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Idyllic 'Quinta da Luz' with guest villa near Sintra

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Enjoy the experience of a rural space also well located with much to visit

Enjoy a family holiday at Quinta da Luz which is a mansion house estate that has been in the Luz family for seven generations. The whole property covers two hectares and guests are encouraged to roam on it at will. A large pool and pool area, beautiful gardens, vegetable plots and orchards in a green secluded valley, all make for an enchanted visit. Ideally situated in the old village of Rio de Mouro, just a ten minute drive to fabulous Sintra with its fairy castles and wonderful walks, World Heritage Site. Also within a twenty minute car ride to stately Lisbon, the coast, also twenty minutes, with its beautiful beaches and old fishing towns. Close to several world class golf courses, a riding school, bicycle hire, surfing beaches, good restaurants and a gym. Also close by, convenient supermarkets, post office, bank and medical centre. A qualified masseuse will come to the villa and also a baby sitter can be arranged. The owners, who are English, are usually on site to provide any assistance, advice and suggestions. Guests will be provided with spare organic fruit, vegetables and herbs from the garden, and Elisabete, our English speaking maid will come in on week days to do some cleaning as necessary. Guests usually divide their time by relaxing by the pool and visiting the attractions within easy access from the Quinta.

The guest villa itself is for a maximum of five persons with a good cot with cot sheets, a blender, stair gate and a selection of toys for the little ones. On two floors, the whole villa covers approximately 120 sq.m. with a good living area with a wood burning stove, a tv with satellite reception and over two hundred channels and a good selection of novels. There is a dining area on a split level and the kitchen is also large with an eating area, also leading directly onto a private patio with a BBQ and table and chairs for eating al fresco. There is a closet with an ironing board and oven downstairs. Upstairs are two bedrooms, one very large en suite with four windows and plenty of closet space. The second bedroom is a also of a good size also with good closet space and two windows. The whole villa is light and airy with ten windows and with wi-fi throughout. The old caretakers house has been completely refurbished and tastefully decorated with comfort in mind. Paintings from the owner adorn the walls, and there is also a painting studio on site with materials should you be tempted to sketch or paint.

Described as an oasis by many visitors, enjoy a traditional experience in the old Portuguese style. We have three very friendly dogs who enjoy having a fuss made of them.

More Details
Registration Number : SM42960/2010

Susan Elizabeth Stuttaford Luz e Castro
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French, Portuguese
Calendar last updated:
20 May, 2018

About Susan Elizabeth Stuttaford Luz e Castro

Susan and her mother, Paula, have lived on the farm for many years. Little by little it has been adapted and renovated. We ran a language institute for over twenty years, and now Susan still does some translation work.

Paula is retired now, but still takes an active role in the running of the estate. Paula is originally from Poland and was naturalized British when she arrived just before WW2.

Susan is widow of a Portuguese national and has been in Portugal since 1967 and loves the country. Both speak Portuguese, and Susan also speaks French. She enjoys painting and also writing. Another of her hobbies is Bridge.

Paula is in her ninetees but is still active cooking, making jams and chutneys and being on the computer, not forgetting tending to her dogs. We both very much having guests and have had the privilege of meeting some wonderful people.

Why Susan Elizabeth Stuttaford Luz e Castro chose Rio de Mouro

We both love living in the Sintra area. We are so near to Lisbon, Cascais and Sintra itself - so convenient yet we are in a little oasis. Although we are very secluded here we have everything we need at a short distance.

What makes this villa unique

Quinta da Luz is a large property and once inside feels like it is in the countryside. There is a strong sense of space, and the gardens flourish under the loving care of Paula. Being in a valley with no other houses in site, we have the advantages of the country, but we are not at all isolated. Within a short distance visitors find plenty to do and see. Quinta da Luz was originally a wine producing concern, and in the old adega can be found vats which originally held 27,000 liters each. Plums and oranges were also sold in quantities. There is still an old artesian screw and a very large tank for watering which collects the intake from another property via an old tunnel system. It is now home to water lilies and goldfish. Fruit trees abound and on the hill pertaining to the property pines which were seeded by the owners. The guest house was the original edification prior to 1755 when Lisbon suffered a large earthquake and tsunami. The main building is post 1755 in the Pombaline style which came about to withstand future disasters.

Guestbook comments from the owner

May 2010-Chris, Jo and Jake-uk 'from the moment we arrived we felt at home. Many thanks for being so warm and welcoming'.

June 2010-Henry, Jacqueline, Posy and Elisa - UK. 'Paula and Sue really do have the perfect set up for families'.

June 2010-Sophie, Dave and Ruby-UK.Thank you for a fantastic stay in your beautiful villa. It's been a real ´home from home'.

July 2010-Chris, Jenny, Ben and Becky - UK. ' The house is beautifully done out'.

August 2010-Mike, Claire, Isabel and Oliver-UK.'Thank you so much for providing such a lovely and peaceful holiday house/setting'.

April 2011- Julie, Mike, Amelia and Harriet-UK. 'The house is fantastically based for visiting the city and the coast'.

April 2011 -Ian, Jan and Richard-UK. 'Quinta da Luz is, indeed a jewel. Thank you for welcoming us like family members with the fresh oranges and grapefruit and lemons.'

June 2012 - Russ and Judy 'as there is so much to do and seem we shall make a return visit to Quinta da Luz

July 2012- Colin, June and Alannah 'the house and gardens are a genuine oasis of green and quiet countryside'

October 2012 - Berund, Beate, Nils, Miriam and Martin 'the house has got a special charm'

May 2012- Quentin, Thibaud, Marin and Mathieu ' The children loved to harvest the fruit from the trees'

June 2012 - Alexandra 'the house is much bigger than we expected'

September 2013 - Ken, Kathy and Helena ' thank you for a fantastic guest house'

September 2013 Joe, Pam, Pete and Jill ' the pool was a delight as was exploring the gardens'

September 2014 - Jane and Mathew ' we feel relaxed and rested. We love your dogs - they are a real joy'

September 2014 - Kenny, Brendan and Hope ' the villa is a great space, beautifully decorated and most conveniently located'

October 2014 - Jenny and Willie ' we are all entranced by your garden'
Jul 2008
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Rio de Mouro in Municipality of Sintra

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1. Bath/shower, wc and bidet. 2nd bathroom shower, wc and bidet.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Child Bed , 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4/5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 is a large suite with twin beds and ample hanging and drawer space. Light and airy with four windows. Has a cot. Bedroom 2 is also large, with two twin beds, also with plenty of hanging and drawer space. Light and airy with two windows.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: We require that children be accompanied by an adult in the pool area, which is gated. Two cots plus bedclothes, stair gate and high chair. Also blender and a selection of toys. Outside: The whole property is in a beautiful setting, quiet and relaxing. The gardens and cultivated area are quite extensive and guests may just ramble on the domain. The property is walled and so safe for children The pool is large (11x 5,5 metres) and is in a lovely lawn area. We have sun loungers for 6, and garden chairs and tables. The pool is shared with the main house and the owners are sometimes at the pool. The pool is gated. There is a large barbecue area near the pool and a private patio with barbecue at the back of the guest house. We often have excess organic fruit and vegetables which we provide. Guests are invited to pick fruit when available. The whole Quinta is an oasis for holiday makers. Utility Room: Cupboard for cleaning materials, iron with ironing board and barbecue utensils. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen included. Maid service on some days. Linen changed once a week, towels twice. Other: Adega has games room with ping-pong. Art gallery with work from local artists exhibited in guest house, with some work for sale. Access to use of artist's studio


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Idyllic 'Quinta da Luz' with guest villa near Sintra
average rating of 4.8095236 based on 22 reviews

Quinta da Luz is a perfect base to start a holliday around Lisbon.

  • 5 of 5

We were surprised when we saw the accommodation: it was more beautiful as we expected. We had a warm welcome, Susan and Paula are very sympathetic lady´s. They made us feel home immediately. The house is very comfortable and conveniant for the children. In the morning they collected oranges and grapefruits in the beautiful garden and they loved it. But the three dogs have made their holliday really nice.

  • Review Submitted: 09-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely guest house on beautiful grounds

  • 5 of 5

The guest house is well-maintained and very spacious, with a large kitchen, a separate dining room, and a large living room with a fireplace (which we used frequently during an unseasonably cold April). The bedrooms are also large, with comfortable beds. The bathrooms are big, with one an ensuite to the largest bedroom. We were a family of four (two parents, an 11-year-old, and a grandma) and found the accommodations to fit our needs perfectly. The house would also work well for a couple with several children, or two couples. We did not get a chance to use the pool (too cold when we were there), but it's big, and our daughter was rather disappointed not to give it a try. Susan is an accommodating host, and gifted us with a bottle of wine and a jar of homemade marmalade during our visit. Her dogs are lovely, and very well behaved, and were very good with our (admittedly dog-mad) girl. The guest house is located just minutes from Sintra and Cascais, and only a short distance from Lisbon. When driving to Sintra (especially if you're going to Pena Palace and the Moorish Castle), you will want to arrive by 9:30 a.m. in order to find parking near palaces Parking is at a premium anywhere else in town, for that matter, as it's a medieval town with narrow streets, and parking spots go quickly. Cascais is lovely, and we recommend giving the museums a try (we especially liked the the small modern art museum -- it's excellent) and the large woodland park near the old fort (there were peacocks and lots of flowers). You can also walk for several kilometres along the sea wall towards Estoril, which we found quite lovely. The drive up to Cabo da Rocha is gorgeous, as is the cape itself (most western point in continental Europe).

  • Review Submitted: 22-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A truly lovely experience!

  • 5 of 5

We arrived at Quinta da Luz and "impressed" does not do justice to this little piece of heaven. The house has the most restful ambience with light filtering in the various windows at different times of the day, complimenting its character. Our grown up daughters commented that it was the loveliest place we had ever stayed in. The house is absolutely spotless with eveything you need to make your stay comfortable. The fresh towels and bed linen were most appreciated. The outside is aflow with beautiful flowers and the pool area is private and so relaxing. The little patio off the kitchen was a sun trap and lovely for lunch and dinner. Thank you Sue and Paula. We loved our stay and the beautiful plums and pears from the garden that were delivered regularly.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Would be delighted to return

  • 5 of 5

We like clean toilets and a handy location. This lovely villa delivered effortlessly on both. The villa is just a 7 euro taxi to Cacem where we got a direct train to Lisbon (or yo can park and ride). It is also a short drive to fabulous Sintra (get a tuk tuk up the hill) and very well placed for the local beaches and resorts.

There is a large Westfield-style shopping mall about two miles away and top notch Lidl a little further but the Mini Preco in Rio de Mouro had an excellent bakery, butcher and fish counter, all reasonably priced and there was absolutely no need to go elsewhere. (Chefs -bring your own fish knives… you’ll want to buy and cook everything you see.)

Comfortable, very private, definitely quirky, and a tiny little bit rustic at the edges, we would all happily return in a flash. As advertised the friendly dogs are part of the package. Sue and Paula (star attraction) were generous, courteous and full of fun. Go for it!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Superb accommodation in lovely setting

  • 5 of 5

We had a very pleasant and relaxing week at Quinta da Luz. The wonderfully restored farm is set in its own mature grounds: a mixture of cultivated plots, mature orchards and old trees, not to mention the beautifully landscaped swimming pool. An absolutely delightful idyll, hidden yet close to (and admittedly surrounded by) developments of greater Lisbon, and so conveniently located to all points of interest near and beyond Lisbon -- Sintra, Cascais, Estoril, Cabo da Roca, Mafra... and further afield (ie day trip distance) to Obidos, Alcobaca and Batalha. Very helpful hosts Susan, Paula and Antonio provided everything we needed -- we couldn't have asked for more. In a word, superb!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Magnifique propriété au milieu des citronniers

  • 5 of 5

Nous recommandons très vivement cette location : la maison est conforme à la description, très spacieuse, très agréable à vivre. La piscine est grande avec des alentours très arborés qui permettent de l'ombre. La propriétaire est charmante et très à l'écoute et nos enfants se sont entendus à merveille avec les trois chiens adorables !

Mon fils a bien profité de la table de ping-pong. Bref des vacances géniales, dans une magnifique région, à refaire avec plaisir si l'occasion se représente. En tous cas à recommander à 100% !!!

  • Review Submitted: 23-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
20 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Penha Longa
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Rio de Mouro
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
1C 19
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
A Princesa,
Nearest Beach
12 Kilometres
Guincho, Cascais
Car: recommended

This area close to Lisbon is surrounded by a river estuary and a large variety of sand beaches all within a short drive.Just west are the outstanding hills of Sintra marvelous for walking among the pine forests. Sintra itself is a gem of a fairy castle, old Mourish ramparts, extensive parks and a lively centre with cafés and restaurants. It has a mystique never to be forgotten. Also nearby is. Queluz Palace modelled on Versailles with extensive grounds.. Where the river estuary meets the sea, there are several lovely beaches and a bicycle track with bicycle hire.

As far as sport is concerned, there are seven good golf courses within a short drive. There is a very good riding school quite close by, and another where guests may ride into the Sintra hills. Nearby is Praia Grande, a good surfing beach, and it is possible to hire bicycles to ride into the Sintra hills.

Within a 30 kilometre drive, is Setubal estuary where guests may go dolphin watching.

A 70 kilometre drive takes guests to the well preserved medieval town of Obidos.

The Quinta is very centrally placed with a good road network to Lisbon, the coast, and Sintra, just five kilometers away.

Further Details:

There Is a wealth of amenities nearby, several good supermarkets and a shopping mall within 1 kilometer with a hypermarket, bank, a good food court, international shops and cinemas with films in English.

Lisbon is a colourful city, lively and frendy..Be you interested in history, museums, art, music, eating out, visitng fairs or just strolling to imbibe the local colour, Lisbon is not to be míssed.

Cascais, on the coast, has an international flavour, with many well known fish restaurants and fabulous beaches.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Rio de Mouro, Lisbon District

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
1 May 2018 - 31 May 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Early Summer
1 Jun 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High season
1 Aug 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Autumn
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Low Season
1 Nov 2018 - 31 Mar 2020
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Executive suite: 160€/night min 2 nights. Maid and valet service included. Junior room. 80€/night. Maid and valet service included. Shared kitchen, dining area and living area. Cable T.V. 200 channels. Excellent wi-fi connection throughout. Pool. Massage service and meals on demand. Breakfast included. Bank and Post Office 1k. Local restaurant 150m. Airport pick up on demand.

30% booking payment, balance to be paid on arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.