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Ruth and Brian

Member since: 2008
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Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Swedish, Norwegian

4 bed 2 bath Beach Villa on idyllic Armona Island in the Algarve

14 Reviews
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Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Overview

Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday villa in Olhão - Vivenda Marinho

Self-catering holiday cottage in the heart of the Algarve, sleeps 8, book now!

This four bedroom 'holiday beach villa' is a few paces from the Laguna Beach, whilst the main Atlantic beach is just 5 minutes walk.

Accommodation includes 3 double bedrooms and one bunk bedroom plus two spacious indoor bathrooms. The spacious lounge / dining / kitchen area has everything for 8 guests to enjoy this self catering, romantic island retreat!

The front patio of the cottage is an extension to the living area with traditional Portuguese outside dining, built in b-b-q, outside sink and shower, and lots of shade to keep cool, even during the heat of day. Live island life like the locals!!

The rear beach garden at the back of the villa is a sun trap with sun loungers. You won't find the locals out in the noon-day sun, but you are on holiday so enjoy every moment. If the sun gets too hot, nip down to the lagoon for a quick dip!!

Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Ruth and Brian (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Call Owner
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Swedish, Norwegian

About Ruth and Brian

Ruth and Brian met and fell in love and married in 2006, and in 2007 we went to Armona Island and fell in love all over again. We have not seen anywhere that offers such an easy going lifestyle combined with so much sun and good food and beach!

We go to Armona four or five times a year, and enjoy meeting our friends (every visit we add a few more). Summer is very popular and always books quickly, but we really enjoy out of season.

Even in winter we sunbath in our lovely beach garden, which is very sheltered and acts as a sun trap.

Time on Armona goes at a very different pace - usually we find by the end of the day we have been to at least two of the beaches, walked to the ferry terminal and the Atlantic, and either stocked up at a local shop or visited Olhao to enjoy the shops and the market.

We have found the night sky in Armona is so clear, so even after the barbeque is dying down we like to stroll along the path, go visit friends, or just watch the very last hints of sunset, when the sky can change colours for hours before night really starts.

In the summer, you can find us at the Atlantic beach bar, dancing to the music and have a caipirinha or two under the stars.

By November we have prepared the house for Winter, all ready for another year of fun starting with visitors for Christmas and New Years.

Ruth and Brian purchased this villa in 2007

Why Ruth and Brian chose Olhao region

Our villa is right in the heart of Armona Island - easy access to the ferry terminal, the bars and restaurants, and just a few metres away are the beaches. Because we have 4 bedrooms, our villa is popular with families (2 couples with kids, or grandparents, parents, and grandchildren).

We looked at a lot of houses on Armona, but our villa was the only one which was truly dual aspect.

The first rays of the sun fall into the front terrace, so that is a great place for your first cup of tea or coffee. Half of the terrace is covered, so that is where we usually enjoy our lunch. Half our crowd love the sun, the other half don't, so our extra long table is perfect because we set it where everyone gets the sun or shade they need.

Afternoons, the sun lands on our beach garden. This enclosed sandy area is great for children all year (a lovely mimosa tree provides partial shade). We watch the sun go down here, and also eat lunch here in winter as it is the perfect sun trap.

Evening meals are back on the terrace - everyone is too tired to want any more sun for a few hours at least! The outdoor kitchen and barbeque means the whole family (families) can be together for the last meal of the day.

Finally, we have kept the best of Portuguese style and colour, but replaced the beds, and bought leather furniture for the dining chairs and living room. The beds all have lovely memory foam toppers, so we get a peaceful nights sleep, with a cooling fan in each bedroom and the main living area for when the Armona sun really has been working hard all day.

What makes this villa unique

Apart from the dual aspect (perfect mornings, perfect evenings) mentioned in Why This Property, we would love our guests to also know that:

Armona Island has one long main path, and our house is just a few blocks off the path. This makes the house quieter, as it sits between the laguna beach and the main path.

The nearest shop is just 40 metres away, next to the playground. They have just expanded the shop, and now sell fish and meat as well as beer, wine, fresh fruit and vegetables.

We provide clean bed linen and towels and a little welcome pack of coffee, tea, milk, water, toilet paper and soap, so you have time to go straight to the beach.

Our new inflatable kayak still seats two people, but is quicker and even easier to paddle. We provide life jackets for both children and adults.

If you love to cook, our kitchen is fully equipped. Many Portuguese families visit and make themselves at home, cooking delicious soups with fresh vegetables and local seafood.

If you don't like to cook, we can recommend restaurants at both sides of the Island. The Atlantic side boasts European style food, but taking advantage of the fresh local fish and vegetables.

The ferry terminal has Portuguese restaurants, with cataplana and many local delicacies. There is also a pizza restaurant with a rooftop terrace looking across the island to the mainland and other islands.

Finally, our house is looked after by a lovely team who meet and greet you, and who are always delighted to help and advise you.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We arrived well at home from beautiful Armona island - it was a very relaxing week - exactly what we needed.

Amazing - we live so close to the island but yet - life is so different here.

Many thanks for letting us use your beautiful and very well equipped house - my favorite place was your "rocking bench" on the terrace. We will for sure be back as we sincerely loved it.

thanks again and all the best for you
Sep 2012
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Reviews

4.9
based on 14 holidaymaker reviews

4 bed 2 bath Beach Villa on idyllic Armona Island in the Algarve
average rating of 4.857143 based on 16 reviews
5

A fabulous, spacious, well equipped and comfortable place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Armona with our 3 children under 10 and mother in law. Everyone had a brilliant time!

The villa is very clean, comfortable and has everything you need for a really relaxing stay. It's is private, peaceful, spacious and very well equipped. It is located conveniently to access all areas of Armona. We would happily stay there again. Thank you for letting us share your holiday home.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A little piece of paradise

  • 5 of 5

This was our fourth visit to Armona and our second to this particular property - so it says a lot about this perfect place for a family holiday.

Staying in this well-equipped house is a delight and its location - a couple of minutes' walk from the beach - satisfies tiny tots enough to keep adults very happy indeed.

Armona may be small but each visit leaves us thinking there's still more to be revealed. Hopefully we'll be making these discoveries in years to come.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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it was perfect for a truly great family get together

  • 5 of 5

the villa had everything we needed. First time we had all been together for 5 years, Dad and his Girlfriend, 3 daughters and 2 boyfriends. The boys cooked on the bbq almost every night, the girls took the kayak out, we went to all the beaches, we did a boat trip from Olhao around the Rio Formosa. All in all wonderful! Thank you

  • Review Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fabulous Relaxing Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed every minute of our stay and didn't want to leave...very clean, tidy, plenty of space and convenient location. Loved having breakfast on the veranda in the morning, before heading off to the beach. Gorgeous sunsets from the beach down the street. Everything you might need was available in the villa, and our hosts were very helpful and gave us thorough information about the house, island, transport and more in advance of or arrival. Definitely would stay there again!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your lovely review! We are celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary soon, and the only place to do that is on Armona Island :)
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Fantastic property, great location and beatiful surroundings

  • 5 of 5

Our first time in Armoma and we had a fab time. The property is very well equipped making the holiday far more relaxing and enjoyable. We would certainly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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The property was ideal for our family. Easy to get to. Clean. Spacious. Well stocked.

  • 4 of 5

Armona Island is ideal for families with young children. Easy to get to from Faro Airport (a 20 minute trip). A short, enjoyable ferry trip away from fresh food markets. With lovely beaches, no cars and some good, well-priced restaurants. We had a great week there. The one nuisance was some building works at the house next door. But even the noise from it wasn't enough to spoil our stay. For anyone wanting to enjoy the warmth and relaxation of the Algarve before heading north to Lisbon, the island is ideally located. The island has another difficult to articulate advantage: it isn't flooded with tourists, or expats, so it actually feels like Portugal. The shops on the island can provide basics but it is much cheaper to take a trip to the mainland for fruit, veg and meat. Olhoa - the departure point for the ferry - is a friendly town with lots to offer, including a handy playground right next to the ferry to keep small children amused while waiting for departure. The coffee kiosk next to the ferry is brilliant. It offers super cheap espressos and Portuguese tarts.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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Location

Nearest Airport
18 Kilometres
Faro
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Several bars at ferry end, 2 at Atlantic beach
Nearest Ferry
1 Kilometres
Armona / Olhao
Nearest Golf
2 Kilometres
There are numerous golf courses on the mainland
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Olhao
Nearest Motorway
22 Kilometres
A22
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Portuguese and Euro restaurants, plus pizza bar
Nearest Beach
30 Metres
Armona Island is all Beach ;-)
Car: not necessary

Armona Island is in the heart of the Algarve.

This barrier island is car free, with a scattering of holiday cottages and just enough bars and restaurants to enjoy the local Portuguese lifestyle.

Armona is also part National Park, a pristine natural environment, with over 9 kilometres of beach.

Please note the map places the house on the right island, but we are much nearer the sea. We are only a few houses back!

Activities on Armona include:

* Deciding which beach you want to go to (there are beaches to suit every mood).

* Meeting friends and locals in the bars (Ferry end, Atlantic end, and middle)

* Enjoy local Portuguese cuisine and European food 5 restaurants

* Stocking up on food/beer/wine or buying the children a bucket and spade at one of the island shops

* If you have a bucket and spade, the side and Atlantic beaches are great for clamming

* Snorkelling is popular, or dive off the Armona wharf (at your own risk of course)

* Go kayaking – our villa includes a two seater inflatable kayak (for local fun)

* Island cruises and kayak hire (for longer distance trips and kayaking)

* Just relaxing – the pace of life is sooo much slower

* Catching up – if you really do need Internet, our villa has a Wifi hotspot

Nearby Olhao (10 minutes by Ferry) has many restaurants and shops, café bars, a few clubs, and a lovely marina. The Real Marina hotel sports two swimming pools, a great restaurant, and can also be used for a 'two location' holiday without having to go anywhere else.

For food shopping, there are supermarkets and two 'must see' indoor local markets on the waterfront, one specialising in fresh fish and the other supplying local meat, cheese and vegetables.

The Algarve is famous for watersports including swimming, waterskiing, snorklling, sailing, and generally 'messing around in boats'.

The Olhao ferry terminal connects to the other local islands as well as Armona, or for a few euros more splash out on a Water Taxi. Farol, Cullatra, and Deserta islands are just a short ride away.

Olhao is a major city, and has most amenities. You can also catch a bus to Faro, or a train to Faro, Lisbon, and even Seville.

Surrounding Olhao and Faro are numerous golf courses, and for those who can prise themselves away from Armona the whole Algarve is there to be explored.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa on Olhão, Olhao region

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Late Summer
1 Sep 2016 - 30 Sep 2016
4 night minimum stay
£371
for 4 nights
£650
 
 
Early Autumn
1 Oct 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
5 night minimum stay
£286
for 5 nights
£400
 
 
Late Autumn
1 Nov 2016 - 30 Nov 2016
5 night minimum stay
£286
for 5 nights
£400
 
 
Winter 2016
1 Dec 2016 - 28 Feb 2017
7 night minimum stay
£350
for 7 nights
£350
 
 
March 2017
1 Mar 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
5 night minimum stay
£286
for 5 nights
£400
 
 
April 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
£286
for 4 nights
£500
 
 
May 2017
1 May 2017 - 31 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
£314
for 4 nights
£550
 
 
Early Summer 2017
1 Jun 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
4 night minimum stay
£371
for 4 nights
£650
 
 
Peak Summer 2016
22 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
4 night minimum stay
£543
for 4 nights
£950
 
 
September 2017
1 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
£371
for 4 nights
£650
 
 
October 2017
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
£314
for 4 nights
£550
 
 
November 2017
1 Nov 2017 - 30 Nov 2017
5 night minimum stay
£321
for 5 nights
£450
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£171
for 3 nights
£400
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Change over day is flexible so you can chose the best day for those cheaper flights! We really are flexible, as the house is so popular even small gaps fill up quickly.
Multiple Week and Weekend Rates on request

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Olhão in Algarve

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 100 m²
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bath cabinet, large mirror, walk-in shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bath cabinet, large mirror
    Bathroom 3 - Outdoor Shower , Solar heated shower
  • There are two modern bathrooms each including shower, toilet and sink, all with running hot and cold water. Both bathrooms are accessible from inside the villa. These are supplemented by the external solar heated shower and external wash area (great for removing sand from the kids swimming costumes or for preparing the local fresh fish for the BBQ). Bathroom one has a large walk-in shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , Chest of drawers, hangers, ceiling fan
    Bedroom 4 - Bunk beds, chest, wardrobe, wall fan
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , Wardrobe, drawers, ceiling fan
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , Wardrobe,chest, ceiling fan
  • Each double bedroom sleeps two comfortably, and comes complete with bed linen and towels. The bunk bedroom sleeps two children or teenagers comfortably. The double glazed windows have shutters in typical Portuguese style, and the property is secure whether the windows are open or closed. Each bedroom has a wardrobe or hangers and a chest of drawers.We have added multi-speed ceiling fans to the double bedrooms and a multi-speed wall fan to the bunk bedroom to help keep you cool.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck Chairs
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Veranda ...
  • Sand Pit
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 8 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
The spacious lounge/dining/kitchen area is triple aspect - onto front patio, rear sun garden and side. Comfy sofas and chairs provide space for 8, with a choice of dining inside or al fresco, like the locals. Each bedroom and the living area has a cooling fan. The outside patio is cool, shaded, and has a built in BBQ for those market bought fresh fish. We now have wifi so ask us for password! The beach garden is a perfect place to catch the sun, as are the 3 nearby beaches. There is also a two person kayak suitable for children and/or adults, plus safety vests. The Laguna Beach is just seconds away, and the tidal Laguna itself is perfect for children to explore and enjoy. We provide 6 adult sized sunbeds (all reclining) with mattress style covers, plus two adult sized beanbag comfy flat sunbathing chairs. All you need is beach towels, sun cream, and a bit of cash to buy food or drink. A glass of wine typically is 1 to 2 euros, a bottle typically 2 euros to 5.

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