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My family and I stayed in Casa Emilia from 14th July - 4th August 2018. The villa is stunning with a lovely feeling of home from home. It was very clean and tidy and felt nice and cool inside. I particularly loved the kitchen area with the most beautiful long marble topped table. The comfortable bedrooms and luxurious bathrooms made our stay even more pleasant. The villa is very spacious both inside and out. There were eight of us altogether and it never felt overcrowded. There are so many areas outside to eat, sit and relax in the shade or sunbathe around the beautiful pool. The upstairs area with its own sitting room, bedroom and bathroom was ideal for the older couple in our group who appreciated a little more privacy. We were all so impressed with the amazing library in the sitting room. If we had known there was such a great selection of books we wouldn't have bothered bringing our own. This area led out to a balcony which overlooked the pool with another very spacious outdoor area with table and chairs and a beautiful seating area with large comfy sofa chairs. Although there were other villas around us we didn't feel overlooked. Without doubt, this is the best equipped villa I have ever stayed in with everything you could possibly need and more. The beautiful sandy beaches are only a few kilometres away and there are so many little towns and villages close by. Cabanas and Fabrica with their lagoons were amazing places to see also. Monte Gordo is a livelier town with plenty of shops and restaurants and still only a ten minute drive away. Tavira, which is about a 25 minute drive away, is also worth a visit. I loved the castle in Castro Marim with its stunning panoramic views. No matter where we went the people were all really welcoming and friendly.
Les and Linda, the managers, live close by and were only a phone call away if needed. Les cleaned the pool every 3 days and collected the bed linen and left clean bedding once a week. Although there was no-one assigned to clean the villa over our three week stay, we found it easy to maintain ourselves.
My sincere thanks to the extremely warm and friendly owners Bonnie and Barry for all their helpful advice and for their wealth of information and recommendations which made our stay so much easier. We enjoyed eating at the wonderful restaurants recommended and Barry's hand-drawn map was a God send until we found our bearings. We had a wonderful holiday and hope to return in the near future.
We stayed as a family with toddlers twins. The house was perfect for our stay. Great living spaces and the all way around balcony meant morning or evening great views and shade or sun as wanted.
Lovely swimming pool and garden space for the children to run around and play.
Lesley was fantastic and was so accommodating and some lovely touches in the house when we arrived.
A short drive to lots of great beaches and to Vila Real for a stroll around town. Superb holiday stay!