Villa in Nadadouro, Obidos Lagoon, Silver Coast, Portugal - Relaxing Location 5 Minutes Walk To The Lagoon Shore And The Sailing Club
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About Sheila Featherstone-Clark
We are an extended family covering all ages - young children, teenagers, students, parents and pensioners - we all love to relax here. We go for short breaks and longer holidays and are always sad to leave. We were seduced by the magic of the lagoon and 30 years later have not tired of it; even though we look over it every day we are there. There is something for everyone, whether it be cafes and cakes for my father, sailing for my brother, sunbathing or shopping for the girls; cycling or walking in the countryside. Our neighbours are lovely too. We are happy to make suggestions if you have specific interests, do ask.
Sheila Featherstone-Clark purchased this Villa in 1980
Why Sheila Featherstone-Clark chose Nadadouro
We love this part of Portugal, preferring its traditional feel, beautiful unspoilt beaches, friendly people and the magic of the lagoon which we see every morning from our villa. It is an ideal place for a relaxing break for couples and families with children, and is well located to visit other areas of Portugal. The local restaurants are exceptional value and welcome children; alternatively the local butcher will cut meat for the barbeque. The Caldas fish market is one of the best in Portugal and the vegetables from the market are so fresh and tasty you will want to cook them. We built the villa 30 years ago, we have grown up there and our children love it too so, we have recently refurbished it, maintaining the traditional feel and blending in some modern amenities. It is furnished as our second home and we hope you will enjoy it as much as we do.
What makes this Villa unique
You will be enchanted by the amazing view in all weathers and the villa is spacious and well appointed.It is easy to get here, flying to Lisbon it is a 1 hour drive, mainly on motorway to get to the villa - there is parking outside. This also makes it viable for a long weekend visit, which we often do in the mid season as the weather is often very warm in the day right through to the end of October. If you arrive without a car the regular fast buses go to Caldas da Rainha, a short taxi ride away. These take about an hour and cost 8 Euros per person. It is easier to have a car to explore the area but there is plenty to do without; we do have some bikes available for hire. The property is furnished and decorated in the Portuguese style of white walls and tiling, positioned above the Lagoa da Obidos with a breathtaking panorama of views to the end of the Lagoon and to the Atlantic Ocean, just at the point where the sun sets in the summer. The newly refurbished kitchen and living area, with floor to ceiling fully opening glass doors, allow us to enjoy this timeless view at any time of year. This is a great base to visit many of Portugal's most interesting places driving along the coast roads, or the motorway network is within easy reach, and it is in the middle of the country.
Pool / Spa
100% refund if canceled at least 60 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.
Max guests: 8
Fantastic holiday home - not to be missed!
We spent a glorious week in Casa das Plumas and were loathe to leave. The house is a true "home from home" - extremely comfortable and well equipped. The views from the spacious and airy living room, leading to an enormous terrace, are truly spectacular and both upper and lower terraces offer both sun and shade to suit all.
We were met by Carla who is great fun and very approachable. - many thanks to her for everything.
The small sailing club (10 min stroll) is a great place even for non-sailors as you can relax outside and enjoy a drink and good, simple food and watch others on the water. As we do sail, we hired a catamaran for a couple of hours and explored the lagoon.
The walk into Foz (40 min stroll) takes you away from the road and along the lagoon. The sand dunes approaching the ocean were practically empty and the waves spectacular. Our first "beer stop" on this walk was always O Banheiro - inexpensive and unpretentious. Next the restaurant Cais de Praia - more upmarket . Best welcome and lunch out was at Cocosbar. I wish I could say that we explored other towns nearby but quite frankly we were happy with the stroll and most of all, relaxing at the Casa. We certainly want to come back - thank you Sheila for all your help and advice. Helen and Paul (Edinburgh) suffering post holiday blues.....
I am so pleased you appreciated that this is a home rather than a rental property. The villa appeals to people who value a traditional Portuguese house and welcome, with a modern twist. Glad you and your family enjoyed the local outdoor activities tastes and views; this is such a lovely part of Portugal and we love helping people to get the most from their stay here.
Beautiful and very well-equipped villa
Casa das Plumas is a traditional Portuguese villa. The view of the Óbidos Lagoon from the top floor kitchen/sitting room is stunning. All the bedrooms are comfortable and immaculately clean. Overall, staying there was a real pleasure and there is so much to see in the area. This is the real Portugal!
Glad you enjoyed visiting the markets and monuments and found plenty to do. As you discovered, the climate is variable however, there is plenty to explore and see from here, or space to relax in the house, whatever the weather. The view of the storm clouds over the Atlantic from the upper lounge is mesmerising too.
Amazing sparkles on the lagoon in the sunshine
Lovely to sit on the terrace in warm sunshine at the end of October.
Lovely views and plenty of space
We booked Casa Das Plumas as a group of friends wanting to explore the area. The house proved to be a fantastic for exploring with easy driveable access to Obidos, Caldas Da Rainha and surrounding coastline. The house itself is very well equipped and spacious enough for a group, with a fabulous living space upstairs and lovely views from the ample roof terrace. The internal stairs are steep but we didn't find this an issue, there is also as there is an external staircase that can be easily used.
The communications with the owner and housekeeper were superb, with lots of information provided - we felt well-looked after without the attention being intrusive. The local restaurants were very good, in both Nadadouro and nearby Foz, and the closest ones being much cheaper than Lisbon. Yes, you might need to drive but we left the car behind one night after a few glasses of wine - it's easy and not too pricey to get a taxi, and we had a lovely walk along the lagoon into Foz the next day to pick up the car.
I'd recommend this house, and to anyone who hasn't visited the area, do visit and explore - it's beautiful.
Beautiful Authentic Villa with Stunning Views
I spent 2 weeks at the property staying in the master bedroom and it was fantastic. The décor and finish of the villa is to a very high standard and the large open plan living area on the top floor was the perfect place to spend evenings.
Good, well equipped kitchen and a traditional easy to use BBQ. The pool was clean and the outside areas were well kept and spacious.
The location is great. The sailing club a few minutes walk away is ideal and there were too many attractions within a 30 minute drive to fit them all in over 14 days. The area itself is quiet without being disconnected and the neighbours are very pleasant.
Finally the information provided by Sheila is second to none. There is a pack at the villa which is clearly the result of many years visiting the area and tells you everything you need to know to enjoy Portugal off the beaten track. Every restaurant listed was 10/10 and it took away the "pot luck" factor so often encountered when choosing places to eat abroad as everywhere was tried and tested.
I cant wait to stay again!
5 minutes walk to the lagoon shore and the Sailing Club (catamaran, wind surfing and kite surfing hire & tuition), 5 minutes drive to the main Foz bathing beach - also accessible via the cycle path (approx 10 minutes). For more adventurous beaches, all less than 40 minutes drive: surfing at Baleal, visit to the Berlenga islands from Peniche, Salgado for the huge waves, Nazare for the funicular and Salir with the huge sand dune for the children to climb and a boardwalk over the water.
Lisbon (90km) is the nearest airport; an hour's mainly motorway drive, there is parking outside the villa It is also possible to fly to Porto (2 hours away) or to Faro (4 hours) if you also want to visit the Algarve. Arriving without a car: regular fast buses go to Caldas da Rainha, taking about an hour and costing 8 Euros per person, a short taxi ride away from Casa das Plumas. It is easier to have a car to explore the area but possible without one by using taxis, buses or bicycles.
Village of Nadadouro (700m), Foz do Arelho (1.5km) a little further to the beach with a lovely promenade and bars/restaurants. Caldas Da Rainha (6km) - for the fruit and veg market (not sunday), fish market (not Sunday/Monday) & hospital.
Many interesting places to visit easily accessible by car via the excellent motorways including World Heritage sites of Obidos - a beautiful mediaeval walled city (8km), Tomar - Knights Templar castle (70km), Alcobaca (30km) huge monastery and pottery shops.
The local restaurants are exceptional value and welcome children; there are several in Nadadouro within walking distance and Foz do Arelho a 5 minute drive/ 1 mile walk. There are banks and small shops and post offices in both places. Alternatively the butcher in Foz will cut meat for the barbeque for you. The Caldas da Rainha fish market (10 minute drive or 30 min cycle)is one of the best in Portugal and the vegetables from the market there are so fresh and tasty if you prefer to cook and enjoy a meal on the terrace.
We particularly enjoy the plentiful busy cafes offering delicious and very reasonable snacks and cakes to relax and watch the world go by. The local sailing club offers a range of boats, kayaks and paddle boarding together with instruction if required and there is also fishing and kite-surfing on the lagoon. There are lovely walks and cycle paths round the lagoon area and it is a good place for bird watching, photography or just looking for shells on the lagoon shore, there is also a running/cycle path by the lagoon. The local Foz beach is on the lagoon side of the sandspit so is safe for swimming and beach tents can be hired for the day. The shady park with the boating lake in Caldas is always popular with children - there is a water park an hour away. Horse riding, bowling, go-karting and tennis are available in Caldas. There are also good shops in Caldas if you want to go shopping.
For the evening there are nightclubs in Caldas and during August the local villages each hold a week long ‘festa’ with live bands and dancing, stalls and food.
There are so many interesting places to visit - just ask if you want more ideas!