Property spotlight / Portugal

    Fora da Caixa - Portugal

    Spacious villa ideal for a large group or family overlooking the tranquil shallows of the Obidos Lagoon in undeveloped Foz do Arelho, west Portugal.

    The perfect villa for beach-loving families

    The first thing that strikes you about this light and spacious villa is the wonderful views overlooking the pretty bays and golden sands of the Obidos Lagoon. Cleverly designed in a modern style, the villa makes the most of the ocean panorama with a ground floor living area that opens out onto a large terracotta-tiled terrace. There’s comfy seating and an electrically-operated awning, perfect for breakfast and al-fresco dining. Outside, the gorgeous sun terrace, with heated pool, loungers and umbrellas, is surrounded by lush gardens, pine trees and fruit orchards.

    Overall, the villa has an airy and relaxed feel with plenty of room for extended families or groups to spread out. There are five bedrooms, all with ensuite and the dining area has a table that seats twelve. The large open-plan kitchen /living room is well-equipped with all the mod-cons needed for stress-free self-catering including a large fridge/freezer, dishwasher and food processor. This multi-purpose area also has a chill-out space with sofas, TV and DVD player.

    The Lowdown

    • Perfect for

      Multi generation families or two families travelling together.

    • Need to know

      You can walk into the local town but the path is unpaved so take care if you have a buggy in tow.

    • Insider tip

      Visit the local beach in the late afternoon. By then day visitors are starting to drift home, the temperature is still warm and you can’t beat a surf at sundown.

    • Cost

      Up to 15% Discount off available weeks. 7 days villa rental from £1615 per week – excluding flights.

    Set out over the ground and first floor, the bedrooms are roomy and light. Those on the first floor have lovely views over the blue-green lagoon and the master bedroom has its own private terrace. There’s also another sitting room on the first floor with comfortable sofas, CD player, contemporary oil paintings and a wood burning stone. French windows lead out onto a balcony.

    Nearby, there’s plenty to do. The village of Foz do Arelho is a 15-minute scenic walk from the villa where you will find seafront restaurants serving freshly caught fish and  seafood stews. The sheltered lagoon beach, 5 minutes’ drive, is ideal for younger children to enjoy pottering on the sands, while older children and adults can try sailing, windsurfing and kite surfing. Well worth a trip is the historic UNESCO medieval walled town of Obidos, just 20 minutes’ away and filled with characterful cobbled streets, local food markets and a 12th century castle.

    Rob Milverton

    Rob Milverton

    Travel Planner

    An Atlantic region, where seemingly unending seas stretch for kilometres towards the horizon, and long sandy beaches head almost as far, it really should be much better known than it is, particularly with the excellent cuisine to return to after a day on the water.

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