We arrived at faro airport. collected our hire car on route to Querenca. stopped in Loule for a coffee at cafe calcina , made famous by the poet Antino Aleixo where he composed and recited much of his work, he couldn't read or write, but locals used to write it down for him.
Then continued with our journey to Querenca, driving throw breath taking scenery, on arrival at Cassa Das Carters,met by our hosts Anne and Bob, who where more than welcoming, knowing it was our honeymoon, champagne,flowers and beautiful card plus a welcome pack, couldn't ask for more.
Cassandra Das Carters lies half way up a bank to Querenca set in a mountain range of the province of Loule, the views from our terrace at the front looked over the rolling landscape ,which where absolutely stunning, back of the apartment has a beautiful private garden with a fabulous swimming pool and outside alfresco dinning area with a gas barbecue .there is also a terrace that looks over the pool.with table and chairs.The size of the apartment is unbelievably spacious, Anne and Bob have provided everything you need..
Querenca itself is small village , what a hidden gem, with 2 local bars , Rossas is a must, cheap as peanuts, also in the square is the local church, ornate, so beautiful. For dinning out Sol Se Serra is the place to go , the food is divine , typical portuguese and family run , even make there own ice cream .
We had the added advantage having a car, this gave us the time to explore the wonderful beaches of the algarve and local towns,always returning back to our little paradise in the sun,thank you Anne and Bob, look forward to seeing next year.
Booked 7 nights away for our honeymoon. Seemed perfect, villa for two, secluded and a pool!
Easy to find the place and was up in the mountains about 15-20 mins from closest town Loule.
Was going very well Ann and Bob were friendly and welcoming upon arrival.
We quickly realised that they live below and there is CCTV cameras watching you.
Not as secluded and private as first thought.
No cooker, only microwave and gas BBQ.
The first evening we asked Bob how to use the BBQ as it didn't seem to light up correctly.
The third gas knob was pulled off when Bob was trying to sort the BBQ out.
So we had to cook with just 2 grills. Not really an issue.
The following day the electrics tripped when using the microwave.
Had to ring Ann for help, as we could hear the cleaner downstairs hoovering. But we had no power.
Towards the end of the honeymoon we allegedly left one knob of the gas grill on.
When asking Bob about this, he flipped. Accusing us on leaving grill open, gas on, breaking the BBQ and putting metal in the microwave causing it to flip electrics.
All complete rubbish of course.
He then demanded we paid for the gas bottle on the BBQ.
Shouting at my wife and driving her to tears, I stepped in and he quickly changed his tune.
After Bob calmed down he changed the gas and eventually apologized.
We was on the brink of booking a hotel for our final two nights.
We was very happy until this encounter which left a sour taste, felt like we was being 'told off' by a grand parent.
If Bob had said in a different manor about the gas being left on, we would of been happy to replace this.
We stay in villas every holiday and always have done. We understand the rules and expectations, this was very off and upsetting.
If your looking for a villa to unwind on your own and relax, this is not it.
The owners live below, dogs barking and CCTV watching you sunbathe and swim.
Bare bones room, no coffee machine as advertised and beds were honestly the most uncomfortable things I've laid on.
Lots of dust and cobwebs and stained walls.
Pros: great views, spacious, nice warm pool, lots of seating outside, beautiful garden, huge umbrella for shade, nice welcome basket with some fizz and wine.
Possibly if we had been of an older generation we may not of been spoken and treated as children.
This place is near a small village, walking distance, and near to a number of different cafes and restaurants, it is also easy to drive to Loule. The pool is from a natural spring, and the room leading to the terrace is large, including all the facilities you would need. It was possible to be self-sufficient, and feel as in an oasis. It was great.
This was my first holiday in 40 years and it was excellent from start to finish. The villa was first class including the pool, surrounding areas and the views. It was peaceful, relaxing and our hosts were very hospitable and left us to enjoy our holiday. My girlfriend and I had a wonderful week and would thoroughly recommend this villa to anyone looking for a wonderful break at a good price. Thank you again Anne and Bob and we hope we can come here again and enjoy it as much as we did this time.
Stayed again at this lovely apartment -really nothing to add to my review Oct last year.
Still lovely and quiet,peaceful with a fantastic pool and sun terrace.
A great little restaurant just down the road.
If you want to get away for a quiet week , then this is the place for you.
The apartment is large and comfortable. We loved the pool, the garden and outside seating and barbeque areas. The views from the back and front are wonderful. It is very well equipped except that there is no cooker or hob, just a microwave and an outside barbecue. This was not made clear on the website.
Querenca is a small quiet village in stunning hilly countryside which was great for walks and scenic drives. There are no shops of any consequence only a bar and 3 restaurants so self catering is a challenge unless you drive to the supermarkets at Loule.
The owner, Anne, is very hospitable and helpful.
From the views from the property, the secluded private swimming pool, the spacious accommodation and its tranquil setting, this is a special place to spend a holiday. The welcome pack was more than adequate, and was indeed very welcome. To be provided with beach towels was an extra bonus. It was not a difficult drive from Faro Airport and the instructions from the owners were so clear the drive was stress free. My only complaint is that there should be a warning that a week is not nearly long enough!