PausaSTAY - Turner Room
About the accommodation
Located on the ground floor, this cosy 10m2 double room comes with a comfy king size bed and tiled floors.
Set up your things on the provided hangers and shelves and get some work done at your own desk and chair.
Modern tiled bathroom, with fitted sink and walk in shower, is shared with other guests.
Up to 2 people
Good to know:
- This room is perfect for dog owners and guests with mobility issues.
- All rooms are centrally heated
Authentic Portuguese quinta located on the eastern flanks of the Sico massif, this beautiful home is nestled into a wooded area lying on the edge of the small village of Alvorge. Home to a creative community engaged for sustainability it welcomes guests from all over the world.
Fully Renovated in 2019, the 200 year old property was originally an imposing traditional Portuguese farmhouse, now sympathetically renovated to retain many original features while providing modernity and comfort.
On the ground floor, the double height ceiling kitchen with its exposed roof rafters is fully equipped with all the necessities and includes a very spacious dining area. With its wood burner and large table that can fit up to 10 people, this area provides the perfect space if you want to work with other remote workers in the house. On the same floor, the 20m2 semi open lounge with its log burner and two comfy sofas is perfect to meet and relax with other guests.
The Quinta also offers beautiful outside spaces to enjoy with other guests. While the shaded east facing courtyard with pergola vines/jasmine/wisteria and calcada paving is perfect for lunch while the sun is high, the beautiful private landscaped garden facing south will provide you with your own slice of natural beauty. Its flat and gently sloping terrace offers 500m2 of nature laid to the wild meadow lawn. Surrounded by pine, olive, citrus, & joshua trees, it's also home to rosemary, lavender, sage, and other beautiful flowers.
Near the house, two spaces have been created by the host to provide a unique experience : the art studio and the brewery. The first one is a cosy space, home of ceramics and art classes for the creative souls. The brewery on the other hand, installed in the open barn, serves local beer brewed on site using all natural ingredients, with no added chemicals. Perfect to enjoy an evening in good company.
Bonus: A small hot tube can be provided on request!
COMMUNITY & ACTIVITIES
Travelers themselves, the hosts who had first created the space to welcome tourists and art lovers, are now turning to remote workers and hoping to create a community with strong values looking to take a break in this slice of local and sustainable paradise.
In addition to all the sports activities available outside of the quinta, the owners offer art (ceramics, wheel throwing and sketching) and yoga classes. They are also developing new activities for remote workers such as retreats and networking events.
After 30 years living out of a suitcase, travelling to far flung corners of the world, working up to 100 hours a week, the hosts got inspired by watching their Portuguese neighbours, working together, helping each other on their farms, harvesting olives, harvesting grapes, sharing the surplus…
It led them to the creation of a new welcoming space. A place to take time for yourself, time to think, time to be creative. A space also to connect with new people, places and cultures.
Respecting the local ecosystem and sustainability are also two strong values of this stay.
- The Quinta was restored working with local craft tradesmen, using locally sourced materials to make use of dilapidated property, rather than new build.
- Solar heated water, wood fired back boilers for central heating, high levels of insulation, A+ rated appliances, and Solar PV for electric generation all go towards minimising your carbon footprint during your stay.
- A wastewater treatment plant treats all of the water used by the house, providing clean water for irrigation in the garden.
- The majority of goods and services are from local craftsmen: neighbours vegetables, local cheese and wine from the valley, fish and freshly baked bread delivered at the door.
GOOD TO KNOW
- up to 4 rooms, up to 8 people
- 500m to grocery stores, restaurants and bakery
- 9km to the town of Ansiao, 22km to Pompal, 33km to Coimbra
- Bikes available to rent
- Owners have a dog so pets are welcome.
Included in the price:
- All rooms are centrally heated. The house is fully equipped with all amenities, & has outside loungers, sail shades, Shade brollys, etc as required.
- Full access to the utility room with washer & dryer
- Amazing WiFi (25-100 Mbps down)
- Both shared and private workspaces
- Printer / Scanner / Copy-machine
- Shared kitchen
- Washing machine
- Swimming pool
- Vegan friendly
- Vegetarian friendly
- Children friendly
- Pet friendly
Activities available onsite
- Yoga classes
- Art classes (Ceramics/Wheel throwing/Sketching)
- Bikes to rent
- Canoes to rent
- Craft beer brewery & Distillery
Activities in the area
- Mountain biking
- Horse riding
- Wild river swimming
Flora and fauna
The Quinta is located in the vast region known as “Terras de Sicó” (Lands of Sicó) which has unique characteristics in terms of Biodiversity.
The Ecological Park of Algarinho (Penela) - Gramatinha (Ansião) - Ariques (Alvaiázere) has an area of approximately 30 000 hectares joining the Municipalities of Penela, Ansião and Alvaiázere. It is one of the greatest landscape areas of foremost importance not only to the Sub-region of Sicó, but also to the Centre Region and to Portugal itself.
The surrounding woods, replete with oaks and wild olives are well preserved and shelter more than 800 species of vegetable kingdoms, some of which are endemisms, like some wild lilies and orchids. There are centennial and even millennial species of portuguese oak tree, olive trees and wild olives.
In this very rich region, animal lovers can devote themselves to appreciating species such as the genet, the carrion crow, the eagle owl, the short-toed eagle, fox, hoopoe, multiple species of frogs, snakes and butterflies. Bats are also a centerpiece in this region where the dissolution of the limestone led to the opening of extensive caves and caves.
EXPERIENCE THE LOCAL LIFE
The property is located in the village of Alvorge, near the town of Ansião, in the centre of Portugal, in the region called Terras de Sicó.
Like a local you’ll love to taste the delicious local traditional gastronomy - Mel Terras de Sicó, Lands of Sicó wine, Terras de Sicó Olive Oil, Rabaçal cheese… From honey to cheese, you have everything you need right there. Many people in the area live from agricultural practices and pastoralism.
The region is also infused by its own ancient history. The Serra de Sicó mountain is a living witness of it, offering several important archaeological remains among its extensive oak forests. Follow the mountain paths in long walks or invigorating bike rides and then descend the Rabaçal valley to explore its Roman villa. Spend the night at Ansião, see where the Nabão waters come from.
Go back to the first years of pre-History at Sicó’s Fossil Museum at Santiago da Guarda which shows the region’s vast paleontological collection. Explore the streets of the old medieval town of Penela and don’t miss the impressive Conímbriga ruins, the greatest witness of the Lusitanian Roman Empire.
DIVE INTO THE DIGITAL NOMAD SCENE
The stay is in an off-the-beaten path location, away from the busy city life. It’s the perfect place to deep dive in the local Portuguese culture. The stay itself started welcoming remote workers in 2021. The hosts are now creating occasions to build new connections.
How to get there
Closest airports: Lisbon or Porto
To get to the accommodation from the airports:
1. Train to Pombal (20€)
2. Bus to Alvorge via Ansiao (3-6€) or taxi (15-20€)
Host pick up at Alvorge available on request (10€)
1. Check-in time: 1600h - 2000h
2. Check-out time: 1100h
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