Villa Pedra

  • Location: Countryside
    UNESCO World heritage city of Coimbra: 30km (35 mins by car)
    The endless beaches around Figueira da Foz, Pedrogão, Vieira or S. Pedro de Moel: 70km (50 mins drive)
    Saturday market in Ansião: 14km (20 mins by car)
  • Lisbon Airport (LIS): 188km (2hs by car)
    Oporto Airport (OPO): 168km (1h 45 mins by car)
    Airport transfer available on request
    Car recommended
    Free parking

Dinner at the restaurant is prepared using locally sourced products, some from Villa Pedra's estate.
Within such beautiful natural surroundings, you'll be able to relax and unwind completely.
When you're done relaxing, go explore Coimbra, the small fishing villages, or even Porto and Lisbon.

Stock up on local market produce for a lavish Sunday dinner as the restaurant is closed on that day.
Villa Pedra is magically hidden from the tourist masses, which means you'll need a car to get there.

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An introduction to Villa Pedra

How would you describe Villa Pedra in a nutshell?

Villa Pedra is one of Portugal’s big secrets. It was once a private village that for the past 80 years had been left without any inhabitants and was all in ruins. It has since then been restored to a quiet holiday paradise with 12 holiday homes and a hotel-type service, and is located in the mountains in the middle of nowhere but with a beautiful view. We are right in nature and there is absolutely no traffic. The houses’ architecture is around 400 years old but has modern comforts.

What was your inspiration to renovate the village and open a small hotel?

I have traveled a lot and visited many places but no matter where I was, there was always something missing. My intention was to open a small hotel that would offer my home’s comforts. We thought of being in a place that is like a home away from home, quiet and peaceful. I had searched in the south of France, Bali, Bora Bora, just everywhere, and there was always something wrong with the place, either location or architecture. So, when we came across this place, we knew it was exactly what we had been looking for.

Please tell us about the interior design of Villa Pedra.

My partner is an architect, so we considered a mix of furniture, but nothing new except for the kitchens, the beds and the best and most comfortable Portuguese linen. The tapestries are from Persia, Afghanistan or Morocco and the furniture in the houses is either all from different time periods, such as the 17th to 20th centuries as well as Swedish or Danish pieces from the 1970s.

The atmosphere in the village and in the individual houses is very relaxing. Each house has a private garden, some even with organic vegetables, herbs and fruits. Even when we are fully booked, you will still feel like you have the village all to yourself. The vegetation and reconstructed walls provide great privacy for each house.

To you personally, what’s been the biggest reward since you opened Villa Pedra to holiday guests?

We have many people who come from all over the world who after their first visit keep coming back. They are always sending their friends because they like it so much. Seeing how well Villa Pedra is received and recommended to our guests’ friends and family members is a wonderful experience that I am very grateful for.

Villa Pedra pool area
Medlar-Tree House garden
Jasmine House
Rosemary House dining area
Rosemary House
Rosemary House bedroom
Rosemary House garden
Cherry-Tree terrace
Cherry-Tree House
Medlar-Tree House
Medlar-Tree House bedroom
Lemon-Tree House terrace
Breakfast area
Outside spaces
Pool and garden
Laurel’s House
Laurel’s House
Laurel’s House
Laurel’s House
Villa Pedra
Almond-Tree House terrace
Almond-Tree House living room
Walnut-Tree kitchen
Girls School
Girls School
Girls school bedroom
Boys School
Boys School
Boys School
Boys and Girls School exterior

Villa Pedra rooms & rates

There are ten houses in total but even though they are all close together you won’t really notice your neighbors because of the gardens in between. The only two houses that are a bit further away from the rest are the former schools, which were recently converted into holiday homes.

We get lots of groups of families and friends. If you want you can open the gates between the gardens to create one big, shared space.

The houses all have fully-stocked kitchens with everything from microwaves to washing machines. Like a normal country kitchen, some are big enough to accommodate up to ten people.

The gardens and terraces are all different sizes. They are designed in a way that you can feel totally alone. There is a swimming pool in the middle of the village. As it’s separate from the houses you won’t be disturbed by any noise from there.

  • Jasmine House for 2-3 people / 60 m²
    140 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    The split-level house features:
    Bedroom with double bed
    Bathroom with shower
    Central heating
    Living room
    TV and internet (optical fiber)
    DVD/CD players
    Fully equipped kitchen
    Private terrace and garden of 300m2
    Exterior table

  • Almond-Tree House for 2-3 people / 65 m²
    140 / night
    • 1 Twin bedroom
    • 1 Shower room
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Dining room
    • 1 Kitchenette
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 1 Sofabed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    The split-level house features:
    Bedroom with twin beds
    Bathroom with shower
    Central heating
    Living room
    TV and internet (optical fiber)
    Fully equipped kitchenette (except for the oven)
    Private terrace and garden of 300m2
    Exterior table

  • Lemon-Tree House for 4 people / 140 m²
    235 / night
    • 1 Twin bedroom
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 2 Shower room
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    The split-level house features:
    Bedroom with double bed and private terrace (upstairs)
    Bedroom with twin beds (downstairs)
    Bathroom with shower
    Service toilet
    Air conditioning
    Living room
    TV and internet (optical fiber)
    DVD player
    Fully equipped kitchen
    Private garden
    Exterior table

  • Rosemary House for 4-5 people / 150 m²
    245 / night
    • 1 Twin bedroom
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom
    • 1 Shower room
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Sofabed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    The split-level house features:

    - Main building:
    Bedroom with double bed
    Bathroom with bathtub/shower
    Central heating
    Living room
    TV and internet (optical fiber)
    DVD and CD players
    Fully equipped kitchen

    - Annex:
    Bedroom with twin beds
    Bathroom with shower
    Central heating
    TV and internet (optical fiber)

    - Outside:
    Private terrace and garden of 800m2
    Exterior table and barbecue

    Note: The sofa bed (on request) is only suitable for children until 8 years old. It is always prepared at the main building, next to the main bedroom.

  • Medlar-Tree House for 4-5 people / 150 m²
    245 / night
    • 2 Twin bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom
    • 1 Shower room
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    The split-level house features:

    - Upstairs:
    Bedroom with twin beds
    Bathroom with shower

    - Downstairs:
    Bedroom with twin beds
    Bathroom with shower

    - Common facilities:
    Air conditioning
    Living room
    TV and internet (optical fiber)
    DVD player
    Fully equipped kitchen
    Private stone garden with exterior table (downstairs)
    Private grass garden and terrace (upstairs)

  • Walnut-Tree House for 2-3 people / 60 m²
    140 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    The split-level house features:
    Bedroom with double bed
    Bathroom with shower
    Central heating
    Living room
    TV and internet (optical fiber)
    Fully equipped kitchen
    Private garden

  • Cherry-Tree House for 2 people / 60 m²
    140 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    The split-level house features:
    Bedroom with double bed and private terrace
    Bathroom with shower
    Air conditioning
    Living room
    TV and internet (optical fiber)
    Fully equipped kitchen
    Private garden of 100m2

  • Boys School for 2-3 people / 150 m²
    130 / night
    • 1 Twin bedroom
    • 1 Shower room
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Dining room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Sofabed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    The house features:
    Bedroom with twin beds
    Bathroom with shower
    Air conditioning
    Living room
    Cable TV and internet
    Fully equipped kitchen
    Private terrace and garden of 900m2

    Note:
    This accommodation is located about 500 meters from Villa Pedra’s reception, pool and restaurant.
    The sofa bed (on request) is only suitable for children until 8 years old.

  • Girls School for 2-3 people / 150 m²
    130 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Dining room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Sofabed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    The house features:
    Bedroom with double bed
    Bathroom with shower
    Air conditioning
    Living room
    Cable TV and internet; DVD player
    Fully equipped kitchen
    Private garden and terrace

    Note:
    This accommodation is located about 500 meters from Villa Pedra’s reception, pool and restaurant.
    The sofa bed (on request) is only suitable for children until 8 years old.

  • Laurel House for 4-5 people / 200 m²
    245 / night
    • 1 Twin bedroom
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 2 Shower room
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Other rooms
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    The house features:

    - Upstairs:
    Bedroom with double bed
    Bathroom with shower

    - Downstairs:
    Bedroom with twin beds
    Bathroom with shower

    - Common facilities:
    Central heating
    Living room
    TV and internet (optical fiber)
    DVD player
    Fully equipped kitchen
    Private garden
    Exterior table and barbecue

    Note: This villa features an extra sitting room with a glass roof.

Included in the rates
Rates include breakfast and daily cleaning.
Optional extras
Massage (EUR 40 per 45 min. session)
Children & Extra beds
Children of all ages are welcome. Baby cots (EUR 20/25 per night), sofa or extra beds for children up to 8 years old (EUR 20/25 per night) and extra beds for children from 9 years and adults (EUR 40/45 per night) are available on request.
Minimum stay
2 nights
Check in time
after 14:00
Check out time
before 12:00

Facilities & services

  • Children welcome
  • Swimming pool
  • WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Terrace
  • Maid service
  • Concierge service
  • TV
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Central heating
  • Room service
  • BBQ area
  • Iron & Board
  • Hair dryer

We offer different kinds of massages as well as bicycle rentals. Even though we don’t serve breakfast, we do provide different kinds of products, so our guests can prepare their own meal. People love it because it’s very rustic and fresh, and you can make breakfast at whatever time you want. The houses have all the necessary facilities to make anything from omelettes to freshly squeezed orange juice.

Our restaurant is open in the evenings and is the 11th hotel restaurant in Portugal to be considered organic; we offer delicious, healthy Portuguese cooking with only locally-sourced products. We use our own wine, olive oil, vegetables and aromatic herbs. The fish comes fresh from the sea and the meat is from our neighbors. It’s a very healthy kitchen, which our holiday guests can enjoy inside or outside the restaurant.

Things to do in Central Portugal & Coimbra

  • Art / Culture
  • Shopping / Markets
  • Wine tastings
  • Massages / Treatments
  • Hiking
  • Cycling

Villa Pedra is located on the old Roman roads and we are right on the Portuguese way to Santiago da Guarda. There is also the church of Santiago seven kilometers away and a small village with a Roman castle and ruins, which was built in the 12th century and since then has been restored.

The city of Coimbra is known for its famous university, which is a UNESCO heritage site. There is also Conímbriga, the site with the biggest Roman ruins in Portugal and Spain. Those are two places we would highly recommend for guests. In general, Portugal is one of the oldest countries in Europe so there are lots of castles from the 12th century that are worth visiting.

Holiday guests usually stay around 15 days, go to Coimbra for a day and Lisbon, but normally want to stay around the area to relax. Doing nothing is the most exclusive luxury we can provide.

Most of our guests also like to take long walks. Thousands of flowers are lining the stone walkways and roads, which is a very pretty sight. Imagine, we have 32 different kinds of wild orchids! You can also discover a lot of the smaller streets by walking around the area.

Villa Pedra reviews

5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
We had a wonderful stay at Villa Pedra, and would very happily suggest a 5 rating. Villa Pedra is a beautiful, relaxing getaway in a fairly isolated location. Even in August it was serene, although all of the houses were occupied. We stayed for 6 days, and could have happily stayed much longer. Warm days were a pleasure to pass by the lovely salt water pool. The houses and garden are beautiful and have idiosyncratic touches that hint at life in the village years ago. The restaurant is great, lovely food served family style. Ingredients are local, seasonal and fresh. If you [refer to self cater the kitchens are well equipped. We loved the sourdough bread left at our door everyday and the fresh cheeses and oranges that were regularly replenished daily. It was a wonderful holiday and we hope to return some time. Our only tips would be to stock up on groceries in Lisbon or Porto, the choice locally is limited, and also to remember to take mosquito repellent in the summer.
Cherie P. (UK)
stayed at Villa Pedra in September 2018
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
We would give our stay a 5. We absolutely loved our experience at Villa Pedra and would go back. Everything was clean, quiet, private, and we loved Marta's cooking in The Kitchen. Staff was helpful and pleasant. We look forward to booking through Welcome Beyond again. We hope to find the same quality in our future accommodations.
Aubrey H. (Ireland)
stayed at Villa Pedra in September 2016
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
AMAZING!!!
Mafalda M. (Portugal)
stayed at Villa Pedra in October 2016

The location of Villa Pedra

Villa Pedra is located right in the center of Portugal. You can take day trips to Porto and Lisbon, which are between 130 to 180 kilometers away. The highway is close to the houses, which makes it very convenient to get to other parts of the country.

In 40 mins you can get to the coast with kilometers of sandy beaches. Figueira da Foz, a big city on the coast is about 30 mins south. It’s one of the last places in Portugal where you can purchase fresh fish from the incoming fishing boats.

At the market of Ansião, on Saturday mornings, you will find a huge variety of vegetables from local vegetable-gardens, besides the good meat and fish from the neighboring coast.

When is the best time to visit Central Portugal?

We would say that the best time to visit is generally from February until November. From June until October the weather is very good. During a summer day it might go up to 30-35 degrees. However, even at midday, when it’s very hot, you can relax in the shade under the trees. The houses have very big, thick walls, which will keep you cool.

Our winters are rather cold, around 12 degrees. Inside the houses it is still very nice and comfortable due to our heating systems.