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Detached Villa with South Facing Private Pool and Panoramic Sea Views

Overview

Property

Updated: 26-Nov-2016
Praia da Luz, Algarve, Portugal - Quiet, residential location just 10mins walk to town centre and beautiful beach

Spacious, well equipped, detached villa full of character. Downstairs, four airy bedrooms each with bathroom/shower room (3 ensuite) and two with patio doors onto private pool (8m x 4m) and pretty garden all south-facing. Interesting layout with curving corridor and stairs up to large horseshoe-shaped lounge/dining room with 2 separate seating areas and two dining spaces onto south-facing terrace (panoramic views of sea, cliffs and also Lagos and Monchique mountains in the distance) with comfortable rattan outdoor dining furniture. BBQ. Large, fully equipped kitchen with table/chairs. Non-smoking, no pets environment. TV, Wi-Fi. Private off-road parking for up to 3 cars.

Licensed by Local Authority (AL)

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We are Louise and Simon Hudson - I'm a travel writer and he's a Professor of Tourism, researcher and author. We're both British but currently live in South Carolina. Having travelled the world as beach-seekers, we decided that Portugal had the best combination of gorgeous unspoilt beaches, laidback lifestyle, great food, affordable prices and very friendly people. We bought our villa in Feb 2015 after visiting Praia da Luz a few years ago on a house-hunting mission. We already had several groups of friends with properties there, so we knew it was going to be the right location for us. We have 2 grown sons, one working in the USA, the other at university in Canada and they both love spending family vacations at the villa. Although it was already a charming and comfortable villa when we bought it, we spent two months re-painting and re-furnishing it to make sure it has every facility for the perfect villa holiday. Every time we visit we make extra finishing touches to give it a light, airy, cheerful and comfortable vibe.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

This is our first time renting our villa. We just bought it in February 2015 and will be staying there ourselves for a couple of months every year. This May and June, we plan to re-paint the exterior and re-furnish so we will be updating the photos soon. We will post guest testimonials as soon as we have some.
Feb 2015
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9 Reviews

5
based on 9 holidaymaker reviews

5

Just Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

This was the 2nd time I've stayed at the property - once with family and this time with a small group of friends. It is perfect for exactly what we wanted which was a relaxing week in the sunshine. The villa has everything you need and is only a cheap taxi away from the main area of Lagos and walking distance from the beach in Luz. Would highly recommend to anyone wanting to enjoy Portugal in a traditional setting.

Will be returning again soon!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I love hearing about my guests' experiences in our gorgeous villa - even if it makes me jealous!! So happy that you had such a wonderful time and plan to come back soon. Remember, I give a £50 discount to repeat visitors.
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5

Spacious and gorgeous

  • 5 of 5

The villa is perfect for a group. Four good sized bedrooms, 2 with patio doors opening to the poolside and 3 have ensuite bathrooms.

Lots of eating space and sofa space for relaxing. Lovely balcony with stunning sea and hill views!

The kitchen is well equipped and has everything you need. The villa is cleaned and fresh towels left mid week. Pool towels are also provided which is very useful.

The villa is about a 15-20 minute walk to the beach at a steady pace but be warned, the incline is rather steep!

Lovely stay. Beautiful villa which is reasonably priced. Highly recommended

☀️😃

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you loved it and enjoyed your reunion with your family from overseas at our villa! All the best, Louise
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5

Home from Home Experience - And a LOT More!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this property in August 2015 and boy did we have an amazing time. The property is situated right at the top of the hill in Pria Da Luz and offers great views of the nearby sea and cliffs.

The dining room has an extendable table to cater for up to 10 people.

Views from the balcony are pretty, calming and serene. Balcony is equipped with a clever piece of foldable furniture which extends to seat up to 8 people and can be folded back into a cube! We had breakfast on the balcony each morning and it was an amazing experience!

The property itself has more mod cons than we expected. There is a smart TV with set top boxes and satellite connections which offer you plenty of entertainment options after dark. The Wifi offers pretty good speed and connectivity.

There is a detailed information booklet upstairs to let you know about the property, its surroundings, the local area, its attractions, restaurants, bars pubs and so on. It is definitely worth a read as it offers some valuable information.

The beach is about 15 minutes walk or 5 minutes drive away. There is a Spar supermarket on way to the beach. We did most of our shopping at Spar, it was reasonably priced and convenient. a couple of minutes' walk from Spar are the local businesses and restaurants etc. There is a lot of activity around the beach area. There is a car/motorbike rental place near the beach which also offers airport transfers.

Now the most important bit... The owners and the property managers!

Louise, the owner of this property is certainly the most considerate and contientious I've ever come across. We were contacted prior to our arrival with detailed turn-by-turn instructions to get to the property from Faro airport. The owner also gave us the option to have food essentials (bread, milk, eggs etc.) available on our arrival. On departure day we were given additional time (5 added hours at no extra cost) to leave for our 7pm flight.

Our deposit was rturned promptly.

On departure I mistakenly left about £250 in foreign currency at the property. I notified Louise who very kindly got in touch with Clara, the estate manager who went to the property with maids to search for the money and on finding it, sent it back to me at once.

We are just so smitten by our overall experience we are already talking about going back there next summer.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had such a fabulous time. And I am always happy to help in any way I can so my guests have a wonderful stay. I love our villa and also the village and area and I always hope to pass that enthusiasm on to our guests. We would love to have you back again next year - but do book soon as we already have 6 weeks booked during the peak period. Thanks again for your lovely review - Louise
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Home from Home Experience - And a LOT More!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this property in August 2015 and boy did we have an amazing time. The property is situated right at the top of the hill in Pria Da Luz and offers great views of the nearby sea and cliffs.

The dining room has an extendable table to cater for up to 10 people.

Views from the balcony are pretty, calming and serene. Balcony is equipped with a clever piece of foldable furniture which extends to seat up to 8 people and can be folded back into a cube! We had breakfast on the balcony each morning and it was an amazing experience!

The property itself has more mod cons than we expected. There is a smart TV with set top boxes and satellite connections which offer you plenty of entertainment options after dark. The Wifi offers pretty good speed and connectivity.

There is a detailed information booklet upstairs to let you know about the property, its surroundings, the local area, its attractions, restaurants, bars pubs and so on. It is definitely worth a read as it offers some valuable information.

The beach is about 15 minutes walk or 5 minutes drive away. There is a Spar supermarket on way to the beach. We did most of our shopping at Spar, it was reasonably priced and convenient. a couple of minutes' walk from Spar are the local businesses and restaurants etc. There is a lot of activity around the beach area. There is a car/motorbike rental place near the beach which also offers airport transfers.

Now the most important bit... The owners and the property managers!

Louise, the owner of this property is certainly the most considerate and contientious I've ever come across. We were contacted prior to our arrival with detailed turn-by-turn instructions to get to the property from Faro airport. The owner also gave us the option to have food essentials (bread, milk, eggs etc.) available on our arrival. On departure day we were given additional time (5 added hours at no extra cost) to leave for our 7pm flight.

Our deposit was rturned promptly.

On departure I mistakenly left about £250 in foreign currency at the property. I notified Louise who very kindly got in touch with Clara, the estate manager who went to the property with maids to search for the money and on finding it, sent it back to me at once.

We are just so smitten by our overall experience we are already talking about going back there next summer.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Family Hols.

  • 5 of 5

A lovely villa,with all that's needed for a great family holiday. The Villa is just outside Luz centre, which is ideal for a stroll to work off the holiday eating.

The Villa has 4 good sized rooms with en suits for three and another in the hallway which was close to the 4th room. All the rooms were clean and the villa is very well presented. The towels and bedding are changed weekly, and an added bonus of beach towels is provided.

In the vast upstairs lounge there is a very decent LED TV , comfortable furnishings and a lovely balcony area with sea views. The kitchen has all the necessary equipment, including a washing machine.

Outside is a nice garden and pool, which are well maintained, with sunbeds for, I think 8 people. We had a lovely stay, and have no problem recommending this villa. thanks

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your lovely review and so glad you had a great stay. We love to have return guests so we offer a special discount on subsequent bookings, so do let me know if you would like to visit again. August is getting booked up already for next summer which is very exciting.
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Beautiful Villa

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful villa this is, each room offers a comfortable and relaxing space. The balcony is ideal for having breakfast and looking at the amazing views of the Monchique Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. The location of the villa is perfect for taking a walk into town or just relaxing by the pool. The town itself offers more than enough quality restaurants and a beautiful beach to relax away the day. The pool and villa are kept clean by the polite and friendly team who came to do it. I would definitely recommend this villa to anyone and I myself will look forward to booking a stay there again next year.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy that you enjoyed your stay! You are welcome back any time.
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Location

From the Owner

As travel writers and researchers, we have spent the past 30 years wandering the globe in search of perfection. We love laid-back, unspoilt areas with dramatic scenery but with a modicum of infrastructure for creature comforts. After summers working in the Med in our youth, we're inveterate beach bums and love the sand and seas of Praia da Luz and the nearby fishing villages and unspoilt beaches. Having lived for 6 years in South Carolina, we're also keen golfers (check out our book "Golf Tourism", published by Goodfellow), so we particularly like the topnotch golf courses in the area including Boa Vista and the fabulous new eco-golf resort at Espiche. The rugged terrain and cliff paths around Luz are perfect for hiking and mountain biking - newer passions of ours with which we work off all that great food and wine in the many restaurants around town, on the beaches and in the rugged rural hinterland.

Activity and Interests

Car: recommended

Coast/Beach:

Nearest beach is Praia da Luz, 10-15 mins walk depending on route, with a wide curved bay, promenade with beach cafes & shops, sand, gentle waters featuring every watersport, & rugged cliff backdrop. Just the other side of the 16th century Fortaleza (now a good oceanfront restaurant) is a quieter locals' beach (Praia Prahina) with soft sand & comfortable flat sunbathing rocks. The wilder west coast is 20 mins drive to unspoilt sandy swathes, surfing seas, majestic cliffs & pristine National Park scenery.

Travel:

Faro airport:50 mins drive. Train Faro to Lagos (10 mins from Luz) cheap, takes 1½ hours. Airport taxi transfers cost 70 euros each way with YellowFish. Car hire recommended (or at least bikes) as there is so much to see and do in and around Praia da Luz and Lagos. But you can also take taxis around town and get buses to nearby attractions. And, if you don't want driving to spoil your relaxation, there's lots to do right in town and on the beach.

Distances:

Barao de Sao Joao, about 5 mins drive, must-see artsy town with Taberna d'Maria for music & munchies. Lagos 10 mins drive. Lots of cute fishing villages & beaches within 25 min drive inc Sagres, Zavial. Local buses to Lagos & quaint villages of Burgau (sunset bar, beach bar and lovely beach) & Salema (beach bars and unspoilt beach). Cape Vincente, most Southwesterly point of Europe is 30 mins drive. And Monchique, 1hr drive, highest point in SW Europe. Lisbon & Seville, Spain - 2 hrs 42 mins drive. The wild west coast is about 40 min drive - Amado Beach for surfing and great restaurant set on the cliffs above.

Further Details:

As you drive into Praia da Luz, you fall in love with this delightful hillside town overlooking the expansive, curved bay. With only low and medium-rise development, it has just the right amount of infrastructure for a great holiday and relaxed lifestyle. Everywhere around town and the beach is walkable or bike-able. There's a handy central supermarket (Baptista - 10 min walk and they deliver to your doorstep) as well as lots of big ones (in Lagos - Intermarche, Lidl, Aldi, etc) 10 mins drive from our villa. Built around a charming church, the town is full of character, with lots of quaint eateries including Fortaleza, an ancient fort repurposed as a fine dining restaurant with antique interior and oceanfront patios. The boardwalk is lined with pavement cafes and there's a couple of pubs for British beer and football. O Camilo, 10 min drive away, is a topnotch, modern restaurant perched on a clifftop overlooking Lagos. Algarve food in general is diverse, ranging from local seafood to Portuguese pork and beef, with reasonable prices. Sensational sunset drinks in Burgau are inexpensive. As well as typical sun, sea and sand activities, there are lots of sports available, outdoors or at the fitness centre in the Hotel Bela Vista or pilates, zumba and aerobics classes around town. There are plentiful biking paths linking to coastal and rural villages - all quaint and cheap for food and drinks. The whole area is very pretty with lots of greenery, immense cliffs, white sandy beaches sometimes with calm turquoise seas, sometimes with dramatic surf.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
OFF SEASON NOVEMBER-APRIL
30 Oct 2016 - 29 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
£450
for 7 nights
£450
 
 
SUMMER 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£900
for 7 nights
£900
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£900
for 7 nights
£900
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
Please email Louise with any questions. When you decide to book you will be mailed a booking form and asked to pay a £100 deposit per week. The balance of payment is due 8 weeks before departure, booking terms are clearly stated on the booking form.

Changeover Day:
Arrivals usually Saturday and departures Saturday - a few dates available with variations

Notes on prices:
If you would like a longer stay outside of peak season, we are happy to negotiate a special price.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

From the Owner

All the benefits of being near the beach and town but with a very quiet location for a great night's sleep even in high season. Our villa is set on the hillside on the edge of town, bordered by dramatic cliffs to our left, giving great views over Lagos and Monchique. Because we are set on the hill above town, we have wonderful panoramic sea views, too - so uplifting and peaceful while eating breakfast or sipping sunset drinks on the terrace. Walking into town is a huge pleasure as our district is full of older, unique villas with gracious gardens, walls burgeoning with colourful flowers and vines, huge palm trees and immense foliage. It is lovely to wander down the winding streets - so different from the newer parts of town with their "cookie cutter" properties, all the same, set in straight lines. Staying in our villa will make you feel like you live like a local in Praia da Luz and make you want to come back again and again!

Property Type

  • villa

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

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

Dining

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

Entertainment

  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool ...

Suitability

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

Location Type

  • beach
  • near the sea
  • village
  • waterfront

Attractions

  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Ensuite 1: Toilet, Washbasin, Bath with Shower Ensuite 2: Toilet, Washbasin, Bidet, Bath with Shower Ensuite 3: Toilet, Washbasin, Wet room style shower Hallway 4: Toilet, Washbasin, Shower Enclosure, Bidet

Bedrooms

  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: 4 bedroom, 8 person - and also a sofabed upstairs and a baby cot Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom with double bed, fan and patio onto pool - full ensuite bathroom 2nd bedroom with large twin beds and patio onto pool - full ensuite bathroom 3rd bedroom with double bed - ensuite bathroom with large walkin shower 4th bedroom with twin beds plus its own separate bathroom opposite All rooms with ample storage wardrobes Shutters on doors and windows so lovely and cool and shady when it is hot outside!

Outside

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

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • Newly re-Stuccoed and re-painted exterior, refurbished inside, really pretty villa in lovely quiet residential area with lots of different neighbouring villas, interesting rooftops, lovely flowers and curved streets winding down to seafront. Children's play park around the corner. Hotel Bela Vista gym nearby. Outside: Private 8metre x 4metre pool set in pretty mature garden with bougainvillea trailing up the outside stairs to panoramic patio. Plentiful sunloungers and seating around pool as well as dining sets on the terrace above. Spectacular panoramic views from terrace (off lounge and dining areas) including cliffs, bay, and town below as well as Lagos and Monchique in the distance from one corner of the terrace. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels, linens and maid service included. Maid service three times per week, linen changed twice per week. We have a cot for a baby and also a highchair.

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