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Our family stayed at Casa Piellas for a week- 14 of us ranging in age from 2- 72yrs and everyone had an amazing time! The property is beautiful and expansive and the house has many separate areas - so everyone can be together at the pool or in the courtyard or you can find a place of peace and quiet in the gardens or one of the rooms. Joáo was a very friendly, generous and responsive host both before the booking and during our stay, allowing us early access to the property (our landed early morning) and welcoming us with lemonade, coffee and homemade blueberry pie. The grounds are spectacular - a large, formal garden and larger wooded areas and fields to explore. We spent a lot of time at the pool area which is lovely. Great pool for little kids to paddle on the step and the older ones to jump around in a large area and even pool toys to play with. Rooms were all well furnished and maintained. The kitchen is gorgeous - the real heart of the home, and the cooking room with the wood oven is a wonderful feature especially for those who enjoy cooking - we made great lamb and pizza's in the oven. There are loads of utensils, crockery and cutlery. We didn't use the impressive formal dining room, rather having our meals in the downstairs garden room or outside in the courtyard. It says something about the villa that there are at least 3 areas that can accommodate 14 people meals. The area is great to explore - we walked to nearby river pools to swim, there is a deer and play park just up the road and numerous little villages to explore close by. We did a wine tasting at Santa Cristina which was also highly recommended. The only tiny issue is that there often isn't a lot of space to unpack clothes in the rooms. But that is very minor issue. Overall it is a incredible experience. We were planning when we can return!
Fundevila is recently renewed house, excellently equipped, very convenient and arranged in a really stylish way. It is very well located as a part of the vineyard, in the small town and not far form the motorway. It is ideal place to explore northern Portugal. The big advantage are the bikes available at the house. You can take a ride on 30 km long, scenic bike path arranged along an old train route. But a real gem are the owners of the house: Maria and Alberto. We are frequently furnished with the fresh fruit, vegetables, home-made cakes and other sweets. They explained to us the history of the house and gave us lot of advice on the interesting places to visit, restaurants etc. They stayed in the separate house nearby so we had full privacy all the time. I was renting many summer houses in the past all over Europe but I have never been confronted with such enormous hospitality. Maria and Albert, thank you very much for wonderful holidays!