riverside at Gois in beautiful central Portugal
A wonderful Portuguese villa in the Coimbra mountain region which is green all year round, and has access to its own privately owned river bathing beach in the summer – however you may come across be a few local residence using the beach during the summer season too. The perfect inland Portugal family holiday property at a great price!
The hills of central Portugal may be greener than much of Spain, calmer than the hectic coast, and enjoy more dramatic scenery than most areas, but when it is hot in summer all you want to do is jump in the clear waters of the local rivers. Lucky then that Casal do Pau is close to the Rio Ceira where you can peacefully bathe all day long . There are so many local river beaches and gorges in this area that this one rarely gets busy, but if it is total privacy you desire then this quinta (farmhouse) also has a stone-walled courtyard that would suit even the nudists of this world.
The mix of modern, antique and secondhand furnishings give the house a simple, homely Bohemian feel, and you have a large garden to romp about in. The raised patio has good views, and you can use the original wood-fired oven if you wish; the less adventurous will appreciate the modern kitchen with the usual appliances. Lots to explore in this area, with affordable eating and good drinking in the village (10 mins. walk), and a laid-back atmosphere to boot. Extra Casal do Pau photos.
What a wonderful house and location. We loved all the thoughtful additions, which made the cottage so homely. This meant we barely explored the area, but what little we saw confirmed that we want to...
Buses and trains from Lisbon and Porto to Coimbra. Then regular buses from Coimbra to Vila Nova do Poiares (1 hour, approx �4.). Taxi to house (5 km) just off the N2
The property has Wi-Fi broadband internet.
First Floor (property entered on first floor)
Ground Floor (accessed independently off courtyard)
What a wonderful house and location. We loved all the thoughtful additions, which made the cottage so homely. This meant we barely explored the area, but what little we saw confirmed that we want to return. Loved all the natural wildlife, and Pickles too! It was so delightful to swim in the river and natural water pool too. Thank you.
A fabulous house and garden in a perfect location - beautifully furnished with all that you could wish for there....and more. We loved it instantly. The views from the terrace are breath-taking and the surrounding countryside well worth exploring. The green and fertile land round the River Ceira really is lush and productive thanks to their ingenious irrigation systems. What a jaw-droppingly beautiful country Portugal is! Some great quiet river beaches nearby to swim in too, as well as the busier ones. This was our first visit to Portugal and we would have been hard-pressed to have found anywhere better... and that was due in large part to the accommodation. The river beach just down from the house is a lovely spot - a dammed wide section of the river, full of fish with Dragonflies, Damsel flies & swallows darting everywhere. It is used by the locals too (it is more theirs than ours after all)- but that never caused any problems for us as we had no proprietorial feelings about it. If you should want total solitude there, you can always just pick your times. Lots to do and see in walking distance and short drives away. A drive up ...and up... into the Serra da Lousa is a must. A truly memorable family holiday in very relaxed and comfortable surroundings. Thank you so much to Alex the owner ......& to UTT :) Kind regards Liz & Konrad Hughes .... and from Ella & Jasmine too
We have thoroughly enjoyed our short break in this wonderful house-we are kicking ourselves now that we didn't book for longer! Thank you for offering your home to UTT customers-it really is truly wonderful! Em and Mark
Casal Do Pau' has been the most perfect place to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. The climate, the welcoming locals and the slow pace of life is just what we were searching for. The Beira Litoral province is truly a rather special location. A lovely combination of isolation in the hills and sunshine. After 10 years of searching we may just have found our perfect holiday location. We have enjoyed cooking on the BBQ in the tranquil courtyard. The local supermarket in Vila Nova do Ceira has a good selection of fresh fruit/veg and fish/meat. Thank you so much for sharing your very special home. Claire and Nigel
My daughter and I have spent a wonderful 10 days here. The house is beautiful,the location stunning and the river amazing. We have found a part of the world that we love and look forward to more adventures here. Hannah and Georgia
We loved the river swimming, most of the roads were empty, great mountain views, colour,landscape, cheap food, friendly people. Loved it here, and feel Portugal for us needs more exploring. August 2011.
We chose to come here to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary and we could not have had a nicer stay anywhere. We went to buy a bottle of wine and almost came back with a house! Feel as though we have travelled back 100years. Wonderful. Thank you for sharing Casal Do Pau, it is a wonderful and inspiring place in an enchanting part of the world. Mark and Julie
We feel like we have found a beautiful and forgotten world. Thank you, we will always remember this week. We leave feeling relaxed and inspired, ready to face the world again. Kirsty and James
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