132 Vilar do golf,
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Villa | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Beautifully located townhouse overlooking the 11th green of Quinta do Lago South Golf Course with views to the Lake. Tranquil setting on the edge of the prestigious Vilar do Golf Resort in the heart of Quinta do Lago. This is a much loved home, which we have furnished to a high standard for our own use and comfort. Renting our villa also provides you with the many facilities of Vilar do Golf Resort, a highly regarded destination for the past thirty years.
This well-appointed, traditionally furnished two bedroom house has two bathrooms; one en-suite to the master bedroom, and a separate bathroom to the second bedroom. Both bedrooms have comfortable single beds, wardrobes and dressing tables. One hairdryer. Blackout curtains. All bed and bath linens are supplied. The master bedroom also benefits from a wall mounted television and key operated wall safe. A cot may be hired, but bring your own cot linens.
Spacious open plan living room with two sets of sliding double glazed patio doors leading to the terrace and garden area. Leather sofas, seating for 6, 32" LCD TV with a extensive range of cable TV channels including SKY sports, some UK channels, other foreign language channels. At present we've lost BBC and ITV but we should be able to reinstate them with a digital signal eventually. DVD player and a small range of DVDs and CDs which you can borrow. Bookcase with a range of books. There is also a book exchange at Vilar do Golf reception which you can use. We now have good Wi-Fi available throughout the villa for a reasonable charge payable at reception. Paying by the weekly rate is good value, and up to three appliances can log on at once.
The dining table seats six with comfortable padded chairs and is next to the kitchen. The modern kitchen is small but perfectly formed and very well equipped. We regularly entertain friends and guests, there is plenty of crockery and a large range of saucepans, serving dishes etc. Halogen hob, multi-function oven, fridge with freezer compartment, microwave and dishwasher. The washer / dryer can be found in a cupboard next to the kitchen, along with the iron, ironing board and folding airer .
Air conditioning / heating in living room and bedrooms.
Our private terrace has two full length sun loungers, two folding chairs and a table with four matching chairs. An additional two chairs to use at the table. Large umbrella / sunshade.
At the entrance to Vilar do Golf resort you will find a complex of buildings, the most important of which is Reception, You have 24 hour reception, with friendly receptionists who speak perfect English and will help you with any queries you will have. On your arrival check in here and you will be given directions and information about the area. Computers, Wi-Fi hotspot and book exchange are by reception. You can book tours to the local markets and days out from reception.
There is a very useful mini-market for your initial supplies, a cafe, bike hire and there is an English doctor who has a surgery on the resort.
Deeper into the resort you will find the Dolce Deluxe Spa, a hairdressing and beauty salon; stop by for a massage after a round of golf, or a manicure before an evening out at one of the fabulous local restaurants. Next door is Bobby Jones Bar & Grill, an attractive restaurant and bar with a terrace offering views over the 9th fairway of Quinta do Lago South. It is open from 10am to 10pm, from breakfast to dinner.
Carry on down the road to find the magnificent swimming pool complex. Dominated by a large, curved, inviting pool, there is also a deep 'lengths' pool and a charming children's pool with sunshade over it. The pools are surrounded buy extensive terracing with sunbeds which make the most of the sun at all times of the day. Children's playground. The glass building at the side of the pool area has a fabulous indoor pool and jacuzzi. In the building surrounding the pool area you will find a fitness centre, with gym, sauna and changing rooms, table tennis, staffed by fitness professionals and with lifeguards on duty. There is also a snack bar open most of the day.
As well as outings, Vilar do Golf resort offers many facilities during high season such as a Children's Club, movie evenings,, barbecue evenings. You can arrange for baby sitters at reception. Discount at the local tennis centre. There are two shopping centres within walking distance, with restaurants, boutiques, bank and a supermarket.
Car hire is essential to make the most of this beautiful part of Portugal. We can recommend a reliable company who will meet you as you exit the airport.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Quinta do Lago, Praia do Ançao 2.5 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Faro 18 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, DVD player|
|Pool||Shared indoor pool, Children's pool|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Telephone, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Shared indoor pool, Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, Bicycles available|
The Algarve region
The Algarve is a well-loved holiday destination for families, golfers, sport-lovers and couples; its perfect, sunny climate and bracing Atlantic coastline bring holidaymakers back time and time again. The Central Algarve has many attractions to fill your days. Apart from beaches, swimming, golf, tennis, water sports, fishing, cycling and hiking, for all the family there are are excellent water parks, Karting, Zoomarine, the sand sculptures at Pera. Discover historic sites at Silves and Sagres, further along the coast. You can drive to Spain in around an hour, visit Seville in two hours.
Visit some of the delightful inland villages, where it seems that time has stood still. Shop at the markets for a bargain and eat a delicious 'pastel de nata', a custard tart with your coffee, like the locals. Take an excursion to Cliff Richard's vineyard and spot the celebrities in the restaurants and boutiques.
The Central Algarve is a gastronomic haven, with humble cafes to Michelin-starred restaurants, encompassing cuisines from around the world. The freshest fish, simply grilled in a Portuguese restaurant takes some beating! Try the beach bars, where the setting and fun, relaxed holiday atmosphere will delight you, as will the food. The Portuguese love children and will welcome them to restaurants, no problem.
The Algarve really is the perfect holiday destination!
Quinta do Lago
Quinta do Lago is a quality destination a mere 20 minutes from Faro Airport. Over 1,500 acres of natural pine forest, bordered by the Ria Formosa, a UNESCO protected nature reserve and miles of pristine sandy beach where it meets the Atlantic, the beauty and tranquility of the estate are undeniable. Low-rise development and high property prices have ensured its exclusivity, and low-key luxury.
On the estate, among the fabulous privately owned villas you will find four golf courses, banks, Post Office, a tennis centre, various tourist and holiday villages, restaurants, a water sports centre, a driving range and golf academy, a medical centre, and so much more. The two shopping centres have a bank, cashpoints, restaurants and coffee shops, phytopharmacy, hairdressing and beauty and a full range of interesting boutiques and gift shops.
You will want to explore the region, but Quinta do Lago has everything you need for the perfect holiday.
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11 Jul 2014
"Fantastic Family Holiday"
We were looking for a self catering option in Portugal within a short drive from the airport (two small children to consider) and this development seemed to suit perfectly. Having received excellent directions from Lesley the owner we arrived with minimum fuss. Check-in was likewise easy.
We bought WiFi access for 24 hours @ €6.95. This is 24 hours cumulative usage, not 24 hours on the clock so it was more than sufficient for our 12 day stay.
The house/villa itself backed out onto the golf course and the views were quite picturesque. There is an open plan living/dining area with two double doors out onto the patio area. Flat screen TV had 30+ channels but not the domestic UK & Ireland channels due to some change with satellites for the region. All Sky Sports channels and Sky One was there however as well as UK Gold and a non-standard BBC channel.
The kitchen is small but fantastically stocked with more than you could need. The thing we especially liked was there were things like washing up liquid, cloths, dishwasher tabs, Clingfilm, cooking oil, salt & pepper etc. there already, things you normally need to buy once you get to rented accommodation. There is also a separate area off the kitchen for a washer/dryer. We liked that it is closed off with two doors so the noise doesn't affect you.
Patio is well kitted out as well with table and chairs and two loungers. The only downside is the local birds seem to use the area for lots of target practice! That said, when housekeeping came to do some light cleaning they seemed to sweep and wash down the area.
Both bedrooms upstairs have air-con (as does the living area downstairs) which we really needed on the first two nights as it was unseasonably hot. Both the main bathroom and en-suite of the main bedroom had fantastic water pressure - same for the kitchen - so baths and showers were brilliant.
Other reviews of similar properties mention the decor is a little dated, especially when compared with the refurbished units that Diamond Resorts manage onsite. We saw these and they were really nice and contemporary but overall it didn't impact our stay or enjoyment whatsoever.
POINT TO NOTE: If someone from Diamond resorts checks in with you and says they will take you on a guided tour please be aware that they will be trying to get you to sign up to their club at the end. Probably naive on our part but we didn't expect that and thought the tour was just part of the onsite experience. Had we known we would have been upfront and refused the tour. That said they chap was not pushy and the tour was great but a bit more transparency from the outset would have been better.
We always drove to the pool complex but you could definitely walk there if you explored the shortcuts between the various houses. Both outdoor pools were great and for the couple of occasions things clouded over we used the indoor pool. It's not that big but suited us perfectly and has a hot tub beside it. You can rent towels and need bathing caps for indoor pool .
There are poolside loungers with umbrellas and there was no problem dragging some of these up onto the grassy bank under the trees for more shade on the really hot days. The bar/food area seemed to do well even though we didn't avail of it.
There is also a shaded/covered area for kids right beside the smaller outdoor pool with swings, a slide, see-saw, table tennis and darts. Pool table and table tennis also up beside bar area so good for older kids and adults.
Having a car is essential for getting out and about. Onsite supermarket was good but obviously a little more expensive than the local supermarket at Quinta shopping. This is at the 'Q' roundabout about 5 min drive from the house. Well enough stocked and should have most of what you need. Further afield there is Pingo Doce in Almancil that's easy to get to and an Aldi on the same road if you just continue on straight.
Beach is only about 15 minutes away, a left off the main road to Vale de Lobo. The area is beautiful, immaculately manicured and everything you need is easily accessible.
Lesley was particularly helpful and took a lot of the legwork out of things for us with the info she sent.
Overall a great family holiday and we would return.
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