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Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall - in Sintra

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

Spacious and harmonious home ,surrounded by natural landscape.

A special place in any season of the year, the House of Horta do Carranquita is framed in half a hectare of land with natural vegetation preserved, on the edge of the small village Gouveia, set in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. There is a small garden with a few farm animals, including a couple of black sheep that are in charge of the land maintenance. We also have four dogs and three cats, so this is the ideal place for animal lovers!

The interior is spacious and bright with a pleasant and cozy atmosphere. The living room is large with different zones where you can choose to see a movie, read, play a game or chat with friends. On colder nights there is the comfort and beauty of the fireplace.

The balcony that surrounds the house on three directions becomes an irresistible invitation to go out and enjoy the scenery, sounds and scents of the surrounding nature during any season of the year.

The rooms are very comfortable, with simple décor and an environment conducive to rest and tranquility. There is a double bedroom and 3 bedrooms with twin beds. The shared bathroom has a shower and bath and serves the four rooms. There is another half bathroom that services the rest of the house.

The kitchen is very well equipped. We don't usually use microwave oven, but if absolutely necessary, this can be arranged.

Outside the grounds are inviting to go out and find a quiet corner to read, sit and listen to the different sounds always present , or else have some tea, or a drink and relax on the balcony at the end of the day.

More Details
Registration Number : 29535

Margarida Bettecourt
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french, portuguese
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2018

About Margarida Bettecourt

I was born in Johannesburg, my parents are portuguese and the family returned to Portugal when I was 13 years old. I am a choreographer and researcher in dance, as well as a chi kung instructor. I work in Lisbon teaching while being quite involved in the local community. Currently I am very active in a local movement against the use of herbicides in the Sintra Municipality.

Margarida Bettecourt purchased this villa in 2006

Why Margarida Bettecourt chose São João das Lampas

After the birth of my second son I decided that I did not want to go on living in the city. I started to look for a house in Sintra, of course because of the the beauty but also because of the proximity to Lisbon where I was still working. During my search I found this piece of land that absolutely appealed to me. So I decided to build a house instead, and had the wonderful good fortune of having this beautiful design made by an architect friend of mine. Because this land is in the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park we were advised that the natural vegetation should be preserved. This is how I have wanted it and how it makes sense to me.

What makes this villa unique

This house was designed to receive people, to let the light in, and allow the gaze to contemplate the landscape. When it was built I was starting to explore the chinese wisdom and, of course, the concepts of feng shui . Our architect was very inspired with these ideas and this is reflected in how the space is organized. Anyone who visits is impressed by the harmony and comfort the house breaths and instills.


São João das Lampas Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • Enjoy this house as if it were your own, leaving it as you found it, so others may enjoy it too.
  • Usufrua da casa como se fosse sua, e deixe-a como a encontrou, para que outros possam usufruir também.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Half Bath
  • - toilet
    - combination tub/shower , shower , bidet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • - 1 double
    - 2 twin/ single
    - 2 twin/ single
    - 2 twin/ single
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Lawn / Garden
  • 3 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall - in Sintra
average rating of 4.8095236 based on 21 reviews

Maison chaleureuse

  • 3 of 5

Nous avons apprécié notre séjour à Sintra. Cependant quelques points nous ont irrité. Nous habitons à la campagne et quand nous louons une autre maison à la campagne, nous nous attendons à retrouver une certaine tranquillité. Il est important de savoir que l'hôte de cette maison habite dans la maison pendant que les vacanciers l'occupent. Certes Margarida est discrète mais ces animaux le sont un peu moins. Les chats se promènent dans la maison pendant la nuit et les quatres chiens jappent toute la soirée parfois toute la nuit lorsqu’un autre chien passe dans la rue. La machine à laver est dans la partie de maison du propriétaire alors on devait lui laisser notre linge pour qu'elle le lave. Ce sont des petits détails que l'on aurait aimé savoir avant de louer, pas une fois sur place. La maison est très chaleureuse, confortable et bien équipée.

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: On apprend toujours avec l' expérience de nos hôtes.Ces détails sont vraiment importants et c' est un défie mais aussi un plaisir pour moi pouvoir découvrir comment je peux rendre un séjour ici le meilleur possible pour ceux qui nous visite. Au sujet des chiens, c'est très regrettable parce que c'est la première fois que ça arrive, quelque chose les a inquiété et je ne me suis rendu compte. Merci pour ces recommendations!
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A charming home

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this property for one week and it was amazing!! The accommodation is really large and spacious and the balcony on 3 sides offered the most wonderful breeze on hot days. The kitchen has every utensil you could wish for and again is large and spacious.The owner Margarida was lovely and gave us good information on places to visit and help with bus and train travel. All the main places of interest to visit, e.g. Sintra are only minutes away by car from the house and a visit to Lisbon was easily made by parking at the train station in Sintra where trains are very regular and cheap.

All in all a gem of a place!!

Anne & Steve Meek

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Merveilleux séjour dans la campagne de Sintra. La maison est belle et accueillante.

  • 5 of 5

Margarida, l'hôtesse, est adorable. Titouan s'est beaucoup amusé avec les chiens. La mer est proche. Nous avons également pu faire de nombreuses excursions à Sintra et à Lisbonne.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci Françoise! C' était un vrai plaisir vous connaître à tous! Lest chiens ont senti l' absence de revoir!
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Wunderschönes Haus und viel Herzlichkeit.

  • 5 of 5

Wir hatten eine wunderschöne Zeit im Haus von Margarida. Das Haus ist sehr schön und bietet eine Menge Platz. Die Ausstattung ist super. Vor allem die Küche ist toll ausgestattet. Wenn man gerne kocht, kommt man hier definitiv auf seine Kosten. Auf der großen Veranda rund ums Haus hat man einen wunderbaren Blick in den grünen Garten. Margarida ist ein herzlicher Mensch und war immer erreichbar. Wir hatten eine wunderbare Woche! Danke Margarida!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Sina! It was so nice to meet you and your family! I am very happy you felt at home and enjoyed your stay. Hope you enjoy the rest of your trip!
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Sehr schönes Haus und sehr nette Vermieterin.

  • 5 of 5

Es hat uns sehr gefallen bei Margarida. Ein schönes Haus mit viel Platz für 7 Personen. Kommen gerne wieder sofern wir wieder nach Lissabon wollen.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Such a pleasure to meet you all and I am so happy you enjoyed your stay! The house loves to have big families enjoying themselves!
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  • 5 of 5

Merci Margarida pour votre maison si paisible, nous avons passé une semaine formidable, reposante en famille. Le Portugal est un pays aux paysages magnifiques et les Portugais sont des gens charmants. Margarida est une jolie personne, toujours disponible et très prévenante, la maison est très agréable avec tout le confort, ses animaux sont adorables et la vue est magnifique et reposante, nous y reviendrons avec plaisir! Vacances au top!

  • Submitted: May 10, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci Delphine pour vos mots si gentilles! Je serais très heureuse de vous revoir un jour!
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Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Nearest Train
8.5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
8.5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Aldeia em Verso
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Praia da Aguda
Car: recommended

Gouveia is a small village. There is a local grocery store and a restaurant serving simple, tasty meals for very reasonable prices. There is near a fifth of production bilógica who can wake up supply of products for anyone interested.

Gouveia can choose to country walks, spend the day on the beaches of the coast, visiting the historic sites of Sintra romantic, or out to explore Lisbon, with the expectation of being able to return in the evening for this peace and tranquility.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit $229.83

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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