‘We’ll visit our new Al­garve villa each month’

Evening Standard - West End Final Extra - ES Homes and Property - - Homes Abroad -

golf, the beach and lo­cal restau­rants suit Paul Thomp­son and his fam­ily

A LOVE of golf and the beaches, sports and restau­rants on of­fer in Vale do Lobo en­cour­aged Paul and Fern Thomp­son and their chil­dren Lucy, 21, and Max, 18, to buy two homes there.

“We bought a house on the 10th hole of the Ocean Course in 2010 and ren­o­vated it,” says busi­ness owner Paul. “After a few years we sold it but soon found we missed the area. This May we bought a tired bun­ga­low over­look­ing the Royal Course with plans to de­mol­ish it and build a mod­ern villa.”

The fam­ily had al­ready owned prop­erty in south­ern Spain but the Al­garve beat ev­ery­where else. “We plan to visit our new home around once a month and will also rent it, ex­pect­ing to achieve 12 weeks rental each year.”

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