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“A quiet haven away from the hustle and bustle of resorts in larger towns.” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Villas Barrocal
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Oakville, Canada
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A quiet haven away from the hustle and bustle of resorts in larger towns.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2012

Only two more days to go before we leave our spacious two-bedroom apartment at Villas Barrocal. From our arrival on February 7, we've been very impressed with the kindness and help provided by Nuno and Christina in the office. We have excellent maid service 3 times per week.
The grounds and pool area are very well maintained. There is ample and secure parking.
Pêra is approx. 3 km from the larger town of Armacao de Pera, which boasts a beach that stretches a long way east. Construction of a new boardwalk is well underway - an alternative to walking on the sand.
We have travelled to the eastern and western areas of the Algarve and, each time, have been so happy to return to Villas Barrocal at the end of each day, often sitting on our spacious terrace to relax. This was especially true following our 3-day, interesting and busy trip to Seville/Tangiers/Gibraltar.
There is a small restaurant on the main street in the village that serves excellent and reasonably-priced food. Our favourite little spot for a coffee and a pastel de nato - or whatever you select to eat- is Ourimar, a pasfelaria/snack bar located very close to the resort. It is spotlessly clean and run by Catarina and Nilhu, a kind and friendly couple who make everyone feel so welcome. Nilhu's delicious sandwiches are made to order on freshly baked bread.
The TV is old and very little in the way of English-speaking programs are availabke. However, we understand that new, flat-screen TVs could be in each apartment/villa later this year. Despite efforts by the resort staff to improve the situation, WiFi reception has been weak and intermittent
In conclusion, we can honestly say that this has been one of our best and most interesting winter getaways. The Algarve is a beautiful area.

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank Earbygirl
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London
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81 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2012

We booked this as a quick cheap week away with our 1 year old and to be honest wasn't expecting much - for the price (£86 roughly) We booked a 1 bedroom apartment but on arrival had been given a lovely 2 bedroomed apartment. I really was very impressed.

Absolutely spotless, the rooms were cleaned every other day which I didn't even expect and they did a thorough job and the place smelled lovely and fresh.

1 big double room with comfortable mattress and lots of pillows with built in sliding door wardrobes and drawers, 1 big twin room, same quality mattress and pillows with same wardrobes, good size bathroom and a kitchen diner with quite a comfortable corner sofa and a nice dining room table and chairs. Dishwasher, oven, coffee maker, microwave, kettle, toaster.. they even supplied dishwasher tablets, wsahing up liquid, tea towels, washing up cloth - which I have never had in a self catering apartment.
Lots of plates, cutlery, knives, etc.. even a little plastic juicer that I used to squeeze fresh orange juice.

The place is clean, feels new and got some nice modern features.. have included pictures.

Being Feb, while it was warm (18 - 21 degrees every day and not a cloud in the sky) it probably wasn't warm enough to swim.. didn't even check to see if the pool was heated but I don't think so. However, the pool looked very nice and a nice little baby pool.

If travelling with babies.. rest assured - we got a lovely highchair and a cot with a really good mattress... it was a travel cot but with a proper mattress and was very impressed.. 15 month old daughter slept like a log every night and the apartments were very safe for her.. we could just let her roam about and she couldn't really get into any trouble... brilliant.

As other people have mentioned.. a car is probably essential here and we had pre booked one from Faro airport. Pera is a small little town with not very much in but if you do have a car there is loads of exploring to do.. a massive shopping complex and hypermarket just up the road near Guia and the Armacao de Pera.. only a quick 5 minute drive away has lots of restaurants.

We were in room 129 and it had great views and the sun on the balcony in the afternoon.. the balcony runs across both bedrooms and has a table and chairs

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
6 Thank clarems
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Armagh, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2012

Just back from 9 nights in a two bedroom apartment in this complex. For the price I paid the quality of the accomodation was more than excellent. I had booked a one bedroom apartment for £83 for the 9 days but on arrival found we were in a 2 bedroom apartment with a view from the back towards the beach and the countryside. Absolutely spotless with all the items we need- even pot scrubber and dishwasher tablets! Towels were plentiful and cleaning was done every other day. Very secure and quiet location. Wifi available, although signal was weak in our apartment we were able to set up the laptop down by the pool. There is a shop and a couple of snack bars nearby and buses to major towns nearby. We hired a car and found the location ideal for touring the area- Faro, Portimao, Silves and Albufeira were some of the places we visited. Found the holiday relaxing and gave an insight of the real Algarve living in a village rather than at a resort! Will return!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
6 Thank sunnyholidays09
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Yorkshire
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24 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2012

We hired one of the three bedroomed villas for 3 nights in February for two of us, after I found a really good deal on the internet.

When we entered my initial thought was that it looked a little bit sad, but the place really grew on me as I stayed there. The kitchen was well equipped, not the most modern but with granite worktops and most things you would need including a dishwasher, rare in 3 star accommodation on the Algarve. Kitchen linens, a scrubber, washing up liquid and an initial dishwasher tablet were all provided and the linens were replaced during our stay.There was a kettle and toaster. One minus point - there were no wine glasses in the kitchen, this is the second place I have found this in the Algarve (the other being the Vale d'el Rei), and the other glasses in the kitchen were cloudy through being washed in the dishwasher, a personal dislike. However, a quick trip up the road to the excellent Continente supermarket at the Algarve shopping centre (5 mins away, on the N125 just outside Guia) soon sorted this, so for the bargain price we paid I was more than happy. Those on restricted diets for medical reasons should be aware that Continente also stock a range of special dietary products including gluten free - all on shelves in the far left hand corner of the store as you enter.

There was a 6 person table in the kitchen, one that would seat 8 in the lounge/diner as well as a plastic table and chairs outside, so plenty of options for dining.

There were two bedrooms and a full bathroom upstairs and a further bedroom and a shower room/ guest cloakroom downstairs. All were clean and comfortable. Beds were slightly firm, this is the same throughout the Algarve and is how we like them. Bed linens were of good quality and there were some spare blankets and pool towels in the wardrobes. Wifi was available, though the signal varied - it extended to our villa further away from reception intermittently, but we found sitting in the windows of the two upstairs bedrooms we got a satisfactory signal.

The lady on reception was very nice and helpful, I called in the day after we had left as I had forgotten something and she was most obliging in helping me locate it. You do need a car if you stay here and Pera itself is nothing special, (the complexe is gated and feels secure) but I would not hesitate to return if I got another good deal.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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7 Thank Lutzi1
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Prestwich, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2011

We booked these villas after reading the last review on this site. We were not disapointed. We booked a 2 bedroomed deluxe and was allocated a 3 bedroomed deluxe. The villa was spotless. 3 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, full size kitchen with kitchen table. Lounge diner with plenty of seating and another dining table seating 8. small garden and patio area and also a large balcony upstairs outside the upstairs bedrooms. They were cleaned on alternate days and it was a thorough clean. Fantastic views accross the countryside to the sea. Imaculate gardens and grounds and a small play area for kids. 1 pool and a small pool for little ones. As we stayed out of season it was very quiet and the snack bar had closed for the season so I can't comment on that, but even so it was a great place to stay and although it was a bit out of the way I would definatley stay there again.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
10 Thank Fay T
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2011

We found these villas by chance on a last-minute booking. On arrival we were impressed by the level of cleanliness, the equipment provided, the facilities and the security. Our villa (2 bed deluxe) had comfortable beds, dishwasher, proper oven with hob, large fridge-freezer and views over countryside towards the sea. The villa had been well cleaned and inspected before we were given the keys.
The pool and outside communal areas were well-kept and cleaned daily. The complex was small and quiet, and there is a very reasonably-priced snack bar by the pool. Staff were eager to help and friendly.
Pera is a small village about a mile from the beach. In the midday sun it's a bit of a trek across field tracks or little lanes but the beach was a clean blue flag beach with sunshades and a couple of beach bars. To make the best of a holiday here we would recommend having a car.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
6 Thank Chris H
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Amsterdam
Level Contributor
26 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2009

We stayed at Villas Barrocal in July 2008 for a 2 week holiday with our kids of 6 and 2. The accomodation is quite impressive, large appartments that are very well equiped (although the beds are quite hard!). Cleaning is done 3x per week (and even the small garden lawns are cut at least twice a week). If you have smal children that still need to nap in the afternoon, you can easily leave them in the appartment whilst you can lounge by the pool side.
The pool area is again well designed, lots of good quality sunbeds and umbrella's. The pool itself is quite large and there is a nice toddler pool next to the main pool.
At the pool there is a snackbar where you can order drinks and food (on your room tab). This is open from 10 until 23 hours. In the evenings you can order food and coffee and either eat it there or take it to your apartment. Whilst the quality is not that great, it's nice to have the option. There is a very nice lady at the bar who speaks French as well as English. At the snackbar you can also use 2 fixed BBQ pits (BYO charcoal).
The nice thing about Pera is that you are only a few minutes away from several nice beaches in the area. Even in July it did not feel very crowded, mostly Portugese families spend their holidays there. At each beach there is usually a small seaside restaurant where you can eat fresh fish (which you have to choose yourself). Eating fresh fish is not very cheap but it's a nice rustic atmosphere and seaside dining with a nice sunset is well worth it.
Overall, villas Barrocal is an excellent place to stay and Pera as well the surrounding areas are nice holiday spots.

  • Liked — size of apartment, laid back beaches with restaurants nearby, pool side
  • Disliked — beds were quite hard and there was an annoying street lantern in front of our garden
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
5 Thank Family_Kroela
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Property: Villas Barrocal
Address: Urbanizacao do Barrocal III | Edf Villas Barrocal, Apartado 164, Pera 8365-211, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Algarve > Faro District > Pera
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Speciality Lodging in Pera
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Villas Barrocal 3*
Number of rooms: 52
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Relaxing HolidaysThe Barrocal Villas & Apartments rest in the small village of Pera near the lively resort of Armacao de Pera, just a 5 minute bicycle ride to the spectacular Praia Grande beach on the vacation paradise of the Algarve. Featuring a group of 20 villas and 32 apartments composed of either one or two bedrooms, this 3 Star property is a comfortable base for couples and families wanting affordable accommodation close to a host of activities and attractions, including plenty of golf at the Oceânico Nick Faldo Course, the Oconnell Course and the Salgados Course.Albufeira and Portimão are just a 10 and 15 minutes drive away and Faro International Airport is approximately 55 km from the hotel.Local Tips: The hotel is perfectly positioned for visits to the historic town of Silves with its Castle. Also check out the Salgados Lagoon for an ideal place for bird watching and cycling.Hotel FacilitiesFood, drink and entertainment: Self Catering accommodation. Barrocal Villas & Apartments has a local pool bar available for light meals or snacks or breakfast. ... more   less 
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