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Casa do Valle
Ranked #2 of 38 Sintra B&B and Inns
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“Perfectly serene”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2013

My husband and I stayed at Casa do Valle for 3 nights in June and it exceeded our expectations! The B&B was a little difficult to find initially because the address was not recognized on the GPS. However, follow Virpi's instructions in the confirmation email. It's near Hotel Tivoli. The B&B is close to town so you can easily walk there for dinner (although uphill).

The room and bathroom were clean. The room was a bit small but it came equipped with a fridge, electric water kettle, toaster, and tea/coffee packets. We were even given a free bottle of water daily.

We ordered breakfast every day and it was brought to our room at the time we requested and we were able to enjoy it on the balcony. Each room either has a balcony or an outdoor space on the ground level. We enjoyed a late afternoon swim each day at the pool, which is maintained very well.

Virpi, who is the owner, was immensely helpful. She helped us organize surf lessons and gave suggestions for nice beaches nearby. If we were to return to Sintra, we would definitely stay here again!

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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virpideoliveira, Owner at Casa do Valle, responded to this review, July 16, 2013
Hello! Thank you for reviewing us and the confidence you have in us to recommend us further.

This last year we got a new street number, number 5 instead of lote 2. This has indeed confused some GPSs - and others, no matter the number, cannot even find the street. But as you said, the directions we have for instance on the webiste are quite clear, so it is a good idea to have a print with you, just to be on the safe side.

You stayed in the standard Casa do Valle rooms, which are a bit smaller than the superior rooms (Casa da Vista). Though smaller, the rooms are welll equipped and have nice closet space. I am happy you also found them well appointed!

This year we have started collaborating with a few surf instructions as surfing is something many people like to try! It is nice to not to hve to buy everything just to have a few lessons, and the small surf schools we recommend have been well liked by all. Glad you also liked their services. Be sure to check our web site and facebook page out every so often - we are launching new package deals that include surf lessons!

Maybe we will see you again another time!

Virpi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2013

I stayed with my mother who is nearly 90 years old for one week in Casa do Valle. It was really fantastic. The hospitality of Virpi and patricia; the view from our terrace on the hills and palaces; the sound of the birds and goats. It was beyond expectations.
We knew in advance that the surroundig of Sintra is not very easy for less abled persons, but we experienced so much opportunities of doing things and find out so much help from the portuguese people. We had a splendid tour with a carriage to the palace of montserat; we went with the old tram to the applebeach; had lovely lunches at the restaurant at the Adraga beach.
And in the evening Virpi brought us a ham and cheese platter with a nice bottle of cold white wine or some risolles.
So casa do valle and Sintra are great, also when you are old or handicapped (except if you are really in a wheel chair)

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank paula v
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virpideoliveira, Owner at Casa do Valle, responded to this review, July 16, 2013
Thank you for this review! Yes, Sintra is on a mountain and there are lots of hills and steps everywhere, like many have already pointed out. But, yes, as you wrote, you can come prepared and plan your days and activities according to your abilities to move! Your mother saw and did a lot in accordance to her ability to move around.

The horse and carriage, the tram, the Tuk Tuk, the taxis; they all are available for planning your ´slow traveling´ holidays. Though SIntra is perfect for walking, it is also perfect for other means of slow travel. That is the beauty of Sintra: it lends itself for many different things, from active to adventure to slow travel.

We loved having you and your mother visit! Thank you for choosing us!
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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013

This place is located bang in the centre of Sintra yet the surrounding greenery,calm, solitude and of course the view of the hilly terrain with it's lush greenery and the Pena and Moorish castles give this place a dreamlike quality.
Virpi and Patricia our hostesses were very hospitable making sure everyone felt comfortable.They were a treasure trove of information as regards places to visit and current evens of interest.
Our son Avan had a swell time at the pool enjoying the ice tea served every evening.He didn't want to come back! The child friendly grounds also gave him ample opportunity for exploration and adventure after which he'd laze in the hammock! A special mention must be made of Pandora,the resident dog who loves children.
All in all highly recommended and we'll be back.
Majumdar family

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank TaraMaj
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kaitsuSintra, Owner at Casa do Valle, responded to this review, July 19, 2013
So glad you enjoyed your stay, especially your son! The pool, the hammock, the legos usually do entertain our younger guests - and there are indeed many corners and nooks to explore!

As you said, Pandora does adore children - and attention in general. She is very gentle and loves it when someon comes for a morning walk with us, too! Important to notice though, that we are aware that not everyone likes the company of a dog, so she is only allowed to be around people who show interest in doing so.

Thank you for choosing Casa do Valle as your holiday accomodation!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2013

We, a family with two teenage daughters, stayed in the suite in Casa da Vista (part of the Casa do Valle/ Casa da Vista establishment) for one week. It was perfect! The best were the host Virpi and Jessica in the reception, both extremely nice and helpful and always caring for the guests. The great dane dog Pandora, was also very friendly. The garden was beautiful, and suited the castle gardens of Sintra perfectly. It was quite and relaxing and it was possible to find both sun on a cold day and shadow on a warm day. I also loved the romantic view from the pool and the terrace outside the suite. It is even better than it looks like on the photos on the homepage! Normally I don't like to sit by a pool for hours, it can be both noisy and dull, but here it was a real treat.

The suite was practical with a tasteful interior. It has two big double glass doors which can be opened to the terrace so you feel you are outdoor, when you are indoor. The bathroom was excellent and so was the breakfast. We had planned to have breakfast only the first morning, but then decided to have one every day. In the suite it is also possible to make your own food. While we were in Sintra it was unusually hot, and without air condition it was hot inside as well (that´s the four out of five stars for sleep quality), but we decided to sleep with the double doors open to get in cool night air. I am uncertain if that is recommended, but as we have done a lot of camping, we are used to sleep outdoors without locked doors. Looking directly up to the stars is quite nice!

Sintra is a charming village situated in a very green and hilly landscape with a lot of exotic trees. It has several castles and gardens to visit and nice walks in the wood. The village and the sights are full of tourists during the day, but it gets calm in the afternoon and has many small restaurants. A good tip is to visit the castles and gardens the last two hours before closing time. Then you can discover them almost on your own and it is not so hot as during the day. (Be aware: The Monserate palace closes at 6.15 pm even if the brochure says at 7 pm)

To stay in Casa da Vista for a week was a great idea. There are lots of things to do within a short distance. You can visit several castles and gardens (walk up or go by car for a few minutes), go bathing in the quite cold but fun waves at a beautiful beach by the Atlantic sea or go for a cliff walk (ca. 20 Minutes by car) or you can visit Lisboa (40 Minutes to the city center by train). Best tips: Quinta da Regaleira (must also be great for small children!), Praia da Agrada (Atlantic beach) and the excellent fish restaurant with amazing sea view and a sea pool at Azenhas do mar.

So traveling with or without children, go for a romantic trip, like to calm down or like to discover new places, like to exercise, like cultural experiences? Casa da Vista/ Casa do Valle is the place for you! I will recommend it to all of my friends too. If you are old or disabled though, I think I would chose another destination than Sintra. There are a lot of steep hills! But as I have seen on the blog, Virpi of course has a plan for them too :).

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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virpideoliveira, Owner at Casa do Valle, responded to this review, July 10, 2013
Hello to Norway! Thank you choosing Casa do Valle and specifically Casa da Vista suite! We are glad that your whole family enjoyed their stay.

As you mentioned, it was hot - unusually hot at that! Opening the windows is quite the thing to do, because with the fan going, that is the best way to cool down. And the antimosquitos make sure you are not bitten by mosquitos.
The pool scene is especially attractive now, in this heat wave, and this is also why we have chosen to serve complimentary icetea in the afternoons by the pool, to help refresh even further!

You had many good tips for the future travelers in your review, thank you for taking the time to write them out. Staying in Sintra for a week is relaxing, you can do your visits during the days and return for the calm of Sntra for the night. The road connections are good as well.

Thank you again for having chosen us as your place to stay!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2013

What an awesome end to our two week tour of France, Spain, and Portugal! Virpi was such an accommodating host and we fell in love with Casa do Valle! We stayed with our two daughters and they loved their own room (#3), and we stayed in the garden room near the pool. The locale and atmosphere were second to none. We enjoyed having the coffees, teas, and cookies each day in our room, as well as the use of the fridge, toaster, and hot water pot. Virpi was great to provide us with trail maps, dinner suggestions, and things to see. There are items there to enjoy a day at the beach (umbrellas, mats, etc.) The pool was awesome and we loved Sintra, so much that we never even went back in to Lisbon, until we went to airport. The internet house with the games and library were great, as well as the quiet spots with the couch and hammock. Also, fell in love with Pandora (very spoiled Great Dane, LOL)!!!!

Restaurant suggestions: Adegas Cave, Paris Café, Velha Villa (sp), and the little café/bar right next to the palace in Sintra. Also, Tulhas (sp). For shopping, if you venture a little further up in to the smaller, narrower streets, you can find better deals on the same items, especially the tiles and ceramics.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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kaitsuSintra, Owner at Casa do Valle, responded to this review, July 6, 2013
Thank you for your review! So glad that you liked our place - the room, the pool, the little corners. It warms our hearts when we hear that our space and efforts are appreciated! We try to imagine what could be useful and do it - and are happy when we got it right!

It was nice to get to know your family, and we are especially happy that the girls enjoyed the place as well - teenagers are not always easy to please.

Your tip about the shopping in town is right on!

You must come back and do some zip-lining up at the Moorish castle!

All the best,

Virpi
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Tallinn, Estonia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2013

I felt like i was at home and it was comfortable. The maiden of the hotell was very kind and attentive. The hotell is situated in a perfekt place in the town. The center of the town is very close and other hand the hotell has romantic garden and a pool.

Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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virpideoliveira, Owner at Casa do Valle, responded to this review, July 10, 2013
Thank you for your kind words. So glad that you felt confortable and like at home, This means a lot to us, Welcome again!
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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2013

First of all I don't usually comment on Trip Advisor but after staying I felt that I had to........Wow I was really impressed with this place. After a long drive from the Algarve to Sintra I was rather exhausted considering that I travelled from Hong Kong. There are 3 things that I consider vital to top class accommodation. A good bed, great shower and cleanliness. The bed was so comfortable that I was considering to stay in it all day! The Shower was very modern and plenty of hot water. The bedroom was very clean and modern and the icing on the cake as they say was excellent Wi-Fi. The speed was superb. In addition the TV had all the satellite channels. I was amazed it even had Man Utd TV!!

The bedroom suite opened onto a large terrace / deck with a fabulous view of the mountain and the castles. Bottom line is this place has everything that a seasoned traveller would look for. I’ve been to Portugal about 15 times in my life and travelled all over the world and would consider my stay here probably one of the most enjoyable.

The owner Virpi also provided excellent service and was always very helpful. We were in Sintra for a wedding so we needed hair Salon and various of things and all our requests were meet and provided. This is the place to stay in Sintra………

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank johnaosullivan
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kaitsuSintra, Owner at Casa do Valle, responded to this review, July 4, 2013
Your words humble me! I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay here!
I also travel alot and the same things important to you are important to me; the bed, the shower, cleanliness and the WiFi. You need to sleep well and keep in touch with the world. We have tried hard to get these things right, and are glad that we got it right!

You stayed in the superior rooms with the deck - the standard rooms have either a balcony or they are on the patio. The view varies from room to room, but the common areas (pool, chill-out sofa etc) all have the same view to the palaces.

Thank you again, and hope to see you another time here with us!

Virpi
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Property: Casa do Valle
Address: Rua da Paderna N. 5, Sintra 2710-604, Portugal
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Location: Portugal > Central Portugal > Lisbon District > Sintra Municipality > Sintra
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #2 of 38 B&Bs / Inns in Sintra
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Casa do Valle 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Casa do Valle is central yet relaxed: located in the Historic Center of Sintra, within a walking distance to monuments and restaurants, in a large garden with swimming pool. 30 km to Lisbon, 15 to Cascais and Estoril, 8 golf courses within 20 km. We have 7 standard double rooms in Casa do Valle, 3 superior double rooms and a suite in Casa da Vista on the same property -all with private bathrooms with shower; all rooms have a fridge, toaster and an electric kettle. Free internet and a small library for on-site reading. ... more   less 
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