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We were welcomed by Isabel who lives nearby who was very helpful despite the language problems (as well as english french seems to be quite useful)
You could spend a whole day exploring the furnishings and fittings and has a very lived in feel.
We were out and about every day and spent evenings mainly in the kitchen with it's large rustic table as the living and dining rooms were rather gloomy.
This did not detract from the stay and would wonderful in winter with 3 open fires.
The main bedroom is large airy and light, looking over the side street to the small church opposite.
The town centre is only a few minutes walk and has a few average restaurants although another 3 were shut for holidays.
The place has 2 italian restaurants (1 shut) with the casa mia being outstanding.
We found the local people very friendly and would go out of their way to help in any way.
The town's location near 2 motorways (make sure you get a device to activate the automatic toll charges) makes it a good location for visiting the Douro region, guimaraes, braga, chaves, porto, and although it is a good 1 1/2 hours drive the parque nacional da peneda geres which reminds me of my much beloved lake district.
The houses are as described with the property truly isolated in the mountains and forests, yet with the luxury of a fabulous pool. The river runs around the houses and the constant sounds of the waterfalls are relaxing and refreshing. The owners were very welcoming and generous and genuinely wanted us to have a good time. The 2 houses were very clean and the beds were comfy.