The secluded villa provides a taste of rural unspoiled Portugal. Quinta da Madrugada, is perched on a hillside in 12 acres of private woodland and terraces just waiting for you to explore, and is surrounded by small rural villages deep in the heart of central Portugal. The sweeping good quality tarmac roads and off road tracks through woodland and mountains make this an ideal get away for cyclists and walkers, and of course for those who would like to lounge by the private 8 x 4m salt water 'vista' swimming pool and feel that they have climbed a mountain, but have not actually had to do so. This well equipped villa is located on the edge of the Serra da Estrela Natural Park and has far reaching sensational views over the river Alva valley and up to the Serra da Estrela mountains (The Mountains of the Stars), which is mainland Portugal's tallest mountain range.The land is surrounded by numerous river beaches which are very popular in Portugal with the clear, pure mountain rivers. Activities such as canoeing, horse riding, go-carting, tandem para gliding and skiing are all available in the region. There are festivals most weekends and the hosts will endeavour to find out what is happening during your visit. During the hot summer months guests can relax by the pool watching the eagles soar on the thermals above and enjoy good local Portuguese wine and fare from the barbecue. The villa has a large wood burning fire (wood provided free) full central heating making winter visits cosy. Additionally for your winter break there is a seasonal ski resort in the nearby mountains.As well as the local villages offering café bars and restaurants, the beautiful historic cities of Coimbra and Viseu are about an hours drive away and the Atlantic coast is about one and a half hours away. Our closest city Oliveira do Hospital is a 15 minutes drive with supermarkets, restaurants, shops, cinema etc. Buses are also available.The nearest villages are a 5 minute drive or 20 minute walk, one of which is the beautiful award winning river beach village of Avô.Our closest airport is Porto, approximately a two hour drive, and Lisbon is approximately a three hours drive.Whilst your privacy is guaranteed, this villa benefits from onsite support for extra culinary, housekeeping or laundry services and emergency assistance.Considerate smokers welcome. Smoking in the property is not permitted but ashtrays are provided for outside.
|Size||Sleeps up to 9, 4 bedrooms|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Nearest beach||Avô's award winnig fresh water beach is a 25 minute stroll from the villa 2 km|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Porto 185 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer|
|Furniture||Double beds (2), Single beds (5), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Secure parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
Serra da Estrela means 'mountain range of the stars'. Most tourists come to Portugal for beach holidays but the more adventurous people might know about this area. Located somewhat in the central to north-east of Portugal is the one 'real' mountain range of the country: The Natural Park of Serra da Estrela. Estrela is home to the highest mountains (peak of 2000m) of the mainland of the country.
Visiting Estrela is a must for every nature / mountain lover. The area consists of old glacial valleys and steep peaks which are a challenge for every climber, but there are also over 32 marked trails for hikers making it the best hiking location in Portugal. For the less active people it might be interesting that the highest point of Portugal's mainland (which is actually a plateau) can be reached by car. A small paved road passes through the entire region and finds it's way up to the peak at Torre. The ski resort is open in the winter with very reasonable day passes rates.
The ski resort is 50 minutes from Quinta da Madrugada and the climate here often allows that the non-skiers can sit in the sun in tee shirts whilst the skiers go off into the snow topped mountain resort.
This area is filled with beautiful Schist villages who specialise in local cheese, smoked meats and woollen crafts. There are also numerous fresh water beaches. Our own village Avô is especially worth visiting with it's award winning beach and amazing café bar where a glass of wine is still less than a euro and the food they serve is legendary with our guests. The local city of Oliveira do Hospital, offers more restaurants, shops and a cinema.
Local festivals fill almost every weekend from spring to autumn offering ward winning cheeses, smoked meats, local crafts and traditional music and dancing. These festivals are a reminder of the times when Salazar ruled the country (ended in 1974). During his rule people had to have a special pass to visit between villages, unless there was a festival - hence there are festivals for everything from wooden spoons to soup and of course the famous cheese festival at the end of February which is a culinary must.
Cycling is becoming a big thing here with big international events taking place in the hills and mountains making Quinta da Madrugada with it's secure bike storage, maintenance racks and vehicle support a great place to practise for those big race events.
Winter at Quinta da Madrugada often brings sunny days (cold in the shade) and cold evenings, time for that cosy log fire.
Spring brings warm scented days filled with wildlife, especially the eagles fledging their young from the wood next to the house. It can be mid 20oC up to 30oC, great for walking and cycling.
Summer brings long hot days which can be over 40oC and balmy evening filled with the sound of crickets. This is when the private swimming pool comes into it's own. East facing the house itself cools on an evening ensuring that the rooms are not too hot when it's time for bed.
Autumn is the time for walking and cycling, gorgeous sunny days of mid 20's to 30oC with that very faint autumnal smell and a cosy log fire for an evening.
This is just one of those places that has something to offer any person who visits!