Natural Swimming Pool - Our chemical free swimming pool is kept clear using a sand filter, a UV filter and specifically chosen plants. The pool’s best feature is it's infinity edge which looks down over the stunning valley and the river Seia - one of the greatest views on site!
Gym and Yoga Deck - Our outdoor gym is not your traditional gym of treadmills and weights. It is covered but has open walls, leaving you with the sensation that you’re outdoors and in nature during your workout or activity. It has punchbags, kick pads, hand pads, TRX set ups and more. On the front edge of the gym which has a 6 meter height from the ground ideal for climbing ropes or silk ribbons for aerial yoga with a river view. The gym is available for anybody who is staying with us, either on holiday or retreat. Our octagonal shaped yoga deck sits right beside the river. It's idyllic for a yoga practice to the sounds of the passing river.
Library - The library is on the bottom level of the picturesque stone house which has maintained its traditional feel. It is the coolest place on a hot Summer’s day and the coziest place with its wood burner lit in the Winter. It was renovated staying true to our sustainability philosophy, having been constructed using only natural materials. It has a cool cob floor making it super appealing in the summertime. So, sit back and enjoy a nice, tranquil read, either inside in the cool on one of our comfy sofas, our outside in the shade, under the porch on one of our hammock chairs. It's filled with books on subjects such as permaculture, sustainable building, yoga, meditation, cooking, and more. There’s also a book swap available to bring one of your best-loved books and pass on your favourite story to others whilst taking one away with you that catches your eye.
Kitchen Café - The kitchen and communal dining space was built with cedar structure and cladding, clay bricks, insulated with cork and leca (clay balls), and the roof with old style terracotta tiles. The high top cedar tables and stools are made from Eucalyptus and Pine and Cedar tops. Occasionally we host great cooks for a pop up restaurant night or other events. Upstairs, we have a large dining table which fits about 14 people.
Natural Facilities - Above all the rest are the facilities that nature provides on-site and nearby. Our private river beach is the perfect spot for a crisp morning plunge, a shaded spot to read a book by the river, or an afternoon splash about. The water is not too deep here. On the opposite end of the property is a deep swimming creek with a rock jump that also leads to a flowing waterfall and old water mine if you swim upstream. At our doorstep are trails for hiking and biking, and the Mondego river which is ideal for Stand Up Paddle Boarding.
Meet Lily and Lola, our dwarf goats! Maintaining our permaculture principles, they eat the weeds and provide us with milk to make fresh cheese. We have pigs that enjoy roaming freely down by the river, and chickens for fresh eggs, too. We also have loveable pets, 4 dogs and 2 cats.SEE MORE
Sip a coffee as the river flows past your private deck of one of our 5 Penta-Pods. Star Gaze from bed in one of our 4 Tetra-Pods. Pitch your own tent in our camping area. Or from Spring 2020, stay in one of our renovated traditional Portuguese stone houses.SEE MORE
We have built some eco-friendly facilities that blend in well to those that are naturally provided. Paddle in the natural swimming pool, relax in the wood-fired hot tub, rock jump into the creek for a wild swim, or stand up paddle board along the River Mondego....SEE MORE