There are many things that make Colina Flora a glorious place to stay. The outstanding accommodation and its grounds, for instance, which have been furnished with an eye for beauty and detail, and with care for the environment. The superb location - within walking distance of several authentically picturesque villages where 'just hanging out' comes naturally; and with Lisbon, Sintra, Cascais and some stunning beaches within easy travel distance. It's a paradise for walkers, and for many of the delightful local walks you don't even have to get into the car. On Saturdays and Sundays there is a wonderful fresh produce market nearby, and the nearest village has an excellent shop, with lots of fresh fruit and veg as well as organic products. Colina Flora has a glowing well-equiped kitchen for its guests, and good restaurants abound in the area. There is very little to wish for, and a lot to enjoy.
What makes Colina Flora particularly special, however, is the warm and generous hospitality of its owners, James and Aasta, who will (both literally and figuratively) go out of their way to make sure their guests have what they need. As stated in other reviews, breakfast is a feast. James will provide maps and detailed directions, walk along for a while if that might help, pick you up if you are stuck without a car. I dried a handwashed T-shirt on a chair outside; a bit later Aasta had quietly provided a drying rack. We never felt imposed upon, but we did feel genuinely looked after.
We were at Colina Flora for four days at the beginning of July, and the place was 'full' – but only in the sense that its small number of rooms were all occupied. It felt very quiet and peaceful, and offered us everything we'd hoped for.
One small piece of advice: when we were there the weather in the Sintra hills was considerably cooler than in the Algarve or even nearby Lisbon, particularly in the evenings. So bring something warm to wear when the sun goes down.
- 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