Nature Houses

Penela, Portugal
Architect Pedro Brígida Takes A Sculptural Approach To Minimalism In Wood

There's something almost sculptural about these three little houses. Built on the site of an old cottage by architect Pedro Brígida, they are located in glorious seclusion, in a small village on a winding mountain road about 40km from Coimbra.

Built in 2014 on the site of a 19th-century cottage, they are wonderfully simple - with bold lines and abundant natural wood. We love the way the furnishings blend into the walls and the rooms merge into each other.

The houses were conceived with a respect for the natural environment surrounding them. Local villagers helped build them and gave advice on local traditions and practices.

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The houses collect rainwater, use solar panels, and have an underfloor heating system. They also have traditional wood ovens, made from clay bricks and tiles, that are perfect for making local cuisine like octopus or goat.

There is a natural pool on the property, which serves as both a swimming pool and a year-round aquatic ecosystem. The larger tank of the main pool overflows into a lower pond that has a more natural feel.

The three houses vary slightly, but all have kitchenettes with fridges, induction ovens, microwaves and Nespresso machines. They have large windows that open onto private terraces and the shared garden/pool.  


LA SERRA DA LOUSA

The houses are located in Serra da Lousã, Central Portugal, two hours from both Porto and Lisbon and 40 minutes from Coimbra. It's a great location for outdoor activities. There are marked trails for sports like mountain biking and hiking, and in summer, there are fluvial beaches nearby and on the Atlantic coast an hour away.

Penela village (15 km) has a beautiful castle which has its origins in the 11th century, and inside it is the 12th-century Church of St Michael. A little farther afield are Lousã, which also has a great castle and some beautiful walking trails, and Montemor castle, near the rice fields of Mondego.

 

LOCATION

Ferraria de São João, Penela, Coimbra, Portugal. Nearest Airport: Lisbon (175km) or Porto (198km). There is a train station in Coimbra.

 

BEST TIME TO VISIT: May to October

 
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Nature Houses
Penela, Portugal
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Penela, Portugal
Nature Houses - Ferraria de Sao Joao, Central Portugal, Portugal | vacation homes for rent
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Nature Houses - Ferraria de Sao Joao, Central Portugal, Portugal | vacation homes for rent | vacation homes for rent
Nature Houses - Ferraria de Sao Joao, Central Portugal, Portugal | vacation homes for rent | vacation homes for rent
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Nature Houses
Penela, Portugal
A Modernized 19th Century Country Hamlet

There's something almost sculptural about these three little houses. Built on the site of an old cottage by architect Pedro Brígida, they are located in glorious seclusion, in a small village on a winding mountain road about 40km from Coimbra. 

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Nightjar 1 Br 1 Ba Sleeps 3 Min 2 nights
from €100 /nt
Nightjar is designed as a family-style studio suitable for up to three. It comes equipped with a living room with a single sofa bed and fully equipped kitchenette with dining space. The double/twin bed in the mezzanine accessed by vertical stairs and there is a shower room. There is a private terrace with access to the pool and gardens.
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Overview Included in rental price: GPS tracks for cycling, MTB and walking, bike tools and pump, bike garage, baby chairs and cots, and swimming pool access. Breakfast is available at additional cost. The owners will also fill the fridge with local produtcs like home made jams, fresh goat cheese, butter, ham, tea, coffee, milk, juice, fruits, cookies, yogurts, gluten-free cereals and fresh bread at your door, for €10 per person per day. The following extras are available on request: guided hikes, MTB and climbing experiences, carbon road bike and full suspension MTB rentals, yoga classes, wild deer watching routes, cultural visits, goat cheese-making workshops, and wood-oven bread-making workshops. Laundry service is available.
Essentials Yes
TV Yes
Air Conditioning Yes
Heating Yes
Kitchen Kitchenette
Internet Yes
Wireless Internet Yes
Washer Yes
Pool Shared pool
Dryer Yes
Free Parking on Premises Yes
Bedrooms 1
Bed Type 1 Double/Twin, 1 Single sofa bed
Kitchen Kitchenette
Bathrooms 1
Accommodates 3
Kid-Friendly Yes
Pets-Friendly No pets allowed
Family/Kid Friendly Yes
Min. Stay 2 nights
Check-In 3:00pm
Check-Out 11:00am
Sec. Deposit Due Deposit required at check-in with cash
Cancellation Policy Moderate
Guest will receive a full refund if booking is cancelled at least 30 days before the start of the stay. If the guest cancels 14-30 days before the start of the stay, they will receive a 50% refund. If they cancel within 14 days of the start of the stay, no refund will be given. BoutiqueHomes Service Fee is non refundable.
Covid-19 Policy
Only In the event the cancellation is a direct result of the pandemic (government orders the stoppage of vacation rentals or the authorities decide to restrict travel from the country of origin or to the country where the property is located), guests will be given the opportunity to receive full credit for their reservation if they rebook within one year. If the guest is unable to take the credit, the guest will receive a full refund if the booking is cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date. If the guest cancels 1 -14 days before the start of the stay they will receive a 50% refund. If they cancel within 24 hours of the stay, no refund will be given.
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Cuckoo 1 Br 2 Ba Sleeps 4 Min 2 nights
from €140 /nt
Cuckoo is a family-style house that sleeps up to four in one independent double/twin room with private balcony plus two single beds in the common areas and two bathrooms. It comes equipped with a living room and fully equipped kitchenette with dining space, and a private terrace with access to the pool and gardens.
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Overview Included in rental price: GPS tracks for cycling, MTB and walking, bike tools and pump, bike garage, baby chairs and cots, and swimming pool access. Breakfast is available at additional cost. The owners will also fill the fridge with local produtcs like home made jams, fresh goat cheese, butter, ham, tea, coffee, milk, juice, fruits, cookies, yogurts, gluten-free cereals and fresh bread at your door, for €10 per person per day. The following extras are available on request: guided hikes, MTB and climbing experiences, carbon road bike and full suspension MTB rentals, yoga classes, wild deer watching routes, cultural visits, goat cheese-making workshops, and wood-oven bread-making workshops. Laundry service is available.
Essentials Yes
TV Yes
Air Conditioning Yes
Heating Yes
Kitchen Kitchenette
Internet Yes
Wireless Internet Yes
Washer Yes
Pool Shared pool
Dryer Yes
Free Parking on Premises Yes
Bedrooms 1
Bed Type 1 Double/Twin, 2 Singles
Kitchen Kitchenette
Bathrooms 2
Accommodates 4
Kid-Friendly Yes
Pets-Friendly No pets allowed
Family/Kid Friendly Yes
Min. Stay 2 nights
Check-In 3:00pm
Check-Out 11:00am
Sec. Deposit Due Deposit required at check-in with cash
Cancellation Policy Moderate
Guest will receive a full refund if booking is cancelled at least 30 days before the start of the stay. If the guest cancels 14-30 days before the start of the stay, they will receive a 50% refund. If they cancel within 14 days of the start of the stay, no refund will be given. BoutiqueHomes Service Fee is non refundable.
Covid-19 Policy
Only In the event the cancellation is a direct result of the pandemic (government orders the stoppage of vacation rentals or the authorities decide to restrict travel from the country of origin or to the country where the property is located), guests will be given the opportunity to receive full credit for their reservation if they rebook within one year. If the guest is unable to take the credit, the guest will receive a full refund if the booking is cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date. If the guest cancels 1 -14 days before the start of the stay they will receive a 50% refund. If they cancel within 24 hours of the stay, no refund will be given.
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Woodpecker 2 Br 1 Ba Sleeps 5 Min 2 nights
from €120 /nt
Woodpecker is designed as a family-style studio suitable for up to five. It comes equipped with a living room and fully equipped kitchenette with dining space, and three uniquely configured sleeping spaces including an area with a double/twin bed plus one single bed cleverly tucked behind the sofa, and a double/twin bed in the mezzanine accessed by vertical stairs and a shower room. There is a private terrace with access to the pool and gardens.
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Overview Included in rental price: GPS tracks for cycling, MTB and walking, bike tools and pump, bike garage, baby chairs and cots, and swimming pool access. Breakfast is available at additional cost. The owners will also fill the fridge with local produtcs like home made jams, fresh goat cheese, butter, ham, tea, coffee, milk, juice, fruits, cookies, yogurts, gluten-free cereals and fresh bread at your door, for €10 per person per day. The following extras are available on request: guided hikes, MTB and climbing experiences, carbon road bike and full suspension MTB rentals, yoga classes, wild deer watching routes, cultural visits, goat cheese-making workshops, and wood-oven bread-making workshops. Laundry service is available.
Kitchen Fully equipped kitchenette
Pool Shared pool
Internet Wifi
Air Conditioning Yes
Heating Yes
Wireless Internet Yes
Washer Yes
Dryer Yes
Free Parking on Premises Yes
Fire Extinguisher Yes
TV Yes
Bedrooms 2
Bed Type 2 Double/Twins, 1 Single
Kitchen Fully equipped kitchenette
Bathrooms 1
Accommodates 5
Kid-Friendly Children are welcome
Pets-Friendly Pets are welcome, with permission, under certain circumstances, and on payment of a €25 cleaning fee per stay. They are, however, the responsibility of their owners.
Pets Allowed Pets are welcome, with permission, under certain circumstances, and on payment of a €25 cleaning fee per stay. They are, however, the responsibility of their owners.
Family/Kid Friendly Children are welcome
Min. Stay 2 nights
Check-In 3:00 PM
Check-Out 11:00 AM
Sec. Deposit 50.00%
Sec. Deposit Due Deposit required at check-in with cash
Cancellation Policy Moderate
Guest will receive a full refund if booking is cancelled at least 30 days before the start of the stay. If the guest cancels 14-30 days before the start of the stay, they will receive a 50% refund. If they cancel within 14 days of the start of the stay, no refund will be given. BoutiqueHomes Service Fee is non refundable.
Covid-19 Policy
Only In the event the cancellation is a direct result of the pandemic (government orders the stoppage of vacation rentals or the authorities decide to restrict travel from the country of origin or to the country where the property is located), guests will be given the opportunity to receive full credit for their reservation if they rebook within one year. If the guest is unable to take the credit, the guest will receive a full refund if the booking is cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date. If the guest cancels 1 -14 days before the start of the stay they will receive a 50% refund. If they cancel within 24 hours of the stay, no refund will be given.
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Nightjar
1 BR | 1 BA | SLEEPS 3
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Cuckoo
1 BR | 2 BA | SLEEPS 4
From €140 / nt - 2 nt min.
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Woodpecker
2 BR | 1 BA | SLEEPS 5
From €120 / nt - 2 nt min.
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