Monday, February 18, 2013

Thinking about a holiday in central Portugal?

Welcome to our new blog. We hope you will enjoy reading about our place and consider coming here for a holiday. 

We are a Dutch couple, Martine and Paul, who bought, and converted a beautiful property just below Castelo Novo in the Gardunha Mountains. 

It is ideal here - a walk of about ten minutes and you will find yourself in the village where a community pool in the river brings a welcome refreshment and relaxing opportunities. During the summer season a little bar provides drinks and snacks sustaining you throughout the evening. 

We offer an apartment to rent and Bed and Breakfast accommodation...but more about that later......

Castelo Novo

 This is a wonderful area of Portugal to visit - most people have heard about the Algarve, but little is known about central Portugal and their lovely people. Castelo Novo is an historic village, set in the Garduhna Mountains - in the shape of an amphitheater. 

The village takes its name from the 12th century castle that still stands. Our village is one of the 12 'Aldeias Historicas de Portugal' - we are on a route where you can visit them easily. If you would like to see more pictures of the village click here

In the region there are many attractions for visitors of all ages. There are walking tracks in the mountains, opportunities for scenic bike rides, good places to eat and drink, we even have a dam to swim nearby if you come in Spring or Summer. 

We have behind us the mountain and in front views of Monsanto. 

Our Place.....


We have a place to offer for guests who would like to visit this region. We can offer an apartment for 4 people. There is a modest living room, bathroom and two bedrooms. One with a double bed and bunk beds. 

There is a lovely terrace outside, in the shade of the cherry tree.

We include free wi-fi, bedding, towels and kitchen equipment.  At the bottom of our property there is a river.

If you have any basic requests of things that you would like in the kitchen when you arrive, let us know in advance and we will do our best to help you out. For example, milk, bread or coffee.

Bed and Breakfast

We offer bed and breakfast accommodation for 2 people. We have a camping bed for children 2 years or under. Our breakfasts typically consist of our organic orange juice, homemade jam and local bread. 

Advantages of staying here.....

One of the advantages of coming to stay with us is that we are musicians.  

We play many instruments and who knows, you might be lucky and be able to enjoy a music session with us when you are here.

We are animal lovers, so as long as your animals get on with our two dogs and two cats, you can bring them along. Let us know if you are thinking about bringing your animals. 

We speak lots of languages

and finally our location - we are 5 minutes away from the N18 and the A23. We are easy to find if you are coming by car, and if you choose to arrive by train or bus, we can arrange to pick you up from FUNDAO for a small charge.


If you have any questions or would like to make a reservation please contact us via email

 To finalise a reservation with us, we require that a deposit of 30% of the total cost is transfered at the time of booking. We ask that the remaining amount is transfered in ADVANCE of arrival.

Our cancellation policy is that we will refund the deposit until a maximum of 8 weeks before the arrival date.

Thank you for checking out our place. We are waiting to host you in this restful part of Portugal. 


  1. Dear Paul, Martine, and various creatures! We arrived back in the UK today and... raining, good old Britain :)

    Just wanted to say a quick thank you (again!) for making our short stay in Portugal an amazing one. Will definitely be back in the summer for a bit longer this time.

    We loved the local area, absolutely breath taking and really looking forward to exploring the Gardunha and the Serra Estrela mountains next time.

    The accommodation was tip-top, breakfast was perfect (please send some of your jam!) and Pauls coffee will be missed every morning now.

    Give Sheeba a hug from me and tell the cats they owe me two tennis balls!

    Kind Regards,

    Sef, Jasmine, and Laika xxx

    ps, see you August/September 2013!

  2. “Paul en Martine kenden we al langer, maar met hun huis in Portugal maakten we pas kennis in augustus 2011 toen we werden uitgenodigd voor een gezamenlijke verjaardagsparty.
    We hebben toen een paar dagen doorgebracht in hun paradijsje. Zelfgeperste druivensap en wijn van de eigen wijngaard, noten plukken van de notenbomen, afkoeling in het natuurlijke zwembadje in de beek bij hun terrein en muziek, de rode draad in het leven van Paul en Martine. Maar vooral heel relaxed!

    Toen waren we met de tent, maar nu de gastenverblijven klaar zijn gaan we die zeker een keer uitproberen.

    Inge en Herman”


  3. We have stayed several times at Quinta do Borracheiro. Paul and Martine live in a nice house with a huge garden with many fruit trees. The good climate ensures that there is always something to nibble in terms of fruit falls. Paul and Martine make delicious jellies and jams themselves; ingredients for an unforgettable breakfast in the garden. Castelo Branco is a picturesque village with a castle which is really worth visiting, it is always a pleasure to come back here again! Good luck with your B & B. Visiting this place really a must! Best greetings Annechien and Joost

  4. Tijdens onze vakantie naar Portugal kon een bezoek aan Paul en Martine natuurlijk niet uitblijven ,en na eerst een paar dagen Lissabon reisden wij per trein verder naar Castelo Novo om ons te installeren op het
    prachtige buiten "Qiunta de Borracheiro.
    Een heerlijke plek waar ons geen moment verveeld hebben dankzij:een net nieuw geplaatste buitenkeuken ,natuurzwembad in het dorp en het jaarlijkse kersenfeest in een dorpje verder op.
    Hier kom je echt even helemaal los uit je dagelijkse sleur.
    Een echte aanrader.
    Wij kijken uit naar een volgend bezoek,,
    Huub En Annemarie

  5. Hallo Martine und Paul,vielen Dank für eure Gastfreundschaft.Wir genossen bei euch eine wunderbare,unvergessliche Zeit mit unserer kleienen Familie an diesen schönen Platz.Wir wünschen euch alles ute,Gesundheit und freuen uns auf ein Wiedersehen mit euch.Bis dahin grüßen herzlich Jens,Uta und Oma Gudi.

  6. Copie du mail: Nous avons passé 10 jours merveilleux chez Paul et Martine, on se croyait en famille. Nous avons gouté à leurs pizzas, vin, liqueurs, divers fruits et légumes du jardin et nos enfants ont adoré les fraises et les figues fraîches entre les baignades à la plage de la rivière qui est à 10 mn à pieds.
    L´appartement est modeste mais propre et confortable, tout le nécessaire y est. Les environs sont magnifiques, beaucoup d´endroits à visiter avec les précieux conseils de Martine.
    Nous reviendrons pour sur. A bientôt
    Gilles, Françoise, Fabien et Lisette