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.
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.
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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Jul 1 2014 - Aug 31 2014
7 night minimum stay
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Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (Euro) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.