Serta holiday house rental with private pool, internet access, balcony/terrace and air con

4 reviews

From the owner

  • House
  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 nights min stay
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Key information

  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking. See Policies & House Rules
  • Nearest beach 108 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

From the owner

Open all year round, Casa dos Cavalos is a modernised cottage with log fired heating system and all the amenities you would expect, tv, free wifi, microwave, cooker, dishwasher, washing machine, gas BBQ. The main house accommodates 4 people in 2 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms, lounge and kitchen/diner. There is also the option to rent the Annex, suitable for up to 2 people, containing 1 bedroom and bathroom for an additional €20 per night. The Annex is only available to rent as an addition to the main house. A cot and high chair are available upon request. The lounge has a traditional Portuguese stone floor and log fire, the bi-folding patio doors lead to the shaded pergola with dining table and outside cooking facilities and looks out at the swimming pool, Annex and paddocks. The sparkling pool (built within the old threshing circle) for your exclusive use, is located in a lovely sunny position to the rear, it is cleaned and checked daily. There are corner steps leading into the shallow end and another set of steps in the deeper end. The depth of the pool is 1.0m at its shallowest and 1.5m at its deepest, the average summer water temperature is approximately 27°c. The pergola and patios are equipped with sun loungers, table and chairs and a gas BBQ and burners for outdoor living. The back of the property is edged by cork oaks, elm oaks and pine trees. You will be surrounded by nature, finches, great-tits, blue-tits, crested-tits, woodpeckers, nuthatches, siskins, squirrels and many other birds, there are bird baths and feeders to encourage the birds into the garden. The small forest is also full of wildlife activity. The 2 meadows are fairly flat and filled with olive and fruit trees, such as orange, lemon, cherry, fig, plum, nectarine and grape vines which you are very welcome to help yourself to if the fruit is ready to eat.

Minimum stay is for 3 nights, any guests staying longer than 7 nights will receive fresh bedding and towels weekly.

Check out time is 10am. Check in is from 3pm, although we will endeavour to be as flexible as possible upon request.

Within 1 hours drive you can visit the larger historic towns of Tomar, Coimbra and Castelo Branco. The nearest costal town is a little over 1 hours drive away.

Directly from the property you can walk in the surrounding forests using the tracks and there are many other walking routes around local towns available on the internet.

Sertã is a very pretty, bustling market town nestled in the hills. It has plenty of shops, supermarkets, restaurants, bars and cafes. You can enjoy a glass of wine or your dinner overlooking the river which flows through the town. The local wine, beer and food is good value, fresh and locally sourced. It has a tourist centre, chemists with English speaking pharmacists, a library with an English section and internet access and a sports centre boasting both indoor and outdoor swimming pools. There is also a small renovated 1930s cinema.

Around the area are many beautiful river beaches, which are sections of river dammed off to provide safe swimming. They are provided by the councils, free to use and most of them contain changing, shower and toilet facilities and an on-site restaurant/cafe/bar. During the summer there are many local music, culture and food/drink festivals in Sertã and surrounding towns. There are weekly markets in all local towns.

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Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Super King Bed
  • Bedroom 2: 2 Single Beds
  • Bedroom 3: Double Bed
  • Beds in other rooms:
  • 1 En suite, 2 Shower rooms


  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • Cot available
  • High chair available


  • Parking
  • Secure parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Air conditioning
  • Private outdoor pool (unheated)
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Patio
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Interaction with guest

Your hosts, Alison and Rod, are living at and renovating a neighbouring property. We respect your privacy, but you will often see us attending to the swimming pool or working in the paddocks tending to the trees, cutting grass etc. Please feel free to come and talk to us and pick any ripe fruit you may find on our property. We moved from busy lives in the UK to this beautiful part of Europe in June 2016 to enjoy a quieter, healthier life in a better climate. We are very enthusiastic about our hometown and would love to share our enthusiasm with recommendations for places to visit and restaurants to try. Each day we are still astounded by the beauty of the surroundings, culture and friendliness of the people here and Portugal has been an




Cancellation policy

Full refund

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

Partial refund

50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

25% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 2 weeks before check-in.

No refund

No refund if cancelled less than 2 weeks before check-in.

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Things to know

Check in: 15:00 Check out: 10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.


This rental can only be paid for online through Holiday Lettings using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
Damage deposit: (£84.50) €100.00

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No smoking at this property

House rules

No overnight guests or parties allowed
Maximum of 6 guests permitted at any time
Smoking only permitted outside - Please use sand bin provided for cigarette ends, do not throw on floor or in garden areas
Please supervise children at all times and do not enter any locked or fenced off areas.
No glasses allowed in the pool

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Manager restrictions

Minimum stay: 3 night

About the owner

Alison S.
Tourist Licence
Calendar updated:
22 May 2022

Years listed:

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Languages spoken: English
This House has 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and sleeps 6. It has been listed on Holiday Lettings since 24 Apr 2019. Located in Castelo Branco District, it has 4 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate is £712.
The property’s calendar was last updated on 22 May 2022.
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4 reviews
Very Good
Aylesbury Vale, United Kingdom

Yet another great stay at Casa Dos Cavalos
Oct 2021

How lucky we were to be able to visit Central Portugal again this year and stay at Aliso & Rod's cottage. This is close to our son's home and set amidst beautiful, peaceful scenery, so a… More 

Reviewed 16 Nov 2021

Aylesbury Vale, United Kingdom

Lovely cottage in a Stunning Secluded Peaceful Area
Jun 2021

We have just returned from our weeks break in Portugal. (When we booked the trip including the cottage Portugal was on the GREEN list for Covid travel) However a couple of weeks prior to departure it … More 

Reviewed 22 Jun 2021

A Holiday Lettings verified reviewer

Wonderful rural retreat
Aug 2019

We have just spent a wonderful 3 days here, and really do wish it had been more, laying by the pool, or cooking on the barbeque, with our girls, watching and listening to the wildlife is amazing, (Gor… More 

Reviewed 24 Aug 2019

Owner's reply:
Thank you for your review Lorna, it’s always great to hear people have enjoyed our cottage and surrounding area. Your we’re great guests, we enjoyed chatting to you and Hope to see you again.
East Kilbride, United Kingdom

Lovely place
Jul 2019

We have just spent 10 wonderful days in Arrifana and don’t want to go home. The location is so peaceful and the house is perfect. It is a perfect get away for relaxing and soaking up the sun. We… More 

Reviewed 16 Jul 2019

Owner's reply:
It was a pleasure having you as guests, we hope to see you again.
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