CHARMING HOLIDAY COTTAGE IN THE SERRA DO AÇOR MOUNTAIN RANGE

Gary & Gill Long

Speaks english, portuguese

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Bedrooms 2
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Minimum Stay 7 nights

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CHARMING HOLIDAY COTTAGE IN THE SERRA DO AÇOR MOUNTAIN RANGE

Arganil Cottage Rental Photos and Description

2 double bedrooms, 2 double beds, sleeps 4

Originally built in 1894, this charming, recently renovated xisto (slate) cottage is situated high up in a typical rural Portuguese village. This property in Alqueve is close to both the picturesque towns of Arganil & Côja, where there are weekly markets, friendly restaurants,cafes & bars to enjoy; as well as the splendid river beaches in the summer months. The quiet village cafe in Alqueve is only a 5 minute walk away from the cottage.

The open-plan living area leads out onto the two-tiered, stone walled garden. With magnificent mountain views & good privacy, due to the location on the hill, it gets full sunshine throughout the day. It is an ideal spot for sunbathing or relaxing with a book & a cold drink under the shade of the old fig tree… or for those who want to stay really cool, there’s a shady private courtyard area too. The views from the ‘Juliet’ balcony and garden are quite spectacular & you can see up to 50 km on a clear day. As you can imagine, the sunsets can be absolutely stunning.

More about the cottage: The kitchen comes fully equipped for all your self-catering needs & there is also a BBQ & two tables with chairs for outdoor dining. There are two bedrooms downstairs, both with double beds. One bedroom has an additional sleeping area with a single sofa bed ; ideal for a small child.

Also downstairs is the bathroom, which has a generous shower, basin, toilet & bidet.

Heating : For the cooler months there’s a ‘salamandra’ log burner in the main room & radiators in both bedrooms.

Banking: The nearest ATM is located in Côja.

Internet: Many of the cafes in the surrounding towns have free WiFi internet access as well as the local libraries.

Provisions: The baker's van stops outside the cottage every morning with fresh bread & cakes . The fishmonger calls twice weekly on Tuesdays & late Saturday afternoon.

A Laundry service is available for a small charge.

Towels and linen are provided on a weekly basis.

Towels must not be removed from the cottage.Therefore it is advisable to bring your own beach towels.

There is no extra charge for cleaning.This is included in the price.

In General: The mountains in the The Serra do Açor & surrounding regions provide a daily spectacular backdrop to your holiday as you unwind & relax. Central Portugal remains an undiscovered jewel and is perfect for the traveller who wishes to explore somewhere new and find parts of the `Real’ Portugal that have now sadly disappeared in many other parts of the country.

The ‘Casa escondida’ is an ideal vacation choice for those who enjoy beautiful surroundings with nearby wooded walks, river beaches, verdant forests and wonderful mountain drives. There are also good connections to other regions of the country. The old patrimonial capital Coimbra, steeped in history, is under an hours drive away. From here the Silver Coast is within easy reach, ideal for a day trip.

Car parking: Due to the quaint narrow cobbled streets of Alqueve, parking directly outside the property is restricted. However, unloading luggage and shopping, etc., is permitted at any time.

The car park is a 3 minute walk from the property.

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Suitability:
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • smoking allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Guestbook comments from the owner
Wow! What a lovely part of portugal. We have never visited this part of the country before. Amazing scenery & lovely clean river beaches. Some of the villages we drove through were like stepping back in time... & with goats & sheep everywhere! Overall, our favourite spot was Coja river beach. Only 10 mins away. Thank you Gary & Gill for the warm welcome & all the info you supplied and for making our holidays extra special. We loved the cottage & thanks for the strawberries. We think we will be back someday. See you next year hopefully.
Jun 2012
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Gary & Gill Long

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2011
Speaks english, portuguese
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Charming holiday cottage in The Serra do Açor mountain range
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Charming holiday cottage in The Serra do Açor mountain range
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A REAL TREAT IN THE TINY VILLAGE OF ALQUEVE

  • 5 of 5
We had a great holiday at Casa Escondida – a real treat in the tiny village of Alqueve. The spacious and well equipped open plan kitchen, dining and living room area was a perfect social centre to this 2 storey house. The welcoming solid, dark wood furniture was rich and comforting for sitting sharing dinner cooked either on the family-sized gas cooker or outside on the barbecue. There was also a chimenea that we didn’t get round to using. Gary and Gill have thought of everything with sun lounges (sunshade provided because the 2-level back garden gets the sun all day long), outside table and chairs under the generous fig tree that gave us ripe, sweet fruit to add to our breakfast.

On the days when it got too hot to sit in the sun, we lunched in the shade at the cooler front of the house at yet another table and seating area. Had there been more than 2 of us, we might have used a further table with sunshade and chairs beside the entrance stairs in the front yard.

Downstairs the bedrooms were cool and comfortable, with a good-sized fitted wardrobe in the hall, plenty of spare towels and a powerful shower in the large bathroom, complete with bidet. There were books for holiday reading in the bookcase downstairs and, upstairs, a guitar and music book to strum a few tunes; board games to keep you amused (including English & Portuguese versions of Scrabble), TV and DVD player with films and comedies if you decide to stay in.

If you head out to any of the wonderful nearby river beaches there’s even a handy picnic hamper with plastic sheet, cups, plates and cutlery to take with you – they really have thought of everything!

Alqueve villagers were very friendly - a smile and a few words of greeting in Portuguese were much appreciated and we were soon being greeted with nods and smiles even when driving by in the car.

We had such a lovely time at the Casa, we’ll definitely be heading back.
  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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COZY COTTAGE AWAY FROM IT ALL IN IDYLIC VILLAGE.

  • 5 of 5
Myself, my partner and 10 year old son stayed in this beautiful little cottage, in this hidden away from it all village, in August this year. We absolutely loved this little house which had everything we needed to make our 2 weeks comfortable, with all mod cons and lovely and clean.We fell in love with its position in the tiny village of Alqueve with its windy, narrow streets & quaint buildings.The cottage has a terrace with the most amazing views we have ever seen and its here we spent our evenings watching the stunning sunsets.
The owners were so helpful & went out of their way for us on several occasions. They really helped to make our holiday for us.
The nearby town of Arganil we visited on several occasions, we thought it to be typically Portuguese, with plenty of pavement cafes, and also shops that sell icecreams for a 10 year old!!
We altogether had a fabulous time and can't wait to visit again! Thankyou!
  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Charming holiday cottage in The Serra do Açor mountain range
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Arganil Coimbra Region
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A HIDDEN JEWEL !

  • 5 of 5
Our family had the most fantastic week at Casa Escondida. The property was beautifully presented, spotlessly clean & very well equipped for a self-catering family holiday. The local people are very friendly and Gill & Gary (the owners) couldn't have been more helpful. Alqueve is a lovely little village situated in a stunning part of the world and we enjoyed the natural beauty, the great swimming spots for the kids & the fresh air ! The views really are spectacular. Next time we stay, we will definitely book for longer. We had the time of our lives!
Thank you so much.
Bev, Alan, Jon & baby Jules
  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway

Map

Nearest Beach
7 Kilometres
Côja & Secarias River Beaches
Nearest Ski
45 Kilometres
Serra de Estrela
Nearest Golf
50 Kilometres
Viseu
Nearest Restaurant
7 Kilometres
Arganil & Coja
Car: necessary

The protected landscape of the Serra do Açor includes a zone of great natural beauty included within the European network of biogenetic reserves - the Margaraça Woodlands. The luxurious vegetation found on these slate slopes is one of the rare examples of primitive vegetation cover in the mountainous areas of the centre of Portugal that have survived until the present day.

The fresh air and invigorating atmosphere resulting from the abundance of water inspires us to take long walks or bike rides on hot summer days. Many streams originate in the Serra do Açor and it's possible to hear the sound of running water almost everywhere and find small lagoons or riverside beaches. One of the most beautiful spots is Fraga da Pena, a paradise like setting, where water falls in cascades about 70 m high, forming a delightful natural swimming pool. Be sure to explore all the different swimming spots in the area, including Côja, Pomares, Benfeita, Secarias, Avô, Porto Castanheiro, Sardal & Agroal.

Golf: Running through 200 hectares, the Golf de Montebelo is set in a unique landscape with exceptional views over Serra da Estrela and Serra do Caramulo. It was designed by Mark Stilwell and Malcolm Kenyon to respect both the terrain's dimensions and its shape, and the result has been to make the best of the course's landscape qualities. The mountainous course, spotted with gorse and heather, runs through pine and oak trees, over 6,300 metres. It is divided in two parts, named according to their main geographical landmarks: the Caramulo course (first nine holes) and the Estrela course (next nine holes). Dog legs, no less than eight of them, are typical of this course. The final sequence is unforgettable, the last three holes provide astonishing views over valleys, streams, hills, lakes and well protected greens. The most memorable hole, however, is probably number 12, a long par 3, running downhill towards its green, with a bunker on the left and a lake behind. This hole is considered to be the 'soul of the course' because of its challenging physical characteristics and the unique landscape that surrounds it.

Ski: The Serra da Estrela Nature Reserve is the largest protected area in Portugal and one of the largest biogenetic reserves in Europe. As the highest point in mainland Portugal, it is a place where it often snows, so it’s excellent for winter sports. Every year, more and more enthusiasts flock to the runs in Torre to ski, snowboard or to simply ride their sleigh. It is a stunning small ski resort with just 4 ski lifts with only 130 metres (426 feet) of vertical descent. It has 9 pistes with a total length of 7.7 kilometres (5 miles). Serra da Estrela is best suited for the beginner skiers and snowboarders but there is some terrain for both expert and intermediates. For snowboarders, there is a terrain park. It has three drag lifts that are located at the country's highest point, well above the tree line. Skiing is normally possible from Dec - April. If you’re a real fanatic, then practice your skiing and snowboarding in Manteigas on an artificial slope.

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Arganil Cottage Rental Rates

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Summer
Jul 1 2014 - Aug 31 2014
7 night minimum stay
€350
 
extra night: €50    

Notes

  • A 20% deposit is required on confirmation of a booking with the balance to be paid 4 weeks before arrival date.

    The rental can be paid in Sterling.

    Linen and towels are included in the price.

    There are no extra charges for cleaning, this is also included in the price.

Amenities

Arganil Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (semi-detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 100 m²
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Village
Theme:
  • Romantic
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Hair Dryer
  • Towels Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Activities Guide
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Toaster
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • In the second bedroom there's a small additional area with a single sofa bed for one person (will suit a small child). See photos.
Entertainment:
  • Games
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • CD Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Radio
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Television
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Binoculars
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Balcony
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Beach Chairs
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • smoking allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • churches
  • forests
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • bird watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • hiking
  • tennis
  • golf
  • freshwater fishing
  • cycling
  • paragliding
Notes:
Extra information: The refrigerator has a small freezer compartment. There is a full size 5 ring hob & oven, electric kettle, cafetiere & coffee maker,coffee grinder, picnic hamper, cast iron ‘Chiminea’ style barbecue, iron and ironing board, two full size garden loungers. Bed linen and towels (these are not to be removed from the cottage) are provided and included within the price. Beach towels aren't provided, so it is advisable to bring your own. There are no extra charges for cleaning, this is also included in the price. There is no ariel or satellite connection so the TV is only for use with the DVD player.There is a strong signal at Alqueve for most mobile phone networks.

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