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Holiday house in central Portugal at the foot of the Serra da Estrela

Bedrooms 1
Space 968 sq. ft.
Property type cottage


About the property

Spacious kitchen with fireplace, bedroom and living room, for a family with 2 children

New stone house with central heating, romantically located in the vineyard. Terraces for all sunsets. Grandiose view of our beautiful mountains. Spacious kitchen, fully equipped, with dishwasher and stove, living room with sofa bed and adjoining terrace, bedroom with double bed, ideal for a family with 2 children. Bathroom with shower box, satellite TV with German channels, Portuguese TV, Internet access on request. Barbecue area, firewood for fireplace and heating available, (in winter, a basket of firewood costs, enough for a day, € 2.50), as well as the opportunity to participate in the life of the farm. On request, meals are available from a star chef, homemade Dão wine, olive oil and organic vegetables. Airport transfer to and from Porto possible. Absolute peace, genuine nature, the possibility to really deep relax. Summer and winter Starting point for many activities against a magnificent mountain backdrop with almost unlimited personal freedom. We speak: german, português, english, français

Registration Number : 50913/AL.


Fornos de Algodres Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 968 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 1:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Broadband Access
  • Dialup Access
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Badezimmer 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Schlafzimmer 1 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Beistellbett
  • Double bed: 200x 200 cm
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 1 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • forests
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sledding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • skiing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Please no pets, because on the farm are also dogs and cats.


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(18 traveler reviews)

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Holiday house in central Portugal at the foot of the Serra da Estrela
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews

Peaceful house & gracious hosts

  • 5 of 5

This is a perfect place to stay. The Quinta is located close to Porto, Viseu, Guarda, Serra da Estrela, and Ciudad Rodriguez. The house was very clean and fully equipped with everything we needed to be comfortable. Maria and Peter are excellent hosts, very attentive and respectful. We felt like home and we will definitely return.

Thank you, Maria, and Peter for your hospitality and generosity!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your comment. And thank you so much for choosing our Quinta. Best regards.
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Rochester New York

Great Hospitality and Setting

  • 5 of 5

We spent two weeks at Quinta do Mineiro . Peter & Maria are exceptional hosts and world class chef’s. They also have a very friendly dog named Heidi who is always there to greet you.This area of Portugal is filled with very old stone villages and numerous historical sites to visit. Many of these villages have festivals and small markets. Visitors are welcome to roam the numerous trails and back roads in the area. Peter and Maria have a beautifully maintained farm that produces delicious red and white wines and high quality olive oil. Everything produced on the farm is organic.

The holiday house features tile floors and a granite stairway. It has a nice fireplace that heats a small boiler of water that circulates through out the house for cooler evenings.

The kitchen has a stainless steel sink and a small dishwasher. There is abundant supply of dishes, cooking pans and other utensils. The house has a outside deck with comfortable furniture and great views. A recently completed stone BBQ will allow visitors to cook and eat meals outside. It even has a roof in case of rain.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2014
  • Stayed: March 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Superb food in an idyllic setting

  • 5 of 5

The house is beautiful, but what impressed me more was Peter's cooking. He is really a master chef, and treated our party to a superb 6-course meal which was served up in the open air in the courtyard. Having a gazebo overhead helped with the initial drops of rain, but once it developed into a full-blown thunderstorm - and a spectacular one at that - we had no choice but to decamp and move into the kitchen.

Peter puts more than mere ingredients into his food - he imbues it with love for his guests and concern that they should have a gastronomic experience second to none. I will definitely make the effort to visit again - next time for a longer stay! Thank you Peter and Maria for a memorably sumptuous feast.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2013
  • Stayed: September 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Taste of Country Life

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I always want to discover different cultural practices when we visit a country. Our experience on the farm near Mantanca gave us insight into a traditional farm. Once we had navigated the narrow road to the gate, we were greeted by Peter who offered us a glass of his home made wine and took us on a tour of the house. What a wonderful surprise to find such a comfortably appointed. modern and well equipped home. The spacious two story accommodation is as depicted in the photos and described under amenities. The surrounding views are spectacular. Included are brochures and books to assist with planning excursions. Peter and Maria are gracious, attentive hosts who are very knowledgable about this part of the country. Maria was born on the land. We enjoyed walking into the villages that are close by and touring the scenic Estrela. This region of Portugal is rugged as one would expect with hilly, rocky terrain. There are many options available nearby to keep a visitor busy. Before we left, I purchased olive oil made from olives grown on the farm and had the opportunity to buy freshly baked bread that is delivered to the farm on Wednesday. I would highly recommend this traditional farm experience as a way to discover the real Portugal.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Mt.Shasta, CA

Country Bliss

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent 3 wonderful days at Peter and Maria's house in Matanca as part of our 3 week trip to Portugal to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. I found the house on the Home Away website and when we arrived at the house with Peter there to meet us, we were so thrilled to have such a beautiful house in the country.

The farm was lovely and the accommodations were brand new, very well appointed and so comfortable. Peter and Maria had fruit from there garden and there house made wine waiting for us.

During the day we toured the area enjoying the lovely mountain surroundings, the old Portugal charm of Matanca and the beautiful countryside. In the evenings the kitchen in the house was so well set up that making dinner and enjoying a lovely set table was no problem. Peter was a professional chef and it shows in the way the kitchen is stocked.

The house was so comfortable with a great deck to have our morning coffee and pastries and just enjoy the solitude and view.

I would recommend this house to anyone who wants to get off the beaten path and really enjoy the quiet in the country.

Peter and Maria are great hosts and if we someday return we will stay at Fornos de Algodres again.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2011
  • Stayed: October 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Taste of rural and authentic Portugal

  • 5 of 5


If you are a little bit adventurous and want a taste of rural and authentic Portugal , then this is the place for you. Within minutes of our arrival to the small working farm in the foothills of the Estrela’s Region, we felt very welcomed and at ease. Our hosts Peter & Maria, they

were there to greet us at the gate to this little piece of peace and tranquillity. You are surrounded by a panoramic view of the hills and the cobblestone courtyard has fruit trees( Figs, Olives,Pears) , and grapes on the arbor. The House was very clean and well appointed, the kitchen had every utensil you would need during your stay. This is whether you cooked or not.

Peter & Maria were wonderful hosts, they accommodated our every request and need. They helped us with local information and guided us to some very interesting local spots ( Cafe Ramos for one). On our last day they invited us to attend a local Festival with their Family, it was a wonderful opportunity for us and we felt like one of their family members. Our stay with them is on the very top of our many trips abroad.

Many thanks for a great stay, on your awesome property, and please give Bruno a pat for me and Mimi a rub for Maria. We will keep in touch on Facebook.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Maria & Peter Fonseca-Ossig
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, portuguese, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 19, 2018


Nearest Airport
182 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Fornos de Algodres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Fornos de Algodres
Nearest Restaurant
10 Kilometres
Fornos de Algodres
Nearest Ski
40 Kilometres
Serra da Estrela
Nearest Beach
100 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Matança is a picturesque, original farming village at the foot of the Serra da Estrela Natural Park. Only 10 minutes. away from the A25, you can spend your holidays on a traditional Quinta or stop off on the way to Lisbon or to the south. 1 hour drive to Aveiro to the beach, 20 min. in the beautiful mountain landscape of the Serra da Estrela. Summer and winter sports. Many archaeological sites, megalithic tombs, Celtic places of worship. 20 min. until Guarda and Viseu with their historic old towns. Holidays on the farm where Portugal is still really original. No industry, no traffic, many rare plants and animals, clean water, wild and romantic mountains. Center of the production of the famous sheep cheese of the Serra da Estrela. In the heart of the Dão wine-growing region, we also make Dão wine, olive oil and organic farming. Starting point for hikes, bike rides, or motocross etc.

Other Activities: motocross, hunting, footsal


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Im Winter: ein Korb Brennholz 2,50€

Preis pro Nacht: 50€ Für Familie (max. 4 Personen)

Preis pro Woche: 300€ ( 7 Uebernachtungen)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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