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Quinta da Madrugada, spectacular mountain views


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Have a mountain view with your barbecue, or your swim.

Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 9

Key Info
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children over
  • Car essential
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

The secluded villa provides a taste of rural unspoiled Portugal. Quinta da Madrugada, is perched on a hillside in 12 acres of private woodland and terraces just waiting for you to explore, and is surrounded by small rural villages deep in the heart of central Portugal. The sweeping good quality tarmac roads and off road tracks through woodland and mountains make this an ideal get away for cyclists and walkers, and of course for those who would like to lounge by the private 8 x 4m salt water 'vista' swimming pool and feel that they have climbed a mountain, but have not actually had to do so.

This well equipped villa is located on the edge of the Serra da Estrela Natural Park and has far reaching sensational views over the river Alva valley and up to the Serra da Estrela mountains (The Mountains of the Stars), which is mainland Portugal's tallest mountain range.

The land is surrounded by numerous river beaches which are very popular in Portugal with the clear, pure mountain rivers.

Activities such as canoeing, horse riding, go-carting, tandem para gliding are all available in the region. There are festivals most weekends and the hosts will endeavour to find out what is happening during your visit.

During the hot summer months guests can relax by the pool watching the eagles soar on the thermals above and enjoy good local Portuguese wine and fare from the barbecue. The villa has a large wood burning fire (wood provided free) full central heating making winter visits cosy. Additionally for your winter break there is a seasonal ski resort in the nearby mountains.

As well as the local villages offering café bars and restaurants, the beautiful historic cities of Coimbra and Viseu are about an hours drive away and the Atlantic coast is about one and a half hours away. Our closest city Oliveira do Hospital is a 15 minutes drive with supermarkets, restaurants, shops, cinema etc. Buses are also available.

The nearest villages are a 5 minute drive or 20 minute walk, one of which is the beautiful award winning river beach village of Avô.

Our closest airport is Porto, approximately a two hour drive, and Lisbon is approximately a three hours drive.

Whilst your privacy is guaranteed, this villa benefits from onsite support for extra culinary, housekeeping or laundry services and emergency assistance.

Considerate smokers welcome. Smoking in the property is not permitted but ashtrays are provided for outside.

Size Sleeps up to 9, 4 bedrooms
Will consider Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Porto 185 km
Family friendly Suitable for children over 5
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property
General Central heating, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Secure parking

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Review 1-5 of 5

28 Jul 2014


"Peace, Privacy, Paradise!"

We don't normally bother with reviews but felt compelled to share our impressions of this wonderful holiday accommodation so that others may benefit. It's difficult to know where to start on… More

22 Jul 2014



There are no words to describe how beautiful this place is! The view, the pool and the house is outstanding. The owners made us feel very welcome. We would definitely come back!… More

12 Jan 2014



We stayed there in June of last year.
The villa was spot on, it had everything that you needed, immaculate, well looked after and it was a pleasure to stay there.
The views are spectacular and the pool and surrounding gardens added to that view.
Local shops nearby made the stay wonderful.
Avro down from the villa was lovely and we visited it quite a lot.
Meals out were great and very reasonable.
We had bbq's most days outside near the villa washed down with the Portugal beer and wine..
If you fancy a relaxed, chilled out holiday then I would go to stay here.
A complete pleasure and hope to stay there soon.
Thanks Stephen and Elizabeth it was truly lovely....

6 Jan 2014


"Idyllic setting, wonderful house and amenities"

6 of us stayed at this holiday location for a week. Wonderful scenery, the house is beautifully presented and with plenty of amenities. Spec is to the highest standard. I would highly recommend this accommodation to smaller or larger groups of people. We also found the locals really lovely and pleased to see tourists unlike some parts of Portugal.

2 Jan 2014


"Amazing hideaway with stunning views to wake up to every day"

My partner and I spent two weeks in this villa during the summer waking every day to the most amazing panoramic vista. The location is adorable (although at the time a little tricky to find and get to). But it was worthwhile once we arrived. We felt totally secluded in our own hideaway and enjoyed a much needed rest and recuperation, yet were only a 10 minute drive away from supermarkets and an array of restaurants and bars. We took journeys from there to local towns, up into the mountains and even back to the Portuguese coast for days out. Although many days, we just chilled with a beer around (and in) the delightful pool .. idyllic!! The villas is beautiful with everything catered for. We barbecued every day on the outdoor rotisserie and BBQ and commented several times on what a wonderful venue for a large family gathering. I would recommend without hesitation to anyone wanting a wonderful natural place to relax and unwind looking to enjoy a delightful location and stunning villa with family and friends. Try it, you wont be disappointed !!!!

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