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Great Villa with Gorgeous Eco Swimming Pool in Reguengo do Fetal, Batalha

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 2,368 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights

Overview

About the property

Great villa with gorgeous eco swimming pool

If you are willing to go a little bit off the beaten path to find something truly special then “Casa das Andorinhas- Swallow’s villa” might be the perfect place for your vacation in Portugal.

It is centrally located within Portugal, very close to Fatima, Batalha, Nazare, Obidos and Leiria. With easy access to highways leading to Lisbon, Sintra or Cascais to the South or Coimbra, Conimbriga, Oporto, Braga and Guimaraes to the North.

The home is nestled in a beautiful rural setting of rolling hills in Serra D’aire yet easy access to modern amenities within a short car ride.

The home is modern and was built within the footprint of an old ruin. The old ruin walls were kept and add to charm and character as well as sense of history and successful merging of old and new.

The home has a modern design and modern amenities. The main living and dining room is an open concept room that also includes an European design kitchen, as well as beautiful views through large windows, very high vaulted ceilings, beautiful natural light, and access to an amazing deck outdoors.

The kitchen boasts hidden appliances and beautiful views, and a ---- stove plate, electrical oven, dishwasher, fridge and fizzer, microwave, toaster, espresso maker, blender and mixer

In addition there are three bedrooms (masters and two guestrooms) and two bathrooms, as well as an extra space with a futon.

The master suite is private in split-level upstairs from the main living-dining room area. It incudes a bedroom with a queen size bed, large high end windows with automatic shutters, beautiful views and plenty of closet space. The master suite has bathroom with temperature controlled hand shower and beautiful design. Next to the master there is an extra upper level space with a futon and desk, as well as access to a private patio. The patio has gorgeous views of the hill above. The futon can be used for two extra guests, however he space is not a bedroom and therefore there are no blinds to darken the room.

There are two additional bedrooms on the split-level downstairs that share a bathroom. One of the bedrooms has a double bed and a toddler bed. The third bedroom has two twin beds. The guest bedrooms share a beautiful outdoor patio enhanced by the presence of old ruin walls. All the rooms have high-end windows with automatic shutters and beautiful views. The Guest bathroom has a rain shower and custom design.

In the basement there is washer and a place to hang dry cloths.

The outdoor spaces of this home are exquisitely designed to take advantage of weather landscape and views. Off the main dining/living room there is a large deck with a swing set, an outdoor living room area sheltered from the wind and surrounded by old ruin walls which add charm and interest, the furniture is custom and handmade. It’s the perfect place to read a book or have a drink at sunset. The outdoor dinning room is adjacent to a charcoal barbecue and large deck with (gated) access to the absolutely gorgeous eco swimming pool. The deck itself has expansive views to the rolling hills, small olive groves and scattered vineyards nearby.

Off the outdoor dinning/living room area there is a small organic vegetable garden. You are welcome to take any produce you fancy. Availability is dependent on the season.

The custom build eco swimming pool seems to merge seamlessly with the surrounding landscape with effortless beauty. Many hours of fun and of one of a kid of memories can be had here.

Surrounding the home there are several hiking trails and several wonderful day trips that can be done easily. Please see links below for more information.

More Details
Registration Number : 77666/AL

Owner
Monica Carvalho
Member since: 2017
Speaks: english, portuguese
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
September 24, 2018

Why Monica Carvalho chose Municipality of Batalha

The Swallow villa was just a ruin when we found it. It used to be the house of Xiné, a very big man that lived alone with a dog and a donkey. People say he was a pretty tall and sturdy man, son of a local woman called Russa. He worked as a wrestling fighter in the United States and returned to Portugal after the 1930’s crisis to live in his mother’s house. Old people still remember to fear him, a big man living alone in an isolate house. But he was a good man – people say he was friendly and loved his animals - a dog and a donkey.

He used to farm this land and produce wine in his cellar. One day he drank so much that he fell in the narrow path to the village, with his face down on a puddle of rain water, and he drown. His dog ran for help, but it was too late. Half a century later we found his house and made it ours. We kept the ruin and the trees around it and hope that he is now happy with what we’ve done to his home.

We built an ecological pool, so that all animals can enjoy – humans, frogs, dragonflies and all kind of birds and small mammals. We call it the swallow villa because they always come by the end of the afternoon to drink at the lake. So we hope to keep traditions, respecting nature, nurturing local fauna and flora and naturally, drinking good wine!

Amenities

Municipality of Batalha Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2368 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 35
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Guests Bathroom - toilet , shower , bidet
    Suite Bathroom - toilet , shower , bidet
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Guest2 - 1 queen , 1 child bed
    Suite - 1 queen , Baby crib can be provided
    Guest1 - 1 queen , Can be changed to two single beds
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • caves
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing

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Great Villa with Gorgeous Eco Swimming Pool in Reguengo do Fetal, Batalha
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5

Heaven on earth

  • 5 of 5

A truly amazing, peaceful, heavenly place. We had a wonderful time, we and our children fell in love with this place. We'll be back for sure.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
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One of our best holiday rentals ever!

  • 5 of 5

We spent one week in Monica and Carlos’ house and have loved every single minute of it. The spacious, brand new and well-equipped house is inventively hidden in an old ruin and surrounded by lovely green hills, just outside the village of Reguengo do Fetal. The house has a huge deck offering wonderful views and giving access to a garden with an excellent eco-pool. Monica and Carlos have been caring hosts and did everything to make our stay a very comfortable one. There is not a single drawback that we could mention. The only thing we regret is that we did not book a longer stay ...

A family of 5 - including 3 children of 15, 13 and 11 - from Leuven, Belgium.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
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Location idéale pour se reposer et visiter le centre du Portugal

  • 5 of 5

Des hôtes charmants et souriants , une belle maison dans laquelle on se sent très bien, un cadre reposant , une très belle piscine écologique et des lieux de visite classés au patrimoine international à proximité , que demander de plus pour des vacances au calme , nous avons tous ont beaucoup apprécié !

Autoroute à proximité donc accès facile vers Lisbonne ou autre .

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
130 Kilometres
Lisbon Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Tasca do Jorge
Nearest Train
37 Kilometres
North Line - Fatima station
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
A1
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Magueixa
Nearest Beach
40 Kilometres
Nazaré
Car: necessary

In a typical Mediterranean landscape, 1H30 (136 Km) from Lisbon and 2H (193Km) from Porto, the Swallow House is located in Reguengo do Fetal, a small village at the entrance of the Natural Park of Serras d’Aire and Candeeiros, 15 minutes from the city of Leiria. From the Lisbon’s airport you can take A1 or A8 highways to get you to Leiria. From Porto, you can take A1 or A17 highways. From there you can explore the Leiria region, which offers many natural and world heritage attractions (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jfFX2EMdWE). You are also very close to many beaches and points of interest along the Portuguese Silver Coast line (https://www.costadeprata.info/nl).

In the Natural Park of Serras d’Aire and Candeeiros you can visit the caves of Mira de Aire, considered one of the seven natural wonders of Portugal, the Dinosaur Footprints Monument, Arrimal Ponds, Olhos de Água source of the Alviela River, The Living Science Center Alviela – Carsoscópio, the Underground Interpretation Centre of the Algar do Pena Cave, Sea salt, or walk one of the many pathways to appreciate the natural landscape (http://www.natural.pt/portal/en/AreaProtegida/Item/8).

Leiria, 15 minutes away, is an agreeable mixture of medieval and modern, a lively university town built at the foot of a promontory fortified since Moorish times (http://wikitravel.org/en/Leiria). The town’s dramatically sited castle is a commanding presence above the narrow streets and red-tiled roofs of the historic center, built along the lazy curves of the Rio Lis. In addition to the castle, today the city has a cobbled old quarter with streets radiating from the square full of cafes and bars popular with locals and the student community.

Batalha, 10 minutes away, (http://www.centerofportugal.com/batalha/) is a very nice and very well kept historical village with one of the Portuguese World Heritage Sites: the magnificent Batalha’s abbey. It is one of Europe's greatest Gothic masterpieces, built in 1388 after King João I made a vow to the Virgin that he would build a magnificent monastery if she granted him a victory over the Castillians in the Battle of Aljubarrota. Nearby you can find the Sensory Ecoparque of Pia do Urso, with beautiful natural landscapes and typical dwellings (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiMsdZw4PHU). Here there is also a BTT center with a network of trails (265 km), marked and divided into 4 levels of difficulty, showers, toilets and information area (http://centrosdebtt.pt/index.php?r=centrobtt/view&id=1).

Fátima, 15 minutes away, is one of the most popular Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people visit the place where many believe three young children witnessed apparitions of the Virgin Mary in 1917 (http://www.sacred-destinations.com/portugal/fatima-shrine-of-our-lady-of-fatima). However, even those not visiting on a pilgrimage can enjoy the town's Wax Museum (http://www.mucefa.pt/index.php), the Museum of Sacred Art (http://www.omilagredefatima.com/EN/)or the Casa-Museu de Aljustrel.

Tomar, 35 minutes away, former seat of the Order of the Knights Templar, is a city of great charm for its artistic and cultural wealth, whose greatest expression is in the World Heritage Convent of Christ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFs0zJ9jQ-k), one of the chief works of the Portuguese Renaissance, the Knight Templars’ Castle or the Pegões aqueduct (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PK_fqbYSGWk). Also you can try out the famous desert “Fatias de Tomar”!

Alcobaça, 25 minutes away, is the home of the monumental Cistercian Abbey of Santa Maria, founded in 1152, a UNESCO's Heritage site (http://www.centerofportugal.com/alcobaca/). Highlights to be seen inside: Gothic tombs of King Pedro I and Inês de Castro; cloisters; the Chapter House and immense kitchen (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Tgqz8Xa1O8). Alcobaça is also known for the patisserie or convent sweets/desserts, which are characterized by being mostly composed of sugar and egg yolks. In the central square you can find many patisseries and taste these gastronomic wonders.

Nazaré is just 40 minutes away. With a warren of narrow, cobbled lanes running down to a wide, cliff-backed beach, Nazaré is one of Portugal’s most picturesque coastal resort (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbAaFyYXYWU). The town centre is jammed with seafood restaurants, bars and local women in traditional dress (in summer, they're hawking rooms for rent, especially near seafront Avenida da República). In 2011, Nazaré hit the headlines for the record-breaking feats of surfer Garrett McNamara, who rode the monster waves of north beach (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58a9xYOweU8).

Óbidos, 50 minutes away, is a UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Site and one of the most picturesque and well preserved mediaeval town in Portugal (http://www.obidos.pt/). This is also a great spot for kite surfing classes.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $587.48
Cleaning fee $70.5

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.