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Beautiful bungalow with private gardens & heated swimming pool, pool table &Wifi

Bedrooms 3
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Detached and Private Bungalow. Quiet And Peaceful Location. Heated Swimming pool. Poolside BBQ & Eating Anex. Pool table and free Wifi. Ideal family holiday.

A family detached bungalow in a raised village location with stunning views of the local area, providing a secure private tranquil setting in gardens with its own private pool and covered BBQ and entertaining area and pool table.

We are adding full heating to our pool this year, please check for availability date when you make an enquiry.

Ideal for family holidays with complete privacy. Sleeps 6+ with 2 double bedrooms and 1 childrens bedroom with 2 single beds + bunk beds. (+ baby cot available free), or a third double bedroom. Arranged as required on request.

Central heating when required. Arranged out of summer season by request.

Free Internet access.

Relax in the very comfortable lounge and enjoy the large TV and comprehensive SKY sports package supplemented by the Portuguese channels of local news and English films with Portuguese sub titles.

There is also a DVD player and well stocked library of DVDs, CDs and popular books.

If you prefer outside relaxation settle down on one of the glazed balconies with a coffee or glass of wine on a warm peaceful evening under the amazing starlit, clear skies.

Or venture into the gardens and discover your favourite area, amongst many, that are equipped for your pleasure to just sit and relax and gaze at those stars that always seem so close here. Watch for the shooting star or see if you can spot the satellites moving across the sky. (Not the aircraft travelling between Porto and Lisbon).

Tired of star gazing ? then turn on the illuminations and change the atmosphere completely and maybe enjoy an evening swim in the pool and be surprised how the water feels even warmer than in the sunshine earlier.

The house is located in a traditional Portuguese hamlet with local customs including wine making and tasting, summer harvest festivals, grape and olive picking. A quiet and peaceful location yet only 5 minutes from the Castle town of Penela and 30 mins south of the original capital City of Coimbra. About 2 hours from Porto or Lisbon. A real gem in the heart of Portugal. Within 5 minutes drive of local Supermarket, Variety of restaurants, Bars, Cafes, Shops,Hairdresser, Banks, Internet cafe, Chemists and Doctors surgery.Local Organic farmers markets are every Wednesday,Thursday and Sunday. There are a number of historical towns to explore within a short drive eg. Coimbra the original Capital city (Oxford of Portugal), Fatima (Portugal's Lourdes), Tomar with Moorish castle and town market. Figueira da Foz with Ocean white sandy Beaches 30/40 minutes drive. The impressive Roman villa site of Conimbriga only minutes from the house.

If I am unable to, a very helpful English speaking housekeeper will invite you on your arrival.

I am always available by text, e mail or mobile for any help or information you may require.

A local information guide book is also available at the house to give you information of places to eat or visit.

Additional information is also available in the Hospitality Information File on booking.

More Details

Chris Arney
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2017

About Chris Arney


I am Chris,the owner, I lived in the south of England near the New Forest until I retired early from BT and came to Portugal and bought this house in 2003.

I have lived here for 13 wonderful years. I love Portugal, the people and the weather and I now feel equally at home here as I did in England. One big difference: The cost of living and lots of sunshine and fresh air, Add to that the fabulous and cheap local food, wine and beer, combined with the friendly atmosphere of the local people ... what more could you wish for?

I have 4 children and 6 grandchildren in UK and they are able to come here to enjoy the house and its safe locality in pure fresh air in wonderful sunshine.

We love to go out to local family restaurants for good economical meals where we can eat a good full menu selection for less than 10 Euro each, including wine. Excellent value and good healthy food, Not Spain or Algarve prices.

I live at the house when it is not occupied by guests so it is a living home and well equipped for your needs.I hope you enjoy the experience as much as I still do..

This is our second year renting and we are still learning and improving your experience with the help of constructive feed back from our previous guests. We hope you may be able to add to their advice. We are sure you will enjoy your holiday here, We have tried to make it just right for you. I hope we have succeeded.

I look forward to welcoming you to "Casa dos Sonhos", the house of dreams.

Chris Arney purchased this bungalow in 2003

Why Chris Arney chose Coimbra Region

I wanted to find a property in Rural village location offering a good view and pure fresh air surroundings .

It would be near enough to local towns and amenities served by local bus routes.

The motorway network should be easily accessible for the airports and to the rest of Portugal and beyond.

Most of all it would be a place to enjoy a peaceful time in tranquil surroundings amongst pleasant people, without any of the normal tourism hustle and bustle.

Well… my house has delivered “everything it said on the can ! “

The location also gives immediate access to forest walks from the door.

What makes this bungalow unique

The house is set in a very peaceful and tranquil area full of traditional people and activities, local bars, chemists, internet cafes,shops,restaurants, banks and farmers markets.

3 Local towns including the beautiful castle town of Penela are within 5-10 minutes with easy free parking.

30 minutes from the original Capital city of Coimbra set on the river Mondego. The old part of the city is particularly beautiful with traditional shops set in narrow "cobbled " streets interconnecting squares with market stalls restaurants etc.

Food and drink prices in this area are low enough to be a very economical proposition for family nights out and children are always made welcome by the portuguese family groups who regularly visit the local restaurants.

Conimbriga Roman villa and museum is less than 15 mins from the house. Should not be missed by adults and children alike.

Figueira da Foz - Busy seaside resort only 35 mins drive with large spacious beautiful white beaches.

A guide to local points of Interest is provided at the house

Guestbook comments from the owner

Where do I start, to share the good feelings we had at this house …

Good facilities in the house and everything catered for – well equipped kitchen, wifi, Sky TV, … Loved the games room!! Lots of seating inside and especially outside, including good shading – the umbrellas were excellent and the outside dining area adjacent the ever beckoning pool was great .

Loved the padded cushions on the recliners – have been elsewhere with just plastic recliners with no cushioning and wasn’t comfortable. Welcome pack – wine and a few essentials very welcome especially for late arrivals.

Detailed instructions on how to get there from the airport was very useful. Nice to have a washing line & pegs available. Often don’t get that. Unbreakable plates & glasses for safer outdoor use. Huge help having your mobile number available – many thanks for your help when we texted.

A few negatives (as requested) - No bin in the kitchen. No Visitors book for guests to write good (and bad) ,places to visit etc. Fans in the bedrooms – was rather warm some nights.

All in all we thoroughly enjoyed staying at your house, it was very much home-from-home (but with a pool and sunshine), extremely relaxing and we’ll thoroughly recommend it.

We had a fab time and the house was really excellent suffice to say that we’re thinking of staying again next summer – if you’re renting it out again?
Aug 2015
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Santa Eufémia Bungalow Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • bungalow
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8 ...
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • The house, pool and BBQ areas should be left in a reasonable condition, not requiring excess cleaning time or effort.Thank you for your co-operation.
  • Please use the dishwasher to clean dirty crockery etc. You can leave items in the machine and leave it running when you depart. Thank you.
  • Rubbish and waste should be placed in used shopping bags and placed in one of the green bins near the chapel or above the house. Thank you.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet , Ensuite bathroom.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Shower room 1 - toilet , shower , Pool shower room with all facilities.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 3 - 4 twin/ single , 2 single beds and 2 bunk beds. All 2m x 90cms.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Alarm and hairdrier provided.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 baby crib , Ensuite bedroom with shower/toilet etc. Alarm & Hair drier.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6-8. (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed fitted wardrobes and en suite shower and toilet facilities. TV. Baby cot and high chair are available free on request. Bedroom 2 with double bed 2 wardrobes. TV. Bedroom 3 with 2 single beds and bunk beds. Fitted wardrobes. All beds 2m x 90cms.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Outside: The house is surrounded by gardens , some of which have gravelled areas or grass. A large fountain sits in the rear garden to give a relaxing atmosphere. The pool area is paved with an 8.5m x 4.5m pool with a maximum depth of 1.5m. There is solar panel heating to the pool. Adjacent pool shower room . There is a large BBQ and seated dining building beside the pool to give shade and shelter for evening meals or drinks. Pool furniture etc is supplied. There are also 2 suspended seats for your relaxation in the pool area. The pool and pool area are very well illuminated to enable you to enjoy the peaceful warm evenings in complete privacy. Utility Room: Only available between October and May. Washing machine also fitted in the kitchen. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels (including pool) and linen are included and changed every week by cleaning lady. You are requested to bring towels for beach use, as we are unable to allow removal of towels from the house. Other: Front and rear balconies where you can sit and enjoy breakfast, the Sunrise and the view in the morning and / or the Sunset with the last glass of local wine before retiring to bed. Ideal for star gazers too.


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(7 traveler reviews)

Beautiful bungalow with private gardens & heated swimming pool, pool table &Wifi
average rating of 4.571429 based on 9 reviews

A quiet relaxing property with superb facilities

  • 5 of 5

As a family of five (kids: 18,13 and 12) we were initially struck by the well planned layout - providing plenty of space inside and an outdoor area and pool to enjoy. The property was very well maintained. The ideally sized pool was great for us all with plenty of loungers, eating area and swinging seats too. The huge barbecue was used regularly. The poolroom was amazing - complete with fridge and stereo (the kids got to experience proper LPs!). All of this really just describes the facilities though. Chris the owner ensured we had everything we needed, from knowledge of the locality to possible days out. The weather was consistently excellent and there was a variety of places to visit and to eat out at. The area is unspoilt and yet there were opportunities to try kayaking, outdoor pursuits and swimming within a short drive. The local cafe in nearby villages and towns were great. Sitting out by the well lit pool looking out at the lights in the distance with a cold glass of something was the perfect way to end each day. The greatest complement I can give to Chris and his home is that within a fortnight of returning home we were booked for the following summer.

As two busy parents, this was an ideal place to relax and spend time as a family.

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to meet you and your family and welcome you to my home. It is very reassuring to read all the appreciative comments in your review and realise that we have been able to give you the relaxed and comfortable holiday that we strive to achieve for everybody who chooses Casa dos Sonhos for their holiday. I look forward to welcoming you all back next year to enjoy more of the area you did not have time to visit and enjoy some additional features we are planning to make. Thank you very much for your excellent review. Chris and Ana.
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Beautiful Villa

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect getaway for a rural peaceful holiday. The villa had everything you need and the barbecue is great for relaxing evenings in. The pool is fantastic as well as the games room for evening entertainment. We had a really relaxing time and would recommend this holiday if you wish to escape from the chaos of every day life!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your kind review. I am very pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay at Casa dos Sonhos, the house of dreams, we tried to create a home from home without all the hustle and bussel and it seems that we achieved it for you. It is always good to hear that someone else has gone back with a holiday to remember. I would be happy to welcome you back anytime. Chris.
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Home from home

  • 5 of 5

Chris was really lovely, welcoming and helpful. The house has everything you could possibly need for a holiday .. And there was even some supplies in the fridge! Swim, play pool, read on the swing chairs and BBQ to your hearts content, perfect!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Reuben and Saima for your lovely review. We are very pleased you and the children enjoyed your stay at Casa dos Sonhos. It is always good to hear that people have spent a happy and relaxing time and that we have achieved our expectations for you. You will always be welcome here.
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Fantastic place

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely week here. We all really enjoyed the pool, the outside space and the downstairs pool room - brilliant fun! Definitely recommend.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind review Suzanne. I am giad you and the children enjoyed your stay at Casa dos Sonhos and I Would be happy to welcome you back anytime. Chris.
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Lovely week

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a wonderful week at casa dos sonhos, the house was fabulous with everything you could possibly need to enjoy your holiday, having our own private pool was just great and the games room with pool table was an even bigger bonus. One of our favourites was the fountain in the garden, we spent many hours just lazing on sun beds around the pool and ended the day sipping wine on the balcony.

Chris was the host with the most, we arrived very late but he was ther waiting to greet us with a fabulous assortment of food and drinks he even returned early next morning with fresh bread and ham for us, he really went out of his way to help us all in all we had a truly great time and can't wait to return.

Thank you Chris for a really great time at casa dos Sonhos

Walsh family

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello again to the wonderful Walsh's. Thank you for your excellent review of my property and your holiday here. It is always good to welcome people like yourselves to share the experience of my house and even better to read a review like this that makes me feel I have got it right for somebody else. It was a pleasure to meet you all and help with your time here. I thank you too for the respect you showed for everything and the care taken to ensure it was returned to me as I gave it . I will be very happy to welcome you all back again whenever you feel the desire. Maybe we will be able to share the meal we talked about, next time. Best regards to you all, Chris.
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Fabulous outdoor space, perfect for relaxation

  • 4 of 5

For us, the best feature of Casa das Sonhas was the garden and pool area – it was perfect. As a group of 6 (3 mature couples), we spent most of our time in this space, relaxing, swimming, barbecuing, eating, enjoying the wonderful view and sometimes after dinner, playing pool and listening to music in the adjacent snooker/pool room. The shady swing-seat was my personal favourite!

The kitchen was well-equipped, allowing us to cater easily for ourselves and Chris, the owner, even left us some bread, meat, cheese and wine to welcome us, which was very considerate.

The beds were comfortable and we were pleased to discover that each of the windows had mosquito blinds, so the little blighters were on a hiding to nothing hah!

The house is in a sleepy little village – perfect for chilling out, but with towns, shopping and places of interest close by.

Thank you. We had a very enjoyable week.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your excellent review. I appreciate the time and thought you put into it and the individual things you particularly enjoyed. We are very pleased you enjoyed your stay at Casa dos Sonhos and found it comfortable and relaxing. Exactly what we tried to make it. It was interesting you mentioned the net screening blinds, which I installed this year. Not because of mosquitos, which we rarely see because of the altitude, but because on hot heavy nights we enjoy sleeping with the windows open, comfortable in the knowledge that there is a "barrier" between us and the nocturnal insect population that might be attracted by the lights of the house. Many thanks to you and your group. We would be happy to welcome you again at any time. Very best regards, Chris.
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Nearest Airport
152 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
4 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
30 Kilometres
Figueira da Foz.
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

There are varioius " Praia Fluvials" in the area which are river beaches where you can enjoy the invigourating, fresh waters from the hills - an experience not to be missed on hot days. Most have bars or cafes at the site and include local sand beaches for the childrens benefit too. Not commercialised but adequate facilities for everybody.


Figueira da Foz on the coast with its Large white sandy beach is about 35 minutes away by car. Commercial seaside resort (Portugal Central region's Blackpool). Normal seaside attractions.

Many small non commercialised beaches along the Silver coast, north or south of Figueira.

Aveiro is the Portugal version of "Venice" with colourful "gondolas" on interconnecting canals. The small ancient fishing town of Costa Nova is close across the lagoon and is well worth the visit for old and young alike.


The property is 2 hours from Porto or Lisbon airports and is simple to find, just follow the A1 South or North to the Condeixa exit. Follow the road towards Tomar and Penela (NOT the A13). Take the road from Penela towards Miranda do Corvo. Use the Google map or satnav to find Tola, on the Penela-Miranda road, by pass Espinhal, then left to enter Tola, the bungalow is on the left above the chapel.

Approx 25/30km south of Coimbra. 7km from Penela, towards Miranda do Corvo. Near to Espinhal.


Coimbra the original Capital city (Oxford of Portugal),25/35kms. 30-40mins.

Fatima (Portugal's Lourdes),

Tomar with Moorish castle and town market. 30 mins on new A13.

Figueiro do Foz with Ocean Sandy Beaches 30/40 mins.

Penela 7kms 5 mins.

About 2 hours from Porto or Lisbon.

Further Details:

The local supermarket (5 mins) is normally open to 21hrs in summer season. Situated in the Penela Centre building (Not the actual centre of Penela), on the road to Tomar at the bottom of the hill after you pass Penela Castle, turn left (Penela Industrial Zone) Available for meals and drinks etc at very good prices. Also takeaway meals to order. MacDonalds at Coimbra, but try the local BBQ chicken They are wonderful. And everything so cheap !

Good walking area in the location via stone roads and forest tracks.

Horse riding centre at Miranda do Corvo 10-15 mins.

River beaches for exhilarating swimming in pure fresh hillside waters.

Local caves and Roman villa excavations and museum.

Beautiful waterfalls with fresh pools.

Canoeing the Mondego from Penacova to Coimbra organised events.

Penela and Tomar castles great for the children, grown ups too.

Local festas at various local towns all through summer.

Wine tasting of local wines and picking grapes for wine pressing at various times depending on time of ripening.

Take a look at the local wine pressing co-operatives in Penela.

Also the olive oil pressing "factories" in our area.

Make a change from the beach and learn about ancient local customs and trades. Enjoy the local produce and antique markets. Plenty to see and share without spending Spain and Algarve prices- Go home with change in your pockets...


Rates & Availability

Santa Eufémia Bungalow Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Early Summer
May 6 2017 - Jun 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
Mid Summer
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
High Summer
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 2 2017 - Dec 15 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $320.93

Please enquire about partial week bookings.
A refundable security deposit of £250.00 is due by check in and refundable within 14 days of check out.
Changeover day is normally Saturday , but please enquire a variation is sometimes poasible.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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