The roof of the house is a genuine Portuguese “beirado” : every single ceramic tile has been baked in a lime oven, a technique which has a major influence on the temperature in the house; when it is very hot outside, the coolness inside the house is very pleasant, as the air is naturally cooled. During cold weather the central heating is similarly more efficient and durable. The house is surrounded by 4000 square metres of garden; in this respect my Greek origins have caught up with me as in the garden I have a replica built of a small Greek orthodox chapel, whose dome is of the identical blue of the sky above the Greek islands. We do not serve meals,except our greek dinners and only for residents. If you choose leisure stay farniente formula, you can go and discover portuguese specialities in the neighborhood restaurants, but if you opt for our freedom stay liberté formula , you can do your own cooking : you will have at your disposal a large summer kitchen, where you can enjoy lunch or dinner with the French windows wide open on to the garden. The coolness of the evening, the pure air of the pines and the calmness which reigns here are simply waiting to be discovered by yourselves.
The house which welcomes you is situated 130 kilometers from Lisbon. We are on the Silver Coast, which is a highly regarded region of Portugal, just as much as the Southern Algarve, and where several traditional Portuguese customs still persist; for example old ladies still wear black dresses and stockings up to their knees and fishermen wear typical checked shirts. The climate here is hot but tempered by the pine forests which break up the coastline. What’s more, access to the house is even easier now that you can follow the A8 motorway directly from Lisbon. Within an hour and a quarter you will be in a peaceful environment surrounded by pine forests, while at the same time within easy reach of the most beautiful sites and 10 minutes by car from the sea. You will be able to visit the shrine at Fatima, the Batalha Monastery, explore the wine cellars in Porto, a friendly town 200 kilometres to the north of the house by car, or sunbathe in Nazaré, a typically Portuguese seaside village, which you can reach by funicular railway; there is a splendid view of the whole bay and the beach. The Nazaré Carnival in February, likewise, is not to be missed, but at any time of the year you will be able to shop there in a genuinely Portuguese atmosphere and meet Nazarene ladies wearing their typical dresses with seven petticoats.