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Location, Location, Location!

Overview

Property

Updated: 28-Jul-2016
Villa in Meia Praia, Lagos, Algarve, Portugal - Sea Views, Walking Distance to Beach and Marina, 5 Min Drive to Golf

Villa Alcara has been finished to the very highest standards with designer furniture, luxury bathrooms and Italian tiled floors. In a wonderful location within easy walking distance of Meia Praia beach and the pretty marina town of Lagos. The sitting/dining area of Villa Alcara has sea views, and leads out onto a furnished patio with 10x4m heated swimming pool, and landscaped gardens. The master bedroom suite occupies the entire first floor and is simply stunning, with own sitting area, TV, luxurious bathroom and private terrace with sea views. On the ground floor are a further 4 bedrooms (2 with sea view) 3 bathrooms, and separate WC. On the lower ground floor is the huge " chill out" area with sofas, TV, Playstation, pool table, table tennis,and has direct access to the outside area and pool. There are also a further two single beds on this floor, in a separate area, privately screened off . Fresh air system/aircondioning and underfloor heating is installed though out the villa. Wireless internet provided. The villa would be the perfect luxury holiday for a large family, 2 families sharing, or a mixed group of friends.

More Details
  • Sleeps 12
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I live in Shropshire with my husband, two teenage children and two border terriers. As a family we are keen on the outdoors, especially walking, golfing and skiing. We discovered Lagos, fell in love with it and bought an apartment near the marina. When the opportunity came up to acquire a plot of land in Lagos in a fantastic location,we decided to go for it and build our ideal second home. We intend to rent this villa out for the next few years, and after that, semi retire there for the winters, working on our golf handicaps!

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Speaks English, French, German

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have stayed at Villa Alcara twice in the last six months; we have nothing but praise for this property. It is very well equiped to the highest standard and specification, and oozes quality, but delivers amazing comfort. There is so much space, inside and out - the beauty of the property is you can take the inside out, and when the weather is not as kind there is the games room (pool and table tennis), TVs in most rooms, and a great music system - with plenty of space to relax!! The heated swimming pool is fab, and in very hot weather is a welcome relief. The terrace area around the pool gets sun all day long, and the outside table and chairs serves for breakfasts in the morning sun, lunches in the heat of the afternoon; and dinner and supper in the Algarve evenings. There is a gas barbecue, that is so easy to use................but it is hard not to use the kitchen. The kitchen is brilliant, and makes it easy to want to stay in and cook - it has all mod cons (a new coffee machine for 2012!!), and is so spacious that the old saying "Too many cooks!" does not apply. The cleanliness/maintenance is top drawer, and the owner has high standards, and her management team are so helpful. They spend so much time explaining about the villa and the Lagos area - but there is some very good information in the villa re restaurants, shops etc. The location of the villa is perfect, it is a short walk to the wonderful Lagos marina (5 minutes), with a further 5 minutes to the centre of Lagos. The villa is not overlooked and the area is so peaceful, that you will find it difficult to leave the villa. There are some excellent restaurants on the marina, and as you would expect in a fishing town there are many fantastic fish restaurants in the centre of Lagos. The supermarket "Pingo Doce" is literally a five minute walk, two minute drive from the villa, and is stocked with fresh fruit and veg, amazing fish and meat counters and of course copious supplies of wine. We had an amazing time in Villa Alcara, the villa is so relaxing, spacious and comfortable, you will quickly feel at home here. The owner is very good to deal with, and is keen to ensure everything delivers premium quality for her guests. You will adore the property........... The size of the villa makes it a very versatile property, it could be used for a big family holiday, for a girlie get together, a romantic break for couples or tourists who want a base to explore the Algarve.
Mar 2012
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7 Reviews

5
based on 7 holidaymaker reviews

5

Most amazing property

  • 5 of 5

This is the most amazing property I have rented from owners direct. The villa was immaculate with all mod cons and high quality equipment. There were only 6 in our party but we all had a double room with a bathroom each. The double room upstairs with its own bathroom, sitting room and veranda with sun loungers and table and chairs was perfect for us to escape from the rest of the party. The games room was perfect to keep the boys entertained despite some of them being more men than boys.Rosa, our contact in portugall was amazing, sorting out any problems immediately and giving us advice on the area, restaurants, trips etc. I would just like to thank Anna for allowing us the use of her fabulous villa and for all her help. The process of renting from her was so easy and she responded promptly to all our e mails. Cant wait to go back

Agnes from Ireland

  • Review Submitted: Nov 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful Villa - very well maintained.

  • 5 of 5

A lovely Villa, exactly as it's pictured and described - beautifully maintained. Easy walking distance to the Marina and into the Old Town - probably 10-15 minute walk. Nearest beach 5 minutes. Recommend walking to the local main supermarket - about 20 minutes - and getting a cab back with the shopping and in a 2 week stay we only resorted to 2 "big" shops.

The owner, Anna, was very helpful throughout the booking process providing us with advice and quick to respond to Emails with queries. Her on-sight Manager, Eric (or Erik?!) was lovely - the property is extremely well maintained. There were 8 of us in our party, and the Villa was plenty big enough for us all. Games room downstairs was a hit with the 4 boys - and 2 Dads in the party! Kitchen is lovely - but as we're on holiday the only "cooking" we did was on the outdoor BBQ.

Would recommend this as a beautiful place to relax in - the upstairs balcony from the master bedroom was a place where Mum & Dad escaped from the kids to read in peace.

Thank you Anna for letting us use your Villa - we really enjoyed the holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 1, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

A stunning villa in a superb location.

  • 5 of 5

Three generations of us met up at Villa Alcara for a family celebration and we couldn't have chosen a better venue. The villa bettered its description in many ways, was spotless and well presented. The heated pool and games room entertained the younger members of our group which meant we all had a relaxing week. Everything we needed was within walking distance and there is plenty to see and do in Lagos. The owner was a pleasure to deal with and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend this villa to anyone seeking a luxurious break.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Fabulous home, location, owners and managers!

  • 5 of 5

Our family (2 adults, 3 young kids) along with grandparents had a wonderful holiday at your home. The home is gorgeous, everything high standard, but not impossible at all with children. The area is fantastic, and so are Anna and team - truly making every effort that our stay was sensational.

We have stayed in many high end spots, and this did not disappoint! Would recommend without hesitation.

Wish I could write more!!

Thanks again Anna!

Kim

  • Review Submitted: Jun 5, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Preston, Lancashire, England
5

Five Star Luxury!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at Villa Alcara twice in the last six months; we have nothing but praise for this property. It is very well equiped to the highest standard and specification, and oozes quality, but delivers amazing comfort.

There is so much space, inside and out - the beauty of the property is you can take the inside out, and when the weather is not as kind there is the games room (pool and table tennis), TVs in most rooms, and a great music system - with plenty of space to relax!!

The heated swimming pool is fab, and in very hot weather is a welcome relief. The terrace area around the pool gets sun all day long, and the outside table and chairs serves for breakfasts in the morning sun, lunches in the heat of the afternoon; and dinner and supper in the Algarve evenings. There is a gas barbecue, that is so easy to use................but it is hard not to use the kitchen. The kitchen is brilliant, and makes it easy to want to stay in and cook - it has all mod cons (a new coffee machine for 2012!!), and is so spacious that the old saying "Too many cooks!" does not apply.

The cleanliness/maintenance is top drawer, and the owner has high standards, and her management team are so helpful. They spend so much time explaining about the villa and the Lagos area - but there is some very good information in the villa re restaurants, shops etc.

The location of the villa is perfect, it is a short walk to the wonderful Lagos marina (5 minutes), with a further 5 minutes to the centre of Lagos. The villa is not overlooked and the area is so peaceful, that you will find it difficult to leave the villa.

There are some excellent restaurants on the marina, and as you would expect in a fishing town there are many fantastic fish restaurants in the centre of Lagos. The supermarket "Pingo Doce" is literally a five minute walk, two minute drive from the villa, and is stocked with fresh fruit and veg, amazing fish and meat counters and of course copious supplies of wine.

We had an amazing time in Villa Alcara, the villa is so relaxing, spacious and comfortable, you will quickly feel at home here. The owner is very good to deal with, and is keen to ensure everything delivers premium quality for her guests. You will adore the property...........

The size of the villa makes it a very versatile property, it could be used for a big family holiday, for a girlie get together, a romantic break for couples or tourists who want a base to explore the Algarve.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 7, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a lovely review....I could not have written a better one myself!!! Seriously, we are delighted that you have so much enjoyed staying at our villa. It is very gratifying when guests like the villa so much that they re book a second holiday.
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5

It looks great, but it's even better than that!

  • 5 of 5

Just got back from our week in Lagos staying at your wonderful villa. I have nothing but praise; the holiday in every aspect was splendid. I realise you have no influence on the weather but even that was fab for the time of year! Location, views, privacy and spotless presentation, it’s got it all.

You were so kind to leave all the information about which restaurants are in the ascendency and which might better be avoided. I’m pleased to report they all ‘came up trumps’. Your descriptions accurately matched each establishment, the most surprising being the Bom Pecado fish restaurant just 3 minutes walk away....utterly wonderful....fresh fish....value for money....atmosphere... and most importantly, one we would have MISSED if we hadn’t been given the ‘knowledge’.

The villa was immaculate. We spent hours looking at different options but something about the pictures on your website made us feel the property was under the stewardship of somebody who likes to do things properly. And so it turned out. I wish I could think of some imperfection to so that my review is more ‘believable’....but even my wife(!) couldn’t pick fault with anything (and we are breaking new ground here).

So, all in all, thank you for everything. Our holiday was transformed into a ‘week never to be forgotten’ thanks to all the personal touches that set you holiday home apart from the myriads of others. We are so glad we found you! I give you 5 Stars because there aren’t 6!

There is one downside. I’ve been instructed that we’re having the kitchen refitted and a new bathroom at home. She was quite happy before she saw yours!

JMA Cambridge

  • Review Submitted: Feb 14, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

From the Owner

It is important for us (well all of us except my daughter!) that a holiday offers more than just lying by a beach or pool. When we found Lagos we agreed that we had stumbled upon the perfect holiday destination.....there is just so much to do. The golden beaches stretch for miles, there are lots of great restaurants, hidden coves, and interesting walks.Plus a huge range of quality golf courses. Lagos has a lovely marina and a myriad of pretty cobbled streets and small shops to explore, and the Portuguese locals are absolutely delightful, warm and welcoming.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Faro at 85 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Lagos Marina at 0.5 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Palmares at 2 Kilometres Nearest Train : Lagos at 0.5 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Bom Pecado at 0.2 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Meia Praia at 0.2 Kilometres Car: not necessary

Special interest holidays:

Regular organised walks take place locally. We are able to give details on these, and help book these if required.

Coast/Beach:

We are within easy walking distance 6 miles of beautiful golden sand at Meia Praia, which also has lovely beach bars and restaurants. Water sports are also available on the beach, and these too are within walking distance.

A little further afield (5 minutes by car, 20 minutes on foot) is Praia Dona Ana, one of the most famous beaches in the Algarve.

There are many other pretty beaches nearby, on which we can provide information, according to your particular interests.

Travel:

A car is not essential.

Faro is the nearest airport, about 50 minutes to 1 hour away by car (depending on how quickly you drive!)

Lisbon is about 3 hours drive and Seville is about 2 1/2 hours drive.

A train service also runs from Faro and Lisbon, to Lagos. The Lagos railway station is about a 10 minute walk away.

Distances:

10 minutes walk to beach.

10 minute walk to marina.

10 minute walk to Lagos town.

Further Details:

There is a lovely spa with sauna, steam room, indoor swimming pool and jacuzzi within a 5 minute walk. Outdoor tennis courts are also nearby

Lagos has a huge selection of wonderful restaurants: seafood, Italian, French, Thai, etc. We have eaten at many of them and have supplied a list of our tried and trusted favourites (all within walking distance of the villa). All necessary amenities, such as banks, supermarkets, doctors surgery, hospital, shops, opticians are within easy reach.Further Details:

This property adheres to all the legal requirements and safety regulations for rental purposes and has been granted the ' Alojamento Local' license. We have a complaints book.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
October to December
29 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
£1,650
for 7 nights
£1,650
 
 
christmas and New Year
17 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,850
for 7 nights
£1,850
 
 
January to March
8 Jan 2017 - 17 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
£1,750
for 7 nights
£1,750
 
 
March to May
18 Mar 2017 - 12 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,550
for 7 nights
£2,550
 
 
May to June
13 May 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£3,100
for 7 nights
£3,100
 
 
June to September
24 Jun 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£3,950
for 7 nights
£3,950
 
 
September to October
9 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,950
for 7 nights
£2,950
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £500

Changeover Day:
Normal changeover day is Saturday, but this can be flexible depending on the season, and length of rental. The villa will be ready at latest from 4.30pm, and we ask that it is vacated by 10am on the day of departure.
Security deposit of £500 required before occupancy, and will be returned shortly after the end of the holiday

A 30% deposit is required to secure the via, with the balance payable 8 weeks before the start of the holiday .

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

From the Owner

The great thing about our villa is that it is so unique to find such a large villa, within easy walking distance of the beach, marina, town and restaurants. And it is on a quiet cul de sac with only a handful of other houses. The chillout area is a fantastic space (and even bigger than it looks in the photos.) We wish we had one in England, where we could banish the children!! We have a lovely lady (Rosa) who looks after the villa and our guests, so personal attention at all times is guaranteed. Palmares Golf course has just opened after having been re-designed by Robert Trent Jones junior. It is amazing. If you are a golfer, you must try it. We think it is going to be considered the best course in the Algarve. The good news is, it is just a 5 minute drive away!

Property Type

  • villa

Theme

  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Location Type

  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • town
  • village

Attractions

  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 285 m²

Bathrooms

  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Master bathroom - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure, Full bath and large separate shower
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Master bath: separate bath, walk-in shower, double basin, wc. Family bathroom: separate bath, shower, 2 basins, wc. 2 en-suite bathrooms: Jacuzzi showers, 2 basins, granite tops, wc/bidet. Separate wc. All luxury Villeroy Boch, Grohe etc

Bedrooms

  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed, En suite bathroom
  • Master - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, En suite. Extra bed and cot possible in this room.
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, En suite
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, Cot or extra bed available
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, Cot or put me up bed possible in this room
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 12 (5 Bedrooms, plus 2 beds in chill out) Notes on bedrooms: Master suite with king size bed, sea view,sitting area,sky TV Bedroom 2, king size bed, sea view Bedroom 3 double bed, sea view Bedroom 4 king size bed Bedroom 5 king size bed 2 x single beds (if required) on lower ground floor

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 bicycles

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: All beds are quality 'tempur' style memory foam, wonderfully comfortable, and perfect for bad backs! German built 'fresh air' system, with added air conditioning, throughout. Bedlinen is high quality 100% cotton. Every attention has been paid to the smallest detail, to make the villa superbly comfortable. It is possible to arrange for two single beds on the lower ground floor. Ours is a is a non-smoking villa. Please ask for further details if they are required. The large swimming pool does not have a shallow end, so the property would unfortunately be unsuitable for very young children, or those who are not competent swimmers. Outside: The villa has a private terrace, with heated swimming pool (10x4m), outside shower and sun loungers. We also have an outside dining table with chairs, and a gas BBQ. The garden is delightfully landscaped, and we especially love our olive tree! Utility Room: Separate utility area on lower ground floor with Miele washing machine, Miele tumble dryer, sink unit, ironing board, steam iron and airer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bath towels, pool towels and bed linen are included. Guests must bring their own beach towels. Midweek towel change included. A full linen change with interim clean at the end of the first week is provided for guests staying for 2 weeks or longer. Other: Wood burner in sitting room.Wireless broadband. Lower floor huge chill out area with pool table, table tennis, 2 sofas, TV, DVD, Playstation, drinks fridge. 2 x single beds if required. There is a secure garage with room to store golf clubs.

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