About the property
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- Minimum Stay3 nights
Charming 2-4p duplex, with lovely views, at the heart of historical center
Recent renovation (November 2011) of a mid 1800’s house, this lovely duplex features decorative paintings on the walls and offers all the amenities you will need during your stay in Sintra.
The first floor has an open space with a double chaise longue, a double day bed, window seat and a well equipped open-plan kitchen. Also in this floor you can find a bathroom with double sinks and a spacious shower as well as a closed veranda overlooking Sintra’s “Palácio da Vila”, where you can enjoy a drink while watching the sunset after a long day discovering Sintra.
In the attic, you will find a cosy bedroom with twin beds and two large windows overlooking the village plaza and surrounding countryside. This house accommodates up to 4 persons (the living area contains a day bed that can easily provide 2 additional sleeping accommodations) and is specially indicated for couples and small families. A cot may be added, on request, at no extra charge.
Sintra: Few places in the world can envoke a sense of magic and mystery as does Sintra. From magical forests to romantic palaces Sintra never fails to seduce. Described by Lord Byron as “Glorious Eden,” Sintra’s charms have long been celebrated. Once the summer residence of the kings of Portugal and of the Moorish lords of Lisbon before them, today Sintra is a romantic getaway for people from all around the world. The UNESCO Committee decided to inscribe Sintra as a World Heritage Site at the category of Cultural Landscape, because: 'the site is of outstanding universal value as it represents a pioneering approach to Romantic landscaping which had an outstanding influence on developments elsewhere in Europe.' This magical place is dominated by steep mountains and lush forests which create a microclimate, always several degrees cooler than Lisbon. Hosting beautiful palaces with neo-gothic towers, a visit to Sintra is a must
Other ways to discover in Sintra: In addition to the usual activities, we also suggest: Take a trolley ride from Sintra to Praia das Maçãs; Visit a wine cellar, 'Adega Regional de Colares'; Take afternoon tea at Lawrence's Hotel (the most ancient hotel in Iberia peninsula); Drink water in the fountain, 'Fonte da Sabuga' (whoever drinks this water will surely return to Sintra); Learn how to take care of a Bonsai in 'Bonsai Centro Sintra'; Specially for the children, visit 'Museu da Ciência Viva' and 'Quintinha Pedagógica' in Monserrate Park. You will find, at the house, more information on various itineraries to visit Sintra on foot, or other suggestions using alternative transportations such as, segway, bike, horse or jeep/buggy.
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 23, 2018
About Silvia Rodrigues
We have 2 school aged children and we love to travel.
Silvia Rodrigues purchased this House in 2011
Why Silvia Rodrigues chose Santa Maria e São Miguel
The main purpose of this house, located just 10 minutes away from were we live, is to be offered on house exchanges that we love to do during our holidays. We also use it to receive family and friends. We only rent it a few weeks per year to help with the maintenance expenses.
What makes this House unique
This house was thought and decorated accordingly to what we like to find when we travel. It was all the main amenities that you usually have at home, but that are so hard to find in touristic apartments. Our goal is to make everyone who visit us feel comfortable and at home, just like you do when you are visiting our friends. What made us fall in love for this house, was its location and fantastic views from all the windows. I love decorating and giving character to a house, so all the walls have lovely hand painted motifs, all done by my sister-in-law.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
There just can't be a more perfect place to stay in Sintra!
Location- perfect. Host interaction - perfect. View- perfect. Decor- perfect. We just loved it!
My husband and I stayed at Silvia and Mario's apartment for 7 nights and were overwhelmingly pleased with the entire experience. Sintra is a magical location, and a wonderful home base from which to explore the surrounding area. We rented a car at the Lisbon airport and made the 45-minute drive to the apartment. Finding a parking spot in Sintra can be a bit tricky, but we found that if we drove the loop on the main road through town a couple of times, a spot would open up on the road along the wall above the apartment--this gave us a great chance to get acquainted with the layout of the town as well. The apartment is in the heart of the historic town center, with a fairy tale-like labyrinth of cobblestone corridors housing restaurants, shops, and markets. We found everything we needed for our stay within a stone's throw of the apartment; the apartment itself is thoughtfully renovated and equipped with modern comforts including wifi, a coffee maker, tea kettle, hair dryer, and plush robes. Mario graciously arranged to stop by the apartment on the first night of our stay to offer helpful hints and answer any questions we had. Silvia was very quick to respond to my numerous emails before and during the stay--she and Mario did an excellent job in making our stay in Sintra a fantastic experience! As there were so many interesting things to do and see in Sintra, we toured around the town by foot and via the Hop-on Hop-off bus for the first three days of our stay. We rode the train into Lisbon one day (the train station is within easy walking distance of the apartment), and drove our rental car to Obidos and along the coast on other days of our stay. I would highly recommend this apartment to anyone interested in experiencing a truly unique, welcoming stay in an amazing setting.
Perfect location as a palace neighbor
This comfortable apartment, perched on the hill just across from one palace, and downhill from another, was a terrific spot for a traveling couple over the New Years holiday. Close to nearby attractions, but not in the middle of the tourist center, we enjoyed a restful holiday. The owner was delightful and helpful, and made it easy getting to and finding the property. SO much better than staying in a hotel!
Note that this is not the place to stay if you have any mobility challenges, as there are steep paths to the apartment, and a couple of staircases to navigate within the property.
A Lovely Find!
We felt so lucky to have found this artistically decorated apartment in the very center of Sintra! The owners were so helpful. They atranged a taxi to take us to and from the airport, personally explained how everything operated in the apartment and even left fruit, tea and cookies. Out of every window we were greeted with a breathtaking view. What a find! We were so in love with the location( right across the street from the Sintra Palace)and the ambience of this place that we extended our stay for two extra days.
Storybook Property in Storybook City
My teenager daughter and I stayed in this very charming rental for four nights, and genuinely, I can not imagine a more appropriate or magical place to stay in Sintra. Perched above the lovely town, every single window offers a postcard-worthy perspective. The sights are literally at your doorstep (and actually the best place to observe sunset is a two-minute walk), and yet, the second your turn the corner into your sweet hideaway the crowds and sounds disappear. Added to this were the lovely biscuits and other staples, comfy beds and seating, and a fine shower. Really a unique and beautiful place to stay and we loved it.
Cozy, magical and great location
We had a wonderful stay in this Sintra apartment which had every modern convenience needed, in a house dating back to the 1500s. The location cannot be beat (once you find it!), and no detail has been spared. We stayed for 3 nights and each day marveled at some new creative use of space or artistic touch. Silvia and Mario were very responsive to all of our communication needs, and made our stay very easy. We traveled with our two children (now adult aged), and opted to chose our sleep space based on height.
For restaurants, proximity to historic restaurants, shops and sites, this can't be beat. It feels very special to be able to step into your private space, amidst people milling about photographing the streets and architecture. The evenings are quiet enough, and we thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful music rising up from a nearby restaurant.
For those who come by car, our advice would be that it is easiest to park above the area where the apartment is located. We always managed to find a space, and after 5:30 we never had any trouble finding a spot for the night. What worked well was to see sites in morning and early afternoon, explore beaches in the later afternoon, and come back to town for the evenings.
There are a couple of good restaurants up that way - we loved Dona Maria for both food and terrace view, and Tacho Real was awesome.
Hope to make it back there soon, and would gladly stay in Silvia and Mario's place again.
Nested in the mountainside, this lovely house close to “Palácio da Vila” (only surviving Royal Palace from the middle ages) and Tourist Information is perfect for couples and families as a starting point to discover Sintra - UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Moorish Castle, Palácio da Pena, Quinta da Regaleira, the palace and gardens of Monserrate are all nearby and very easy to reach on foot or regular schedule touristic bus/train. Golf: There are 2 golf resorts just 5 km away: Penha Longa Golf Resort (9 and 18 holes course) and Pestana Sintra Golf Resort (18 holes course). You can find 3 additional resorts just 10 km away in Cascais/Estoril. Surf: Excellent surf beaches just 10 km away. Ericeira one of the best surf beaches in the world is only 30 km away.
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Para estadias mais longas (mais de 1 semana) está também incluída 1 limpeza semanal (incluí troca de roupa de cama e toalhas). Serviços adicionais de limpeza estão disponíveis caso sejam solicitados. Limpeza final incluída.