Farmhouse | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 5
Carregal is a lovely typical house in unspoilt Central Portugal. It has been sympathetically restored preserving many of the old features, such as attractive original beams ,wooden ceilings ane doors plus an original bread oven oven under the large canopy with woodburning stove.
Named after the village,Carregal, which is situated in a beautiful valley surrounded by hills covered with eucalyptus and pine trees. We are lucky to have a bar and mini market ( two minutes down the quiet road) owned by a friendly English speaking Portuguese man who males some excellent wines from his local vinyards. The residents are welcoming and and often offer fresh eggs and vegetables and depending on the season you can pick oranges and figs from our garden.
From here walking part the old well and threshing circle you can continue on to the forests along the many tracks , discovering new fauna and flora enjoying nature at its best.
The house has spacious accommodation with two bathrooms . To the ground floor there is a large kitchen/dining area with exposed original beams and doors opening to the front drive area where there is parking for two cars, and also to the rear there is veranda and patio area overlooking rolling forested hillsides .
Leading from the kitchen/dining is a glazed door to a large lounge with parquet flooring, wood burning stove and satellite T.V. . A short flight of stairs leads up to the mezzanine floor with study area .This also has a sofa and writing desk . Opening to the rear is the ground floor bathroom with bath/shower , bidet ,W.C, W.H.B.
Also leading from the kitchen/dining room are stairs to the first floor where there is a double bedroom with double doors opening on to small veranda ,a single bedroom (both bedrooms have traditional wooden ceilings and the original panel doors), and a shower room with Shower, W.C and W.H.B. Opening from the landing there is a door leading on to the upper veranda with views over the surrounding countryside.A delightful place to relax in the evening with perhaps a glass of wine watching the sun go down.
A further flight of stairs lead you up to the Sotao (attic ) with exposed roof beams furnished with two single beds
Outside to the rear is a covered veranda and patio area and portable barbecue .There is a further seating area, under the willow tree around the well, (capped for safety), and a stone path leading down to the "summer house" and threshing area which is paved with large granite slabs.
Our holidays in Carregal are very special, even though we go three or four times a year in all seasons over a period of ten years, we still experience new and exciting things. The first time we saw the beautiful night skies full of stars, unspoilt by light pollution, the fire flies in June twinkling as they fly though the darkness,magical.
Discovering wild orchids in the woods and tasting fruits we have never heard of (give the mushrooms a miss) and picking fresh oranges and figs for breakfast.
Then there is being invited to to join in in local festivals,taken to a medieval fair at Santiago de Guarda, site of the fortified Roman villa and museum, and the opening of the restored water mill on the edge of the village.(Key available from the bar).
Helping with the harvest of grapes and olives in season and seeing the pressing of the Olives and fermenting of the grapes first hand and sampling the finished product.
Carregal is indeed idyllic, but there is always so much to see and do in the area ,with all the pleasure to be had from the experience.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Lisbon or Porto 180 km, Nearest railway: Tomar or Pombal 27 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Video player, CD player, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
Prices are quoted for units of one week,and are based on five people renting.there is a REDUCTION of £20.00 per person per week payable for a smaller number of guests
This is a guide and we are happy to quote for whatever period you may want to rent for.
The house is managed by a local firm of English People, so there is always someone just a phone call away to help if needed.
Welcome pack provided upon request.
The Costa de Prata/Silver Coast/Central Portugal region
The climate can reach a little more extremes than the coast , but delightful in spring with the hot months being July and August but a good temperate climate most of the year, even having lunch on the terrace in December (Occasionally) Within an hours drive of the house there are such diverse places and countryside to see and experience.Coimbra the old University city (50 min),Tomar ,a delightful jewel of an ancient city from Templar times steeped in History, Fatima (30 min) the shrine ,Batalha (40) min Magnificent Gothic cathedral, the abandoned villages in the forested mountains near Lousa, The barragem (15min), 40 kilometres of man made lake with wonderful scenery, boating ,swimming ad deserted banks to picnic.Horse riding (4 min) Swimming (5 min) or just quiet roads winding through the countryside, ,restaurants (from 5 min) serving a variety of local dishes for such modest prices, and on it goes.
Closer to home the nearest town is Alvaiazere 5 kilometres away.The town boasts two banks ,two swimming pools, several restaurants and cafes, two supermarkets, hospital , cinema,,sports centre and brand new sports stadium.
Market day is Wednesday, Cabecos (8 kilometers) market day Monday ,lovely typical rural /agricultural town,food so fresh ,and so much flavour.Many markets on Sundays .Ansiao chic compact town 12 kilometres , over some picturesque mountains ,couple of good restaurants and smart shops,cinema and so on.So much to do with so little time, or just do nothing, its still brilliant around here.