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Pretty Restored Farmhouse with patio, traditional courtyard and beautiful garden



Updated: 11-Aug-2016
Farmhouse near Coimbra, Silver Coast

The pretty farmhouse is set amidst pine woods and olive groves on the edge of the friendly hamlet of Lagares - secluded but not isolated. The private walled courtyard offers peace and shade. Bedrooms with verandas, the patio and large garden all enjoy glorious uninterrupted views of forests and distant mountains. Lovely walks from the door. Lake for picnicking and impromptu swims within walking distance. Village amenities, cafes, restaurants, 5-15 minutes’ drive. River beaches with sunbathing and canoeing facilities in nearby Penacova. Excellent base for exploring historic Coimbra, coast and mountains.

  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

We are Kathy and Phil, owners of Casa Lagares. We live in London but love to spend time in Portugal whenever our hectic work schedules permit. Casa Lagares is our second home so we want it to be 'home from home' for our guests too and have made it is comfortable and welcoming as possible.

We fell in love with this gorgeous part of central Portugal when we accompanied a friend on a house-hunting trip there in 2003. We bought and restored our house in 2004 using local builders and architects. We find our hamlet of Lagares a friendly place where the farmers work long hours on their smallholdings but are never too busy to exchange a greeting or bring us a present of some produce. We love to sit on our patio at sunset and watch the sun disappear over the mountains. We're sure you will too!

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Speaks English, French, Spanish

Guestbook comments from the owner

House beautifully situated and very well equipped. All in all an excellent base for exploration. Glen and Brian Ford, Huddersfield, UK. 30/9/06.

A fantastic home for a fortnight and ideal for us. We hope to come back next year and we've never before returned to the same place! Clark family Bristol, UK. 27/7/08.

Fantastic house, good location and beautiful scenery. Would love to come back. Jonathan & Ruth Pullen, SE London, 13/9/08.

Your house is beautiful. We loved the view looking to the woods from the garden and the fresh orange juice from your fruit trees.

Torres Family, Mexico City, 7/12/08.
Mar 2006
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7 Reviews

based on 7 holidaymaker reviews


Wonderful cottage and location

  • 5 of 5

It is a great location from which to start exploring this area of Portugal. Really enjoyed our stay at Kathy and Phils' well appointed homely cottage. They were very thorough in providing us with excellent directions, places to visit and good choice of local restaurants. Lots of logs provided for the log burner on one or two of the February nights we needed them. A perfect retreat!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you were cosy & enjoyed your rural retreat. Even out of the high season the restaurants & shops are open in nearby towns. & the spring flowers are out. Come back soon.
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Lovely house in beautiful surroundings

  • 5 of 5

This really is a beautiful area of Portugal, and we absolutely loved the house. Waking up to a view of fields and mountains, hearing the sheep and goats, was so relaxing, and sampling the next door neighbour's fresh eggs and goats cheese made us feel very local. Although we were only there for a short time we were able to explore the local area, and we will definitely be back.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is indeed the part of Portugal where you feel time has stood still and where you can really relax and admire the lovely scenery. At the same time if you want more action the resorts of the Silver Coast and walks in the Serra de Estrella mountains are easily reached in just over an hour. We were pleased to welcome these guests and their two dogs.
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Chill out in the real Portugal

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at the house. It was nice to catch some early spring sunshine and the orange trees in the garden provided endless supply of fresh OJ for breakfast. On sunnier days we were able to sit out on the patio even though it was February! The house is very comfortable and well equipped with a cosy log stove and the view from the garden down the valley and over to the mountains is stunning. We did a lot of walking, but also enjoyed exploring the ancient university city of Coimbra and the fishing town of Praia de Mira (about 55 mins) on the Silver Coast. Visits to the nearby spa town of Luso and the Bucaco Forest and palace, both about 25 mins from the house, made nice trips out too.

Next door neighbour Almerinda who takes care of the house is amazingly friendly and helpful. There’s a choice of shops and restaurants in the hill town of Penacova (lovely views down the valley there) and in Mortagua, a short drive away. Most nights we cooked our own food using fresh produce from the local shops. Resist the temptation though of buying too much chorizo! This is a great place for people who appreciate the chance to chill out in pretty countryside and experience the ‘real’ Portugal.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Walkers do find a lot of options here. Walks through the forest start right from our door or a 45 minute drive into the foothills of the Serra de Estella mountains provides serious hikers with plenty treks among rugged peaks. Alternatively softies can just set off on foot down the lane for one of the friendly villages nearby and find a local restaurant on the river Mondego with a very reasonably priced prato de dia (dish of the day). Bicyles are available for hire at around 5 euros per day from our local bicycle shop-cum-gym.
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Relaxing Stay

  • 4 of 5

After a warm welcome,we settled in to our cosy farmhouse. It was clean,comfortable and well equipped. The quiet garden was ideal for relaxation and the location good for getting out and about to lots of interesting places. An ideal holiday home for country lovers with river beaches close at hand.

  • Review Submitted: May 24, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The farmhouse is a good base because it is situated between the Silver Coast and the Serra de Estrella mountains and with the amenities of several pretty villages and river beaches close by. The historic university city of Coimbra with its restaurants, shops and museums is a favourite with our guests - an easy 25 minute drive.
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casa lagares

  • 4 of 5

Quiet, homely and comfortable farmhouse. Very good value for money. Lady next door, Almerinda, very friendly (though speaks no English) and will sell you her goats-cheese, eggs and seasonal vegetables. My wife, our 21 year-old daughter and her friend all enjoyed ourselves. You need a car. The house is an hour or so from the sea, but there is very good river swimming at several spots nearby, so we rarely made the journey. Coimbra is an attractive small city and there is the forest of Bucaco and the Serra Estrela to explore. In the evening it was great just to sit outside chewing the fat, drinking the wine and looking at the stars

  • Review Submitted: May 21, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Most of our guests, like Steve and Philippa, pick up a hire car at the airport (Porto or Lisbon) and drive to the farmhouse from there. There is safe swimming for adults and children at nearby river beaches, some of which have cafes and changing facilities, and boating too. For those who prefer the seaside, our favourite resort is Praia de Mira, a small family resort about 1 hr 15 minutes drive away, with a beautiful sandy beach and good seafood restaurants - a great day out.
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Authentic Portugal

  • 4 of 5

I was immediately at home in this old converted farmhouse which feels as though it has history. It is charmingly homely, clean and comfortable and surrounded by breath taking scenery. The shady courtyard to the side of the house has an outbuilding, although partially converted, still has the original bread making oven inside.

The farmhouse looks out across a valley to mountains and is surrounded by orange and olive groves. It was the first time I had ever picked oranges straight from a tree! There is a patio and garden just outside of the French windows - so plenty of room for lounging in the sun and taking in the views.

It is in a rural location, and may not be for you if you want a hectic nightlife. There are surrounding farms and people are going about their daily work. However, I found everybody to be helpful and friendly, particularly Almerinda who lives next door and looks after the house. It is a lovely place to retreat to away from the daily grind. I am thinking of going back later in the year to cosy up in front of the log burning fire. It felt to me like the authentic Portugal.

  • Review Submitted: May 20, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Families have also enjoyed our house because the nearby river beaches are very popular with youngsters in the summertime. Our guests can buy home-grown fruit and vegetables plus eggs and goats' cheese from Almerinda who looks after the house. They always enjoy picking their own oranges for breakfast.
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Porto at 240 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Travanca do Mondego at 2 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Viseu at 20 Kilometres Nearest Train : Coimbra at 35 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : IC6 or IP3 at 3 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Silveirinho at 3 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Serra de Estrella at 80 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Figueira da Foz or river beaches at 50 Kilometres Car: necessary


Large river beaches with sunbathing facilities and refreshments at Penacova (15 minutes) and Coja (25 minutes). Nearest Silver Coast beaches at Figueira da Foz (50 minutes) and Mira (1 hour).


Because of the tucked-away location of the house, use of a car is essential. Fly to Porto or Lisbon, hire a car at the airport and make the easy drive - motorway/dual carriageway nearly all the way. Both airports are served by budget airlines. The drive from Porto airport takes 1hour and 45minutes. The drive from Lisbon takes 2hours and 30 minutes.


Coimbra 35 minutes

Conimbriga 25 minutes

Penacova 15 minutes

Arganil 25 minutes

Coja 25 minutes

Figueira da Foz 50 minutes

Mira 60 minutes

Aveiro 1hr 10 minutes

Bucaco National Forest 25 minutes

Further Details:

The house is well located for walking, cycling, bird-watching, canoeing, horse riding, fishing. Coimbra with its elegant shops, bars, restaurants, old town, historic university and cathedral is an easy drive from the house. Penacova with its banks, shops, pharmacy, museum, river beaches and internet café is 15 minutes’ drive. The village of Aguieira with its lake, café, mini-supermarket and gym is within walking distance. Roman ruins at Conimbriga. Please visit our website for more information and photos (see link below).


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Booking Notes:
15 per cent non-returnable deposit required to confirm booking. Balance payable 6 weeks before departure.

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Saturday preferred, but this can be flexible.

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Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Washing Machine


  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob


  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • pets considered

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain climbing
  • ski
  • swimming


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • 2 - Upstairs bathroom with shower, basin, bidet, wc. Downstairs bathroom with shower, basin, bidet, wc and washing machine.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed and veranda. Bedroom 2 with twin beds, sofa, veranda. Sofa bed in living room.


  • Golf ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: The house has two floors. The whole ground floor, originally used for wine-making, has been converted into a light, open-plan living, kitchen and dining area that adjoins the patio, garden and courtyard with downstairs bathroom. There are wooden floors throughout. An internal wooden staircase leads to the first floor consisting of the two bedrooms, upstairs bathroom and porch. There is also a traditional, external stone staircase leading from the courtyard up to the first floor. Fans, wood-burning stove, electric heaters. Outside: Large terraced garden with small pond and fruit and olive trees and uninterrupted views of woods and distant mountains. Because the garden is steeply terraced and has a small pond young children would require supervision. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and bed linen are changed weekly and the house is cleaned before each let. Other: Patio large enough for sunbathing and outside dining. Private walled courtyard with parking area. Shady open porch on first floor overlooking courtyard.

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