Villa in Foz do Arelho, Obidos Lagoon, Silver Coast, Portugal - Designer Villa With Heated Private Pool, Hot Tub, Large Gardens And Amazing Views Over Obidos Lagoon
About Marc Johnson
The joint owners are friends working in the insurance industry in London, and use the villa for entertaining their respective close friends and family. Chris is originally from Durham, and enjoys travel and ski trips. Marc is from London, and is a keen sportsman who enjoys cycling and playing as much football and tennis as his knee allows him. He first visited Foz in 2009 where the outdoor activities, relaxed lifestyle and great seafood convinced him it would be an ideal place to buy a holiday home.
Marc Johnson purchased this Villa in 2013
Why Marc Johnson chose Caldas da Rainha
We purchased this property in 2013. The fact that it is a short trip from London, is incredibly tranquil with a rural Portugal feel, and with wonderful restaurants at very good value made it an easy decision to purchase in this area. Lisbon is a wonderful city that is close by, and something that the Algarve does not offer. The views are stunning also, and the quality and uniqueness of the villa make the whole combination unbeatable.
Two cots and highchairs can be provided
Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
Beautiful views over Óbidos lagoon
A lovely 2 week stay - plenty of room for two families, well worth heating the pool (sea was very cold even in August) and we loved the hottubs. Biking was great - worth noting 2 of the 4 bikes that come with villa are kid bikes so worth supplementing with the extra ones. Views from the balcony were wonderful at both ends of the day.
We have just had a 7 night stay at this wonderful villa. there were 7 adults 2 children and 2 9 month old babies and plenty of room for everyone. The pool was superb as was the games room on an evening. If you require transfers from the airport do contact Alison the property manager ( Who provided great service and information throughout our stay) and ask for Daniel. He was our taxi driver all week and provided a professional, friendly and excellent service it's about 120 euros each way from Lisbon to the villa per car. It will be at least 150 euro if you get a cab outside the airport. Daniel will also have child seats if you ask for them- other cabs at the airport will not. The restaurants at the beach are about 30 minutes walk as are the ones in the village. We tried a couple of beach bars and ate at Tavola in the village . All were very good and very cheap . We used the well equipped BBQ a couple of times purchasing meat from the large supermarket in Caldas da Rainha it is 13.50 euro in a taxi and has a fruit and veg market daily, lovely park nice restaurants with a large shopping centre, definitely worth a visit if you need to stock up. If you prefer you can get supplies from the butcher (not open monday) and mini markets in the village. I would also pack the insect repellent as all of the adults in our party did suffer bites if you forget the pharmacy in the village have every thing you need ( it is up a side street behind the bakery). Also the laundry room was really useful. The views from the villa ate amazing. Wish we were still there!
Great villa, wonderful location.
We were 5 adults and 2 children (9 & 6). Plenty of space for all of us. The pool and the hot tub were very popular. The views are stunning. The property manager was very helpful and responsive. Very helpful information in the book provided - how everything works, local restaurants, shopping and attractions.
Amazing view, quite environment
The house is spacious and has a beautifull garden. The views are amazing.
The presence of the jacuzzi and a big swimming pool are super.
There are bikes present, and the environment is beautifull for biking.
In Foz there are good restaurants were you can eat very well for a small privé.
If I have to say something less good then I would say that the equipment in the kitchen is poor. If you are staying with 9 people and you want to cook yourself, pots and pans are to small.
We enjoyed our holiday in Foz very much, and we hope to return Some day.
Thanks for the honest feedback on the pots and pans. We will improve this.
Fantastic family location
We stayed for a week, 9 of us (me & my wife, our three adult children and their partners plus our granddaughter.
Accommodation was bright and clean with luxurious touches. Two rooms have ensuites.
From many parts of the house and the garden you get good views of the lagoon and the ocean.
The pool was well used as was the hot tub for noisy evenings.
There is a games room with pool table which converts to a ping pong table. It has a TV projector. It was great to watch England on a 6ft high screen.
There is A/C in every room except the games room.
We ate out in local restaurants, which are all fairly small and family run. Perfect. We also cooked a few meals using the built in charcoal barbecue and sat at the large table on the decking. The kitchen is well equipped with appliances and utensils, including a Dolce Gusto coffee machine.
The local area is very quiet, no great developments or giant hotels. The beach has two sides, the ocean facing side popular with surfers and the lagoon side popular with families and kindergartens. You will need a hire car to get around.
A short drive takes you to Calde des Rainhas where you can get supermarket shopping (we like E.Leclerc) plus fast food if you need it.
Places to visit: we went to: Obidos a beautiful medieval walled town. Buddha Garden, a stunning park full of statues. Praia do S.Miguel a small seaside resort in a protected sandy cove. Peniche and Nazare are other good seaside fishing villages good for sandy beaches and fresh fish restaurants. You can get into Lisbon in an hour too.
Communication with the owner and the local agent was excellent.
Beautiful views/ beautiful villa!
Myself and 6 other ladies booked a week at this villa for our yearly trip. We had never visited this region so didn’t know what to expect.
Transfers were organised through the owners as was a starter pack so we at least had something when we arrived.
Upon our arrival we were greeted with a very impressive villa which is fully detached and sits up the hill from the lagoon. The views from the villa overlooking the lagoon and Atlantic are beautiful!!
Alyson the housekeeper (English lady) met us there and explained everything we needed to know and more re where to go, what to see, very helpful!
Once inside the villa this also didn’t disappoint, this large modern 2 storey 4 bedroom accommodation was just perfect!! It had everything we needed and more. Outside the pool, gardens and bbq area again were just perfect for our needs.
It took about 30 minutes to stroll into the town where we found restaurants and a very good supermarket, not large but seemed to have everything.
I would say if you like to go out and about hire a car but saying that the taxis were very good.
Would we return, yes we would, do we recommend, yes we do!!!
600m to lagoon and start of beaches. Main Foz beach by the ocean is a further 1500m, along a trail which passes smaller beaches (so the closest is 700m away).
Lagoon Water Sports Sailing School is two minutes drive - provides perfect and safe conditions on the lagoon for learning and enjoying windsurfing, kite surfing, catamaran, wakeboard, canoe, water skiing, paddleboard.
Nearest airport is Lisbon, 90km away (50mins as nearly all the route is motorway). Porto is 220km (2 hours), Faro 350km (3 hours). Car hire not essential since a coach goes from near Lisbon airport to nearby town of Caldas da Rainha.
A short drive or 15mins walk to the beautiful beach of Foz and its local facilities and quality restaurants. 5 minutes drive to the historic spa town of Caldas da Rainha, 10 minutes drive to Sao Martinho, 10 minutes drive to walled Obidos of Obidos with medieval castle.