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House was easy to find, once I'd rung the owner who met us at local Lidl! Narrow road. Wonderful welcome, given produce from kitchen garden. Nothing was too much trouble, even though we were there at very busy grape harvesting time. The house is simple but more than adequate as a place to come back to at end of day, or just to stay at and chill. We speak Portuguese which helps a lot, but television also had some English/American channels. People of Ponte de Lima and places around very friendly and helpful. We had hired a car and I would say that is pretty essential, otherwise hard to get to. Property is a ten to fifteen minutes walk from centre. Highly recommended.
We were a group of 4 adults and there was plenty of room in the house for us as it has 3 double bedrooms. The outside space was lovely to sit in and relax and Alberto, the owner, was very hospitable. We sampled fresh figs and grapes we were given and enjoyed a port and biscuit evening with our host. We also got to tour a small part of the national park in Alberto’s Landrover and see some lovely small old villages. Ponte da Barca is a lovely small town within walking distance easily if you’re fit and able and there are at least 3 supermarkets there and several eating establishments there too. You would definitely need a car to get around as the house is very rural. We had a ready made alarm system, cockerels and dogs!!! As a family group we had no problems creating our own entertainment as we are all avid readers and enjoyed playing the games we had taken with us but if you’re looking for activities you would need to travel to find them although we did see some people canyoning and we saw some canoes at a campsite not far away. We visited Valença while we there which is a good pottering around the shops place and we took the train trip over the border into Tui in Spain, beware though, most of the train trip is over cobbled streets so if you have a bad back it may not be such a good idea.
As a person who enjoys cooking and eating I struggled a bit as there weren’t really any sharp knives or scissors but we managed ok.
We would like to thank Alberto for kindly having us stay in his home and for his hospitality and wish him well in the future