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About Lerryn Bry
In the Uk we ran music stores,selling CDs and musical instruments. In the 80s & 90s the music business was vibrant,fast moving and fun. Later in life we worked in social care.With our savings we decided to embark on a new,exciting adventure in Portugal.Mark & I moved to the beautiful central region of Portugal in 2015. We began renovating an old farm ,completing Casa Lerryn in 2016.The Portuguese life is slow,friendly and embraces fresh food,excellent wine and wonderful,welcoming locals. We love the wild birds living in our valley, they have thrived since we created a perfect environment in and around our meadow. Having so many historical places of interest, river beaches , pine covered rolling hills and affordable living offers us and our guests so much. Medieval towns and cities including Tomar, Coimbra, Porto, Aveiro, Viseu, and Castelo Branco each have their own individual characteristics. There is always something unexpected to discover. Our smaller towns cater to summer visitors using themes linked to their history and specialities. We found the Festa dos Tabuleiros in Tomar an amazing event full of colour and artistic skills. Their medieval festival showcases horsemanship, music and plain good fun ! Coimbra university gardens include ancient trees and tropical plants, originally used for medicinal science but now lovingly maintained in stunning formal gardens. Coimbras university city caters to all ages, offering trendy eateries and eclectic shops. The Jardim Do Paco Episcopal gardens in Castelo Branco with their mazes ,tiles and ancient statues guarantee great photo shots. We always enjoy our visits to Aveiro and our guests have too! The town celebrates its art deco architecture and proud history of fishing. The canal boat rides are fun, and even better, finding atmospheric fish restaurants by the waters edge. Our guests have made the worthwhile trip to the Atlantic coast on many occasions, they love surfing, quiet beaches and nature at its best.
Lerryn Bry purchased this House in 2010
Why Lerryn Bry chose Sertã
Sertá is an undiscovered region,offering a retreat from the hustle and bustle of busy lives. We fell in love with Sertá because the pace of life is slow,but enriched with a passion for good food,wine,and friendly people. The town is picturesque, the large river dominates the centre of town and pine covered rolling hills surround Serta. We have some of the best restaurants in the area and Serta has a famous dish, Maranho & Bucho,which is celebrated throughout the country. Some guests want to do nothing more than to lay by the pool, light the BBQ and enjoy the local hospitality, its so easy to wind down here! But ..adventuring out and about is easy. Casa Lerryn has proved to be an ideal base to discover the region, as we are centrally located. Its easy to reach Tomar, Coimbra and other places of interest. Clear nights are amazing,thousands of stars are clearly visible due to lack of light pollution. Guests use phone apps to trace planets and stars,and watch the space station pass over. Rejuvenate and unwind. Casa Lerryn feels miles away from anywhere,nestling in a valley,surrounded by woodland and olive groves,yet is only a 2 minute drive to the town of Sertá. Our town dates back to roman times,with old ancient cobbled streets,as well as modern shops ,banks,library and health centre. Sertá has two rivers running through it,offering scenic walks and relaxed bars where you can sit for hours admiring the views and people watch.! Sertá has most facilities available,as its a regional tourist hub. The excellent road network links you to tranquil lakes,rivers and mountain trails. Sertá is close to pretty Xisto villages ,renovated ancient houses that showcase traditional living & Portuguese heritage, they are very interesting to visit, as are the bigger historic cities. Local culture is passionate and sincere. The restaurants are good value,food is fresh and wine abundant. Dont forget,you have free wifi at Casa Lerryn,so you are always connected (if you want to be!)
What makes this House unique
We love the traditional "Xisto Village houses" made of local stone. Whilst renovating Casa Lerryn we were determined to retain the rustic stone to stay in keeping with the village homes we admire. Sertá is unspoiled, a secret escape! Its also very affordable Our local supermarket is only a few minutes drive away. You can try local fish and meat,and discover local specialties. If you dont feel like cooking,you have a choice of some wonderful restaurants,only minutes away.Sabores Do Pinhal and Ponte Velha are favorites,they offer comprehensive menus showcasing the best of local produce,beautifully cooked. O Regional and Ponte Romana offer amazing value,serving hearty,tasty food,you will never leave hungry! We fell in love with the simple way of life that still exists here,locals work on their land,grow a lot of their own food and respect the beautiful land they live on.Its so peaceful here,and feels safe. The Zezere river has an amazing depth of colour, seeing it by boat is an excursion that's simple to arrange, leaving from Dornes. The natural river beaches are clean,quiet and safe,offering an opportunity to feel close to nature. The Atlantic coast boasts Figueira da Foz and Nazare where guests have surfed. The striking coastline is natural & easy to reach. Our guests have appreciated our central location. If you want to discover historic,characterful towns,the IC8 motorway links you to beautiful places such as Coimbra,Aveiro and Tomar, all around an hours drive.They are university cities with cosmopolitan vibes. We offer guided walks through traditional villages and dramatic riverside walks.Our guide has years of walking experience and shares his passion & knowledge. Casa Lerryn can also offer one day tours using our maps,taking in World Heritage sites,or why not follow the N2 road, a highway full of surprises. Horse riding and Tree top adventure can be arranged. Bike hire is available on request,advanced cyclist love the quiet ,scenic roads.
Pool / Spa
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Children allowed - The pool has steps for easy access and shallow endThe pool has steps for easy access and shallow end
No smoking - Please smoke outside only.Please smoke outside only.
Max guests: 6 (sleeps up to 6 adults) - The maximum no. is 6 people only. The maximum no. is 6 people only.
- Do not flush sanitary products, wet wipes in the toilets they will block the system. A bin is provided. MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY The maximum no. is 6 people
- Arrival time can be earlier if we have more time,please check in advance.Bag drop is fine.
Fantastic holiday property
Casa Lerryn is a gorgeous property in a fantastic location. We have just had a wonderful holiday cycling in the beautiful hills, forests and mountains around Serta. Roads are smooth and quiet and perfect for cycling. Lerryn and Mark were perfect hosts and so friendly and helpful even arranging bike hire for me at very short notice. We will hopefully be back in the future. Definitely recommended.
Lovely peaceful holiday and really nice owners who we class as friends now 😊😊
Easy from start to finish
So pleased that you had a great stay and much needed rest. It was a pleasure meeting and hosting you both !
This property has everything you need and more for an amazing holiday. It was spotlessly clean. A beautiful rural property with a modern interior. It has every mod con including a dishwasher and washing machine and all the uk tv channels. There were little extras like board games and books available but the main attraction is the outdoor space. The pool area was beautiful, with views out to the countryside. The only noise is from the birdsong and the occasional cricket. Despite being so peaceful, it is literally a 1 minute drive to the Intermarche and a 2 min drive into Serta with its numerous shops, restaurants and gorgeous riverside walks. It also is right beside the IC8 which is a main road which links Serta to many different towns like Castelo Branco and Coimbra. Another highlight is the owners Mark and Lerryn themselves. They were warm, friendly and would do anything for you. We really enjoyed our chats with them although they totally respect your privacy too. We were here for 2 weeks and didn't want to leave! Thanks for an amazing time.xx
Susan and Mark , it`s been an absolute pleasure hosting you . Meeting and interacting with has been a privilage . The saddest part of your visit was having to say farewell ! We wish you all the best that life can offer in the future and hope one day that we`ll meet again . Thank you for leaving the casa in such a clean and tidy condition . very best regards Lerryn and Mark .
Feel like Home
Ideally situated in a calm environment, There are lots to discover all around. Our host are lovely persons.
We enjoy spending time wandering around and relaxing.
It was a pleasure meeting Yves and his friends. Beautiful people from northern France ! Hosting guests such as these makes our work so worthwhile . We would recommend them to any hosts ! Thank you for your visit ! Lerryn and Mark Bry
A wonderful family holiday!
We had an absolutely wonderful time staying at the beautiful Casa Lerryn. The weather was superb with wall to wall sunshine and we were able to really enjoy the stunning surrounding countryside at it's very best . The accommodation was spacious, very clean and tastefully decorated and furnished with all the home from home comforts you could need to make your stay a relaxing and special one. We loved the local restaurants and river side tapas bars and found eating out was so much more affordable than in other European holiday destinations, so made the most of the wonderful local cuisine and Sangria! There is plenty to do and see in the area, although we discovered a lot of the river side beach cafe's and resorts only open at the beginning of June, when the tourist season begins officially so we made the most of enjoying these beautiful locations without the crowds! We would definitely recommend Casa Lerryn to anyone seeking a beautiful destination 'off the main tourist track' where you can really enjoy a piece of authentic Portugal. Lerryn and Mark could not have been more welcoming and attentive hosts, and we enjoyed getting to know them both during our stay and benefiting from all their local knowledge. We wish them the best of luck and hope one day we may be able to return.
We were happy to read that Lisa and family enjoyed their stay at Casa Lerryn The weather , during their stay , was fantastic giving this life-loving family the best opportunity to take advantage of so much that the Serta area has to offer. It was a pleasure hosting the Lowes and we would hope to see them again sometime in the future Lerryn and Mark Bry
Our guests have made the most of our location to travel around the beautiful Beiras region. For keen photographers, gardeners,lovers of history,its all here for you!
Tomar, around an hours drive from Casa Lerryn.
UNESCO world heritage site Convento de Cristo
Tomar has plenty of shops,restaurants and bars. Its a bustling town with character,charm and an unique festivals throughout the year.
The Convento De Cristo was the headquarters for the Templar knights,it has 8 cloisters,dating back to the12th century plus an amazing,large Manueline window that includes intricate swirls,ropes,vegetation, coral and more!Tomar will win you over with its unique character,relaxed ambiance, great value food and history.
Dornes- Half an hour drive from Casa Lerryn
A magical village on on the river Zezere. The clear waters reflect the church dating back to Arab rule. Enjoy a coffee ,stroll around and soak up the tranquil atmosphere. We hope this village stays relatively undiscovered, its charm is its simplicity.
A boat trip can be arranged from Dornes,discovering the river Zezere, The scenery is dramatic,peaceful and calming.
The skipper is very knowledgeable,he is local and knows the history about the surrounding villages and people. This has been a favorite excursion for our guests.
Coimbra, ,one hour drive from Casa Lerryn.
An ancient city with Europe's oldest University library. For garden lovers, beautiful formal gardens which date back hundreds of years. Coimbras trendy student quarter winds its way up ,passing quirky restaurants,fab boutiques,up to the stunning ,impressive university with great views looking across the river Mondego.The city has many regal Cathedrals,historic architecture and great food. The university has the oldest libary in europe. If you fancy something more contemporary,The Forum is shoppers heaven,with designer outlets and an international restaurants,cinema and bowling.
Aveiro is a lively city with unique canals, used originally for transporting salt. Now you can take a canal trip and discover the history & charm of Aveiros waterways ,colourful architecture culture. From Aveiro its a 40 minute drive to Aqueda, our guests have delighted in their celebration of umbrellas, colourfully displayed above quaint Portuguese alleyways. The town celebrates arts & crafts, on every corner you will find quirky,clever paintings, street art and handicrafts. 30 mins from Aveiro,along the coastline you can find Costa Nova. The seaside resort has pastel coloured beach homes, uniquely decorated in striped beach hut styles. a completely different vibe to Aveiro ,Costa Nova has a relaxed feel with its small fishing boats bobbing on the estuary. Bird lovers can take boat trips along the wildlife estuary ,its a haven for many species.
Jardim Do Paco Episcopal, Castelo Branco. For garden lovers, this incredibly beautiful place includes statues, mazed gardens, tiled pictures and the water features. Such an asset for Castelo Branco and at €2 it is a must see!
Roman Ruíns de Conímbriga Coimbra, Around an hour from Casa Lerryn. Conimbriga has one of the best Roman floor mosaic remains in Europe. The museum has clearly labelled artifacts, with lots of interesting historical information. The ruins showcase Roman architecture,engineering such as baths and heating systems and residential dwellings. A great family day out.
”Monumento Natural das Pegadas da Serra de Aire
“A Jurassic dinosaur track site containing the oldest and longest sauropod tracks known . ”
Centro Geodésico de Portugal-20 minute drive from Casa Lerryn
“The highest point in Central Portugal. With amazing views and a history museum.” The viewpoint has a stone carving detailing every village and town visible.
Serra da Estrela Natural Park is an exceptional place.
2 and a half hours drive from Casa Lerryn.
It expands over 101 thousand hectares.Here, you will find the highest spot in continental Portugal, the only ski course in the country, the spring of two important rivers and an unexpected “alpine type” landscape abounding in glaciation traces. Discover the unique Serra da Estrela cheese, made exclusively with milk from Bordaleira breed sheep, and puts all the generosity of Serra da Estrela on the table. Ancient techniques and rituals used in the making of this cheese are still unaltered, providing it with a rich touch that will make you remember its taste.
Schist Villages surround Serta. They are small hamlets housing restored stone homes,many originating from centuries before.The journey to find them is always exhilarating,winding through old hillside roads.Taste bread baked in original communal ovens and meet the locals who are always welcoming. Recommended villages are Casal de Sao Simao, Figueira and Alvaro.
Marvao, Near Portalegre. This medieval walled town has a dramatic castle showcasing medieval architecture. A wonderful place to photograph and take in the awe inspiring views.
Fatima,a famous pilgrimage town. Batalha Cathedral is nearby.