2018 Guests




December 2018 – Peter & Anne Holmes, London (East»West Apt)

From our Guest  Book:Thank you for the free upgrade of the room, your hosting skills are second to none, the stay went too fast. But it has made us want to make our New Home in Portugal!! Thank you for everything. Happy Xmas, Peter & Anne, London S.W.20



November 2018 –Etienne et Carole, France (West Apt)

From our Guest  Book: 12 novembre/1er décembre 2018. Quelle meilleure façon de dire que le séjour était magnifique grâce à Isabel et Greg puisque nous reverons en novembre 2019. Carole et Etienne



November 2018 – Didier et Corinne, France (East Apt)

From our Guest  Book: Novembre 2018. Nous avons passé une agreable semaine chez vous en compagnie de ma soeur et mon beau frére, Carole et Étienne. Nous adorons vraiment venir au Portugal, et notamment en Algarve. C’est notre 3éme séjour ici. La cote est splendide. Nous avons fait de super balades. Merci beaucoup pour votre accueil. Vous étès adorables. Corinne et Didier



November 2018 – Floyd and Gudrun, USA (East Apt)


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October/November 2018 – Stefan and Andrea, Kiehl, Germany (West Apartment)

From our Guest  Book: 27 October-10 November. Dear Isabel, dear Greg. This was our second time at your lovely place. We really enjoyed our stay at the wonderful Algarve, coast and mountains. We also enjoyed the food, the wine, the beaches and the very friendly people – nice surprise to meet Gerald & Catherine again. Thank you for hosting us, thank you so much! Andrea & Stefan



October 2018 – André and Joke, Capelle a/o Yssel, the Netherlands (West Apartment)

From our Guest  Book: 2018 Oct 9-24. Isabel & Greg, Just as 3 years ago, we had a fantastic stay at Villa do Vale. It’s a great location near the Praia. we made a lot of trips, Tavira, Monchique, Foia, Armação and all was very nice. Also to do some things with ROTA DO PETISCO was a great idea from you. The Wine and Diner Restaurant was absolutely fabulous. Now it’s time to go home. This afternoon John & Monique will be flying back from Faro to Rotterdam. Wednesday we’re starting our 4 days traveling back home. Every day around 600Km, stops in Plasencia, Zarautz and Vaas. We had a lovely time, with sunny weather and sometimes company from Zorra. Thanks for an enjoyable stay, Sincerely, André and Joke.


John and Monique-Villa do Vale

October 2018 – John en Monique Schenk, Rotterdam, Holland (East Apartment)

From our Guest  Book: 23 Okt – Dear Isabel and Greg, We have enjoyed your hospitality and beautiful apartment, so we have had a fantastic holiday. Seen a lot and had nice weather. We wish you very much health and love. xxx Big hug John en Monique Schenk



October 2018 – Anne and Michael, Germany (Sunset Suite)

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Villa do Vale. Algarve. Portugal

September/October 2018 – Keith & Debbie, Manitoba, Canada (West Apt)

From our Guest  Book: 2018 Sep 26-Oct 3. Isabel & Greg, this is our first trip to Portugal. we purposely picked Portimão as our final destination to spend a relaxing week at Villa do Vale  (after a busy 3 weeks of cruising the Douro, sightseeing and lots and lots of walking in other parts of the country). We thoroughly enjoyed lounging by the pool, sitting in the garden, walking to the beach and generally taking it easy. It is so quiet and peaceful here. The weather was perfect – beautiful sunshine and blue skies every day. Thank you for your very warm and generous hospitality. We are very grateful for providing taxi service from/to the train station. Very much appreciated. The apartment is in a great location. Easy walking distance to super-markets, restaurants and Praia do Vau. Taking the bus to Alvor and Portimão was convenient. Thanks again for an enjoyable stay. Sincerely, Keith & Debbie, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


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September/October 2018 – Linda and Laura, Germany (East Apt)

From our Guest  Book: Dear Isabel and Greg, Thank you for the warm welcome and your kindness! Our stay at your house and your lovely garden has been really pleasant and enjoyable. Hope to see you again! Obrigado! Ciao! Linda and Laura xx



September 2018 – Bogdan and Anca, Romania (Sunset Suite)



September 2018 – John and Peta, UK (West Apt)


Carole and stephen - Villa do Vale - Sept 2018

September 2018 -Stephen and Carole, UK (East Apt)

From our Guest  Book: 22 Sept. 2018. another wonderful stay! Friendship, food, drink…Thank you so much for helping me unwind! Hope to see you again very soon. Love from Carol & Stephen xx



September 2018 – Barrie and Catherine, UK (Sunset Suite)



September 2018 – Graham & Hayley, UK (West apt)

From our Guest  Book: 1st-15th Sept ’18. Another wonderful relaxing 2 weeks (which actually feels a lot longer as we’re so relaxed!). Isabel & Greg, as always, the most fantastic hosts/friends. Already on count-down for Sept ’19! Graham & Hayley



September 2018 – Ian and Olga, Moscow, Russia (Sunrise Room)

From a private note: Thank you very much for your hospitality. Everything was really good, especially your breakfasts 🙂  We should leave now unfortunately, but we’ll remember this place and you. It was a pleasure to stay with you all this time. (…) Thanks a lot for everything. Ian and Olga



September 2018 – Xabier y Beatriz, Bilbao, España (East apt)


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September 2018 – Oksana e Eugénio, Estonia (Sunrise Room)


Villa do Vale, Algarve, Portugal

August 2018 – Cyrille and Hannah Bender, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany (Sunset Suite)



August 2018 – Carlos e Francisca, Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal (East Apt)


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August 2018 – Juan y Melania, Madrid (West Apt)



July/August 2018 -Eveline et Pascal, France (Sunset Suite)

Private message: Nous avons été accueillis très chaleureusement par Isabel et Greg Isabel nous a gâtés tout au long de notre séjour par des petits déjeuners beaux, délicieux, variés et faits maison que nous pouvions déguster sur la terrasse avec vue sur la mer et vue sur la montagne Beaucoup d’attentions et de discrétion en même temps Nous avons également profité de la piscine très bien aménagée au milieu d’une végétation luxuriante Séjour parfait


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July/August 2018– Laurent et Maty, Loire valley, France (East Apt) – second Summer at Villa do Vale!

From our Guest Book: le 09 Août 2018-Cette année nous partons avec un peu plus de tristesse que l’année dernière car nous ne savons pas quand nous reviendrons. Quoi qu’il en soit Isabel et Greg un grand merci pour toutes vos attentions qui sont énormes…votre gentillesse, votre sens d’accueil, votre générosité. Vous avez contribué à la réussite de nos vacances alors un grand merci … merci … Notre maison est grande ouverte pour vous accueillir si vous le souhaitez. Beijos à vous 2. Maty et Laurent


Villa do Vale August 2018

July/August 2018-Susanne Marks & Volker Schmidt, Switzerland (West Apt)

From our Guest Book: 21/07-08/08/2018 Dear Isabel and Greg, Thank you so much for your friendly and warm hospitality. We enjoyed our stay here in Portimão very much, so that our holiday was as relaxed as it should be. Besides the near beach and the locations around we mostly enjoyed the quietness here. Best wishes, Susanne & Volker



July 2018– Flavio Costa and Beth, UK (Sunset Suite)


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July 2018 –Rocio y Alejandre, Madrid (Sunrise Room)



July 2018 – Jorge y Tánia, Barcelona (Sunrise Room)



July 2018 – Brendan & Josie, Scotland  (West Apt)



2018 July – Gareth & Ruth, Manchester, U.K. (Sunset Suite)



2018 July – Silvie & David, U.K. (East Apt)

From our Guest Book: 19-07-18. Cari Isabel e Greg, Grazie mille per tutto! Muchas gracias por todo!:-) Thank you so much for everything! We have had an amazing time! Everything was perfect from the first day. You are a lovely couple 🙂 Thank you so much for allowing us to check out later! We have enjoyed the last time the pool! 🙂 Un Abbraccio, Silvie & David



2018 July -Nicky and Thijs, Holland (Sunrise Room) – Thijs is a skydiving aficionado!


Villa do Vale _ Michael and Kirsty 2018

2018 July – Michael & Kirsty, U.K. (Sunset Suite)

From our Guest Book: 15th July 2018 Lovely Isabel & Greg – Thank you so much for such an amazing week in your beautiful home. Your hospitality was second to none and the villa exceeded all our expectations. Thanks for all the great tips on places to eat and explore. We can’t wait to come back again because it really feels like home. We have honestly loved every minute especially the lemon curd, Michael won’t forget that any time soon! Thanks again, Kirsty & Michael









2018 July – Lazlo and Anastazia, Hungary



2018 July – Mirjam and Heddy, (Sunset Suite)

From our Guest Book: 26/07-06/07/2018 Dear Isabel & Greg, Thank you for making us feel so welcome! This week has gone so fast, but it was always a pleasure to return ‘home’. your place, our room, the breakfast, the roof terrace: everything is so lovely! Your generous hospitality is great! We really have had a wonderful time!! Best regards, Mirjam and her mom Heddy


Reynald et Émilie - Villa do Vale 2018 July

2018 July – Reynald et Émilie, Lille, France (Sunrise Room)


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2018 July – Johan and Anna, Sweden (West Apt)

From our Guest Book: 18.06..23-06.04 Dear Isabel and Greg – Thank you so much for your hospitality and friendly way of meeting us. we have loved our stay here, the first one, but maybe not the last one. The apartment is very agreeable and well located for different activities. We have enjoyed running or walking every morning, especially to Alvor. The evening our with some friends of yours was really nice and we do have to say that the lemon cake was one of the best ever eaten. Now we are going to Lisbon and looking forward to seeing you again. You will always be welcome to visit us in Sweden any time 🙂 Anna & Johan


Anna and Lukas at Villa do Vale-Algarve

2018 June – Lukas and Anna, Czech Republic

From our Guest Book: 29.06.18 Dear Isabel and Greg. Thank you for being the best hosts so far! Thank you for making the end ofour Portugal trip even more special. Huge THANKS for the must see tips! We hope to see you soon! (Maybe as guests in Prague) Anna & Lukas



2018 June – Karl and Lotta, Stuttgart, Germany

From a note: Thank you for the nice stay in your wonderful house! We really enjoyed our short stay here. Kind regards, Lotta & Karl



2018 June –Paul & Pam (West Apt)

From our Guest Book: 09/06/18-23/06/18 Hi Isabel & Greg. Cannot believe another year has passed since I last wrote you a note. We still love this apartment – it is “home from home” – we sleep late, walk for miles & Paul cleans the pool! Your hospitality & Friendship are second to none! Look forward to our fifth visit next year – 2019. Take care of each other. Lots of love, Pamela & Paul, Bearsden, East Dunbartonshire, Scotland


Saying farewell at Villa do Vale

2018 June – Katherine and Mike (East Apt) – another visit and looking forward to seeing them again in the Fall!



2018 June – Heinz & Bernada, Germany (Sunrise Room/Sunset Suite)



2018 June – Josie Dibnah (far left) brought a crowd to stay at villa do Vale!









2018 June – David & Rachael (Sunset Suite)


Ruth and Paul Harper and friends Carol and Paul Silvers

2018 June – Paul & Ruth Harper, Scotland (West Apt)

From our Guest Book: Dear Greg &Isabel. We have had a very enjoyable and much needed week in Portimão, albeit tooo short! Thanks mostly to you both and your lovely apartments. We will see you again next year, love Paul, Ruth, Paul & Carol (friends staying in Esta Apt)
















2018 June -Paul & Carol Silvers, Scotland (East Apt)

From our Guest Book: Dear Isabel and Greg. We have read the comments from your previous guests and cannot agree with them more. We have enjoyed our stay so very much. You two are so kind and thoughtful. Thank you so much for our brilliant holiday. Very much hope to see you again next year. Thank you so much. Carol & Paul


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2018 May/June – Gregg Poppen & Roxanne Abajian, USA (Sunrise Room)


Villa do Vale, Algarve, Portugal

2018 May/ June – Gabe and Deb Abajian and their daughter Delaney, USA (Sunset Suite)



2018 May – Patrick et Jacqueline, Belgium (West Apt)



2018 May – Ian & Nina, Brittany, France (East Apt)

From our Guest Book: 30/05/2018Gre & Isabel – Once again many thanks. We have had a wonderful holiday. Hope to see you again. Ian & Nina



2018 May -Ricardo Matos e Lolita, France (Apt East). Second generation Portuguese  re-discovering their heritage and loving it!



 2018 May – Marie-Eve and Annick, Belgium (West Apt). Marie-Eve has her daughter’s wedding next weekend! They started to enjoy a break away four years ago, as the they have the taxing job of teaching special needs/handicap children.

From our Guest Book: 4 Mai – 11 Mai 2018 Isabel & Greg, Merci pour votre accueil. Quelle belle découverte votre région. Votre appartement est trés bien situé. Quel endroit paisible. Annick Merci pour votre hospitalité, votre gentillesse et toutes vos petites attentions. Nous avons découvert des paysages magiques. Il y aurait encore tant à visiter … J’ai trouvé les habitants trés chaleureux, c’est tellement agrèable! Je recommanderai vivement votre appartement et votre si beau pays! Merci pour tout. Marie-Eve



2018 May -Joanna & Wojtek, Sorot, Poland (Sunset Suite). Visited Lisbon first, their daughter is engaged to a Spanish young man.

From our Guest Book: 02-05.05.2018 Dear Isabel, Greg & Zorra 🙂 Thank you for your hospitality, for delicious breakfast and home made marmalade! I love it! I feelin your house like at HOME, not house…everything here is beautiful and amazing. Three days, this is not enough to see everything in Algarve, so I hope, I come here soon! It was really nice to meet you and Greg and listen how he teaches music! Best regards, Joanna & Wojtek, Sorot/Poland


Villa do Vale May 2018

 2018 April/May – George & Helen, Scotland (West Apt). They both play golf … but didn’t bring their clubs this time.

From our Guest Book: 25 April – 2 May 2018 Isabel & Greg, Thanks for your personal touches from start to finish which made our holiday extra special. Your local dining knowledge was very welcome. Superb value. Our week with you was all too short. Best wishes and good health for the future. George & Helen, Scotland



 2018 April – Patrick Basquill and Joife, Ireland (East Apt)

From our Guest Book: 1/5/2018 Dear Isabella & Greg! Thank you so much for a fab week! Your personalities & generosity is what makes the place! P.S. the Orange Juice was fab! We will miss your beautiful garden. Love Joife & Patrick


Patricia and Jean-Pierre

2018 March/April – Jean-Pierre and Patricia Berrie, France (West Apt). Their second Winter at Villa do Vale! Jean-Pierre is a painter, she enjoys photography.



 2018 March – Pablo del Castillo López y Luisa Espejo Fleuri, Spain (East Apt. Both are good walker (‘senderos’) and enjoyed the coastal trails.

From our Guest Book: 30/03/2018 Gracias por la estadia en su hogar, todo muy bien, comfortable… precioso “Algarve” y sus arredadores. Muy agradable recorrer vuestro pueblo. Gracias por los pasteles y demás gift 🙂 !!! Pablo Y Luisa, España – Saludos y Suerte!!! bye and good luck.



2018 March – Tom & Liz  (Apt West)

From our Guest Book: 4th-25th March 2018. A most enjoyable stay in excellent accommodation – hospitality from Isabel and Greg, second to none. We look forward to a return visit soon. Will recommend Villa do Vale to all our family and friends. Thank you so much. Tommy & Liz Hill, Dunblane, Scotland.



2018 March – Derrick & Diana  (Apt East). They got married last year.

From our Guest Book: 7th-14th March 2018. Dear Isabel & Greg- Thanks for a wonderful stay in your beautiful home. It was an amazing experience for us. Loved the beaches, castle of silves. After 35 years I did it. Very nice. God bless you both, and the cat! Derrick & Di


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2018 January/February – Geoff & Janice, U.K. (Apt West)


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2018 February – Esther & Henk, Amsterdam (Apt East)


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2018 February – Esther & Taco, Wales (Apt East)

From our Guest Book: 7th February 2018. dear Isabel & Greg, Thank you for an amazing stay in your beautiful home! We never experienced such a well equipped apartment. everything was thought through. The Algarve in February is a beautiful place with lots of walking  opportunities. We enjoyed every minute of it!! And the wildlife is amazing too: dolphins, the monarch butterfly and a big variety of birds. We’ll definitely be back. If you ever come to wales, please visit us. Love, Taco & Esther


January 2018

2018 January – Robert and Muriel, Ireland (Apt East). They enjoyed a break from a numerous family.

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