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William Bramley

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english

Fully restored, private country villa with panoramic views

20 Reviews
Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Overview

Luso Villa Rental Photos and Description

3 bedroom light and airy villa 6 minutes from Luso, 25 minutes from Coimbra

Situated in a small village on a forested mountain slope, this lovely, light and sunny villa was fully renovated in 2009. The villa has two double bedrooms on the ground floor with wardrobes and French windows to the verandah, and a luxury bathroom. The upper floor comprises a good sized kitchen, lounge and dining area, a large south facing balcony and a bedroom with a single bed and a trundle bed and wardrobe. There is an adjoining shower room with w/c and sink.

The spacious lounge has two sofas (one is a sofa bed), music centre, TV, DVDs & player and working fireplace. Lovely, fully equipped kitchen.

There is an enclosed courtyard providing plenty of parking and additional recreation area. there is an additional shower room and toilet in the courtyard annex.

Large orchard with fruit and & olive trees. Nearest restaurants, shops, hotels etc are a 6 minute drive away in lovely Luso, though mobile shops bring bread, fish and groceries daily.

There are modern municipal indoor pools nearby in Mealhada and Penacova. There is a children's open air swimming pool in the centre of Luso and an Olympic sized swimming pool available at the Grande Hotel Luso for a small daily charge. Both of these pools are open mid-July to mid-September. There are also river beaches along the local rivers e.g. the Mondego.

There are also many interesting places to visit within one hour's drive. The roman ruins at Conimbrga, just south of Coimbra, are very impressive. There are castles to visit (e.g. Pombal), quaint villages and beautiful countryside.

The nearby Bucaco forest has 105 hectares of wooded slopes and gardens to explore offering specatacular views and great walking trails. In the grounds there is the Palace hotel and attached Carmelite monastery. Try the spectacular looking Rococo restaurant for a special dinner one night. The Palace park is a World Heritage Site and should not be missed.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
William Bramley (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english

Reviews

4.9
based on 20 traveler reviews

Fully restored, private country villa with panoramic views
average rating of 4.95 based on 20 reviews
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Delight in Portugal

  • 5 of 5

The property was clean and very well maintained. The decor was very tastefully done.

The owner was very informative about what places would be of interest to visit and we managed to do them all! Kept us going for 10 days. We could have just stayed put and enjoyed the surrounding country side, the forests and the many fruits which were ripe in the garden.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review. We are very pleased that you had a good holiday. There are so many interesting and beautiful places to see near our house and it is great that you found time to sample them.
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5

Très bien

  • 5 of 5

Belle maison chaleureuse, propre et bien équipée.

Propriétaire à l'écoute et disponible.

Très belle région calme.

Nous avons passé de bonnes vacances.

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Lovely and Peaceful Spot

  • 5 of 5

This is a very comfortable and well appointed house. The village of Louredo is pictureque and very peaceful and the people were very friendly. Our car broke down so we couldn't leave for three days and we were very glad that we were stranded in such a lovely and comfortable spot. We enjoyed both the balcony and the terrace with the views over Louredo. Once we were able to travel we enjoyed the surrounding area, Luso, Bucaco and Penacova, as well as the further sights, like the Duoro. This is a great home base for seeing Central Portugal. Bill was so very helpful as we planned our trip and always available if we needed anything. We had a wonderful time and would love to return. I would highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for finding the time to review our property. We were very happy to hear you enjoyed your holiday and were comfortable in our house. We do hope that you will visit again. As you so rightly say, there are many really interesting places to visit in central Portugal....and the roads are so quiet!
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5

Beautiful Villa near Luso, Centro region

  • 5 of 5

Exacty what we wanted and more than we were expecting! I'm sure we haven't been (or will be ) the only ones who as soon as they walk through the front door do a double take "wow!".

This villa really comes as advertised and we dare anyone to be disappointed! Everything was perfectly clean and arranged, with fresh linen and towels, welcome fruit from the garden on the table and bottle of wine in the fridge! All the rooms have been beautifully furnished and if you are like us, you will at some point have thoughts of 'wish this was our place!'

In the house there is plenty of tourist info on the local area and there is plenty to do if you go out ; beach time at Mira (am watching a blizzard out the window in north east China at the moment!!); old town of Coimbra; river beaches; pretty villages, or you could just sit back on the veranda and enjoy the sunset and the surrounding pine trees (with a glass of wine and a dish of olives)

Luso, the nearest town, is a wonderful place to wonder around. We ate several times at Lourenco's (dinner from 7pm), which is a frendly cafe-cum- restaurant near the spa water-refill fountain site. Free wi-fi there also, if you are feeling the urge.

Mealhada, (20 mins?) is perhaps the better place to go for larger supermarkets. Also from the train station there, it is possible to get direct links to Porto and Lisbon. We found a direct train ( ie no change in Coimbra) to Lisbon early in the morning and managed a day trip down, visiting Sintra and having a seafood dinner in the old part of town near St Apolonia station before heading back and being 'home' by 10pm.

Coimbra is also very close and it is suggested that you go early in peak holiday season if you want to park. We went twice and never had any real problems finding a place on the street (take lose change for parking meter) or in the signposted P places which might be a private garage type ( but cheap). Coimbra is another beautiful place and definately the place for buying tourist knick-knacks and hand painted China-ware.

Finally, thanks to Bill (and those behind the scenes keeping the property and garden well managed) who was always available to answer questions, and send directions and instructions. We have already recommended your place to our friends, relatives and colleagues and look forward ourselves to returning one day.

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful villa in friendly village

  • 5 of 5

What a find! Fabulous villa - extremely spacious, comfortable with excellent storage and comprehensive local information. The kitchen was well equipped however lighting was dim at night for cooking. Great outdoor space - the upstairs terrace was my favourite with magnificent sunsets to the west and the rising moon to the east. It gave a view of village life..the friendly villagers in conversation; collecting veg, the dog trundling up the hill at 7 - all very relaxing. Brilliant base for exploring the Beiras. Coimbra is a historic delight and Piadao - an unusually picturesque slate village (a longish drive of up to 2 hours) had a selection of marked walking trails between 4 and 6kms through the gorge or in the hills to view 'rock art'. The Bucaco forest with views of its 'enchanting' palace is another highlight with gentle trails (in the shade) only 10 mins drive away. Our top tip is do as the locals do and fill your bottles with mineral water directly from the spring in the centre of Luso.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Tracy for your excellent review. So glad you enjoyed your holiday. I agree that the long life spotlights in the ceiling don't give a very bright light. Just trying to be 'green'! However, there is a pull out extractor panel with a bright light over the hob that helps.
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5

Beautiful house and area

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed two really wonderful weeks at Bill's house. Everything was as described or even better.

Bill's house is absolutely perfect: large, modern, clean and very well equipped. It has everything you need for a realxed holiday. We didn't miss anything.

The house is a great spot for exploring this lovely part of Portugal: there are so many places around which are worth a visit - the forrest of Bucaco with the fantastic view from Cruz Alta, the nice city of Coimbra with its small and hilly streets and the long, sandy beaches at the Atlantic ocean. And none of these is really far away.

Bill is a perfect host. Everything was prepared very well when we arrived and Bill was very helpful when we were planning our trip. He made everything being so easy and the fruits are a bonus.

Thanks a lot to you Bill and Susan!

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
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Map

Nearest Airport
125 Kilometres
Porto
Nearest Ferry
658 Kilometres
Santander
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Pampilhosa
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Melahada Jct 14
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Luso
Nearest Beach
65 Kilometres
Car: necessary

The village of Louredo has about 20 houses. There is excellent walking and cycling around the village, and the garden around the house has plenty of fruit and olive trees for your use. A 6 minute scenic drive takes you to the beautiful thermal spa town of Luso, which has several restaurants and hotels, and the superb summer palace of the last Portuguese king. The park surrounding the Palace is a World Heritage site and offers superb walking and spectacular views. There is an interesting museum commemorating the Peninsula War and an adjacent battlefield. Coimbra, an ancient university town on the banks of the river Mondego, is 25 minutes away. The coast is about a 50 minute drive and offers miles of sandy Atlantic beaches and the charming Figueira de Foz. The nearby town of Mealhada is famous for roast suckling pig and there are many village and town festivals throughout summer. Try the free wine tastings at the many local vineyards and enjoy the lovely (and cheap) Bairrada wine.

Other Activities: Spa treatments

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Rates & Availability

Luso Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer 2016
Apr 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
$83
$478
$1,786
 
 
summer 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
$510
$1,913
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$85
$485
$1,786
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $325
Tax Rate 1.9%

We require a 20% deposit which is only refundable if the house can be re-let for the chosen dates. We also require a security deposit of 200 pounds to cover any damage to the property, fixtures and fittings. This will be fully refunded via bank transfer within 7 days if no significant damage has occurred.
A 1.9% transaction charge is added for credit card payments.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Luso Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 200 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet , Heated towel rail
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib
  • The lounge has a sofa bed and in the annex, attached to the side of the house, there is a store room and large shower room, toilet and sink.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • forests
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
There is outside seating, benches and tables ample for at least 8 people. The large outside wooden table is collapsible and can be moved between the courtyard and the balcony if required. There is a also a table and four chairs in the kitchen and a matching two seater bench that can be moved into the kitchen if required. The lounge dining area has a large hardwood table that can seat 6 adults comfortably. There is a large Bushnell telescope which can be used for star gazing from the balcony or garden.

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