Quinta do Corvo provides the perfect balance for a holiday. There is seclusion without the isolation, privacy with easy company and a relaxing garden atmosphere with convenience as well. Shades of Shangri-la in a converted old farming quinta.
QdC is within easy reach, 40 mins or so by car, of Lisbon airport, so your holiday begins without a tiresome trek. On arrival rooms are clean and tidy and we have always been welcomed by Ben, the owner, who has built QdC up over many years. Ben and his small number of helpers are unfailingly friendly and helpful.
We have been returning now for 4 years and tried most of the rooms all of which offer the same comfortable formula; bed, sitting area, kitchen and bathroom. Decoration is eclectic but blends in, local pots and pictures with simple furniture all of which is just right for the converted farmhouses which form the basis of the accommodation. Best part of the arrival is small offering of port in a decanter that begs to be drunk after the journey. Small detail but a signal of Portuguese flavour of the stay and the ambience.
Ben will provide breakfast at time which suits each morning which involves fresh local bread, pastries, jam and tea/coffee. Always good start in sunny mornings and presented on fresh linen.
QdC has gates to go in and out which provide a sense of privacy whilst inside there are a superb range of little areas with a rich mix of garden and rambling areas both around each apartment and the pool area. There are a small numbers of farm animals in QdC which provide real eye opener to our urban children in that they can be up close with live sheep and chickens.
With Sintra and its fabulous palaces and gardens within 15 mins drive, a range of beaches as close and short hop to Caiscaes for the train to Lisbon QdC/Colares provides a great location to get some culture, local flavour or just a tan. The pool on site is great when you just feel like doing nothing. The Sintra sites offer something to everyone of all ages be it castles, follies, superb gardens or contemplative monastery. These were a genuine surprise on our first visit and there interest has not dulled with each further visit.
Cooking is easy with small supermarket open everyday for pretty much everything you need to cater for a family. Superb butcher in the local village allows even passable barbequers to look good and the local fresh fruit and vegetables taste marvellous.There is a convivial evening meal up at the main house twice a week. This a welcome break from the cooking and a great opportunity to chat late into the evening with other visitors there.
We have still to see Mafra and other sites a bit further afield. Our boys are still small but surfing and body boarding being is available to older kids and the Atlantic breeze keeps the temperature more bearable than the say Algarve, which works for us.
Overall QdC works so well and there is not much that prevents adult relaxation whilst keeping children stimulated. Ben's attention to detail and easy nature have made it a firm favourite with us and we cannot but recommend it most highly.