A dream come true in Sintra
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Farmhouse | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
The Royal Secret,
Unique and elegant, this beautiful property close to the historic center of Sintra affords
Guests the chance to experience luxurious relaxation in abundance and a feeling of the
Historic living. The impressive social areas, large entrance hall hints at pomp and grandeur, yet
the ambiance remains inviting with a peaceful welcoming feel.
This property has also a spectacular and unique location for a family escape to remember.
The House offers a high quality of space, with different ambiences for all the family members, from the well equipped Tv room, with LCD System, DVD to an amazing living room with a fire place where the guests can relax.
On the ground floor you also find a cosy living room also with fire place, a large dining room, where you can sit 16, perfect to a get together with family and friends.
If you like to cook or enjoy our cooking Workshops this Kitchen is a perfect spot for that moment! Large, clean, with a table for 10, very well equipped where you find the famous stove “La Cornue”, 2 wash machines, coffee machine, microwave, American fridge with ice maker, nothing is missing when you want to cook a great meal.
The Royal Secret offers 5 King Size bed suites, all full of charm and comfort.
The Master Suite, it's served by a King Size bed, a nice closet area, and a bath room with a Jacuzzi, perfect to relax at the end of the day.
After your chill out moment we invite you to read a book and drink a glass of wine while waiting for the dinner in your private living room.
Elegant in style the three suites have fire place, bath tub and shower.
On the top floor you can find a romantic suite, perfect to a couple who wants to have more privacy.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Praia Grande 7 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Internacional de Lisboa 30 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 5 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (5), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 12|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
About this location
The Central Portugal region
The first center of romantic architecture in Europe is found right outside Lisbon. Sintra is a magically green town dotted with fantasy palaces and an exquisite, exotic feel that's been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Considered not only one of the wonders of Portugal but indeed of Europe. Its unusual geography, nestled in a stretch of hills surrounded on all sides by plain, estuary or ocean, and its subsequent climate, create a verdant paradise where ornate palaces lie hidden behind tall trees and walled gardens.
Hans Christian Anderson found inspiration here, describing Sintra as the "most beautiful place in Portugal" and Lord Byron during his time here christened it his "glorious Eden". However, perhaps Portugal's national poet, Luís de Camões, in his epic poem Os Lusíadas, pays the most distinguished homage.
Long the home of Portugal's monarchs, Sintra is a magnificent town of marvelous historic mansions, all set against the backdrop of lush hills. Sintra's many castles include the Palácio Nacional de Sintra (a main abode of Portuguese royalty until the early 20th century), the hilltop and storybook Palácio da Pena, Quinta de Regaleira (incorporating several architectural styles and with gorgeous surrounding gardens), the Castelo dos Mouros (Moorish Castle), and the Palácio de Monserrate.
Palácio da Pena
Open from 9h45 to 19h00 (last ticket 18h15)
Located in the Sintra hills, the Park and Palace of Pena are the fruit of King Ferdinand II's creative genius and the greatest expression of 19th-century romanticism in Portugal, denoting clear influences from the Manueline and Moorish styles of architecture. The palace was built in such a way as to be visible from any point in the park, which consists of a forest and luxuriant gardens with over five hundred different species of trees originating from the four corners of the earth.
National Palace of Sintra (Palácio Nacional de Sintra)
Open from 09h30 till 20h00 (last ticket 19h)
The thousand-year-old history of the Palace of the Town of Sintra began during the Muslim occupation of the Iberian Peninsula. Already mentioned in texts from the 11th century, the original Moorish Palace became the property of the Portuguese Crown after the conquest of the city of Lisbon by Afonso Henriques, the first King of Portugal, in 1147. It was first subjected to alteration work in 1281, in the reign of King Dinis, and new extensions were later added to the building over time, in the reigns of the kings Dinis, João I and Manuel I, although it has largely maintained its present-day outline since the mid-16th century. The vertical arrangement of its spaces, adapting to the nature of the terrain; the intimate organization of the interior courtyards, outdoor spaces in which one can hear the sound of running water; the windows with their surmounted arches; and the walls covered in glazed tiles with rich geometrical patterns, are all features that underline the Moorish links of the craftsmen who built and embellished the Palace.
Quinta da Regaleira
Visits by appointment reservations recommended. Daily visits from 10h00 to 20h00.
It is an estate located near the historic center of Sintra. It consists of a romantic palace and chapel, and a luxurious park featuring lakes, grottoes, wells, benches, fountains, and a vast array of exquisite constructions. The palace is also known as "Palace of Monteiro the Millionaire", from the nickname of its first owner, António Augusto Carvalho Monteiro.
Castelo dos Mouros
Open from 10h00 to 18h00 (last ticket 17h00)
Visitors to the Moorish Castle can walk around the fortress amid huge boulders and sheer cliffs, admiring the views over a unique landscape stretching all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. Located on one of the hilltops of the Serra de Sintra, this irregular-shaped fortress was built in around the 10th century after the Muslim conquest of the Iberian Peninsula. It was subsequently enlarged during the Christian reconquest.
Palácio de Monserrate
October to February - Open from 10h00 to 18h00 (last ticket 17h00)
March to September - Open from 09h30 to 20h00 (last ticket 19h00)
Not very far from the historic centre of Sintra is one of the most beautiful architectural and landscape Romantic creations in Portugal: the Park and Palace of Monserrate, unique representatives of 19th century eclecticism. The Palace combines gothic and Indian influences as well as Moorish suggestions together with exotic and plant motifs, which are harmoniously extended to the exterior. The gardens have received species from all corners of the world, which were planted according to their geographical origin. The front lawn of the Palace provides a well-deserved rest, while discovering one of the richest Portuguese botanical gardens.
Convento dos Capuchos
November to April - Open from 09h30 to 18h00 (last ticket 17h00)
May to October - Open from 09h00 to 19h00 (last ticket 19h00)
A Franciscan convent built in direct contact with nature and in keeping with a philosophy of extreme architectural and decorative simplicity. The Capuchos Convent is extremely small in size, being notable for the great poverty of its construction. It is also known as the “Cork convent” because of the extensive use of cork in the protection and decoration of its tiny spaces. Its rustic appearance and great austerity are in dissociable from the surrounding vegetation, since the building is completely integrated into the natural environment, to the extent that enormous granite boulders have been incorporated into its construction.
Chalet & Garden of the Countess of Edla
In the second half of the 19th century, King Fernando II and his future second wife, Elise Hensler, the Countess of Edla, created a Chalet and a Garden in the Park of Pena, a private space designed in accordance with the romantic taste, which served as a refuge and leisure area for the couple. Strategically situated to the west of the Palace of Pena, the building followed the model of Alpine Chalets, which were then very fashionable in Europe. Its eclectic decoration consists most notably of mural paintings, stucco work, glazed decorative tiles and an exhaustive use of cork as an ornamental feature. Outside, the garden that surrounds the Chalet combines indigenous vegetation with botanical species from all over the world, forming an exotic landscape that includes such delights as the Countess's Fernery, the Restharrow Garden, the Pergola and the lakes.
Museu do Brinquedo
Open from 10hoo till 18h00
Sintra's toy story is Museu do Brinquedo. João Arbués Moreira's fascinating 20,000-piece collection presents a chronological romp, from 3000-year-old Egyptian stone counters to a 1999 Barbie Burberry. Standouts include vintage Barbies from a more demure, housewifely era and arch-rival Sindy dolls. Also note the tin soldiers used to drum up Nazi support, WWII Action Men, penny toys and Japanese kokeshi wooden dolls. On the 3rd floor is a toy-repair workshop, where you can sometimes find a man studiously working in a glass case, beside a bizarre tray of disembodied heads.
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