What is(are) your name(s)?
Tony, Penny and Charlotte
For how long have you been running a B&B?
2 years following a 2 year restoration.
Please share something about the history of your present bed and breakfast.
Quinta do Scoto was built in 1746 for the Marquis de Pombal's chaplain and has been a residence for many of the Portuguese Aristocracy. When we bought the Quinta in 2006, it hadn't been lived in for over 25 years when it was last owned by a Doctor and was in a derelict condition requiring extensive restoration which recovered all the original features of what is now part of Portuguese heritage. The walls are constructed of stone 60cm thick which makes the property cool in the summer and has many stone features including large stone door surrounds and window seats. Original typical Portuguese blue tiles are found in all the ground floor rooms of the Manor House, and in the Dining Room they are picture tiles that reflect many of the scenes around the Quinta from the time it was built. Much of the furniture in the House was originally made specifically for the Quinta and has been restored to its original condition. There are extensive grounds extending to over 30,000m2 with an Aquaduct, a Donkey Run, (originally used for raising water from a well), irrigation tanks and many stone tables set around the grounds. Napolian's Army camped at the Quinta when France invaded Portugal, attracted by the extensive water supplies. Six of the eight the Suites are located in the renovated Celeiro, (Barn) which naturally provides extensive and quality space with the 1st floor suites overlooking the pool area and the paddock and the ground floor suites opening directly out onto a sun terrace and salt water swimming pool. The Manor House has two further suites, one in the Adega which has a Courtyard-style bathroom with a large bath and shower formed within the original wine press. The other is on the 1st floor in the House.
What are the unique characteristics of your B&B?
Quinta do Scoto is a very different concept in B&B with spacious and luxury one and two bedroom suites, all with ensuite bathrooms with full baths and showers, furnished with Portuguese Antiques and most accommodating up to 6 guests providing not only a relaxing setting for couples but also for larger families. Some of the suites are linked and can provide further flexibility. Suites have heating and ceiling fans which are rarely used because of the comfortable temperatures in the heat of the summer due to the thick stone walls. All within a rural setting with local restaurants, cafes, shops and railways station within walking distance.
Based on your guests' opinions, what feature of your B&B has made their stay special?
We have a very relaxed style and are guests are treated as friends which is foremost in our guests comments in the survey we ask guest to complete. They just love the spaciousness and high quality furnishings in our suites and the many things that are provided on a complimentary basis and which they are used to paying for elsewhere. Relaxation and friendly respect set in a typical Portuguese environment. Whether stays are for Romantic couples or Families with children we have never had a negative view about the Quinta.
Please describe in short your bed and breakfast and its general services and amenities.
Our philosophy for our B&B was to provide the many things that we expected our guests to like and which we appreciated from the many places we had stayed at around the world. We ask all our guests what they like best and what could be improved upon and, in the few instances where new ideas are suggested, we are usually able to implement these. When we originally set about the renovation, we insisted that we would provide fewer suites of a larger size rather than cram many more in as our advisers suggested, since we wanted our guests to be impressed and to consider that we are one of the best places to stay. Guest facilities include an Entrada and Dininig Room where guests have breakfast or where they can enjoy their own meals at other times of the day. There is a guest lounge with a DVD player and Screen and a antique Billiard Table (in restoration). We do not have television in the Quinta but guests can use their own laptops or have the use of one of our laptops for watching online, DVDs or accessing their e-mails, with in-suite Wi-Fi access. Outside there are plenty of sunbeds and table and chairs around the large pool and stone tables elsewhere. There is a BBQ with plates and utensils, and a washing up area. Whilst we are awaiting official grading, Guest reviews posted on TripAdvisor give a 5* rating, where we are currently rated the 2nd best B&B in the Lisbon and Coastal Area. At the end of 2009, we were rated there as 2nd in the whole of Portugal.
How many rooms are offered at your B&B and what is its maximum capacity?
We have eight suites in total comprising one and two bedroom suites accommodating a maximum of 4 up to 6 guests. The whole property is available to rent for large groups, celebrations and corporate events accommodating a maximum of up to 48 guests.
What kinds of rooms do you offer?
All suites are unique and comprise: Sr Miguel Suite located on the ground floor and opening out on to the pool area. A one bedroom suite comprising 2 double beds and a priest bed (single), sleeping up to 5 guests. This is our disability suite fitted out with large doors, grab handles, shower seat and a wheel under washbasin in the large bathroom. Dove Cote Suite located on the 1st floor overlooking the Paddock and pool area. A two bedroom suite with two double beds in the main bedroom and a further 2nd Bedroom/Lounge area with a sofa bed and large bathroom in the original Dove Cote. Dona Maria Suite located on the ground floor and opening out on to the pool area. A one bedroom suite comprising 2 double beds and a sofa bed and large bathroom. Count Redondo Suite located on the 1st floor overlooking the Paddock and pool area. A one bedroom suite with two double beds and a sofa bed and large bathroom. Marquis de Pombal Suite located on the ground floor and opening out on to the pool area; A two bedroom suite comprising 2 double beds in the main bedroom and a further 2nd Bedroom/Lounge area with two single beds/sofas and large bathroom. Dom Fernando Suite located on the 1st floor overlooking the pool area. A one bedroom suite with two single beds and a sofa bed and large bathroom. Adega Suite located in the Manor House. A two bedroom suite with a double bed and sofa bed in the main bedroom and two single beds in the 2nd bedroom, together with a dressing room and Courtyard=style bathroom. This suite has direct access onto a patio with tables and chairs. Sr Meira Suite located on the 1st floor in the Manor House. A two bedroom suite comprising 1 double bed in the main bedroom and a further 2nd Bedroom/Lounge area with a sofa bed and large bathroom. The luxurious suites with their bright aspects and space and traditional furniture and furnishings provide a relaxing and enjoyable environment.
Please describe the in-room facilities for each type of room in your B&B.
Each suite is provided with a refrigerator stocked initially with complimentary beer, soft drinks and water. Tea, coffee and biscuits, fresh fruit, and a complimentary bottle of wine to settle the dust of the journey. A room safe is provided inside suite wardrobes, together with pool towels which can be taken to the beaches. Bathrooms have a range of soaps, shampoos, conditioners and cotton wool buds. Suites in the Celeiro have underfloor heating and in the Manor House they have radiators. All suites have ceiling fans and because of the thick stone walls, air conditioning has not been necessary to supplement the cool temperatures.
Which room is your personal favorite?
The Sr Miguel and Marquis de Pombal suites have large french windows opening onto the sun terrace and pool so are very airy and very popular.
What do the room rates include?
We price our suites on the basis of 2 guests staying with a further cost for additional guests depending on their age. This includes Breakfast, (although suites can be available on a room only basis), complimentary items as mentioned, Wi-Fi and taxes. There is plenty of parking within the grounds of the Quinta.
Do you offer any special packages?
We offer packages for Honeymoon Couples and special events. Discounts are offered for stays of 4 days or more or for bookings for multiple suites.
What may guests expect from a typical breakfast at your property?
Breakfast is typically Portuguese comprising fresh baked breads and cakes, freshly squeezed orange juice, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, ham and sliced meats, cheese, fresh fruit, cereals and yoghurt. Breakfast can be taken from 08.30am onwards or earlier by arrangement. If guests wake up much later, it's no problem and they don't miss it; they just come later.
When and where is breakfast served?
Breakfast is generally served in the Entrada which has a capacity for 18 guests. The Dining Room is also used providing a further capacity for 12. Breakfast can also be brought to a suite in a Hamper or to one on the many tables outside for fresco eating.
Are dietary needs accommodated?
Special needs can be accommodated by prior arrangements.
Do you serve other meals?
Local restaurants and cafes provide for Lunch and Dinner requirements. Additional wine and beer can be provided at extra cost although we often share wine and beer with our guests on the sunny evenings around the pool..
Are there cooking facilities, which guests may use?
A fridge is provided in each suite and there is also a large BBQ, cutlery and china, microwave and washing up facilities which are provided for guests to use at any time.
Is your bed and breakfast suitable for children?
Children are very welcome with plenty of space to play and explore. They especially enjoy all the animals we have at the Quinta.
Do you accept pets?
Charlotte has pets: a dog, guinea pigs, chickens and two horses. Pets are not accepted in suites and there are no local boarding facilities.
What is your smoking policy?
There is no smoking in suites and guest facilities, but guests may smoke outside.
Is there a parking facility on premises or nearby?
There is plenty of parking within the Quinta.
Is your B&B suitable for disabled guests?
Our disability suite is the Sr Miguel Suite described above. We have a dedicated parking area and access into the Manor House and Entrada accommodates wheelchair access..
What safety precautions are provided at your B&B?
All suites have smoke and fire detectors with a central alarm and fire extinguishers located in each wardrobe.
The Quinta has a stone wall around the 30,000m2, with key pad accessed entrance gates.
What is your check-in/check-out policy?
We do not have fixed arrival or leaving times. Guests have access as early or late to their suites providing we don't have other guests leaving or arriving in their suite. If the guests' suite isn't available when guests arrive early we will store their luggage until the suite is available, leaving them free to explore the area or attractions. A pool changing room is available for guests to use if their suite is not available and luggage can be looked after..
Are there a minimum number of nights for staying at your B&B?
There is no minimum number of nights for staying and no restrictions on arrival/departure days of the week.
How can guests check availability and make a reservation?
Direct by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org in response to which we provide further information about the Quinta and surrounding area.
What is you cancellation policy?
For cancellation greater than 30 days, a loss of the one night deposit. For cancellations later than this, there is a payment of 50% of the balance for the stay.
What types of payment do you accept?
Credit Cards, PayPal, Bank Transfers for payment of the deposit. Cash or Bank Transfer in advance for the balance of the payment.
Is there a special etiquette that guests should know about and comply with?
Please tell us what things guests might enjoy visiting, seeing, doing, etc. in your area.
Quinta do Scoto is centred around so many attraction in the area. Sintra with its many historic Palaces and attractions is 7km away. Mafra with its Palace is 12 km away, Queluz Palace is 7 km away. Lisbon is 18km away and the historic walled city of Obidos is 70km away. There are many beaches 1/2 hr away and all these places are available to drive to or by train from the local village station. There are many high quality Golf courses within 10 or 20 minutes by car. Horse Riding is available at the Quinta and tennis can be played at a local court 5 minutes away.
Where is your B&B located and how it may be reached?
Directions to the Quinta can be found on our Website www.quintadoscoto.com We are located 22km form the Airport which is a 20 minute ride without traffic. Taxis can be arranged to meet guests in the Arrivals Hall at the Airport or guests can travel 10 minutes by bus or taxi from the Airport to a Lisbon Station and then direct to the village station 30 minutes away (train tickets cost 1.60 euros)
What would you say to people who have never stayed in a bed and breakfast?
B&B is new experience at Quinta do Scoto - read our guest reviews on TripAdvisor.com to see why!
Is there something more that you want to share about your property?
The most used word by our guests when they see their suite is 'Wow'