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Sao Rafael. Beautiful 2 Bed G.Floor Apt. Beach/pool 250m. Albufeira 5 min drive.

Bedrooms 2
Space 914 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Beautiful Gd Floor Apt. Sleeps 4/6 + cot. Beach or pools 250m. Happiness is.

This attractive property was acquired by the owners in Spring 2015. It's a beautiful ground floor apartment, built to exceedingly high standards with marble floors, lovely woodwork, and air conditioned throughout. "The apartment is placed, we think, in the best position on the complex, sat on the outer edge, providing wonderful garden space, midway between the local beaches and the pool. The ground floor covered terrace invites alfresco dining, a relaxing shady area, and lots of room to spread out onto the lawns and landscaped gardens to soak up the sunshine, and so brilliant for little ones! There are excellent restaurants, bars and couple of small supermarkets within easy waking distance, or maybe have a couple of rental bikes delivered to your door! Albufeira's new marina, with its shops, bars, cafe's and water sports is less than 5 minutes by car, or a pleasant 20 Mins walk. Golfers are spoilt for choice with several local options including Salgados Golf Course, just 5kms away. Altogether, it's a great choice for a wonderful holiday. Do check out the reviews, of which we are really proud! The ground floor aspect and garden space makes this an ideal choice for families with little ones, and also wheel chair users. It's pretty near perfect for adults too! No pets please." Were on Facebook too - have a search for Sao Rafael Apartment. "If we set out again on a property search, we would buy it all over again!"

Registration Number : 21956/AL

Bruce Shepherd
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
February 25, 2018

About Bruce Shepherd

We have spent many happy holidays in the Algarve. Just recently we have made the decision to buy our very own apartment. We have chosen carefully. The location, the build quality, and the fixtures & fittings are all just excellent. So after flying into Faro, just 40 minutes later, we, or you, can be relaxing on the terrace of a delightful apartment, enjoying the sunshine, the garden views, and making plans on how best to enjoy your stay. You have so many activity choices. In which case, I have written some notes on some of the options you may wish to consider. Have a look at the "location" section. Alternatively, check out tripadvisor on the web and search for "Albufeira" and "Things to do". Or just simply relax! Garden, beach or pool? Each comes with sunshine! Whatever your choice, we are confident that you will enjoy your stay.

Bruce Shepherd purchased this apartment in 2015

Why Bruce Shepherd chose Albufeira

It's location is just perfect. For Summer long holidays, the gorgeous beaches and good size family pools are just 5 minutes away. The biggest decision each morning will be to turn left for the pool, or right for the beach! Or perhaps try out one of the many first class golf courses nearby. Salgados is just 5kms away by car. During the winter months, the weather is warm, the complex is quieter, but just as gorgeous, with lovely walkways built along the beaches. Albufeira is just 30 minutes walk (5 mins by car/and around 5Eur by taxi) passing the new marina (15 mins walk) along the way. You might also take time out to visit Guia, a pretty and very "Portuguese" old town with some 25+ restaurants. It's also the home of Piri Piri. We haven't eaten in all 25+, but those we have were excellent! 10 Mins away (by car/taxi).

What makes this apartment unique

Enjoy the day long sunshine on the south facing terrace. We chose ground floor purposely, to provide that extra terrace space. More room for dining. More room to spread out onto the lawn, so it's also brilliant for youngsters with plenty of energy. Meanwhile, you sit back, relax and enjoy the garden view, in the sun or the shady areas. Unlimited Wi-Fi is included, so you can catch up with the world if you feel the need! Before dinner, take a stroll around the gardens, before eating alfresco, using the BBQ, wooden table and chairs provided. Or even further out? There are four good restaurants, within a ten minute walk. That's your 2nd decision of the day! And what sets us apart? Well, we feel quite privileged. Our apartment has been purchased and fitted out as our own holiday home, not just as an apartment for renting out, albeit that, for just a few weeks each year, that's what we'll do. Our choice of interior fittings might tell you that. It also means that you are sharing something really special with us. So if you do choose to stay, be sure to enjoy yourselves.

Guestbook comments from the owner

A real home from home in true Owners Direct fashion! Thanks so much for the welcome pack. Much appreciated!
May 2016
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Albufeira Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Building Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 914 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Resort
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Holiday Resort
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • En Suite Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • The En suite bathroom (to the Master bedroom) has a bath/shower, toilet & 2 vanity sinks. Bathroom 2 has a waterfall shower, wash basin & toilet. I'm tall (Bruce the owner 6ft 2ins) and use this lovely waterfall shower, instead of the en suite shower over the bath.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • The Master bedroom has a double bed, side tables, fitted wardrobes and a chest of drawers together with a gorgeous en suite bathroom. Bedroom 2 has twin beds, side tables, fitted wardrobes and a chest of drawers. In addition, the living area has a 3 Seater Sofa/Double Sofa Bed. Hence 6 beds in total. Plus a travel cot (& high chair) can be made available as an optional extra. Please ask.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
The activity opportunities in the area are outstanding. As well as several good and famous golf courses to play, you can participate in sunset boat trips, barbecue boat trips, dolphin safaris and cave tours, jet ski rental, rocket ski boats, parasailing, yacht and power boat charter, big game fishing trips, or visit the local dive school, all at Albufeira Marina. Elsewhere, you can go horse riding, hire a bicycle, visit Zoo Marine and Aqua Land Algarve Water Park. The list of activity options just goes on and on.......


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Sao Rafael. Beautiful 2 Bed G.Floor Apt. Beach/pool 250m. Albufeira 5 min drive.
average rating of 4.857143 based on 23 reviews


  • 5 of 5

What can I say? We had an absolute ball...firstly, the communication from Bruce was extremely efficient and to be thank you! We arrived at the apartment with 3 young children after a delayed flight at 2am so the generous welcome pack was a godsend. The apartment was much larger than the photos made out so we were really delighted, it was extremely clean and all furnishings were of a very high standard...we all absolutely loved the 'blue' shower...amazing! We made good use of the lovely patio area and had lots of delish barbecues while the kids played on the grassy area. We found the area to be really safe for young kids. We loved that we could walk to 3 lovely beaches...which were never over crowded and very clean (all the beach toys/stuff provided in the apartment was a winner) The beach restaurants on Arrifes and Sao Rafael beach were absolutely lovely...pricey but well worth it for a treat...and getting the boys to eat and enjoy fresh fish was great.. they also do fantastic Mojitos ....!! The pool is a short walk from the apartment which we quite liked as it was safer than having a pool right on our doorstep, the pool area is lovely and my husband was delighted to be able to try out his Portuguese on Paulo at the pool bar....they served light snacks and yummy Champagne sangria! We managed to find the secret path to the marina so managed to walk there in about 20 is lovely for a wander and we booked our boat trip there - we booked the 'Dolphins Emotions' trip which we would all highly recommend. The boys were delighted to see some dolphins and amazing coastline ....fab, massive caves. Zoomarine is also a must for kids. We ventured into Albufeira a couple of times, we found it pretty busy but it was good for a wee nosey round the shops. We would also recommend the Portuguese restaurant up the road 'Nelsons ' opp the Pria Grande (spelling sorry)..doesn't look much on the outside but staff and food are lovely. The only place that we wouldn't recommend was the 'City Bar' service, staff and whole experience was terrible ....we were car free this time but would probably hire a car the next time...there was so much more we wanted to see and do..

All in all we loved our holiday and had such a chilled out, relaxing time...we would absolutely recommend/loved the really was a home from home...thanks so much for everything Sara, David and boys

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gosh Sara! You have written such a lovely story about your stay. Every time we have a guest stay, who kindly writes a review, they find something new, and almost always reiterate the lovely local beaches, the pool and its new bar service, and so much more. Your own choice of words are lovely Sara, and we thank you so much for taking the time and trouble to write. For whatever reason, we do seem to have some lovely people stay with us! You guys are no exception! Do please come back and visit us again soon! Thanks once again, Bruce & Elaine.
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Excellent Holiday in an Excellent Property

  • 5 of 5

Have recently returned from a most enjoyable holiday at Sao Rafael.

The property itself was excellent with every amenity we could wish for. As we were off season most of the local restaurants had closed for the season however the local supermarkets detailed in the Information Folder were all well stocked and reasonably priced and we wanted for nothing as far as utensils within the apartment were concerned.

Glorious sunshine every day of our stay with temperatures around 20C. It was cold at night though.

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Drew, for taking the time and trouble to write, following your recent mid-November stay. It is so much appreciated, and I am pleased that you enjoyed your holiday. I take a lot of pride in keeping the apartment folder up to date, and I know that it is appreciated by our guests. Your comments regarding local restaurants have given me an idea that I should produce a section on local restaurants that remain open throughout the Winter months. Locally, there are several, and this new section will save our guests the time and trouble searching for themselves. I would expect to have this new section produced before our next guests arrive. Of course, the old town of Albufeira itself also has so many such restaurants open all year round. The temperatures during your stay (around 20c), mid November are typical, and I am surprised that more holidaymakers don’t travel to the Algarve during the Winter months. For the most part, the sunny days are just lovely, though you should pack a fleece or similar for the evenings. Otherwise, thanks once again for your comments Drew. I do hope you’ll come back again soon!
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Stunning apartment in a beautiful complex

  • 5 of 5

Absolute home from home, so welcoming, great facilities with everything you need.

Clean, comfortable and such a great location. So many great places to see, so many great restaurants to try and we did. Very quiet and peaceful. Bike hire a great deal. The pool area is beautiful, so relaxing. We will without question recommend this place and will certainly return, thank you.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well Dawn! What can I say? What a lovely review. You certainly seem to have enjoyed yourselves. We love the pool area ourselves, with it's new snack bar and drinks facilities. I hope you tried the "champagne sangria"! Well done on hiring bikes too! "Coolbikes" know us well now and really look after us. (Details in the apartment folder, or you can find them on facebook). Bike hire does allow you to explore much more of the local area, the Marina, the old and new town of Albufeira, and more. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay, and of course, you would be welcomed back at any time! Best wishes, Bruce & Elaine Shepherd
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Fabulous apartment in quiet location, very handy for Alberfura and other resorts

  • 5 of 5

Bruce, the owner, was very good at providing information and answering emails before we actually went on this holiday. His directions to the apartment were very helpful, especially as we arrived in darkness.

The apartment is very well equipped and was spotlessly clean. Bruce had arranged for a welcome pack of essential groceries which was great as we hadn't had the chance to purchase anything upon arrival.

We were only staying for one week, but we had our towels changed half way through, which was nice.

The apartment is very well situated for people wishing to travel into Alberfura. We walked there and back several times, stopping at the Marina on the way for a drink and a look around the shops. A taxi back from town on an evening was about €7.5 for 3 of us, which we thought was excellent value.

Th weather at this time of the year was great, wall to wall sunshine and the apartment had that sun all day - wonderful!

In summary , we had a great time and would definitely go back and recommend it.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay Nicola, and thank you so much for taking the time to write. We enjoy a stroll into the Marina, stop for a coffee, or cold beer, and on into the old town of Albufeira exactly as you have done this past week. Often we will walk in, have lunch or dinner, and take a taxi back for around Eur7/8 just as you have done. We love September in the Algarve too, and coincidentally, we arrived to enjoy our own stay today, just as you left! So thank you for looking after our home from home in Sao Rafael. It really is appreciated, and do please come back whenever you wish! Best wishes, Bruce & Elaine.
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Great apartment

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week. The apartment was lovely with all amenities and very comfortable. Very quiet and peaceful area.

Great location very close to beach, restaurants and supermarket.

At they apartment we found a very useful file with great and useful information of all great places to eat, visit and shop.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a lovely 5* review Ann. Thank you so much. It's true that our apartment enjoys the best of both worlds. We're so close to the beaches (x2), pool, local small supermarket, bars and restaurants. Yet in the peak season (Jul/Aug) when you stayed, sat on our patio, with the lawn and gardens stretching out in front on you, it is so so peaceful. We continue to love it! Thanks for looking after our home from home Ann. Please come back again soon! Best wishes, Bruce & Elaine.
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Lovely apartment!

  • 5 of 5

We would highly recommend this apartment in Sao Rafael. The apartment is furnished to an excellent standard with everything we needed for our stay. It was spotlessly clean. The beds were comfortable and there was plenty of room for us and our two teenagers. The apartment has a shaded patio, complete with table and chairs, which is perfect for meals or just relaxing out of the sun. Well maintained gardens surround the apartment and these were lovely too for a spot of sunbathing. A few minutes walk from the apartment is the pool which was not crowded and had a bar servcing some refreshments.

The location is very good, within walking distance of beaches, shops, supermarkets, bars and restaurants, the Marina and Old Town, so we could all find things to do on foot. We didn't hire a car and found the taxis to be excellent and inexpensive, however, a car would be great to explore inland and to find less touristy places.

There are two sandy beaches with cryetal clear water within 5 - 10 mins walk, we thought Sao Rafael was the best one with paddle-boarding and kayaking. The Marina is a good place to find bars and restaurants (NoSolo Italian do great pizzas and Sangria!) and it is where boat trips can be organised.

Bruce, the owner, and Amanda, the agent at Cerro Novo, were both fantastic in making sure that we had all the information we needed. There is a very detailed information folder at the apartment with excellent directions for finding supermarkets, etc. A welcome pack was waiting for us, which was very much appreciated as we arrived in late afternoon.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Holidaymakers! What a wonderful, pleasing and quite factual review of your recent holiday, Sao Rafael, and our apartment. Every time a new guest stays, they comment on something different, or share a new experience which is great. But then, that it what The Algarve and indeed, Sao Rafael has to offer. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us. Thank you for looking after our sunshine home so very well, and also for the personal comment about Amanda at Cerro Novo. She will be very pleased! Please, do come back and stay once again quite soon! Maybe stay a little longer next time! With our very best wishes, Bruce & Elaine.
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Car: not necessary

The location in Sao Rafael just seems to have it all. The fabulous beaches (or pools) are a 5 minutes walk away. There is a selection of bars, restaurants and a grocery shop 10 mins walk away. The local beach walks along the coast are just lovely. The popular town of Abufeira, with all of the entertainment you might wish for is just 3kms away, a 30 minute walk. or 5 minutes by car/taxi. Along the way, you will pass the new local marina, with its bars, restaurants, water sports facilities & shops. The local bus stop is 10 mins up the road for the service which runs along the coast and to/from Albufeira. The slide 'n splash water park near Logoa is 30 minutes away (by car/taxi). If you need more shopping, then the nearby major Algarve shopping centre is 10 mins away (by car/taxi) and opens daily 10am/11pm. As well as the pool and the local beaches, there are so many things to do in the area, which will cater for all age groups. Have a look at Trip Advisor for "The Algarve - Things to do". You may have to limit your choices! Most of all, just enjoy the sunshine, where the average temperature is 10/15c warmer that the UK. Average temperatures are up to 21c in March and 25c in October, which can't be bad!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $209.47

Outside of July/Aug & Sept, we are delighted to accept stays of 3 nights or more. Unlimited Wi Fi is included. A high chair and travel cot are optional extras and can be hired in for your stay. The high chair is UK£15 per week or part week and the travel cot is UK£20 per week or part week. Please let us know about these items at the time of booking. Our property management team are fluent English speaking and are available to help you at any time during your stay. Keys will be made available to you upon your arrival. Please vacate by 10am and arrive after 3.00pm, unless by prior arrangement, to allow sufficient time for cleaning. Changeover Day - Midweek or weekend arrivals and departures are acceptable, except for the Peak Season where weekend changeovers are preferred. Notes on prices: 'Special' Deals are available for extended stays during the winter months.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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