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Luxury very Private Villa , freshwater pool , Mountain views , acres of space .

Overview

Property

Updated: 27-Nov-2016
Villa in Pousadouros, Nr. Arganil, Silver Coast, Portugal - Stunning Private Peaceful Location, Woodland Setting, Miles Of Forest Tracks, Close To River Beach

Quinta do Acor is a luxury villa in a tranquil, private location on the edge of the Serra do Acor mountains within the Beira region, an unspoilt area of Portugal. The house is situated on the edge of a cork and pine forest and walking distance to the river Alva river beach and cafes and a good local restaurant. All In easy reach of local amenities.in two nearby towns . Overlooking the mountains is a large twelve by five metre chemical free pool, with wet room and shower, and with no neighbouring properties you can sunbathe in complete privacy. There is a large upstairs granite sun terrace which over looks the pool and gardens, a perfect sun trap or peaceful spot for early morning yoga or star gazing the clear night skies free from light pollution. Below is a covered balcony area leading from the house, a lovely spot to enjoy breakfast, with a private shady garden and views to the mountains. Steps lead to a large seating area next to the pool with sun beds, chairs and tables, which in turn leads into your own private air conditioned bar, with pool table, music, internet and wood burner. There is a large courtyard and outside kitchen area, with vine covered pergola bbq and wood fired pizza oven, perfect for preparing shady lunches or fun candlelit evening meals. There are many different seating areas in sun and shade alike, with plenty of space for everyone to relax and enjoy. The property has plenty of charm and space, perfect for nature lovers, with miles of country side for walking, mountain biking, and activities such as riding, kayaking, and abseiling, or as a base to explore the markets, historic towns and villages or to soak up the Portuguese culture.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I live between England and Portugal, but wherever I am but heart is always in Portugal. I have enjoyed creating a unique space for people to enjoy, and although the property has only been let for a short amount of time I have enjoyed lots of positive feedback from my guests.

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Guestbook comments from the manager

16 Sept 2014 marknmand

Quinta do Acor is in an undiscovered, beautiful part of Portugal. The undulating tree filled landscape invites you to slow down and relax. There isn't a massive amount to 'do' and, if that suits you, as it did us, you'll be happy here. Having said that we seemed to 'do' plenty. Nearby Roman ruins at Conimbriga were magnificent; Coimbra was good too, wandering around the steep narrow alleyways around the historic University was the best bit. The river beaches steal the show though; there's one just down the road which is small but good. Further afield Avo and Gois were great, the former for jumping off small cliffs. Other attractions include the nearby small town of Coja where happiness can be found relaxing under a tree covered terrace sipping a delicious Portuguese coffee before popping into the boutique bakery for a delicious pastel de nata ( custard tart to die for!)

The Quinta is superb. It's a mixture of luxury and fun. The luxury is to be found in the 3 ensuite bedrooms, beautiful pool, outdoor dining kitchen and a whole bunch of other stuff. The fun in the fabulous pool room which has a pool table, bar, amp, speakers and even red fairy lights! Tacky it isn't quirky and fun it definitely is.

Phillipa is the perfect 'host'. She lives in a cottage which is screened away at the side of the property and is there should you need anything but ultra discreet and really friendly. She made us feel so welcome and made sure we were happy and had everything we needed.

The immediate surroundings of the house are fantastic. There are MILES of mountain bike and running tracks straight out the gate through beautifully scented pine and eucalyptus forests. The roof terrace is wonderful for star gazing - the night skies are amazing here. We saw THE brightest shooting star flash as it entered the atmosphere!

An altogether top place, we are delighted to recommend it to anyone who appreciates the outdoors and the simple life but from the comfort of a kingsize bed and a poolside sun lounger!
Jan 2015
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2 Reviews

2 holidaymaker reviews

5

Simply the best

  • 5 of 5

We had read the reviews and thought this place sounded great. Well it is better than great, the whole property is geared up to making you feel welcome, comfortable and totally relaxed. The setting is in the forest along a dirt track which opens up to the most fabulous villa. The views around the pool are outstanding as is the level of bedrooms with walk in wardrobes and ensuite bathrooms. Although of a high standard the kitchen and lounge areas are well lived in and welcome you as if you were at home. The outdoor kitchen (mainly used) is well equipped and a joy to use, with pizza oven and bbq. The pool house complete with pool table and bar with air con was a great way to while away some time if one could drag oneself away from the amazing, massive pool.We had a 5 month baby with us so the air con was a relief for him from the heat. Every area has an outside eating space, with the biggest decision being which area to eat tonight. There is a comprehensive file of information and phone numbers. The fish man (very handsome) calls once a week, and Lucy who is there to give you any help,extra information along with Caroline come twice a week to clean and garden an bed change. A Pool man comes once a week to check all is as it should be. Apart from that you are totally private and can go to the local river bar, (3 mins) or into Arganil (5 mins away). We never go back anywhere twice but have booked again already for next year. Clive the owner is an outstanding man, who will call you from wherever he maybe should you need him. His communications throughout have been outstanding, such a refreshing change to having to chase people up. So if you were in any doubt about this destination, don't be just go for it. If you snooze you loose.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: A great review and what a relief , I have tried hard this year to provide everything people would want . With the passing this year of my partner of 20 years Phillipa who used to do all of the holiday preparations I was really worried That I couldn't keep up to her standards so reviews like this really give me a lot of comfort. The weather this year was exceptional and I've just left myself after two weeks and it's still lovely and hot . We intend to do a lot more work this year , with more bedrooms but still single group rentals but the possibility of 12 to 14 people as a lot of clients have said they would like to come back with more friends or family The gardens will be added to this autumn and some new shaded and sun areas will be made and a lot more automatic watering will be put in to save Lucy and Kaz so much work ! And they can concentrate more on other things . There is so much space there that it calls out for more tucked away areas so people can wander off alone with a book or just to relax . We hope to heat the pool with a woodburner that can be used by the clients at will and hopefully this may help lengthen the season into October / November when it can still be beautiful but the pool gets chilly . Thankyou for coming and I'm looking forward to seeing you again next year. Kindest regards Clive
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5

Wonderful, spacious, peaceful villa

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful, idyllic place for a holiday - Clive and Philly have created an amazingly spacious villa with huge gardens and so much lovely outdoor space to enjoy. We spent happy days by the pool and evenings making use of the pizza oven and barbecue before wandering through the beautifully lit gardens watching the sun set over the mountains. The separate party house complete with a well stocked bar, pool table & various games is a winner too!

The local area is stunning, with miles of mountain trails to explore and the local towns of Arganil, Coja and Góis are well worth a look.

Our toddler enjoyed the pool and the warm welcome he got from locals wherever he went. We found lots of nice places to eat, be it pastel de nata with morning coffee in Coja or dinner by the river two minutes from the villa.

If you want a peaceful holiday off the beaten tourist track I cannot recommend it highly enough.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Nick I am very happy your family enjoyed our beautiful , peaceful , private villa and gardens. I am glad you took advantage of the seperate outside kitchen with the wood fired bread oven. Also ,the freshwater chemical free pool and spacious bar [party house] and its surroundings with lots of places to sit and relax. We are constantly making improvements to the villa with new accommodation and putting a lot of work into the ever maturing gardens . we hope that in the future there will be more organic fruit and veg and salad products to pick throughout the year as we automate the watering from the wells and borehole so we can keep up with the watering in the hot months . Its in a beautiful area of Portugal that is getting more and more popular as people look farther than the coastlines and realise they can get so much more for their money and peace and beauty but with with cities , towns and beaches close at hand. Thank you Clive.
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Location

From the Owner

We bought in this location because of the diversity of the countryside, in the foothills of the mountains but with wide clean rivers and river beaches and an hour from the Atlantic Coast it enjoys the best of all worlds. This is unspoilt Portugal, with a traditional laid back way of life, no traffic, a low cost of living and total freedom.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Barpub : Secarias at 1 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Santander at 200 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Oliveira do hospital at 20 Kilometres Nearest Train : Santa Comba Dão at 15 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : IP3 at 20 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Gota da Agua at 1 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Serra da Estrela at 40 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Secarias at 1 Kilometres Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Also enjoy hiking, mountain biking, river swimming, river beaches, yoga lessons, riding, kayaking, jeep safaris, hot springs, waterfalls, xisto villages, wine tours.

Coast/Beach:

The beautiful 'Rio Alva" river is a 2 minute drive, or a 10 minute walk from the house, it is a wide tree lined river with weir, beach, bar and diving board. There are many local river beaches and bars dotted around, all very different with lots to offer, other local river beaches include Gois and Avo. A drive to the coast and the beaches of Figueira do Foz is about a 50 minute drive.

Travel:

The closest airport to the house is Porto airport at about an 1 hr and 40 minute drive, the roads in Portugal are generally very clear. Lisbon is approximately 2.5 hrs. We would recommend hiring a car, to get the most from your time in the area.

Distances:

The local market towns of Arganil and Coja are each about a 10 minute drive. The ancient university city of Coimbra is around 45 minutes, with the charming coastal town of Aveiro about an hour away. An hr and 40 will get you to the beautiful laid back city of Porto, and heading in land from the house you can be on the highest mountain range in Portugal the "Serra da Estrela" or mountain of the star, within an hour.

Further Details:

Arganil is the largest town nearby with 2 supermarkets, banks, cafes, restaurants and shops. There is a bustling market every Thursday morning supplying fresh local vegetables, fish, bread and cheeses. Also on sale are clothes, shoes, local terracotta pottery and pretty much everything else you can think of! Eduardo's cafe on the way into town is a favourite for light lunches cakes and coffee. While by the local River beach at Secarias is the "Gota da Agua" restaurant, serving good traditional Portuguese food, and the proprietor, Dulce will be happy to share her expertise on the wines of the region.

Coja is charming town, with a lovely square, perfect for relaxing under the plane trees, whilst enjoying a coffee and cake from the famous "Tuxa" boutique bakery. Continuing on through Coja you can wind you way up to the beautiful "Fraga de Pena" waterfalls,well worth a visit. Also a good day out is the traditional "Xisto" village of Piodao.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Low Season
3 Sep 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
£375
for 3 nights
From
£125
£875
 
 
High Season
10 Jun 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
£825
for 5 nights
From
£165
£1,155
 
 
low season
3 Sep 2017 - 23 Dec 2017
5 night minimum stay
£625
for 5 nights
From
£125
£875
 
 
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
£625
for 5 nights
From
£125
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
A 25% booking deposit will be taken at the time of booking, with the balance to paid in full 4 weeks before the arrival date, a damage deposit of £150 is also required, and will be refunded within in 2 weeks of departure.

Changeover Day:
The usual change over day is Saturday but we are flexible on days. Check in is after 4 pm and check out before 10 am.

25% deposit of total rental price within 5 days of confirming booking.
After first enquiry your dates will be taken off the calendar for three days, and after confirmation of booking your dates will be marked unavailable on the calendar. There will be a £200 damage deposit included in the quote which is refunded 7 days after your holiday.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

From the Owner

The Quinta is unique in that it it enjoys a priviliged position in nature, set in an acre of its own land and surrounded by a cork and pine forest, with no neighbouring properties, but within a 5 minute walk from the local village of Pousadouros and a 10 minute drive from Arganil town. The emphasis is on quality, detail and space. There's plenty to keep everyone happy, floating on the freshwater pool while enjoying the mountain views, lying in a hammock with a book, sunbathing on the terrace, rocking the bar with a beer and a game of pool, or trying your hands at pizza making. There are plenty of outdoor activities such hiking mountain biking or kayaking or you could use the place as a base from which to explore the busy market towns, historical sights and cities, wine and food of the region.

Property Type

  • villa

Theme

  • Away From It All

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • beach
  • mountain
  • rural

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • ski
  • swimming

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Suite 1 has a luxury ensuite bathroom, walk in jet shower, oversized bath and local slate flooring. Suite 2 has a walk in jet shower, over sized bath and double basin. Bedroom 3 has a private wet room made from the local "Xisto" slate.

Bedrooms

  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Suite 1 has a kingsize bed and hand made mattress. Suite 2 has a kingsize bed and hand made mattress. Bedroom 3 with kingsize bed. Twin beds available for 2 bedrooms, cot/childs bed also available.

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: All bedrooms have French doors leading to private seating areas and all windows of the house are fitted with bug screens. The suites have walk in wardrobes. All bedrooms have kingsize beds which can easily be changed to twins. Outside: The Quinta is set in extensive grounds, with acres of space and miles and miles of forest tracks .There are many different seating areas in sun and shade, with plenty of outside furniture. Leading from the living room is a shaded balcony area with chairs and a table, a tree shaded garden and upstairs is a large granite sun deck which looks over the pool area. The private pool is 12 metres by 5 and runs on copper system. It offers stunning views over the 'Serra do Acor" mountain range. A large pool side seating area with sun beds and wet room leads to a private bar with beams, wooden floor, pool table, games, wood burner, internet and stereo system. A small courtyard leads from the bar to a larger courtyard area with vine covered pergola and the outside dining area, with traditional wood fired "forno" for pizza nights, a large bbq, preparation area and Belfast sink. The Quinta has lots of charm and is perfectly set up for a fun and relaxing holiday in a totally private setting. Utility Room: The separate utility room has a large capacity modern washing machine and tumble dryer, an iron with ironing board , a large extra freezer and a supply of pool towels. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels are included, the property is cleaned once a week with the option of an extra clean by request for a small extra charge. Pool towels are stored in the utility room.

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