2017 Guests


2017 November – Carole et Etienne, France  (Apt West)

From our Guest Book: 10 au 20 novembre 2017  MERVEILLEUX. Nous avons passé 10 jours formidables. Isabel et Greg sont des hôtes comme je n’en ai  jamais rencontrés durant nos différentes vacances. C’était pour nous une découverte de l’Algarve si belle … Nous revenons 3 semaines en novembre 2018. MERCI. Carole / Etienne, Reims, “Champagne”, FRANCE


2017 November -John and Barbara Sumner (Apt East)

From our Guest Book: 10-17 November 2017  Dear Isabel & Greg, Thank you for such a lovely warm welcome, and for your thoughtfulness in the details that make the apartment so attractive and comfortable. We have had a lovely week here – the weather has been amazing – wall-to-wall sunshine every day! It has been a great base to explore the Algarve and particularly all the marinas with a view to possibly returning in our yacht “Tonic”. We also had a delightful visit to Silves & Monchique, and enjoyed the ‘Rampa’ restaurant with the complimentary “medronho” courtesy of your discount card! John & Barbara – Torquay, U.K.



2017 October/November – Margaret and Kevin McLaughlin, Canada (Apt West)




2017 October/November – Mike and Kathryn Thomas, U.K. (Apt East)

From our Guest Book: Dear Isabel & Greg, Once again, thank you for allowing Kathryn & I to stay in your little piece of heaven. We look forward to seeing you both again in June 2018. Mike & Kathryn, Oct+Nov 2017   –  9/11/17 Right up to our leaving day – how did you manage to power that light up in the sky? Great holiday – wether was fabulous. See you soon again. K&M


Ian & Nina

Ian (far left) and Nina (far right) with their son James, grandson and daughter-in-law

2017 October – Ian and Nina, Brittany (Apt East)

From our Guest Book: 25/10/2017  Greg & Isabel – Thanks once again for your excellent hospitality. We’ve had a wonderful holiday. Hope to be back! Ian & Nina


Villa do vale-Sunset Suite.2017.Oct.Edouard et Morgane

2017 October – Morgane & Edouard, Switzerland (Sunset Suite)


2017 Villa do Vale-Rob and Roz

2017 October – Rob and Roz Jones, Wales (West Apt)

From our Guest Book: “Foi fantástico conhecê-lo/conhecê-la” October 15th – 20th, 2017. To the lovely Isabel, Where do I start!! We have had the most relaxing break ever. Your home is beautiful and you are a fantastic host. Isabel I have never felt so well, I have never slept so much. We are going back to Wales feeling great. After only a five day break we cannot wait to return for a longer stay. We are sorry to have missed Greg., but will make sure we meet him next year. Thank you so much, until we meet again. Love Roz & Rob x x


Villa do Vale - Oct 2017. Stefan and Andrea

2017 October – Stefan and Andrea Voelzow, Germany



Villa do Vale-Gérard and Catherine Frasnay

2017 October – Gérard et Catherine Frasnay, Brittany, France (Sunset Suite)


Photo courtesy of Nijole

2017 October – Rob and Nijole Silyte, London (East Apt)

Another stay from this lovely couple – sunshine to recharge batteries. Thank you for staying again in our apartment!
From our Guest Book: 9/10/2017 Dear Greg & Isabel, Thanks for another lovely stay at your lovely home (pity we didn’t get to see you this time – hope you enjoyed your break?). The weather and the company helped us to a much-needed re-charge of our own batteries 🙂  Thanks again, Rob & Nijole



2017 September – Eric et Monique, Bordeaux, France (East Apt)

From our Guest Book: 29/09/2017 Chers Isabel et Greg, Merci pour votre acceuil chaleureux et  votre convialité – vous vivez dans um pays magnifique ou nous reviendrons avec plaisir. Monique et Eric


Saulius and Ruta. Sept 2017

2017 September – Saulius and Ruta, Klaipèda, Lithuania (Sunset Suite)

From our Guest Book: Dear Isabel and Greg, First of all, we would like to thank YOU so much for having us in your absolutely lovely home. From the beginning YOU were so friendly and kind. Portugal is so wonderful. We love it! Hope YOU will visit Lithuania again, nd don’t forget KLAIPÈA. Ruta and Saulius


2017 September – Paul & Lisa Chapell, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.A. (West Apt)

From our Guest Book: Sept 19-26, 2017 Dear Isabel & Greg, We couldn’t have picked a better location and atmosphere for our 15th wedding anniversary. your apt is perfect and you are both great to to visit with! The Best, really. the perfect weather – sunshine & low 80’s – everyday! What more could you ask for. We spent time on the beaches, time chilling with a glass of wine in your gorgeous garden, and some great visits to Monchique, Foia – the mountain and the village of Sagres, including the Fort there. Thanks for your company, ideas of places & restaurants and all the extra special things you do! Hope to see you many more times! Paul & Lis C. (U.S.) Kansas City, Missouri


2017 September – Sergiu & Ariane, Vienna, Austria (Sunset Suite)

From our Guest Book: Dearest Isabel, Greg & Zorra.  They say ‘there’s no place like home’, but we definitely felt like home during the past days.  Your attention to the details, the warmth that the three of you spread, made us remember the days that we spent at our parent’s home…as their children 🙂  If there would be a prize for the best hosts, the first would be by far acquired by you.  Thank you for all the nice talks, recommendations and laughs…it was great! See you soon again! Ariane & Sergiu P.S. When in Vienna, let us know, we have our recommendations



2017 September – Graham & Gina, Lake Como, Italy (Sunset Suite)

From our Guest book: Thank you Isabella & Greg for making us feel so welcome. (especially for looking after me when poorly). this was our first visit to Portugal and would love to come back again and explore some more. The Suite worked well for us, spacious and comfortable. We were also lucky with beautiful weather! Many thanks, Graham & Gina



2017 September – Paul & Ruth (West Apt)

Dear Isabel & Greg, Another lovely holiday! Sun, sea & pool – plenty for us. Thank you for all the extra little touches, including visits from Zorra & Joey. See you next year. Paul & Ruth.



2017 September – Deborah and Sinclair Houston (East Apt)

From our Guest Book – 17/09/2017 Dear Isabel & Greg, We’ve had another lovely holiday in your lovely apartment. Enjoyed eating out at the new local restaurant! Been to Silves and explored a bit more of Portimão city this year – visiting museum (worth a look), Mrina and river area. Thanks for all your kindness. Very best wishes, Deborah & Sinclair



2017 September – Josh and Ellie (Sunset Suite)

From our Guest Book – Dear Isabelle and Greg, We can’t thank you enough for your hospitality whilst staying in the sunset suite. Our stay has just been perfect. Your home is idyllic and there is nothing that hasn’t been covered or thought of! We will definitely be recommending it – we only wish we could have stayed longer! thank you for the restaurant recommendations – they’ve all been divine! thanks again!Josh and Ellie  P.S. Thank you for the birthday cake – we loved it!


2017 September – Marie and Daniel, Germany (Sunset Suite).



2017 August – Margit and Anna Kreimer, Germany (Sunset Suite). Mother and daughter visiting the Algarve and Alentejo. Unforgettable conversation on riding horse and writing!



2017 August – Graham and Hayley Thompson, Corby UK (Apt West)

From our Guest Book: 19th Aug – 2nd Sept 2017  Dear Greg & Isabel (Zorra & Joey!). Our second year to Portimão, albeit in the West apartment this year! Another wonderful holiday, with yourselves as amazing hosts and a fantastic place to relax and recharge our very tired batteries! Looking forward to next year already! We shop, they golf! 😉 Take care and stay in touch. Much love from Hayley & Graham, Corby, N’hants, UK




2017 August- Laurent et Maty, France – Loire region (East Apt)

From our Guest Book: le 31.08.2017  Chers Isabel et Greg, Lors de notre passage chez vous nous avons rencontré 2 belles personnes très sympathiques. Nous avons adoré le portugal et sourtout la belle région de l’Alvor. Les portugais sont tellement accueillants, souriants, que nous avons décidé de revenir l’année prochaine. Votre accueila été très chouette!!! Merci encore pour votre hospitalité … Nous partons avec le sourire et à l’année prochaine. On vous embrasse bien fort. Cordialement. Maty et Laurent


Villa do Vale_AUG 2017 (2)

2017 August – Dmitry and Nelly (Russian), living in Germany (Sunset Suite)

From our Guest Book:

Thank you note from Dmitry and Nelly_AUG 2017


2017 August – Laura Pasquier et famille, France (House) – the entire family took back wonderful, healthy tans!



2017 July/August – Sara (Italian) and Gabriel (French), living in London (East Apt)

From our Guest Book: 5.08.2017 Hi Isabel & Greg, It has been a real pleasure being your guests. Thank you so much for the lovely chats, the little attentions and the hospitality. 10 days of holidays in Portimão are gone, but we will keep a good memory of it thanks to you. we wish you all the best and we will think about you to warm up a bit a cold London. a big hug, Sara & Gabriel



2017 July/August – Jenny and Jean-Claude Lavaud, France (Sunset Suite)

From our Guest Book: Dear Isabel & Greg. Thank you so much for all your help and kindness during our stay with you. The breakfast was great – the best we’ve had so far whilst staying with the locals. Great advice for restaurants too. Thanks a million, Jenny & Jean-Claude Lavaud, France


2017 July/August – M & E  (West Apartment)

From our Guest Book: Dear Isabel & Greg. We have had a wonderful time in your little paradise. Your kindness made us feel welcome and at home, just like you wanted us to feel during our stay. Thank you for being like you are: warm, friendly, honest, trusting … sincerely yours, M & E, Germany


2017 July – the Attevelt family, Holland (House) – Grandparents Anneke and Jan, parents Frans and Esther and daughters Amy and Mea. The nicest, cheerful and considerate family – thank you for leaving the house better than you found it!

From a note: Dear Greg& Isabel, the restaurant A Lota was great. The fish was delicious! A good recommendation! We enjoyed the villa & surroundings. thanks you for your hospitality! Kind regards, family Attevelt



2017 July – David & Karen Meakin (East Apartment)



2017 July – Brendan & Josie, Western Scotland (West Apartment) – is this your 13th time in Villa do Vale?

From our Guest Book: 30/6/17-14/7/17 Dear Isabel & Greg, Well, what can I say! Another fantastic holiday – over far too soon. Thank you again for your very generous hospitality. It really makes our stay here extra special. As usual, we go home suitable refreshed and looking forward to the next one. Look after yourselves and we’ll keep in touch. Love, Josie & Brendan (Irvine, Scotland)


2017 July Villa do Vale_David and Sharon

2017 July – Paul & Sharon, Wales (Sunset Suite)

From our Guest Book: Dear isabel & Greg, We cannot thank you enough for making our holiday so special. your hospitality, friendship & company were second to none and from the moment we began our holiday our 10 day stay with you has been an absolute pleasure. Thank you both so very much. We would love to return in the future and would like to return the favour should you ever wish to visit wales. Many thanks & best wishes. Sharon & Paul



2017 June – Alec & Ruth Orr, Eastern  Scotland (East Apt)

From our Guest Book: Dear Greg & Isabel 02/07/2017 A million thanks to both for a wonderful holiday again in your beautiful, welcoming home. Just the tonic Alec was needing – weather & your hospitality have been perfect! Can’t believe how quickly the time has passed. Isabel – you just make our day with your laughter and chat!! So looking forward to coming back. Love, Alec & Ruth xx


2017 June – Christian & Sandra from Koln, Germany (Sunset Suite)

From our Guest Book: Dear Greg and Isabel, Thanks for having us in your house. From the beginning you were so kind and friendly. Thanks for making us as comfortable as possible. We had a great time in your house. Best regards, Christian & Sandra



2017 June – Paul & Pamela Bearsden (West Apt)

From our Guest Book: 09/06/2017 – 23/06/2017 Another two weeks over too quick! we just love coming to your beautiful home and sharing your hospitality. the apartment is perfect and has everything required to cook a lovely meal. Thank you for all the lifts you gave us – especially when you saw us sweltering at the bus stop! Here’s to June 18 when we meet again. Lots of love, Pamela & Paul Bearsden, Scotland
From a Thank You Card: 23 June 2017 – Dear Isabel & Greg. Thank you again for another wonderful two weeks at your apartment. Every time we come here it feels more like home!  (apart from the weather). Look forward to seeing you next year! Lots of love, Pamela & Paul



2017 June – David & Debbie Ash (East Apt) – What a heat wave! We reached 44º!

From our Guest Book:  Thank you for making our first holiday in Portugal so special. The apartment had everything we needed and your kindness & generosity wasappreciated throughout our stay.  We have enjoyed exploring the Algarve – Portimão, Vau, Rocha, Alvor, Lagos, Carvoeiro, Benagil, Marinho, Silves, Monchique, Sagres, Cape St. Vincent & Luz, and plan to return next year. wishing you continued success, happiness & health. Debbie & David, Towcester, Northants



2017 June – Owen & Nickie (East Apt) – Celebrating their anniversary, enjoying the little grill and sunbathing.

From email:  ‘A lovely relaxing part of the Algarve, in a great location. We enjoyed lazy days, walks on the beach and the odd BBQ! thanks for letting us stay, would recommend the spot to friends if they are looking to go to Portugal’



2017 May – Mateusz Wieczorek & Sofy, Sweden (Sunset Suite)

From our Guest Book: Thank you so much for everything, you guys really made us feel at home and we would love to come back here next time we vi



2017May – Julian & Alicia Norris (West Apt)

From our Guest Book: Had a great time. Your apartment is very comfortable and well equipped. Thanks for being lovely hosts. We hope to return next year sometime.   All the best.   Julian & Alison,   Glasgow, Scotland,  17th May – 31st May 2017



2017 May – Patrick et Jacqueline, Belgique (East Apt)

De notre livre d’or: Nous avons passés une semaine trés agréable et serons bien restés plus longtemps. Le Portugal est un trés beau pays accueillant, les portugais sont trés aimables. Beaucoup de qualités que pourraient étre prises en exemples dans d’autres pays. Nous avons voyagés de l’est au nord et l’ouest pour finir au sud. Notre opinion est trés favorable. Nous esperons revenir. Merci de votre accueil. 27/05/2017



2017 May – Mike & Katherine Thomas (West Apt) – Revisiting the Algarve 😉 only three grey days … the rest they enjoyed sunny, clear skies. No cooking, no dishwhashing – true vacation.



2017 May – Mariusz & Loyola, London ( East Apt) – used our BBQ every day in the evening.



2017 May – Jasper & Judith, Holland (Sunset Suite) – Our Dutch guests enjoyed our BBQ every day!



2017 April – Jean-Calude et Eliane Policon, France (West Apt)

De St. Martin D’Estreaux est venu le plus beau couple français à la retraite – dans la plus grande forme physique. Ils ont fait tous les jours de cours, de longues distances, comme aller à Sagres et en arrière, aller à Tavira et revenir jusqu’à Monchique. Ils ont vu toute l’Algarve et tous les jours étaient une journée ensoleillée.

From St. Martin D’Estreaux came the nicest retired French couple – in the greatest physical form. They cycled everyday … long distances like going to Sagres and back, going to Tavira and back, up to Monchique. They saw the entire Algarve and every day was a sunny day.

From our Guest Book: 3 Mai 2017 – Isabel et Greg,   Depuis votre appartement idéalement situé en Algarvenous avons pu visiter toute la côte … à vélo. Nous avons pu profiter de l’extrème amabilité de nos hôtes qui de leur cotés ont pu améliorer leur français…  Nous garderons un excellent souvenir de notre séjour. Nous vous disons à bientôt.  Eliane et Jean-Claude


2017 April – Steven & Carole Wagstaff (East Apt)

Great to see again Carole and Steven, golf aficionados (playing pretty much every day!). Only one day of rain this time! They went back to heavy-duty house refurbishing.



2017 April – David & Elizabeth Young, California, U.S.A. (East Apt)

From their Thank You card: Although we explored all over Lisbon and crossed Morocco from Marrakesh to Essaourin, I think both of us agree that this was the favorite part of our honeymoon. From the fantastic beaches and delicious meals to all the friendly people in and around Portimão, we’ll never forget this place – but that’s mostly thanks to you two. I can’t tell you how nice it was to spend a week in your company. the coffee in the morning, the ice crem at night, and all the chats we had in between – it’s really been a delight meeting and getting to know you. Thank you so much for letting us stay with you these past few days. If you ever want to find a free place to stay in SF, our door is open. David
Isabel & Greg,  I can’t thank you enough for your hospitality this past week. It has definitely been the most relaxing part of our trip! I LOVE the Algarve and especially Portimão. Thank you very much for opening your home to us. I’ve enjoyed our time together greatly.  Elizabeth



2017 April – Tim & Diane Anderson, Canada (West Apt)

From our Guest Book: April 11-18/2017   – Thank you both so much for your hospitality. We had a wonderful week exploring & at the end of the day it was lovely to come back to beautiful surroundings. Would recommend highly. Tim & Diane Anderson,      St.John’s, Newfoundland, Canada


2017 April – Roger & Ann Harding (East Apt) – Until recently, they owned a place near the lighthouse in nearby Carvoeiro village. They know the Algarve quite well and come back for a visit, Praia do Vau being one of their favorite beaches.

From email: We very much enjoyed our stay at Vila Vale,appreciating not only the outdoor facilities but also the quality of the bed linen,the towels and all the other small items you provided in the apartment. We found everything spotlessly clean and would certainly recommend it to friends. Our sincere regards,  Ann and Roger Harding


2017 April – Amy & Kristian Geiger, Colorado, U.S.A. (Sunset Suite)

From Denver, Colorado, U.S.A. – exploring the Algarve to come and resettle as part of their early retirement plan. Loving the coast, sights, kind people and good food.

From our Guest Book: April 8, 2018 – Palm Sunday. What a beautiful way to celebrate the day our Lord Jesus rode into Jerusalem. We rode into Portimão and we were so welcomed and had such a lovely time! Your town is beautiful, the ocean is magnificent and the conversation with you, Isabel & Greg was so much appreciated and enlightening 😉 You are living your dream and we hope to follow suit here in Portugal sooner rather than later! We love your B&B 🙂 Thank you!


2017 April – Jean-Pierre et Patricia Berrié, Versailles, France (West Apt)

We had the pleasure of having over Jean-Pierre Berrié, oil painter. Their first time to beautiful Algarve – and already planning their next year stay! Clear skies and sunshine every day make a difference.


2017 March – Mark & Julie Druce (East Apt)

From our Guest Book: 11th March- 18th march 2017      Isabel & Greg – Thank you for your hospitality. We have had a wonderful relaxing week. The weather tried but didn’t spoil anything for us. We won’t hesitate to recommend the apartment & the area.  We hope to return next year. Many thanks,  Marks & Julie,   Exeter, Devon


2017 March – Veronica & Gordon Glover – Beautiful weather, Summer weather!


2017 February/March – Barbara & John Maddison (West Apt)

What a pleasure to have such nice ‘neighbours’. Perfect weather for some rounds of golf too! Thank you both 😉

From our Guest Book: This was our 1st long stay holiday (1 month) to escape the English winter and it has proved to be a winner as the weather has been very kind to us and our apartment has been everything that we hoped for, Isobel & Greg have been absolutely perfect hosts with their kindness and eagerness to help and assist us to make our stay a welcome experience. thanks again. you have been 1st class! Kind regards from Barbara & John,  Newcastle Upon Tyne


Our new patio in front of East Apartment. Sunshine in February!



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