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2019-2020

September 2020 – Hayley & Graham, United Kingdom (West Apt)

From Guest Book: 18th September 2020 (5-19th sept 2020 » 5th year of visiting!) Dear Isabel & Greg, So, another wonderfully relaxing holiday for us, tinged with a little sadness, as the plans we had for our second week, were scuppered by COVID-19 backlash. (last minute quarantine announcement by UK Government and family unable to work @ home on return). anyway! Onwards and upwards and we’re all already looking forward to september 2021. Many thanks as always, for your hospitality and friendship. Keep in touch, stay safe and we shall see you next year, all being well. Big hugs, Hayley & Graham x x

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September 2020 – Thorsten and Anandi, Germany (Sunset Suite/Sunrise Room)

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September 2020 – Sophie and Max, Germany (East Apt)

 20/09/10 Dear Isabel, Dear Greg, we are so glad we decided to visit your pleasant domicile here in Portimão. your hospitality can not be beaten. Please stay as you are! There is only one downside: We are addicted to your figs and guava jam now. PLEASE SEND US MORE!!!  🙂 Sophie & Max

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September 2020 – Andrea et Carenten, Lyon, France (Sunset Suite)

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August 2020 – Ruben en Yentl, The Netherlands (West Apt)

From Guest Book: 2 September 2020. Dear Isabel and Greg. We can’t thank you enough for this amazing week. you’ve been so good to us and thanks to you we had the chance to discover the Algarve to the fullest. We enjoyed every minute of our stay. Thank you for making this a holiday to remember. Best, Yentl en Ruben (Holland)

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August 2020 – Jesper en Moïra, The Netherlands (East Apt)

From Guest Book: 1-09-20  Dear Greg and Isabel/Maria 🙂  We had a wonderful time in this apartment. You’re such loving people and hosts. We would recommend this place anytime. We will be back for sure when we visit the Algarve again. Please keep sending the positive vibes! Moïra and Jesper

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August 2020 – Florian et Jessy, Brest, Bretagne, France (West Apt)

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August 2020 -Shiwa and Marco, Strasbourg, France (Sunset Suite)

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August 2020 – Nuno, Lisbon, Portugal (Sunrise Room)

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August 2020 – Bertrand et Claire, Lille, France (East Apt)

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August 2020 – Marius and Amanda, Norway (Sunset Suite)

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August 2020 – Waldemar, Frankfurt, Germany (West Apt)

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August 2020 – Judith y Lidia, Barcelona, Spain (Sunrise Room)

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Agosto 2020 – Francisco e Inês, Lisboa-Portugal (East Apt)

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August 2020 – Thomas and Fifih, Munich, Germany (Sunset Suite)

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Agosto 2020 – Tiago e Ângela, de Constância, Portugal (East Apt)

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July / August 2020 – Maty et Laurent, Loire valley, France  (West Apt) and Marie-Luce et Edith (Sunrise  Room)

From Guest Book: 6 Août 2020 – Isabel et Greg, Nous ne savons comment vous remercier pour votre hospitalité, votre gentillesse et toutes vos petites attentions. Ce séjour est le 4ème mais nous ne sommes pas encore fatigués. Chaque année c’est un plaisir de vous retrouver. J’espère qu’en 2021 tout sera plus facile sans le COVID. Nous vous embrassons bien fort. Maty et Laurent.

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July 2020 – Marcel and Teresa de Jesus Machado, Germany (Sunset Suite)

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July 2020 – Robin and Leoni, Berlin, Germany (East Apt)

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July 2020 – Juan y Marta, Sevilla, España (Sunset Suite)

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July 2020 – Emilie Fiori et Rémi Cioffi, France (East Apt)

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July 2020 – Deborah Fiori et Cindy Carra, France (Sunrise Room)

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July 2020 – Alejandro et Molly, Paris (East Apt)

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July 2020 – Chaïmae et Aicham, France (West Apt)

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March 2020 – Sean and Sharon, Ireland (West Apt)

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November 2019 – Etienne et Carole/Pascale et Jean (West/East Apts)

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October 2019 – Ian and Nina (East Apt)

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October 2019 – Carole and Stephen (West Apt)

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September / October 2019 -Maximilian and Isabel, Munich, Germany (Sunset Suite)

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September 2019 – Nicolai and Natalia, Moscow, URSS (East Apt)

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September 2019 – Graham and Hayley Thompson, UK (West Apt)

From our Guest  Book: 21st Sept 2019. Dear Isabel & Greg. well, our 4th holiday in Portimão comes to an end, but again, we’ve had a wonderful relaxing break. Also again, thanks so much for your wonderful hospitality, shopping trips, lunch and the golf. As always, lovely to see Zorra, Joey & Maxie!xxx We’re already looking forward to and planning our ‘take over’ next Sept, when the family join us during our second week of relaxation. We have a feeling our second week will be a little busier! Take care, stay safe and we’ll see you in Sept 2020! Much love, Hayley & Graham

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September 2019 – Barrie and Cathy, UK (Sunset Suite)

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September 2019 – Gary and Wendie, U.K. (East Apt)

From our Guest  Book: 10-9-19 Gary and I had a wonderful stay in your lovely apartment. Beautiful weather, beautiful garden, and lovely hosts with the bonus of a dog. We will definetly be back so see you soon. Gary + Wendie

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August 2019 – Daniel Rollon, Valladolid, Spain (East Apt)

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August 2019 – Elena and Anatoly, St. Petersbourg, Russia (Sunrise Room)

From note: Dear Isabel and Greg! we do not meet since we arrived, but we would like to say you tahnk you for your hospitality, for a beautiful house we are living now in and for your breakfasts (which are much better than in Four Seasons) =). It is very pleasant for us to stay at place which concentrates high taste, elegancy, beauty and heart! Thank you! Elena & Anatoly.

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August 2019 – Josie and Brendan, Scotland (West Apt)

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August 2019 – Maty et Laurent, Le Mans, France (West  Apt)

From our Guest  Book: Comme chaque année nous avons passé um super séjour chez Isabel et Greeg. Vous étes ravissants et nous vous aimons comme cela. Nous reviendrons 3 semaines lánnée prochaine. Au plaisir de vous revoir. A bientôt. Maty et Laurent

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August 2019 -Mathieu et Virginie, Marseille, France (Sunset Suite)

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August 2019 – Oktavwiusz and Violetta, Poland (Sunrise Room)

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August 2019 – Christelle et Piany, Toulouse, France (West Apt)

From our Guest  Book: 12 août – 19 août 2019. Chers Isabel et Greg, Nous vous remercionsde votre accueil très chaleureux, avec simplicité et générosité. Notre séjour s’est merveilleusement bien déroulé. Nous avons découvert une très belle région, de très beaux paysages et sourtout de magnifiques plages. Nous repartons d’ici avec pleins de souvenirs inoubliables. Merci pour les petitis attentions apportées au court de notre séjour ainsi que vos conseils. Ne changez pas, restez comme vous êtes. 🙂 Bonne continuation, Christelle et Piany, Toulouse

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August 2019 – Sergio y Patricia, Madrid, Spain (East Apt)

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August 2019 – Stella and Bianca, Holland (Sunset Suite)

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August 2019 – Dominico and Patrizia, Italy (Sunrise Room)

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August 2019 -Heikki and Emilia, Finland (Sunset Suite)

From our Guest  Book: To our lovely hosts Isabel and Greg1 Thank you so much for yor hospitality. For delicious breakfast and for making us feel so welcome! We had everything we needed and much more! the house, the terrace and garden are amazing! We hope that some day we have opportunity to come back to your lovely home<3thank you so much! ❤ Emilia and Heikki

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August 2019 – Sergio y Silvia, Barcelona, Spain (West Apt)

From our Guest  Book: 12 Agosto de 2019. Queridos Isabel y Greg, queremos agradecerosla maravillosa estancia que temos tenido en vuestra casa, nos hemos sentido como en la nuestra. Nos ha encantado el Algarve y  esperamos volver pronto! Muchas gracias per todo. Sergio y Silvia (Barcelona)

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August 2019 – Martín y Pilar, Granada, Spain (East Apt)

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August 2019 -Antonia and Francisco, Italy (Sunrise Room)

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August 2019 – Kaisha and Stefano, U.S.A./Italy (Sunset Suite)

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July 2019 – Michelle and Ayo, UK (West Apt)

– Jon Capelastegui, Spain (East Apt)

– Christina Nelson and Bianca, UK (Sunrise Room)

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July 2019 – Estelle and Rachel, Senegal, (Sunset Suite)

From our Guest  Book: 05/08/2019. Dear Greg and Isabel, Thank you so much for everything. we really spent the best time of our life. Thank you for your kindness and for your patience. Thank you for making our trip really amazing. Merci encore pour tout. Estelle and Rachel

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July 2019 – Magali et Fabrice, Lille, France (West Apt)

From our Guest  Book: le 27 juillet 2019. Chers Isabel et Greg – Nous avons passé un agréable séjour dans votre location. Nous avons apprecié toutes vos petites attentions, de bons conseils pour visiter la région de l’algarve, très jolie avec des paysages impressionnants et inoubliables. Merci aussi pour le 1er petit déjeuner que nous avons apprécié avec le sympathique jus d’orange pressés sans oublier les figues fraîches du jardin. Vous êtes des personnes très gentils et aux petits soins de vos hôtes. Ne changez pas. Amicalement, Magali et Fabrice

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July 2019 – Jorge e Ivone, Santarém, Portugal (Sunrise Room)

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July 2019 -Anna and Stefan, Sweden (East Apt)

From our Guest  Book: 27/0772019. Dear Isabel and Greg, Thank you! You are such lovely hosts. We’ve enjoyed our stay very much. Relaxing afternoons reading in your beautiful garden by the pool, and nice dinners in the cozy BBQ area. If/when returning to Algarve your place will be our first choice of recommendation. Kind regards, Anna & Stefan (Sweden)

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July 2019 – Brigitte and Carmen, Luxembourg (Sunset Suite)

From a note: Thank you so much for your hospitality. We really loved it here, the breakfast was always delicious and we could see the love you have for this place. We will be back 🙂 Carmen & Brigitte

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July 2019 – Josie and Brendan, Scotland (West Apt) – their 12th year coming to Villa do Vale!

From our Guest  Book: 5th-19th July 2019. Dear Greg & Isabel, Another fantastic holiday, come to an endfar too soon. Only consolation this year is that we’ll be back again next month for a special short break! Thank you both again for the hospitality and kindness. you add to the whole holiday experience and make it extra special. Brendan really looks forward to his golf outings with Greg and his siestas after them. Unfortunately , all good things must come to an end. Thank you, Josie & Brendan

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July 2019 – Kiki and Maikael, Holland (Sunset Suite)

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July 2019 – Bina e Alain, Barcelos, Portugal (Susnet Suite)

From a note: Bom dia, Obrigados pela estadia. Ficámos muito contentes. O sítio é muito tranquilo e bonito. Assim podemos apreciar a região do Algarve. Bina e Alain

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July 2019 – César e Marta, Portugal (East Apt)

From our Guest  Book: 11/07/2019. Agradecemos toda a simpatia e cuidado em nos receber. Gostamos muito de todo o espaço, muito acolhedor e tranquilo. Passámos bons momentos aqui! Apesar do meu noivo ás vezes ser um pouco “melga” fomos muito felizes aqui ❤  e amo-o muito!!! Obrigada por tudo. Marta e César ❤

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July 2019 – Luca and Doina, Italy (Sunrise Room)

From a note: Grazie a voi per la vostra ospitalitá. La vostra casa è bellissima e voi siete gentili ed accoglienti. Grazie ancora di tutto! Doina e Luca. P.S. Algarve è una terra meravigliosa! Aspetto la pensione per transferirmi qui! 🙂

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July 2019 – Linda and Stefano, Rotterdam, Germany (Sunset Suite)

From a note: Dear Isabel & Greg, We loved staying at your home. What a beautiful and relaxing place! Thanks so much for the great hospitality. Unfortunately we do have to leave now. In the few days we had, we were able to taste delicious fresh fish at Restaurant A Lota. We explored the Algarve, walked the beautiful beaches and even had a swim! Thanks again for all your kindness, Linda & Stefano

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June 2019 – Paul and Pam, Scotland (West Apt)

From our Guest  Book: 21.06.19-05.07.19. Hi Isabel & Greg. Here we are on our 5th visit – and still as good as the 1st! Weather has been wonderful – apartment as usual a “home from home”. Delighted to meet your new baby “Maxi” – so enjoyed our visits from Zorra, Joey and Maxi. Enjoyed our trip and lunch to Monchique – your company was fun! See you next year for round 6. Lots of love, Pamela & Paul, Bearsden, Scotland

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June 2019 – Ruth and Alec, Scotland (East Apt)

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June 2019 – Vanessa e Andréa, Brasil (Sunset Suite)

From a note: Isabel e Greg, Muito obrigada por tudo! Não podíamos ter escolhido melhor local para finalizarmos nossas férias. Cada detalhe foi percebido e comemorado. A casa de vocês é de fato um paraíso em Portimão! Um abraaço e até a próxima! Vanessa e Andréa

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June 2019 – Janine and Will, Germany (Sunset Suite)

From a note: Thank you so much, Isabel & Greg! We had the most wonderful time in your cute bed and breakfast! We liked “A Lota” (Restaurant) so much, too, we ate there twice! Thank you also for the amazing daily breakfast! We felt very spoiled by your hospitality! Thanks, Janine & Will

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June 2019 – Carol and Paul, Glasgow, Scotland (Est Apt)

From our Guest  Book: 21/06/2019. Dear Isabel and Greg. Once again thank you for a brilliant stay. You two make our holiday, we feel so welcome. We very much hope to see you again next year. Once again, thank you so much. Keep up with the Yoga Isabel, I love it. Keeps us agile. Carol + Paul xx

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June 2019 – Ruth and Paul, Glasgow, Scotland (West Apt)

From our Guest  Book: June 2019. Dear Greg & Isabel. We have had a lovely week’s stay in your apartment. Morning walks at the beach have been fabulous. It’s a home from home. We love it. Thanks again and we will see you next year for episode 6. Take good care. Paul & Ruth xxx

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June 2019 – Mike and Catherine (West Apt)

From card:  Thank you for having us again. Love Mike & Kathryn

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June 2019 – Jonathan and Debbie (Apt East)

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June 2019 – Tobias and Karin, Sweden (Sunset Suite)

From email: Tobias and I had lovely days at your villa and we appreciate all your nice caring and the lovely breakfast baskets. All the best to you, Karin

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May 2019 – Michi and Kathleen, Berlin, Germany (Sunset Suite)

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May 2019 – Julian and Janine, Germany (Sunrise Room)

From note on card: Dear Isabel & Greg, thank you so much for this comfortable stay. The house, breakfast, the garden, especially you two – it was perfect! We will recommend Villa do Vale! Melhores cumprimentos, Janine & Julian

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April / May 2019 – Gordon and Linda, Calgary, Canada (West Apt)

From our Guest  Book: May 6th 2019. Dear Isabel & Greg: Thank you for sharing your Villa with us during our stay in Portimão. The villa and pool were haven to come home to after each day of touring. the weather in the Algarve was beautiful. you villa was well located in terms of easy access to Praia do Vau and Praia da Rocha as well as Alvor. Thank you both for the lovely welcome as well as the wine, coffee, oranges and jams. Great welcome basket. We look forward to seeing the both of you again & maybe a round of golf 🙂 Both of you keep well and safe until the next time… Cheers, Linda & Gordon

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April 2019 – Gintas and Dovile, Lithuania (East Apt)

From our Guest  Book: April 2019. Dear Isabel and Greg. Thank you for a wonderful stay! You are one of the most welcoming, thoughtful and warm hosts ever:-) We really enjoyed our stay in here and we hope we’ll see you again! 🙂 Dovile & Gintas

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April 2019 – Oscar Garcia Pose, La Coruña, spain (Sunrise Room) – part of a team who came for a competition at the Autodrome!

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April 2019 – M-J and Anina, UK (Sunset Suite)

From our Guest  Book: 17/04/19 – Thank you for a lovely stay, and the amazing breakfasts! We are the second “recommendees” of Kirsty and Mike, and are very glad they did. We particularly loved eating breakfast on the roof terrace in the mornings, and visiting ‘O Barradas’ restaurant which was delicious!

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April 2019 – Gil and Mieke Elskens, France (West Apt)

From our Guest  Book: 9/04/2019 Dearest friends, I have written so many times in your guestbooks – it always feels like “coming home”. This time it was not different. We would have liked some more sun; but the welcome could never be warmer. That definitely made up for the cloudy skies and the cool air! Good friends are hard to find, but we surely found some in the Algarve. big hug & lots of love, from Gil & Mieke

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March 2019 – Ian & Anita, Cambridge, UK (Sunset Suite)

From our Guest  Book: 30 March 2019 – To our lovely hosts Greg and Isabel-Our darling daughter Kirsty and husband Mike insisted we visit after their super stay last July and we are so happy they did. We can now share the same wonderful memories of your lovely home and hospitality.We hope to return with friends and highly recommend you as fabulous hosts. Thank you for everything. Ian and Anita Henderson, Cambridge, UK, EU

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March 2019 – Floyd & Gudrun, U.S.A. (West Apt)

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March 2019 – Beatrice and Maria, Germany (East Apt)

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March 2019 – Peter & Renate, Germany (West Apt)

From our Guest  Book: 10.03-21.03.2019 Dear Isabel and Greg, We have spent a great time in Villa do Vale! we enjoyed a spectacular landsite, great weather, a very nice apartment and especially friendly hosts. Thank you very much. Peter and Renate, Neu-Ulm. Germany

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February/March 2019 – Don and Donna, New Brunswick, Canada (West Apt)

From our Guest  Book: Feb 22-March 08, 2019. Thank you Isabel & Greg, Wow! You both really went out of your way to make us feel comfortable – from the lovely treats of crackers, fruit and wine, to golf games, to the trip to Porches! Your flat is comfortable with the great couch, and big bed with fresh linens. We enjoyed the gardens and relaxation of your home. Who knows, we may meet again. We are off to France with vivid images of the beauty of the area and the kindness of the people. Donna & Don Blewett, NB, Canada

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January 2019 –Gregg Poppen and Roxanne Abajian, Alaska, USA (West Apt)

From our Guest  Book: 4 January 2019, Greg & Isabel, villa do Vale is amazing!!!! The apartment was fantastic & in the best location. Easy walk to the beach to witness glorious sunsets. As well, you the hosts are WONDERFUL! We look forward to more beautiful adventures with our forever friends! Feliz Ano Novo! Roxanne & Gregg

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January 2019 – Beau and Avery, Rhode Island, USA (East Apt)

From our Guest  Book: January 2019. This place is the best! I would pay a small fortune to stay, easily. XOXO Beau & Avery.

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2012 Guests

2012 Fall – Pete and Gay

Can’t say how much we enjoyed Pete and Gay’s visit this October.  The old saying “time flies when you’re having fun” applied 10 fold.  Hopefully they will remember more than just a blur of going to some of the hot spots of the Western Algarve.  Having family coming to visit is one of the main reasons we built our apartment.  We love you guys and started missing you before you walked out the door. From Our Guest Book: 

Greg and Isabel, 

What a wonderful time.  The golf was great, the shopping fantastic, the sight-seeing great and the entertainment (concert) most intriguing.  never seen a concert like that.  Great hospitality topped it off.  Your home has always intrigued me, but your latest changes are “lovely, indeed.”  No golf on Sunday saved me from embarrassing myself to be waxed so many times in a row.  What a swing, Greg.  Thanks so much for everything.  You know our humble abode is always open for a visit.  Isabel, you are a bright sport in the world.  Please come and shine on us in Texas. 

Love, Pete

Greg and Isabel, Thank you so much!  I know Pete has been here before but this was my “first”!  I have never been treated like ‘Royalty’ before!  You guys have tapped the “how to do royalty” source.  It is nothing other than delightful! INDEED!  I’m so FAT.  More than ever…(It was worth it!)  Loved the mountain cafe & the yummy chicken, chips and salad.  Enjoyed taking pics of the clouds from there.  So very much enjoyed the castle (I took good PICS, check on facebook.)  Also enjoyed the southwest end of Europe point, WOW.  How deep is that water?  Amazing!  Am fascinated with the little rocks with the strips around them.  Plan on researching those.  Have just never seen anything like that before.   Loved, Loved, Loved Greg’s concert….How Fun!
I just can’t imagine a more fun B.D. anywhere other than in the ALGARVE!  We will be back.  Hurry to see us in Austin, Texas (live music capitol of the world, Austin Claims)… You are so special. Thank you.  I proud to be a Morrelli (Morelli).  Proud to have been here and shared with you…Please come see us in Liberty Hill, TX, Much Love, Gay.

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2012 Fall – Dave and Janice

Dave and Janice had sunny days every day and enjoyed their holidays to the fullest.

They walked for exercise and pleasure; went to Alvor, went into town, relaxed under the laurel tree …

From our guest book:    11/10/12

Quite simply – Delightful!

Dave & Janice Morgan

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2012 Fall – Trish and Carl Young

Trish and Carl are quite the explorers.  They hired a car and traveled the whole length of the Algarve; from east of Tivera to Capo St. Vicent and its west coast panoramic views.  While on their way to Loulé, they stopped by the little town of Silves and were so charmed they stayed the rest of the day.  Silves is a special place with its old Moorish castle dating from the 7th century.  It was the capital of the Algarve and the center of commerce for hundreds of year.

From Our Guest Book:  Dear Isabel and Greg,  Many thanks for our stay in your lovely studio — lots of attention to detail and comfort, made us want for nothing!  Shame we never had much time to catch up, we’re natural explorer’s I’m afraid…
Your hospitality was wonderful.  What with the glorious weather, toowe’ve had a fabulous week.  With best wishes, Trish and Carl Young of Thirkleby, North Yorkshire. 5/10/12

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2012 August – Robert and Eileen

Bob and Eileen are seasoned traveler to the Algarve, but this is their first time to Villa do Vale.  They made the most of the pool.  Relaxing while reading or swimming and soaking up the sunshine, they truly know how to vacation.

Eileen celebrated a birthday while here.  We had a nice BBQ with steaks and a cake.

From the Guest Book: We’ve just spent the quickest 10 days of our lives at your wonderful villa.  It’s true what they say “Time flies when you’re having fun” and you both have seen to that.  Thank you both for you immense hospitality. And especially for Eileen’s birthday B-B-Q.  It was a wonderful evening spent in splendid company.  Not foretting Zorra and Joey.  Hope to see you all again soon

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2012 August – Stan and Margaret

We had a “wee little” visit with  Stan and Margaret from Scotland.  They love to play golf and in a weeks time  they managed to get in five rounds (The Alto, Penina, Palmares, Gramacho, and Pinta Courses).  That’s a lot of golf.  Sitting around the pool afterwards was a good time for cooling down and visiting.
From the guest book:  Many thanks for making our visit to the Algarve so enjoyable.  We thoroughly appreciated your hospitality and company, particularly our “wee” chats by the pool in the afternoon.  When we come back to Portugal, we’ll be checking out the availability of Villa do Vale before booking our flights.

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2012 August – Elisa and Cristian

Elisa and Cristian were here for a two week stay and during that time they explored most of the very best beaches of this region.  They were very enthusiastic about the west coast and tried a bit of surfing.

From the guest book:  A heartfelt thanks for you hospitality.  You are really a beautiful family and wonderful people.  This holiday in Portimão was one of the most amazing of our life.  The house, the swimming pool, the dinner together, our first experiment with lobster on the BBQ…We hope to see you both again…in Venice if you come to Italy.  We will miss Portimão and the beautiful beaches of the Algarve.

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2012 August – Peter and Ruth

Trying to get a break away from the London Crowds, they both got a good rest and sunshine in this corner of the world – it was hot!  They spent quality time in the pool and did we mention…It was HOT!

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 2012 July – Amaya and Jesus

Amaya and Jesus visited us from Bilbao, Spain, coming all that way on their motor bike. Besides the regular visits to the beach and local hot spots, they were mostly interested in the famous Faro Moto Festivel.

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10´s of thousands of motor bikes met for this four day event, and Jesus and Amaya joined the group.

As can be seen they left our place, on their bike, with wide smiles.  They had a great time.

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2012 July – Jim and Barbara Guenther

Our good friends from Ketchikan, Alaska, Jim and Barbara Guenther stopped by after their 33 day, 780 KM pilgrimage on the Santiago de Compostela Camino.  Not sure why Barbara went on the long walk; she already has her place in heaven having put up with Jim for a good number of years.  Now, Jim; that’s another story.  He may just have to walk the trail again; this time backwards, to dig himself out of his dubious way.  Just joking…he’s really a saint with, perhaps a little dirt under the finger nails.  Two of their four children, Danielle and Jacob, were pretty much one step ahead of the old folks the whole way.

It was such a great pleasure seeing them all again; hearing their stories of the trail and just having some good laughs.  A nice surprise was having Danielle’s new friend, Luis, whom she met on the trail, arrive on her birthday.

Here are a few pictures of their time here in the Algarve.  Mostly around the dinner table (that’s usually story time), but also some pictures of our drive out to Sagres and up to the top of the mountain, Fóia (Monchique), where we got some fresh spring water and had chicken piri-piri at our favorite family restaurant.

Jim was enthralled with the century plant in bloom.

And we thought we should include also a photo record of the meeting of the two families (Guenthers and Dibnahs), one from Ketchikan, Alaska, U.S.A., the other from Perth, Scotland,  at Villa do Vale in Portimão, Algarve, Portugal!!!

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2012 July – Bethen and Tom

Tom and Bethen enjoyed their week’s stay by driving to various points along the coast and up to the mountains.  They relaxed by the pool and took the time to smell the roses.

From the Guest Book:  Thanks for such a lovely relaxing stay in your gorgeous studioWe have enjoyed both exploring the Algarve (taking your advice on the best places to go) and relaxing in your beautiful garden.  We particularly enjoyed our trip up to Monchique and the springsWe also had a lovely (and windy) walk along the board walk (Alvor) yesterday to finish off our holiday.  Thanks for your hospitality, it’s been fantastic.  Beth and Tom.

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2012 June – Annebeth and Willemyn

Beth and Will spent the week in the sun…oops, maybe a little too much…no matter, they enjoyed each and every day to the max!

The Guest Book:  “Thanks again for having us in your oh so lovely studio.  We felt at  home from the minute we arrived and have enjoyed every single second around  the pool, gardens and pretty patios!  … Our batteries are charged again so off we go, to be back again for more relaxing times.”

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2012 June – Tim, Carrie and Buddy

Such a nice couple from Southern England, Tim and Carrie Edwardes with their lovely son, Buddy enjoyed the great weather and cool pool waters for 10 days.

From the Guest Book:  ” Thank you for a lovely stay here in your perfect apartment.  The weather, pool and beach were only topped by your kindness and good company.  Buddy has loved playing with the toys you lent…Looking forward to returning soon.  With best wishes Carrie, Time and Buddy.”

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2012 Spring – Tomasz and Dagmara

We had a lovely visit from Tomasz and Dagmara of Poland.  They live near Karków.  Not to be daunted by the weather, they explored the western part of the Algarve by land and sea.  The waves were a mere 2 meters high during their cave cruise, so they’ll get a “rain” check when they come back.

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2012 Spring – Hilde

Hilde, of Brussels, joined her friend Mieke for a 10-day holiday at Villa do Vale. It is always nice to meet and make new friends.  Hilde and Mieke toured most of the Algarve, from Tavira to the  Cabo de SãoVicente, before heading back to Brussels, while Mieke went to join sons and grandchildren in France. Happy Spring!

From our guest book:

…Et voilá…je dois quitter ce petit paradis. Je connaissais pas l’Algarve…mais grâce à Mieke…et…vous j’ai passè des moments merveilleux!Des côtes magnifiques, à couper le souffle, des petits villages pictoresques… un logement super…des vacances trés varies…ballades, baignades dans votre piscine, shopping…restaurants, etc…

Merci du fond du coeur pour votre hospitalité! Je vous oublirais jamais, ni Zorra et Joey!    Amitiés!

Hilde

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2011 Winter – Lynn W. and daughter Amy

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