Whilst the listing is accurate it still underplays what a wonderful property this is, with a level of luxury, quality of hospitality and attention to detail usually found in boutique hotels. Sam and Rich have created here an oasis of tranquility that, even when the wind is gusting down the valley, pervades the place inside and out.
Our property - Atlantic - had everything you could wish for by way of mod cons, and the 'welcome basket' far exceeded what most places would offer. On our way to the property we called in at a supermarket to pick up a few things we thought they wouldn't include, such as breakfast cereals, fruit juice, treats, only to find all these and more when we arrived! Everything exuded quality, from the furnishings to the toilet paper.
Rich and Sam were also attentive to our needs during our stay. Though we largely tend to be quite self sufficient, they still provided some useful tips we never would have found in guidebooks, such as the brunch in the park in Caldas da Rainha, only on weekends, which we loved. Sam's culinary skills, the product of which she shared from time to time, also put some local restaurants to shame. And the fresh bread and pastries she delivered to our door on a couple of days was a welcome bonus.
The location of the property was great - only half an hour from the beach, 10 minutes to Obidos, an hour from Lisbon (we went by bus, but it's the same to drive if you want), and the 'Disneyesque' Sintra a similar drive. There's walking trails straight from the door, and if you want steeper hills, head to Montejunto 30-40 minutes to the south.
All in all a perfect place for our stay in this part of Portugal. Many thanks to Rich and Sam for their hospitality and generosity. Would strongly recommend.
We were a group of 10 (8 adults and 2 children) and we had a fantastic time at Antonio & Solange's Villa during September. The Villa itself is very spacious, comfortable and well equipped. We enjoyed spending time relaxing at the swimming pool and on the patio, where we could watch the sunset over the vineyards.
Antonio and Solange are very hospitable and friendly hosts, providing information on the best way to get to the Villa before our arrival and telling us about several options for day trips and local places to eat at, in the vicinity. We very much enjoyed the freshly baked bread shop that Antonio recommended, which was within walking distance of the Villa. There are also a number of wine farms close by and we managed to visit Quinta do Sanguinhal, a lovely family run winery.
All in all, it was a great holiday and thank you once again to Antonio and Solange for making our stay so enjoyable. Should the opportunity arise in future to visit Portugal and Vermelha, we would definitely like to stay at your Villa.