|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Featuring a unique décor, the Machado estate is a large holiday property located in Pinhal dos Frades, near Sesimbra, Herdade da Aroeira golf and Fonte da Telha-Meco 20km long sandy beach. The estate is by itself a small oasis, hiding within an vast Mediterranean Pine forest, and accessed via a quiet 450 metre long dirt road (although posing absolutely no issue for any type of vehicle).
This property featured in a decoration magazine; such exquisite properties are rarely available for short term rental.
The holiday estate is composed of three units (north and south wings and a pool house), organised around an exotic decked heated swimming pool, and surrounded by immaculate gardens. The estate spreads over 5000m2, and affords total privacy to its guests. The view of the beautiful green surroundings can be enjoyed from most rooms via large French doors.
Each unit has been carefully designed to highest standards, and boasts designer details and fittings throughout. Nothing about Machado Estate can be defined as average.
There are three large living areas, one in each wing, fitted with wide flat screen TV sets with cable TV, DVD player, hi-fi stereo systems and air conditioning. There is also a formal dining room, sitting 16 people, in the south wing of the house.
The estate boasts two fully equipped modern kitchens: one in the north wing and the other in the south wing, for added comfort of guests. Each kitchen has a open-plan American style design, and is fitted to the highest standards.
There are six suites at the Machado Estate, and sleeping facilities for up to 14 people. Each suite opens onto the gardens and terraces via large French doors with wooden shutters, and features unique designer details, such as a jacuzzi hot tub, a double walk-in shower room, an iPod docking station or a hi-fi stereo system. As standard, each suite boasts comfortable sitting areas, air-conditioning and a flat screen TV set.
The north wing has three suites, and the second wing has two suites. An additional suite or lounging area (both layouts are possible and keep up to the luxury standards of the estate) is available at the pool-house upon request and additional payment.
Outside, the large 5000m2 garden is thoroughly kept, boasting many special corners and sun traps during day, and exceptional lounging areas after dusk, each lit with extreme care and attention to detail. The large free-form 12*7m swimming pool is heated and will provide hours of relaxation and fun (supplement applies for water heating). The pool area is equipped with parasols, deckchairs, outdoor shower, and lounging areas. The pool itself has a second Jacuzzi area.
The large lawn area at the back of the main house is an ideal games area, and the estate has its own sports and activity fittings.
Hidden within the private gardens, the lake is among the most special features of this exquisite estate, and makes you feel truly privileged. Over an elegant and modern wooden structure, a Nikki Beach-style bar and lounge is the perfect setting for a night cap.
The house is decorated to high standards yet blending in perfectly with the relaxed atmosphere of the countryside which surrounds it. Satellite TV with international channels, internet access, air-conditioning and stereo system enhance your enjoyment, in most rooms.
For entertainment of guests, the Machado Estate Holiday Villa also boasts two additional bar areas: the club in the south wing (which apart from the music gear, the tables and the glitter ball also has a pool table and other games), and the barbecue area. Each of the bars is fully equipped with fridges and cutlery.
There are magnificent beaches and sights nearby, but you will find it hard to leave the villa.
Price includes cleaning service three times a week.
The property is just amazing! Very spacious, lots of things to do, beautiful architecture in- and outside, very close to Lisbon. Perfect for larger groups, who are looking for a good time.
The service at the house was fantastic! Helder was a great host. He and Alfons are great persons and took the best possible care of us. Thank you so much! I hope we can come back.
I also appreciated very much the process of renting at Sol Domus. The agency is very reliable, professional and always transparent.
With the Arrabida mountains as its backdrop, this exquisite villa is located in Pinhal dos Frades, a quiet residential area near Herdade da Aroeira golf resort, halfway between Lisbon and Sesimbra.
Nearby Vila Nogueira de Azeitão is a small historic town, surrounded by the Arrabida Nature Park and well known for its vineyards and wine cellars open to the public, which are definitely worth a visit. On the South Coast of the Setubal Peninsula, Portinho da Arrabida beach is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Portugal and Southern Europe, and boasts a natural bay with calm and clear turquoise waters, ideal for swimming and snorkelling. Closer to the estate, Fonte da Telha and Meco sandy beaches are less than 5km away if you opt to use a bicycle across the protected woods, or a short drive away (15 km).
Apart from Lisbon, 20km away, Azeitão, Setubal, Palmela and Sesimbra are easily reached, making the self-catering villa an ideal base for unforgettable daily excursions.
This self-catering villa is situated near the Natural Park of Arrabida, a unique protected area established to support the beautiful landscape and rich variety of wild life, including eagles, wildcats and badgers. The surrounding mountains and woods are the perfect place to go for a walk, and excursions can be organised with the local nature tour companies.
Sesimbra, a short drive away, is a quaint fishing town, famous for its castle, beach and beautiful sea front. Palmela has a towering very well preserved castle. Setubal has excellent fish restaurants by the sea front and a ferry to the nearby resort of Troia. Boat trips are organized to watch the dolphins living in the Sado estuary.
The large outdoor heated swimming pool is for private use of guests.
The villa is heated in winter and two beautiful fireplaces provide additional comfort and atmosphere.
The estate is surrounded by many sandy beaches to the South and West, all with different characteristics. The magnificent bay of Portinho de Arrabida, with its clear quiet waters, is a must-see and is a short drive away. Sesimbra, Fonte da Telha (4km away), Meco, Lagoa de Albufeira and Troia beaches are all easily accessible.
Aroeira Clube de Campo de Portugal is located near the estate, and boasts two championship 18 hole golf courses, which staged the Portuguese Open on several occasions. Expect world class conditions all year round thanks to its sandy soils and friendly micro-climate. Both courses present a difficult but pleasant challenge, crossing mature pine woods and well protected greens.
Quinta do Peru Golf & Country Club is also within a short drive, and offers a friendly family atmosphere, which makes this club an enjoyable and relaxed experience, and its diversified course with immaculate fairways offers excellent views over the surrounding countryside.
Aroeira Clube de Campo de Portugal
Aroeira Clube de Campo de Portugal
Tróia Golf (15 kms and a ferry away), is a very difficult championship links, but one of the most beautiful in Portugal. Other courses are available within the area: Riba Golf (two 18 hole golf championship courses within a cork tree estate); Montado (18 hole park course), Palmela Villa (9 hole) and Aldeia dos Capuchos (a short 9 hole course with beautiful sea views, ideal for short game).
Gastronomy and wine tasting
The region of Azeitão is famed for its gastronomy, and even the local supermarkets, such as Intermarché, have a mix of local gourmet and standard fresh products; the supermarket is about 3km from the villa. The local gastronomic festival is held from June to September. Fresh grilled fish is an inexpensive delight. Five formal wine routes have been devised in the Setubal peninsula by the ‘Rota de Vinhos’ association, combining wine tasting with sightseeing, arts and nature. The villa is ideally situated to take best advantage of these delights of the area.
Getting there and around
Two hours flight from most European cities and seven from New York, the villa is reached by car from Lisbon Airport in less than 30 minutes. Faro airport is 2 hours away. The motorway junction is 6km away.
A car is recommended for this holiday as there is no public transport to the villa.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£432|
Booking conditions: 20% minimum paid at time of booking, further 40% two months before arrival, and balance on arrival in cash.
Security Deposit: €500, refundable at end of stay.
Prices are quoted for up to 10 people. Add € 100 per additional guest. Add € 350 per week for usage of pool house.
During peak season: normal turnover day is Saturday and surcharge may apply for rentals of less than 2 weeks.