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Quinta Matalva is beautiful and spacious five bedroom villa divided into a Main house for six guests and a Cottage for four guests. Quinta Matalva has wonderful views, large terraces, swimming pool and terraced garden.
Set in the beautiful, historic, UNESCO protected mountain range of Sintra, Quinta Matalva is a spacious and private villa located in a secluded valley with pine forest backdrops and views of the sea. Quinta Matalva has three bedrooms in the main house and a further two in a cottage so it's perfect for a small group renting the main house only or a group of 10 who can rent the cottage too. The main house has a wide terrace which is ideal for barbecues, drinks and outside dining. Through a gate from this terrace are steps down to a private swimming pool with another terrace and sun lounges. From the main house, walk through a colonnade to the cottage which has a separate kitchen, sitting room and terrace with a dining area, ideal for anyone in the group requiring privacy such as a family with young children or grandparents. From the entire property there are superb views of the historic botanic gardens of Monserrate and terraces of oranges, lemons and fig trees. For more information and photos, visit: www.matalva.com.
For larger parties, the neighbouring house, Quinta Sao Bento, with 5 bedrooms and a pool can sometimes be made available www.saobentosintra.com
Golf details: The following golf courses are approximately 15-30 minutes drive from Quinta Matalva. Golf do Estoril, Estoril is one of the most traditional and classic clubs in Portugal, host to Portuguese Open. 18 hole, par 69, 5238 metres 9 hole, par 34, 2350 metres. Tel: 351-1-4680176 / 4680054. Fax: 468-2796. Golf Estoril-Sol, Linho 'One of the most beautiful 9 hole courses in Europe.' 9 holes, par 31 - 1749 metres. Tel: 351 1 924 03 31. Fax: 351 1 924 03 31.
Penha Longa Golf Club, Sintra. A quality course with spectacular scenery. 18 hole par 72 championship course, 6228 metres; 9 hole, par 35, 2550 metres. Tel: 351 1 924 00 14. Fax: 351 1 924 90 22. Quinta da Marinha, Cascais. Beautiful location overlooking Atlantic Ocean. 5 par 5's, 6 par 3's 18 holes par 71, 6014 metres. Tel: 351 1 486 9881/9. Fax: 351 1 486 9032 486 9159. Quinta da Beloura, Sintra. Designed by William Roquemore Jr. Six lakes on course add to interest. 18 holes par 73, 5817 metre.
Guide and Catering services: These are available upon request.
The Quinta Sao Bento with its luxurious villa and magnificent grounds is a very special place. Sitting on the large terrace with beautiful views right down to the sea and watching the sunset is pure magic. The Quinta Matalva is perfect for young families. My German family and I rented both Quintas for the 2nd time and spent again a wonderful week. Ideal venue for family gatherings and special celebrations.
Everyone loved it, and my sister would have liked to rent the whole complex next year for her 85th birthday, but unfortunately we cannot find a week when they can all make it.
Quinta da Matalva turned out to be the perfect choice for three couples who wanted privacy but also the appropriate spaces for being together at meals and other times of relaxation. The design, layout, finish, and furnishing of the rooms not only matches what is shown in the property's pictures, but the lived-in comfort and charm of the spaces, from bedrooms to living and dining areas, is exceptional. We were able to take meals on the terrace (weather permitting) and in the more formal dining room, and spend many pleasant hours in conversation in front of a welcoming fireplace that projected comforting warmth as the early October evenings grew colder after the sun went down. The kitchen was also extremely well outfitted and laid out for making meals for our group. The bedrooms and bathrooms were also most comfortable and furnished to a high standard. All in all, Quinta da Matalva is everything that is described, and much,much more. As a group we couldn't have been happier with this property and the only complaint might be that it was too inviting so that we would get late starts to our daily touring of the many exceptional heritage sites and beaches within an easy driving distance. Sintra certainly deserves its reputation as a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape, and while the number of tourists at different sites can be intimidating depending on the time of day, the many historic properties nearby the villa, are quite remarkable in their beauty and in the professionalism with which they are interpreted and managed. Ranging from the National Palace of Sintra, dating back to the thirteenth century and associated with Portugal's earliest monarchs, to the highly eccentric Quinta da Regaleira, an elaborate tribute to the brilliant but highly esoteric twelve-year collaboration of Carvalho Monteiro and Luigi Manini in the two decades before the Great War, the properties of Sintra are all worth a serious visit, which can take at least a half a day each. The beaches are also well worth visiting as is Lisbon, which is a short train ride away. Quinta da Matalva is an outstanding base from which to tour all of these places and more, and the setting could not be more beautiful and relaxing. Our main regret was having only one week to enjoy both the property and the surrounding sites. One should stay two weeks. Also, visitors should be prepared for narrow roads and some challenging traffic. A longer stay also allows you to adapt better to the driving.
Thanks for the wonderful stay! We had reserved the barn, but upgraded to the main house on last minute. When we arrived, the housekeeper was waiting for us with fireplace on and a first-aid supply of food and beverages, as a free compliment. That was a lovely thing, we needed it after long flights and late-evening journey through narrow roads of beautiful Sintra.
The whole stay was great as well. The views were magnificent, and the house was spacious and had everything we needed. Whenever we had any problems, the hosts and housekeeper helped us promptly.
The town of Sintra is probably difficult to drive and park while peak summer months, but we travelled off-season and it was easier. It’s an absolutely beautiful place, strongly recommended. Also the nearby towns and attractions are really nice - Matalva had listed their favorites for visitors.
We are a Finnish couple aged 35, with two kids age 3 and ½ years.
If you value calm, nature and great view on the surroundings, then this house is for you. You will have a view over several shades of green who end up with the blue of the sea. You will need a car to go anywhere but calm and isolation come at this small price. The interaction with the owner was great, as well as with Ana, the local housekeeper, most helpful. The house has a great garden and the house has a note from owner "feel free to explore and pick up any fruit you would like". The amenities are also very good. We rented both houses and have appreciated the flexibility of the houses and their amenities.
We've rented a lot of houses and loved this one. The bedrooms were a lot bigger than descibed and could sleep quite a few people (especially if you're a family with small children who share a room).
The house a airy, light, well furnished, and comfortable. The kitchen was fairly modern and they had a large grill (we cooked for 10 at one shot).
Any problems and the owner was next door (we lost electricity and gas at one point).
The negatives: no phone or internet (if you view that as a negative) and you are 3k outside of town so you MUST have several cars to ferry people to and from dinner, shopping, etc - no walking to town.