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Review of Casa Catarina

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15 reviews
Villa and Pool.
Sun bathing terrace and pool.
Lounge
Entrance Hall
Dining Room
Bright alfresco dining area
Pool and Sun Loungers.
One of the garden relaxing areas.
Kitchen.
The Master Bedroom
Courtyard
Gazebo next to pool.
View of Kitchen
Hall and Staircase
Ground Floor Twin Bedroom
The Twin Bedroom
One of the Bathrooms.
Lounge and Dining Area.
Dining area.
Master Bedroom
Twin Bedroom
Another view of Master Bedroom.
Ground Floor Twin Bedroom
Villa and Pool
Gazabo
One of the al fresco dining areas.
Pool at night
Gipsy Market in Loule
A typical wide sandy beach
View over sea at Sagres
Part of the Garden.
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Farmhouse -
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Loule, Faro District, Algarve

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SKAkeroyd
Thirsk, United Kingdom
1 review
“desperately needs air con in living room.”
Reviewed 26 June 2017 for a stay in June 2017

Stayed here in June. On arriving we had to drive up a very steep driveway that nearly took the front end of the car off. The driveway was close to a fast slip road. Out side the pool was small but refreshing, although the road traffic outside was very noisy with heavy lorries thundering down the road. The gardens were pretty however the mess of building rubble near the entrance indicated that there was further renovating been done.
Inside the villa was adequate, however there was no air con in the downstairs living room. Bedding was very basic. The mattresses were uncomfortable.
We also noticed that there was a security camera positioned high up in the living area, pointing at the front door, and felt that the owners could have pointed this out to us on arriving. We wondered if it was a listening in device as well?
We have stayed in many villas over twenty years and felt that honesty is the best policy. So yes a nice villa, but the overall feel was that privacy was important in our stay, and the camera in the living room was not expected. Thankyou.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
11 Jul 2017
Why would we have a camera in the lounge, he must be referring to the sensor for the burglar alarm? I can't understand why he never mentioned this to me as he had my telephone number and I live only 10 minutes away.I find that he says that the bedding was basic as it was a french designer brand. No one has ever complained that the beds were unconfortable. This was a last minute booking and I could not get the rubbish removed in time.
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Wrexham County, United Kingdom
Reviewed 25 May 2017 for a stay in May 2017

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Management Response
30 May 2017
Thank you Amanda, so glad you enjoyed it.
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aupairazu...
Nice
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“very nice holiday”
Reviewed 23 May 2017 for a stay in May 2017

We found everything we expected and more in this well equipped villa. It was clean and bright and we loved the artwork. Lots of sitting areas in and out of the sun. Pool and bar-b-que area was just what we needed. Owner's were near at hand and came to check the pool and garden during our stay. Super roof terrace that had just been renewed. We hope to return soon.

Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
25 May 2017
So glad you enjoyed it.
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grantwall...
Weymouth, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Did not match up to the previous reviews”
Reviewed 23 April 2017 for a stay in April 2017

I am not sure if the standards of the cleaner have slipped since the previous reviews. Dirty, drainage problems, broken washing machine, layers of dust and cobwebs, damp rooms, damp bedding, dirty pool, old towels, broken heater (caused an electric shock) dead bird inside the door as we arrived, large sharp staple on top of one of the beds intended for one of the children, dirty bedding, water kept cutting out and pump needed re-setting on a daily basis. This villa is just about child friendly but certainly not toddler friendly, Seems to be some kid of building/renovation work going on within the grounds which makes the garden look messy and less relaxing. Maybe our standards are high but paying £100 per night we would expect some care and attention before our arrival. We ended up spending the remaining 3 days of our holiday elsewhere as it was becoming an unhappy experience.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
5 May 2017
I cannot believe the lies he has put in this review and I stand by the previous reviews as we have the same excelent cleaner as before. He leaves much to be desired as a guest as he left the toilets unflushed and he used an expensive bed cover in his childs cot. He only contacted me 2 days after his arrival as he was unable to turn one of the showers on. I told him how to operate it and on the next day he sent a message saying 'all is good' he also mentioned that there were some leaves in the swimming pool that I told him he could remove these with the net provided, notwithstanding that I arranged for my pool cleaner to attend to check the pool and he found nothing wrong with it. I never heard from him again until he left this review.
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Jen K
1 review
“Amazing WE”
Reviewed 16 September 2016 for a stay in September 2015

Casa Catarina is the perfect location if you are looking for a spacious, bright and warm place to spend vacations.
The villa is near to the beach (5-10 mins by car) but you will enjoy spending time in the swimming pool.
I had an amazing time and will be back for sure!

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Liked best: the garden and the pool
Travelling group: Friends
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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Dominique...
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“A good option”
Reviewed 27 July 2015 for a stay in July 2015
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We have spent about two weeks with friends at Casa Catarina; the villa is pretty well maintained overall, interestingly decorated, clean and equipped with all the basics you'd require during your stay in Portugal.
As mentioned in former reviews, more comfortable beds would be an added value, although good enough for a short stay.
The outdoor areas and gardens are pretty well-maintained at first sight but would benefit from further attention if you go more into details. The small pool comes as a welcome relief during these hot sunny days in Algarve.
This independent villa is pretty isolated about 10 minute drive from the nearest town and all commodities, restaurants, etc... and about 30 minutes to the main popular beaches, hence a vehicle is necessary as there's nothing around at walking distance. However its central location is certainly very convenient to access the highway and most touristic attractions in the region. The main road and its traffic just overlooking the pool deck is unfortunately spoiling a peaceful and relaxing environment during peak hours. At night, you'd be very lucky to get over barking dogs from the neighboring properties disturbing a good night sleep.
We've certainly enjoyed our stay in general and would recommend this property to holiday-makers who are actively visiting the region, but would recommend 'home-birds' to seek alternatives.

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Liked best: The paintings on the walls... :-)
Liked least: The traffic noise just down the road
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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Renardo01...
Essex, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Lovely villa”
Reviewed 18 August 2014 for a stay in August 2014
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We stayed at Catarina in August, the weather was beautiful, very hot indeed, the villa needed more fans as it doesn't have air con. we did have the windows open where the mosquito nets were, but not all bedrooms have mosquito nets. There was a little road noise and barking dogs in the evening. The beds were rather uncomfortable too. But other than that, the villa was very well equipped, and seeing as it is a work in progress, the decor is beautiful. It was extremely clean, bedding was clean, towels were supplied and they all smelt fresh. The pool and surrounding area is beautiful, sunbeds and patio chairs and tables were new and all in working order. Bathrooms and kichen were well equipped too. Bar-b-q was clean, and the area surrounding it was clean too. The villa is close to Loule town and the supermarkets, but you do need a car, which is fine because you can venture out to the other lovely places nearby. We had a fab holiday and would stay at the Casa Catarina again.

Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
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