Lovely situation, village a little too quiet!
Submitted: August 15, 2009
Stayed: July 2009
4 of us for 2 weeks found plenty of room to spread out, and the site, views and sunsets were second to none. The "breeze" in the first week was more of a howling gale, which drove us indoors for much of the time which was a shame as the pool was then freezing and much too cold for us to use - not being heated it needs the sun constantly to make it bearable. Main drawbacks were that there is NO satellite/cable or CD player as advertised, and because of the breeze and heavy sea mist which was present more often than not, the whole house felt damp and cupboards were musty. Great shame as without this it would have been truly lovely. Also the local restaurant in the village was sadly really poor, (contrary to other reviews) meaning you have to drive everywhere for a meal. On the plus side, we did find good places to eat in Cascais and Setubal, and a fabulous michelin-starred restaurant at Guincho. Sintra is beautiful, but both it and Lisbon are not for the faint-hearted because of the parking problems! Roadworks everywhere tested out navigation skills, but when finished there will be some excellent links in the area.
In summary, if the weather is fair (as it was in our last 5 days) this is a great house, but you need to be prepared to find the micro-climate is not in your favour - and take your own amusements. We have started a small reading library, having been surprised to find no books, and left behind some of our copious collection without which we never travel. Hopefully subsequent visitors will add to this! The locality for those with a car provides plenty of cultural visits, but probably not much for the teenage age-group - younger children will love the beaches which are plentiful and clean.
Families with Young Children
Helpful votes: 4/6
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