Condo, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible sofa, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)
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About Malcolm Macdonald
My sister and I inherited this apartment from my mother. We spent our teenage years as American ex-pats in this apartment before we both moved back to the USA for school, work, then marriage and family. We commuted daily by train to school in Lisbon. We made lasting friendships and feel very connected to Portugal. We wish we could be there more often. Recently we renovated the apartment in the hope that more people will enjoy what we enjoy and that it will be used more frequently. The neighbors are very pleasant as is the location. We have friends and connections that can help us personalize a visit for you with insider information and recommendations.
Malcolm Macdonald purchased this Condo in 2004
Why Malcolm Macdonald chose Carcavelos
Our mother chose this apartment (which we have since inherited) because of it's location. She never drove and it is ideally located to public transportation. It is in a residential neighborhood with every amenity and is close to one of the more popular and best beaches along this remarkable coast line. Our mother chose Portugal because of it's beauty, unique character (very different from Spain) and because it was less expensive than the rest of Europe. It still is. We refurbished and furnished the apartment to accommodate today's needs and it is a modest but sunny, happy and comfortable home with modern conveniences.
What makes this Condo unique
I return to Portugal at least once a year to visit friends and revisit fond memories. Growing up in Portugal was a great experience and it spoiled me for food and wine. You really have to work hard to get a bad meal anywhere in Portugal. Eating out and outdoor cafe life is very much a part of the experience. After 35 years, the country still surprises me with it's easy hospitality and charm, diverse influences, incredible history, artisans, culture and earthiness .
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
Smoking is permitted on the balcony only.
Minimum age of primary renter:25
Max guests:6 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Excellent location - A home from home
This apartment is light, airy and spacious. It's really well equipped in the kitchen and enabled us to eat at home most evenings, which was just what we wanted.
The location is excellent: A five minute walk to the beach; a five minute walk to the supermarket; a two minute walk to a selection of cafés and restaurants and really close to the main road that runs between Cascais and Lisbon.
Beds, sofas and furniture were all comfortable. The main bathroom had a lovely shower and bath and was beautifully tiled. The only negative we found was that we didn't use the second bathroom, preferring to keep the door shut because of the bad smell from the drains.
We visit Carcavelos frequently and will definitely look to rent this apartment again - We couldn't have asked for more!
Gorgeous Apartment in a Perfect Location for Exploring Lisbon and it's Stunning Coastline
we have just returned from a wonderful week in Carcavelos, Lisbon. On arrival you are met by Cassie who gives you the lowdown on the area. She is extremely helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. Although predominantly a residential area it has everything you need to hand for a great stay. Location wise it is perfect. 2 mins from a fantastic beach, the best we went to in fact. There you will find really good restaurants which are mentioned in the apartment guide book. Great service, fabulous food, lovely people.
There are also restaurants, cafes and a shopping centre around the corner. Great coffee and pastries in the morning !
The actual apartment, although it looks quite average on the outside is a little gem. It has everything you need. It is bright, spacious, airy, beautifully decorated, has all mod cons, a great shower, huge balcony and comfy beds.
10 minutes walk from the train station which takes you to Lisbon or to Cascais in the other direction. Both are must see's for the food, hustle and bustle but it really is lovely coming home to your quiet apartment to chill out after a busy day sightseeing.
We would highly recommend this apartment and area. If we ever come back to Portugal we would definitely stay here again.
Thank you so much !!!
Second visit as excellent as the first....
We visited this property two years ago and were so impressed we returned in 2017 for a two week visit.
The property is beautiful and well-maintained. It is a few minutes walk to a 2km beach, good restaurants and a small, upscale shopping centre and grocery store. The property is about a 10 minute walk to a commuter train with good access to Lisbon and Cascais.
The family that owns the property and the property manager are professional and pleasant to work with.
This is a spacious and well-furnished flat which made an excellent base for our holiday in Lisbon. It's not in a pretty building, but inside it's elegant, very convenient and great for its price. The apartment is a stone's-throw from the long and lively beach, and the sea breezes meant that it never felt oppressively hot despite wall-to-wall sunshine. There's a square full of restaurants and cafés round the corner--our children became devotees of one place that sold outrageous combinations of waffles, crepes and ice-cream. And a good supermarket just beyond that. The train station is a short walk away and has excellent connections. The apartment was kitted out very thoughtfully with everything we needed including copious kitchen equipment, beach-gear, guidebooks, Saramago novels and wireless internet. All in all a highly recommended place to stay.
Perfect location near beach and Lisbon.
Our stay was excellent and consistent with what was posted; proximity to beach, central Lisbon, restaurants, grocery store and commuter train were all very good. The apartment was lovely, clean and comfortable. Dealings with the owner were always professionally handled. We would return gladly to this apartment and have been recommending it to friends, family and co-workers. Frequently, we would spend a half day at the beach and spend a half day in Lisbon, Sintra, Estoril or Cascais. After supper we sometimes took the train into Belem for a walk and pastries. It was a very relaxing way to spend a two week vacation.
Perfect location in a comfortable tastefully decorated well equiped apartment
We stayed here for 10 days in October of 2014 and couldn't be happier with the rental.
We arrived on a direct flight from Boston at 8 AM and were med by Linda, a good friend of the owner, who drove us to the apartment and got us situated with a gift of wine and cheese. She also drove us to our departing flight which was convenient but not necessary since a cab or train/bus combination was also available.
First of all the location is just steps from the best beach on this coast. We happened to be there for excellent weather (some said better than the summer) so we enjoyed swimming, watching the surfers, photographing, walking, and dining at the many restaurants that line the promenade.
Then it was just a 10 minute walk to the train station where a round trip ticket to Lisbon is around $5 and takes 20 minutes on a train arriving every twenty minutes. We spent a lot of time in Lisbon since the city has so much to offer with its history, architecture, and restaurants. I would highly recommend this apartment if you plan to spend a lot of time touring Lisbon.
The square behind the complex had a wide range of restaurants and our favorite was Restaurante Marisqueira Atlântico where we feasted twice. Our favorite dish was the sauteed cuttlefish. An extensive grocery store was available at the Riviera center two blocks away.
Located on a corner, the apartment is on the 1st floor (1 above ground) with a balcony that wraps around the perimeter: perfect for an afternoon glass/bottle of wine and watching people coming from the beach. There is a steady breeze and the large windows that give the apartment a light airy feeling. Because there were so many wonderful restaurants in the area we didn't spend much time cooking in the kitchen but if we had wanted to it was very modern and well equipped.
Also since the apartment was recently remodeled the bathrooms were up to date with excellent showers and the entire apartment was tastefully furnished.
The apartment is in a residential and recreational area with an active square where all the amenities are found. There are colorful open markets in the center of the village within walking distance and a large flea market once a week with everything on offer (including the kitchen sink). On the expansive boardwalk along the beach there are water sport schools and water sports and twice a year there are international surfing events. Many day trips are easily taken from Carcavelos to Estoril and Cascais, to the beach at Guincho, to the Boca do Inferno (Mouth of Hell), to Cabo da Roca (Cape Roca) the westernmost point of continental Europe, to Lisbon with too many attractions to take in in a day and to Sintra, the mountain Summer retreats for the royals and aristocracy in the day. Overnight visits to the South and North, along the coast and in the interior offer incredibly well preserved history from the Moors and the Knights Templar, Vasco da Gama and the Age of Circumnavigation & Discovery. Portugal has a a very rich diversity of customs, crafts and cuisines that is unmatched for a country of it's comfortable size. We are happy to help you plan a memorable holiday.