To celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary my wife and I rented the villa from Adrian for 5 weeks from the end of August this year. We had visited the villa last year and met the owner so we knew what we were getting. It is fair to say that the fabric of the villa would benefit from a little upgrading in places, however, do not let this observation deter you from staying the Monte Francisco. The villa is a good size with large bedrooms, big lounge and a good size kitchen and dining room, ideal for entertaining your guests. We had different members of our family and groups of friends come and stay to help us celebrate and all loved it. One of the best features is the large secure heated pool essential when our small grand daughters came to stay. The adjacent covered terrace and bbq area was used every day. The area around the villa is rustic, as you would expect in this area of Portugal, but we meet all the local neighbours who showed us only kindness. The villa is close to good size towns and Spain is only a 5 minute drive away over the bridge or better still a short ferry trip. We had a number of issues, mainly with the pool whilst there, but these were dealt with swiftly and without fuss by the managing agents who were excellent. The beaches locally were busy at the end of August, but by the 8th of September almost deserted. There are some super restuarants within a short hop. Our favourite was at Paria Verde called Infante, absolutely delightful . Would we stay at the villa again....most definitely. Thank you Adrian for letting us stay at your villa and to Debby at Purple Parrot for ensuring everything was to our and our guests liking.