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We rented the entire house for a family gathering and it was absolutely fantastic! It is beautifully decorated, has comfortable beds, a good mix of common areas and private rooms, excellent kitchen for big family meals, sauna, jacuzzi, pool and kids pool, and even a small playground! Special 5 star mention for the staff who welcomed us at a late hour and gave us great recommendations of things to do. The booking process itself was also very well managed by Rogerio. Great place!
Hens with quiet cooing calls were an unexpected discovery, wish we'd recorded their soothing voices. Don't worry, there are NO roosters to disturb your sleep! We swung open the shutters - after we'd slept 12 full hours - sunlight streamed in and we saw sheep just beyond the cottage fence. You really feel in a different place and it's wonderful. Though daytime temperatures were really warm in mid-September, we felt a little cool inside in the late evening as we had only summer clothes (and our apartment at home is overly warm). Our hosts provided pine cones and cork wood for the heater and we kept cozy. Didn't need the heater after that as we got used to cooler evenings. It is just a few minutes' drive to a good butcher/talho and groceries. Fruit and veg at the supermarket Littoral in Cercal were past their prime, though their bread and buns were good, but there is an alternative store near the butcher. It is tiny and crammed full but has fresher produce. Park at the downtown cemetery and walk to small shops just steps away. Sabine and her family were friendly and warm people, great hosts, but you also have complete privacy plus one sunny area and one shady area to yourself. Watch the birds eating figs or pick a few apples and just relax. We could easily come back for another visit as we made it our base for touring the area by car and really enjoyed our week here. Thank you!