|Minimum Stay||5 - 7 nights|
Casa do Portão (The Gate House).
This carefully restored cottage comprises a spacious double bedded room with a large en-suite shower-room.
The living and dining room is comfortably furnished and leads off to a well equipped kitchenette.
The cottage is light and airy, and gives on to the central courtyard of the property which, in turn, leads on to the garden and pool areas.
These two recently restored rural cottages are in a delightful country setting about 50 minutes north of Lisbon easily reached from the A1 motorway. The property has beautiful uninterrupted open country views to the South yet is located on the edge of a small hamlet with 2 cafés and a small shop only 100 metres away to the North; an ideal situation. There is an ample garden and you can also enjoy the fruit from the trees, when in season. There is a large swimming pool shared by both cottages, a sun deck area and a barbecue. There are several bicycles, a tennis table, croquet set and other equipment to add to the pleasure of your stay. Internet access is available – on request we will provide you with a pre-paid mobile broadband USB.
It is a great centre for touring, and Santarém (known as the Gothic capital) is 10km. to the South with plenty of shops, cinemas etc. There is a straight motorway link to the coast about 40 minutes away and good restaurants all around. Thecottage is fully licensed with the local Council under the Alojamento Local scheme which ensures compliance with safety standards.
Linen: House linen and towels are provided. Swimming pool/ beach towels are not provided.
Internet access is available – on request we will provide you with a pre-paid mobile broadband USB.
Superbe séjour, cadre exceptionnel, dépaysant, relaxant, on y reviendra. Ne changez rien!
Booking notes -
We request a 50% deposit to confirm reservation and the rest to be paid at least 4 weeks before arrival.
Minimum rental period of 5 nights.
There is a 10% surcharge for use of the sofa-bed as extra sleeping capacity.
There is no surcharge for use of the baby cot (no sheets provided). Payment by bank transfer - all bank transfer charges are the clients responsibility. During Winter rentals, electricity will be charged according to meters reading.
We couldn't have asked for more from our stay at this beautiful property. Our little cottage was perfect for two of us and the grounds and pool exceeded all expectations. It is very well looked after, full of character and the gorgeous garden and pool were the perfect place to let go and cool down.
Sinterra is a friendly, tiny village in a great location from which to visit lots of interesting and breathtaking spots in central Portugal and on the coast. Santarem is very close by and well worth a visit. It is definitely worth having a car/your own transport when staying here.
Helena, the owner, was kind and helpful from the outset and was quick to respond to any queries and made our stay even more relaxing and enjoyable. I would happily recommend this property. And will definitely be spending more time in lovely Portugal!
We visited this cottage to explore central Portugal for a week before heading south for more of a beach centred week. The cottage itself is classically restored in the local style lying on the edge of a small village 15 minutes outside Santerem, It backs onto farmland offering a superb view to go with your breakfast on the patio. Although rural, the village has a couple of Cafe's where locals sit outside and watch the world go by. We found them to be very friendly as we exchanged greetings whenever passing. A decent pool set in an established garden was perfect for cooling down after the morning run or when the family returned from exploring and a table-tennis table in the barn triggered nightly family competition.
Things we did... walked local tracks/trails, visited Lisbon by train, discovered an impressively large cave system, went to the surfing town of Peniche and (although not particularly religious) toured some of the large monasteries. We ate at a number of restaurants but particularly enjoyed the local choices where the phrase book, some sign language and much smiling was rewarded with some excellent meals.
It turned out to be a perfect contrast to the second weeks beach lounging. The major roads are largely unused so travel is quite stress free and during our time here we felt we discovered the "real" Portugal rather than that of the highly developed southern coastline.
This beautifully rural property more than met our expectations. Perfectly situated for visiting several of Portugal's most stunning Unesco World Heritage sites, as well as Lisbon and the coast. We loved the beautiful garden with its views over the surrounding fields and olive groves. Simply but adequately equipped. Very good value for money and excellent information and instructions in advance.
We where excited about this location, as it was central to many of the things we wanted to see in central Portugal even though there had not been a recent review of the location. We had spent 25 day traveling the country and had planned that this would be more of the relaxing part of our month stay in Portugal as it has a pool. Unknown to us, we found the beds so hard we actually found it difficult to sleep. We finally moved the cushions from the outdoor furniture on top of the mattress which helped. The sheets needed to be replaced as they are completely worn out. The shower was so pathetic we took the shower head off to get some water flow. We know the owners have paid help to look after the place and probably do not have any idea about these complaints. We loved that we had the use of a beautiful well equipped little kitchen and the use of a brick barbeque as we cooked many of our meals. The little village was lovely and many of the locals tried to have a conversation with us, it just felt safe. With some updates I would return to this place.
The property is in the Ribatejo region, on the Tagus river north of Lisbon. It is known for its farming, horses, bull-fighting and wine production but is also a region steeped in historical monuments.
The countryside is ideal for walking and cycling. This is not an area of mass tourism. The people in this region are very honest and friendly and you are assured of a warm welcome.
The regional food is excellent.
There are open markets every weekend somewhere close by, and the towns have large supermarkets and all the other likely needs for your stay. 4030/AL