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We were two families, 5 adults and 5 children (ages 2 to 9).
The house was fantastic - decor, furnishings, layout, utilities... everything. Somehow child friendly and grown up at the same time, and with everything we needed. There are architectural and design gems that you need to discover for yourself - suffice to say you will love this place.
Outdoors was better still - incredible pool, gorgeous sunbathing and eating areas, great BBQ, excellent layout, fun to explore but safe, views we'll never forget.
And off the property we could go for wonderful adventurous hikes or drive to lovely nearby restaurants or the perfect river banks where we played and bathed on two occasions. The nearby Braga and hilltop churches were well worth the day trip too.
Then there's Trisha - on site and happy to help with any request, but not in the way. She even did some shopping for us the day we arrived so we got in to delicious roast chicken and wine!! And her do, B, the most placid dog imaginable - our toddler and 5 year old who arrived terrified of dogs, left wanting to take B with! (But if we didn't want B around, Trisha was perfectly happy to keep him out of the way.)
To find fault because otherwise this review might seem too good to be true:
- local town is nothing special, but that didn't matter as we had so much to do without it
- beaches (1 hour drive) are quaint and fine for sunbathing and collecting pebbles, but sea is extremely cold and rocky, so doesn't feel safe to paddle in. But the beach towns are worth a visit if you;re staying longer than a week
All in all - so lucky to have found this place. And Trisha and B are the cherry on the top!
This villa was perfect for our family. The area is beautiful and easily accessible from Porto. The house is spacious and well appointed with many different places to sit and eat, the views were lovely, and the local restaurant (Adega Regional O Vaticano) is one of the best in Portugal. The sounds of the local farm animals and church bells were the perfect accompaniment to our holiday. We can't wait to return!