Sunday, December 6, 2009

Comfortable holiday apartment in beautifully restored historical villa in Sintra

Photography: Richard Hartnoll

Welcome to Casa José Ricardo, a great place to stay in Sintra. 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 the Museum of Modern Art. Transformed into a modern, luxurious flat of about 180 squaremeters - distributed over two floors, Casa José Ricardo holiday apartment provides the comfort and space that are essential to relax and feel like at home.

Through the entrance hall which features a beautiful stuck ceiling, you proceed to the stairs. In the first floor are the kitchen, a lounge and a dining room, access to a small terrace and a double bedroom as well as a full bathroom. There are three spacious bedrooms with high ceilings and visible roof beams on the top-floor, two with double beds and a third room with a single bed. In addition, we can provide a child-bed and a travel-cot. This floor has a full bathroom with bathtub/shower and bidet and an elegant en-suite bathroom with a walk-in shower off one of the double bedrooms.

Feel like at home
Games, guidebooks, books, maps, a large flatscreen TV and DVD player, you can choose from a wide range of DVDs in our library free of charge. There is a radio and CD player, as well as an i-Pod dock and access to the internet is available.

If you fancy cooking, you'll like our fully equipped kitchen which has besides a 4-flame gas cooker, oven, fridge and freezer, a microwave as well as a dishwasher. Besides utensils, plates, glasses and cookware, a food processor, electric kettle and a coffeemaker, there are spices and Portuguese cookbooks, in English and other languages. You will also find a washing machine, an iron and an ironing board in the house. A high-chair is available and we provide a baby car-seat for a small child and a booster seat for children from 10 kgs. We provide towels and house and bath linens and a choice of pillows.

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 and also available on longer-term basis as temporary lodging for relocated executives and their families.