Welcoming holiday home!
About the home
Tucked away beside the lovely old cobbled part of town but with easy car access and only 5/6 minutes walk to the sheltered beach of Sao Martinho bay, cafes and restaurants This 3 storey townhouse offers ample space for a large family and is especially suitable for those holidaying with teenagers or older relatives as the lower ground floor offers its own twin bedroom, shower room, lounge and entry door. Easy residents only parking and in a quiet location set back from the beach front. South facing over the bay it enjoys the sun all day. Swim in the sheltered waters of the bay, enjoy a dip in the pool, or just relax and watch the setting sun from one of the 2 front (definitely sun trap!!) balconies. Ideally located you won't need to drive off anywhere to enjoy a variety of cafes, restaurants and bars.
Several of our neighbours who have their holiday home in our row of 16 houses come from Lisbon but bypass the nearer beach resorts closer to Lisbon and have chosen Sao Martinho do Porto for its special, unspoilt, relaxing and truly authentic Portuguese feel.
The crescent shaped bay is gently shelving and perfect for families with young children and was voted one of the top 10 beaches in Portugal according to the AA essential guide to Portugal.
Our holiday home is stylishly decorated and furnished with love and care and is now available for you to rent so you too can experience this fantastic, authentic and special Portuguese beach resort.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||5/6 mins walk|
|Will consider:||House swaps|
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||DVD player, Sea view|
|Pool:||Shared outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General:||CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities:||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||3 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 1 shower room|
|Furniture:||Single beds (5), Double beds (1), Dining seating for 6, Lounge seating for 8|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony / Terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
Further details indoors:
Stylish and modern furnishings, the spacious lounge has 2 sofas, one armchair, and comfy fun bean bag chair. It remains light and airy despite the heat but if you want to enjoy the sunshine, slide open the patio door to the balcony equipped with 2 loungers, table and chairs. There is a Freesat TV, (all the major UK channels) DVD player and a huge selection of DVD's for your enjoyment.
The kitchen/diner has a large dining table with ample space for your family to dine together (we have had upto 9 comfortably seated) Large squashy sofa in the dining area to relax and chat to the chef preparing lunch! Bedrooms are spacious and the 2 bedrooms on the 3rd floor have fitted wardrobes with plenty of storage. The upstairs twin bedded room had a spare pull out, full size single bed available and 3 adults can sleep comfortably in this room without feeling cramped. The main bedroom has a king sized bed and panoramic views over the bay and it is a delight to sit on this balcony and watch the sun set whilst the lights of the town sparkle in the distance.
The lower ground floor has it's own private entrance so is ideal for teenagers who may prefer to stay out a little later than you as they enjoy the bars and music in town. There is a twin bedded room, shower room and bright sunny lounge with sofa and TV (not connected to satellite), Playstation with games which can also be used for watching late night DVD's!
This separate floor provides privacy and space for all members of the family and is always the first bedroom to be "bagsed" by my teenagers!
Further details outdoors:
Beautiful, flower filled courtyard with Portuguese mosaic table seating 6/7. Perfect for the morning sun for breakfast and lunch al fresco and then later in the day, as the sun slips around to the front of the house, a wonderful cool place to sit and read your book. Brick built in BBQ for those summers evenings grilling fish and meat from the market whilst sipping the local vino-bliss!
Prices are for property per week in UK pounds.Please contact us for longer lets and long weekends out of season. Special rates for couples wishing to stay out of season.
Short breaks may be considered depending on dates.
£200 refundable breakages deposit - due with final balance
Please note-Beach towels are not provided
Flexible changeover days. Minimum 7 nights stay during peak periods. Arrival time after 4pm depature time by 10am when fully booked, although times can be flexed by arrangement.
Please contact owner by e-mail. 20% deposit required on booking, balance payable 6 weeks prior to departure.
The Costa de Prata/Silver Coast/Central Portugal region
The beautiful stretch of Portuguese coastline between Lisbon in the south and Porto in the north make up the area known locally as the Costa de Prata. Known to the rest of the world as the Silver Coast, the area is famed for its white sandy beaches that seem to glitter like silver, in the endless Portuguese sun.
On the Silver Coast there are beaches that seem to go on forever, beautiful scenery, picturesque villages and leisure activities that continue all year round. The sky is blue most of the time, the countryside is green and the weather is mild enough to enjoy all year round.
Until fairly recently the Silver Coast was one of Portugal’s best kept secrets, a place of hidden treasures known only to locals and a few hardy expats who strayed away from well-trodden areas like the Algarve in search of a quieter lifestyle.
A unique and unspoilt part of Portugal and one which I am sure you will enjoy exploring.
The Sao Martinho do Porto area
We discovered Sao Martinho do Porto 6 years ago when looking for a place to buy a holiday home. We were immediately struck by how unspoilt by tourism it was and were delighted that in the busy summer months, the majority of holiday makers seemed to be Portuguese which we felt (and still do) is a very good sign!! It was described to me as the Portuguese equivalent of Devon and Cornwall - the Portuguese do not go off to the Algarve which has been (forgive me if this offends) taken over by the British which in turn has hiked up property rental prices, airline flights and the general cost of living - they come to the Silver Coast which provides better value for money and is still considered very Portuguese. When we first bought the house our Portuguese neighbour asked us HOW we had found this little gem of a place because 6 years ago it was still mostly undiscovered by the mass market. I am happy to say that we still feel it is unspoilt although the Portuguese have invested a lot of money and made many improvements since we first started coming. They have hand laid millions of cobbles on the promenade, making it a picturesque and pleasant place to stroll along and have introduced a cycle lane all along the beachfront and in the summer months you can hire bikes if you are feeling energetic. You can walk right the way round the bay along the promenade and onto a wooden boardwalk which is built amongst the dunes- this protected nature area offers a variety of bird life.
They have lined the promenade with trees and have created a grassed play area for the children to play in. I am also happy to say that several years ago they introduced a lift (based in the Tourist Office) which takes you from the main pedestrian street unto the beautiful old part of town - and also our house! - which makes the walk back with sandy shoes and tired children a little easier. Although we do still enjoy the cobbled hill back home, especially after an evening meal when you really know you shouldn't have eaten that dessert!
The restaurants remain good value but in your information pack at the house I can advise you of the more local and therefore slightly cheaper ones that you can try. Most restaurants have English speaking waiters, especially during the summer, and usually an English menu or two.
Once you have unloaded your car you could actually put the car keys away for the duration of your holiday. The local market can supply all your basic needs with fresh bread, vegetables, fish and meat and there are a couple of local shops selling others basics. The supermarket Intermarche is a short walk away- 15/20 mins where you can buy everything else you need.
However, if you do decide to have a break from the beach, Sao Martinho do Porto is a short drive from many beautiful tourist attractions and World Heritage sites. One of our favourites is the fabulous walled town of Obidos, 20 mins drive, which is on the Lisbon tourist trail for the cruise ships. Also, Alcobaca, Batalha, Tomar which are breathtaking monasteries and churches and also within a short drive.
More detailed information can be found in the house with personal observations and helpful tips and advice which we have sometimes learnt the hard way but which will help you to make the most of your days out.
• Golf – at the world class Praia D'El Rey golf club (25 mins). Rated as the 13th best course in Continental Europe by Golf World magazine
• Watersports -windsurfing/sailing/Kite surfing/wake boarding/water skiing-nearby Obidos lagoon
• Boating / fishing – in the bay or further out to sea;
• Wine - Local vineyards and wine tasting tours;
How to get there
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F you don't want to hire a car, you can reach Sao Martinho by catching a taxi from the airport to Lisbon bus station (approx 15 Euros) and then catching a direct coach service, which takes just over an hour and costs approx 10 Euros. Please see the coach website for times of departure www.rede-expressos.pt
We can also arrange pick up for upto 4 people for around 85 Euros each way.
Alternatively you can fly to Oporto (2.5 hour drive) or Faro (3.5 hour drive).
A number of low cost airlines fly to Lisbon including
* Bmibaby (www.bmibaby.com) flies to Lisbon from Manchester; to Faro from Cardiff, Birmingham and East Midlands.
* British Airways (www.ba.com) flies from Heathrow to Lisbon and Gatwick to Faro.
* EasyJet (www.easyjet.com) flies to Lisbon from Bristol, Liverpool, Gatwick and Luton; to Faro from Belfast, Bristol, East Midlands, Glasgow, Liverpool, Gatwick, Luton, Stansted and Newcastle.
* Flybe (www.flybe.com) flies to Faro from Exeter and Southampton.
* Flyglobespan (www.flyglobespan.com) flies to Faro from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
* Ryanair (www.ryanair.com) flies to Oporto from Liverpool, Birmingham, Bristol, Stansted; to Faro from Stansted, East Midlands, Liverpool and Glasgow.
* TAP Air Portugal (www.tap-airportugal.co.uk) flies daily from Gatwick and Heathrow to Oporto & Lisbon.
The website, www.seat61.com, gives a choice of routes from the UK to Portugal.
A number of car rental companies operate from Lisbon airport,
We can highly recommend economycarhire.com who use local hire car companies. Reliable and efficient.
We have also used auto-europe.co.uk who were also excellent although slightly more expensive-they use the major companies such as Hertz,Avis,Europcar
For timetable information visit the Comboios de Portugal website – www.cp.pt – which has an English-language option.
The Portuguese Tourism Office (0845 355 1212, www.visitportugal.com) Telephone to order brochures and ask questions.
Activities near Sao Martinho do Porto
Beach or lakeside relaxation
21 Feb 2013
We have stayed in this perfect holiday home 4 times now. 3 years running - then we thought we ought to have a change so went to France. Back again the following year as the French holiday just didn't cut the 'moutarde' like Portugal did. It has everything we require in a holiday. A perfectly appointed house with excellent accommodation - Granny downstairs with own en-suite facilities (very important) - and the rest of the family upstairs. Exquisite market just down the road for the best fruit, veg and fish you've ever seen, to cook in the completely equipped kitchen. Accommodation extremely comfortable and capacious. Swimming pool as part of the complex, so close you (could) shout out of the window that it's lunchtime. A lovely stroll through the old Town down to the beach, or the luxury of the lift (which Granny used every day), if you prefer. The beach set up with its marvellous tents for rent (really cheaply) if you want to have a base and the frequent beach bars, serving ice cold beer and everything else you might want, where you can sit and watch the world go by, are just fabulous. This house, in this spot, next to this beach, ticks all our boxes. Will we be returning next year for the fifth time? Probably - we just can't keep away!
11 Jul 2012
My family and I have stayed in this wonderful house two times over the past few years and just loved everything about it. The townhouse has three very clean and nicely decorated bedrooms, one with a... more
01 Jul 2012
There are so many things to love about this place, I don't know where to begin. The townhouse has absolutely everything you need for a nice, relaxing vacation. It's nicely decorated, and... more
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 7|
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|6 Jun 12||1 Jul 12||£ 525||-||-||4 Nights|
|1 Jul 12||1 Sep 12||£ 700||-||-||1 Week|
|1 Sep 12||1 Oct 12||£ 400||-||-||4 Nights|
|1 Oct 12||31 Oct 12||£ 325||-||-||4 Nights|
|1 Mar 13||1 May 13||£ 325||-||-||4 Nights|
|1 May 13||1 Jun 13||£ 400||-||-||4 Nights|
|1 Jun 13||1 Jul 13||£ 475||-||-||4 Nights|
|1 Jul 13||1 Sep 13||£ 700||-||-||1 Week|
|1 Sep 13||1 Oct 13||£ 400||-||-||4 Nights|
|1 Oct 13||1 Nov 13||£ 325||-||-||4 Nights|
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