Quinta da Serra
Step Inside Our Home As We Give You A Tour
Of The Villa And Our Amenities.
We are delighted to welcome you to Quinta da Serra, our beautiful holiday villa nestled in the stunning nature reserve of the National Park of Sintra, just half an hour outside of Lisbon, Portugal. Step inside our home as we give you a tour of the villa and our amenities.
The house has 7 bedrooms and can sleep up until 16 people comfortably. It has three levels, with the main entrance on the ground floor, a lower ground floor and a first floor. The house is centrally heated, with each floor having its own temperature thermostat control. All rooms have fly/ mosquito screens to let the cool breeze in during the evenings.
The formal living room has two 2-seater sofas facing each other. The informal living area has a U-shaped sofa, which seats around 10 people. It has a 65-inch Samsung Smart Led TV, with Harman Kardon soundbar/subwoofer. The TV has direct access to Netflix, You tube etc. You can also connect your own laptop through Bluetooth provided your laptop has these functions.
The library has a 2-seater sofa, large bookcase and a work area with desk and printer.
The dining room features an extendable dining table and can seat 12 people comfortably.
There is also a bedroom on this level, making it perfect for guests with mobility issues. This bedroom has a double bed (180 x 200cm) with ensuite bathroom.
The main kitchen has a central cooking island with induction stovetop. It also has double door American-style fridge with filtered drinking water and built-in ice-maker, an oven, dishwasher and microwave. It is fully equipped with all the necessary crockery, cookware and kitchen utensils. The laundry room is equipped with two washing machines (17 and 12kg capacity), tumble dryer and linen and towel storage cabinet.
The master bedroom suite has a king-size (180 x 200cm) bed, a fire place and a private balcony. Its en-suite bathroom has a separate walk-in shower and Jacuzzi bath.
There are four further bedrooms on this level.
Bedroom 2 has a double bed (180 x 200) with walk-in wardrobe. Bedroom 3 has two single beds (100 x 200), which can be put together to make a super-king. Both of these bedrooms have their own entrance doors, yet share a bathroom with a toilet, bidet, bath and shower, so these bedrooms can be used as an entire suite or conveniently by a family with two parents and two children.
Bedroom 4 and 5 also have separate doors yet can be joined together to be used as a suite as they share a bathroom with bath, shower, bidet and toilet. Bedroom 4 has a king-size bed of 180 x 200, Bedroom 5 has a bunk bed (100 x 200).
The first floor terrace is connected to the master bedroom and bedroom 4 and has comfortable seating for six people.
Lower ground floor
There are 2 bed rooms with double beds on the lower ground floor, as well as an outdoor patio area that can seat four people.
The games room is the perfect place to unwind and relax, with a home cinema system complete with 85” Samsung Smart TV with amplifier and surround sound/ subwoofer. The amplifier has built-in Bluetooth so you can stream directly from your own device. It also has a pool table, Cornilleau table tennis table, dart board and table football (foosball table). The games room can also be converted to a conference setting with six meeting tables seating 12 executives. A white board for presentations is also available.
The property also features a guest house
Spacious outdoor terraces lead out from the main social spaces on the ground floor. There are two al fresco lounge areas: A large L-shape sofa outside the library area and a 2-seater sofa with two armchairs outside the formal living room. There is an 8-seater dining table outside of the informal living/ indoor dining room. Each terrace has automatic sunshades of 6 x 4m each that retract automatically in case of inclement weather. There is an additional terrace on the first floor, and a private patio on the lower ground level.
The heated swimming pool is 14 x 4 metres and is a saltwater pool, which is much healthier for the skin, hair and environment. which is cool enough to be refreshing on a hot day, yet warm enough to enjoy it for longer periods. It comes equipped with family games such as Waterpolo goals, dive rings and a selection of inflatables. It has an automatic cover so the pool can be fully closed off thereby retaining the heat and keeping it clean. It has four lights for evening moonlit swims.
The pool terrace has a variety of different areas, which provide both sun and shade with umbrellas. It is well lit with a number of solar powered lights and in addition there are two electrical points with 220v power outlets for DJ set ups for parties.
Slightly hidden in the greenery is a raised wooden platform with a 4/5 person temperature controlled Jacuzzi. It has different light/mood settings and a combination of power jets for bubbles. It also has a table for wine cooler, glasses, canapés etc. and is attractively decorated with some plants and solar lights, making it the perfect spot to enjoy the breathtaking panoramas over Pena and Mouro. A few metres down from the Jacuzzi we have two full-size adult hammocks, ideal for relaxing and reading.
The sunken lounge is a few steps down from the pool level and provides a cosy atmosphere due to the three open fires. It has soft seating. There are two fire bowls between the sunken lounge and the pool and there is one square firepit in the middle of the sunken lounge. For the cooler evenings, blankets are available.
There is a U-shaped sofa seating at least 10 people, as well as a day bed for two people, a lounge area with a 2-seater sofa and matching armchairs. The sunbathing area comes complete with eight sunloungers with very comfortable cushions and a small table is positioned between each lounger for refreshments and an umbrella. Large 180 x 100 pool towels are available.
This area features a 10-seater dining table. It has a bio climatic pergola with motorised roof with slats that can be opened or closed depending on the weather.
The outdoor BBQ area features a state of the art Beefeater gas fired BBQ with five heat settings as well as a fridge and sink area for food preparation. Plastic wine and water glasses are available for around the pool.
It has one closed garage and four open garages with further parking for six cars at the back of the house. The garage has a full set of tools for mountain bike maintenance in case you are bringing your own mountain bikes.
We cater for even the smallest visitor, and you will find a baby cot, high chair as well as an infant stroller and car seat for your use during your visit.
Internet and TV
The house is fully equipped with Fibre Optic broadband and has 7 Wifi (6 indoor and 1 outdoor) access points, which cover the full property as well as the pool and garden.
It has MEO TV package with BBC, CNN, Discovery, Music and Movies.
Things to do
Quinta da Serra is perfectly placed to enjoy both coastal and countryside pursuits. There are beautiful beaches within 10 minutes drive, including Praia Grande’s long beach flanked by high cliffs, with a life guard available during the summer. The slightly smaller Praia de Macas is also 10 minutes away. Both beaches have numerous restaurants (we recommend Bar deo Fundo in Praia Grande) and bars along their promenades as well as kiosks with companies that offer surfing lessons.
For serious surfers, an hour away is Nazare, which offers spectacular beaches and when the conditions are right, it has the largest waves on the planet. Calm water beaches include Cascais and Estoril, both also offer numerous restaurants and bars. Cabo de roca is the most westernly point in Europe, with a picturesque lighthouse perched high on the cliffs. This route is very popular with motorcyclists on Sunday mornings.
We are blessed with a plethora of historic palaces virtually on our doorstep. These are all within ten-minutes drive of the villa: Pena Palace; Castle of the moors; Quinta de Regaleira; Palace de Monserrate; National palace of Sintra. We advise parking in one of the many carparks outside the historical city walls as there is less availability inside and the roads are very narrow with one-way traffic systems – a wrong turn can cost you 20 minutes to get back again!
Picturesque villages to visit
Nearby Sintra is a must-visit for to soak up some authentic Portuguese history and architecture as well as good shopping. Azanhas do Mar is ten minutes from the villa, and is a beautiful hilltop town built into the cliff sides. There is a very popular restaurant (Restaurante Azenhas do Mar) situated above a natural pool overlooking the beach. In summer is also has a nice bar where the sunsets are amazing.
Obidos is a very picturesque village completely surrounded by high city walls. It has very lively narrow streets with lots of boutique shops. A favourite time is Christmas when it’s all lit up and has a Christmas village with lots of games for children. Cascais is an old fishing village with beautiful beaches and shopping. It also has a nice Christmas market during winter.
Lisbon is just over half an hour away, and is a must-visit on your holiday. Don’t miss Castle St. George, Bairro Alto, Alfama, the main square, statue of Christ, Torre de Belem.
Nazare and Peniche offers fantastic surfing, beaches, promenades and shops.
Setubal has good beaches and you can go dolphin spotting.
Serra da Arrabida for very beautiful beaches and mountains within the national park.
Costa Caparica for beaches and shops.
Shopping & Groceries
There are a couple of small grocery stores within 5 minutes drive of the villa. There is a nice deli supermarket in Janas, which has a bakery selling deliciously fresh croissants and bread. They open at nine and the bread is normally still warm. Janas also has a butchers, organic supermarket and café, which is well worth a visit. The closest bigger supermarket is Continente and is 10 minutes drive.
For other shopping needs, there are a number of large malls. The two closest ones are Allegro and Cascaishopping. Both have all the high end stores but Cascaishopping offers a more contemporary selection of outlets.
Equestrian centres are available nearby at Quinta do Rol; Le Paddock in Janas and Quinta de Marinha.
Mountainbiking (Single track)
There are some amazing downhill trails in Sintra National Park, most of them start from Malveira de Serra. You can explore on your own or book a guide for day with uplift shuttles. There are a lot of different riding conditions, ranging from dense forest with roots and mud to more open landscape with flowing trails and even dry and rocky loose terrain near the coast.
There are many marked hiking trails available, more info on www. https://www.parquesdesintra.pt/en/parks-and-monuments/park-and-national-palace-of-pena/recreation-and-leisure/hiking-trails/
Fishing charters are available from Lisbon or nearby Cascais. If you are lucky, you may spot dolphins off the coast too.
Visiting a local market is the perfect opportunity to experience local life and to buy fresh produce for your lunch and dinner. On Saturday and Sunday there are local markets in Colares and many of the other nearby villages and towns have market days, we can advise on this at the time of booking.