2016 Guests

Praia do Vau (2)

Praia do Vau – the neighborhood beach

2016 December/January 2017 – Tom and Berni O’Leary

Tom and Berni decided to spend Christmas (cooking turkey!) and New Year’s in Southern Portugal and chose Villa do Vale for their stay. They had sunny days every day and enjoyed long walks. A pleasure to have them!



2016 October/November – Kevin and Margie Sell

Several weeks and still sunny! I think Kevin and Margie enjoyed their golf time in the Algarve.

From our guest book.

Oct. 8 – Nov. 15

Thank you for being such wonderful hosts. You made us feel very welcomed. We greatly enjoyed the apartment. it is in a great location for everyone’s needs from the golf course, shopping and beaches. The people that we met from other countries and the locals have been very friendly.

Kevin  & Margie Snell

Lacombe, Alberta – Canada


2016 November – East Apt – Chris and Hazel Turner

Just the nicest couple – eager to explore the area, out and about everyday, driving to Monchique, Silves, seeing the coastal towns, etc. Never made it to the West coast … perhpas next time.

From our guest book:

We have had such a lovely week here in your brilliantlyequipped apartment east. thank you for thinking of everything – we wanted for nothing!

Our first ever trip to Portugal, we have had amazing sunny, warm days & have so enjoyed visiting a different pretty place each day.

Bracing ourselves for a drop in temperature of about 10º tomorrow on our return to the UK. Definitely need to make a trip to Portugal a regular occurance!

Many thanks, Hazel & Chris


2016 October – East Apt – Lindsey and Rebecca Bolling

From our guest book:

Rainy -stormy Portugal visit it is true – but you two can brighten up anyone’s life with your love for family + friends far + wide. Thank you for a lovely meal together + great conversation + assistance w/our travel plans. We hope to see you soon in Oregon or Portugal.

Rebecca & Lindsey Bolling

Ashland/Medford OR


2016 September – West Apt – The Leighs

Ian and his dolphin-loving wife, Diane,  had a great time celebrating their anniversary – and a great trip on catamaran to see they play out in the open sea. The weather was excellent and they kept busy exploring the area (the beach was still too crowded – tough to find a parking space!).

From their email:

It was a pleasure to spend a week in your beautiful home and we were very impressed by the apartment and the fittings, there was nothing that I would add.
As far as improvements are concerned if you could move the apartment
slightly nearer the beach, but seriously I think you offer a great
apartment and the quiet cut de sac with adequate parking is a perfect
I am sure the next time we visit Portugal we will check if the
apartment is free.


2016 September – East Apartment – Katie and Ollie

Dear Isabel & Greg,

Thank you for a fabulous flat and a fabulous holiday! We so enjoyed it. Best wishes,

Katie & Ollie



2016 September – Sunset Suite – Gil and Mieke Elsken

From our gues book:

(…) So happy to show Gil why I always love to come to Villa do Vale. To me it always feels like coming home. Thank you so much for your hospitality and friendship.

Lots of love from Mieke and Gil


2016 September – Paul and Ruth Harper

We were happy to welcome back Ruth and Paul – all the way from Lowestoft,  Scotland. Just great to have their happy faces around 😉 This time they invited along Ruth’s sister and brother-in-lawto stay in our East Apartment. What fun!

From our guest book:

Greg & Isabel,

We have had our much needed holiday with sun, pool and the beach. The apartment is wonderful. Thanks for everything, see you next year!

Paul & Ruth Harper


2016 September – Deborah and Sinclair

A truly nice couple, Deborah being Ruth’s sister – this time the two couples made the place their own and had a blast. Loved seeing them enjoy every corner of our property.

From our guest book:

13 Sept 2016

Very enjoyable week, relaxing by the pool and trips to town and Alvor. Flat very comfortable with everything we needed. The extras from Greg & Isabel were welcome addition. would like to return and explore more of the region. Enjoyed our visits from Zorra & Joey.

Thank you!

Deborah and Sinclair

Glasgow, Scotland


2016 September – Rob and Nijole

A great couple – just enjoying themselves and the sunshine, especially after a grey UK summer – Nijole is from Lithuania and Rob is British – great to talk to them, as we have travelled to Lithuania and loved it!

From our guest book:

31/08/2016-07/09/2016. Thank you for everything. We have had a lovely week. Lounging by the pool, walking to the beach and generally taking it easy. This is a lovely apartment in a great location. Your hospitality really makes it special. It was lovely to meet you and we hope we do so again.

Thanks again,

Rob & Nijole


2016 August/September – Marc et Isabelle Fauquet

Désireux de voir l’Algarve, ce  énergétique couple français est allé à Faro, Albufeira, Sagres, Lagos, Silves et jusqu’à la montagne Monchique témoin du début de l’instant d’un incendie qui a duré deux jours dans la chaleur de l’été. En venant du nord de la France, près de Calais et du Chunnel sous la Manche, ils ont apprécié le soleil et un ciel clair de cette région. Ils étaient joyeux, positif et grands clients. Souhaitant beaucoup de jours ensoleillés à venir.

Eager to see the Algarve, this energetic French couple went to Faro, Albufeira, Sagres, Lagos, Silves and up to Monchique mountain witnessing the start of yet a fire which lasted a couple of days in the heat of the Summer. Coming from the north of France, near Calais and the Chunnel, they appreciated the sun and clear skies of this region. They were cheerful, positive and great guests. Wishing many sunny days ahead.

From our guest book:

Le 05/09/2016

Chère Isabelle et Greg

Nous avons passé une semaine de rêve dans votre région l’Algarve, plage et panorama subblime. Votre gentillesse a nous renseigner pour découvrir le Portugal donne envie de revenir. J’espere vous revoir bientôt. Isabelle et Marc. France, Pas-de-Calais. Vive l’Algarve. Bisous.


2016  August – Matt and Kayla

A young couple who knew how to relax by the pool and explore the area. I wonder about the dolphin watching trip?

From our guest book:

19th – 28th August 2016

Greg and Isabel

We have had a fantastic time in Portimão!!! The sunshine, food and people ere all so amazing, but were nothing as the apartment. It’s BRILLIANT. Stocked with everything you need and more.

Thank you both such a warm welcome, we enjoyed our stay so much and will be returning.

Matt and Kayla

2016  August – Graham and Hayley

From central Midlands of the UK came this sweet couple who just relaxed by the pool for the first days and soaked in the sun. Greg found much to talk with Graham as he’s an avid golf player. They spent their time bathing in the warm ocean water of praia do Vau, daily going down hill … and up hill, before negotiating our hill, stopping at the café for coffee and brandy. I meant them one time, during my afternoon beach walk at the end of the day, sitting on the esplanade, admiring the ocean and sunset. Hope to see them again!
From our Guest Book:

Our first few days we spent by the pool, to start the unwinding process. The rest of the time we spent at the local beach to continue our relaxing holiday.

We’ve had the most wonderful time along with the welcoming hospitality of Isabel & Greg (+Zorra+Joey!). This was meant to be a holiday to re-charge our batteries and has certainly done the trick! We will e back!

Graham & Hayley Thompson

Corby, Northaws, UK


2016  July/August – Tony and Geraldine

Another couple from Ireland! They biked and ran all over the place, every day! They know how to explore the area and how to relax. We enjoyed their optimism and ‘joie de vivre’ – happy smiles and cheerful faces. A pleasure.

From our Guest Book:

15th July to 5th August

Dear Isabel & Greg,

We had a wonderful holiday in Portimão!

Thank you both so very much for the hospitality. The treats at the door were so thoughtful of you! We really appreciated it.  🙂

Every Good Wish to you both

Geraldine and Tony


2016 July – María Diaz y Micael

From Cordoba, Spain arrived the nicest young couple, driving the five hours to get here and enjoying late dinners in our BBQ under the stars. They were busy exploring (going to Olhos d’Água and Benagil) but also took their time around the pool. Ho to see them again!


2016 July – John and Deirdre Scott

Staying in our East Apartment, John and Deirdre spent their time mostly at the beach – they took home to Ireland a healthy tan. Thank you again for the white ‘Alvor” 😉


2016 July – Josie and Brendan

Since 2010, our Scottish friends came to spend another chillaxed fortnight. It was HOT (40º) and it went too fast.

From our Guest Book:


Greg & Isabel

What can I say- another fantastic too quick fortnight with our good friends.

The added bonus of course was Portugal winning the football (European Cup)!!!

Thank you both for your usual kindness & hospitality – not forgetting the trips we went on with you.Looking forward to seeing you again very soon!

All our love & best wishes

Josie & Brendan


2016 June -Paul and Pamela Paterson

This is Pamela and Paul’s second time to Villa do Vale … and they’ve already booked for next year! Wonderful sunny days … two weeks of long walks and swimming in the pool … and an overnight trip to Lisbon. Great to see him again. Hope for a good summer back in Scotland!

From our Guest Book:


Dear Isabel & Greg

Thank you again for another wonderful holiday!

Two weeks of wall to wall sunshine.

apartment has everything – could live in it for ever.


Pamela & Paul

Bearsder (Scotland)


2016 June – Claude et Véronique du Pas de Calais

From our Guest Book:

Arriée Pays trés joli la côte étant réservée aux plagistes trées bon accueil d’Isabel et de Greg, ils sont trés attentionnés.

Merci à tous les deux.


Claude et Véronique


2016 May/June – David and Gill Gilderdale

From our Guest Book:

1st May to 8th June 2016

Dear Greg and Isabel

Well, although we had to wait a very long year to return to Villa do Vale to recharge our batteries after 5 1/2 of rest and fun, it was well worth the wait!! (…)

Blue skies and warm sunshine gave us the opportunity to enjoy some spectacular new and old coastal walks.!

A special thank you to you Greg for making sure that I got to play plenty of golf so that once again I could enjoy your company along the way!

When we first visited in 2011 little did we know that by 2016 we would have made such special friends who we hope will remain a part of our lives for many years to come.

We will now look forward to when the four of us meet again in 2017. Keep smiling!
With much love,

David and Gill


at Quinta do Morgado da Torre

2016 May – Karen Pitcher

From our Guest Book:

Dear Isabel & Greg,

(…) The beauty of your Algarve is only topped by your generous hospitality! Thanks for taking such good care of me – gimpy knee and all. (…)


Karen Pitcher, Alaska, U.S.A.


visiting Quinta do Morgado da Torre

2016 May – Jim How

From our Guest Book:

Many thanks for the stay with Karen. so nice to be around such nice people in such a good place. A complete pleasure to be given opportunity to meet you. If you’re over where I live please look me up. You have a place to stay there.

Jim How – Montana, U.S.A.


John and Amanda Whittington

Amanda and John Whittington

2016 April – Amanda and John

John and Amanda had a beautifully sunny week allowing good use of the pool.  Amanda said that the water temperature was close to the air temperature, so it was very pleasant.  They enjoyed our new sitting space to its fullest; leisure morning breakfast and reading time under the umbrella.   John is an engineer working in the field of carbon fiber, very interesting, indeed.   Both Amanda and John had a keen interest in the garden.  They must have a gorgeous garden of their own.   We hope to see them again.   We have a sneaky feeling that they just might be returning to the Algarve sometime soon.

Ian and Nina Mc Neil

Ian and Nina McNeil

2016 April – Ian and Nina

Ian and Nina returned after a skip year.   They are a bright and cheery couple who bring their own sunshine with them. Their two week stay which included a little bit of rain and wind, didn’t dampen their spirit and at least a week’s worth of sun made up for the gray skies those first few days.

From our Guest Book:

15/04/2016  —  29/04/2016

A return visit for us, but this time for two weeks.  Thoroughly enjoyed our stay.  Weather did not quite meet expectations for our first week but we still found lots of things to do.  Second week made up for it.  and sunshine all the way!  Greg and Isabel the usual genial hosts, always there for help and information.  I’m sure we will return.  Many thanks.

Ina & Nina McNeil  –  Brittany, France

2016 April   –  Jacques and Martine

From our Guest book:

Avril 2016  –  Très belle région l’Algarve à refaire. Semaine aréable, séjour réussi.

Cordialement à vous deux.

Jacques et Martine Paillé

2016 March/April  –  Gary and Lynda

From our Guest Book:

22 Mar – Apr 13, 2016

Isabel & Greg

We very much enjoyed our stay.  The apartment met all our needs and we did some cooking which was a nice break from eating out.  We enjoyed walking the beaches and using this as our home base for our adventures  –  Sagres, Monchique, silves, Acoultim, etc.

You were both very helpful and caring.

All the Best

Gary and Lynda Toffelmire.

High River, Alberta, Canada

2016 Feb   –  Andrew and Cilla

From our guests book:

We had a comfortable stay here and enjoyed the gardens and local area.

Thank you.

Andrew and Cilla Robertson

Salisbury UK

2016 January/February

Fred and Shirley are world travelers from the state of Maine, USA and stayed in the west apartment a little over a month.  Amazingly they walked everywhere, not needing a car and became very adept at using the local transport system.  The beach, Alvor, Portimão and along the river were explored on a regular bases.

From Our Guest Book:

Isabel & Greg, 

You made our stay great.  Most accommodating and helpful.  Enjoyed our little apt.  Well stocked and nicely decorated.  Location was great for walking to beach and bus into town.

We were very comfortable, cozy, and warm.

Best to you both,

Shirley & Fred Bull

Maine, USA

2016 Feb   –  Andrew and Cilla

From our guests book:

We had a comfortable stay here and enjoyed the gardens and local area.

Thank you.

Andrew and Cilla Robertson

Salisbury UK

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