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“Beautiful location, welcoming hosts...perfect!” 5 of 5 stars
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Pe da Serra,, Colares 2705-255, Portugal   |  
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Beautiful location, welcoming hosts...perfect!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2011

First of all, Mary and Alan were the most welcoming hosts - full of warmth, giving you space to do as you please, yet always available to give advice about where to go, must-sees etc. They have a pure passion for what they do and deserve credit for that. Alma, their dog, is also a special addition to the family!!
We spent a week at Casa do Celeiro and it went far too quickly. The house is wonderful, filled with art and sculptures created by the two hosts making you feel at home. Set in a beautiful location in the hills, overlooking the town of Almocageme and of course the ocean. Although the cottage is part of the house shared with Mary and Alan, set apart by the porch/entrance/courtyard, it feels completely separate (as it once was). The courtyard and garden are beautiful with the added bonus of a pool, perfect for the family.
As for the surrounding area, this place is magical. It is great for walking, eating and brilliant for sports including surfing, cycling and golf. An evening stroll along one of the many smaller beaches is a must after a tasty meal (must try the bacalho!).
Another must for us tourists is a visit to Pena Palace and the Castelo dos Mouros - both very much worth the trip.
All in all this was a perfect getaway for my family and I. I hope that we can return again to Casa do Celeiro in the future. Thank you again to Mary and Alan. Great place, highly recommended.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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alho, Owner at Casa do Celeiro, responded to this review, September 17, 2011
An extremely flattering and warm review which we find so encouraging and helpful. Not much else to say except thank you, come back soon and I we hope we can help you find more exciting bits of culture and unusual corners here in Sintra and Portugal.
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

We tremendously enjoyed our stay at the Casa!! Everything was as described and photographed, and the hosts were very helpful and friendly. The Cottage is very cozy and warm, filled with art, and all the comforts we needed. The pool was breathtaking and we were lucky to have some great hot days to take advantage of it. We did a lot of hiking in the hills nearby and had a fabulous day at the beach. The smaller villages nearby are very unspoiled and beautiful to wander around in, and of course visits to Sintra and Cascais were high points. We highly recommend this place for its charm, attentive hosts, and perfect location.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Madrid, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2011

Unforgetable Holidays. The house is comfortable and really cosy.
The views, specially from the swimming pool are gorgeous.
The owners live just beside and were very respectfull of our privacy.
We had a really great time and we made many delicious barbecues...
Highly recommended!

Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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alho, Owner at Casa do Celeiro, responded to this review, September 8, 2011
We were delighted with the charming young Argentinian / Spanish connection from Buenos Aires / Madrid. The couple who organised the hoiday invited friends and family and appeared to enjoy the reunion amidst BBQs, beach outings, trips to Lisbon and just relaxing. Alma our dog also took great delight in being part of their company. We do hope they return and tell their friends as Spain being our neighbour is just a few hours away by car.
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Hamburg
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2009

We spent two wonderful weeks at the Casa do Celeiro with our twins (12), and with our parents and we enjoyed every minute of it. The house and garden are beautiful and in an ideal spot. Secluded, but not remote, with the most stunning view of Almocageme and the Atlantik, an individual, tranquil and very private place that felt like home after just a few hours.

Mary and Alan were the kindest hosts. They made us feel very welcome and were always ready to help or advise - a walk, a beach or a restaurant or local events. We enjoyed their easy going, warm and entirely unobtrusive hospitality very much.

The combination of the house and the separate bedrooms in the hall and in the 'Annex' fit our needs for a stay with our children and our parents perfectly. The garden has beautiful spots to sit and chill in and we enjoyed catering for ourselves as much as we enjoyed the local restaurants.

In the middle of October we were lucky enough to have 10 days of warm, sunny weather and could explore everything, the beautiful area has to offer. It is great for sports - kite surfing, surfing, golf, mountainbiking as well as hiking and running - or for putting your motor bike to a test on the winding roads to Colares and beyond. A beautiful combination of nature and also for culture, with Sintra and Lisbon - and Mary's art gallery in Almocageme! - just around the corner.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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alho, Owner at Casa do Celeiro, responded to this review, September 8, 2011
I have just discovered this option of responding to guests' reviews. Fortunately I remember well the very charming family from Germany who were so appreciative of us, the house and the area. We did spend a good time chatting and getting to know one another. Indeed they were very lucky with the weather as being in a microclimate keeps you guessing. Fortunate thing is that if we are in the clouds on our perch you almost always have sun in the lower areas which are 10 minutes away,
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Bucharest
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2009

My family and I have just returned from a wonderful holiday in Casa do Celeiro. The house, the setting, the location, the surroundings and the views are fabulous. There are so many activities to do and things to see in the area that all the members of my familiy were entertained and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. It is even suitable for children, my 2 year old son loved it, spent most of the days either in the house's pool or on the beach. Lisbon Zoo and Oceanario are also great attractions for the children.
There are plenty of things to do and see, for all different types of people. Fun and exciting things for the youngsters, quiet relaxing activities for families, romantic and charming for couples and all sorts of activities or sports for those more into adventure. As I said before anybody who travels in the Sintra area can find great things to do and see and really enjoy themselves. Casa do Celeiro is the perfect location to get to any place or any attraction in the area.
Mary and Alan were wonderful hosts. Very welcoming, helpful and even though they live in the same courtyard you can barely notice they are there. When you do see them however they are all smiles and ready to offer advice or help. Their house and its location provided us all with the perfect retreat to relax and enjoy ourselves.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Charlottesville, VA
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2008

For anyone seeking a marvelously hidden yet also amazingly accessible hideaway in the Serra di Sintra--with forested walking paths, spectacular views of the Atlantic coast below, and the knowledgeable, attentive, and delightful hosts, Mary and Alan St.George,-- I can't imagine a more ideal place. Close to the countless architectural attractions of Sintra and vicinity yet extremely private and quiet, this is a unique refuge where you can readily choose your own satisfying mix of "touristic" activities and pure relaxation. The St. Georges also have a very attractive circular swimming pool and deck just behind and above their quaint inner courtyard, from which you can revel in a gorgeous panoramic view of the Atlantic below, whether you choose to enter the water or not.

We can hardly wait to return.

Dr.Stevens Garlick
1831 Brenda Court
Charlottesville, VA 22901

Stayed October 2008
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norwich
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2008

Relaxed, friendly and helpful hosts, fantastic views, spacious informal self catering accomodation, plenty of outdoor space and seating. Lots of plants, green space and trees give a sense of seclusion. The owners paintings, etchings and sculpure add additional character. Beautiful unspoilt beaches close by and the forts and palaces in the Sintra area are in stunning situations.
Whilst it is useful to have a car there is a bus stop at the bottom of the (steep) drive and buses run between Cascais on the coast to Sintra in the hills, roughly every 1.5 hours.
Local village has good food supplies and cafes.
We only had 4 days to stay but would happily have made it our base for much longer.

  • Liked — Informality, space, natural surroundings
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: Pe da Serra,, Colares 2705-255, Portugal
Location: Portugal > Central Portugal > Lisbon District > Sintra Municipality > Colares
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 9 Specialty Lodging in Colares
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stay in a spectacular setting in the Serra de Sintra (World Heritage site) one hour from Lisbon / lovingly restored & converted 17th century farmhouse in wooded hills overlooking Atlantic by architect/artists owners / Self-catering accommodation sleeps 8 adults(4 bedrooms) / B&B / Art courses optional / built into a hill enclosing a cobbled courtyard / front garden & fruit trees sloping down from terrace with pergola / pool at top of property all with panoramic views. ... more   less 

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