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 south facing 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 marina, with its shops, bars, cafe's and water sports is less than 5 minutes by car, or a lovely 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 this outstanding holiday home all over again!"
- Apartment1184 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Min Stay1 - 7 nights
Beautiful Gd Floor Apt. Sleeps 4/6 + cot. Beach or pools 250m. Happiness is.
- Calendar last updated:
- Sep 22, 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.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
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Amazing Holiday in Portugal
Amazing apartment with its own immaculate grounds to enjoy, within in minutes of fabulous beaches and the pool, perfect for a family holiday, everything you need, a true home from home. This lovely apartment catered for our party of 6 with ease and also allowed plenty of space for us all.
Couldn't have asked for nicer neighbours, who were extremely helpful with local knowledge and recommendations (thanks a million Tony & Anne).
We all had a brilliant holiday, family of x4 adults and x2 older children. Lots to see and do, the marina and old town within walking distance. Cliff top walks and views to die for within a very short walk from the apartment.
The fish restaurant (name unknown) on the hill towards the marina (white building) was the most fantastic meal we had. Would highly recommend to all fish lovers.
Couldn't have asked for a better owner Bruce, you've also been as amazing as your apartment, and extremely helpful in all ways.
Many thanks for allowing us to stay in your lovely holiday home in Sao Rafael.
Dear Leila - What a lovely review. Thank you so much for your kind words, which are really appreciated. You have clearly enjoyed yourselves, and made good use of our gorgeous surroundings, including the wonderful walk into the Marina, and the Old Town of Albufeira just beyond. The amazing fish restaurant, which you will have passed on the way into the Marina is called "The Fisherman's Club" and is a real favourite with many of the locals! Thank you for your kind words about my own efforts too! For whatever reason, we seem only to attract lovely guests to our sunshine home on the Algarve, and you and your family are no exception! Thank you for staying. Please do come back again soon! Best wishes, Bruce & Elaine.
The perfect apartment in the perfect location.
This was my second visit to this apartment in an area I have been visiting for 28 years. This time I came with my husband and two children. The apartment is the perfect place for us to stay. Everything you need is there. The beach is a 2 minute walk away and the pool is a short 8 minute walk which is perfect for us from a safety point of view for the kids.
Bruce and Elaine are the hostesses with the mostesses (my made up English haha) and nothing is too much to ask.
We will be visiting again for sure. Our home away from home and the apartment has now become part of that.
A well equipped quiet apartment
This apartment offers a comfortable & spacious holiday home. It offers a good base to explore the Algarve. If you like a very peaceful surrounding area you will be very happy, the gardens are particularly pretty & it is a short walk to the Arrifes beach, although we preferred Sao Rafael beach which is still only a short walk away. The beach bar at Arrifes beach is particularly good, serving freshly caught fish & also good quality meat. The swimming pool is only a short walk away, it is a good size & offers a clean environment. Overall the area & the apartment is well kept & should accommodate most peoples holiday needs. I did find the apartment a little dark inside, but i realize because it is ground floor this cant be helped. personally i prefer to be above ground floor & have a balcony with a view, but this is a personal preference. The owner of the apartment was very helpful & genuine. I would happily recommend to any of my friends or family
Thank you so much for taking the time to review our apartment Jackie. This is really appreciated. The two local beaches, Praia dos Arrifes & Praia de Sao Rafael are both less than 5 mins walk away. Each of our guests have their own preferences, but both are beautiful for different reasons. Sao Rafael is wider, and possibly more suitable for families with young children, Arrifes has beautiful rock formations. Both have an excellent bar & restaurant. Our pool is less than 5 mins walk inland, and sits in a lovely setting. The cafe/snack bar is very popular. This past Winter the pool area has been completely re-tiled, and is really looking superb. Your comment about our apartment looking "dark" is unusual. We've not had this comment before. With the shutters opened up, we think it is bright and airy as in the photographs. We much prefer the ground floor setting, which easily allows you to spread out onto the lawn, enjoy the sunshine, whilst any little ones can run across the lawns to their hearts content. The garden views are just beautiful, and so peaceful, throughout the year. If you were staying upstairs, you would have a distant sea view, but then be restricted by the balcony walls. In any event, I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay Jackie, and appreciate you looking after our sunshine holiday home for us! Do come back again soon! Best wishes, Bruce & Elaine.
Very beautifull villa
A lovelly place to stay with the family
Thank you for your comment Cristian. I am delighted that you and your family enjoyed your stay. Best wishes, Bruce & Elaine.
Lovely spacious apartment in perfect location
Lovely spacious apartment, 5 minutes to pool and same to 3 lovely beaches. Grounds well kept plenty of space to relax outside after a hectic day ! Bruce the owner very efficient and friendly, he has a file in the apartment full of information about everything you need. The marina is a 20 minute walk where you will find lots of bars, restaurants and boat trips to choose from, we went on two they were great fun. A further 15 minutes walk takes you to Albufeira old town making this a perfect location. We will definitely stay again and highly recommend it.
What a lovely review Christine. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your stay. We just love the location, and the stroll into the Marina, and beyond, into the old town of Albufeira, which makes for a lovely day. A taxi back is only about 6/7 Euros, if your loaded up with shopping! There's lots of local shops to choose from, and a huge selection of wonderful restaurants. Thank you so much for taking the time to write Christine. It is really appreciated, and gives our future guests lots of confidence. Thank you for staying in our happy sunshine home. Please come back again sometime soon! Best wishes, Bruce & Elaine.
Great relaxing family holiday
We returned here having stayed three years ago. We weren't disappointed in any way and pleased we had returned.
Bruce was helpful and prompt throughout the booking process with detailed arrival instructions.
The apartment itself is well located in a quite complex in beautiful grounds. We have two young children who enjoyed playing freely and safely in the grounds. There are two great beaches within walking distance and the pool is only a 5 minute walk. The pools are also great - busy for the time of year so don't expect to get a sun lounger in the shade unless you're very early!
The apartment was very comfortable and well equipped, including more than you would normally expect in a holiday rental.
Overall great experience- right from the booking through to the stay.
Only thing I would add is that if you are a light sleeper like me you may want to pack ear plugs for the Friday/Saturday night live music from the nearby hotel which ran till after 1am! Noise from the apartments above also carries but not too bad.
We look forward to returning again one day.
Hi Sajeeda - It was a real pleasure having you back, and I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay once again.
It's true that the pool area can be busier during July/Aug, though we have found that arriving by about 10am should ensure you a shady spot for the day. You will have seen the new cafe/bar at the pool area which is a welcome addition, since you last stayed.
The weekend music noise you mention from the nearby hotel is not a common occurrence and is usually finished by midnight, and generally only on a Saturday. We've had no adverse feedback about this, before, in over 3 years, so I do hope it didn't disturb your sleep too much. Equally, we've never had a noise problem from guests staying upstairs, save only for the occasional patter of tiny feet running across the tiled floor in the mornings!
We just love sitting out on the patio, during and after dinner, enjoying the garden views, the peaceful and relaxed atmosphere, and no one else to be seen!
Thanks for writing Sajeeda. Thank you for coming back once again, and I hope it's not too long before your 3rd visit!
Best wishes, Bruce & Elaine.
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 old 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 Albufeira 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!
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.