This is a modern family house in an unspoilt beach resort just 50 minutes by car (75 km) north of Lisbon Airport.
Praia da Areia Branca is ideal for a family holiday - it has a huge stretch of beach only 5 minutes' walk from the house and cafes and restaurants are within easy walking distance. The area is still mainly frequented by the Portuguese and this is reflected in prices which are considerably lower than those of the Algarve.
The house itself will accommodate up to 10 in 3 double bedrooms plus sofa beds in the attic and lounge. There are 3 bathrooms - an ensuite serving the air conditioned master bedroom and a common bathroom for the other bedrooms on the first floor; and a further shower room / toilet on the ground floor.
The house is built on 4 levels. The ground level contains a kitchen with electric cooker, microwave, dishwasher and large fridge; air conditioned lounge / dining area with WIFI, television and satellite decoder, dvd player, ipod docking station; outside area with swimming pool, sun bathing area and custom built barbeque.
The underground garage is accessible both from inside the house and from outside via the remotely controlled door. As this is a footprint of the house in area, there is ample room for storage (surf boards, beach furniture etc) as well as parking. This level also houses laundry facilities including automatic washing machine.
The house is protected by a burglar alarm and secure video-entry system.
The beach is long and broad and shelves gradually into the sea. In the summer months it is watched over by lifeguards. The sea is typical of the Atlantic, fresh and lively. It is possible to find a 'personal' bay if you are willing to spend a little time walking down the coast. This is an area favoured by surfers and wind surfers since there is a constant breeze to impel the waves. There are a number of surf schools in the town catering for beginners as well as experienced surfers. For the more advanced surfer there are numerous beaches to choose from including the nearby Supertubos beach which is used for championship surfing. Kite surfing is also available locally. Canoeing, kayaking, water skiing, catamarans, jet skis and banana boats are are available in the area. There is also a water park at Peniche (open only during summer months). In addition to the house's small private pool, the nearby campsite has a full sized pool with a refreshment bar, and is available for a small daily fee.
The house is within easy reach of Berlengas Nature Reserve (a boat trip from Peniche), while further afield are the medieval walled city of Obidos, the charming village of Nazare and the famous shrine at Fatima.
Golf is available at a number of courses in the area but the championship links course at Praia Del Rey is worth a try. There are 2 go-karting tracks in the area. The larger of these is used for international competition.