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CASA ESCONDIDA....THE PERFECT HOLIDAY HIDEAWAY WITH FREE WI-FI

John Griffiths

Advertiser since: 2004
Speaks: english, portuguese
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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John Griffiths

Advertiser since: 2004
Speaks: english, portuguese
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CASA ESCONDIDA....THE PERFECT HOLIDAY HIDEAWAY WITH FREE WI-FI

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Overview

Ariolos House Rental Photos and Description

2 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 4 people ( a cot can be arranged )

Casa Escondida is a perfect home from home for both summer and winter holidays. The house sleeps four people in one double and one twin bedroom . A cot can be arranged for a baby. There are various places to relax including the covered terrace overlooking the pool with its sofa and two arm chairs. On this terrace there is also a small table and chairs for breakfast whilst enjoying the view to the distant sea. A barbecue.stands by the pool near a tiled dining table with chairs and four sun loungers. The large pool is sanitised using a saltwater system (no sore eyes and green hair from excessive use of chlorine) and for extra exercise there is a full size badminton court which can be used for paddle tennis and other games(badminton sets provided) Wi-Fi

,Internet and English T.V are connected to the house for which there is no extra charge. When you arrive a generous complimentary welcome pack will get you started until you have time to get to the shops.Casa Escondida has been running for many years and is constantly up-dated. It is usually fully booked by new guests from Holiday Rentals and by repeat bookings. It is necessary to book early, Please check the guest book below for client comments.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
John Griffiths (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2004
Speaks: english, portuguese

About John Griffiths

I have worked in the hospitality business and have acquired all the experience needed in welcoming guests and providing a comfortable and relaxing ambience for a perfect holiday. Having lived in Algarve for many years I am also very knowledgeable about the area and am happy to share this with our guests. I worked for many years on cruise liners and met my wife on The Love Boat,the setting for the American T.V.series

John Griffiths purchased this house in 1986

Why John Griffiths chose Ariolos

Casa Escondida was built by us as our retirement home but having lived in Portugal for three years we thought that holiday makers would enjoy the Algarve as much as we do. We now live close by and still feel as though WE are on holiday in this

beautiful corner of Europe.

What makes this house unique

We built Casa Escondida as our first home in Algarve which we think is why it has such a welcoming feeling, Casa Escondida's unique benefit is that we, as the owners, live in the area and are always on hand, (but not intrusively,) to help or give advice at any time. As the house is not managed by a management company, but by us,,our care is available seven days a week.......we are still available at weekends and know ,from our experience ,how to handle any problem which might arise !! But apart from those benefits the house, which was our home for three years,is what our Portuguese friends call 'Uma Casa Alegria'....a joyful house!!

..........and all of our guests have found it so !!,

Guestbook comments from the owner

12th July-26th July 2007. Had a lovely holiday. Villa superb....website doesn't do it justice. John always on hand but never intrusive...could not have been more hospitable or helpful. Accommodation and pool spotless. Two weeks not enough...we'll just need to come back !! The Thomsons, South Queensbury, Scotland. 5July 2007. We have been here for three weeks. What a smashing house and garden. Had a wonderful time and will definitely be back !! Gus and Sue Petrie, Dundee Scotland, Loved the villa. It was lovely to be greeted with such a warm welcome even though we arrived late at night!! John and Anna Brookfield 21st-27th October 2005. A lovely holiday..very relaxing. The description of Casa Escondida on the web does not do justice to the reality. A very warm welcome awaits you at Casa Escondida......everything you need....just bring yourself !! Something to look forward top next year when we have booked for a month

Sheila and Mike Dalton 30th September -21st October 2006
Nov 2007
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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

4.9
based on 18 traveler reviews

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Casa Escondida....the perfect holiday hideaway with free Wi-Fi
average rating of 4.888889 based on 19 reviews
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Ariolos Estoi
5

The perfect vacation rental

  • 5 of 5
Tucked away down a rural road near the village of Estoi, the Casa Escondida is a delightful holiday rental. Within an easy ten minute drive from the beach and the city of Faro, it provides the restful atmosphere and quiet surroundings that we were looking for. The owner lives nearby and was a great help to us in several ways -- a ride from the bus station when it looked like our rental car wasn't going to show up, a message service when our family called from home, directions to places and activities nearby, and countless other acts of kindness which helped to make this one of the most wonderful "home away from home" we have ever experienced.

The house itself is charming one level, white washed, red tile roofed casita with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, a very well equipped kitchen, a comfortable living room with excellent satellite television and a fireplace, and a spacious dining room. There is a separate laundry room with a washing machine and a convenient area outside for hanging clothes. The swimming pool is huge and there are several lovely places to sit outside in the shade and in the sun. We appreciated the quiet and the privacy of the house. It is surrounded by a lovely rural garden full of trees and plants, flowers and vines. Everything in the house was exceptionally clean and well maintained.

I can't imagine finding another place that would suit our needs as well. We could most certainly recommend this lovely rental to anyone.
  • Submitted: May 1, 2012
  • Stayed: Mar 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is always a pleasure to receive encouraging reviews from our guests............they prove to us that we are providing a a great service with kindness and consideration and a willingness to help with any little or large problem which may occur. Meeting these two charming American ladies from their long bus journey on a Sunday evening, contacting their car hire company and then guiding them to Casa Escondida, was rewarded with the satisfaction of receiving their kind comments. John Griffiths
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Ariolos Estoi
5

Very special home

  • 5 of 5
First, the photographs do no justice. We were simply delighted the moment we stepped into the house, with everything. It is bright, comfortable, and really just home. There's a wonderful energy in the house, perhaps reflecting John's (the owner), who was most helpful and quite hilarious at times. We couldn't get enough of the sunny poolside and cosy fireplace, should've booked two weeks instead of one, or a month even.

The surrounding region is worth exploring, lots going on besides the touristy parts on the coast, which we avoided. Go to Cafe Vitor in Estoi for authentic seafood, visit the markets in Olhao, and check out the Alentejanoe Natural park on the west coast.
  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2011
  • Stayed: Nov 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ariolos Estoi
5

Perfect Honeymoon

  • 5 of 5
We came back!! For our Honeymoon after falling in love with the place last year. This time we discovered there was more to Estoi than the village square edged by the church, the hotel and the two cafes for coffee and cake, the restaurant down on the Roman bridge and the bar with free Wi-Fi overlooking the river that we found on our last trip. There is a labyrinth of winding roads, which were all decked out with bunting as there was a festival of the saints (I think) after which most of the streets are named. There are a few shops and some small, quaint super(ish) markets, cafe bars and local restaurants, there is even a cinema rather like our old-time picture houses. We enjoyed a lovely meal at Gunther’s restaurant again, this time securing the table by the picture window thanks to the expert Portuguese booking made ahead of our stay by ‘homem inglês com a barba branca’. However, my personal favourite was the meal we had at the little restaurant/cantina on the side street as you head out of Estoi towards Casa Escondida, the name escapes me, the fresh dorada fish was seasoned and cooked to perfection and needed little more than a crisp fresh salad to dress it up, absolutely delicious!

On the recommendation of previous visitors in the guestbook and John, we took the 30 minute regular ferry crossing from Olhao to the traffic-free zone of Ilha da Armona, which has the most stunning of wild, unspoilt beaches if you care to walk the 20 minutes through the little village of white-washed houses that have sprung up over the years. There are toilet facilities and lifeguard stations, sunbeds and private little gazebo-type spots to rent and a little restaurant just off the beach for lunch and to escape the scorching mid-day heat. There are also a few restaurants/cafe bars at the harbour all surprisingly reasonably priced, a bottle of Sagres beer at the harbour was only 1 euro!

This part of the Algarve really is one that will never lose its charm for those looking for somewhere off the beaten track that hasn’t fallen prey to over-inflated prices due to mass-tourism. It’s the Algarve of yester-year and long may it remain that way. It is a perfect hedonistic retreat for rest and relaxation, with wonderful views to be seen, beaches to be explored and food and wine to be savoured. If its crowded beaches, hectic nightlife and designer shopping you crave, this is not the place for you.

Amamos Casa Escondida e voltaremos novamente, obrigado John and Marion
  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Ariolos Estoi
5

Casa Escondida - peaceful, fantastic location.

  • 5 of 5
This villa is absolutely perfect for a family holiday. The layout provides plenty of room, with all the amenities such as two fridges, washing machine and dishwasher - The equipped kitchen was well equipped and the gas BBQ was frequently used!

John was helpful and always inthe background to answer questions and resolve any issues. The villa was cleaned by the lovely Rogelia whose smile smoothed any language barriers. The villa was very clean and her regular visits and hard work kept it this way.

The salt water pool and badmington court where a real hit for our 9 year old boys, their skin and hair were totally unaffected by the beautiful clear water.

The Village of Estoi is a short drive away, here you will find roman ruins, friendly bars and cafes, cashpoints and well stocked small supermarkets. There is a fantastic restaurant as you enter Estoi, we spent many a happy evening on their terrace eating the best fish I have ever tasted! The location of this villa makes it the ideal base for some fantastic days out, the beaches are plentiful and Faro is a short drive away with a fantastic beach and dozens of resturants and shops.

The villa has a really homely feel to it.

I can not recommend this villa and John highly enough! We have already booked a return visit for next year - this villa is a slice of heaven. We are already on countdown , sitting on the terrace at night watching the stars with a bottle of port from the most amazing wine shop in Faro has to be the best way to spend an evening - we can't wait!
  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
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Ariolos Estoi
scunthorpe
5

heaven on earth

  • 5 of 5
15-22 april just got back from casa escondida and 3 words sum it up,(heaven on earth) this villa is fantastic in every way. its location in estoi is perfect pretty much for everywhere on the algarve.we travelled out in the morning and spent the afternoons relaxing by its lovely pool.a must to your stay here is a meal at gunter and kittys restaurant down by the bridge as you leave estoi, its top class.estoi is a great place we fell in love with it straight away.it has plenty of bars/cafes and alovely village square with the church taking pride of place. thanks to john and marion for sharing there fantastic villa with us.it was sad to leave but were already planning our next trip there
thanks again john and marion
the spruces , scunthorpe,nth lincs
  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2011
  • Stayed: Apr 2011
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers
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Ariolos Estoi
Bristol, UK
5

Casa Escondida

  • 5 of 5
We stayed for the third time at Casa Escondida in November and loved every minute. The location is stunning with a delightful pool and lush gardens and views from the terrace to the sea. The villa itself is comfortable and very well equipped and John, the owner, is on hand nearby to help with any problems and give advice on where to go and what to see. The nearby town of Estoi is a charming and Faro beach is only about 15 mins drive. This is a delightful place to stay and have a relaxing holiday. We never tire of staying at Casa Escondida.
  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2011
  • Stayed: Oct 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children

Map

Map

Nearest Airport
12 Kilometres
Faro
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Kilometres
Estoi
Nearest Golf
12 Kilometres
Quinta do Lago
Nearest Train
12 Kilometres
Faro
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Kilometres
ESTOI
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Kilometres
Estoi
Nearest Beach
12 Kilometres
Faro
Car: necessary

The house stands in olive and almond orchards within walking distance of the charming village of Estoi with views to the distant sea and islands. Estoi has a number of attractions including the Palace of the Condes de Estoi and the Roman ruins of Milreu. There are some very good restaurants or 'tascas´ serving simple Portuguese food at very reasonable prices. There are local supermarkets and banks and the beaches and golf courses are half an hour away. Lisbon or Seville can be reached in two hours. A quiet location but within easy reach of Algarve's many attractions. A fifteen minute drive will bring you to the fishing town of Olhao with it's bustling markets and fantastic restaurants serving fresh seafood, A ferry from Olhao will take you to any of the off-islands of Armona, Culatra or Farol with their amazing beaches A car is essential and we find it is advisable to arrange your car hire before leaving home.

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Rates & Availability

Rates & Availability

From £400 Per week

Ariolos House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
winter/christmas
Nov 6 2014 - Dec 26 2014
7 night minimum stay
£400
 

Notes

  • A deposit of twenty percent of the total price is required on booking and the balance of the total amount is required six weeks before arrival.For last minute bookings the full amount is payable on confirmation. The changeover day,(guests arriving and departing) is Thursday. Winter rates include all services (electricity/ water/ logs for the fire/gas.There are electric blankets for all beds, a woodburning fire and background heating.
  • From January 3rd 2013until March 14th 2013 (weeks beginning) rates are £350 per week but, unlike most holiday properties this price includes all services (gas, water and electricity) and logs for the wood burning stove.
    There are heaters in the bathrooms, extra background heating in the living room and duvets and electric blankets for the beds.
    For longer lets (one month or more) the rate is £1200 per month
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Amenities

Amenities

Ariolos House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 120 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Security System
  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom - toilet , shower , bidet
  • Both bathrooms have wall heaters for the winter months
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom - 1 double
    Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
  • The master bedroom has a double bed,large built-in wardrobes,bedside tables with lamps,a chest of drawers and a ceiling fan. The bathroom is en suite Double patio doors overlook the pool. The double bedroom has two single beds,bedside tables with lamps,large built in wardrobes with double patio doors. The bathroom is next door.with a walk-in shower,etc.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Porch Furniture
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
A generous complimentary welcome pack will await your arrival, and the house has a good selection of books and video tapes. In the winter there are electric blankets for the beds and a wood-burning stove for which logs are supplied. Maid service is on Monday,and Thursday for three hours each day. Market research has encouraged us to change from a daily maid service to two days per week as guests apparently prefer to maximise their privacy. However, if guests prefer a daily maid service it can be provided at no extra cost. Telephone and e-mail facilities are available at the owners house which is conveniently nearby but entirely separate from Casa Escondida. Bedrooms and lounge are equipped with ceiling fans. There is a full size badminton court in the garden. The Casa Escondida Book which you will find in the house,gives details and instructions on daytrips and how to get around central Algarve

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