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Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall on the Silver Coast

Zara Phillips, 12th in line to the British throne, is building
her first home abroad on the Silver Coast at CampoReal with her
fiancé Mike Tindall the England rugby captain.

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Zara says of her choice of location: "I find I unwind quickly as
everyone is very friendly but in a relaxed way. My villa will be
built on the edge of vineyards that have been there for
centuries, there are stunning beaches nearby and Mike and I can
improve our handicaps on the golf course. The decision to build
my holiday home here was pretty straightforward really."

Campo Real (which literally translates to royal countryside) was
the site used in centuries past by Portuguese Kings to exercise
their horses and is located just thirty minutes north of
Portugal's cosmopolitan capital Lisbon, so it has obvious
attractions for the Queen's granddaughter.

The CampoReal resort opened in the spring of 2006. It includes
villas, townhouses and apartments, a luxurious five-star hotel,
an 18-hole golf course and an equestrian centre.

Zara reckons the location is perfect for access from the UK, she
is quoted as saying: "Lisbon is really accessible to
Gloucestershire flying from Bristol or Heathrow. As the travel
time from door-to-door is only a few hours, I plan to use the
villa as often as I can."

Her four-bedroom villa, will be traditionally Portuguese in
style but will have some modern architectural influences with
open-plan living spaces designed for the Silver Coast's warm
climate to make the most of the light and sunshine.

Zara says: "One of the highlights of the section I've chosen is
the view out across the rolling vineyards and fact you can see
the sunrise and sunset. I would like the focus of the villa to
be around relaxing and entertaining spaces. There will also be
plenty of room for guests so I will be using the entertaining
spaces for just that!"

The villa, situated on the edge of a working vineyard, also
features landscaped grounds, she explained: "Although I plan to
come here as a break from my training regime, my villa will have
a swimming pool so I can keep fit even when I'm relaxing and I
know I won't be able to keep away from visiting the horses at
the Equestrian Centre!"

The Equestrian Centre in the resort has stabling for up to 60
horses, a covered arena and a show-jumping course with
facilities for riding lessons and training competition horses.

CampoReal offers a lease-back scheme on some properties,
where buyers can stay for six weeks each year, and earn rental
income the rest of the time.

Flight times are around two hours and 35 minutes from London.
Other golf developments in the region like Royal Obidos, Bom
and Praia d'el Rey have all focused on low-rise
buildings and that combined with the low density planning
regulations on the Silver Coast continues to ensure the region
remains unspoilt.

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