|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
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.
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.
Belle maison chaleureuse, propre et bien équipée.
Propriétaire à l'écoute et disponible.
Très belle région calme.
Nous avons passé de bonnes vacances.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$308|
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.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.