Lux. waterfront villa, priv. pool, kayaks

Portugal - Coimbra - Lousã

Home exchange in,Portugal,Lousã,House photos, home images
Home exchange in,Portugal,Lousã,House photos, home images
Home exchange in,Portugal,Lousã,House photos, home images
Home exchange in,Portugal,Lousã,House photos, home images
Home exchange in,Portugal,Lousã,House photos, home images
Home exchange in,Portugal,Lousã,House photos, home images
Home exchange in,Portugal,Lousã,House photos, home images
Home exchange in,Portugal,Lousã,House photos, home images
Home exchange in,Portugal,Lousã,House photos, home images
Home exchange in,Portugal,Lousã,House photos, home images
Home exchange in,Portugal,Lousã,House photos, home images
Home exchange in,Portugal,Lousã,House photos, home images
Home exchange in,Portugal,Lousã,House photos, home images
Home exchange in,Portugal,Lousã,House photos, home images
Home exchange in,Portugal,Lousã,House photos, home images
Home exchange in,Portugal,Lousã,House photos, home images
Home exchange in,Portugal,Lousã,House photos, home images
Home exchange in,Portugal,Lousã,House photos, home images
Home exchange in,Portugal,Lousã,House photos, home images
Home exchange in,Portugal,Lousã,House photos, home images
  • Sleeping capacity6
  • Bedrooms3
  • Bathrooms4

Non-simultaneous Home Exchange

Simultaneous Home Exchange

Smoking Not Allowed

Children Welcome

Use of Personal Car is not possible

We are looking for a home exchange in ...

Feb 11, 2022 - Feb 20, 2022 London, UK | United Kingdom
May 27, 2022 - Jun 5, 2022 United Kingdom | North East, England, UK | Malvern Hills, Malvern, UK
Open to all dates Belgium | Italy | Norway
Open to all dates Open to all destinations

Our Home For Exchange

Description of the home we are offering for exchange

The villa at River Island Portugal has just been stylishly restored without cutting corners, to make a roomy home of uncommon charm and elegance. Hot water from solar panels. Oil-fired or wood-stove central heating and double glazing throughout.

Type

House - 2 or more floors/ Second home


Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony / Deck
  • Cleaning service available
  • Dishwasher
  • Clothes Washer
  • Microwave Oven
  • Extensive Grounds
  • Peaceful Surroundings
  • View
  • Fireplace
  • Privacy / Seclusion
  • Garden
  • Heating
  • Boat available
  • Parking included
  • Private Pool
  • Terrace / Patio

Entertainment

  • Internet access
  • Wireless Internet (WiFi)

Extras

  • Use of boat

Setting

  • Rural
  • Waterfront

Neighbourhood

Description of our neighbourhood and surrounding area

This is an area for individualists. If you cannot bear to be more than two metres from another tourist, if you enjoy lager louts, noisy bars, tacky shops, rip-off restaurants, burger gases, traffic jams and impossible parking, then this is not for you.

But why be stampeded into an overcrowded tourist ghetto? Instead, treat yourself to a dreamy slice of a watery Eden, Europe's 'forgotten' paradise. Look around you and you might find it hard to believe you are in Europe, never mind just a two-hour flight from grey skies and rain-soaked streets. Try wild swimming in the tree-lined river. We have a 600-mtr stretch of calm water, about 1.3 mtrs deep, not as warm as the pool but still very pleasant, and full of little fish. If you stay still they will come and nibble at your skin – a recognised spa therapy! You might spot a kingfisher or even an otter while swimming downstream to the river bar (open May – Oct).
The town of Lousã, which has several supermarkets, restaurants and one of Portugal's best beauty spots (at Arouce Castle), is less than 10 mins by car, in the Serra da Lousã. The medieval university city of Coimbra is barely half an hour. Also within easy reach are the vast golden beaches of the Silver Coast, gorgeous mountain scenery, warm rivers and lakes.
Perfect for walking, trailrunning and mountainbiking (professional teams stay in our houses during international Downhill competitions).

Perfect Internet.

Outdoor Activities

  • Biking
  • Cultural Events
  • Canoeing / Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Gym / Health Club
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Public Swimming Pool
  • River

Leisure

  • Park / Playground
  • Cafés
  • Restaurants
  • Shopping

Cultural Activities

  • Popular Monuments

Transport Nearby

  • None

Neighbourhood Services

  • Bakery
  • Pharmacy
  • Supermarket

Attractions

Our home exchange - places to go and things to do while staying in our home

The town of Lousã, which has several supermarkets, restaurants and one of Portugal's best beauty spots (at Arouce Castle), is less than 10 mins by car, in the Serra da Lousã. The medieval university city of Coimbra is barely half an hour. Also within easy reach are the vast golden beaches of the Silver Coast, gorgeous mountain scenery, warm rivers and lakes (far warmer and safer than the ocean).

OTHER THINGS TO DO

*Kayaks on the river;

*Lovely walks and drives through the hills and the 'lost' mountain villages;

*'Portugal Pequinitos' - a fantasy model village with Portugal's great buildings in miniature, but still large enough to walk through, plus humbler houses accessible only to children;

*Conimbriga - the ancient Roman capital with some of the best mosaics in Europe;

* World Heritage Tomar, a lovely old town with Knights Templar castle and convent;

*The vast golden beaches at Figueira da Foz, the west coast's largest seaside resort.

*Horse-riding;

*Open-air zoo plus farm zoo;

*Gondola rides on the canals of Aveiro;

*The Holy Shrine at Fatima and nearby beautifully lit caves;

*The medieval university city of Coimbra with its big shopping malls;

*Tree adventure park;

*Strange limestone caves at Casmilo;

*Nazaré seaside resort with celebrated seafood restaurant and cable car to 'hidden' town above.

The infrastructure is excellent, English widely spoken and restaurants amazingly cheap. This is the real Portugal, not a tourist ghetto rip-off.

Our favourite restaurants


Leisure and cultural activities

  • Lousã Castle
  • Coimbra University

Walks or jogging paths

  • Serra de Lousã

Our Preferences

Our home exchange - here are our Preferences and House Rules

Please leave the house as you find it. We will leave it very clean for you so that you can immediately enjoy a fabulous holiday.
Please note that as this is a holiday rental villa, we are unlikely to be able to offer swaps at certain times of the year, especially from mid-June to mid-September.

Conditions

  • Children Welcome
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Smoking Not Allowed
  • Plant Care Not Needed

Use of Personal Car

  • Use of Personal Car is not possible

Home Exchange Type

  • Non-simultaneous Home Exchange
  • Simultaneous Home Exchange
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