The owner of this property requires a 25% down payment to reserve and full payment 90 days before check-in.
We spent a week in November in this very comfortable and well appointed villa. The rooms were spacious and had everything you needed for a relaxing time. The location on the hillside gives you great views which we also enjoyed on some lovely walks in the area. Going up to Foia (including the interesting local craft market at the top), Picota and also the hills above the old Convento was just what we were looking for. The old Convento above the town of Monchique is worth a visit in itself. See the Tripadvisor reviews. The villa was very clean and well managed. The local manager and cleaner do an excellent job. Nigel was also very helpful with local tips and suggestions. We walked up to O Luar da Foia restaurant three times for their amazing local food! Intermarche also had everything we needed for our hikes and dinners in the villa. Casa Vintage in town was also very nice. All in all, an excellent and high quality base from which to explore the Algarve, especially if you want to do some hiking.
The first thing that you immediately notice upon entering the villa are the spectacular views from every window, balcony, pool area and really just any place. They are truly breathtaking and we enjoyed them immensely during all of our stay. Villa Vida Nova is uniquely well-located – it's a quiet spot with just a few houses nearby, and yet it's a very short (5-10 minutes) drive to all the amenities of the Monchique town, most importantly the Intermarche. As Nigel noted, the Intermarche is indeed well-stocked – we never had to visit any other supermarket. There is a wide selection of wines, fresh meat for the grill, local cheeses, sausages, olives etc. You can also walk up the road to a couple of restaurants, and the beaches are about a 30-40 minutes drive away. We loved the design of the villa: the rooms are spacious, with high ceilings and large windows that let in a lot of light and fresh air. There is plenty of space for a big group of people, and still we as a couple felt cosy there. All the furniture and appliances are of high quality and in great condition. There is a large variety of cutlery, dishes, glassware etc, for anything you might need. It's the perfect place to relax and enjoy everything Portugal has to offer!
From booking to arrival, communication with Nigel was seamless and although we arrived slightly earlier than anticipated, we were welcomed by the maid and her son who were charming. The villa and garden are beautiful, complemented by a pleasant view down to the coast. Ideally situated for peace, seclusion and adventures; we enjoyed a wonderful week exploring Western Portugal and also time in and around the pool. There is much to see and do in the surrounding area, an abundance of restaurants and beautiful beaches to explore. The sunrises and sunsets are not to be missed, preferably enjoyed on one of the balconies with a coffee or drink in hand. As dog owners, we welcomed the attention of the adorable black lab living next door, who was very friendly and often came to the gate to greet us. However, as Nigel rightly advises, do not encourage the local cat; he was quite persistent, even biting my husbands ankle! Having stayed in many villas, we were impressed by the attention to detail in both the indoor and outdoor space. Our only gripe was the air con unit in the main bedroom but, having mentioned this to Nigel, it is being attended to. Overall, a fabulous week in a wonderful villa, to which I’m sure we will be returning in the very near future. Owners Reply: Thank you for your lovely review, Bev and I are thrilled that you had such a good time there, despite the cat encounter. Our airco technician found a huge wasps nest in the outside condenser so it is up and running again. We hope it will not be too long before you return. Again many thanks for choosing to stay at Villa Vida Nova.
Stayed here recently as a family and it has to be said this is a wonderful place to holiday. The Villa itself oozes quality and was a perfect place to unwind. The infinity pool and views to the coast are superb - and for us the walk into town was a good leg stretch as we attempted to burn off some of the calories. The area is blessed with nice restaurants to eat out and with scenic views to savour. We thoroughly enjoyed our time here and as the Villa is so well equipped and serviced we wanted for nothing. Thanks Nigel (and Mrs Nigel) for having us!
We had a fantastic week Villa Vida Nova. The house is beautiful and well equipped. The outside dining area with bbq is great. The most used feature for our week was the villas fabulous infinity pool, the kids really made good use of it. Highly recommend it. 5 stars