Villa Kambu, Estoi Algarve

James Villas


Once upon a timeline


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Each of our villas has its own personality and its own story to tell. All are different, memorable, and your holiday just wouldn’t be the same without this special place at the centre. Take a peep at the ‘Villa Timelines’ on our website for the key moments in your villa’s past and the memories and tips of the people who have stayed before. Warm, homely and full of memories, it’s a little piece of history unique to your holiday, ready to be explored and added to!

We delved into villa Kambu’s Timeline. Beautifully located in the Algarve’s unspoilt hilltop village of Estoi, we discovered this villa’s lovely history, guest comments and milestones.

Villa timeline

villa timeline

Behind each villa’s story is our relationship with the owner. We chatted with Lisa, who owns Kambu. She told us what’s special about it.

Tell us about Kambu’s location

Kambu is set in a quieter location on the eastern side of the Algarve, between the small villages of Estoi and Moncarapacho and close to the towns of Olhao and Faro. It’s ideal for guests who like to be in the countryside, but not too isolated from other properties and places.

What is it about the villa that holidaymakers love?

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I think it has to be all the entertainment extras and comforts. There’s a large swimming pool and a games room with snooker table, ping pong and exercise machines. My favourite though is the gazebo chill out area with a barbecue. It’s ideal for al fresco evenings, with a large lawned area perfect for children to play on.
Kambu also has fibre optic internet and a TV system with all the UK channels – films, sports, kids’ programmes and a built-in fi lm club with all the latest releases, plus other DVDs. There’s a PlayStation in one of the bedrooms and a Wii games console in another, both with lots of games. Less techy, the games cupboard has books and jigsaws to keep families and children happy.

What is it that makes Kambu special?

Kambu the dog

It’s warm and welcoming and just like a home from home in the sun. We actually named the villa after my dog – a black Labrador! The word Kambu comes from Africa and means ‘good fortune’, or ‘good luck’.

What does your role as a villa owner involve?

I always personally meet guests on arrival and welcome them to the villa. I’ve lived in Portugal for 11 years so I like to share ideas and tips for places to visit, or help with any queries that may come up. I also take care of the works of the maid, pool man and gardener to make for a smooth and relaxing holiday. I always have to be prepared in advance and plan ahead for anything that guests may like in the villa.

What do you most enjoy about being a James Villas owner?

Lisa - Villa Kambu, Estoi

I have met some lovely people over the years, many of whom have become repeat customers and good friends. I also take great pleasure in seeing guests have a fabulous holiday, and just really enjoy themselves.

Our guests on Reevoo love Kambu too…

Our Villa Timelines include a snippet of our customers’ memories. There is always more to tell though! You might want to check out Reevoo, our independent review system, for the story so far…

When browsing for your 2018 villa holiday, make sure you take a look at the villa timelines and see what past guests had to say about their holiday.

Danielle Cheney

Danielle Cheney is a Marketing Communications Manager at James Villa Holidays.

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