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

8 Reviews
Bedrooms 6
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
1 - 7 nights


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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.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible

Adrian Matthews
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
October 11, 2016
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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 Castro Marim

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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based on 8 traveler reviews

A Family friendly Villa With Free Air con & WiFi, Large Private Heated Pool
average rating of 4.875 based on 9 reviews

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: Aug 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: Aug 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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Fabulous vill. Absolutely couldnt fault it.

  • 5 of 5

Fabulous villa. Absolutely couldnt fault it.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely spacious villa with air conditioning. Fabulous pool and barbq area with ample sun loungers.

  • 5 of 5

The pool and villa were immaculate and the bedding was changed after a week. Monte Francisco is very rural but there are a few eating places within walking distance of the villa...Lupi's was an experience! Everything you could wish for was provided and the small issues we had were resolved the day we reported them. We were a group of 12 with eight children ranging from 3 to 13 and we all had a ball!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: There are 5 places to eat within walking distance, and Louis, the owner of Lupi's, is a real character and serves very good food and definitely worth a visit.
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Excellent villa in a quiet rural part of Eastern Algarve

  • 4 of 5

Spacious villa with striking good looks. Best feature is the large swimming pool. Ideal for large family grouping. Location is ideal for visiting not only the Algarve region but Western Spain too; we travelled as far a field as Gibraltar. Location gave the best of both worlds, tranquillity and plenty of places to visit and explore.

Local managing agents were most helpful presenting the the property in a clean and tidy fashion plus making sure that we were comfortable with the wider surroundings.

Would happily return to this villa

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Miss this holiday - need to go back!!

  • 5 of 5

This holiday was perfect. The house and gardens are beautiful. The owner was fabulous in his communication with us. (Fast responses and helpful). The pool is a great size to swim, and deep enough at one end to dive in. The location was super - not far from local historic towns, and gorgeous long white sandy beaches. There were a few local restaurants in the village - we loved Lupo's - food was wonderful and the owner really is a character. We hired a car - luzcar - they have always been stress free (no queues) and great service. We had a wonderful holiday. We didn't travel very far because we had such a brilliant holiday in this villa. It was easy for us with a well equipped kitchen and plenty of towels (bath and beach). Our boys spent their time between playing pool in the games room, kiddies TV when it was hot, swimming, and playing in the garden around the fruit trees. As a mum of young boys, I actually read books on the sun loungers. Amazing!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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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

Monte Francisco Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Sep 3 2016 - Nov 4 2016
1 night minimum stay
Nov 5 2016 - Dec 23 2016
1 night minimum stay
Christmas & New Year
Dec 24 2016 - Jan 6 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jan 7 2017 - Apr 7 2017
1 night minimum stay
Apr 8 2017 - May 26 2017
1 night minimum stay
Early Summer
May 27 2017 - Jun 30 2017
1 night minimum stay
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 21 2017
1 night minimum stay
Jul 22 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 2 2017 - Nov 3 2017
1 night minimum stay
Nov 4 2017 - Dec 22 2017
1 night minimum stay
Christmas & New Year
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 5 2018
7 night minimum stay
Jan 6 2018 - Mar 23 2018
1 night minimum stay
Mar 24 2018 - May 25 2018
1 night minimum stay
Early Summer
May 26 2018 - Jun 29 2018
1 night minimum stay
Jun 30 2018 - Jul 20 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Jul 21 2018 - Aug 31 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

End Clean & Laundry $366
Refundable damage deposit $305

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)

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Monte Francisco Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 400 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • 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
  • children 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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