Casa Sintra

  • Location: Beach / Coast
    Closest beach: 1.7km (20 mins walking)
    Closest restaurants: 5 mins by car
    UNESCO Heritage site Sintra: 10km (15 mins by car)
    Lisbon: 38km (40 mins by car)
  • Lisbon Airport (LIS): 40km (45 mins by car)
    Faro Airport (FAO): 310km (3h by car)
    Car recommended
    Free parking
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An introduction to Casa Sintra

What is the story behind Casa Sintra, what was your inspiration to create it?

Casa Sintra was designed by my father-in-law, Frederico Valsassina, who is a well-known architect, together with my wife, who is also an architect and interior designer. Her parents own the adjacent property and we used to go there at weekends. Eventually, we decided to buy the plot next door and build a modern house, which is Casa Sintra. We used only a few materials and elevated it off the ground because of the humidity in the region.

For us, the main thing was that the house is close to Lisbon, so we could stay and commute to work if we needed or go to dinners and social events in the city. We have had the property for eight or nine years now and only rent it out a few times per year, as we want to be able to use it ourselves. It is also used to shoot commercials for a lot of international brands because it is so wide and open with unique light.

How would you describe the atmosphere and interior design of Casa Sintra?

It features big spaces and is surrounded by pine trees. It’s very beautiful to be seated in the living room and look out towards the trees — there are around 400 on the property. At sunset, the sun filters through all of the pine trees and you get this very unique light in the house.

To you personally, what is so special about Casa Sintra?

How it is decorated and how it relates to the surrounding nature. When you are sitting in the living room reading a book, you look up to see all of the pine trees — it’s beautiful. You don’t see any other houses, so there is a lot of privacy. Even at night, you don’t see other lights, just the pine trees illuminated.

The villa among the pine trees
The villa from afar
View of living area
Living area
Living area
Living area
The villa
The villa
The villa
The villa

Casa Sintra rooms & rates

When you enter the house, you walk down a hall that connects to the main living room where there is a dining table that seats 10 and a huge sofa, plus a smart TV. On the right-hand side is a door that goes into the kitchen, which is very big and has a table that can seat 14 people. We like to do big breakfasts and brunches here when friends come to stay.

The kitchen has all of the appliances you need — a large fridge, toasters and a Nespresso machine (we always leave capsules for guests to use). There is also a laundry with a washing machine and a dryer — we are always updating and improving the furnishings and appliances in the home.

On the other side of the house from the entrance is a corridor that leads to the main bathroom and a cinema room with a projector, a big sofa and a desk. There are also four bedrooms here, one master bedroom which has a large window looking out across the pine trees, another double bedroom, one twin bedroom with 2 additional beds and a single bedroom with a baby crib.

Also on the property is a garage that’s clad in wood where we keep our vintage cars.

  • Casa Sintra for 6-8 people / 490 m²
    925 / night
    • 1 Twin bedroom
    • 2 Double bedrooms
    • 1 Single bedroom
    • 4 Shower rooms (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Dining room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Other rooms
    • 2 Extra beds (on req.)
    • 2 Baby cots (on req.)
    • Terrace
    • Fireplace
Included in the rates
Rates are on a self-catering basis.
Optional extras
Many additional services are available such as a private chef, catering, extra cleaning etc. Please just ask.
Children & Extra beds
This is a wonderful place for children. They will love the play room with lots of great toys and books for children. There is also a private tennis court and a soccer field for children. 2 extra beds for children and 1 baby cot are available free of charge.
Minimum stay
3 nights
Check in time
after 16:00
Check out time
before 11:00

Facilities & services

  • WiFi
  • Concierge service
  • Terrace
  • Children welcome
  • TV
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Washing machine
  • Babysitting on request
  • Music system
  • Central heating
  • Courtyard
  • Toys for kids
  • Iron & Board
  • Gym
  • Hair dryer
  • Playground

There are a lot of places for kids to play – we have a tennis court, a big trampoline and a grassy soccer field. We can also cater to most guests’ needs and are very flexible in terms of organising rental cars and extra cleaning during the stay or making restaurant reservations. While we have a minimum stay of three nights, check-in and check-out times are flexible.

There is central heating throughout the house and a sound system, as well as lots of English-language books for all ages. We also leave many of our belongings, such as tennis racquets and gym equipment that guests can use. We don’t have a pool (or want a pool) and this isn’t normally an issue as the beach is so close by.

Please note that the house does not have AC. But since you are near the Sintra mountains, there is no need for AC.

Things to do in Greater Lisbon & Colares

  • Art / Culture
  • Tennis
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Boat trips

The UNESCO-listed town of Sintra is where most of our guests want to go but I would also recommend Cascais and the local beaches. The area is known for surfing and there are four or five beaches that we like and always recommend to guests, with the closest being around three kilometres away. The mountains surrounding Sintra are also great for hiking and mountain biking and you can easily drive into Lisbon for the day.

Casa Sintra reviews

5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Casa Sintra is the perfect place to stay….there are many reasons. First of all Marta and Manuel are wonderful and welcoming hosts. Before even arriving we received a list providing all the tips for a special stay at this beautiful house: The amazing beaches, the marvelous restaurants and activities in the area.
And we rarely arrived in a house where all is as perfect as being at home: the fridge filled with nice drinks, coffee and cupboards filled with everything needed to prepare a breakfast or snack.
And last but not least the house and its architecture which is breathtaking. So many places in and around the house where we loved to sit and just enjoy the view, the light and nature around the house.
We will come back. Thank you so much for sharing this treasure!
Astrid K. (Germany)
stayed at Casa Sintra in May 2024
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
We were there in January, everything was perfect! Thank you very much! Gladly we come again.
Ewa M. (Germany)
stayed at Casa Sintra in January 2023
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
The house is an architectural masterpiece which promotes a calm and serene space which worked well for our family with different spaces for different moods. The tennis court and beach volleyball court on site were also a treat. The local area of Colares was easy to navigate with a sandy beach nearby surrounded by a chic beach café and an excellent seafood restaurant all within easy reach from the house.

The very friendly and helpful owners were on hand to assist with any queries, offering their local knowledge of restaurants and recommendations for activities including surfing and sand dune horse ride which the kids loved.
Michelle G.
stayed at Casa Sintra in August 2022

The location of Casa Sintra

Casa Sintra is around 15 minutes’ drive from Sintra, 25 minutes from Cascais and 40 minutes from Lisbon. Lisbon Airport is 45 minutes away. There are three or four very good restaurants in the neighbourhood serving everything from seafood to Portuguese cuisine and these are roughly three or four kilometres away. Also nearby is a local farmers market and less than one kilometre away is a small village with a supermarket and a fish market. Finding fresh produce and a good bottle of wine nearby is no problem.

When is the best time to visit Greater Lisbon?

The worst time to visit is between January and March when it is winter and raining. But there are some people who like it because the house is very comfortable and you can look out at the weather while being comfortable inside beside the fireplace. Most people choose to visit between April and October.