A Retirement Residence offering Care with Nursing in São Pedro Estoril

Near Lisbon, Portugal. (English and Portuguese Spoken)

All Nationalities are Welcome!

Description of Quinta da Fonte

Quinta da Fonte is situated in a quiet cul-de-sac within easy walking distance of shops, banks, post office, the beach and Sao Pedro do Estoril railway station. It has a large peaceful and pleasantly landscaped garden for the use of Residents and their friends. There are 10 studio apartments, varying in size from 37m² to 54m² each, comprising a main area used as a living room / bedroom, a kitchenette and an en suite bathroom. There are also 8 individual suites, each of which has its own private bathroom. The larger apartments and suites may be suitable for couples. Both apartments and suites have individual telephone lines, Cable TV and WIFI, with charges made only for premium services and international calls. There is a comprehensive call system, with 24 hour support provided, covering the whole property for emergency contact with staff with each resident having an individual personal call device. Utilities, heating, cleaning, personal hygiene items and laundry services are included.

There are extensive well maintained gardens and ample communal areas including a comfortable lounge and dining room. The monthly charges include all meals (breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and evening meal and any incidental snacks) for the Residents and visitors are always welcome for meals, by prior arrangement. Apart from our own in-house services and activities, our links with the local community ensure a steady flow of volunteers to help with outings, social events, handicrafts and games.


Our fundamental objective is that the Quinta da Fonte should meet the needs and assure the safety, security, welfare and social inclusion of those who choose to live here. This will be achieved by providing a “home from home” for the elderly; a calm, comfortable and friendly ambience, in attractive, well-maintained surroundings, where each Resident feels treated with respect, their right to privacy is upheld, and they can (with help) live fulfilling and independent lives.

We are a Residence with nursing care and substantial assistance is given, such as help in dressing, bathing, medication and other general support. Our Doctor is available for a consultation during his weekly visits and our Nurse is on site during the week including weekends a well as being on 24hr emergency call. This service is provided free of charge, excluding the costs of medication or other medical supplies.


A group of 50 Members make up the British Retirement Home Association, which is officially an ‘IPSS- Instituição Particular de Solidariedade Social’ (a not-for-profit, benevolent institution). The Association owns and runs the British Retirement Home, which is licensed by the Portuguese Social Security System as a ‘lar para idosos’ or ‘care home for older people’. The Association is subject to many official rules and regulations both on account of its legal structure and because it owns and runs a care home. We are subject to periodic inspections by the responsible Portuguese authorities.

The Association is managed through a Board of Directors of 5 volunteers elected by the Members, who provide a range of skills and experience in business and in care management. The Board have their activities overseen by a 3 member Fiscal Board which is also elected by the members.   The Board appoints and supervises the senior operational personnel, headed by the General Director, assisted by a ‘Directora Tecnica’ (the official title of this legally required post). The personal care and other services are delivered by a team of staff who are qualified and receive training in all aspects of their work including a full-time cook.


In the mid-1980’s, the British Community identified the need for a retirement home, principally, but not exclusively, for those of British nationality, meeting the objectives outlined above. A group of volunteers began the search for a suitable property and fund raising for its acquisition and conversion. As a result of this Community effort, the British Retirement Home was opened in May 1988 by the British Ambassador, Sir Michael Simpson-Orlebar. Within 5 years, work had begun on a second phase of development, with the construction of a sheltered accommodation wing of 10 individual studio apartments, opened in August 1995.

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