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Secluded lakeside property with spectacular mountain views

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,583 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights


About the property

This is a perfect holiday for singles, couples, families or groups

Alojamento Local (Tourist Licence) No: 11930

Our villa, Casa da Roda, is situated near Arganil in the Beiras region of Central Portugal.

The villa overlooks a lake with spectacular views of the mountains and is surrounded by a conservation area.

This is a perfect holiday for singles, couples, families or groups and is an ideal setting for workshops and retreats.

Why not try painting, bird watching, walking, fishing and more.

Taste the wines and cuisine of Portugal and enjoy nearby facilities which include horse riding, canoeing, etc.

You will be spoilt for choice with the selection of destinations to enjoy on your trips out which can include the University City of Coimbra (for shoppers and lovers of architecture), the broad white sandy beaches of the western coast and, to the east, the highest mountains in Portugal at Serra da Estrela.

If you prefer to relax at home, you can take in the views from the shaded verandahs and sunny patio with salt water swimming pool

More Details
Registration Number : Alojamento Local 11930

Linda Bosworth
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
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Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
April 10, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a special place. As soon as we walked in and saw the view from the verandah, we were instantly “chilled”.

The view to the lake is absolutely stunning and one you would never grow tired of

The villa is superb with every attention to detail taken care of. It’s like home from home but better equipped!

The weather was a bit changeable this time of year but still warm enough for T shirts – end September/beginning October

Tomar is an absolute must for a visit. Without doubt, the best national monument we’ve ever been to. Just Euros 6 to get in and real value for money. Would go again and again if we could.

Bobi and Cleo were gorgeous and were both regular visitors – we were tempted to leave our belongings behind and smuggle them into each of our suitcases!

As our fortnight progressed the weather got worse – went to Piodao on a rainy day – not the best of weather to visit a village made of slate and granite but absolutely fascinating just the same – would like to go again on a sunny day

Of all the places we have visited, we enjoyed going to Arganil the most. The town is lovely with some quaint little gift shops spread around. Don’t forget to look around the quiet back streets where there are some hidden shops and café bars

We have had a lovely relaxing two weeks and are heading home to our own menagerie tomorrow. We will definitely be coming back to see the dogs, explore some more places and try our luck at fishing again – no luck this time!

Thank you Geoff and Linda for creating such a lovely place to holiday, for giving us privacy but being there if we needed you

Thank you too to Bobi and Cleo – will always remember you two with fondness.
Sep 2013
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São Martinho da Cortiça Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2583 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet , Double bedroom ensuite
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 1 baby crib , Cot provided on request
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Can be converted into kingsize double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Double sofa bed in lounge
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Open plan upper level can be converted into sleeping area
  • The villa comprises 1 double bedroom (with ensuite shower room) 1 twin bedroom (which can be converted into a king-size bed) with a separate bathroom. A large lounge with wood burner can be used as a double bedroom using the double sofa bed. A cot and high chair are supplied. The upper level of the villa is open plan and can be converted into a sleeping area with 2 single beds or a double sofa bed with clothes hanging facilities.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Boat
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 2 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Secluded lakeside property with spectacular mountain views
average rating of 4.785714 based on 47 reviews
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A little piece of heaven

  • 5 of 5

A truly stunning location, devoid of chip eating, beer drinking tourists. This is the true Portugal where you get to meet and mix with the locals. The villa itself is superb with everything you could want. This was our 17th holiday at this place and it gets better every time. The hosts are on hand for advice on places to go, but do not intrude in your space. I can not rate this highly enough and advise you to try it for yourself. I have already booked our next visit and can't wait to be sitting on the veranda with a glass of the local wine admiring the stunning view.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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A truly amazing and relaxing holiday destination

  • 5 of 5

Casa da Roda is situated in the most amazing location. The villa overlooks the River Alva which is great for swimming, and there is a rowing boat for exploring the river further. The view from the villa terraces and from the pool area is breathtaking. There are plenty of seating/eating areas around the property so you can be in full sun or shade. The salt water pool is perfect for cooling down and we spent most days laughing and playing around the pool. There is so much to do in the area if that's what you want. We chose to just totally relax at the villa with a few trips out during our week. The river beach at Gois is an excellent day out and you can have lunch at a table with your feet in the river which our grandchildren loved. Lin and Geoff have obviously put a lot of work into making Casa da Roda such a wonderful place. They live on site but are completely invisible unless you want them for anything. They are both very knowledgeable about the area, both are helpful with Portuguese language, and we loved spending time with them. The villa is spacious, very well equiped and we wanted for nothing. The welcome pack of food, milk and water was great and meant we didn't immediately have to go shopping. There was also a huge bowl of fruit waiting for us. After such a stress free and relaxing holiday we've booked again for next year - well, why wouldn't you?

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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fantastic villa

  • 5 of 5

Superbly equipped villa, wonderful location, helpful owners on site to advise as much or as little as may be required. Highly recommended

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
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Haven of peace and beauty

  • 5 of 5

A peaceful, secluded place in beautiful surroundings with a tastefully decorated, spacious house. If you have any concerns from the description be assured - no mozzies from the river, the pool is just big enough for proper excercise if you want it (about 10 strokes), no traffic noise from the village (half a dozen cars per day). We had a wonderful, restful holiday. Your hosts can tell you places to eat, swim and visit, but mostly we just chilled. Try a cool, early morning row on the river - magical.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
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A little piece of paradise

  • 4 of 5

A secluded, well-maintained property in what we consider the most beautiful part of Portugal. The owners Lin and Geoff wonderfully complement the laid-back way of living we had hoped for. Linda, Roel, Nils, Gunnar

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
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A wonderful house with beautiful river views

  • 5 of 5

The house is perched above a wooded valley with views of the large river that flows through it. Sitting on the shaded terrace watching the wildlife including the birds and butterflies was a highlight of our stay. In the house everything is provided with excellent standards of cleanliness and decoration. The welcome pack - was just that - most welcome and generous.

We had a marvellous time on the property and visiting local attractions. Linda made us most welcome and helped us out when our understanding of Portugal wasn't up to it.

I would completely recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
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Nearest Airport
160 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Train
55 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
55 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
7 Kilometres
Car: recommended

The Beiras is an area of contrasts, both ancient and modern with villages perched on mountain outcrops and endlessly appealing views of terraced olive groves and cool forest streams.

The villa is situated 7km from the town of Arganil and is a 2 hour drive from Porto and 3 hours from Lisbon.

The nearest café and shop is less than 2 miles away in Sarnadela; there is a Post Office less than 2 miles away in Pombeiro da Beira. The nearest supermarkets are in Arganil which is about 15 minutes drive from the villa – Intermarche and Lidl are the main supermarkets but there are also many cafes, restaurants and small shops including take away pizza, etc.

You will be spoilt for choice with the selection of destinations to enjoy on your trips out which can include the University City of Coimbra (for shoppers and lovers of architecture), the broad white sandy beaches of the western coast and, to the east, the highest mountains in Portugal at Serra da Estrela.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

The weekly prices are for up to 4 persons. For larger groups and special offers please contact the owners direct

NB: Prices quoted for December and January do not include Christmas and New Year - please contact owners for rental prices during these periods.
Terms are 50% non refundable deposit on reservation, the balance is payable 28 days before commencement of your holiday

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Canceled bookings will not receive a refund