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Apartment 1: Spacious, fully equipped, open plan living space

Penela, Portugal
  • Apartment484 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms0
  • Sleeps2
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Mininum Stay1 - 5 nights

Self catering, family friendly apartments with mature gardens and swimming pool

Apartment 1 on the upper floor is a large, bright and spacious open plan studio apartment with a vaulted ceiling that reveals some of the original exposed structural timber beams. You will find all you need in the modern, fully equipped kitchen including a large American style fridge freezer, gas cooker and hob, washing machine, dish washer, microwave, hand blender, toaster and electric kettle. The refined décor combines both modern and traditional elements creating a relaxed, peaceful ambience. For your entertainment there is a large flat screen TV with UK freeview and Sky channels including sports and movies, DVD player and CD/Radio stereo system. For the colder months a choice between central heating or a typical log burner are available. The bathroom provides a full bath and shower and generous storage. A fold up ‘Z’ bed can be provided for an additional guest at a supplementary charge of €15 per day.

Take a look at a few of the comments from our guestbook.

"What a wonderful place fulfilled all that we needed + more, relaxing, peaceful welcoming, quiet, everything we needed. Loved the beautiful church bell a good reminder to turn every half hour!!! Beautiful pool + gardens, great to jump into when it gets too hot + restful to be in the gardens. Loved Melissa and Rui, you two are great + also Josie and Jessie. This is the most tranquil place in the World and we've loved being here. Pure bliss and don't want to leave. Best holiday ever," Susan and Poppy. Mother and Daughter. 09/08/2016

"We had a great time in this very peaceful house. We enjoyed all: nice garden, swimming pool and comfortable apartment, stunning view. Every day we spent time between relax and visiting towns around, We went to walk on the beach (Figueras). We felt like at home! Holidays as we like!! Thank you for your welcome"

Nathanaelle & Sebast France. 17/08/2016

"The whole place was really nice and we all felt we could finally relax here. We visited Coimbra and Conimbraga, both beautiful and worth seeing. The pool was really nice! Thank you for such a great holiday" Emma 12/08/2016

"Thank you for a wonderfully relaxed holiday. The garden, pool and apartment facilities have been great. We have explored locally -Fragas de Sao Simao, Castles at Pombal and Leiria, coast Sao Pedro de Moel and Coimbra. We have taken advantage of the '4 person train sharing scheme' Mid-week travel fron Pombal Train Station €25 return each. We therefore spent 2 days in Lisbon in our first week and 2 days in Porto for our second week.Two very different cities. We have eaten (many times) at the local Restaurant and quickly learnt to share meals as there was so much!! The manager knows his Port!! O Terrier do Lagar in Cabeça Redondo.We have enjoyed our time here very much and would like to thank Melissa and Rui for their help and welcome" Paul, Karen, Jennifer and Sophie.06/08/2016

"This is a wonderfully comfortable place to stay. We loved how tastefully decorated everything is and we particularly loved the sunny garden. We used the property as a base for exploring the area, visiting Coimbra, Leiria,Oporto, the ruins at Conimbriga and the coast at Sao Pedro de Moel. The drive through the endless pine forest west of Leiria was an amazing surprise.We also spent the day in Lisbon: a two hour drive, but well worth it. The best restaurant that we found is 'O terrier do Lagar,in Cabeca Redondo (a five minute drive from the apartment)which is very reasonably priced but serves delicious simply prepared meat and fish with excellent wine. Our host Shirley was extremely kind and attentive" Thank you! Nicola and Colin 02/04/2016

"What a great place to stay!

We enjoyed our apartment very much.We didn't stay for a long time but those few days were very nice.

We visited Coimbra and Fatima, those are both worth seeing!

Thanks to our hosts :Rui and Melissa! we felt really comfortable here"

Dagmarc and Arnie (The Netherlands) 02/09/2016

"Aprieciamos muito a formo como Tony & a sua esposa nos acolheram neste espaço táo confortável & tāo calmo.

Esperamos voltar nos mais quentes de verão para aproveitar melhor & piscina.

Obrigado pela nossa hospitalidade!

Happy New Year"

Joāo, Jéssica. 01/01/2017

"I came for a short visit, just two nights,but had a wonderful time!

Quiet area, nice views & comfortable rooms everything that you need to relax.

Went for a lovely bike ride through different towns, friendly communities.

I was well looked after by my host Simon, who ensured the apartment was nice and warm during the night.

Thank you for a great stay...17/01/2017-19/01/2017 Storm"

2016 Sep-Dec

"Had a great time here in Central Portugal. This is a very good base for travel to any direction, from Lisbon to Porto. Highways are very good and not much traffic. The river valleys to the North are spectacular. Cabril Dam, to the east near Pedrogao is a nice place for swimming as are the many beaches on the riverbanks at all the nearby towns.

The towns we liked the best are Serta,Tomar and Coimbra.The Templar Castle in Tomar and the aqueduct behind as well as the plaza, were very pretty. The view from the University of Coimbra of he River below was very nice.Most of all we really enjoyed staying here. Everyone was so kind and friendly,Coming back soon... Dennis and Betty Spain"

Feb 2017 " It was a relaxing stay! Peace, silent and with very nice company! Thank you to you all to host us and our two uneducated dogs. This is the perfect place to start visiting the area and have beautiful to be back soon.

Alex and Maria" (Italy)


"As always a wonderful stay. Lots of cuddles with Josie.Beautiful area to stay in. Our apartment (1) was perfect and spotlessly clean. Sheila and Tony are wonderful hosts and Sheila makes a mean Chicken Curry.

We will be back" Steve and Suzy, New Zealand.


" Thank you for a wonderful stay. We loved the apartment and the way i was decorated. The garden and the village are wonderful. Tony and Sheila you were great hosts, very nice and welcoming and kind. We will definitely come back!!

Thank you for everything.

Catarina and Mira"

P.S. Our dogs had a lovely stay too.

"We loved staying here with Tony and Sheila & Simon and Ika and of course Josie!!

Lovely attractive apartment and village. Walks in the village are great for dog walking. Great stay.Thanks everyone.

All the best from David, Diane & Sally the dog" April 2017.

"We had a wonderful time minding our own business, mooching around this beautiful part of Portugal, being well looked after by our hosts Tony and Sheila and by Simon and Ika.

Mines of useful information.

Great internet to boot-a rare find"

Vicente &Yael.


Spring 2017

"Ika and Simon are the perfect hosts. They build a pleasant atmosphere in an amazing house.

We were looking for a peaceful and quiet place. We have to study and telework but we wanted enjoy few days outside big city.

This is the place. Beautiful garden swimming pool, restful village..... Running across the field or riding to the next village to drink a coffee lovely!!

What great company.

Fran & Mat... Madrid...

Thank you.


Tony Truss

Member Since 2011
Response time:
within a few days
english, portuguese
Calendar last updated:
Mar 06, 2018


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 0 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen, 1 child bed, Sleeps 2 + 1 child in Z bed or inflatable mattress.
      • This is an open plan, loft style studio apartment with en-suite bathroom. The king size bed is located behind a timber modesty screen.


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower, + a 60cm illuminated mirrored cabinet & a tall storage unit
      • Fair sized en-suite bathroom with deep 1800x 800 bath with shower over. Large size hand-basin with mixer tap and mirrored and illuminated storage cabinet over. Push button close coupled w.c. and cistern and a 1.8m tall purpose made high gloss bathroom storage cabinet,

      Location Type

        • Rural
        • Village


            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Holiday Resort
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Living Room
                      This apartment is as shown within the photographs.
                    • Fireplace
                      Traditional log burner...only to be used by responsible adults during October to April. Logs free issue.
                    • Internet
                      Fast fibre-optic Wi-Fi to all apartments.
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                      Bed linen exchanged weekly.
                    • Heating
                      Programmed for up to 6 hours maximum a day, evenings and mornings.
                    • Parking
                      We have 2-3 car parking spaces which are on our property,in addition to this there are many free and safe places to park within a few yards of the apartments.
                    • Telephone
                      House phone for emergency calls only.
                    • Towels Provided
                      Towels exchanged on request...beach or swimming pool towels are not provided. There are numerous hanging lines and some drying racks spread around the property for client use.
                    • Tumble Dryer
                      For emergency use only. Please ask house management team.
                    • Washing Machine
                      All 5 apartments have washing machines. Please make sure to buy only quality branded products for use in them.


                        • Coffee Maker
                          Modern capsule multi choice type.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Full range
                        • Dishwasher
                          Full family setting size.
                        • Kitchen
                          Fully fitted white high gloss kitchen with mid-blue quartz worktops. The kitchen is very well kitted out and includes plenty of pots pans, crockery and cutlery.
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                          Gas single under hob oven.
                        • Pantry Items
                          Full range.
                        • Refrigerator
                          American style fridge/freezer.
                        • Stove
                          4 burner gas hob with grill.
                        • Toaster
                          4 slice electric type


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                              Attractive mahogany table with 6 matching upholstered chairs.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Books
                                  Many books are available for free hire. Please ask house management team.
                                • DVD Player
                                  All apartments have either stand alone DVD players or TV/DVD combos.
                                • Music Library
                                  There are many free to hire CD's available.Please ask house management team.
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  All apartments have a mixture of satellite and digital channels which show a selection of English and Portuguese speaking programmes.Some with PT sub-titles.1&5 have BBC,ITV and Sky sports programmes.
                                • Stereo
                                  Radio/CD players exist in all apartments.
                                • Television
                                  All apartments have flat screen L.G. televisions.There are two sets in apartment 5. Full instructions for using the televisions are in the apartments.
                                • Video Library
                                  There are many DVD's available for free hire. Please ask house management team.


                                    • Bicycles
                                      Two bicycles are available for hire. See House management team for details.
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      There is a private sun terrace outside apartment 3 with direct access to the upper garden & swimming pool. Please ensure that the gate that leads to the upper garden is kept securely closed after use.
                                    • Golf
                                      The nearest golf course is located just north of Coimbra, approx 50 klms from your apartment.
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      These can be hired reasonably locally at River Alge.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      There is a lower courtyard garden where the gazebo is located and a large upper garden where the swimming pool & the communal barbecue can be found. Please do not take glass or bottles or glass here.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      There is a communal barbecue in the upper garden, another on the terrace outside apartment 3 and a number of portable charcoal barbecues for use by guests. These are to be used by adults only.
                                    • Porch / Veranda
                                      There is a verandah outside apartments 1 & 2 with tables and chairs for relaxing & al-fresco dining and taking in the wonderful views across the gardens swimming pools and hilly countryside.


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Communal Pool
                                              Outdoor seasonal pool is available for your use between 10am and 8pm daily. Please observe safety rules and procedures at all times.


                                                • churches
                                                • forests
                                                • museums
                                                • pond
                                                • restaurants
                                                • ruins
                                                • water parks
                                                • waterfalls

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • walking

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • laundromat
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • cycling
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • fly fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • swimming


                                                                • Notes on accommodation: Apartamentos e Jardims de Florenca are in a small working village named Cumieira which is a village typical of this part of Portugal. The village comprises of a nursery and infant schools, a Mother Church dated from the 15th century complete with time chimes, a day centre for the elderly, a bar which doubles up as a restaurant at lunch time and finally a cemetery. As far as we know we are the only non-Portuguese in the entire village. The property is detached and is a corner plot.The accommodation exists over two floors and the property is fully walled and gated. All apartments face the gardens at the rear of the property. A double gated entrance exists at the front of the property directly into the courtyard garden, from where all apartments can be accessed. A second entrance is available via a single gate on the East elevation which takes you directly into the upper garden, again all apartments can be accessed from here.

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  1 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Awesome holiday apartment!

                                                                  Andrew B.Ottawa

                                                                  My husband and I truly enjoyed our stay in this beautiful apartment!

                                                                  We were greeted warmly (even a fire in the wood stove) and generously by our host/assistant who made sure that all of our needs were met. Loved the stunning backyard with orange and olive trees and fantastic view! Although we did not make use of the pool or the gazebo/BBQ, it was fun to imagine doing so in warmer months. We felt like we got the true Portuguese holiday experience. Thank you and we hope to be back!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Dear Mrs Buchanan,

                                                                  I'm so pleased that you and your husband enjoyed your stay with us at Apartamentos & Jardins de Florença.

                                                                  I'm also very pleased that our House Manager Shirley took good care of you throughout your stay, she's a true professional and we're very fortunate to have her with us.

                                                                  I do hope that you are able to come back in the warmer months so that you can enjoy all that we have to offer.

                                                                  For now wishing you both a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

                                                                  Tony Truss (Owner)


                                                                  Penela, Portugal

                                                                  See: 'Places of special interest' on our own website: www.centralportugalapartments.co.uk and in the apartments. Coast/Beach: Some of the best beaches on the West coast are within a comfortable hours drive from Cumieira. We would be happy to advise and help you with directions etc. This part of Portugal is blessed with Praia Fluvials which loosely translated means River Beaches and these are set in beautiful countryside and often have free barbecue facilities. Cumieira is ideally located to take advantage of the excellent road and rail networks to Porto, Lisbon, Tomar, Obidos, Fatima and many other places of interest. Travel: To enjoy your stay in Cumieira to the maximum car hire is essential. This can be arranged at either Lisbon or Porto airports. We are equidistant from either Lisbon or Porto.The journey by car from either Airport is 2 hours. The same journey by a combination of public transport and taxi is closer to 3 hours excluding waiting times for trains.We have very good service from local taxi companies to take you to and from restaurants etc. Distances: We are geographically fortunate here in Cumieira because although we exist within an absolute rural village setting, we are also close to main road links and train stations.Lisbon or Porto is 2 hours away, Obidos and Peniche are 90 minutes, Fatima, Tomar, Aviero, Batalha and West coast beaches are within an hour. The historic city of Coimbra (former capital city) 45 minutes and Town of Penela 20 minutes. Water theme parks at both Pombal and Castenhiera de Pera are within a 30 minute drive.

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