“A superb quality portuguese villa in a beautiful location” The villa looked great on the website.When we arrived and saw it in the flesh though it was a WOW moment.I went with wife and in law and children aged from 3 to 17. This villa fitted the bill perfectly. A large property with 4 beds and large kitchen/dining/lounge areas. A lovely patio overlooking a well cared for swimming pool of good size.A beautiful upstairs balcony runs alongside the master bedroom and the living room.The covered balcony being a lovely location to escape the midday sun yet still allow a cool breeze to pass over. Discreet fence around the pool to re-assure fears where younger children are concerned.Large gardens and driveaway that offer a good degree of privacy.Located close enough to Praia De Luz if you fancy a walk down to town and easier enough to travel to the lovely town of Lagos. The villa is fitted with a high standard of interior fixtures and fittings. Travel from Faro airport was around 50 minutes and basically it was on a straight highway so easy to navigate for those not relishing driving on holiday. It was that good we are already planning to return next year.
“WOW! Amazing” booked this villa for a hen party of 21.
After reading negative reviews on this site about break ins I emailed Jim and he called me straight away and put my mind at ease.
The communication before I went was excellent and first class when I was there!
The villa is AMAZING! So so clean and tidy. Beautiful pool and gardens. Excellent location and Maguel the manager in Portugal was so good, he was just a phone call away for your every need. Nothing was too much trouble, taxis, advice any issues were dealt with promptly with a smile!! He was brilliant! I honestly cannot thank the staff at Columbia holidays for providing an amazing villa at excellent prices! We loved every second of our holiday and I will definitely return.
The villa could not have been more secure if they tried, shutters, alarms, sensors, safety deposit box.... what more could you want??? We certainly felt secure!!
Please book this villa if you want great location, luxury accommodation at affordable prices and Maguel on hand to help! :)
Thank you for the most amazing time :))
“Wonderful Holiday” We had a really enjoyable holiday in Villa Francesca in June 2011. The beautiful villa, the garden/pool and the tennis courts next door were all ideal for our group which included our adult children and small grandchildren. The owners were kind enough to put childproof fencing on the upstairs balcony and this, together with a gate for the stairs in the villa gave us great peace of mind during our holiday. We played some golf on the nearby courses and the charming village of Carvoiero with plenty of excellent restaurants was just a few kilometres away. We would heartily recommend Villa Francesca to any family group and we hope to stay there again in the future.
“Lovely stay!” My wife and I had a wonderful stay in Vila 2 Albufeira! Helena and Alfredo are lovely and make you feel extremely welcome. There is everything you need at the Vila for a perfect holiday. Although November there are still plenty of things to do and visit, the beach is glorious, plus many delicious restaurants to try!
“Beautiful” When we arrived at the area where villa mimi was in we were a bit disappointed as it seemed away from everything and the area a bit run down but as soon as we entered the villa we were gobsmacked. Claudio has a gorgeous place, too good for our kids. Everyone loved it especially the pool and underground games room. There is a stair gaurd at top of the stairs great if u have wondering kids (pity wasn't one at bottom minor) The pool was so warm as we used the cover that we were told to use only thing we had be extra cautious as there is no gaurd around the pool and it was quite deep but that didn't stop us. There is lovely restaurants/pubs "the Dubliner and Erin's isle" about 5 mins walk from villa . Lovely Irish bars. There is an inter marche up beside Erin's isle and the strip is only a 10 min walk from villa. Taxi into old town is 6€ per car. Couldn't fault the place. Thanks Claudio
“Perfect Stay” This villa was everything and more than we expected. Extremely clean and very spacious for all 11 adults. Nice and private but walking distance to town for all our essentials. Helen made the stay extra special by surprising us with a birthday cake for a few of our guests. The only thing that could help with improvement is providing small essentials like salt or pepper or cooking oil to save you having to go and buy everything the moment you land. But overall an amazing stay.
Would highly recommend.
“A lovely villa with a warm welcome, perfect for families and couples.” My first impressions were that the villa itself was in a very good condition, complete with a wealth of facilities and extra touches such as dvd's for us to watch. The rooms were neat and nicely furnished, with a homely feel. The garden area was especially nice, with the swimming pool being the perfect size and depth to cater for both adults and children.
Throughout our stay we kept in contact with the owners who were helpful enough to recommend us places to eat and visit, or who sometimes just wanted to check we had everything we needed. It was this warm and friendly welcome that made our stay especially comfortable and made us feel more than just simply renters.
The only minor disadvantage is that a car is absolutely essential in order to reach shops and towns, but then with a car it is only a 10min drive to the beach. And on our holiday we ended up spending a lot of time at the villa anyway because it was such a nice place in itself to relax in. Overall definitely great value for money.
“It does what it says on the tin.” We went on holiday at the end of April 2015 -beginning of May 2015 and had an excellent time. The villa was light airy and well stocked. The facilities for the little one were well provided for . We hired a highchair and cot at a minimal cost from the owner. The whole villa is secured by walls therefor safe for little ones. The beautiful pool and patio areas made for a relaxing holiday and if the opportunity arises we will use this villa again. The local amenities , the beach , the golf course etc. were great. Carvoeiro restaurants provide a great choice and you will not find a poor one! Nearby is our favorite restaurant Julio's .Centianes beach restaurant is excellent for breakfast and within easy walking distance . For the children Slide and Splash is a must as is Zoo Marine.
“Villa Sete Albufeira” Stayed at villa Sete for 10 days. There were 5 in our party.The transfer from the airport was prompt and friendly,I would recomend anyone to use this service should they need to.
We were welcomed by Jimmy, who had bought us a few essentials, which was a nice touch. he showed us around the villa, and answered our questions, explained how the safe worked, all we needed to know really. The villa was spot on, all the bedrooms were en suite,the kitchen was more than adequate for our needs, and the living area was spaceous and comfortable. There is a sky box, but no card, so we received all the UK freeview TV and radio channels.
The pool is well maintained, and is a good size and depth, there are plenty of sunbeds too.The pool table is to one side, all the cues and balls were in good order, the grass isn't very green, but this is down to the fact people walk round the pool table and there's no rain. I would suggest this area be flagged or tiled, but this is not a complaint. the location is ideal, 10 mins walk to the strip or 10 mins walk to the old town. There are plenty of shops/mini markets near by for your shopping very close by, and the villa is in a cul de sac so traffic noise isn't an issue.Would definately visit villa Sete again
“Chilled out stay” Just back from Casa Monte in Carvoeiro where I was on holiday with my parents, fiancee, brother and his wife and kids. We had an awesome holiday, helped by the weather but also the location of Casa Monte. We were able to walk two minutes to several restaurants which made last minute dinner plans easy and some of them had wi-fi that you could use during the day. Then went down into town a couple of nights and there are loads more places to eat & drink to choose from.
The kids, who are four, loved the pool and so did my brother because with it being totally enclosed he could relax a bit more. The villa is spotless with loads of open space and it was easy to get keys and check in and out.
We rented golf clubs from Clubs To Hire at the airport and also managed to play the new Faldo and O'Connor course just 20 mins away. The O'Connor course is brilliant and the Faldo course is very good, although there are 4 holes on the back nine which I wasn't sure about.
Carvoeiro is simple to get to, about 45 mins from airport, and I found it cheaper to eat and drink in than Villamoura and a welcome change to some of the stag and hen nights.
All in all, I think i'll be back.
“Fab stay” Just returned from a week at this fab villa. It was perfect for our needs and great for small children as the patio area has gates to prevent them going poolside. Beautiful views with so much space inside and out. The owner Ian has been extremely helpful with questions and queries, and the visitor information book at the villa is great for instant answers. Would I stay again? Absolutely!!!
“Mr” Spot on again family enjoyed it. We were actually in villa new. Because of a clerical error. But Jim and Patrick were right. It was better all round. Ideal for large family groups. Ie 3 years to 75 years. Looking forward to next year.
“A great find!” We stayed in the house for 2 weeks In July 2013 and can honestly say that we had a wonderful time. The booking process with the owner was really straightforward and we had excellent communication with her and the property management team before and during our stay. The house is beautifully furnished to a very high standard and is very well maintained (cleaner and pool/garden maintenance weekly). We have stayed in lots of privately owned villas/apartments and this was certainly in our top three favourites!
It is in an excellent location to access the supermarket, golf course and complex, local restaurant in Budens and the beautiful coastline, particularly Salema. We feel a car is a must to make the most of the area.
The house is terraced and hence the pool area is overlooked by the neighbours, but it still afforded relaxation, peace and quiet, with lovely views over the golf course.
The only slightly negative comment we would make is that the sun-loungers weren't the most comfortable and the outside table and chairs could be updated but neither of these things would deter us from booking again.
If this is your first visit to this part of Portugal we would advise you to take a jumper/cardigan for the evenings, as there is a very strong wind which could be quite chilly (even in July!). The days were idyllic though.
We would not hesitate to book again!
“Super Week” Thanks Dale for sorting everything, lots of requests and changes but everything went smooth. Villa was great, all it said it was, nice rooms, great pool, good BBQ. We had a great week, only thing I would say is its missing a docking station for iphone's etc for some music but does have stereo. We will be looking to come back again
“The Best Place!” Myself and a few girls went here for a Hen Party. The Villa was beautiful inside and out and was everything we needed. Jim, the property along with the housekeeper Miguel were fantastic. We will definitely be back, as a group, family holiday or any excuse to get returning. Definitely recommend this villa and these guys made everything that bit less stressful helping with airport transfers to and from the villa.
Brilliant service, location and villa!