Casa de Cima
House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 5
A charming, 250+ year-old house occupying a commanding position at the foot of the castle and within the walls of medieval Obidos. A unique property - one of only a few available within the walls.
Recently renovated to a high standard, Casa de Cima, meaning Hilltop House, is a traditional Portuguese home built in the early - mid 1700s Original features abound; exposed stonework in the kitchen, tiled steps, wooden floorboards and beams, and a beautiful vaulted ceiling in the lounge. At the top of the house is a reading room leading out onto a large, south-facing terrace with commanding views across the town and the rolling countryside beyond. Cool in the summer and cosy in winter, the house is the perfect retreat whatever the time of year.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Obidos Lagoon / Foz 8 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Lisbon 80 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 6|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Further details indoors|
Bedroom 1 with double bed, wardrobe, bureau, drawers, chaise lounge and plenty of space for a cot, if required. Steps down into en-suite bathroom.
Bedroom 2 with double bed and wardrobe next to family bathroom.
Pull out sofa bed in reading room, walk-in wardrobe and storage space.
En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1 with shower cubicle, WC and basin.
Large family bathroom with bath /shower overhead, WC, bidet and basin.
Retaining a traditional feel with exposed stone wall areas, tiled floor and beamed ceiling, the kitchen is equipped with fridge, microwave, kettle, toaster and a large, six-hob Smeg stove - perfect for entertaining! A working 'dumb waiter' is situated in the corner of the kitchen to send meals and drinks to your guests upstairs.
30sqm lounge with spectacular high vaulted wooden ceiling and wooden floorboards. Very sunny with French doors offering fine countryside views. Comfortable couches and armchairs plus TV and stereo. Dining table. Wood burning fire for winter evenings.
Light and airy top floor reading room with stereo system and door leading out onto terrace.
Utility area with washing machine and dryer, plus clothes line.
|Further details outdoors|
20 sqm south-facing terrace with delightful covered seat in the corner - a uniquely tranquil and private spot. Equipped with furniture and parasol, this is the perfect place to relax in the evening and watch the sun set over the castle.
As the house is situated within the walls of medieval Obidos, access to the house is by foot, although in practise cars can be parked quite close by [within 100-200m] and closer for loading/unloading. We can give advice on where to park, depending on any events which may be taking place.
Casa de Cima is arranged on three floors with stone/tile steps, which may make it unsuitable for very small children or those with mobility problems. There is stepped access to the property which makes it unsuitable for wheelchairs.
Smoking is not permitted inside the house but smokers may use the roof terrace or the area ajacent to the lounge at the top of the external steps.
The Costa de Prata/Silver Coast/Central Portugal region
Obidos is within easy reach of numerous golden sandy beaches including; Foz de Arelho [8km], Obidos Lagoon [8km] Praia d'el Rey [10km], Sao Martinho [15km]. Peniche [20km]. Excellent surfing at Peniche. Variety of watersports such as scuba diving, rowing and windsailing at Obidos Lagoon.
Golf at Praia d'el Rey, rated as one of the best in Europe, and just 10km away. Peniche [20km] Also Golden Eagle, Rio Maior, a 20 min drive. Numerous other courses within easy reach.
Obidos offers a wide choice of friendly bars, cafes, restaurants and gift shops. Once the wedding gift to the Queens of Portugal, Obidos (meaning Citadel) also has a Roman, Moorish and Viking past and is set to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk the ramparts with a perimeter of just over 1.5km for the excellent views or visit some of the town's beautiful 17th century churches.
Obidos plays host to numerous cultural events throughout the year. Not to be missed are; the International Chocolate Festival in March, Holy Week celebrations, March / April, Medieval [Medieval week] July / August and the Christmas lights / 'Vila Natal (Christmas Village) from early December to year end.
Obidos is famous for its 'ginjinha' [brandy flavoured with morellos]. Local handicrafts include hand-painted chinaware, aquarelle and oil paintings, painted calabashes, coloured ceramics and wickerwork-like ceramics. For the more active, the area is ideal for cycling and walking as well as for its watersports.
Mercado Medieval de Obidos (11th July - 4th August 2013, Thursday to Sunday)
The town of Óbidos travels back and time and recreates the customs and spirit of medieval Europe. Flowing vibrant banners and heraldic flags, wizards, jugglers, court jesters, wandering minstrels, musicians and mimes provide the vivacious merriment. Craft demonstrators and some 100 food, beverage and merchandise vendors take visitors to a time that has long passed. The afternoon concludes with jousting knights on horseback.
Entertainment activities take place in all three stages of the Old Arms Square and in random areas of the fair. Visitors will also come upon two civil and military camp sites, replicas of assault weapons, surgical and domestic tools, and different animals, such as horses, ponies, donkeys, falcons and snakes.
Visitors can also enjoy a “medieval” style meal. Hearty soups, grilled meat and sausages, snails, cod, quail, rabbit, hog, lamb and squid are only some of the tasty delights offered by almost 20 taverns spread throughout the marketplace.
Whoever wishes may also exchange Euros for the local currency of the fair: the TORREÃO. This coin was created especially for this event and is equivalent to the Euro. There is no exchange rate and you can take these coins home as souvenir.
International Chocolate Festival 20th - 22nd March - dates unconfirmed
Anyone with a sweet tooth shouldn't miss the chance to take part in the International Chocolate Festival in Óbidos. During several days the medieval town's narrow streets will be transformed into genuine showcases of cakes and sweets that everyone can sample and purchase. For younger visitors, the “Kids' Chocolate House” offers recreational and pedagogical activities and a kitchen where they can prepare several recipes. Adults can attend culinary classes where chocolate is always the base ingredient and also watch competitions involving professional pastry-makers, such as the “Chocolatier of the Year” and the “International Competition of Chocolate Recipes”, and also marvel at an array of chocolate sculptures – genuine works of art.
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25 Feb 2014
"The Jewel In The Crown"
Just returned from a long weekend at this unbelievable location. Obidos is as awesome as you would expect and takes your breath away from the moment you spot it on the hillside on your journey from Li… More
2 Oct 2013
"A beautiful, historic and atmospheric place to stay"
This is a beautiful renovation of an historic property inside the walls of the wonderful Portuguese town of Obidos. The first point anyone considering booking is that because it is old there are some … More
6 Apr 2013
"A lovely place to experience Portugal"
We stayed at Casa de Cima for one week. We wanted something with a bit of character in a small town so we could experience, as much as possible, "real" Portugal. We used it as a base to travel to various sites in the area. Casa de Cima did not disappoint. It has been a rainy and cool spring in Portugal, so the Casa was a bit chilly, but having a cosy fire every evening made all the difference. While the house itself is close to 300 years old, all the kitchen and bathrooms have been brought up to date. The bedrooms and living room have ample space, and are decorated really nicely. The roof top patio is wonderful, and offers a great view of the area. The owner was great about responding to any questions we had, and the local couple taking care of the Casa were charming. This is not a place for those with limited mobility. You must park outside the town gates and walk uphill (steeply!) to the house. And there are many stairs in the house. In fact in Obidos you are pretty much walking either steeply uphill or downhill. But that is part of its charm! I would also caution against being their during the 4 weekends of the International Chocolate Festival. It seems like half the population of Portugal was clogging up the pretty narrow streets of Obidos and taking all the good parking spots!
24 Oct 2012
"A dream location you will enjoy"
Casa de Cima is an ideal holiday location. Set within the beautiful walled city of Obidos and nestled beneath the main castle it offers everything you need for a peaceful relaxing holiday. We loved th… More
8 Sep 2012
"History and Charm"
Casa de Cima is a quaint authentic Portugese house in the stunning and historic village of Obidos. If you want something different from the average holiday accommodation, this is the place for you. Afternoon's can be spent on the rooftop terrace soaking up the sun and taking in the views and evenings in front of a roaring fire. Obidos itself is full of charm, whether walking along the narrow winding streets, stopping for a chocolate cup of Ginga or along the castle walls which surrond the village.
Glorious beaches are only a short drive away, Nazare with its funicular thats takes you up to a village back in time , Tomar and Lisbon are well worth a visit.
This was my second stay at Casa de Cima and I will certainly be going again.
29 Aug 2012
"Great - You wont want to leave"
This was the best holiday we have had. My wife and I and my sister and her husband spent a few days in Lisbon followed by a week at Casa da Cima. It was our second stay and will not be our last. You have to park about 100 metres away and walk to the villa, but this is not a big issue - and the local copper helped us to park in a 'No Parking' area next to the castle wall.
First stop after dropping our bags was the local supermarket which has some great local produce and wine. There was a good map of the village in the villa which helped us find some great restaurants and bars (and the supermarket).
The villa is quite old (about 250 years) and has been nicely refurbished but retains it's original features.Lots of interesting curios and comfortable furniture - all in keeping with the atmosphere of the building. Kitchen is well fitted out and there is a good washing machine/ drier /iron etc.
We spent a lot of time on the rooftop terrace with local wine/cheese etc just taking in the view and contemplating how we could stay longer.
The village is brilliant - lots of restaurants, our favourite was Ill Pretensiosa run by a couple who we ended up having a wonderful night with well after the meal was finished. You would need to stay a long time to eat at all the restaurants that caught your eye, many with intimate courtyards. All the meals were very good quality and reasonably priced.
The village itself is great with an interesting history that leaps out at you in every laneway. The villagers are very friendly and happy and can't do enough to make you feel welcome. I was a bit ill one morning and our 'neighbour' dragged me down to the local doctor and then off to the chemist to interpret if required.
We did a couple of day trips - Peniche is great for seafood, San Martinho is well worth a visit (walk through the tunnel dug through the cliff which leads from the bay to the Atlantic) and Fatima is well worth a visit, even if you are not particularly religeous.
We met a number of people who were visiting Obidos and looking for somewhere to stay but it is hard to find somewhere nice unless you book in advance. Let the housekeeper know when you will arrive and she will be waiting at the front door for you with milk, a couple of bottles of beer and the key.She even did some ironing for us!
All in all, a great holiday. The villa and village should not be missed.
29 Aug 2012
"A magical trip back in time, with modern trimmings!"
Casa de Cima is simply great, nestled beneath the Castle it's like a fairytale home.
My wife simply loved it there and wished we could have stayed longer. The owners arranged for us to be collected at Lisbon airport by Nelson a local driver which removed any hassle of car rentals etc. Nelson took us to within 20metres of Casa de Cima along cobblestone streets, picture perfect stuff.
Fernanda met us upon arrival and whilst she doesn't speak english, communication was OK.
The house is tastefully renovated so that it does not spoil the old world charm, but it still had all the modern amenities we needed.
The view from the roof terrace is fantastic.
There are many really good resturants in Obidos and we managed to try them all I think.
There is also a supermart just outside the walls which catered for all our other wants and needs.
Obidos is a wonderful town with much to see and a great place to relax.
After 5 days we were collected by Nelson and went to the owners Bay View apartment at Sao Martinho for some beach side relaxation.
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our time at Casa de Cima.
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