em Casa da Aurora

Alvorge, Beira

Walk to the bakery for breakfast bread, cycle to see 4th-century Roman mosaics in Santiago da Guarda, come home to a happy mix of old & new


7 beds


5 bedrooms


Sleeps 9


Hard not to fall for this grand, warmly rustic, old village manor house. It’s not smartly styled but it has stacks of charisma. Massive oak beams, interior shutters at tall windows, the vast stone kitchen sink and Juliet balcony are all original. The Lawsons, based in England, totally fell for the place and its delightful, quiet village setting and have poured upbeat energy into its renovation. They’ve gone for colour-themed bedrooms with an easy-going mix of furniture; two have comfortable double beds, the third sleeps three in a metal bunk bed (double below single). Bathrooms, and kitchen, are practical, a tad quirky, not posh. The big kitchen/living room  – with a snug area by the log fire – is where you’ll linger over meals at the antique table or up on a modern bar stool. Down the long hallway the lounge too is a happy mix of antique and new (sofas and TV): one of the walls is a clock. Ancient Alvorge has a monthly market in the square and a couple of shops, including an excellent bakery – hurrah! You’re close here to Roman treasures and the UNESCO cities of Coimbra, Tomar and Alcobaça make great day trips.


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • Credit cards
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
3-3.30pm, please get in touch for early or late check in
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 3 nights on weekdays. 3 nights at weekends. 4 nights in high season.
Restaurants 5-minute drive.


Nightly price
from £50
Weekly price
from £350
Damage deposit
€500 Please get in touch to arrange
Extra bed/sofabed available £10-£30 per person per week.
1 House for 9
From £507 beds5 bedrooms


Our family stayed for 4 nights in May. The house was perfect for us. There was plenty of room, comfortable beds and lovely furnishings. The house is gorgeous and the outside space lovely for relaxing. We made day trips to Coimbra and many of the small towns to visit Roman ruins and Moorish castles. We also took lots of walks on the lanes and enjoyed the beautiful scenery. We shopped at the little supermarket and had coffee and pastries at the cafe. The local people were very friendly. Mark and Andrea were very helpful and responsive to our questions. Thanks for having us!

Valetta, Dunkeld

Stayed at Casa Aurora with six friends. It's a real home from home, thick walls to keep cool in the summer and a log fire ehich gives off a great heat when it's cooler. The house has been tastefully restored with love. We had fab day trips to Lisbon, Porto, Coimbra, Nazare and Fatima all of which are a hour or two drive away. Lots of restaurants serve good local food and wine at reasonable prices. Highly recommend a stay and I look forward to visiting again

Kate, Edinburgh

WOW, this place is amazing, quiet and romantic. The perfect place to relax and take in the views. I went with friends and we were all astounded by amount of love that has gone into the manor. When we did venture out and about there was plenty to do just a short drive away. We would definitely stay again.

Alma, Edinburgh

Weather was cold, around 10 - 13 degrees, but the wood burning stove in the kitchen soon meant it was cosy. We were a party of six but only here for 4 nights. So much to see and do and being able to return to a great place every evening which had everything we needed was brilliant. A true home from home. We were able to focus our time on enjoying seeing the 3 biggest cities Lisbon, Porto and Coimbra and fitted in visits to Nazare and Fatima as well. There is such a rich history in this country you need to keep coming back to do it justice. Can't wait until the next time xxx

Rose anne, Glasgow

Needed a well earned break and travelled out to this lovely place for 7 nights in August, there was 10 of us all together and the accommodation was spot on, so spacious but yet so cosy.. lovely grounds to stroll round and the village had the majority of supplies that you need (bakery/shop) local pub (known as cafes to the Portuguese!) it’s a quiet gem in Portugal but you are still in driving distances of beaches (45 minutes to Figueira da Foz and the same can be said for Nazaré) and other local towns are near by if you fancied shopping or eating out.. a lovely place and we will be returning!

Joe, London

The house is very spacious and very comfortable, lots of room for everyone to find their own space, and the views across to the hills beautiful. To be honest the photographs don't really do the place justice, it is much prettier. The village is a handy few minutes walk and there are lovely views to be had just on a short walk around the local area. It is very handy for going to visit other places too. Pombal, Nazare, Fatima, Coimbra, Mirando do Corvo flea market all easy driving distances, lots to see and do. Spectacular value for money for a great chance to get away from it all.

Rose, Glasgow

Spent a family Christmas here and it was amazing! The house is beautiful with so much space and the rooms are really comfortable. The outdoor space is fantastic and the view across the valley is breathtaking. It’s a short drive to the main motorway from Alvorge and there are lots of places to visit within an hour’s drive such as Coimbra, the spectacular waves at Nazare and the shrine of Fatima. Definitely hoping to visit again in a summer season.

Brenda, Motherwell scotland

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from

  • Self-catering accommodation with Local Authority Approval: Alojamento Local License No: 35736/AL. We named our property after the Aurora Borealis because we both feel it is a beautiful and mystical phenomena that we would one day love to see together.
  • Our hope is that you enjoy our amazing old Manor House in a peaceful rural village in Central Portugal and we cannot recommend more highly the warmth of the friendly Portuguese and the wonderful sunny weather (around 300 days per year).
  • Parts of em Casa da Aurora are over 400 years old and we are trying to renovate it tastefully and in keeping with its heritage. Its thick stone walls keep you cool in the heights of summer and warm in the cooler months.
  • There is plenty to while away your days here. Outside there is Basket Ball, Swing Ball, Table Tennis and even a Dartboard or if you just want to relax there are Sun Loungers, Reclining Chairs or a Hot Tub. Indoors you have DVD's, Games, Books and a PS3.
  • The house is within easy driving of the Serra da Estrela mountains and the beautiful beaches on Portugal's Silver Coast. Our favourites are Nazaré for the giant waves and Figueira da Foz with its long sandy beach. Both are just under an hour from Alvorge.
  • More locally there are several roman ruins. Conimbriga being the most complete ruin in Portugal is 25 minutes away. The Roman Villa of Rabaçal is a 6th Centuary Roman farm situated 5 minutes away in the tiny village where a famous local cheese is made.