Casa de Costa de Sintra
Villa | 7 bedrooms | sleeps 12
Very attractive villa with pool, within 10-20 minutes drive to five lovely beaches (with great surfing). The villa is set in its own large garden, with a fantastic location on the lower slopes of the hills running up from the sea, with a marvellous view up to the wooded mountain of Sintra.
Nearby beaches, surfing, tennis, golf (8 courses), riding, walking, mountain biking and many sights are all very nearby ... and lots of great restaurants.
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 7 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Praia Grande 5 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Lisbon 40 km, Nearest railway: Sintra 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||TV, CD player, Telephone, Table tennis, Games room, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||7 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms of which 4 Family bathrooms, 2 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (8), Double beds (3), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 14|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
A spacious villa with a cool interior and local Portuguese wooden furniture. It has two big ground floor living areas, a dining room, kitchen and breakfast area ... as well as sleeping/bathroom facilities for 6 on the ground floor and 6 upstairs (plus a twin room suitable for children).
Upstairs is a huge games room with ping pong table and the remaining sleeping/bathroom facilities for 7 more people. There is also a small balcony.
There is wireless broadband internet access.
|Further details outdoors|
The villa is a family home with exceptional views and a great atmosphere.
All along the front of the house is a lovely red terrace with a large retractable awning to keep the sun off.
The house is surrounded by its own grounds and lawn, with a small orchard in which is set the swimming pool. Ping pong and badminton provided. Tennis courts nearby.
There are parking facilities for 4-5 cars inside the grounds if need be.
The swimming pool is about 6m x 11m and about 1.25m deep.
Portugal is hot in the summer ... but the villa is cooler in the evening as it is on a hillside and gets the light sea breeze ... so you have the best of both worlds: hot sun but also shade in the daytime but not too hot to sleep at night.
There are many great restaurants nearby, eg in Praia das Macas village on the sea (about 5 km from the house). Neptuno and Buzio restaurants recommended. In Colares, there are a number of good restaurants including the reasonably priced Central. Sintra old town also has good restaurants and most seaside villages.
The Costa de Lisboa/Lisbon region
- Sandy beaches galore all along the coast nearby
- Many superb seafood and other restaurants nearby
- Tennis, riding, golf, mountain biking - and some of the best surfing in Portugal
- Nightclubs and many bars nearby
- But it is also great just to relax by the pool in the villa, with its breath-taking mountain views
- Historic Lisbon and Sintra nearby, with art galleries and palaces and festivals
- Unusually, for Portugal, there are many fabulous walks also nearby, both along the coastal clifftops and in the mountain and on the hilltop of Sintra
- An organic farm shop is 10 minutes walk away. Other shops, street markets and supermarkets are all nearby (in walking distance in Mucifal or a short drive away) ... and tourist shopping is just a short drive away in Sintra.
- The old and nearby small town of Colares is famous for its wine, and the viticulture cellars and facilities can be visited.
- Many locals you meet are likely to speak English
- There are many great restaurants nearby, eg in Praia das Macas village on the sea (about 5 km from the house). Neptuno and Buzio restaurants are recommended. In Colares, there are a number of good restaurants including the reasonably priced Central. Sintra old town also has good restaurants and most seaside villages.
The local region is famous for its beaches, restaurants, palaces, walking and golf. And Lisbon is only 30-40 minutes away ...
The beaches of Sintra's coastline are famous: Praia Grande (great for surfing), Praia das Maçãs, Praia da Adraga (just below Praia Grande on the map above) and Magoito (further south), all from 10 to 20 minutes car trip from the house. There is another really big beach called Guincho south west of the house (about 25 minutes drive, past Colares and then south round the end of Sintra mountain), where the surfing world championships have been held.
Around the sandy stretch of the Praia das Maçãs there are several restaurants (Neptuno is great), cafés, bars, a disco, tennis courts, as well as shops selling local crafts, esplanades and excellent food both in the summer or in the winter. A picturesque tramline connects Praia das Maçãs, Colares and Sintra. There are also a number of excellent restaurants on Guincho beach.
In Galamares village, which is on the way between Sintra and the house, spread out along the road, there is a good pottery and tiles shop on the right as you come from Sintra.
Sintra town is a great place to visit. The old town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995 maintains. Scattered on the hillside there are buildings and sites of historical and architectural interest. The most unusual is possibly Palácio da Pena, a 19th Century folly built by D. Fernando II boasting different styles. Within the old town there are several museums, including the famous Museu do Brinquedo showing toys from the past and present. The most interesting old building is the well-preserved medieval Palacio Nacional do Sintra, in the old town, which is well worth a visit.
There are many handicraft and antiques shops (also in San Pedro). The modern art gallery is new and really good. It has new shows all the time. It is located in the newer part of town.
You can see Sintra by horse-drawn carriages, which will take you around the town as well as Sintra's mountains.
Overlooking the town are the ruined ramparts of the Castelo dos Mouros, a fort dating from the 8th Century. Within it there is an ancient Moorish cistern and the panoramic views from its walls are most impressive. The castle is definitely worth a visit, and not that many people go there as it involves a bit of walking (about 1 km).
Several private palaces are open to the public. Among these Palácio de Seteais, a magnificent 18th Century home (built for a king’s mistress) now converted into a five star Hotel, and with an excellent formal garden. The Palácio de Seteais does an excellent afternoon tea for those so inclined.
Montserrat is highly recommended for its botanical gardens. It is only about 2 km from the house (you need to drive west to Colares and then double back along the other side of the valley, opposite the house). You can see the red and white rococo domes nearby from the garden. The Palácio de Monserrate was rebuilt by William Beckford (who also built Fonthill in Wiltshire, England).
Another place of interest is the Convento dos Capuchos (up the mountain/hill of Serra da Sintra, to the right, about 35 minutes away by car), an unusual hermitage founded in 1560 with tiny dwarf cells cut from the rock. The gothic Regaleira Palace is also uphill from Sintra old town.
The Serra da Sintra hill is a great beauty spot itself, with many walks (and small, twisting roads) amidst cascading trees and rocks, and with fabulous views all around. It is a national park, but has very few people in it as the Portuguese do not generally go walking. High up on the eastern end of the hill is Peninha Chapel, with dramatic views and wonderful rock formations.
Sintra is also very good for golf holiday makers: there are 8 courses within easy reach. The Penha Longa course (home of the Estoril Open) is 10 km away and hosts several championships. It has an excellent level of maintenance and beautiful panoramic views over the Sintra hill (Serra de Sintra). Also nearby are Estoril Golf, Quinta da Marinha Golf, Quinta da Beloura Golf, Belas Golf – all about 30 min. drive from the villa. Cascais, an old fishing town has wonderful cafes, restaurants, shops and discotheques and a new marina (with plenty of restaurants) where you can play all of the year. Estoril has, also, to offer you an interesting night life and several golf courses.
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20 May 2014
"Large house, beautiful garden, lovely space"
My family and I (18 people and little ones) stayed in the villa last year and we could not have been happier. There were some issues with the electircity due to the size of the group and all the elect… More
17 Jun 2013
We had been let down by a previous owner in a previous booking and 3 months before we were due to go we were in a panic!We could not have been helped more by the owner Mark who was brilliant throughou… More
11 Nov 2011
"Home from home"
We had a very comfortable stay. The house has a fine view and we spent a lot of time on the terrace admiring it. The swimming pool was used frequently. There is a lot to see in the vicinity and the beaches were lovely. Local restaurants were good as well as the cake shop in Sintra. We would love to go back.
31 Oct 2011
"Fantastic villa in great location."
This villa is extremely comfortable and is of a very high quality and clean.
As a keen cook the spacious well stocked kitchen meant that large summer suppers were easy to make and with three large tables to eat on we were spoilt for choice.There are faulous local beaches near by - especially for those who love untouched wild white beaches and surfing and the villa is literally surrounded by history with the many forts and castles which lie on the opposing hills.For those more fond of a large beach with bars and resaturants Praia Grande is an ideal resting point with fantastic waves and a large streach of white sand.I stayed here with a large group of friends and we loved relaxing and barbecuing outside and playing badminton on the lawn. There is ample space in this large villa which has extremely impressive inside dining room for entertaining.The games room upstarirs played host to many a ping pong tournament and there are many individual and unique comfortable bedrooms. Whether you want to relax reading a book in ultimate comfort by the pool or to explore the both beautiful and historic surroundings or explore the many attractions of Sintra this villa really is special and unqiue.
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