Villa Cipreste – Surface area : 550 m2
Villa Cipreste is a luxury boutique villa located 10 km from the resort town of Sesimbra. An excellent choice for nature lovers, set in the countryside by the sea and impressive cliffs, the villa boasts elegant fittings and magnificient views throughout.
The large villa was recently acquired by the owners of Casa do Lago, a rather popular property. As former holiday residence to the Swiss ambassadors, the villa was built to the highest standards. The house was completely renovated in spring 2011 by its new owners: an internationally renowned Portuguese artist and an awarded architect, and a brand new swimming pool was built within the spacious gardens.
The elegant villa has been cleverly refurbished with flair, and is a true source of inspiration for people looking for a stylish “home away from home”. The house is decorated with many “art-deco” rare pieces and other fine art elements, some of which are for sale.
On the ground floor, there is a spacious living area with seating for 12, and direct access to the outside patio and the swimming pool, boasting magnificient sea and nature views. The dining area, living room and kitchen harmoniously flow from each other. The brand new open plan kitchen is fully equipped and has a clean and modern feel. Light pours into the rooms from the large windows and all-glass doors. Thanks to the unique flair of the new owners, each piece of furniture has been carefully chosen to exceed your highest expectations.
To the left of the living room, at the beginning of a corridor, there is a guest toilet room. Further along the corridor there are 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms: one large en-suite double bedroom with art déco pieces and a modern en-suite bathroom; and two twin bedrooms which can become double bedrooms, sharing a shower room with bidet. All bedrooms have plenty of storage space, green and sea views and a desk with seating area.
On the upper floor, there is a spacious living room with seating for +10, which makes the most from the magical light of the area, and has direct access to a large terrace with magnificient panoramic views towards the sunset and the sea. There is also a dining table, the ideal place for “al fresco” meals. There is also a fully equipped kitchen with a breakfast area on this floor.
There are three large luxury twin bedrooms, and a fourth bedroom with 2 bunk beds (the children’s bedroom) on this floor. Each bedroom has got its own bathroom. From every bedroom, expect either or both sea or garden views.
Outside, there are 14ha of private gardens and woods to explore, nearly all the way down to the Ocean. Next to the villa and carved into the landscape, is the beautiful 73,5m private pool, boasting magnificient views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Tagus Estuary, with the Estoril Coast and the Sintra Mountain Range in the distant background.
During low season, Villa Cipreste can be divided into two separate units, Villa Cipreste Mar and Villa Cipreste Alto, upon request. The gardens and the swimming pool are shared between the two houses.
The villa is about 500m from Casa do Lago, and so parties of up to 40 people can be accommodated close in great style!
Amenities for Villa Cipreste – Surface area: 550m2
7 Bedrooms – sleeping arrangements for up to 12 adults and 4 children
1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom on ground floor
2 twin bedrooms (can become double) on ground floor sharing a bathroom
3 twin bedrooms on upper floor each with its separate bathroom
1 quadruple bedroom for children with 2 bunk beds on upper floor with its separate bathroom
All bedrooms boast sea and/or garden views and have seating area with desk
Baby cot on request
1 guest toilet in ground floor
2 more bathrooms on ground floor
4 bathrooms on upper floor
each bathroom has been carefully designed with lovely designer details
Large open plan living area on ground floor with beautiful designer furniture and seating for 12 with dining area, opening onto patio and private swimming pool through large all glass doors boasting beautiful sea and green views
Large and sunny living area on first floor with lovely art details, separate dining area and sea and garden views throughout, opening onto panoramic terrace with outdoor dining table, overlooking the Ocean and the Tagus estuary
Large Satellite TV with international channels and DVD player in both living areas
Fully equipped and stylish open plan kitchen in ground floor
Fully equipped kitchen in first floor with breakfast area, with beautiful green views
Dish washer, cooking stove, oven, microwave, fridge freezer, coffee maker, toaster, kettle, vacuum cleaner
14 hectare pine woods private estate
Large terrace with outside furniture facing the spectacular sea view
Large roof terrace with spectacular panoramic views to the Tagus Estuary and Sintra
Private patio, the larger one with eating area (barbecue and stone table for up to 18)
Large private swimming pool, boasting beautiful views over the Ocean and the Tagus Estuary
Shaded car parking area
Bed linen and towels included in price
Cleaning twice a week included in price
Wireless internet access and satellite TV
In order to encourage responsible usage of energy and water, energy consumption above € 10 per day will be charged at cost
This stylish boutique estate nests harmoniously in the background of hip Praia do Meco beach, overlooking the Tagus estuary from the South Bank. On clear sky days, you can easily see as far as the Estoril Coast and the Sintra Mountain Range on the North Bank.
The property is located near the Natural Park of Arrábida, a paradise of Mediterranean vegetation near the Atlantic Ocean. With pleasant weather all year round, this is a well known region for nature lovers and peaceful holidays. The unique microclimate, which incites the coexistence of diverse and rare species of flora and fauna, allows one to fully enjoy nature.
History and the passing of time have left a remarkable trail of Medieval castles, Renaissance palaces, splendid manors, churches, chapels, convents and sanctuaries that allow a meeting with the past. The castles of Sesimbra, Palmela and Setúbal were, in the Middle Ages, part of the defensive line for the Setúbal peninsula; these monumental fortresses are worthy of a visit. Isolated in the middle of Cape Espichel, rises the awe-inspiring pilgrimage sanctuary of Nossa Senhora do Cabo built in the 17th century and classified as a national heritage site.
“Praia da Foz”, 2 km away, is a fine sand beach; it is a beautiful unspoilt beach surrounded by cliffs, prolonged by a vast rocky platform used by fishermen. Praia da Foz is a pleasant 40 minute walk or 5 minutes by car.
Further along, you can find the beach “Praia das Bicas”, popular for surfing.
To the north you’ll discover the largest and main beach, “Praia do Meco”, with three miles of white sand and beautiful cliffs. This is the most uninhibited and naturist beach in Portugal. Praia do Meco is so long that if you walk long enough you will always find an uncrowded spot.
At the base of the Arrábida mountains you can find various beaches with crystal water and a backdrop of green hills. Most of these are small coves with fine white sand, tranquil waters and a unique microclimate.
Foz beach is 2km away.
You can walk through the woods and reach the sandy beach “Praia da Foz”, 2km away from the house, in 40 minutes; or you can drive and be there in 5 minutes!
A few km further along this long stretch of coast, is the fashionable sandy beach, Praia do Meco. Relax in a bar on wooden decking and enjoy the sunset whilst looking at the fishermen in their traditional coloured boats on beaches further afield or simply enjoy the magnificent spectacle of everchanging scenery.
Surfing is popular at nearby “Praia das Bicas”. For diving, Portinho de Arrabida beach has some of the most interesting diving in Portugal with its grottos and abundant marine life. Sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and rowing can all be enjoyed in the safe bay.
Gastronomy and wine tasting
In a country that has such an extensive coastline, it is not surprising that the sea should be one of the main sources of its cuisine. In the many restaurants at Meco, Sesimbra or Setubal, you can find all types of fresh and delicious grilled fish and also the best shellfish, such as clams, mussels or shrimps. Portugal’s climate and soil, its excellent varieties of traditional grapes and the wisdom and accumulated experience of its viniculturists have all helped to make Portuguese wines amongst the most appreciated in the world. The region of Setúbal, which has given its name to a sweet fortified wine, made from the muscadet grape, also produces robust reds and light white wines.
Arrabida National Park
The mountains are ideal for walks, and organized excursions can be arranged with the local nature tour companies. In the National Park, mountain biking, fauna tours, and bird watching are organised. Orienteering, cycling tours, riding and aerial sports are available and provide new experiences for beginners and experienced alike.
Portugal is a paradise where the golfer can play almost every day of the year. Quinta do Peru Golf and Aroeira Clube de Campo are a short drive away and other courses are nearby.
Getting there and around
Two hours flight from most European cities and 7 hours from New York, the Villa is reached by car from Lisbon Airport in 1 hour. Faro airport is 2.5 hours.
Apart from Lisbon, 40km away, Azeitão, Arrabida, Alcacer do Sal, Setubal, Palmela and Sesimbra are easily reached, making the self-catering villa an ideal base for unforgettable daily excursions.
A car is essential for this holiday as there is no public transport.