BEAUTIFUL COTTAGE IN THE HEART OF THE SAO MAMEDE NATURAL PARK

Sarah Lawson

Speaks portuguese, russian, spanish, english, Bulgarian
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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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BEAUTIFUL COTTAGE IN THE HEART OF THE SAO MAMEDE NATURAL PARK

Portalegre City Cottage Rental Photos and Description

2 Bedroom + bed settee in living room, sleeps up to 6.

In the heart of the Sao Mamede Natural Park surrounded by cork, pine and eucalyptus forest and over 2 acres of fully organic land with 220 olive trees, various fruit trees and an organic vegetable garden. A beautiful fully converted using natural products 150 year old cart makers cottage with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and an additional bed-settee if necessary in the living area.

Free Wi-Fi internet access for all our guests, bring your own computer and surf for free!

Over 200 species of birds including Golden Eagle, many areas for relaxing, a refreshing and welcoming swimming pool, totally private and peaceful with only the sounds of goat and sheep bells and the surrounding wildlife. 1km from a very friendly hamlet with bar/restaurant/cafe with English speaking lady bar owner.

fully guided walks available: We provide fully guided walks through the Natural Park and to local places of interest, we also provide detailed walk guides if you prefer not to take a guided walk.

Tired of cooking?: From 2010 we provide optional evening meals, including vegetarian meals

All our vegetables and salads are fully organic from our organic garden wherever possible.

Full English Afternoon Tea available: We provide full English Afternoon tea with a range of teas, coffees even hot chocolate and horlicks and home made cakes and sandwiches including vegetarian sandwiches if required

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
Guestbook comments from the owner
This is such a special place made the more so by your magical touch. we have had a wonderful time thank you so much, until next year
Sep 2009
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Sarah Lawson

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Speaks portuguese, russian, spanish, english, Bulgarian
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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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Reviews

5
based on 17 traveler reviews

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Beautiful cottage in the heart of the Sao Mamede Natural Park
average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews
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Beautiful cottage in the heart of the Sao Mamede Natural Park
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p416358
+351 (0)914 036836
Portalegre City Portalegre region
5

FANTASTIC, RELAXING GETAWAY.

  • 5 of 5
We had a fantastic week in Portugal with Sarah, Vlad and their family. The accommodation is lovely: very comfortable, clean and child friendly, well equipped with a good kitchen, family dining area and a tv/dvd; the pool is a bonus and we had a great time exploring the sites in the local area.

Sarah provided a delicious breakfast every morning and made us feel very welcome.

If you are looking a quiet escape, I would highly recommend it. Our children are aged 3 and 5 and they didn't want to leave. Great weather, fresh food, lots of books to read and beautiful countryside all came together to make an unforgettable family holiday. Thanks again to our hosts- we will be back :-)
  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
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Beautiful cottage in the heart of the Sao Mamede Natural Park
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p416358
+351 (0)914 036836
Portalegre City Portalegre region
5

GORGEOUS SURROUNDINGS, SWEET HOUSE, GREAT HOSTS!

  • 5 of 5
We absolutely loved our time at Sarah's cottage! The cottage is in a remote natural area, surrounded by a fragrant Eucalyptus forest. The tiny local taverna serves excellent food but Sarah also offered us meals for a very reasonable price which was both convenient and delicious - my kids are still raving about her cottage pie! Sarah was attentive to our every need without ever invading our privacy. She even mailed my son's sandals that we forgot, all the way to us here in the U.S.A. The cabin is cute and very comfy, including the beds which are wonderful. All is located in a truly beautiful area of Portugal and there is even a pool. If you are looking for a lovely rural holiday, most highly recommended!
  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
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Beautiful cottage in the heart of the Sao Mamede Natural Park
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p416358
+351 (0)914 036836
Portalegre City Portalegre region
5

A SPECIAL PLACE

  • 5 of 5
We had a great week at Casa Dos Sonhos. When we visited, everything was green, growing and beautiful. The setting is of a fairytale cottage, surrounded by olive trees, forest and wild flowers. Our boys loved exploring, hunting for lizards and splashing in the pool. Sarah and Vladimir were wonderful hosts and as mentioned on other reviews, the breakfasts were a real highlight.
  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
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Beautiful cottage in the heart of the Sao Mamede Natural Park
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p416358
+351 (0)914 036836
Portalegre City Portalegre region
5

WE LOVE THIS PLACE

  • 5 of 5
We first came to the cottage in summer 2011, and quickly came back again in autumn 2012. Sarah, Vladimir and Casa dos Sonhos are special, for so many reasons: the setting; the breakfasts; the bread and cake van that arrives on Tuesday mornings; walks in the eucalyptus forest; fresh figs and pomegranates from the garden; the herd of goats that comes past some mornings; Sarah and Vladimir's good ideas for things to do and places to go; the option of having afternoon tea or dinner beautifully cooked and presented by Sarah; the vultures you see flying overhead if you make the short journey over the Spanish border; the bright stars and clean air; the friendly dog Jem; the wood-burning stove for cool autumn evenings and the swimming pool for cooling down on hot summer nights; the cosy kids' bedroom with nautical porthole ... the list goes on. It's also a fascinating part of Portugal - a bit like going back in time, but with wi-fi!
We'd recommend it to lots of different ages - our kids, aged 12 and 10 (on our first visit) loved it (and appreciated the DVD collection during their enforced siesta time). It would also be great for couples, a romantic getaway, and families younger children. And with lots of fabulous Portuguese and Spanish hill towns, castles and churches within easy driving distance, there's plenty of history and culture around. Having visited in summer and autumn already, we'd happily go back in spring or winter!
So, basically, I'd recommend it to anyone, as long as they're not looking for beaches, clubs, noise or a big city. Thank you, Sarah and Vladimir.
  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2012
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Beautiful cottage in the heart of the Sao Mamede Natural Park
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p416358
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Portalegre City Portalegre region
Lancashire, England
5

FAB AND VALUE FOR MONEY

  • 5 of 5
Arrived for a weeks stay in June ..... in need of a total relax and boy did we relax! The place is fantastic the INCLUDED breakfast lasted till evening meal. Which was cooked every day for us by Sarah (well worth th e5 euros per person) No cooking no washing up and lovely fresh food. Sarah and Vlad were the perfect hosts, they were there if needed and left us in peace and quiet when we needed it. We really cant rave enough about this place for a romantic away from it all holiday. The price is amazing for the facilities. We have been on many cottage holidays and this one was by far the best! A big thankyou to Sarah and Vlad for making this holiday the TOP of our list.
Love to you all
John & Jacqui (lancashire)
  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Adventure Seekers, Romantic Getaway
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Beautiful cottage in the heart of the Sao Mamede Natural Park
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p416358
+351 (0)914 036836
Portalegre City Portalegre region
5

PEACE AND GOAT-BELLS

  • 5 of 5
Casa dos Sonhos is set in beautiful rural location where the only sounds you are likely to hear are the birds, crickets and approaching goat flocks with they're bells ringing out as they are shepherded through the valley, plus the occasional call of one of the free range chickens. The converted woodsmans cottage has all that you need for a comfortable stay while remaining cool on those hot Summer days and is only a 15 minute walk away from a cold beer in the village bar with the friendly locals. Sarah and Vladimir are great hosts with plenty of local knowledge and have added renewable solar energy systems to reduce the environmental impact of your trip. Walks and cycling in the surrounding forest and villages plus cooling off in the pool while looking out across the green hills of Alto Alentejo have got us looking forward to our next trip to Portugal already.
  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2011
  • Stayed: Mar 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Pet-friendly, Tourists without a Car, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Map

Nearest Airport
200 Kilometres
Lisbon
Nearest Train
22 Kilometres
Portalegre
Nearest Motorway
22 Kilometres
IP2
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
In the village
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
In the village
Car: recommended

1km by private vehicle accessible forest track from the tiny and very friendly hamlet of Besteiros de Cima with daily village deliveries of bread, freshwater fish, cakes and mobile shop and an English speaking bar/restaurant/cafe serving delicious home cooked food and homemade organic wine as well as international and national brands. Mountain bikes available to explore the surrounding forest as well as detailed walking routes and optional guided walks available to beautiful medieval villages and ancient stone age sites. A local watercolour artist gives optional painting lessons from beginner to advanced in the cottages gardens or overlooking the swimming pool. Optional Full English Afternoon Tea and packed lunches available, delicious organic breakfasts provided each morning. BBQ with all fuel provided, perfect to watch the sunset each evening..We now have a beautiful wooden wendy house in the grounds perfect for your little ones whilst you relax in the hammocks surrounding it.

Other Activities: birdwatching, guided walks

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Availability & Rates

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Portalegre City Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
all year
Jan 20 2014 - Jul 19 2015
3 night minimum stay
£400
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£400
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit £100.00
Notes Breakfast included in this rate, £100 secures the booking and dates requested.

Cancellation Policy

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund
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Amenities

Portalegre City Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Paper Towels
  • Basic Soaps
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Living Room
  • Telescope
  • Activities Guide
  • Firewood
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Toilet Paper
  • Backpack
  • Parking Off Street
  • Internet
  • Wireless Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Parking
  • Linens Provided
  • Fireplace
  • Sofa Bed
Kitchen:
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Kitchen
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Blender
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Kitchenette
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • Dining
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - outdoor shower , by swimming pool
  • Beautiful bathroom with unlimited hot water
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 queen
    Bedroom 2 - bunk bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , in living area
  • 1 large bedroom with 2 double beds both with orthopaedic mattresses and patio doors leading to the swimming pool. Separate bunk bed room again with orthopaedic mattresses and seperate living area with 2 settees one of which is a bed settee if necessary
Entertainment:
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Books
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Books for Adults
  • Television
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Video Library
  • Books for Kids
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Binoculars
  • Bicycles
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Chairs
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • Daily Maid Service
Attractions:
  • forests
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • scenic drives
  • eco tourism
  • sight seeing
  • bird watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hunting small game
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • cycling
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
Notes:
Mountain bikes available, guided walks available, full English afternoon tea available, fully organic delicious breakfast provided each morning at a time of YOUR choosing. Local artist available to give private watercolour lessons, bird enthusiast available for optional guided birdwatching. Or simply relax by the swimming pool and listen to the sounds of nature and goat and sheep bells. Evening meals available, two courses for 5 euros, using our organic fresh vegetables wherever possible. Bring your own computer and take advantage of our wi-fi access, surf for free! We now have satellite television with the full range of English channels including CBeebies,BBC1, BBC2 and ITV We also have a beautiful wooden wendy house in the cottage grounds perfect for your little ones to play in whilst you relax in the surrounding hammocks
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