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We have just returned from a magnificent holiday in your property. Very occasionally one manages to find a location with unique charm. Your villa can only be described as spectacular. the sort of place which one sees on the cover of holiday brochures but never finds in practice. We would like to book it for the same time next year ; meanwhile we intend to improve our golf so that we can enjoy the beauty and challenges of the splendid golf course which was so close and uncrowded.    Mr and Mrs J. Terry, Chester 

This was our fourth visit to Villa dos Arcos, and every time we come we love it more. This year John's highlights were several sightings of booted eagles seen from the delightful path to the beach, Marsh Harriers seen from the terrace and a Hoopoe frequently strutting in the garden. For us it is a perfect house in a perfect village and we are already looking forward to returning again next year.    John and Sue Smart, Holt  

We have just come home from your delightful Villa. How well you described its charm, the views and the lovely walk down to that exquisite little beach: it was breathtakingly beautiful and blissfully quiet. I am not an artist but I had to take out my pastels and sketch the view from the balcony drinking my morning tea. We also made friends with many of the old villagers whose warmth of welcome was most touching. We enjoyed ourselves enormously.    Gwen Butler, Brighton 

Just a note to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay in Casita do Pintor. At last we have found a place which is really different from the usual resort. Many places say they are 'unspoilt' but yours really is. We had wonderful weather , the garden and pool were a little paradise, as was the house, and we so appreciated our most generous welcome pack. We want to return with our grandchildren ; a memorable and very happy week.    Mr and Mrs J Dubrey, Horsham  

Since returning home we have not stopped talking with delight about the unique situation of your Villa, in a real Portuguese village - how lucky we were to have answered your advertisement. High at the top of the village, the views were breathtaking and it was so relaxing to be in such a quiet atmosphere. Villa dos Arcos was perfect - traditionally furnished with such taste and with all the modern conveniences as well. We assure you that we will be returning.    John and Daisy Hodgkinson, Chesterfield. 

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to stay in Casa dos Arcos, and for the warm and excellent service we received whilst we were there - and for introducing us to the excellent golf course. We want to go again next year, and will be recommending it to our friends.    Barry and Valerie Clarke, East Grinstead 

Staying at Villa dos Arcos was a very special experience. Breakfast on the balcony overlooking the beautiful garden, with its bougainvilleas, arched views to the pool and longer outlook over the hillside was a great way to start the day. We followed this with a walk to the secluded beach then over the hill to Salema for a delicious lunch of freshly caught fish at a beachside restaurant. The village itself is still completely unspoilt, so one gets a true sense of the life which is led there, and everyone was so friendly.    Judith Rich OBE, Winchester. 

You have created a very pretty and civilised oasis in a still unspoilt area ; long may it remain so. Lying by the pool, plucking grapes or fruit from the trees , was the essence of relaxation. And watching the sun set over Cape St Vincent from the balcony, with our gin and tonics (plus lemons from the tree) made a delightful end to the day before strolling to a village restaurant for a real Portuguese meal.    Dr Colin Brewer, London 

We had a most lovely time and were very comfortable. We admired your taste so much ; the simplicity, the colour schemes and the spaciousness were perfect. We found the neighbours most friendly and welcoming and we loved the peace of the place and the views - and to swim in November !    Daphne Lamb, Salisbury 

We all so enjoyed our lovely relaxing holiday in your beautiful house. We thought that it was excellent value, well equipped and spacious, and the garden and pool were charming. We were astonished by the cheapness of eating out, and to find the area so remarkably unspoilt, with many attractive beaches , both large and small. We intend to return before it is discovered by others.    Ingleby and Alex Jefferson, London 

We had a marvellous two weeks in the Casita. We have fallen in love with it, and it is every bit as beautiful as you told us it would be. We look forward to a return visit.    Prof and Mrs Ian Hayes, Oxford

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