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Late 2017 my friend and I decided we needed a trip into Portugal on the motorbikes. I found this property and it ticked all the boxes private, lovely facilities, close to shops and provided easy access to all of northern Portugal and Spain.
We arrived late on the Sunday night and meet Toni & Cristina they are so lovely and helpful Toni had even brought in food supplies for breakfast and milk for coffee which there is a nice coffee machine with supplies in the Kichen.
Toni is so helpful and would message me any local activities that was on locally during our weeks stay. When we do a return trip back to northern Portugal we will be booking in for another week maybe two. The house is stunning everything you could possibly want is in the house or garage.
I would like to personally thank Toni and Cristina for making our stay so stress free so we could enjoy the house and riding our motorbikes around the local national parks which has some stunning scenery and views.
Trevor & Adrian
The villa is very smart and modern with underfloor heating (cooling in the summer?) and a very well equipped kitchen/dining area to die for.
The lounge is enormous (There are seats for 6 or 7)
Children are well catered for with bunk beds/crib and some toys to keep them amused
The owner was very helpful and his delighful (french speaking) parents who live next door made us feel very welcome.
The villa is very well situated for exploring this part of Portugal by car and or train (We went into Porto by car and Metro which was fun and far less stressful than driving all the way).
You will need a car to enjoy this area to the full. You could walk to one of the two local cafes or one of the two local grocery shops but you will soon tire of this especially if you don't like being barked at by the many local dogs. There is a fantastic shopping mall a short drive from the villa which will keep even the most ardent shopping addicts busy for hours and many interesting towns and beachs are within easy reach
Also a short drive away is a fancinating archeological site where you can visit an iron age/roman village.
Our one suggestion for improving the villa would be that the barbque area could do with brightening up. At present it is a rather uninteresting concrete area with a plastic table and not much else. That said we did stay during the winter and the owener may have potted plants etc that he uses to brighten the area when it is most likely to be used.
All in all a very nice base from which to explore this fascinating part of Portugal