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We stayed for 2 weeks in September, this house was lovely, spotlesley clean and the garden a joy - so many places to sit and place your sun chair. The pool is lovely and a real bonus.
You can enjoy complete peace and tranquility which is just what we look for in a holiday and spent many hours just enjoying being there. The cottage itself is semi detached but there is no one living in the adjoining house. The bedroom is separated from the main living area by steps and a large curtain, as we were a couple this was not a problem for us.and the the panoramic view from the bedroom and the bedroom terrace is a joy to wake up to. It's a lovely bonus to have the choice of bath or shower in the bathroom and if it cools down in the evenings there is a fabulous stove to light in the living room.
The kitchen is very compact and there is no oven -just a hob and microwave ( but with the ability to barbeque so easily in the garden you don't need to use the kitchen much), The current microwave is also a grill but a combination oven/ grill/ micro might be useful).
Although you have complete peace and quiet the cottage is really not far from Colares (supermarket, great local food store, bank, pharmacy and cafe and restaurant- everything you could need + a great little flea market at the weekends). you can cycle to Colares in 5 minutes. We took our own cycles and also managed to visit Sintra, palace monsarrat, quinta palace and the monastery + the beaches all by cycling (it is hilly but if you have a decent bike it's not a problem). You can walk into the national park from the doorstep or take the tram from Colares to the beach or to Sintra. Lisbon is so easy to visit too, parking in the long stay car park at Sintra is free, the train tickets so cheap and the trains run every 40 minutes, takes only 45 minutes to get there.
The parking at the cottage is only on the roadside and it is a tight little space and you have to cross the road and there are steps up to the house so packing and unpacking the car can be tricky but it's worth the effort!
Booking with and meeting Mafalda was a really easy process and a pleasure.
Would not hesitate to recommend this property and would very much like to return, a fabulous holiday, the locals really friendly , really helpful. Loved it and loved Portugal.