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Quinta do Scoto
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Reviewed May 21, 2008

My partner and I had travelled from Madrid and, having stayed in the city of Lisbon for 2 nights, wanted to spend our last night in the tranquility of the Portugese countryside...and so we did at the Quinta do Scoto! Perfectly located, only 20 minutes from Lisbon, and 10 minutes drive from the beautiful historic town of Sintra, you really are spoilt for choice. We arrived and were greated by Tony, Penny and their daughter Charlotte with a glass of excellent cold white wine, seated in the large and airy guest lounge (with a great selection of DVDs for a cosy night in!!). Once escorted to our large, romanticly styled suite we again found a complimentary bottle of wine and various refreshments. Tony and Penny were also very great at offering travel advice and recommended a great restaurant within walking distance and totally clear of tourist where we ate an amazingly cooked squid! I cannot recommend this hidden gem enough, for couples, families or as a single looking to enough a weekend of repose from work. I look forward to another stay in the near future.

  • Stayed: May 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 25, 2008

Our trip to Portugal in March represented a number of "firsts" for my wife and me. We don't travel in March; we had never been to Portugal; and we had never stayed at a Bed and Breakfast.
March proved to be a bit of a challenge as the weather was cold and rainy. Portugal was charming and Quinta do Soto was the perfect home base. The Quinta is located about 20 miles outside central Lisbon and just off a major highway that provides easy driving access to several other major motorways. By car, we were 20 minutes from the airport, 30 minutes from downtown Lisbon and 10 minutes from Sintra, a terrific historic nearby town. We felt that the location of the Quinta do Scoto was perfect.
Did we mention our hosts? If you find better B@B hosts than Tony, Penny, Charlotte, and the dog Izzie, let us know because we will definitely go. Tony and Penny made us feel like we were part of the family. Every morning, while munching on fresh bread, fruit, cheese, ham, and our favorite, freshly squeezed orange juice, they helped us plan our day excursions. It is a good thing the that the dining room table was large because our map and books covered a portion of it.
We stayed in the Annex". It was a two-bedroom suite with a small side room (equipped with a fully stocked mini refrigerator.) Our room was filled with antique furnishings original to the 1700's main house. A huge bathroom was equipped with a shower and a tub (once used for crushing grapes) and big, fluffy towels.
Tony and Penny's commitment is evident throughout the house, the newly renovated stable, the pool in progress, and the landscape. My wife and I have already decided on another trip to Portugal just so we can stay with Tony, Penny, Charlotte and Izzie again.

  • Stayed: March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 2, 2008

We found this to be a great place to get away from it all and the owners make you feel really welcome and at home. Quinta do Scoto is in a semi rural location in the Sintra area and is a historic old manor house which the owners, Penny and Tony have renovated. It’s filled with antique furniture but also has a friendly feel and with lots of features like original part tiled walls it is a unique place. We were also able to wander through the 7 acre grounds, complete with aqueduct and windmill. Whilst we were there a barn conversion with swimming pool was nearing completion which will make the place perfect to chill out in the sun.

We stayed with our 4 year old daughter in the spacious manor house annex suite which has a large double bedroom with sitting area and a separate twin bedroom which was ideal for settling our young daughter to sleep. There was a dressing area with bar table and chairs (and complimentary bottle of wine, biscuits and fruit bowl – much appreciated!) and an amazing large bathroom. This featured a wine press converted into a large bath (where we enjoyed a great family bath!) and a separate shower.

Breakfasts were good and there seemed to be something different to enjoy each day, whether fresh fruit, croissants, pastries or local ham and cheese to accompany cereals and breads.

Highlights of our visit included seeing the Pena Palace at Sintra (fantastic views and architecture – like a film set), the romantic gardens of Quinta da Regaleira and exploring Lisbon (by direct train from the local train station)

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled with family
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Thank Bath_Team
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Reviewed February 15, 2008

We were a family of five on our first trip to Europe. We had travelled through France and Spain and needed a place to stay In Lisbon as our eldest daughter was catching a flight back to London where she is currently on a working holiday. I had come across Quinta do scoto on the web and after a couple of emails thought it sounded ideal.
Even with Tony and Penny's directions we still managed to get ourselves lost, but what was new ,as we had succeeded in doing the same thing almost every day of our trip. Will get GPS as first priority next time we travel. However with help of friendly locals were escorted to the Quinta. Penny and Tony were excellent hosts. Having never stayed in B&B style accommodation before were not quite sure what to expect.
We were made to feel right at home. Needed to do some washing as we had been living out of suitcases for the last four days which was no problem. Penny even brought the washing in the next day when we were out. Tony gave us helpful information on sights to visit and local customs which came in very handy. Our rooms were comfortable and easily accommodated five people. Our bathroom was very impressive ,a work of art, with the bath being made out of an old wine vat. It looked fabulous.
Breakfast in the morning consisted of freshly squeezeed OJ, fresh fruit, cereal, pastries, a selection of sliced meat and cheese as well as real tea and coffee. We were spoilt. Other extras such as a bottle of wine on arrival and sharing a glass of wine with Penny, Tony, their daughter Charolette and dog Izzy made for a memorable stay.
The Quinta do Scoto is still a work in progress with new rooms being built on the property, but this is not a problem as there was no noise and the workmen we had contact with were friendly and extremely helpful. The main house where we stayed has an interesting history which is worthwhile finding out about from Penny and Tony. The Quinta is also close to Sintra which is a fabulous area to visit.
Overall a great place to stay.
Thank you Penny, Tony, Charolette and Izzy

  • Stayed: January 2008, traveled with family
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Thank waymaur
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Reviewed January 24, 2008

In every way, this bed and breakfast offers a lot more than I expected from moderately-priced accommodation.

Our lodgings were in the Annex which comprised of a large double bed room with an adjoining Twin. On the other side of the double bed room was a smaller room with a table, chairs and complementary bottle of wine, a mini fridge stocked with Beer and Soft drinks and a huge antique wardrobe.

The bathroom is the next room which incorporates a large shower and a enormous bath that was originally the farms wine press (Towels and toiletries were plentiful).

From the outside door of the room were views of the Quintas extensive grounds and orchard (This also leads to the pool area). On the other side of the bedroom are patio doors leading to the courtyard.

Both of our rooms were tastefully furnished with Antique furniture and pictures. Hairdryers, a ceiling fan and reading materials were provided too. In addition beach towels and Irons could be provided on request.

The B&B is situated a 5 minute walk from the main line station in the town of Melaças 12 miles from Lisbon (approx a 20 min ride). The journey from Lisbon is very straightforward and the ticket machines in both directions have English screens.

Guests are encouraged to explore the historic house which dates back to 1746 and has many original features, Penny and Tony will gladly show you the points of interest and tell you their restoration stories.

A Breakfast basket can be delivered to your room or can be taken in the main house and comprises of breads cheeses and meats traditional to the local area or cereals, fruits and freshly squeezed oranges from the orchard.

Close to the B&B are a small number of good restaurants and a short walk away is a local supermarket if you wish to stock up on the cheep wines.

During our stay we ventured to the beaches of Oeiras which was another 10 minutes train ride from Lisbon, we found these to be very uncrowded and clean with good facilities close by. The area is also blessed with an abundance of world class golf courses.

Lisbon has many things to keep the tourist occupied and I would defiantly recommend a visit to the Saturday flea market in the old part of the town. Many of the tourist attractions can be found in the handbooks that are in each room, there was also a library of books and leaflets on the local sites and sounds to be found in the breakfast room.

I would recommend a visit to Quinta do Scoto either for a short romantic break or equally a family holiday, the atmosphere is very relaxed and child friendly, the surroundings are beautiful and Penny and Tony are excellent hosts. (I have been told that the Ceileiro [Barn] Suites will be available 2008 and will be to the same high standards as the Quinta).

  • Stayed: August 2007, traveled as a couple
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Thank MrTry489
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