|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Casa da Olga is a one bedroom cottage with a private traditional courtyard garden with grape vines,flower beds,succulent plants and cacti in pots - a great place for sunbathing on the loungers or eating out and cooking on the barbeque! Sea views can be seen from the garden gate and it's only a short walk to the beach / village center (450 meters), and it's closest well stocked convenience shop is just 200 meters away.
Casa da Olga is certificated member of 'Registo de Alojamento Local', And is proud to display the 'Sintra Inn' plack having been assessed for legal conformity, safety & quality by Sintra Camara Municipal.
Sales tax is included in the price, And a Tax receipt given.
It was completely rebuilt from ruins in 2004 with holiday makers in mind, So all of it's fixtures and fittings were chosen with style, practicality and simplicity in mind making the cottage extremely easy and comfortable to stay in, Including the winter season as it has heating.
The cottage has one double bedroom (double bed, 2 bedside tables with lamps, large wardrobe, chair), a well equipped kitchen, lounge area with HD Digital television, DVD player and great sounding CD / Radio / Ipod docking stereo unit, and Wi-Fi internet connection is available throughout the cottage and courtyard garden.
A good selection of current popular best selling paperback books is also provided, along with maps and local information.
The bathroom has a sink with storage underneath, toilet and shower cubical with abundant water pressure and temperature.
All the bed linen and towels are provided, including kitchen towels. But please do bring your own towels to take to the beach.
In the courtyard there is a large BBQ with all the utensils, 2 sun loungers with padded covers, table and chairs for 2 with umbrella.
Lisbon Coast Cottages, founded in 2004 by Ana Mason-Correia and Ralph Mason, is made up of a small strong team.
We (Ana & Ralph) are husband and wife. Ralph, English from Shrewsbury in the West Midlands and Ana, Portuguese who grew up by the sea in the outskirts of Lisbon before moving to London to pursue university studies, where we eventually met.
Ana is a graphic designer by trade but now works remotely from home for an UK based company Wahanda, and Ralph, who was a senior quality control technician for a major radio-pharmaceutical company before the move to Portugal, now works for the properties full time.
In the Portuguese side of the family were the 3 beach cottages in a very delapidated state, which we inherited in 2004. We instantly set to work rebuilding Casa da Olga from scratch whilst simultaneously doing a major refurbishment of Vila Arcos. They were both ready and we opened for business in June 2005.
Soon after the London rat race became more of a drag than the stuff dreams are made of, so in a leap of faith we decided to renovate the 3rd cottage (Casa da Bia), move to Portugal and try and make a new better life in the sun. It was the spring of 2006.
Subsequently we have poured blood, sweat and tears into Lisbon Coast Cottages, transforming it into a steadily growing and secure business. From the initial 3 beach cottages, expansion was started by the acquisition and refurbishment of another cottage in the heart of historical Sintra, which was sold in the Autumn of 2011 as we want to concentrate fully on the area around Praia das Maçãs do ensure the best quality service possible.
As well as the owned properties, Ana & Ralph exclusively and comprehensively manage a 6 bedroom Luxury Villa with pool and sea Views called Casal de Santa Maria for it's owners Stuart & Sue Pearson who live in London, property number p88135 on this site.
Ralph Mason purchased this cottage in 2004
Ana's grandparents built the cottage in the early 1950's. It was occupied by a lady who performed house cleaning duties in the local area She and her husband raised their 2 children in the cottage.
When we inherited the cottage in 2004 it had been unoccupied for many years and was in a very bad way and required to be completely rebuilt.
We rebuilt the cottage as a rental unit rather than for our own use, so every thing was chosen to be the perfect blend of style, simplicity and durability. On arrival you will find the cottage exactly as in the photos, and the cottage is extremely easy to live in.
When deciding on the name of the cottage, there could only be one choice: 'Olga' the lady that had called it her home so so many years!
Being simply the two of us on the management side of the company, you will be dealing exclusively with one of us every step of the way, from your initial enquiry through to questions, booking and payment. On arrival you will be greeted personally by one of us together with a nice bottle of wine and a basket of fresh local goodies to help you start off your holiday. We can, if you wish, also point you in the direction of all the best places to eat and places to go. We live just a few miles from the cottages and are more than happy to help should you need any help 24hrs a day.
We have been renting properties in the village since 2005 and are building a brand, not just renting a single property and so take our guests requirements very seriously and any unforeseen problems are dealt with extremely quickly!
A broken / damaged item remaining in a property is just not the way we work.
'We highly recommend these cottages for those who like to stay among the locals in pristine accommodations at a reasonable price.' Kathy & Dick Hughes and Jack Williamson, USA – April 2007
'We had a great time here and everything was as Ana and Ralph said it would be. The beaches were very unspoilt and uncrowded, the villa was immaculate and it was easy to get around without a car. Sintra is definitely well worth a visit. We would certainly recommend this as a holiday.' Nigel & Carolyn Conquest, UK – August 2006
'We had a fantastic week, the cottage was great so close to the beach! Praia das Maçãs is a great beach holiday location; not touristy, great cheap seafood restaurants, clean beaches and plenty of sun!' Danielle Ivory and Jeremy Haines, UK – August 2006
'Thank you for a fantastic holiday. The house is perfect and very comfortable, and everything you need or want is there!' Jan de Meulenaere, Belgium – July 2005
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We love the Lisbon coast, and this was our first time North of Lisbon for 30 years. What a find Casa da Olga was.
From the moment we arrived Ralph was attentive, knowledgeable and conscientious. If the only thing you do is listen to where Ralph tells you to park in the beautiful town of Sintra, then that will make your holiday. But listen more, and you will get great tips on beaches, coastal walks, cheap and cheerful cafes serving great food, and top notch restaurants with atmosphere and fabulous food.
The cottage is beautifully presented, small as described, clean, fully equipped for a 2 person holiday, and a really super outdoor space with sun loungers, chairs and table and chimney barbecue. The ceramic floors keep the cottage cool in the height of summer, as do the shutters. Parking is right outside, and the area is nice and quiet.
Praia das Macas has a range of small shops, including 2 mini-mercados, a bakery (open randomly) and excellent butcher who speaks English and recommended the best black pork we have ever had.
The local beach is pleasant and clean, but the coast is definitely worth exploring. Praia da Aguda is a short drive away, or a 1 hour walk all along the cliff top path. The 230 something steps down are safe and easy to manage, and the unspoilt beach is well worth the walk down. Parking at the top is free and plentiful. Praia da Adraga was also worth the visit, and had a very nice restaurant right by the beach.
Sintra is worth a whole day. Be prepared to walk and you will see so much more than using the car. The Palace at Monserrate was also delightful, with splendid gardens and tastefully renovated stately home.
If the opportunity comes we will definitely visit the area again, and without doubt use Ralph's lovely cottage.
Great location and private. Clean Clean Clean!!!
Ceramic floors throughout and a granit wrap around patio with wonderful gardens. We stayed in the 2 bedroom cottage, and found it roomy for our family of 4.
Everything you need is there. Ralph and his Maria were great hosts. We were due to arrive July 28, but our accommodations did not work out for the 2 nights prior and we proceeded to get on to Sintra area. I called Ralph, and although he had already left the area, he recommended a decent place to stay for the night, and welcomed us the next day at no charge. You don't find people like this very often. Just to let you know, we stayed at 3 different places during our 18 days in Portugal, and the only place that did not work out, was the one that was recommended to us by a travel agent.
This was our first trip to Europe and very hesitant on booking on line. Ralph and I communicated several times by phone and email. We stayed in July of 2007 and the boys still talk about it. Great beaches, make sure to check out Grand Beach, and some of the less popular ones off the beaten track. We have some amazing photos. Don't be afraid to explore, whether by foot or by car. Ralph has done an amazing job on the web site. It is dead on, no surpises. Kids were 10 and 11 at the time. They were happy running down to the local market for the ice cream. Make sure to ask Ralph for the name of the very popular family restaurant in the next village (sorry, I forgot). Hope they still have the bbq stand by the fire station on Friday and Saturdays. Amazing chicken, and buns, crazy inexpensive. Make sure you get there early. We got a chance to get into the Calarus winery, very cool. Restaurant eating could get pricy, but we took advance of the local butcher and had a few charcoal bbqs. Cafe down the way was great for breakfast or lunch. Large portions and very inexpensive. Good access to take rail to Lisbon. We would stay here again if every we find ourselves in Portugal again. There is something for everyone here.
Although the cottage is small it is very well equipped and has evrything you need for a comfortable holiday. The garden area is wonderful to relax in after a day sightseeing or on the beach. There is a good choice of restaurants and shops etc in the village and everyone was very friendly. Ralph, the owner came by every other day to check we were okay and ask if we needed any information. He gave us good advice on the bus and train services which are both excellent for getting around. We visited Lisbon and travelled uo the coast to Estoril - both well worth a trip. Nearby Sintra has lots to offer, soaked with history and it's own castle and palace - both very good value for money. There are plenty of interesting little shops and cafes in the narrow cobbled streets.
The beach is cleaned daily and covered by lifeguards as the sea can be a bit dangerous and is frequented by lots of surfers for which it is ideal.
We trekked to Cap de Roca - the most westerly point in Europe and the walk is worth the effort if you are fit enough - about 2- 2.5 hours. There is a fantastic restaurant in the village there to reward yourselves with
All in all a wonderful holiday
Ruth and Robbie June 2008
Casa da Olga is located a quiet residential street in the small welcoming sea village of Praia das Maçãs, Situated on the west coast of Portugal, just 40kms north west of Lisbon / Lisbon Airport.
Praia das Maçãs is a true gem of a beach side village and still to this day has remained mostly unspoilt by commercialism, the village boasts a golden sand beach,a hand full of cafe-bar's and restaurants, a beautiful 1940's Saltwater swimming pool and lido, a safe Children's play area with swings and slide, a fresh produce market, butchers, bakers, fish mongers, post office and a few independent shop's.
It has a small friendly community and by the end of your stay you are bound to feel part of it!
It is well served by public transport with a bus service running 7 days a week, and also an historic electric tram running at the weekend, both of which all year round.
Praia das Maçãs is only 12km from the exquisitely beautiful world heritage site town of Sintra ( bus & tram connects them ).
Sintra is a UNESCO world heritage site and has 6 palaces and a Moors castle amongst it's historic attractions, famous since before Victorian times it's has always attracted the art's and there is also many galleries and exhibitions to explore.
There is also easy access to Lisbon itself, the famous casino in Estoril, or the beautiful marina at Cascais.
The perfect romantic getaway or the perfect Family beach holiday the choices are endless both in activities and entertainment!
We live locally and have worked hard to find the very best performing company's that provide services to tourists such as Wine tasting, cycling / bike hire and guiding, para gliding, surfing,body boarding, horse riding & segway tours.
Golf is very popular in the local area and we have 7 golf courses that are close to the cottage, All are pretty much in the same area on the south side of the Sintra hill, all of them being a 25 mins / 25 euro taxi ride away.
In no particular order.
ESTORIL BLUE COURSE
ESTORIL GOLF CLUB
PENHA LONGA ATLANTICO
PENHA LONGA MOSTEIRO
QUINTA DA BELOURA
QUINTA DA MARINHA
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$160|
For rentals between 1 and 2 weeks, for example 10 nights, we pro-rata the daily cost and add it to the weekly cost, we do not charge for two full weeks.
A 25% deposit is required to reserve the villa, and then the 75% balance payment is due no later than 8 weeks before the start of your holiday.