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This was our favourite family holiday destination by a long way. We arrived here with our two children (7/8) at the end of October and had the most idyllic 2 week stay. The house was immaculate and the grounds were enormous. The children has lots of freedom, we brought walkie-talkies and they were able to go feed nearby horses, while we 'waited' in the hot tub. There was also a games room, pool, table tennis, darts... we didn't hear 'I'm bored' once! Due to the geography of the house we were able to travel to the west coast, up north to Evora and east to Spain. We also travelled to the south coast a few times, where the children had a beach (Praia de Senhora de Rocha) completely to themselves. Restaurants near the property served fabulous food. The shops in Ourique had everything we needed, though our gracious guests had bought us the essentials so we didn't have to go to the shops until the next day. We floated home with a definite plan to return to this property.
Spacious and very clean two bedroom villa, with the added benefit of a very large kitchen/dining/lounge room. Comfortable beds and furniture. Kitchen well-supplied with utensils and basic supplies (salt, oil, clingfilm, etc.). On arrival, very pleased with the thoughtful provision of eggs, milk, bread, teabags, sugar, coffee (instant and filter!), orange juice and a bottle of wine.
The villa has a really nice pool (shared with other villa on site). Originally planning a holiday spent mostly at the western beaches, in the event we spent many happy hours by that pool, so pleasant were the loungers, the light rippling on the pool, and the stunning views. So quiet and peaceful, a great way to relax and enjoy the sun, with a chilled glass of wine ready to hand from our fridge if we needed it!
Ourique is only a few kilometers away, and there is an excellent supermarket and petrol station as you enter the town, so gaining necessary supplies for our holiday was very easy. Within the house, there were full notes on the attractions and facilities in the area, including recommendations to the local restaurants; we found these immensely useful.
We did have one or two days of cooler weather (mid-October, after all), and Penny, the owner, gave us plenty of olive wood and firelighters for the log-burner stove in the lounge, which really made us toasty-warm in the evenings.
Wonderful though the villa is, it was made extra-special by the continual kindness and thoughtfulness of the owner, Penny, in ways too many to express. She really tried hard to make our holiday in Portugal really special, and she succeeded. We're already planning our return trip back there next year, and if we can, we'll go twice...it's that good.