Quinta da Palmeira - Country House Retreat

Cerdeira (AGN), Beira

Shady spots in the garden, a pool overlooked by tall palms, a bar nook stocked with drinks and a new spa in the Serra do Açor


8 rooms


Rooms sleep 1 – 4


This boutique-style big white quinta sits in a very sleepy old village – eat in the dining room which opens onto a swish veranda so you can observe the comings and goings of the neighbours. Wander down to the local cafe which in typical rural Portuguese style is only open when the owner feels like it!

You’re well fed: Jack’s wife Anna was born here and her mother tends a vegetable and fruit garden in the village so much of her produce ends up on the table for ‘surprise dinners’ – no menu, choice of fish or meat, everything fresh, seasonal and delicious. At breakfast you’ll have freshly-squeezed juice from the oranges in the garden – all year round.

Walk marked trails, long or short, which Jack has printed for guests (he knows the area well and can advise on much to see and do,) join mountain bike routes (hire bikes here) or take a packed lunch and head off for the day. The nearest restaurant, Toino Moleiro is in Tabua just a 20-minute drive and with a reputation for fresh grilled fish and meat. Or just stay put for a fabulous bird-filled garden and a lazy pool area with many sofas. There’s also a brand new spa which you can book privately.

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We think you'll love

  • The freshly home cooked food from Anna
  • Being in such an authentic Portuguese village
  • Taking a packed lunch and walking or cycling into the wonderful hills
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Home truths

  • You're a long way from a beach
  • The village doesn't have a restaurant


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Spa
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dogs welcome
  • 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
Between 2pm-10pm
Check out
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Breakfast €11.50. Dinner €27.50.


Nightly price
from €76
Singles €76. Dinner, B&B €12-€28 per person. Extra bed/sofabed available €39 per person per night.
6 Suites for 2
From €132
1 Apartment for 4
From €186
1 Single
From €76


If you like swish, tickety-boo places (even in rural Portugal) then you'll be happy here. It's boutique style rather than authentic but it is bang in the middle of a sleepy old village. The garden is filled with birds, fruit trees, a cooling pool and lots of places to sit and chill out.

Nicola, Bristol

We spent two nights here as part of a road trip from UK to the Algarve. Although we have visited Portugal many times we had never visited Central Portugal and hadn't realised how lovely it was. Jack and his wife have created a very special place at Quinta de Palmeira. The interiors are stylish, modern and comfortable but retain the traditional charm. The pool, gardens and terrace provide delightful places to relax. We enjoyed two fabulous dinners cooked expertly by Jack's wife and Jack, himself, was on hand to offer advice on trips to see the surrounding countryside. Fabulous!

Jill, Romsey

Fabulous hotel, its unfortnate that timing meant that we could not send long enough to enjoy the pool area. Room was very comfortable and roomy with all the facilities we needed. Dinner and breakfast were both perfect with excellent food. Service was courteous but not intrusive' Lovely building and a great part of portugal, Will definitely stay longer next time!


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The neighbourhood

Cerdeira is a typical rural village in central Portugal - nothing much happens! But it's well worth pottering down to have a walk around - when the cafe is open it's filled with chattering locals so have a coffee while you people-watch. Piodao, 15k in the car, is one of the oldest villages in Portugal, totally preserved with a church, museum, hanging bridge and secret sanctuary. A ten-minute drive will take you to a huge nature park - a Bio genetic reserve - with waterfalls, ancient (named) trees and then the river. The brand new spa here is tempting and the pool and garden area are hard to leave. Don't go anywhere without consulting friendly Jack.

Local points of interest from Jack Brouns

  • Surrounded by orange trees and olive groves, with the peaks of the Serra do Açor and the Serra da Estrela just beyond, Quinta da Palmeira makes its home in a region famous for gastronomy and open-air parties.
  • For many travelers it´s the perfect stopover between Portugal’s main coastal cities, which is an great opportunity to settle a couple days into the laid-back countryside lifestyle.
  • Nature is close at hand. The woods are sprinkled with waterfall-fed pools, the rivers good for swimming and canoeing, and the mountains suited to bikers and hikers of all skill levels.
  • The historic city of Pióadão is nearby, too, with its famous stone houses forming a picturesque jumble on the hillside.
  • Closer by, the hotel’s pool sparkles in that particularly sparkly way that pools under the bright southern European sunlight tend to do.
  • Waterfalls in protected landscape Fraga da Pena; Hiking in protected landscape area in Mata da Magaraça, visit the Palace and the National Forest of the Serra do Bussaco; Visit in Coimbra one of the oldest university libraries of Europe.


Jack Brouns

Dutch Jack, a business man, had always wanted to have a hotel. He searched for his dream place in Italy and Spain before he settled here, spent two years restoring the building and married Portuguese Anna. People come for nature, culture, good food and a rest.