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Cottage from the pool

Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Casa Branca is a traditional Portuguese country dwelling that has recently been renovated while retaining much of its 1800's original charm.

It is ideally suited for families taking a vacation or couples taking a relaxing well-earned break to unwind.

Swim or just lounge by the pool and have your meals “al fresco” on the terrace accompanied with your choice of the many excellent Portuguese wines, beers and fruit juices.

Smoking outside only please.

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Penacova River Beach 5 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 2 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Porto 158 km, Nearest railway: Coimbra 25 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, DVD player
General CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Fridge
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

The property can accommodate the physically impaired but it is not suitably able to facilitate wheel chair users.

Further details

A welcome pack is supplied on arrival inclusive of a bottle of wine.

The garden is for use by the guests but the owner has access for pool and garden maintenance. The owners live in the adjoining property, although total privacy cannot be ensured they are available to help if required.

Guests have the sole use of the pool while in attendance. It has a uniform depth of 1.5 metres and suitable for children who can swim. Pool towels are supplied. Supervision of all children in and around the swimming pool is the total responsibility of the parents.

Glasses, bottles or any breakables are not to be taken into or in the close vicinity of the pool. Plastic beakers are provided for use around the pool.

Use of the pool by all guests is at their own risk.

Minimum of 3 day bookings.

Languages spoken: English and Polish.

Northern Mountains region

The surrounding countryside here in the Beiras region of Central Portugal is mountainous with rivers, said to be the cleanest in Europe where picnics and swimming from the numerous near by river beaches is very popular.

From the property you can see the Serra da Lousã mountain range. A drive through the mountains is worth a visit for the spectacular views and to visit the villages, many of which are seen clinging to the steep hillsides.

The winter weather is temperate. The peak summer temperature can exceed 36deg C. though some evenings one may require a light jumper.

Serra da Estrela

Vila Nova de Poiares is a typical rural market town about 3 Km away from the cottage, with numerous shops, 3 supermarkets, banks and post office, the local market is held each Monday morning. Local activities include canoeing on Mondego River, fishing (licence costs €7), swimming, Go-kart, cycling, walking..

Many of the surrounding towns and villages hold festas, particularly throughout the summer, with traditional songs, food and dancing.

Languages spoken: English and Polish.

Vila Nova de Poiares is well serviced by excellent roads and motorways giving access to many places of interest, notably the magnificent Buccaco Palace Hotel, once the property of the Portuguese Royal family, where you can stroll in the gardens and explore the woodland pathways. Swim at the river beaches at Gois and Varzea Perquena villages. Visit the Moorish fort at Lousa and the various medieval castles throughout the area.

Well worth a visit is the beautiful university city of Coimbra, once the capital of Portugal, and wander through the maze of little streets and sample Portuguese delicacies in the numerous cafes. Take the Tuk Tuk ride to get a panoramic view up the old cobbled streets to the university or a boat ride on the lovely Mondego River.

Above all you will have the opportunity in Central Portugal to experience true Portuguese hospitality.

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Review 1-8 of 8

26 Aug 2014

5/5

"Casa Branca is fantastic !"

Casa Branca is a nice and comfortable house with Bruce and Bella as the niciest hosts in the whole of Portugal! Other likes: the swimmingpool, the supermarket nearby. The location is superb: Coimbra, … More

We really enjoyed your visit with us and thank you very much for your kind words. We would love to see you again.
'Bella and Bruce

2 Aug 2014

5/5

"Fantastic stay"

Lovely stay in great wee villa with lovely pool.Lots to do locally from kayaking done the Mondego river , river swimming , combria, mountain villages .Plus Bella and Bruce helpful but not intrusive… More

Thank you for your review, we are glad you enjoyed your stay with us at Casa Branca. Best wishes
Bruce and Bella

23 Jul 2013

5/5

"Perfection in Portugal"

We stayed at Casa Branca for a week whilst travelling around the area, after a long day out it was lovely to come back to the villa and spark up the BBQ and open a bottle or two of the local vino and cool off in the beautiful pool, Bruce and Bella were always around if needed but not intrusive, we had a wonderful evening with Bruce who regaled us with tales from his time in the Far East, a well travelled and informative Gentlemen. Bella offers aromatherapy massages, we can recommend the full body massage for total relaxation. Thank you both for your hospitality, we will definitely be back. Karen, Rob, Dave & Nicky.

Hi to all, Many thanks for your review of our cottage and hope to see you on your next visit; I owe you some reflexology and massage.

Best wishes Bruce and Bella

3 Mar 2013

5/5

"Heaven in the Country"

Lovely property with your own pool.So relaxing.Plenty to see a short drive away, if you can drag yourself off your sun bed. ! If you hanker after a relaxing break,chilled out wining and dining on your own terrace,by your pool,THIS is the property for YOU. ! Many thanks to hosts Bella and Bruce for making it so special. Julie& Mike

Thank you for your lovely review and happy that you enjoyed your stay as much as we enjoyed you company.

Very best wishes.

Bruce and Bella

24 Feb 2013

5/5

"Fantastic, a house and location like something out of a dream."

My wife and I stayed here for a week in the summer of 2011. We had a fantastic time, the surrounding mountains and scenery is stunning and so peaceful. We were looking for a relaxing, peaceful time and that's exactly what we got. Having your own pool right outside the front door is even better than I imagined and Bruce and Bella's hospitality was second to none. On the odd occasion when we got lost nearby or were looking for somewhere nice to eat we were able to give them a call and they were always happy to help. I could not recommend this place more, it's also a very short, easy drive from Porto which has an airport into which we can fly directly with Ryanair from Ireland. We will definitely be back.

Thank you very much for your review and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

21 Feb 2013

5/5

"Everything you could want!"

Delightful cottage with a crystal clear pool a few steps away from the front door for those refreshing early morning dips or to cool down at the end of a long day's touring around this most stunning part of Central Portugal. Set in very peaceful village but just a short drive away from good restaurants, river beaches, historical places of interest for all ages and nightlife in the nearby City of Coimbra. Bella and Bruce were very welcoming and made us feel at home immediately, and on hand to give us advice when required. The secure car parking was a bonus too!

Thank you very much for your review and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

14 Feb 2013

5/5

"Relaxing Heaven!"

We had the most fantastic week at Casa Branca. It is a lovely no-nonsense property that served our needs as a family of four perfectly. The supermarket is very close by and the set out of the property made everything so easy - we had barbecues every night. The pool is as alluring as the photos indicate. . The surrounding area is really lovely and the temperature in August was perfect - warm but never unpleasant. Having breakfast in the sun every morning was a particular pleasure - I wish I was there now!

Thank you for your lovely review. You and the family will always be welcomed to come back one day.

Bruce and Bella

2 Jan 2013

4/5

"Compact but very comfortable cottage in a beautiful area of Portugal"

Bruce and Bella (villa owners and next-door neighbours) were very helpful and welcoming but unobtrusive. The cottage was spotless and had everything we needed for a family of four. There are so many interesting and beautiful places to visit in this area of Portugal - it makes a great base and nice to be able to have a dip in the pool to cool off after a day's sight-seeing.

Thank you for your review and to know you enjoyed yourselves at Casa Branca.

Best wishes

Bruce and Bella

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Calendar last updated:07 Sep 2014

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Languages spoken
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