Welcome to the former estate of
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and his son Adrian.
The historic Quinta da Bella Vista was formerly the property of the famous British writer and father of “Sherlock Holmes,” Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930), who lived with his family starting in 1890. Annette, the sister of Sir Arthur and his youngest son, Adrian, were almost permanent residents here in the early 1950's. Local legend has it that “The Hounds of Baskerville” were in fact inspired during Sir Arthur’s stay in Quinta da Bella Vista.
Adrian was a real playboy and a reputed hunter, and he continued authoring some Sherlock Holmes books after his father's death at Quinta da Bella Vista. He was also a painter and was often seen painting at the tower of the Palacio, which served as his studio because of the abundance of light from all directions.
Quinta da Bella Vista was a regular gathering spot for celebrities of the time such as Sir Francis Cook, the First Viscount of Monserrate (and former owner of Palacio Monserrate and of Quinta da Bella Vista), the South African poet Roy Campbell, the American actress Gloria Swanson, and Pierre Schlumberger, a French oil tycoon and heir to one of the world's greatest fortunes. Today, this tradition continues.
A Magical Location
Set on Rua Barbosa du Bocage, the old magical road of Sintra that links most of the palaces, your guests will pass in front of some of the most noteworthy sites of Sintra, such as the Sintra National Palace, the Palace of Monserrate and the Quinta da Regaleira.
The Sintra Hills (Portuguese: Serra De Sintra), is a mountain range in western Portugal. Its highest point at (529 meters [1736 ft.]) is near the enchanting UNESCO world-heritage village of Sintra. The range covers about 16 km (10 miles) from the resort town of Sintra to Cabo da Roca (Cape Roca) on the Atlantic Ocean. It was known in the ancient world as Lunae Mons (mountains of the Moon) and was the legendary retreat of Diana the Huntress (known as Cynthia to the Romans, hence “Çintra”).
A superb south west orientation gives our Quinta the name “Bella Vista.” A captivating warm light bathes our land while you watch the sun set in the far ends of the Atlantic Ocean. The estate is also protected from the strong north-northeasterly winds and the southerlies as it is hugged by the Sintra hills. Only strong westerlies can be felt.
Creating memories that will last forever, the views in the evenings are enhanced by the nicely illuminated Palacio Monserrate in the foreground.
Four hectares of land host the Palacio, Villa Camelia, Villa Monseratte, and Casa Bohemia.
A total of fifteen well-equipped bedroom Suites and Residences can accommodate up to 30 lucky guests with amenities such as heated floors, fireplaces, with Sonos sound system throughout, and high speed internet, and closed circuit television security coverage throughout the grounds.
Our estate features two swimming pools with underwater sound system, one regular size 11 x 5.50 m, and the heated Palacio Pool of 16 x 6 m, former irrigation tanks that were converted to pools, both of which are surrounded by very comfortable sun lounging areas with unhindered expanded ocean sunset views and with cozy fire pits and Adirondack chairs.
Our Lawn and Garden Theater, the 300 square meter restored Victorian Greenhouse, and our Adega in the Palacio can please the most discerning guests and can host the most demanding events.
Our Vegetable Gardens and Animal Farm provide us with fresh milk, eggs, organic vegetables and fruit. Further, seven well-equipped kitchens, four outdoor grill areas, and other possibilities to cater to events abound and will offer guests plenty of choices for the most exquisite gastronomic taste buds.
Back at the times of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the rich gardens of Quinta da Bella Vista were famous for the aromatic lemons that were used for the cocktails of the glamorous Ritz Hotel of Lisbon. With six natural springs supplying its unique rich in mineral water, the lush gardens of Quinta da Bella Vista provide the perfect setting for your visit to Sintra.
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