BOOKINGS OPEN for January – May 2020

Now that the Festive Season is over, we can look forward to the rest of winter and what it brings to us all….

For some – it means sun-bathing in the Algarve Sunshine, for others it may mean golfing, hiking, bike riding or meeting up with new friends on the road.

Whatever the reason … we are here to help …

Bookings are OPEN for the rest of January through to May 2020.

But please don’t hesitate as we’re almost full for February and have already turned people away over the Festive period.

Booking or Enquiry is simple:

Step 1: Press on the TAB labeled Booking Enquiry

Step 2: Fill in the Form and press “Continue”

Step 3: We’ll receive your enquiry and reply within 24-48hours

Step 4: You’ll receive a Confirmation from us

Step 5: Drive in and set up and RELAX

See, its that easy ….

We’re looking forward to meeting you soon …

All the best,

Anthea & Gerard


Unveiling our new upgrades on the Site

Vilamoura Rustic Motorhome Aire, Newsletter September 2019
Good morning fellow Motorhomers & Caravanners,
We are pleased to announce that we are taking the next step with ‘Vilamoura Rustic Motorhome Aire’, Algarve Portugal, closer to our dream site, in that we are currently developing the site to incorporate a Social and Sports Club for the Algarve Expat community.
The Social Club (under the name of ‘The Discovered Club’), is a Privately owned and operated Club with benefits for the local expat community, but also the touring Motorhome and Caravan community, who enjoy a Club atmosphere.
The Club provides Events and Activities in an exclusive Venue to Ex-pats living in the central region of the Algarve. The Club also provides onsite accommodation for its members touring in a Motorhome or Caravan whilst in the Algarve.

During the summer months, we have been building a huge community area called the “STOP Sign garden”, to turn this dream into a reality, so that Members can enjoy the many activities and/or events hosted by the Club. The activities we have so far ( but not limited to), include Portuguese Lessons, Fish’n’chip Nights, Pub Quiz’s, Summer Open-Air Cinema nights, Formula 1 Fan Club, Social BBQ’s, Karaoke Nights, the 5 o’clock Club and the Vilamoura Cycle Club.


New Members are welcome to join the Club, (both Local and Abroad) to meet new friends with common interests, share a good old Aussie BBQ in the Portuguese Sun, or simply book a pitch for their Tourer.

From September 7th 2019 ( its our 2nd Anniversary since opening), we will be unveiling the new facilities for the benefit of all.

While the Café will remain the central point for Social get-togethers; our new Community garden, will be the focal point for the outdoor activities and community bbq’s hosted by yours truly “Gerard and Anthea”.

We have built a lovely 6-meter outdoor BBQ kitchen incorporating a double charcoal bbq with a Spit Roast large enough to turn a small pig, as well as a pizza oven and serving bench.

In the future as the Club Activities develop, our support for Local Charity Fund-raising events will be centered around this lovely out-door space, providing seating for 40 people or thereabouts. With a Maypole centered in the lawn providing shade in the hot Algarve sun, it will soon become the hub for all our members.

If you are past Guests’ of our site, we hope you’ll enjoy the new changes to the site, as well as appreciate the new updates to the Motorhome & Caravan area’s… bringing us closer to our dream of a cohesive Club for local Ex-pats to join in the Club’s activities, as well as touring Motorhome and Caravan Club Members enjoying a home away from home atmosphere.

We trust and hope you will love our site as much as we do, and we look forward to welcoming you to our Club; ‘The Discovered Club’.

We have also published our Christmas and New Years Festivities 2019-2020 for your consideration, for those who are looking at booking at the end of the year.
We hope you are as excited as we are and look forward to welcoming you to the new look and operation of the Club and Motorhome & Caravan site.
yours sincerely,
Ms Anthea Whitley and Mr Gerard Appelman
Club Owners & Site Operators
Mob:+351 918 721 948 (M-S: 10-5pm)
Office: +351 289 149 315 (M-S: 10-5pm)
To check out the Social Club Activities …… Website:

How’s the weather where you are… cos its simply glorious here in southern Portugal!

Monday 21st January 2019

Good evening Folks,

It was another glorious Day today in the sunshine … the temperature got to 17-18°C .. but it felt a lot higher than that, sitting in the sun.

If you’re stuck in the northern countries of Europe, in the snow, wet and coldness … then what are you waiting for??

Jump in the Camping Car or Caravan and drive on down to southern Portugal … you won’t be disappointed.

Even if its only for One month here in Portugal, you’ll feel a world of difference.

After all, you won’t need a heavy winter coat,

you won’t need a pair of gumboots …

and you certainly won’t need snow chains or tyres!

Hopefully we’ll see you soon

Winter Touring 2019 … we still have some pitches available

Are you looking to get out of the cold and snow of Northern Europe?

And into the sun of southern Portugal????

Then we invite you to consider spending your time with us, at Vilamoura Rustic.

We may not be the biggest,

We may not be the cheapest,

But we are the friendliest, most dedicated Motorhomers to welcome you to our site.

You see, we have traveled the length and breathe of Europe in our Motorhome and know what it means to relax, feel safe and feel welcomed.

Thus, we welcome you to consider staying at Vilamoura Rustic … a home away from home  … in the sun 

have a lovely remainder of the year 2018!

Anthea & Gerard


Greeting from us over the past few days …

Here’s a few photo’s of the past few days …

Christmas Van Decoration Competition Entrants

Christmas Eve – Singing Christmas Carols in the Bushveld Garden

Christmas Day Luncheon .. ( photo’s coming)

Boxing Day BBQ in the Bushveld Garden in the southern sun.

Thanks to our guests for taking the wonderful photos!

thanks, Anthea & Gerard

Christmas Decoration Van entrant

Gluhwein anyone???

Christmas Van Decoration Competition Entrant 

Gathering for Christmas Carol singing 

Carols by Candle light


Christmas Van Decoration Competition … Van Entrant


Boxing Day Breakfast – Gerard’s Birthday breakie  Playing Darts in the sun on Boxing Day … a great time was had by all! 




Only 5 Pitches left for Christmas & New Year’s Eve 2018


If you’re thinking about coming for December, then please don’t hesitate by pressing on the Booking Enquiry link “ “

We would hate you to miss out at having a wonderful Christmas and New Years Eve celebrations, here in southern Portugal .

Hope to hear from you soon!

Have you been Naughty or Nice … ????? 

Best Wishes ,
Anthea & Gerard X

15 Weeks till Christmas Day!!

Its only 15 weeks until Christmas Day … Have you placed your Booking yet???

Last year we filled up 95% for the Christmas Season by the middle of October, with only a couple of spaces left by the start of December… And that was within 6 weeks of opening our doors in September 2017… so please don’t wait too long to send us your Booking Enquiry …. we would hate for you to miss out on the Celebrations!!

If we are your choice of site and destination in the Winter Sun, please don’t hesitate or wait to contact us ….. 

We are once again putting on a Full Christmas Luncheon, and Boxing Day BBQ for our Guests.  Its a fully catered 3 course Luncheon with all you can drink – Wine/Beer/Soft Drinks.

Entree: Antipasto plate between 2 people ( If Single person – a plate for one) 
Mains: Typical English Style Luncheon with an assortment of Roast Turkey, Roast Beef, Roast Pork, Yorkshire Pudding, Veggies and Gravy.
Dessert: Home-Made Individual Plum Puddings and Brandy Custard
Coffee or Tea  with a Christmas Chocolate to finish

Vegetarian Menu available – ( must be pre-booked by 20th December 2018).

We’ll have a visit from Santa Claus and a Kris Kringle (Secret Santa) for those who would like to participate.

Have you been Naughty or Nice??? 

You’ll be able to have a Photograph sitting on Santa’s knee, and sending back a photo/e-postcard to loved ones back home …. spreading the cheer of the winter sun.

The following day is Boxing Day and Gerard’s birthday … so in good Ozzie tradition, we’re putting on a BBQ ( Braai) to enjoy the wonderful Algarve Sun: surrounded by good Cheer, Laughter and Birthday Cake!

BBQ anyone ???????   
Vegetarian Options are always available – but must be booked in Advanced.

If you’re interested about attending either or both events, then please press on the link to take you to the Booking Enquiry Page.

We look forward to meeting you for the Festive Season and can’t wait to see what Santa brought you … aka.. have you been Naughty or Nice????? 

Please note: you must be a guest of our site to attend the Festive Celebrations.

Bushveld Garden Opening August 2018

We are pleased to announce the Opening of the new Garden Area associated with the ‘Outback Cafe & Bar’. 

We have christened it ” The Bushveld Garden ” to commemorate  the designers family heritage – South Africa.

We have Gerard’s world famous – ‘Braai area’, A Cocktail Bar and loads of comfortable seating for the guests to enjoy their time in the sun. We’ve also made sure there’s plenty of ‘shade’ with large Umbrella’s and a Walnut tree placed amongst the garden.

Then as the sun goes down… we have the stuff of dreams … Our very own

Outdoor Cinema!

Remember the days of the ‘Drive-In Movies’ .. well this is just as good…. although a lot more comfortable. No scratchy speakers, no steering wheel in your way, no kids runny around….. Instead we offer Grown Up Drinks, Grown up Sweeties and Grown Up seating!

We aim to show the latest Movies in English, (with subtitles when possible), so everyone can enjoy. The garden is fitted out with surround sound, so you’ll think the voices come from the trees and the planes/(insert action machines), fly over head …. just like an Outdoor Cinema should be!

With a causal and relaxed atmosphere, we Invite all our Motorhome and Caravan guests to put their feet up*  and soak in the delights of the Bushveld Garden and Outdoor Cinema.

PS – on those chilly nights, we have blankets to snuggle under too!

*Figuratively speaking, cos, as my mother always told me….

“No feet on the Furniture!”