Stylish villa, stunning views
Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
One of the Western Algarve's most spectacularly located villas. Its unique hilltop position provides views forever: sea view, mountain view, and views of lovely countryside. Modern villa of excellent architectural design. Beautifully integrated pool area with solar heating, electric pool cover, and non-slip ceramic tiles. Great lounge area and shaded terraces.
Full privacy due to size and position of the property. Pool has salt water treatment, requiring no chlorine - great for children, adults love it too! Garden with palm trees, cactuses, agaves, yuccas and flowering shrubs. Lawn of high quality artificial grass, so no sprinklers, and no lawnmower noises. Long agave lined driveway. Beautiful, untouched countryside all around.
Teak outdoor furniture. BBQ. Large flat screen TV, full HD and BlueRay DVD player. Also plays your MP3s. Villa is fully fenced, with motorized gates, automatic irrigation system, and linked-up alarm system. An unforgettable holiday villa in a class of its own.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Meia Praia 7.5 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Faro 80 km, Nearest railway: Lagos 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 3 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (3), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 9|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Private fishing lake or river|
|Further details indoors|
Large living room with high ceilings, high end furnishing, fine art. Many windows and sliding doors give panoramic views of the ocean, the mountains and the Arão river valley.
Wonderful holiday villa *****
Daniel Hammerstein, London, UK. Posted to: classicmonte.com, 2010
Over the years we have been to quite a few wonderful holiday villas all across Europe, but this one tops them all. Not just because of its 'King of the Hill' feeling, but also because of the classy architecture, with its high ceilings and understated elegance. We will certainly be back.
Amazing place, out of this world *****
David Lewison, Manchester, UK. Posted to: classicmonte.com, 2010
Amazing place, where you feel a strong connection with the universe. It is wonderful to wake up and see the world lying at your feet: on one side the ocean, on the other the mountains. It was so nice that we hardly ventured away from the house, and spent most of the time in the pool area.
Nature lover's paradise *****
Helena Volkers, Hamburg, Germany. Posted to: classicmonte.com, 2011
As we are nature lovers, the location of villa immediately appealed to us. We have made long walks all through the area, which at the time (spring time must be the best time of the year!) was full of wild flowers. I cannot remember any other place that smells so sweet. We went horse riding from nearby stables and explored the whole area. The children especially loved the river, where they were building little dams and watching the kingfishers.
Fantastic villa *****
Richard K. Johnson, Seattle, USA. Posted to: classicmonte.com, 2011
Fantastic villa. If there is one thing we like on a holiday, it is privacy. Which is why we avoid villas in neighbourhoods and developments. We were sold as soon as we saw the pictures on the owners' website. And the reality actually turned out to be even better than the pictures. At the 'Classic Monte', privacy was total. The owners were very kind, and helped us make the most of our stay. We shall try to come back next year. Highly recommended.
I love it! *****
Caroline Duplessis, Paris, France. Posted to: classicmonte.com, 2011
We had a wonderful Easter holiday here. A pity it was so short (five days), but we hope to get back next year, and spend more time on the estate itself. Now we were out playing golf pretty much every day, but next time I hope to get some more time to laze around the pool, stare at the clouds, and do nothing. Because you have views all around, the skyscapes are amazing, especially during sunset. The name of the villa, which means 'Hill of the Stars' is well justified, as the night sky is out of this world. I have never seen so many stars! Great house, wonderfully decorated. I love it.
|Further details outdoors|
The Classic Monte is located on the top of a hill, with 360 degree views of the Atlantic ocean, the Monchique mountains and a charming river valley. The property covers 8.75 private hectare (22 acres), and has a dam with 3000 m2 (0.75 acre) lake. A great place to be away from it all, yet close to everything. The Classic Monte is located in the relatively unspoilt Western Algarve, about 12 min. NE of the beautiful town of Lagos, the 'Pearl of the Algarve', 15 min. NW of Portimaõ, and a mere 45 min. from Faro Airport. The area around the property consists of splendid natural countryside, dotted with small farms and a few villas, but largely untouched. The villa is 15 min. from Meia Praia, one of the Algarve's prettiest beaches, a 4.5 km (2.8 mile) stretch of golden sands and dunes, served by a few small restaurants where you can dine and have lunch right on the beach. It is a great area for walking (you can start right at the house), biking and riding. There are a dozen great golf courses all within 20 minutes, two of the most famous, the recently redesigned Palmares with its 27 holes, and the Henry Cotton Designed Penina, both at only 10 minutes.
The Algarve region
Nearby Lagos (12 min.) is the third largest town in the Algarve, straddling the river Bensafrim and surrounded by beautiful, unspoilt countryside. It is a lively, cosy town with a maze of winding cobbled streets full of pavement restaurants, local cafés bars, antique and art shops, and a well stocked fish market. It is also rich in culture and history, and widely regarded as the most charming town of the Algarve. The impressive town walls date back to Roman times.
In the days of the great discoveries, Lagos was the heart of naval Portugal and it was here, close to Cape St. Vincent, the South-Westerly tip of continental Europe, that Henry the Navigator´s captains, Gil Eanes and Magelhaes sailed to the ends of the world. Today it is an an attractive small town with modern amenities, including a modern marina.
Portimão (15 min.), as old as Lagos or older, but with a younger look, has the popular Praia da Rocha beach resort, the Autodromo do Algarve, one of the world's most modern racetracks, and an attractive river front with many small restaurants, many specializing in fish. Portimão was the place where Hannibal landed with this fleet loaded with elephants for his famous expedition against the Romans. Now it is an active, though sleepy fishing port, and a stop on the cruise ship circuit of increasing importance. It is the Algarve's fastest growing town, and has a busy night life, centred in Praia da Rocha.
Several of the Algarve's top golf courses are nearby. The classic Henry Cotton designed Penina Championship course at the Meridien is 10 min. from the house. Many water hazards and half a million shrubs and trees give it special appeal for stronger players. Penina further offers two 9-hole courses, the Penina Academy course and the Resort course. Also at 10 min. (and in view from the house) is Palmares, entirely made over in 2010 by Robert Trent Jones Jr.
The 27 holes are laid out on hillside with gorgeous views over the Bay of Lagos. Again at 10 min. is Boavista, completed around 2000. It was designed to provide a sensible game for the average player. Breathtaking views towards the Atlantic Ocean from most holes. At 15 min. is Margodo de Reguengos, with its 980 hectares of the largest in Europe - though its spaciousness makes it feel like Africa. The large greens demand good putting skills, and he accuracy of the player's shot is questioned by deep aggressive bunkers. Another attraction is that it often very quiet. No villas or other development so far. At 20 min. is Parque de Floresta, on the way to Cape St. Vincent. A fascinating course with fairways that roll up and down through hills demanding accurate shots and good placing. The Par-3 fifteenth hole of 159 metres is a golfer's dream. Alto Golf in Alvor, at 15 min. challenges with strategic bunkers, dog-legs, elevated greens and well placed trees, and one of the longest holes in Europe. Several other courses within 20 min.
The nearby Bay of Lagos, and particularly the part known as the Lagoon of Alvor (10 min from the house), is kite surfer's heaven. The smooth waters in the lagoon, the gentle surf along Meia Praia beach and the often strong winds make for an excellent surfing experience.
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