Sunday, December 6, 2009

Comfortable holiday apartment in beautifully restored historical villa in Sintra

Photography: Richard Hartnoll

Welcome to Casa José Ricardo

This charming and exclusive self-catering holiday apartment is located in the quiet Estefânia district. It is in one of Sintra's beautiful turn-of-century chalets, a villa in a tree-lined street near the local market hall and close to small restaurants and shops. The name of the house goes back to its first owner, the renowned Portuguese actor and theatre director José Ricardo (1859-1925), known by the artistic attribute "the man of a thousand faces".

Transformed into a modern, luxurious duplex flat of about 180 m2, Casa José Ricardo holiday apartment provides the comfort and space that are essential to relax and feel like at home.

First floor has the spacious kitchen, a lounge with access to a small terrace and a dining/games room. One of the three double bedroom and a bathroom are also located on this floor. The top floor features visible roof beams in the three spacious bedrooms. Two have double beds and the third room is a single. There is a shared bathroom with bathtub/shower on this floor. One of the double rooms has its own en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower. A child-bed and a travel-cot are available.

Feel like at home

Games, books, maps and guidebooks as well as CDs and DVDs available, flatscreen TV, radio and CD player, as well as i-Pod dock available. Cable TV and access to the internet.

If you fancy cooking, you'll like our fully equipped kitchen, with gas cooker, oven, fridge and freezer, microwave and dishwasher. Besides utensils, plates, glasses and cookware, a food processor, electric kettle and coffeemaker, there are spices and Portuguese cookbooks, in English and other languages. Washing machine, iron, hair dryer.

A high-chair is available and we offer a baby car-seat for a small child and a booster seat for children from 10 kgs. Towels and house and bath linen provided.

Thick stone walls let the house stay cool in summer and a central heating keeps it cosy on colder days. In summer you can enjoy a small patio with a charcoal barbecue.

The apartment is perfect for a family vacation, a holiday with friends or a romantic weekend getaway.  Ask for our special conditions for long-term rentals / temporary lodging for relocated executives and their families.