2 Bedroomed semi-detached rural cottage in a charming village with pool.
- english, french, spanish, portuguese
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Lovely convenient villa in rural Ribatejo
Located in an apparently sleepy village, the villa is ideally placed for the motorway network to get around central Portugal and to Lisbon, and close to the beautiful town of Santarem - there is a wealth of interesting sites to visit nearby. It also turned out less sleepy than it looked, with what seems be the regular village fete at weekends at the nearby square, providing lively local character well into the night if that is what you are seeking!
Helena made us very welcome, and the villa was found in very good order; it is well equipped and perfect for a family of four or two couples, with the pool and all amenities, up to an including table tennis table and baby football, and with plenty of space to spread out. It is great for just relaxing, as a base for sightseeing, has both character and convenience, and can be recommended unreservedly - we shall be going back at some point soon!
Very pleasant and comfortable house
We had a very pleasant and relaxed holiday in this house. The house is very clean and the garden is nice with a lot of shadow. The house is 5 minutes by car from Santarém which is a nice old town with good restaurants.
Lovely villa - recommended
The villa is situated in a small village near to the town of Santarem and within a short distance of a major motorway junction, so road connections are excellent. Santarem is great with excellent places to eat (down market but very good), a daily farmers market and a biweekly travelling market which sells quality shoes and clothes at bargain prices compared with the UK. The village of Azoia de Baixo is very sleepy with a daily bread van, a cafe which occasionally serves people and not much else. Barking dogs are a nuisance but not enough to spoil the holiday. From the village there are interesting walks in all directions on road and across fields but if your sense of direction is as bad as mine then take a satnav. From Santarem station you can park for free and take the train to Lisbon which is definitely worth doing.
The villa has high walls on all sides, so you're not overlooked, and a great pool. This means swimming costumes are optional! There's a nice place to eat outside and the small garden has a very relaxing feel. Inside the villa everything is as you'd expect with a well equipped kitchen, two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a sizeable lounge. No internet and only four Portuguese language TV channels means this place is not for techno freaks (though my company blackberry worked fine through the cellular network, sadly).
If you want a base to visit and explore central Portugal then this villa is perfect. The only factors which knocked it down from 5 stars were the night time barking dogs, the paucity of activity in the village and a minor problem with the hot water which the owner is now addressing. But none of these things detracted from thoroughly enjoying the holiday and recommending this villa to anybody who wishes to visit this part of Portugal. We'd happily go again.
Lovely holiday in Azoia de Baixo
We spent a delightful 2 week holiday in this gem of a house. It was true to the description, roomy and pleasantly decorated, clean and well maintained. It has everything you need. The garden is a real haven and the pool much apreciated in the summer heat. The village is quiet but easily accessible(you need a car) are the lovely nearby town of Santarem and many other towns, historical sites, the coast and Lisbon. We particularly enjoyed visiting the medieval festival in Obidos and bellyboarding at the coast. This area of Portugal has a lot to offer and the people are pleasant and very helpful, Stay in this house if you want to relax in the sunshine but also like to explore the places Portugal has to offer. You won't be disappointed with either.
Santarem cottage great value
We really enjoyed our stay in this lovely cottage. Very light and cool, the pool was brilliant for the children in the hot weather. Friendly village and great place from which to explore Fatima and Lisbon, as well as being only 1 hour from the beach and within easy reach of Santarem and Obidos. Arrangements with Maria Helena were very smooth and she was helpful and available to offer advice. Would thoroughly recommend it.
Perfect summer holiday property
Two families +55, sister & brother.
We spent five wonderful days visiting nearby places. Late afternoons perfect relax on the pool, garden and terrace. Everything clean and well maintained except few corners of the terrace. Accurate pictures and description of the property. Communication with Helena was excellent, many thanks. It is one of the best property which we rented in the last years. We already recommended it to our best friends.
Azoia de Baixo is a perfect location for touring as it is very close to many places of interest like Santarém, Lisbon, Fátima, Óbidos, Tomar and Coimbra inland and Nazaré, Peniche, Aveiro etc. on the cost, all within 1 hour driving. Porto is also only 2 hours drive away, and the Algarve has direct motorway access and is about 3 hours away. Santarém also has very good train connections and the trip to Lisbon only takes 45m which enabling day visits.The cottage is in the Ribatejo region, on the Tagus river north of Lisbon. It is known for its farming, horses, bull-fighting and wine production but is also a region steeped in historical monuments. The countryside is ideal for walking and cycling. This is not an area of mass tourism. The people in this region are very friendly and you are assured of a warm welcome. The regional food is excellent. There are open markets every weekend somewhere close by, and the towns have large supermarkets and all the likely needs for your stay
Other Activities: bird watching, grottos, Jurassic area, open salt mines.