|Quinta de Santana estate
is a 100 acres working farm which produces wine, honey, fruit, vegetables and timber.
A feature of the Quinta is the small private Chapel in the grounds which
dates back to 1633. The Quinta is also used as a venue for local weddings. The outbuildings have been converted into 2 charming
self catering country cottages.
The Quinta is well located,
30 kilometers north of Lisbon and 25 kilometres to the long, sandy beaches
of the west coast of Portugal.
The cottages are situated in the nucleus of the Quinta next to the winery, main house of the owners and 17th century chapel.
The Accommodation comprises:
Adega House is a conversion of the old wine distillery and is next to the impressive old 'Adega' (wine cellar) with its massive old oak barrels and wine troughs.
The cottage has its own driveway from the village road, leading through to a cobbled courtyard with an outside sitting area, the perfect place to eat out in the shade of olive trees on hot days.
The accommodation is all
located on the ground floor and this cottage has an entrance hall / corridor.
It is comfortably furnished, retaining the charms of a small, typical Portuguese
The kitchen is fully equipped with a 4 ring gas hob, oven, microwave and fridge/freezer. There is a cosy corner bench around the kitchen table, as an alternative to the large outside dining table on the terrace.
There are 2 twin bedrooms sharing 1 bathroom featuring a bath with overhead shower. A double sofa bed is also available.
The Adega House is all in one level, so suited for older guests. However there are no special facilities for wheelchair users.
Caseiro House is situated next to the chapel and the accommodation is located on the first floor. It overlooks the mature garden with palm trees and a cobbled road leading into the village.
There is a small veranda
which is large enough for candle-lit dinners and has fantastic views of
the estate's vineyards and eucalyptus trees.
The rooms are comfortably furnished, the sitting room features a wood-burning stove (no longer in use) and the kitchen is equipped with gas hob, electric oven, dishwasher, microwave and fridge/freezer. There is laundry service on request.
There are 3 twin bedrooms and a boxroom. One bedroom has an ensuite bathroom. There is an additional bathroom with an antique iron bath and an overhead shower.
The sitting room is spacious and bright and is equipped with satellite TV, DVD player and CD/MP3 player. This cottage also benefits from wireless internet access.
The Caseiro house is up a flight of stairs, so not suitable for those with mobility problems.
The third cottage is known as The Lemon Garden which used to be the livery stables.
It is situated in a charming, cobbled lemon orchard and is separated from the Quinta yard by forged iron gates.
The cottage is shaded by a mature plane tree which ensures shade even on the hottest days. A private driveway and gate give easy access to the village.
The kitchen and bathrooms have been modernised and the living room features a large open fireplace. The kitchen is equipped with microwave, dishwasher, electric ceramic glass hob, oven, fridge/freezer, coffee maker and kettle. There is a washing machine at teh rear of the building. This lovely cottage is comfortably furnished in typical Portuguese style and, a particular feature are the 'coffin lid' wodden ceilings.
There are three double bedrooms, one with a large king-size bed and another with a smaller French bed. Two of the bedrooms have patio doors leading to the front courtyard.
One of the bathrooms has an iron bath with an overhead shower, there is also a separate shower room with toilet.
This cottage has a large, enclosed terrace with cobblestones and lemon trees and, a private area with barbecue for dining outdoors.
Guests at the 3 cottages
share the large swimming pool which measures 13 meters by 8 metres and
is 0.5 to 2.2 meters in depth. The swimming pool is surrounded by lawn area and is just a short walk from the cottages.
There is a washing machine in the main house which can be used on request. Facilities include metered central heating, garden / terrace furniture and a cot and highchair on request.
The nearby village of Gradil offers basic shopping, post office and restaurants, all within easy walking distance.
For sightseeing, the area
is in the middle of many interesting places to visit within an hours drive.
In addition, there are local markets, the annual horse fair at Golega, local bull fights, and other individual sites of beauty and historic interest. The local coastal town of Ericeira is approximately 25 minutes drive and has excellent fish and seafood restaurants.
Quinta de Santana is approximately 30 minutes from Lisbon airport.
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