Romantic riverside retreat

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  • 2 bedrooms
  • 1 bathrooms
  • Sleeps 4
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Bedrooms: 2

Bathrooms: 1

Sleeps: 4

Type: House

Romantic riverside retreat

At the end of a small lane and overlooking the beautiful River Mira, lies Casa Boakoster. Having been uninhabited for the past 25 years, the house has been lovingly restored by professional carpenter Bas Koster, who has transformed this once-derelict property into a beautiful, charming villa that blends traditional Portuguese architecture with clean interior woodworking, a product of his carpentry experience in the Swiss Alps.

Not satisfied with rebuilding the roof and the first floor, Bas has completed the house by building a large wooden sun terrace that extends out from the ground floor and provides fantastic views over the river, a stone’s ...Read more

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Romantic riverside retreat
Odemira, Centro Region, Portugal

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About the area

Villa Nova de Milfontes – The main tourist destination in the area.
Where the river Mira meets the ocean, it has sheltered beaches safe for swimming and sunbathing sheltered from the wind by the cliffs. Also on offer here are fishing trips by boat, and a surf school.

Cabo de Sardao – No beach, but a dramatic panorama. Feel the raw power of the Atlantic and see the storks and their nests perched high up on the cliff-tops.
Zambujera de Mar – Picturesque old village built high up on the cliffs. Great secluded beaches and good food

In the Algarve one hour South of the house are several golf courses.

Special Interest Holidays
surfing, kite surfing, mountain biking, sea fishing and river fishing, bird watching, canoeing, swimming and walking.

How to get there
Odemira is served by regional bus service connecting it to other towns in the region and beyond. There is also a daily bus service connecting it with Lisbon. The bus station is a short walk from the house. From the nearby town of Funchera (30 min van Odemira), trains leave for Lisbon and Faro a few times a day, but getting a rental car is by far the best option so you can truly explore the area and get the most out of your stay in Alentejo. There is free parking 40 meters from the house.

From Lisbon Airport - 203km / 2h 30 min
From Faro Airport - 154km / 2h

Further Details
Odemira is located in the province of Alentejo, an area that is in stark contrast to the tourism-driven developments of the Algarve. In Odemira the pace of life is slow; the quiet cobbled streets, orange-blossom scented squares and weathered houses giving the town a distinctly timeless atmosphere. Here you can get espresso for under €1, eat the legendary frango (grilled chicken) and sample the local wines , and find some fantastic bargains in the weird and wonderful little shops that are dotted throughout the town.

Returning to the river, there is a lovely tree-lined boardwalk along the southern bank, with small jetties and benches at various points to seek shade form the midday sun, or just watch the fisherman lazily casting out into the green waters, which are some of the cleanest in Europe. The boardwalk is one example of the recent improvements to the town that confirm its status as the region’s main hub. As such, the town has several bank branches and a post office, as well as the following amenities:

- Cinema (films are usually in English);
- Hospital, very close to the house;
- 24 hour Pharmacy;
- Supermarkets (Lidl, Aldi and Intermarche);
- Indoor swimming pool;
- Numerous restaurants and cafés;
- Various squares and parks including one directly next to the house with play equipment for the kids; Bakery (50m from the house) with a phone booth located outside.

More About This Location

Beach or lakeside relaxation, Warm winter getaways, Waterfront

Getting There

Nearest airport: Faro, 60 miles
Nearest train station: Funchera, 15 miles
Car is not necessary



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