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“Fantastic villa and great part of Portugal”
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Villa with pool and views of the sea
Villa swimming pool with views to the sea
Praia das Maçãs beach, less than 5 mins walk away
Spacious lounge with satellite TV, DVD and WiFi
Lounge
Fully equipped, modern kitchen
Sintra World Heritage site: Pena Palace in Sintra, just a short drive away
Sintra World Heritage site: Magical Reqaleira Palace and Gardens, 20 Mins drive away
Sintra World Heritage site: Monserrate Palace and gardens, just a short drive away
Front entrance and landscaped garden with games to enjoy
The lovely private pool
Master bedroom with ensuite and access to upper balcony with views of the sea
Twin bedroom with ensuite and access to upper balcony with views of the sea
Sunny upper balcony with loungers and seating
Double bedroom with access to private balcony with views of the garden
One of the 5 bathrooms
Twin bedroom with views of the garden
Twin bedroom
Ground floor double bedroom with ensuite and views of the sea
Many lovely restaurants, open all year. Just 5 minutes walk from the villa
Village Lido, 300 meters away.
Tennis courts and 5-a-side football pitches, 5 mins walk away
Wine tasting in Adega Colores, 5 minutes drive (or one stop on the tram)
Activities throughout the year including cycling, golf, horseriding & even paintball
Local festivals include the Blessing of the Sea at Praia das Maçãs on the last Sunday of August
Take the tram from the village to Sintra, a 100 year old voyage!
Sun deck and loungers
Balcony with seating for twelve, perfect for al-fresco dining.
Dining Room, decorated with beautiful Portuguese tiles and seating twelve
Entrance hall
Upper landing
View of Praia Das Macas with the villa on the far right (with chimney, past the lido)
Beautiful landscapes and things to do, even in winter
Praia Grand beach, popular for surfing. 15 minutes walk, past neolithic cliff-top remains
Nearby village of Azhenas Do Mar, 15 minutes walk away
Lisbon, capital of Portugal can be easily reached by train from Sintra or is a 40 minute drive
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6 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12
Praia das Macas, Lisbon District, Central Portugal

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murtie
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“Fantastic villa and great part of Portugal”
Reviewed 6 July 2014 for a stay in May 2014

Casal de Santa Maria is an amazing villa. Probably the best equipped rental property I've stayed in. We spent a week there with four kids (10, 8, 4 and 9 months) and five adults and it was ideal for all of us. The villa was spotlessly clean, secure and there are tons of bathrooms, which is great when sharing with so many. There's loads to do for kids (young and old!), including a games room (table tennis, darts) and volley ball net and target golf in the front garden. The pool and pool area are excellent. The only very minor downside is the pool was too cold to swim in May when the outside temperature is 18-20 degrees (about half the week we stayed). When the sun shined and the temp got above 20 we did swim (bracing, but fun).

Ralph, the villa manager, was incredibly helpful and knowledgeable both before we arrived and whilst we were there...nothing was too much trouble for him. He does cycling tours if you're keen.

The Praia das Macas area is great. Plenty of eating and drinking options, but very low key (it's where people from Lisbon holiday rather than loads of European tourists). The locals are very friendly and most places were very reasonably priced. The beach is large, sadly it was too chilly to swim. One word of advice: if you get the tram from Praia das Macas to Sintra, arrive early. We were in the off season, and the tram was full! Also, get advice or a good guide book and map when you get to Sintra, as the tram drops you in the new town, not the old town where all the sights are. We were a little unprepared and spent a while walking in the wrong direction (not fun with a push chair and young kids!). Sintra is well worth a visit though, loads to see.

All in all, we had an excellent holiday and would thoroughly recommend both Casal de Santa Maria and Praia das Macas.

Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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MBrouwer2...
Antwerp, Belgium
1 review
“Comfortable house in a beautiful setting”
Reviewed 18 May 2014 for a stay in April 2014

We stayed at the villa for one week with two families. We'd asked Ralph to do some groceries the day we arrived, so on top of the nice welcoming basket with delicious fruit and other surprises, we found fresh fish, vegetables in the fully equipped kitchen.
The house was very comfortable and clean and all you need for a perfect stay was there. 6 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, beautiful garden, swimming pool and great view!
We loved the small village, the ocean and cafes and bars and the very friendly local people. We had long walks from Praia das Macas to Praia Grande..If you can wait with breakfast until 10 am you will find a small bakery within only a few minutes walking distance where you can buy the most delicious fresh bread.
Definitely a place to return to.

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Liked best: Nice places to sit outside
Travelling group: Large Group
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Redmond M
Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
“A great place to stay.”
Reviewed 16 April 2014 for a stay in March 2014

This is an excellent villa for families or large groups. The accommodation is clean, spacious and very well equipped. The location is terrific. Less than 5 minute walk from the beach and the charming seaside village of Praia Das Macas. Within short driving distance of some of the best golf courses in Portugal, Oitavos, Estoril, Lisbon Sports Club, Penha Longa to name a few. The hosts Ralph and Ana are excellent and provide whatever guidance and information you require. the restaurants in the village provide great quality fare at reasonable prices. All in all, a great place to stay.

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Travelling group: Friends
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EmmaBiz
Nottingham, United Kingdom
1 review
“Excellent Villa”
Reviewed 8 October 2013 for a stay in September 2013

WHAT AN AMAZING VILLA. I honestly could not say one negative thing about this Villa and the people that run it. I stayed here with 11 of my friends and the Villa is more than big enough to accommodate large groups like ours. It is beautifully decorated and equipt with absolutely everything that you could ever need in every single room. The kitchen is furnished to a very high standard and has all of the utensils/pots/pans and much more to please even the keen chef (if cooking is what pleases you). This villa wont leave you disappointed. The villa has a beautiful front garden with ample of games to play. The back of the Villa has a lovely pool, 1.5m - 2.1m deep. The scenery looking out onto the hills is wonderful. Locally, the beach is a few minutes walk away with the town having a few wonderful restaurants. I found the food in the area/Lisbon to be excellent value for money, everything was definitely worth the cost, from a 3 course meal for 6.5euros to the most wonderful steak at a local restaurant Nutalis (apologies I think this is spelt wrong) for around 10euros. I would definitely recommend this Villa to anyone looking at staying in this area. 10/10 and the most sincere thanks to Ralph (who runs the Villa) for all your help whilst we were here.

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Liked best: The Villa as a whole is simply perfect
Liked least: The weather as it rained a few days (which cant be helped)
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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eelsavage
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7 reviews
“fantastic place to stay”
Reviewed 2 September 2013 for a stay in August 2013

Great Villa with views down to the sea/beach at Praia das Macas and up the valley to Sintra.
10mins to beach/town which are both great - friendly bars, clean beach, cheap drinks and food and good quality produce at butcher's and market (5 mins away).
12 of us (3 families) stayed for a week in August. Really well laid out house, lots of bathrooms, well kept garden and pool and lots of things to do. House is very clean and modern e.g. good water pressure for showers, flat screen tv and surround sound, strong wifi. Solar powered to boot !
Attention to detail is great with well stocked kitchen, 2 dishwashers, washing machine etc. If anything beds were a bit hard and could do with more pillows.
Didn't get enough time in a week to do enough there (no time to play table tennis was a travesty).
Sintra was fabulous and the kids all loved the ride there on the old tram (5 minutes walk from the house).

Definite recommend.

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Liked best: well laid out, clean house and some great outdoor bbq's
Liked least: wasps round the pool
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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