Situated on a slope of Serra do Sicó in the Beiras region of Portugal, this cottage was part of a village that had been abandoned for over 70 years. Discovered and resurrected by a group of friends that were charmed by its unique beauty and idyllic location, the entire village of eight houses was restored and brought back to life.
Carefully respecting the spirit of the region and the historic aesthetics of the structures, traditional handcrafting and construction techniques were used to recover and showcase the authentic character of the houses. It’s a contemporary but faithful renovation that uses traditional limestone block walls and bright whitewashed interiors with gleaming concrete floors. Arranged over one floor, the open-plan rooms are cleverly divided by low slung walls that keep it airy and bright.
With a lighthanded collection of eclectic, contemporary and ethnic decor and furnishings, the ambience is simple and comfortable. With one bedroom and bath, the house is ideal for two. There’s a compact but fully-equipped kitchen with dining for two inside and an expansive and very private yard for dining or lounging alfresco.
The restaurant provides simple and delicious locally-sourced fare nightly from a rotating menu and a few breakfast snacks in the mornings. The extensive rambling gardens and terraces offer plenty of fresh air and unspoiled country vistas and a lovely shared pool. You can watch the swans and ducks on the small lake and enjoy fresh eggs from the house chickens.
This is a truly unique retreat where you can embrace the peace and serenity of country life with stylish contemporary comforts. Please visit this page for more rental options in this unique village.
Daily cleaning and breakfast is included. Guests will receive a gift basket upon arrival which includes fresh bread, typical cheese from the region and a bottle of Villa Pedra’s wine. On site restaurant (dinner only), breakfast goodies provided. Wifi throughout, TV with DVD, stereo with CD player. Housekeeping and laundry facilities. Optional massage services, airport transfers available. Baby cots available. Bathrobes and slippers. Parking.
The rural Beiras region of central Portugal is a remote section between the Douro and the Tejo rivers that stretches from the Atlantic Coast all the way to the Spanish border. The medieval city of Coimbra is a short drive to the north along with Conímbriga, the most famous Roman ruins in Portugal.
To the east is Villa Romana do Rabaçal, to the south is Villa Romana de Santiago da Guarda. The local villages and markets of Santiago da Guarda, Ansião and Soure are just a short drive. Just under an hour away are the beaches of Figueira da Foz, Pedrogão, Vieira or S. Pedro de Moel. Both Lisbon and Porto are are over an hour’s drive.
Cotas, Portugal. Nearest Airport: Lisbon Portela International Airport (170 km)
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