Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 5
Vale do Mendo is located in a mountainous forest region overlooking the Sierra de Estrela National Park mountain range. Set in over 2 acres of land, in an area of outstanding natural beauty, with stunning views. The villa sleeps 5 people, has 3 bedrooms, (2 x double rooms and 1 x single room) very large bathroom and an open plan living area. Leading from the lounge is a large spacious outside balcony with fabulous views, with sun loungers and umbrellas along with table and chairs to enable you to dine alfresco on the terrace overlooking the salt water swimming pool, with automatic garden and pool lighting why not enjoy a spot of star gazing with a glass of vinho in the evening, you cannot help but relax in this peaceful and tranquil setting.
Set in over 2 acres of land, including many terraces with olive, lemon, orange, apple and fig trees. There is plenty of space on the pool terrace for sun loungers and to enjoy the stunning views or just relax and soak up the sun.
If visiting on winter days snuggle up by the log fire, read a book or watch the English satellite TV or maybe watch one of the many DVD films provided.
It won't take you long to unwind in this beautiful setting and there is plenty to do in this wonderful region, including; walking, hiking, golfing, horse riding, cycling, fishing and even skiing in the Estrela National Park in the winter, (we have had guests skiing in the Estrela in the morning and sunbathing on the beach at Figueira da Foz in the afternoon).
Visit the nearby traditional town of Arginal only a 15- 20 min drive away which has many quaint shops and restaurants, two supermarkets, ( Intermarche & Lidl, the Intermarche has a large fresh fish/meat display great for BBQs) also banks with ATM machines,
two petrol stations and on Thursdays a large open air market (get there early its gone by 1pm) to get your goodies for the BBQ. Barter for linens, clothes and other local treats, then sit on a bench in the main square and watch the tranquil local way of life pass you by, fantastic.
The Villa is situated just outside of Sarnadela village, the nearest other property is well over 400 yards away, and you are not overlooked from any direction. The small village has two bars and a minimarket.
The minimarket is small but be amazed by how much they sell. The nearest small bar is a 10 min walk away.
There are many forest walks from the villa, great for dog walking (dogs welcome) and taking in those amazing views.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Figuera da Foz 68 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||8 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Porto/Lisbon, Nearest railway: Coimbra 48 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Pool or snooker table, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Large open plan lounge/kitchen/dining room, with two sets of French doors, (one set leads to outside decking area, the other set leads to the outside dining terrace) includes all amenities plus satellite TV with new 42" LCD TV and DVD player, new leather sofas, large wood burner, new tiled floor. Archway from lounge to wooden staircase taking you to first floor.
All New Kitchen with marble worktop includes all amenities, under unit lighting, built in gas hob and electric oven with extractor fan, microwave, toaster, built in fridge, outside washing machine, outside drinks fridge. Inside and outside dining tables and chairs,
Three bedrooms, two doubles and one single. All with bedside lights and radiators for winter use. Antique pine wardrobes and chest of drawers.
All bedrooms have laminate flooring.
One large family bathroom with his & hers sink units, shower and bath, magnificent views of the Estrela.
Sunroom/Viewing area with free internet access, Hallway leading to front door, entrance to the villa can also be gained through the French doors on the ground floor.
|Further details outdoors|
Further details outdoors:
Private swimming pool, environmentally and people friendly saltwater pool 32ft long x 16ft wide with shallow end 1.2m and deep end 1.8m) set on a huge tiled terrace, completely private.
With gas 3 burner BBQ, drinks fridge and 20 bottle wine cabinet.
Large 3mtr x 3mtr Gazebo with sofa/table and lighting.
Patio glass table and chairs (6) with parasol
The garden on this terrace has automatic mood night time lighting.
Automatic pool lighting.
Outside House Terrace
Large tiled lounge terrace next to house with table/chairs, sun loungers and parasols, outside fridge,
Courtyard with large lemon tree, with automatic ' meet & greet lighting'
Small children can be restricted to this area, without access to pool.
Further terraces shaded by olive trees, great for peace and quiet with a book or maybe a glass or two of vinho?
Car parking is easy, room for two cars on the driveway leading down to the house and more parking at top of the driveway.
Welcome pack provided on arrival.
The Costa de Prata/Silver Coast/Central Portugal region
The villa is situated in the countryside surrounded by forest and mountains. The area is full of picturesque villages clinging to the side of the mountains, particularly the village of Piadao approx 30 min drive.
The Roman town of Coja is 25mins drive away and is well worth a visit to stroll through the narrow streets and have a coffee in a local bars.
Spend a day in Coimbra the old capital of Portugal with its history and culture; visit the old town with its quaint alleyways and shops. There are many churches that are also worth visiting. Coimbra also boasts the largest Botanical Garden in the country, which covers 20 hectares.
To the south of Coimbra is the town of Condeixa-a-Nova with its 17th to 19th Century palaces and manor homes. Just south of here are the Roman ruins of Conimbriga, the largest unearthed archaeological find of its kind in Portugal.
The beaches of Figueira de Foz are well worth a visit, a hours drive from the villa.
The climate is temperate with temperatures reaching 90+c in the summer months
Winters are mild with sunny days.
The town of Arganil is 15 mins drive away. Every Thursday there is a large open-air market. There are many shops including banks, post office and chemists also several good restaurants, there is also a small hospital.
The main square provides the chance to watch the water fountains and the slow pace of life pass you by.
Looking down on Arganil is Mont Alto a very old church perched on the top of the mountain well worth the twists and turns of the small road leading you to the top, with great views.
If you look out from our villa you can see Mont Alto in the distance watching over us!!!