We were very impressed with the villa - it was very spacious and the open plan kitchen dining living area was perfect. It was nice to have lawned areas to the exterior for our child to play on, not something you usually get on holiday. The villa was spotless clean on arrival and well equipped with everything you need in the kitchen, beach towels and some outdoor toys. The location was very peaceful with remote local beaches and lovely friendly restaurants. The small issues we did have during our stay were quickly addressed by Gary and his property manager.
Firstly to mention the owner who was fantastic throughout the booking process and holiday stay. He answered all our questions and went out of his way to help, nothing was too much trouble!
The villa itself is really nice, modern and clean. So many of the places we saw online looked old and dirty but this villa was excellent. The facilities had everything we needed to make it a real home from home; if I was being super picky then more uk TV channels would be nice (BBC 1, 2, itv and channel 4 plus CBeebies is what you get), but to be fair this is Portugal!
We went with 2 young kids (under 1 and nearly 4) plus the grand parents and we made it a real home from home holiday. The pool is great to have with plenty of toys to keep the kids occupied. The sunloungers were actually good quality with cushions which isn't what you normally get in these places!
On top of this the beach was only about 2 miles away with the lagoon about 500 meters walk away! This also kept us entertained. There are 2 or 3 little cafe / restaurants on the beach front, but not much else (more on this later!).
We took several day trips out to explore, Obidos itself is lovely, very old with the streets, castle, walls etc. Caldas de Rainha has a bit more going on in terms of shopping, parks etc. Both are about 25 mins drive away.
We also went out to Peniche to see the fishing village and maritime museum which again is about 30 mins drive. Lisbon was a brilliant day out and plenty to keep all ages occupied for the day, it's about 60 mins drive.
If we didn't have such young children there are plenty of walks, bike rides, runs to do in and around the villas local area.
The only negative I would point out may well be a positive (it was for us but might not be for everyone!). This villa and the village is super quiet, and I mean quiet. Many of the villas are empty and for sale so it feels a bit deserted. As a result there really are no shops and only a couple of places to eat out. For instance the nearest super market is 20/25 mins drive away. Now this was great for us and we just occupied ourself in the pool and on the beaches (which are quiet too and really nice) but if you want something a bit more lively then you will have to travel quite a way to get anything.
One last thing, there look to be 2 or 3 great golf course within a mile or so of the villa if that's your thing. Im a golfer back home but unfortunately not on a family holiday! However from what I saw I would certainly play these courses given the chance. I hope this brings a bit more commercial expansion to this area to help make it more popular and fill the empty villas; if that happened then I think it would suit more people.
In summary the villa was perfect for what we wanted it for. Nice weather, clean and modern with some really nice family time to ourselves with our young family.
Last month we spent a fantastic 9 days at the Villa Rua de Mastro. The location is just over an hour's drive from Lisbon airport. The villa was exactly as described and we were not disappointed!! There are 3 spacious bedrooms in the property, so plenty of room for a large family if required. The villa was very clean and comfortable and equipped with everything you could need. Lots of wonderful places to visit, Obidos and the castle are fantastic!!! Ate out most nights and did not have one bad experience. People are really friendly and welcoming. Finally, Gary the owner has been excellent from the point of us inquiring about the villa to ensuring we had no problems during the stay to making sure we get our deposit back after the stay. Looking forward to staying again in the future!
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