|Minimum Stay||2 - 3 nights|
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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.
Florenca is a beautifully restored, traditional farmhouse, which has been converted into 5 fully furnished and equipped apartments in the peaceful, rural village of Cumieira (for details on Apartment 5 please refer to property ref: 8171868). You will enjoy all the comforts of home in our fully equipped, tastefully decorated self-catered apartments making Florenca 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 quiet, 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 Florenca and are happy to help you with any enquiries you might have so do get in touch!
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
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.
Having lived in London for the majority of our lives, we fell in love with the much slower pace of living in a typical rural village, like here in Cumieira.
Having said that, although you would never know it, we are only minutes from main road networks that will take you all over Portugal and into Spain.
We are also equally well positioned for train journeys from either Pombal or Coimbra and a 90 minute train journey will find you in either the centre of Porto or Lisbon, for those much loved sightseeing tours.
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!
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.
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.