Farmhouse | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
*** Only 1 week still free in August 2014, from 9th to 15th. ***
Beautiful country home with off-street parking, a well kept garden and private pool. Just 30 minutes drive from Lisbon and 20 minutes from Sintra. We are close to many of Portugal's best tourist attractions, so an ideal base for touring and exploring nearby Sintra (world heritage), Ericeira and Cascais. Casais da Cabrela is located just 10km from the coast with several surfing beaches or more sheltered swimming beaches a short drive away. Many have sea front restaurants and bars.
The original part of the house had been an old olive press which still exists in part in the living room and has been incorporated into the interior of the living area. In the old days locals used to make olive oil by pressing a large wooden plate with a massive wooden screw - these features are now part of the house including the stone press basin that has been converted to a loft area lined with cushions and a large sunny window suited for reading, listening to music or just an afternoon nap.
From the terrace outside the living room you have uninterrupted views over the valleys. With a private swimming pool one terrace below also overlooking the view.
The kitchen is a real farm house style kitchen with all the charm you would expect from bygone eras but totally modern in terms of equipment with a separate pantry and work area.
The house is situated in a quiet rural area just minutes from the local village of Montelavar where you can find a local restaurants, supermarkets and general services. The house is half an hour from Cascais, Sintra and Lisbon.
The beautiful old town of Ericeira takes you back in time to the days when it was a tiny fishing village. Cobbled streets, white-washed houses and a plethora of restaurants and cafes offer excellent food, especially the sea-food for which Portugal is deservedly famous.
Sintra is a magnificent town of marvellous historic mansions, all set against the backdrop of lush hills. Classified by UNESCO as a world heritage, Sintra's many castles include the Palácio Nacional, 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.
When 13th-century Portuguese Queen Isabel passed through Obidos and marvelled at its beauty, her husband King Denis I simply gave it to her. For centuries after, the kings of Portugal followed suit, presenting the picturesque little town to their queens as a wedding gift. With its white buildings shining as brightly now as then, the walled city of Obidos is very popular with tourists, its hillside location offering amazing views of the Estremadura area. The medieval castle is a main attraction.
The house has a living room and a sunny conservatory so ample for up to 8 people. It also has the loft area (old mill).
Dining area is part of the open plan kitchen. Old wooden table to seat about 8 and there is also the outside terrace marble table which can also seat 8 and is wonderful for alfresco dining in the summer. Big outdoor barbeque.
Fully equipped kitchen with pantry which houses fridge/freezer, oven and microwave. Dishwasher and washing machine are available along with kettle and toaster.
2 double bedrooms and 2 twin bedroom all with fans and cupboard space.
Bathrooms: 2 bathrooms both with bath and shower.
Notes on Accommodation:
We can provide a starter hamper for your arrival at a small supplement. Otherwise ask us about getting a small shopping list for you before your arrival of goods to your liking.
There are several day trips we can organise for you, including walks through the local countryside, or trips to nearby tourist destinations such as Sintra, Ericeira, Mafra and Obidos.
If you are interested in surfing or cycling we can also help you arrange lessons and trips. For those who prefer less demanding activities we can organize picnics, donkey rides and other relaxing outings like private tai-chi sessions in the garden.
We hope that some season veggies from the small farm and a original cookbook with Portuguese recipes will inspire you to make a good use of our kitchen which was designed by someone you loved cooking.
Our accommodation price includes one set of bed linen & bathroom towels. A compulsory end of stay cleaning fee applies. We can provide additional cleaning on a daily basis at a charge of €8.50 per hour (two hour minimum)
We have a house guide and guest book. Trips and activities can be arranged. Detailed driving instructions will be provided to help you find the house when you arrive in Portugal. Happy travels!
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, Wi-Fi available|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|