An enchanting and character-filled small palace with private pool located in the heart of Sintra, Portugal’s renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site, just half an hour from Lisbon.

A fine example of the great romantic revival of the early twentieth century, Palacete Sintra was built to a traditional “Summer Villa” style of the age. The property has 10 en-suite bedrooms and sits amidst a private estate of 7 acres bursting with lush plants. The beautiful grounds include a swimming pool and a large lawn area; as well as a fruit orchard crisscrossed by pathways and hedgerows, shady pergolas, ponds and lovers seats with pretty viewpoints here and there.

The luxurious and large main living room has comfortable velvet sofas and armchairs, with windows all around overlooking the estate’s romantic gardens. This room also opens onto a spacious covered terrace for dining and lounging outdoors. The dining room has lavish silk drapes and gleaming table pieces, whereas the traditional Portuguese kitchen has a charming pink marble table and worktops and decorative ceramics. An oasis of calm, the swimming pool area is set out with tables and chairs where guests are welcome to have lunch, whilst deluxe sun loungers and parasols provide the perfect setting for just relaxing and let the world go by.

Once upon a time, Sintra was the summer residence of the Portuguese court and kings as they escaped the heat in Lisbon to this very special microclimate with mild temperatures all year round. As well as its verdant and lush scenery dotted with romantic palaces here and there (some of them open to the public), there are other attractions nearby: you can take a train ride into Lisbon city centre (approx. 45 minutes) and spend a day sightseeing in the capital; you can go and play roulette at Estoril Casino, which inspired Ian Fleming to write the first 007 book; or spend a day just strolling, shopping and dining in the nearby resort town of Cascais. For more active guests there are numerous golf courses nearby (Penha Longa, Estoril and Oitavos to name just a few), whilst windsurfers and kite surfers are enticed by the world-famous Guincho beach hotspot just fifteen minutes away and surfers by Ericeira, a little further north. There are also tennis and riding facilities nearby and a world-class marina at Cascais.

WARNING NOTES: No children under 16 years of age! The grounds and gardens of this property have uneven pathways, ponds and unprotected drops, so it is unsuitable for those of limited mobility.

Ground Floor

  • Hallway with marble staircase connecting both floors as well as opening onto the main living room (37m2) & dining room (34m2), which seats up to 12 people
  • Covered terrace for lounging & dining outdoors
  • Service area & larder
  • Traditional style Portuguese kitchen
  • Guest WC
  • Mint Bedroom (twin bedroom of 20m2), en-suite bathroom with bath and rain shower

First Floor

  • Rose Master Bedroom and dressing area (double bedroom of 60m2), en-suite shower bathroom with handheld shower, garden views & shared verandah with Moss Bedroom
  • Moss Bedroom (double bedroom of 36m2) with en-suite shower bathroom, garden views & shared verandah with Rose Master Bedroom
  • Yellow Bedroom (double bedroom of 18m2) with en-suite shower bathroom, views to the castle & Pena palace
  • Blue Bedroom (double bedroom of 24m2) with en-suite bathroom with bath and shower, views to the castle & Pena palace
  • Bed linen & bathroom towels included in the rental & changed once a week
  • The master suite has a double bed (200x200cm); the 3 double bedrooms each have one bed (150x200cms); and the twin bedroom has 2 single beds (100x200cm each)
  • Hairdryers & towel heaters provided in all bathrooms
  • Satellite TV includes Sky News, BBC World News, Bloomberg, MTV, Nat. Geographic, plus various fashion & music channels
  • WIFI internet use is available free of charge
  • The  kitchen is equipped with all the usual mod-cons such as dishwasher, fridge/freezer, 4-ring gas hob and oven, microwave, coffee machine, toaster & kettle
  • Swimming pool w/roman steps (6×12 meters, with a shallow end of 1,10 meters deep & deep end of  2,30 meters); the pool water reaches an average @ 20 ºC (71ºF); poolside WC; poolside shade & sun loungers & other furniture available; pool towels provided
  • Private grounds with private parking
  • Clients are welcomed in by owners personally on the day of arrival (including at weekends/bank holidays) & Abilio the resident butler will always be at hand – he has been employed at the Quinta for many years
  • The Palacete rental includes full house cleaning on weekdays, 10-11:30 hours (bedrooms, bathrooms and public areas are cleaned once a day/the service does not include dishwashing)
  • A gardener comes in on weekdays, from 09:30 – 14:00 hours and swimming pool and terraces are cleaned on weekdays, from 08:00 – 09:00 hours. Every effort is made not to disturb the houseguests
  • Basic welcome hamper supplied on arrival (drinking water, wine, beers, juice/soft drinks, milk, coffee, tea, bread, butter, honey, sweet & savoury biscuits, sugar, salt & pepper, local cheese, olives, seasonal fruit, guest soaps & lavatory paper, essential cleaning products such as washing up liquid, dishwasher & washing machine detergents, spare electrical bulbs, candles & matches, mosquito repellent, charcoal for barbeque use)
  • Winter Heating (central & gas cylinder for terrace warmer lamps) @ €500p/week, paid locally
  • The Palacete owners work with local chefs & caterers who can tailor meals (lunches and dinners) to each client’s needs and leave everything ready for your party to enjoy, paid locally
  • Abílio the Butler is also available for extra duties such as waiting at tables/clearing up after meals, on request @ €20 p/hour, paid locally
  • Laundry and ironing rooms are only available for rentals of 2 weeks or longer. For shorter rentals, Abílio will take dirty laundry to a trusted local laundry, paid locally
  • Sintra Historic Centre: 10 minutes walk
  • Nearest Supermarket: 0,9 km
  • Beaches: Praia Grande @ 1s1 kms & Praia do Guincho @ 16 kms
  • Golf Courses: Penha Longa @ 11 kms & Estoril @ 13 kms
  • Estoril: 14 kms
  • Cascais: 16 kms
  • Lisbon City Centre: 30 kms
  • Lisbon Airport: 37 kms


  • Minimum 4 nights rental & flexible change-overs days apply
  • Extra services on request, are subject to availability and should be booked well in advance especially in high season
  • Check-in after 16:00 hours & check-out before 10:00 hours / Late check-in fee of €30 applies after 20:00 hours
  • No smoking (outdoor only) & no pets / No barbeques allowed due to fire risk
  • Parties for more than extra capacity on request
  • 30% non-refundable rental deposit required to reserve the property
  • Balance due 6 weeks prior to start date of rental
  • Security deposit of €1,000 to be paid in advance of rental; in exceptional cases & when pre-arranged, the security deposit can be paid at the property – this amount minus any applicable charges is refundable at the end of the holiday

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