2 Bedroom Peaceful Cottages in Portugal, Central Portugal, Soure
Villa Pedra was born out of an abandoned estate on a slope of Serra do Sico, right in the centre of Portugal. Discovered by Manuel Casal, who fell in love with the places unique beauty, it is now home to four self contained cottages, and surrounded by wonderful grounds.
On a slope of Serra do Sicó, right in the centre of Portugal, old Aldeia de Cima had been abandoned for over seventy years or so, before it was discovered by Manuel Casal, who fell in love with its unique beauty and decided to bring it back to life. Carefully respecting the spirit of the region, old construction techniques were used to recover the limestone block walls covered with ochre lime to preserve the ecological, aesthetic basis, ensuring absolute comfort throughout the year. Its basic concept lies in well being, peacefulness, quality and authenticity. Here, one will find time and serenity for reflection and the supreme privilege of doing nothing.
The weekly markets in the local towns are great places to have a look at the local arts and crafts, especially the wicker basketry and patchwork quilts. Here you can also purchase wonderfully fresh food and drink the region is particularly well known for its honey, Rabacal cheese, walnuts and wines. There are lots of walking trails nearby, some even starting from your doorstep. Theres a wonderful river beach nearby with natural swimming pools to swim in, great picnic spots and a lovely restaurant. The Atlantic coast is only 45km away so enjoy some time at the beach while youre here. The town of Penela is well worth a visit, especially its castle and church. Vale das Buracas is another must see. The buracas are spectacular geologic formations which, for its dimension, impresses any visitor.
From Lisboa, take the A1 until the km 153 and exit to the IC8 towards Pombal. Drive for about 4 km and exit to the IC2/N1 towards Coimbra. After 13,5 km, turn right following the sign for Pombalinho and drive 10 km more. Turn to Cotas and go through another 1 km until Villa Pedra. From Porto, take the A1 until Condeixa-a-Nova and exit to the IC2/N1 towards Pombal. When leaving Venda Nova, turn left, taking the N348 until you reach the sign for Cotas. Once there, turn left again and go through another 1 km until Villa Pedra.
Nearest Train Station:
45km (Atlantic Coast)
Lots in neighbouring towns
Each house has a fully equipped kitchen, living room, at least one bathroom (2 houses have a shower, 2 have bath and shower) and central heating. Each house also has LCD TV, DVD, CD player and broadband internet access. Jasmine House has one double room and the facility to sleep an extra person / couple on the sofa bed in the living room. Rosemary House, Laurel House and Almond Tree house each have two bedrooms, as well as a sofa bed in the living room. Laurel House has two sitting rooms.
The gardens and terraces in Villa Pedra are a wonder to explore, and theres always a shady spot where you can while away some lazy hours. Aside from the communal gardens and swimming pool, each house also has its own private terrace and garden, each with table, chairs and BBQ, where you can enjoy some privacy should you so wish. Children will love the giant aviary on site which houses swans and Java ducks (usually to be found in the pond!), chickens, and even Australian parrots! Villa Pedras concept lies in wellbeing and peacefulness. Whether wallowing in the swimming pool, or finding a quiet corner in the gardens, you can always find some peace and quiet! Theres lots of space for the children to play, and its very safe as there are no cars in the village. Listen to the sounds of silence with only the birds and goats for company!
The design of Villa Pedra was inspired by the triad of Roman villas which dominate the region. The Romans settled in this region and developed important urban centres; Villa Pedra is in the middle of these. So, to the north, you will find the most famous Roman ruins in Portugal, Conimbriga. To the East, Villa Romana do Rabacal, and to the South, Villa Romana de Santiago da Guarda. Each site is well set up to welcome visitors.
Conditions of Rental
Reservation deposit: 30% of the total amount The remainder is to be paid upon check-out. Cancellation: up to 7 days before check-in: free of charges - Less than 7 days before check-in: no refund of deposit. Minimum stays: 2 to 3 nights on public holidays and long weekends; 2 nights at weekends; 6 nights in August. Pets: Villa Pedra does not accept any kind of pets. Breakfast is supplied but is prepared by the guests, so you can wake up and eat whenever you want! Breakfast items include: Fresh bread / Fruit juice / Milk, coffee and tea / Variety of cereals / Butter / Eggs / Rabaçal Cheese / Ham / Homemade jams / Fruit. All prices are based on two people. Extra people will incur further cost.
- Swimming Pool
- DVD player
- Internet Access
- Linen provided
- Log Fire
- Maid Service
- Child Friendly
- Ideal for honeymoons
- Other rental properties on site
- Short breaks available