3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, up to 6 adults
- english, french, portuguese
About Mary St.George
I grew up in Wisconsin, studied history of art at Connecticut College and then lived and worked in NYC. I moved to the UK where I met my architect husband. I also studied architecture and we moved to Portugal in 1980 to set up an architectural practice. I also taught art at a local British secondary school and now work as an artist and teach in my studio.
Mary St.George purchased this Cottage in 1981
Why Mary St.George chose Ulgueira
We found a 17th ruin (barn and stable) attached to an old 'quinta' (up-market farm) and as architects took our time developing it for our family and now for guests.
What makes this Cottage unique
World Heritage Site (Serra de Sintra), secluded setting with panoramic views of Atlantic and Serra. Close enough to amenities but away from noise and crowds. Converted by owners / architects. Full of paintings, etchings and sculpture. A place for artists to retreat to work or relax. Mary open to teach art students in her studio. Old upright piano. There is a sturdy Hoffman piano which is fine for sight reading and composing but not for recitals. Slightly out of tune and with worn keys but still fun to play on. BIRD WATCHERS PARADISE: One of the advantages of our position in the Serra de Sintra is that we are within easy reach of spotting interesting local birds. Our house is on the edge of the Serra (Pé da Serra, Colares, Sintra) so that one can walk up into the low wooded mountains directly from the house. There is also a link (Portuguese) with more information: www.avesdeportugal.info/#790B11 Some of the local birds in the area include: Sparrow Hawk, Bonelli’s Eagle, Black Swift, Green Woodpecker, Black Cap Warbler, ‘Ferreinha alpina’ among others.
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Beautiful villa in Collares
We had a wonderful stay- lovely comfortable accommodation in such a gorgeous setting.
It was a pleasure to host a group of wedding guests at a local venue who seemed to thoroughly enjoy the area, house and culture. Good for Portugal and all of us!
Beautiful home with amazing views!
This is a beautiful home, very spacious, fully equipped and with amazing views. The garden is enormous, greatly appreciated by our dog, and there's a great pool if you need some refreshment.
The location is supreme, half an hour by car from Lisbon, only 5-10 minutes from breathtaking beaches (Praia da Adraga) and just 15 min from some of the most beautiful palaces and castles (we visited Montserrat palace, castle of the Moors and of course Palacio da Pena).
The owners of this beautiful place are artists and were very sweet and made us feel very welcome. Thank you!!!
This was a lovely family from Barcelona, mother from Holland and father from Barcelona. All spoke many languages well including English so we communicated a lot. The dog was a lovely sweet natured extra and reminded us of our last dog who we lost some months ago. Thank you for enjoying our home and taking great care of it!
Great views, spacious surroundings and good pool
This peaceful, spacious and cosy house was exactly what we wanted. The house is equipped with all necessities and has a nice and cosy fire place, for when its gets colder in the evening. Although it was October we never felt cold in the house. There is a baby bed, high chair, a safety gate and even some toys for kids. Although there are many steps, small children can have a wonder full time here (especially when they like dogs - dog/Alma is very sweet!).
You would need a car to get there. And don't worry: you will get used to the steep drive up to the house very quickly :-)
We can also recommend Mary's lovely friend Sarah who can cook you a delicious meal at the house. Especially after a long flight, so nice!
Thanks again Mary!!
It was a real pleasure to host this charming family who actually came to celebrate their marriage at a local wedding venue. Their parents frequently joined them, some stayed in the house as well and the sense of occasion and fun was evident. The weather also was mostly kind to them which is often the case in the Sintra fall. Thank you for staying with us!
Magnifique villa au coeur de la région de Sintra
Nous avons passé 15 jours magnifiques dans la propriété de Mary and Alan, hôtes charmants et discrets. Mary est très à l'écoute et très réactive à la moindre demande.
Nous avons particulièrement apprécié le cadre! La vue de la piscine est extraordinaire ainsi que celle de la terrasse. Le soir nous dinions face à la mer et contemplions le coucher de soleil!
La maison avec l'annexe est parfaite pour 2 couples avec 2 enfants chacun. Nous avons loué 15 jours et avons apprécié le ménage fait en milieu de séjour. La piscine est très grande et à usage exclusif.
La situation géographique de la maison permet un grand nombre d'excursions. Elle est extrêmement bien située: 40 mn de Lisbonne, 15 mn de Sintra et ses palais, à 2 pas des plages, un marché local le week end....La région est vraiment magnifique. Nous recommandons vivement cette location.
Nous sommes ravis de la réponse de ce groupe qui, manifestement, aimait la maison et la région. Bravo. S'il vous plaît revenir et je vous remercie beaucoup. Thank you so much for your kind response to staying in Casa do Celeiro. Just sorry I could not polish my pitiful French during your stay. Merci beacoup!
Fantastic holidays in Portugal
We had a really great time at the house which has been lovingly restored, and was very comfortable, perfect for our group with children of different ages and three adults. Everything was clean and working and Mary was very helpful. The garden is very well kept and you have the feeling that you are in the middle of the forest with greenaery all around you. The swimming pool area was delightful and it was difficult to get everybody to go out, but we made a couple of trips to Lisbon which was very easy to get to by car, and also to Sintra and Cascais. We saw the sunset at Cabo de Roca, the most westerly point of continental Europe and also had an interesting visit to the Capuchinos Franciscan monastery, which is very close to the house.
I would definitely recommend this property to anybody who wants a relaxing holiday in a bueatiful setting.
Thanks for this delightful review. This family group was a wonderful mix of English and Spanish and and truly enjoyed themselves and the area which was new to them. We do notice that when the weather is divine the pool is extremely welcoming and it is sometimes hard to get in the site seeing. A balance is the answer on a holiday.
Wonderful stay in an idyllic retreat
We (two adults and two children, age 8 and 9) just returned from a nearly 2 week stay in Mary and Alan's beautiful home. The setting is picture-perfect and the photos do not adequately capture the gorgeous landscaping and special setting: it is high up on a hill (very steep driveway!) with spectacular views of the ocean from virtually every window. Sunsets are incredible, and we often enjoyed a glass of wine on the outside terrace (under a grape arbor) while watching them. The aerial photo gives a sense of the terraced quality of the property. Our boys particularly liked the garden/yard level (first floor of the house with the outdoor terrace) where they played with the sweet dog Alma. They also loved the daily swims in the pool (third level) -- the pool and gardens surrounding it are lovely and this level has spectacular views as well.
The house is comfortable and has all amenities needed and was very clean. Mary thoughtfully stocked the kitchen with basics before our arrival. She was incredibly helpful and responsive throughout our stay with great suggestions and ideas. We also arranged for Mary to give a private drawing lesson to our sons, and we'll treasure the drawings they did. Mary's artwork adorns the house, and we purchased a beautiful print of the mountains to remind us of our stay.
The location is incredibly well situated for getting to beaches, exploring Sintra and Cascais (we went back to both a few times). Colares and Almocageme are perfect small towns for basics -- several good bars and restaurants, good grocery stores (don't let the size of the one in Almocageme fool you -- it's well priced and stocked!). One of our favorite meals at home included the delicious grilled chicken (available on the main square in Almocageme or next to the grocery store in Colares.) And of course lots of vino verdhe! The farmer's market in Almocageme was terrific as well (Saturday / Sunday). We hiked on the trail that begins on the property and while the first part of the passage is fairly overgrown, it opens up to a nice trail that is shaded and offers a lovely walk for the whole family.
A friend came for the last week and stayed in the downstairs bedroom (of the main cottage, not the annex). It is a private set up and quite separate from the upstairs bedrooms where we stayed.
We've stayed in many rental homes and this one is quite special -- both the place and the lovely host. We can't recommend it more!
We are over the moon with this lovely family group and their very charming review. If owners were to rate their guests this would have to be a 5 star. It is always extremely rewarding to get to know and interact with our guests and when it happens like this you feel marvelous. Thank you!!
Lord Byron’s letter to his mother, August 11, 1809
‘The village of Cintra about 15 miles from the capitol is perhaps in every respect the most delightful in Europe, it contains beauties of every description natural and artificial, Palaces and gardens rising in the midst of rocks, cataracts, and precipices, convents on stupendous heights a distant view of the sea and the Tagus, …..’
Sintra is a World Heritage Site. In June and early July there is a classical music festival and the concerts take place in a number of stunning quinta's (manor houses) and palaces. There is a huge range of historic monuments and gardens to visit (National Palace in Sintra Vila, Pena Palace, Moorish Castle, Capuchos - convent built into rock, Quinta de Regaleira - turn of the century palace and gardens full of grottos and follies and Monserrate Gardens among others. The Sintra Modern Art Museum and Olga Cadaval Culture Centre have up-to-date exhibitions and concerts.
Other Activities: art courses on site
Golf: Many people like to stay a bit further away from the center so that they can for example enjoy a golfing holiday but also visit the historic sites in Sintra as well as its many lovely beaches which are a bit off the normal tourist track. As we are situated halfway between Sintra Vila and Cascais/Estoril we offer the quiet and beauty of the Serra de Sintra (World Heritage Site) which has many stunning historic gardens and old palaces and castles but are close enough to the golf courses and other activities in Cascais and Estoril which is 15 minutes away. Walking in the Sintra hills is easy from our house and if you like the company of our dog Alma she is always willing to oblige.