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The Lodge MM
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Carvoeiro, Faro District, Algarve

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111Samant...
Manningtree, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Misleading Advertising”
Reviewed 22 June 2015 for a stay in May 2015
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The pool is located in the owners garden very close to their patio area. The owners make it clear on arrival, and it is also written in the villa book, that they do not want you sitting by the pool. We were told this was so they and us could have our own privacy, however, when we used the pool we didn't have any privacy as the pool is so close to their patio area. This made a holiday with children that would normally play in the pool for a considerable length of time very difficult as we were not able to monitor their safety sitting comfortably by the pool as you would normally expect. We felt that this should be made clear in the advertising and felt the photos misrepresent what is on offer as the angle the pool is photographed at does not show how close the pool is to the owners house nor is it made clear on the website that you are not able to sunbathe by the pool. There wasn't any areas the children could play in. The garden with the swing seat in is covered in dog faeces from their 3 dogs. The temperature of the shower was very temperamental and the shower didn't drain away properly which turned out to be due to a blockage in the soil pipe. The villa was small but clean in the places that are important however the wardrobe floors were very dusty and clothes were covered in dust if the touched the floor. According to the villa handbook there should of been a mid stay clean but this didn't happen although we were provided with clean bedding for us to change the beds. The villa is in a nice part of the Algarve centrally located although we prefer to be closer to Gale beach. We have visited the Algarve and stayed in many villas over the years and definitely would not recommend staying here unless all you want is a base and don't want to use the pool. We felt a bit of an inconvenience to the owners who expected to continue to use their patio and pool during our stay. The advertised wi-fi was practically non existent unless you stood on one leg leaning out of the kitchen window. When we booked the villa we added on a few additional days to our stay which the owner told us we could pay directly to them on arrival. They were keen to relieve us of this money as quickly as possible in spite of the grievances we expressed to them as outlined above. They did give us the option of finding another villa and refunding our money which we didn't want to waste our valuable holiday time doing so we spent most of our time away from the villa making using of the sea and pools available in the area.

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Liked best: location
Liked least: unable to sit by the pool
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
23 Jun 2015
Don't know why I am wasting my time replying, but I think perhaps offering you a full refund after two days may say it all.
No - not misleading - more misread, shared pool 28º to 30º free of charge with access at any time, but to sunbathe 15 steps away on your own private fabulous seaview terrace, right in front of your spotlessly clean villa. (on arrival)!
Well as you have been rude, I have to say you left our spotlessly clean villa, not in a good way, but we didn't expect otherwise, so wish we'd insisted you accept the full refund. This is a first negative report we have received, after 25 x 5 star Trip Advisor reports. but can't see you enjoying yourself anywhere.
We so wish you had picked a villa at Gale to terrorise.
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John H
1 review
“Top of 'Best Holiday' list”
Reviewed 20 May 2015 for a stay in May 2015

Lodge Casa Massai Mara sits at the top of my 'best holidays' list. The location, accommodation, superb facilities and warm welcome from the hosts, Gillian and Bruce Craigie, provided us with a truly unforgettable week's holiday. In addition Portugal's weather provided the icing on the cake. Lodge MM will no doubt feature prominent in our 2016 holiday plans.

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Management Response
23 Jun 2015
Many many thanks for another fabby report, so glad everyone seems to love our little bit of paradise. Look forward to seeing you again soooon
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blackeber...
Stockholm, Sweden
Level 6 Contributor
152 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“Wonderful location and well equipped villa”
Reviewed 6 October 2014 for a stay in September 2014
1
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The quick review - we had a great time and would definitely return to this property.

After spending years saying that we don't do beach holidays this was our second one in a year. Whilst we loved Majorca for the big scenery and a great villa, we found the beaches disappointing. Within a day of arriving in Caramujeira we were already talking about the possibility of coming back. As long as you have a car then The Lodge M.M. is in a great spot, 45 minutes drive from Faro Airport (we used Luzcar). Numerous beaches, restaurants and villages are within a few minutes drive (plus good sized supermarkets with fresh fish - we used Intermarche in Porches). A couple of restaurants and the beaches at Marinha and Albandeira are feasibly walkable but the lanes can be narrow and there are no pavements (it would also be very hot).

The lodge itself is a good size with two bedrooms with plenty of storage space and a safe. The bathroom has a good shower with rainfall, jet and handheld options (there's no bath if that is important to you). There's a kitchen/lounge/diner area that should suit most families. We only really used the well equipped kitchen as we spent most of our time out on the patio where there were four good loungers and a large triangular picnic table. This gave views over the landscaped garden and the sea was usually visible in the distance unless it was hazy. In the evening a couple of small lizards clung ornament like to the wall, patiently waiting for unsuspecting insects to fly close by. We made good use of the gas fired BBQ (easier to light manually) to cook meat dishes and ate fish at various restaurants (O Algar and O Litoral in Benagil being our favourites). The pool is a decent 10 by 5 metres and our 6 year old appreciated the different depths as it meant that he could use part of it without buoyancy aids. As it's heated a cover is put on from the early evening. This threw us at the start as our Majorca villa had an unheated pool and we used it for late evening dips. It tended to cool down in the evenings anyway so we didn't miss it.

We really appreciated the provision of items for the pool and beach that we might have otherwise bought or rented. There were a couple of beach mats and chairs as well as a portable parasol (10 euros to rent at Marinha). There were also a couple of body boards and a ball. Beach wise we visited Marinha, Carvalho (our favourites), Benagil, Albandeira, Carvoeiro and Molhe (our son's favourite). Carvoeiro is the only one we didn't like as the entire shoreline was heavily covered in seaweed which smelt badly. Most of the beaches become much smaller with the incoming tide and Marinha in particular has waves which occasionally catch people out with where they have left their towels. The drop offs can be quite steep which is why our son loved Molhe. As it's so small it's not as easy to find as some of the other beaches - follow the signs for Caneiros but instead of taking the final left keep following the main road and look out for another left turning a few hundred metres later. To the right of the harbour wall there is a small beach with very calm water where you will need to go a few metres out just to get to knee or waist height. There's also a bar / cafe which stayed open into October when a lot of other places closed on the last day of September. The left of the harbour wall also has a small beach with completely different conditions and we got to watch surfers and body boarders in action. The water was again quite shallow so we were also able to have a go.

Gill and Bruce were lovely hosts who were readily available to answer any questions. Truffles and Flute are two of the most docile dogs we've ever met (unless 'pool guy' knocks at the door) and you may have to try hard to follow the no feeding rule. It won't stop them from hoovering up any crumbs that you drop and they'll happily accept a tummy rub instead of food.

Fingers crossed we'll be back at some point.

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Liked best: Pool, patio area
Liked least: Wi-fi signal a bit weak at times - strongest on the patio or close to the main door.
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
8 Oct 2014
OMWord this must have taken a lot of time to write, but many many thanks for taking the time. Much appreciated. Sure you understood the cover has to go on when the sun goes to bed, otherwise it would lose lots of heat, and bet you agree it is much nicer to have a heated pool than a freezing one !! I hate cold pools, we don't charge for the heating, as I feel it is heated for my occasional use and therefore would be unfair to charge our guests !! Hope to see you again, as yes there is so much to explore on the Algarve, we still haven't seen half of it yet !!!
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Karl H
1 review
“Beautiful & Relaxing”
Reviewed 8 September 2014 for a stay in July 2014

Our first trip to MM Lodge. With time away from work in short supply, our stay at MM lodge was perfect. The Lodge is situated in private gardens which are absolutely beautiful and instantly relaxing! The owners Bruce and Gill are extremely helpful, it was great knowing that they were on hand should we have any questions about the area. The location is handy to lots of beaches, shops etc. This is great as we have two kids (7rys and 9yrs) We will be back and would recommend MM Lodge.

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Liked best: beautiful gardens and pool
Liked least: air con in bedroom
Travelling group: Young Children
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Management Response
16 Sep 2014
Thrilled you had a great family holiday, many thanks for taking the time to write a review, and look forward to seeing you again some time Best Wishes Gill and Brue
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Jacqui K
Yateley, United Kingdom
1 review
“Beautiful and Relaxing”
Reviewed 21 August 2014 for a stay in August 2014

This was our first visit to this lovely villa and beautiful gardens with our teenage family. We received a very warm and friendly welcome. The villa is modern with a homely feel and very well equipped. The location is perfect, on top of the hill with views to the south and the sea. We enjoyed swimming everyday in the super pool that is kept spotless. Gill and Bruce are excellent hosts and can offer very good advice on the local area and what it has to offer.
It was great to see Flute and Truffles each day, who are very gentle and friendly characters

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would recommend this villa to anyone who is looking to stay in the Algarve.

Thank you again

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Liked best: Secure and beautiful gardens and location
Liked least: Would be good to have english tv channels but not essential
Travelling group: Teenagers
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Management Response
1 Sep 2014
Thank you very much for your lovely review and for taking the time to write it, really happy you all had a great holiday, Our Best Wishes to you all
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Sue S
Bedford, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Another great visit”
Reviewed 29 March 2014 for a stay in March 2014

This is our third visit to this villa and once again we were not disappointed. We wanted to visit out of season this time to see what the Algarve is like the rest of the year. We found the area to be much quieter but still with plenty going on and the weather was glorious. Gill and Bruce are the perfect hosts and we always feel as though we are going to our 'second home' when we stay with them. In fact we will be staying with them once again in September and can't wait.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Friends getaway People with disabilities
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Management Response
31 Mar 2014
Thank you for your lovely comments, it means a lot to future guests to hear from the " horses mouth " as it were about the villa and surrounding area!! Was lovely to see you again and see you both back here in September for you fourth visit.
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Clare B
Swindon, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Perfect family holiday with class”
Reviewed 30 August 2013 for a stay in August 2013

We have been to the Algarve for several holidays and have always stayed in Villas that I have personally chosen for us. In the past we have travelled with extended family but on this occasion it was just myself, my husband and our 2 sons aged 12 & 14. Like everyone we save hard for holidays and it is always a worry that the holiday is not going to meet our expectations. However, we had no need to worry as Lodge MM exceeded our expectations and we had an amazing time!
BOOKING - From the initial enquiry Gillian was efficient and got back to me with a speedy response
ARRIVAL - When we arrived Gillian was there to greet us and immediately made us feel welcome and showed us around the lodge and the grounds. She made it very clear that if we needed her then she would be around to help and answer any questions - and she was!!
ACCOMODATION - The Lodge is beautifully furnished and has everything any family would need and more..... from sugar sachets to buckets and spades!!! The utensils and crockery were exceptionally clean and so too was the bedding. Gillian has made the lodge feel very cosy with pictures and as soon as we walked in I personally felt a warmth of home to home feeling! Our boys loved their room and so too did we. The spacious wardrobes were great and there were plenty of coat hangers for us all which is very rare.
This lodge is very secure with electric gates and locks/shutters on windows. There are fans in bedrooms and an airconditioning unit in main room which in the peak season is very much needed and appreciated. The bedding and towels were spotlessly clean and felt soft (this is also very rare abroad!!!)
SWIMMING POOL: WOW beautful!!!! Lovely temperature....I am one of those people that gets in the pool gradually and winces as I get deeper! Not this pool - I stepped in and in a very unlady like manner plunged straight away! Our boys loved the pool too and again it was spotlessly clean. The level of depths are very clear so as parents we had no concerns.
GARDEN: The garden is beautiful and it is obvious that Gillian & Bruce have spent lots of time and effort in making it so stunning. Our boys appreciated and respected the gardens and we would often walked around the garden as it was so peaceful and tranquil.
GROUNDS: The lodge has so much space of its own outside and there is always somewhere you can get shade from the sunshine. Gillan & Bruce have provided a beautiful wooden bench for outside dining and the BBQ was great!! Never seen a BBQ grill so amazingly clean!.
LOCATION: The location of this lodge is great as it is not far from Supermarkets and the most fabulous beaches! The local lifeguards were great and shared the history of the caves and coves of this part of the Algarve. Anyone visiting will not be disappointed with the local beaches or the wonderful views.
TRUFFLES & FLUTE!!: Fantastic, well behaved dogs that added to our experience of Lodge MM. Our boys loved them as both Flute and Truffles are so placid.
GILLIAN & BRUCE: What can we say?? Just great hosts.... the best!! They added so much to our holiday without them even knowing!!
OVERALL: I am so sad to be home...I didn't want the holiday to end! From the time we booked to the time we got home everything was perfect! Thank you to Gillian & Bruce we hope to stay at Lodge MM again in the near future!

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Liked best: Accomodation
Liked least: leaving to come home!
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
11 Sep 2013
Oh My Word Tears again, so glad you so enjoyed your holiday here, if ever I am down (not often living here!) BUT your words will mend thank you for taking the time to share your holiday experience, means such a lot. Would be lovely to see you all again someday xx
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