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A Family friendly Villa With Free Air con & WiFi, Large Private Heated Pool

Bedrooms 6
Space 4,305 sq. ft.
Property type villa


About the property

6 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Located On The Edge Of A Traditional Portuguese Village

Sleeps 14. 6 bedroom (2 en-suite), 5 bathroom villa with free air con/heating to all bedrooms and lounge. 2 of the bedrooms are on the ground floor. Enclosed 12m x 6m (optional) heated pool. BBQ with seats and tables under a pergola around the pool for shaded alfresco dining. Games room with pool table. Full UK Sky TV, DVD player. Free WiFi. Roof terrace. An orchard with a selection of fruit. Situated on the outskirts of the village. 5 minute walk to the centre of the village where there are several traditional Portuguese bars and restaurants and a very well stocked of mini markets. 5 mins drive from the ancient town and castle of Castro Marim and the marina town of Vila Real. 10 mins drive from Monte Gordo with all its bars, restaurants, shops and Casino. 10 mins drive to Ayamonte in Spain for a change of pace, with its Tapas bars and late night entertainment. Only 5 miles to the best beach on the Algarve, Praia Verdi Beach. There are several golf courses in the area, Castro Marim Golf Club can be seen from the villa.

Adrian Matthews
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
January 12, 2018

About Adrian Matthews

Apart from a couple of years in Singapore, I lived by Chester and on the Wirral, until I moved to North Wales. I'm a property developer and purchased a barn to convert in Llandegla in 1998 and its now my forever home.

Adrian Matthews purchased this villa in 2004

Why Adrian Matthews chose Monte Francisco

I purchased the villa because I fell in love with the area...and Castro Marim Golf Club. Because this area of the Algarve is not commercialised, you get to see traditional Portugal, friendly people and restaurant prices that locals pay...not tourist prices.

What makes this villa unique

When I purchased the villa, it needed complete renovation, so I was able to put my stamp on it. I had the orchard transferred from the back to the front so that I could have a pool installed. I went for the largest pool I could without losing too much terrace. I love my swimming and it needed to comfortably hold 14 people. I had an extra 3 bathrooms added (2 en-suite) and redecorated everywhere inside and out. I did everything to the villa to a specification I would look for if I was going to rent it myself.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Everyone loved the villa - spacious, well kept and superbly equipped in a peaceful, unspoilt location. We had never visited this part of the Algarve before and were impressed by the beaches, the local people and the cost of eating out. You have renovated the villa wonderfully and we thank you for making it available to us. Mrs.I.P.(May 2009).

We have enjoyed the house and the surroundings, found Vila real very charming with the proper Christmas feeling. We have been 14 people including small children for Christmas.The weather was better than expected, a lot of swimming, the pool was fantastic with good waterquality. Mrs.Y.S.(Xmas & new year 2012)

Our stay was wonderful ,as summed up by one of my grandchildrens remark on arrival --"Grandad,its amazing" Mr. M.P. (September 2011)

We had a wonderful time and you should be proud of your villa and the service you provide. We would not hesitate to rent the villa again or recommend to friends and colleagues. Mr & Mrs M. (June 2012).
May 2005
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Monte Francisco Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4305 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Shower room 2 - toilet , shower
    Shower room 1 - toilet , shower
  • Bedroom 1 en-suite, walk in shower, wc, bidet. Bedroom 2 en-suite, walk in shower, wc. Bedrooms 3 & 4 share a corner bath/shower over, wc. Bedrooms 5 & 6 share a walk in shower, wc. Also, ground floor walk in shower, wc.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 12/14 (6 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 double bed, balcony. Bedroom 2 double and a single bed. Bedroom 3 three single beds, balcony. Bedroom 4 twin beds, balcony. Bedroom 5 double bed ground floor, private patio. Bedroom 6 twin beds ground floor, front patio.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
Notes on accommodation: The pool is on the same level as the villa and is surrounded by a 1.5 metre wall with a gate for access. It is also around the back for privacy, with easy access to the kitchen and games room. Outside: Private 12x6m heated pool with 1.5m wall surround, at the rear of the villa, with gate access. Large patio area around pool with a barbecue, table and chairs to seat 14 under a pergola for shade. Sun loungers. Shaded patio with access from lounge and hall with seating for 6. Landscaped gardens to the front, with a selection of fruit trees. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Villa is cleaned once a week. Linen and towels provided, including pool towels, with a weekly change. Daily maid service available, please ask for details. Other: Games room with pool table. Large private roof terrace.


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A Family friendly Villa With Free Air con & WiFi, Large Private Heated Pool
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A little disappointed

  • 3 of 5

This was a one off holiday for my wife's birthday, I invited friends and family to stay and celebrate it with us although the villa andorinha was a lovely building the garden and villa were both neglected on the third day we had no hot water and I had to arrange gas bottles myself, my sister could not take a shower in 31 deg heat before going to the airport. And flying back to the UK, most of the stone seating was broken and replaced with plastic chairs, the BBQ area was rusted and filthy, saying all this the location is great and at the end of our stay my daughter and her family wanted to stay another week but after many attempts to contact the owner to no avail sent an email never got a reply the website said it was available but the so called management team said it wasn't and when I called the help line they told me i had to call the owner, back to square one, earlier this year we booked a villa with James villa's and hoped owners direct would be at least as good but I'm sorry I am disappointed, I would stay at this villa again but only if there was an improvement is the maintenance and back up after all it is supposed to be a luxury villa, not three star,

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Unfortunately, the management company that managed my villa had staff problems, and even though I was repeatedly assured by their manager that maintenance was being carried out, I can clearly see they have not. On reading this review, I immediately dismissed them and organised a new management company. I am also aware that it wasn't just my villa they neglected. There are two gas bottles, and one bottle will last 2 weeks, the management company then organise a replacement when one runs out. Again, the old management company left wanting. One of the jobs of the management company is to identify broken items and replace them like for like, this will be done. The arrangement I have with the management company is to have the BBQ area cleaned after every guest. For security purposes, all emails should be sent through Owners Direct. I don't understand how this guest tried to contact me as the last email received from him on the Owners Direct site, was in June. I have emailed him through this method but yet to receive a reply. The villa was available after their stay, and I would have been very happy to have them stay an extra week. The new management company have my authority to bring the villa back up to, and maintain, its luxury 5 star rating.
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Lovely villa but suffering from some neglect and lack of maintenance

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in the lovely villa. The local people were very friendly and helpful, we ate out most nights and didn't have one complaint about any of the meals. The villa itself was ideal, however, it did suffer from some neglect and lack of maintenance, ie: shower heads hanging off the walls, several lights not working, door trim on lounge door hanging off. The pool was fantastic but the pool furniture needed replacing. The gardener was doing a good job and the gardens were well maintained. The local beaches in this area are some of the best we have ever visited and hopefully ,we will return in the future. Thank you

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Unfortunately, there was an issue with one of the staff at the management company. She has now left and the management company have, and has always had, my authority to maintain the villa in the best possible condition. If any guest has any issues whatsoever, a call to the management company and it will be dealt with quickly and to the best of their ability.
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Lovely villa and great size pool.

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely 10 days at this villa , it was very quiet and private, noisey cockerel up the road but other than that a nice peaceful villa. On the down side we found it a bit out of the way so we had to drive to bars and restaurants which meant we couldn't have a good old drink but on the whole a nice break.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: In the village, within 5 to 10 minutes walk, there are a choice of several bars and restaurants and I supply a guide with their names and locations. Retiro Dos Cacadores New building, just off the square in the middle of the village, 10 metres up on the other side of the road to A Tasca. There is a small bar, which you pass through to a large restaurant. The food is very good and at a good price. They have an extensive menu and an English speaking waitress. One of our guests referred to it as a hidden gem. Sabores Da Beira It was on the same road as A Tasca and Cacadores, but has moved to the other side of the village roundabout. Big improvement. Good food, great price. Campesino RF Clube It’s on the village roundabout. More of a tapas bar than restaurant, but can do reasonable simple meals and at a good price. Large seating area outside. Lupi Closest restaurant to the villa. Up the steps leading to the village, turn right and it’s about 50 meters on your right. Excellent food. The manager Luis (Looish) speaks very good English and is a real character. A Tasca Far left hand corner of the square. It has a colourful awning out front. It has had a change of management and is now run by a local and I haven’t tested it yet. Cafe Café O Bem Amado is next door to Lupi
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Swim to our heart's content

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at this property. This time with 6 adults and 6 ( grand children). As expected the house had been fully arranged to our requirements by the "Purple Parrot group " ." Chapeau!!!!" The lockable pool was very warm and clean. The children spent a lot of time in the pool and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The surroundings are rustic, rural but it was what we like. Shops with all delicacies from Spain ( Ayamonte) and Portugal ( Gastro Marim ) are nearby . The beaches were empty, but for our grandchildren jumping in the waves. ( with live saving jackets!!! ) was an experience thing they are still talking about. .It was the end of the season, but the seawater temperature was wonderful ( to Dutch standards at least) . If possible we are going to return in the near future. You will need a car to get around . We found that Air auto Quarteira provided good cars and good service from Faro airport. Be aware that the check in and all the safety checks can take up a lot of time in Faro in high season . See that you are wined and dined before this check inn . We nearly missed the flight with all the young children still needing some thing to eat. We had a wonderful time in an area of Portugal/ Spain that hides treasures that families with children / grandchildren will love to explore.

Rupert and Josee Drenth


  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A lovely villa in a pleasant village with everything a family could need.

  • 5 of 5

To celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary my wife and I rented the villa from Adrian for 5 weeks from the end of August this year. We had visited the villa last year and met the owner so we knew what we were getting. It is fair to say that the fabric of the villa would benefit from a little upgrading in places, however, do not let this observation deter you from staying the Monte Francisco. The villa is a good size with large bedrooms, big lounge and a good size kitchen and dining room, ideal for entertaining your guests. We had different members of our family and groups of friends come and stay to help us celebrate and all loved it. One of the best features is the large secure heated pool essential when our small grand daughters came to stay. The adjacent covered terrace and bbq area was used every day. The area around the villa is rustic, as you would expect in this area of Portugal, but we meet all the local neighbours who showed us only kindness. The villa is close to good size towns and Spain is only a 5 minute drive away over the bridge or better still a short ferry trip. We had a number of issues, mainly with the pool whilst there, but these were dealt with swiftly and without fuss by the managing agents who were excellent. The beaches locally were busy at the end of August, but by the 8th of September almost deserted. There are some super restuarants within a short hop. Our favourite was at Paria Verde called Infante, absolutely delightful . Would we stay at the villa again....most definitely. Thank you Adrian for letting us stay at your villa and to Debby at Purple Parrot for ensuring everything was to our and our guests liking.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A most enjoyable and happy family holiday!

  • 5 of 5

The villa is in Monte Francisco, a nice quiet location, but not a problem if you have transport. Also, it is a good thing if you have noisy children jumping in and out of the spacious swimming pool! We did have a few teething problems with the property, but all eventually resolved!

The property is spacious and well laid out and was very clean when we arrived - not so clean when we left!.The air conditioned bedrooms were most welcome. The facilities were well thought out to easily cope with fifteen people. Wi-Fi was a bit unreliable but to be expected in a rural area. Everyone enjoyed the American style fridge with the facility for crushed ice always in demand.

The sun beds and parasols by the pool were plentiful and we ate all our evening meals at the long table provided at the pool side, sometimes in one sitting, sometimes in two. Lunch was often eaten on a shaded patio, at the side of the house, where we managed to accommodate all fifteen of us in one go.

There are several lovely beaches to visit nearby and some are on small islands which made it fun getting to them by ferry or boat. The children loved it. We were lucky enough to be in Monte Francisco when the nearby town of Castro Marim held a Medieval Festival. We all enjoyed the opportunity to try out Medieval games, watch some jousting and eat and drink. Castro Marim has two castles so it was an ideal setting for the festival and very atmospheric. Monte Francisco is a village, but don't be fooled - there is a mini market and several places to eat which are all very reasonably priced and of a good standard.

The younger ones enjoyed a trip to a nearby water park, but the oldies stayed behind and enjoyed a rest!

Thank you to Adrian for providing an extra bed so that we could squeeze everyone in and for being so helpful and informative. I started to worry about things with a couple of weeks to go before arrival and Adrian very kindly put my mind at rest on all counts. A most enjoyable and happy family holiday. I would recommend Villa Andhorina to anyone who wants to enjoy a big family holiday and who is prepared to hire a car.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Car hire is recommended but not essential. Apart from the bars, restaurants and mini market within a 5 minute walk, there are local reasonable priced taxi drivers available. The WiFi is on a mobile network with unlimited data and a speed of about 10 meg, but can get bogged down with too many connections.
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
250 Metres
Nearest Golf
2 Kilometres
Castro Marim Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
250 Metres
Nearest Beach
8 Kilometres
Monte Gordo
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

On the outskirts of Vila Real de Santo Antonio (approx 10 minutes drive) there is a municiple Sports Complex which is one of the most highly regarded centres in Europe. The complex is a high performance training centre and it is recognised by the Portuguese Olympic Committee as an Official Training Centre. Aside from athletics it is also a tennis club.


This part of the Algarve coast enjoys long sandy beaches. Between Tavira and Monte Gordo there are 5 blue flag beaches. The fantastic soft sandy beach of Praia Verde is less than 10 mins drive from the villa. Car parking, beachside restaurants and bars all present. Villa Real, less than 10 minutes away, has a wonderful marina.


Car hire is recommended. Faro Airport is a 40 minute drive, Seville Airport 80 mins drive. Airport pickup available if required.


5 minute walk into local village. 5 minute drive to the ancient town and castle of Castro Marim. 10 minute drive to the marina town of Vila Real. 10 minute drive to Monte Gordo. 10 minute drive to Ayamonte, Spain.

Further Details:

There are 4 water parks and two theme parks along the Algarve – all within one and a half hours drive, Zoomarine and Villamoura water parks approx 45 minutes. The villa itself is close to a huge nature reserve which has designated nature trails and bird watching facilities. There are lots of locations offering organised activities, such as horse riding or 4X4 'Safaris', within easy driving distance. For those of you who enjoy a night out on the town the nearby Monte Gordo and Ayamonte (Spain) offers lots of bars, restaurants and clubs as well as featuring a great casino complete with nightly shows for a really great night out. Tavira, about a 20 min drive, is really worth a visit. There are mini-marts (corner shop style) in the village as well as several bars, cafes, restaurants, mostly less than 5 mins walk away. For supermarkets, Banks, internet cafe's etc Castro Marim and Villa Real are a short drive away. There are directions in the villa to the best local supermarkets. For those that require the internet, there is free access at the municipal buildings at Castro Marim and Vila Real, also wi fi is available at the square in Vila Real.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

End Clean & Laundry $413.79
Refundable damage deposit $344.83

Booking Notes:
25% deposit required on booking (£300 minimum), and balance paid 8 weeks before holiday. £250 damage deposit. The cost for pool heating is £200 extra per week from November to end of February, £125pw all other times (minimum one week). Laundry is changed once a week, cleaning is at end of stay but may be requested at an extra charge.

Changeover Day:
Saturday changeover (flexible). Arrival after 4pm, departure by 10am.

Notes on prices:
Prices shown are for the property per week in UK Pounds.
£200 extra per week for heating the pool from November to end of February, £125 all other times (minimum one week)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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