Enjoy the experience of a rural space also well located with much to visit
Susan Elizabeth Stuttaford Luz e Castro
- english, french, portuguese
About Susan Elizabeth Stuttaford Luz e Castro
Susan and her mother, Paula, have lived on the farm for many years. Little by little it has been adapted and renovated. We ran a language institute for over twenty years, and now Susan still does some translation work. Paula is retired now, but still takes an active role in the running of the estate. Paula is originally from Poland and was naturalized British when she arrived just before WW2. Susan is widow of a Portuguese national and has been in Portugal since 1967 and loves the country. Both speak Portuguese, and Susan also speaks French. She enjoys painting and also writing. Another of her hobbies is Bridge. Paula is in her ninetees but is still active cooking, making jams and chutneys and being on the computer, not forgetting tending to her dogs. We both very much having guests and have had the privilege of meeting some wonderful people.
Why Susan Elizabeth Stuttaford Luz e Castro chose Rio de Mouro
We both love living in the Sintra area. We are so near to Lisbon, Cascais and Sintra itself - so convenient yet we are in a little oasis. Although we are very secluded here we have everything we need at a short distance.
What makes this Villa unique
Quinta da Luz is a large property and once inside feels like it is in the countryside. There is a strong sense of space, and the gardens flourish under the loving care of Paula. Being in a valley with no other houses in site, we have the advantages of the country, but we are not at all isolated. Within a short distance visitors find plenty to do and see. Quinta da Luz was originally a wine producing concern, and in the old adega can be found vats which originally held 27,000 liters each. Plums and oranges were also sold in quantities. There is still an old artesian screw and a very large tank for watering which collects the intake from another property via an old tunnel system. It is now home to water lilies and goldfish. Fruit trees abound and on the hill pertaining to the property pines which were seeded by the owners. The guest house was the original edification prior to 1755 when Lisbon suffered a large earthquake and tsunami. The main building is post 1755 in the Pombaline style which came about to withstand future disasters.
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
An oasis of calm close to Sintra and within easy reach of Lisbon
Quinta da Luz more than exceeded our expectations. Everything about it was great from the beautiful accommodation and the clean pool to the lovely garden from which we were provided with fresh vegetables. The only down side was having to leave!
Quinta da Luz is a perfect base to start a holliday around Lisbon.
We were surprised when we saw the accommodation: it was more beautiful as we expected. We had a warm welcome, Susan and Paula are very sympathetic lady´s. They made us feel home immediately. The house is very comfortable and conveniant for the children. In the morning they collected oranges and grapefruits in the beautiful garden and they loved it. But the three dogs have made their holliday really nice.
Lovely guest house on beautiful grounds
The guest house is well-maintained and very spacious, with a large kitchen, a separate dining room, and a large living room with a fireplace (which we used frequently during an unseasonably cold April). The bedrooms are also large, with comfortable beds. The bathrooms are big, with one an ensuite to the largest bedroom. We were a family of four (two parents, an 11-year-old, and a grandma) and found the accommodations to fit our needs perfectly. The house would also work well for a couple with several children, or two couples. We did not get a chance to use the pool (too cold when we were there), but it's big, and our daughter was rather disappointed not to give it a try. Susan is an accommodating host, and gifted us with a bottle of wine and a jar of homemade marmalade during our visit. Her dogs are lovely, and very well behaved, and were very good with our (admittedly dog-mad) girl. The guest house is located just minutes from Sintra and Cascais, and only a short distance from Lisbon. When driving to Sintra (especially if you're going to Pena Palace and the Moorish Castle), you will want to arrive by 9:30 a.m. in order to find parking near palaces Parking is at a premium anywhere else in town, for that matter, as it's a medieval town with narrow streets, and parking spots go quickly. Cascais is lovely, and we recommend giving the museums a try (we especially liked the the small modern art museum -- it's excellent) and the large woodland park near the old fort (there were peacocks and lots of flowers). You can also walk for several kilometres along the sea wall towards Estoril, which we found quite lovely. The drive up to Cabo da Rocha is gorgeous, as is the cape itself (most western point in continental Europe).
A truly lovely experience!
We arrived at Quinta da Luz and "impressed" does not do justice to this little piece of heaven. The house has the most restful ambience with light filtering in the various windows at different times of the day, complimenting its character. Our grown up daughters commented that it was the loveliest place we had ever stayed in. The house is absolutely spotless with eveything you need to make your stay comfortable. The fresh towels and bed linen were most appreciated. The outside is aflow with beautiful flowers and the pool area is private and so relaxing. The little patio off the kitchen was a sun trap and lovely for lunch and dinner. Thank you Sue and Paula. We loved our stay and the beautiful plums and pears from the garden that were delivered regularly.
Would be delighted to return
We like clean toilets and a handy location. This lovely villa delivered effortlessly on both. The villa is just a 7 euro taxi to Cacem where we got a direct train to Lisbon (or yo can park and ride). It is also a short drive to fabulous Sintra (get a tuk tuk up the hill) and very well placed for the local beaches and resorts.
There is a large Westfield-style shopping mall about two miles away and top notch Lidl a little further but the Mini Preco in Rio de Mouro had an excellent bakery, butcher and fish counter, all reasonably priced and there was absolutely no need to go elsewhere. (Chefs -bring your own fish knives… you’ll want to buy and cook everything you see.)
Comfortable, very private, definitely quirky, and a tiny little bit rustic at the edges, we would all happily return in a flash. As advertised the friendly dogs are part of the package. Sue and Paula (star attraction) were generous, courteous and full of fun. Go for it!
Superb accommodation in lovely setting
We had a very pleasant and relaxing week at Quinta da Luz. The wonderfully restored farm is set in its own mature grounds: a mixture of cultivated plots, mature orchards and old trees, not to mention the beautifully landscaped swimming pool. An absolutely delightful idyll, hidden yet close to (and admittedly surrounded by) developments of greater Lisbon, and so conveniently located to all points of interest near and beyond Lisbon -- Sintra, Cascais, Estoril, Cabo da Roca, Mafra... and further afield (ie day trip distance) to Obidos, Alcobaca and Batalha. Very helpful hosts Susan, Paula and Antonio provided everything we needed -- we couldn't have asked for more. In a word, superb!
This area close to Lisbon is surrounded by a river estuary and a large variety of sand beaches all within a short drive.Just west are the outstanding hills of Sintra marvelous for walking among the pine forests. Sintra itself is a gem of a fairy castle, old Mourish ramparts, extensive parks and a lively centre with cafés and restaurants. It has a mystique never to be forgotten. Also nearby is. Queluz Palace modelled on Versailles with extensive grounds.. Where the river estuary meets the sea, there are several lovely beaches and a bicycle track with bicycle hire.
As far as sport is concerned, there are seven good golf courses within a short drive. There is a very good riding school quite close by, and another where guests may ride into the Sintra hills. Nearby is Praia Grande, a good surfing beach, and it is possible to hire bicycles to ride into the Sintra hills.
Within a 30 kilometre drive, is Setubal estuary where guests may go dolphin watching.
A 70 kilometre drive takes guests to the well preserved medieval town of Obidos.
The Quinta is very centrally placed with a good road network to Lisbon, the coast, and Sintra, just five kilometers away.
There Is a wealth of amenities nearby, several good supermarkets and a shopping mall within 1 kilometer with a hypermarket, bank, a good food court, international shops and cinemas with films in English.
Lisbon is a colourful city, lively and frendy..Be you interested in history, museums, art, music, eating out, visitng fairs or just strolling to imbibe the local colour, Lisbon is not to be míssed.
Cascais, on the coast, has an international flavour, with many well known fish restaurants and fabulous beaches.