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Fantastic luxury villa with private lake access & stunning views

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Renovated 4 bed, 4 bathroom villa, pool, gardens, lake access and privacy

This villa has been lovingly converted from an original small Portuguese holding. Both of the original dwellings have been converted into one luxury villa. The property stands in 13'000M of its own land which is covered with many trees including Ceder, various fruit & olive trees. There are outbuildings & various paths winding down to its own lake frontage & pontoon where the crystal clear water is perfect for swimming, fishing & many other water sports. Just 15 min drive is the UNESCO town of Tomar, with its famous Templar Knight's, Convent de Cristo, castle, from 1160 & many cobbled streets. In just over an hour you can be in the amazing capital, Lisbon, or in only 40 min exploring the 160 km of the wonderful silver coast. The villa itself is located in a small friendly village which is off the beaten track, but in two minutes drive you are in the main village of Serra, with its local bars, shops & butchers, etc. WiFi is available with the use of a dongle and local Sim, or free WiFi is available 2 mins drive in the Cafes in the Village of Serra.

Neil Perkins
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French, Portuguese
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
9 June, 2017

About Neil Perkins

Me, Neil, self employed, Home Is Jersey with Rita, Originally from the Alentejo, South of Portugal.

Neil Perkins purchased this villa in 2007

Why Neil Perkins chose Santarem Central Region

Location Location Location !

What makes this villa unique

Away from daily pressures of life, surrounded by nature, where nobody can find you unless you want them to !


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Tomar in Santarém District

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Changing Rooms - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Outdoor Shower , Pool Changing rooms
  • Two bedroom's with en-suite shower rooms, full House bathroom and ground floor large shower room. There is also a separate shower & WC incorporated within the pool changing rooms.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
    Fold out single occasional bed - 1 Child Bed , A fold out small single bed is available for a child.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Boat Dock
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Walkway to Water
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The villa has very large family areas. On the ground floor is the kitchen family room, which includes the main cooking and preparation area, with breakfast bar, also dining area and relaxing area with two sofas in front of the huge open fireplace and 50' Plasma TV. There is also one double bedroom on the ground floor, ideal for elderly or if guest has difficulty with stairs. There is the games room with table tennis, table football, darts and pool table, with casual seating and table. There is also a ground floor shower room and toilet, and large utility room with ironing board, and washing machine etc. The first floor has the large lounge with seating for 8, a reading area. An additional three bedrooms, two en suite and a family bathroom. Outside there is a large pool with ample paved sunbathing area, with separate changing rooms, WC and shower. A shaded eating area with your own bar window and inside the BBQ and original old brick oven.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(16 traveller reviews)

Fantastic luxury villa with private lake access & stunning views
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews

Idyllic property & location!

  • 5 of 5

The villa is beautifully appointed, spacious and set in its own grounds. We spent a very relaxing week here with another couple. The house affords all the privacy that you require and has excellent outdoor spaces for swimming and dining. The location is fabulous with views over the lake below and the mountains beyond. A perfect haven for those who wish to escape the frantic pace of life. Plenty of wildlife to observe in the vicinity and the local shopping and eating out opportunities are a great experience! Thoroughly recommend everything about this house and the the area.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Colin, so glad you all had a great time, and managed to capture some of the local wild life through your lens. Look forward to receiving some of your shots when you get back home. All the very best Rita & Neil
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serene and beautiful - you'll never want to leave.

  • 5 of 5

We have had many villa holidays over the years. If you are reading this, I am sure you have too, because this is well off any beaten track that I have ever heard of. And, no matter how good, they never seem to quite match up to your expectations, do they?

Well, let me assure you right now - this place will defy and exceed your expectations. Spectacularly so. Incredibly spacious and well equipped, beautifully finished, with the most wonderful views over the lake and a pool that would be the envy of most hotels, never mind villas. In a wonderfully tranquil spot.

We were a bit concerned about finding the place from Lisbon Airport (an hour and 20 minutes away). Don't be. The route until the last couple of miles is straightforward, and the owners' excellent little map did the rest.

At the end of the journey, a delightfully sleepy little village (Serra) with a 7 day shop, butchers and friendly bar cafes with prices that make you think you have gone back to the 1980's. And nearby is the town of Tomar - an absolute revelation with its lovely riverside setting, mediaeval town filled with narrow cobbled streets and excellent restaurants, all topped by the most magnificent castle.

If you have got this far in your search, and have read this far with this review, then look no further. Book it, relax, and enjoy a truly special experience in this beautiful and tranquil place.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Michael, thank you for your kind words, I know the weather wasn't always kind to you especially on Wednesday when there was an unusual excess of water ! However, we are so glad that the sun finally came out and you managed to discover the magic of this place, that made us fall in love with it, it really is a very special little part of the world. Would love to see you back one day. Sincere regards, Neil & Rita.
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Just what the doctor ordered!

  • 5 of 5

Wow! Three adults and four kids totally loved it! Great villa , great views , lots to do and oh so easy to do nothing and really chill out. Pool,lake and traditional bread oven which gave hours of entertainment and some really nice pizzas if I do say so myself.

Near by towns are lovely, shopping and eating out a real treat that didn't break the bank.

Amazing views from the villa, with total peace and quiet.

Can't wait to go back!

  • Review Submitted: May 27, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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What a wonderful Villa and perfect location

  • 5 of 5

Stayed here with my sister,brother in law and the 4 children over Easter 2014. I have to say this villa was fantastic!!! It was spotlessly clean, massive inside and extremely comfortable. Its location was peaceful and idyllic! The outlook was stunning with the sun setting over the lake! I felt like a movie star...We all had such fun swimming in the pool and lake and enjoyed a glass of wine on the huge balconies. We even made our own pizza and cooked it in the old clay oven by the pool. The worst thing for us was having to come home. I really can't recommend enough and can't wait to go back next year.

  • Review Submitted: May 27, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review Ben, glad you guys had a great time, Tomar is such a fantastic place and close to so many interesting locations. Would be glad to have you back any time. All the best Neil & Rita
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for 2 weeks (4 adults, 4 children) - and we all absolutely loved it. The villa is luxurious, very spacious and very clean. The views down to the lake are absolutely spectacular - again, as another reviewer said, the photos don't really do it justice.

The stroll to the lake was beautiful with the vines and fruit trees, and the kids all really enjoyed fishing and jumping into the lake.

The property is incredibly secluded, and very quiet - ideal for a relaxing holiday.

The weather was absolutely beautiful for the entire 2 weeks.

I would highly recommend coming to stay here!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Ally, so glad you all had such a great time. Happily trust you guys with our home in the future if you fancy coming back. All the best Regards Neil & Rita
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Amazing views!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 2 weeks but could happily have spent longer. The views are absolutely breath-taking over the lake and hills. The villa is in a very private location which is perfect for ourselves as we wanted a quiet family holiday where leaving the villa for a day out would be an option rather than a must. We took our 2 children, 9 months and 2 years; it was perfect for them, although we did have to bring our own cot etc, they loved the pool and terrace with the assurance of always having somewhere shaded for them to play. The lake is only a short walk away, even my 2 year old managed it. The lake itself is absolutely gorgeous to swim in. There is a jetty which helps getting into the lake (there is some quick-sand like mud in the shallows of some bits of the lake), I'm not sure if this jetty belonged to the villa but it was beautiful sitting on it dangling our feet in the water watching the world go by.

All in all we will definitely be coming back in a few years if we can... it will be brilliant to see it again, especially to see how you develop the garden/ vine yard - we did a lot of exploring in it! In the mean time we have recommended it to other families looking for a place to get away from it all.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 15, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you guys foryour kind words, i note your comments about the cot, and will take it on board, allthough we have never been asked for one previously, as i think you win the award for youngest guest wehad the pleasure of having, only 9 months ! The lake was exceptionaly low this year,due to the lack of rain and very hot summer, so you were walking on parts of the lake which are never usualy revealed, hense the soft mud. It was a pleasure to have you as guests and would love to trust you with our home in the future if you manage to return. All the very best, Neil & Rita.
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Oteiro du Forno
Nearest Ferry
80 Miles
Nearest Golf
50 Kilometres
Golden Eagle
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Oteiro du Forno
Nearest Ski
150 Kilometres
Serra Estrella
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
Situated on lake / or Nazare 60k
Car: necessary

This new villa is set on the banks overlooking the stunning Costelo de Bode, Portugals second largest mass of crystal clear fresh water, with many amenities such as fishing, skiing, swimming and kayaking.

Tomar is a charming and historically outstanding town on the banks of the Nabão River. It is dominated by the magnificent 12th-century Templar castle containing one of the country's most significant and impressive monuments, the Convent of Christ (declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO). Lisbon is just over an hour by car and the stunning silver coast with beautiful villages like Nazare , Figueira da Foz and the numerous small hidden beaches no more than 45 min away. The charming village of Serra is just 2 min by car & has a couple of local bars, cafe, post office, convenience store , butchers and bakers producing fresh produce daily. An 18 hole golf course is only 50 min drive, with horse riding & carting within 30 min, also a couple of good local Adega's close by.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Tomar, Central Portugal - Silver Coast

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
3 Jun 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
3 Sep 2017 - 1 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Oct 2017 - 24 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £421.1

No smoking will be permitted inside the property, however ashtrays are provided for outside.
Full payment will be required 8 weeks before booking date, or in full if booking made within this period.
PLEASE NOTE: The "Housekeeping Fee" is in addition to the Rental price

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

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