This vacation home rental in Portugal is a destination in itself. Close to the beautiful historical university town of Coimbra, it’s also conveniently located in between Porto and Lisbon. But the real appeal is its setting. This restored 400-year-old cottage is surrounded in expansive gardens, which have been tended for decades and featured in Christopher Woods’ book Gardenlust, a survey of the world’s best gardens.
Once you’ve arrived, there’s no need to leave. You can spend days by the pool, lounge in a hammock with a good book, stroll through the woodlands, and pick fruit and vegetables from the garden beds and 18 different kinds of fruit trees.
The cottage, with its vaulted wood-beam ceiling, has been refurbished in the style of a New York loft, with a large open-plan bedroom and lounge. Patio doors open onto the pool area.
This is a great home for one or two, with enough space for two additional small children. However, the cottage is adjacent to a larger house that is also available for rent. They can be rented together or separately, but either way, the grounds and pool are yours exclusively.