Quinta do Scoto

Sintra, Estremadura
Bed & Breakfast

Excellent breakfasts set you up for a busy day exploring (Sintra, Obidos, and beaches are all nearby) and the pool is a dream to return to


14 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 6


The manor house was built in 1746 for the chaplain of the Marques de Pombal and much of his magnificent furniture remains. This has been an epic restoration for English owners Penny and Tony who have fascinating stories to tell; note the tiled friezes inside and the stone aqueducts in the grounds. Your hosts couldn’t be nicer or more helpful, they’re child-friendly, have a daughter of their own, Charlotte, and have thought of everything to make your stay special. Big, elegant bedrooms – two in the house, the rest in the barn – are uncluttered and TV-free; bathrooms are spotless and new; one bath has been made from a wine press. Being so close to Lisbon – on the seam of suburbia and the rural beyond – there’s lots to see and do: Sintra, Obidos, beaches, all a train ride away. Breakfasts set you up beautifully for a busy day (homemade scones, chutneys, jams, eggs from their hens), the saltwater pool, lined with striped loungers, is a dream to come home to; there are ponies to ride and Izzy – the Portuguese waterdog – is the star of the show. Space and comfort in great measure… and perfect peace under the stars.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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


  • 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
1pm-8pm, after 8pm on arrangement
Check out
12pm, please get in touch for late check out
Booking restrictions
Includes bottle of wine and minibar, stocked on arrival.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Restaurants & cafés 5 to 10-minute walk.


Nightly price
from €75
Prices per night for two people sharing. €35 per extra adult per night, €25 per extra child (3-15 years). Sleeping up to a maximum of 6 in most suites. 10% discount on the 2 person suite rate for stays of 4 nights or more.
1 Suite for 5
From €85
1 Twin
From €75
2 Suites for 4
From €85
1 Suite for 4
From €95
1 Suite for 6
From €95
1 Suite for 3
From €95
1 Suite for 4
From €105


Tony and Charlotte were excellent hosts: attentive and helpful, with good advice on restaurants and local sights. Our room was large, clean and comfortable and the welcoming bottle of "Porta 6" red wine was delicious. This was a good base for us to explore the region north of Lisbon. The glorious fairy tale city of Sintra is an easy train or taxi ride away (we had a car but had no desire to hunt for parking). There is also good access to the motorway system to visit places like the walled city of Óbidos (and its wonderful bookstores) or the gothic architecture of Batalha. Highly recommended!

James, Easton, maryland usa

Absolutely loved our stay here. Tony, Penny and Charlotte were fantastic hosts and made our stay special. They're the most helpful hosts we've ever stayed with and seemed to be driven not by a desire to build the business but by a genuine kindness and sincerity. The quinta is gorgeous and well-connected in terms of public transport to Lisbon and Sintra. Local restaurants were accessible on foot and friendly. A really tranquil, relaxing place to stay. One of our best holidays. Highly recommend.

Anne-marie, Manchester

Fabulous mini Oasis, in an amazing location. Penny & Tony were great hosts, very friendly and extremely knowledgeable about the surrounding area and provided us with some excellent sight seeing tips for us and our 7 year old son. The breakfasts were delicious and included fresh fruit every morning. The location is superb as you are so close to Sintra and Lisbon but you feel as if you are in the country. The grounds are very well kept and the pool is a delight to jump into after a busy day of sightseeing. Quinta do Scoto is in walking distance to local restaurants and the train station.


Knowledgeable, friendly and generous hosts, relaxed surroundings and lots to do and see within easy reach. Definitely recommended.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Tony Ross

  • Included in your suite will be a complimentary bottle of wine, a minibar stocked initially with beer, soft drinks, water, milk, fresh fruit, biscuits and tea and coffee.
  • A perfect spot for couples.
  • Sintra, which has 5 Palaces and a Morish Castle, is less than 6km away and can be reached by car, bus or train from the village station.
  • Lisbon is less than 16km away and can be reached by car or train from the village station.
  • We are located 20 minutes drive away from Lisbon Airport. We can arrange for you to be met by a taxi or we are 1 stop on the Metro and a 38 minutes train journey to the village station where we collect you or you can walk the 10 minutes to the Quinta.
  • Melecas is a typical Portuguese village with 7 cafes and 7 restaurants within walking distance and a 'locals' bar. There are walks up into the surrounding hills with ancient ruins, aquaducts, Quintas and a Watchtower with views over to Sintra and the coast