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Lakeside stone cottage in peaceful Ribatejan countryside.

Bedrooms 2
Space 115 m²
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Traditional Portuguese self-catering stone house, ideal for families and groups

Tranquil lakeside cottage that offers you the of best Portuguese countryside combined with lakeside living.

Ideal for walkers, cyclists, water sport lovers or simply for those who want to get away. The house is 300m from Castelo do Bode, one of Portugal's biggest lakes, and is ideal for families, couples or groups of friends.

The house is self-contained with a garden and patio where you can sit, eat, drink or simply enjoy the views.

(Alojamento Local 1945)

Swimming: Castelo do Bode (castle of the billy goat) lake is 300m away. The water is refreshingly cool in the summer and it is wonderful to swim in.

There are plenty of pluvial beaches to choose from and there is a map in the house. They are all very close.

Fishing is also possible and there are boat hire facilities in Ferreira do Zêzêre, approximately 20 min by car.

Cycling: The Ribatejo countryside is unexplored and there are plenty of tracks you can follow. There are two bicycles in the garage that are freely available for guests' use. It's an ideal way of exploring the countryside. And if you get lost don¡t worry all roads lead to a café.

Sightseeing: Tomar, the historical town of the Order of the Templars is a short drive away. The Convent of Christ on the hilltop is a must. The Sanctuary of Fátima, holy place of pilgrimage is around 30km away. Castelo de Almoural, set on a tiny island of the Tagus was built as a fortress in 1171. Lovely spot for a picnic.

Torres Novas has many fine churches within its castle walls.

There are many small villages around the lake that are worth visiting such as Dornes, a UNESCO protected village and Constância, right on the banks of the River Tagus.

More Details
Registration Number : Alojamento Local 1945

Wilf Kruppa
Member since: 2008
Speaks english, german, spanish, portuguese, italian
Response time
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
22 April, 2018

About Wilf Kruppa

We love the country, even though we are city folk, and once our children came along we knew we had to show them what country life is all about. And we succeeded! One is hooked on fishing thanks to the lake right by us and the other loves wildlife - insects, bugs, animals so he has found his ideal playground!

We are not Portuguese but have lived here on and off for 20 years. We love the people, the country, the weather and the pace of life. It´s incredibly safe making it an ideal place to bring up children. We are a mixture ourselves, English- Italian brought up in South Africa and Irish-German brought up in Wales! It only seemed right to add yet another country and culture to our mixture...

Wilf Kruppa purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Wilf Kruppa chose Tomar

We saw this property advertised and fell in love with it when we stayed for a weekend. We have always loved stone houses and thought there would be plenty around but actually Casa de Pedra is one of the few around.

The garden is big enough to laze about in but also small enough to maintain as we don´t live here. All the trees we have planted belong to our two sons and they absolutely love staying at Casa de Pedra as do we!

What makes this cottage unique

Whatever time of the year you go to Casa de Pedra there is always something to do. In the summer the lake is fabulous and much better than the rough, cold sea you find on the Atlantic coast and in winter there are plenty of country walks to go on. It is also incredibly still and peaceful so a real treat to recharge your batteries. But the best part for us is that it is still authentically Portuguese where time seems to have stood still. The kindness and friendliness of the people who live around this area is simply wonderful. A littel gem!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Muito obrigado pela sua casa que é fantástica, apesar do difícil acesso.

Voltaremos sem dúvida em breve e por mais dias.
Nov 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Tomar, Portugal

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 115 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • soap
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Parking
  • Safe
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , bidet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed , 1 single bed , 1 cot
    Bedroom 2 - 3 single bed
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Toys
  • deck chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Inflatable Boat
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • patio
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Lakeside stone cottage in peaceful Ribatejan countryside.
average rating of 4.857143 based on 24 reviews

Good, clean kind of ruin neighbor hood a lot of ruin houses

  • 4 of 5

I book this house, because it's said River front, and the price is fantastic , it's actually river in the area you have to walk pretty good distance to the river.

little difficult to find the place , don't drive there on the first time at night, if you are not live in Portugees , the area very remote, a lot of turns , Ruin houses look like in the war zone, my sister was scare to dead ( because in US she never saw neighborhood like this) in addition the area just had a forest fire over the summer ( The owner had notified me)

But every thing turn out great, next day we drove around and find out very peaceful , safe area nice people, very quiet , cozy two bed room ( on room have 4 single beds ) if you have children is good, but not look good for couple, I think if they have double bed in both room is look more cozier

Over all we had a nice stay, would recommend

  • Review Submitted: 30/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review Angie. We are glad you had an enjoyable stay and discovered the beauty of the place. The drought in Portugal continues and unfortunately the part of the lake which is very close to the cottage dried up over the summer. Let's hope we get our much-needed rain so that the lake fills up again and nature makes a full come back. The house is a little difficult to find which is why we send all our guests detailed directions (including photographs) on how to get there. Thanks again S&W
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Totally perferct

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful, relaxing experience in a well-equipped, private and comfortable home. Great assistance, before visit, from Simona and Wilf. Would highly recommend and would love to return to a magical part of real Portugal. Thank you, Simona!

  • Review Submitted: 22/07/2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ideales Landhaus

  • 5 of 5

Das Haus entspricht voll und ganz der Beschreibung. Alles ist in gutem Zustand, funktioniert und ist sauber. Die Lage ist wunderschön und sehr ruhig. Viele hilfreiche Tipps des Vermieters in der Beschreibung. Dona Olinda hat uns begrüsst und alles gezeigt. Die Umgebung ist schön, es gibt viel Interessantes zu sehen. Tomar ist eine ganz nette kleine Stadt zum Bummeln, alle Einkäufe lassen sich dort erledigen. Wir haben uns sehr wohlgefühlt und können das Haus nur empfehlen! Einzig die Liegestühle für draussen könnten etwas bequemer sein, sie sind für ältere Menschen zu niedrig.

  • Review Submitted: 12/07/2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wir freuen uns sehr, dass Sie Ihren Aufenthalt im Casa de Pedra genossen und dass Sie einen komfortablen und gut ausgestatteten gefunden. Der See ist sehr schön zu dieser Zeit des Jahres, so freuen wir uns, Sie in der Lage, es zu genießen waren. Guter Punkt, um den Liegestühlen - wir werden in immer andere, die leichter zu bekommen aus sind aus! Wir würden uns freuen, Sie bald wieder in Casa de Pedra begrüßen zu dürfen!
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A little gem

  • 5 of 5

We where at the cottage for only 4 days, but they where absolutely splendid.

The cottage itself is very cosy and nice, we felt right at home.

The garden and the patio are great to lounge around, and the lake is really close for a quick dip.

We liked it so much that we where really sad that we had to move on.

  • Review Submitted: 25/06/2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wim, we are so happy to know you liked it so much you didn´t want to move on! We feel the same way when we stay there. Come back soon! Thank you
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Great Place!

  • 5 of 5

Our family spent three wonderful days at Casa de Pedra. The location is perfect for a relaxed atmosphere in the Portuguese countryside. Our kids (ages 11 and 7) enjoyed the lakeside - and the local, friendly dog they quickly named Puppy.

The location is also great for day outings, namely in Fatima and Tomar. We also took a day trip to the seaside resort of Navaré and loved the fact that we were there off season (read: almost no tourists and available parking!). We were also fortunate to see the sign for the Roman bridge that is located close to the highway entry.

I would recommend this wonderful cottage to anyone who is looking for some peace, quiet and lovely views. Additionally, the cottage is well equipped as well.

Thank you Wilf for sharing your home - and your insights. We hope to return some day!

  • Review Submitted: 07/04/2015
  • Date of Stay: March 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for being such great guests. We are delighted that you got know this corner of tranquility and that you even managed to squeeze in a few day trips. We hope to host you again soon! Wilf
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Lacking words to describe a perfect Eden !

  • 5 of 5

Maybe there is another place as beautiful and yet as wild as this one in the world, but Casa di Pedra remains unique to the 4 of us. Because of all the people around, because sleeping under eucalyptus beams is exceptional, because it is far from everything except the lake which is incredibly nice to swim in, and so so beautiful. I've visisted many places, I've been far away, but never was I so touched by a place. Thank you for sharing that paradise with other people. Thank you for being so cool (everything you could ever think of is there, including a coffee machine, a bread machine,) and the baker that stops by at the house everyday is absolutely awesome!!! Finally, it's the perfect place to visit: Tomar, Bathala, Alcobaça...So just go as if you were going to visit family, because it really feels like home!

  • Review Submitted: 12/12/2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tatiana, I was really touched by your review - thank you! It is a corner of heaven - your are absolutely right and we are really pleased we were able to share it with you and your family. We´d love to welcome you again soon! S and W
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Nearest Airport
150 Kilometres
Lisbon airport
Nearest Ferry
170 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
60 Kilometres
Praia del Rey, Obidos
Nearest Train
12 Kilometres
Tomar train station
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Car: recommended

The Ribatejo region has traditionally been an agricultural area with many vineyards. The river Tagus and Zêzere flow through the area and the latter was flooded in the '50s to create Castelo do Bode, a huge reservoir that provides water to most of the Lisbon area.

Above the dam the Castelo do Bode lake lies nestled in a valley full of pine and eucalyptus forests dotted with isolated villages. The valley is a secluded area popular for boating, fishing and water sports.

Portugal has a wonderfully mild climate and despite wet winters it never gets very cold. The summers are warm but with an Atlantic breeze in the evenings, one can really enjoy outdoor dining.

The house is right by the Lake Castelo do Bode (Castle of the Billygoat). The area is very green and the countryside is extremely peaceful. There are plenty of fluvial beaches - the water is very clean, ideal for swimming and certainly good for cooling off in the summer. Tomar, famous town of the Knight Templars is only 12 kmaway.


Rates & Availability

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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