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Stay In The Dragons Lair!

Stay In The Dragons Lair!

As reported in the Daily this weekend, Duncan Bannatynes beautiful villa in Vale do Lobo, which he bought through Ideal Homes Portugal last year, is up for rent. As you would expect, this level of luxury doesn’t come cheap, but what a story you could tell having stayed in the Dragons lair!

How do you fancy renting out a real Dragon’s Den for your holiday retreat?

Well now you can, after Scottish multi-millionaire Duncan Bannatyne put his Portugal home on the market.



Boutique real estate agency Ideal Homes Portugal has the ultimate in celebrity lifestyle offerings, with families able to book to stay in the newly acquired home of the former Dragons’ Den star.


Bannatyne, who announced in July last year that the current series of hit BBC show Dragon’s Den would be his last, was one of the original cast for the programme. His departure means Peter Jones is the sole survivor from the first ever episode.


Portugal is a popular destination with visitors from across the globe. With a reputed 300 days of sunshine annually, the country’s southern Algarve region plays host to many happy holidays throughout the year. The cost of living is low, the beaches are sandy, the cuisine is delightful and good wine can be had for €2 (£1.50) per bottle.

This fabulous combination worked to make 2014 a particularly good year for tourism in the Algarve. The number of visitors in the first ten months of the year exceeded that for the whole of 2013, according to data from the National Statistics Institute (INE).




Desidério Silva, president of the RTA regional Algarve tourism board, said: ‘In 2014 we have achieved the best numbers in recent years and the Algarve continues to be the driving force of tourism in Portugal.’


Food and wine were key attractions during 2014, as indeed they were in 2013, when they brought a record 14 million visitors to Portugal (up 4.2 per cent from the year before), according to Travel Pulse.


The Dutch are also falling for Portugal’s charms right now, with users of holiday review website Zoover voting the Iberian nation as their second favourite destination (after Austria). Russian holidaymakers too are pouring in, having moved away from previously popular destinations such as Goa, which are now viewed as far less welcoming to Russian tourists.




Part of Portugal’s charm is its ability to offer something for everyone, with the leisure activities on offer ranging from sitting on the sand with the waves lapping at your toes to spending the holidays as high rollers in the region’s casinos.


With both the pound and the dollar looking good against the euro right now, Portugal’s attractions as a holiday destination are even more tempting. As many families start planning their summer break, it looks like 2015 could be another bumper year for the Algarve.




Visit www.idealhomesportugalrentals.com if you are interested in renting villas, including that of one of the Original Dragon’s Den, Duncan Bannatyne.”As well as Duncans villa, there are many more villas apartments and townhouses available to rent through Ideal Homes Portugal’s newly launched rental website.


To view the properties on offer or to enquire how to get your own rental property listed on the same site please contact info@idealhomesportugalrentals.com or call on (00351) 289512311