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View of Lisbon's city center, all the way to the Tejo river, from the terrace


Last updated: 01/20/2015
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  • Minimum stay:5 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Lisbon house description

As seen on the FINE LIVING channel: 'Around the World in 80 Homes'

On-site inspection and approval from SAWDAY 'Special Places to Stay'


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Location, location, location. Plus sweeping 180 degree views over Lisbon's colorful city center and the Tejo River!

Would you prefer a house to an apartment? Worried about the raucous 3am Chiado/Bairro Alto nightlife? Want to be within walking distance to the main sights but far from hotels and the tourist crush?

Perched above the Praca dos Restauradores, this beautifully restored, historically-protected 19th century terraced home is exactly where you want to be . . . an 8 minute walk from the Rossio, Lisbon's main plaza.

(Our delightfully quiet, hidden lane consists of some of the very few private homes to be found in central Lisbon. The charming, famous neighbors are an added bonus.)

All your favourite sites are nearby: the Baixa and Bairro Alto, Lisbon's open-air 'restaurant row,' the Chiado shopping district, plus two of the best in-city 'kid parks' in Lisbon. We provide customised walking maps to help you explore the city at your leisure.

Relax on the rooftop garden terrace with a glass of Vinho Verde, enjoy cocktails while you gaze across the city...

A 10 minute walk takes you down to the Rossio train station, where you catch a ride to Sintra, Fatima, or the medieval walled-city of Obidos. Or grab our beach towels and cooler and head for the beach. Not beach weather? Visit the Gulbenkian Museum, Belem, Oceanarium, Zoo...

Additional highlights include . . .

STUNNING VIEWS from every room

ORIENTATION TOUR: from the local grocer to a quick visit to the Rossio/Baixa, this introduction quickly became a guest favorite

METRO/TRAM PASSES: we can have these waiting for you at check-in, just ask

WELCOME PACK: bottle of Portuguese wine, coffee, teas, orange juice, the very popular 'Montequeijo' cheese, fresh fruit, real butter and freshly-baked breads

PRE-ARRIVAL GROCERY SHOPPING: If you wish, we can pick-up a few of your favorite staples. No charge for delivery. Please ask for details.

BABYSITTING: We have located a delightful company with qualified sitters who speak a variety of languages. Please ask for details.

Fully-equipped Kitchen is set-up for our 'In-Home Cooking Classes': microwave, dishwasher, coffeemaker, utensils, plates, glasses, cookware, staples (oils, vinegars, sugar, flour, rice, pasta, etc), spices and Portuguese cookbooks, in English

Comfortable Portuguese furnishings, including hand-made Arraiolos rugs and local artwork

Loaner laptop with high-speed wireless internet access

Loaner cellphone

Library of books, games, guidebooks and Portuguese music CDs

Wall-mount Plasma Screen, Cable TV with English-language stations (e.g., CNN, Cartoon Network, TCM Turner Classic Movies)


Separate mainfloor Mini-Bar also has full-sized Washer & Dryer, detergents, iron & ironing board

Luxury Linens: 400-1000 threadcount sheets; soft, fluffy towels

Marble and Granite bathrooms with complimentary toiletries and hairdryers

Port-a-crib, high chair, child's bedrail and outlet protectors, available upon request (See the 'Bring the Kids!' page on our website for a full list of child amenities)

VisitingPortugal Tourist Book: customized walking tours, suggested itineraries and restaurants, kid-friendly ideas, emergency information including extensive list of English-speaking doctors

Private Terrace with gas BBQ, outdoor dining and incredible views of the city and river. You'll never want to go home...

Sports Equipment: beach towels, sports balls and handy surfing hints

Don't forget:
Ask about our 'In-Home Cooking Classes' and 'Private Fado Tours'

AREA: A family neighborhood in the heart of Lisbon's prime Historic Preservation District. Walk to local shops, cafes, cash machine, restaurants and public transportation. Less than a ten minute walk to the Rossio, Elevador da Lavra, 24 hour taxi stands, etc. Please note that the house is located at the top of a small hill and, as such, is not suitable for people with limited mobility.

** Offered under the Alojamento Local regime / Estabelecimento de Alojamento Local; Registry number 812/AL **


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Property Type

  • 3 story
  • House

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            23 years old....moreless

          • Children Welcome:

            Child safety gates available for babies and toddlers...moreless

          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Not Allowed

          Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

          • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


          • Bedroom 2: 1 double


          • Bedroom 3: 1 double


          • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1) on request, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Sofabed available if four separate beds are necessary, eg, four single travellers. Maximum occupancy remains 6 people....moreless

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower


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


          • Soft, fluffy towels; Complimentary toiletries provided

          Other Amenities

              • VisitingPortugal Tourist Book with customized maps, walking tours, kid-friendly suggestions & more; Rooftop Terrace with Gas BBQ & outdoor eating area (275 square feet); No Pets & No Smoking...moreless


              • Books
              • CD Player
              • DVD Player
              • Games
              • Music Library:

                Portuguese Music CDs...moreless

              • Satellite / Cable:

                English stations include BBC, CNN, Turner Movies...moreless

              • Television
              • Toys
              • Video Library:

                Lending library described at


              • Family
              • Historic
              • Tourist Attractions


              • Churches
              • Cinemas
              • Live Theater
              • Museums
              • Playground
              • Restaurants
              • Zoo

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Fitness Center
              • Groceries
              • Hospital

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Photography
              • Shopping
              • Sight Seeing
              • Walking

              Location Type

              • Downtown:

                View of the downtown area from the living room, bedrooms and terrace....moreless

              • Monument View:

                View of the Restauradores Plaza and Principe Real neighbourhood from the living room and terrace...moreless

              • Water View:

                View of the river Tejo from the terrace...moreless


                  • Dining Area


                  • Air Conditioning:

                    Air conditioning in the main living areas...moreless

                  • Broadband Access
                  • Clothes Dryer
                  • Computer Available
                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Heating:

                    Central heating...moreless

                  • Iron & Board
                  • Linens Provided:

                    Luxury 400-1000 threadcount...moreless

                  • Living Room
                  • Mobile Phone
                  • Towels Provided:

                    Soft fluffy bath towels; Beach towels provided...moreless

                  • Washing Machine:

                    detergents provided...moreless

                  • Wireless Internet


                  • Catering Available:

                    Takeout or Private Cooking Classes...moreless

                  • Coffee Maker
                  • Cooking Utensils
                  • Dishes & Utensils
                  • Dishwasher:

                    detergent provided...moreless

                  • Kitchen
                  • Microwave
                  • Pantry Items:

                    Welcome Basket with wine, coffee, juice, cheese, fruit, & freshly-baked bread; also spices, staples (oil, vinegar, etc) and Portuguese cookbooks...moreless

                  • Refrigerator
                  • Stove


                  • Deck / Patio:

                    Large rooftop terrace with 180 degree views over historic Lisbon and the River Tejo. Stunning!...moreless

                  • Outdoor Grill

                  Payment Type

                  • Amex
                  • Mastercard
                  • Visa


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                  from 3 traveler reviews
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                  High Season
                  Apr 1 - Oct 31, 2015
                  5 night min stay

                  Rates are based on 2 guests; add €25 per night, per additional guest

                  My Standard Rate
                  5 night min stay

                  Rates are based on 2 guests; add €25 per night, per additional guest

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                  Travel insurance is strongly reccommended and payments are non-refundable. Please see our Rental Agreement for more details:

                  5% discount for 7 or more nights. Booking deposit is 3 nights, with the remaining payment due 60 days before arrival. For reservations made within 90 days of arrival, full payment is made at the time of booking. Payment can be made via credit card, PayPal or bank transfer (within Europe).

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                  Last updated: 01/20/2015
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                  75 Kilometres
                  Nearest Airport
                  2 Kilometres
                  Nearest Barpub
                  2 Kilometres
                  Nearest Ferry
                  1 Kilometres
                  Nearest Train
                  25 Kilometres
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  23 Kilometres
                  Nearest Beach

                  Car: Not Necessary

                  Parks, beaches, Torre de Belem with its lovely waterfront park and impressive Mosteiro de Jeronimos, Lisbon's spectacular aquarium--the world's 2nd largest--at the 1998 World Expo site (Parque das Nacoes), 30-minute train ride to Sintra, 2-hour train to Obidos, Please don't hesitate to ask us for itinerary suggestions, CAR, Neither necessary nor recommended, Within Lisbon, the taxis, trams, buses and metro are accessible, inexpensive and easy to use, Regional trains take you to outlying towns, beaches and picturesque fishing villages, (Driving is not a relaxing option, Portugal has the highest roadway accident rate in Europe, )


                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 2009

                  About the owner: In June 2001, we kissed Seattle good-bye and moved to our family's ancestral Portugal to work with Habitat for Humanity/Portugal. Soon afterward, in an attempt to protect ourselves from the crashing dollar, we diversified into Euro-zone real estate... and we couldn't be more pleased with the result: sharing our love of the Portuguese people and culture with guests from around the world has been a delight. We now have five historically-protected homes in our little medieval neighborhood... right in the middle of town, yet oh-so-quiet and charming! (Just 3 - 8 minutes from Lisbon's main plaza, the Rossio.) Walk everywhere from here; or stay home and relax on your sunny terrace. Many thanks to all our guests for the support and encouragement. We look forward to seeing you again someday soon. Until then, Godspeed.

                  Why the Owner Chose Lisbon:
                  Our Lisbon homes are located in an historic area, protected by the Portuguese government because of its unique value; the exteriors look just as they did in the 19th century, with even the paint color regulated to ensure authenticity. Most of the buildings in our Historic Preservation neighborhood were built in the 1500-1800s and all our properties retain their old-world flavor. Nowhere in this neighborhood will you find McVillas with plate-glass windows... instead, prepare to step back in time.

                  The Unique Benefits at this House:
                  Casa Villa Serra is stunning: full of glorious sunlight, with the city of Lisbon spread out at your feet. The house is private, close to the center of Lisbon, but in a neighbourhood so quiet, you can almost Forget you're in the city at all. It's the best of both worlds!

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                  Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese

                  Guestbook comments from the owner

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                  • View of Lisbon's city center, all the way to the Tejo river, from the terrace

                    View of Lisbon's city center, all the way to the Tejo river, from the terrace

                  • Living rooms views over Lisbon's Praça dos Restauradores

                    Living rooms views over Lisbon's Praça dos Restauradores

                  • Plasma tv with cable

                    Plasma tv with cable

                  • Kitchen merges with outdoor dining / terrace for true Lisbon living

                    Kitchen merges with outdoor dining / terrace for true Lisbon living

                  • Queen Bedroom (D.Maria style furnishings, 1800s)

                    Queen Bedroom (D.Maria style furnishings, 1800s)

                  • The entrance to Casa Villa Serra

                    The entrance to Casa Villa Serra

                  • Sunset from the Casa Villa Serra Living Room

                    Sunset from the Casa Villa Serra Living Room

                  • The living room at Casa Villa Serra

                    The living room at Casa Villa Serra

                  • Ground floor bathroom

                    Ground floor bathroom

                  • View of the terrace from the kitchen

                    View of the terrace from the kitchen

                  • Ground floor bedroom with 'Bilros' bed

                    Ground floor bedroom with 'Bilros' bed

                  • Enjoy this Morning View taken from your Bed

                    Enjoy this Morning View taken from your Bed

                  • Each bedroom set represents a diferent century

                    Each bedroom set represents a diferent century

                  VRBO #30177

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                  This listing was first published here in 2003.

                  Date last modified - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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                  Minimum stay: 5 nights
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                  Member since: 2003
                  Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese
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