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Villa Branca

| Alcanede, Portugal
14
7
10
Dogs allowed 1
Increased accessibility
Open fire / woodburner
Internet access
Swimming pool
Catering
Corporate gatherings
Villa holidays
Family friendly
Country houses
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At a glance

  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Peaceful national park location
  • En-suite bedrooms
  • Charming grounds with river and orchard
  • 4-hectares of land
  • Stunning location perfect for outdoor activities

Forming part of an ancient estate, this property promises tranquillity, freedom and a real sense of living close to nature.

Sleeping 14 guests across seven comfortable bedrooms, Villa Branca is nestled in the glorious Serras de Aire e Candeeiros Natural Park and boasts a private, hexagonal outdoor swimming pool. Owned by the same family for several generations and refurbished in 2014, the property’s interior is light and airy with cool terracotta floor tiles, generous proportions and unique antique furniture. Prepare meals in the well-equipped kitchen before dining at the table nearby or stepping outside for an al fresco feast. There is also a flexible function room on this floor, which can serve as a large dining room, conference room or even yoga space. When it’s time to relax, the living room, once a wine mill with 200 years of history, offers ample seating.

Each of the seven bedrooms is en-suite, decorated in a simple and eclectic style featuring Japanese panelled headboards and carefully chosen mid-century furniture. One of the bedrooms is suitable for guests with reduced mobility. 3 bedrooms have air conditioning with the remaining 4 having fans. All rooms have heating.

Outside, there is a sunny terrace for enjoying meals and drinks to the sounds of nature. The wooden above-ground swimming pool offers the perfect place to relax after a day exploring the surrounding natural park. Or why not pack a picnic and dine on the riverbank or in the orchard set within the beautiful four-hectares? There’s plenty of space for walking, with a small river and beautiful scenery to enjoy.

To compliment your stay, tailor-made extras such as tours, catering, cookery workshops, wine tastings and minibus transfers are available on request.

SLEEPS 14: 7 bedrooms with private bathrooms and showers: 1 suitable for wheelchair users, 1 king-size, 5 double/twins.

ADDITIONAL BEDS: There are 4 inflatable beds to sleep extra guests, available on request.

COOK + DINE: Fully equipped kitchen, dining table, function room that can be used as a large dining room to seat 24, terrace with garden furniture outside.

RELAX: Living room with ample seating, grounds with river and lawns for relaxing.

BATHE: 7 en-suite bath and shower rooms, 2 bathrooms on ground floor, 1 bathroom on the first floor.

OUTSIDE: Terrace with garden furniture and sunshades, small river, 4-hectares of land including an orchard.

TECH: Air conditioning in 3 rooms and heating in all rooms.

PLAY: Bike rental and guided tours in the national park available, cheese and bread-making courses available, wine tasting sessions and visit to wineries in the region available.

PETS: Pets welcome.

VENUE HIRE: Available for corporate events using the function room, equipped with a projection screen, table and 24 chairs. This property is not suitable for weddings.

LOCAL AREA: The local town of Alcanede has a castle, a Roman bridge, and a natural park with caves and natural pools. Bike rental, guided tours and local experiences can all be arranged such as cheese or bread making, or wine-tasting trips.

ACTIVITIES NEARBY: Central Portugal’s tourist attractions are all within driving distance. Serras de Aire e Candeeiros Natural Park is on the doorstep; speleologists will love it for its over 1,500 caves, of which Algar do Pena (15 mins) and Mira de Aire (36 mins) are easily visited with guided tours. There’s also the natural amphitheatre of Fórnea (25 mins), Porto de Mos Castle (32 mins), Rio Maior salt pans (23 mins) and the dinosaur footprints in the Meios Valley (10 mins).

The hilly coastal capital of Lisbon is an 1 hr and 20 mins away, while the interesting towns of Tomar (53 mins), Nazaré (48 mins), Fátima (48 mins), Óbidos (39 mins) and Santarém (32 mins) are also worth a visit during your stay.

GETTING THERE: Nearest airport: Lisbon 90km. Nearest train: Santarem 26km.

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