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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.
Quinta S. Pedro was a lovely property, well equipped, clean and spacious. We enjoyed the large pool and the panoramic view of fields and hills from the balcony around it. Pedro's Mum, Maria, who was staying next door, was really friendly and helpful. We had great chats about life in Portugal and in Scotland and we learnt how to pronounce some of the Portuguese words we might need around town. The smell of lemons and other fruits grown on the land around the property was wonderful and Maria shared some of the produce with us. A very memorable holiday. Our son, aged 8 at the time, still talks about it 3 years on!! We would recommend the food at the '3 Pipos' (3 Barrels) restaurant in Tonda.