Spain) offers lots of bars, restaurants and clubs as well as featuring a great casino complete with nightly live shows for a really great night out. Tavira, about a 20 min drive, is really worth a visit.

The old passenger ferry between Vila Real and Ayamonte, (approx 2 Euro) is worth a trip, it lands within a two minute walk away from Ayamonte's central square with all its surounding cafe/bars and shops. There are also river trips from Vila Real up the Guadiana to Alcoutim.

There are mini-marts (corner shop style) in the village as well as several bars/cafes/restaurants, mostly less than 5 mins walk away. For proper supermarkets, Banks etc Castro Marim and Villa Real are a short drive away. Directions in the villa to the best local supermarkets will be supplied.

There is free internet access available at Castro Marim (in a small square opposite Caixa Geral De Depositos bank) and Vila Real (behind block furthest away from marina in square) in council operated internet shops. There is also an internet cafe at Monte Gordo, its one of the first shops you come to on the beach front when travelling from Vila Real. But if you have a laptop which has Wi Fi, it will work anywhere in the square at Vila Real. It costs 5 euros for 1 hour, but they only accept Visa credit cards.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £275
Damage Deposit £250

Smaller groups are offered a discount out of peak season. Also bookings of less than 7 days are available out of high season.

The list prices are in pounds sterling and include all facilities,( except pool heating which costs £100 pw outside the peak season )
All facilities are exclusive to the single party making the booking. I e Annex , games room , orchards with fruit for eating , air-con, pool, WiFi , unlimited broadband , T V etc. -- nothing is shared and is irrespective of how small the party may be .
POOL HEATING - As this is not always needed or wanted it is priced at £100pw out of season
The only other additional costs are the agents booking fee( variable ) and the £250 refundable damage deposit which is refunded within one week of departure and are itemised in the quotation
There is a built in discount for a booking of two weeks or more and is also available for small parties , or , those not requiring pool heating.
A deposit of 25% will secure the booking : the balance is due 45 days before the holiday .
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before the holiday.
50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before the holiday
CLEANING is done between bookings . Additional cleaning is available for a fee eg .during longer bookings .
LAUNDRY changes are done weekly.
CHANGE-OVER DAY is Saturday ( flexible except during peak period )
ACCESS after 4 pm DEPARTURE by 10 00am( Flexible if no adjacent booking by arrangement
with the management company )
Note :- There is a gate at the far side of the path across our orchard linking the villa with next door . This is for use solely by service personnel or in the event that a very large party books both villas ( single booking )

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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