About the property
- Villa4305 sq. ft.
- Separate WC's0
- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
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 and supermarket. All amenities such as bigger supermarkets, restaurants, boutiques etc are available 5km in the town of Vila do Conde, including the famous 'MARKET' on Friday morning. 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.
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- Response time:
- within a few hours
- English, Spanish, Portuguese
- Calendar last updated:
- May 14, 2018
Pool / Spa
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Fantastic house and garden
We had a fantastic stay at o Refugio. The house and garden are spacious, comfortable and beautiful. The whole family loved lounging by the pool, which is big and very clean, although (being september) the water was a bit chilly for our toddler. The kitchen was well equipped with everything we needed and we appreciated the welcome food, port and cake. We enjoyed walking round the large garden and picking and eating the home grown fruit.
The local coffee shop is excellent value. We visited the beaches in Villa do Conde, which are very pretty. We also had a great day trip to Porto (by Metro) which is well worth a visit (we'd recommend the river cruise).
Ana Maria was really helpful, very quick to respond and gave us a lovely welcome. We'd definitely recommend a stay at O Refugio.
It was a pleasure meeting you and your family. Glad you found the house could accommodate your family needs and enjoyed the surroundings. We will be very happy to have you again.
family holiday in a splendid house
We had a wonderful holiday in the large villa. we are a family of 11 people : grandmam, granddad, 3 daughters with their husband and 3 children. There was room enough for all of us. The garden was enormous : we could do a jogging in the morning! and after : a splash in the swimming pool, play tablesoccer and tabletennis. really, nobody had a boring day. Thank you for allow us to stay in your beautiful villa, dear Ana and Joao!
O Refugio peaceful and perfect for relaxing
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.
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
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!
Fabulous Large Villa
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
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.
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 AZURARA are 10min walk. There is a metro line from airport to Arvore as well.
Additional pricing information
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.