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Hosts Carlos and Conceição welcomed us when we arrived and showed us around and were very helpful and informative.
We had 2 young children so they went off exploring as soon as we arrived.
The house was really lovely and the garden was just big enough for our 2 energetic kids and the pool was nice on a hot day. (Can be quite chilly if the pool has been in the shade for too long so heating would be nice) The rear garden also has a small lemon grove and apple trees.
We all enjoyed the games room which is downstairs and we made use of the beach equipment too.
It is a perfect location for peace and quiet amongst the lemon groves, you hear the odd farm vehicle now and then.
Mafra itself was very nice with its beautiful palace and gardens, and the town was nice with cafes, restaurants and shops.
We also found a brilliant sports park with tennis, basketball, volleyball and football courts, as well as an outdoor swimming pool, fantastic sprawling children's playground and lots of grassy areas for playing and lazing and a running track around the park, and indoor gym so for the athletic in you this is a great place.
It is a good base for visiting Ericeria, Lisbon, Obidos and Sintra. - if you want a quiet safe beach go to Foz de Aerlho (Obidos lagoon).
Unfortunately the gas bottle ran out during dinner but a quick call and Conceição was there with the gas man to replace the bottle within 30 mins.
The kids bought Football t-shirts and loved seeing Sporting FC stadium from the plane when we left.
So thank you to Carlos and Conceição for a lovely stay and the lemons and apples.
Mulin, Alan, Kai and Casper