Quinta dos Sobreiros
Farmhouse | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Quinta dos Sobreiros is a traditional Portuguese farmhouse over 200 years old. It has been extensively modernised in recent years to the comfort standards of today. Every effort has been taken to retain as many of the old features and ambiance of the original buildings. The Quinta is set in beautiful, mature semi-tropical gardens, stocked with palms, an abundance of orange, lemon and grapefruit trees, vines and flowering shrubs.
The property offers a relaxed easy access mountain holiday. The gardens and grounds are fantastic and, along with the Boulle Alley and Solar Heated Pool, are free to be used by Guests. There are great walks to be enjoyed in the area as the property is in a very tranquil setting. We supply everything, even pool towels.
We are flexible on changeover dates to allow clients to get best Air Line deals.
Wi-Fi Broadband now available for Guests usage.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Penacova - river beach 3 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Porto 140 km, Nearest railway: Coimbra B 16 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
The cottage can be split in half; giving a 4 or 5/6 combination. You only pay for the amount you use. This makes it very cost effective and does not eat up too much of your budget. We never let to two different parties at the same time - so pool and grounds are exclusive.
The property is composed of two ajoining cottages and both have been furnished to a very high standard. There is satellite TV in both with English channels, a luxury fully-fitted kitchen in each, a dining veranda, and the farmhouse laundry is also available for use.
A cot is available and there are some games for children.
There is a weekly maid service to change the linen and towels.
We never have more than six people as guests, so you have seclusion and privacy. Far away from the main tourist trails in a yet to be discovered part of Portugal. You may stay a week and not meet a tourist - see real Portugal and the traditional life still being led in the mountains
There is an information pack available about the area and its attractions along with maps. Recent reports on local eating establishments and details of local events will also be provided.
As a service to guests we are pleased to be able to offer a starter pack - this will suit late arrivals especially. Costs 40 € and provides a number of items including 2 bottles of wine, fresh bread, cheese, Palma ham, pasta, fruit, eggs and milk. There is lots more in the pack and it can be altered to suit special food needs.
Languages spoken: English and Danish.
Northern Mountains region
Pereiro de Além is a most interesting traditional village and is only three kilometres from the town of Vila Nova de Poiares, where most shops can be found. A number of good restaurants are in the locality. The ancient towns of Coimbra, Lousa, Penacova and Gois are all within 30 minutes drive. Many sporting activities are available in the local area including canoing, fishing, hiking, horse riding, abseiling and river swimming. A local golf course is under construction at Vila Nova de Poiares. We are only 45 minutes drive to the beaches of the Silver Coast; our local river beaches are worth visiting and are on some of the cleanest rivers in Europe.
Serra da Estrela
The Quinta is on the outskirts of the village of Pereiro de Além and is surrounded on three side’s by forest. Many excellent walks exist in the immediate area. Quinta dos Sobreiros is noted for its outstanding views. Both the Sierra de Lousa and on clear days the Sierra de Estrella can be seen. The area is very peaceful and offers a very tranquil and relaxed stay.The Quinta also has a full sized Boule Allee. The swimming pool is now fully fenced and child safe. Meeting all EU Regulations.
A number of good restaurants are in the locality. The ancient towns of Coimbra, Gois, Lousa and Penacova are all within 30 minutes drive, as is the ancient Royal Hunting Palace of Bussaco.
Many sporting activities are available in the local area including canoing, fishing, hiking, river swimming, horse riding, abseiling, go-karting, mountain biking and ten pin bowling.
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9 Sep 2012
"A Garden of Eden...!"
This place is a real Garden of Eden, run by a wonderful couple, Francis and Hanne. Four of us stayed at Quinta dos Sobreiros for two weeks. Each couple had its own cottage, which join together semi-detached style although cooking and meals were at the larger cottage... it was more convenient even though both cottages have fully equipped kitchens. The standard of furnishings, fittings and cleanliness were excellent with Francis and Hanne always on hand to help in any way. The views from their garden and terrace will linger in our memory for years to come, with the whole estate nicely tucked away on the edge of a wooded hill side. The pool is a must on hot days but it's not of Olympic dimensions so be aware if you are a swimming –ista! Depth is up to chin level (I'm five foot eleven) with steps leading in. The pool area is totally fenced in so no danger for toddlers. There is a fully covered optional area for dinning al fresco, some ten yards from the main cottage, with a fully equipped BBQ. It proved a favourite haunt at all times of the day. Each cottage has its own bathroom with constant hot water (provided by solar heating) and there are gas central heating radiators in case you visit during cooler periods.
Quinta dos Sobreiros can be tricky to find – a sat nav is a must and make sure you feed in the correct co-ordinates since trying to feed in street names and place names is a total non-starter ( we ended up in back streets of Porto some 10km from the airport!!). The exact coordinates are West 8.28753 North 40.21811, which are helpfully provided by Francis in his pre-trip e-mail. But some sat navs (like the one on our car hire) only take coordinates as “degrees, minutes”….which involved some hasty calculation in our car to get West 8 deg 17.2518' and North 40 deg 13.0866' . With our faith in our sat nav somewhat shaken we finally managed to find Quinta dos Sobreiros after a few phone calls to Francis. Portugal is a wonderful country but road markings are almost non-existent in the remote rural parts and it's rarely clear who has right of way…if in doubt, concede to the local drivers who always assume it's their right to drive fast and recklessly!
Local facilities are limited: there is an InterMarche supermarket at the nearby town of Vila Nova de Poiares, which is a pretty place some five minutes drive away with all the necessary things such as post office, pharmacy, banks, petrol stations and restaurants. We did not try any of the restaurants locally (although many are listed in the excellent folders Francis and Hanne have compiled in each cottage). One of the snags we found was that to go out for an evening meal would involve having to drive back after dark (with at least one sober person behind the wheel)…not an experience for the faint-hearted. However, this did not spoil our stay in any way: there is some much to see and experience within a 60 mile radius that on our days out we would lunch out. The food in virtually every restaurant we tried was locally sourced, beautifully cooked, and attractively prepared with very generous portions and invariably at most reasonable prices…it made lunch into a relaxing and pleasant experience!
Practical points: Quinta dos Sobreiros is some 1000 feet above sea level so the evenings can get chilly. This does not stop the local mosquitoes from doing their best to find your tender parts for their supper, so the usual insect repellent creams, sprays etc are a must once the sun begins to set. Otherwise, Francis and Hanne have done their best to provide everything (towels, pool towels, hair drier, wi-fi, etc.) you could possibly need for a relaxing and care-free holiday. We fell in love with the place and will go back at the nearest opportunity.
15 Jul 2012
"Beautifully-restored quinta with breathtaking views."
We loved this cottage so much - what made it extra-special was that Hanne & Francis ensured we had everything we needed, even supplying a late-night arrival pack of rations to get us started (we didn't get to the cottage until 10.30pm after flight and rental car delays). Their attention to our every need was just the perfect balance of helpfulness and advice - on everything from where to go for shopping, where to eat out and how to get a taxi!! Hanne even drove to the local town on our first morning (whilst we followed) to show us the way.
In the cottage, there is a file full of maps, local brochures and information on points of interest in the area, covering everything from go-karting, river-paddling and horse-riding. For the less adventurous there are gentle forest walks, historic sites and of course excellent shopping in Comibra. There is an Intermarche in the local village, which stocks most things you need, and a Lidl in another nearby village. The local market is a must - buy produce grown in the area - fruit, vegetables & more - and support the co-ops and farmers.
The cottage has been restored sympathetically, keeping original stone & woodwork where possible, but making it very comfortable and well-appointed. The kitchen is well-equipped, and the covered BBQ area is bliss - needless to say we spent a few evenings eating al fresco. Since we were just 4 people, we only needed the 2 bedroom cottage, but there is a wonderful 1 bedroom annexe available if required. Francis & Hanne never let the cottage and annexe to different parties at the same time to ensure privacy.
The pool is beautiful, not overly-chlorinated but fresh, clean and well-maintained. It is just lovely to sit and enjoy the views, dipping your toes in the water. In the garden there are lemons, oranges, plums, peaches, mint and chives and a wonderful pond complete with frogs and fish. The frog chorus is amazing to hear - they make quite some noise!!!
Overall we were delighted with the cottage, location and facilities. However, we have never been made to feel so welcome or at home as by Francis and Hanne. Their warmth and hospitality were outstanding, and many's a story and glass of wine was shared late into the evening. Truly memorable.
22 Aug 2011
"The perfect place and the perfect hosts for an unforgettable holiday"
After an easy flight and a 3 hour drive (due to getting lost, our fault, but with help from the locals, who could not speak English but some how managed to guide us in the right direction) we arrived … More
18 Jul 2011
"This Portuguese rural retreat is the perfect place to relax, unwind and explore."
From the minute we contacted Francis and Hanne we had a good feeling for this property. It is located an easy 2 1/2 hour drive from Lisbon on excellent Toll roads( Oporto is closer but flights to Lisb… More
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