Things got off to a good start, with a very warm and relaxed welcome from the owner - no form filling, just refreshments on the terrace! We really appreciated that, having arrived a bit frazzled after a train journey, two bus journeys and a little hike uphill with our cases (note that if you get the local Lagos bus from town, Linea 2, the nearest stop is Praia Dona Ana, but it goes down a slope to get to the bus stop, and you just end up walking back up the slope! No more than about 10 mins walk to the house, though).
The house is tucked away in a peaceful setting, with a cosy atmosphere, and rooms/apartments set amidst a lovely garden and patios (plus swimming pool). Some of the rooms/apartments are quite close together, so you do depend on other guests being considerate, but it seems the kind of place where that is a fairly safe bet. As we were shown to our room (stylish and comfortable, with good bed, lots of windows complete with shutters, TV, ensuite bathroom with shower over mini bathtub), we noticed a couple of other guests sitting around in the sun reading quietly, and the odd cat strolling across the patio... the place had the feel of a cosy, quiet little private community.
I remember the room having air conditioning, but in March we really didn't need that. It did have a radiator which we were glad of on the first night, which was quite cool. I think the heating must be controlled centrally, but we found the radiator was on (low) just when we needed it so it worked out nicely.
And then there was the delicious, varied breakfast - the best we had on our holiday... a platter of meats and cheeses, a basket of bread/croissant, scrambled egg, a platter of fruit, fresh squeezed orange juice, good coffee - an excellent start to the day.
I mentioned the nearest beach earlier (Praia Dona Ana, walking distance) and I believe there are others quite nearby too, plus some beautiful coastal scenery, which can be enjoyed whilst walking along the nearby cliffs (there are one or two restaurants out that way too, if you fancy a romantic sunset dinner!).
I imagine that the location might not suit everyone as it isn't right in the centre of town and it's up a bit of a hill, although we really enjoyed the stroll down to town which I think took no more than 15 mins. There are also some restaurants quite nearby, and a Spar supermarket halfway into town. Also, it is next to an apartment complex, which I imagine may get busy in peak season, but it was very quiet when we were there at the end of March, and the apartment complex does seem quite a decent sort. Pity about the blot on the landscape nearby, in the form of a big concrete shell of an unfinished hotel, but you don't see it from within Uma Casa, only from the road when you're coming or going.
In general, Teresa & staff made us feel very welcome and were discreetly attentive (and Teresa spoke good English, as unfortunately we hadn't had time to learn much Portuguese before we went), and we would have no hesitation in staying there again.
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