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Spacious calm Lakeside Villa in Dornes - sleeps 8 House

  • 4 bedrooms
  • 8 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Spacious calm Lakeside Villa in Dornes - sleeps 8

Excellent 5/5 Excellent – based on 8 reviews

  • House
  • 4 bedrooms
  • 8 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Description from owner

Description

This delightful 4 bedroom house in the beautiful riverside village of Dornes, has been sympathetically restored to a high standard. Whilst the house has been rebuilt to comply with EU regulations and affords the modern comforts that one would expect in the 21st Century every single part of the original fabric of the ruin has been incorporated into the building thus preserving that special sense of history and energy that permeates this medieval village. The house, in the village itself benefits from panoramic views towards the historic tower, the characterful rooftops and the river, which is less than a minute's stroll from the house. Not only does this house offer families and friends a retreat away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but the size and layout also make it an ideal venue from whence to run small workshops/retreats. Walking groups, nature lovers, water sports enthusiasts and fishermen alike could spend endless hours exploring the glorious surroundings. It

This delightful 4 bedroom house in the beautiful riverside village of Dornes, has been sympathetically restored to a high standard. Whilst the house has been rebuilt to comply with EU regulations and affords the modern comforts that one would expect in the 21st Century every single part of the original fabric of the ruin has been incorporated into the building thus preserving that special sense of history and energy that permeates this medieval village. The house, in the village itself benefits from panoramic views towards the historic tower, the characterful rooftops and the river, which is less than a minute's stroll from the house. Not only does this house offer families and friends a retreat away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but the size and layout also make it an ideal venue from whence to run small workshops/retreats. Walking groups, nature lovers, water sports enthusiasts and fishermen alike could spend endless hours exploring the glorious surroundings. It is also an inspiring location for creative pursuits. There is a restaurant in Dornes where you can enjoy, amongst other dishes, fish that is freshly caught from the river. Whilst there is no longer a shop in the village, fresh bread can be delivered to the house on a daily basis.Supermarkets, pharmacies, health centres and a variety of shops can be found just 10 minutes away in the pretty town of Ferreira do Zezere and all within an hour's journey are tourist attractions such asthe ancient University City of Coimbra, Fatima, Tomar (famed for the Knight's Templars) the Silver Coast beaches, Torres Novas and slightly further afield, yet ideal for a day trip are the beautiful ancient towns of Obidos, Penela and of course, not forgetting the beautiful cities of Lisbon and Oporto.

Location description from owner

The Central Portugal region

Central Portugal is an area of outstanding natural beauty and full of deep contrasts. From the sandy beaches on the west coast, this landscape is one of rolling hills covered in pine and eucalyptus forests; lush green valleys; and the high mountain peaks. Numerous rivers slowly meander through the towns and villages. This is a region bursting with breathtaking views, characterised by soothing colours and enhanced by the wonderful scents of Mimosa in the late winter and Eucalyptus and Pine in the summer. Warm summers and crisp winters make this area attractive all year round.

The village of Dornes, whilst small, is steeped in some 2000 years of history and religion. This, and its stunning location on a peninsula jutting into the Castelo do Bode lake, on the River Zêzere contribute to its charm and splendour.

It is understood that the current church tower has an ancient history going back to the Romans who built a watch tower here when they were extracting gold from the river. In the 12th Century, Father of the Knights Templar, Gualdim Pais erected a Templar tower on the ruins of the old Roman tower to act as a defence point for the area at the time of the reconquest.

It is believed that there was a Roman place of worship built next to the tower sometime in the 1st century BC, and that in the 12th century Queen Saint Isabel of Portugal ordered a church to be built and in all likelihood probably on top of the old Roman ruins. The church has a current 15th Century façade and the interior is beautifully tiled and contains 16th Century statues. The popularity of the church is fundamentally due to the image of Nossa Senhora do Pranto (Our Lady of Tears) on the main altar. This was the attraction for many pilgrims over the centuries and even to the current day.

Dornes formed part of the extensive lands that were granted to the Knights Templar by Kings, Queens and the politically powerful, in return for their support in wars and for securing pilgrimages to the Holy Lands. It was in nearby Tomar that Gualdim Pais established the Headquarters for the Knights Templars (or Order of Christ as it later became known).

Dornes was originally located on the River Zêzere but in 1945 construction on the Castelo do Bode Dam wall began, which was to provide fresh water for the local area and the whole of Lisbon, as well as being a Hydro Electric scheme. All within easy reach are: The castle of Almourel, with strong ties to the Knights' Templar; Castelo do Bode Dam; Coimbra, renowned for its ancient university; Serra Aire de Candeiros, home to examples of the longest fossil footprints in the world; Conimbriga, one of the largest Roman Settlements in Portugal; Fatima, famous for its pilgrimages; Golega, renowned for its annual National Horse Fair ; Castello Branco, the most important monument in Castelo Branco is the Jardim do Paço Episcopal (Garden of the Episcopal Palace). It is one of the most beautiful baroque gardens in Portugal and contains statues of allegories, kings and zodiacal signs, arranged around ponds, terraces and staircases; and of course Lisbon and Oporto which are both served by a fast train from Entroncamento.The fishing town of Nazare with its long sandy beaches and the popular surfing beach at Figueira da Foz are within one hour's journey by road. Find more places of interest on our website, www.casadelis.com

Dornes

Dornes has long been renowned for its special energy and this has been documented in a book by the Brazilian author, Joseph Netto Trigueirinho. The book, entitled ‘Ressurgimento de Fatima -Lis’ , or, translated into English, ‘The Resurgence of Fatima-Lis’ , is widely available in Portuguese but it has not yet been published in the English language. Just as pilgrims flock to nearby Fatima, so they also flock to Dornes in smaller numbers. The route to Dornes from Pao Mendes is interspersed with the Stations of the Cross, culminating with the 14th Station at the Church in the village. From time to time local villages make pilgrimages to Dornes and these are colourful, happy celebrations. At these times the village streets are lined with stalls stocked with local produce and souvenirs - a sight to behold. Throughout the summer small festivals are held in the local towns and villages and the larger towns have their own unique festivals to include gastronomy, medieval fairs and the famous horse fair at nearby Golega. Dornes is a place where you can either just relax and take in the scenery and sounds around you or you may sample the many celebrations that take place in the area.

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Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car advised
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden

Families

  • Great for children of all ages
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Cot available

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: King Bed
    Bedroom 2: 2 Single Beds
    Bedroom 3: 2 Single Beds
    Bedroom 4: 2 Single Beds
    Beds in other rooms:
  • 1 Family bathroom, 2 En suites

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Access

  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Policies

Check in time:16:00, Check out time:10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
Payment
This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
Smoking
No smoking at this property
Cancellation policy
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About the owner

Elizabeth S

Tourist Licence
1413AL

Response rate:
100%
Calendar updated:
26 Aug 2016
Years listed:
3
Based in:
Portugal

Languages spoken: English, French, Portuguese


This House has 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and sleeps 8. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 27 Nov 2012. Located in Santarem District, it has 8 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £513 to £684.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 26 Aug 2016.

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“A wonderful villa in a fantastic, peaceful and picturesque location”

Reviewed 15 Oct 2015

The villa is spacious, very comfortable and incredibly well equipped. The outside space has been very well designed - providing sunbathing, several eating areas, and shady spots. The view of the lake is fabulous in all weathers. With its central location it is an ideal spot for exploring the surrounding area. We ate at the local restaurant just down the steps from the villa on a number of evenings and found the quality of food, presentation, and service of a high standard. The other village restaurant, although having a very limited menu, was excellent value for money.

Dear Louise, I am so pleased that you enjoyed your stay. I haven't yet sampled the new restaurant so am looking forward to visiting next time I am over there. Thank you for submitting your comments. Kind regards, Liz

“A piece of heaven!”

Reviewed 15 Aug 2015

We had a wonderful holiday here. Dornes is a tiny little village on the River Zezere, the villa sits above the river so wherever you are in the house you have beautiful views. The tranquility and peace are almost tangible and the garden created by the owner is simply beautiful, withe so many cleverly created places to sit and enjoy your surroundings. The house itself is very comfortable. We were welcomed by a local caretaker who was very helpful and friendly. He gave us lots of tips for eating out, supermarkets, etc. The house itself is equipped very well, home from home in fact! Just delightful. The location of the villa made travelling around ss easy and we had a number of fabulous days out exploring the area.

“Fantastic house in a beautiful location”

Reviewed 27 Feb 2015

I stayed in Casa de Lis for 5 days and the house was very comfortable, and furnished to a very high standard. The owner had put a lot of thought into every detail. The kitchen was extremely well equipped. The imaginatively designed garden was a delight to sit in, especially around the stone-topped table with a rose arbour The house is in an elevated position with wonderful views overlooking the village and river, There is a beach a couple of minutes away which would be wonderful to swim from in season. The house is in an ideal location for day trips to visit many interesting towns, churches, monasteries, mountains and sea. A fantastic place to stay.

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