Quinta da Moenda
Avenida da Fronteira, Alvoco das Várzeas, 3400-301 Oliveira do Hospital,
Central Portugal, Portugal
Life is unhurried here. Donkeys pull carts, sheep meander through villages and the bakery is the top place in town. Tucked between the Açor and Estrela mountains, above the river Alvoco, the quinta has a timeless feel that Dutch owners Hans and Josephine have done little to disturb. An 18th-century water mill and olive mill make up their home, and the distillery has been converted into apartments. Compact and unfussy, they are furnished with modern pine and terracotta, bright beds, sofabeds and curtains, wood-burners, perhaps a veranda with a mountain view; one lies by the patio so you can sit in the sun as the children snooze. Walk through pine and eucalyptus forests, canoe and swim in the river; in winter there's skiing in the Serra da Estrela. Spot otters on the lovely riverside walk to the village, return to a pretty pergola and a fenced pool, raise your glass to the stars with only the rush of the river to disturb the peace. There's a communal living space and a lovely big patio surrounded by hollyhocks and hydrangeas, with a summer kitchen and a barbecue, too. And a sauna is on its way.
- Limited mobility
- At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible without steps.
- Children welcome
- Kids of all ages can stay.
- No smoking
- Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
- English spoken
- Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
- Wireless internet access available.
- Owner has pets
- Animals living on the property.
- Swimming pool
- On the premises.
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- 5 Apartments for 2 - 4
Extra bed €22.50 pn. Under 4s free.
Avenida da Fronteira, Alvoco das Várzeas, 3400-301 Oliveira do Hospital, Beira