VERY PEACEFUL 300 YEAR OLD COTTAGE WITH RUSTIC CHARM AND STUNNING VIEW

Rosy Atkinson

Speaks english, french, portuguese, spanish
Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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Rosy Atkinson

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VERY PEACEFUL 300 YEAR OLD COTTAGE WITH RUSTIC CHARM AND STUNNING VIEW

Portalegre City Cottage Rental Photos and Description

2 bedroom, 1 bathroom, sleeps a maximum of 5

This stone built cottage is the original property on the 130 acre Tapada do Falcao Estate. It lies some 500 metres up a track off the drive to the main house, and is totally hidden from view. In recent years it has been sympathetically renovated and furnished with traditional hand painted furniture. It abounds in rustic charm and has wonderful views from its terrace. It may be let separately or in conjunction with the larger Tapada do Falcao (see separate listing).

The cottage lies within 130 acres of woodland and pastureland abounding with cork oaks, eucalyptus and umbrella pines. Indigenous shrubs and flowers flourish in their natural state. A small vineyard was planted in 2000. From the wild flower garden and terrace of the cottage are wonderful rural views over hills and valleys. There is a tennis court on the estate which cottage occupants share with the main house. Despite its peaceful and secluded position, it is possible to walk to the small local village in under 10 minutes

Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • pets considered

Rosy Atkinson

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2002
Speaks english, french, portuguese, spanish
Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
Contact the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
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4.8
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Very peaceful 300 year old cottage with rustic charm and stunning view
average rating of 4.75 based on 4 reviews
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Very peaceful 300 year old cottage with rustic charm and stunning view
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p2136
Portalegre City Portalegre region
Helmsley, North Yorkshire
5

FANTASTIC STAY - OCTOBER 2008

  • 5 of 5
A very peaceful location, with wonderful views and a 'sun trap' terrace! Fantastic walking routes which were well signed, all offering something different. Many local attractions.

Portalegre offers good amenities, large supermarkets and good value for money. To get by, you do need to speak a little portuguese though!

The cottage offered spacious accommodation, loads of hot water and cooking facilities. The wood burning stove and bottle of home produced wine offered warmth on the cooler nights! The only negative comment is that the blankets could do with a little upgrading and the addition of a microwave would be useful, but this did not spoil our enjoyment at all.

Would recommend to others looking for rustic charm, peace and excellent touring opportunities.
  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2008
  • Stayed: Oct 2008
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Very peaceful 300 year old cottage with rustic charm and stunning view
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Portalegre City Portalegre region
Scotland
5

A FASCINATING CORNER OF PORTUGAL

  • 5 of 5
The property was as described on the website. Facilities were quite basic but it had everything you need, was comfortable and had great charm and character. The booking process was very straightforward and the owner was very helpful, replying very quickly to email enquiries in a nice friendly manner. Directions to the property were very clear, but it's very easy to get to and we took our own route, seeing some interesting countryside on the way. The caretaker's son, who speaks flawless English, was extremely welcoming and helpful when we arrived; indeed, people we met everywhere were charming and friendly. The casa was very secluded and private with a lovely view across the owner's vineyard to distant hills. Eagles, bee-eaters and nightjars were plentiful?the area is famed for its birdlife. Sitting under the vine on the terrace during the heat of the day, with or without a glass of wine, was very relaxing, and the night sky was spectacular. We didn't eat out but got to know the local supermarkets pretty well. They were extremely well-stocked with everything you could possibly want and had a massive selection of excellent Portuguese wines. The owner's wine is also very good if you enjoy red?there was a complimentary bottle when we arrived. There are many interesting and picturesque hill villages and towns in the immediate area, which are delightful to explore, as well as plenty of Roman and megalithic remains. This part of Portugal is less visited than most so there were no crowds and the atmosphere was tranquil. Distances to various historic towns further afield always seemed surprisingly short, an impression reinforced by the almost deserted and excellent roads. These have been transformed since my last visit to rural Portugal in the 1990s. Elvas is easy to get to and well worth a visit, Evora is quite close and the Spanish border is very near. Much is written about Portuguese drivers but they are about on a par with others in southern Europe?sometimes slightly psychopathic, but fine if you keep out of the way! It's worth checking out the Via Verde electronic toll system, which hire companies will activate for you when you pick up your car for a small extra charge. We found it worked very well. You don't need it on the motorway from Lisbon, but if you want to go further afield you might encounter one of the new electronic-only toll routes. There's plenty of information on the web about it. Have a great stay! We did.
  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very peaceful 300 year old cottage with rustic charm and stunning view
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Portalegre City Portalegre region
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AUTHENTICITY, CHARM AND PEACE

  • 4 of 5
This lovely cottage is, according to the charming and fluently English property manager Joao, 300 years old and the house where he was born. It is an absolutely charming cottage with many artifacts from its past eg.a bread slip, a shepherd's crook hung from the walls. The lovely large fireplace kept us warm in the evenings (April) as we relaxed in the spacious living/dining room. The bedrooms are adequate in size and comfortable. The kitchen is well equipped. The bathroom offers a shower but lacks a tub . . . not a great inconvenience for us but may be a consideration for others.
We enjoyed many a peaceful hour out on the patio nibbling egg tarts and local cheese, sipping port or the wonderful, full bodied wine from our hosts vineyard. A vineyard, I'd like to add that provided me with many gorgeous photos taken from this very same vantage point . . . an absolutely wonderful view.
It takes only minutes to get to Portalegre for shopping, sightseeing or a meal out. We found many lovely hill towns to see and trails to walk in the area.
We really enjoyed this restful retreat after long days of sightseeing and hiking. If you go in the spring an abundance of gum sistra and wildflowers awaits you.
  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
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Very peaceful 300 year old cottage with rustic charm and stunning view
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Portalegre City Portalegre region
Guest Comment Entered by Owner
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COMMENTS FROM OWNER GUESTBOOK

'We enjoyed our stay in the cottage immensely..those days were so blissfully peaceful that coming back to the noise and frenetic pace of London is a bit of a shock'
'I just had to write to say how much we enjoyed our stay at Casa do Outeiro. It is the kind of place we always seek and rarely find. We loved everything about it particularly the peace, the beautiful views and the isolation. We had some wonderful car trips - this area of the Alentejo was a real revelation. We loved the virtually traffic-less straight roads and small unspoilt villages, the beautiful cork oak forests and eccentric stork nests!'
  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2007
  • Stayed: Dec 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
230 Kilometres
Lisbon
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Portalegre
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Caia
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Caia
Car: recommended

Casa do Outeiro is situated on the Tapada do Falcao estate, on the edge of the village of Caia and about 8 kilometres from the town of Portalegre. The estate lies on the fringes of the Sao Mamede Natural Park and close to the border with Spain.

This is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt corners of Portugal. The area is steeped in history and there are many castles and other ancient remains to visit. On the doorstep is the Sao Mamede Natural Park, a haven for many of Europe's rarest birds and animals. There are a number of dams and reservoirs for swimming, as well as outdoor public pools.

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Availability & Rates

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Portalegre City Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Rate 5
Jul 5 2014 - Aug 29 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£380
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £11 per night, per additional guest
 
Rate 6
Aug 30 2014 - Oct 3 2014
5 night minimum stay
£320
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
 
Rate 7
Oct 4 2014 - Dec 19 2014
5 night minimum stay
£270
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
 
Rate 8
Dec 20 2014 - Jan 2 2015
5 night minimum stay
£380
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £11 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee £0
We require one third of the total rental amount as a deposit to secure the booking. The balance must be received 8 weeks prior to your stay. We can accept cheque or direct bank transfers in Pounds Sterling or Euros.
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Amenities

Portalegre City Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 50 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Romantic
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Firewood
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking Off Street
  • Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Refrigerator
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Room 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , on mezzanine area above sitting room
  • 2 travel cots can additionally be available if required
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • Bicycles
  • 5 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Attractions:
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
Notes:
The living area of the cottage has a vast Alentejan fireplace containing a wood burning stove (free logs). One single bed is located on a sleeping gallery above the dining area and is reached by a sturdy, fixed ladder. It therefore lacks a certain amount of privacy and is not suitable for the elderly or the very young. There is a tennis court on the estate and occupants of the cottage share its use with those in the main house.
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