Casa Violeta - Rustic Retreat With Heated Pool/Hot Tub to Rent in Hilltop Hamlet, Algarve - Sleeps 4

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Casa Violeta Guest Comments

Mark of Approval

These great reviews are just some that appear in our Guest Book.  We're very proud of all the kind comments - especially regarding Ian and Mags, who incidentally have just been awarded a Tripadvisor "Certificate of Excellence" (May 2014) for their own cottage they run which sleeps 2.  For further details about Ian and Mag's cottage feel free to use the contact form on this site but please specify which property you're enquiring about. 
12-21 September 2017: "Have stayed in the Algarve many times, but this is the BEST!  Wonderful home from home and the extra benefits of the pool and tub.  Beautiful views and easy access both East and West.  Mags and Ian are perfect hosts with a great welcome hamper.  Peaceful and serene environment.  Bliss!"  Marti and Jo
29 August-4 September 2017:  "Thank you Mags and Ian for such a warm welcome.  We have had a fabulous time in this lovely place.  Apart from the lovely cottage and fab pool and hot tub, some of our highlights have included the markets at Loule and Olhao - the wonderful original grocery store at Loule, the warm and friendly service and beautiful venue at Lagar de Mesquita, the beautiful pink palace at Estoi, drinking coffee in local cafes....All in all our first trip to Portugal has been fantastic.  Stuart, Lisa and Ben 
"Lovely villa.  Lovely weather.  Spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife.  More than 40 bird species in and around the grounds.  Expect to double that at least when we return at the end of August.  Will never tire of watching the swallows (especially the "red-rumped's") divebomb the pool.  The Golden Oriole eluded every devious tactic to get it photographed, but again - expect to rectify that in Aug/Sept.  Mags and Ian deserve all the plaudits dished out by previous guests.   Best welcome pack we've had anywhere!  And our only two issues - a broken corkscrew and a broken boiler - were both dealt with promptly and with no fuss.  In summary - we grew more fond of Casa Violeta each day of our stay and will count the days to our return."  Mark and Chris, 28 May - 11 June 2014 
"Thank you once again for your help in making our stay in Casa Violeta so very pleasant. Peter and I enjoyed our fortnight there very much and had the perfect mix of total relaxation in the house, gorgeous pool, and surrounding countryside, and some interesting days out when we wanted to explore - we loved Tavira and taking the ferry from Santa Luzia to Praia da Terra Estreita; also Faro and the ferry to the Isla Deserta and Estamine restaurant (the article in the purple folder grabbed our interest for that). The markets were superb - we had a great Saturday in Olhao, enjoying the market and then a delicious cataplana lunch.

Casa Violeta is a beautiful holiday property, so well equipped, and I'm sure we will enjoy reminiscing about our lovely holiday in the coming autumn and winter months."
Sally and Peter, September 2013

"We have had a fantastic two weeks on our second visit here.  The peace and quiet, lovely setting and fantastic view are just what we needed...hope to be back next year.  Thanks to Ian and Mags for sorting everything out for us".  Gary, Anne, Josh and Georgia, August 2013

"What a beautiful villa, everything you could need is here.  A massive thank you to Ian and Mags.  The welcome surprises were a lovely gift.  We found the purple folder to be a must-have in the car and enjoyed all the restaurants mentioned.  Directions were spot-on.... had a fantastic holiday - we will definitely be back."  David, Eleanor and Amelia, July 2013
"A house and pool on top of a ridge in stunning countryside and a personal greeting from a Golden Oriole.  Days passed, swims swam, meals eaten and nothing to mar the sweet pace of this place."  Mike and Carole, May 2013

"A lovely week exploring this part of the Eastern Algarve.  We made the most of the first few days of lovely sunny weather by the pool, exploring the trails, enjoying the lovely scenery.  Thank you to Mags and Ian for making the Casa so welcoming and for their help and friendliness.  What a wonderfully tranquil place to recharge the batteries!  Lovely birdlife"  Liz and Bob, May 2013

"A well-needed break in very peaceful surroundings.  The house was everything we could have wanted.  We received a very warm welcome and were very grateful for our welcome goodies which left a trip to the supermarket not so immediate.  No fault could be found.  The best experience we have had in the Algarve.  Kids did not want to go home - we'll definitely try to come back".  Emma, Ben, Meaghan, Terry and Robert, June 2013

"A very pleasant first foray to Portugal. We have been fortunate to spend a week in such a comfortable house which is the perfect setting for us. Away from it all but not too isolated. We came seeking perfect peace and that's exactly what we have had during our stay at Casa Violeta. Thanks indeed to Mags and Ian for having the house made up and ready for our arrival and for the provisions in the welcome pack...Happy to recommend and will return soon"
Colin and Yvonne 31 March, 2013

"We have enjoyed our 10 days' stay in Casa Violeta and have been lucky to have had 9 days of blue skies and hot sunshine (especially after the lousy summer in England!). Highly recommend the fish and vegetable markets in Olhão, beach at Fuseta and "Pollo" restaurant in Sta Luzia. Also loved watching the buzzards hunting below in the valley and listening to the owls in the evenings. Many thanks to Ian and Mags for their attention and kindness"
Colin and Diana, October 2012

"Our first summer holiday with our baby...a perfect retreat in quiet tranquil surroundings. We enjoyed the stunning views and watching the sun set whilst barbecuing and drinking red wine. We can't thank Mags and Ian enough for their hospitality, they couldn't have been more accommodating and friendly if they'd tried. The welcome pack was formidable and just the ticket for tired souls. Very impressed with the lengths that had been gone to to make our baby son's stay a comfortable one." Dave + Esme, Sept 2012

"Our first trip to Portugal - a fantastic introduction. Casa Violeta was all we expected and more - a beautiful house in a beautiful setting. We enjoyed the wildlife including the aforementioned "aquabatic" swallows and martins and the hooting owl at night. The pool was perfect for adults and kids alike...many thanks to Mags who was the perfect hostess" Clive + Frances, Aug 2012

"Oh wow!! Came to recharge our batteries and Casa Violeta enabled us to do so by masses. We haven't done much - alternated 'at home' days with trips to the beach. Weather was fab - the whole place a peninsula of tranquility. Lots of time spent watching the swifts, swallows, housemartins drink from the pool - very aquabatic! It's so peaceful here - wish we could stay. Thanks Mags and Ian for a fab time - ideal hols - I'm sure we WILL be back" Sean + Lucy, July 2012

"Casa Violeta is a perfect home to stay in if you want to chill and take in the beautiful surroundings and the glorious weather. São Brás de Alportel is delightful and has many restaurants which are good value for money. The local supermarkets have everything you need and the quiet roads are a delight to drive on. A massive 'thank you' goes out to Mags who prepared the villa beautifully. A more than generous welcome pack was a complete lifesaver after a delayed flight and arriving tired, hungry and thirsty. We would definitely recommend Mags and Casa Violeta to all our friends." Iris, May 2012

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