|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
CASA NO AR has a big farmhouse kitchen/dining room with old flagstone floor, a big fireplace, a wooden mezzanine with single sofa bed. The kitchen is fully equipped. To one side of the kitchen is the master bedroom(double bed), and a full bathroom with pretty 18th C tiles, there is a staircase leading up to two low ceiling sleeping lofts,(4 singles) each with single bed and pull-out single bed and big south-facing windows to the garden. To the other side of the kitchen is a small double bedroom and en suite full bathroom. There is a separate Laundry room in the garage, with extra fridge/ deep freeze. Upstairs, reached by a converted old wine press in the dining area is an interior natural rock garden, and a large living room, with fireplace, a bar with sink, a guest bathroom with shower and 17th C tiles, doors lead to a covered varandah with old tiled panels. The Pool House has covered BBQ area with big slate table and sink. 1 double bedroom, en suite bathroom, diningroom, Kitchenett
THREE INDEPENDENT HOUSES EACH WITH PRIVATE GARDEN AND POOL
CASA NO AR, CASA DA LUA, CASA NAS NUVENS/THE STUDIO are renovated typical Portuguese country cottages dating back 300 years or more, set high up on the Sintra Mountain, near Colares, with panoramic views to the Atlantic coast and beaches and to the Sintra mountain with its spectacular historical Palacio Pena. Set in the woodlands above Penedo, a small village with one village shop, bakery, cafe and taverna, set around the church square and village fountain, gushing fresh spring water. Perfect choice for a peaceful, away from it all family holiday...or romantic hideaway...something for everyone from beautiful unpolluted beaches, historical monuments in Sintra, 5 golf courses within 15 minutes, nature walks in the mountain, fashionable Estoril/Cascais famous for its Casino and shopping centre, and of course Lisbon's city life just half an hour away.
CASA NO AR sleeps 6/10. Garden. Private Pool. Covered Barbecue/Dining area
There is a big farmhouse kitchen/dining room with old flagstone floor, a big fireplace, a wooden mezzanine with single sofa bed. The kitchen is fully equipped. To one side of the kitchen is the master bedroom(double bed), and a full bathroom with pretty 18th C tiles, there is a staircase leading up to two children's low ceiling sleeping lofts, each with single bed and a pull-out bed and big south-facing window to the garden. To the other side of the kitchen is a small double bedroom and en suite full bathroom. There is a separate Laundry room in the garage, with extra fridge/ deep freeze. Upstairs, reached by a converted old wine press in the dining area is an interior natural rock garden, and a large living room, with fireplace, a bar with sink, a guest bathroom with shower and 17th C tiles, doors lead to a covered verandah with old tiled panels.
The POOL HOUSE (sleeps 2)has covered BBQ area with big slate table and sink. 1 double bedroom, en suite bathroom, Sitting room, Kitchenette
CASA DA LUA - (sleeps 2/4/5)...adjoins Casa no Ar, but has a seperate entrance or connects by garden gate. Garden, Private Pool, Patio with Barbecue outside the Living/Dining/Kitchen which also opens to a varanda on the other side with spectacular panoramic views to the Atlantic coast and the Sintra mountain. 1 bathroom with sunken bath/shower. Stairs lead down to a Bedroom/living area with fireplace, built in double bed, and single sofa bed - separate entrance. Another wooden spiral staircase leads down from Living room to a double Bedroom set in the natural rocks (old stable)with separate entrance doors from a patio...brightly decorated with orange and red as a contrast to the natural rock. This unusual open plan layout is hard to describe...there is only one interior door to the bathroom. There are child safety gates at the top of the stairs and access to pool
CASA DA LUA has access to CASA NO AR Pool when rented together or has a Private Pool (3.5m circle)
Great hideaway for romantic honeymooners.
CASA NAS NUVENS and THE STUDIO sleeps 4/10/14. Garden,Private Pool, Barbecue/dining terrace
LOWER FLOOR Apartment: (sleeps 4). Living/Diningroom with fireplace and fully equipped kitchenette; 1 double bedroom, 1 twin bedroom, 1 bathroom.
connecting staircase to
HIGHER LEVEL: sleeps 4/6.
(Owner's residence only rented in the summer)
Large living/diningroom with fireplace; spiral stairs to mezzanine with low large double bed; 1 double bedroom, 1 small double bedroom with child's bunkbed; 1 small bathroom; 1 large bathroom with jacuzzi set in the natural rocks
THE STUDIO sleeps 2/4 ...
Artist's Studio can be rented seperately or with Main House
Large open space - tall ceilings, big windows, modern
Living/diningroom, fully equipped kitchen,
double bed on raised platform
double bed on mezzanine,
Bathroom with shower and jacuzzi
Private Patio garden.
Great space for events and workshops
(yoga, meditation, cooking, painting, dance)
Spacious modern living/dining/sleeping studio
Note: THE STUDIO only has access to the Pool when rented together with the Main House or when the owner is resident in the higher floor of Main House
The Studio does not have acces to the Pool when the whole of the Main House is rented to other guests
Summer Rentals - each house has a private swimming pool and barbecue dining terrace.
Winter Rentals: A really cosy winter retreat....great for a long weekend away from the stress of daily life, but close to Lisbon or Cascais night-life. Wonderful for nature walks or mountain biking, or bring a wet suit for surfing.... yoga classes and vegetarian cooking on request
The houses have lots of heating, and big open fireplaces in the Dining area and the Living room. Firewood supplied.
Ask for discount for monthly rental.
SPORTS - Golf, Surfing, Sailing, Biking, Hiking,
There are 5 Golf courses within a 15 minute drive ....Penha Longe, Baloura, Estoril Sol, Estoril, Quinta da Marinha
Praia Grande - 5/10 minute drive away, is famous all year round with Surfers
Cascais Marina - 20 minutes away for Sailing
I was born in Hereford England...but travelled extensively before I found my 'utopia' in Portugal...between Casa no Ar in Penedo,Sintra (rental property see #73582) and Monte Branco in Monsaraz(rental property # 59751). My children were born and brought up in Portugal; there are still many of their books and games. Anthony (born in 1983) is in the wine business and catering which is great for guests wishing a special dinner party or wedding event. Francis (born in 1985) is a web designer with lots of famous California film star clients...he is responsable for my own websites. Casa no Ar and Monte Branco have many happy memories for us.
Having studied Interior Design it was with great pleasure that I restored the houses from ruins in traditional Portuguese style , and furnished with rustic antiques and lots of "azulejos"
It is most satisfying to now share my homes with others!
The houses are set in the woodlands above Penedo which is a small friendly village with one shop/bakery, one cafe/restaurant ...with a fountain gushing fresh spring water and unpolluted air of Sintra's protected mountain forests....yet close to beautiful sandy beaches, cosmopolitan Cascais/Estoril and just 30 minutes from Lisbon with all its city attractions. It was the perfect choice to bring up my children...and now my grandchild who can run and play safely in the village square
We all really enjoyed the house; an idyllic spot and just right for our crowd, roomy and cozy at the same time. Everyone looked forward to the day’s late-afternoon return, with a quick dip in the pool (longer for the kids) and a drink outside before dinner. We cooked pretty much every night and found everything we needed. You found a good place to settle. Lucky you.
Thanks and Best
In lovely location, near wonderful beach and historic town this delightful property was SO let down by health hazards. Two of the bathrooms had broken basins, loos and enamel coming off the baths. Steps from the pool need attention and are unlit at night so hazardous. Loose and very uneven cobbles round the pool area. Five St Bernard dogs at property below kept us all awake every night. Beds in the loft creaked so much the occupants were kept awake as was the person in the bedroom below. The villa just needs a bit of money spending on it then it would be perfect. Then I would recommend it!
We stayed at Jane´s house CASA NO AR for a month : me , my husband and our two little daughters. We had a wonderful time. The place was magical and Jane, the most caring hostess. The house was recovered by Jane and is full of charm and special things. Penedo is a place of beauty with so many enjoyable places and warm people. The view from the balcony is pure overwhelming beauty. Mrs. Fernanda , the house keeper , was always making sure we had all we needed and so was Jane. We were super happy to have the chance of living in such magical place.
Vânia, Moritz, Frida & Selma from Germany
What a great place you have for a perfect bike riding weekend. The lunch break under the covered bbq/dining area, amazing view! Sintra mountain is full of great trails, for hard downhill riding or just simple MTB riding.
Pity it was too cold for a dip in the pool, but next time in April!
look forward to our return. thank you!
We were upgraded to the larger cottage, Casa No Ar, and couldn't have been more thrilled. Beautiful space, views, everything you want! The windy roads take a bit of getting used to, especially in a large car! Jane is a lovely host, anything you need, just ask. Would stay forever!
Very good house, typical in Lisboa with a fantastiv view !!!
We had a great stay and have to say that the location was superb. The views from the front of the property and from the garden and terraces behind were wonderful. You had the Moorish castle and Penna palace set on the hills to the east, the Colares valley to the north and the Atlantic Coast in the West. It took us about 45 minutes to drive to the villa from the airport on easy roads. However there are narrower roads around the property that test your driving abilities. The house was very neat and tidy with a rustic character which seemed well suited to the environment. There was plenty of space to allow everyone to find their own quiet place to read or to rest. There were plenty of bathrooms and facilities to shower after a busy day. The villa was well serviced with cooker, washing machine, dishwasher, fridges and freezers etc. The maid service was excellent with fresh towels and bed linen half way through our stay. The pool was a godsend for the children and adults alike and was in use everyday. The information pack within the villa was a nice touch and directed us to places that we would have never have gone to. The location to the main heart of the World Heritage Site was the greatest advantage. Although we had done our research on the area before we arrived we had not realized the proximity to the main tourist sites most of which we could reach within 20 minutes. We had planned to go to Lisbon for a few days but there was so much to see and do locally that we didn't bother. We did not each out much at all but instead relied upon the local supermarket in Sintra for the staples and the local weekend farmers market for excellent local produce. The local beach was really good with good surf and lots of sand to build with. All in all it was a great stay away from the crowds but close enough to visit places at your own pace. Sintra did get busy in the middle of the day but staying so close allowed us to get there at 0930 when the palaces opened and to leave them when things got busy and too hot a couple of hours later. We saw very few tourists outside Sintra itself which was great. The locals were charming and very friendly. We had a great time and returned to the UK very relaxed.
CASA NO AR - CASA LUA - CASA NAS NUVENS/ THE STUDIO in Penedo, a small village set high up in the woodlands of the mountain of Sintra, above the town of Colares, and near to Almoçogeme and the beach of Adraga, both just a 5 minute drive away. The beaches of Praia Grande, famous with surfers, and Praia das Maças with its restaurants and bars, are about 10 minute drive. Sintra with its historical palaces and monuments is 15 minutes. Around the mountain the other way, one passes Cabo da Roca, the most western point of Europe, on to Guincho beach, good for windsurfing, to Cascais with its Marina, and small pedestrian streets, full of boutiques, cafes, bars, restaurants - 20 minute drive. Adjoining Estoril is famous for its Casino. Lisbon, with its numerous city attractions, is about a 40 minute drive, or a very pleasant train ride along the coast from Cascais. Ericeira, a small fishing village is a 30 minute drive northwards, as is Mafra with its enormous monastery and Malveira with a fascinating weekly Thursday’s market