Large family apartment to let in the warm heart of Porto. Entire first floor of traditional house with wooden floors, high ceilings, wooden shutters, balcony, large terrace, garden. Completely modernised and stylishly furnished without losing its special Portuguese ambience. Sleeps 4 to 6. Two double bedrooms, one with balcony overlooking street; sitting room sofa pulls out to double bed. Large sitting room (30m²) with sofa, bookcases and easy chairs, piano, dining table. Sunny breakfast room opens onto terrace. Owner loves cooking, so the fully equipped kitchen has everything you need. Tiled bathroom with wet room shower, WC, bidet, hand basin, large storage cupboard. Relaxing terrace (30m²) overlooks the garden, with dining table and chairs and flower tubs. Shady trees and flowerbeds in garden, with two tiled patios, tables and chairs, hammock, barbecue. The apartment is fully equipped, from queen-sized duvets down to the last coffee spoon. Free, safe street parking is five minutes’ walk from the house, or you can rent secure garage space for €6 a night. Situated in the friendly Campanhã parish of Porto near Porto Football Club stadium, gym, swimming pool, shops, restaurants. Local sights: Parque Barão Sintra with ancient fountains, Parque São Roque de Lameira with maze, imposing church of Bonfim with view over city and river. Historic Pousada do Porto on River Douro is 1 km away. Two minutes walk to local transport: railway station (4 minutes), metro (7 minutes), buses (15 minutes) to historic centre. Coordinates: 27° 10' 30.0540'' N 78° 2' 31.7580'' E
Two large bedrooms, 30m2 sittingroom, balcony, terrace and garden with barbecue.
- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- 3 Dec 2018
About Ann Palmer
I was a country town girl in New Zealand, well-behaved, earnest, always did my homework, and so on. At the age of twenty-four, I was transplanted with my husband to London where he studied international relations and I studied Renaissance culture. Our son was born there, and some years later we moved to Harwich and bought the Old Custom House with a view of the river, yachts and ferries. We bought an historic wooden yacht called Peter Duck, sailed her round Britain and then to Russia where we worked on a replica ship building project. After my husband died there, I sold our Harwich house, and bought and renovated an apartment in St Petersburg. No longer a country town girl, I lived in St Petersburg for eleven years. First I worked on the ship building project and then I taught English to adults. Meanwhile I wrote stories and poems, went to the opera and concerts, and spent summers at my friends' dacha in the forest. In 2008, I decided to move to a new country: it must be democratic, warm, have an old culture, be close to London where my son lives, and completely new to me. While looking at the map of Europe, my finger landed on Portugal. I fell in love with it the day I woke up in Lisbon in January 2009. I had put on my Russian coat, hat, scarf, gloves and boots, and gone out for a walk. Blazing sun, historic buildings and wonderful views caught my heart. By the afternoon I was carrying my Russian winter coat and scarf over my arm and looking for estate agents. I chose to live in Porto and never regretted it for a moment. I have wonderful friends, a lovely neighbour in the apartment above mine, and a gorgeous apartment. I also have a cat called Desdemona who is one of my best friends. The city is friendly, comfortable and endlessly interesting. Now I write and read, travel, cook for friends, lie in the garden hammock, and think life couldn't be better.
Ann Palmer purchased this Apartment in 2009
Why Ann Palmer chose Porto
I chose my apartment in Porto ten days after arriving here in April 2009, and by June I was the owner. It was everything I wanted. Never mind the cracked plaster, trailing wires, festoons of pipes, and 1970s tiles. It had the traditional high ceilings, wooden floors, wooden shutters and big rooms that I couldn’t live without in Portugal, and it was full of light. The rest I could deal with, having already renovated houses and flats in England and St Petersburg. One bonus was a bedroom balcony where I could watch life in the street. Another bonus was the huge terrace that opens off the breakfast room. We’ve had a cocktail party there before a Thai cooking teach-in at the big dining table inside, and sat on the terrace eating pizzas or bread after baking parties in the kitchen. Often I just sit on the terrace with my friends having lunch or English high tea, and at night it's good for summer dinners. The garden was a ruin filled with extraordinary rubbish when I bought the apartment. Now it is full of fruit trees, bushes and flowers, there are two patios and a barbecue, and a vegetable garden is on the way. The parish of Campanhã is as old as any part of Porto. The road leading off mine is called Rua do Heroismo, because it celebrates the heroic defence of the city against invading troops from a usurper to the throne. The starving citizens gave the best food to their soldiers and made do with offal; that’s why the people of Porto were called tripe eaters. Try the dish at any café! Campanhã is friendly and homely, with local shops for everything you need, and transport to the historic centre. In minutes I am downtown and can visit the bookshops, museums, historic sites, parks, and fascinating squares which for me are the architectural joy of living in Porto. A bus ride across town or along the River Douro gets me to the Atlantic Ocean. After a feast of sardines at a café, grilled outside while I wait, I stagger to the beach and sleep it off.
What makes this Apartment unique
I knew in minutes that I wanted to buy this apartment. It was the space and light that I fell in love with, and the traditional Portuguese structure of wood and granite. Samuel Monteiro, the agent, had brought me to a traditional house in a traditional street, and we went up the stairs to the first floor. I had not seen a plan of the apartment, or even a description; all I knew was that it had two bedrooms and the price was not too high. Samuel had told me I would like it, and he was a good psychologist. We opened the door to the hall, turned right, and went into a room. I gasped, and said I would buy the apartment. I thought I was in the living room – it was bigger than I had dared to hope, and a granite balcony overlooked the street. “Hand carved,” Samuel murmured, looking at the balustrade. The ceiling was almost three and a half metres high. Under the shabby carpet was a wooden board floor. The aluminium windows from the seventies would have to go. Instead I’d restore traditional wooden and glass doors to the balcony, and full length wooden shutters that folded back inside, just as I had seen them In Lisbon. I imagined all this in an instant. But Samuel was walking down the corridor to the living rooms. Two of them! Remove the wall between them and I’d have the thirty-square-metre sittingroom that I’d always wanted. He kept going, into a breakfast room, with the bathroom to the left and the kitchen on the right. Then he opened the sliding doors to a terrace. I followed, gasping again. A terrace, and huge! He lent against the terrace wall, looking down, and I walked over to look with him. Below the terrace was a big garden littered with rubbish, where a small orange tree and a lemon tree were growing. “The garden is yours as well, Ann,” said Samuel. Nothing should stop me buying this apartment. Nothing did, and it’s the best place I have ever lived in.
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Wonderful Home, Exceptional Hospitality
This is a beautiful home, which was laid out with so much care and sense of hospitality. We especially enjoyed the beautiful terrace, which is very private. Supplies were plentiful and clearly labeled, with instructions for the appliances (very helpful for US visitors unfamiliar with European models). The location is excellent, not in the heart of downtown, but in a normal neighborhood a stone’s throw from the train station and major metro and bus stops. It was very easy to get anywhere we wanted to go. Stores, restaurants, a pharmacy, and bakeries are right on the block. We were greeted with warm hospitality and many personal touches. The place is very clean and comfortable. Our only issue was with noise at night, as the bedrooms are on the street side of the apartment. Alarms going off and some loud domestic disputes woke us up most nights. But these are not in the control of the owner, who could not have done anything more to make us comfortable. Just bring earplugs. We would go back again any time!
Thank you for a very balanced review, which notes the convenience of the location and the amenities of the apartment, along with you pleasure in staying there.. I am glad you enjoyed your it so thoroughly. Of course I am dismayed that you were troubled by noise in the street from of alarms and some domestic disputes. I have never known this to happen, so can only think was some specific reason that is unlikely to reoccur.
This apartment is what you see in the pictures and much more.
My wife and I stayed there for four night May 11 to 15. 2018, unfortunately that how we had planed our trip, we wish we could make the change and stay longer. Sara received us as she knows us for years, so much that we felt the same about her. So pleasant so ready to help. The apartment is equipped just like our house in Canada and more, and as clean, plenty of supply. If we ever go again to Porto there is no question that, that is where we are staying. Hope to see you again Sara and Ann.
Thank you for your warm words about the apartment. I always hope that guests will soon feel relaxed and completely at home, with everything they need. It was a great pity that family circumstances called me away to New Zealand, and we could not meet. Because of this, I was very glad that Sara, my friend and neighbour, could welcome you and keep in touch during your stay. How good that you immediately felt as if you had always known each other. That's the reward of meeting people like you through having them stay in my home. We both hope to see you again.
Beautiful Porto apartment.
Lovely apartment with all facilities.Close to Campanha station for trains, metro and buses. Ann was a very helpful host, she came with us to the train station on our last morning to help us buy the many tickets we needed for the rest of our stay in Portugal.
Great Apartment, lovely owner
Before we even arrived in Porto the communication with Ann was first class. We received an e-mail from Ann letting us know that because we were arriving late and most of the local shops would be closed on our arrival she was preparing a hot meal for us and stocking the fridge with everything we would need for our breakfast the next morning.
this was totally unexpected and set us up for our short stay.
Ann greets you like an old friend and you are made to feel really welcome in her lovely home. She explains everything you need to know and leaves you to it to explore this big apartment with all its artwork on the walls.
The meal that Ann prepared was delicious along with the fresh bread and wine so kindly left for us.
Our breakfast again the next morning was lovely! Eggs, cheese, ham, butter, fresh fruit, orange juice etc etc.
The apartment is very big and has everything you may need, even suncream! Unfortunately the weather a bit changeable and we didn't need the cream or get the chance to use the large patio and garden much.
Our 4 days days in Porto passed all too quickly and Campanha is a great place to stay. There are plenty of places to eat if you don't want to go into the centre. If you do you are on the excellent metro and into the centre in minutes.
On the day we left Ann let us leave our bags whilst we jumped one stop on the metro to visit the Porto stadium before we left for home. On leaving Ann came to say tara and asked us how our stay had been, she really does take an interest in her guests.
Thanks again Ann it was a real pleasure to meet you and we do hope we can return and stay in your lovely home again.
We were two adult sisters, visiting Porto for the first time.Ann is full of generosity & kindness.She meet us at the Campanha train
station with such a warm greeting,we immmediately felt at home.
She had even sent us the website for the train service between Lisbon & Porto.After dropping off our suitcases,she took us on a walkabout to
show us her favourite restaurant, & how to put money on the train ticket.
The table was set with fresh fruits & the refrigerator stocked with milk,
butter,cheese,meat slices & fresh bread.What a lovely welcome.
The apartment is even better than the description & pictures.You could not ask for a nicer home.The upstairs neighbour was delightful.
The morning we left,Ann was unable to come & say goodbye,so her
neighbour & cats came on her behalf.
Thank you Ann for making our stay in Porto so happy & pleasant.
You sent us back to Canada with wonderful memories.We can only say
your home is fantastic.
The pleasure was mutual. The two of you were so friendly and considerate - but then I have learned to expect that from my Canadian visitors. I do my best to make guests feel relaxed and at home from the minute they walk in the door. I'm glad that you appreciated this. Welcome back to Porto!
Great apartment, super host
We had an excellent break in Porto, the apartment is very comfortable and Ann has provided everything for a trouble free holiday. She was the perfect host and it was a pleasure to stay in her lovely home. The apartment is situated outside the tourist areas but in a matter of minutes on the train you can reach Sao Bento station ,with its fabulous tiled walls, and be in the centre of Porto where there is lots to see and do.
Super guests! I was very impressed with how tidy and clean the apartment was when you left, along with food replaced in the fridge. If it weren't for a bed to be made, it was as if you had never been there! I've never before seen it in such a perfect state after guests leave ( though everyone has looked after it very well). Glad you found the location very convenient for sight seeing.