|Minimum Stay||4 - 7 nights|
Casa Branca is located on the edge of Arrábida's National Park and boasts magnificent views of the Bay of Sesimbra. Set in 1200 square metreson one of the highest ponts in the bay, Casa Branca is perfect for groups of families or friends looking for an intimate and panoramic setting while maintaining easy access to Sesimbra. The accommodation is exceptionally spacious, well laid out and furnished and equipped to a high standard with stylish decor. Casa Branca has terraces at all levels with a terrace leading out onto the private heated swimming pool. The barbeque area is equidistant between the roof terrace and the kitchen. There is a large covered terrace on the first floor which is perfect for alfresco dining, and a comfortable roof terrace. All of Casa Branca's bedrooms are sea facing and some of the rooms also have views of Arrábida's National Park. There is a fully fitted kitchen with state of the art appliances. Please note that the owners will be living beneath the villa.
Boasting springtime temperatures during the winter and cool summers freshened by a breeze blowing in from the Atlantic, Costa de Lisboa, on the southwestern coast, offers a rich and impressively integrated diversity. The capital of Portugal since its conquest from the Moors in 1147, Lisbon is a legendary city with over 20 centuries of History. The Alfama is one of the oldest quarters in Lisboa. Since it largely survived the earthquake of 1755, the area still retains much of its original layout. Adjacent to the Alfama are the likewise old quarters of Castelo and Mouraria, on the western and northern slopes of the hill that is crowned by St. George's Castle. Every year in June, the streets of all three quarters come alive with the feasts in honour of the popular saints. The Graça quarter and the churches of São Vicente de Fora and Santa Engrácia are within walking distance of this area. Radiant skies brighten the monumental city, with its typical tile covered building facades and narrow Medieval streets, where one can hear the fado being played and sung at night. But Lisbon is also the stage for popular festivities, the place for exquisite shopping, exciting nightlife, and interesting museums, a place from where motorways branch off in different directions. Casa branca is situated in sesimbra only a mere 40 km away from lisbon. a picturesque small fishing town, with a medieval castle. Like a sentry the ruins of this 13th Century castle built by Sancho II protectively overlooks the village. Whilst here, do not miss the Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora in Cabo Espichel (which was constructed at the turn of the 17th Century as a sanctuary and has often been used as a location for filming due to its singular architectural design) and Lagoa de Albufeira, a favourite spot for wind surfers.
My husband and I have just returned from a gorgeous week at Casa Branca with our 11 month old son. The villa is perfect and was exactly what we hoped and more! Superb location, only a couple of minutes drive from a gorgeous beach and lots of lovely restaurants...our favourite being Portafino on the beach front! Casa Branca offers luxury accommodation in a unique location, one of the best sea views we have ever seen. High standard of living accommodation, a lovely pool (with gates so children friendly) and a choice of either a huge sea facing wrap around balcony or a stunning roof terrace with BBQ and space to dine. The owners couldn't have been more helpful, providing travel cot, high chair and even a paddling pool for our little boy. We have been lucky to stay in a number of lovely locations and villas over the years, however, Casa Branca is definitely one of our favourites and I can't wait to go back! For anyone else lucky enough to visit, enjoy!!
A 3 generational family holiday with ages ranging from 18 months to 72 years.
We had been a little concerned prior to arrival about the safety of the terraces with the toddler, but everything was fine, he loved discovering all the hidden places and having the freedom of the spacious interior with the numerous sofas acting as climbing frames.
The setting was magnificent; the beautiful views lending incredible backdrops to romantic and family photos.
This being the first family holiday with all partners of our 4 children we were very pleased with the size of the property and the assorted places couples could escape, as well as enough room for us all to gather together comfortably of an evening or around the pool. The kitchen was well equipped and cooking was a pleasant social event, with the majority of meals being prepared on the barbecue, much of the food having been acquired from the excellent market in town, although various large supermarkets were within a few minutes drive for other essential supplies.
Most of us walked down into the town at some point in the week and a few even made the return trip on foot, apparently it takes 15 minutes uphill if you run in a temperature of 30 degrees. However for the less athletic there is an excellent, reasonable priced taxi service.
The property was very clean, with a mid week change of towels and a thorough clean midweek. The pool was cleaned and checked every other day. Both members of staff we encountered were very pleasant and helpful.
We did have one meal in the week provided by a local chef and his sister in the villa. A truly unforgettable meal. It did cost much the same as a meal in town would have cost but it was wonderful having the meal on the terrace overlooking the bay. Fantastic fish dishes and no washing up.
We would recommend the walk up to the castle although we should have started out earlier on such a warm day.
Many of the party also caught buses into Lisbon and thoroughly enjoyed their day of sightseeing in Alfama and Belem. Sesimbra is also a good base for exploring the National park with its fabulous beaches and view points.
A few minor niggles, such as, creaking beds, dripping taps, a desire for air conditioning on the very warm nights, but these did not detract from our overall enjoyment of the property and we would very much recommend the property to any large group of friends and families.
We booked the property for a 3 generational Christmas and New Years holiday for 2015/2016. To sum up this property in two words would be WOW, and STUNNING. On the the details: The property can't be done justice with the pictures, the views are plain gorgeous from patios on 3 levels. The inside is VERY spaceous, frankly with 6 of us we did not occupy entire sections of the house. The kitchen is large, thus accomodates cooking for a larger group very easily. The owners live downstairs, which you would never know except for pleasant and great tips and hints on local sights, food, etc, and a very much appreciated stop over on New Years, great folks. The cleaning service provided is impeccable. Initially we were concerned about heat as we used the property in the winter, never even used 2 of 3 provided heaters, no issues what-so-ever. The location, in addition to the multi million $ views could not be better. Great view of Sesimbra, a quick drive or solid walk and you are there, but you are staying where it is prestine and quite, if you want the 'bustle' (well, hard to call it that in December, it was very nice and quite during our stay, but hey....) you are there in minutes. The beach in Sesmibra is quite nice, regardless if you hang out or use it otherwise. Nice restaurants in town, and for self cooking foodies, do not miss the municpal market to gather your supplies in the morning, we had some excellent meals of local fish grilled on the provided, coverd, barbeque station (was nice in the rain on the few days when we had rain). Regarding Lisbon, you can drive 35 or so minutes to the ferry that crosses the river, hop it, and viola, be in Lisbon for sight seeing without any parking hassles or the like. I high recommend this property to anyone seeking some serious downtime with access to all the excitement your heart desires. We found this property ideal for or multi generational get away. Don't be surprised if you find us back!!!
Family of cousins met to share laughter, explore a new locale and relax. The villa was just the right backdrop. The pool was not heated but added to the beauty of the surroundings. The seaside village of Sesimbra was filled with accommodating, friendly faces and lovely vistas with exceptionally fine dining. We ranged in ages from 41-59 years. We agreed that despite all enjoying good health, the route to the village via a two-way, busy highway was best navigated by the oh-so friendly taxi drivers rather than on foot. Something about yelling "car" and sucking in our guts and curling our toes made the trek a little more exciting than we wanted.
We took the local bus into Lisbon and made our way around the city to see museums and the harbor there. We took a 2 hour charter boat trip from Sesimbra to see the beautiful countryside from a different perspective. We drank Sesimbra Spritzers- our newly concocted signature drink- on the terrace and snapped photos of glorious sunsets.We sat on the beach. We prepared meals and cleaned up together sometimes while singing tunes we learned as kids. We ate in the village. We found kitschy souvenirs. We had a delightful stay.Thanks to the owners for making this villa available for our cousin convention. Happy Bird
Villa grandiose avec une vue magique sur plusieurs niveaux. Un sentiment d'espace dans un confort simple et raffiné. La réalité a dépassé nos esperances entrevues sur les photos du site. Nous ne pouvons que conseiller cet endroit pour des vacances en famille ou entre amis. Merci aux propriétaires pour leur acceuil et leur gentillesse. A bientôt pour d'autres vacances de rêves.
The house is much bigger and nicer than on the photos. We were wondering about sharing the building with the owners but beside that they are very very nice the building has several level so you don t meet if you don t want.
There is a very nice and discreetly working guy for the pool and the garden and also a cleaning lady that is efficient but invisible (midweek cleaning).
As on the pictures the house is overlooking the bay from the garden, the first level and the additional roof terrace.
Also a good starting point for visiting nice placed in the surrounding. We have been travelling with a dog, perfect place as you can have the walks right in front of the door (see Google) Natural dead end street for only two houses.
We = 9 adults from Finland spent 10 days in the fabulous Casa Branca in April. The house and the location turned out to be even more beautiful in reality than in the pictures! All rooms were very clean and furnished with good taste. We especially liked the Portuegese style tiled bathrooms! Cleaning and change of towels twice during our visit was also a very pleasant surprise. The kitchen included many sets of plates and glasses and - of course - all needed equipment.
Although still quite cool in the nights, we could swim every day as the pool was heated. We also enjoyed the large balcony with the stunning views to the Sesimbra Bay.
The location of the house suited us very well as we had a car. We did also walk to Sesimbra center but, must admit, that the climbing back took longer! ;) By the way, a tip: You will find the house by using the name of the street below the house in the navigator, the actual name of the street on which the house lies is so new that at least our navigator did not recognize it. And no worries, you will also get detailed directions from the Lisbon airport to the house.
The owners of the house who lived near were very helpful all time. As a matter of fact, we found all people we met during our trip very helpful! It is not in many countries people stop to ask if you need help when you look at your map or stand in front of a metro ticket machine.
Sesimbra is a very nice little town with a lot of originality left. The food - especially fish - is excellent! And don´t forget to visit the Moorish castle and the little beautiful church with azulejos in front of it. Day trips from there can easily be made to Lisbon (remember the Gulbenkian Museum!) but also to the neighboring nature/historic resorts including Monumento Natural da Pedreira do Avelino in Zambujal (dinosaur footsteps), Reserva Natural do Estuário do Sado and the western-most tip of continental Europe the Cabo da Roca. Sintra, Estoril and Cascais are also worth visiting.
For wine tasting we can recommend two places: Vale da Capucha (family-owned) www.valedacapucha.com and Bacalhôa (a big wineyard with a fantastic museum including African and Art Nouveua/Art Deco collections) www.bacalhoa.pt
We also found not too far from Sesimbra a nice little factory where you see how azulejos are made in the old way - www.azulejosdeazeitao.com.
We are looking to visit Portugal again and will definitely also then stay at the Casa Branca, if possible! Thank you Ingrid!!!
This picturesque town, to the south of Lisbon is located at the foot of the hills of Arrábida, inside a sparkling blue bay. Sesimbra is the perfect holiday destination with wonderful scenery, numerous cafés and fabulous seafood restaurants. Since the 1960s Sesimbra has become extremely popular with weekenders from Lisbon looking for an easy escape from the city and it is a pretty place to eat fantastic fish, stroll on the promenade or relax on the sandy beach with its enticing clean water. There are numerous local activities including kite surfing, dolphin watching, climbing, cycling trails, horse riding, trekking, massage and spa facilities, boat trips, fishing expeditions, vineyard tours and wine tasting. For golf enthusiasts, there are several neighbouring courses. Lisbon is a mere 40 KM away and from there you have easy access to Sintra, Cascais and Estoril. Around sesimbra you have some beautiful beaches like the surferbeach of Meco and the famous area of portinho de Arrabida which is situated in a gorgeous bay overlooking Troja . Casa branca is situated on on of the highest points in the seimbra bay overlooking the natural park of Arrabida on the left hand side and looking out over the sesimbra bay in the front and right hand side.
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£347|