First time too Portugal and we stayed at the villa for 7 nights but honestly we thought about booking in to a hotel after the 1st night, we looked at prices and just could afford the extra cost at the last minute so we stayed and tried to make the most of it! I must add we didnt contact Steve or Angie about the state of the place because really what could they have done once we where there, the problems were not quick fixes and they clearly weren't too concerned, so we literally made our bed and dealt with it as best we could (lesson learned) I expect no matter what the price to have a clean functional environment from arrival!
The villa is very reasonably priced and is a really good size it also has alot of entertainment (although not everything works, batteries not included) the gardens are nice and the pool table was great but...cons: it's really dated and in need of a refresh/clean and maintenance, lots of paint coming off walls, mould in the bathrooms, shower curtain hanging off, thick dust & cobwebs/spiders, dead bugs everywhere!
broken toys/random junk crammed in to every draw & cupboard, boxes of diy materials (although where they were used is beyond me) not all heaters/air con work, lots of light bulbs broken with no replacements, only one pump in pool works and the filters aren't being cleaned (we know because we cleaned them and they were crammed full of all sorts of scum leaves bugs etc) so we only risked the pool after cleaning it twice, apparently Steve came at one point to clean the pool but we think he just uses the net and chucks a chlorine tablet in.
The bedding and towels were dirty, stained and smelled musty/damp on arrival (we washed/cleaned/hoovered EVERYTHING as soon as we were able to get cleaning stuff & washing powder the night we arrived, which isn't exactly what you want to be doing on the 1st night of your holiday, also just after we had arrived (after a quick show round with Angie) we discovered the ensuite bathroom toilet was covered in ants....assuming she must have looked round before we arrived we were a little miffed she hadn't tried to sort it out! Our first night was spent cleaning and cursing :( we finished at around 9pm and finally sat down with a glass of wine just at the point the electricity cut out (it went on and off for about an hour or so, so we drank wine and tried to look at hotels on our phone in the dark) to be fair this only happened on 2 nights and didn't go on that long but after evrything else...you can imagine!!
Location: it's near a very busy road (although you cant see it you can hear it, esp nightly police sirens) the area is kinda like an industrial estate (car lots, businesses etc) it's within a reasonable distance of the airport about 25mins (one of the reasons we went with it because of our early morning flights) but not a lot else to do locally, we did hire a car so we were able to go further afield (although we did try to get a taxi one day in to Faro for a meal sight seeing etc - using the booklet/numbers provided,(unfortunately most of the numbers were disconnected or didn't speak English) contacted Angie to ask for advice but didn't get a response until the end of the day - although she did advise us to purchase a coffee at a local restaurant and get them to order us one (which we were able to do successfully the next day) the entrance to the villa is a tiny road barely big enough for a car to squeeze down and turn in, so bare this in mind if your in a larger group/vehicle, my partner was really concerned for the hire car every time we left/arrived as it was so tight and surrounded by overgrown bushes and cacti. All in all we left feeling deflated and wishing we had paid more money for some of the other villas we had seen, if you aren't going to be spending much time at the villa and aren't fussed about the pool and dont mind having to clean and wash stuff etc it's dealable, in this instance you pay for what you get. We will try again with Portugal but won't be back to this villa or area.
Couple from Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom