The accommodation, a half hour drive from Lisbon, is a restored farm ('quinta') built at the end of the 19th century in the village of Zambujal. Zambujal lies on one of the coastal hills south of the sea-side town of Ericeira, between Carvoeira and the district capital, Mafra. The second picture, taken from the little square in front of the Casa Zambujal, shows (from l to r): the wine house, and behind the gate, the former cows' stable, the two storied main house (Casa Principal, sleeps 4 in two bedrooms) and, half-hidden by the yard wall, the former donkey stable. The 200 sqm yard is paved with Portuguese cobblestones and includes a small garden with a walnut tree, an olive tree, a laurel tree, grapes, roses and herbs. The place offers privacy with free WIFI all over. You can enjoy the quietude of a rural village reading a book or having breakfast outside. It serves perfectly as a base for exploring Lisbon, enjoying the many nearby beaches, visiting the surrounding historical towns, as well as for a surf holiday or trips to the golf courses in the area.
Downstairs is the living room of 20 sqm with a 2p-sofa, two leather fauteuils, TV and a wood stove. The equally sized, fully equipped kitchen contains a dining table and a cupboard and is separated from the living by a staircase leading to the first floor and a small toilet
Upstairs are the two bed rooms. One with a double bed, a wardrobe, a commode and a small bathroom-en-suite with shower, toilet and wash basin. The other bedroom has two 1-p beds and a wardrobe.
Outside, next to the kitchen is a sheltered sun terrace with a shadow. The farm house, Casa Principal, is situated on a court yard on which you are the only tenant and where you still have the disposal of an extra bathroom with shower, toilet, wash basin and washing machine in the Casa do Burro.
Every morning around nine 'o clock you can buy fresh bread at the bakery car that passes/stops in front of the house. In Mafra’s supermarkets (5 km) you find everything, for instance, a big variety of daily-fresh fish.
What follows is general info which might be useful for you:
(a) Lisbon airport has two terminals, the main one, no1, and terminal 2. When you arrive at no 2, a shuttle bus brings you to the main one with the car-rental offices.
(b) Many motor ways in Portugal are toll ways. There are two kind of toll ways:
(1) The 'Ticket' ones. By entering this type of toll way you drive into a toll gate with a bar (avoid the V-gates which are for members only). Press the button of the ticket machine; take the ticket and the gate opens. By leaving the toll way you pay cash or by card at the ticket-window or at the pay-machine.
(2) The 'Electronic' ones. Here you need a toll-card or vignet. Driving on this kind of toll ways (Elec) you pass now and then “electronic gates” which indicates the toll you pay automatically by credit card. The rent-a-car office might want to sell you a vignet which allows you to use these (elec) motorways. You also can buy toll-cards for this purpose at any post office. However, if you have no intention to go to the South or mid and northern parts of Portugal, you don't need a vignet or toll card
Please, have a look at the map on the following website:
It shows you the motorways where you can pay manually (ticket) and the (elec) motorways. The latter ones are concentrated in the South (Algarve) and the mid and northern parts of Portugal.