4 double bedrooms, 3 bathrooms plus 1 cloakroom, sleeps 8
- english, mandarin, Chinese
The owner, Fergus, lives in London and often flies to Praia del Rey for some sunshine golf. He is the third generation of the family to play golf and with two very young sons is intending to introduce them to the game.
Catrina purchased this House in 2004
Why Catrina chose Praia D'el Rey
After spending 6 holidays in Praia del Rey we decided it was time to buy our own property! The golf course is one of the best in Portugal and the house is in a great position to watch golf as well as play. It overlooks the tenth fairway and green but there is no danger of stray balls reaching the garden or house. We have had non golfing members of the family to visit and they found plenty to do. The teenagers went to Surf school at Baleal, the Foodies went to the fish and produce markets in Peniche and Caldas de Rainah and the 10 year old joined the activity club run by the Golf Club.
What makes this House unique
The view of the tenth fairway and green decided us to buy the house. After playing it is fun to sit with a glass of wine and watch the golfers trying to get their ball onto the green and not in the pond that protects the green. It seems such an easy game when you are watching with a glass of wine in your hand!
Pool / Spa
Max guests: 8
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Uncomfortable house lacking in soul.
I wasn't going to write about our stay in this town house but when I came to book next year's holiday I realised just how heavily we all rely on these reviews. The house was spacious and well laid out but it was not well maintained. The locks in the bathrooms did not work, light bulbs were missing, the freezer needed defrosting so badly we couldn't use it. The bedding was covered in marks with the pillows being particularly bad some with mildew spots. The house could do with a deep clean. There was no welcome pack i.e details of the surrounding area and instructions on how to use the various appliances etc. Indeed nobody contacted us at all, we were totally on our own. Outside was no better. The barbecue was covered in grease and the remnants from the previous barbecue (whenever that was). There were only two sunbeds and neither had cushions. The communal pool was freezing..
Thank you for your feedback and I am sorry the house didn't meet your expectations. We do leave contact details of the managing agent who could have dealt with the issues at the time. There is a pack in house with details of local attractions, instructions and contact numbers. I am sorry you were disappointed no one contacted you during your visit. Unless there is a problem we or the agent wouldn't normally contact a visitor, I think that is usual with holiday homes. We will deal with the cleaning issues and we are sorry it caused you problems.
Very bad experience with the manager
My previous appreciation has been removed... I wonder why... The place is very nice but the management of this house is a nightmare.
We arrived at the house and the cleaning was not made at all. We lost the day of renting and could not have diner at home until they finish cleaning. They suggested to pay us the restaurant and have booked on their own the restaurant of their choice (we even did not know which restaurants were around and which prices they was offering). They have accepted by email the bill and asked us to be provided with the contact details of our bank. This was in August. Now, we are still expecting to be provided with the repayment.
For our departure, we have been told that we could leave at 14pm and finally at 21h41 you informed us that we had to leave by 10am. I answered at 22h57 that it was very short notice and that we have not prepared our luggage's because they said 14 pm. Finally, we left at 11am which is very good.
Our Managers have been fantastic over many years and just once in all those years the cleaning team turned up late at the property hence it was not ready for the next guest.
They suggested that the guests should go and have something to eat while the house was cleaned and they would pay. It all went wrong when an excessive bill was presented.
The managers have offered a reasonable amount of compensation to the party but the problem has not been resolved.
The guests then decided, without permission, they could leave late on their departure day and prevented the cleaners starting to clean the house for the next group. This would have had a domino effect.
I support the managers who have never slipped up in over ten years.
Amazing villa...amazing owners
This is a brilliant villa in a fantastic location. It is even better that what you see in the pictures and the description.
Where shall I start???
The villa is very spacious and really has everything you could wish for. When we arrived it was spotlessly clean and very welcoming. The tea, coffee, milk, bread, fruit, butter etc were very much appreciated on arrival.
The views of the golf course are fantastic and you can spend many hours watching the great, the good and the awful players making their way around the course.
The pool area is also very good. It was so clean and the pool in enormous (similar size to our leisure centre at home!). Even when we visited in August it was very quiet and you felt like it was a private...rather than shared pool.
The location on the PdR resort is also one of the best. Beware many other villas on this complex are a long way from the hotel, the beach and the golf. THIS villa on the other hand is right in the middle of everything and you can easily walk anywhere in 3-5 minutes.
We have never booked a "town house" or "shared pool" before but we honestly felt that this was 99% as good. The level of privacy is high and the location is very private.
FINALLY...the owners (Catrina and Fergus) could not have been more polite, friendly and helpful. It made a big difference to know they were interested in us having a great holiday.
For golfers....use the clubs in the villa if they are available. Book the T times via the web not in the shop and you save about 30%. If you want to play 3-4 holes in the evening that should not be a problem :)
For teenagers....there is a small bar on site (Zanzibar) which the kids liked but it is expensive at 6-8 euros/drink. Not much else for kids to do unless you join up at hotel.
We have visited lots of villas in lots of countries. This is one of the nicest for all the reasons stated above.
Thanks a lot
Golfing holiday in April '09
Five of us, all ladies, had a great stay at this property - we liked it so much that this is our second visit. It is in a lovely location overlooking the 10th fairway of Praia del Rey Golf course and has a shared pool. Unfortunately it was not used this year as it was a bit cold. There seemed to be no-one else nearby and it was extremely quiet. The house had all mod cons and is nicely decorated and very comfortable to lounge around in and watch dvd's and the news etc.
It is an excellent place to stay for golfers as we drove to Golden Eagle where we had two rounds and to Bom Sucesso which is a new golf course 10 minutes north of Praia where we had one round. The golf at Praia itself can be rather slow, we got entangled in a roll up of mens foursomes who seemed not to use the fairways at all - times should be chosen fairly carefully. Our second round at Praia was clutter free as we started out in the rain.
Having looked at Praia on Google Earth it was interesting to see the landscape and make a good choice of places to visit and the beaches were lovely to walk - we found one beach just north of Peniche which seemed to be the surfers paradise - I have never seen so many black suited people bobbing around in the water and the waves were spectacular.
Having golfed together for several years now we have decided that it is cheaper to book you own accomodation and flights and book the golf though an agency - divided by five of us we get much better value.
Upon arrival at the house all beds were made up and there were plenty of towels and a welcome pack of food and essentials which was greatly appreciated.
We have recommended other golfing friends.
The Praia D’El Rey complex comprises 200 hectares of pine-forested terrain and sand dunes fronting a 2.5km long beach. Local places of interest include Obidos, a medieval walled town (15 minutes’ drive) with several good restaurants; Lisbon, an hour’s drive, with all the attractions of an ancient European capital; Caldas da Rainha, a market town 20 minutes drive north, providing many cultural interests, good shopping and restaurants as does Peniche, a fishing port 15 minutes to the southwest. Boat trips to the Berlenga Islands, a nature reserve renowned for its birds, sea life and diving, can be taken from Peniche harbour. Baleal is a 'surfers heaven' and is 15 mins from the villa. It is possible to hire all the gear and have tuition at several surf camps. The variety of restaurants in the area is endless with all price points being covered.
Golf: The Praia D'El Rey course has been voted best in Portugal twice by the Peugeot Golf Guide. It has spectacular views of the ocean from the holes above the cliffs and it provides a challenge to both experienced and novice golfers. The English pro is there to give lessons and there is a driving range and practice ground available. There are several other golf courses within easy driving distance. A set of clubs and a trolley are provided with the villa, extra sets (including left handed ones), trolleys and buggies can be hired from the golf office.