About the home
The development of Varandas do Lago is set in the heart of the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve, neighbouring Club do Ancão and Vale do Garrão. Surrounded by beautiful pine forests, the development is within easy reach of the famous golf courses of Quinta do Lago and Vale do Lobo, close to miles and miles of golden beaches.
Villa ‘Natura’ is a very spacious 4 bedroom, 5 bathroom villa suitable for up to 8 adults – it boasts a fabulous indoor/outdoor living space perfect for two families sharing or several friends enjoying a sunny holiday together. In the garden and poolside there are lots of outdoor sofa’s, sunloungers, dining tables and chairs to totally forget about the ‘real world’ now’s the time to relax and soak up the Algarvean sunshine.
Spacious villa with fabulous indoor/outdoor living space perfect for 2 families sharing or several friends enjoying a sunny holiday together. Private heated pool, gas bbq, maid service, bath and beach towels supplied, bedding supplied.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Ancão Beach, 2km|
|Will consider:||Long lets|
Nearest amenities: 1km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Private outdoor pool (heated), Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool:||Private outdoor pool (heated)|
|General:||Air conditioning, Safe, Satellite TV|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||4 Bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 4 en suites, Solarium / Roof terrace|
|Furniture:||Single beds (6), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seating for 8, Lounge seating for 7|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Private outdoor pool (heated), Balcony / Terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
Further details indoors:
There is a very spacious eat in kitchen with large American fridge/ freezer. Off the kitchen is a utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer & direct access to the outdoor area with large pool, shady terraces, small grassy area.
The combined lounge / dining room has terrace doors leading onto the outdoor area – there is a wonderful feeling of space and light, there is plenty of room for everyone to relax and chill out while on holiday. The living area also has internet connection, plasma tv, english satellite and a fireplace for chilly winter nights and air conditioning units for hot summer days. All four spacious bedrooms have their own ensuite bathrooms and the upstairs master bedrooms have a terrace with views over to the Nature Reserve - enjoy watching the sun dip away on the horizon.
Master bedroom with king size bed, built in wardrobes, and ensuite bathrooms on first floor own private terraces, additional 3 twin bedrooms 1 on first floor and the other 2 on the ground floor all with ensuite bathrooms.
Bathrooms with shower, bath, bidet, basin, mirror, hair dryer, heated towel rails.
Granite work surfaces, wine rack, American fridge/freezer with ice maker, extractor fan, double sink, hob, oven, dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, kettle, toaster, full compliment of utensils, crockery and cookware.
Patio doors opening onto the garden and pool area, several sofa's & armchairs, limed oak dining table and 8 chairs, 37" LCD TV, internet access, heating – open log fire in winter, air conditioning, satelite TV, DVD and CD player.
Children's beach toys, beach umbrella, ironing board, iron and cleaning products, washing machine, tumble dryer.
Further details outdoors:
The villas are prepared for your arrival and included is one mid-stay maid service for 2 hours. All your linen and towels are included. Additional maid service is available, please enquire. The detached villa is set on a large plot with views over the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve, there are several outdoor shady terraces to enjoy the sunshine, mature planting, private large swimming pool, calcada entrance and security gates.
Private heated pool with views over nature reserve, board games, books, outdoor table, chairs and sunloungers, gas bbq, secure off street parking.
Ancao beach is an easy 10 minute stroll through the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve. It is a safe, clean, 'blue flag' beach for families. Restaurants and bars, shops and toilet facilities are available at the beach too. There are sunloungers are for hire. Read more about the beach and local area.
Golfing weekends can be arranged. There are many courses within a short distance including: Laranjal, Vale do Lobo Royal, Vale do Lobo Ocean, Quinta da Lago Norte, Quinta do Lago Sul, Vila Sol, Vilamoura Old Course, Vilamoura Millennium, Vilamoura Pinhal, Vilamoura Laguna, Salgados, Benamor, Quinta Da Ria, Quinta de Cima.
The villas are prepared for your arrival and included is one mid-stay maid service for 2 hours. All your linen and towels & beach towels are included. Additional maid service is available, please enquire.
Pool heating is available and costs an additional £250 per week. Please note that the temperature of the water when heated is dependant on the external temperature / weather. Cold overnight temperatures and rain will mean that the water may be cooler. We can not guarantee a temperature of the water. The pool cover must be returned when finished swimming to ensure that the heat of the water stays warm.
If you are looking for a late deal please email to see how much you can save on the published price.
Changeover days are flexible but during the summer months it is more likely to be on a weekday. It is necessary to vacant the villa by 10am on the day of departure in the high season. Access to the villa is after 3pm on day of arrival unless previous arrangements have been made.
For low and mid season rentals securing deposit must be paid on time of booking this is 50% of the total booking cost. For high and peak season rentals the deposit required is 25%. All deposits are non refundable.
The quoted rates includes maid service with change of sheets & towels after 7 nights. The rental includes preparation of the villa also cleaning on departure and heating via reverse cycle air conditioning. All bed linen, bath and beach towels are provided.
SPECIAL DEAL FOR LOW SEASON ONLY : If you rent only 1,2 or 3 bedrooms the remaining bedrooms will be locked. You are still renting the entire villa but not all the bedrooms/bathrooms. You will have access to all the other rooms in the villa.
The nightly rate is low season is based on 2 adults sharing 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom.
Up to 8 weeks - loss of deposit
4-8 weeks - 50% of rate refunded
2-4 weeks - 25% of rate refunded
Less than 2 weeks - no refund
Sorry but this property is not available for groups of young adults.
The property is strictly non smoking.
The Algarve / Central Algarve region
The Algarve is located in southern county of Portugal and is geographically the most South Westerly tip of Europe. It boasts over 100 sunny beachs from the Reserva Natural da Ria Formosa Reserve which runs along the Eastern coast to the virtually uninhabited windswept beachs of the Parque Natural da Costa Vicentina on the Western coast. The Algarve is bordered by Spain and it is only a short drive to the cultural and ancient city of Seville in Spain and Portugal's capital, Lisbon.
The Algarve is a relatively small area and has well maintained and easily accessible road system which makes touring and sightseeing very attractive and there are many fine places to visit, such as the 12th century Moorish Castle at Silves, the fortress and training school of Prince Henry the Navigator, and the lighthouse at Cape St Vincent which in olden times, before the discovery of the Americas, was thought of as the end of the world. There are also many cathedrals, churches, museums and stately houses of architectural interest.
In the 17th and 18th century Portugal was a leader in the discoveries of the New World, the Africas and Eastern trade. In recent years this little country has joined the European Union, has a very stable government and enjoys the comforts of modern Europe.
The Algarve is a very popular destination, the consistent good weather and top class golf courses being the main attractions. The region, from the Spanish border town of Villa Real de São Antonio to Cape St Vincent, is about a hundred miles and the depth of the county is less than five miles. The west has a backdrop of the Monchique Mountains with spectacular scenery, spa towns, monasteries, lush vegetation and protects the Algarve from rain. Hence the glorious climate all year round.
Food and wine are institutions here, as is spotless accommodation, courtesy to visitors, genuine friendliness and a pride in service. Most people are conversant in English. There is also an overwhelming respect for the law, which makes the Algarve a particularly safe and relaxing vacation destination.
The old and the new is very apparent here with modern hotels and resorts lying side by side with old farms where you can admire the fig, almond, olive and orange groves. Seafood is abundant and varied and there are many unusual dishes to try. Another aspect of the Algarve are the wide variety of beaches, all graced with thick grained golden sand and all very clean with nice beach restaurants.
The Eastern Algarve – the Sotaventa (leeward) coast, is the lesser known half of the region the pace of life is slower and has with a very different topography and character to the central and western Algarve the beaches are typically long, wide and flat. The west is typically with its coves and rock formations or longer beaches with a background of red cliffs and pine trees
Over the past 30 years, the Algarve has emerged as Europe's top golf destination, the 5-star golf resorts of Vale do Lobo, Quinta do Lago and Vilamoura being famous throughout the golfing world.
The Quinta do Lago area
In the villa is a well stocked folder with all the details of the attractions so you can read at leisure and book you choices. Before departure for your holiday we provide an e-book with lots of information about the Algarve and Golden Triangle so you start planning your holiday.
The local area has a huge variety of activities to interest the whole family. Options include horse riding, fishing, yachting/sailing, champagne cruises, shark & dolphin watching, 4x4 safari tours & Cultural visits.
In Almancil there is a karting track if you need to burn off that adrenalin..... There is also an Aqua Park (10 mins drive on the other side of Quateria) and a Swim With Dolphin experience and Theme Park (30 mins drive on the Motorway).
Faro town is a 15 minute drive there is a large shopping centre the Forum that offers good facilties for supermarket and retail shopping. Faro Old Town has an interesting history and several historic landmarks worth investigating. There is a lovely harbour with restaurants dotted about. In Almancil (5 min drive) is a beautiful church with wonderful mosiacs that is open to the public. Quarteria & Loule both boast excellent markets that sells both fresh produce and local made prodcuts.
From Varandas Do Lago about 3/4 mile down the main road towards Vale Do Lobo are another good selection of restaurants including the Sao Gabriel - a Michelin star restaurant and the Thai Garden restaurant also highly recommended. I also recommend the several 'beach shack' restaurants collectively known as 'Julias' it is a 3 minute drive from the villa located on the Ancao beach where celebrity spotting is a favourite pastime.
The Quinta do Lago Shopping Centre is about a mile down the road, here there are many exclusive designers shops and some lovely restaurants/cafes. There is also a Italian restaurant that delivers pizza and pasta (and a bottle of wine) to the villa....the menu is in the folder...for those nights that you just can't be bothered to cook.
Golfing weekends can be arranged. Golf Guests can take advantage cheaper golf rates. The courses with discounted rates are: Vale do Lobo Royal, Vale do Lobo Ocean, Quinta da Lago Norte, Quinta do Lago Sul, Vila Sol, Vilamoura Old Course, Vilamoura Millennium, Vilamoura Pinhal, Vilamoura Laguna, Salgados, Benamor, Qinta Da Ria, Quinta de Cima. The information and rates are available please email the owner for details, costs and distance details.
There are plenty of opportunities to play tennis nearby in Vale Do Lobo. I can arrange court times in the Tennis Valley (14 flood lit courts) of VdL. There are professionals on hand to help you improve any aspect of your game, regular lessons can be arranged for you.
A stroll along the beach will take you to Quinta Do Lago or Vale Do Lobo both offering an excellent selection of restaurants and bars to enjoy a few cocktails in ! A morning or afternoon spend wandering the Ria Formosa is a relaxing experience - the area is heritage protected and boasts a number of rare birds, so don't forget your binoculars.
It is advisable to have a car while on holidays - it makes it easier to go exploring or bring back your finds from the local markets. We can arrange you car hire for you - prices are from E90 low season, E125 mid season, E160 high season. The car can be arranged for collection from Faro Airport or can be delivered to the villa for you.
There are a number of reliable taxi companies that operate in the area, if you wish to go out for the evening and fancy a few drinks, you will be able to. Vilamoura is about 10 minutes drive away and has a very upbeat nightlife with a good selection of 'sports' bars and nightclubs - and the Casino for those who think that lady luck is on their side.
We also have available a personal airport 'meet and greet' & return drop off service with private transfer to the villa, the transfer cost includes baggage assistance, car seats for children and orientation tour of the villa.
This a local payable cost of E40 one way E70 return for upto 4 passengers.
How to get there
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BA, Easyjet, Monarch, Globespan, Thomson, BMI all run a good schedule of flights from the UK to Faro.
Aer Lingus & Ryanair fly from Ireland. TAP Portugal have flights from most European cities and Transavia covers the Northern Europe routes.
Alternatively you can fly into Lisbon or Seville - it is less than a 2 hour drive on excellent EU funded motorways - and you can do a bit of sightseeing on route. If you are interested in this option I can help you with advice and directions.
I recommend the websites www.skyscanner.net or www.kayak.com to see the best price for your flights, it is a very easy and compact site that loads up all airlines departing from your airport of choice with the times and most importantly the cost, so you compare the airlines at a glance.
I can arrange car hire for you at very competive rates - please email for the current costs for car rental.
I can also arrange a meet and greet service or private car airport drop off from Faro airport for a small locally paid cost.
A fun web site to use is www.wunderground.com it is a 'weather site' that has historical weather data for Faro and also a 'trip planner' option that gives you a really good idea of what type of weather to expect when you are on holiday.
Activities near Quinta do Lago
Tennis in town
Golf less than 15 mins walk
Beach or lakeside relaxation
A winter sun break
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 8|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|1 Jan 13||1 Mar 13||£ 900||-||-||1 Week|
|1 Mar 13||1 Apr 13||£ 950||-||-||1 Week|
|1 Apr 13||1 May 13||£ 1100||-||-||1 Week|
|1 May 13||1 Jun 13||£ 1200||-||-||1 Week|
|1 Jun 13||1 Jul 13||£ 1500||-||-||1 Week|
|1 Jul 13||14 Jul 13||£ 2000||-||-||1 Week|
|14 Jul 13||1 Aug 13||£ 2500||-||-||1 Week|
|1 Aug 13||18 Aug 13||£ 3000||-||-||1 Week|
|18 Aug 13||1 Sep 13||£ 2000||-||-||1 Week|
|1 Sep 13||1 Oct 13||£ 1300||-||-||1 Week|
|1 Oct 13||1 Nov 13||£ 1000||-||-||1 Week|
|1 Nov 13||1 Mar 14||£ 900||-||-||1 Week|
|1 Mar 14||1 Apr 14||£ 950||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
The villas are prepared for your arrival and included is one mid-stay maid service for 2 hours. All your linen and towels & beach towels are included. Additional maid service is available, please enquire. Pool heating is available and costs an additional £250 per week.
Low Season Rental:
SPECIAL DEAL FOR LOW SEASON ONLY : If you rent only 1,2 or 3 bedrooms the remaining bedrooms will be locked. You are still renting the entire villa but not all the bedrooms/bathrooms. You will have access to all the other rooms in the villa. The nightly rate is low season is based on 2 adults sharing 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom.
Rental Period / Price per Week
1 bedroom £550
2 bedrooms £650
3 bedrooms £750
Whole Villa £900
All rentals - the balance is to be paid 8 weeks before arrival. A security deposit of £300 (£500 in high season) is payable before arrival. The security deposit will be refunded in full within 14 days after departure if the property has been left in an appropriate condition.
Refer to the terms and conditions for additional information.
The quoted rates includes maid service with change of sheets & towels after 7 nights. The rental includes preparation of the villa also cleaning on departure and heating via reverse cycle air conditioning. All bed linen, bath and beach towels are provided.Enquire now
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