“Beautiful Villa” Just come back from my hen party in this villa. It was beautiful, clean, well located and had the most lovely pool and decor. The owners could not do enough! We had the most amazing weekend. Its a small taxi (or tuc tuc) ride away from the old town, which has a beautiful beach, restaurants and cute shops. The night life there is good fun too! There is a lovely seafood place about a five minute walk away from the villa and also a lovely beach with nice beach food. Reccomend Reccomend! Suitable for familys or groups of girls!
“Loved loved loved it!” This villa is wonderful, clean, spacious, extremely well equipped with brilliant outdoor space. It genuinely had everything we could possibly have needed. All bedrooms are a decent size, plenty of hanging space and storage for all. Lovely kitchen with excellent equipment. Outdoor space is fantastic, enough sunbeds - and with cushions so nice and comfy - umbrellas as well to give yourself some relief from the beautiful weather if needed. Pool is a great size - and it is so peaceful here. Location is spot on - genuinely is 5 minutes to the beach/town and 2 minutes to the small square in the resort - supermarket just opened on resort - 2 minutes from villa. Owner is very responsive and friendly. Lovely resort - people really friendly - only downside is that we are not sure how we are going to top this one! Thank you, we had the most perfect stay.
“Oustanding Accomodation 5* experience highly recommend” Cannot recommend this villa enough. From the moment you arrive you are greeted by friendly and helpful Mike and Emma backed up during the week by housekeeper Julietta. We stayed here last year and it was awesome this year was even better. The maintenance of the property is second to none with Various improvements that have been made since our last stay - new sun beds, new awning to name but a few. The facilities are second to none including a well appointed Kitchen. Cannot thank Carolina enough for her expert contact throughout the booking making the whole process very straight forward and stress free. Would definitely stay here again :-)
“Exceptional villa inside and out, luxury fixtures & fittings, good sea views, plus child & family friendly” We arranged to stay at this villa at very short notice and the response from the owners was very prompt and efficient in all aspects of the booking.
In my view the property is highly suited to families with children, and groups.
We were able to fully relax knowing that the pool had a mesh fence to keep little ones out (this can be removed). The downstairs really lends itself to family living with an open plan kitchen dining and living space, this leads out onto the patio via 2 x double doors. The patio does provide good shade during the day, we also made use of the gas BBQ.
We found it was great to have use of a bed-guard for our 3 year old, and a toddler toilet seat, there was also a small table and chairs which our 2 children loved to use.
We all slept well the beds were nice and comfortable; there was plenty of storage space drawers and wardrobes etc.
The kitchen was well equipped and the appliances were very good quality and easy to use.
There is also an upstairs lounge which is beautiful.
I would not hesitate to recommend this villa to anyone else. We would definitely love to stay again.
“EXCELLENT , relaxing holiday” we had an excellent holiday,
car is a must ,, update your sat nav before going ,, the roads around LUZ have been updated and my sat nav did not pick up the new roads,
Patricia the owner is a lovely person , she communicated fast via email or phone, she even arranged car hire from the airport, cheep car ,
deposit was returned very fast ,,
the villa is a short drive inland from the town of LUZ , very quite area , just what we needed ,
i will be looking to return next year ,,
“Excellent for young family and grandparents” This is a lovely villa just suitable in every way for a family with young baby, preschool child and grandparents. Lovely setup, well equipped and so quiet with just a 20 minute walk into town. There was an excellent resturant, mini supermarket and playground nearby. The addition of wifi and sky TV was also a bonus. A very nice welcome pack was greatfully received and Patricia the villa manager and Maria the cleaner were very helpfull and friendly. Could not wish for any more and would love to come back as this was a great holiday!
“a home from home!” The villa was amazing and had everything we could need for our family! As a family of 3 generations it had enough space and comfort to relax and enjoy our stay.The outdoor space was super especially for the children during the day and the adults in the evenings! We all loved the huge BBQ and dining area and certainly made full use of it! The municipal market has a great butcher and fishmonger with very reasonable prices. Intermarche is also good but we found it could be chaotic most days. Again prices were fairly reasonable. We went to the beach most days but preferred the Falaisa beach even though it was further to walk, as Olhos de Agua beach was usually packed! We did have a car but found that it wasn't really essential as everything was within walking distance. All in all a fantastic holiday and we all want to return as soon as we can.
“The Beautiful Villa Francesca” Villa Francesca felt more like a second home than a rental property. There was a wonderful feeling of homeliness about it. The standard of the accommodation was good and we enjoyed the spaciousness of the rooms. We were a party of 8 ranging in ages from 6 to 80 and everyone had a wonderful time. For my parents both in their 80's there was more than enough space to disappear to away from the children yet without feeling the need to temper the children's enjoyment of the pool and garden (both of which were beautifully kept). We would all return to this villa in a heartbeat. The owners too were very kind and welcoming in email correspondence before and after we arrived with great recommendations for beaches and restaurants. The location was a perfect balance in terms of distance to a variety of different beaches and restaurants whilst at the same time the villa itself was very private and tucked away from the buzz of the town. The local manager was helpful and accommodating. We really did love this holiday and would have no hesitation in recommending it. We hope to return to Villa Francesca ourselves on day soon.
“Great family holiday” Our family of 15 stayed in the villa for a week. The location was excellent and we were not bothered by the noise from the strip. The pool was great for the children and had lots of floats available. We had trouble with the air con in one of the rooms but Miguel promptly got this repaired. Some of the party felt the mattresses down stairs were quite hard. Our only complaint really was lack of bowls and pots for cooking. Just a minor issue with such a crowd. All in all fantastic villa...we will be back!
“The perfect home from home!” The best and simplest review I can write for this villa is that I want to live in Portugal and I want this to be my home!
I travelled with my boyfriend and family in June 2012 for 2 weeks and could not fault this beautiful home that Mr Parker has made for his guests. We were pleased to meet Graham Parker on our arrival; a charming Englishman who we discovered has been living in the area for about 10 years now. He ensured that we had everything we could have needed to enjoy our stay and his superb knowledge of the local area would come in handy for us later on.
The 4-bed villa is set in a beautiful location just a very short walk away from the marina in Vilamoura. Busy as the marina can be at times, you feel a million miles from it in the very large back garden of the villa when the only noise you will hear is the crack of golf balls being driven down the fairway of the golf course behind the marina. You may also hear a passing plane but always remember, that this is the route home from Faro, so any plane you see will be leaving and you can feel sorry for the poor souls leaving Portugal while you sunbathe in the back garden. A huge, beautiful tree sits in the back garden with the garden around it and almost stands and looks proudly over the more than adequately sized pool and sun loungers. An array of lilos and water toys were a great addition, even for ones of a mature nature :) Also in the garden is a beautiful built in barbeque (which was used on a few occasions) and a wonderful patio area with table and seating on the terrace looking over the pool. It was the perfect base for brunch by the pool and a few sangrias as the afternoons wore on.
Downstairs in the villa contains a huge living area, dining table and from what I am told a new refurbished kitchen which was all more than adequate for the 8 this villa holds. A separate utility room was a handy and pleasant surprise with a little yard to the side to dry your clothes quickly in the Portuguese sunshine. 2 bedrooms and a bathroom finish off the downstairs. The bathroom looks to be designed to highest spec, and both the twin and double bedrooms are beautifully decorated. The double bedroom downstairs is huge, with patio doors leading out on to the terrace and a beautifully decorated ensuite with a huge, tiled walk in shower.
Upstairs there is another bathroom (of the same high design) and another twin and double bedroom. Both of these bedrooms open out on to a stunning balcony terrace looking out over the back garden and the golf course behind. This is a complete suntrap, comes with a lovely table and chairs and makes for a lovely few nights with a glass of wine watching the sun go down!
The villa is located perfectly within Vilamoura. A leisurely walk would take about 10 mins but in the glorious sunshine, it was never a chore. Just a few hundred yards down the street is a local supermarket, which has everything you will need for your stay. My father very gladly took on the chore of fetching the freshly baked bread in the mornings for breakfast! There is also a little pub beside the shop if the walk there gets too hot and you need a drink to cool down - I discovered this when all the men in the group decided to go to the shop "to get the daily papers".
As I mentioned earlier, Mr Parker's advice became very valuable to us on our trip. Not wanting to eat at the Marina every night and pay over the odds for food that was priced for tourists, he was able to recommend a wonderful array of very local restaurants for us to try. The food in these places was traditional Portuguese fayre and about half the price if not more than at the Marina. Don't get me the wrong, the Marina is stunning but if you want to eat like the locals, ask Mr Parker about Za Galo, La Cabana, Retiro des Campones and Jacinto (for the fish lovers). He also directed to us to BJ's Oceanside Bar where we enjoyed our last Friday eating fabulous food and listening to live music overlooking the beach.
All in all, I really cannot find any faults with the villa, the location or Mr Parker himself. We knew if there was anything we needed, he was at the end of the phone and that was very reassuring being in a place where we didn't speak the language or know our way around!
This villa will appeal to anyone who wants to go away and enjoy some peace and quiet in the sun with all that Vilamoura has to offer within easy reach.
I very much hope that I will be back in Vilamoura some day and if I am, there is no question in my mind as to where I will stay!
“Albufeira April 2017” We where a party of 10 who traveled to Casa Julio villa for a graduation celebration, very straight forward check in with Miguel there to make everything ran smoothly, this was an ideal place to spend relaxing at the pool during the day and just a short walk to the strip, where there are plenty of eateries and all kinds of food to choose from, this area was suitable for all age, it maybe very busy af the height of the season but I would defiantly recommend this villa plenty of room with good amenities and would be a great very reasonably priced villa for s family and about 10 minutes walk to a beautiful beach. Betty
“A BEATIFULL VILLA IN AN EXCELLENT LOCATION” The villa was in an excellent location with beautifull views of the golf course. The accommodation was excellent with three large bedrooms large kitchen dining area and lounge. The villa had everything you want on holdays with very good wifi.The resort of Salema was just a short drive with excellent restaurants and nice beach. The villa was very well located for day trips to the numerous local beaches with fantastic scenery.
“Very relaxing lovely holiday” The villa was beautiful and very spacious. We were with our 2 teenage boys (12 and 15) and there was plenty space for the boys (and us!) to have our own space when needed. The pool was their favourite part of the holiday. They had great fun in it for hours. It maybe sounds selfish and anti social, but it was lovely that it was solely for our use. No fighting for loungers, noise level, drunks etc etc. There is plenty of space around the pool for parents to keep an eye on the kids in the pool but still relax themselves.
The games room was another favourite with the boys as they sometimes needed some time out of the hot sun. They loved the pool table and the PS3. They also loved the fact that there was WiFi for their phones and gadgets. There was no washing machine when we first arrived as it had broken but a lovely shiny new one was soon delivered and this was great. The only thing we found was the position of the rotary dryer outside was not ideal. It was round the back of the house, not directly in the sun. Some of the ropes were broken and because it was under trees, the birds tended to deposit things on the clean washing! We bought a piece of washing line and set up our own drying line so it wasn't a big deal. The kitchen and utensils were adequate for us as we tended to only have breakfast and light lunch sometimes in the villa. There is a microwave, dishwasher, and BBQ but we didn't need to use any of these. I would say some of the kitchen equipment (cups) and cutlery are maybe in need of being replaced now. The bedrooms were big and colourful. There were plenty of towels for both the pool and bathrooms. The bed we had downstairs was very hard and uncomfortable to sleep on and the pillows could do with being renewed as they were lumpy. I wasn't keen on the feather duvet, but that's probably just me! The bedrooms had air conditioning which was great to have. The villa is within walking distance of the town but it is very hot from 10am onwards so we tended to use the hired car. We didn't ever use taxis at night as we didn't tend to go out for the night life, but I don't think taxis would be expensive if you were doing this. We had a walk through the town one night and there was a lovely atmosphere. Families were out and about, music playing, market stalls etc. It can be cool and breezy at night but all that is needed is a light cardigen/hoodie. Supermarkets are nearby and seem to stock everything. The villa is beside other villas but very private with nobody looking in on the pool. We hardly saw anyone else at all. The neighbours all seemed to have dogs, which tended to all bark to each other at various times of the day, but it wasn't overnight or early morning, so it was bearable. There was good security around the villa with locking gates and shutters for the villa, so we felt safe there.
I would recommend this villa to anyone. We had a lovely relaxing time and loved Lagos. We travelled to Zoo Marine to swim with the dolphins and we also went twice to the go karting track. The boys loved this and were keen to go back. It was very quiet both times. We thought most people maybe went on holiday to go to the beach etc, but our two certainly loved this place.
My only problem was with the bed and pillows, but this would be easily solved. Booking and communication etc was excellent throughout. When we arrived we were given a contact for a couple locally should we need any laundry done (before the new machine was delivered) and if we needed other information. They were very nice and helpful.
Thank you. We had a great holiday. Hope you do too. :-)