Nice villa, set in a remote spot. We arrived late at night and it would be easy to miss the entrance road. You will need to use the GPS co-ordinates that the owner gives you. The villa is clean and very quiet. It is set on a remote hill with good views. It is only overlooked by one other villa. The only gripe we had was the poor internet quality. Although on holiday I needed to keep track of my business, sending and receiving emails etc. I had to spend £40,00 on data from my mobile network supplier to get consistent internet access over the ten day stay. The internet is so important in today's world. However, knowing this, I would still book the villa again as the pros outweigh the cons.
As I sit here, watching a blizzard from my office window, I am dreaming of a few short weeks ago, when I enjoyed my espresso in the light of a beautiful Algarve sunrise. My family and I have never visited Portugal, so we ventured to the Faro district knowing very little about travelling there. What we found was nothing short of an awe-inspiring experience from day one.
Villa Monte Santo Estevao was admittedly a little difficult to find at first. However, what we found was a home, nestled at the top of a hill, overlooking the beautiful Silves countryside. The view is simply incredible and the property is very private and serene.
After a long day of flying and driving, we walked into a clean, tastefully decorated home. The weather is a touch cold in January, so we turned on the heaters right away! Nonetheless, it had all we could desire for our week long trip: a kitchen with a coffee maker (SO necessary!), washer, three bathrooms, internet, TV etc. My mom and I even made use of the ping pong table!
Sérgio was very helpful and communicative throughout everything - from time of booking to departure. He takes great care and pride in managing this property, with excellent results.
We spent our days adventuring through the Algarve, but were always very happy to come back to the Villa at night and have a place to relax. I know my family and I will be returning to Silves one day - and booking Villa Monte Santo Estevao. This was our first time booking through TripAdvisor, and were a bit wary...but what can I say? We were all very impressed and happy with our stay here. Highly recommended.
We stayed at Villa Monte Santo Estevao last week and have just returned from one of the most relaxing holidays we have had. Its right off the beaten track (and that worked for us), but saying that we could walk to a super restaurant (it is only open Wed to Sundays so bear this in mind), called Rainha (do check it out - we went twice), and its a 10 minute drive into Silves where you can find lots of restaurants. The best restaurant we found was approx 15 mins from the villa called O Barradas - you just have to go. The food and the wines (my goodness the wines!) were the best! Luckly we found this on our last night otherwise we would have gone there every day!
The villa itself is large and has three large bedrooms that all open onto the swimming pool. You can literally fall out of bed onto your sunbed, and we often did! The kitchen is well equipped and we ate many lunches at home with a nice bottle of local wine. Sergio, the wonderful owner, even left us a great bottle of red on the table when we arrived (how lovely!)
You do need to rent a car to stay here, but they are cheap and its great because you can pick up at the airport and deliver back when you leave. It just makes the whole stay easier. There are lots of supermarkets near so you can eat at the villa as much as you like.
The villa was cleaned once a week and we requested more towels and they were provided immediately.
We couldnt ask more for a luxury villa, Thank you to Sergio for making our stay so great, and for being so welcoming.
Would thoroughly recommend ...we will be back!
A perfect relaxing retreat..
On our list for a great holiday are a nice villa, pool, great view in an unspoilt area.
This ticked everything we wanted and more.
Relaxing by the pool with perfect blue skies everyday will be a lasting memory.
The villa is well laid out with all three bedrooms opening to the garden, lots of living space and plenty of options to sit for meals.
The master bedroom has the best view and a dressing room that adds an extra touch of luxury.
Quiet and unspoilt this area definitely is. Silves has a good choice of things to do and restaurant options. The coast and busier places are only a short drive away.
The local Rainha restaurant is a must do (see separate review)
Sergio was great as a host, both before and during our stay. He even popped out to see us late one evening to give us a hand with outdoor lighting..Thanks
We have just come home after 10 nights in this beautiful villa. So clean and well equipped with washing machine and dishwasher. Amazing views and a quiet location which was just what we wanted. If you like a buzzing crowded nightlife then this is not for you as this is a relaxing retreat. You will need a car as it's approximately 30 mins to most tourist places but there's a great restaurant within walking distance. We are already planning our next trip. Thank you Sergio.
This villa will not disappoint - well equipped, tastefully furnished with the most amazing views. Spent a week relaxing by the pool and would loved to have stayed for longer! This was our second visit and hoping to stay here again. Thank you Sergio!
I have just returned from a weeks holiday at this beautiful villa. If you are looking for a stunning villa with all the amenities needed to keep the whole family happy: pool, air-conditioning/heater; lovely decor, wifi, playstation, British channels (BBC1, BBC2, ITV, Channel 4, Cbeebies) - then this is the holiday home for you.
It can be difficult to find at first as the sat nav co-ordinates get you close but not exactly to the right place - just look out for the signpost pointing to Villa Monte Santo Estevao near a crossroads as shown In Sergio's map that he sends you.
Sergio is a great host and left us a map, some restaurant recommendations and a bottle of wine and was only a phone call away if we needed anything.
You definitely need a car to stay at this villa, but Silves is just down the road where you can find a Lidl for your shopping requirements and Albufeira and Carvoeira are just a 30/20 minute drive away.
We have loved our peaceful, relaxing week at this gorgeous villa and hope to return soon!