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A truly stunning location, devoid of chip eating, beer drinking tourists. This is the true Portugal where you get to meet and mix with the locals. The villa itself is superb with everything you could want. This was our 17th holiday at this place and it gets better every time. The hosts are on hand for advice on places to go, but do not intrude in your space. I can not rate this highly enough and advise you to try it for yourself. I have already booked our next visit and can't wait to be sitting on the veranda with a glass of the local wine admiring the stunning view.
Very few issues with the villa and contents and generally just minor wear and tear. Overall the place is clean and well maintained. An internet connection would have been a useful addition as well as owners' instructions for the satellite TV (since we only managed to play DVDs using the manufacturers' separate leaflets!) The short dirt-track driveway up to the villa can be tricky (our people carrier struggled with grip).
Pool was the best we have had in any rented villa - a reasonable size, no chlorine and excellent all-round seating area offering sun and shade. The pool cleaning robot was a sight in itself and worth the effort of setting up. Recommend putting the pool cover on overnight to keep up water temperature.
The 2-3-seater kayak was easy to blow up and transport - we had a couple of fun days down by the river and decided not to bother with an organised canoe trip. Managed pine/eucalyptus/oak forest around the house offers excellent walking/running and blackberry picking.
Local bar was walking distance and amenities in Tabua an easy 10min drive. Beautiful surroundings with plenty of towns and villages to visit within 40mins. Eating out was very cheap though menus perhaps lack the range and variety of French cooking. Pastries however are excellent everywhere and the wine and coffee always good.