the lush green hills & rivers around Coimbra, central Portugal
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 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.
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...
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.
The cottage is an entirely independent self-contained wing of the Quinta (farm) with own entrance, patio, parking etc.
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!
"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
"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
"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
get exclusive special offers and promotions delivered directly to you by email