Barao de Sao Joao holiday villa rental with balcony/terrace, air con and walking and rural retreat

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Villa / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 4 Home 144656

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Villa / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed

Stunning countryside surrounds the villa which is set amongst olive, fig and almond trees, just 2kms from the traditional village of Barao de Sao Joao.

Within easy reach of fabulous beaches, dramatic cliffs, quaint fishing villages and Lagos. It is ideal for a relaxing holiday and exploring this beautiful area of the Algarve.

Both bedrooms are en suite and have a shaded terrace with lovely views to the fairways of Espiche Golf course and to the mountains of Monchique.

The lounge dining room opens onto the spacious terracing surrounding the 10 x 5 metre swimming pool. A separate outside dining area overlooks the Mediterranean style garden and the communal BBQ and shaded dining area.

Amendoa is adjacent to Azeitona (3 bedroom villa) and Limão (1 bedroom villa) so it is ideal for parties who wish to holiday together but still retain their own privacy. Limão can only be booked with Azeitona or with Azeitona and Amendoa combined if they are all booked by the same party.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 En suites
Nearest beach 5 km
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 2 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Faro 90 km, Nearest railway: Lagos 8 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Pool Shared outdoor pool (heated)
General Air conditioning, Safe, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Furniture Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Shared outdoor pool (heated), Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ
Access Parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Not suitable for wheelchair users
Further details indoors

Bright and spacious lounge dining room and open plan, fully equipped kitchen.

Both bedrooms have en suite shower facilities, outside shaded terrace and each can be made into twin rooms if preferred.

Cot and highchair available on request.

An Ipod docking station/speakers with MP3 connection is provided.

Further details outdoors

The terrace around the swimming pool is spacious and overlooks the countryside ideal for sunbathing and relaxation.

Below the pool terrace the pretty Mediterranean style garden has a large communal BBQ house, shaded dining area and secluded seating.

Laundry available and there are ample drying facilities.

Further details

All linen and towels, including pool/beach towels are provided (changed weekly).

Welcome pack on arrival

If Amendoa and adjoining property Azeitona are rented together there is an option of renting Limão, the adjacent one bedroom, self contained villa bringing the total sleeping capacity to 12.

The Algarve region

The quieter western end of the Algarve boasts beautiful countryside and stunning beaches. A mixture of historic towns, timeless villages surrounded by orange groves and quaint fishing villages.

A visit to the west coast is a must to experience the dramatic cliffs and the lovely beaches frequented by surfers and beach lovers alike.

Sagres and its fort are steeped in navigational history and the mountains of Monchique are famous for their views, walking and waters. Nearby the Autodromo at Portimao offers go-karting as well as an international motorsports circuit hosting major events during the year.

With golf courses on the doorstep, walking, cycling, horse-riding, surfing, watersports, water parks, fishing and boat trips all close by there is something for everyone.

Barao de Sao Joao

The small picturesque village of Barao de Sao Joao is a 2km walk down the track to a handful of bars, restaurants, post office and a couple of shops to supply daily needs.

Excellent restaurants are also in the nearby village of Espiche. Praia du Luz ( 5mins by car) has 2 supermarkets, shops and a great variety of restaurants, many overlooking the beautiful bay and fantastic beach.

Lagos (10mins) has large supermarkets, bustling markets for fresh fish and vegetables, cafes and restaurants on cobbled streets, stunning cliff tops and beaches. The modern marina offers boat trips including sea fishing, dolphin watching, sailing charters and scenic viewing of the caves and grottos.

Quinta da Varzea Grande overlooks the immaculate fairways of the newly opened Espiche Golf course. There are also many other golf courses nearby with Boa Vista and Parque da Floresta only a few minutes drive away.

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26 Oct 2015


"a wonderful garden villa trio, away from the tourist vibe"

We stayed as a trio, mum, dad and a 2 and a half year old in October 2015. On arrival we were immediately delighted with our choice of villa for 6 days out of a 10 day trip to Portugal. We have been to the area before but we stayed with friends who didn't get much chance to show us around the areas around Lagos. Quinta de Varzea Grande is the perfect spot to explore this lovely part of the Algarve. Set away from the touristy areas, surrounded by small villages, with some of the most stunning natural beaches (great for surfing) just a 15-20 minute drive away, and with superb garden/barbecue and lovely clean pool which was just perfect for us as a small family. Mark and Ruth are exceptional hosts. They put a great deal of work into keeping the property beautifully maintained. Everything we could have needed in terms of cooking appliances/washing facilities were in place. They provide a lovely welcome pack on arrival, we actually surprised them by arriving earlier than expected, but they were very gracious about this and made us feel incredibly welcome. You will need a car to get to and from the villa because it is tucked away, but we enjoyed this aspect because we got to explore the surrounding villages outside of the major tourist hub. There are ample supermarkets within 20 minutes that provide everything a family needs. In short we would definitely recommend the villa to friends and family with or without children. The Quinta is in fact 3 villas (we stayed in the 2 bedroom accomodation) of various sizes - perfect for a large family with teenagers who want their own space.

13 Oct 2015


"Definetely a place to return to"

A very beautiful holiday villa in a wonderful location with very friendly and helpful owners. The ideal place for a holiday of several families or a larger group of friends and very good with kids. The houses were very well-equipped with really everything we needed. Also there was a lovely welcome package waiting for us at the arrival with the essentials for the first breakfast or snack as well as a delicious wine. Last but not least, the surrounding with its beautiful beaches is great. We'll definetly be back when we get the chance!

23 Sep 2015


"Beauté et Sérénité"

Mark et Ruth nous ont réservé un excellent accueil dans leur propriété.L'appartement que nous occupions (AMENDOA) était très agréable, lumineux, fonctionnel et propre, et nous avions plusieurs vues sur la campagne environnante très belle, ou sur la piscine parfaitement entretenue par Mark, avec lequel nous échangions de temps à autre sur nos visites ou nos journées. A notre arrivée, un pack de bienvenue était à notre disposition pour le petit-déjeuner et un dîner de secours.Mark et Ruth étaient très disponibles pour nos éventuelles demandes, tout en faisant preuve d'une grande discrétion. Cette propriété et le jardin qui l'entoure est un endroit paisible, très beau, la campagne environnante est magnifique.C'est un lieu ou le temps s'arrête, et ou les parisiens que nous sommes avons vite perdu la notion du temps .Amendoa n'est pas loin de Lagos(6 km) , des belles plages du sud et de la côte ouest, et aussi de la Serra De Monchique, d'ou la grande possibilité de varier les ballades.Cette propriété comporte plusieurs appartements, ce qui donne l'opportunité de venir séjourner avec des amis, tout en gardant son indépendance. Nous songeons déjà à revenir dans cette belle Algarve, et La Quinta Da Varzae Grande sera sans nul doute notre point de chute! C et T de Paris

12 Aug 2013


"Perfect villa in beautiful location - a real home from home"

In short, Amendoa (and Quinta da Varzea Grande as a whole) is a really fantastic place to stay. We (myself, my husband and our baby son (1)) have just returned from a brilliant 10 days here. The booking process is so easy and Mark/Ruth (villa owners) are really quick to get back to any emails or queries. In fact they are extremely helpful before you even get to Portugal!! I had a couple of baby specific queries as it was the first time we took our son (who is 1) abroad and Ruth was happy to help - even checking out whether the local supermarket stocked our preferred brand of nappy!! The villa is in a beautiful location set in the countryside but with easy access to all local amenities including the many gorgeous beaches located in the surrounding area. A car is essential but Mark & Ruth are able to sort out hire car bookings with no hassle whatsoever. The villa is lovely and clean and has plenty of space and there is full air conditioning in the lounge if needed for those extra hot days. The showers in the villa area great - lovely and warm and powerful. All necessary utensils etc are provided and we stayed at the villa and cooked most nights so our son could go to bed! Even if there is something extra you need Mark/Ruth will happily provide it without a problem, as they did for us. The villa has a private seating area and sunbeds and cushions are provided which can be used by the pool or on the private terrace (which has a great view overlooking the local golf course) - we had great weather the whole time we were there so there were plenty of places at the villa to enjoy the sunshine and relax in peace. The solar heated pool is a real star feature of the villa - a great size and kept lovely and clean (cleaned every morning by Mark). We used it every day and my son loved splashing around in the water. There is a great BBQ area with all facilities provided which we used on a couple of occasions and a lovely seating area overlooking the gardens - a great spot to enjoy a nice cold glass of wine in the early evening sun! On arrival you are provided with a welcome pack which is really handy and contains the basics for your first night - including milk, bread, butter, jam, water and even a bottle of wine. Ruth even made sure that we had some full fat milk for our son for the first night. We made full use of the facilities at the villa during our holiday and also explored the majority of the local area - nearby Barao de Sao Joao has some very quaint small cafes for a coffee and Praia de Luiz is 5-10mins drive from the villa where there are plenty of restaurants and shops to browse and obviously the beach. We found the beach at Luz a bit crowded and not the cleanest so we ventured a bit further to Salema (about a 15-20min drive from the villa) where the beach was stunning - Salema also has some great restaurants - Casa Pizza has a terrace where you can have really delicious seafood and pizzas looking out over the bay. Lagos Zoo is well worth a visit, really well kept, the animals are well looked after and there are lots of monkeys and birds to see. We had a really fantastic holiday and will definitely be staying here again on our return to the Algarve - highly recommended.

1 May 2013


"Fabulous location, lovely villas"

Lovely villas - the outdoor areas are particularly good, especially the pool. Ideal for a family gathering with the large barbecue area being a great place to socialise. The individual terraces outside each bedroom mean that it is also quite private. Well maintained both inside and out.

7 Aug 2012


"peaceful & relaxing with great pool"

Mark and Ruth were very welcoming and helpful. We had booked both villas with family and were impressed with the facilities and overall cleanliness of the villa. The area is very peaceful with lovely views of the surrounding area although a car is essential as the porperty is quite remote. The highlight of this property for us was the pool which is of a good size and was immaculately maintained on a daily basis. Overall a very relaxing and peaceful holiday.

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    Based in Portugal

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