Sintra Natural Park accommodation in Portugal

“Just 40km from Lisbon, this B&B guesthouse is in another world of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. If you love walking, book for a week as you'll be spoiled for choice.”

Highlights

Sintra-Cascais Natural Park | Sintra UNESCO World Heritage Site | Cabo da Roca | Cascais | Walking and cycling trails | Good public transport | Bus stop 5 minutes walk | Free use of bikes

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Our top tip:
Travel without a car, as you can walk/cycle everywhere. You aren’t a car free freak here. You are welcomed.
Room description:
1 single, 4 double ensuite rooms. Min. age 13.
Solos:
Single room for solo travellers.
Amenities:
Shared outdoor, summer kitchen available for self-catering, outdoor swimming pool, use of two bikes.
Meals:
Organic breakfasts included. Rooms stocked daily with water, fruit, biscuits, organic teas. Plenty of local producers and shops.
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Sintra Natural Park accommodation in Portugal

Environment

We strive to be as environmentally friendly as possible. We recycle most everything, we compost, save rainwater , have a low chemical swimming pool, organic garden, low voltage light bulbs, low energy appliances, environmentally safe cleaning products, organic sheets and towels.

We heat the living/dining area and the kitchen with our own wood from pruned trees. We hope to have our solar hotwater system completed in the near future. We also dream of an electric car. Towels are only changed every three days, and sheets are changed once per week. We have quality well water.

We have bikes for guests to borrow. An well serviced bus stop is a 5 minute walk form our house. We offer shuttle service. Guests are encouraged to walk to the village shops, restaurants and beaches.

Community

We love this community and support it buy purchasing as much as we can from local organic farmers and small food poducers and the cooperativa ecologica (a coop to support small local, mostly organic, farmers). We shop at the small local shops and restaurants and avoid any big corporation owned chain stores.

We believe in being as sustainable as possible. We support local organic farmers and shop at local stores. We believe in buying fruits and vegetables that grow here and are in season. We belong and support the local organic food and farm cooperative and participate in their events which are open to guests.

We support and donate to the local chapter of the Salvation Army which runs home for senior citizens. We encourage our guests to shop locally, encourage guests to partake in the local cultural activities/workshops/music and art festivals/village festivities. We offer walking holidays where the local guide shares local folk lore, vegetarian cooking classes and creative fulfillment retreats. Our instructors are local people who have a deep sense/respect for this beautiful area.

We encourage our guests to walk to our village, eat and shop there. Our village is very quaint with all the shops still owned by local families where often 3 generations are working long hours to survive. We have local guides for guided walking, biking and fishing tours, who suport our ideals and who speak several languages, are knowledgeable about the historic lore of the area.

The materials for the renovation of our guesthouse are as sustainable as available. We have been able to up-cycle most everything. We have been careful to recycle as much of the building debris as possible.

The Cooperativa Ecologica 7 Nomes in Colares was founded 3 years ago by a group of local people who wanted to bring more awareness for organic agriculture, sustainable living, Permaculture, healing plants, composting and alternative therapeutic methods to the area. There is a small farm run by volunteers, a small shop selling the produce from the farm and from other area farmers and gardeners, workshops, documentary films, a small cafe and community get togethers. The volunteers of the Coopertiva Ecologica also organize an annual Alternative Lifestyle/Sustainablity fair in Sintra every September. We help as much as we can. Our guests are welcome to shop there.

Landscape

The Sintra natural park is a beautiful unspoilt nature preserve and our guesthouse is located in the heart of it. We love the natural beauty of our surroundings.
We offer guided and self-guided walking tours . We encourage our guests to read several of the books we have available about this wonderfu area. We have maps, 2 mountain bikes, and miles of walking trails right at our front gate. We encourage our guests to explore the area.

Reviews of Sintra Natural Park accommodation in Portugal

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 10 Jul 2016 by

A fantastic way to relax and unwind in beautiful surroundings among caring and considerate hosts. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Jun 2016 by

Excellent. One of the best we have had. We came home refreshed and reinvigorated. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Sep 2016 by

They are superb hosts who do not simply offer lovely rooms and food, they go beyond that to make sure their guests feel welcome in Portugal. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Sep 2016 by

I really enjoyed staying here and I enjoyed the range of walks that are on offer in this area but the thing that really made this stay for me was the people that I met there. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Jun 2016 by

It's a beautiful location, especially for walkers. We met some very interesting people (including the owners) during our stay and enjoyed exploring the local area, where we found people very friendly and helpful. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Feb 2016 by

Enjoyable journey of discovery of another country. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Jul 2015 by

We had a wonderful holiday at Colina Flora - the accommodation is beautiful, the swimming pool wonderfully refreshing, everything clean and beautifully decorated. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 May 2015 by

This was the most relaxing holiday we have ever had. The location was beautiful and there were many moderate walking expeditions to be made in the area. Travel to Cascais and Sintra was straightforward using the local bus service. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Mar 2015 by

5 stars plus! A lovely B&B if you appreciate nature and love to walk. Accommodations and service are outstanding.Hosts very friendly and helpful. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Mar 2015 by

Brilliant, couldn't have asked for more! Great accommodation, very welcoming and helpful hosts. Beautiful countryside with very interesting sites to visit. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Oct 2015 by

There's plenty to see and do, lots of variety, helpful suggestions and service beyond expectation from our hosts. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Sep 2015 by

Lovely place, lovely people and very relaxing. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Jun 2015 by

The accommodation is a wonderful, peaceful, well-run, environmentally friendly, clean and happy place with endless opportunities to explore the area and get to know the local culture, food and people. Read full review

Reviewed on 31 May 2015 by

The accommodation is an amazingly beautiful place, highly recommended. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Feb 2015 by

This is a lovely place to stay with lovely walks available in the surrounding countryside. It was a really relaxing stay but there is plenty to do and places to visit in the surrounding area. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Sep 2014 by

First class!!....Owners of the property helped us plan wonderful cycling trips in the area through majestic woodland, gorgeous beaches, unspoilt villages and great restaurants. Also wonderful breakfasts. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Oct 2014 by

We needed a break and did that in a peacefully located “green” guest house in the rural hills of the amazing Sintra Natural Park - in other words “Mission Completed” Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Oct 2014 by

We thoroughly enjoyed our break in a great place where Aasta and James were super supportive and helpful hosts. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Sep 2014 by

10 out of 10. Perfect for relaxing....Without doubt our most memorable part has to be James and Aastas care of and help to their guests. Their expertise of all things local, historical places, restaurants, walks is second to none Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Oct 2014 by

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Reviewed on 27 Aug 2013 by

It was wonderful. We had such a relaxing time, good food, good wine...Nothing was too much trouble for James and Aasta, they made us feel so welcome. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Apr 2013 by

The location is perfect for sightseeing in Sintra, cliff walking, forest trails, beach visits, day trip to Lisbon or Cascais, good and reasonable eating options...the perfect cocktail of good accommodation , helpful hosts, location, scenic walking, sightseeing and food. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Nov 2013 by

We had a relaxing holiday, James & Aasta made us very welcome and gave us lots of tips, advice and information on the local area. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Oct 2012 by

The most memorable and exciting part of my holiday was the amazing nature surrounding you everywhere. I spent amazing joyful moments in this lovely guesthouse. The owner and his wife are really helpful with the help and advice he provides every morning after the lovely and healthy breakfast. I felt home... It was unforgettable holiday. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Aug 2012 by

The most memorable parts were the beautiful scenery, lots of interesting places to visit, lovely warm weather, warm, helpful, friendly people, the best eco-friendly guest house, James and Aasta are the most wonderful innkeepers. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2012 by

This is the perfect guest house to spend a brilliant holiday eating lovely food, exploring a magical area and meeting fantastic people. The surroundings are beautiful and James and Aasta are the best hosts imaginable, offering help and advice, cooking wonderful breakfasts and looking after your every need. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Aug 2012 by

The most memorable part was the beautiful views, the amazing walks, the wonderful breakfasts, the dramatic fantastic beach, eating fresh fish at the restaurant on the beach, walking to the village... Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Mar 2012 by

The birthday cakes and song I got on the last morning of my stay. A lovely way to start a birthday! ...Very friendly owners made this a wonderful place to stay. The views from our room were spectacular and almost worth the price alone! Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Feb 2012 by

We loved every minute, James and Aasta have created something very special in the heart of a very beautiful part of the world and we feel very privileged to have been able to share it. Cannot recommend this trip enough! Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Feb 2012 by

This was a really relaxing holiday in a beautiful area of Portugal. Colina Flora is in a great location and the standard of the accommodation is very high. The hosts, James and Aasta were very welcoming and quickly made me feel at home. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Dec 2012 by

Wonderful ! James and Aasta looked after us brilliantly. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Nov 2012 by

Excellent! Wonderful country, area and people. Our first holiday together since getting married 3 years ago and it didn't disappoint even though the weather wasn't as warm as we'd hoped. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Sep 2012 by

Our most memorable part of the holiday was dinner in the garden served by Aasta and James, watching the sun set on the horizon...Would love to return. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2012 by

The fabulous breakfasts and suppers Aasta served up...Everything we had hoped for! We wanted a slow-paced, relaxing week with a little bit of sight-seeing and that is what we got. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2012 by

There cannot be one memorable part of the holiday as there were quite a few. Our hosts were extremely helpful and always willing to give advice on what to do; where to go; and what to see (and eat!) Asta's breakfasts were always a real treat. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Jul 2012 by

The wonderful location with views of the ocean and walks from the house to the forest. Very close to such an amazing array of natural and cultural pursuits also close to a beautiful local village and excellent restaurants. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Jul 2012 by

There were many memorable parts including: the wonderful friendliness of the Portuguese people, great food, wine, beaches. Meeting cool fellow travellers. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Jun 2012 by

A wonderfully refreshing break. Our accommodation was spacious with amazing views and a swimming pool near the house. The hosts couldn't have been more helpful to first timer visitors to Portugal...We loved the holiday - Sun, beach, swimming pool, walks, towns, tourism and relaxation all in one short week! Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Apr 2012 by

The most memorable parts were being able to catch public transport to most places with a toddler; the fantastic location of the guesthouse; and the great innkeepers & their fantastic hospitality. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Jan 2012 by

There were lots of memorable parts of the holiday. I loved just sitting on a cliff or a beach gazing at the wild Atlantic breakers, I loved the lush sub-tropical vegetation & flowers, and I found the excursions to Sintra fascinating. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Oct 2011 by

Excellent. All food was sourced locally. Local restaurants recommended. Very strong focus on environmental care. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Oct 2011 by

Really wonderful guesthouse with generous, attentive owners, set in a stunning part of Portugal. Most memorable were the beautiful location, wonderful mountain air and sea views (and yummy breakfasts). Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Aug 2011 by

Fantastic! I really couldn't have found a better place to stay, in a nicer place to visit! Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2011 by

Most memorable? It is hard to choose between: the perfect uncrowded beach, some special restaurants, the magic old convent in the forest, and our lovely home with Aaster and James. Read full review

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