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O Refugio - Large Luxurious villa with pool near Porto city

Bedrooms 5
Space 4,305 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 1 WC, sleeps 10 (+ 4)

Beautiful Manor House, with 400m2, very private, also extremely well located for excursions both up and down the Costa Verde being about 120km from Spain and 20km from Oporto. If you like dinning beside the River Douro at Ribeira, 20 minutes it's how long it takes once you get use to the roads. Outside there is a 10 x 5m swimming pool, toilet, shower and a large covered sitting area, which is useful during peak sun hours where you can enjoy your meals and watch the kids in the pool. If you prefer the beach, Praia D'AREIA is only 2km down the road where you also find small shops. Restaurants, supermarkets and all amenities are available 5km in the town of Vila do Conde, including the famous 'MARKET' on Fridays. The grounds with 10000m2 are ideal and safe for children to run around. There are also orange, lemon, kiwi and passion fruit trees in the garden from which, subject to season, you can help yourself and make lovely juices.

We now have the METRO near us which can take you to various places, Airport, Vila do Conde, Porto city, and the F.C.Porto stadium Estadio do Dragao. The nearest station is ARVORE or VARZIELA on Line B ( red line) and it's 10min walk from the house.

More Details

Ana Pires
Member since: 2005
Speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 August, 2017


Nearest Airport
15 Kilometres
Porto- Francisco Sa Carneiro
Nearest Golf
12 Kilometres
Estela Golf Course
Nearest Train
600 Metres
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
A28/ IC1
Nearest Restaurant
600 Metres
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
Praia da Areia
Car: necessary

The house is situated in Arvore, 3km away from Vila do Conde and 15km from Oporto. We now have the METRO, we are in the middle of 2 stations ARVORE and VARZIELA are 10min walk. There is a metro line from airport to Arvore as well.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Vila do Conde in Municipality of Vila do Conde

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 4305 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • beach
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bedroom Ensuite Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi , Bidet , 2 Wash Basins
    2nd Ensuite Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet , Wash Basin
    Family Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , 2 Wash Basins
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , 1.35x 1.95
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , 1.00 x 1.95
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Double Bed , 4 Single Bed , 1 Cot , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , 1.35 x 1.95
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Bed size: 0.95 x 1.90
    Master 2 - 1 Double Bed , En-Suite Bathroom - Bed size:1.35 x 1.95
    Master 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , En -suite bathroom - Bed size: 1.85 x 2.15
  • The master suite has a large bathroom with jacuzzi and dressing room. The 6th bedroom is a large loft room with 3 single beds and one double bed, ideal for children and it's not included in the prices as we only open it if necessary. There is an extra charge of €120 per person per week.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Player
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • 4 bicycles
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 8 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Leisure Activities:
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Please note that the bicycles are for renting to the clients at €25 each per week. The swimming pool is not in use during the winter and central heating is charged separately at €170 per week.


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O Refugio - Large Luxurious villa with pool near Porto city
average rating of 4.878788 based on 33 reviews

O Refugio peaceful and perfect for relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Immediately we walked through the black gate it was overwhelming the photos did not do it justice. Green foliage and brightly coloured flowers as we meandered around the large garden. The family warmly greeted us and escorted us around the numerous fruit trees, plums, limes, lemons, oranges, mandarins, kiwi and many more. The pool was cleaned for us with plenty of towels and an outside shower. The welcome extended to the well equipped kitchen where there was a bottle of port, fruit and a traditional Portuguese cake awaiting us. The tour of this spacious villa was very impressive with many personal family items to make it feel like a home. There were only 6 of us so we were never short of quiet areas to read and reflect and then have laughter over the barbecue and table tennis. It is rare for me to hear birds in London but at the villa the birdsong was always heard. Small swallows peeped through bedroom shutters. The weather was hot but the breeze one gets here made it very comfortable and kept the mosquitoes away. The villa was spotless and well stocked with everything one would need for a stay. Its location was perfect for a 5 minute stroll to the bakery where we purchased fresh bread and pastries each morning. Whilst we hired a car we mainly used the metro as it was only a 10 minute walk away. It does take a while to work out how the payment system works so do leave time to do this!. Porto needs more than a couple of visits as there is so much to see from a walk around the medieval streets with lunch on route to a visit to the spectacular S. Bento train station with its history shown on the tiled walls. I would recommend a river trip as the scenery is so pretty. For art lovers a visit to the Serralves Museum which hosts Portuguese and International contemporary art housed in beautiful gardens with an art deco villa. One needs to check the opening times of both museum and villa. The hot and cold buffet eating as much as one wants to was delicious. A drive to the village of Amarante which is alongside the river is worth a visit. Overall the week was perfect at the villa and I could have benefited from a second week as there is so many beautiful places to see. I needed a relaxing week and that is what O Refugio provided me with as well as my friends. Thank you so much Ana Maria and your family. I definitely would like to return and hope to do this in the future. Thank you so much.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Diana, It was a pleasure having you and your friends in our house and to find that you enjoyed it so much it makes us very happy. Thank you for looking after the house like it was your own. We would love to have you again any time. Thank you for your lovely detailed review. Love Ana and family
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  • 5 of 5


  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect holiday

  • 5 of 5

The house was amazing. It is very spacious and the garden is huge. There was more than enough room for 11 ladies. The pool is just perfect, and very nice that towels were provided.

Very warm welcome by the host, we loved the port, cakes and fresh fruit. And 2 of us even got a tour by car through the area, so we knew all the good spots to go to.

All in all, we had a lovely stay - thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fabulous Large Villa

  • 5 of 5

We arrived to celebrate my father's 70th brthday . We were a party of 12 with 6 adults and 6 kids aged between 8-21. Our welcome was wonderful, even at 10.30pm and the extra touches of fruit, port and a birthday cake for dad were very appreciated. The villa is far more spacious that the webiiste and photos suggest. There was plenty of room for everyone to find a space and relax. the pool and graden area were brilliant and there was room for all the kids. The hosts were on hand with recommendations for local food and drinks and we look forward to returning next year. Far exceeded our expectations. Highly recommend

  • Review Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Catherine for the great feedback! Nice that you decided to spend your father's 70th birthday at our beautiful house. Thank you for telling us how much you enjoyed the house. We very much tried to think of everything and we certainly are glad to hear that our efforts are appreciated. Our home is definitely your home; this is the feeling we are striving for! We are really happy that you want to come back and we are waiting for you! Best Regards, Ana Maria and the team.
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Very pleasant stay with a perfect house

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Portugal last week in O'Refugio and enjoyed it very much.

The contact with booking and before arrival was already very pleasant and the house itself exceeded our expectations. There was a lot of space and everything was perfect.

Unfortunately it was a bit cold that week to swim in the pool, but we had to take a splash just because it is such a nice pool. So we especially enjoyed the table tennis table and the BBQ!



  • Review Submitted: May 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A great place to relax

  • 5 of 5

A great place to relax with good facilities. We made much use of the pool, table tennis and table football. The grounds are fantastic and well kept.

To have made the holiday even better it would be good to have a new DVD player as it didn't work properly. It only played for a while and then stopped . This happened each time we went to use it. Would also like free WIFI as stated in the information not that you only have a certain amount before you have to top it up yourself. Useful when you have teenagers with lots of gadgets.

I would recommend anyone to visit this lovely villa and you get a great welcome from the manager. A real bonus was the welcome of a lovely cake and bottle of port and an abundance of different fresh fruit.

Definitely want to visit again!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review, I am sorry you had problems with DVD, we didn't know about that as you never mention it, if you did we would have replaced it. Internet providers only do one year contract. Being that the house is empty apart from the summer monthes, it doesn't pay to get a contract so our only option is the Wi-FI movel router hence the reason we offer it with €20 credit and the rest is up to the client. We figured that if it's used to check emails and surfing normally it would be sufficient but if clients, as you say, teenagers use all the gadgets possible to download music, films etc, then I would end up with a huge bill and since is not free to me because of no long term contract then it's something I cannot offer. Kind regards, the team.
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Vila do Conde, North Portugal

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High Season
2 Sep 2017 - 22 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
23 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
29 Oct 2017 - 6 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
7 Apr 2018 - 8 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
9 Jun 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
14 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 5 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
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6 Oct 2018 - 30 Mar 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £708.22

NOTE THAT PRICES SHOWN ARE BASED ON 10 PEOPLE. We charge €120 per extra person sleeping on a sofa-bed or use the extra loft room. One cleaning per week. We provide house linen, towels and pool/beach towels. A refundable damage deposit of 800 euros ir required. Central heating costs €170 per week when necessary.

Booking conditions: 30% reservation and balance should be paid 8 weeks before arrival. All bookings made less than 8 weeks should be paid in full. A refundable deposit of €800 for damages is necessary.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.

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