Quinta dos Cisnes

Quinta dos Cisnes

An enchanting and character-full holiday rental villa, Quinta dos Cisnes is located in the very heart of Sintra, Portugal’s renowned UNESCO World heritage site, just half an hour from Lisbon. This unique Quinta accommodates up to 10 guests in 5 en-suite bedrooms and has a private pool overlooking a lovingly tended private estate of 7 acres bursting with lush plants, a large lawn area and a fruit orchard cris-crossed by pathways and hedgerows, set with shady pergolas, ponds, and lovers seats with pretty viewpoints here and there.

Both the house and the garden are a fine example of the great romantic revival of the early twentieth century, built to a traditional “Summer Villa” style of the time. It was a large main living room with comfortable velvet sofas and armchairs and windows all around overlooking the estate’s romantic gardens, as well as opening onto a spacious covered terrace for dining and lounging outdoors. The dining room has luxurious silk drapes and gleaming table pieces, whereas the traditional Portuguese kitchen has a charming pink marble table and worktops and decorative ceramics. Set in an oasis of calm, the swimming pool area is set out with tables and chairs where guests are welcome to have lunch, whilst deluxe sun loungers and parasols provide the perfect setting for just relaxing and let the world go by.

Once upon a time, Sintra was the summer residence of the Portuguese court and kings as they escaped the heat in Lisbon to this very special microclimate with mild temperatures all year round. As well as its verdant and lush scenery dotted with romantic palaces here and there (some of them open to the public), there are other attractions nearby: you can take a train ride into Lisbon city centre (approx. 45 minutes) and spend a day sightseeing in the capital; you can go and play roulette at Estoril Casino, which inspired Ian Fleming to write the first 007 book; or spend a day just strolling, shopping and dining in the nearby resort town of Cascais. For more active guests there are numerous golf courses nearby (Penha Longa, Estoril and Oitavos to name just a few), whilst windsurfers and kite surfers are enticed by the world-famous Guincho beach hotspot just fifteen minutes away and surfers by Ericeira, a little further north. There are also tennis and riding facilities nearby and a world-class marina at Cascais.

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Please note – The grounds and gardens of this property have uneven pathways, ponds and unprotected drops, so young children need to be supervised!

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ACCOMMODATION – 10 GUESTS

GROUND FLOOR – Hallway with marble staircase connecting both floors as well as opening onto the main living room (37m2) and dining room (34m2), which seats up to 12 people. Covered terrace for lounging/dining outdoors. Service area/pantry. Traditional Portuguese kitchen with all the usual mod-cons such as dishwasher, fridges, freezer, 4-ring gas hob and oven, microwave and coffee machine. Guest Cloakroom. Mint Bedroom (totaling 20m2 with 2 beds of 1×2 metres each), en-suite bathroom with bath and rain shower).
FIRST FLOOR – Rose Master Bedroom and dressing area (totaling 60m2 with double bed of 2×2 metres plus extra single bed for a child), en-suite shower bathroom with hand held shower, sharing verandah and garden views with Moss Bedroom (totaling 36m2 with double bed of 1,50×2 metres) with en-suite shower bathroom. Yellow Bedroom (totaling 18m2 with double bed of 1,50×2 metres) with en-suite shower bathroom and castle and Pena palace views. Blue Bedroom (totaling 24m2 with double bed of 1,50×2 metres) with en-suite bathroom with bath and shower and castle and Pena palace views.

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STAFF & SERVICES

WELCOME – Clients are welcomed in by owners personally on day of arrival (including at weekends/bank holidays) and Abilio the resident butler will always be at hand – he has been employed at the Quinta for many years.
CLEANING SERVICE – The Quinta rental includes full house cleaning on weekdays, 10-11:30 hours (bedrooms, bathrooms and public areas are cleaned once a day/the service does not include dishwashing).
COOK & CATERING SERVICES – The Quinta owners work with local chefs & caterers who can tailor meals (lunches and dinners) to each client’s needs and leave everything ready for your party to enjoy. On request, paid locally.
BUTLER SERVICE – Abílio is also available for extra duties such as waiting at tables/clearing up after meals, on request @ €20 p/hour, paid locally.
LAUNDRY SERVICE – Laundry and ironing rooms are only available for rentals of 2 weeks or longer. For shorter rentals Abílio will take dirty laundry to a trusted local laundry, paid locally.
GARDEN & POOL – A gardener comes in on weekdays, from 09:30 – 14:00 hours and swimming pool and terraces are cleaned on weekdays, from 08:00 – 09:00 hours. Every effort is made not to disturb the house guests.
BABY SITTING – On request @ €15 p/hour, paid locally.

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DISTANCES

Sintra Historic Centre – 10 minutes walk

Nearest Supermarket – 0,9 km

Beaches – Praia Grande @ 11 kms; Praia do Guincho @ 16 kms

Golf Courses – Penha longa @ 11 kms; Estoril @ 13 kms

Estoril – 14 kms

Cascais – 16 kms

Lisbon City Centre – 30 kms

Lisbon Airport – 37 kms

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OTHER FACTS

The property sleeps up to 10 guests but there are a number of closed-off service areas which will be clearly marked during your stay; minimum rental of 3 nights with flexible change-over days applies; check-in after 16:00 hours/check-out before 10:00 hours / after 20:00 hours a late check-in fee of €30 applies; welcome hamper not included/on request & paid locally; bed linen & bathroom towels are included in the rental & changed once a week; 1 pool towel p/person p/week is provided free of charge; 1 cot & 1 high chair are available on request & free of charge; there are hairdryers and towel heaters in all the bathrooms; central heating on request @ a charge of €150 p/week; extra gas cylinder for terrace warmer lamps (one is included) @ €35 each; the swimming pool of 6×12 metres has roman steps, shallow end of 1,10 metres deep & a deep end of 2,30 metres deep, the water reaches an average @ 20 ºC (71ºF) & there is an outdoor WC nearby; satellite TV is available for client use and includes Sky News, BBC World News, Bloomberg, MTV, Nat. Geographic, plus various fashion & music channels; WIFI internet use is available for client use free of charge; no smoking, no pets & no parties or events with more than house guests permitted.

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RENTAL PRICES IN EUROS FOR 2017

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HIGH SEASON (Carnival & Easter, June, July & August) – €11,895 p/week (pro-rated if less than a week’s rental
LOW SEASON (All Other Periods) – €10,800 p/week (pro-rated if less than a week’s rental)

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NB – Not available during Christmas/New Year’s Eve period!

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BOOKING/CANCELLATION TERMS

— 30% non-refundable deposit required to reserve the property
— Rental balance due 6 weeks prior to start of date of rental
— Security deposit of €1,000 to be paid by bank transfer in advance of rental or locally at the property – this amount minus any applicable charges is refundable at the end of the holiday