|Minimum Stay||3 - 4 nights|
One double bed with en-suite bathroom (& cot); two twin-bedded rooms sharing a bathroom; sitting room with double bed sofas, wood-burner, hi-fi, telephone wi-fi; entrance hall with single bed sofas and wood-burning stove; well-equipped kitchen and integral dining room; washing machine; large terrace with barbecue and tables for eating; 8x4m pool (heated) surrounded by large terrace and stylish cafe furniture; well kept large garden with lawn and fruit trees; internal parking for cars.
I have a folding bed that can be put in any of the bedrooms. There is also a covered space on the roof where my son likes to sleep, and another room by the pool with a single bed, but no bathroom.
Although it has only three bedrooms, by using the folding bed and the bed sofas we have had more than a dozen staying in the villa. There is enough bedding for that many people, and enough cutlery (not all matching) and crockery (mostly matching) for them.
I have a leaflet on how to arrive at the villa, be it by public transport, shuttle from the airport, or car. There is also a comprehensive information leaflet on the use of the amenities in the villa, suggestions for exploration and some local restaurants that we patronise.
Living near Cambridge where I enjoy playing real tennis, listening to classical music and going to the opera.
I have a number of old motorcycles that I restore and maintain.
I am a former Lecturer in Mathematics at the Open University in the UK, now retired.
John Trapp purchased this villa in 1969
My mother acquired this property after she had sold the cliff-top property adjacent to ours as she was short of money. I have been coming here since it was first bought, and made many improvements to the property over the years.
My son first came when he was seven months' old, and he will kill me if I sell it.
The villa is over 40 years old, and in need of some renovation, so don't expect gleaming marble surfaces and designer furniture. However, it is functional and has all the basic requirements for a holiday home in a fantastic location; the emphasis is on `home' and most visitors love the slightly chaotic charm of the villa.
I don't do online bookings and reservations, because I want to ensure that you know what to expect, and are happy about the villa before you commit. I want to have a dialogue and establish that you know what to expect.
I can go out in swimming trunks, swim in the sea and return to the house to eat oranges, figs or plums depending on the season.
I have a part-time gardener to care for the extensive garden.
I take the bus from the airport to Faro railway station, then the train to Ferragudo, and walk the 3km to the house. Only hire a car for a couple of days when I have guests new to the Algarve, as the village has all the amenities.
Having just returned from a stay in this wonderful villa, I can honestly say that we're having some of the worst holiday blues we've ever experienced. The villa is set in a stunning location, right next to the beautiful beach of Praia Grande (not busy even on a June weekend) and only a short walk to the town of Ferragudo.
The villa itself is full of charm and character, and while there was only 3 of us staying we could easily have had more people there and still had plenty of space. The master bedroom is at the other end of the villa from the other two bedrooms, ensuring that there is plenty of privacy if you're in a larger group. The villa contains everything you would need to live comfortably for your stay-a very well equipped kitchen, towels, dressing gowns, sun hats etc. The outside area is a real highlight; the pool is a very decent size(which we asked to be heated and then experienced a heatwave of 36 degrees-a mistake on our part!), and the pool room provides plenty of fun in the form of floats, lilos etc. The garden is beautifully kept and provided a secluded haven when the sun became too hot, and we made full use of the orchard(particularly the lemon tree for our gin and tonics). There's a sun roof and a patio/BBQ area as well-the photos really don't do justice of how spacious the villa and grounds are.
It was so hard to tear ourselves away from the pool and villa even though the beach is stunning (and has a few bars and restaurants)and is less than a minutes walk away. Ferragudo is an incredible little place which seems hardly touched by tourism. In the mornings we’d buy fish from the returning fishing boats to cook up on the villa BBQ in the evening after a few drinks on the beach. It was just the most relaxing holiday. We returned almost tempted to not mention it to anyone so that it doesn't become too popular and retains its traditional allure. And if you fancy a visit to a larger town, the water ferry to Portimao was just 5 euros for a return ticket.
John was a superb host in that he was always happy to help with our many questions (recommending restaurants etc), and did his best to facilitate all of our requests. He made the booking process so simple, and we’re so grateful for all of his help. I can’t think who I wouldn’t recommend this villa to-whether you want to remain in Ferragudo or use it as a base, it’s such a tranquil villa to return to. Not people to often return to the same place, we’ve already booked to go again.
We spent a week here and really didn't want to leave. The house is so spacious, the pool a lovely place to relax and there are wonderful views from the roof terrace. The house had everything we needed. John the owner was efficient in dealing with our request to book and on hand throughout our stay. The gardens are beautiful and an ideal place to sit and enjoy the Portugese sunshine. The surrounding area offers a stunning beach, picturesque village, cliff top walks and friendly locals. I cannot recommend the place or accommodation highly enough. A definite must for those, like us, who enjoy making the most of a traditional place to stay and local culture rather than the newer complexes available.
This is a rustic villa with heaps of character, although in need of some tlc, we all agreed it was beautiful.
The photos do not do the grounds and villa justice. We stayed as a group of 7 and not once did we get on top of each other as there is so much space indoors and outdoors. The garden is set in an old Orchard which means there are lots of hidy holes to explore. The pool is a decent size for a villa and the beach with several beach bars couldn't be closer. I would definately return here, would even buy it given the oppurtunity. John was on hand the only time we had a query, which he sorted immediately. I cannot praise this villa enough, not for those wanting posh and modern but if you want character and authenticity it's perfect!!
Wir hatten 4 Tage mit der Familie in einem sehr schönen Haus mit großem Garten verbracht .Es ist alles vorhanden was man braucht.Die Lage zum Strand ist super max 80 m.John hat hat sich gut um alles gekümmert.Am ersten Tag hatte die Haushälterin uns besucht .In diesem Haus wurde viel investiert (neue Küche,Bäder,Solaranlage)Fazit:gerne immer wieder
Lovely long sandy beach within breakwaters making it safe for small children. Nearby village is 10 minutes walk, and has bank, pharmacy, dentist, fishmonger, butcher, cafes and restaurants, Post Office, bus to nearest town.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Pool heater is £70 a week (minimum) extra, and pro-rata thereafter.
Each person (except for babies occupying the cot) in addition to six is £50 a week extra.
Information booklet sent as a PDF before arrival; booklet on how to get there is sent on receiving the first payment. Keys sent once full rental has been paid.
Telephone bills in excess of £5 to be paid extra.
Breakages, except minor ones such as a plate, to be paid for replacement.
Linen is changed once a week by the housekeeper.