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53 Comments to “Portugal villa – comments page”

  1. D. F. says:

    We organised a weekend away at Casa de Valdemar for 18 friends, flying into Porto and travelling to the villa in a mini-bus organised by the villa owners.

    The owners were extremely charming and helpful both in the run-up to the trip and during our stay. They helped us with restaurant reservations, taxis, supermarket trips etc. We were welcomed, on arrival and given a thorough tour of the villa and facilities.

    The villa is stunning – really beautiful, the pictures don’t do it justice. And the setting is ldyllic – with views over the picturesque Porto region. We spent most of our trip sat around the pool, enjoying the perfect weather. We strolled into the village one evening for a meal – delicious food, very cheap.

    The whole stay was really relaxing and easy -many thanks to Albano and Silvana 🙂

    Stayed in Casa Valdemar

  2. Simon R. says:

    I’ve managed to clear my head after travelling back yesterday. The
    weather change from a 30 C Porto to a 15 C London which was a relief
    and a shock. Doubtlessly it is also cooler in Austria, my favourite
    place to ski ( I was St Christof in March). You haven’t got a chalet in
    the Alps, as well!!!

    As a family can I say what a pleasure it was to stay in the main house.
    We are not used to such grandeur. I was concerned that my two sons (17
    & 20) who can be accident prone would break a family heirloom but I
    think we managed to avoid that. I would recommend any of my friends to
    visit Caminha and stay at either the cottage or house. However, the
    walk into town and back might prove a bit arduous for some.

    We appreciated the shopping that was provided especially as the plane
    was delayed and thank Adilia and her husband,again,for staying so long.
    Everything was so spotless when we arrived including the pool.


    Beaches – Foz do Minho. Estuary beach for small children but likely to
    have waves for older children on the Atlantic beach.

    Restaurants – could recommend a few and say what type of cuisine like
    Pero da Caminha Italian

    Sightseeing – Valenca (fortress/shopping), Soajo (hill village), Viano
    da Castilo (Chapel and view from the hill), Ponte da Lima or even
    Santiago da Compostela (Cathedral). All places we visited.

    We had no idea whether a text sent to you on the first day about us
    being late reached you. I assume that it didn’t and we needed a
    Portuguese SIM card. You could mention this to the technological
    illiterate like ourselves.

    It was our great luck to find your house on the internet as it resulted
    in a memorable holiday for all four of us. Thanks.

    Stayed in Casa do Castanheiro

  3. P. O. says:

    We were 11 adult couples and stayed at the villa for a week.
    The villa is very spacious, spotless and comfortable.
    All rooms are en-suite ( a rare option in large villas), the kitchen, lounge and dinning room are very spacious and have all the facilities.
    The owner put us in touch with a rental agency for a mini bus to take us around, excellent service!

    Stayed in Casa Valdemar

  4. TI and the Babycakes says:

    My girlfriends and I stayed at the Casa de Vilela in September 2013, and had the most wonderful time there. This is our fourth trip together – this casa exceeded all prior experiences. The house is very large, with 9 individual bedrooms and bathrooms, allowing us utmost comfort. The decoration and furniture were exquisite, the kitchen huge. We put the pool table on the first floor to good use! The gardens were beautiful, and the swimming pool clean and inviting. The caretaker greeted us on the first day with fresh picked vegetables and homemade wine. The location was easy to find, and well situated relative to the interesting destinations such as Porto and Braga. We all highly recommend this home – it is a magical place, and we would love to return should the occasion present itself.

    Stayed in Casa Vilela

  5. F. Ludovic says:

    We spent four wonderful days in the Douro Valley. The view from Semarkinhas is breath-taking. The villa itself had all necessary amenities – pity we couldn’t use the pool as it was bit too cold.
    The villages around are very pretty, though their small size sometimes made the long, winding roads not worth the trouble.
    Lamego was an exception in this respect – we enjoyed the climb to the church on top of the hill.
    The locals have been incredibly helpful and welcoming, even though we couldn’t speak a word of Portuguese.
    Overall, a great holiday. We would certainly recommend it!

    Stayed in Villa Semarkinhas

  6. St. J. and R. says:

    9 of us enjoyed a memorable stay at Fora da Caixa in August 2012
    A Huge well appointed villa, spotlessly clean, with a huge kitchen/diner/sitting room filled with more gadgets than we could use!
    Wonderful view and a pool suitable for both adults and children. Delightful garden with BBQ area.
    Beaches were visited , with calm waters in the lagoon….ideal for shell collecting.

    Stayed in Fora da Caixa

  7. L.B. family & friends says:

    Stayed 18th August 2012 for two weeks. Our third stay in this beautiful villa, Casa Sao Cristoavo owned by the charming and very hospitable Barbosa family – who indicentally speak excellent English, which is a bonus in a region where one is hard-pressed to find many people speaking the language. I often found my French quite useful! We had wonderful weather and the holiday was completely relaxing. Lovely to have the privacy of our own pool with a background of forest and endless blue sky. The villa is comfortable with plenty of room (there were 10 of us staying at one point) and having five bathrooms is wonderful, especailly when everyone is getting ready to go out together!

    The villa is a short drive (less than an hour) from Porto airport – follow the instructions and you can’t go wrong. A car is esential as you will need to travel for groceries, although the main town and local beach are really within a 10 minute car ride – or bicycle if you are feeling energetic! Local beaches are a favourite tourist area, and the local town, Viana, has everything you c ould need. August is a festival month, so lots going on. The streets are cobbled and pretty and everyopne is very friendly – but there is also a large shoppoing mall and plenty of fast food-restaurants for the kids and more traditional restaurants for the more discerning diner!

    On this visit we enjoyed a local folk evening at Quinta de Santoinho and would recommend it to any other guests for a very entertaining evening out – the speciality local drink is a mixture of Vinho Verde, Beer and champagne, and although I felt this might be a dubious mixture, it was, in fact, delicious!!

    For a completely relaxing break in breathtaking surroundings (the villa in set behind a huge stone wall with massive gates, and amongst vineyears and Kiwi fruits) I cannot recommend this highly enough. Our party ranged in age from 14 to 54 and everyone (again) had a fabulous time. And we will be going back for a fourth visit…….so I guess we just love it!
    Many thanks again to Rui Barbosa and his family for their always warm welcome, helpfulness and hospitality.

    Stayed in Casa Sao Cristovao

  8. J.B. says:

    Both the surroundings and the equipment of the house are very good. It is an excellent site with an outstanding natural environment. The owners were always able to help at any circumstance and were very pleasant. Cleaning and house conditions are excellent. No reproach to make except perhaps the state of the refrigerator. In summary 10 out of 10

    Stayed in Quinta da Povoa

  9. Di says:

    Staying at Fora da Caixa was the highlight of our trip, the beautiful home is spacious with every item needed to enjoy a relaxing holiday. Wandering around the wonderful garden and swimming in the pristine pool was better than any 5 star hotel. You have thought of everything.
    Thank you again, we will be back!

    Stayed in Fora da Caixa

  10. R. J. A. says:

    Despite the weather not being at its best (it was still a lot warmer than England!)
    We have had a lovely time at Se Markinhas – our second week in Portugal. The view is fantastic, especially when the town of Covelinhas is lit up at night.
    During the week we saw the grapes being harvested and thanks to Paolo followed the truck to Sandeman to see the grapes unloaded into the hoppers for turning into Port (and Paolo’s wine)!

    Stayed in Villa Semarkinhas

  11. Nadine and Luis Alves says:

    We were in Portugal for a wonderful 3 week stay – during our last week we visited Fatima and Alcabaca — staying one night at Quinta de Alcaidaria-Mor – There were 7 of us (two families) and we had three rooms in the Manor House. We were greeted by the owner and given a tour of the Manour House and the adjoining buildings – chapel – with a little history of the family and the house. Amazing history of the house as it has been with the same family since the 17th century and was given to them by the King.

    The bedrooms were in the main manor house and were quite comfortable and quaint – all had their own bathrooms and rooms had family antique furniture. The view from our windows were of the beautiful surrounding countryside (a little dry at this time but considering they have had little or no rain for 10 months it was good). The public rooms were beautiful and full of family momentos and historical pieces – quite fascinating. An adjacent building was a large room, well decorated, with a pool table, honor bar, television, music, internet, washrooms and lounge area. Also an adjacent building was the family chapel — quite lovely.

    It is situated about 15 min. on country roads from Fatima, not hard to find and since it is in the country quite quiet and peaceful. It could use a little TLC (Tender loving care) in the ground, the pool area and the exterior — but all in all it is a wonderful place to put on your list to visit.

    We had breakfast included with our stay and dined in the main family dining room, surrounded with windows, countryside and family pieces. We had a typical breakfast of ham, cheese, home made jams, cereals, fresh fruits and juice, breads and coffee or tea. It is a group meal and a time to meet the other guests, the owner and his mother who joined us for coffee. A very pleasant way to start the day.

    For dinner we were recommended to eat at a local restaurant called “LOCOMOTIVE” —- it was exceptional from the room, food and staff — we opened the restaurant and enjoyed ourselves with wonderful food and wine till closing — recommended to enjoy.

    Before we left the area we visited the Convent of Tomar —-Don’t miss this spot — breathtaking convent – you can feel the people and the history — we will return here again.

    We enjoyed ourselves here and would like to return when we return to Portugal in future years.
    Stayed in Quinta da Alcaidaria Mor

  12. Chris says:

    We stayed at Casa do Arrabalde in a 2-bedroom cottage in August.

    The accomodation, breakfasts and hostess/staff were all excellent.

    One strange thing – the swimming pool was neither salted nor chlorinated. This was no problem for me but may be an issue for those who are very hygiene-conscious. I’m not an expert so can’t really say if this is a problem or not.

    The town of Ponte de Lima is a lovely place and is a great base for day trips – it’s an easy half-hour drive from the coast to the west and the mountains to the east.

    Local cuisine (including tripe, blood sausage, salt-cod) will not necessarily be to everyone’s taste, but the restaurants and bars are cheap, clean and friendly.
    Stayed at Casa do Arrabalde

  13. Gail says:

    We were a family of nine people staying in two cottages and the accommodation was absolutely perfect for all us, young and old. The best part was the verandah with the beautiful view over the valley and out to the ocean – we all loved to relax there at the end of the day. Nicely redone cottages with lots of lovely touches and every convenience. The sound of the peacocks was not too disturbing and added a nice touch. The younger people enjoyed the wireless reception in the common rooms although we didn’t spend much time there because the cottages were conveniently located for a walk into the town of Viana do Castelo or drives up the coast or to Braga and Guimaraes. We also took advantage of the infinity pool in the garden when we mostly had to ourselves. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. The only drawback was the remote to open the gate onto the property – we had three cars but only two remotes so we had to coordinate our entries and exits!
    Stayed in Quinta Valverde

  14. Joana Jones says:

    A wonderful location, we have loved watching the changing view as day turns to night.
    The weather has been amazing with many hours spent cooking in the pool.
    Our boys will be demanding a hammock is installed back home and
    very grateful for olympic sport on the TV!

    Stayed in Villa Semarkinhas

  15. D.G. says:

    Over more than two decades I visited the Algarve for holidays starting when many of the coastal sprawling developments of today were tiny fishing villages. In seeking to recapture those years of few tourists and a more peaceful and less commercial Portugal I looked north and found Casa do Castanheiro.
    The website description is pitch perfect. The cottage is comfortable and the setting within the garden can hardly be bettered. The garden has been landscaped over the years by the owner starting from a neglected and over grown property with a small cottage in a dilapidated state. One looks down with a bird’s eye view of teh ancient small towns of Caminha with the twinkling lights at night lighting up the skyline. The view extends to the large expanse of the River Minho which joins Portugal with Spain via a regular ferry service. For children there is the pool and lawn space to play games and let off steam. A fine long sandy stretch of beach is within just a few kilometres and easily accessible. Caminha with its ancient square offers small cafes and restaurants, and there is a typical Portuguese fresh vegetable, fruit and fish market. Casa do Castanheiro has been a happy find.

    Stayed in Casa do Castanheiro

  16. J. F. says:

    Fantastic experience. The owners were incredibly generous with us. The property has 3.5 bathrooms, not just 1, and the swimming pool was in excellent condition: a must for the 30+ degree days we had in August. The house is spectacular, clean, and the rooms are all large and spacious and tastefully arranged. The beds very comfortable. The kitchen immense and fully equipped. We will book this place again.

    Stayed in Quinta do Ladario

  17. J. H. says:

    Obrigado por todo – we had a magnificent week at Casa Sao Cristovao!The only problem is that one week is not enough time. We hope we have the pleasure of meeting again.

    Stayed in Casa Sao Cristovao

  18. Jenny McDonald says:

    Out of the 5 weeks we spent in Portugal, our 4 night stay at Casa do Arrabalde was one of the most memorable. After much sightseeing and golfing it was a haven of peace and quiet, set in a beautiful garden with a sparkling pool and walking distance over the ancient bridge to the delightful village of Ponte de Lima.
    Our hostess Isabel was charming and helpful and a member of the local golf club so we were able to avail ourselves of their special membership rates. We enjoyed the course so much – played there 3 times.
    The accommodation was comfortable and adequate with a delightful authentic historical feel, which is what we love. It was bliss sitting out on the large patio in the evenings, tired from golf, drinking wine from the Duro valley with our picnic supper gleaned from the excellent local supermarket. Portugal has the best olives ever.
    Highly recommended.
    Stayed in Casa do Arrabalde

  19. N. R. says:

    The villa was lovely as was the setting. Our whole family enjoyed the
    stay there with the only criticism being the fireworks. They lasted for
    five days and went off at all times of the day, sometimes every 15
    minutes and late into the night which when you have a small baby to get
    to sleep can be a problem. I think when the festival is on it would be
    good just to let future visitors know. They can then be prepared.

    The staff were excellent and despite the sleepless nights we would
    certainly think about coming back although avoiding the festival !!

    Thank you for ensuring the house and pool etc were of such a good quality.

    Stayed in Casa de Montariol

  20. Fam. John says:

    We have stayed in casa da infanta end of july for 2 weeks and have loved it. THE villa is great, very spacious and just lovely. THE view is out of this world. We had à wonderful vacation with three families staying. Thanks to à great staff that we could enjoy each day.

    Stayed in Casa da Infanta

  21. H. Gray says:

    We had a wonderful stay at Torre de Refoios. The setting is beautiful, the cottages are well-equipped and we were warmly welcomed. The location is ideal to explore the area-close enough to main roads to be convenient, but far enough off to be peaceful. There is a good bakery and small shops within walking distance which is an added plus. We had a hard time leaving and wished we had spent more time in this lovely region of Portugal.
    Stayed in Torre de Refoios