The place is in a small village on the countryside where apparently the neighbours keep dogs locked in their gardens, therefore 24hrs around the clock dogs are barking making it very difficult to sleep, don't event consider opening the windows to get some fresh air!
Also, the breakfast hygiene is beyond terrible. Cheeses, hams, yoghurts etc are just standing in room temperature for 4+ hours every day, with flies occasionally eating on them. The cheeses that are not eaten after one days breakfast are then put back into the fridge and are out again for the next day, for even more hours in room temperature. There was a fruit salad as well that looked really disgusting because it was old an had been in room temp for to many hours (days?). Cutlery and glasses are sometimes not clean. Its a shame that someone would like to serve food in this way.
The "reception" is only manned from 2pm to 6pm (that would be the hours you normally are away from from your hotel) making it complicated with practical stuff such as payment and getting in the house and room upon arrival. Pool is not cleaned.
Otherwise the house is charming and the room was very nice and clean! Beautiful views over the surroundings and the Sintra mountain.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome To The House Of The She Pine Tree! The House of the She Pine Tree was built at the end of the XIX Century for a local farmer´s family, and expanded in the 30´s, when it was redesigned to its “Sintra Chalet” looks. It sits on the highground edge of the time forgotten villages of Sabugo and Vale de Lobo, in the county of the historic town of sintra (a Unesco World Heritage Site). The village rolls down the last west facing slope where the hills of Carregueira and Olela merge, with breathtaking views of the mountain of Sintra and its valley, with fabulous unlimited 270º degrees sunsets panoramas! The sea from Guincho to Ericeira lies just behind the horizon. The house was bought in the early sixties by the journalist, war reporter, radio and tv producer and speaker, painter, artist, award-wining novelist, theater and children´s stories writer, publicist, poet, antiquarian, art collector Olavo d´Eça Leal (Vd. Bio). The house will be the property of a foundation and hosts the temporary and permanent contributions of drawings, paintings, furnishings and personal objects of Olavo, constituting a Museum House. In order to sustain its maintenance and support the conservation of the house and its collection, the house is operating as an inn/bed & breakfast, a non-profit charity. The rooms are decorated with the art collection, furnishings, and personal objects of Olavo, on loan or donated by his widow, Emilia, and his son, Tomaz. The collection is constituted mainly by drawings from 1926 to 1976, the year he passed away in Oxford, covering 50 years of his work. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The House Of The She Pine Tree Portugal/Sabugo