Villa Pedra Natural House

Villa Pedra Natural Houses review in Central Portugal

While many people are familiar with Lisbon, Portugal, a lot of travelers enjoy venturing off the typical tourist track. If you love to discover new places and enjoy the feeling of staying in a home away from home – I have a special treat waiting for you in central Portugal. Villa Pedra Natural Houses remind me of the movie “Under the Tuscan Sun.” However, this story involves several men visiting and falling in love with Aldeia de Cima- Cotas, Portugal, a small village, formerly abandoned, one and a half hours outside of Lisbon.

 

 

Villa Pedra central Portugal

My view of central Portugal from Villa Pedra Natural Houses

Villa Pedra Natural Houses

Situated near Coimbra, Portugal, Villa Pedra Natural Houses are like the phoenix rising from the ashes. In fact, one of the owners, Manuel Casal, shows me some of the ancient coins that they discovered on the slopes of Serra do Sicó, while building their natural houses made of limestone block walls. The last inhabitants lived in the area of Aldeia de Cima over 80 years ago. Now home to nearby marble and granite quarries, this area near Coimbra was the ideal location to build Villa Pedra Natural Houses, a unique lodging concept in central Portugal.

Along with a third partner, owners Manuel Casal and Victor Mineiro, decided to build seven natural houses, with plans for seven additional stone houses. “I was in the tourist business for 10 years,” notes Casal. “I wanted a place where people could stay, but not in a “normal” way. You come here and this is your home. We have kitchen gardens for each house.”

 

Villa Pedra interior

Farm fresh breakfast at Villa Pedra Natural Houses, Central Portugal

Have it your way at Villa Pedra

With a stocked refrigerator of butter, fresh cheese, local jams, fruit, yogurt and farm-fresh eggs, guests may have breakfast whenever they want in the privacy of their own house. A fresh loaf of bread, baked locally, is delivered in the morning, to your door. A bottle of local wine, along with fresh cheese and bread is waiting in a basket upon arrival to your natural stone house.

 

Villa Pedra house for couple or family

Each natural stone house, named after a tree, is designed by director Victor Mineiro. All houses welcome families or couples. The owners restore and recycle furniture, acquired from their many travels. Of course, the kitchen and beds are new. With Pirelli beds and 100% Portuguese cotton sheets, it is easy to enjoy a good night’s sleep.

 

Villa Pedra bedroom

Relax at Villa Pedra Natural Houses, Portugal

Relax at Villa Pedra

With 32 types of orchids on the property and the surrounding area, as well as fruit trees of every kind, guests may enjoy the Villa Pedra grounds or relax at the swimming pool. I will remember my stay at Villa Pedra with a full moon hanging outside my balcony and dinner with my hosts Manuel and Victor.

Our dinner began with chorizo sausage with honey and Porto red wine, followed with creamy vegetable soup, potatoes roasted with fresh herbs, salad from the garden and fish in a cream sauce.

 

Need to know

Villa Pedra requires a two night minimum stay.  Cost of the stay at Villa Pedra, one house, one couple, with breakfast, 120 euros. Check the website for current pricing.

 

Insider tip

Villa Pedra will soon be opening a restaurant for guests of the natural houses.

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Villa Pedra pool

Villa Pedra Natural Houses pool in Central Portugal

If You Go:

Villa Pedra Natural Houses 351 910 731 194

Rua do Rechio e Seladas

Aldeia de Cima – Cotas

3130 – 092 Soure, Portugal

Article written by and photos courtesy of  Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip, Travels from Northern California. I was a guest of VisitCentro, Portugal Tourism and SATA Airlines.

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