Quinta da Luz

Beira, Portugal
Bed & Breakfast

Come to walk in the mountains, to contemplate in the garden, to take a course – to appreciate the good energy of this eco-aware environment


3 rooms


Rooms sleep 1 - 2


An exemplary eco house, off grid and with grand views towards the Serra da Estrela – the highest mountain in Portugal. Arriving, slowly, on a narrow lane, the sense is of splendid isolation, which inspired the Reece-Smiths to take on this abandoned foresters’ watchtower. Since 2010 they’ve been pouring their energies into the property to create an environment that promotes a consciously holistic lifestyle. They are easy-going, generous hosts and hold retreats and workshops here, from yoga to management coaching; it’s lovely too to simply sit and contemplate on one of the many garden benches. When a forest fire swept through the grounds the silver lining was that it revealed old granite terracing and two wells, so they based their garden design on the ancient structure: well water is pumped up to cascade down through seven small chakra ponds, and there’s an efficient reed filter system. The oasis feel will continue to grow with the many trees planted. Spend convivial evenings by the open fire, retire to practical rooms with comfortable beds; breakfasts are nourishingly organic, home-grown and home-made. Coimbra and Viseu are an hour’s drive


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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


  • Pub 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

Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights. Smoking is allowed outside the building.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Restaurants 6km.


Nightly price
from €25
Singles €25-€35. Dinner, B&B €10 per person.
1 Single
From €25
1 Double
From €60
1 Twin/double
From €50


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Caroline Reece-Smith

  • In addition to the wonderful ever changing views of Serra da Estrela from the Quinta, there is the Serra itself to explore. Walking, snowboarding or simply enjoying its spectacular scenery and views are all available within a short drive.
  • Sitting in the countryside many of our guests enjoy taking walks, long or short, through the pasture, woods and vineyards that surround us. You might even come across Jose the shepherd with his flock of sheep. Their milk goes into the Serra cheese.
  • The area has many river beaches to enjoy in the summer - warmer than the Atlantic and no waves! The one at Vale do Rossim on the Serra also has canoes etc. to hire. There are stunning walks through the spectacular terrain of its large granite rocks
  • About 30 minutes away is Linhares castle built on top of a Lusitanian hill fort. Expanded by the Moors, later its garrison sallied forth to defeat the last Spanish invaders. Paragliding can also be experienced here - it is a regular host for their World Cu
  • On the way to or from Coimbra there is the charismatic forest of Mata Nacional do Bussaço. Walk around enjoying its 700 exotic and local tree species, features and its palace. Built for the last King of Portugal, it is a must to view both in and outside
  • Just over an hour away is Coimbra. Its University is older than Oxbridge and many of its buildings, including the LIbrary, are open. The Botanical Gardens contains many trees and plants brought back by the Portuguese Navigators as they explored the Earth.