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Attractive Rural Cottages in Santarem, Central Portugal - Gate House (Casa do Portão)

Bedrooms 1
Space 699 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights



Gate House (Casa do Portão)

Casa do Portão (The Gate House).

Accommodation 2+1.

This carefully restored cottage comprises a spacious double bedded room with a large en-suite shower-room.

The living and dining room is comfortably furnished and leads off to a well equipped kitchenette.

The cottage is light and airy, and gives on to the central courtyard of the property which, in turn, leads on to the garden and pool areas.

About the property

Wall House - sleeps 4+1 Gate House - sleeps 2+1

These two recently restored rural cottages are in a delightful country setting about 50 minutes north of Lisbon easily reached from the A1 motorway. The property has beautiful uninterrupted open country views to the South yet is located on the edge of a small hamlet with 2 cafés and a small shop only 100 metres away to the North; an ideal situation. There is an ample garden and you can also enjoy the fruit from the trees, when in season. There is a large swimming pool shared by both cottages, a sun deck area and a barbecue. There are several bicycles, a tennis table, croquet set and other equipment to add to the pleasure of your stay. Internet access is available.

It is a great centre for touring, and Santarém (known as the Gothic capital) is 10km. to the South with plenty of shops, cinemas etc. There is a straight motorway link to the coast about 40 minutes away and good restaurants all around. The cottage is fully licensed with the local Council under the Alojamento Local scheme which ensures compliance with safety standards.

Linen: House linen and towels are provided. Swimming pool/ beach towels are not provided.

Internet access is available – on request we will provide you with a pre-paid mobile broadband USB.

More Details
Registration Number : 4030/AL

Property Manager
Maria Helena
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2018

Guestbook comments from the manager

Superbe séjour, cadre exceptionnel, dépaysant, relaxant, on y reviendra. Ne changez rien!
Aug 2014
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Available Rentals

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Booking notes -
We request a 50% deposit to confirm reservation and the rest to be paid at least 4 weeks before arrival.
Minimum rental period of 5 nights.
There is a 10% surcharge for use of the sofa-bed as extra sleeping capacity.
There is no surcharge for use of the baby cot (no sheets provided). Payment by bank transfer - all bank transfer charges are the clients responsibility. During Winter rentals, electricity will be charged according to meters reading.


Tremês Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 699 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Tiled Stove
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • Bathroom with natural light
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom - 1 double
  • 1 large double bedroom and a Sofa Bed in the living room. Baby cot can be supplied at no charge (no bath/bed linen supplied for cot).
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Bicycles
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • 3 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
Both cottages have fully electric kitchens and water heating systems. They are reasonably cool in the summer due to their traditional thick walls, and are heated when necessary by very effective permanent wood burning stoves located in the living rooms. Electric oil filled heaters are also provided. Internet access is available on request - we can provide you with a pre-paid mobile broadband USB. The location is excellent for touring, for walking, bird watching and other rural pursuits. Bicycles, games and other equipment are available. We provide a good information pack in the cottage detailing local sights, monuments, restaurants and things to do. The swimming pool is NOT fenced. Parents should bear this in mind if considering bringing small children. Please bring your own towels for use in the pool or on the beach. There are several golf courses in the area. Óbidos (40 mins.), Rio Maior (30 mins.) and 6 courses in Lisbon (50 mins.) The beaches are about 45mins


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Gate House (Casa do Portão)
average rating of 4.5 based on 7 reviews

Perfect Rural Relaxation

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have asked for more from our stay at this beautiful property. Our little cottage was perfect for two of us and the grounds and pool exceeded all expectations. It is very well looked after, full of character and the gorgeous garden and pool were the perfect place to let go and cool down.

Sinterra is a friendly, tiny village in a great location from which to visit lots of interesting and breathtaking spots in central Portugal and on the coast. Santarem is very close by and well worth a visit. It is definitely worth having a car/your own transport when staying here.

Helena, the owner, was kind and helpful from the outset and was quick to respond to any queries and made our stay even more relaxing and enjoyable. I would happily recommend this property. And will definitely be spending more time in lovely Portugal!

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Pleasant rural cottage near Santarem

  • 4 of 5

We visited this cottage to explore central Portugal for a week before heading south for more of a beach centred week. The cottage itself is classically restored in the local style lying on the edge of a small village 15 minutes outside Santerem, It backs onto farmland offering a superb view to go with your breakfast on the patio. Although rural, the village has a couple of Cafe's where locals sit outside and watch the world go by. We found them to be very friendly as we exchanged greetings whenever passing. A decent pool set in an established garden was perfect for cooling down after the morning run or when the family returned from exploring and a table-tennis table in the barn triggered nightly family competition.

Things we did... walked local tracks/trails, visited Lisbon by train, discovered an impressively large cave system, went to the surfing town of Peniche and (although not particularly religious) toured some of the large monasteries. We ate at a number of restaurants but particularly enjoyed the local choices where the phrase book, some sign language and much smiling was rewarded with some excellent meals.

It turned out to be a perfect contrast to the second weeks beach lounging. The major roads are largely unused so travel is quite stress free and during our time here we felt we discovered the "real" Portugal rather than that of the highly developed southern coastline.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful, beautiful rural location

  • 5 of 5

This beautifully rural property more than met our expectations. Perfectly situated for visiting several of Portugal's most stunning Unesco World Heritage sites, as well as Lisbon and the coast. We loved the beautiful garden with its views over the surrounding fields and olive groves. Simply but adequately equipped. Very good value for money and excellent information and instructions in advance.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Central to our trip itinerary

  • 4 of 5

We where excited about this location, as it was central to many of the things we wanted to see in central Portugal even though there had not been a recent review of the location. We had spent 25 day traveling the country and had planned that this would be more of the relaxing part of our month stay in Portugal as it has a pool. Unknown to us, we found the beds so hard we actually found it difficult to sleep. We finally moved the cushions from the outdoor furniture on top of the mattress which helped. The sheets needed to be replaced as they are completely worn out. The shower was so pathetic we took the shower head off to get some water flow. We know the owners have paid help to look after the place and probably do not have any idea about these complaints. We loved that we had the use of a beautiful well equipped little kitchen and the use of a brick barbeque as we cooked many of our meals. The little village was lovely and many of the locals tried to have a conversation with us, it just felt safe. With some updates I would return to this place.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Stuart, Thank you for your rating 4/5, although yours is the first negative comment in our long list of visitor book entries over the past 8 years and it is a shame to have this blemish. Beds are very personal things and nobody has ever complained before about the hardness of the bed. It is a good quality sprung mattress and, from our experience, firmer beds are normally better in warmer climates. However, I take your point about the sheets and we immediately replaced them after hearing your comment last week – sorry about that! The water pressure is controlled by rotating the swivel head of the shower, and we have checked again that it is working properly. I wish you had called me so I could have explained this. Kind regards. Helena
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Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Nearest Train
11 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
8 Kilometres
Santarem A1 - Junction 6
Car: recommended

The property is in the Ribatejo region, on the Tagus river north of Lisbon. It is known for its farming, horses, bull-fighting and wine production but is also a region steeped in historical monuments.

The countryside is ideal for walking and cycling. This is not an area of mass tourism. The people in this region are very honest and friendly and you are assured of a warm welcome.

The regional food is excellent.

There are open markets every weekend somewhere close by, and the towns have large supermarkets and all the other likely needs for your stay. 4030/AL


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