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Casa da Colina Monte Novo village,Paderne
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Casa da Colina Monte Novo village,Paderne
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Casa da Colina Monte Novo village,Paderne
Spacious 3 double bedroom property with en Suite
Adult and children's swimming pool with poolside shower.
Two secluded shared pools
Dinning suite that comfortably sits six people.
Spacious open plan living room with two family size sofas.
Well equipped kitchen and breakfast bar.
Alfresco dinning with bbq in rear terrace.
Double En-suite bedroom with solid oak wardrobes and draws leading on to small terrace.
Master en-suite with solid oak wardrobes and draws leading onto roof terrace.
Double size bedroom at rear of property with solid oak wardrobe and draws leading onto roof terrace.
Double size bedroom with two single beds.
One of two upstairs bathrooms.
Sunny roof terrace, ideal for breakfast or lazing in the sun.
Quiet village of Paderne,with coffee bars and restaurants just 10 mins walking from property
Look inside the village church,surrounded by nearby orange trees.
10 minutes walk to village and local supermarket for fresh baked rols.
Beautiful village of Paderne with surrouding orange groves and vineyards.
Minutes walking distance to the charming village of Paderne
Paderne village church at night with small selection of bars and Restaurants close by
one of many local markets
Benegil beach just a small drive away
Many beautiful beaches just 20 mins drive
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Paderne, Albufeira, Faro District, Algarve

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BAW9DV
West Sussex
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Nice little home away from home ....”
Reviewed 19 August 2014 for a stay in August 2014
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Casa da Colina is essentially a terraced house located in a gated community in the Village of Monte Novo, just a stone's throw from the larger village of Paderne in the Algarve region of southern Portugal. The house itself has three, well appointed bedrooms, a good size and well equipped kitchen, a large lounge/dining room and a carport at the front of the property and a courtyard at the rear with seating outside for up to six people. There is an outside balcony on the upper floor which can be accessed from either the main bedroom or the second bedroom. The property benefits from three toilets, two bathrooms and air conditioning units in almost all of the rooms. Tile flooring is used extensively throughout the interior, allowing for a very cool environment in the summer months. This part of Portugal which enjoyed temperatures of between 35 and 37'C when we were there, does cool quite rapidly after dark, down to a more comfortable 26-27'C. Doors can be opened to allow that coolness to come into the property which negates the need for extensive use of the air conditioners. Remember to leave the net doors closed to keep the insects out! The property owner has installed a large fridge/freezer unit, a dishwasher and a washing machine should you decide to eat in on some evenings and if you wish to wash your clothes before returning home. A nice touch is the provision of umbrellas, deck chairs and some children's beach toys which can be used when you go to the beach, saving on the costs of renting these items at the beach location. The property also benefits from car parking space within the gated area, in addition to the carport. When we were there, the carport had items located within it that meant we could not use it for our rental car - but this was never going to be an issue for us and it should not be for anyone else, since space is reserved for the owners/renters use anyway. Note that you may unload outside the house but you MAY NOT park a car outside the property for any length of time. The main gate is opened and closed remotely (units are provided by the owner as well as keys to the house) and the large gate slides back allowing you to drive into and out of the courtyard. There is a shared pool which is available to all residents of properties similar to the one being rented here (properties are owned by people from Holland, Portugal and the UK, some residential and some rented) and is quite large. There is a mini pool also for really young children. We enjoyed these facilities and the pool is set in very nice gardens. Outside of the main gates, you can find large green bins for any waste you accumulate during your stay. Colin, the owner, provides extensive written details both when you contact him to make a booking and held within the property, explaining this and other things you need to know, including where to eat and visit locally and further afield. The property is fairly easy to find (again, Colin provides extensive details on how to get there) and the village of Paderne is within walking distance of Monte Novo, enough for you to leave the rental car and drop down for a meal and some drinks!

Monte Novo and Paderne are pretty cenrtally located and can be reached easily by road from Faro (if you arrive into Faro airport) or from Lisbon (about a three hour drive). We entered southern Europe via Gibraltar and chose to cross the border into Spain, rent a car from Europcar and then drive the four hours and five minutes to the village. There are many attractions along the Algarve Coast including Albufeira, Portimao, Lagos and many other resorts such as Vilamoura (a great harbour and nightlife area recommended for an evening visit).

A note about driving in Portugal for foreign visitors - In 2011, the Portugese government removed all of the toll booths from the motorways and made everything electronic which caused chaos for many drivers, especially drivers of foreign registered or non-Portugese vehicles! Now that chaos has been sorted out and you can choose several options for paying for toll road use. We drove up from Gibraltar via the A381 road out of La Linea towards Seville then took the E5 west to the Portugese border. On reaching the border, you can link a credit or debit card to the registration of your vehicle which allows you to use the toll roads without issue and have your number plate read electronically and the toll charged to the card. At the border, a chap will help you to do this and provide you with a receipt that shows proof of the transaction and crucially describes how to "un-link" or cancel the agreement at the end of your holiday by going on-line or telephoning to cancel the link so that your card is not then charged for use by the next renter of the vehicle! Very easy to do and we encountered no issues at all with this method. You can also pre-purchase "E-Cards" to the value of up to EUR40 which can then be linked to the toll system via and SMS/TEXT from your mobile phone. This can be topped up as necessary using the same method. Google this to locate the Portugese website that will show you a map of the toll system and the charges. They are not expensive. We used the A22 main motorway to get to and from Portugal into and out of Spain as well as now and then when on holiday. My charges have not exceeded EUR20 for the whole time we were there. This is important for tourists to be aware of though which I why I make mention of it here in this review.

Given good weather, Casa da Colina is a lovely little place (the weather was changable before we arrived but was just awesome while we were there) and is an excellent place to use as a base for visting all the resorts along the Algarve. Take the kids to AqauLand and ZooMarine for some water fun and games - very good. Beaches are great and english is widely spoken by very friendly people in a friendly country. Enjoy!

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Liked best: Comfortable and clean
Liked least: no wifi
Travelling group: Young Children
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Paulmez19...
Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Absolutely gorgeous, everything we needed and more Thanks”
Reviewed 16 July 2014 for a stay in June 2014
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We stayed for 2 weeks with our 2 teenagers and their 2 friends all aged between 16 & 18, everything we needed was provided, the village is lovely the house is absolutely gorgeous, safe, clean and very well kept. There is no wifi which was amazing as we could completely relax, the kids went to the local bar which had wifi and stayed open till 4am!! The locals were lovely, even though it is a shared pool as most of the residence seem to live there they were getting about their normal day whilst we had the pool to ourselves for 90% of the time. We had a great time and will definitely return. Thanks for a great time x

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Liked best: lovely house
Travelling group: Teenagers
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4 Aug 2014
Thank you Paul Meredeth for your positive comments,its always a pleasure to learn that guests have enjoyed the property together with their stay in the Algarve.
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csjoinerA...
Motherwell, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“A special place”
Reviewed 17 August 2013 for a stay in August 2013
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We rented this villa as a base to visit beaches and resorts of the Algarve, But instead, after just a few trips to albufera etc., which incidentally is about 15 minutes away by car or 1/2 hour by the regular bus service, We found ourselves just relaxing by the spotlessly clean pool or equally spotless villa. The village itself has many bars and wee restaurants where we met the most friendliest people. the beer is cheap 1 euro per bottle vodka & a can of cola is 3 euro but the vodka is about 4 x the measures in the uk. the food is out of this world I had a t bone about 12oz with all the trimmings cost me 9 euros and that was the most expensive of the 2 week. we ate and drank like royalty the full 2 weeks. The villa as I said was superb big kitchen with everything you could possibly need 3 bedrooms 1 ensuite 2 with roof terrace lovely enclosed patio out back and a large living dining area We took our children boy 17 girl 15 never once did they say they were bored and loved going to nelis bar 2 minute walk away to play pool and get free wi fi this place I will never forget and hope to visit soon 5 star holiday at 2 star price thanks Colin. One thing to remember a car is not necessary but does help the best hire is at the airport but is very expensive 400 euro for a very small Chevrolet spark that wouldn't take us up the hill with air con on that was the best deal we could find off a company called air auto there is a 800 euro excess so take out a policy before you go to cover this other then that they were fair no dodgy goings on but book early because the cost goes up as they get short of cars and when we were there, no cars available anywhere.

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Liked best: meeting real portugese people
Liked least: hustle and bustle of the busy beaches
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
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