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For a grand dose of rustic comfort with a huge amount of scenic and historic value, Casa das Rendufas is the place to go. Located in a peaceful village neighbouring authentic Templar castles, this rustic destination gives guests the chance to sleep in antique-filled rooms and lounge by a pool overlooking mountains.
CASA DAS RENDUFAS
Located in the village of Rendufas da Estrada, and with an outdoor pool, the casa is only seventeen kilometres from the Tomar’s Christ Convent. Offering guests, a deep and lavishly historic backstory, there is a huge amount of cultural significance to the location that keeps even the most cerebral of guests entertained.
Despite the rooms being presented in a rustic style, each unit is modern and includes a television and a seating area. Private bathrooms also come with free toiletries and are clean.
Due to its location, you can enjoy mountain views from each bedroom and all of the accommodation has its own private entrance, garden and terrace. The tranquil setting is enhanced by the presence of a chapel, a reminder about the history that has shaped this part of the world. And is within easy travelling distance to Fátima, Ourém, Tomar, Torre Novas and Golegã, the last of which is well known for its strong equestrian tradition.
Perched prettily on top of a narrow village street overlooking olive groves, fig trees and mountains, the whitewashed house has combined traditional style with cosy comfort. It is a place for peace and relaxation as aside from the occasional chiming of bells from the chapel next door, there is nothing to disturb the quiet.
Light, airy bedrooms filled with antiques are divided between the main building into an annexe, a converted barn and a studio cottage. All have super mattresses and simple décor. Guests can choose between a cosy, beamed room with a porthole window, sleeping on a mezzanine in the rustic studio, or in a wonderful wooden sleigh bed. Immaculate bathrooms with slick fittings firmly belong to the 21st-century.
A lovely continental breakfast including delicious fig confit made at the Casa, is offered at a couple of tables in the elegant dining room, but if guests would prefer to self-cater, the barn and studio both are equipped with furnished kitchenettes.
Pets are allowed at no extra charge and there are many activities to do that could involve them including horse riding, cycling and hiking. There is also a sun terrace and garden for those wishing to spend most of their holiday lounging about and the owners have an encyclopaedic knowledge of the surrounding areas and things to do.
PRICE: see website
ADDRESS: Rua da Capela, 13, Rendufas, 2350-077 Rendufas da Estrada, Portugal