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Private, secluded pool. Virtual Tour http://www.holidaysinportugal.360hdtours.co.uk/

Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 10

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 80 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

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Casa Sandra is a luxurious and spacious private villa ideal for family holidays. Sleeping up to 10 people it is most suitable for the large family or families wishing to holiday together.

Recent improvements make this villa even more attractive for holidaymakers with a concern for the environment as it is completely energy neutral. The casa generates more electricity than it uses and the hot water for the house and the heated swimming pool are also powered by solar panels.

A perfect internal climate is maintained by the dual purpose central heating and air conditioning system run from an 18kw air source heat pump which takes heat from the outside or inside air and supplies heating or cooling to the inside of the villa as needed.

With four solar panels heating the pool the water remains at a very comfortable temperature for an extended season so holidaying in March or April doesn't rule out that daily swim.

As you would expect all mod cons are included. We have a large kitchen with plenty of workspace, washing machine and dishwasher, microwave and food mixer, whether eating out or cooking indoors you have everything you need.

The pool is surrounded by a walled, completely private area of about 160m2 gated on both sides to prevent accidental entry by small children. The pool area is bigger than many medium sized hotels so there is ample space for ball games or just chilling out on the sunbeds.

On the far side of the pool is the alpendre with a traditional Portuguese BBQ and stone table. It has hot and cold water to the sink and a self contained toilet and shower.

For all round entertainment there are books and games, a TV with Freeview satellite channels, DVD player and a table tennis table that fits nicely on the rear veranda. The villa has ample seating in every location outside as well as inside with relaxation areas on the front and rear verandas, the pool area and the Alpendre.

The casa has four large bedrooms, large kitchen, lounge, ensuite shower room and a family bathroom with a bath and two showers. All the kitchen equipment and facilities you would expect are provided including a dishwasher, food mixer etc. There is ample preparation and cooking space in this large area with a traditional solid wooden table where even the chairs take a bit of lifting.

Size Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms
Nearest beach Nazare 80 km
Access Car advised, Wheelchair users
Nearest Amenities 10 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Lisbon 127 km, Nearest railway: Paialvo 3 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 Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Table tennis, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture 2 Sofa beds, Single beds (6), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 5
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Wheelchair users, Secure parking
Further details indoors

Hot water is also provided from solar panels and the casa has two veranda's front and rear both with comfortable seating. The rear veranda in the morning bathed in sunshine, ideal for breakfast whilst the front veranda is the ideal place to watch the sun go down over the mountain as you settle down for the evening or prepare to hit the town.

Further details outdoors

The villa is situated in a small 'casal', a sort of hamlet with only a few houses and where everybody knows everyone else. Only a 10-15 minute walk away is Paço da Comenda, the local village with a couple of bar/cafés and the local shop with everything from firelighters to bananas.

Just a little further on is Porto da Lage with a few more shops and a chemist but most interestingly the Rosa bakery. If you want you can hang a bag at the gate containing a euro (depending on how much bread you want) and it will be delivered by one of the other bakeries but we prefer the wonderful rolls from Rosa and it's worth the five minute drive to the bakery where one rings the doorbell, orders over the intercom and fresh bread is delivered to you in minutes.

Tomar, the nearest city, founded in the Middle Ages by the Knights Templar is full of cafés and restaurants and all the shops and supermarkets you might expect. It straddles the river Nabão with three bridges joining one half of the city to the other. The old quarter is beautiful with its narrow cobbled streets and Main Square whereas the Centro Commercial at the north end of the city has more modern architecture intertwined with the surrounding and older city buildings.

We often eat at home then drive into Tomar around 10pm for a drink or a coffee. It's usually buzzing with activity, young people gathering and chatting and children playing in the warmth of the evening air. The Portuguese are a soft natured people, kind and respectful and ever ready to be friendly and helpful and these traits are clearly passed on to the younger generation who are a pleasure to be around.

The Friday market is a must for all visitors. Its good value and you can buy a wide range of fish, meat and vegetables as well as all the usual market items you might expect. For the bigger shop there is a Continente, International Store and a Lidl store. Parking in the city is mostly free except in the covered car parks and a small area by the council offices with parking meters.

The convent towers over the town and is a must to visit. The impressive construction of the aqueduct is a wonder to behold once used to carry water over hill and dale to the convent itself.

Further details

The natural layout of the property means that it is easily navigable for a wheelchair user though there are no specific adaptations for disabled people. We have had wheelchair users in the past and tehy have found it an easy place to be in.

We ask smokers not to smoke in the house.

Animals may be considered but we need to agree that beforehand.

The Costa de Prata/Silver Coast/Central Portugal region

The casa is situated very near the absolute centre of Portugal, Vila de Rei, which is only about 30 kilometres away. Nearby towns include, Abrantes, Leiria, Ourem, Torres Novas and the world famous Fátima. If you haven’t been there before it is a must to see. The sheer scale of the shrine is awesome and draws people from far and wide every day. Special events might see 100,000 people there so on these occasions parking will be in short supply.

There is no shortage of history to be seen in this part of Portugal. The walled town of Óbidos or the Castles of Sintra are amazing. Even the more modern and slightly bizarre Bhudda Eden is a spectacle worth seeing. There are caves and dinosaur footprints, vineyard tours or train trips to Lisbon, in fact something for all tastes.

If you visit the cathedral at Alcobaça you may well catch the world famous contra tenor Luis Peças singing, as he usually does every day for appreciative audiences. There is no cost to go in and listen though most do show their appreciation by leaving a donation.

Travelling by train in Portugal is a surprisingly pleasant experience, they are clean, air conditioned and always on time so if you want to take to opportunity to visit the wonderful city of Lisbon the train is the way to do it.

For a more natural experience the west coast of Portugal takes some beating. Quite recently a new road was completed (IC9) between Tomar and Nazaré reducing the drive time from 90 to 45 minutes. Nazaré and São Pedro de Moel are just two of the spectacularly beautiful towns on the west coast with pristine beaches and traditional Portuguese life going on all around. If you want to you can explore many other coastal areas travelling north.

Every few hundred yards or so there is a road taking you to the beach. Some are well maintained and may take you to a small town, others are dirt tracks but easily navigable by car and some will need a 4X4 to get down them. We have found many that take you directly to a beach where you will most probably be quite alone. Nothing but beach and sea as far as you can see in both Southerly and Northerly directions. The west coast of Portugal is a natural beauty and unspoilt for a hundred miles.

Tomar

The villa is situated in a small ‘casal’, a sort of hamlet with only a few houses and where everybody knows everyone else. Only a 10-15 minute walk away is Paço da Comenda, the local village with a couple of bar/cafés and the local shop with everything from firelighters to bananas.

Just a little further on is Porto da Lage with a few more shops and a chemist but most interestingly the Rosa bakery. If you want you can hang a bag at the gate containing a euro (depending on how much bread you want) and it will be delivered by one of the other bakeries but we prefer the wonderful rolls from Rosa and it’s worth the five minute drive to the bakery where one rings the doorbell, orders over the intercom and fresh bread is delivered to you in minutes.

Tomar, the nearest city, founded in the Middle Ages by the Knights Templar is full of cafés and restaurants and all the shops and supermarkets you might expect. It straddles the river Nabão with three bridges joining one half of the city to the other. The old quarter is beautiful with its narrow cobbled streets and Main Square whereas the Centro Commercial at the north end of the city has more modern architecture intertwined with the surrounding and older city buildings.

We often eat at home then drive into Tomar around 10pm for a drink or a coffee. It’s usually buzzing with activity, young people gathering and chatting and children playing in the warmth of the evening air. The Portuguese are a soft natured people, kind and respectful and ever ready to be friendly and helpful and these traits are clearly passed on to the younger generation who are a pleasure to be amongst.

The Friday market is a must for all visitors. Its good value and you can buy a wide range of fish, meat and vegetables as well as all the usual market items you might expect. For the bigger shop there is a Continente, International Store and a Lidl store. Parking in the city is mostly free except in the covered car parks and a small area by the council offices with parking meters.

The convent towers over the town and is a must to visit. The impressive construction of the aqueduct is a wonder to behold once used to carry water over hill and dale to the convent itself.

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Review 1-4 of 4

16 Nov 2012

5/5

"great house"

great house with everything you could want
Lovely pool and BBQ,area
great for sitting by the pool sipping a glass of wine
Transport required as a little way from Tomar

15 Nov 2012

5/5

"Getting more than we expected"

Though we came here for a second time, the property still surprised us. It has a lot of sleeping space - which comes handy when you're with four grownup sons, plenty of bathrooms, a well equiped kitchen, free internet, a great swimming pool and bbq area. Above all you can pick your fresh figues every morning and enjoy the surroundings.
Situated in the centre of Portugal, it is a great starting point for discovering the beauty and the rich history of this part of the country. With Tomar only a few minutes drive away, and access to Fatima, Batalha, Alcobaça, Leiria, Obidos and, of course, Lisboa and the Silver Coast, one can't do but enjoy a stay at Casa Sandra.

15 Nov 2012

5/5

"Les vacances inoubiales dans une très charmante maison"

Nous avons reçu un accueil très chaleureux de la part de votre voisine avec toutes les explications nécessaire pour pouvoir visiter ou décourvrir les charmants endroits aux alentours.La maison est… More

15 Nov 2012

5/5

"Super"

Magnifique maison bien équipée bien entretenue entourée d'oliviers centenaires.Accueil très chaleureux de Yolande et très bon échange avec David Allen par mails pourla réservation. L'… More

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