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“Huge Villa in a great location!”
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6 reviews
Casa James
Pool terrace
View across valley to Sao Bras de Alportel
Spacious lounge area
Large, fully equipped kitchen
Open plan accommodation
Master bedroom (with ensuite) opening onto pool terrace
Bedroom 2 opening onto pool terrace
Bedroom 3
Alfresco dining by the pool
Roman end steps into pool
Bougainvillea on balustrade
Pretty tiled staircase to pool terrace and villa
Attractive enclosed garden
Sunset over Sao Bras de Alportel
Ample parking
View from top balcony
Rua 5 de Outubro in Loule
Alcoutim on the banks of the River Guadiana
Fishing village of Ferragudo
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Sao Bras de Alportel, Faro District, Algarve

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Clare B
Swindon, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Huge Villa in a great location!”
Reviewed 5 September 2014 for a stay in August 2014
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We go to the Algarve every year for our holidays and we have a stressful but fun time trying to book the right villa for us. This is the first villa that we have booked that has had 'neighbours'. I say this lightly because there is brilliant space around each villa so you don't feel enclosed.
BOOKING - I emailed Alison and got a speedy and very helpful response. Any deposits and payments I made were confirmed quickly, putting us at ease!
ARRIVAL - when we arrived Victor the pool cleaner was there. He gave a friendly wave and said hello. The Villa is extremely secure and instructions for this were spot on. We also had a lovely welcome pack of beer (which didn't last long!) wine, water and some other essentials.
ACCOMODATION - The Villa is huge and furnished nicely making it feel homely. The utensils and crockery were very clean and so too was the bedding. The bedrooms are a good size and the master bedroom leads onto the pool area which was nice. The maid came once during our stay... She was lovely and spoke good English.
As said before the Villa is very secure with locked gates, Alarm and locks/shutters on windows. There are fans in bedrooms but because the Villa is on the ground floor, it stayed quite cool and thankfully there was a lovely breeze during our stay!
SWIMMING POOL: The pool was spotlessly clean. It is a salt water pool which we had concerns about but had no reason to. It was lovely.... Really beautiful.... It was lovely to be able to get in and out of the pool as we pleased. For me it was nice to sit on the side and watch the kids and hubby splash around and play dodgeball!!
GARDEN/GROUNDS: The villa has great large grounds so if you wanted to have a wonder you could and also the flowers were stunning! The BBQ is situated at the back of the villa by the Kitchen - perfect! The BBQ is also in the shade from 12.30pm so it made it more bearable to cook (so my husband says!). The pool area was brilliant, with plenty of room around it. We had ideas that we would sit on the balcony at night but we didn't need to as the views from the pool area were fantastic anyway.
LOCATION: The location of Casa James is great. The views over the town are great and on one evening they had a music festival so were playing folk music til early hours. After putting our kids to be bed, my husband and I grabbed a bottle of wine and laid on the sun lounger listening to it... We fell asleep until early hours as it was so relaxing! Sao Bras is very central, allowing you to travel either East or West. There is a brilliant restaurant near by Luis Dos Frangos! Very Portuguese but never turned their nose up when we ordered a plate of chips for our son! In fact they even came out with a bowl of ketchup sachets!!! If you go at 12noon it will be empty but by 12.15pm it is very busy with locals and other Portuguese families. I felt so humbled looking around.... Just seeing families chatting and helping each other. There was one gentleman eating alone, after 5 minutes a couple came in and sat with him-they didn't know him! Honestly, you have to go to see what I mean! The price is shocking - in a good way. 3 chicken and chips and 1 pork, salad, rice and chips with 2 beers and 2 coke was €25!!! This meant a happy husband!! I understand this restaurant is shut through September but not 100% sure so check.
Tavira is well worth a visit in the evening... It is stunning.
OVERALL: I have decided I am never happy to leave the Algarve. The Portuguese are lovely people. Alison was great host and dealt with any queries quickly and efficiently. Personally I don't think the pictures do the villa justice. If you are looking for traditional Portuguese holiday, then Casa James is certainly worth considering. Thank you Alison!

Travelling group: Teenagers
Your age range 35-49
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paulmulra...
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Relax at Casa James”
Reviewed 25 October 2013 for a stay in September 2013
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person found this review helpful

Arrived late evening to a welcome pack which included beer and wine. Weather in the 29-32 range. Its a great villa, large enough for our grown up daughter to join us, making it a lovely family gathering in a great setting. A quiet and relaxing location with Sao Bras town, it's shops and an array of foreign restaurants and bars with a supermarket all walkable but only minutes away by car. A good base to visit the coast, the western Algarve the motorway being only 10-15 minutes away. Also many walks offered nearby and one from the villa and others taking in the National Park Ria Formosa, waterparks in easy distance for the energetic or Just spend the morning out and the warmer afternoons by and in the large pool, with a glass of something. Sheer indulgence and luxury

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Liked best: The Space, the pool, and English TV
Liked least: Nothing it's all good
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
Reviewed 24 July 2013 for a stay in July 2013

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Liked best: friendly relaxed people and lovely coool pool
Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: Extended Family
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