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Spacious villa on 2 hectare traditional family estate. Maid service included.

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,829 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

Fully equipped for 4/5. 2 bedrooms. 2 bathrooms. Pateo with BBQ.Wi-Fi throught

Quinta da Luz is a mansion house in the village of Rio de Mouro, 5 kilometers from Sintra. The main house is lived

in by the proprietors who are English and the caretakers house has been refurbished for holiday makers . The guest house has two bedrooms, one large en suite and the second bedroom a good size. The whole house is very spacious and well-equipped with a generous kitchen area leading onto a private patio with BBQ. There is a dining area and a large living area with a fireplace. The whole house has 10 Windows making it light and refreshing. The decor is Mediterranean with comfort in mind. Our visitors have often remarked on the pleasant layout and colour scheme. The whole property covers almost two hectares, a large pool and lawn area, orchards and a cottage garden. Our organic produce is for home uses, and guests will be offered home grown vegetables, herbs and fruit free of charge. There is convenient parking within the property. Guests are welcome to roam within the Quinta. The pool is gated against young children, and we have a good cot, high chair and stair guard. There is a good wi-fi connection throughout the house and there is satellite t.v. with over 200 channels. The Quinta is very centrally situated, with convenient road access to Lisbon, Sintra, Cascais and beaches within a short distance. Guests usually divide their time between lazing by the pool and visiting the many historical sites, good restaurants, doing sports activities and taking shopping opportunities. The Quinta itself has been described as a jewel. It is in a secluded valley and guests are free to roam on it at their will. The pool area is large with a wonderful weeping willow tree which provides shade and the gardens are well tended by Joaquim. Elizabeth, our friendly maid who speaks English will come in for one hour on weekdays to do a spot of cleaning. We have three friendly dogs that have made many children and indeed adults a special stay.The owners are normally around for any queries or suggestions.

Registration Number : SM 42960/2010

Susan Elizabeth Stuttaford Luz e Castro
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French, Portuguese
Calendar last updated:
26 July, 2017

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 Sintra

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1829 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 ...
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 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
  • golf pass optional
  • 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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Spacious villa on 2 hectare traditional family estate. Maid service included.
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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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Excellent property and facilities.

  • 5 of 5

The pool and gardens were perfect as was the villa. A great holiday for our adult family of four. Only 10 minutes drive to Sintra. Thanks to the owners Susan & Paula for their help and friendliness.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
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A spacious,well maintained house with big garden

  • 5 of 5

The house is spacious and clean,well- maintained and furnished very tastefully.Because of the bad weather we couldn't use the big swimming pool butt we still enjoyed the beautiful garden with a lot of flowers and fruit trees. The owners are very helpfull and kind without disturbing your privacy. Although the surroundings of Lisbon are pretty busy the house and his big garden are an oasis of rest. It's easy to visit Lisbon,Sintra, Cascais and the coast with all the beaches.

  • Review Submitted: 25-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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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 mystic 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 kilometers 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 calour, 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

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Mar 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Early Spring
1 Apr 2018 - 30 Apr 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
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.

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.
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