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Casa da CascataHoliday Cottage to rent in Penela Costa de Prata / Siver Coast - Portugal Ref: 2451477

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Beautifully restored 2-bed cottage, private 12m infinity pool, gorgeous views, magical 'tropical' gardens with waterfalls, private gorge, outdoor Japanese hot tub. Peacefully located In Portugal's lakeland, near Coimbra and the Silver Coast.


Property Type: Cottage
Catering: Self-catering
  • Max guests 4
  • 2 Bedroom(s)
  • 1 Separate WC(s)
  • 1 Shower Room(s)

Property available for...

  • Long term lets (over 1 month)
  • House swap
  • Short term breaks (4 days or fewer)
  • Holiday lets (1 to 4 weeks)

Type of holiday

  • Walking & Hiking



This is one of the most privileged spots in the region, if not Portugal, and the owner likes to share it rather than screw extra out of visitors.

The stone cottage (recently renovated) stands at the very end of a cobbled road on the edge of a crazy little hillside hamlet, only about 10 – 12 minutes’ drive from shops and restaurants. All you are likely to hear are birdsong and the gentle rush of the cascades. The views (house faces south-west) are gorgeous. Outside (and exclusive to the cottage) are a large patio with tables and chairs, barbecue, petanque court, 12-metre swimming pool. This is as natural as a pool can be: spring-fed and with a foot-friendly shingle bottom, water passes from the spring through 600 metres of black piping, so that on a sunny day it warms the pool (which is also in the full sun). So no chlorine, pumps, or boring tiles!

The owner’s house is next to, but separate from, the cottage, but is 'screened off' as far as possible for mutual privacy.


Description of Interior

It has two bedrooms, one on the ground floor (with bunk beds) the other (double bed) on the upper floor, right next to the shower room. The upper bedroom has a veranda overlooking the grounds and the heart-stopping view down the valley to the hills beyond. All rooms have electric oil-filled radiators with timer switches.

The kitchen and sitting room are open plan. Facilities include: satellite TV; DVD player; portable hi-fi; games and books; log-burning fire (wood provided); microwave; fitted hob and oven; fridge/freezer; coffee maker; kettle; toaster; ironing; hair dryer; and of course cutlery, pots and pans, glassware etc. You also have free use of our washing machine, in an outhouse just across the patio, plus two mountain bikes.


Garden and Exterior

The private 12m infinity pool is fed by a spring, is much warmer than most pools, and enjoys breathtaking views down the valley. With its wooden decking and exotic planting, you will readily imagine you are in the tropics.

Special mention must be made of the gardens, which are conceived to be Asian-style and truly magical: an acre- and-a-half of little terraces, big rocks, winding pathways and a pond, bounded along about 120 metres by a series of cascades which tumble a total of almost 40 metres within the grounds - only slightly less than Niagara! That’s why the lower reaches of the gardens are not suitable for the elderly/infirm or toddlers.

In a private little walled garden is the sunken Japanese-style hot tub for two - a wonderfully romantic way to spend a warm summer's evening, with a bottle of bubbly and strawberries.



  • Max guests 4
  • 2 Bedroom(s)
  • 1 Shower room(s)
  • 1 Separate WC(s)
  • 1 Double bed(s)
  • 2 Single bed(s)

Linen and Towels

  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided
  • Beach towels provided
  • Cleaning included


  • Cots available
  • Hairdryer
  • Highchair
  • Internet access
  • Iron
  • Log fire
  • Staffed property
  • Stair gate
  • Washing machine
  • WI-FI available


  • Stove Top / Hob
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Kettle
  • Toaster


  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Board games

Swimming Pools

  • Private outdoor pool (unheated)
  • Jacuzzi/Hot tub

Garden and Exterior

  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Mountain view
  • BBQ
  • Private parking
  • Private garden
  • Private secure garden


  • Bicycles available

Suitable for...

Suitable for children Yes
Suitable for elderly No
Suitable for wheelchairs Not suitable
Pets welcome No
Smoking Yes


Time Period Price per week in EUR
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Rental Conditions

20% deposit with booking. Balance payable on arrival. Cash or cheques only, sterling or euros.



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Country Portugal
Region Costa de Prata / Siver Coast
Town Penela



Coimbra 27 kilometres
Tomar 45 kilometres
Conimbriga Roman Ruins 15 kilometres
Silver Coast 55 kilometres
Porto 120 kilometres
Lisbon 180 kilometres
Lakeland 20 kilometres


Car advised: Yes



  • Bird watching
  • Cultural area
  • Cycling
  • Fishing nearby
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • National park
  • Walking
  • Watersports
  • Windsurfing


Local Area

This is a delightfully green and mountainous part of Portugal with arguably the most diverse scenery anywhere in Europe, and many places of interest, yet unspoiled by mass tourism.

The rivers and lakes of this area are normally crystal clear and almost tropically warm in summer - a delight to swim. Some have beaches with cafes and restaurants, others you might have all to yourself, even in high season.

Only 40 minutes by car is the riverside medieval university city of Coimbra, the regional capital.
A little nearer are the Roman ruins at Conimbriga, with some of the best preserved mosaics in Europe.
The city of Aveiro is a little over an hour away. Apart from some nice architecture, it is noted for its gondola rides, and the nearby seaside town of Costa Nova, celebrated for its candy-stripe houses.
The vast golden beaches of the Costa de Prata (Silver Coast) are about an hour's drive.

World Heritage Tomar, one of Portugal's finest small cities, noted for its castle and convent, is a little under one hour.

About two hours to the east, the Serra de Estrela, Portugal's highest point, has ski slopes, but is well worth seeing at any time of the year.


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