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Quinta da Madrugada, Spectacular Mountain Views Villa

4bedrooms
9sleeps
 min stay varies

Villa / 4 bedrooms / 4 bathrooms / sleeps 9

Key Info

  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children age 5+
  • Car essential
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

Families

  • Suitable for children over 5
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner

Description from owner

Description

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

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.

Location description from owner

The Central Portugal region

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!

Oliveira do Hospital

Avô is a quiet village until August when it is full of Portuguese people taking their annual vacation. The beach is an award winning beach with a sand beach in high season and a grassed sunbathing area all year round. There is a children's pool and beach bar which will hire out canoes and pedalo's. Two rivers of clear water comes straight off the mountain and flow into a large swimming area. You can also fish in the rivers, the owners of the villa have a fishing rod for use and will help with a fishing license which is about 3 euros. The local people are very friendly and the way of life very traditional. The area is full of olive trees, grape vines, goats and sheep, many families still live from small holdings here. The café bars are very cheap and most serve a "dish of the day" which is extremely reasonable, approximately 7 euros per person for 3 courses, wine is often included but if not it is usually about 0.60 euro a glass.

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Bed & bathroom

  • bedroom 1: double bed
    bedroom 2: double bed
    bedroom 3: 3 single beds
    bedroom 4: 2 single beds
  • 2 family bathrooms, 2 en suites

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Private outdoor pool (unheated)
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Staffed property
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Iron
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Access

  • Parking
  • Secure parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

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About the owner

Stephen H
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Calendar updated:
26 May 2016
Based in:
Portugal

Languages spoken: English, Portuguese

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“Amazing”

Reviewed 12 Jan 2014

We stayed there in June of last year. The villa was spot on, it had everything that you needed, immaculate, well looked after and it was a pleasure to stay there. The views are spectacular and the pool and surrounding gardens added to that view. Local shops nearby made the stay wonderful. Avro down from the villa was lovely and we visited it quite a lot. Meals out were great and very reasonable. We had bbq's most days outside near the villa washed down with the Portugal beer and wine.. If you fancy a relaxed, chilled out holiday then I would go to stay here. A complete pleasure and hope to stay there soon. Thanks Stephen and Elizabeth it was truly lovely....

“Idyllic setting, wonderful house and amenities”

Reviewed 6 Jan 2014

6 of us stayed at this holiday location for a week. Wonderful scenery, the house is beautifully presented and with plenty of amenities. Spec is to the highest standard. I would highly recommend this accommodation to smaller or larger groups of people. We also found the locals really lovely and pleased to see tourists unlike some parts of Portugal.

“Amazing hideaway with stunning views to wake up to every day”

Reviewed 2 Jan 2014

My partner and I spent two weeks in this villa during the summer waking every day to the most amazing panoramic vista. The location is adorable (although at the time a little tricky to find and get to). But it was worthwhile once we arrived. We felt totally secluded in our own hideaway and enjoyed a much needed rest and recuperation, yet were only a 10 minute drive away from supermarkets and an array of restaurants and bars. We took journeys from there to local towns, up into the mountains and even back to the Portuguese coast for days out. Although many days, we just chilled with a beer around (and in) the delightful pool .. idyllic!! The villas is beautiful with everything catered for. We barbecued every day on the outdoor rotisserie and BBQ and commented several times on what a wonderful venue for a large family gathering. I would recommend without hesitation to anyone wanting a wonderful natural place to relax and unwind looking to enjoy a delightful location and stunning villa with family and friends. Try it, you wont be disappointed !!!!

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