We had a fantastic 4 night stay in September and wish it could have been longer. Colina Flora has a beautiful hilltop setting with fantastic sea views. You could quite easily spend the whole holiday without leaving the Quinta, enjoying the gardens, boule court, small pool and local walks. The breakfasts are brilliant, and so filling we frequently didn't eat again until evening. Aasta's evening meal was also really tasty and the basic self catering facilities are also handy for anyone needing a break from the huge restaurant portions.
We booked at the last minute and hadn't researched the area very well but James is very knowledgable about the local area and gave us some great recommendations for local walks and beaches.
It is easy to travel from Lisbon, Sintra, Caiscais and Caba de roca by train/bus and local resturants and beaches are within walking distance - or if you struggle with the hills, James and Aasta are always happy to give you a lift - so this is a fanstasic option for anyone who wants to enjoy a rural setting but isn't keen on hiring a car abroad.
We would recommend Colina Flora to anyone for a really personal and individual holiday. There was a lovely relaxed and informal atmosphere, and the way the site is set out with lots of different communal areas means you can equally enjoy either chatting to other guests or having your own space. Colina Flora has the atmosphere of staying at a friends home - if you prefer a formal hotel setting and get upset by things like washing hanging to dry this may not be the place for you. However, if you want great food and a great welcome you will really enjoy it here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Comfortable, "Green" country guesthouse with 5 lovely, individually styled en-suite rooms, peacefully located, Off the Beaten Track, in the beautiful rural Sintra Natural Park (paradise for walkers/cyclists), ocean views, 1.5 Km to the quaint village of Almocageme with its small shops, restaurants and cafes. 5 Minute drive to amazing Adraga beach, sight seeing, 16 minutes to Sintra and Cascais, 40 minutes to Lisbon, organic vegetarian/vegan breakfast, delicious vegetarian meals, special dietary requests accommodated, airport and beach shuttle service, swimming pool. Nearby surfing, golf, tennis, horseback riding, hiking, kyacking, snorkling, wine tours, mountain biking. Yoga, Chi Kung, art classes and therapeutic massage upon request, weekend wellness workshops, winter specials ("stay 7 nights pay for 6 from 1 November to 28 February"), walking vacation week specials and retreats. Guest kitchen for self-caters. We strive to take care of the planet by recycling, composting, organic gardening, organic ingredients for our meals, supporting local farmers, low energy appliances, hanging the laundry and going slowly!!! Vegetarian/vegan friendly!!! ... more less