A heads up to Pat and Rik who pursued a dream and ran away to the circus central Portugal, and who will be known to you from their past lives when Pat was the editor of another UK custom bike magazine and Rik had a trike which definitely wasn't a bus. As well as growing enviable amounts of vegetables and drinking lots of wine, they now offer bed and breakfast accommodation at ridiculously cheap prices. They're situated near the market town of Figueiro dos Vinhos which is a couple of hours from Lisbon, and, from the end of September through to 31st March 2012, they're offering accommodation for virtually nothing. Mara's Cottage, a self-contained two hundred-year-old building, has a carved antique bed, ensuite bathroom, fitted kitchenette and is close to the pool. They also have a luxury fitted caravan with stunning views of the forest and use of the pool. For the next five months, it will cost you just 15 euros a night to stay in Mara's Cottage, or a paltry 10 euros for the caravan (hell, that's less than a campsite and a damn sight more comfortable!). And, even better, Pat offers evening meals of three courses, wine and coffee for a giveaway 7.50 euros per person - most of the produce will have been grown by the couple (down to the olive oil), and Pat is a great cook.
Whether you're planning a getaway over Christmas, or a long weekend, you'll get a really warm welcome. Yes, I know I'm sounding like a travel commercial, but these are genuine people who believe in what they do and in not ripping folk off. And they're damn good company too.
To see more, visit Living The Dream, and to book, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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