Situated on a slope of Serra do Sicó in the Beiras region of Portugal, this mid-century school house 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 houses was restored and brought back to life. Carefully respecting the spirit of the region and the historic aesthetics of the structures, this mid-century commercial space remains largely intact in its orginal form with a simple contemporary renovation that showcases the more industrial flavor of the space.
The bright open-plan spaces are cleverly divided by low slung walls with gleaming concrete floors and banks of large windows. With an inspired collection of eclectic, contemporary and ethnic decor and furnishings, the ambience is simple and comfortable. Divided into two separate spaces, the main living and dining area are adjacent to the fully equipped kitchen with dining for four.
With one en-suite double bedroom, the house sleeps two with room enough for an additional child’s bed or guest to be added. The expansive and very private walled gardens feature an outside lounge area and large grassy play areas. The adjacent restaurant in the village 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, 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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