Quinta Coimbra

the lush green hills & rivers around Coimbra, central Portugal
Guests: 4       Wifi: not available       Pets? Strictly no pets allowed

about the property

Adorable Portuguese low-cost great value family holiday villa with traditional style in the hills near Coimbra. Great country interior, wonderful views and a chance to jump in the cold cistern outside on hot days!

  • this property names in 'Top 10 Family Holidays in Portugal' (The Guardian)

'This lovely old converted mill offers the best of both worlds: a peaceful rural setting and just 25km from the cosmopolitan attractions of the beautiful old university town of Coimbra. The stone building has whitewashed walls, antique furniture and glorious views of farmland and forest in every direction. The area is famed for its pristine rivers, many of which have sandy beaches, perfect for a spot of wild swimming.' The Guardian loves Quinta Coimbra...and so do we! It's one of the utts that we choose for our own holidays!

Some areas seem to fall off the tourist map - and this is one of them. These hills of central Portugal remain traditional, unspoilt, and beautiful; ancient towns, crumbling villages and great vistas of sweeping forest and farmland. The people who live here enjoy a good life of locally-grown food, swimming in the rivers (with proper sandy beaches) in the summer and good, affordable wine. You can join that life for a holiday at Quinta Coimbra - a restored historic mill complex from the C17 and C18. See some renovation photos (lime plasters, no cement, drystone walling) here.

You'll discover a lush green landscape, native forests, olive and fruit groves and access to mountains, many bathing rivers and (should you wish) coast. This wing, built 1776, is independent of the main house, enjoys a quiet position, and retains its original windows, doors and architectural features. We can vouch for it being a wonderful place to stay, with lovely open views, the friendliest neighbours you could imagine, and a lovely golden light. Some houses just have a happy feel to them, and this is certainly one. Photos of this property.

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After a straightforward drive along the new motorways we were excited to head into the stunning countryside around Coimbra and up into the hills towards the cottage, tucked away in a small rural hamle...

Karen W, 26 June 2017

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good to know

arrival at
15:30
depart by
11:00
guests
4
7 nights from
£412.00 (based on two staying)
7 nights up to
£582.00 (based on two staying)
pets
strictly no pets allowed
bed layout
Master Double, Twin

facilities at Quinta Coimbra

bathroom
bath
general
farm or rural location
young children welcome
activities
pub nearby (walkable)

map - location

travel info

Buses and trains from Lisbon and Porto to Coimbra.Then regular buses from Coimbra to Vila Nova de Poiares (45 minutes). From Poiares (5 miles) possible to pre-organise a pick up or taxi cost c�5.

in detail

The cottage is an entirely independent self-contained wing of the Quinta (farm) with own entrance, patio, parking etc.

  • Hallway - all rooms off the traditional central hall, high ceiling as throughout
  • Master Bedroom - with super-kingsize bed, windows on two sides
  • Twin Bedroom - windows on two sides, sofa
  • Kitchen/ Dining - a simple but comfortable kitchen with stove, fridge, toaster and dining table and sofa

Outside -

  • Elevated patio with furniture, directly off kitchen, with fine views
  • Plenty of good local walking on very quiet roads
  • The newly refurbished local 'font' spring is adjacent - great for cooling off on hot days (you can get in!)

local area

  • Region - lots of info
  • Beaches - choice of many river beaches (4 within 15 minutes)
  • Convivio - village tavern with table tennis, table football, snacks (10 mins. walk)
  • Schist villages - choice of 9 within 30 minutes
  • Bussaco Palace, National Park & gardens - 45 mins.
  • Coimbra - historic University town - 25 km/ 30 mins.
  • Coast - (many beaches, castles) - c1 hour for choice

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customer reviews for Quinta Coimbra

After a straightforward drive along the new motorways we were excited to head into the stunning countryside around Coimbra and up into the hills towards the cottage, tucked away in a small rural hamlet with all of the sights, smells and sounds that you would expect from such an idyllic place. The cottage itself is a delight to behold - made over centuries from local stone and timber which makes for a cool haven during the wonderful sunny Portuguese days and pleasantly warm nights. All of this is the product of years of nurture by its friendly, caring, artistic yet unobtrusive owner. There was not a detail left unattended - fresh flowers in the perfectly presented traditionally styled rooms, fresh basic food in the fridge on our arrival, books, games (Happy Families!), fishing nets for the children, super comfortable beds with insect nets (which were not required during our stay. We have more problems with insects during a Welsh summer) , fresh salad from the garden and the smell of fragrant flowers through the windows. The newly refurbished font located just outside the cottage, provided endless fresh cold drinking water and the perfect spot for cooling off and meeting the local residents as they filled their water containers. There was nothing more that we could have needed during our stay, and if there had been, we are confident that the owner would have provided it straight away. On our first night we followed the owner by car as she very kindly showed us the way to the nearest river beach, a swimming spot for a delightful cool dip. This was one of many superb free public swimming spaces that we enjoyed in the area, each with it's own character and every one offering cafe bar / restaurants which provide local food and drink to suit parents and children alike. We recommend exploring as many of these river beaches as they are all wonderfully different - some even offering picturesque fairytale castles!! All offer such things as canoes, rope swings, diving boards, waterfalls and more. After a day exploring it was always a delight to return to the wonderful cool cottage where we could sit on the terrace and soak up the beautiful surroundings and amazing sunsets. The one and only downside of our holiday was having to leave this amazing location and it's lovely, considerate owner.

- Karen W,
26 June 2017

We had an magical time here. The cottage is beautiful. I loved waking up each morning, pulling back the mosquito net and opening the shutters to let in the sunshine. The kids had a welcome break from screens and enjoyed simple games like dominoes. Denise, the owner kindly let us help ourselves to her salad and fruit trees in the garden. She also gave us directions to points of interest in the area. We swam at the river beaches every day. There is a useful supermarket nearby. The cottage has everything you need in the kitchen. And when it was really hot we cooled off in the front!

- Caroline B,
29 August 2016

"everything here exudes charm: the cottage, the landscape, the surprisingly friendly locals, and especially the owner Denise, who is really helpful without ever being intrusive. The river beaches are great fun (we thought we might miss the sea, but we didn't), and the incredible range of really inexpensive local fruit and veg to be had nearby was an added bonus. A real hidden gem off the beaten track." David from Wales

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1 July 2014

"a magical place. loved waking up and watching the morning sun move across the wooden ceiling, the promise of the day sitting on the patio, returning home each day to the cool entrance and the smell of wood, and always the light dancing around the house." Karen from California

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1 July 2014

"rarely have I stayed somewhere that felt so instantly welcoming. really impressed by the local river beaches - such a fantastic area & loved the veggie food you made for us." Greg from Donegal

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1 July 2014
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