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Romantic riverside retreat

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Overview
2 bedrooms
1 bathroom
4 guests
3 nights minimum 
Holiday Rental House
At the end of a small lane and overlooking the beautiful River Mira, lies Casa Boakoster. Having been uninhabited for the past 25 years, the house has been lovingly restored by professional carpenter Bas Koster, who has transformed this once-derelict property into a beautiful, charming villa that blends traditional Portuguese architecture with clean interior woodworking, a product of his carpentry experience in the Swiss Alps. Not satisfied with rebuilding the roof and the first floor, Bas has completed the house by building a large wooden sun terrace that extends out from the ground floor and provides fantastic views over the river, a stone’s throw from the house. The terrace is the perfect place to sunbathe, BBQ and enjoy a glass of tinto and the proximity to the river means that the te...At the end of a small lane and overlooking the beautiful River Mira, lies Casa Boakoster. Having been uninhabited for the past 25 years, the house has been lovingly restored by professional carpenter Bas Koster, who has transformed this once-derelict property into a beautiful, charming villa that blends traditional Portuguese architecture with clean interior woodworking, a product of his carpentry experience in the Swiss Alps. Not satisfied with rebuilding the roof and the first floor, Bas has completed the house by building a large wooden sun terrace that extends out from the ground floor and provides fantastic views over the river, a stone’s throw from the house. The terrace is the perfect place to sunbathe, BBQ and enjoy a glass of tinto and the proximity to the river means that the terrace always catches a little breeze which prevents it from getting too hot, even in the height of summer. Entering the house from the terrace, large double-doors lead into an open-plan living space, with kitchen, dining table and seating area, a good place to read, write and nap A hand-made wooden staircase leads up to the first floor and into the master bedroom which occupies almost the entire floor space, the rest taken up by the bathroom with its large shower, wash basin and WC. Taking pride of place in the bedroom is a real comfortable king-size bed, again with unbroken views over the river and to the hills beyond. The house can comfortably sleep four people, due to the double sofa-bed on the ground floor. Linen, towels, tea towels are included and cot for a baby is provided. Guests have access to a great garden with herbs that can be picked fresh for your dishes, a hammock and 2 sitting areas, a big sun terrace with a gas operated Weber BBQ. Inside there is a kitchen with juicer, water boiler, coffee maker, oven, stove, fridge and washing machine. There are a lot of books in different languages, board games and a stereo with a connection for a mp3 player. The house is located within walking distance of shops and restaurants. Great for strolling back after a few drinks and picking up bread at the local bakery located at the end of the street Follow the street underneath the house to the left and you get to a little chocolate factory. Directly underneath the house starts a lovely board walk along the river. Odemira is short drive away from the nearby beaches like Vila Nova de Milfontes, Zambujera en Odeceixe. The closest access to the ocean is Cabo de Sardão but within 30 minutes you can access over 10 beaches. Everything from secluded bays, to rugged cliffs and charming villages with restaurants serving some of the best seafood in Europe.
House Rules
Pet-friendlyKid friendly
Check with ownerSmoking allowed
Bedrooms
1 Super King1 Sofa
Bathrooms
1 Full bath

Meet the host
Bas K
Hosting since January 2014
Languages spoken: English, Dutch
Response Time: Within a few hours

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Reviews (9)
Sunshine16827907340
Sunshine16827907340
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Noisy
This property over looks a major junction and the traffic noise is constant 24hrs a day, the road surface on the hill down to the 3 way junction doesn’t help. The house was not as clean as it could be considering we stayed there during the pandemic and we found dirty linen in the linen cupboard. When we email / text the owner he wasn’t interested. He also asked if the cleaner could come in the day before we left to clean due to the fast turn around , we declined. However we left a few days early. Parking also an issue
Visited July 2020
Written August 20, 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Quest14567452688
Quest14567452688
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
More than expected!
We spent a great week in Bas’s impressive house. No need to repeat the previous positive comments about this house and the local area which are absolutely accurate. Unique to this property which was particularly appreciated, was the plentiful supply of additional extras. There was more than sufficient supply of cleaning products, fuel for the heating stove as well as additional linen if required. Also, whoever cleans the house doesn’t simply take away or throw out any food the previous guests have left so the availability of a selection of basic kitchen cupboard ingredients as well as fresh milk, eggs, butter etc was very welcome. It’s really great that we didn’t have to start from scratch and this encouraged us to leave some foodstuffs for the next guests. (Bas, I’m sure you appreciate your cleaner but make sure you hang on to her!) I’d recommend having a look at the book Bas has left in the house which documents the transformation of the house from a ruin into the current lovely house. Very impressive and I’m very jealous! Altogether an outstanding holiday property.
Visited March 2019
Written March 26, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Dodbob
Dodbob
London, United Kingdom11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Cute and characterful cottage
Lovely location overlooking the river. There is some traffic noise from the nearby bridge but this did not detract too much. The cottage has been kitted out with thought and sympathy to the property’s age. There was a drainage issue which was fixed by the owner Bas with speed and good grace. Well recommended for a couples break.
Visited July 2018
Written February 23, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

NatLx
NatLx
Barcelona, Spain1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Localización guapísima y casa con vistas preciosas
La casa es preciosa, la localización es ideal y la terraza con unas vistas impresionantes. Tener en cuenta que a pesar de que el anuncio pone dos habitaciones en realidad es una habitación arriba y sofa cama en el salon todo en open space, para dos parejas tal vez les falta intimidad porque no existen puertas y un único wc. Bas es muy simpatico y atento, siempre contestaba mis cuestiones.
Visited June 2018
Written July 21, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Joerg L
Joerg L
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great views, great home, great location!
My family staid here for a week in beginning November and we had a fantastic time. Not only a great house to enjoy the views over the valley from the terrace, Odemira is also a small but lively town where you can get everything you need and explore the area from. Amazing beaches and countryside right around you, friendly people and nice food made our time memorable!
Visited November 2016 Travelled as a couple
Written November 11, 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Torston
Torston
Bochum, Germany45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Absolutely perfect
This charming, beautiful, clean and cosy house reaches at 100 % a perfect place to be ! You have your full privacy with a beautiful view over the river from the terrace full of sunshine and if you do not enjoy a drink watching the sun go down from it - you are only a short walk through the nice village away from very good restaurants. Bas is more than a friendly person - he provides all important information about the house and the village in a guide - such a pity that we did t had the opportunity to meet him in person - take a look at the book of the reconstruction he did all by himself - you can even breathe the soul of love he has put for the reconstruction of this place - a yes a supermarket is 2 min by car and the best beaches are 20 min by car - great go there and relax ! Thank you Bas for the nice time we spent in your house.
Visited July 2016
Written July 14, 2016. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Bastian K
Bastian K
Torsten thank you for your sweet words! It means a lot to hear you had such a nice time in my little special town. Would love to host you again and we have to make sure to meet that time so we can have that drink together. Have a great summer. Ata-Logo!!
Written July 16, 2016. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Martyn G
Martyn G
Sheffield, United Kingdom7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stunning views over the river
Spacious house with a great decking area with views over the river. Odemira is a lovely unspoilt town that has easy access to a number of fabulous nearby beaches, towns and local attractions. The house was very clean and an ideal base to explore the nearby area.
Visited July 2015 Travelled as a couple
Written July 31, 2015. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

David B
David B
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Fanastic house with great view
We stayed in Odemira at the property for 3 nights and really enjoyed it. Very central location for the all the local attractions and fantastic house. To have your own house, with 2 gardens, overlooking the river was such a nice change from hotels. Really hassle free and Bas was really helpful with everything. Might come back next year!
Visited June 2014 Travelled as a couple
Written June 22, 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Kirsty -:- Verbier
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Beautiful house in the charming town of Odemira
"After a few days at the beach in the algarve, Casa Boakoster was a taste of 'real' Portugal. The balcony offers the ideal location to enjoy a sundowner - without a doubt is the best location in the beautiful town of Odemira. Having explored many areas in Portugal, this is a firm favourite with plenty of things to see and do in the region. Can't wait to visit again in the future.." Kirsty and Johann Westrin Verbier, Switzerland
Visited September 2010
Written February 3, 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Grace -:- San Francisco
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Amazing place!
Highly recommended! I had an amazing few days at Bastian's villa. The house is absolutely classic and charming, but he kept it simple enough to still feel modern and clean. He clearly has an eye for functionality and design. I was far more than comfortable, I was able to relax by the garden, or curl up on the couch with a view out of the large glass doors. Odemira is a charming town, and I enjoyed walking through the cobble stoned streets, meeting his friendly neighbors, as well as jogging through the countryside. The view over the river is gorgeous, and I spent evenings on the deck with the sun setting over it, watching the goats traverse corn fields and families of ducks paddle by. Bastian was able to direct me to some really nice beaches, which I drove to for quick dips and afternoon naps. There is also some beautiful hiking throughout the area. I will certainly return again, and my mother has already booked a bird watching get away with friends as well! My stay was both peaceful and fun. Perfect for families, girl trips, or romantic getaways. You have to check it out!!
Visited September 2013
Written February 1, 2014. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

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What this rental offers
Things to do
  • Fishing spots available
  • Watersports
  • Cycling areas
Scenic views
  • Waterfront views
Outdoor amenities
  • Balcony
  • Deck
  • Terrace
Indoor amenities
  • Fireplace
  • Internet access
Kitchen and dining
  • Grill
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Cooker
  • Toaster
Location features
  • Waterfront location
Bathroom and laundry
  • Linens provided
  • Towels provided
  • Washer
Entertainment
  • Stereo system
Nearby
  • Horse riding facilities
  • Tennis court
  • Hiking areas
Location info
  • Beachfront/Lakeside

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About the neighbourhood
About the area Coast/Beach Villa Nova de Milfontes – The main tourist destination in the area. Where the river Mira meets the ocean, it has sheltered beaches safe for swimming and sunbathing sheltered from the wind by the cliffs. Also on offer here are fishing trips by boat, and a surf school. Cabo de Sardao – No beach, but a dramatic panorama. Feel the raw power of the Atlantic and see the storks and their nests perched high up on the cliff-tops. Zambujera de Mar – Picturesque old village built high up on the cliffs. Great secluded beaches and good food Golf In the Algarve one hour South of the house are several golf courses. Special Interest Holidays surfing, kite surfing, mountain biking, sea fishing and river fishing, bird watching, canoeing, swimming and walking. How to get there Odemira is served by regional bus service connecting it to other towns in the region and beyond. There is also a daily bus service connecting it with Lisbon. The bus station is a short walk from the house. From the nearby town of Funchera (30 min van Odemira), trains leave for Lisbon and Faro a few times a day, but getting a rental car is by far the best option so you can truly explore the area and get the most out of your stay in Alentejo. There is free parking 40 meters from the house. Distances From Lisbon Airport - 203km / 2h 30 min From Faro Airport - 154km / 2h Further Details Odemira is located in the province of Alentejo, an area that is in stark contrast to the tourism-driven developments of the Algarve. In Odemira the pace of life is slow; the quiet cobbled streets, orange-blossom scented squares and weathered houses giving the town a distinctly timeless atmosphere. Here you can get espresso for under €1, eat the legendary frango (grilled chicken) and sample the local wines , and find some fantastic bargains in the weird and wonderful little shops that are dotted throughout the town. Returning to the river, there is a lovely tree-lined boardwalk along the southern bank, with small jetties and benches at various points to seek shade form the midday sun, or just watch the fisherman lazily casting out into the green waters, which are some of the cleanest in Europe. The boardwalk is one example of the recent improvements to the town that confirm its status as the region’s main hub. As such, the town has several bank branches and a post office, as well as the following amenities: - Cinema (films are usually in English); - Hospital, very close to the house; - 24 hour Pharmacy; - Supermarkets (Lidl, Aldi and Intermarche); - Indoor swimming pool; - Numerous restaurants and cafés; - Various squares and parks including one directly next to the house with play equipment for the kids; Bakery (50m from the house) with a phone booth located outside.
Access
Car not needed
Activities nearby
Fishing spots availableHorse riding facilitiesTennis courtWatersports

Things to know
Check in / out timings
Check in after 3 p.m. Check out by 11 a.m.
Cancellation policy
  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
  • 50% refund* if you cancel at least 8 weeks before check-in
  • 25% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available once booking is confirmed

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Frequently Asked Questions about Romantic riverside retreat

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