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Our Lady of Mercy Villa - Private pool and tennis court near Porto and the beach

10 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday villa in Porto District - Our Lady of Mercy Villa

A place you will fall in love with...

This property is in the center of a small city, and is a Villa with 12.500 m2.; Some buildings in the property are dated from 1740. The Villa used to be a farm with 100.000 m2. In the end of the past century, the property size was reduced, allowing us to take a better care of the beautiful gardens, the swimming pool and tennis court areas, and the decoration. A car trip from the villa to the downtown area of Porto takes 12 minutes (17 km), and the Atlantic coast and sandy beaches are 20 minutes (22 km) from the villa. The villa is totally modern and renovated and we take a lot of pride in the decoration and materials made available to our guests. The five rooms are devided in two separated houses. The 'Swimming Pool House', has two en-suite rooms on the 1st. floor, with views of the swimming pool area and it's garden, and the 'Cottage House', just five meters across, with three rooms, two on the 1st. floor and one on the ground floor. This house has one full bathroom on the 1st. floor and another, very spacious and modern full bathroom on the ground floor. We consider our rental ideal for groups of more than one family, but it is also very interesting for a single couple that want's a beatiful experience of staying in a large property.

There is free wi-fi in all rooms and inside areas, as well as outside, in the gardens. The parking is free and there is a lot of spaces available for that, and also a closed garage just for the guests vars. Children's cod's and high chairs are also available without any extra-charge.

There are two supermarkets at close, walking distance (Intermarché and Minipreço), as well as bakeries, restaurants and take aways barbecue, pizza hut delivery, ATM machines and banks... You will never feel isolated in this villa, but you will find a place where you and your family or friends have all the space you need to relax, be confortable and at ease, with lots of things to do... We think that from the first minutes of arriving until saying goodbye, our guests feel that Our Lady of Mercy Villa / Solar Piedade, is a perfect holiday home for groups and families. All the positive and pleasant reviews make us feel that our place is good and even very special to the people that have graced us with their visit, and words like 'oasis', 'paradise', 'wonderful', keep being mentioned, keeping us motivated to live up to the expectations. We are devoted to make our guests stays more pleasant than in the past, and keep investing and treasuring their comments and advises.

More Details
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible

Property Manager
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 October, 2016
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About Property Manager

Hello, my name is Hélder and I love meeting people from different parts of the world, so I found the perfect way to do so. I love sports, especially football and FC Porto, and cyclind.

Earlier in my life I traveled a lot for recreation and for work, but now I'm saving up to travel with the children in a few years time :-) I love my family and live a quiet and simple life in one of the best and most beautiful countries in the word, and one of the richest ones also, if you measure the wealth by the quality and sympathy of the people.

Property Manager purchased this villa in 1980

Why Property Manager chose North Portugal

My father bought this property, when Alfena was almost just a small village with farm land. A visionary, people call him now, he knew this place could be special so he rebuilt it and laid down the foundations to the amazing place it is today.

What makes this villa unique

We can honestly claim that Our Lady of Mercy Villa is a very unique, special and beautiful place that stays in the mind of visitors long after their passage. It is so, not only by the sheer size of the walled property spreading across 12.600 m2, but by many factors. The architecture and materials used in is construction - where granite pieces of art can be found in the monumental entrance portal, in the chapel building, and in the main house exterior stairway, just to name some.

The main garden found just after crossing the main gate, where palm and fruit trees coincide, among many kinds of flowers and plants. Just after entering the property, even before finding the entertainment areas as the pool or the tennis court, or the rooms, the visitors cross this area and start to feel the special atmosphere.

Stopped in the large parking area facing the tall private chapel building, some are still uncertain of what such a majestic and tall building represents… Seeing the granite engraved inscription of MDCCXL, they find that the building is here since the 1st part of the 18th century.

Crossing the second green gate and entering the patio, guests are delighted to find that this area lives up to the expectations. Different kinds of fruit trees (orange and lemon trees) charged with their fruits are found here, together with other kinds of flowers. In the background you can already hear the canaries and other small birds singing inside the green aviary. Then it is time to cross another green gate and find the perfect scenario for the family entertainment. Another large garden, this time set in a pristine lawn, builds up for the large swimming pool, with immaculate “blue” water. The movie scenario will not disappear for as long as you stay here, you will only feel more and more like a part of it. Life if made of choices, choosing to stay in Our Lady of Mercy Villa is one of those that you will keep up there, on the top of the “right choices list”! Come and see for yourself.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a truly wonderful experience! Entering the premises through the impressive automatic gate, we found an oasis of peace and rest in the middle of the small town of Alfena, near Porto. The reception by Mr. and Mrs. Ribeiro was very warm and welcoming. Both Mr. and Mrs. Ribeiro did everything to make our stay enjoyable. The villa is very luxurious. Especially the bedrooms, which are very spacious and beautifully furnished. In addition to the curtains, all have nice wooden paneled shutters to keep the light and warmth out. As it is an old villa, dating back to 1883 with a private chapel dating from 1742, some doors are a bit low: people like myself (1,91 m) have to be careful not to bump their head, as the owner never ceased to point out when leading us around. The living room has a nice surprise for most people: it has a pool table right in the middle. The French windows open up to a very nice garden, with a large swimming pool. Many birds can be seen and heard in the garden, like the robin, the great tit and wagtail. You have no idea you’re right in the centre of a medium sized town. Only the remote barking of a dog can be heard. Other than that, it is very nice and quiet.

As said, Mr. and Mrs. Ribeiro, or Sebastian and Goretti, were very friendly; they live at the other side of the manor and we had very pleasant and long talks with them. Of course it helps if you speak Portuguese, like my wife, or French, like me. But if you don’t, there is always Helder at the other end of the phone.

From the villa, you can easily reach Porto in ten minutes. Porto is a wonderful city, beautifully located on both banks of the river Douro and well worth a visit! The cities of Braga and Guimarães can be reached in half an hour and Viana do Castelo in just 50 minutes. Or take a drive around the countryside along one of the rivers Támega and Douro. You won’t be disappointed. To sum things up: we had a wonderful experience at this beautiful villa. We liked it so much that we decided to prolong our stay, instead of returning to Lisbon Recomended: The famous Ribeira quarter; An open sight-seeing bus takes you to most of the famous spots in Porto; Wonderful day-trip is a cruise along the river Douro. You embark at 8:15 AM in Porto and sail under the famous bridges, pass two impressive dams (14 and 35 m differences in water level) and see the great port vineyardson both river banks. At about 3:30 PM you disembark in Regua, from where you will take the train back to Porto.
May 2013
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based on 10 holidaymaker reviews

Our Lady of Mercy Villa - Private pool and tennis court near Porto and the beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed in this beautiful villa for a week whilst a couple people in our party competed in nearby Maia. It was fantastic! Clean, beautifully furnished, the owners are the friendliest people and always around to help and we had the best time. For three days we never left the villa! Table tennis, pool, tennis, badminton, basketball, football and ofcourse the swimming pool kept us all thoroughly entertained. There were 10 in our party and we never felt on top of one another, the villa is plenty big enough to accommodate that number and more. Two local supermarkets and plenty of restaurants are within easy walking distance and should you wish to go further taxis are very reasonable and the public transport is very reliable. We had a great time and plan to go back in the future!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
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Idyllic Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a very relaxing holiday at Our Lady of Mercy Villa in Alfena. This delightful property was ideal our party, 5 middle aged couples, although another bathroom would have made it perfect.

Set in a suburb of Porto, it is relatively easy to get to the city, we used VIPBUS, organised by Hélder, for all our transportation. Miguel and Monica were brilliant, they could not have been more friendly or accommodating. We used them for trips into the city, a Douro boat trip - highly recommended, Guimares and Alveiro, all worth a visit.

On our 'days off', we lounge around the pool and even had a few sets of tennis! The property was very private and the perfect place to unwind.

There are 2 supermarkets within walking distance, although the area does not have anywhere of interest to walk around.

We ate a couple of times at the nearest local regional restaurant, Restaurante Quinta Do Cabo, which was good quality and excellent value for money. There are lots of good eating establishments in Porto, but if it's fish you are after, get along to nearby Matosinhos.

Finally a word about Hélder and his parents who were always friendly and helpful. All in all, a brilliant holiday

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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Wondeful property with high level of comfort

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful week with an extended family group of 13 in this ancient and calm property with swimming pool, tennis court and pool table. The property offers some superb pieces of architecture from the eighteenth century. The rooms offer a high level of comfort. The bath rooms are impeccable and modern. The living quarter in the main house is spacious and offers a pool table, TV and nice furniture as well as a well equipped kitchen. A high-speed Wi-Fi connection is available. The swimming pool has the right size. Bakery, supermarket, coffee bar etc. and an excellent restaurant are in walking distance. Gas station, ATMs are at short distance. By car it takes prox. 15 min. to Porto center. There is also a direct bus connection to Porto center. The welcome was extremely cordial. We can highly recommend this place.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Martin, thank you so much for your review that I consider very accurate and can help other families to choose our villa! As you know, it was a great pleasure to have such a nice and family in our property, especially considering that three very happy generations came and enjoyed it so much. You all know that are welcome back anytime. Once again, thank you!
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  • 5 of 5

This house was beautiful and with an excellent range of facilities. It was on the edge of a small town but the surroundings were very peaceful. It was only 2 or 3 minutes' drive from the motorway and there were several supermarkets, bakeries and restaurants within a few minutes' walk. The owner responded promptly to all our e-mails and everything was exactly as described. We were looked after very well by his patients who were very friendly and welcoming. The garden to the rear of the house was a lovely place in which to spend sunny afternoons, the large pool with diving board was clean and well maintained and there was also a good range of sun loungers and inflatable toys for the children. There was also a tennis court which was good fun to use in the evenings.

The interior of the house was well furnished and clean and there was also air conditioning available in the bedrooms. The pool table was well-used by us and the living area was enormous. Although the kitchen area was slightly small we found that it was adequate for making breakfast, sandwiches and simple meals. There was an induction hob, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, microwave oven, coffee maker and a small BabyBelling type oven. As long as you weren't planning on hosting a dinner-party for eight people it was fine.

There was an excellent restaurant & takeaway approximately 10 minutes' walk from the house (Senhor Churrasco) and we ended up having takeaway meals from there on most nights.

Overall this house is highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear David, thank you so much for your review ! You know it is very important for us to get the opinion and feedback from our guests, and we are very proud that you have enjoyed the stay, the house and the location, and have highly recommend our villa. All the best; With friendship, Hélder
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Truly Enjoyable

  • 5 of 5

This was my second homestay over and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it. Right from Helder and his parents who welcomed us like we were long lost friends to the actual property, it was a lovely experience. The house is gorgeous and has ample space, it's well ventilated, and very well maintained. It's like your own paradise in the middle of a very charming town. The pictures and descriptions don't really do it justice, you've got to stay there to believe it.

For people who drive, the location is quite convenient. There are multiple cafes and supermarkets around that are very accessible by car, and to a certain extent, on foot! Considering we don't drive, it was very thoughtful of Helder's father Sebastian to drive us to and pick us up from the station, and take us to the airport when we we were leaving. They were very warm and made us feel extremely comfortable.

If we go back to Porto, we'd not think twice about staying here again. I would definitely recommend Helder's place to anyone visiting Porto. It made the trip all the more enjoyable. I don't think we'd have loved the city as much had we stayed anywhere else.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 20, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Friends, we miss your smiles, that have touched our hearts... I was taught that one of the most rewarding things in one’s life is feeling that we are of use to the next person, and to treat a “stranger as a relative”. The most rewarding experience renting our house has given us (me and my parents), is the ability to put that spirit into practice, and the nicest reward we can have, are the kind words of those who come to experience our “paradise in the middle of the town”. Thank you, and all the best!
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Helder's House

  • 5 of 5

Shame on us! We had doubts at first- despite the warm friendly contact from Helder and the detailed information pack and website. It all seemed too good to be true.

But it was true and we needn't have worried. The very first reaction on catching a glimpse through the imposing gates was "OMG!"

For the price of a basic apartment you get a luxury villa. Set in lush, well tended gardens, you immediately pack away the world and its cares, and settle down into an oasis of tranquility. There are lots of lovely nooks and crannies to read a book in- or just to sit and stare.

Undoubtedly, the centre-piece for us was the pool. Situated (no joke) just beyond the villa's front doors. You almost can roll out of the house straight into the pool.

Inside the house, the furniture is special and personal and chosen so as to provide comfort but yet be unobtrusive. My favourite is the golden antique telephone in the master bedroom. There are several pieces like that- but you'd have to work hard to harass one of these "Objets d'art". It's as if the owners have anticipated your path beforehand. You don't have to constantly watch the kids as you do in some more formal places.

Your every need seems anticipated. Think beach towels- there's a whole bag full. Crockery- enough for a busload of guests. "Lilos" for the pool. Televisions in every room (as if you'll be watching much TV- though it was great to catch a bit of the US Open).

For extra entertainment, there's a billiards table inside and full-sized tennis court outdoors. Helder's lovely parents are across the beautiful courtyard- available if you need them which adds extra security.

It's tempting to stay confined to such luxurious, relaxing surroundings. By all means book 2 weeks- as we did and do venture out after a while.

Discover Alfena, the local neighbourhood. The people are friendly- in a real sincere genuine way. The local cafes- we drank loads of "cafes-con-leite"! The Supajo bakery!- best to go in at the week-end like the locals for breakfast. The meat counter at the local mini-preco supermarket!- (think poolside barbecue). The local restaurants- authentic, traditional, welcoming!

In 2 weeks we lazed around so much- we didn't do enough of the touristy things to do in Porto. We managed the Old Town, Bom Jesus in Braga, and FC Porto, but kept rushing back "home" to relax.

Our 4 year old summed up the experience well. "I'd like to live in this holiday". We suspect you will too.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Deji & Karen, Darren & Jenny, Thank you so much, we get really moved by your kind words and can't thank you enough for those, and for being such great and caring guests. For us it is essential that our guests are happy and feel we do care! It has been a pleasure having your families over and we do hope to see you again soon. Now you already know what to expect, even though we are always looking at ways to improve and make our guests stays more pleasant and surprising…
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Nearest Airport
9 Kilometres
Oporto - Francisco Sá Carneiro
Nearest Golf
4 Kilometres
Vale Pisão
Nearest Train
4 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Sr. Churrasco
Nearest Beach
18 Kilometres
Boa Nova - Leça da Palmeira; Matosinhos
Car: recommended

The location is ideal to visit the beautiful north of Portugal main attractions like the Douro region, Guimaraes, Vila Nova de Gaia wineries, Oporto and Braga cities, Vila da Feira Castle, etc.

about Alfena: by the large and elongated valley Alfena, runs the River Leça in its natural course, with a plain outside of view, punctuated here and there by small plateaus. Alfena is surrounded by several hills. Alfena is a town in the municipality of Valongo, with 15.7 km ² and 15.211 inhabitants (2011 data).


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Porto District, Porto area

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2 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
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1 Nov 2017 - 20 Dec 2017
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Pet Fee £1

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Up to two children under the age of 3 years old (included), will not count for the total number of guests limit (10).
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Porto District, Portugal

Property Type:
  • villa (terraced)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 11925 m²
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Giant room in Garden house - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
    Second room in pool house - 2 Double Bed
    Giant room in pool house - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Second upstairs room in garden house - 1 Large Double Bed
    Downstairs room in garden house - 1 Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • MP3 Dock
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Bicycles
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Tennis
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 12 deck chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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