2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 4/5
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Check-out: 10:00 am
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A peaceful stay, with everything we needed
We arrived quite late but David had communicated with us since we landed and was there to meet us and show us around. The welcome basket was very much appreciated, since we were too late and too tired to try to find dinner.
The villa is in a quiet cul-de-sac and had everything we needed, including Wi-Fi, TV, inside and outside dining areas and a kitchen with all appliances. The washer in the utility room was a real plus. It's a lovely, clean and well presented property and as a party of 3 we had more than enough space.
It's a two minute walk down the road to the main reception and access to the communal pools and bar. The bar hosts daily activities and we particularly enjoyed the quizzes where we received prizes in way of a free drink at the bar, or a garlic bread which we enjoyed in the affiliated Restaurant adjacent to Reception. There's a well stocked shop near Reception and Lidl is about a 30 minute drive, but well worth it if you plan to cook in the Villa.
The pool was fine and big, but please note there is no full time life guard or supervision and it is over 2 metres in the deep end. Just away from the main pool are two tennis courts which were available, though no one was using them. Had we stayed longer we'd have loved to have a few games.
It's around a 15-20 minute walk into town and the busy square. We'd recommend Onze, where the seafood skewers and pasta were delicious. It's mid priced but worth it and we'd certainly go back there.
A car is useful if you want to go further afield and though the beaches were a little busy, they are cosy and it was nice to get into the sea. Alvor is 30 minutes away by car and we enjoyed Prawn and Tuna salads at Sereia restaurant on the front - excellent value at €8.50.
We would thoroughly recommend Mato Serrão and are looking forward to going back again.
Best wishes and thanks to David and Stefanie.
Dear Craig, many thanks for your excellent review. We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay and look forward to having you with us again in future.
All the best and we hope to see you again soon.
Lovely little house in quiet residential complex. Excellent location.
We have had a lovely 10 days at Casa Iona. The house is lovely, comfy beds and everything you need. The location was ideal for us as it is on a quiet complex with access to a couple of nice pools and restaurants. The walk into Carvoeiro takes 15-20 mins but is a pleasant walk. Carvoeiro is v busy at this time of the year so we were happy to go and eat then leave the hustle and bustle. There are some amazing scenic beaches in the area but all v busy due to the time of year. We still got sunbeds or a place to set up camp but it is v busy. Our teenagers loved cliff jumping at Praia de Carvalho but again very busy and the sea is FREEZING!
Regarding the house we would just recommend some new garden furniture as the table is too wobbly to eat at and the chairs are uncomfortable. I think you need a new toilet seat too.
All round a great place to stay and we all had a fab holiday x nice safe location and suits families with little children and older teenagers alike.
Villa in carvoeiro
Nice property in a great location close to restaurants. Owners lovely and the welcome pack of milk, bread eggs etc was a nice touch especially if arriving late after the shop has closed. Supermarket on site very reasonable and can highly reccomend the Italian restaurant on site
Beautiful sunny spot
I thought the apartment was in a lovely quiet position with lovely sunny outside space. But it is looking a bit tired (hence 4 stars and not 5) and I was very disappointed with the TV. I rented in the winter for over 6 weeks and did not want to go out every night. The television had very few UK channels, was extremely old with a constant buzzing noise and a line permanently across it. I would’ve considered this apartment for next winter but not with such a poor tv.
On the plus side the heating was very efficient (another must in the winter). The washing machine was a bonus and it was warm enough to dry everything on the balcony. Quinta dos Paraiso is a lovely resort. The pools were super and with one heated I even managed a swim. It’s 15 minutes walk from the beautiful centre of Carvoeiro.
Dear Carolyne Wolfe,
Thank you for the observation, the owners have now purchased and installed a new Smart TV
Very best wishes.
Quiet, private and a very good location. Access to all goods and services.
Really enjoyed our stay, apartment well equipped from the complementary food to get us started, with full laundry facilities and a fully functioning fireplace. David was a tremendous help and was always there to lend a hand. Would definitely stay again and highly recommend. Nicely furnished and you had a feeling of safety and security. We’re able to easily take many day trips and experience the western Algarve.
We had a lovely 10 night stay in Casa Iona.
David met us on arrival and showed us round.
The house is well equipped and has a dish washer, washing machine and dryer which helps when you have a 1 year old.
The terrace was great for sunbathing.
The communal pools were good, plenty of sun loungers.
The mini market on site sells plenty of holiday basics - alcohol, crisps, fruit etc but for a big shop the Intermarche supermarket was €20 return in a taxi.
15 minute walk into Carvoeiro, uphill on way back but we managed it fine with a pushchair.
Overall a lovely stay.
Casa Iona is located in the Quinta do Paraiso holiday resort in Praia do Carvoeiro. Casa Iona enjoys a peaceful setting yet is within a couple of minutes walk of the Club’s central facilities – these include a small, well-stocked supermarket (selling essentials like fresh milk, wine, fresh bread and pastries), well-known pizzeria, restaurant, coffee bar, playground, tennis courts, mini-golf and beautiful communal pools. There is also a renowned diving school and bike hire available on site. The drive from Faro airport to Casa Iona takes approximately 45 minutes.
Golf: The area has excellent golfing facilities. You will find the Quinta do Gramacho golf course and a 9 hole course on the Vale do Milho development, both in Carvoeiro and the renowned championship golf course at Penina only about a twenty minute drive away. Slightly further afield are the golfing centres of Vilamoura (approximately 30minutes by car) and Vale do Lobo (40 minutes by car).