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Magnificent historic family villa with private pool, chapel & extensive grounds

Bedrooms 5
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

A spacious & elegant villa with 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, gardens, pool & views

Sturdy walls, stone floors and vaulted ceilings epitomise the ambiance and history of this former monastic retreat. Lovingly restored over the last 20 years, the owners have ensured that the Quinta is maintained to the highest standards of comfort, whilst respecting and retaining its heritage. The Quinta is located on the hills of Sintra and adjacent to the botanical gardens of Monserrate. It is accessed via a narrow and winding off-road track that leads only to a few Quintas ensuring seclusion and calm.

Having collected extensively during their life in the Far East, the owners have imbued the Quinta with a special charm, blending traditional Portuguese antiques with European paintings and Asian ceramics: so that its interior is a fitting equal to the exotic and beautiful setting.

All five bedrooms are located on the first floor, each individually styled and furnished.

Bedroom 1: The master suite has some of the best views of the garden, pine forests and sea beyond. It is light, airy and stylishly decorated in white and shades of blue, with colourful Portuguese arraiolas rugs, a wooden floor and a romantic four poster bed. A large dressing room with fitted wardrobes and bathroom (bath and shower) make the suite spacious and comfortable.

Bedroom 2: The Parrot room was named because of the exotic Hawaiian parrot featured on decorative wall panels, this double bedroom has a beautifully carved antique Portuguese headboard, fitted wardrobes and direct access to a sun-filled balcony. The Parrot room interconnects with the Rose room and works very well for families with parents in the Parrot Room and the children in the Rose room. These two rooms share a bathroom with walk-in shower (no bath).

Bedroom 3: The Rose room has twin beds with pretty Portuguese painted headboards in hues of greens and pink, as well as fitted wardrobes and painted wooden furniture. There is direct access to the same balcony as the Parrot room.

Bedroom 4: The Portuguese room has a large bedroom with an en suite bathroom (bath and shower) and a striking Portuguese double bed. Views from this room reach over the chapel, French garden and rockery to the sea in the distance.

Bedroom 5; The Blue room is a spacious twin bedroom with pretty wrought iron bed ends and characteristic window seats. With fitted wardrobes and an en suite bathroom (bath and shower), this bedroom suits adults or children.

Guests are spoilt for choice when choosing a comfortable place to sit and enjoy the Quinta and its grounds.

The upper terrace provides a favourite spot to relax and enjoy a glass of wine whilst admiring the sunset and magnificent views of the valley of Colares and the sea beyond.

A wide terrace accessed from rooms on the ground floor, provides a large sitting and dining area overlooking the gardens, partly shaded by a large jacaranda tree, keeping guests cool in the summer.

What was once a monks’ refectory is now an attractive living room with a unique high vaulted ceiling, large enough for big gatherings. The room stays cool in summer and heated in winter by a wide open fireplace which was originally the bread-oven to the monastery.

On the first floor, an elegant second sitting room with sofas and French windows leading to the upper terrace, is the perfect place to unwind. The library is stocked with a selection of books for guests and a desk for anyone in the group needing a quiet location to study or work.

The dining terrace is the setting for many family gatherings and celebrations. Set under the natural shade of a jacaranda tree in the centre of the terrace, overlooking the lush gardens, the terrace works well for small or large groups dining together at any time of the day.

The Quinta's dining room, with its exposed brick-vaulted ceiling, can easily seat ten to twelve people in atmospheric comfort. Light and airy, the dining room leads onto both the main sitting room and dining terrace.

Immaculate and well-equipped, the country-style kitchen is tiled in traditional Portuguese blue and white and has a long wooden table for cosy kitchen dinners. A beautiful vaulted wine cellar is annexed to the kitchen and perfect for storing a variety of local wine to be sampled during your stay at the Quinta.

Guests staying at Quinta Sao Bento are given a welcome hamper on arrival and are welcome to gather any fresh produce in season from the garden, including figs, plums, lemons, oranges, tangerines, avocados, quince and walnuts.

An informal cook service can be provided by the Portuguese speaking house keeper or an English speaking cook in the area, if arranged in advance. For those arriving late at the Quinta, a light meal of home made soup, fresh bread, cheese and fruit is a popular option.

Recognised as a place of beauty and seclusion dating back to the Roman era, Quinta Sao Bento is set on a lush hillside below the pine and mimosa woodlands of the Sintra National Park.

Surrounding the house is an impressive, well tended 10 acre garden with terraces of fruit trees and flowers, mature trees, a kitchen garden and a swimming pool. A restored Renaissance chapel beside the house sits on the site of a Roman temple.

Once a monastic retreat, the fertile hills of Quinta Sao Bento were terraced and farmed to provide produce for the monks who would come to convalesce at the Quinta from a monastery further up the mountain. These ancient terraces stretch out in several layers and now form open lawns and French gardens immediately in front of the house with a profusion of hydrangeas, geraniums, roses, lavender and exotic birds of paradise.

A rich variety of trees include lemon, orange, pear, fig and walnut and guests to the Quinta are welcome to eat any of the fresh fruit in season. The pool is sheltered and near an ancient spring, where remnants of Moorish frescoes can still be seen.

The lasting impression of friends and visitors to Quinta Sao Bento is the setting and how easy it is to stay and enjoy the gardens without ever having to leave.

Services: Housekeeping, bedlinen and one set of towels per guest is provided. A welcome hamper is provided on arrival. Additional cleaning and a cook service are available for an extra cost if arranged in advance.

Facilities: Wifi, Satellite TV, 2 ovens, dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, washing machine, barbecue & private swimming pool (10 x 5m and not heated), board games and books.

Baby and toddler equipment is available for guests staying in Quinta Sao Bento or its sister villa, Quinta da Matalva, so booking it in advance is advised. Equipment available includes a high chair, 2 cots, a steriliser, a baby bath, a small table and chairs to sit and draw, a toddler mini bicycle and a 'push with feet' truck.

Families with children of all ages have enjoyed staying at the Quinta over the years. Due to the many terraces, low walls, water features and original stone stairs in the gardens and around the pool area, children do need to be supervised at all times.

More Details
Registration Number : 67300/AL

Property Manager
Property Manager
Member since: 2003
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This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french, portuguese, Japanese
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2018

Guestbook comments from the manager

The Quinta Sao Bento with its luxurious villa and magnificent grounds is a very special place. Sitting on the large terrace with beautiful views right down to the sea and watching the sunset is pure magic. The Quinta Matalva is perfect for young families. My German family and I rented both Quintas for the 2nd time and spent again a wonderful week. Ideal venue for family gatherings and special celebrations.

Everyone loved it, and my sister would have liked to rent the whole complex next year for her 85th birthday, but unfortunately we cannot find a week when they can all make it.
Jul 2015
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Galamares Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
  • There is a guest loo on the ground floor. On the first floor there are four bathrooms, three of which are en suite to the master suite, Portuguese room and Parrot room. A shower room is shared between a twin (Blue room) and a double bedroom (Parrot room).
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , The master suite
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , The Rose room interconnects with the Parrot room
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , The Parrot room
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , The Portuguese room
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , The Blue room
  • All five bedrooms are located on the first floor, each individually styled and furnished. 1. The master suite has some of the best views of the garden, pine forests and sea beyond with a romantic four poster bed, fitted wardrobes and bathroom 2.The Parrot room is a double bedroom with a beautifully carved antique Portuguese headboard, fitted wardrobes and direct access to a balcony. The Parrot room interconnects with the Rose room and works very well for families with parents in the Parrot Room and the children in the Rose room. These two rooms share a bathroom with walk-in shower (no bath). 3. The Rose room has twin beds and direct access to the shared shower room 4. The Portuguese room has a large bedroom with an en suite bathroom (bath and shower) views over the chapel, French garden and rockery to the sea. 5. The Blue room is a spacious twin bedroom with pretty wrought iron bed ends, window seats, fitted wardrobes and en suite bathroom
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Deck / Patio
  • Deck Furniture
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch Furniture
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeping
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Magnificent historic family villa with private pool, chapel & extensive grounds
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Wonderful historic house

  • 5 of 5

Perched on a hillside overlooking nearby villages, the exotic Monserrate Palace, and the ocean in the distance, Quinta Sao Bento is a gorgeous, tastefully restored historic country house. It was the perfect villa for our family and we had a truly wonderful stay. Quinta Sao Bento is peaceful and our time here felt restorative. We loved everything about Quinta Sao Bento, from the secluded location to the cozy and inviting rooms and terraces and the tasteful period decor. The grounds are lovely and the swimming pool enticed us each and every time after our long walks up and down Sintra's cobblestone streets. And Ana, the housekeeper, is so wonderful, a real treasure to be sure! There is only one problem with Quinta Sao Bento, you'll end up falling in love with it (we did) and having a very difficult time having to leave!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Mabel, Many thanks for your lovely review. We are delighted when the Quinta resonates with guests who appreciate the historic building and the Sintra setting. We look forward to welcoming you back at some stage in the future when you return to Europe. Jonathan
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  • 5 of 5

Absolutely fabulous house with masses of charm. Incredibly relaxing. Gorgeous garden and views. The house

was also very clean and well maintained. There are lots of interesting places to visit in the vicinity although the center of Sintra is to be avoided in the peak .summer months. The pool is on the small side but the beaches are just 15 minutes drive away. I would certainly recommend this property. And perhaps return ourselves. This time for a bit longer! Judy Curtis, Paris, France.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Judy for your kind words. You will be pleased to hear that the swimming pool has just gone through a renovation/expansion and is now 15m long by 4.5m wide with an infinity effect on the 16th Century fountain.
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Possenhofen (near Munich at Lake Starnberg)

Stunning and relaxing.

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful house in a magnificent garden. Everything feels personal and full of charme. Very comfortable rooms. Giant kitchen. Great outdoor seating. Nice pool. We'll be back.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Två fantastiska veckor

  • 5 of 5

Hyrde detta hus i 2 veckor. Kändes som att bo i ett museum(i positiv bemärkelse) Allting fungerade bra, poolen var helt ljuvlig, trädgården fantastisk o huset underbart. Nära till Sintra med alla sevärdheter. Mycket nöjda.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Car: necessary

The location of Quinta Sao Bento is perfect for discovering Sintra (6 minutes away by car, or a lovely 25 minute walk). The historic sites of Sintra are plentiful and stunning so make sure you have a good guide book to take you through the fascinating history and sites. These include Sintra National Palace, Monserate Palace, Quinta da Regaleira and Convento dos Capuchos. The fishing village of Cascais is also nearby, and Lisbon is under an hour away. For golf fanatics there are several excellent courses in the vicinity and the wonderful white sandy beaches of Praia Grande and Praia das Macas are perfect for those who want to jump the waves, top up the tan and enjoy some fresh grilled fish.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $617.13

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund