Large villa in Foz do Arelho, fully equipped!
About Joanne Busson
Hi there, we are Keith and Joanne Busson. We have been coming to Portugal for years and 'discovered' the Silver Coast a few years ago.. and loved it. We were lucky enough to buy this villa for our winter home at the start of 2013 so this really should be your home from home.. as it is ours too, for part of the year! We have packed the villa with all the things we need and like so that everything should be here that you could possibly think of.
Joanne Busson purchased this Villa in 2013
Why Joanne Busson chose Foz do Arelho
The area is lovely, it is dead easy to get here from Lisbon and the people are so friendly too. It is less hectic than the Algarve, you can get a sense of the real Portugal but you also have the beach bars and restaurants just down the road.. it really gives us the best of both worlds. The picture is of us at one of the many Festa's that Foz do Arelho hold.. think summer fete but at night with a fair amount of dancing and bands playing music, stalls selling fairground foods.. and you get the idea.
What makes this Villa unique
We love that we are on the edge of Foz Village.. everything is very close but no-one is on top of you.. in the village some of the evenings can get a little 'full on' and go into the early hours, we can enjoy that but come away and not be bothered by it when we want to sleep! We chose this villa as the spacious layout seems to work really well... it lets you be self contained, join in with others or find a quiet place to read and relax. We had the pool and pool area designed and built....and it really is a lovely sun trap.. the garden is south facing and surrounded by walls for privacy. The heated pool gives temperatures of between 26 and 28 so even early or late in the season it can still be enjoyed. We also love out tech so it was important for us to be connected with WIFI via a reliable fibre internet connection. With the Sonos & outside blutooth speaker we can enjoy our music choices, even by the pool. The Netflix lets us enjoy the TV we want when we want it but we also have UK Satellite TV for the main UK channels of BBC, ITV and channel 4 (I need my Corrie!).
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Great Villa for friends to share
Clean Spacious Villa with its own pool which was great as, although kids want to love the beach, they also love the on tap fridge and wi-Fi
We visited with another couple, two 16 year old boys and 14 year old girls, so plenty to do for them with wi-Fi (although in future I think there should be tech curfew!) pool table and play station, and of course the pool! We used the local water sports doing wind surfing, sailing, paddle boarding and canoeing, with tuition which worked out much cheaper than if you had tried any of these in the uk,
Well appointed kitchen, we ate in mostly so we could all drink as it is a way out of town.
The owners were only too happy to sort any little problems for us, this included returning to welcome us in the following evening after we had a cancelled flight!
Great spaces for sitting out doors in sun or shade,
Five mins in a car from wonderful restaurants in foz Tibino was our favourite. There was a lot going on in Foz at the time we stayed which did make the road fairly busy at certain times of the day.
Overall a fantastic place to stay to enjoy the Portuguese climate.
Really lovely large villa, great area, super pool. Loved it!
We had great communications before hand with the owners, super directions and found it easily. We were amazed at how big it is inside. The rooms are huge and spotless clean. The TV has the main UK channels and some cable ones too. Play station was great for the kids, as was the pool table and board games - Pictionary was a real hit. The WIFI was super fast. Really lovely area, nice walks around the villa but we used the car to get to places and think you really need a car, parking was fine. The pool area is amazing. The weather was a bit changeable, we tended to go out in the mornings and sit by the pool in the afternoons as the afternoons always seemed sunny and the pool was much warmer than the sea! The village is lovely, as is the beach and the restaurants. What is not to love, will be back!
Super séjour à Foz
Nous vous recommandons cette villa spacieuse et propre avec tout le confort nécessaire pour passer des agréables vacances à Foz. Nous étions 3 couples et chacun avait sa chambre et sa salle de bain. Les propriétaires sont vraiment très sympathiques et prennent soin de nous ! Je n'ai même pas eu besoin d'aller à l'office du tourisme, Keith avait laissé (et en français) un classeur avec tous les endroits autour à visiter ainsi que les bonnes adresses pour se restaurer. Vraiment très pratique. Vous pouvez louer sans crainte, la piscine est bien agréable aussi. Merci pour votre accueil :o)
Super villa, fab holiday.
What can I say, our fantastic time started from before we left.. we were sent a great welcome pack by email.. giving us details on the village, local options for things to do and an overview of the villa, along with detailed directions. This really got us in the mood and made getting to the place very easy.
Jo and Keith were there to greet us and showed us round the place, made sure we were connected to the WIFI, and checked all was OK before they left us to it. The place was spotless, very spacious and the small welcome pack (a nice touch) meant we could just chill with some beer, wine and nibbles while we collected our thoughts.
For us, the location was perfect, we had my parents staying with us and we could all enjoy the villa in peace and quiet then pop out to the Village for the times we were after something more 'happening'. The layout of the place also worked really well, we could have our own areas and private bathrooms and then come together when we wanted. The pool was lovely and warm (even in September), we were in it every day, sometimes also sunbathing sometime just enjoying the warm weather in the shade. We spent some nights with the BBQ and some in the village at the lovely restaurants.
There is a huge folder with ideas of things to do, loads of local guides, leaflets and maps and we took full advantage of this, going out exploring for the morning most days. I would recommend Obidos, and the fruit market in Caldas is an experience too.
We simply had a super time and would not hesitate to recommend the villa, Jo and Keith as super hosts and the local area!
Excellent Villa, Brilliant location !!
Excellent area to stay in, super Villa with brilliant living area, clean, relaxing, everything you need for your holiday! Amazing warm pool with sun bathing and super BBQ area!
Jo and Keith met us personally on arrival and guided us though the spectacular Villa showing us how and where things are/work. The lovely bright and airy bedrooms. Enough room for 6 adults and 2 children!
Lovely walk to the near by shops for food/newspapers etc and restaurants. The beach is beautiful!
Brilliant , relaxing, holiday, can't wait to return and will recommend to all my friends and family!
Holiday to Villa Foz
An all round amazing holiday! This villa is beautiful, and contains everything you could possibly need plus more! We stayed for 10 days in August, 8 of us stayed in the villa (4 adults & 4 children) and there was so much space we never felt cramped at all. The villa was spotless on arrival and the owners were there to greet us and show us around, a lovely touch. The owners left us a great guide book to the area they had compiled which was very helpful and were available via phone or email during our stay to answer any queries. Location was great, few minutes drive to large supermarket or small town with beautiful beach also very close to a great sailing school. Highly recommend to anyone wether you just want to relax by the pool at the villa or venture further a field you will find this villa has everything you could possibly want and more!
The main Foz beach is a 7 min drive away with plenty of parking. The clean and sandy beach runs adjacent to the lagoon (ideal for kids) but also faces the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Bars & restaurants line the beach road offering original Portuguese recipes and freshly caught fish dishes. Lagoon offers fishing, swimming and a sailing and windsurfing school.
A car is strongly recommended, although there are companies providing airport shuttle services and the local amenities are walk-able. Foz is very easy to get to from Lisbon airport, and is only a 50 minute drive. Please note that the main road from Lisbon airport to Foz (A8) is a toll road, one toll to Foz will cost approx €5 (based on 2013 toll prices). The roads around Foz are not that busy and clearly signposted / marked etc.
20 min walk / 5 minute drive to the centre of Foz. A fab Ice cream and cafe bar is only a 5-7 min walk away. 10 minute drive to main town Caldas da Rainha. 10 minute drive to beautiful historic medieval walled town of Obidos. 5 minute drive to main A8 motorway (Lisbon-Porto).
Local shops/restaurants, supermarkets, pharmacy and ATM are all within Foz do Arelho village. Larger hypermarket that stocks pretty much everything (including heinz ketchup and baked beans!) is only an easy 10 min drive.
Windsurfing, kitesurfing, canoeing, sailing, water skiing at local sailing club. The Atlantic offers surfing and body boarding. If you want safer bathing you have the lagoon. Tennis courts, cinema and a bowling alley are available at Caldas da Rainha.