Casa Vista Estrela
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Farmhouse | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
This beautiful property is spacious, has a private courtyard with a pool and a taste of luxury. Within the private courtyard is a small pool with an adjacent decked bistro area, a mature landscaped garden with a large patio of traditional cobbled paving and several cosy sitting areas. Along with the traditional built in bbq, a lovely area to enjoy al fresco dining with beautiful views of the Serra de Estrela Mountains, the highest mountain in Portugal and the only ski resort. Snow can be seen from the terrace in winter months.
Ideal for those wishing to enjoy the peaceful beautiful unspoilt landscape and long strolls through the forest, those looking to explore the historic university city of Coimbra as well as those looking for outdoor adventure at the numerous lakes, river beaches and the silver coast. Local activities available in the area include canoeing along the Mondego river from Penacova to Coimbra, horse riding, motor quad biking and more.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Penacova praia fluvial (river beach) 17 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||3.2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Porto/Lisbon 133 km, Nearest railway: Coimbra/Mortagua 11 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, Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 9|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
The Costa de Prata/Silver Coast/Central Portugal region
This unspoilt part of Portugal is a region of diversified landscapes. The interior is mountainous with some plateaus, dominated by the Serra da Estrela mountain. The region has pine and eucalyptus trees forests and green, rugged landscape, The region is crisscrossed by rivers with plenty of river beaches to explore (Praia fluveal) The coastal plain has several beaches, like the ones of Mira, Figueira da Foz, Tocha, Cova Gala, which can be reached within an hour. Natural landmarks in this region are the Serra da Estrela mountain range (the biggest and highest in mainland Portugal), with its Serra da Estrela Natural Park, the Mondego river (the longest river located exclusively in Portuguese territory), Aveiro and the coastal beaches.
The largest urban centres include the university city of Coimbra, reached in just over 30 minutes, Aveiro, known as the 'Venice of Portugal' , Viseu, Leiria, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Figueira da Foz, Guarda, Pombal, Tomar, Abrantes, Torres Vedras, Torres Novas, Águeda and Caldas da Rainha.
In the summer months there is plenty of sunshine with and clear blue skies. The weather is warm, but not humid, during the day. When the sun goes down, it can cool off considerably, therefore, it is always advisable to keep warm clothes at hand for the evenings. On a year round basis, the temperature is about 10 degrees warmer than the UK , France, Germany or the Netherlands.
Casa Etrela is located between Penacova and Mortagua in a small farming village called Vale das Eguas. The unspoilt valley is covered in vines, olive, pine, eucalyptus, fruit trees and vegetable grown by the local people. The village has a local bar and there are regular deliveries of bread, fish, groceries and meat into the village almost every other day.
The next village Cercosa has a couple of bars and shops and is a 5 minute drive or a 25 minute walk along one of the many forest trails.
Espinhera is a 15 minute drive and has a supermarket, takeaway and 3 restaurants and is well know for its Sunday markets where you can enjoy lunch along with the local community of freshy cooked piri piri chicken or spit roasted pork.
Mortagua is a 18 minute drive and is a larger market town where there are excellent restaurants and a good range of amenities including banks, bars, outdoor swimming pool, train station, chemist's and even a cinema.
Penacova can be reached in 15 minutes and is built on a hill overlooking the beautiful River Mondego and the praia fluvial (river beach) by a traditional old walled cemetary.
The famous Spa town of Luso, is also a 20 minute drive and nestles at the edge of the beautiful Bucaco National park complete with Palace and museum which tells the story of the battle of busacoa where the English joined forces with the Portugues against the Spanish and the French.
A 30 minute drive is the vibrant and historic university city of Coimbra. The university is one of the first universities in the whole world and is well worth a visit. The Comercio Square is the centre of the city, numerous shops and restaurants are located here. The Santa Cruz Monastery, located near the square was found in 11331. The Manga Gardens is situated behind the church the king designed it by drawing on his sleeve. There are two cathedrals known as Old Cathedral and the New Cathedral. Machado de Castro National Museum is worth visiting, it features the gorgeous palace of the former bishop.
The historical town of Santa Comba Dao is also 30 minute drive. its has old cobbled streets and quaint old fashioned shops, restaurants and religiously conserved treasures of a past times. The lower part of the town is one of the most picturesque. Santa Comba Dao sits above the Aguieira dam which was constructed in the Mondego river, just a few kilometres beyond the point where the river Dão empties into the Mondego, creating the artificial lake of Aguieira. Fishing is very popular here and there is plenty of fish to catch, such as carp, black bass, perch, boce and eel.
The Montebelo Golf Course is situated near Viseu and can be reached in about 30 minutes.
There are numerous 'river beaches' in the area, and the Silver coast - Figueira da Foz and Mira is an hour away - very popular with surfers and sun seekers.
The Serra de Estrella mountains can be reached in an hour and a half and is designated a natural park which attracts walkers in the summer months and skiers and snowboarders to the snowy slopes below Torre in winter.
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18 Jul 2014
"super comfortable and relaxing house in quaint village"
we had a great stay here- Viv and Phil are really warm and friendly and explain the house and its workings really well. The house is in a small quaint village (even has old fashioned deliveries of groceries, fresh bread etc on various days, which is close to various towns, which have little bars, restaurants and things to do in the region- lots of exploring. we also used it as a base to go to Porto for a day, and aveiro too. there are supermarkets not far away- so easy to stock up. the house has a great bbq and outside area, with different sides to avoid the sun/shade as you please. breakfast on the deck overlooking the valley, and when its cooler in the evening, dinner at a table near the bbq. the pool is also perfect. the house is well equipped and very comfortable. i would definitely recommend it for a holiday stay- its lovely and very relaxing.
Thank you, we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay, as you say it is a great base if you want to explore the area. You could have gone to Porto or Aveiro on the train from Mortagua if you didn't fancy the drive, it only takes an hour. We hope to see you again in the future. Viv
9 Jul 2014
"What a magical place!!"
When we saw the photos on the website, we knew we were going to be staying somewhere special but when we got there we couldn't believe how amazing it really was, the place is magical! We were greeted with huge smiles from the owners Viv and Phil. Even when we were feeling quite tired after travelling all day to get there,we were totally blown away by the Farmhouse and it's location! We stayed for 7 nights at Casa Vista Estrela. At each turn we marvelled at how beautiful they had made the farmhouse look. The kitchen was an absolute pleasure to cook in. The living room with the log burner was so homely and relaxing (we lit it most nights!) The broadband/wifi was super fast,even Ethan (18 yrs old) was impressed! The bedrooms were very comfortable and all had the
most amazing views! The downstairs bathroom with it's roll top bath was the most beautiful bathroom we have ever seen! It is a very quiet country property with plenty of privacy. We were able to relax by the pool most days and enjoy total peace and tranquility!
We have been very lucky to travel and visit many places around the world. However very few places gave us this level of sheer enjoyment! Thank you Viv and Phil for your hospitality and letting us stay in your farmhouse.What a beautiful place you have created! Carole, Darren and Ethan
15 Mar 2014
"Perfect holiday happy memories!!"
I stayed here in august 2013 with freinds. The house is lovely. It was festival season and there was lots going on including a week long festival in Mortagua with lots of food stalls selling traditional foods, beer and wine, there was a live band, dancing and real Portuguese culture! even a nightclub in Paulinhos bar! We went to the Estrela mountains to the skii resort and tried the dry slopes and explored the area. We had a brilliant day out when we went on a canoe trip (no need to row, the current takes you), along the Mondego river from Penacova to Coimbra, there were loads of places on the way to stop for picnics and we made some fantastic new friends. each day we did something new like going to the nearby river beach just down the road! we had out first surfing lesson, great fun some fantastic waves. Phil the owner let us hire the his motor quad for a few hours and we explored the forest trails which was a real eye opener to see how beautiful this country is. This is a fantastic area to visit, there are plenty of activities if that's what your looking for or if you want peace and quite that's available as well around the pool!
3 Feb 2014
"Casa Vista Estrela Superb House, beautiful area."
My husband, sister her 2 grandchildren and I stayed in this beautiful homely house which has everything, space good decore and well furnished has large kitchen with dining area. The villagers are ve… More
Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are pleased that all the hard work we have put into the renovation of the house has payed off. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to seeing you again later this year.
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