After floods and endless rain in the UK we wanted to find sunshine but it had to be sunshine with attitude – i.e. not sitting on a beach. When we found the Quinta online we were attracted by the bird-watching on offer and the majestic remoteness of the region.
When we arrived we were immediately welcomed by Frank and Daniella, their family and the four dogs all of whom were to become our friends. We had dinner together every day –often with other guests, and Daniella could not have been more thoughtful, catering for a restricted diet.
On the days we stayed “at home” we wandered along a path beside a brook among the cork oaks coming across birds, lizards, frogs and wild boar tracks, or we sat on the terrace or in the exotic terraced garden with magnificent views across the lake nearly always accompanied by at least one dog.
Our holiday was 10 days during which we booked three days out “birding”. These days were the highlights of our visit. We never could have found all the places we were taken to – often quite exciting off-road driving – nor would we have seen approx. 100 different species without Frank’s immense knowledge and skill. The very first bird we saw, a Spanish Imperial Eagle sitting on a rock will not be forgotten.
Nor will we forget the warm hospitality we received and, needless to say, fully intend to book a return visit.
A magic place with or without the birding.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The essence of the Quinta is a small, intimate, holiday retreat for peace and relaxation. It boasts a blend of traditional hospitality, "International home-cooking" cuisine and a friendly atmosphere with excellent, friendly service.Set in a beautiful lakeside location, the Quinta is surrounded by unspoiled countryside with a wide variety of wildlife and rare birds in its gardens and surrounding countryside. In short it's Paradise in Portugal. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Quinta Do Barranco Da Estrada Hotel Santa Clara a Velha