Although it was Dec (we stayed until the end of March), the weather was perfect this winter in the Algarve. (but bad for farmers; too dry). The Edificio Somar where Mick & Brid's apartment is in Olhos d'Agua, was ideal for us, having two bedrooms plus two sofa beds in the front room as we had visitors coming and going.
The village is walking distance to all amentities, tons of restaurants and a big supermarket. The local cafe is friendly and with good prices for lunch. There are two pharmacies within 5 minutes walk as well as a several travel agents for local and Spanish excurisons as well as car hire. The popular bar & restaurant area of Oura beach is next door (5 minutes in car) on the edge of Albufeira, just far enough. More importantly, the lovely secluded beaches of the area. Fabulous cliffs, and golden sand. Too cold to swim in the winter, but still lovely to stroll and warm enough to play on.
The apartment was modern, very big, and well-equipped, we were not short of anything, and everything was new and worked well (tv/satellite/dvd/video and all necessary appliances). Lots of dishes and glasses. Each room had a combination heater-cooler which was great in winter to knock the chill off the evenings. The two bathrooms were very handy, one with bath/shower, the other with a shower stall. The central vac made cleaning simple and fast, and the stone floors easy to clean as well. The big terrace was great all day, with a southern exposure. Might be hot in summer so watch out!
Drawbacks: In winter the building is cold, especially with stone floors. The heating was essential. There were too few power outlets in the building, especially the kitchen (strange feature to overlook in a kitchen) so one was always struggling with swapping plugs. Lighting in the kitchen could have been better since we always seemed to be standing in our own light trying to prepare meals. The shower was a bit cramped for larger people. In winter you'll find the back bedroom extremely dark, but this will be an advantage in summer to keep cool. These are principally design issues and nothing to do with the upkeep or furnishings.
There were only a few things on the minus side, easily outweighted by the pluses! :)
Mick and Brid were ever helpful and kind enough to let us stay long-term. Great holiday.