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Private Villa In The Heart Of Central Portugal With Pool and Mountain Views

Bedrooms 3
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Villa with Pool, in Peaceful Village Location, Sleeps 6, Close To Amenities & Beauty Spots

Guests at Casa do Limao enjoy exclusive use of the villa, gardens and pool. This stunning 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home, is the perfect 'home from home' to get away from it all and completely unwind. All of the accommodation is homely, comfortable and immaculately maintained. The property has a modern interior with kitchen/diner/lounge on the ground floor. This a great space to dine and relax, equipped with TV (download Google Chromecast App to your phone or lap top), DVD and Wi-Fi.

Patio doors lead onto a pretty, granite cobbled courtyard with yet more dining space for al fresco meals and the pool, patio and garden area below. Pick seasonal fruit from the mature fruit trees, (we have figs, pears, oranges and more). The courtyard is a real suntrap; you can dine alfresco or BBQ in the shade of the open barn area which houses our utility room, games room and a useful shower / wc.

The area is perfect for walking and cycling and within driving distance of numerous river beaches and lakes. We have a well appointed folder of information for guests at the property so whether you wish to go kayaking, swimming, horseriding or out for a wonderful meal you will not be stuck for ideas!

We love the local river beaches, there are so many to choose from and we can direct you to our favourite (free) outdoor pool and bar.

The Serra da Estrella mountain range is within an hours drive - ski in winter, or dip in a glacial pool in the summer!

We can direct you to a wonderful riding stables - go for a hack or book in for a heavenly massage!

There are some incredible eateries in the area to suit a variety of budgets, you can purchase a variety of wonderful Portuguese wines for under €3!

This area is very natural and untouched and we would love to welcome you at Casa do Limao and let you share the magic that is central Portugal.

More Details

Marta Van Emden
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
21 February, 2018

About Marta Van Emden

We are based in the UK for work but our hearts are in Portugal and we are very fortunate to be able to travel over several times each year to enjoy Casa do Limao and the surrounding area which we have grown very attached to.

Marta Van Emden purchased this villa in 2008

Why Marta Van Emden chose Mortágua

Having looked at multiple properties we fell in love with this old place the moment we stepped through the gates. The potential to create a beautiful home was clear and we went for it!

What makes this villa unique

Our time at Casa has been enhanced by the addition of the in ground pool in 2016. When we are not heading out to swim in the rivers and lakes or eat out, we are able to enjoy long relaxing days - the built in BBQ, multiple dining areas and fab living space provide us with everything we need to completely unwind and relax.

The village is small and friendly and everyone greets you enthusiastically. Having fresh delicious bread delivered to the door each morning is really quite special!

Guestbook comments from the owner

“Unspoilt haven of tranquillity”

Fabulous country house in a beautiful unspoilt and largely undiscovered area of Portugal. The house has all the modern creature comforts, dishwasher, Internet, satellite TV, washing machine etc and is extremely comfortable and superbly equipped to a very high standard. It is in a stunning and naturally beautiful scenic area. Highly recommended.
Aug 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Mortágua in Municipality of Mortágua

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1: Family bathroom with bath, overhead shower, wc and sink. Bathroom 2: En-suite to master bedroom with double sink, shower and wc.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 3 - Bunk beds
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot , King size bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6/7 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: Double bed and en-suite bathroom with shower and double sink. Bedroom 2: King size bed. Bedroom 3: Bunk beds. There is also a 'put up' spare bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Pool Table
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • swimming
Outside: The gardens and courtyard are well maintained. The courtyard area itself is completely enclosed, and has steps to the garden area below, which is laid to grass and has a variety of fruit bearing trees including oranges, figs, peaches, pears and of course olives. There is a BBQ at the property, outdoor dining table and chairs for 6, several sun loungers, a child's swing and a games room with pool and football tables to keep the children (and adults!) occupied. Utility Room: Utility room with washing machine (separate from the house). Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are provided, the property will be thoroughly cleaned prior to your arrival and we pride ourselves on it being spotless!


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Private Villa In The Heart Of Central Portugal With Pool and Mountain Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Quiet and peaceful with a lovely pool

  • 5 of 5

This house was in a good location, away from it all but close enough to the local supermarket for petrol and food. There were some local items for us to try and there was someone nearby to help if we needed it. We loved the pool which was very welcome on the hot days and we were also grateful for the shade provided by the barn. We tried some local restaurants and also did some of our own meals which we ate outside. We visited Coimbra and also Batalha, a favourite from a previous trip, mixing these long trips with some local places. Our daughter joined us for a few days and we were able to visit Porto when we collected her from the airport. We would like to thank Marta for her directions and information about the area. If you like peace and quiet in a very non-touristy area, then this is for you!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a lovely review! We are delighted that Alan and his family have had such a lovely and relaxing holiday, and that they have made the most of an opportunity to explore the local area too. We would be delighted to see you again here at Casa do Limao!
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"the best holiday in years "

  • 5 of 5

Boy did we need a holiday,2 weeks away from the rat race .this fitted the bill 100%.the villa was brilliant ,all the creacher comforts.the kitchen had everything you needed to cook a basic meal to a three course meal.my wife enjoyed the views and peace and quite whilst i cooked the local cusine ,wahed down with a very reasonable local bottle of wine.

The area is free of English bars,McDonald's and big breakfast.


Each small town has a outdoor swimming pool ,which puts our country to shame.the river beaches are also very good.

The villa owners helped and gave helpful information from when you booked ,giving directions and sites to see.

Thank you very much

  • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: August 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Chris - well reviews don't get much better than 'best holiday we've had in years'! We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time at Casa do Limao and thanks you for your helpful advice about the sat nav in your follow up email too! Looking at the Google maps you left, you obviously did quite a bit of exploring of the local area - we hadn't come across the river beach you found so thank you also for letting us, and future guests know about it! It is also clear that you really appreciated the unspoilt face of rural Portugal - you would be very welcome back anytime! Marta
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Absolutely perfect

  • 5 of 5

What a delightfully out of the way spot, very comfortable little house with plenty of room for four people. The kitchen was very well appointed with plenty of equipment, some of which we had no idea what they were for. Everything worked and we were especially grateful for the really good espresso maker. A huge fridge and good cooking area. The sitting and dining area was very comfortable, and no TV - what a delight. The WiFi kept us up to date with things and meant the children were usually amused. Very comfortable beds, very good welcome basket, good showers, clean and tidy. A very nice outside area, we could have done with another two sun beds, but a nice shady place to eat. We found that most restaurants were not open in the evenings in the local area, but there was one popular one just to the north about 6 miles away on the N334. The intermarche in Mortagua was very well stocked and easy to find. The plunge pool was bigger than expected and very useful in the heat of the day. Wonderful walks in the forest behind the property, a bit too much eucalyptus for my liking. Good local wine varieties from the Dao region, especially encruzado and barraida. We loved it!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jonathan, for taking the time to review Casa do Limao! We are so pleased that you liked it so much, and I bet the kitchen utensil that you couldn't fathom was the potato dicer! Having WiFi has proved a huge asset at the house, not only for teenagers (!) but for people who want to check further about any of the list of things to see and do which you will have seen at the house. We love the outside area too - the courtyard is so private and sunny and of course, handy for a BBQ when eating in!. The local restaurants tend to open later than in England, but we know the one on the N334 - the owner and staff are always friendly and the food great. You and your family would be most welcome to come again at any time.
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Casa do Limao - Simply the Best!

  • 5 of 5

Casa do Limao is a hidden gem. We stayed in the house early March and it provided all the comfort and modern conveniences we needed to relax and unwind within a peaceful country setting - a small rural hamlet where the neighbours tend to the vines and work in the fields every day. We ate out on the terrace each morning and in the evening, because it was still a bit chilly, used the log burner - lovely!. Easy access by car to many local historical towns and villages and no shortage of ideas on where to go because of the extensive information provided by the owner. The welcome basket of food and drink we arrived too was a very nice touch and an indication of the thought and attention the owners have given to both the house and those that wish to come and stay. Thank you again, Marta.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Apr-2014
  • Date of Stay: March 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gill - thank you for your lovely review! We really appreciated your kind observations about the care we take in all aspects of Casa Do Limao - we love it and are delighted when guests do too! Thank you also for your 'journal' entry in our visitors book which made mention of one of the lovely local tourist attractions that we hadn't heard of - we'll visit Batalha soon on your recommendation! You would be welcome here anytime! Marta
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Lovely house great location.

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I have just stayed at Casa do Limao for a week. The house itself is lovely – traditional to look at, but inside modernised and re-configured to become comfortable three bedroomed accommodation. It is really well equipped, especially for those who want to balance ‘eating in’ with ‘eating out’. We really used the house as a base for exploring the area, but I imagine the pretty and private courtyard area would be a real asset in the summer time. Within a short distance of the house we discovered a walk leading to a beautiful waterfall, and further afield, a great little market at Santa Comba Dao on a Wednesday morning complete with the piri-piri chicken experience we had been told about! But the high spot for us was a day trip to the Serra da Estrela mountains – about 45 minutes away from the house. The owners had recommended it – as we climbed the well maintained roads to the summit we could stop and look at the incredible views from various vantage points, and the snow at the top was literally the icing on the cake – deep, and largely untouched after a recent fall; the roads were cleared and gritted, so access was easy. I loved our first time in Portugal and would like to come again, perhaps in a different season to see what else it has to offer!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Mar-2014
  • Date of Stay: February 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a lovely review Charlotte! We visited the Serra da Estrela for the first time recently too and were also blown away by the beauty of the area! You and your boyfriend are welcome to come and use the house whenever you like - you are right to assume that each season brings its own delights! Marta
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Comfortable, stylish home

  • 5 of 5

A beautifully restored old house in a blissfully peaceful setting. The scent of the pine and eucalyptus trees was our first impression - and the quiet... Yet the hamlet is alive with villagers tending their vines and there is the feeling of being part of the hamlet. Although keeping all the charm of an old country house, inside it is perfect and has everything you need. In mid-October we didn't need to fire up the lovely wood-stove, but felt cosy in the evenings. After days out, we stayed in and cooked most evenings, and had everything we needed.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Oct-2013
  • Date of Stay: October 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review which echoes everything we feel about the house, and it's location - there is so much to see and do in the area, and Casa do Limao provides a perfect and comfortable base! You would be welcome back anytime! Marta
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Nearest Airport
137 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2.2 Kilometres
Various - closest is Macieira
Nearest Ferry
637 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
47 Kilometres
Montebelo Golfe, Viseu
Nearest Train
8.7 Kilometres
From Mortagua
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
8 Kilometres
Adega dos Sabores, Mortagua
Nearest Ski
82 Kilometres
Serra D'Estrela
Nearest Beach
64 Kilometres
Car: necessary


There are numerous 'river beaches' in the area, a 15 minute drive and you could be sitting next to a stunning lake with a cold beverage enjoying the sunshine. The Silver coast - including Figueira da Foz, is an hour away - very popular with surfers and sun seekers.

Costa Nova in Aveiro, Mira, Tocha and many others are the same distance give or take a few minutes.


Ryan air offer low cost flights to Porto from London, Liverpool and Dublin. Other airlines including Easy jet and TAP also fly into both Porto and Lisbon airports. Casa do Limao is a one and a half hour drive from Porto Airport and two and a half hour drive from Lisbon. Car hire is recommended and many reputable companies operate from both of these airports.

If you wish to drive here, the nearest ferry is at Santander in Northern Spain.


Nearest Town is Mortagua where you can find all of the amenities you need including banks, supermarkets, restaurants and so on.

Casa do Limão is 20 minutes away from the famous Spa town of Luso, which nestles at the edge of the beautiful Bucaco National park (complete with Palace) and 30 minutes away from the vibrant and historic city of Coimbra. The wonderful city of Viseu in the famous Dão wine region is forty five minutes to the north.

Further Details:

The villa is situated in a peaceful, pretty village with mountain views. There are plenty of things to see and do in Beira Litoral, which is known as an area of outstanding beauty. The nearby market town of Mortagua (just a 10 minute drive away), has all of the amenities you could need including a train station, shops, banks, supermarkets and a selection of restaurants serving a very high standard of food.

This rural retreat is a fantastic place to relax and unwind, the enclosed cobbled courtyard at the villa is perfect for BBQ's and al fresco dining.In the hot summer months there is a small splash pool to take a dip in and cool off.

There are several local markets where you can purchase cheeses, meats and sample some of the best piri piri chicken in the world! During the summer months there are frequent Saints Day Festa's in the various towns and villages locally, these are a great way to experience the local customs and the incredible friendliness of the Portuguese people.

The local area is perfect for a range of outdoor pursuits including walking, canoeing, fishing, horse riding and cycling; this is an excellent area for those who love cycling, with a newly created cycle path between Santa Comba Dao and Viseu.

The house provides a perfect base for those who love walking, beautiful scenery, a rich and varied cultural experience, and socialising with the friendly and generous local people.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Mortágua, Central Portugal - Silver Coast

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
24 Mar 2018 - 31 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jun 2018 - 29 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
30 Sep 2018 - 10 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
A payment of 50% will secure your booking.

The remainder should be paid in full, 6 weeks prior to your arrival.

Our preferred method of payment is via bank account - details supplied on booking

We will always be as flexible as we can to accommodate your dates so do get in touch to discuss your requirements.

Changeover Day:
We prefer our changeover day to be on a Saturday, particularly during high season.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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