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

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Last updated: 10/23/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property 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.

The Cottage (6) prices are listed under rates and the Cottage + Annex (8) prices are explained under the section 'Additional information about rental rates'

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.
Piano: there is an old upright piano (Hoffmann) in the Cottage living room which although slightly out of tune and with worn keys is quite ok for sight reading and composing but not for recitals.

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.

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.

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Property Type

  • House
  • 200 m²

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    no minimum age. We have a baby cot and highchair...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    very suitable for children of all ages as it has adventure, hideaway places, large garden, great views of sea and serra and direct access to walk in the Serra (wooded mountains which hug Atlantic coast)...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    we are ok with people smoking outside as long as they are very careful with cigarettes and put them out in proper ashtrays, etc. ...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    we have a dog and cat and have had groups here with dogs with no problem as long as animals are well trained and esp. house trained....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible:

    unfortunately not...moreless

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 is 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. One mountain bike on site is 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. A friend nearby has 2 horses. Contact for more info....moreless


  • Books
  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • DVD Player:

    We have a smattering of dvds some for children, some general adventure...moreless

  • Games:

    board games, paddles...moreless

  • Games For Kids
  • Piano
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:

    We have a selection of international news and sports channels including CNN, France 24, National Geographic, BBC World and local Portuguese channels...moreless

  • Television
  • Toys:

    lego, plastic toys, beach toys...moreless


  • Family
  • Historic


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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Mountain:

    we are nested at the base of the low mountain range, the Serra de Sintra, and can walk directly into the serra from behind our house where there are many paths and stunning views up and down the coast...moreless

  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean:

    panormic view of Atlantic from village of Ulgueira to town of Magoito ...moreless

  • Ocean View:

    Panoramic sweeping view of Atlantic coast in front of house...moreless

  • Water View:

    panormic view of Atlantic from village of Ulgueira to town of Magoito ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

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


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


  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace:

    see wood burning fireplace...moreless

  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    nightstorage heaters: one in each bedroom and 2 in the living room...moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking:

    parking for up to 3 cars...moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    we have recently upgraded this so that the whole Cottage can receive wifi...moreless

  • Wood Stove:

    built in wood burning fireplace with fan and glass doors. Very effective....moreless


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

    enough for 10+...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen:

    ample eat-in kitchen for 8 ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    normal items expected including BBQ tools...moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles:

    1 mountain bike ...moreless

  • Courtyard
  • Deck / Patio:

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

  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool:

    8 m diameter pool with loungers, table, umbrellas, chairs...moreless



Write a review 4.8
from 25 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Middle 1
Sep 3 - Nov 4, 2016
3 night min stay
Nov 5 - Dec 16, 2016
3 night min stay
Dec 17 - Jan 6, 2017
5 night min stay
Low 2
Jan 7 - Mar 31, 2017
3 night min stay
Middle 2
Apr 1 - Jun 30, 2017
3 night min stay
Jul 1 - Sep 1, 2017
7 night min stay

My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$109 $109
Fri, Sat, Sun
$761 $3,064
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $108.66



PRICES for 8 (COTTAGE AND ANNEX) are as follows/week: Low Season: €910 / Middle Season: €1330 /High Season: €1750

30% at booking by bank transfer or Paypal / balance in cash on arrival or bank transfer 4 weeks prior to arrival

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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Last updated: 10/23/2016
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35 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Lisbon, 1 hour
1 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
Café/Bar (Village of Almoçageme, 3 minutes by car)
30 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
10 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Nearest Train
Sintra & Cascais
14 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
A5 motorway
3 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Praia da Adraga

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

Year Purchased: 1981

Why the Owner Chose Almoçageme, Colares, Portugal:
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. Old upright piano. There is a sturdy Hoffman piano which is fine for sight reading and composing but not for recitals. Slightly out of tune and with worn keys but still fun to play on. 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 of Cottage

    Front of Cottage

  • Front terrace and sea

    Front terrace and sea

  • Living room, view to kitchen, entrance

    Living room, view to kitchen, entrance

  • Living room, door to greenhouse

    Living room, door to greenhouse

  • Conservatory 1

    Conservatory 1

  • Cottage Bedroom 1

    Cottage Bedroom 1

  • Courtyard facing ground floor bedroom and conservatory

    Courtyard facing ground floor bedroom and conservatory

  • Conservatory from pool

    Conservatory from pool

  • Courtyard from small balcony

    Courtyard from small balcony

  • Annex view to small patio

    Annex view to small patio

  • Pool / sea / house

    Pool / sea / house

  • Top of Property

    Top of Property

  • Cottage entrance

    Cottage entrance

  • Kitchen from hall

    Kitchen from hall

  • Living room & Cottage Entrance

    Living room & Cottage Entrance

  • Conservatory 2

    Conservatory 2

  • Cottage Bedrm 2

    Cottage Bedrm 2

  • Upstairs hall between bedrooms

    Upstairs hall between bedrooms

  • Ground floor Cottage bedroom

    Ground floor Cottage bedroom

  • Conservatory / path to pool

    Conservatory / path to pool

  • Annex


  • Annex fireplace

    Annex fireplace

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