Quinta do Sapo
Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 9
The villa is approached along a 700m unmade track from the road through citrus groves and is situated in its own 3 acres. Gardens front and rear plus mature carob and olive trees and other Algarve wild flora. Large driveway with parking for several cars.
The 10x5m pool and children's paddling pool are located on the back terrace and are fenced for child safety. Pool heating can be arranged at extra cost. The house is decorated with numerous pieces of hand painted Algarve pottery and tiling. The lounge is equiped with a flat screen TV with a Bose surround sound system, DVD player and free to air satellite providing standard UK channels.
From the front veranda there are far reaching views to the Monchique mountains and the Moorish Silves castle which is illuminated at night. On a clear Algarve night this, together with the moon and the star studded skies, is a sight to behold. Silves has many restaurants and cafes and a large supermarket for all your supplies. There are various local places of interest both within the town and on the river. There are a number of sandy beaches within easy reach, the nearest being a 20 minute drive. Please note that the villa is approached along a bumpy unmade track which is not tarmacced.
Take cocktails onto the front veranda and enjoy beautiful views to Silves castle.
|Size||Sleeps up to 9, 4 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Faro|
|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|
|General||TV, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 9, Lounge seats for 9|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
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7 Sep 2014
If your ideal holiday is somewhere totally secluded, the only sounds you hear are nature's own, with spacious and comfortable accommodation including a swimming pool which is the perfect size for… More
Thank you so much for your review! It's great to hear that that you had another wonderful visit and we look forward to welcoming you back again in the future.
27 Aug 2014
"Lovely Secluded Villa"
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this beautiful villa which is set in a peaceful, secluded location at the end of a track through wonderful citrus groves. If you want an 'away from it all' … More
Thank you so much for your kind words and we are so pleased that you had a wonderful holiday. Sounds like you certainly made the most of what this wonderful area has to offer.
11 Jul 2014
"Great location, lovely house, super relaxing holiday."
Visited in late June/early July 2014 for ten nights. It was my first experience in renting a home abroad, and with so many horror-stories online, and with few other reviews to be found, I was initially cautious, but Laura who handles this was very accommodating to questions in advance, and both helpful and flexible. All went like clockwork.
The property sits in a stunning location, amongst orange groves, near a hill top with a good vista nearby, and directly in sight of the beautiful village of Silves, with its castle illuminated at night.
The property is at the end of a half mile track that weaves through a farm (ducks and dogs had to waddle out of the way!) and orange groves, and whilst it gives splendid isolation at the house (no other properties for 200 yards around), it does take a bit of getting used to the drive. The last part before the house was a little steep and bumpy, but we found the best technique to navigate it with practice! If I went again, I'd be inclined to take the no-excess insurance top-up on the rental car, just in case of difficulties.
The initial instructions to how to find the property, along with satnav use (not recommended) unfortunately took us up a bad/unusable track, and Laura has already taken my feedback on board as to how to better steer visitors to the right access point in future.
But putting those minor issues to one side, the house is just gorgeous. Travelling with my wife, our two grown-up children and partners, one with a 5-month old baby, we all loved it. The house has so much space around, with landscaped gardens, balconys on the top floor and ground floor front, and a super enormous rear patio with shade, huge barbq, and pool.
There was always somewhere to sit in the shade, or in the sun, as the day passed. The lounge was enormous, with TV (but couldn't get many UK channels, though understand this may be a teething issue after a dish upgrade). The lounge was light with windows on three sides, and doors to the front and rear. A nice dining room adjoined.
The kitchen had all we needed... a dishwasher, fridge-freezer, microwave, washing machine etc. The property was well stocked with every facility and item you'd expect to find in a home... iron, driers, cutlery, crockery, pegs, plugs etc etc.
Also downstairs was a cloakroom, a bedroom with 2 single beds and bunk bed setup, two further double bedrooms (one with huge wardrobe area), and a big bathroom with wc, a big bath, shower, bidet.
Up an elegant marble (?) staircase was the main bedroom. As I'd paid for the trip, my wife and I had that! It was light, with a doors to a balcony on one side.... to be honest we never had a need to use that. An ensuite bathroom was linked, with shower in bath, wc, bidet.
Plenty of parking out the front and side, led to the huge paved patio with pool, and kiddies pool. The pool itself is fenced off, which made it safe for children, and probably kept unwanted wildlife out too. We'd arranged to have the pool heated, and were glad we did.... the water was just perfect to walk into without that moment of (male) caution! The sun helped that a little of course. It was so relaxing to have our own pool, secluded, warm, and always in the sun, from first thing in the morning until way beyond 8pm in the evening.
We needed to clean some ants and leaves out a couple of times a day, but that was no issue. the local house manager called by a couple of times to check chlorine levels, and had made a special effort to adjust for a baby, which was appreciated.
There were eight loungers (the property can take 8 adults), and cushions for these, as well as other more sit-up garden seats and tables. Again, always somewhere to sit in the sun, though I preferred the shade usually.
The weather was just great, sunny most days, warm but not humid. No air-con in the property, but a number of fans if needed.
The property,being remote, is not on mains drainage, mains drainage or mains water, and apparently the odd power-cut can happen, but the bottled gas, well-pumped water and drainage solutions were all pretty transparent to us.
Silves is a 10 minute drive away, and a lovely village. Pretty, with good parking, bars, restaurants etc. Recommend Cafe Ingles near the castle. You can get to the coast (eg. Carvoeiro in 20-25 mins). Prices are so cheap in Portugal at the shops, and restaurants, we never got over a Sagres beer bottle in the local bar being 1 Euro! The people are friendly and helpful too, and most speak English.
As it happened, we so enjoyed chilling at the house, we didn't go out anywhere near as much as planned, some days some of us stayed there all day.
That's about all I can say... my family and I are pretty picky on where we stay and the standards we expect, and this ticked almost all the boxes. I wish I were back there now, and we would definitely return again, and hope to do so in the not too distant future.
To ensure good availability, maybe I shouldn't be quite so positive with this review!! ;-)
Thank you so much for your lovely comments. We are so pleased that you had a wonderful holiday and enjoyed staying at our villa as much as we do. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
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