Apartment in Albufeira, Central Algarve, Portugal: Quiet Location Just 5 Mins Walk To Shop, Bar And Café, And 20 Mins To Beach, Marina And Old Town
Spacious 1-bedroom duplex apartment with sea views, sleeps 4. Cot and high chair hire available. Private parking. AC in bedroom, heaters in all rooms. Free wifi. Modern, fully-equipped kitchen leads onto open-plan living area with DVD and CD players, and new 27" flat-screen TV receiving a wide range of English and other language channels. Terrace overlooks the gardens. Upstairs is a large balcony with panoramic sea views, family bathroom, and twin bedroom with safe, Juliet balcony and sea view. The lovely low-rise complex of 91 apartments has a reception (open 24 hours in season) with currency exchange and details of excursions. Lovely gardens, pool with children's area, tennis courts and café (open 10:00-18:30 from Easter to end of September) make it great for children of all ages. Ideal for relaxing away from it all, yet just 12 mins walk downhill to the lively old town with its many shops, bars, cafés and restaurants, the Fishermen's Beach or the Marina. Other nearby attractions include Salgados golf course, waterparks and Zoomarine, and the famous 'Strip' of Albufeira new town with its buzzing night life and range of eating places. Local circular bus stops at the foot of the hill, but a taxi will only cost around €5 to the old town and €6 to the Strip.
Top Traveller Review
About the Owner
I live in England and am a semi-retired, self-employed consultant with two adult sons and three grandsons. Now settled in Yorkshire after moving around the country for several years. I have 3 years' experience of sharing my home with paying guests, and 8 of letting a holiday cottage in the UK. I'm now excited to be letting an apartment in Albufeira. My aim has always been for guests to feel welcome and at home, and to enjoy their stays as much as I do.
4.7 based on 3 holidaymaker reviews
10 minutes from the old town takes 20 minutes back because of the hills but me and the wife are used to waking hills living in the Rhondda. Reviews said people had trouble finding a sun bed by the pool but we had no trouble at all. The apartment very large and spacious with up stairs bedroom and bathroom very good apartment.
Overall a pleasent stay
Apartment nice and spacious for us but bathroom could have been cleaner ! Hairs in shower and on the floor, Stains in the bath ! Good luck in getting a sun bed by the pool ,other small minded guests still deem it fashionable to reserve beds with towels from the early hours and do not use them till late afternoon ! even though their are notices against this but nobody polices this !!! ( very disappointing when you want a lazy day by the pool ) very friendly staff though .
Wonderful week at Windmill Hill
We have visited Albufeira a couple of times previously, and stayed in accommodation that was between the old town and the strip. We have always preferred the old town, so this time we wanted somewhere that was just a short walk from all the old town has to offer, but without being right in the centre of it. Well, we definitely found the ideal location when we chose Windmill Hill. A beautiful complex of whitewashed apartments, just a 10 minute stroll from bustling the town square, yet an oasis of peaceful tranquillity.
It was the 1st time we have used 'ownersDirect', and we found the whole process very straightforward. Anne, the apartment owner answered our queries promptly, and dealt with our booking in a friendly and efficient manner.
We arrived at the apartment to find it was much bigger than we anticipated, with everything we needed for a comfortable stay. The website listing is very accurate, but it fails to mention the little extras that we found very helpful, such as the tourist brochures and maps that we used to plan our little excursions around the Algarve. The kitchen is fully stocked with utensils, and we were pleased to put the orange squeezer to good use on the bags of oranges that we bought from the roadside vendors for just a couple of euros. Fresh OJ in the morning with breakfast, and in the late afternoon with vodka on the sun-drenched balcony...bliss.
We found the beds to be comfortable, and the air conditioning in the bedroom was quietly efficient and very welcome.
The pool area and windmill is very picturesque, although we didn't spend much time there as we were out and about most days. It did seem quite busy most days with majority of the sun loungers taken.
All in all, this is a great place to stay, in a fantastic location and at a very reasonable price.
From the Owner
“I fell in love with the Algarve on my first visit in 2006 and was drawn back 5 times before having the opportunity to put in an offer for my very own holiday apartment in December 2014. For me this is primarily a winter sun getaway, but I hope you will also find it a comfortable, relaxing and scenic base at any time of year. Enjoy the laid-back pace of life and local cuisine. The people are friendly and English is widely spoken. Do explore not only the coastal resorts with their sandy beaches and amazing caves and rock formations, but also inland and mountain towns and villages with their olive groves, citrus orchards, and cork and pine plantations. The beauties of creation and the history of civilisations combine to make the Algarve an exceptional and unforgettable destination.”
Activity and Interests
The Algarve has some of the most beautiful sandy beaches in Europe, clean and child-friendly. Visit the nearby coves of Sta Maria Luisa, Olhos d'Agua or Sao Rafael with their Algarvian rock formations, or book a boat or coach tour to the Western Algarve for spectacular coastal views. Famous for its all year round climate, sandy beaches, and wonderful golf courses, the Algarve is hard to beat whether you are looking for a warm winter break, a golfing holiday or a family summer holiday.
Windmill Hill is 40 km from Faro airport, which is well serviced by budget airlines. Drive time about 30 mins. Taxi transfers typically cost around €40-€50 each way. Pre-booked, return shuttles are available at around £16.00 per person, but journey time may be an hour or so. Transfers can be organised. Car hire, although not essential, is readily available.
Albufeira old town and Fishermen's Beach .9 km, Marina .6 km. The Strip, Albufeira new town 4.5 km. Westward, secluded Sao Rafael cove and beach 3.6 km; the ancient seafaring town of Lagos with museums, historic buildings, churches and slave market, plus live entertainment in the square 58.6 km; Sagres popular for surfing and the School of Navigation 87 km. Eastward, Vilamoura with its huge marina and famous golf courses 20.7 km. Book excursions to other varied, characterful destinations.
Cafes, bar, restaurant and supermarket a 5 minute walk downhill. Allow 8 minutes to walk back! Plenty of cafes, bars, restaurants along the 12 minute walk to the Old Town, and several at the Marina a similar distance in the opposite direction.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event Price|
1 Oct 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
1 Nov 2016 - 28 Feb 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Mar 2017 - 29 Apr 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
30 Apr 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
8 Jul 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
25% of rental is required to secure a booking, the balance to be paid 60 days before start of stay.. £150.00 refundable security deposit invoiced separately via Paypal.
Cot hire available locally at 20 Euros per week.
High chair hire available locally at 15 Euros per week.
Air conditioner £25.00 per week.
Welcome Pack £12.00
The changeover day is generally Saturday during peak season, but can be flexible. Check in from 16:00, checkout by 11:00.
Notes on prices:
Prices quoted are per week in UK pounds. Long (more than 4 weeks) lets considered in low season. Short lets available March-June and September-October. Please contact the owner for prices.
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.
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“I chose Windmill Hill because it is a pretty, low-rise development in a quiet location yet still only a short walk to shops, eating places and beaches. Local buses and cheap taxis make getting further afield easy, too, and the site has free parking. I love the white buildings with their blue shutters, the white cobbled walkways, the beautifully maintained gardens, the large pool, the landmark windmill and the panoramic sea, town and country views. The reception and café are useful facilities. Whether you're returning from a family day on the beach; retail therapy at the markets, shops and malls; excursions as far away as Lisbon to the north or across the Spanish border to Seville; or making the most of the vibrant night life, the apartment provides a tranquil, restoring haven.”
- Air Conditioning ...
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable ...
- Video Library
Pool / Spa
- Communal Pool
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
- near the sea
- water parks
- bird watching
- gambling casinos
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities
- jet skiing
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet, his and hers handbasins
- Sizeable bathroom with bath and shower over, his and hers basins, WC and bidet, wall heater.
- 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
- Bedroom 1
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Large bedroom with twin beds, bedside tables, built-in wardrobes, dressing table with mirror over, AC/heater, small balcony with sea view.
- Golf ...
- Garden ...
- Tennis ...
- Please note this is a no smoking property. Sorry, no pets. Outside: Private patio with table, chairs and parasol with stand, overlooking garden area. Balcony similarly furnished, and has panoramic views across the Old Town, the sea and countryside to distant hills. Shared outdoor pool with children's area (unheated). Landscaped gardens with palm trees, orange trees and a variety of colourful flowering plants. The lawns and bushes are beautifully manicured, the cobbled paths, road and parking areas lit at night. The reconstructed historic windmill beside the pool is a distinctive and attractive focal point. Maid/laundry Service: Towels changed half-weekly, bedding weekly. Cost included. For lets over 2 weeks, available at £15 per week. Apartment cleaned between each booking, but please leave it as you found it. Cost of extra cleaning may be deducted from your security deposit. Winter long lets £500 per month plus cost of electricity, maid/laundry optional at £15 per week.