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We are a family of 4 from the United States who were looking forward to a beautiful summer vacation in Portugal...Mom/Dad and 2 children ages 14 and 9. We searched Homeaway for a "home away from home"...something special by the ocean that would enable us to enjoy the beach and explore much of what Portugal had to offer...WE FOUND IT! We connected with Bianca and Andreas to ask questions about Casa das Areias and it seemed like the perfect location for us...clean, spacious, private pool, private outdoor space, beautiful ocean view and all of the amenities you could ask for.
Located just outside of Lourinha (1 hour North of Lisbon) it was the perfect location with access to beautiful beaches, major highways for day trips, many small towns with restaurants, shopping, gas stations, etc.
The house itself was EVERYTHING we could've hoped for...the view is spectacular. There is nothing like starting every morning watching the sun rising over the sparkling Atlantic Ocean and ending with one sunset more beautiful than the next. Fully furnished and very comfortable, fully equipped kitchen, wifi, TV, whirlpool, could easily sleep 8-10, plenty of bathrooms and space to spread out, BBQ (charcoal), pool deck and second floor sun deck with chairs...and the pool is BEAUTIFUL. Towels and linens are provided...the house has a washing machine for clothing (no dryer - hang dry) and is not air conditioned, but was not an issue at all because of the beautiful ocean breeze. Bianca and Andreas were a pleasure to work with and made us feel at home and the staff they have locally (the property management group) was very, very helpful and always available if we needed anything or had questions.
I Can't say enough about our wonderful Portugal trip and experience - I highly recommend Casa das Areias if you are planning to visit Portugal and want a home that makes you feel like royalty...
Very nice house, well located , superb views from almost every room of the two levels. Large outdoor patio with glasstop table and 4 chairs, a small unheated pool that unfortunately was too cold to use in september, and a very large roof top patio. The house was clean, kitchen well equipped. Television with only 2 german channels, and a dvd player. No wi-fi available, which would have been greatly appreciated (should be available for a rental villa of that quality).