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Architect / Artist Converted 17th C' Farmhouse in World Heritage Site

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Last updated: 07/17/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Sintra house description

Casa do Celeiro was discovered by its architect / artist owners in 1980. It was a ruin which had been the stable/barn of a 'quinta'(manor house and farm). The main attractions of the site were its views of the Serra and the sea and its seclusion and intimacy due to being a courtyard built into a hill. The house today has the same basic format but is now suitable for self-catering groups of 4 to 8. There is an 8m dia. pool at the top of the property and a stone terrace with pergola and large garden in front of the Cottage. The Cottage has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a large sit-in conservatory on upper level with view to private courtyard. The kitchen / living room are on the ground floor and the annex 10 metres across the courtyard is ideal for a couple. It has a double bed, en suite bathroom with a small terrace facing the Serra and sea. The house is comfortably furnished and although not luxurious it is charming and rustic. The tranquil setting, fabulous views of sea and hills and close proximity to Almoçageme the local village make this property a magnificent retreat.

Art Courses: The owners live on site in separate quarters. They work as artists and offer short courses from time to time. Guests may be interested in participating in the drawing & painting or etching courses and are encouraged to indicate their interest when booking. Alan designs and makes contemporary sculpture and jewelery. Mary is a painter and a printer. Please ask owners for their website for more details / photos of house, courses, and area.

Owners' Background: Alan who is British worked as an architect in London at BDP (Building Design Partnership). He qualified at the AA (Architectural Association). When he moved to Portugal he opened an architectural office in Cascais in 1980. He retired in 1992. He nows paints watercolours and designs and makes scupture and jewellery. Mary, American, also worked as an architect, having completed her diploma at the Central London Poly (now Westminster College). She also has degrees in Art History, International Education and painting and etching. She was head of the Art Department at St. Julian's School in Lisbon and continues to teach on a part time basis. She and Alan exhibit their work regularly. The owner's websites: (Mary) and (Alan). There is also a subheading, 'The Gallery' on the website (

Golf, tennis, beaches: Several golf courses within 20 minute drive. Beloura is considered the best golf course for tourists as it has a more open and friendly atmosphere ( Tennis and water sports within 10 minutes. 3 beaches within 5-10 minutes drive: Praias (beach) das Maças, Adraga and Grande all have restaurants and cafes on waterfront / Guincho Beach (15 minutes drive) has international surfing / wind surfing and excellent up market restaurants / Praia Grande has surfing lessons and hire.

A Biker’s Paradise
One of the major advantages of the positioning of our house is that it is right in the Serra de Sintra with splendid views up and down the Lisbon coast. For a mountain biker this is very advantageous as we are at the entrance of one the mountain roads so you can ride directly into the Serra. From this road thre are many dirt paths to take you deeper into the Serra. We also have one mountain bike on loan.

Property Type

  • House
  • 200 m²

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Pets Considered
          • Non Smoking Only
          • Long-Term Renters Welcome
          • Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
          • Children Welcome
          • Wheelchair Inaccessible

          Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8

          • Bedroom 1: 2 twin/ single

            faces sea, upper level...moreless

          • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single

            faces sea, upper level ...moreless

          • Bedroom 3: 1 double, 1 child bed, 1 baby crib

            faces private couryard, ground floor...moreless

          • Bedroom 4: 1 double

            Annex, faces private couryard...moreless

          • The 2 bedrooms upstairs in the cottage share a bathroom (bedrooms1 & 2). The single beds can be pushed together in bedrooms 1 and 2. Bedroom 3 has a double bed and is on the ground floor with bathroom in hall. It also accommodates a baby cot and child's bed. The cot can be moved to either of the upstairs bedrooms. The Annex (bedroom 4) has its own bathroom and a double bed. All bathrooms have a heated towel rail. All rooms have night storage heaters. The annex has a wood burning stove. The rooms are decorated with paintings and etchings. They have good storage for clothes and comfortable seats or lounge chairs. The 2 upper level cottage bedrooms have stunning sea views. The conservatory has a large sit-in space facing the courtyard. Bedroom 3 faces a private courtyard and the Annex faces the same courtyard and also has a small terrace with views of the sea and the serra (wooded hills) which surround the house. Bed linen and towels are changed week...moreless

          Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, bidet


          • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower, bidet


          • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower, bidet


          • Bathroom 1 is shared by the 2 bedrooms on the upper level of the Cottage. Bathroom 2 is on ground floor of Cottage. Bathroom 3 is in the Annex. It has been recently refurbished with an obscured glass wall between it and sleeping area....moreless

          Other Amenities

              • Self-catering guests are self-contained with their own kitchen/living/sleeping quarters. It may be possible to arrange a cook in the evenings. The many stairs and hilly environment make it very difficult for wheelchair access. The garden has many fruit trees (apple, pear, lemon, plum, fig). There are 4 reclining chairs at the pool + 5 chairs. The house backs onto the Serra so guests can go on walks without having to get into a car. There is a beautiful mountain road on the doorstep where biking enthusiasts can explore the area. Two bikes on site are available for guests. As the owners are artists and have their studios on site, guests may participate in courses in drawing & painting or etching with prior arrangement and depending on group size. Walks directly behind house into the wooded hills of the Serra de Sintra with stunning views up and down the coast. Interesting sites: Peninha, Capuchos, Malveira village....moreless


              • Toys
              • Radio
              • DVD Player
              • Television
              • Satellite / Cable
              • Books
              • Books For Adults
              • Books For Kids
              • Games
              • Games For Kids
              • Piano


              • Family
              • Historic


              • Churches
              • Festivals
              • Playground
              • Marina
              • Museums
              • Botanical Garden
              • Forests
              • Waterfalls
              • Restaurants
              • Ruins
              • Nude Beach
              • Winery Tours

              Leisure Activities

              • Walking
              • Horseback Riding
              • Scenic Drives
              • Sight Seeing
              • Beachcombing
              • Bird Watching

              local services and businesses

              • Medical Services
              • ATM/Bank
              • Groceries
              • Hospital

              Location Type

              • Ocean View:

                Our house has a panoramic view of Atlantic approx. 3 k from coast...moreless

              • Mountain View:

                behind our house is the Serra de Sintra, a beautifully preserved natural wooded mountain range...moreless

              • Mountain
              • Near The Ocean

              sports and adventure activities

              • Sailing
              • Cycling
              • Golf
              • Wind-Surfing
              • Mountain Biking
              • Surfing
              • Swimming
              • Tennis
              • Golf Privileges Optional
              • Hiking

              catering options

                  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


                  • Dining Area
                  • Child's Highchair
                  • Dining
                  • Seating for 8 people


                  • Heating
                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Parking Off Street
                  • Activities Guide
                  • Firewood
                  • Laundry Soap
                  • Local Activities Guide
                  • Local Maps
                  • Local Restaurant Guide
                  • Basic Soaps
                  • Toilet Paper
                  • Thermos Bottle
                  • Iron & Board
                  • Washing Machine
                  • Fireplace
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Wireless Internet
                  • Wood Stove
                  • Internet
                  • Towels Provided
                  • Parking
                  • Living Room


                  • Pantry Items
                  • Dishwasher
                  • Refrigerator
                  • Oven
                  • Microwave
                  • Grill
                  • Coffee Maker
                  • Toaster
                  • Cooking Utensils
                  • Coffee Grinder
                  • Stove
                  • Stove


                  • Bicycles:

                    1 mountain bike...moreless

                  • Deck / Patio:

                    front terrace has BBQ, seating for 8 and lovely views of garden and sea...moreless

                  • Beach Towels
                  • Courtyard
                  • Fully Fenced Property
                  • Outdoor Grill
                  • Patio
                  • Beach Chairs
                  • Small Cooler
                  • Lawn / Garden
                  • Terrace
                  • Balcony
                  • Barbecue

                  Pool / Spa

                  • Private Pool
                  • Outdoor Pool


                  Write a review 4.8
                  from 14 traveler reviews
                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Jun 28 - Aug 29, 2014
                  7 night min stay


                  Changeover Day: Saturday

                  Rates are based on 6 guests; add €60 per night, per additional guest

                  Middle 1
                  Aug 30 - Oct 31, 2014
                  3 night min stay

                  Rates are based on 6 guests; add €30 per night, per additional guest

                  My Standard Rate
                  3 night min stay
                  €100 €100
                  Fri, Sat, Sun
                  €700 €2,820
                  * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                  Additional information about rental rates


                  • Refundable Damage Deposit €100
                  • Taxes Not included


                  prices above are for a group of 6 (The Cottage). Ask owner for price for 8 (Cottage + Annex)

                  base prices above are for Low Season

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                  Last updated: 07/17/2014
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                  35 Kilometres
                  Nearest Airport
                  Lisbon, 1 hour
                  30 Kilometres
                  Nearest Ferry
                  1216 Kilometres
                  Nearest Train
                  Sintra & Cascais
                  14 Kilometres
                  Nearest Motorway
                  A5 motorway
                  3 Kilometres
                  Nearest Beach
                  Praia da Adraga
                  1 Kilometres
                  Nearest Barpub
                  Café/Bar (Village of Almoçageme, 3 minutes by car)
                  10 Kilometres
                  Nearest Golf

                  Car: Necessary

                  Lord Byron’s letter to his mother, August 11, 1809

                  ‘The village of Cintra about 15 miles from the capitol is perhaps in every respect the most delightful in Europe, it contains beauties of every description natural and artificial, Palaces and gardens rising in the midst of rocks, cataracts, and precipices, convents on stupendous heights a distant view of the sea and the Tagus, …..’

                  Sintra is a World Heritage Site. In June and early July there is a classical music festival and the concerts take place in a number of stunning quinta's (manor houses) and palaces. There is a huge range of historic monuments and gardens to visit (National Palace in Sintra Vila, Pena Palace, Moorish Castle, Capuchos - convent built into rock, Quinta de Regaleira - turn of the century palace and gardens full of grottos and follies and Monserrate Gardens among others. The Sintra Modern Art Museum and Olga Cadaval Culture Centre have up-to-date and exciting exhibitions and concerts.

                  Other Activities: art courses on site

                  Golf: Many people like to stay a bit further away from the center so that they can for example enjoy a golfing holiday but also visit the historic sites in Sintra as well as its many lovely beaches which are a bit off the normal tourist track. As we are situated halfway between Sintra Vila and Cascais/Estoril we offer the quiet and beauty of the Serra de Sintra (World Heritage Site) which has many stunning historic gardens and old palaces and castles but are close enough to the golf courses and other activities in Cascais and Estoril which is 15 minutes away. Walking in the Sintra hills is easy from our house and if you like the company of our dog Alma she is always willing to oblige.


                  Owner info

                  Why the Owner Chose Sintra:
                  We found a 17th ruin (barn and stable) attached to an old 'quinta' (up-market farm) and as architects took our time developing it for our family and now for guests.

                  The Unique Benefits at this House:
                  World Heritage Site (Serra de Sintra), secluded setting with panoramic views of Atlantic and Serra. Close enough to amenities but away from noise and crowds. Converted by owners / architects. Full of paintings, etchings and sculpture. A place for artists to retreat to work or relax. Mary open to teach art students in her studio. BIRD WATCHERS PARADISE: One of the advantages of our position in the Serra de Sintra is that we are within easy reach of spotting interesting local birds. Our house is on the edge of the Serra (Pé da Serra, Colares, Sintra) so that one can walk up into the low wooded mountains directly from the house. There is also a link (Portuguese) with more information: Some of the local birds in the area include: Sparrow Hawk, Bonelli’s Eagle, Black Swift, Green Woodpecker, Black Cap Warbler, ‘Ferreinha alpina’ among others.

                  Contact us

                  Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese

                  Guestbook comments from the owner

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                  • Aerial view of Casa do Celeiro

                    Aerial view of Casa do Celeiro

                  • Pool  with chairs

                    Pool with chairs

                  • Front garden

                    Front garden

                  • Front terrace and sea

                    Front terrace and sea

                  • Living, entrance and fireplace

                    Living, entrance and fireplace

                  • Conservatory 2

                    Conservatory 2

                  • Cottage Bedrm 2

                    Cottage Bedrm 2

                  • Upstairs hall between bedrooms

                    Upstairs hall between bedrooms

                  • Courtyard facing ground floor bedroom and conservatory

                    Courtyard facing ground floor bedroom and conservatory

                  • Conservatory / path to pool

                    Conservatory / path to pool

                  • Annex


                  • Annex fireplace

                    Annex fireplace

                  • Pool / sea / house

                    Pool / sea / house

                  • Top of Property

                    Top of Property

                  • Cottage entrance

                    Cottage entrance

                  • Kitchen from hall

                    Kitchen from hall

                  • Living Room 2 / view to kitchen

                    Living Room 2 / view to kitchen

                  • Conservatory 1

                    Conservatory 1

                  • Cottage Bedroom 1

                    Cottage Bedroom 1

                  • Ground floor Cottage bedroom

                    Ground floor Cottage bedroom

                  • Conservatory from pool

                    Conservatory from pool

                  • Courtyard from small balcony

                    Courtyard from small balcony

                  • Annex view to small patio

                    Annex view to small patio

                  • Kitchen from Living space

                    Kitchen from Living space

                  €100 - €190 per night (EUR)

                  4 Bedroom / 3 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 8

                  View calendar: Updated 07/17/14
                  Minimum stay: 3-7 nights
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