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This beautiful property is one of the most striking houses in Santiago do Cacém.

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The Castle House

Costa Sul de Lisboa, Santiago de Cacém V8

Originally the house accommodated the friars of the Order of Santiago who looked after the Parish Church of Santiago. During the 16th and 17th centuries the house was owned by the Feio family before it was destroyed in the 1755 earthquake and was sold, in ruins, to Father Bonifácio Gomes de Carvalho, the Prior of Santiago do Cacém. In 1802 Bonifácio sold the property to Francisca Teresa de São José Nobre Pacheco and it has remained in her family since then.

The house is steeped in history, reflected in its rich decor and antique furniture. There are various living rooms in the Castle House, each with its own identity.

The Sala Grande (Big Living Room), which is decorated with several portraits, including a magnificent painting of José Máximo Coelho Falcão, a portrait masterpiece from the 19th century painted by Auguste Roquemont (1804-1852); the drawing room or TV room with a view of the garden; the dining room where the walls have been covered with rare painted wallpaper depicting Portuguese hunting scenes; the Plates Room that has a comfortable fireplace, where you can spend hours listening to music; or the Reading Room, the ideal place to read, work or just to relax.

The main house comprises 6 bedrooms. The master en suite is very spacious and overlooks the rooftops of Santiago do Cacém. The bathroom has a shower and bath. The Blue Room has two single beds that can be converted into a double and a separate bathroom. The two rooms are perfectly situated to combine as a family suite. The Oriental Room has a double bed and en suite bathroom and as the name implies is decorated with a nautical chart celebrating the Portuguese discoveries of the Far East.

The Castle Room is a double en suite and has views of the castle and church and overlooks the upper garden. The Sea Room can either be set up with two single beds or a double. This room shares a bathroom with the Flower Room which is located in the attic and has a double bed. Both have lovely views over the town and the castle. Separate from the main house, the Garden Suite has been converted from one of the old outhouses which has charming features including an old bread oven and the en suite bathroom is situated in what was an old dovecote, rediscovered during the renovation. The suite has two single beds that can be converted into a double. The Garden Suite also has a small kitchenette.

The stunning gardens are one of the most interesting parts of the house. The lower garden is the ideal place to have an evening cocktail or to simply relax under the gigantic araucaria tree (an evergreen coniferous tree – Araucaria angustifolia). It is a formal topiary garden with several types of roses, a collection of “succulent” plants and some archaeological pieces. From this garden, bordered by a large cistern, you can access the “patio”, a cobblestone Alentejo corridor where meals can be served, and then from there, you can go up to the so-called “upper garden”. The water tank has been converted into a wonderful heated swimming pool and an old dovecote has been converted into changing rooms and a bathroom. There’s a choice of areas to relax, read and soak up some sun. Various types of fruit trees, vines and an organic vegetable garden for home consumption, complete nature’s gastronomic selection. A barbecue and al fresco dining area under a pergola, surrounded by citrus fragrances, different shades of green and charming views of the castle and church make the Castle House gardens a truly magical experience.

The medieval town of Santiago do Cacém is a joy to explore with a labyrinth of cobbled streets, the Moorish castle, church and the nearby roman ruins of Miróbrigo. The entire area is essentially agricultural, with the cultivation of cereal, fruit and cork and cattle rearing. This, together with the stunning nearby beaches (the nearest are about 15-20 minutes away in Melides and the beaches of Comporta are about 30-40 minutes away) contribute to a hugely varied and beautiful landscape, unlike anywhere else in Portugal. In Santiago do Cacém and its surroundings, you will find perfect spots for surfing, diving, trekking, cycling, horse-riding, motocross, hunting and fishing, as well as excellent producers of fruit and traditional sweets, handicrafts, restaurants and monuments that deserve a special visit.

Property Details
Essential information
General
  • Check in: 16h
  • Check out: 11h
  • Floors: 2
  • Sleeps: 14
  • Bathrooms: 7
Amenities included
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bed Linen
  • Board and Iron
  • Cable/ satellite TV & wireless internet
  • Central heating
  • Hair dryer
  • Sound System
  • Towels
  • Dishwasher
  • Espresso Machine
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Plates and Cutlery
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Washing Machine
  • Balcony
  • BBQ Area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Heated Swimming Pool
  • Outdoor dining
  • Parking Space
  • Private Garage
  • Swimming Pool
  • Terrace
Services included
  • Buffet-style breakfest
  • Concierge services
  • Daily cleaning
  • PDF suggestions guide
  • Staff in permanent residence
  • Welcome hamper gift
Services at added cost
  • Airport car collections & drop-offs
  • Babysitting services
  • Bespoke experience packages
  • Car hire & chauffeur
  • Car rental bookings
  • Night-club guest-lists
  • Pre-arrival grocery shopping
  • Private Chef & catering services
  • Private Helicopter
  • Private Jets
  • Restaurant bookings
  • Sightseeing tours
  • Spa Treatments offered on location
  • Specialised sporting activities & boat hire
  • Yoga & PT private lessons
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