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Peaceful Central Portugal Holiday with Stunning Views, Charming Gardens & Pool - Apartment 1: Spacious, fully equipped, open plan living space

Bedrooms 1
Space 452 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights



Apartment 1: Spacious, fully equipped, open plan living space

Apartment 1 on the upper floor is a large, bright and spacious open plan studio apartment with a vaulted ceiling that reveals some of the original exposed structural timber beams. You will find all you need in the modern, fully equipped kitchen including a large American style fridge freezer, gas cooker and hob, washing machine, dish washer, microwave, hand blender, toaster and electric kettle. The refined décor combines both modern and traditional elements creating a relaxed, peaceful ambience. For your entertainment there is a large flat screen TV with UK freeview and Sky channels including sports and movies, DVD player and CD/Radio stereo system. For the colder months a choice between central heating or a typical log burner are available. The bathroom provides a full bath and shower and generous storage. A fold up ‘Z’ bed can be provided for an additional guest at a supplementary charge of €15 per day.

About the property

Stylish Holiday Apartments

Apartamentos e Jardins de Florença is a beautifully restored, traditional farmhouse, which has been converted into 5 fully furnished and thoughtfully equipped apartments in the peaceful, rural village of Cumieira.You will enjoy all the comforts of home in our fully equipped, tastefully decorated self-catered apartments making Florença the ideal base for your stay in stunning central Portugal.

We invite you to relax by the pool and take in the fantastic views set in charming, landscaped gardens and enjoy the traditional Portuguese outdoor BBQ area, perfect for dining ‘al fresco’ on those warm summer evenings. Escape the heat of the midday sun under the shade of our living relic, a magnificent ancient olive tree believed to be over 600 years old! Keep in touch with family and friends with complimentary access to fast fibre optic Wifi, available in all areas of the property.

Here in Cumieira you can experience true Portuguese rustic living so don’t be surprised if you bump into one of the local shepherds herding their sheep whilst you’re out walking in the village! Explore the numerous delightful river beaches, which are dotted around the area or alternatively head out to the coast, an easy 50 minute drive to the breathtaking silver coast. For the more active and adventurous there are an abundance of hiking/mountain, bike trails and plenty of historical sites to discover in the region. You won’t need to go far to enjoy typical traditional Portuguese food as there are plenty of excellent, reasonably priced restaurants within easy reach.

Although the village is set in a rural location, major road links to the larger towns and cities like Coimbra, Porto, Lisbon, Aveiro, Tomar and Fatima are easily accessed, helping you to get as much sightseeing out of your trip as you can.

We look forwards to you staying with us here at Florença and are happy to help you with any enquiries you might have, so do get in touch!

Have a look at what just a few of our guests wrote in the guestbook about their experiences here in Florença Jardins & Apartamentos.

"What a wonderful place fulfilled all that we needed + more, relaxing, peaceful welcoming, quiet, everything we needed. Loved the beautiful church bell a good reminder to turn every half hour!!! Beautiful pool + gardens, great to jump into when it gets too hot + restful to be in the gardens. Loved Melissa and Rui, you two are great + also Josie and Jessie. This is the most tranquil place in the World and we've loved being here. Pure bliss and don't want to leave. Best holiday ever," Susan and Poppy. Mother and Daughter. 09/08/2016

"We had a great time in this very peaceful house. We enjoyed all: nice garden, swimming pool and comfortable apartment, stunning view. Every day we spent time between relax and visiting towns around, We went to walk on the beach (Figueras). We felt like at home! Holidays as we like!! Thank you for your welcome"

Nathanaelle & Sebast France. 17/08/2016

"The whole place was really nice and we all felt we could finally relax here. We visited Coimbra and Conimbraga, both beautiful and worth seeing. The pool was really nice! Thank you for such a great holiday" Emma 12/08/2016

"Thank you for a wonderfully relaxed holiday. The garden, pool and apartment facilities have been great. We have explored locally -Fragas de Sao Simao, Castles at Pombal and Leiria, coast Sao Pedro de Moel and Coimbra. We have taken advantage of the '4 person train sharing scheme' Mid-week travel fron Pombal Train Station €25 return each. We therefore spent 2 days in Lisbon in our first week and 2 days in Porto for our second week.Two very different cities. We have eaten (many times) at the local Restaurant and quickly learnt to share meals as there was so much!! The manager knows his Port!! O Terrier do Lagar in Cabeça Redondo.We have enjoyed our time here very much and would like to thank Melissa and Rui for their help and welcome" Paul, Karen, Jennifer and Sophie.06/08/2016

"This is a wonderfully comfortable place to stay. We loved how tastefully decorated everything is and we particularly loved the sunny garden. We used the property as a base for exploring the area, visiting Coimbra, Leiria,Oporto, the ruins at Conimbriga and the coast at Sao Pedro de Moel. The drive through the endless pine forest west of Leiria was an amazing surprise.We also spent the day in Lisbon: a two hour drive, but well worth it. The best restaurant that we found is 'O terrier do Lagar,in Cabeca Redondo (a five minute drive from the apartment)which is very reasonably priced but serves delicious simply prepared meat and fish with excellent wine. Our host Shirley was extremely kind and attentive" Thank you! Nicola and Colin 02/04/2016

"What a great place to stay!

We enjoyed our apartment very much.We didn't stay for a long time but those few days were very nice.

We visited Coimbra and Fatima, those are both worth seeing!

Thanks to our hosts :Rui and Melissa! we felt really comfortable here"

Dagmarc and Arnie (The Netherlands) 02/09/2016

"Aprieciamos muito a formo como Tony & a sua esposa nos acolheram neste espaço táo confortável & tāo calmo.

Esperamos voltar nos mais quentes de verão para aproveitar melhor & piscina.

Obrigado pela nossa hospitalidade!

Happy New Year"

Joāo, Jéssica. 01/01/2017

"I came for a short visit, just two nights,but had a wonderful time!

Quiet area, nice views & comfortable rooms everything that you need to relax.

Went for a lovely bike ride through different towns, friendly communities.

I was well looked after by my host Simon, who ensured the apartment was nice and warm during the night.

Thank you for a great stay...17/01/2017-19/01/2017 Storm"

2016 Sep-Dec

"Had a great time here in Central Portugal. This is a very good base for travel to any direction, from Lisbon to Porto. Highways are very good and not much traffic. The river valleys to the North are spectacular. Cabril Dam, to the east near Pedrogao is a nice place for swimming as are the many beaches on the riverbanks at all the nearby towns.

The towns we liked the best are Serta,Tomar and Coimbra.The Templar Castle in Tomar and the aqueduct behind as well as the plaza, were very pretty. The view from the University of Coimbra of he River below was very nice.Most of all we really enjoyed staying here. Everyone was so kind and friendly,Coming back soon... Dennis and Betty Spain"

Feb 2017 " It was a relaxing stay! Peace, silent and with very nice company! Thank you to you all to host us and our two uneducated dogs. This is the perfect place to start visiting the area and have beautiful to be back soon.

Alex and Maria" (Italy)


"As always a wonderful stay. Lots of cuddles with Josie.Beautiful area to stay in. Our apartment (1) was perfect and spotlessly clean. Sheila and Tony are wonderful hosts and Sheila makes a mean Chicken Curry.

We will be back" Steve and Suzy, New Zealand.


" Thank you for a wonderful stay. We loved the apartment and the way i was decorated. The garden and the village are wonderful. Tony and Sheila you were great hosts, very nice and welcoming and kind. We will definitely come back!!

Thank you for everything.

Catarina and Mira"

P.S. Our dogs had a lovely stay too.

"We loved staying here with Tony and Sheila & Simon and Ika and of course Josie!!

Lovely attractive apartment and village. Walks in the village are great for dog walking. Great stay.Thanks everyone.

All the best from David, Diane & Sally the dog" April 2017.

"We had a wonderful time minding our own business, mooching around this beautiful part of Portugal, being well looked after by our hosts Tony and Sheila and by Simon and Ika.

Mines of useful information.

Great internet to boot-a rare find"

Vicente &Yael.


Spring 2017

"Ika and Simon are the perfect hosts. They build a pleasant atmosphere in an amazing house.

We were looking for a peaceful and quiet place. We have to study and telework but we wanted enjoy few days outside big city.

This is the place. Beautiful garden swimming pool, restful village..... Running across the field or riding to the next village to drink a coffee lovely!!

What great company.

Fran & Mat... Madrid...

Thank you.

More Details

Tony Truss
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, Italian
Calendar last updated:
24 May, 2017

About Tony Truss

Having had an affinity with Portugal for several decades, buying a property and living there, was very definitely at the top of our wish list.

The idea of actually building a business there really evolved rather than forming part of some master plan.

As I had worked as a Building contractor for many years specialising in the renovation, extension and refurbishment of houses and gardens, I was able to put these acquired skills and knowledge to good use when I bought the disused and run down former working farmhouse, that is now Apartamentos e jardims de Florenca.

Of course working in a new country without knowledge of the language,working practices, different materials,planning and local council approvals etc was to prove challenging, but nevertheless they were challenges to be overcome.

Tony Truss purchased this apartment in 2006

Why Tony Truss chose Coimbra Region

When we started to look for a property of our own in this part of Portugal, the one that we bought was the very first one that we downloaded from the internet and although we looked at a few more, it was very much a question of love at first site.

We loved the feeling of space, the beautiful views and the simplistic way of live in this small village of 200 or so. Somehow we instantly knew that we had to buy this run down ramble-shack of a Farmhouse, as it offered so much potential and take up the challenge of restoring it into something that could also be shared with others.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This is a wonderfully comfortable place to stay. We loved how tastefully decorated everything is and we particularly loved the sunny garden. We used the property as a base for exploring the area, visiting Coimbra, Leiria,Oporto, the ruins at Conimbriga and the coast at Sao Pedro de Moel. The drive through the endless pine forest west of Leiria was an amazing surprise.

We also spent the day in Lisbon: a two hour drive, but well worth it. The best restaurant that we found is 'O terrier do Lagar,in Cabeca Redondo (a five minute drive from the apartment)which is very reasonably priced but serves delicious simply prepared meat and fish with excellent wine. Our host Shirley was extremely kind and attentive. Thank you!
Apr 2016
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Booking Notes:
Confirmation of booking can be made by either email or letter. A 50% deposit is required on confirmation of booking and payment in full has to be made 28 days in advance of your arrival or at a date to be agreed (dependent on the time frame between booking confirmation and the start of your stay). In connection with the terms and conditions of your visit, information will be made available to you within the booking confirmation paperwork, about breakages and damage as will a content check list on arrival.

Changeover Day:
Our preferred change over day is on a Saturday.Where possible we can be flexible about this in order to suit flights and your preferences. Check out time will be 10am and check in time not before 2pm, again our aim is to be as flexible as possible.

Notes on prices:
All prices stated are in Euros. Prices include the supply of towels which are changed as requested. Bed linen will be changed once a week and a full clean of the apartment will be carried out once weekly.More frequent cleaning of the apartments is available at additional cost.Brooms, mops and buckets and other cleaning implements are available in each apartment. Irons and ironing boards are available as are external drying lines.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Cumeeira in Central Portugal - Silver Coast

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 452 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Purpose made tall slimline bathroom storage cabinet.
  • Good size en-suite bathroom with deep 1800x 800 bath with shower over. Large size handbasin with mixer tap and mirrored and illuminated storage cabinet over. Push button close coupled w.c. and cistern and a 1.8m tall purpose made high gloss bathroom storage cabinet,
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • King size dark timber framed bed with matching headboard and high quality mattress. Matching side tables with table lamps.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Apartamentos e Jardims de Florenca are in a small working village named Cumieira which is a village typical of this part of Portugal. The village comprises of a nursery and infant schools, a Mother Church dated from the 15th century complete with time chimes, a day centre for the elderly, a bar which doubles up as a restaurant at lunch time and finally a cemetery. As far as we know we are the only non-Portuguese in the entire village. The property is detached and is a corner plot.The accommodation exists over two floors and the property is fully walled and gated. All apartments face the gardens at the rear of the property. A double gated entrance exists at the front of the property directly into the courtyard garden, from where all apartments can be accessed. A second entrance is available via a single gate on the East elevation which takes you directly into the upper garden, again all apartments can be accessed from here. There is a flight of stairs connecting both garden areas. Outside: There is a private pool in the upper garden also a brick built traditional style barbecue for client use, additionally there are a couple of gas fired mobile barbecues available. There are 6 metal garden tables each with 4 chairs, chair cushions and parasols. Around the pool area there are about 10 assorted loungers and reclining chairs. In the courtyard garden there is a garden set consisting of a glass topped table and 6 dining chairs, under a covered and curtained gazebo. There is also a bistro table with 2 chairs outside apartment 4.


4/5 -
(1 traveller reviews)


Muy buena.

  • 4 of 5

Ubicación muy tranquila y apartamento muy bien equipado. La piscina demasiado pequeña

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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