About the property
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Traditional house, large private patio BBQ WIFI Cable TV. Old town, near beach
If you are looking for a tratitional Portuguese townhouse, full of atmosphere, character, charm, but with modern necessities thrown in. Close to Lagos centre and the beach, but in a quiet ares then look no further, this is the one!
This beautiful house, painted white with blue window surrounds, has been lovingly and thoughtfully restored. Its location is superb, set in a quiet cobbled street, close to the Tivoli Hotel and away from the noise of the restaurants and bars, yet only 350 metres (a few minutes’ walk) from Lagos centre.
The focal point of the house is a gorgeous private patio garden complete with ivy covered walls and herbs growing in the borders. The owner has added a touch of the modern with a dining table and chairs, and a Weber BBQ. The perfect spot for sunbathing, reading, surfing the net, relaxing and of course open air dining. To find a house in the centre of Lagos with a patio like this is a true treasure.
On entering the property you immediately feel at home, like the family of swallows who adorn the entrance hall wall, from which the house
derives its name. The house retains so of its original features and is full of light due to every room having a window to the outside. The hall, dining / breakfast room and kitchen have beautiful, newly tiled floors which have been cleverly designed to look like the original floor tiles.
The kitchen has a black granite work surface and all the modern appliances that you would expect to find including washing machine, dishwasher, fridge freezer, microwave, oven and hob. Windows from the kitchen and the breakfast room look out onto the patio.
A separate hall wraps around from the entrance toward the front of the house and double wooden doors which open into a very light and airy lounge. The floors are all original wood and the walls which are painted in a soft pale blue are decorated with vintage images of Lagos, taken by Lagos photographer António Crisogno dos Santos in the 1930’s. There is a plasma TV, Cable & WIFI. 3 sets of windows open onto the street named after the photographer. When the windows are open the scent of oranges fills the room from the Laranjeira (Orange tree). Lean far enough out and you might just be able to pick an orange straight from the tree.
On the same floor is a bathroom with Shower, WC, vanity unit and 2 doors! One leads back to the breakfast room and one to the hall and lounge!
Wooden stairs lead up to the 2 bedrooms, a twin room and a double room Both have original wrought iron beds, but rest assured the mattresses are new!. In the middle of the 2 is a dressing room, and a WC. The double room and the hallway look out onto the patio, the twin room faces the side and dressing room and WC have views to the front. The windows in the bedrooms have internal wooden shutters, as do the rest of the windows throughout the house.
NOTE, for winter lettings, the owner will supply 2 oil radiators for and additional cost of just €10 per day
Sarah Marques Neves
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- May 17, 2018
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Lovely apartment in great location
The apartment is lovely and accommodated 2 couples very well. However, if planning to stay here be aware the apartment lacks basic necessities such as toilet paper, paper towels, dish detergent, garbage bags, etc. These items were always stocked in homes or apartments we have rented in the past. Also, it would be beneficial to have basic instructions left for guests on how to work the stove, TV, etc.
Town. Centre holiday pad
Enjoyed our stay in this house.Very centrally situated only a few minutes walk uphill to the centre. An old property basically furnished . Bedrooms small but conformable beds.no A/C. Nice outside space and used the BBQ a couple of times. It would have.been handy to have some cleaning materials washing liquid, cloth etc.
Only thing I didn't like was the damp smell when you entered the house although the rooms didn't seem damp.
A fine holiday home
We arrived early and were pleased to be able to move in straight away, as the cleaner was just finishing.
The location is really good, about 100 m back from the marina and about a 10 minute walk from the centre.
We hired a car and were lucky enough to be able to park outside the house every day, being in a quiet side street.
We liked the high ceilings in all rooms as it helped to keep the house a little cooler. The bedrooms did get rather warm at night, but leaving windows open gave a cooling through-
flow of air.
The courtyard also gave us a place to cool down, especially at meal times. The sun shone mid-morning until late afternoon for sun worshippers. The b-b-cue was a nice addition.
We thought the kitchen was adequately stocked with pots and pans etc.
We were rather disappointed with the quantity of cutlery and crockery ( 4 or 5 knives, forks, 6 tea spoons and similar numbers of plates etc and glassware and no mugs ,for a property catering for 4 people ), yet boasted a dishwasher!
The sitting room was a great place to relax, cool and plenty of seating to watch TV or read.
The bathroom was very large and the shower worked really well, with ample supply of hot water all the time.
Bed linen and towels were changed half way through our stay, although the towels were on the small side.
A thoroughly enjoyable stay
Quaint and very clean.
The house is lovely, spotlessly clean, and ideally located in a quiet area with close access to the city centre and beach. It is quite large and possibly the most charming home I've ever stayed in. It's flooded with natural light, but has the original interior wood shutters for privacy. Having 2 bathrooms is a great feature, as is the completely private and cute courtyard.
I absolutely loved this house, but I must admit, winter is probably not the ideal time to stay here. Heaters are available for an extra fee and are definitely needed! I would recommend one for each room, as we only had 2 and we were constantly moving them around. I'm not sure the electrical panel could support more than 2 though, as we did have an issue with the power going off.
Another area that could use improvement is the kitchen. It is poorly equipped with dishes, cutlery and utensils and there was nothing in terms of paper towel, dish detergent, dish cloths etc. Also, you will not find any basic necessities food wise, not even salt and pepper. Stocking the kitchen with some of these items would be a low cost but huge improvement, in my opinion. There is an option to have shopping done in advance, for a nominal fee, which is a nice feature. However, at the other locations we stayed, a welcome package (food, wine, oranges, water, buns, cold meat, cheese, pastries) awaited us and was greatly appreciated. The last thing a weary traveler wants to do is go in search of food in a strange environment.
The positives definitely outweigh the negatives and I would stay here again, in a heartbeat.
Old town charm
We rented Casa das Andorinhas town house for a family holiday in August 2016. The house is in great condition and retains many original features, but has been well maintained with modern bathrooms and kitchen with all the latest tech we all expect (wi-fi, Wide screen TV etc.) The house is light, bright and tastefully decorated with simple white walls and a courtyard garden that provides great outdoor space to eat or entertain, all in complete privacy.
The house itself is situated on a corner in the North end of the old town away from the busiest and loudest night life spots, but within easy walking distance of the town centre itself (5 minutes walk) and from Casa das Andorinhas it will take you 10 minutes to walk to the best nightlife and we spent most of our time at the Batata beach with is a leisurely 15 minute stroll through the centre of town, which is a great walk to begin and end the day.
Casa das Andorinhas provides easy access to the motorways and ring roads that allow easy connection to the major roads and attraction in the area along with a number of supermarkets within a 5 minute drive or a local supermarket within a 10 minute walk. If you are driving you will need to find a place to park on the street (which can be challenging at times) but this task far outweighed the choice of renting further out of town in a more modern villa with a drive as you are in the centre of town and able to walk everywhere.
Please bear in mind that there is no Air conditioning at the house and if you are staying in the height of summer then it can get warm at night so if you want aircon and absolute peace and quiet then maybe a Villa slightly out of town would be a better choice. We enjoyed being in the heart of Lagos and thoroughly enjoyed our time at Casa das Andorinhas.
tres sympa et surtout tres bien située !!
nous avons bcp aimé la maison qui est tres bien placée et qui est une veritable maison portugaise ....seul bémol , les photos grand angle sont un peu trompeuses et du coup la maison fait bcp plus grande qu'en réalité !! cela surprend qd on arrive !