Escape to the peace and beauty of Central Portugal –relax in our small but spacious and charmingly converted barn.
Accommodation consists of; downstairs a large, comfortable double bedroom, bathroom and storage/dressing area. A spiral staircase leads up to spacious sitting/dining room with views across valley, TV and radio, books, games etc.. An archway leads to a well-appointed kitchen, small balcony and barbecue area with gas barbecue.. Ideal for a restful, romantic break. The bedroom has a double bed, but,on application, two spare single beds can be supplied. There is a large 'wild' garden - a kind of woodland glade adjacent to the cottage, exclusively for guests - a peaceful spot to laze, picnic or enjoy a glass of wine and a book. (cool the wine in the water of the levada that used to feed the mill...) The cottage is set within the grounds of a converted English-owned watermill - owners in residence.
Local Information: The area, with its mountains, rivers and valleys is perfect for walking –rugged or easy according to inclination – fishing and swimming from the lovely and often deserted river beaches. One of the best and most beautiful 27-hole golf courses in Portugal is within an hour’s easy drive, and in winter Portugal’s only ski resort is also an hour away. Or, of course, you can always simply relax and do nothing…… There are many charming restaurants and bars in the area and pretty hill villages to explore, as well as the ancient university of Coimbra. and the spectacular Roman ruins at Conimbriga. (The area was known as Lusitania in Roman times) Ruined Crusader castles add romance and the area is also famed for its connection with the Peninsular War - setting for the popular Sharpe books - the famous battlefield of Busaco Ridge is a 40 minute drive away. A trip over to the lovely Silver Coast is also well worth while.,and the mountains (the highest in Portugal) are just purely spectacular.
Situated down an unmade track in a secluded valley, 1 (walk able) kilometre from the picturesque hillside village of Folques with its friendly bar and pretty public garden. About 4 kilometres from the small market town of Arganil, the cottage is set in a wooded hillside, part of 30 acres of private land, the grounds of an English-owned converted water-mill. In the foothills of the Serra da Estrela, the scenery is lovely, the people friendly, the atmosphere relaxed. Wonderful for wildlife - the forested hillsides are home to birds, butterflies, dragonflies and many different kinds of wild flowers . Pesticides and herbicides have hardly been used in this rural, peasant area (certainly not on any industrial-style scale) so here nature rules. There is a river picnic spot/swimming pool within a one kilometre walk of the cottage. The area is absolutely ideal for walking/cycling or exploring by car. Coimbra, a 40 minute drive away, is an ancient and lovely city and Conimbriga, just south of the city is a spectacular Roman site. The area featured strongly in the Peninsular Wars of the 19th century (as Sharpe fans will know) and there are battle sites, forts and museums to visit. The mountains - the highest in mainland Portugal - are majestic and beautiful, easily accessible by car, a haven of wildlife, marvelous scenery, small mountian villages. The lovely Silver coast is an hour or so's drive away - it's easy to reach if you fancy a day on the vast and sandy beaches.
Golf: The nearest golf course is a 40 minute drive away, Montebelo golf at Viseu. It's a very beautiful course (the Portuguese football team have been known to play there) For further information contact them ;
tel; oo351 232856464.
Ski: The only ski resort in Portugal is (in winter) an hour's drive away. It isn't Val d'IIsere! But it's great fun,, and it'scheap! All gear can be hired. And the scenery is spectacular.
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