Orientation Tour at Check-in

From the local grocer to an overview of the Baixa, this introduction quickly became a guest favorite.

Welcome Basket

A bottle of Portuguese wine, coffee, teas, orange juice, local cheese, fresh fruit and freshly-baked breads.

Pre-Arrival Shopping Service

If you wish, we can pick-up a few of your favorite staples from the local grocer. No charge for delivery. Must be confirmed at least 5 days in advance of check-in.

Free WI-FI & Loaner Laptop / Netbook

Each property has a loaner netbook or laptop, plus free wireless internet access.

Loaner Cellphone & Long-distance Calling

Skype is installed on each laptop/netbook for long distance calling at just 2 cents per minute. Please set up your account beforehand at
A loaner cellphone is also provided upon request. Guests are responsible for the cost of outgoing calls on the cellphone.

Satellite Cable TV

Cable includes English-language stations (e.g., CNN, BBC, Cartoon Network, FOX, TCM Turner Classic Movies).

For the Kids

View our extensive list of child-friendly amenities for you to reserve in advance.

Lending Library

In addition to the selection of books and CDs at each property, we have a large collection of books about Portugal, its fascinating history and/or novels set in this lovely country. View the book list and reserve in advance.
(Or use the list to order your own copy for some pre-trip “get in the mood” preparations.)

Beach Equipment

Several beautiful beaches are just 30 minutes away by train or bus. Every property has beach towels, ice packs and portable coolers.
Ask us about surf lessons… Surf’s up!


A special treat! Several Gyms in our area offers daily passes, and we are happy to arrange these for you. Reservations must be made in advance.

VisitingPortugal Tourist Book

Customized walking tours, suggested itineraries and restaurants, kid-friendly ideas, emergency information including extensive list of English-speaking doctors… and much, much more.

Luxury Linens

Truth be told, we love our linens: 400-800 threadcount sheets; soft, fluffy towels. Bliss.

Fully-Equipped Kitchen

Microwave, dishwasher, coffeemaker, kettle, utensils, plates, glasses, cookware, staples (oils, vinegars, sugar, flour, rice, pasta, etc), spices and Portuguese cookbooks, in English

Washer/Dryer & Iron/Ironing Board

Detergents provided, so you don’t have to buy or pack your own.

Complimentary Toiletries & Hairdryer

You’ll find a hairdryer, travel-sized shampoo, and authentic Portuguese bath soap in every bathroom. A good supply of toilet paper, too.


Air conditioners are installed in the living areas. Please note that our hill is refreshed by ocean breezes coming up the Tejo River: average August high is only 28C/82F, low is 17C/63F. Pack a sweater for evenings, even in summer!

Orthopaedic (firm) Mattresses

Our mattresses are custom-made for us, then covered with a pillow-topper. We think they provide a perfect night’s sleep.

Especially for our Guests

Look at our Tips & Tours section for information on Local Restaurant Recommendations, Suggested Itineraries, Private Fado Tours, In-Home Cooking Classes & Volunteer Service Projects.

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