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6 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12
Barao de Sao Joao, Lagos, Faro District, Algarve

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David G
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“Special holiday in Algarve”
Reviewed 23 July 2016 for a stay in June 2016
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We had a great two weeks in this lovely location. You feel in the middle of nowhere, in a good, relaxing way, but are only a short drive from Burgau, Luz and Lagos where there are gorgoeus beaches and top class restaurants to suit all tastes. There is a top golf course 5 minutes drive away. The villa is the perfect place to chill out. Great weather guaranteed; fanstastic, well maintained pool which is solar heated - this does make a difference!
Mark and Ruth are always on hand to advise or help.
The BBQ house is in a separate part of the grounds. The facilities are amazing with sink, cupboards, even a cool box for your beer! It almost feels like a night out if you eat down in that area, and the photos on the website maybe don't quite do it justice.
If you have not been in the area before, Burgau is one of the most beautiful places you could ever visit with outstanding restaurants and beach. Great surfing waves. Also the wee villages of Espiche and Barao San Jao may not look much at first sight but are worth a visit, for a coffee, snack or a few beers. And you will have plenty of change left in your pockets
There are great boat trips for all tastes from the lovely marina at Lagos. Lagos also has a great atmosphere for a night out, especially if you happen to see Portugal win the Euros there!
If you want a game of football or zumba go to the Burgau Sports Centre.
The Autodromo for go karting is 30 mins away and has two great tracks.
Sagres and Cape St VIncent are worth visiting for the amazing views (and more lovely beaches) at the western tip of the Algarve.
Back to the house finally, it's really well equipped - loads of big pots, cutlery, plates, glasses etc in kitchen, loads of fridge and freezer space, great seating areas outside and in, ensuites in every bedroom, air con in each of the three "units". Loads of pool terrace space and more than enough loungers.
Thanks again to Mark and Ruth for looking after us so well. We would go back again.

Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Frank C
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“A beautiful and secluded sanctuary from a mad, mad world!”
Reviewed 26 June 2016 for a stay in June 2016
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person found this review helpful

This was our second stay at the wonderful Quinta Da Varzea Grande and it was as beautiful as we remembered it with lots of improvements to the property since our last visit. We were visiting to help celebrate a great friends significant birthday and our group included travellers from the UK and Canada.
The property is secluded and approached down a winding dusty track but fear not once you have travelled down the lane a couple of times you soon wonder what your initial trepidation was all about but you do most certainly need a car for getting about.
QDVG is situated half way along a picturesque river valley and is high up one sloping side with wonderful views down the valley and the cultured greens and fairways of Espische golf course are an added bonus in the far distance.
The property has three separate villas along three sides of the central pool and terrace, It is well and thoughtfully furnished and equipped and the welcome pack was indeed most welcome, the set up is ideal for larger groups, especially those with children.
Our hosts Mark and Ruth were welcoming, helpful yet unobtrusive and absolute fonts of local knowledge about where to eat what to see (try the zoo if unlucky enough to get a cloudy day) which beaches to try and which beach bars were worth exploring.
Special tip if you want a Sunday lunch dining experience ask them about the pop up restaurant beneath the Carib Tree! Or if you like fish then they can recommend a number of excellent options for you like they did for us.
Explore the extensive gardens and be sure to take advantage of the BBQ 'house' and dining area, the supermarkets in Lagos and nearby Luz offer a great selection of prepared meats and fish ready for grilling.
All in all another wonderful stay at the QDVG and we can't recommend it enough

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Liked best: The pool
Liked least: The occasional wind!
Travelling group: Friends
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München, Deutschland
Reviewed 3 November 2015 for a stay in October 2015

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Dorking, United Kingdom
Reviewed 8 August 2015 for a stay in July 2015
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Liked best: The pool
Liked least: Nothing that merits a negative comment!
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Norton Sub Hamdon, United Kingdom
Reviewed 2 November 2014 for a stay in October 2014

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Liked best: The beutiful accomodation
Liked least: Everything was as advertised
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
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Ian H
Leeds, United Kingdom
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“Picturesque paradise”
Reviewed 5 September 2014 for a stay in August 2014

I recently stayed at this property with my wife and daughter and would consider it one of the best family holidays we have been on. The quality of the accommodation was extremely high with a welcome pack provided on arrival and comfortable and practical furnishings. The property was cleaned and bed sheets were changed weekly which suited our needs perfectly, and Mark and Ruth were extremely hospitable and helpful throughout our stay. The pool, although shared, was a great asset on hot Summer days and in fact the shared element posed no problems whatsoever. The land attached to the property and its breathtaking views are probably its main selling point. From every angle you are met with rolling hills and Algarvian landscape which offers plenty of privacy and a peaceful atmosphere. The garden was our favourite part of the property because it provided various secluded spots to sit and relax such as a seated area with a canopy, plush poolside seating and an extended dining area for larger groups.
The area, although isolated, was a short drive from villages, towns and of course Lagos which we were slightly apprehensive of, however it meant that the property was our sanctuary at the end of busy days making it truly the best of both worlds.
We had absolutely no complaints at the end of our stay and are keen to return to this picturesque paradise!

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Liked best: The outdoor area
Liked least: Nothing!
Travelling group: Other
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
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Mary M
Lichfield, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“Absolutely perfect for family groups”
Reviewed 19 September 2013 for a stay in September 2013

Our stay at Quinta da Varzea Grande was amazing. The layout of the 3 separate villas' around a superbly maintained swimming pool meant that our family group were apart but together. Perfect! We had young children with us and the local beautiful beaches are a very short car ride away. Owners Mark and Ruth provide a lovely welcome pack and are keen to help in any way but without being intrusive. I strongly recommend this holiday venue particularly for large groups of friends or a family gathering as we had.

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Liked best: The layout of the villas
Liked least: Kitchen requires refurbishment but this is already in the planning stage.
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups
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