WALKING HOLIDAY – Stay at Quinta da Luz – Bed & Breakfast in Beira Price From €60 Per Night

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    Walking

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    2

  • Gardens :

    Communal Garden

  • Terraces :

    Communal Terrace

  • Pool :

    None

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    Off-Road Parking

  • Facilities :

    Bed & Breakfast with evening meal option.

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    Walking, Cycling, Photography, Yoga

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Quinta da Luz – Bed & Breakfast in Beira Price From €60 Per Night

Come to walk in the mountains, to contemplate in the garden, to take a course.

Appreciate the good energy of this eco-aware environment

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Sleeps 2, 1 bedrooms. Price From €60 Per Night (Double Room)

 

An exemplary eco house, off grid and with grand views towards the Serra da Estrela – the highest mountain in Portugal. Arriving, slowly, on a narrow lane, the sense is of splendid isolation, which inspired the Reece-Smiths to take on this abandoned foresters’ watchtower. Since 2010 they’ve been pouring their energies into the property to create an environment that promotes a consciously holistic lifestyle. They are easy-going, generous hosts and hold retreats and workshops here, from yoga to management coaching; it’s lovely too to simply sit and contemplate on one of the many garden benches. When a forest fire swept through the grounds the silver lining was that it revealed old granite terracing and two wells, so they based their garden design on the ancient structure: well water is pumped up to cascade down through seven small chakra ponds, and there’s an efficient reed filter system. The oasis feel will continue to grow with the many trees planted. Spend convivial evenings by the open fire, retire to practical rooms with comfortable beds; breakfasts are nourishingly organic, home-grown and home-made. Coimbra and Viseu are an hour’s drive.

Re-built and re-modelled without altering the original footprint and walls, the house now comprises four en suite bedrooms with king size beds, one with two single beds, a single bedded room, living and dining rooms, kitchen and an entrance room. There is also a separate toilet and shower room.

 

Outside

 

Within the almost one hectare of land, the garden and horta (vegetable growing) areas have been established on each of the seven terraces. In the garden a stone circle has been created with the granite posts used originally to support vines and a series of seven linked ponds created to represent the flow through the seven prime chakras. You can walk over the three Japanese style wooden bridges, lose yourself in our labyrinth or simply sit on one of the 17 benches to enjoy the ever changing interchange with Nature.

Many fruit, nut and ornamental trees have been planted as well as different varieties of fruit bushes to enable the land to become its productive self once more. Adding to the over 80 olives trees, oaks and pine trees which provide well needed shade during the summer months.

An agricultural building has been converted into a Garden room. In addition to the one room with a wood burning stove, it has a cloakroom and outside kitchen and barbecue area. It has been created as a quiet space where anyone can stay, paint the scene, read a book, practice yoga or meditate. A Zen garden has been laid out in front of the building, so adding to the peace and calm presence.

There is also a pergola, built by a visiting volunteer, which provides a wonderful spot to sit or carry out your daily practice, accompanied by the breeze and birdsong, and perhaps even the clangs of the passing goat bells!

 

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This part of Central Portugal is a blessing, not only because the landscape is beautiful, the local people are welcoming as are the other outsiders or estranhos in this part of the Beira Alta. The area has many river beaches  – playa fluvials, to enjoy in the summer – warmer than the Atlantic and no waves! The one at Vale do Rossim on the Serra also has canoes etc. to hire. There are stunning walks through the spectacular terrain of its large granite rocks.

In the area can be found many dolmens, burial stones and other artefacts from the Celtic period as well as their conquering Romans. There is an old Roman road running along the Serra and south of Coimbra {Aeminium} is to be found the largest Roman excavation in Portugal at Conímbriga.

The area´s Celtic traditions go back before Roman times, though there is debate as to when it became known as Lusitania. It is said to be the home of the tallest standing stones in Europe at Evora and the Celtic influence is still strong with many of the annual festas being linked to events from the Celtic calendar.

For example on 1st May to celebrate the arrival of summer, sprigs of yellow broom are often to be seen fixed to car bonnets and some also on the doorways of houses. These are symbols to attract prosperity for the coming year – 30th April is the date of the Celtic festival of Beltane. In Celtic tradition, the two greatest festivals of the solar year are Beltane and Samhain (31st October), celebrations of rebirth and death, respectively.  

In addition to the wonderful ever changing views of Serra da Estrela from the Quinta, there are many other places of interest in the Beira Alta. About 30 minutes away is Linhares castle built on top of a Lusitanian hill fort. Expanded by the Moors, later its garrison sallied forth to defeat the Spanish invaders besieging Celerico. Paragliding can also be experienced here – it is a regular host for their World Cup.

 

 

Walking

If you enjoy walking and would like to be guided on countryside, mountain or coastal walks but do not know where to go, then let us take you to see the fantastic hotspots in Central Portugal. Our guides offer a wealth of knowledge and can take you to places you probably wouldn’t find while walking alone.   The scenery is simply breathtaking! Our walking tours cover all regions. Meeting points can be arranged wherever you are staying. For prices and more information please contact Themed Holiday Ideas directly.

 

 

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Themed Holiday Ideas                           contact information

Tel: +44 (0)1223 968053

E-Mail: themedholidayideas@gmail.com

 

Owner contact information

Caroline Reece-Smith

Tel: +351 238648204

 

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