2 Adults and 5 children of all ages and 2 small dogs.
Perfectly situated for those travelling with their own transport.
The quinta is traditionally decorated with a tasteful modern twist, full height ceilings and all rooms have direct access to the outside via full height glass doors so it is very light and airy. There is a large open fire with plenty of logs provided and because it was December w cosied up to this every evening. The children especially enjoyed roasting chestnuts and grilling marshmallows on it.
My favourite spot was the scenic south facing veranda with the best views down the valley with a mountain backdrop, perfect for reading a great book with a glass of wine and only the birds to listen to.
The fully fenced gardens are extensive and we enjoyed picking and juicing the sun warmed oranges for breakfast.
The pool is a good size, beautiful maintained and despite it being winter we swam in it and the sea throughout our 2 week stay.
There are walks/ cycling directly out of the quinta up the hillside and out on to the hill top with its own watch tower.
Or if you prefer public transport and plenty of beautiful scenic walks around the area.
We were welcomed by the lovely Sonya who had built us an open fire, laid out snuggly throws on the sofas and set us out some gorgeous local wines and pastries on the large outside eating area.
Really comfortable snug outside lounging area too complete with hammock.
We have come home a lot heavier! Thanks to the amazing range of delicious food. We especially enjoyed shopping at the local farmers markets and fishing with Bolas Tours.
The traditional tile making shop was very friendly and informative.
Beaches, coastal and Arrabida forest walks are stunning.
Bernard was very helpful, especially when we finding our way to the villa , he replied promptly and helped us with good directions. He was also very quick to respond to our request to extend our stay and offered an additional maid service which we didn't need because the quinta is easy to keep clean with terracotta tiled floors , washing machine and dish washer.
We had a wonderful time and hope to return soon.
We stayed with two adults in the cottage during Christmas 2018. Marco had warned us that the there is no central heating. We had to make a fire every night and every morning to keep the cottage warm. This was no problem for us, but is hard work if you are not used to making fires! We found the kitchen a little bit lacking in cooking facilities (there is a cooker with two gas hobs and a small oven) but made do with what there was. We used the fireplace a couple of times to bbq/ grill fish and meat, that was a lovely experience! The cottage is comfortable for two, but a bit small for more people unless you can spend time outside. In summer that is of course the way to go! There is a beautiful garden and no neighbours to be seen! The area is very convenient for daytrips, plenty of culture and nature. Marco is an excellent host and knows the area like his back pocket! We had a fabulous week in this area of Portugal!