Colares House Rental Photos and Description
4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, from 4 to 8 adults
Casa do Celeiro was discovered by its architect / artist owners in 1980. It was a ruin which had been the stable/barn of a 'quinta'(manor house and farm). The main attractions of the site were its views of the Serra and the sea and its seclusion and intimacy due to being a courtyard built into a hill. The house today has the same basic format but is now suitable for self-catering groups of 4 to 8. There is an 8m dia. pool at the top of the property and a stone terrace with pergola and large garden in front of the Cottage. The Cottage has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a large sit-in conservatory on upper level with view to private courtyard. The kitchen / living room are on the ground floor and the annex 10 metres across the courtyard is ideal for a couple. It has a double bed, en suite bathroom with a small terrace facing the Serra and sea. The house is comfortably furnished and although not luxurious it is charming and rustic. The tranquil setting, fabulous views of sea and hills and close proximity to Almoçageme the local village make this property a magnificent retreat.
Art Courses: The owners live on site in separate quarters. They work as artists and offer short courses from time to time. Guests may be interested in participating in the drawing & painting or etching courses and are encouraged to indicate their interest when booking. Alan designs and makes contemporary sculpture and jewelery. Mary is a painter and a printer. Please ask owners for their website for more details / photos of house, courses, and area.
Owners' Background: Alan who is British worked as an architect in London at BDP (Building Design Partnership). He qualified at the AA (Architectural Association). When he moved to Portugal he opened an architectural office in Cascais in 1980. He retired in 1992. He nows paints watercolours and designs and makes scupture and jewellery. Mary, American, also worked as an architect, having completed her diploma at the Central London Poly (now Westminster College). She also has degrees in Art History, International Education and painting and etching. She was head of the Art Department at St. Julian's School in Lisbon and continues to teach on a part time basis. She and Alan exhibit their work regularly. The owner's websites: www.zhibit.org/marystgeorge (Mary) and www.zhibit.org/stgeorge (Alan). There is also a subheading, 'The Gallery' on the website (www.portugalpainting.com)
Golf, tennis, beaches: Several golf courses within 20 minute drive. Beloura is considered the best golf course for tourists as it has a more open and friendly atmosphere (http://www.portugal-golf.info/lisbon/quintadabeloura.htm) Tennis and water sports within 10 minutes. 3 beaches within 5-10 minutes drive: Praias (beach) das Maças, Adraga and Grande all have restaurants and cafes on waterfront / Guincho Beach (15 minutes drive) has international surfing / wind surfing and excellent up market restaurants / Praia Grande has surfing lessons and hire.
A Biker’s Paradise
One of the major advantages of the positioning of our house is that it is right in the Serra de Sintra with splendid views up and down the Lisbon coast. For a mountain biker this is very advantageous as we are at the entrance of one the mountain roads so you can ride directly into the Serra. From this road thre are many dirt paths to take you deeper into the Serra. We also have one mountain bike on loan.
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- Minimum Age Limit for Renters
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets considered
- wheelchair inaccessible
Why Mary St.George chose Colares
We found a 17th ruin (barn and stable) attached to an old 'quinta' (up-market farm) and as architects took our time developing it for our family and now for guests.
What makes this house unique
World Heritage Site (Serra de Sintra), secluded setting with panoramic views of Atlantic and Serra. Close enough to amenities but away from noise and crowds. Converted by owners / architects. Full of paintings, etchings and sculpture. A place for artists to retreat to work or relax. Mary open to teach art students in her studio.
BIRD WATCHERS PARADISE:
One of the advantages of our position in the Serra de Sintra is that we are within easy reach of spotting interesting local birds. Our house is on the edge of the Serra (Pé da Serra, Colares, Sintra) so that one can walk up into the low wooded mountains directly from the house. There is also a link (Portuguese) with more information: www.avesdeportugal.info/#790B11
Some of the local birds in the area include: Sparrow Hawk, Bonelli’s Eagle, Black Swift, Green Woodpecker, Black Cap Warbler, ‘Ferreinha alpina’ among others.
Guestbook comments from the owner
We have rented many times in Europe but have never felt so at home as here. We loved the paintings, the views, the walks and especially Alma(dog). The 'festa' of the Bombeiros (volunteer firemen) in Almoçageme was wonderful. The band and dancers made us feel like we were traveling to a different place. The restaurant the bombeiros made was wonderful. Food, ambiance, etc.!!! I loved watching the waves at the gap in Adraga beach. The changes in weather have been startling but the house is so homey that even a severe storm just made you curl up (without regret) with a book. The best of all was conversation with Alan and Mary. Thanks so much. Jonee & Bob Nehus