Far from the Madding Crowd: Escape to the Casa Aloes
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Pedrogao Grande cottage description
Enjoy an escape to the Casa Aloes bordering the Quinta das Mil Flores, (which is a property of 2+ hectares surrounded by pine woods and orchards), on the outskirts of the little hamlet of Sobreiro in the hills above the village of Pedrogao Grande and offers a pleasant balance between calm seclusion and easy accessibility.
In the Leiria region of Central Portugal, the Quinta is 2 hours by car northeast of Lisboa and 2 hours southeast of Porto (1 hour from Coimbra). As the Quinta is in the nearly exact geographical center of Portugal, Pombal and Serta are near, and it is an easy drive to visit sites such as Alcobaca, Batalha, Nazare village and ocean beach, Obidos, Busaco, Tomar, and Fatima , etc.
The concept of all the Quinta development is ecologically oriented.
In function of the possibilities of each existing or future building, many ecological techniques of insulation, materials and natural energy resources have been used : a vegetalized roof, geothermie, and/or solar panels .
Newly renovated, the Casa Aloes will sleep 4 persons, in 2 bedrooms, each bedroom with a standard double bed (one polychrome early 20th century, one Louis XVI). There is a bathroom with an antique porcelain bathtub and a copper washbasin, both with bronze faucets, and a separate WC.
The house has a kitchenette-salon with TV (80 channels), WIFI, built-in wall oven, refrigerator, cooking surface, sink, dishwasher, and cupboards, micro-onde oven, electric tea pot, toaster, dishes, glassware, cutlery, kitchen utensils, pots and pans, electric heating, Dreamland dual controlled English heated bed pads, kitchen, bed and bath linens. Furnishings are charming and eclectic, gathered from my travels around the world.
A washer and dryer are also available in another building, and the house has its own garage.
CD's, tapes, DVDs and books in French, English, and Portuguese, are available for guests' enjoyment.
The Casa is non-smoking, but guests may nip out into the garden to puff away.
The Casa has a private terrace and small private garden, and offers access to the next door Chinese Poets' Pavilion and the main Quinta gardens of 1400+ catalogued species and varieties of rare plants : ornamental rare bio vegetables and herb gardens, olive groves, fruit tree orchards, gardens 'en devenir' of rare flowering trees, shrubs and perennials created with the well known landscape architect and garden author, Alain Richert. (In France, in my husband's family estates of the Château de Thoiry 78770, and the Chateau du Colombier en Aveyron, 12330, the gardens we have restored and created together have been labelled 'Jardin Remarquable' by the French Cultural Ministry.)
The Quinta is about a 10 minute drive to the lake beach of the Zezere River dam, and about a half hour to the specially amenaged river beach at Castanheira de Pera. The area is included in the scenic Route de Xisto, and offers many pleasant hiking and biking paths and routes. Pedrogao Grande, 10 minutes away has an indoor tennis, exercise gymnasium, many shops, cafés, banks, post office, 2 small supermarkets, a weekly Monday morning general market fair, hairdressers, restaurants and church, etc. There is also a large Saturday morning market nearby in the town of Figuiero dos Vinhos.
For those who prefer to avoid shopping trips on vacation, Sobreiro hamlet benefits from daily bread and pastry truck delivery and the weekly passage of fresh fish and meat vendors, so you can lean back and
relax, enjoy the fresh, pine-scented air, the birds singing and watch the butterflies fly by.
(Not included in rental rates):
The garden is entirely bio and guests may buy on site freshly picked bio herbs, fruit and vegetables,
(including many rare varieties not commonly available even in specialized grocery stores.)
We also have our own olive oil, grape juice, home-made fruit liqueurs, jams, jellies, preserves, and chutneys.
Longe da multidão
Desfrute de uma fuga para o Aloes Casa fronteira com a Quinta das Mil Flores, (que é uma propriedade de 2 hectares + de cercado por bosques de pinheiros e pomares), na periferia da pequena aldeia de Sobreiro nas colinas acima da vila de Pedrógão Grande e oferece um equilíbrio agradável entre reclusão calma e de fácil acessibilidade.
Na região de Leiria do Centro de Portugal, a Quinta é de 2 horas de carro a nordeste de Lisboa e 2 horas a sudeste de Porto (1 hora de Coimbra). Como a Quinta está no centro quase geográfica exata de Portugal, Pombal e Serta estão perto, e é um disco fácil de visitar sites como Alcobaça, Batalha, aldeia Nazaré e praias oceânicas, Óbidos, Buçaco, Tomar e Fátima, etc .
O conceito de todo o desenvolvimento da Quinta é ecologicamente orientado.
Em função das possibilidades de cada edifício existente ou futuro, muitas técnicas ecológicas de isolamento, materiais e recursos energéticos naturais foram utilizados: um telhado de coberturas vegetais, Géothermie, e / ou painéis solares.
Renovado recentemente, o Aloes Casa vai dormir 4 pessoas, em 2 quartos, cada quarto com uma cama de casal standard (um século policromada 20, um Louis XVI).Há um banheiro com uma banheira de porcelana antiga e um lavatório de cobre, ambos com torneiras de bronze, e um WC separado.
A casa tem uma cozinha salão com TV (80 canais), Wi-Fi, alto-forno de parede, geladeira, superfície de cozimento, pia, máquina de lavar loiça e armários, forno micro-onde, chaleira eléctrica, torradeira, pratos, copos, talheres , utensílios de cozinha, panelas e frigideiras, aquecimento eléctrico, Dreamland dupla controlados inglês almofadas de cama aquecida, cozinha, cama e roupa de banho. O mobiliário é encantador e eclético, recolhidas a partir de minhas viagens ao redor do mundo.
A lavadora e secadora também estão disponíveis em outro prédio, ea casa tem a sua própria garagem.
Coleção de livros, CD, DVD, jardim privado.
Keywords: Casa Aloes, a charming, furnished, self-service, cottage, Quinta, in the hills, Central Portugal, bio garden, ecologic, orchard, pine wood, mountain view,
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Pets Not Allowed:
There is a family wild foxes roaming about occasionally at night, not aggressive and fun to observe, but not wise to mix with domestic animals. Also the Garden has an important botanic collection of over 1200 species, some in danger of extinction, which might not mix too well either....moreless
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- Children Welcome:
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- Alternative Lifestyle
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
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- The concept of all the Quinta development is ecologically oriented. In function of the possibilities of each existing or future building, many ecological techniques of insulation, materials and natural energy resources have been used : a vegetalized roof, geothermie, and/or solar panels . Chinese Poets' Pavilion The garden is entirely bio and guests may buy on site freshly picked bio herbs, fruit and vegetables, (including many rare varieties not commonly available even in specialized grocery stores.) We also have our own olive oil, grape juice, home-made fruit liqueurs, jams, jellies, preserves, and chutneys. Portuguesa O conceito de todo o desenvolvimento da Quinta é ecologicamente orientado. Em função das possibilidades de cada edifício existente ou futuro, muitas técnicas ecológicas de isolamento, materiais e recursos energéticos naturais foram utilizados: um telhado de coberturas vegetais, Géothermie, e / ou painéis solares.. Pavilhão dos Poetas chineses, horta rar...moreless
- Music Library:
- DVD Player
- CD Player
There is a charming Indo-Chinese white marble Poet's Pavillon which I bought during my travels in China. Also a Wisteria Arbor and an arbor planted de gelsemina available to guests in the main Quinta gardens....moreless
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Location & View
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Sight Seeing
- Fitness Center
- Freshwater Fishing
- Botanical Garden
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Scenic Drives
- Wildlife Viewing
- Eco Tourism
- Bird Watching
- Subject to availability and by advance reservation only : Wild mushroom gathering in season, and other special interest tours are organized by Jose Pais, the Quinta garden's technical director, (luso-francophone), A physical therapist or an esthetician may be booked to come to the Casa Aloes for guests. Hairdresser in the nearby village of Pedrogao Grande. A 'table d'hôte' in the gardens or meal preparation in the Casa. Daily maid service. Portuguesa Sujeito a disponibilidade e reserva antecipada apenas: Coleta de cogumelos selvagens na época, e outras excursões de interesse especial são organizados por José Pais, diretor técnico do jardim da Quinta, (luso-francófona), Um fisioterapeuta ou um esteticista pode ser reservado para vir para o Aloes Casa para os hóspedes. A 'table d'hôte 'nos jardins ou a preparação da refeição na Casa. Serviço de limpeza diário. Française: En Option sur réservation: Cueillette de champignons et autres visites d'intérêts spéciaux kiné esthéticienne Table d'hôte ou cuisine à la Casa Menage quotidienne, ...moreless
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Weekly rates from Friday night to Friday morning (7 nights) : (TTC inc VAT 23%) April to July 29th and September: 600 € July 29-August 31st : 700 € February, March and October to November 11 : 550 € November 12-December 21, 2012 and January 2-January 31, 2013 : 500 € December 21-January 1st: 600 € per week, or the 12 nights : 1100 € (or Dec 21-Dec 25,depart Dec 26 :5 nights: 600€ -Dec 28-Jan 1, depart Jan 2,:600€ Long Weekends if available, 3 nights: Fri-Sun per night 105 €
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Year Purchased: 2007
About the owner: Celebrating my 70th birthday this April, I am semi-retired and divide my time between my occupations in France and Portugal. Our adult children now manage the companies created on family estates and others in France by my husband, Paul, Comte de La Panouse. In 1968, Paul created in the Thoiry estate near Paris, the first reserve for exotic animals in liberty and Thoiry Participations SA has since created or manages the 2 Family castles and gardens and 4 conservation reserves in France. An Americain from Wayzata, Minnesota, I myself worked for several years in fashion, first in NYC then in Europe until I met and married my husband. I subsequently worked as commercial director and then developpement for Thoiry, and at restoring the Thoiry and Colombier castles and creating gardens in both estates. I am still on the companies' board of directors and continue to occupy myself with Special Projects, international press, TV and tourist markets. My major interests are gardens, architecture, decoration, classical music, fado, asian culture and travel. For more information, see my Facebook pages and the Thoiry, Colombier, Thorenc, and Peaugres Safari websites.
Why the Owner Chose Pedrogao Grande:
After a severe attack of arthritis in Thoiry, I decided I needed to find a warmer climate off season than the Paris region offered. Searching internet for a country that would offer the solution to my climatic and budgetary needs, I saw a photo of the original Quinta cottage, landscape and orange trees. On site, I felt immediately a certain well being due to the buildings and landscapes 'geographic' influence (land sloping down from the road to the east up again to pine wooded hills, with another hill sloping down from north and levelling off to the south towards the view of blue mountains. While waiting for building permission to enlargen the old house, in the interests of ecology and an experience in durable developpement, I have created themed gardens and converted a garage and tool shed into a garden Folly where I now stay. Then, last year, my neighbor down the road decided to sell his cottage and garden, so I bought it, and have just finished the renovation for vacation rental.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
I love the wild rolling green hills of central Portugal and the many wonderful monuments from Portugal's remarquable historic past, the blend of mauresque and baroque architecture is fascinating. Above all, I find the Portuguese to be among the most hospitable people in Europe with a highly developped sense of solidarity and generousity. I am also impressed by the number of Portuguese for whom poetry is a living art, and who, from all walks of life, are writing and reading it. I love the village atmosphere, eating on my terrace in the warm January sun, the delicious food and although I don't drink much, my husband tells me some of the wines are quite good as well.
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Casa Aloes in the Quinta das Mil Flores seen from the village lane in Sobreiro.
Casa Entry & Hall to Bedrooms
dining kitchenette TV All purpose room
Louis XVI bedroom
Bathroom view 1
Chinese White Marble Poet's Pavilion, souvenir d'une de mes voyages en Chine
Quinta West Garden
LXVIII Dressung Table in Louis XVI bedroom
bathroom view 2
Quinta Gardens to SW
Entrance to Quinta's ornamental bio vegetable garden
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