4 en-suite bedrooms, plus a children's bunk room. Great sea and resort views.
Michael and Claudia Coombs
- english, Afrikaans, French by arrangement.
About Michael and Claudia Coombs
We live and work in London and are both keen golfers. Michael was born in Cape Town, South Africa and grew up surfing on the southern Atlantic seaboard. The beaches of the area remind him of his roots. Claudia loves the climate of the Silver Coast. The pool and terrace area are perfect for reading a good book and relaxing in warm sunshine. We have spent many happy holidays in Praia del Rey with golfing friends and our family. We now have grandchildren and find the resort and our villa the perfect place for old and young alike. It is a truly family friendly resort in every way.
Michael and Claudia Coombs purchased this Villa in 2012
Why Michael and Claudia Coombs chose Amoreira
We first purchased a townhouse in Praia del Rey in 2005 and got to know the area really well since then. We decided to upgrade to a villa and were fortunate to find what for us is one of the best villas on the resort, built to a high standard, with a pool and outside living area that is south facing and sheltered, but with magnificent all-round views. The villa is private and secluded, yet not far from where the action is at the PDR beach resort, the 2 nearby championship golf courses and their high quality hotels with excellent restaurants and poolside dining areas. Both golf clubhouses serve bar lunches during the day and have good restaurants for evening meals. The clubhouse at Praia del Rey sells take away pizzas and other meals. All of the rooms in Villa Cero da Velha are generously sized and furnished to a high standard. There are spacious terraces on both levels of the villa, sheltered from the sea breezes and prevailing wind. One of the advantages of this area of Portugal is that it does not get unbearably hot, because of the moderating effect of the Atlantic breezes. The views of the coast, the Praia del Rey resort and surrounding open countryside are stunning. There is easy access to the resort shop, a lively bar, Italian restaurant, Argento, and the magnificent sandy beach, all of which are within easy walking distance. The Silver Coast area of Portugal is unspoilt and where you can experience the rural life of Portugal, yet benefit from staying on a high quality award winning golf and beach resort. There is culture and history nearby at Obidos, wineries that cater for visitors are not far away and the Atlantic beaches are truly stunning, if you like the sound and scent of breaking surf and endless white sand.
What makes this Villa unique
Villa Cero da Velha is generous in every way. The rooms are large, the terraces are spacious and the fittings and furnishing are of a very high standard. The villa is private and secluded. It is not overlooked at all. The pool is south facing which means it is in the sun all day and sheltered from the Atlantic breezes. The resort shop, a lively bar that is stunning when the sun is setting, an Italian restaurant (Argento) and the sandy beach are all within an easy 10 minute walk of the villa. Being equidistant and close to two exceptional 18-hole championship golf courses, each with club house restaurants and hotels that are family friendly, provides guests with many options for eating out, visiting bars and of course playing golf. The spas and wellness centres at the hotels are both outstanding. Praia D'El Rey is rated amongst the top golf courses in Europe by Golf World Magazine and is one of Portugal's major golfing destinations. The par 73 course is a mixture of seaside links and parkland holes - a unique experience. At Royal Obidos, the 18 hole championship golf course designed by Seve Ballesteros has magnificent golf and ocean views, a clubhouse with pro shop, restaurant, bar, members' lounge and a large terrace with incredible views over the golf course and the ocean beyond.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
The Ashley Clan
Excellent property in all aspects. Cannot find any reason to be critical.
Lovely area of Portugal, unspoilt and quiet.
Short and sweet. Thank you. So pleased you enjoyed your stay.
The villa is beautiful and well furnished. The kids loved the large pool and the spacious gardens.
One of the outstanding features is the villas location giving easy access to the beach, shopping and obidos Lagoon which offered hours of safe fun. Obidos Town is only a short drive and is well worth a visit.
The whole holiday was great and we would certainly return to this area and this villa.
Thanks for the positive feedback and for highlighting the areas of interest close to the villa. We hope to be able to welcome you again in the near future.
Beautiful spacious family Villa
We had a wonderful family holiday.
A fabulous spacious family size villa, beautiful views, lovely spacious kitchen which had everything you needed, Very large Living room and bedrooms all with their own bathrooms.
Beautiful heated pool and gardens very well maintained and lots of areas to sit and relax and have family meals outdoors.
Very quite location, beach walking distance but you definitely need Car hire due to location but not a problem and we got to explore the local old town village Obidos which was charming old town full of beautiful shops and bars, cafes and restaurants.
Our children enjoyed the heated pool everyday, and we felt safe at the villa which was very important.
Thank you kindly for letting us stay at your beautiful Villa, we've lots of memories to cherish forever.
The James Family
Thanks for the feedback. We are delighted you enjoyed your stay and that it was memorable. The old town of Obidos is very special. We are pleased you visited it. The villa has accommodated 3 generations successfully on several occasions, and it is good to hear that it did so for you. With our best wishes, Michael and Claudia.
We loved every minute of our stay here starting with the owners welcome by email and in the property itself . The property itself is amazing, very spacious, great pool and lovely views back towards the Atlantic...it could not have been better. We have stayed in the area before and knew how beautiful it is but the great accommodation just added to our enjoyment.
Thank You and no doubt that we will return
Thank you for taking the time to write a review of your stay at our villa. We are delighted that you found everything to your liking and that you had such an enjoyable holiday. We know how precious family holidays are and we do everything we can to make them special, so it is very gratifying to hear that you are intending to return. Many thanks.
Amazing Villa in a quite beautiful part of the wor
Quite simply a beautiful villa with an amazing position within the resort. The pictures really do not do justice to the villa in the flesh. We travelled as a party of 4 adults and 3 children and the villa was perfect. The location has amazing views and is completely private with no overlooking properties. The villa is very well equipped with top spec fittings and a kitchen with all the utensils you could wish for. Outside space is great, with a large grass area, a great BBQ as well as a great sized pool.
The beach is only 5mins walk away and is quiet and unspoilt. I would say that the sea is best suited to stronger swimmers, and great for those learning to surf.
The acid test, would we go back? The simple answer is Yes without hesitation.
Thanks very much for your review of your stay at our villa. It is great that you and your party had such a good time there. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.
Family friendly luxury in the perfect location
We had a wonderful stay and my only reluctance about writing this review is that it will encourage others to book and our preferred dates won't be available for next year!! The first impression on arriving at the villa is of luxury and space and that continued to delight us for every day of our two week holiday. The property is incredibly spacious and well appointed, and the arrangement of rooms is very practical for the use of the pool and outside space. The location of the villa is perfect. Private and away from the more built up areas of the resort, but well within an easy stroll of the beach and the lovely resort restaurant. A short drive to the facilities of both the Marriott and the Royal Obidos hotels and to the Obidos Lagoon. A number of different beach options and places of interest to visit. And lots of advice and recommendations from the owners. Our boys, aged 5 and 8, had a wonderful time, as did my husband and I. We will be back!
Thank you for your kind words. We are always delighted when our guests enjoy our villa as much as we do. We shall look forward to welcoming you again in the near future.
Located on high ground overlooking the Praia del Rey resort in a small development of luxury villas, Aldeia de Praia, the villa has magnificent views of the coast, the Berlengas Isles and open countryside. It is equidistant from two high class 5-star hotels, one being the Praia del Rey Marriott and the other, the recently opened Royal Obidos boutique hotel, Evolutee. Both having spas, pools and excellent restaurants and are less than 5 minutes away by car. Praia del Rey and Royal Obidos are high quality golf resorts with superb 18 hole championship golf courses and excellent clubhouses, with good restaurants, serving lunches and evening meals. The clubhouses welcome non golfers and families.
Praia D'El Rey is arguably one of the most stunning golf courses in Europe. Set among extensive pine forests and undulating dunes, it has spectacular views over the Atlantic ocean and the Berlengas Islands offshore. The 18-hole golf course was designed by the renowned American golf architect Cabell B.Robinson and was inaugurated on 14th June 1997. Deep bunkers, sloping greens and sandy dunes contrast sharply with the lush fairways, making it the complete golfing challenge. At the Praia del Rey clubhouse they show sky sports on TV, which is popular if there is a big sporting event on.
The newly opened Royal Obidos Golf Course is a fantastic addition to the Silver Coast’s already existing gems. This par 72 masterpiece is the last golf course ever designed by the late Seve Ballesteros, and offers fantastic views of both the Atlantic Ocean and the Obidos Lagoon. It is a seaside heathland course, with wide fairways, undulating greens and plenty of water. Complemented with its fantastic clubhouse, the golf course is only a 5 minute drive away Praia d’El Rey.
The golf practice facilities at both courses are excellent and there are professionals available for lessons and coaching which can be booked in advance. There is a third well designed golf course at Bom Successo, less than 15 minutes drive away. This development has struggled recently because of the economic recession, so check on the condition of the course if you intend to play it.
The beach resort of Praia del Rey is 7 minutes walk away. Here there is a great bar and Italian restaurant (Argento), the resort shop and activity centre. The beach is 12 minutes walk from the villa. It is stunning, with hundreds of metres of sand and surf and is supervised by life guards in the peak season. You can walk from the villa along the beach to the Marriot Hotel. This will take about 30 minutes. There is a resort bus that you can use to return to the beach resort area of Praia del Rey, close to the villa. Check with the hotel that it is operating if you intend to use it.
Peniche and Baleal, the surfing capital of Portugal, are less than 15 km to the south west. There are surf shops that offer lessons, surfboard and wetsuit hire.
The historic walled city of Obidos, a world heritage site lies 15km to the east of the villa. Here there are many old buildings, churches, local bars and good restaurants. Each July Óbidos castle hosts a traditional 'Medieval Market'. For two weeks the castle and the surrounding town recreate the spirit of medieval Europe. All of the local bars sell Ginjinha or simply Ginja, which is a liqueur made by infusing ginja berries in alcohol and adding sugar together with other ingredients. Ginjinha is served in a shot form with a piece of the fruit in the bottom of the cup. You should not visit Obidos without trying it! Obidos also has a salt water lagoon where you can swim in calm seawater, sail or windsurf. It is overlooked by some good local restaurants. Restaurante Rio Cortiço Lagoa serves wonderful fresh fish grilled on wood fires.
There are several good wineries in the area around Bombarrel and elsewhere, which are worth visiting. Other attractions further afield are the castle at Leiria and the monastery at Batalha, a world heritage site, where King John 1 of Portugal, his wife, Philippa of Lancaster and their children, among them Prince Henry the Navigator, are buried. The pilgrimage town of Fatima is nearby, north of Batalha.
To get to the villa from Lisbon or Lisbon Airport, take the A8 Oeste towards Leiria. A section of this motorway is a toll road and you will pay just under €5.00 each way. Turn off at Junction 14 onto the IP6 to Serra d'El-Rei. From there follow the signs to Praia del Rey. Once in PDR, follow the main road to the far end of the resort. The villa is the last building on the right, above the Beachfront development, as you leave Praia del Rey towards Royal Obidos.
The GPS co-ordinates of the villa are 39.394673, -9.270634