QIs is possible to spend my vacations there without a car?
ANot at all. Closest village is 2 km and there isn’t much there. No public transportation.
QHow far is the closest supermarket?
AIn Bordeira there are a couple of small shops which might be open when you need them and that’s about 2 km far. For a proper supermarket you will have to drive for about 5 km and then you will have a Lidl, an Intermarché and a Pingo Doce – that’s in the small town of São Brás de Alportel.
QIs the property remote? Is it isolated?
AWell, it’s the villa on the top of a hill with several other villas. It’s not remote in a sense you won’t see any other house. But it’s quiet as neighbors are quiet and not of them stay around permanently. If you are thinking about shops, cafes and other amenities, than, yes, it’s remote, you will only find some of these things in the village and taht’s 2 km by road.
QIs there total privacy? Is the swimming pool overlooked by someone else?
ABasically the privacy is total. Only the neighbors to our right may look at our pool terrace but even them, only from certain spots and with very tight angles. Some areas of the terrace offer total privacy. And then, only very seldom the neighbors are there. They are foreigners who come to the villa about two weeks per year.
QHow cold is the pool water in the low season
AIt’s cold. At least for use. We don’t use it in the low season. And no, it’s not heated.
QHow is the heating of the house
ANot so good. As most of the Portuguese houses, this one was built for the Summer, to leave the heat outside, not to keep it warm. Two of the bedrooms have AC units and there are two other units in the common areas. There is a temperamental wood stove which we light up in cold nights, located in the small lounge, also known as “the library”. The conservatory is warm even in the coldest days if there is sunlight during the day, which is not rare.
QWhere do we get wood for the stove
AEither in the supermaket, where it is expensive and sold in small quantities, or by ordering 1 ton for about 150 Eur. We can this arrange with the provider.