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Vicky Swain

Member since: 1998
Speaks: english, portuguese

Very attractive traditional Villa with sunny garden and lovely pool

26 Reviews
Sleeps7
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights

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Overview

Costa do Estoril - Cascais area Villa Rental Photos and Description

All the comforts of home and nearby the dramatic coast of Cascais and Lisbon

Sunny, welcoming house, comfortable with very attractive decoration, spacious garden and pool. In quiet residential area. Beaches, mountains, culture, shopping, water sports, golf, riding and more. Only 10 minutes walk to the beach and atmospheric town of CASCAIS with its lively centre, beautiful historical houses, museums, art galleries,marina, shops, cafes and restaurants, a great market on Wednesdays. Marvellous promenade by the sea to ESTORIL. Casa da Guia nearby is a 19th century manor house overlooking the ocean with restaurants, cafés and some interesting shops. Sintra is a dramatically beautiful mountain village with ancient castles and palaces to explore. Only 10 mn drive to the protected coast line and beaches of Guincho, Adraga, Azenhas do Mar and the lighthouse at Cabo da Roca, most westerly point of Europe. ONE OF THE MOST DRAMATIC TRAIN RIDES IN EUROPE follows the coast into the heart of Lisbon in just 30 mins.

SUGGESTIONS: Casa Catarina includes all modern conveniences for self-catering , linen and towels provided, the house is cool in summer, warm in winter. Plenty of light. Garden features luxury pebble pool (9 metres diametre) with deck and lawn. Further deck up stairs (fenced) with awning, sun chairs, barbecue & large tables to feast in sunshine or for candlelit dinners (electric lights also)! Cascais is walking distance (10-15 mins on foot), Estoril 5 minutes by car. Coastal train ride to Lisbon is 35 minutes (shopping & culture), Sintra mountains (hikes and castles) 20 minutes, Guincho beach (

Surfers Paradise), 15 minutes. Good night life can be found locally or in Lisbon.

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GOLF: Golf Details: There are 5 golf courses locally, all within 2-5 miles.

1. Estoril Golf -designer-Mckenzie Ross- 2 courses- 18 hole, 69 Par, 5238m, Championship course.

2. Golf Estoril-Sol - designers are John Harris / Ron Fream - 9 hole, Par 31, 1749M Beautiful.

3. Penha Longa is a two course location - main course 18 hole is par 72 and 6228 metres in length. Designer R.Trent Jones II. Championship course - spectacular.

4. Quinta Da Marinha is par 71 - 6014 m - Championship course - Atlantic views.Designer R.T. Jones.

5. Quinta Da Beloura - designer- William Roquemore, 18 holes, 5817m, Par 73, 6 lakes- Championship.

Passports are available from Estoril Tourist office for all courses.

CHECK IN / CHECK OUT: CHECK IN TIME IS AFTER 15.00, WE NEED TIME TO CLEAN AND PREPARE HOUSE FOR YOUR ARRIVAL

CHECK OUT TIME IS BEFORE 11.00

FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE YOU MAY DEPOSIT BAGGAGE AT THE HOUSE BEFORE 15.00

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Vicky Swain (Owner)
Member since: 1998
Speaks: english, portuguese

About Vicky Swain

I am English/Portuguese. I have been living in Portugal most of my life.

I love to hike.

Favourate places- Kashmir, Atlas mountains and Sintra mountains in Portugal. My passions are travel and hospitality, the Opera, good books, and chocolate :)

Vicky Swain purchased this villa in 1996

Why Vicky Swain chose Costa do Estoril - Cascais area

I fell in love with Cascais as a child while visiting family and purchased this home in 1996. Cascais is a slower pace than Lisbon, yet only 30 minutes away on the train. I love the fact that the house is 10 minutes walk in to town, yet has a lovely garden and pool space with good privacy.

What makes this villa unique

I love the windows in this home. Casa Catarina has sun shine all day streaming in. I chose this house as the street is quiet being a one way street. The house is situated in the center away from the road. I fell in love with the arched ivy entrance over the gate ways, which gives you a cottage feel. All my guests have commented on the comfort and feel good atmosphere of Casa Catarina. So far lots of Happy guests, and I look forward to greeting many more. See you soon! x Vicky .

Reviews

4.9
based on 26 traveler reviews

Very attractive traditional Villa with sunny garden and lovely pool
average rating of 4.923077 based on 26 reviews
5

A beautiful home for a relaxing vacation

  • 5 of 5

Sometimes pictures and descriptions can be misleading, but not in this case! All images are most accurate and describe this beautiful, generous and unpretentious place very well - with the exception of the living room, which is actually quite a bit larger than the photos suggest.

As a party of 6, spreading from teenager to grand parents, not only did we need space, but also extra privacy - and we found Casa Catarina to be perfectly suited. The beautiful garden is large and sunny, and the pool was used a lot from everyone.

The kitchen is straight forward and easy to use, and well enough equipped for some serious cooking, which is mandantory in a place such as this, given the fantastically fresh fish that can be bought in local shops or in the market hall. We had breakfast and dinner in the garden or in the house, depending on the temperature (and the amount of sunburn) - and the wind. This needs to be mentioned, because unlike our previous stays in this area, the wind could be bothersome. According to Vicky, this was due to the strange climatic conditions we've been plagued with throughout spring.

Sleeping was a revelation too, with comfortable beds, lots of fresh air and very little noise. There are some dogs in the neighbourhood that communicate frome time to time, but not more so than elsewhere in town, and at dawn the birds get busy too. What is completely absent is traffic noise, because the house is located in a dead end road. It is also very well insulated, both thermally and acousticly, so everyone could custom tailor his preferred setting to his liking.

Since this particular part of Portugal has so much to offer, every day was different. Yet we didn't even get close to see everything. You could easily spend a week or two in Lisbon alone! My tip would be not to overdo it on the first day, as the city is quite tiring (and simply too beautiful to do things in a rush).

Cascais itself is very pretty and lively and offers bars and restaurants for all tastes. The beaches north of Cascais (small ones) and south of Lisbon (huge) are all worth visiting, and countryside around Sintra is simply fantastic. Park Pena, located in the hills of Sintra, is a magic place, even more so than the Palace itself, and definetely worth a visit. Get there early, and the crowds aren't too bad!

Last but not least, Vicky is a very warm, charming and helpful host, around when needed and easily accessible via phone.

Higly recommended!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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5

Lovely house - great host.

  • 5 of 5

Our Villa was spotless and beautifully decorated. One double bedroom downstairs, and two doubles upstairs. The 3rd upstairs bedroom was more suited to 1 person. The villa was cool throughout the day - regardless of what the temperature was like outside.

All the facilities: TV, Internet, Hot Water etc all worked perfectly. The pool isn't heated, but the kids loved it. The rooftop dining area was also popular - especially for breakfast. Supermarkets are no more than 10 mins walk away.

Our host was fantastic - she couldnt have done more for us, and often went above and beyond.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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A lovely house with very supportive owner

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week here on a family holiday over Easter. Our first impressions of the house was that it was clean, airy and spacious and really well presented. The kitchen (and fridge) were large. The garden was a great sun trap, with an elevated terrace allowing us to stay in the sun for longer. The pool was nice but it is cold at this time of year!

Vicky was an excellent and friendly owner and support: very quick to reply to our questions and dealing with our minor issues, even down to providing a portable radiator to supplement the heating on the cold nights. Lots of good advice too on where to go so worth asking about what you like to do.

The house itself is on a no-through road but with easy access. It is only ten minutes walk up from the train and bus stations, a large supermarket and the edge of the town centre. It is a steady climb back but if you are loaded with shopping taxis are very cheap. A smaller supermarket is close by too.

We did not have a car for this holiday but didn't need one. Cascais has a free bike service although you have to be early or lucky to get them. We used Scooter na Linha in town for better bikes to do our longer rides along the coast and into the hills - cheap and great service. The trains are good for Lisbon and Belem, and buses run to Sintra, although for a family a taxi is faster and nearly the same price. Cascais itself offers good beaches and coastline walks, so all in all it is easy to spend a great week here. And have a fantastic base to return to.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Recreative, cosy and hearty

  • 5 of 5

Hello friends of Portugal/Cascais

although our stay in Casa Catarina was only one week, it was a fabulous time. From the first moment we contacted Vici, she was like a friend who did everything that we could enjoy our time in Cascais. Everything she has discribed at her homeaway page is the truth: The furniture of the house is hearty and cosy, we loved to cook and grill fishes, had breakfast too at the terrace mostly for hours. We were three couples that‘s why we were happy for separate bathrooms and enough space where we could retire!

Vici is an uncomplicated und open-hearted woman who was always helpfull when we need informationen, tipps and organizational support.

After hours of exploring Cascais and serveral sightseeing hotspots, the garden was our relaxing zone per excellence. We were the lucky one who could enjoy the flowers of May and the weather because the warmth was pleasant to all of us.

Don’t hesitate to contact her, because the house is fanatstic for families and couples. It is close to Lissabon and in less than 45 Min. you are in the city center by train.

Many thanks for the wonderfull stay in your Casa Catarina, Vici! We will contact you for the next holidays, hopefully for a longer time.

All the best for you.

Martin, Steffi, Corinne, Michael, Andi and me

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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One of the best holidays ever!

  • 5 of 5

We chose this house because it looked so inviting, more like a home than a holiday rent, we were not disappointed. Vicky welcomed us warmly and continued to be a great source of information about the local area and Lisbon throughout our stay, nothing was too much trouble. The house and garden were a haven of peace after a hot days on the beach or sight seeing. The position of the house is perfect, out of the bustle of Cascais but within an easy walk so we didn't always have to drive. We are a family of 6 people all with different agendas but this holiday kept us all happy. Wonderful!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Such a warm beautiful house in a great location.

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I are from Santa Barbara, California and we wanted to be in our favorite spot in Portugal. We booked Casa Catarina and were so happy with our decision. We loved the house and garden which, by the way, is better than the photos depict. Everything is very artfully designed and arranged by Vicky the owner. We parked inside the gate and didn't need to drive most days since so many things could be done by walking. the cafe, shops,, train, beach, promenade along the coast, even the bike rentals at the train station, everything is so close, and Casa Catarina, is like a peaceful oasis to relax and rejuvenate . The day that we decided to stay and lay by the pool was one of the best days of our holiday. Since we also love surfing this was the perfect place to land. There are beaches along the whole coastline with amazing waves when the swell picks up. We are going to make a habit of staying at Casa Catarina each time we return to Portugal. We loved it all.!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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Map

Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Lisbon Airport
Nearest Ferry
25 Kilometres
25
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
1.0
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
1.0
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

Cascais is located just 25 km west of Lisbon (25 mins from Airport)along a spectacular coast which begins at the Tagus estuary and takes you to the westernmost point of Europe - Cabo da Roca. Cascais has beaches, cafés, pubs and shops. There is a promenade along the water with beach coves and sunny cafés. Casa da Guia nearby, overlooks the ocean with restaurants and cafés set in the grounds of the old manor house with stylish shops and boutiques. Sintra also nearby is a dramatically beautiful mountain village with castles to explore like Quinta da Regaleira as well as cafés and shops. On the North side of Sintra a beautiful coastal road takes you to the lighthouse at Cabo da Roca the most western point of Europe, Praia Adraga, Azenhas do Mar.

There are 2 free rental bike stands down in Cascais at the train station and at Casa da Guia. Just leave some identification and take them for the whole day. Ride along the ocean cliffs on the walk/bike path.

Other Activities: rollerblading or cycling along seafront on newly built 10 km track...FREE BICYCLE USE FROM SEVERAL CENTRES IN CASCAIS (10 MINUTE WALK)

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Rates & Availability

Cascais Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
High Season
Jul 1 - Aug 31
7 night minimum stay
$2,330
 
 
September
Sep 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
5 night minimum stay
$222
$1,553
 
 
October
Oct 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
5 night minimum stay
$174
$1,220
 
 
April May
Apr 1 2017 - May 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
$222
$1,553
 
 
June
Jun 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
1 night minimum stay
$1,786
 
 
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
$222
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $55

CHECK -IN TIME IS AFTER 15.00. CHECK -OUT TIME IS BEFORE 11.00

Includes all linen and towels. Maid service once a week. . week. N.B.
There is a damage deposit of 200€ to be paid with final payment, this is, of course, refunded if no damage has occurred. We don't worry about the odd glass or two!
END OF STAY CLEANING FEE 50 EUROS

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Amenities

Costa do Estoril - Cascais area Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 210 m²
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Resort
Theme:
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom in master room - toilet , shower , glass enclosure for shower in bath
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , glass enclosure for shower in bath
    Bathroom 4 - outdoor shower
  • Please use bathmat to avoid slipping in bath ! W.C . and sink , out side by the pool ,plus out side shower .
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Master en suite Bedroom - 1 king , full King
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single
  • (3 comfortable double beds, 1 large single bed); up to 2 cots available upon request. one weekly change of linen. Any heating is an additional cost .
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Beach Chairs
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 10 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
We offer cable TV and DVD & VHS player is also provided, with rentals just a few minutes away (films in original languages). high speed wireless internet as well. there are 7 sun bed's by the pool aria . Babysitting can be arranged at the house (so you can take a well-earned night out on the town!).

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