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“Huge house with tons of character”
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Kitchen with island and dining area
kitchen
kitchen
kitchen
living room - view to kitchen
Living room
living room
dining room
Ensuite bedroom to the front of the house
En-suite bathroom with shower
Ensuite master bedroom to the front of the house
ensuite bathroom/shower
Double bedroom, facing south-west
2nd floor independent bathroom
Patio with deck, gardentable and chairs
Exterior of Casa Jose Ricardo
Flowers in the patio
Wisteria flowering in Spring
Rocky beach 'Praia da Ursa' near Cabo da Roca
Surfing at Guincho
Seawater swimming pool at Azenhas do Mar
Historical tram connecting Sintra to its beach: Praia das Maças
Freemason's rebirthing tower staircase at Quinta da Regaleira
Castelo dos Mouros
Palacio da Pena
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4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 7
Sintra, Sintra Municipality, Lisbon District, Central Portugal

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Traveldud...
canada
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Huge house with tons of character”
Reviewed 5 March 2013 for a stay in February 2013
1
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I stayed here with my wife, daughter and in-laws for five nights in February. Booking the rental was very easy and Dagmar was a pleasure to correspond with via email. Her and her husband also proved to be very helpful in person and met us at the rental.
The house itself is fantastic. While we only had 5 people staying there, you could easily sleep 4 families including children. It's incredibly spacious and has everything you need in the modern kitchen, bathrooms and bedrooms, including a crib which we used for our 22 month old.
The bedrooms are all upstairs and the view from each is great, as are the many skylights. It is modern without losing the character of the place. The tile work and stained glass in the bathroom is particularly beautiful.
The location is also really good. It's just a short drive to the historical district. There's a great restaurant only a block away, and a large grocery store a short 5 minute walk. There's also free parking on the street, which was nice as we had rented a car.
The only suggestions we would have for improvement are, first, the house had a definite musty smell the first night we stayed there but this went away after a day once we had all the windows open (it had been raining for a couple of weeks prior to our stay). It might be a good idea to air the place out if it hasn't been occupied for a while before guests arrive. But, as I mentioned, this only lasted a day.
Relating also to the rain: a couple of days into the stay, ants starting coming up in the two upstairs bathrooms, especially the ensuite bathroom where myself and wife were sleeping. While they were just the small brown ants and so harmless, it was nonetheless unpleasant to have to constantly get rid of the ants which, by the end of our stay were expanding into the bedroom and a few found their way into our suitcase. Again, being an old house and having rained for weeks prior to our arrival, ants will find a way in. Also, when we mentioned the problem the owners promptly called us and let us know where the ant killer (spray) was located. So we definitely appreciated this, and the ant population dropped after I sprayed the places where they appeared to be most concentrated. It might be helpful to put some ant traps in the place when unoccupied to deter these pests in the future. I suspect both these issues are a winter problem and unlikely to happen in the other seasons.

But these were really minor issues that didn't detract from our wonderful stay. Sintra was simply fantastic, and we all loved the house.
We'd all stay there again, and would recomend it as a place to stay for anyone visiting Sintra!

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Liked best: The kitchen, the house's character, and the spaciousness
Liked least: The ants
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
4 Mar 2013
Dear Traveldude - Sorry about the ants. As you say, it can be wet in winter and they sometimes take refuge in houses. We've contacted a pest control company and hope this won't be a problem in the future. Thanks for the compliments about the house and glad you enjoyed your stay, despite the small visitors.
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wyliefool
NE Penna
Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Lovely apt with all the amenities”
Reviewed 3 October 2012 for a stay in September 2012
1
person found this review helpful

My hubby and I stayed here for 9 days with a friend in early-mid Sept. We loved it! First, the place is huge--it's 2 floors of a 3-story house. (There are stairs.) There's a big living room and a dining room in addition to the eat-in kitchen. Would be perfect for a family w/ kids or for 2 couples. It's well-appointed, including a crib and toys and a big pile of DVDs. There's a washer for clothes and a clothesline (no dryer). We were there in the dry season so clothes dried very quickly. I loved the Ikea kitchen (have one myself, only a different style). It's completely stocked w/ cookware and staples such as sugar. The downstairs bathroom has beautiful tile walls.

You get access to the backyard, which is separate from the downstairs tenant's backyard, so it's private. There's also a great little balcony off the living room, which is completely surrounded by wisteria so it's very private also. And very pretty in spring, no doubt. Nice sitting out there in the mornings.

Dagmar was very nice, and really made our stay lovely. She left a supply of basics in the fridge for us when we arrived, so we didn't have to go running out first thing to find a place to get milk for coffee. That was much appreciated. She also keeps a large collection of brochures, menus, and info about the area on a bookshelf in the dining room.

The neighborhood is residential and therefore pretty quiet. The train station (Portela) is about 10 mins walk, maybe less. Despite being so close, noise isn't a problem. We had our windows open the whole time, and though I could hear the train if I listened for it, it makes a soothing 'whoosh' instead of the jarring 'screech-clatter-clatter-squeal' that I'm used to in the US. So I really didn't notice it. (Bonus--the trains run on time.) Buses are also available a couple blocks away.

The place was very clean and well-kept. Dagmar arranged to have someone come in mid-week and clean, replace towels, etc. They even took out the clean clothes from the washer and hung them to dry. We had the option to decline if we'd wanted but saw no reason to. Nothing of ours was disturbed.

There's a small supermarket around the corner, and a farmers' market that's open I think 3 days a week, including Sat. Go early while they still have pastries! (And put said pastries in the fridge--the ants will smell them otherwise. Ants like pastries. My fault--I have this problem at home too at certain times of the year. They didn't bother us otherwise.)

Sintra is a beautiful town and Portugal a lovely country. We're already planning our next trip.

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Liked best: Decor, spaciousness, balcony, location
Liked least: The only thing I can think of is that there's no soap dish in our en-suite shower. But we managed just fine.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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traveler5...
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great home in a great location”
Reviewed 20 September 2012 for a stay in August 2012
1
person found this review helpful

We had a wonderful time in this home! The home in person was even better and larger than the photos indicated .The home was very well kept and very spacious which came in handy if you have kids. The extra details like the videos, books, music, wi-fi, games for children and the welcoming bottle of wine were really nice touches. It was also a great base location for exploring Sintra, Lisbon and the surrounding beaches. I can guarantee anyone staying here that they will not be disappointed!

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Liked best: The size and how well kept the property was.
Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Reviewed 28 July 2012 for a stay in June 2012
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Oregon
Reviewed 5 April 2012 for a stay in March 2012

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