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
- Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights
Beautiful Gd Floor Apt. Sleeps 4/6 + cot. Beach or pools 250m. Happiness is.
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- Jun 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 Municipality of 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
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
What can I say? We had an absolute ball...firstly, the communication from Bruce was extremely efficient and to be honest...reassuring...so 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 minutes...it 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 apartment..it really was a home from home...thanks so much for everything Sara, David and boys
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.
First class apartment set in a garden of Eden
Cant add anything to all previous reveiws yes everything was perfect,thank you Bruce.
It's such a pleasure to welcome back our guests for another stay. Thank you so much for your kind words Jeannie. Thank you too for looking after our "happy home" in the sun! You are always welcome back, at any time! Best wishes, Bruce & Elaine.
This is a touch amusing! This guest was ordering some tyres for her car, on line, and thought to herself "I will write this 5* review later". She hadn't realised that her "ats" comment was entered onto our website review, which, as an owner, I am unable to remove! So happy shopping for car tyres Maureen! Thanks for the 5 stars anyway!
A very relaxing week away with friends
This is the third time I have visited this property, very much home from home. The apartment is perfectly located within easy reach of so many beautiful beaches and places to visit.
It also has everything ! including a juicer for those delicious oranges sold on the side of the road, not to be missed. We also booked an amazing boat trip on the Finismar sailing boat, incredible experience, Ricardo our crew member was sensational, so knowledgable and helpful. This really is a delightful place and we had the weather too, perfect just perfect.
Thank you so much for writing. You are indeed becoming a frequent guest, and seemingly, you are as happy as we are with our wonderful little home from home in the Algarve. We are fortunate that there are a growing number of guests, who are repeating their stays with us. There are lots of good reasons for returning to a place that you really like. You instantly know where to shop, where you want to eat out, where to catch a football match, or where to stretch out and relax. So those first two or three days of "acclimatising" are behind you in an instant. The apartment is kitted out with everything you should need, if only because it's our own holiday home too! Over time, we have bought everything that a family should need! I'm glad you found a new boat trip from Albufeira Marina. There are lots to choose from, to suit every water sports taste! Thank you so much for coming back once again. You know you are welcome any time! Best wishes, Bruce & Elaine.
10 day cycling holiday based at Sao Rafael.
What a superb place to stay ,this very spacious 2 bedroom apartment had everything we needed to make our stay most memorable.On arrival it was spotlessly clean throughout , it had all the comforts of home to hand , far more than other apartments we have stayed in.A detailed folder is there for all users to browse ,some excellent detailed information of the local area and the Algarve itself.Location wise it was ideal for starting each days cycle ride ( or walking ) , routes easily accessible either coastal or inland , only 6k from train station of 3K from the bus station which then opens up all the Algarve.Local amenities give you the option of local or tourist bars , restaurants , supermarkets.A 45 minute steady walk along the headland takes you through a wonderful harbour in to the centre of Albufeira , 7 euros gets you a taxi back.I would highly recommend this apartment to any one especially families , you will not be disappointed.
Well David, what a lovely review! You and your friends certainly seem to have been pretty active during your stay! As you will know, there is an official cycle route that runs the whole length of the Algarve, all 150 miles, which almost passes our front door! Your bikes can be delivered/collected from our apartment. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your stay, and were able to use our apartment as a good base so start your days activities. Sao Rafael, next door to Albufeira Marina, the old town and surrounding area, has so much to offer! Your comments about our apartment too, are appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to write, and for looking after our apartment! Please come back sometime soon! Best wishes, Bruce & Elaine.
When we arrived we found the apartment in order and very clean. The management company brought us some groceries to start the holiday. The apartment contained everything we needed for cooking and was very well equiped in all departments. It is also a very short walk to the beach. The outside patio was clean and the furniture available for eating and relaxing . We enjoyed having the cleaning lady coming regulary to change the towels and bed sheets and clean the bathrooms and floor. We had one problem with the shower drain but the management company came the same day to check. The next day a handyman came and fixed the problem.
Overall we enjoyed our stay very much, and would recommend this place and would return anytime in the future.
Thank you so much for your delightful review Philippe. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your month long stay. It's true that we do have an excellent relationship with Cerro Novo, our property management company. They are very professional in all that they do. We were made aware of the shower drainage problem that same day, and we chose to send in our own plumbers to have the problem fixed, rather than wait for the local council, since technically, it is their responsibility. We simply don't want our guests kept waiting! It was some local tree roots that had caused the problem, which have since been removed. Otherwise, thank you for your kind words Philippe. Please come back again sometime soon! 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!
Additional information about rental rates
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.