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Chestnut Tree Yurt

Yurt Holiday Portugal – Central Portugal

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The important stuff

  • Check in time is from 3pm
  • Check out time is from 11am
  • It is possible to accommodate 2 children on folding beds in the yurt (£9 a night) or three children in a bell tent alongside. 
  • Children are welcome but please be aware of the hazards such as the steep terrain, which may also be a problem for anyone of limited mobility
  • A travel cot is available for either yurt
  • Sleeping arrangements
  • 1 double, bell tent available for 2 more

Extra space available

Space for 3 children from £14 per child per night two folding beds in the yurt or all three in a bell tent provided

Space for 1 baby no charge. travel cot available

Kids & Pets

Kids can sleep in the yurt on camp beds or in a bell tent alongside but pets cannot be accommodated


  • There are no cooking facilities for guests but breakfast is included in the rate and Hannah and Derrick can provide evening meals
  • There is a terracotta cooler in the yurt for drinks and snacks


  • Each yurt has a private shower (gas powered and hot) and a Separett Compost loo, just next to it
  • There is also a hot sink, but all washing up is done by your hosts

Heating, lighting & bedding

  • All bed linen is provided, including towels for the shower, but please bring your own swimming towels
  • There are gas heaters provided when (rarely) necessary
  • A travel cot is available for either yurt


  • There are cards, board games, book etc in the yurt
  • Apple Tree Yurt runs on its own independent solar panel at 12volts and has two reading lights, but no power point



Honeymoon packages

The full honeymoon package is £995 for two people for one week. It's full board and includes massage, cocktails, canapes and kayaking, champagne and a whole lot more. Hannah and Derrick are happy to tailor the package to suit you too, so just get in touch, talk it over and make your special day stretch into a special week.

In & around your yurt

Relaxing, reading, backgammon,badminton, croquet.

There are swings and games for children and if they are interested in pond dipping there are nets and other equipment

Going a little further afield

Science Museum Coimbra - Fantastic for kids and adults much to learn and helpful staff to show you round

Coimbra University and Joanine Library

Buccacao Forest and Palace

Aveiro fishing town and beaches - Good fish restaurants, night life and markets at the weekends, but 1 hour and a half drive from the yurts

Conimbriga Roman site


Some slightly more adventurous stuff

Wild swimming within 20 minutes drive in the Rio Ceira

Fantastic walking - Hannah and Derrick have created a folder for walkers with maps and a GPS they can lend you so you can explore with confidence

Canoeing in the River ceira

They can put you in touch with  an agent for Kayaking on the River Mondego, rock climbing, hiking and wild camping in the Serra da Estrela Mountains

Coimbra Sky Garden

Horse riding and 4x4 safari are also possible - there's plenty more information left out for you in the yurts.

Food & Drink

Food at YHP

Meals at Yurt Holiday Portugal 

Breakfast is included in the rate and consists of:

Hot bread, home made jams, museli, yoghurts or eggs, fruit or fruit salad, butter and once a week there are pancakes! The ingredients are where possible organic and locally sourced. There's also tea, coffee and hot frothy milk!

Other meals on-site

Hannah and Derrick love their food and are more than happy to whip something up for you. Please give 48 hours notice where possible as all meals are home made with fresh local ingredients. 


Three course meal inc wine €20 per head


Two courses inc wine  €13.50 per head

Soup and bread €3.50 per head

Children's meals €6 per head


Packed lunches €7.00 per head include sandwiches, snacks, cake and drink in a hamper for you to eat on-site or take out with you

Tea/coffee and cake €2.50 per head

A few examples:  


Sardine Pate

Mushroom Pate                                         v

Avocado and papaya salad                v

Guacamole                                                v


Treats at Yurt Holiday Portugal

Main courses

Potato and spinach pie                    v

Quiches                            v

Chicken curry

Sticky Spare ribs

Moussaka                           v

Spanish tortilla                   v

Pork and prune casserole

Meatballs with tomato sauce             v

Beef/chicken/fish or vegetable tagine


Lemon/carrot/banana Cake

Eves Pudding

Fruit crumble

Lemon curdy pudding

Lemon posset

v– vegetarian version available

Meet your hosts

The house at Yurt Holiday Portugal

A little history

Derrick and Hannah bought Lugar Varzeas in 1999 and started working on restoring the "goat shed" and converting it into a family home a couple of years later. They spent many months working with local people who knew the art of building with the traditional Xisto (slate). In the mean time they built themselves a small wooden hut to live in. 2 years later their house was ready to move into! The next years were spent working on the land, clearing and cleaning the beautiful terraces and stone walls, and bringing up two small children.

They have now enlisted the help of Eva & Red to help to run Yurt Holiday Portugal.

Eva is from Germany, and loves the outdoors, swimming, reading, writing, and fancy Sunday breakfasts. She is passionate about sustainable tourism, and has worked on projects in South America, Africa and Europe. Together with Red she likes to try out cooking new recipes from all over the globe.
From South London, Red has dedicated most of his life to conservation projects around the world, including Greece, Cape Verde and New Zealand, and has spent the last five years trying to help save loggerhead turtles in Cape Verde. Red loves diving, gardening and basketball.

A note from Hannah, Derrick, Theo and Ella about what they do and why they do it: 

"We are all now extremely conscious of the pressing need to change our ways of life and outlook, by living in harmony with our environment and at the same time rewarding ourselves with the bounties that can come from a sustainable way of living. 

Here you can experience how comfortably we can all live predominantly from our own resources in an uncomplicated and inexpensive fashion. Solar energy supplies all the electricity for our yurt. The hot shower and compost toilet is part of as clean and fresh a bathroom suite as one could hope to meet anywhere, and will, we feel sure, convince any sceptic that this is an agreeable non-polluting and effective alternative solution to plumbing. 

The yurt is low impact and was made by local people using local materials and will leave very little footprint on the land once removed. Our business is small scale and family run; hence we feel we can give our guests our best. 

We try to ensure that everything we use here is biodegradable, for the simple reason that otherwise we would upset our organic water filtration system and recycling process. Our grey water is filtered through sand, shingle and charcoal and redirected to water trees and vines that are precious to us. The terraces were cleverly designed to conserve all the water that comes down from the hills around us, which is collected in tanks, and supplies our needs. 

The garden at Yurt Holiday Portugal

Our garden produce is grown free from pesticides, artificial fertilisers or insecticides and is included as much as possible in our menu options. We use a raised bed, no dig system that we mulch heavily to maintain healthy moisture and nutrition levels. We tend our little haven with love and a belief that through treating it with respect and care we can leave a positive mark here. Quite simply we keep it as free from pollution as possible.

There is a great deal in the vicinity to offer the eco-tourist from cultural excursions to wild swimming, on which we supply information in the yurt. Yoga, massages, and reflexology are available in the yurt itself just let us know and we can arrange them for you. You can indulge in hill walking to your heart’s content; there are many paths to follow. Or else you can go to the nearby Cuevo del Gato, to bathe and swim deliciously in its mountain rock pools. 

Alternatively just lie back and relax here in front of the yurt while we serve you wine, cocktails and delicious home cooked meals. 

We look forward to your visit."

Getting there

Yurt Holiday Portugal, Lugar Varzeas, Pracerias, Arganil

By public transport 

The nearest airport is Porto, 2½ hours' drive away. Alternatively, Lisbon is 3½ hours' drive. Hannah and Derrick recommend hiring a car from either airport as it's very remote and public transport is limited!

The nearest train station is Coimbra, which is one hour away by car and there are either buses to Coimbra or Moita de Serra, which is just 20 minutes away. Pick ups can be arranged from Coimbra for €40 and from Arganil with a little notice.

By car - GPS coordinates N 40˚ 11.032' W 8˚ 01.429"

From Porto Airport

When you leave the airport on the dual carriageway you need to follow route for VR1/A28/Porto - you will then start to get signs for A1/ICI Lisboa. Follow directions for IC1 and/or A1 Lisboa and Sul (South). 

Take ticket at tolls and you will have to pay when you leave motorway. Make sure you get a ticket – there are express lanes which let pre-paid vehicles through and if you go through one of these the exit toll will charge you for whole of motorway! Exit motorway at Coimbra North/Viseu IP3. Pay tolls and take IP3 Viseu/Guarda which is straight on.

IP3 - The road is mostly dual carriageway up and down mountain passes.  After crossing Rio Mondego signs on right are for IC6 Covilha, Arganil and Oliveira do Hospital.  (Some maps show this as IC7 but it is IC6 as sign posted). Go through Arganil. Go right at the roundabout with fountain then sharp upward right  at  next roundabout. This is the road to Gois.

Do not take the first sign marked for Pracerias in Casal San Jose wait until you see  a solitary white chapel on the left with signs for Colmeal, Celavisa and PRACERIAS (where you are heading). Pracerias is 6kms along this road, carry on a bit and Yurt Holiday Portugal is on the right after Pracerias and before Adcasal. You should see the stone house on its own on the right.

Booking Terms

Canopy & Stars low price promise
Book with us in confidence knowing you won’t find that place cheaper elsewhere. All of the prices we display are set and matched by our Owners. (In this world of foreign currency, we do have to say 'subject to exchange rates' for some of our European places.)

What does ‘from price’ mean?
Our ‘from price’ is based on a four night stay in low season and designed to help you to compare different prices across our collection. Some of our Owners vary their nightly rates and check in days throughout the year, so it may differ from the rate quoted below the calendar. It is quite common (although by no means universal) for places to charge a little more in peak season or for shorter stays, to cover changeover costs. Consider booking longer stays during the cooler months if you’re looking for the lowest nightly rates.

Agency Terms & Conditions

Except where otherwise specified, we Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd Company No 09088366 of Merchants House, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RW act only as an Agent in respect of all bookings we take and/or make on your behalf. Sawday’s Canopy & Stars is part of the Alastair Sawday’s Group of Companies. We accept no liability in relation to any contract you enter into or for any services or arrangements you purchase (“Booking(s)”) or for the acts or omissions of any supplier(s) or other person(s) or party(ies) connected with any Booking. For all Bookings, your contract will be with the supplier of the Booking in question, and in most cases this will be the owner of the property you’ll be staying at (“Owner(s)”). When making your Booking we will arrange for you to enter into a contract with the Owner of the Booking. Your Booking with us is subject to these Agency Terms & Conditions and any specific booking conditions of the relevant Owner(s) you contract with. The Owner’s booking conditions may limit and/or exclude the Owner’s liability to you.

You may decide to make more than one Booking with us at the same time. The price charged in total for more than one Booking will always equal the prices charged separately for each individual Booking. All Bookings are available to be purchased separately at the same price as they are when more than one Booking is made. This means that any multiple Bookings do not constitute a package as defined in the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.

By making a booking, you agree that:-

  1. you have read these Agency Terms & Conditions and agree to be bound by them;
  2. you consent to our use of your information in accordance with our Privacy Policy;


  1. you are over 18 years of age and where there may be age restrictions in place, you declare that you and all members of your party are of the appropriate age.


The Canopy & Stars online booking system enables Guests to make Bookings 24 hours a day. A Booking is confirmed on receipt of a 25% non-refundable deposit for all Bookings with check in dates of more than 10 weeks away. For all Bookings that have a check in date of less than 10 weeks before check in, payment for the Booking will be required in full and the entire Booking will be non-refundable. The Canopy & Stars telephone booking line is open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm. When using the online enquiry form, for those Properties without online booking, please allow 24 working hours for us to contact you by telephone to confirm the Booking. If we are unable to reach you by phone we will attempt to contact you by email. We will contact you during Canopy & Stars working hours (Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm). Online or email enquiries will be dealt with in the order they are received, but please be aware that we cannot guarantee reservation of your selected dates until the receipt of suitable payment. Therefore, if possible, we do recommend that you book on the Canopy & Stars website using the online booking system.


1. Booking and payments


1.1 In order to confirm your chosen Booking, you must pay a non-refundable deposit as required by the Owner of the Booking in question (or full payment if booking within 10 weeks of the date of your check-in).


1.2 Your Booking is confirmed and a contract between you and the Owner will exist when we receive payment of the deposit and send you a booking confirmation on the Owner’s behalf. This booking confirmation will normally be sent out within 24 hours in the case of email and seven working days in the case of post, and will contain the details of your Booking and of payments made and due. If you have not received your booking confirmation within the specified time, please notify us as soon as possible by email ( Please check your confirmation carefully and report any incorrect or incomplete information to us immediately. As we act only as booking Agent, we have no responsibility for any errors in any documentation except where an error is made by us.


1.3 We're sorry for any inconvenience, but payments can only be made by credit and debit cards. A 2% surcharge will be applied to credit cards. We do not accept American Express, cheques or cash.


1.4 Where a deposit has been paid, full balance payment will be due 10 weeks in advance of your check in date and a reminder will be sent to you two weeks prior to this date, where applicable, by email. We automatically take the balance payment using the same card as used to make the deposit payment. It is your reponsibility to advise us if we should use a different card and to contact us by telephone (0117 204 7830) to arrange for alternative payment method. If the balance payment does not successfully go through as there is a problem with your card, such as it expiring, then we will contact you to try and take alternative payment. If we have been unable to take payment after two weeks of the balance due date, then with regret, we will notify the Owner who may cancel your Booking.


1.5 Except where otherwise advised or stated in the booking conditions of the Owner concerned, all monies you pay to us for a Booking will be held on behalf of the Owner(s) concerned.


1.6 Credit Card payments are processed via Alastair Sawday’s Publishing Co. Ltd who provide merchants services facilities to Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd.


2. Cancellation and Amendment by You


2.1 Any cancellation or amendment request must be sent to us by email ( and will be considered and responded to within one working day of receipt. You are also advised to confirm all changes to our Customer Services Department by calling 0117 204 7830. Please ensure that you have received written confirmation of any changes to your Booking prior to travel. Whilst we will always try to help, we cannot guarantee that such requests will be met.


2.2 Amendments and cancellations can only be accepted in accordance with the booking conditions of the Owner of your Arrangements. The Owner may charge the cancellation or amendment charges shown in their booking conditions (which may be as much as 100% of the cost of the Arrangements and will normally increase closer to the date of departure). The Owner may charge cancellation or amendment charges in accordance with its own booking conditions, however for the sake of convenience only, we have outlined the Owner’s charges at clause 2.3 and 2.4 below. Please note that these are the Owner’s own cancellation and amendments charges, not Canopy & Stars’, and therefore the Owner may vary their charges as they wish, without notice to us. The correct charges will be notified to you at the time of your cancellation or amendments.  


2.3 Owner’s General Cancellation Charges:

2.3.1 Cancellation by you at any time will result in your deposit being forfeited, as all deposits are non-refundable.


2.3.2 All monies paid for a holiday (deposit and balance) are non-refundable within 10 weeks before check in date.


2.3.3 Cancellation of any holiday after it has been paid in full and at a date 10 weeks or more in advance of your check in date, will result in forfeiture of your deposit (or an amount equivalent where one was not paid as the holiday was paid in full) and the balance being returned to you. 


2.3.4  Cancellation insurance is available but will be a third party arrangement and not involve Canopy & Stars or the Owner in any way.


2.4 Owner’s General Amendment Charges:

2.4.1 Alterations to your Booking can only be made more than 10 weeks prior to the check in date, after which time alterations will be treated as cancellation. All alterations are subject to availability and may incur a £30 adminstration fee.


2.4.2 Differences in the total amount payable resulting from alterations will be refunded to you in the case of a decrease in price and paid by you in the case of increases in price.


Special note: Generally Owners will charge the above cancellation and amendment charges, however we must stress that these are a guide only and charges may differ from those shown here depending on the Owner. The exact charges will be notified to you by the Owner at the time of cancellation and/or can be found in the Owner’s own booking conditions which are available from the Owner on request.


3. Changes and Cancellations by the Owner

We will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if the Owner needs to make a significant change to your confirmed Arrangements or to cancel them. We will also liaise between you and the Owner in relation to any alternative Booking offered by the Owner but we will have no further liability to you.


4. Complaints

Because the contract for your Booking is between you and the Owner, any queries or concerns should be addressed to them. In the event that you have any complaint about your stay, please notify the Owner as soon as possible. If you don’t follow this procedure there will be less opportunity for the Owner to investigate and resolve your complaint and so make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Delays may also mean that amount of compensation you may be entitled to may be reduced. Whether or not your complaint is dealt with satisfactorily, please also contact us as we appreciate all feedback. It’s important to us and the Owner to know that you’ve enjoyed your stay or if anything could have been improved.


5. Pricing

Canopy & Stars reserve the right to amend advertised prices at any time on behalf of the Owner. We also reserve the right to correct errors in both advertised and confirmed prices.Special note: changes and errors sometimes occur.


6. Information & Accuracy

The information and prices shown on this website are varied from time to time and may change between the time you first view a property and make a Booking. You should check that all the details are as you expect prior to making a Booking. It is always possible that, despite our best efforts, some of the properties (including the features and extras available) may be incorrectly described and/or priced. If we discover this is the case after you have made a Booking, we reserve the right to contact you with details of the correct information and/or pricing and will give you the option to:

(1) proceed with the Booking based on the correct information and/or pricing, which may require the payment of an additional amount by you;


(2) subject to availability, change your booking dates to dates when the pricing can be honoured ad so no additional charge to you. In the event that a lower price can be offered for alternative dates then the difference would be refunded;


(3) cancel the Booking. If we do not receive your instructions within 5 days of contacting you, we reserve the right to cancel your Booking without liability to you.


7. Our Responsibility for your Booking

Your contract is with the Owner and its booking conditions apply. As Agent, we accept no responsibility for the actual provision of the Booking. Our responsibilities are limited to making the Booking in accordance with your instructions and acting properly in accordance with our legal duties as an Agent. We accept no responsibility for any information about the Booking that we pass on to you in good faith. However, in the event that we are found liable to you on any basis whatsoever, our maximum liability to you is limited to twice the cost of your Booking (or the appropriate proportion of this if not everyone on the Booking is affected). We do not exclude or limit any liability for death or personal injury that arises as a result of our negligence or that of any of our employees whilst acting in the course of their employment.


8. Pets

Not all properties accept pets. If you wish to take your pet on holiday, please advise us before booking and we can check whether pets are accepted at the property. You must obtain the prior consent of the Owner before taking any pets to the property. A nightly charge may be made by the Owner for each pet and additional terms may apply.


9. VAT

Many of the Owners of properties in the Canopy & Stars portfolio are not registered for VAT in which case no tax is payable. Where VAT is payable, the tax is included in the advertised holiday rental price.


10. Visa, passport and health requirements.

Unless you tell us otherwise, we assume that all members of your party are British citizens who hold or will hold full British passports valid for the entire duration of the Arrangements you chose to purchase. Information on visa, passport and health requirements, where given and applicable, is so given on this basis. Requirements may change and you are therefore strongly recommended to check the up to date position with the Owner of the Booking, Passport Office, appropriate embassy or consulate or your doctor as applicable in good time before the commencement of your holiday.


11. Insurance

You are strongly recommended to take out personal travel insurance for all members of your party. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance you purchase is adequate and appropriate for your particular needs. Please read your policy details and take them with you on holiday.


12. Special requests

If you have any special requests (for example dietary requirements, cots or room location), please let us know at the time of booking. We will pass on all such requests to the Owner, but unfortunately, we can't guarantee that they will be met and we will have no liability to you if they are not.


13. Group Bookings

Not all Owners accept Bookings for a single sex group (for example, a stag or hen party). Guests wanting to make such a Booking should check with us beforehand to enable us to check whether the Owner is prepared to accept the Booking. We will then advise you accordingly. In event that an Owner does not accept this type of Booking then it is with regret, that the Booking may be cancelled and cancellation fees may apply. It is the Guest’s responsibility to enquire with Canopy & Stars and/or check on our website beforehand to make sure that this type of booking is permitted.


14. Maximum Numbers

Please note that except by prior arrangement confirmed in writing, only the number of persons specified on a booking confirmation may occupy  a property. Most owners reserve the right to refuse admittance or revoke a booking if this condition is not observed and you are unlikely to receive any refund.


15. Your Responsibilities

Please note that you have a contract with the Owner of the property. As such you are under a responsibility to behave in a proper, appropriate and legal manner whilst staying at the property with due respect to the Owner, the Property and other guests and their property. You are responsible for informing the Owner of any losses or damage to the property as soon as possible. Please note that you will be liable to pay the Owner for any losses or damage to the property caused by you or a member of your party (except reasonable wear and tear). Some Owners will also require damage deposits. You must also leave the property by the check-out time specified on your booking. If any guest behaves inappropriately or improperly (of which the Owner will be the final judge on their Property), or illegally, the Owner reserves the right to ask the guest and their party (at their discretion) to leave the Property before the end of the holiday period and/or refuse any future bookings from you.  Any refund for so doing will be at the entire discretion of the Owner. In addition, the Owner reserves the right to sue the guest for any loss, damage or injury caused to the Owner, the Property or to other guests and/or their property. As agent, we will have no liability to you in these circumstances. 


16. Governing Law and Jurisdiction

These terms and conditions have been drafted in accordance with and are governed by English law and the courts of England and Wales have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any and all disputes arising out of these Agency Terms & Conditions.


17. Discrepancies

In case of a discrepancy between these Agency Terms & Conditions and any other Canopy & Stars literature, these Agency Terms & Conditions shall prevail.


18. Validity clause

In the event that a court finds that a condition in these Agency Terms & Conditions is illegal or void, the illegal or void provision will be severed from the remainder of the Agency Terms & Conditions, which will continue to be valid and have full force and effect.