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Farmhouse -
6 Bedrooms, 8 Bathrooms, Sleeps 14
Porches, Faro District, Algarve

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GRAHAM S
2 reviews
“Best place I ever rented”
Reviewed 6 May 2017 for a stay in April 2017

We took 9 of us

I am grandad we had my children and 3 under 4s. Quiet location enclosed and felt very safe but also close to great beaches and large town facilities. Fantastic for all, pools heated to 30 decrees , trampoline , slides, toys so 1 to 4 years olds very happy, beer jacuzzi great sound system BBQ happy children so 30 year plus happy and relaxed. The downstair bedroom are self contained and far enough from noise, and the upstairs easily divides to 2 area, so great for 3 families. Great base for beaches and attractions but we could have spent the week there and not gone out it was so good. It is everything it says in the adverts , housekeeping fantastic, great pool, fantastic location., a great mix of indoor and outdoor living. The owner and housekeepers who cleaned and looked after us most days made you feel very welcome without ever interfering or being in the way. We as a rule do not go to the same place twice ( otherwise I would have bought somewhere by now) this is the first time in many years I would go back to the same place next year.

Your age range 50-64
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Lisa S
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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82 reviews
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“Perfect family retreat”
Reviewed 7 September 2016 for a stay in July 2016

Ranging in age from 1 to 70 our family had a pretty much perfect week at Howard's Casa Grande. Previous reviews have covered this place brilliantly so I'm struggling to come up with something original to say !

We spent the majority of the time outside so it was great to have a bar for the guys to gather round and a comfy seating area. Handy having everything outside so you don't have to keep going back inside for anything. And Sao the housekeeper was a delight for us. Super efficient and very friendly.

There are great local beaches close by and plenty of excellent others a short drive away. The villa is perfectly located for sight seeing east and west along the coast. Tempting just to stay at the villa as it is so well equipped but do get out and explore, it's lovely.

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Liked best: Alfresco living
Liked least: Going to the supermarket - lots !
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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terrieker...
Dorset, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Wonderful!!!”
Reviewed 26 August 2016 for a stay in August 2016

We have stayed at one of Howard's villas before and again this holiday was fantastic.
The facilities are second to none and it is very well equipped, with 2 dishwashers we never ran out of anything, even with 12 of us there!
The cleaner, Sao, was brilliant and left the villa spotless each day.
Howard was fantastic as always, organising restaurants, taxis and even fresh pizza dough!
We would rather like to keep this to ourselves but sadly I think the word has already got out!!
Hope to return soon!

Travelling group: Extended Family
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mitchell...
Manchester, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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“Perfect Villa on the Algarve”
Reviewed 23 August 2016 for a stay in June 2016

Absolutely superb Villa near Porches on the Algarve. Twelve of us stayed here and it was comfortably large enough and with more than enough amenities. The villa has two kitchens, one indoors and one outdoors, both of which are brilliantly well equipped, each with an enormous dining table that will seat at least 12. The outdoor kitchen is also served by a large grill, bbq, pizza oven and bar! Howard the host was very friendly and incredible helpful. Could not recommend highly enough.

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Liked best: Kitchen and bar facilities.
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Large Group
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Familyof4...
Edinburgh
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127 reviews
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“Words don't do it justice - paradise!”
Reviewed 28 July 2016 for a stay in July 2016

As we end our fourth visit to Casa Grande is really does feel like we 'came home' and Howard (owner) describes the villa as 'your home' for your holiday.

We have written detailed reviews in previous years which describe how truly amazing this place is and so this year I'll highlight a couple of new additions to the already fabulously equipped villa.
- An Outdoor Pizza Oven with granite surface nearby for making your dough. Howard can supply frozen home made pizza dough on request and you and the kids can get stuck In to some pizza making fun :)
- A new seating area with a fabulous automatic canopy so that you can be in shade or sunshine, your choice..

As always we have enjoyed every minute, in the amazing pool, wonderful secure outdoor area and comfortable interior. The team are amazing both Howard (the owner) and Sao (the housekeeper), they go out their way to help make your stay as relaxing and as special as possible. 2017 for us is booked already.

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Liked best: The outdoor area, like your own personal resort
Liked least: Leaving!
Travelling group: Extended Family
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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thestufam...
Glasgow, United Kingdom
1 review
“Truly amazing”
Reviewed 17 July 2016 for a stay in July 2016

Very difficult to pick the correct wording as this villa was and absolute paradise for a family holiday for adults and children the facilities are second to none also the entertainment equipment for children and adults it is just amazing, I must mention the owner ( Howard )who was extremely helpful regards to arranging any requirements you may need during you stay and I must mention the house maid who would carry out her duties in a totally professional manner, she would greet you every day with a huge smile and help with any issues you may have Star rating 11/10 if there is such a score.

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Liked best: outdoor kitchen and bar
Liked least: packing cases to leave
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
Large groups People with pets
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
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Harry G
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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“Amazing villa, would recommend highly”
Reviewed 9 July 2016 for a stay in June 2016

Had a wonderful week! Stayed here in June with five other couples. The villa is very well equipped, the grill, kitchen and pizza oven are all superb. There's an abundance of space outside and inside so you can either spend time all together or find enough places for quieter time.

We didn't have any children with us but the villa would clearly be perfect for kids.

Howard is great, so friendly and helpful and nothing was too much trouble. He really made the stay much more enjoyable.

The cleaning team was also fantastic and really friendly ... Came round same time every day and everything was spotless.

The beer tap was a real bonus and the sagres beer option is good quality and really great value for cold beer on tap.

The pool is a good size and never felt cramped even with loads of us in there.

The surroundings are really peaceful and not overlooked... But you're close enough to some amazing beaches and towns with restaurants. We weren't sure about getting hire cars but it was definitely worth doing. Some good supermarket options are within about ten minute drive or less.

We had one of the smaller rooms (the bigger ones are really huge!) but was still very comfortable. The air con is superb and within a couple of minutes the room was cool.

All in all a cracking week, can't think of a better villa we have stayed in.

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