Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
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)|
|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|
|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|
|Further details indoors|
The property can accommodate the physically impaired but it is not suitably able to facilitate wheel chair users.
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.