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Villa Monte Serves - Stunning contemporary four-bedroom villa near Sintra.

Bedrooms 4
Space 10,763 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

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.

Ground 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.

Lower floor:

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.

The neighbourhood


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.

More Details
Registration Number : 27713/AL

Toni Figueiredo
Member since: 2016
Speaks English, Portuguese, Russian
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 April, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Mucifal in Sintra

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 10763 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Not allowed to move any of the furniture and lighting from original position.
Location Type:
  • Monument View
  • Mountain View
  • near the sea
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Indoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • Sauna
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Staff
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Villa Monte Serves - Stunning contemporary four-bedroom villa near Sintra.
average rating of 3.0 based on 1 reviews

Perfect except the dogs of the neighbours

  • 3 of 5

The house, the garden and the services are wonderful.

The problem is that, at a few meters from the main bedroom, there are 2 neighbours with 2 big dogs in their garden, barking during all the evening and the night until midnight or 1 o'clock in the morning.

And they start to bark again, early in the morning.

I am sorry for the owner and the people who manage the house, who are very nice and friendly people.

They are not responsible for this situation.

But we spent 2 weeks in the house and, every day, we have suffered from this barking.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We would like to apologise to Mr. Marucchi and his family for the inconvenience caused with the barking of the neighbour’s dogs during their stay at Villa Monte Serves. Unfortunately, during their stay the neighbours from the property across the road of Villa Monte Serves were away and thus their two dogs barked unusually which incited the dogs of the next-door neighbour to bark as well. Guests who have stayed at Villa Monte Serves have always expressed how much they have enjoyed the peaceful and quite environment that the property offers.
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Nearest Airport
38 Kilometres
Lisbon airport - 35 min
Nearest Golf
19.5 Kilometres
Penha Longa Golf - 25 min - via N247 / A16
Nearest Beach
5 Kilometres
Praia Grande / Prais das Maças - 9 min
Car: necessary

Nearby places of interest:

National Palácio Nacional de Sintra

In the centre of Sintra, and an obvious landmark with its two enormous white chimneys, the Palácio Nacional de Sintra was a functioning royal palace until the early 1900s. Originally built under Moorish rule for sultans spending summers in the temperate mountain climate, the palace has been remodelled and altered by successive residents. Though predominantly Manueline and Gothic in architecture, the original Arab style still prevails in some parts of the building.

Certain rooms stand out because of their uniqueness and splendour. The Room of Swans is one example, its octagonal panelled ceiling decorated with paintings of the white bird of its name. Similar is the Room of Magpies, however the intricate décor here is connected to a tale of gossiping courtiers. Legend has it that King João I ordered the painting of magpies, the chattering bird, as a message to the ladies of the court whose whisperings of intrigue were distressing both him and his English Queen, Philippa of Lancaster. The Armoury (Sala dos Brasões) is richly decorated with the coats of arms of the Portuguese aristocracy and still shows evidence of the pacing of the imprisoned Dom Alfonso VI in its worn floor.

Palacio da Pena (Pena Palace)

The Palacio da Pena is an extravagant yet relatively modern building, erected in the 19th century in accordance with the whims and romantic fantasies of Ferdinand de Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, the German husband of the then Queen Maria II. A true mixture of styles (Renaissance, Baroque, Moorish, Gothic and Manueline) adorn this enormous construction which occupies the site of a 16th century Hieronymite monastery, proudly sitting atop the hill behind the Vila de Sintra, at a height of 1500 metres. The outside evokes Disney in that its pink and yellow towers and domes boast drawbridges, sculptures and detail that one can only imagine exist in fantasy. Inside it has been kept very much as it was left by its last royal occupant, Queen Amélia who, fearing the inevitable downfall of the monarchy in Portugal, fled the palace and the country in 1910. The panoramic views from the courtyard here are breath-taking. If the hike up to the palace doesn't appeal, a taxi or bus is available. However, the walk back down is worth the effort as it gives the visitor a chance to take in the cool beauty of the wooded hills and see the extensive park belonging to the palace, which is impressive in its design and array of plants; credit once again to Ferdinand.

Quinta da Regaleira

Quinta da Regaleira is particularly special and is classified as World Heritage by UNESCO as testimony to this fact. Situated amongst dense woodland, its eerie turrets and nooks and crannies lend it an air of mystique added to by underground grottoes and two dry wells. One, 60m deep, is accessed by a spiral stone staircase and bears symbols related to the Knights Templar and the Masons, as do many other parts of the property. All this together with its lush gardens make it a unique place to visit.

Located in the Old Quarter of Sintra, the Quinta da Regaleira was built at the turn of the 20th century in the romantic ideal, this fascinating ensemble of constructions which were built in the middle of the dense forest is the result of the achievement of the mythical magical dreams of its owner, Antonio Augusto Carvalho Monteiro in conjunction with the talent of the scenographer-architect Luigi Manini.

The Quinta da Regaleira is a place to be felt. It is not sufficient to tell its story, of its countryside setting and its mysteries. Visitors should stroll through the exotic, fabulous park, feel the spirituality of the first Christians in the Chapel of the Most Holy Trinity, which allows us to descend into the crypt which reminds us of the symbolism of the sacred place and the world beyond.

Enjoy breath-taking views provided by the vast number of turrets.

Other Palaces

Included on the list of places to see must also be the palaces of Seteais and Monserrate. The former, a neo-classical building with a grand archway, is now a luxury hotel and hosts ballet in the summer. The latter is an extravagant mixture of European and Oriental architectural styles with a highly decorated tower, domes and much ornate detail.

Castelo dos Mouros (Moorish Castle)

Also high in the hills, the remains of the Moor's Castle date from the 8th century and marvellous views are attained by walking along the top of its walls.


One is reminded that Sintra is near the coast and many beautiful beaches lie only a short drive away, or indeed a tram ride away, as an old-fashioned eléctrico tram service ferries people from Sintra to various villages and the charming Praia das Maçãs all year round. Praia Grande is a popular beach with surfers that come to ride its quality waves. There are a host of other beaches offering their own beauty and charm – such sandy coves include Azenhas do Mar, Praia do Magoito and Adraga.


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Damage Deposit £1,759.65

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.