Termas da Azenha
Holiday rentals in Portugal
The first and only Bed & Breakfast & Bathrobes in the world
celebrate your holidays in an oasis somewhere between heaven and earth
About us, about me
Hello! How nice that you are here to have a look! My name is Ellen, I have been living in Portugal since 2000 after we fell head over heels in love with the country back then. We went all over the country to find out where we would most like to live. That has been quite a long process. There were also two small children involved, and then you are a bit more careful.
We ended up here, and I’ve never regretted it. These have been good times, although it hasn’t always been easy. From the beginning of 2005, we separated and I have been managing this alone. I have raised my two sons here, and our little village has been renovated, refurbished, mosaiced, improved, and not to forget the most important thing: I also received guests.
We have done a lot with volunteers – except for installing electricity and breaking down very thick walls. That is better if a professional does it. It’s great working with volunteers, and I still have a nice contact with some of them. Just like with a group of regular guests.
We are now writing 2020 – a memorable year for all of us. There are now a number of long term tenants, and that is good. This woman gets a little older, then you no longer run so fast, and as an entrepreneur you’re of course always busy. Especially because I still really enjoy making very large mosaics. And since a few years also kimonos and bathrobes. This is how we got the title: Bed & Breakfast & Bathrobes, the only one in the world!
In this way, our village is increasingly becoming an attraction.
Of course we still receive vacationers, despite 2020 being such a strange year. People like to get out, so the rooms are always full. I wouldn’t want to miss it anymore. It’s fun, and you meet the best people.
I like to make mosaics, as you can see, and what I often hear: “You can see something different in every corner.” People like that, and so do I. The overarching theme is fairytales, but often the lesser known. You can put a lot in there. And Alice in Wonderland is there too, as are the 101 Dalmatians. On the walls at the reception you will find the more famous archetypes from fairytales: the frog, the princess, the witch, the prince on the horse and more of those things.
It´s always nice to see, how the guests make their own mosaic during a workshop – while you all make use of the same material: pieces of tile, glue and grout. There are beautiful things amongst them. Everyone has a good time doing a workshop.
About us, about him
Broes, my youngest son, has been working with me for years. He grew up here, together with the oldest, and stayed because he likes the outdoors more than living in a busy city. We have the space here so we don’t get in each other’s way. And working together is no problem; we have known each other for a while. If you need something, you can also contact him. He speaks perfect English and Portuguese, and of course Dutch.
About us, about them
We work with volunteers all year round, which is a great success. The atmosphere is therefore optimal, because their motivation to make something fun out of it is very high. It is fun, a lot is being done and a lot of laughter. And well – a day without laughter is a day not lived, isn’t it?
About us, about you
The nicest aspect of this all is when you will go home happy and rested – weather the stay was for 2 days or for 3 weeks. We don´t do everything for you, it´s not an all-inclusive, but we sure do everything in our power to create a free, informal and relaxed atmosphere. Everybody can do whatever he or she wants (always within the boundaries of civilization of course), so if you want to chat having a drink on the terrace, or during meals, or if you prefer to stay private with your family – it´s fine. Holiday is the most important time of the year, you have to charge your battery!