Lakeside Villa Oozing Charm
House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
This delightful 4 bedroom house in the beautiful riverside village of Dornes, has been sympathetically restored to a high standard. Whilst the house has been rebuilt to comply with EU regulations and affords the modern comforts that one would expect in the 21st Century every single part of the original fabric of the ruin has been incorporated into the building thus preserving that special sense of history and energy that permeates this medieval village. The house, in the village itself benefits from panoramic views towards the historic tower, the characterful rooftops and the river, which is less than a minute's stroll from the house. Not only does this house offer families and friends a retreat away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but the size and layout also make it an ideal venue from whence to run small workshops/retreats. Walking groups, nature lovers, water sports enthusiasts and fishermen alike could spend endless hours exploring the glorious surroundings. It is also an inspiring location for creative pursuits. There is a restaurant in Dornes where you can enjoy, amongst other dishes, fish that is freshly caught from the river. Whilst there is no longer a shop in the village, fresh bread can be delivered to the house on a daily basis.
Supermarkets, pharmacies, health centres and a variety of shops can be found just 10 minutes away in the pretty town of Ferreira do Zezere and all within an hour's journey are tourist attractions such asthe ancient University City of Coimbra, Fatima, Tomar (famed for the Knight's Templars) the Silver Coast beaches, Torres Novas and slightly further afield, yet ideal for a day trip are the beautiful ancient towns of Obidos, Penela and of course, not forgetting the beautiful cities of Lisbon and Oporto.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Fluvial Beach 300 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||10 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Lisbon 170 km, Nearest railway: Tomar|
|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, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (6), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details outdoors|
The main garden which is accessed from the kitchen, is set on two levels and there are magnificent views of the river and village from both aspects. The upper level is predominantly designed for use as a barbecue area and also for those who prefer to seek the shade. The kitchen terrace is an ideal place to enjoy breakfast and there is a herb garden for those who like to indulge in a little culinary expertise! There is a pergola planted up with a variety of species and there is also an outside shower for those who wish to cool off! Stepping stones wind their way between a chamomile lawn and scented plants to a garden bench where one can sit and enjoy the vista. Ancient railway sleepers have been incorporated as steps and these take you gently down to an area of plants, decking and beyond to a sunken dining area that will comfortably seat 12 people. The pergola over the dining area has been planted with a variety of climbers, that when mature, will offer shade in the heat of the day and from here there are fantastic views across the river. The garden is home to a variety of plants, two olive trees, a pomegranate tree and a selection of citrus trees. There is a small walled river-pebble garden outside the twin bedrooms on the ground floor. Amongst other plants, the garden is home to Bougainvillea, Passion flowers and a beautiful Acer Palmatum. For those who enjoy imbibing in a cocktail whilst dressing for dinner, this terrace is an ideal place to catch the early evening sunshine.
The Costa de Prata/Silver Coast/Central Portugal region
Central Portugal is an area of outstanding natural beauty and full of deep contrasts. From the sandy beaches on the west coast, this landscape is one of rolling hills covered in pine and eucalyptus forests; lush green valleys; and the high mountain peaks. Numerous rivers slowly meander through the towns and villages. This is a region bursting with breathtaking views, characterised by soothing colours and enhanced by the wonderful scents of Mimosa in the late winter and Eucalyptus and Pine in the summer. Warm summers and crisp winters make this area attractive all year round.
The village of Dornes, whilst small, is steeped in some 2000 years of history and religion. This, and its stunning location on a peninsula jutting into the Castelo do Bode lake, on the River Zêzere contribute to its charm and splendour.
It is understood that the current church tower has an ancient history going back to the Romans who built a watch tower here when they were extracting gold from the river. In the 12th Century, Father of the Knights Templar, Gualdim Pais erected a Templar tower on the ruins of the old Roman tower to act as a defence point for the area at the time of the reconquest.
It is believed that there was a Roman place of worship built next to the tower sometime in the 1st century BC, and that in the 12th century Queen Saint Isabel of Portugal ordered a church to be built and in all likelihood probably on top of the old Roman ruins. The church has a current 15th Century façade and the interior is beautifully tiled and contains 16th Century statues. The popularity of the church is fundamentally due to the image of Nossa Senhora do Pranto (Our Lady of Tears) on the main altar. This was the attraction for many pilgrims over the centuries and even to the current day.
Dornes formed part of the extensive lands that were granted to the Knights Templar by Kings, Queens and the politically powerful, in return for their support in wars and for securing pilgrimages to the Holy Lands. It was in nearby Tomar that Gualdim Pais established the Headquarters for the Knights Templars (or Order of Christ as it later became known).
Dornes was originally located on the River Zêzere but in 1945 construction on the Castelo do Bode Dam wall began, which was to provide fresh water for the local area and the whole of Lisbon, as well as being a Hydro Electric scheme. All within easy reach are: The castle of Almourel, with strong ties to the Knights' Templar; Castelo do Bode Dam; Coimbra, renowned for its ancient university; Serra Aire de Candeiros, home to examples of the longest fossil footprints in the world; Conimbriga, one of the largest Roman Settlements in Portugal; Fatima, famous for its pilgrimages; Golega, renowned for its annual National Horse Fair ; Castello Branco, the most important monument in Castelo Branco is the Jardim do Paço Episcopal (Garden of the Episcopal Palace). It is one of the most beautiful baroque gardens in Portugal and contains statues of allegories, kings and zodiacal signs, arranged around ponds, terraces and staircases; and of course Lisbon and Oporto which are both served by a fast train from Entroncamento.The fishing town of Nazare with its long sandy beaches and the popular surfing beach at Figueira da Foz are within one hour's journey by road. Find more places of interest on our website, www.casadelis.com
Dornes has long been renowned for its special energy and this has been documented in a book by the Brazilian author, Joseph Netto Trigueirinho. The book, entitled ‘Ressurgimento de Fatima -Lis’ , or, translated into English, ‘The Resurgence of Fatima-Lis’ , is widely available in Portuguese but it has not yet been published in the English language. Just as pilgrims flock to nearby Fatima, so they also flock to Dornes in smaller numbers. The route to Dornes from Pao Mendes is interspersed with the Stations of the Cross, culminating with the 14th Station at the Church in the village. From time to time local villages make pilgrimages to Dornes and these are colourful, happy celebrations. At these times the village streets are lined with stalls stocked with local produce and souvenirs - a sight to behold. Throughout the summer small festivals are held in the local towns and villages and the larger towns have their own unique festivals to include gastronomy, medieval fairs and the famous horse fair at nearby Golega. Dornes is a place where you can either just relax and take in the scenery and sounds around you or you may sample the many celebrations that take place in the area.
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