Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Standing proud at the top of the sleepy, picturesque, hilltop village that is Outeiro you'll find Quinta Das Eiras. A centuries old former farming manor completely reinvented for the 21st Century. It's imposing green gates the entrance to your own personal oasis spanning 6,000 square metres and including private pool with BBQ & al fresco seating / dining area, private badminton courts, private spa treatment room and countless flora and fauna. Wandering through our gardens we ask that you feel free to help yourself to the many fruits & herbs you will find, enjoy the warmth of the sun on your face as beautiful butterflies pass you by. You may even see our resident eagle perched majestically in the heights of our eucalyptus tree or see our curious partridge who'll often try to sneak up behind you when you're not looking!
Inside you'll love the space of our large lounge & dining room along with the facilities of our fully equipped kitchen. You'll also be spoiled with our three, spacious bedrooms and you'll adore the sumptuous dressing gowns and slippers provided with our compliments for use during your stay. There's even complimentary lavender sprays for your bedding to help you ease off into a great nights sleep. The welcome basket (boasting local produce from the area) is a gift from us to welcome you to your new home and a chance to sample the excellent fare on offer! You'll find selected spirits in the lounge which are also complimentary and for you to enjoy during your stay. Located in the kitchen you'll discover our bar offering you a selection of our own label wines, the prices of which are sent to you prior to your arrival. We know it's easy to forget the essentials so toiletries are included in all bathrooms and you'll smell divine with complimentary shower gel by Penhaligon's of London included as part of your holiday experience. The building is climate controlled throughout for your comfort and free wi-fi is available.
We're extremely proud of our unique Spa experience too - treatments are available for you to book prior to your arrival and will see you receiving specialist pampering from our therapist within the relaxing and private surroundings of our very own Spa Room! You'll find it located just a short stroll into the grounds and we'd be happy to put you in touch with our therapist prior to the start of your holiday to answer any questions you might have.
The villa is ideally located just a few minutes drive from several restaurants and cafe bars offering fresh, local produce at absolutely unbelievable prices. You're also on the doorstep of over 20 stunning walks which are detailed in our welcome booklet and, if you'd rather soak up the culture, there's an abundance of Roman ruins, castles, monuments and monasteries all within reasonable driving distance. Although inland you only have to travel 40 minutes to experience the magic of the almost deserted, crystal clear blue waters of Portugal's stunning Silver Coast - surely some of the most magical beaches that Europe has to offer.
Naturally it makes sense to explore the village first and, once you've met the neighbours, take a walk down to the wooden windmills of Outeiro, not only are they fascinating but the views from here are sensational! Of course you could just choose to spend your time around the pool and, with temperatures exceeding the mid forties in the summer season, who could blame you?
With dedicated agents living a short distance away they are always available to answer any issues you encounter, alternatively you can contact ourselves directly by email or phone and we'll be only too happy to assist you. We cannot stress the importance we put on your experience and will accept nothing less than perfection to give you and your family the holiday you so deserve.
We are able to offer airport & railway transfers to/from the villa as well as inclusive dining experiences including transportation to ensure no one has to be the driver. We can provide day itineraries & transportation to places of interest for up to 4 people. Want a daily maid or maybe a mid week turn down and clean? No problem! We believe that a self catering holiday should be flexible enough to offer these little extras if required - and we believe we're the first in the area to allow you to build your holiday in this way.
For your added protection and peace of mind, Quinta Das Eiras holds the AL - 'Alojamento Local' permit, which is issued by the local Camara (Town Hall), to ensure that certain standards are met for your safety and comfort.
We're very proud of the standard of accommodation & facilities offered at Quinta Das Eiras, and are pleased to have received 5 star feedback from all of our Trip Advisor reviews. Guest comment's include "A gem of a find", "thoroughly recommended for anyone who wants to escape the big city", "We particularly enjoyed the attention to detail that you normally do not find in your typical holiday rental", "we have booked many villas all over the world and this has been the cleanest yet", and "we were blown away by the beauty of the place."
We hope you're inspired to make an enquiry and we hope to welcome you to this "little of peace of heaven on earth" where you'll rediscover the pleasure of simplicity.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Pedrogão 59 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Porto 175 km, Nearest railway: Pombal 15 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Private tennis court, BBQ|
|Further details indoors||
The lounge at Quinta Das Eiras offers the perfect space to chill out, either when cooling off in the summer or snuggled up by candlelight in front of the open fire during the cooler Portuguese nights. Double doors provide easy access to the pool area and at night look out across the illuminated pool and barbecue area. There's a real feel of the building's original heritage in here as the magnificent stone walls complement the high vaulted wooden ceiling. There's a High Definition TV with access to both UK Television Channels and a library of on demand content to suit your mood as well as a selection of DVD's which can be viewed in our Blu Ray player. An iPod dock is also provided if you prefer to make your own soundtrack to your holiday, alternatively why not connect our tablet (which has access to thousand's of albums for your listening pleasure) to the Bluetooth enabled Sound System for a richer sound experience! There's plenty of floor space to work up a sweat with the xBox if you're feeling active! A selection of books are also available along with board games, dominoes and playing cards. The lounge is fitted with a cooling/heating a/c unit enabling you to set the area to your required comfortable temperature. You'll find a selection of informative leaflets and brochures kindly provided with compliments of the local tourism office located in Ansiao situated on the desk in the hallway. Don't forget, the spirits located in the lounge are complimentary and are for your use during your stay with us.
The kitchen also overlooks the beautiful pool area and the outstanding views of the valley beyond. Standard equipment includes Hotpoint Electric Fan Oven, Gas Hob with overhead extraction unit, Microwave (with Grill), Electric Kettle, Delta Coffee Machine, Electric Toaster, Washing Machine & Full Size Dishwasher. It comes fully stocked with all the crockery, cutlery and glassware you'll need along with a host of copper plated pots, pans and various cooking utensils.
Leading out of the kitchen through an archway into our bright and welcoming dining room. Dressed sympathetically with quality wooden furniture and providing the perfect setting for quality meal times. Sliding glass patio doors provide a stunning 180 degree view of the outdoor pool & seating / dining areas, fully retractable to immediately allow you to bring the outdoors in.
All bedrooms at Quinta Das Eiras bring you the up most in space and comfort. All of our bedding is 100% Egyptian Cotton with super thick towels that you won't want to put down! All are individually climate controlled with hot & cold a/c units and all feature our specially made lavender spray to help you drift off into a great night's sleep! There's ample storage space in all too!
The ground floor bedroom is ideal for persons of limited mobility and is conveniently located next to the house bathroom. It boasts a large double bed, huge fitted wardrobes, dressing table and bedside units as you would expect. It also has a large panoramic window with a door which can open to allow quick and convenient access to the outside of the property.
Ascending the solid marble staircase to your left you'll reach the 1st floor twin room. Once more with all the standards as listed above this room is incredibly bright and airy with a high ceiling to further enhance the feeling of openness. A door to the side opens onto a large sun terrace - easily large enough to enjoy a cocktail whilst the sun sets across the township of Ansiao in the distance. You'll get a birds eye view across the grounds of Quinta Das Eiras and much further still, and with all day sunshine it's one of the many ideal spots to relax, recline and soak up the atmosphere.
Across the corridor you'll find the 1st floor double room with it's own en-suite shower room. Again the high ceilings and crisp, white walls make this a lovely room (our personal favourite) and double doors lead out onto a covered balcony with patio seating that offers absolutely breathtaking views for many miles. Whether it's sitting here with a coffee in the morning whilst you peruse the news, or even to gaze across the vista as dusk turns into evening we promise you that you will never, ever tire of the view from here.
The master bathroom has everything you'll need such as a full sized walk in shower cubicle, WC, illuminated vanity unit and bidet.
Our Spa Room is situated within the private grounds of Quinta Das Eiras and is pre-bookable to offer you a range of therapies including Swedish Massage, Indian Head Massage, Reflexology, Reiki, Aromatherapy Massage and Thai Massage. Of course, if it's hot you may wish to transfer your treatment poolside - just ask our therapist who will be happy to oblige.
|Further details outdoors||
Our secure automated gated entrance provides car parking for several vehicles.
Our pristine 8m x 4m outdoor pool is without a doubt our jewel in the crown and features a fully retractable fence to ensure little hands cannot gain access whilst your back is turned. It has gradual steps to the shallow end or traditional ladder steps to the deep end - ideal for both those who want to play and those who want to clock up the lengths! Both our barbecue area and outside seating are situated in such a way so that you'll always have full peripheral vision of the area.
Padded sun loungers, for maximum comfort, will feature poolside. You'll be pleased to hear that wi-fi is available poolside so you can remain in touch with the rest of the world, should you wish! Alternatively it's the perfect place to read away the chapters of your book - a quick dip in the pool to refresh followed by a rinse down thanks to the outdoor shower and you'll be instantly revitalised!
What could be better than a late afternoon spent sat underneath our outdoors seating / dining area accessible from the pool or via the retractable glass windows in the dining room? It's ideal for al fresco dining or just soaking up the Portuguese sun with a good read. Sink into one of our large wicker chairs or curl up on the sofa for an afternoon of sheer relaxation. For your comfort the entire area can be curtained off to provide shade or left open to allow you to bathe in sunlight. Automated outdoor lighting will ensure this is a space to be enjoyed at any time of the day or night. Our Sonos sound system will allow you to instantly connect the tablet so you can have your choice of music softly playing in the background too. It's ideal location means you can keep a constant eye on the pool area, as well as enjoying the fantastic views down the grounds, meandering past the Spa Room and beyond - as far as the eye can see. There's a full size outdoor Rattan dining table and chairs to enjoy the produce of the area amongst the very fields it came from. Surely the epitomy of outdoor living as it should be in such a diverse and beautiful landscape.
A little further down our garden, set on the first of our two threshing circles, is a secondary seating area covered with a tasteful gazebo and further garden furniture for you to sit and and watch the sky turn red as the sun sets further down in the valley. Afterwards why not stock up the chimenea with logs and open another bottle of Quinta Das Eiras own label wine to enjoy as dusk descends around you. There's three varieties to choose from and we'll ensure there's more than enough for the duration of your stay! You're journey back to the villa will be lit by electronic lighting that's automatically operated for convenience.
We've mentioned the grounds previously but they are well worth an exploratory tour - each stroll is guaranteed to uncover something new and fascinating, be it plant life or the curious little partridge that you'll sometimes catch running up and down the paths - it doesn't seem to like going onto the grass but you are more than welcome to do so and explore at will! The scenery changes by the hour and we'd recommend you cast off with a chair, a glass of wine and a good book. We have tried to allow the majority of the grounds to naturally seed which means an abundance of beautiful, colorful flora and forna - we think you'll be spellbound by it. We've provided various areas with additional seating to discover, why not try them all and find your own personal favourite spot?
At the bottom of the garden you'll find the private badminton courts - after all that food, and drink, we invite you to challenge your opponent to a game in what we promise you will be a court offering the most impressive view's you'll ever play on!
A booklet showing detailed directions to the villa, local places to visit, suggested walks & where to eat will be sent to you prior to your departure. We'll even throw in a couple of the essential Portuguese words and phrases to have you speaking like a local by the end of your time with us!
As a thank you from us for booking Quinta das Eiras, we provide a welcome pack, containing local products like wine, cheese, olive oil, biscuits, honey and bread.
We provide complimentary Penhaligon's Shower Gel in both bathrooms as well as small bottles of conditioner and moisturiser too. Bathrobes and pool slippers are provided for the period of your stay . Complimentary spirits are provided and can be found in the lounge.
Please remember to leave the dressing gowns and slippers at the end of your visit.
The swimming pool and pre bookable Spa treatment packages are available 12 months of the year.
We can accommodate shop's by request prior to your arrival, please advise using the confirmation paperwork sent to you.
The 'honesty bar' provided is chargeable and will be settled at the end of your holiday.
The property is non smoking throughout however we welcome smoking in any of the outside areas - there are plenty of areas to provide cover whatever the weather and ashtrays are available upon request.
If you have any special requirements that you'd like to have prior to arrival, please contact us - we'll try our best to accommodate your every need.
The Costa de Prata/Silver Coast/Central Portugal region
In the central section of the Portuguese coastline, intense reflections on the water lend their name to this happy destination: Costa de Prata (Silver Coast).
The curative springs and the lush vegetation of secular forests have preserved all the rewards of their unspoilt nature.
The monasteries, convents, castles, churches, and museums witness the priceless historic and artistic heritage of renowned universal value.
As one of the most economically developed regions in the country, Costa de Prata is also home for famous traditional art treasures, such as its porcelain and crystal, as well as its gastronomy, strongly influenced by the sea and counterbalanced by its tasty Bairrada wines and mouth-watering sweets.
In the fishing villages or urban historic centres, the kindness of the people is but another asset to add to this bountiful area's vast list of qualities.
The village of Outeiro can only leave you spellbound by nature's beauty - take a journey of discovery on one of the many trails that run around the village, or why not make a picnic and take in the beauty of the sprawling vista from the historic wooden windmills - very much the landmark of the local area.
Venture into nearby Santiago da Guarda, visit it's wonderful picturesque church and spend an hour exploring it's Roman settlement with room after room of mind blowing original mosaic's. Whilst there you may meet it's curator, Claudia. She is a very good friend of ours and would be delighted to hear that you are staying at the villa - so pull up a chair and say hello! From here you might want to sample the menu @ Santiago, the village's restaurant. Boasting a modern and contemporary design, you may be surprised with the quality, taste and portions of authentic, traditional Portuguese cuisine - with service and prices to delight!
A short drive into the town of Ansiao offers you a morning to peruse the local shops offering local produce and handmade crafts, along with the Intermarche to conveniently stock up on any essentials for your stay in Portugal. In addition to this the town has an abundance of patisseries , restaurants and cafes, so you can soak up the laid back pace of life whilst interacting with it's welcoming locals. It also boasts a wonderful park along with covered indoor swimming pool.
A leisurely car journey through the never ending beauty of this under-discovered area can take you to the following additional tourist attractions:
Alcobaça- Monumental Cistercian Abbey of Santa Maria, founded in 1152 (classified in UNESCO's International Heritage list). Inside: Gothic tombs of King Pedro I and Inês de Castro; cloisters; the Chapter House and immense kitchen.
Aveiro - Famous for its lagoon, this town is criss-crossed by canals where colourfully painted moliceiro boats sail.
Castelo Branco - White Castle - rises on the slope of a hill that dominates a plateau region; thus its historical function as a defensive fortress which is confirmed by the castle, from where one can view a panorama that stretches until the frontier and the slopes of Gardunha, overlooking the upper course of the river Tagus. the city´s main attraction is the extraordinary Jardim do Paço (Bishop´s Palace gardens), created in the 18th century by bishop João de Mendonça.
Coimbra - One of Europe's oldest university towns, it has kept its secular academic traditions, as seen in the black caped students, in the soulful tones of the fado and in the Burning of the Ribbons (Queima das Fitas). Overlooking the city is the University, with its famous tower and a sumptuous Baroque library. In the adjacent quarters you will find the Old Cathedral (Romanesque) and the Machado de Castro Museum, with its Roman cryptoportico. In the ancient streets, with their medieval walls, arches and stairways, are the Santa Cruz Monastery (founded in 1131), the Church of Santiago and the Monastery of Celas (13th century). On the other bank of the Mondego stands the Santa Clara-a-Nova Convent (Baroque, 17th century).
Figueira da Foz - Summer resort on the mouth of the Mondego river (long, sandy beaches and water sports facilities). Special mention to the mother-church, Casa do Paço (17th century), Municipal Museum, Santa Catarina Fortress (16th century) and Pelourinho.
Leiria - A striking royal castle hangs above the graceful town of Leiria. Other important monuments: the Cathedral (16th-17th centuries, with an archaeology museum on its premises), São Pedro Church (Romanesque), Nossa Senhora da Pena Church (Gothic), Nossa Senhora da Encarnação Sanctuary (16th century).
Nazaré - A stunning beach, typical fishermen houses and steep cliffs over a bright blue sea have made this fishing town become a popular holiday resort, mainly due to its traditional character. Fishermen can still be seen wearing checkered shirts and black trousers, and their wives seven layers of petticoats: you can watch them mending nets or drying fish on the beach.
Obidos - Resembling an open-air museum, this walled medieval town has been preserved to look like a picture-postcard, with its monuments, narrow winding streets and whitewashed houses with windows and terraces full of flowers.
Pombal - founded in the 12th century by the Knights Templar and is dominated by a stately castle which belonged to the Master of the Templars, Gualdim Pais. According to legend, the name of Pombal (dovecote) was given to the town when the king saw many pigeons on the castle´s battlements.