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Foz dos Barreiros - Self-catering cottage in Beira

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Chãs de Égua, 6285-012 Piodão, Beira
Central Portugal, Portugal

Sandra da Conceição Fontinha - Colliander

Surrounded by peace and rugged beauty, a cosy cottage on the edge of a sheep-strewn mountain – with a tiny café 500m up the road

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Surrounded by mountains, streams and soaring views you could be miles from civilisation… you are! Negotiate the hair pins, pick the keys up from the village, park in the cul de sac, and clamber down the steep path to the cottage. Surrounded by eucalyptus and chestnut trees, scrubby shrubs, rosemary and heather, Foz dos Barreiros is old, charming, and very well restored. Enter to find an open-plan kitchen and living area, with a starter supply of tea, coffee and olive oil, a cosy fireplace with logs provided, and a sofa. The stylish main bedroom is off here, large and roomy and opening to a terrace.  Bedding is of cotton and wool, colours are cool, the bathroom is neat and chic, and a wall of glass pulls in spectacular views – imagine waking to those in the morning! Two more bedrooms wait upstairs, fresh, white and awash with light; and a small shower room. Best of all: Piodao (3km) is the jewel in the crown of the 'schist' villages, and you can hike there in 40 minutes. Treat yourself to sheepskin slippers, a wool jumper or local honey, enjoy a little meal at O Solar dos Pachedos, or a beer at Abiterra.


Features
Children welcome
Suitable for guests with children aged 3 and over.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
WiFi
Wireless internet access available.
Swimming pool
On the premises.
Facilities

Electricity included

Open fire / woodburner

Microwave oven

Central heating

Mobile reception

Television

Barbecue

Dishwasher

Cooked meals available

Washing machine

Restaurant within 3 miles

Shop within 3 miles

Pub within 3 miles

Relaxation areas

Breakfast available

Breakfast included

Oven

Hob

Spa on site

Bar on site

Free parking on site

Free parking nearby

Paid parking nearby


Local points of interest from Sandra da Conceição Fontinha - Colliander:

Local points of interest from
Sandra da Conceição Fontinha - Colliander:

  • Quinta de São Tiago is a beautiful vineyard 50 minutes away by car where you are able to not only taste their delicious wine but also the locally made olive oil, cherry liquor and jam and honey. Great place to have lunch too!
  • Besides having your own private natural pool you are just three minutes away from another (public) natural pool with water coming straight from the mountain top and completely clear where you can have a few hours of fun in the summer months.
  • Piodão, which is a 10 minute drive away is one of the 16 Historic Villages in Portugal and is renown for having preserved its centuries old schist houses and character.
  • In Chãs de Égua, the village high up in the mountains, you can have a stroll and admire the labyrinth of middle aged paths and join the locals for a chat or a drink in the local bar with amazing views and buy locally produced honey and 'aguardente'.
  • Serra da Estrela, the highest mountain chain in Portugal is just 45 minutes away with spectacular views from the highest point of Portugal.
  • Coimbra, third largest city with an old medieval centre and one of the oldest universities in Europe is well worth a visit. It is 99km away, about one and a half hour drive.
Points of interest

Guest feedback
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"Foz dos Barreiros is a beautiful little house in a bright, spectacular setting, clinging to the side of a valley so steep it's more like a ravine. Lovely walks in every direction, two good bars within walking distance, the sound of the stream, and a neat terrace so you can eat out in most weathers. But the main thing of course is people. Sandra was easy to deal with, friendly and efficient (when we had a small problem she fixed it immediately). And the neighbours were lovely, despite our shameful lack of Portuguese. We loved the cafe at Chas da Egua - real charm and good food. We'll be back"

Philip - Bristol, United Kingdom

September 2017
"This was quite simply one of the most beautiful places I have ever stayed. The views from the terrace and the pool are breathtaking. The pool was clean and the property is furnished inside to a high standard, with modern bathrooms and fast wifi. It's very remote (well over an hour's drive to the nearest large supermarket) but the village of Vide has two small shops for essentials. A gorgeous getaway. "

Olivia - London, United Kingdom

August 2016
"We had a wonderful fortnight in this beautiful valley. The lovingly restored house was perfect for our family; fully equipped, tasteful and comfortable. We never tired of the views from the terraces, watching the abundant wildlife and the changing light and weather, and we enjoyed the refreshing pool immensely. There is plenty to explore in the local villages and countryside, as well as day trips further afield to the peaks and national parks. Sandra and her family were incredibly helpful and friendly throughout our stay and I would thoroughly recommend this delightful place."

Esther - London, United Kingdom

August 2016
"Wonderful – the perfect retreat. Views better than the pictures and delicious swimming in the pool. "

Louise

August 2015
"We had an amazing time here - the setting is stunning and so peaceful, the house is very comfortable and has everything you need. The pool is perfect for hot summer days too. We will certainly be back!"
July 2015
"A place so wonderful, I want to keep it a secret, Foz dos Barreiros‏ is a lush retreat well off the beaten track. Surrounded by olive terraces, mountain vistas, waterfalls & wildflowers, the cottage is all the more appealing for its luxurious furnishings & astounding bedroom views. There’s plenty to do –vineyards for wine tasting, freshwater swimming & winding mountain walks (the one to nearby village Piado is particularly beautiful). But I’d recommend plenty of time for simply stopping, sipping local wine on the glorious terrace & watching the bees go by."
May 2014
"If you want an escape, to totally switch off from the world, and get back to nature, then Foz dos Barreiros is the place for you. I can’t recommend it more. The village of Foz dos Barreiros, the namesake for the house itself, is delightful. The house is perched on a terrace and overlooks a valley of olive trees, vines, grasses, wildflowers and even a waterfall. The house has very recently been rebuilt and is tastefully decorated. The main bedroom is particularly special. The kitchen has everything you need to be self-sufficient, including a starter kit of tea & coffee etc."
May 2014

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Details

Accommodation:
  • 1 Cottage for 6
Price:(i) 400 to950 per week

Booking info:

Minimum stay: 7 nights. 3 nights in high season.

Meals:(i)

Restaurants 3km.

Closed:

Never.

Address:

Chãs de Égua, 6285-012 Piodão, Beira


Accommodation:(i)
Self-catering Foz de Bareirros (self-catering)
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Details
Cottage ~ 1 double ensuite, 2 doubles sharing separate bathroom.
Price: (i) 400 to 950 per week

Sandra da Conceição Fontinha - Colliander