Foz dos Barreiros

Piodão, Beira
Self-catering


Surrounded by peace and rugged beauty, a cosy cottage on the edge of a sheep-strewn mountain – with a tiny café 500m up the road

Bedroom

3 bedrooms

Sleeps

Sleeps 6

The
Experience

Surrounded by mountains, streams and soaring views you could be miles from civilisation… you are! Negotiate the hair pins, pick the keys up from the village, park in the cul de sac, and clamber down the steep path to the cottage. Surrounded by eucalyptus and chestnut trees, scrubby shrubs, rosemary and heather, Foz dos Barreiros is old, charming, and very well restored. Enter to find an open-plan kitchen and living area, with a starter supply of tea, coffee and olive oil, a cosy fireplace with logs provided, and a sofa. The stylish main bedroom is off here, large and roomy and opening to a terrace.  Bedding is of cotton and wool, colours are cool, the bathroom is neat and chic, and a wall of glass pulls in spectacular views – imagine waking to those in the morning! Two more bedrooms wait upstairs, fresh, white and awash with light; and a small shower room. Best of all: Piodao (3km) is the jewel in the crown of the ‘schist’ villages, and you can hike there in 40 minutes. Treat yourself to sheepskin slippers, a wool jumper or local honey, enjoy a little meal at O Solar dos Pachedos, or a beer at Abiterra.

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Credit cards
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
2.30pm
Check out
11am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. Short breaks available.
Closed
Never.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Meals
Restaurants 3km.

Pricing

Nightly price
from €57
Weekly price
from €400
Damage deposit
€150
1 Cottage for 6
From €573 bedrooms

Reviews

A spectacular retreat to counteract the frenzy of city life. It felt like a privilege to be immersed in such an ancient landscape with the friendliest of people and most helpful of hosts. Thanks to some very good instructions with a photographic guide from our host we were confident enough (I should add I have no head for heights) to walk to the historical village an hour away. Very enjoyable with tremendous views! And inside the house , especially the bedrooms , felt comfortable and stylish . A perfect balance to the extreme landscape outside. And the pool - a refreshing finishing touch .

Jane, London

Foz dos Barreiros is a beautiful little house in a bright, spectacular setting, clinging to the side of a valley so steep it's more like a ravine. Lovely walks in every direction, two good bars within walking distance, the sound of the stream, and a neat terrace so you can eat out in most weathers. But the main thing of course is people. Sandra was easy to deal with, friendly and efficient (when we had a small problem she fixed it immediately). And the neighbours were lovely, despite our shameful lack of Portuguese. We loved the cafe at Chas da Egua - real charm and good food. We'll be back

Philip, Bristol

This was quite simply one of the most beautiful places I have ever stayed. The views from the terrace and the pool are breathtaking. The pool was clean and the property is furnished inside to a high standard, with modern bathrooms and fast wifi. It's very remote (well over an hour's drive to the nearest large supermarket) but the village of Vide has two small shops for essentials. A gorgeous getaway.

Olivia, London

We had a wonderful fortnight in this beautiful valley. The lovingly restored house was perfect for our family; fully equipped, tasteful and comfortable. We never tired of the views from the terraces, watching the abundant wildlife and the changing light and weather, and we enjoyed the refreshing pool immensely. There is plenty to explore in the local villages and countryside, as well as day trips further afield to the peaks and national parks. Sandra and her family were incredibly helpful and friendly throughout our stay and I would thoroughly recommend this delightful place.

Esther, London

Wonderful – the perfect retreat. Views better than the pictures and delicious swimming in the pool.

Louise

We had an amazing time here - the setting is stunning and so peaceful, the house is very comfortable and has everything you need. The pool is perfect for hot summer days too. We will certainly be back!

Daniel

A place so wonderful, I want to keep it a secret, Foz dos Barreiros‏ is a lush retreat well off the beaten track. Surrounded by olive terraces, mountain vistas, waterfalls & wildflowers, the cottage is all the more appealing for its luxurious furnishings & astounding bedroom views. There’s plenty to do –vineyards for wine tasting, freshwater swimming & winding mountain walks (the one to nearby village Piado is particularly beautiful). But I’d recommend plenty of time for simply stopping, sipping local wine on the glorious terrace & watching the bees go by.

Jaimee

If you want an escape, to totally switch off from the world, and get back to nature, then Foz dos Barreiros is the place for you. I can’t recommend it more. The village of Foz dos Barreiros, the namesake for the house itself, is delightful. The house is perched on a terrace and overlooks a valley of olive trees, vines, grasses, wildflowers and even a waterfall. The house has very recently been rebuilt and is tastefully decorated. The main bedroom is particularly special. The kitchen has everything you need to be self-sufficient, including a starter kit of tea & coffee etc.

Emma

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Location

The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Sandra da Conceição Fontinha - Colliander

  • Quinta de São Tiago is a beautiful vineyard 50 minutes away by car where you are able to not only taste their delicious wine but also the locally made olive oil, cherry liquor and jam and honey. Great place to have lunch too!
  • Besides having your own private natural pool you are just three minutes away from another (public) natural pool with water coming straight from the mountain top and completely clear where you can have a few hours of fun in the summer months.
  • Piodão, which is a 10 minute drive away is one of the 16 Historic Villages in Portugal and is renown for having preserved its centuries old schist houses and character.
  • In Chãs de Égua, the village high up in the mountains, you can have a stroll and admire the labyrinth of middle aged paths and join the locals for a chat or a drink in the local bar with amazing views and buy locally produced honey and 'aguardente'.
  • Serra da Estrela, the highest mountain chain in Portugal is just 45 minutes away with spectacular views from the highest point of Portugal.
  • Coimbra, third largest city with an old medieval centre and one of the oldest universities in Europe is well worth a visit. It is 99km away, about one and a half hour drive.