About this listing
Unique property in the historic centre of the Village of Sintra, just a stone throw away from major attractions, museums and restaurants.
This property is a large, open-plan, newly-refurbished one bedroom flat in the heart of historic Sintra. It is situated 150 meters from the National Palace in a quiet largo (cul-de-sac) with space for parking (first-come, first-serve). The location means that everything historic Sintra has to offer is within a few minutes walk. Handily, the bus stop to the Pena Palace and Moorish Castle is less than a hundred meters away. We've found that it's also a great base for exploring the greater Lisbon area, including the famous beaches of Cascais and Estoril and the surrounding Parque Natural de Sintra-Cascais. Lisbon itself is a half-hour drive away (40 minutes by train) and as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe is well worth a visit.
The ground floor of the flat is comprised of a living-room, dining area and kitchen as well as a tiled outdoor patio. The kitchen is fully-fitted with modern appliances, including a fridge/freezer, microwave, electric oven/stove and dishwasher. It has also been stocked with all necessary smaller appliances such as a hand-held blender, electric kettle, toaster and coffee-press. You will also find a wide selection of cookware and tableware. The living-room has a television, DVD player and iPod player. The sofa also folds out into a double bed.
The large bedroom and en-suite bathroom take up the entire lower-ground floor. In the bedroom you will find a king-size bed, clothes rack and chest of drawers. We have also included a room divider so if you're sharing the flat you can retain privacy while allowing access to the bathroom for those sleeping upstairs. There's also a small study area with desk packed full of guides to local attractions which you're welcome to use during your stay. The bathroom is fitted with a new shower and toilet as well as a modern washer, modern dryer and linen closet.
Guests will have exclusive access to the entire property and all amenities.
Interaction with Guests
We do not get to interact with guests as we live in the UK. Alex, our property manager, will be your main point of contact. He will be in charge of check-in and coming to your rescue in the unlikely event that something goes wrong at the property. Alex has lived in the area all his life and runs a local family business, meaning he is extremely knowledgeable about Sintra and how it has changed over time. If there is something in particular you would like to do, ask him during check-in and he will be able to point you in the right direction.
Located in the heart of historic Sintra, the flat is perfect for enjoying everything this UNESCO world heritage site has to offer. In fact, you will be staying within a historic square, just meters from the house of one of modern Portugal's founding fathers and the hotel where Lord Byron used to stay. Restaurants, bars and palaces are all within a short walk. You can enjoy Sintra during the night, when most tourists go back to Lisbon and you get the place all to yourselves. Photographing it in the middle of the night or early sunrise is one of our favourite things to do.
There is plenty of public transport, including the train from Lisbon and local buses that will take you to nearby villages, large towns and over a dozen beaches to chose from. In summer you can also ride a 100-year-old tram to enjoy Sintra's romantic spirit to the fullest. The town of Colares, the first one to ever export Portuguese wine, is just a stone throw away and is well worth a visit for a sumptuous lunch and wine tasting.
There is parking outside the property - fist come, first serve. A public parking lot nearby also offers lots of free parking spots in case our cul-de-sac is full, which can happen during July and August.
If traveling directly from the airport, you can drive to the property (IC-19 about half an hour in total), take a taxi or public transport, connecting with the Metro at Rossio to the train into Sintra.
Other Things to Note
Sintra is a very humid micro-climate and our property is built on a hill-side. It is over 200 years old. Whilst we air the apartment regularly and provide two dehumidifiers and two ventax in the downstairs areas, be aware that it can still be humid at times.
ONCE YOUR BOOKING IS CONFIRMED, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU READ THE HOUSE MANUAL, DIRECTIONS AND NEIGHBOURHOOD GUIDE THOROUGHLY AS THESE CONTAIN ESSENTIAL INFORMATION, INCLUDING CHECK-IN ARRANGEMENTS.
We like people who pay attention to detail, and if you've read this far, it is clear that you do. Please mention this paragraph when making an inquiry to receive a discount (this does not affect Airbnb fees!).
Guests are responsible for reading the full listing, all documents sent to them, including directions, how to do check-in and house address.
There is no smoking allowed indoors; however, you may smoke in the outdoor patio area.
No pets allowed.
Four adults is the maximum number of people allowed; however, small children will not count as part of this maximum allowance. Even though we cannot provide cots, children are welcome at the property.
The flat will be handed over to guests clean, with enough clean linens for up to four people. We appreciate if you deposit your rubbish and recyclables in the appropriate area at the top of the road by the bus stand. Although we will do a full clean after each guest has checked out, please be considerate of our cleaning staff and leave the property in a reasonable state.
About the Host, Chris & Jimena
I am a 30 year-old British-American who grew up in Sub-Saharan Africa; I am married to an Argentine, Jimena, with whom I enjoy travelling the world. We decided to manage a family holiday property through Airbnb after having used the website to find accommodation for our own travels.
We are based in London, UK, but the property is in Sintra, Portugal, so we work alongside a local couple, Alex and Helena, who are our right-hand people on the ground. They will be welcoming you to Casa Rosa, cleaning after your departure and serving as our and your point of contact on the ground. Nonetheless, Jimena and I will supervise all bookings and the running of the flat. Should you have any problems, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us; we will always strive to ensure your holiday is as smooth as a baby's bottom!