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Casa dos Sonhos the House of Dreams


Guesthouse • Portalegre Portugal

    6 Guests  
    3 Bedrooms  
    4 Beds  
    1 Bathroom  
    10 Car spaces 
    1 Car available  
  Secondary home

Exchange types accepted

  Non-simultaneous  
  Non-reciprocal  
  Hospitality  

Statistics

Listed  March 2019
Views  7624

General overview

We are inclusive and accept every exchanger and our tiny hamlet although having an average age of over 80 years is also very accepting! Two bedroom mosquito and bug screened self contained cottage in it's own land with swimming pool and bbq area both a traditional wood/charcoal BBQ and separate gas BBQ which is much safer to use in the summer months. With separate yurt in the cottage grounds again with screened window although we don’t have many mosquitoes in our area of Portugal. You can use the yurt to relax in or indeed sleep in if you wish the yurt has electricity with large ceiling fan but doesn’t have wifi. The yurt has a double bed. There is an adjoining bathroom to the yurt with compost toilet. We have friendly farm animals you can feed, brush and pet although no animals are allowed into the exchange house we DO NOT expect you to take care of any of our animals, but if you wish to walk the donkeys, or brush them, or walk the sheep, or cuddle the rabbits, or collect the chickens eggs, feed the pig your food scraps and so on you are more than welcome and we will teach you how to take care of them. Because of our animals we only accept non simultaneous exchanges so that we will be on site in our separate cottage to take care of the animals Depending on the time of year there will be baby lambs, chicks and baby rabbits as well as baby peacocks 🦚 the house is non allergenic (despite the animals) it does not have carpets having slate stone floors and we do not use air fresheners or toxic chemicals, none of the animals are allowed into the guest house and we do not accept any pets, sorry!

The space

Large superking size bedroom the bed is 2 meter x 2 meter and small bunk bed room with adult sized bunk beds open plan kitchen living room and dining room, lots of space inside and out for relaxing with an organic all you can eat help yourself to vegetable garden and fig tree dripping with fresh figs! we have friendly animals (none of which are allowed into your guesthouse) you can help to feed the donkey, sheep, chickens and collect their eggs, stroke the outdoor cat and dog and see the peacock and his peahen and our pot bellied pig Our swimming pool although only small is very inviting during the hot long summer and we also have a foot bath and outdoor shower by the pool We have exchanged for many years and the outdoor space is only for your use during the exchange you won’t see us unless you want to! We have an inflatable kayak (2 adult) with pump for you to use on the nearby rivers and lakes We have a full size basketball hoop with movable stand and balls and full size table tennis/ping pong table with rackets and balls We have many bicycles in different sizes for you to borrow There’s a boxing punch bag and gloves, go cart (up to 50kg) and trampoline (up to 250jg) so plenty for the young and young at heart!!

Guest access

All on one floor

Notes

Free wifi with Netflix and YouTube smart tv (no other channels) we provide a detailed folder of activities and a walking route map which is also suitable for mountain bikes and we also have a number of bicyles available for your use and an inflatable kayak and go kart and full size basketball net with balls. We have full size baby cot, baby bath, high chair, child cutlery and baby books and children books and toys

Features


Washer
Washer
Oven
Oven
Coffee machine
Coffee machine
Fridge
Fridge
Heating
Heating
TV
TV
WiFi
WiFi
High Speed Internet
High Speed Internet
First aid kit
First aid kit
Smoke alarms
Smoke alarms
Fire extinguisher
Fire extinguisher
Bed sheets
Bed sheets
Towels
Towels
Fireplace
Fireplace
Toys
Toys
BBQ
BBQ
Pool
Pool
Balcony
Balcony
Garden / yard
Garden / yard
Deck / patio / courtyard / terrace
Deck / patio / courtyard / terrace
Covered porch / verandah
Covered porch / verandah
Bikes
Bikes
Camping gear
Camping gear
Kayak
Kayak

Travel Styles

    Weekend
    Adventure
    Family
    Romantic
    Sport and leisure
    Foodie
    Relaxing
    Eco
    Village
    Mountains
    Water
    Remote
    Culture
    Hiking
    Cycling
    Last minute

House rules

    Suitable for infants under 2
    Suitable for children ages 2-12
    Pets not allowed
    No smoking

Allergens

    Cat free
    Dog free
    Carpet free
    Smoke free
    Fragrance free
    Low allergen
    Hypoallergenic

Neighbourhood

In nature surrounded by the Sao mamede natural park. Welcome to Casa dos Sonhos, our cottage in the heart of the Sao Mamede Natural Park, our cottage is a peaceful rural retreat in the midst of spectacular countryside. We provide rustic accommodation in a distinctive part of Portugal's Alentejo. Hide away and detach from the busy world and listen to the sounds of nature, birdsong and distant goat bells. This is a truly unspoilt natural environment and an ideal holiday destination. To get away from it all, come here.The Alto Alentejo is an exceptional part of unspoilt Portugal its full of character, barely touched by tourism and steeped in history. From the many roman and megalithic sites, to the cobbled lanes that wind through cork oak woods and over panoramic rocky ridges giving views that stretch for miles.In Spring the wildflowers carpet the hillsides and olive groves and the land surrounding the cottage, and eagles, vultures and storks flying high overhead are a common sight. Visit nearby castle villages including Marvao or walk or cycle to Alegrete with its castle walls and viewing platforms, or simply relax by your own private swimming pool, cook a BBQ and sleep it off on a sunbed or hammock.

Getting to my home

The nearest International Airport is Lisbon which is 2 hours drive along very easy empty roads with great scenery to keep passengers occupied There’s also an airport at Badajoz in spain which is 40 minutes away and has flights from Barcelona and Madrid Portalegre has great bus connections throughout Portugal the buses are quite luxury with reclining seats and wifi but no toilets however the bus drivers will stop enroute for toilet breaks the bus from Lisbon takes 2 1/2 hours and Portalegre is 30 minutes from the cottage

Nearest airport

Lisbon 2 hours it’s an easy drive and you don’t drive near lisbon city or indeed any other busy city

Getting around

Village deliveries to the cottage gates and shops 10 minutes drive away. The Parque Natural da Serra de Sao Mamede in which the cottage sits is a protected nature reserve of some 31000 hectares in the north eastern tip of Alentejo on the border of Portugal and Spain. Much overlooked but easy to reach from the new Lisbon to Madrid highway. The 44km long park was created in 1989 with the aim of protecting wildlife and unusual plants and preserving local traditional life. The park contrasts with the rolling plains of grain and oak that typify the Alentejo because it comprises a higher area provided by granite, quartzite and schist more characteristic of the Iberian plateau that covers the northern parts of Spain. Within this protected region the mountain range known as the Serra de Sao Mamede at 1025 metres overlooks the vast plains of the Alentejo and into Extremadura in Spain.

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As we will always be at home during your stay, we live in a separate cottage, we are here if you wish to ask us anything, best restaurants and bars, best secret swimming spots, undiscovered areas, tourist attractions nearby, great walks and can also accompany you on walks and to restaurants and bars to help you with ordering and meeting the locals

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