I have written many reviews over the last few years but this is my first Villa review, it's harder than you think. But I will do my best to be objective based on the 6 of our experiences. This Villa has the potential of being a real find. However it lacks the detail which many of us would deem as standard. Externally it has few faults. See my video on You Tube (type Patrick ager in the search bar). Vivenda Sousa is well positioned inland with its €8 taxi ride to Vilamoura marina and €10 taxi ride to Loulé, both worth a visit. Locally there are 3 great restaurants - Wild fire, Moon and Villa Sol Bistro all 500 meters away.
The Villa itself has a large pool, extensive grounds, driveway and Barbecue. I will say upfront that Fernando is a "can do" kinda guy and if you have a problem he will address them immediately, as he did with a broken toilet. It broke again but heh - thats life. We wanted more tea towels... sorted, Clean the pool - Sorted. The bigger issues take time and I am sure in time they will be sorted in the coming months. A few details would make the the whole experience better, e.g. patio cushions, cheap to replace as they were so worn and old that our 3 female friends would not sit on them..... quite horrid. Only one working umbrella around the pool between 6 people - in 30 degree heat more shade is required. out of the 3 bathrooms 2 desperately need replacing and one (in reality just needs minor attention). The pictures added by the owner are factual - I have added a few.... Although 2 rather wonderful Palms are missing from the pictures shown?
Every morning between 4 and 6am we were audience to 4 barking dogs - continual barking, these were not the owners but the adjacent neighbours 20 meters from the villa. Out of the owners control, however as an owner I would have a word. On top of this the neighbour put the dog poo in a bucket close to the fence near the pool and sun beds, Seriously?! The cleaners could do better, Poolside towels were fine but supplied bathroom tools were very small, I do love a big towel.
Fernando arranged our Taxi from the airport and the return - Top man! Since taxis seem to be selective and sparse... Keep the number of your Airport ride, it could be useful. Food and drink, Lidl is best and I walked it with a friend, got a taxi back (arranged at the checkout). Cheaper that the UK despite exchange rates plummeting!
All in all I had a great time with our friends cooking and drinking, the spacious villa made it possible especially with that Barbecue. Did I have a great time? Yes - would I recommend a friend? ... You had better email me on this
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