Luxury, Self Catering 4 Bed, (sleeps 12) House With Pool, Close To Beach.
- english, portuguese
About Andrew Derrick
Both Else and I worked in London for many years before deciding to seek warmer climes! We have two grown up children, now working in London and have been managing properties ( including two of our own) in the East Algarve for over seven years. We live nearby and are available for help or advice during you stay here.
Pool / Spa
Max guests: 12
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
the property is well proportioned all our visitors over the month we had it were happy with their rooms , located handily for the beach we were fortunate to have good weather throughout our stay feb/mar with a cafe/ bakery close enough to pop out to and a good fish restaurant on the beach ,
we had a couple of minor problems with electrics and took us a while to figure the gas had run out when hot water stopped basic instructions would have helped
overall our stay was exactly what we hoped and would happily stay here again
Perfect for our needs
Well located.Near restaurants beaches shops but in a quiet location.
In a less touristy side of the Algarve but not isolated from any amenities.
Pool warm enough to swim even early April. Kitchen well supplied with utensils and white goods. Plenty of room in the bedrooms. Games room with pool table and table football a real bonus for young ones especially on rainy days. Great barbeque area outside.
Would highly recommend for a self catering family to the Algarve.
loved our holiday inthe villa was large and plenty of space for everyone to chill out the pool was great as weather was fantastic ,villa is a 15min walk to monte gordo through forest and 5mins from a gorgeous beach .Andrew and Elise were a lovely couple and always available to answer any questions and sort out any problems ,had a great stay x
Excellent Villa/House Holiday
This is the first time we stayed in a villa on a foreign holiday so we were excited and apprehensive at the same time. There were 13 in our group 6 adults, 3 teenagers, and 4 young children staying less than 2 full weeks. But, to our relief, the owners were accommodating with our numbers and our dates. From the moment we arrived (12 midnight) until we left, we found it spacious, well-equipped, and clean. During our stay a cleaner came by to change the bed linens and a pool guy stopped and did "his thing". A sign that the house is well-maintained! We, all found the villa, the neighbourhood and nearby Monte Gordo Town perfect for our summer getaway. The pool provided private fun and relaxation. The built-in patio barbeque (which got a hefty workout during our stay) made it too easy to spend whole days at the villa instead of the beach. On days we did make the short 200 metre walk to a beautiful, spacious and clean beach and we loved it!. We read the past reviews and visited the local bakery for fantastic breads/cakes. The kids liked the ice cream selection too! Another review recommended the bike rentals from the Town. They were a fantastic way for the everyone to go exploring and get some exercise. The bird sanctuary was a nice relaxing (15 minute) walk to the town. The folder of information in the villa, which we found very helpful, had recommendations and numbers for dental/medical emergencies, restaurants, super markets and most importantly, taxis. We got lucky enough to meet up with Jose Carlos a local taxi man with his own business (3 cars and drivers). He ended up as our tour guide/personal driver! Accommodating any number up to 13 of us. He was friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating. Highly recommend him-I left his business card in the folder. He recommended a wonderful restaurant in Villa Real. It was overlooking the river. Fantastic evening. Another day we took the ferry (€5/person) to Spain. I recommend this too. Finally, Else and Andrew were the perfect hosts-They were there when you needed them, but not "hovering" if you wanted your privacy. They were helpful and accommodating and were only a short distance away if you needed anything. Sometimes owners/managers aren't available if you need to speak to them. Overall summary: Great villa + friendly people + perfect location = Fantastic Holiday. Only sad part of our stay, the day we left! Highly recommend Else and Andrew and this property to anyone. We are definitely planning on returning!
What a lovely place to chill!
We had a wonderful time staying at the villa for a week .
The villa was immaculately clean and had everything possible to make our stay easy and relaxing.The position of the villa is fantastic and peaceful , and genuinely 250m from the beach and a short bike ride(1km) through the natural park next to the villa is monte gordo town.
If you are staying around montegordo, there is no need to hire a car, the transfers from faro are very reasonable ,but I would strongly recommend hiring bikes for the week , it is very flat there,with cycle lanes, and it was fun for all the family!(even my 14 year old daughter!)We hired bikes from Tur Fortes 15 euros the week!They can also arrange transfers and deliver and pick up bikes from the villa as a package.
The beach at casas da Audiencia is beautiful with fine white sand and not too busy. You can hire 2 loungers and a shade for 12 euros a day and they throw in an extra lounger if needed free of charge!
Montegordo is a family resort so not a lot going on for the older teenagers, although in our party of twenty,didn't get any complaints.
We are definitely coming back here and will use Home away again as Andrew and Else were incredibly helpful.
The down side if any ,are that the villa needs an extra bathroom if 10 or 12 people are staying there! Also we turned up very late in the day and had no food or essentials at the villa(starter pack!) mentioned this to Andrew and he said that if we had requested they could have arranged it, Something definitely to do next time!
Finally the people of montegordo and especially the old lady selling fruit on the way to the beach are so friendly.
Casa de Audiencia ia an exclusive village of around 250 large villa and houses, situated between the towns of Altura and Monte Gordo, and next to the well known Praia Verde Condominium. The area boasts two superb restaurants on the beach itself, and a cafe/bar. In addition, there is a local shop, bakery and pastelaria that sells all the basics, plus some superb Portuguese pastries! The beach is 4 minutes walk from the villa, through pine trees,and the beautiful unspoilt sandy beach stretches for miles, Nearby is the Rio Formosa, a nature reserve stretching 67 kilometres along the coast to Faro. The house backs onto a National Park, full of pine trees surrounding a beautiful unspoilt lake that is a magnet for wild birds and ducks. It is excellent for walking and cycling in. The house is within five minutes drive of several top golf courses, including the newly opened Jack Nicklaus course at Monte Rei and the Ballesteros course at Quinta do Vale.
Golf: If you're looking for a golfer's paradise, then look no further than the Algarve for your ultimate golfing experience.
With it's brilliant, sunny climate and dramatic courses throughout the region, it's easy to see why the Algarve is the most popular golfing destination in Europe.
There are over 30 golf courses in the Algarve, ranging from 9-hole courses stretched over the Algarve grassland, to dramatic coastal 18-hole courses set amongst the picturesque cliffs.
This makes golf here enjoyable for everyone, regardless of ability, and guarantees that you will find the perfect course for you.
The East Algarve boasts the wonderful Monte Rei course, designed by Nicklaus, Quinta do Vale course designed by Ballesteros,by the river Guardiana, as well as QUinta da Cima, Ria, Benamor and Castro Marim.