Villa in Lagos, Western Algarve, Portugal, 4401/AL - Main House Sleeps 6 In 3 Bedrooms, Option Of Extra Bedroom In Annex Sleeping 2 More People
About Doreen Purefoy
I have lived with my husband in Weybridge for over 30 years. Our daughter and husband live nearby with their young son and baby daughter. I was a Brown Owl for 19 years (!) and also a Governor of a special school. I now run a beginners bridge group for U3A, and very occasionally walk dogs for the Cinnamon Trust. We have recently acquired a middle aged Norfolk terrier called Peggy, who is a little gem
Doreen Purefoy purchased this Villa in 1984
Why Doreen Purefoy chose Falfeira
We first visited the Algarve in 1979 and instantly fell in love with the area and the people. We first stayed in Carvoeira and considered buying there but sadly realised that this charming little fishing village was about to be swamped by development. We then explored further west and after several visits to the area decided that Lagos was sufficiently large and predominantly Portuguese to avoid being swallowed up by developments. Then began the search for a villa nearby rather than in the town itself which can be noisy with barking dogs and late night bars etc.! We were extremely lucky in that the first villa sent to us was in just the right location, just 1 mile from the very centre of town with fantastic panoramic views of the ocean and mountains and yet in the peaceful countryside.
What makes this Villa unique
I doubt there are many villas in or around Lagos that combine convenience of access to the many shops, bars and restaurants the town has to offer, with such blissful peace and quiet. We sit gazing at the views for hours both day and night and never tire of returning to Miradouro. The children love the pool,which can be heated in early and late season at extra charge when the water temperature is a mite too chilly except for the most hardy. The villa is very baby friendly as we provide cot, high chair, monitor, bottle warmer, steriliser, even a few toys and a potty!
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Home From Home pool, garden & BBQ highlights
We had a very relaxing time at the villa with our two teenage sons. Especially loved the pool and all it’s various areas where you can practically track the sun through the day, beautiful well maintained garden and BBQ/sheltered patio area. The owners have taken great care in leaving listings of recommended restaurants and activities of which Lagos has many. (We’d add the crazy golf at the back of the town walls for a bit of family fun-even teenagers).
Some minor things we feel could be adjusted- Maybe too many notices about the place about security and recent thefts in the area - slightly spooked our sons who saw the notes.
We were fortunate to have great sunny days - it was hot especially to sleep at night and full air con would have been nice, as well as mosquito nets to keep some very persistent ones out.
Nearby Lagos is a very lovely town and area - we have retuned many times over the years. You need a car to get to Lagos and access the ‘wilder western beaches’.
Everything we needed was available in the villa. We would love to come back,and thoroughly enjoyed our break.
A most enjoyable stay
The villa was spotlessly clean and had very well managed grounds. The pool was well maintained and cleaned twice during our fortnights stay.
The villa is excellently located in a rural setting with splendid views of the ocean and countryside yet close to supermarkets and all the amenities of Lagos.
Doreen provided very thorough and extensive information about restaurants, points of interest, places to visit and local information which was extremely useful to us.
The villa was well equipped and we enjoyed picking oranges for our freshly squeezed juice in the morning a d lemons for our evening g+t .
We would definitely like to return although as a party of 6 rather than 8 as we would not use the annex as an additional bedroom again. The fold up beds were low and uncomfortable and made the sitting room cramped for space.. Apart from that it was excellent.
Lovely Villa in a great location. Communications with owner and agent very easy. An ideal family holiday with a great heated pool.
Thank you so much for your review. It does help us very much. So pleased that you enjoyed your stay and we hope tom see you again in the future.
Lovely villa with great views and utter silence, very relaxing. The heated pool was a bonus.
We were delighted to arrive after a long journey and were not disappointed. The villa was very clean and welcoming, the maid had put the heaters on so it was nice and warm inside as well as out. We explored the house and found everything needed for a great holiday. The pool looked fantastic and we quickly got ready for a swim which was lovely. We found a very good taxi firm which came to collect us every evening, so no need to worry about drinking and there was an ample supply of taxis to bring us back the fare being a very reasonable 5/6 euros. We followed the recommendations re restaurants in the owners local notes and found these very reliable without exception.
We spent most of our time lounging around the pool at the villa but did venture out to beaches now and again and explored further afield towards the west coast. We were particularly fond of Ingrina and Salema on the way and the beaches up the west coast are all very stunning and almost undiscovered. The beach bars are all very good, but it's a shame they have all been made to conform to certain rules which has robbed them of their individual style. Nearer to home, we particularly like the restaurants at Porto de Mos, as you are right on the beach and can enjoy spectacular sunsets. It is worthwhile going inland through Portelas and up to Bensafrim then twirl around and go back through Barao St Juao and St Miguel, an unspoilt area of the Algarve unchanged by time. In short a great holiday with lots of variety .
lovely spot in the hills above Lagos
We very much enjoyed our stay in the Casa do Miradouro in Falfeira, a small rural neighborhood on the outskirts of Lagos. The house is quite large, with great views out over the valley and down to the harbor & beaches east of Lagos. It is wonderfully quiet, and peaceful, and Lagos is almost deserted in late December. Weather here was great for the season-- low 60's (F) and mostly sunny for the entire 2 weeks we were there. The pool is heated (though for extra cost!), and works even in this off-season. The house itself is a bit odd in design, but well appointed. It has two very nicely refitted new full bathrooms with heated floors and towel bars, but the kitchen is a bit spartan, and the fireplace in the main living room does not work. The doors and windows are a bit old and need to be treated carefully, but they are secure and functional. If it is privacy and seclusion you are seeking, with a view and convenient access to everything in Lagos, this is your spot! if you seek something brand new and uber-luxurious, keep looking ;-)
Home away from home
This villa is in an ideal location with good amenities the owners are clearly very passionate about ensuring their guests comfort. The villa is clean and tidy and sports two luxury bathrooms which are new additions this year. The maid Antonia is very thorough and it's really lovely to fully relax knowing the day to day tasks are taken care of. Great place and wouldn't hesitate to come back or recommend to others.
wonderful to know that you had a great holiday. Thank you for your review.
The nearest beach is 1.5km away. The famous Meia Praia beach can be reached by ferry boat from the promenade or from one of the many car parks dotted along the length of the beach. On the other side of town is the most photographed beach on the Algarve - Praia Dona Anna with its incredible rock formations. There are numerous beaches along the coast of every shape and size. The wonderful west coast beaches are within easy reach, the secret cove of Ingrina, the vast Castelejo and Amado for surfers
Faro airport is 78km (approx. 45 mins drive) via Motorway A22 to Lagos.
Car hire is strongly recommended for convenience, but not absolutely essential.
Lagos town: 1.5km. Portelas village: 0.5km. Praia da Luz: 7km. Burgau: 12km. Sagres: 28km.
Miradouro is very well furnished and equipped with telephone, Wi FI, digital English TV,including BBC, ITV etc. CD/cassette player, DVD player, personal safe, hairdryer and a small library of paperback books. There are ceiling fans for the summer months. It has a distinctly Portuguese flavour as we have furnished and decorated with the works of local craftsmen wherever possible whilst still providing all 'mod cons', personal safe, dishwasher, microwave AND a daily maid to deal with all household chores so Mum can have a holiday too!
Lagos (pronounced Lah-Gosh!) is quite different to most other Algarve resorts. This is no purpose built resort nor over-developed fishing village, but an ancient Portuguese town, its heritage well preserved by the local council. Tourism now plays an important part in its prosperity but by no means overwhelms it. The old men still gather to set the world to rights and you need only stroll a short way from the centre to find rambling cobbled streets or the old city walls surrounding the town. The town centre is just 1.5km away.
Visit the new marina to admire the yachts, stroll along the palm fringed promenade overlooking the fishing harbour and the old Fort jutting out into the sea, the old slave market (now an art gallery) and the Church of Santo Antonio with its regional museum. It is the favourite holiday town for the Portuguese themselves, which ensures good value for money and Portugal itself is one of the cheapest countries in Europe. In short, it is a spacious Portuguese town with something for everyone. There are numerous restaurants to suit all pockets and tastes, various supermarkets and all varieties of shops.
In and around Lagos are facilities for sailing, windsurfing, surf boarding, waterskiing, scuba-diving, deep sea fishing, boat trips, tennis, squash, riding , dolphin watching and, for the really adventurous, microlight flying! A comprehensive guide to local facilities is sent to all booking the villa.