About This Listing
Feel at home in our sunny, spacious and clean apartment with everything you need for a great holiday: gorgeous beach 5 minutes away, excellent local restaurant across the road, good summer entertainment and 20 minutes from the airport. See you soon!
Feels like summer is here! We've recently installed Wifi and a bunch of new TV channels too. Our apartment has three airy bedrooms: two doubles (one en suite) and one with two single beds. It's a first-floor apartment in a quiet quarter within 5 minutes' stroll of the celebrated lovely long, sandy beach. We pride ourselves on the décor, with original prints and pictures, and many personal touches. Our linen is white, crisply ironed and made from 100% cotton. Each bedroom opens onto a balcony, and windows on three sides of the apartment make it exceptionally light and airy. There are new shower units and a new loo, and each bathroom has a basket selection of shampoos, soaps, lotions, bathcap etc.. It's perfect for many combinations: one to three couples; two families; or six friends looking for a relaxing break. We offer a small library of novels, as well as phrase books and local guides, and there's a DVD player with a large selection of movies for guests (plus a case for the kids), as well as a good choice of local and international TV channels. A universal plug too, which helps when you've left yours at home. The local café/restaurant, Kapital, is right across the road from the apartment and serves authentic and truly delicious Algarvean cuisine as well as take-away food. All amenities: pharmacy, cafés, restaurants, supermarket, bank, cash machines, are on your way down to that lovely beach and promenade. So is the bus station (Rodoviário) where you can hop on a bus to Lisbon, Seville or perhaps visit other towns and beaches along the Algarve. Quarteira has a great fish market and there's a fruit and veggie market next to it. Both are open every morning. For the energetic, there's cycling, surfing, riding, golf, hiking or cycling. If it's a more leisurely holiday you're after, there are beach walks, museums, art galleries, great cafés and, by car ten minutes' inland, a completely different world to explore. (There's a folder with directions to interesting places and lots more information you might need.) Come on over and see for yourself!
Everything in the apartment is available for guests' use.
Interaction with Guests
We'll meet you, show you around, hand over the keys and leave you to your holiday. But, for further information or problems, we're always on the other end of a mobile phone and will help in any way we can.
We love that it's still an authentic oasis in a rapidly-growing city: fishermen still mend their nets on the flat roofs opposite our block; there's no traffic whizzing by; it's so close to everything one comes here for - the beach, cafés, entertainment, and yet one can withdraw and sleep in quiet and safety.
You can enjoy your whole holiday here without ever thinking about transportation (except back to the airport!) but the bus depot and a taxi rank are just 3 minutes' down the hill on the way to the beach. There are also (white) public bikes at various points so you can pay and ride anytime. If you have a car, there are private parking areas in front as well as behind the apartment.
Other Things to Note
Humberto speaks Portuguese and German, and we both speak a little French too.
This is a no-smoking apartment, so please use one of the balconies for your nicotine hit.
We operate a No Pets policy.
Our house towels are not for use outside. There are beach towels available and these you are most welcome to take to the beach, together with the umbrellas, bats, balls, tyres, etc..
Please don't bring more people than we have beds for! We really care for our apartment and feel happy when it is respected by others too.
Check in and out times are very important - we want the place to be clean and welcoming for you...and for those arriving after you.
Most importantly, enjoy your stay!
We had a fantastic week staying in Gail's apartment! She was a very welcoming host! Was very informative before and throughout our stay. The apartment was light and airy and very well equipped! It was situated a short walk from the beach and only round the corner from the bus station which was great, ideal if you want to explore surrounding towns etc, which we did!!
You feel at home immediately in this apartment, I would recommend it to anyone who wants to stay in the region!!
Gail welcomed us back for a return visit as we enjoyed it so much last time and have already booked our return. Very clean and well cared for apartment with a lovely homely feel. The introduction of WiFi and cable channels was a bonus this time as the weather was not too kind for the first four days.
Gail's place is a bit of Britain in the heart of the Algarve. Because we were traveling throughout Portugal in the middle of winter, we chose this location not for its proximity to the beautiful beach, which is only a few blocks away, but for its central nature that made it easy for the five of us to get to every other village in the Algarve on day trips. The apartment met that criteria beautifully. Unfortunately, the temperature took a serious downturn before we arrived (the coldest winter in 40 years). Gail went above and beyond to keep us warm by providing everything from portable heaters and electric bed warmers to lap robes and winter pajamas. We greatly appreciated her heroic efforts!
Gail welcomed us to the lovely flat and we felt at home straight away. The décor and furnishings create a homely atmosphere and the rooms were extremely clean and spacious. The surrounding area was quiet as we arrived late in the season and there was very little noise in the evening and night time which was as we like it with young children. Would certainly recommend this flat to anyone considering a stay in Quarteira. We love it here as it is not too commercialized and there are plenty of options to keep children entertained.
We spent a great week at Gail's apartment in Quarteira. Gail and her husband met us at the apartment and showed us round then left us to get on with our holiday. We enjoyed the beach in Quarteira and the walk to Vilamoura, we hired bikes from Paul at Ticketland at a very reasonable price as our stay was just after the peak season and enjoyed a lovely meal at O Gaveto (worth trying to find in the maze of streets around the apartment if you fancy tasty Mediterranean style food). All in all, we really enjoyed our stay at Gail's apartment and would recommend to anyone looking for a taste of the Algarve!
Огромная благодарность Gail e Humberto за прекрасные условия нашего отдыха! Мы нашли больше,чем ожидали-очень просторная и по-домашнему уютная квартира! Милая хозяйка позаботилась о всех возможных бытовых мелочах-полотенца,салфеточки,средства гигиены,фен,все,что нужно.Особенно было приятно обнаружить детские игры и пляжные принадлежности-зонтики,тенты и шляпы! В день приезда Gail радушно встретила нас,показала квартиру,все объяснила,рассказала,где найти поблизости магазины и кафе,и все дни нашего отдыха постоянно была на связи.Отдельное спасибо Humberto-это "добрый фей",он появлялся незаметно,менял баллон с газом и исчезал,пока мы были на пляже или на экскурсии.Мы отдыхали с тремя детьми три недели,и время в гостях у Gail в Квартейре пролетело незаметно.Наши самые наилучшие пожелания хозяйке,и очень-очень хотим снова встретиться! Семья Родаевых из С-Петербурга.Россия.
We had a wonderful week at Gail's flat, which is even better than it looks in the pictures - big, airy rooms, tastefully decorated, and everything we needed for a comfortable stay. (Even books and toys for the kids!)
Everything we needed was within comfortable walking distance - the beach, shops, fish market etc. The beach itself is great, and wasn't crowded while we were there at Easter.
The food at Kapital across the road was delicious, so we found ourselves there several times. Faro airport is 20 minutes away by taxi, which made the journey easy.
Gail was the perfect host - kindly letting us check-in early as soon as our flight arrived, quick to respond to all requests, and otherwise leaving us in peace.
We are recommending Gail's flat to our friends and hope to visit again soon.
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About the Host, Gail
Married to Humberto. We met in UK 22 years ago and now live in the hills behind Quarteira, which is where he was born. He works for an airline so I get to travel round the world from time to time....lucky me.