Sintra Villa Maria

Sintra, Estremadura
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A breezy hilltop house within walking distance of Sintra - a Unesco world heritage town that inspired Byron, royals & creatives


4 beds


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 6

Children welcome

The Experience

Sintra, an hour from Lisbon by car or train, has a whacky bohemian feel with tropical gardens and beguiling architecture. You stay in a bright, airy house high on a hill, surrounded by forest and shielded from any nearby buildings. It’s a two-minute walk to cafes and bars and a little further to the centre of town (best not to drive) with its palaces, clock tower and Jewish quarter to explore.

After a day’s walking hang up your boots, open the wine on the terrace and enjoy being away from the bustle of town. The kitchen isn’t huge but it is well-equipped and you can eat outside – the terrace has views. Bedrooms are big (one has an en suite and the shared bathroom has a lovely sunken bath).

Drive half an hour through fairytale woods and winding forest roads in the Sintra-Cascais natural park to the coast for a swim and seafood lunch.

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We think you'll love

  • The clash of architectural styles in the palaces, castles and villas
  • Being able to walk everywhere
  • Having a car park
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You should know

  • The kitchen is on the small side
  • It’s not suitable for children
  • There are quite a lot of steps to negotiate


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • 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
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Restaurants 200m.


Nightly price
from €230
Weekly price
from €1500
1 House for 6
From €2304 beds3 bedrooms


Irene, thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us. It was a joy to come home to every night. We missed a coffee grinder but everything else was perfect. We visited Pena Palace, loved the Pena Parque. Had a wonderful dinner in the old town of Sintra at Talhus and a very good Japanese dinner at Hariko. We strolled through Old Sintra, visited Regaleira and the moorish castle at 6:30pm in the mystical fog. Thank you !

Anne & Tim, USA

Beautifully presented property, star location Reaching this truly lovely home was a highlight of our travels in Europe so far. Superbly presented, impeccably clean with Portuguese charm and warm and welcoming hosts. And then the wonderful location between Sintra town and Pena Palace. Thank you Irene, we would recommend Villa Maria wholeheartedly.


Lovingly preserved family Villa Amazing views over Sintra from this light & bright lovingly maintained family home. Walk through forest to Pena Palace was a real highlight! Our group of 6 had plenty of room. Would highly recommend a stay in this enchanting home & area!


Sintra is an extraordinary town and Villa Maria is the perfect place to stay at, close to the centre but away from the hubbub. A comfortable, light, well equipped house with a large terrace and stunning views over the magnificent trees that abound, across to the distant plains. Either walk down to the town, or walk up from the house to the Natural Park, you can leave your car in the garage and make the most of this unique part of Portugal.... and Lisbon is just a short train ride away

Carlos, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

It’s easy to see how Sintra got the title ‘Disneyland for grown ups’ – the blend of architectural styles on show is startling. The Sintra National Palace with its dramatic twin chimneys dominates the skyline and nearby hilltop Pena National Palace, shrouded in mist with sweeping views, and the Palace of Monserrate, sitting in 30 hectares of glorious gardens, are both worth visiting. The flamboyant Quinta da Regaleira, designed by Luigi Manini, creator of La Scala, is a collection of lakes, grottoes, waterfalls, fake doors and secret tunnels that run through the grounds of a vast neo-gothic mansion.

Local points of interest from Irene Figueiredo

  • You’re just a short 15-minute walking distance time to Sintra historic old town. Explore the winding cobblestone walkways and the ivy and lush greenery…
  • Once upon a time… our hiking trail at Villa Maria doorstep leads you to the enchanted Pena Palace & Moorish Castle, at 700 mts.
  • Hidden retreat at Sintra Natural Park Unesco Heritage, only 20km away from busy and cool Lisbon lifestyle. Come at the end of the day and relax at our balcony with amazing views
  • Like to be active? Experience our tailor-made workshops: drawing & sketching, photographic, walks, wine tasting. Ask us! Till 27th Dec 2019 visit our Photographic Exhibition at the Tram House in Sintra, not to miss!
  • Are you a golf lover? then we don’t miss the 4 international golf courses within 5km range from our Villa, just for you to get lost!
  • Park your car at our garden private parking and explore the nearby choice of local organic food & international restaurants


Irene Figueiredo

Irene runs two self-catering properties in and around Sintra. She lives close by and after settling you in leaves you to get on with things. You can reach her on the phone if you need to during your stay.