Although we experienced a little trouble locating this charming and rustic cottage (thank you Simone for arranging an escort from Serra), we found everything we needed to make our stay very pleasant and comfortable. Despite the weather being extremely hot, the cottage remained quite cool inside and enjoying a drink in the peace and quiet of the garden terrace after sundown following a busy day site seeing was a joy to experience. Finding the cottage may be a little easier if these minor adjustments to Wilf's directions are followed: when coming from Lisbon on the A1, take the A23 exit at 94kms (not 97) signposted Torres Novas, Entroncamento (no mention of Tomar). Then having driven through the main square in Serra and passed through the village of Venda, at the y-junction stay left (not right) then continue on as directed.
When we decided to sell and move to Portugal, last July, part of the reason was falling in love with this stone house and the surrounding area. It is just peaceful and beautiful here. So, when we found out we had a few weeks to spend before the purchase of our stone cottage, here in Portugal, of course we wanted to stay again at Casa de Pedra. The house has all the amenities one needs, and the close location to the lake, means lots of lovely walks each day! I am telling friends and family that if they want to come visit, they can stay with me, but if they want to enjoy a bit of time exploring on their own, they should book here! Thank you Simona and Family for letting us enjoy yet again a really lovely visit to this beautiful part of Portugal.
We loved our long stay at Casa de Pedra. We found this beautiful stone cottage both peaceful and super equipped. The house is very comfortable and has a great view of the countryside and lake. A bread truck goes right by every morning and we loved not only the fresh rolls but also the pastries. We walked everywhere around the lake, so pretty to explore. Located just outside of Tomar, we found it quite easy to go exploring. Easy access to the ic9 and A23 meant trips to Nazare , Batalha, Alcabasa, Leira, Ourem and Fatima to name a few. This was our third visit to Central Portugal and we are hooked. Thank you Simona and Wilf for creating such a lovely holiday home to stay in. We look forward to contacting you again to arrange another visit to Casa de Pedra. Warmest Regards. Melissa and Tim Koscinski.
We recently staid for a couple of days at Casa de Pedra, near Castelo de Bode, in Tomar. The house is beautifully decorated by Simona and Wilf, who did put lots of care not only in the decor but also also in this old house renovation. It is very comfortable, cozy, with a very nice fireplace and furniture. The kitchen has all the necessary appliances to cook and feel at home. The garden is also a wonderful space, ideal to enjoy in good weather. We took lots of strolls around the property and at the lake and really enjoyed the beautiful nature. If you want to relax and disconnect, Casa de Pedra is the ideal place!
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Last February, I spent a long weekend at Cada da Pedra and despite the rain all day long (because it does rain in Portugal as well...), me and my three children loved it! They played in the garden, we hiked around the lake enjoying being out of the city of Lisbon and in nature. We went to the local market in Ferreira do Zezeré and visited the small town of Dornes.
The house is very welcoming, has a lovely fireplace, all the utilities one needs when travelling with children and it nicely located nearby the lake, with a stunning view from the dining room.