Villa Monte Serves is a stunning contemporary villa with a modern Zen architecture resting upon an expansive 11,000 m² landscaped garden with pine trees enjoying spectacular views over the protected Sintra-Cascais Natural Park where it is located, overlooking the Palacio de Pena (Pena Palace) and Castelo dos Mouros (Moors Castle).
The property is just a short 30 minute drive from Cascais, Estoril and Lisbon, located in the countryside on the foot hills of Sintra which is considered not only one of the wonders of Portugal but also of Europe and is ideally for those looking for peace, space and privacy. Fascinating for its history and authentic for its charm, Sintra has some of the most beautiful natural and architectural sites in the country.
Now holding an UNESCO world heritage status, Sintra was once the holiday place for the country’s Royals. With its unusual geography, nestled in a stretch of hills surrounded by plains, estuary and ocean, and its subsequent climate, it creates a peaceful haven full of history and charm where ornate palaces lie hidden behind tall trees and walled gardens.
The villa is just a short drive away from first class restaurants and white sand beaches.
The villa with a minimalistic decor has 4 bedrooms, all with double/king size beds and can accommodate up to 8 guests. It comprises three levels: ground floor, mezzanine/loft, and lower floor.
The entrance lobby, overlooks a central courtyard with an olive tree around which the house seems to wrap around. This courtyard leads you to an expansive terrace with a pool.
On the right wing you will find an open plan living and dining room with a fireplace with full height glass doors along the side that leads on to the pool terrace and garden. A covered outdoor dining terrace can be found adjacent to the dining area which has a barbecue facility and is serviced by a lengthy modern kitchen with counters on either side which features a casual breakfast area.
The four bedrooms are located on the left wing. The master bedroom opens out to an adjoining covered terrace with an outdoor lounge area, it has an en-suite bathroom featuring a rain shower, a large in ground bath and a full height glass door/window with views to the garden. The other three bedrooms, two of them with walk in closets are serviced by two spacious bathrooms. All the bedrooms feature full height sliding doors that open out on to the pool terrace and offer garden views.
A “T” shaped open plan loft has a panoramic glass window overlooking the central olive tree courtyard, swimming pool and garden. From here you have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful view of the Palacio de Pena and Castelo dos Mouros, which are beautifully illuminated at night. The central cosy TV room with two comfortable sofas, branches off onto the two side wings, each one of them having a living area with an adjoining study/office.
A gym area with an underwater view of the outdoor pool through two large glass windows provides the ideal environment for a good work out to burn off calories. The adjoining Spa area with an indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna overlooks two beautiful olive trees and the surrounding lush garden through full height glass panels creating a tranquil environment for total relaxation.
The swimming pool terrace stretches the whole length of the house, the infinity swimming pool is 15m x 5m, and has a depth of 1.0 – 1.5m. The terrace has 8 sun loungers and 3 large sun umbrellas to give guests the opportunity to relax and enjoy the idyllic surrounding while getting a Portuguese tan. Next to the olive tree, in the centre of the terrace, a dining table with benches offers an ideal place to have lunch while overlooking the swimming pool. The garden with sprawling lawns is a perfect area for children to play safely to their heart’s contempt.
Interaction with Guests:
Your villa experience is made particularly special with the help of friendly and helpful staff. The villa comes with the services of a Villa Guest Relations Manager, who will be pleased to assist with restaurant reservations, with bookings for tours/transport, massages and spas, babysitting and attend to all your needs to ensure your stay in the villa and your visit to this beautiful area of Portugal is a memorable experience. Careful to make sure that you have all you need, while respecting that you may prefer privacy, the housekeeping staff will clean and tidy your bedrooms and deal with any other needs you may have during your stay. A fulltime property caretaker that lives on the grounds is on hand to help guests enjoy all the facilities that the villa offers.
Considered not only one of the wonders of Portugal but indeed of Europe, Sintra is truly a gem, rich in history which offers some of the most exquisite natural and architectural sites in the country. Once the town of the country's Royals, it now deservedly holds UNESCO world heritage status. Its unusual geography, nestled in a stretch of hills surrounded on all sides by plain, estuary or ocean, and its subsequent climate, create a verdant paradise where ornate palaces lie hidden behind tall trees and walled gardens, history abounds and romantics feel that they have at last found their nirvana.