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Magical Setting on the Dornes Peninsula - one of the 7 Wonders of Portugal

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,314 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8-Idyllic Holiday Home

This delightful 4 bedroom house in the beautiful riverside village of Dornes, has been sympathetically restored to a high standard. Whilst the house has been rebuilt to comply with EU regulations and affords the modern comforts that one would expect in the 21st Century every single part of the original fabric of the ruin has been incorporated into the building thus preserving that special sense of history and energy that permeates this medieval village. The house, in the village itself benefits from panoramic views towards the historic tower, the characterful rooftops and the river. Not only does this house offer families and friends a retreat away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but the size and layout also make it an ideal venue from whence to run small workshops/retreats. Walking groups, nature lovers, water sports enthusiasts and fishermen alike could spend endless hours exploring the glorious surroundings. It is also an inspiring location for creative pursuits.

There is a parking area outside the house and a set of steps that lead down to the main front door. The house benefits from an intercom system between the main gate and the house and there is also a burglar alarm installed which is directly connected to the Central control. The features of the alarm system afford guests the facility to call for an ambulance, fire brigade and the the police, all at the touch of a button. There are also two main doors on the village side of the house, giving quick access to the village and river beach. All windows and patio doors are double glazed and fitted with internal shutters and external pull-down mosquito blinds, thus adding to the security and overall comfort of the guests. The house is set over two storeys and sleeps eight people. All areas, apart from the bathrooms which have heated towel rails, are heated with underfloor electric heating. There is a wood burning stove in the drawing room for those cooler evenings and lazy Sunday afternoons. On the ground floor there are 3 twin bedrooms, two of which have patio doors that lead out onto a terrace. The third bedroom has an en suite shower room. There is also a family bathroom. Upstairs there is an en suite double bedroom with patio doors that open out onto a terrace. All bedrooms have double fitted wardrobes/drawers, bedside cabinets, a cheval mirror and a chair.

The drawing room has wonderful views across to the the tower and patio doors leading onto a terrace that overlooks the village and river. There are 89 international TV channels, Home Cinema with surround sound and Wi-Fi. The large farmhouse style kitchen/dining area has patio doors leading out onto a large terrace and the main garden. The kitchen is well equipped and the extending dining table comfortably seats 8 to 10 people. Outside there is a large utility room, housing an American Fridge Freezer/Ice Dispenser, Washing Machine, Clothes Airer/Dryer, Iron and Ironing Board, Barbecue, 8 x Sun Loungers, Patio Furniture, Cool Box, Hot Water Cylinder and Sink for hand-washing. There is also a Pump Room that houses the automatic irrigation system for the garden with an area set aside for log storage. The main garden which is accessed from the kitchen, is set on two levels and there are magnificent views of the river and village from both aspects. The upper level is predominantly designed for use as a barbecue area and also for those who prefer to seek the shade. The kitchen terrace is an ideal place to enjoy breakfast and there is a herb garden for those who like to indulge in a little culinary expertise! There is a pergola planted up with a variety of species and there is also an outside shower for those who wish to cool off! Stepping stones wind their way between a chamomile lawn and scented plants to a garden bench where one can sit and enjoy the vista. Ancient railway sleepers have been incorporated as steps and these take you gently down to an area of plants, decking and beyond to a sunken dining area that will comfortably seat 12 people. The pergola over the dining area has been planted with a variety of climbers, that when mature, will offer shade in the heat of the day and from here there are fantastic views across the river. The garden is home to a variety of plants, two olive trees, a pomegranate tree and a selection of citrus trees. There is a small walled river-pebble garden outside the twin bedrooms on the ground floor. Amongst other plants, the garden is home to Bougainvillea, Passion flowers and a beautiful Acer Palmatum. For those who enjoy imbibing in a cocktail whilst dressing for dinner, this terrace is an ideal place to catch the early evening sunshine.


The layout and location of the house is ideal for anyone who wishes to host their own small workshop/retreat. The downstairs accommodation would be ideal sleeping accommodation for your guests. The upstairs en suite bedroom and facilities would afford you privacy whilst giving you easy access to the kitchen and sitting room for those early morning pre-workshop preparations. The sitting room is 7.6 x 4.2 m.sq and the furniture can be re-arranged to suit your requirements. There is also ample storage space underneath the stairs for any equipment you may wish to house. For further information regarding facilities please refer to the description of the property. NB. Supply of any specialist equipment required for your workshop is the responsibility of the workshop host.

Find more details and images as well as local information on our website at www.casadelis.com

More Details
Registration Number : 1413/AL

About Us

Elizabeth Smillie
Propriedades Ribeirinhas
c/o Allinvest, Rua Almirante Gago Coutinho 25
3240-137 Ansiao
VAT Reg No508296366

Property Manager
Propriedades Ribeirinhas Lda
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French, Portuguese
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 April, 2018

About Propriedades Ribeirinhas Lda

I spent many wonderful holidays in Portugal and also worked in Oporto for 6 months many years ago! My uncle owned a house on the lake in Canicada, which is situated in the Peneda-Geres National Park. Arriving in Dornes reminded me of the many happy times I spent at his house.....barbeques, water skiing and swimming in the lake...long warm summer days. Wonderful.

Propriedades Ribeirinhas Lda purchased this villa in 2007

Why Propriedades Ribeirinhas Lda chose Dornes

I fell in love with the village of Dornes and although the house was a complete ruin, I could feel the positive energy in the building. Luckily I found a builder who was very sympathetic to the history and he used every stone and piece of wood from the ruin to rebuild the house.

What makes this villa unique

The views from the house and garden are wonderful...looking out onto the river and village from most aspects. There is a feeling of peace all around!

Guestbook comments from the manager

Stayed August 2015

La casa es estupenda,muy acogedora y situada en un entorno increíble.Cuenta con todo lo necesario. Las vistas son espectaculares y se respira tranquilidad. Ideal para unas vacaciones relajadas.Hemos disfrutado mucho de nuestra estancia. Altamente recomendable.
Aug 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Dornes in Municipality of Ferreira do Zêzere

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2314 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Security System
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Upstairs Ensuite - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Family Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Downstairs Ensuite - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • All Bathrooms have heated towel rails,extractor fan, shaver sockets, mirrors and bathroom cabinets The floors and walls are tiled.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
  • All bedrooms have double fitted wardrobes with drawers inset, 2 x bedside cabinets, 1 x chair and 1 Cheval Dressing Mirror. With the exception of the downstairs en suite twin bedroom, all bedrooms have a terrace and patio doors. All bedrooms are fitted with shutters and external mosquito blinds.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Decking
  • 1 bicycles
  • 17 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Check in from 4pm - Check out 10:00am


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Magical Setting on the Dornes Peninsula - one of the 7 Wonders of Portugal
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 22 reviews

Paradise on earth

  • 5 of 5

This place is pure heaven! The house is fantastic, so nice and beutifully decorated it makes you feel at home from the very first minute. The garden is astonishing, could spend hours and hours there admiring the beauty of the plants, the view, the sweet smell of the Daphne...you just dont want to leave. Hans, the housekeeper was incredibly nice and welcoming, a real pleasure to meet him. Shall come back for sure! Thanks ever so much!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Maria, I am so pleased that you enjoyed your weekend in Dornes. Thank you for your lovely comments and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Best wishes, Liz
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A wonderful tranquil place to stay - the accommodation is first class

  • 5 of 5

We were a family of 8 ranging from 17 years old to 80 years old - the local area and Portugal as a whole had something for everyone.

Would certainly book this accommodation again - maybe just me and hubby next time !!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you enjoyed your stay in Dornes and we look forward to welcoming you back sometime in the future. Best wishes, Liz
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  • 5 of 5

Frans helped a lot so we enjoy staying

Thank you Frans

  • Review Submitted: 30-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We loved this clean and spacious house. The outdoor gardens are wonderful, with great lawn furniture to sit and enjoy. Every need and desire was met. Gracious host, Frans, who made certain we had everything we needed. The village is quaint, with two great restaurants within walking distance. We will return.

  • Review Submitted: 28-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Brenda, I am so pleased that you enjoyed your stay in Dornes. Thank you for your kind comments and I hope that you had a safe journey home. Best wishes, Liz
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Beautiful house with excellent view

  • 5 of 5

This house is so breathtaking, i absolutely adored it! Everything you need is available in the house, the decoration is stunning and the garden is too good to be true. The river is near the house and easy to reach.

The relaxed communication with Frans and Liz is very good, Frans is very very kind.

I can't wait to go back!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Guest, Thank you so much for your wonderful review - I am so pleased that you enjoyed your holiday in Dornes and that Frans was so kind! An excellent Property Manager! Thank you again. Liz
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Wonderful house

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely wonderful house where the attention to details was exquisite. Idyllic location to visit the medieval Portugal. Piece of paradise on the edge of a lake. All the mod con you can wish for. Accurate description, clean and we'll maintained and perfect customer service make it a holiday house that I will certainly recommend to my friends. You can rent boats to go round the lake or 4x4 to climb on top of the local hills to view fantastic sceneries... So much to see all around that one week isn't enough. We will come back. Thank you Liz for a fantastic house. And Frans for your kind welcome.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay at Casa de Lis. Thank you for your kind wishes and we look forward to welcoming you again in the future. Best wishes, Liz
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Nearest Airport
150 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
150 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
75 Kilometres
Golden Eagle at Rio Maior
Nearest Train
25 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
80 Kilometres
Silver Coast (or Dornes River Beach)
Car: necessary

The surrounding area is steeped in history. All within easy reach are: The castle of Almourel, with strong ties to the Knights' Templar; Castelo do Bode Dam; Coimbra, renowned for its ancient university; Serra Aire de Candeiros, home to examples of the longest fossil footprints in the world; Conimbriga, one of the largest Roman Settlements in Portugal; Fatima, famous for its pilgrimages; Golega, renowned for its annual National Horse Fair ; Castello Branco, the most important monument in Castelo Branco is the Jardim do Paço Episcopal (Garden of the Episcopal Palace). It is one of the most beautiful baroque gardens in Portugal and contains statues of allegories, kings and zodiacal signs, arranged around ponds, terraces and staircases; and of course Lisbon and Oporto which are both served by a fast train from Entroncamento.The fishing town of Nazare with its long sandy beaches and the popular surfing beach at Figueira da Foz are within one hour's journey by road. Find more local places to visit on our website www.casadelis.com


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £43.57
Tax Rate 6.0%


Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.