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Private Garden Flat in Old Moorish Quarter on Castle Hill



Updated: 11-Aug-2016
Newly renovated, very central, comfortable and well-equipped.

This large charming 1st floor apartment is right in the heart of Old Lisbon near the bottom of the hill at the top of which is situated St George's Castle. With 110 sq. metres of indoor space and 3 bedrooms, our apartment compares favourably with competing smaller rental apartments. In addition the apartment itself has a garden at the rear containing orange and lemon trees and a superb view of the city of Lisbon. It is ideal for slow summer lunches or cool evening dinners. It is a 10 min walk to the castle, but only a 3 minute walk down to the Rossio, considered the centre of the Baixa or Downtown Lisbon. Located in Mouraria, the old Moorish quarter of 12th century Lisbon, the area is quiet and has a village feel to it. The underground, Martim Moniz, and the trams (famous 28 tram passes close by) and buses are only 2 minutes from the house in the Largo de Martim Moniz. All facilities are within walking distance.

The flat has not been rented for a few years while Lisbon Council bureaucracy and consequent renovation occurred. We took this opportunity to carry out a complete makeover of the flat.

A guest book is available to all our guests. Prospective guests should read the reviews on the Homeaway web site that have been written over the several years that we have rented the flat.

Our English-speaking Portuguese friend Paula lives in the same building and is on hand to greet you or assist with any doubts you may have. Her husband, Paulo, can collect or take guests to the airport for 15 euros, if he's available.

A welcoming basket, including wine, is always left for your first relaxing moments in the garden.

More Details
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

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Speaks English, French, Portuguese

Guestbook comments from the owner

Martin and Slavka, London : We had such a superb time in Lisbon and absolutely fell in love with your flat. It's such a special place and we felt very much at home. Thanks to you for all the information you provided us, both before our stay and in the flat. It all helped to make our visit smooth and interesting. We have told so many friends about our fantastic experience so I'm sure you'll get more bookings in the future !

From Carole Ruta, Australia : What a wonderful holiday we had. Paula is an absolute delight and keeps the apartment so sparkling clean - a gem. We loved the apartment and made marmalade from a few lemons. The position was just perfect and we walked miles daily so ready for a sit on the terrace with a glass of 'vinho verde'. I would highly recommend the apartment and the location. I'm delighted we found your address on the net and look forward to returning some day in the not too distant future.
Nov 2007
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21 Reviews

based on 21 holidaymaker reviews


Traditional and spacious flat in a great location

  • 5 of 5

This spacious and extremely well equipped garden flat, provides a great base from which to explore the exciting city of Lisbon.

Easily reached from the Metro station, we were warmly welcomed by Paulo; who directed us to the local supermarket and the much appreciated elevators up to the castle, and down into town. Ken's local restaurant recommendation was spot on.

There is so much to see and do in this diverse city.The hop on and off river cruise provides a good introduction. A day trip to Sintra, with it's fairy-tale palaces, is a must.

Thank you for the opportunity of staying in this great proprty.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Traditional, spacious, convenient, comfortable.

  • 4 of 5

Our first time in Lisbon. This apartment was a delight. It was very spacious and well equipped. Expect traditional, not minimalistic posh. We like traditional and we're certainly not dissapointed. Very well equipped and obviously a home.

We took the metro from the airport, very easy. The steps up to the apartment were a bit daunting when we arrived, but we soon learned how to avoid them. Paula was there to welcome us and explain everything, she even had a bottle of wine waiting and the travel cards for buses, metro, trains etc which you charge up as you need them. We got 72hr tickets for the Yellow sightseeing bus. €35, exceptional value. Hop on hop of on all there bus routes, 2 tram routes, river Tagus cruise and several other discounts. The river Tagus cruise is €19 on it's own. We made full use of this and saw the city from end to end and side to side over 3 days. Sinatra is a must and very easy to get to by train €4.50 return. Up to 75 trains a day. We went two days running but need to go back to finish it off. All in all a very good experience. Please wear good sensible shoes if you are walking a lot. Portugese cobbles are not the best.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Spacious comfortable apartment

  • 5 of 5

We spent three weeks in this apartment in January/February. We found it to be very comfortable, well equipped and well maintained. It's perfect for two people; two friends (not a couple) joined us for a few days, and there was plenty of space for the four of us. (Note, two of the bedrooms do not have windows to the outside.) The support from Ken and Carole (the owners) and Paula and Paulo (who live downstairs) was outstanding. Mouraria is a very central part of town, with good transport links close by (though climbing steps is pretty inevitable in central Lisbon, and necessary here). Carole and Ken's recommended local restaurants were ace, and we ate very well elsewhere, as well as in the apartment itself. There's lots to see and do in Lisbon, with the Gulbenkian, the Berardo collection in Belem, the Oceanarium, and (for the guys) a Sporting Lisbon home match being among our highlights. Trips out of town (we visited Cascais, Sintra and Queluz, all excellent) are easily done via public transport. Sadly the January rain didn't let us make much use of the terrace, but both the kitchen/dining room and the living room are lovely spaces for hanging out. This makes a wonderful base for a holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great family accommodation

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable, spacious apartment with well equipped kitchen and a lovely outdoor terrace in the heart of the old part of Lisbon. Great restaurants on the doorstep and easy access to public transport and Lisbon's cultural treasures. Ken and Carol were friendly and welcoming as were Paula and Paulo, the on-site caretakers.We will be back.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 25, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Full of character,comfortable,central AND a patio!

  • 5 of 5

We were the first to stay after major renovations to the apartment and building. Its been done very tastefully and nice to be able to stay in an authentic old Portuguese building rather than a sterile modern hotel. The apartment is very central , in the old quarter with narrow cobbled streets, alley ways and quirky steps ascending to the castle. However there is a new lift (free!) for those of us of a certain age ,which takes you from the bottom of town up to 5-10 mins stroll from the apartment. There is another lift from a new supermarket than goes on up to the castle.

The kitchen is well equiped and we enjoyed a few meals in. The new suoermarket was well stocked with everything one needed including some very nice wines.

What makes this super apartment very special is the patio garden with an orange and lemon tree. A lovely place for breakfast or to relax with a drink after a hard days sightseeing.

We will be back - there is still so much to do and see!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 9, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Castelo holiday apartment in Mouraria

  • 5 of 5

Lovely apartment with pleasant garden. Easy walking distance from Baixa and the waterfront.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 16, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Lisbon at 7 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : to Porto or the Algarve or Alentejo at 6 Kilometres Nearest Beach : at 9 Kilometres Car: not necessary

The apartment is in a prime position for you to feel that you really are at the centre of things, and yet it provides a restful haven after a busy day of sight-seeing or shopping. All central Lisbon restaurants are within easy walking distance. The famous restaurant quarter of Bairro Alto is but 12 minutes away, whilst the riverside Vasco da Gama complex or Gulbenkian Museum is a quick and easy tube ride. You can take public transport to the beaches on the Cascais line or over the River Tagus to 20 kilometres of sandy beaches. Sintra and its monuments are also an easy train journey away.

Other Activities: walking in the city and bird watching in the Lisbon Estuary


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The rates quoted are for 2 people. Each additional person costs £12 (GBP) per night.
The flat may be rented for a minimum stay of 3 nights..

30% deposit by bank transfer on booking. Remainder paid in the same way one month prior to occupancy.

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Property Type

  • apartment


  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Video Library ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • city centre
  • near the sea


  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • golf
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 110 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed, 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed


  • Balcony
  • Garden ...
  • 6 garden chairs


  • Self-catering


  • The garden area is for your private use and provides a lovely outdoor dining and living area. Lisbon is a hilly city so elderly folk should consider how agile they are. Though non-smoking is preferred, smokers can use the garden to enjoy their vice ! Our friendly, English-speaking Portuguese friend lives in the downstairs apartment and is happy to give you any help you require. Arrangements can be made for her husband to collect you or take you to the airport at a reasonable rate.

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