|Property type||chateau / country house|
The estate is situated 40 min away from Lisbon. Set within a 2720 acres private property, partly in the Parque Natural da Arrábida, including a 55 acres vineyard, the semi-attached houses, next to the Palace of Calhariz, offer a privileged view of the Arrábida hillside. Each house has a large living-dining room, 2 or 3 twin bed rooms, 1 master double bed room, a fully equipped kitchen and 2 or 3 bathrooms. Central heating and TV cable are included and the houses are cleaned twice a week. The 14x6m pool is available for guests. Horseback riding lessons are available upon request and excellent trekking can be enjoyed in close contact with nature. The famed 'Queijo de Azeitão' cheese is produced in the estate and is available for sale.
We had a great time staying at Casa do Zimbro, myself, my husband, and my children ages 19, 14 and 12. thoroughly enjoyed it. The house was extremely spacious and clean, especially the two bathrooms. It was great to have the place cleaned halfway through our stay, too. The views from the house were wonderful and we could see the pool from our window. The pool itself and the area around it were amazing, beautifully kept and also very clean. We enjoyed cycling around the estate on the mountain bikes provided, but didn't manage to fit horse-riding in. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the fact that we did not speak Portuguese nor they English, was not a problem.
We visited Lisbon by car in about 30 minutes, and had trips out to local beaches which were lovely and varied.
Just returned from Portugal.
Casa de Calhariz must be one of the best deals in the world !
Great value for money!
Great views, real country environment, lovely swimming-pool.
Very very spacious and comfortable house
15 min. from several beaches, golf, and restaurants.
Would not mind living there all year round !
Friends in Switzerland where we live, first told us about Casa de Calhariz, this new tourist destination that has recently opened.
They told us about these restored houses in the center of a large country estate owned by the same family for many centuries and what a great find it had been.
We decided to follow their advice and go for a holiday.
The information on the site was totally accurate and we actually saw every single beautifull bit of scenery that the photos on the site display.
The house was very spacious, clean and well furnished.
The staff were very welcoming and the owners could not have been more charming.
The portuguese are famous for their hospitality and Calhariz must be one of the best examples.
We slept like babies and woke to the soft chirping of birds. Pure bliss.
We spent mornings on invigorating walks and visiting the sites in the area and once we went for a drive on a horse drawn carriage around the grounds. They actually have their own breed of horses here.
Siesta time with crickets gently singing in the background was divine and the afternoons were spent at the beach.
At sunset we headed back home for a last dip in the cristal clear swimming pool.
For cocktail hour we found that the cheese produced on the farm proved to be the best apero. A complete success together with freshly backed bread, olives and lovely local wines.
Quinta da Bacalhoa and Jose Maria da Fonseca were just perfect.
On occasion we tried the restaurants at a village called Foreira on the way to Espichel. The atmosphere of these places was simple and unpretentious. Fresh fish from the market and mouthwatering seafood are the thing to have. Simply Excellent!
This area has many architectural sites of interest, some are famous and others less known such as the church of St Simeon at Vila Nogueira de Azeitão, a little jewell of the xvii century we happen to come upon, with exquisite columns and arches and the walls entirelly covered in beautifully coloured tiles
After such delicious days the evenings were absolutely magical with a million stars dotting the sky, the gentle breeze of the wind on the trees , and the promise of the next day just as rewarding just as perfect.
A big Thank you to all at Casa de Calhariz who showed us such a warm welcome and to our friends who shared their discovery of this great place!
Wir entschieden uns auf Grund der Beschreibung für eine Casa (de Zimbro), fanden dann eine Ferienwohnung in einem als Reihenhaus ausgebauten alten Reiterstall vor. Baulich eigentlich nichts zu meckern, aber der für alle anderen Mieter voll einsichtige Außenbereich erwies sich als sehr windanfällig, so dass ein Sitzen und Träumen auf der Terrasse ausfallen musste. Einrichtung zwar sehr sauber, aber eher karg, insbesondere die Küche war so knapp ausgestattet, so dass der Geschirrspüler regelmäßig mit 5 Tassen und Tellern lief. Alles irgendwie nicht richtig durchdacht. Haben wir woanders viel besser vorgefunden - und das auch noch deutlich günstiger.
Main nearby attractions are the unspoiled beaches around Arrábida such as Portinho da Arrábida,Galápos, Figueirinha and Sesimbra. The village of Sesimbra has a long seaside walkway with numerous coffee shops, bars, seafood restaurants and its romanic castle dating back to 1200 A.D.. A drive in the Arrábida hillside offers incredible sea views and lost in the hills you can find the secluded 'Convento da Arrábida' founded in 1542 visitation upon request. Within a 20min drive there are charming villages and picturesque sights with restaurants such as Azeitão and Meco. In nearby Cabo Espichel lies the Sanctuary of 'Nossa Senhora do Cabo', the county's most important architectural ensemble and you can find several dinosaurs trails from the Jurassic and Cretaceous geologic periods. The endless empty sand beaches of Tróia can be reached by ferry from the nearby city of Setúbal crossing the Sado river where you can see residing dolphins and scubadive.Lisbon is 40min away by the A2 highway.