Central Portugal self catering cottages and lodges

“Escape the crowds on the coast and in the big cities as you check into a gorgeous countryside setting in central Portugal. Swimming pool, rustic restaurant and rural walks - bliss!”

Highlights

Two stone farm houses | Four log cabins | Maximum site capacity for 30 guests | Swimming pool | On-site restaurant and farm shop | Self-guided and guided walking | Snack bar and café | BBQ area | Peaceful setting in central Portugal |

Description of Central Portugal self catering cottages and lodges

Our beautiful self catering cottages and lodges are set amongst the eucalyptus and pine forests of central Portugal just on the edge of the traditional village of Poco Redondo, just 9kms from Tomar.

This is Portugal’s luscious green heartland and our setting provides fabulous views over the surrounding landscape of vineyards and olive groves. Guests are invited to really make the most of the Portuguese countryside with lots of walking trails close by or just a short drive to a trail head. We have a good selection of self guided walking trail notes and maps with pictures as well as access to an excellent English speaking local guide who will be more than happy to show you around. In this area one can get immersed in a wealth of local history and culture whilst nature lovers can simply absorb the serenity and calm of a swim in Lake Zezere.

Our on-site restaurant and bar offers a variety of Portuguese and European dishes to enjoy with a glass of local wine or beer whilst chatting with an international mix of visitors. We are open all year round with spring and autumn, particularly, the best time to visit for warm and comfortable temperatures outside of the heat of summer.

Our cosy log cabins accommodate differing numbers of people and after a day of exploring you’ll find the site makes a brilliant base for individuals or small groups to relax or socialise as they wish.

Rooms, food and facilities

Enjoy a relaxing break in one of our timber chalets or stone houses which accommodate differing numbers of people and make for a memorable rustic style holiday. Airport collections on request.

Two stone farmhouses:

Casa Rustica – capacity for up to eight guests.
Casa de Pedra – capacity for up to four adults and two children.

Four log cabins (Scandinavian design/Portuguese timber):

Oliveira – capacity for up to five adults and two children.
Bella Vista – capacity for up to four adults
Miimosa and Pinheiro - capacity for up to two adults and two children.

All of our self catering cottages and lodges are fully furnished with private bathroom/kitchen facilities and satellite televisions. Cots and high chairs are available.

Facilities:

The bar/café adjacent to the swimming pool terrace (with free Wi-Fi/internet) is open from 8.30am until late, offering breakfast, snacks and dinner on request. TV, library, games and DVDs available.

Redondo olive oil, free range eggs, local wines, seasonal fruits and vegetables and a small selection of groceries are on sale.

Guests have free use of the swimming pool, terrace & bar, BBQ area and all games and facilities.

Group holidays:

We welcome group visits of up to 30 persons, outside of the peak summer season - July and August. Large groups can request exclusive use of the site and associated facilities for the duration of their stay.

We have already hosted many groups of walkers, runners, cyclists and motorcyclists from all over Europe. Some groups utilize our accommodation and facilities whilst others require a fully detailed programme for the duration of their stay. We take care in tailoring activities to your group's needs.

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Responsible tourism: Central Portugal self catering cottages and lodges

Environment

We have installed solar energy panels to provide hot water and electricity for our site. We run a mini-recycling point for plastic, glass, waste paper/card, bottle tops and tin cans and use our waste water for watering the trees and plants. Our olives are grown organically on site and harvested in the traditional method after which they are pressed at the local co-operative. We decant the oil into recycled bottles from our Bar and this is then offered for sale in our Reception. We make jams and marmalades from the fruits growing on site for use with our breakfasts and for sale to visitors. Visitors are also at liberty to sample the produce of our gardens. Our honey is collected from local hives and repackaged in recycled glass jars. We compost our animal, garden and suitable food waste and sell to local residentes as garden compost. We encourage our visitors to use public transport, share cars or taxis and use bicycles when possible. We operate a No Smoking policy in our accommodation and Bar. Many varieties of birds and other wildlife thrive in the sub-tropical atmosphere of the gardens we have created.

Community

We employ local staff and in addition support a tourism trainee scheme run by the Portuguese government by employing a trainee. Our professional services are supplied by Portuguese. We are members of the local village Association and support local charities and fairs by donating products or vouchers for use at our premises. We take part in our local village events and encourage clients to join us at these. Our suppliers are all local businesses and we buy Portuguese products wherever possible. The wines we use are all from local vineyards and we have two displays of locally produced wines for visitors to buy. To offer a marketing outlet for local villagers we sell their "country products" ie, wine, honey, jams, eggs in our reception area. We have organised discounts for our clients at local Restaurants both to support the restaurants and to offer our clients good service We have an annual Christmas lunch to thank all our workers and supporters.

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