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Spectacular Mountain Views, Private Salt Water Pool, Sleeps Nine

People9
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Separate WC's1
Space 1,528 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

4 Bedroom, 3.5 Bathroom, Sleeps 9

The secluded villa provides a taste of rural unspoiled Portugal. Quinta da Madrugada, is perched on a hillside in 12 acres of private woodland and terraces just waiting for you to explore, and is surrounded by small rural villages deep in the heart of central Portugal. The sweeping good quality tarmac roads and off road tracks through woodland and mountains make this an ideal get away for cyclists and walkers, and of course for those who would like to lounge by the private 8 x 4m salt water 'vista' swimming pool and feel that they have climbed a mountain, but have not actually had to do so. This well equipped villa is located on the edge of the Serra da Estrela Natural Park and has far reaching sensational views over the river Alva valley and up to the Serra da Estrela mountains (The Mountains of the Stars), which is mainland Portugal's tallest mountain range.The land is surrounded by numerous river beaches which are very popular in Portugal with the clear, pure mountain rivers.

Registration Number : 49/2014

Owner
Stephen Hutchinson
Member since: 2016
Speaks English, We are busy learning Portuguese.
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
29 November, 2017

About Stephen Hutchinson

My name is Stephen and I own and run Quinta da Madrugada with my wife Elizabeth. We are both English, but moved to beautiful Portugal in 2011 to enjoy a quieter life and to run a small tourism business.

Stephen Hutchinson purchased this villa in 2010

Why Stephen Hutchinson chose Vila Cova de Alva

When we first saw Quinta da Madrugada it was a piece of unloved land that had been unoccupied for over 40 years. The buildings consisted of not much more than piles of stone, but the location and views took our breath away! We re-built what was the farmhouse into the Quinta using as much of the original stone as possible but with the added benefits of double glazing, central heating, wood burning fire and solar panels. From a blank canvas we have created a real "home from home" with far reaching mountain views a private pool and nature on your doorstep.

What makes this villa unique

When you stay at Quinta da Madrugada you happiness and privacy is utmost to us. My wife and I live in a little house hidden from your view some 300 meters away. You will see an absolute minimum of us, but we are at hand if you need help/advice. Send us a shopping list and we will have your supplies all ready in the kitchen/fridge for your arrival, so all you have to do is relax.

It has been said many times now..."staying at Quinta da Madrugada is good for the soul".

Location

Nearest Airport
185 Kilometres
Porto
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Kilometres
Santa Ovaia
Nearest Ferry
600 Kilometres
Santander
Nearest Golf
66 Kilometres
Montebelo Golfe
Nearest Train
76 Kilometres
Coimbra
Nearest Motorway
16 Kilometres
IC6
Nearest Restaurant
1.4 Kilometres
Restaurant Pont da Tres Entradas
Nearest Ski
40 Kilometres
Torre (Seasonal)
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Avô river beach
Car: necessary

The joy of staying at our Quinta can be to laze by the private swimming pool whilst enjoying the ever changing mountain scenery and the peacefulness and to explore the quaint "lost in time villages" that surround us and the friendliness of the locals. It is possible to be walking in the countryside from the second you leave your door, swim in nearby clear, mountain water fed award winning river beach and savour remarkably inexpensive local food and wine. We are an oasis of peace and calm amidst a troubled world.

This secluded villa provides a taste of rural unspoiled Portugal.

The land is surrounded by numerous river beaches which are very popular in Portugal with the clear, pure mountain rivers. Activities such as canoeing, horse riding, go-carting, tandem para gliding and skiing are all available in the region. There are festivals most weekends and the hosts will endeavour to find out what is happening during your visit. During the hot summer months guests can relax by the pool watching the eagles soar on the thermals above and enjoy good local Portuguese wine and fare from the barbecue. The villa has a large wood burning fire (wood provided free) full central heating making winter visits cosy. Additionally for your winter break there is a seasonal ski resort in the nearby mountains.As well as the local villages offering café bars and restaurants, the beautiful historic cities of Coimbra and Viseu are about an hours drive away. Our closest city Oliveira do Hospital is a 15 minutes drive with supermarkets, restaurants, shops, cinema etc. Buses are also available.The nearest villages are a 5 minute drive or 20 minute walk, one of which is the beautiful award winning river beach village of Avô where you can explore the village, swim and fish (fishing rod in the house for your use) and enjoy the cafes and local wines (usually around 60 cents a glass).

Visiting the Sera de Estrela is a must for every nature / mountain lover. The area consists of old glacial valleys and steep peaks which are a challenge for every climber, but there are also over 32 marked trails for hikers making it the best hiking location in Portugal. For the less active people it might be interesting that the highest point of Portugal's mainland (which is actually a plateau) can be reached by car. A small paved road passes through the entire region and finds it's way up to the peak at Torre. The ski resort is open in the winter with very reasonable day passes rates.

The ski resort is 50 minutes from Quinta da Madrugada and the climate here often allows that the non-skiers can sit in the sun in tee shirts whilst the skiers go off into the snow topped mountain resort.

This area is filled with beautiful Schist villages who specialise in local cheese, smoked meats and woollen crafts. There are also numerous fresh water beaches. Our own village Avô is especially worth visiting with it's award winning beach and amazing café bar where a glass of wine is still less than a euro and the food they serve is legendary with our guests. The local city of Oliveira do Hospital, offers more restaurants, shops and a cinema.

Local festivals fill almost every weekend from spring to autumn ffering ward winning cheeses, smoked meats, local crafts and traditional music and dancing. These festivals are a reminder of the times when Salazar ruled the country (ended in 1974). During his rule people had to have a special pass to visit between villages, unless there was a festival - hence there are festivals for everything from wooden spoons to soup and of course the famous cheese festival at the end of February which is a culinary must.

Cycling is becoming a big thing here with big international events taking in the hills and mountains making Quinta da Madrugada with it's secure bike storage, maintenance racks and vehicle support a great place to practise for those big race events.

Winter at Quinta da Madrugada often brings sunny days (cold in the shade) and cold evenings, time for that cosy log fire.

Spring brings warm scented days filled with wildlife, especially the eagles fledging their young from the wood next to the house. It can be mid 20oC up to 30oC, great for walking and cycling.

Summer brings long hot days which can be over 40oC and balmy evening filled with the sound of crickets, this is when your private pool comes into it's own. East facing the house itself cools on an evening ensuring that the rooms are not too hot when it's time for bed.

Autumn is the time for walking and cycling, gorgeous sunny days of mid 20's to 30oC with that very faint autumnal smell and a cosy log fire for an evening.

This is just one of those places that has something to offer any person who visits!

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Vila Cova de Alva in Municipality of Arganil

Property Type:
  • villa
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1528 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower) , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • As the house is only a couple of years old all the bathrooms are modern and hygienic. Hand soap and towels are provided.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 3 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 1 has a double bed, two sets of French windows, a balcony and a family size bathroom including a bidet and bathtub with integral shower. Bedroom 2 has a double bed, French widows, a balcony and a "wet room" type bathroom with walk in shower. Bedroom 3 has two single beds a "Velux" type roof light and a full length door/window with Juliet railings. Bedroom 4 has two single beds and a single/day bed, a "Velux" type roof light and a full length door/window with Juliet railings. Bedrooms 3 & 4 share a "wet room" type bathroom with walk in shower, plus bidet and Velux type roof light.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Notes:
The owners live approx 300M away, which is far enough away to respect your privacy, but close enough to offer help, advice or indeed sometimes a lift back from the village bar!

Reviews

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5

Beautiful, well equipped, peaceful, rustic and so much more

  • 5 of 5

To say we had an great time is an understatement. If your looking for a beautiful oasis to relax in and to get away from the day to day stress this is a great option. We were a group of 8 with 2 seniors, 2 middle aged, 2 twenty somethings, and 2 children and all 8 had an amazing time. The bedrooms are beautifully decorated and had all the emenites needed, a large kitchen and living room when we all wanted to be together and eat, cook, watch TV or chat, but when you wanted quiet time alone each bedroom was a nice getaway. The pool is beautiful and all ages enjoyed it, but certainly the children's screams of excitement were heard as they ran around (apologies to the hosts if they could be heard). The hosts provide bath towels, linens and even pool towels, my husband is the cook in the family and he found everything he needed for cooking indoors as well as outdoors on the griller. At night we slept with the windows and skylights open for an amazing cool breeze even on hot days. The views are spectacular of both the mountains and of the stars at night. The drive up the driveway to the house can be a challenge for an inexperienced driver or a car with a low clearing so keep that in mind, rent a car with a high clearing, but the host was extremely helpful with getting us to the top and bottom with loaded vehicles full of people and luggage. The small town at the bottom near the river has a lovely little grocery, cafe and butcher. If your looking for a night of no cooking and rather dine out there are 2 restaurants within 5-10 minutes, one in the hotel near the grocer (for fine dining) and one set aside down an incline before the small town (of coming from the house) for more casual setting. The hosts were close enough if we needed anything but not intrusive at all. We certainly will be back and plan to have more family vacations like this one and next time longer than 4-5 nights. Thank you for sharing your beautiful property with us.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

peaceful setting, lots of privacy

  • 5 of 5

We thouroughly enjoyed our stay in this house. It's cosy and clean. We made nice trips in the environment, Coimbra and up in the mountains. Stephen and Elisabath are very friendly and supportive. The view is fabulous. Nice walks can be made from the house.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Vila Cova de Alva, Central Portugal - Silver Coast

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
winter 2017
20 Nov 2017 - 21 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£195
for 3 nights
From
£65
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
 
pre xmas
22 Dec 2017 - 23 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
£194
for 2 nights
From
£97
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
 
xmas
24 Dec 2017 - 27 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£528
for 3 nights
From
£176
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
 
mid xmas
28 Dec 2017 - 28 Dec 2017
1 night minimum stay
£97
for 1 night
From
£97
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
 
new year 2017
29 Dec 2017 - 1 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay
£528
for 3 nights
From
£176
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter
2 Jan 2018 - 29 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
£195
for 3 nights
From
£65
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
 
easter
30 Mar 2018 - 2 Apr 2018
4 night minimum stay
£405
for 4 nights
From
£101
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
 
spring after easter
3 Apr 2018 - 31 May 2018
3 night minimum stay
£251
for 3 nights
From
£84
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
 
June
1 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
£282
for 3 nights
From
£94
£659
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
 
High season
1 Jul 2018 - 2 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,047
for 7 nights
From
£150
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
 
Mid season
3 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
£282
for 3 nights
From
£94
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
 
winter 2018
1 Nov 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
£195
for 3 nights
From
£65
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
 
pre xmas 2018
21 Dec 2018 - 23 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
£290
for 3 nights
From
£97
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
 
xmas 2018
24 Dec 2018 - 27 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
£528
for 3 nights
From
£176
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
 
mid xmas 2018
28 Dec 2018 - 28 Dec 2018
1 night minimum stay
£97
for 1 night
From
£97
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
 
new year 2018
29 Dec 2018 - 1 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
£528
for 3 nights
From
£176
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£1,047
for 7 nights
£1,047
 

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £263.9
Pet Fee £30.79

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed with a 25% deposit.
In the event of a cancellation by the client the initial 25% deposit is non refundable.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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