Comfortable 1 bedroom cottage with private courtyard garden
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About ralph mason
Lisbon Coast Cottages, founded in 2004 by Ana Mason-Correia and Ralph Mason, is made up of a small strong team. We (Ana & Ralph) are husband and wife. Ralph, English from Shrewsbury in the West Midlands and Ana, Portuguese who grew up by the sea in the outskirts of Lisbon before moving to London to pursue university studies, where we eventually met. Ana is a graphic designer by trade but now works remotely from home for an UK based company Wahanda, and Ralph, who was a senior quality control technician for a major radio-pharmaceutical company before the move to Portugal, now works for the properties full time. In the Portuguese side of the family were the 3 beach cottages in a very delapidated state, which we inherited in 2004. We instantly set to work rebuilding Casa da Olga from scratch whilst simultaneously doing a major refurbishment of Vila Arcos. They were both ready and we opened for business in June 2005. Soon after the London rat race became more of a drag than the stuff dreams are made of, so in a leap of faith we decided to renovate the 3rd cottage (Casa da Bia), move to Portugal and try and make a new better life in the sun. It was the spring of 2006. Subsequently we have poured blood, sweat and tears into Lisbon Coast Cottages, transforming it into a steadily growing and secure business. From the initial 3 beach cottages, expansion was started by the acquisition and refurbishment of another cottage in the heart of historical Sintra, which was sold in the Autumn of 2011 as we want to concentrate fully on the area around Praia das Maçãs do ensure the best quality service possible. As well as the owned properties, Ana & Ralph exclusively and comprehensively manage a 6 bedroom Luxury Villa with pool and sea Views called Casal de Santa Maria for it's owners Stuart & Sue Pearson who live in London, property number p88135 on this site.
ralph mason purchased this Cottage in 2004
Why ralph mason chose Praia das Maçãs
Ana's grandparents built the cottage in the early 1950's. It was occupied by a lady who performed house cleaning duties in the local area She and her husband raised their 2 children in the cottage. When we inherited the cottage in 2004 it had been unoccupied for many years and was in a very bad way and required to be completely rebuilt. We rebuilt the cottage as a rental unit rather than for our own use, so every thing was chosen to be the perfect blend of style, simplicity and durability. On arrival you will find the cottage exactly as in the photos, and the cottage is extremely easy to live in. When deciding on the name of the cottage, there could only be one choice: 'Olga' the lady that had called it her home so so many years!
What makes this Cottage unique
Being simply the two of us on the management side of the company, you will be dealing exclusively with one of us every step of the way, from your initial enquiry through to questions, booking and payment. On arrival you will be greeted personally by one of us together with a nice bottle of wine and a basket of fresh local goodies to help you start off your holiday. We can, if you wish, also point you in the direction of all the best places to eat and places to go. We live just a few miles from the cottages and are more than happy to help should you need any help 24hrs a day. We have been renting properties in the village since 2005 and are building a brand, not just renting a single property and so take our guests requirements very seriously and any unforeseen problems are dealt with extremely quickly! A broken / damaged item remaining in a property is just not the way we work.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Very small, clean and tidy
We feel this property was as described on the web site but the reviews made it appear more attractive than we found it. A hanging rail in the bedroom doesn't constitute a wardrobe. The shower was tiny which we found difficult to manage as we kept getting caught up in the curtain and, therefore, flooded the bathroom. Having said that, the kitchen was well equipped and the property was basic but adequate. We loved the area and the property is only 5 minutes walk from a beautiful beach and lovely restaurants. Overall, we enjoyed our stay.
Great location for exploring the area.
Very comfortable home from home. Great welcome by owner. Property was very clean and well equipped. Had a lovely week.
We could not have picked a better base for exploring the Lisbon area. Accommodation is clean, well provided and close to a great beach and local shops and the archaic but must ride “electrico”. Ralph’s knowledge of the area has been so very handy, from the directions to get here to local restaurants and places to visit. Lisbon itself is easy to get around with excellent and cheap public transport. Park at Sintra Portelo station and 1/2 hour later you’re in the heart of a vibrant city. Our first time in Portugal so we feel v lucky to have chosen a great place to start to get to know it.
Exceptionally clean, comfortable and quiet.
If you are looking for a quiet, relaxing get away in comfort with thoughtful owners who go the extra mile, then this property is for you. Set within a lovely community the little mini mercardo just round the corner means you can enjoy the property eating local fresh produce in the garden, or venture out on a tram to stunning Sintra. We had problems with our transfer and I lost my phone and Ralph went out of his way to visit to make sure I was ok and tried to track the phone himself and arranged alternate transport for our departure. I have never known an owner that cared so much and he made sure our stay was a happy one. You could hear a pin drop at night so we got lots of quality sleep and recharged our batteries. The coastal walks are amazing and the local people very friendly. I wish I could have given this stay 10 stars!
Very well kept clean and comfortable love the patios setting
Very pleasant environment to spend lovely time away from home,
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Fabulous Cottage in Peaceful Authentic Location !!
Praia Das Macais is a wonderful local beach village. The cottage is located in a peaceful street with only a 5 minute walk to the expansive beach. We stayed for 5 nights and we found there were enough restaurants to keep us busy. The sun terrace at the cottage was perfect and we really appreciated the welcome basket. Ralph was an amazing host with lots of helpful hints and tips. The local old style tram takes you up to a bustling but beautiful Sintra and is quite an experience. I would highly recommend the cottage and the people are absolutely lovely in the area. If you want an extremely relaxing and peaceful break, in the real Portudal but still have access to a busy town 30 minutes away then this is the place for you. We may well be back !!
Casa da Olga is located a quiet residential street in the small welcoming sea village of Praia das Maçãs, Situated on the west coast of Portugal, just 40kms north west of Lisbon / Lisbon Airport.
Praia das Maçãs is a true gem of a beach side village and still to this day has remained mostly unspoilt by commercialism, the village boasts a golden sand beach,a hand full of cafe-bar's and restaurants, a beautiful 1940's Saltwater swimming pool and lido, a safe Children's play area with swings and slide, a fresh produce market, butchers, bakers, fish mongers, post office and a few independent shop's.
It has a small friendly community and by the end of your stay you are bound to feel part of it!
It is well served by public transport with a bus service running 7 days a week, and also an historic electric tram running at the weekend, both of which all year round.
Praia das Maçãs is only 12km from the exquisitely beautiful world heritage site town of Sintra ( bus & tram connects them ).
Sintra is a UNESCO world heritage site and has 6 palaces and a Moors castle amongst it's historic attractions, famous since before Victorian times it's has always attracted the art's and there is also many galleries and exhibitions to explore.
There is also easy access to Lisbon itself, the famous casino in Estoril, or the beautiful marina at Cascais.
The perfect romantic getaway or the perfect Family beach holiday the choices are endless both in activities and entertainment!
We live locally and have worked hard to find the very best performing company's that provide services to tourists such as Wine tasting, cycling / bike hire and guiding, para gliding, surfing,body boarding, horse riding & segway tours.
Golf is very popular in the local area and we have 7 golf courses that are close to the cottage, All are pretty much in the same area on the south side of the Sintra hill, all of them being a 25 mins / 25 euro taxi ride away.
In no particular order.
ESTORIL BLUE COURSE
ESTORIL GOLF CLUB
PENHA LONGA ATLANTICO
PENHA LONGA MOSTEIRO
QUINTA DA BELOURA
QUINTA DA MARINHA