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We have just returned from a wonderful 14 day stay at Villa Esperanza.
The house was comfortable, clean, spacious and well equipped. The pool area and gardens are a pleasure to be in. There are comfortable sun loungers round the pool and table and chair sets in two sunny spots near the house. We also enjoyed sitting on the upstairs balcony to enjoy the views across the Miño valley to Portugal.
The house is ideally situated for peace and quiet round the pool but is also well placed for exploring the delights of south west Galicia and northern Portugal. Following some of Victor's recommendations we enjoyed days out in Tui, Baiona and Ponte de Lima and also did some enjoyable walking in O Rosal and the Peneda-Gerés national park in Portugal.
What really made our holiday special though, was the friendly hospitality of Victor and Nati who gave us such a warm welcome and continued to show us kindness throughout our stay. We were treated to bottles of good local wines, a lovely dinner of home smoked salmon, lunches of locally produced meats, tomatoes and fruits all washed down with delicious local wines. Fresh croissants from the local bakery, Tarte de Santiago, home made jam, indeed it started to feel like a catered holiday rather than self catering!
Every day Victor presented us with a plate of beautiful home grown figs and we came home with 7.5kg which have today been made into jam and chutney.
We have stayed in many villas throughout Europe, but this stay has topped them all. Extraordinary hosting from lovely people - we arrived as guests but left as friends.
Superb and highly recommended.
Muchos gracias, Victor and Nati!
We loved Villa Donas, it's village setting and the surrounding areas. It has everything! It was a perfect home to stay and relax in and enjoy the pool and gorgeous gardens all day long or, you could spend hours exploring the surrounding historical areas, vibrant restaurants or just lie on the beach for hours on end .
We were a party of 7 Australians and this was the perfect rural retreat for us. It is a tranquil place perfect for all kinds of guests.
Our host were very generous and helpful and I would highly recommend staying at Villa Donas. We were all sad to leave and would have loved to stay for another week. One week wasn't enough.