10 Peaceful Cottages on an estate in Aldeia de Cima, Central Portugal
- Swimming Pool
- Internet Access
- Log Fire
- Child Friendly
- Ideal for honeymoons
- Other rental properties on site
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 the owners who fell in love with its unique beauty and decided to bring it back to life. It is now home to eleven self contained cottages, and surrounded by wonderful grounds.
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. There’s 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 you’re 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
There are 10 houses on site, each with either one or two bedrooms (a total of 14 bedrooms on site). The site can accommodate up to 33 guests in total (excluding sofa beds and cots). Each house has a fully equipped kitchen, living room, at least one shower room and central heating. Each house also has TV and wifi internet access.
The gardens and terraces in Villa Pedra are a wonder to explore, and there’s 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 Pedra`’s 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! There’s lots of space for the children to play, and it’s 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. Minimum stay 2 nights. Villa Pedra does not accept any kind of pets. Breakfast and a daily cleaning service can be provided at an additional cost. Given the pandemic reality and in order to allow travelers to have more flexibility when making holiday plans, we’ve (temporarily) updated our cancellation policy. Guests can now cancel their reservation up to 48h00 before check-in without costs.