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4 Bedrooms, 9 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Loule, Faro District, Algarve

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Maria M
London, England, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Special Birthday Treat”
Reviewed August 29, 2014 for a stay in July 2014

It was a "special" birthday for me this year and as a treat, my husband chose to send me away for a 6 week holiday and Casa da Vista Magica was my choice.

We initially came as a family (2 adults, 2 children) and were joined by our friends and two daughters for the first week and during the following weeks various friends and family joined me and the children (the husband went home, but popped back for a long weekend) to help celebrate my birthday.

The location of Casa da Vista Magica in the hillside of Loule, is peaceful and relaxing. Too far to walk into Loule, so a car is essential. I spent the first two weeks of the holiday without and found it difficult to get a taxi to find us and in the town centre, initially a taxi was difficult to find.

The villa is impressive, sitting in lovely grounds of lemon trees and olive trees, Rosemary bushes and the gardeners came weekly to maintain the gardens so they are constantly looking lovely. The pool area is super (the poolman came weekly too). The pool was refreshing, there was plenty of comfortable poolside furniture with a large BBQ area that is under the shade. There are some steep steps down to the garden area which we needed to block off when we had a toddler stay with us, otherwise it was lovely just to wander the grounds!

The villa itself is over three floors. Through the front door (the villa is secured by electric gates operated by either a remote control, a key or a push button by the front door) is the living area, downstairs toilet, kitchen, living/dining room which has a large balcony overlooking the gardens and pool area. There are also two double bedrooms.

There are stairs up to a gated master suite area with a large master bedroom, dressing area and large bathroom.

From the living area level there are stairs down to the games room area which has a full sized snooker table, table tennis table, dart board and a running machine! There is a bar/kitchen area with a large drinks fridge and the fourth twin bedroom with its en-suite is situated here.

All bedrooms are air-conditioned and have en-suites and three of the bedrooms lead onto a balcony.

The villa is a "home" and we felt relaxed here. It is dated in parts and would benefit from a bit of a spruce up here and there but all the en-suites were functionable and it didn't detract from our comfort. We did have the odd mishap with the original dishwasher breaking down on me, this was replaced by a brand new one within a couple of days, the kettle blew the electrics, a new one was supplied the same day and one day the water completely stopped! Within 2 hours the maintenance team had it back on. The management team were very effective.

The cleaners come 3 times a week, with towels and bedding changed weekly. Nothing was too much trouble for them, they would take the rubbish away for us (the rubbish bins are along the main road and are a drive away).

The villa comfortably accommodates 10 people at one time. There is also a cot and high chair and stair gate. An iron and ironing board (unused by me) and a laundry room where the washing machine got a bit of use!

The Algarve itself is a wonderful place. I have been many times but this was the first time in this area. The villa is about a 20 minute drive from Faro airport, 5 minutes from Loule, 20 minutes from Villamoura, 30 minutes from Albufeira, 45 minutes from Carvoeiro.

Loule is a small local town which comes alive on Saturdays where lots of visitors come to the markets. At othertimes we enjoyed the peace the locals experience. With fabulous local restaurants (particularly at the side of the indoor market).

Being here for six weeks we catered a lot for ourselves and the local supermarket, Continente Modelo was frequented quite often! It often seemed it was cheaper to eat out than cater for the masses at home!

I have absolutely loved my time here and would highly recommend this villa to anybody that intends to come as a group. The owner has been a delight to deal with and is very lucky to own such a wonderful place.

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Liked best: the sheer size of the property and the space
Liked least: a little dated in places
Travelling group: Large Group
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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0undleman
Oundle, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
219 reviews
56 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Far from the madding crowd - but not too far!”
Reviewed January 22, 2014 for a stay in December 2013

Our extended family group stayed at Casa da Vista Magica in December, the Algarve is much quieter at this time of year. The villa is located outside Loule with extensive views from it's hillside location and though there are neighbouring properties the feeling is of relative isolation in a peaceful area. Electric gates on the drive give added security and the villa is spread over three levels. Suitable for large family groups, each bedroom has its own bathroom/ensuite and terraces give options for sunny days. The pool and barbecue area is great and there are orange and lemon trees in the gardens. We found a welcome pack of goodies on arrival and the villa was serviced by Maria during the week. The villa has lots of space and the games room with full size snooker table, table tennis and dart board were in frequent use for "friendly" competition. The villa is a lovely place for a family holiday but it is for those wanting a quieter experience, though coastal towns and villages are only a short drive away. Loule, with supermarkets, a market and numerous cafés is only a short drive away. A car is essential. I'd recommend trying some of the restaurants in the surrounding countryside for authentic Portuguese food. In giving a balanced review the only negative I can recall is that the showers and kitchen are a little dated, but in no way did this detract from our holiday. Andrew, the owner, was a pleasure to deal with when making the booking and always prompt in his replies to emails. The villa is comfortable, in a quiet location with great views, well furnished and equipped with plenty of room for large groups. Would definitely go back.

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Liked best: The quiet location and views
Liked least: Showers and kitchen a little dated.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Families with young children Large groups
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“A true gem of a place, will definitely return.”
Reviewed August 5, 2012 for a stay in July 2012

Have just returned from a week at "Casa da Vista Magica", our party consisted of four couples. When we arrived it was like letting kids loose in a toy shop, we could not believe how lucky we were to have found such a spacious, well equipped, well maintained villa. All four bedrooms were en suite, the kitchen as good if not better than you would expect at home. The living area (lounge/diner) was spacious although rarely used as we spent most of our time outside. With all eight of us in the pool it did not feel crowded either. The sheltered barbecue area comfortably seated all eight of us for dinner and the balcony outside the lounge was more than big enough for us to have breakfast and lunch at the huge patio table. Many an hour was spent by the men playing snooker and pool on the full size table in the games room while the ladies played darts or table tennis. The town of Loule is convenient for shopping and there is a good supermarket within a 10 minute drive where you could buy everything that you needed for your stay. The owners recommended several restaurants and we tried three of them during our stay. All three were worthy of their recommendation and one in particular, Flor de Sal on the road to Almancil, was exceptionally good with friendly, English speaking staff. The food here was excellent and good value for money.
All in all, a great holiday and a villa that we will definitely return to.

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: A week was not long enough
Travelling group: Large Group
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London, United Kingdom
Reviewed November 17, 2011 for a stay in August 2011

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Liked best: The size of the villa
Liked least: Coming home!
Travelling group: Family with Young Children
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Redcar, United Kingdom
Reviewed August 12, 2011 for a stay in August 2011

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Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 25-34
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway A romantic getaway
Older travelers Families with young children
Families with teenagers Tourists
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