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Large Family Apartment For Holiday Let In Warm Heart Of Porto

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Bedrooms 2
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Large Family Apartment For Holiday Let In Warm Heart Of Porto

Large family apartment to let in the warm heart of Porto while the owner is abroad. 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. 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 seats six to eight. Sunny breakfast room opens to 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) with dining table and chairs, small barbecue, and flower tubs, overlooks the garden. Shady trees and flowerbeds in garden, with two tiled patios, tables and chairs, and Brazilian hammock, barbecue. The whole apartment is fully equipped, from queen-sized duvets down to the last coffee spoon. Weekly cleaning and bed change included in price. Secure garage for rent nearby.

  • Groups
  • Singles
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Ann Palmer
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
12 October, 2016

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, working on a replica ship building project and then teaching English and writing stories and poems, going to the opera and concerts, and spending 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. My finger landed on Portugal in the map of Europe. 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 gear over my arms and looking for estate agents. I chose to live in Porto and never regretted it for a moment. I have wonderful friends, young upstairs neighbours who have become my Porto family, and a gorgeous apartment. It's a friendly, comfortable and endlessly interesting city. I also have a cat Desdemona who is one of my best friends. Now I write, travel, cook for friends, entertain, read, lie in the hammock in the garden, and think life couldn't be better.

Ann Palmer purchased this apartment in 2009

Why Ann Palmer chose Porto area

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 decoration. 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 balcony at the front where I could watch life in the street. Another was the huge terrace that opens off the breakfast room. We’ve had a 'cocktail party' there, during a Thai teach-in at the big dining table inside, and eaten the results of our pizza or bread making parties there. 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 Campanha 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! Campanha is friendly and homely, with local shops for everything, and transport to the historic centre. In minutes I am there and can visit the bookshops, museums, historic sites, parks, and fascinating squares which for me are the architectural point 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 watch, 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. Samuel Monteiro, the agent, brought me to a traditional house in a traditional street, and we went up the stairs to the first floor. I had seen no 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 went into the hall, turned right, and 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. It was the space and light that I fell in love with, and the traditional Portuguese structure of wood and granite. The seventies aluminium windows would go; I’d have traditional folding 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 saw 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 room that I’d always wanted. He kept going, into a breakfast room. Then he opened the sliding doors to a terrace. I followed, gasping. A terrace, and huge! He lent against the terrace wall, looking down, and I went over to look with him. Below the terrace was a big garden filled with rubbish, with a small orange tree and a lemon tree. “The garden is yours as well, Ann,” Samuel said. Nothing could have stopped me buying this apartment. Nothing did, and it’s the best place I have ever lived in.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Just to tell you our satisfaction with your so beautiful and well organized apartment, which we enjoyed a lot. Thank you! Branca and António were perfect and pleasant too! We love to know all of you!
Aug 2016
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Large Family Apartment For Holiday Let In Warm Heart Of Porto
average rating of 4.85 based on 27 reviews
Hudson, Quebec, Canada

Porto Perfect........

  • 5 of 5

Brava Ann!

You are one of the most gracious, thoughtful and helpful hosts we have encountered in all our travels. From the detailed information about your home that you sent us prior to our arrival, to the personal greeting and time you spent with us when we arrived, we were so greatly impressed by your attentiveness.

Your apartment is truly a gem, so tastefully conceived, and impeccably maintained. Although we were regularly out and about in Porto, it was always a pleasure to return "home" and take full advantage of all the amenities in your wonderful property. It truly is a little "oasis" in a great neighbourhood. And we can't state enough the benefit of your prime location close to Campanha train station, metro and buses which meant we could easily be in the heart of Porto in five minutes.

We have already alerted our Canadian friends to the best place to call "home" in Porto. And would not hesitate in recommending your wonderful place to all.

Cheers and All our Best!

Olga and Eryk Polonski



  • Review Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am delighted by your very kind words about your stay in my apartment. Amenities, location, ambience, homeliness, welcome and support - you loved all of this. And on my part, I was delighted and moved to have such appreciative guests. You arrived as strangers and left as friends. Welcome back!
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Fabulous apartment in a great location

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful 10 days staying in Ann’s apartment. It is spacious, beautifully decorated and furnished; full of light and very well equipped in all respects - it really is as good as all the other reviewers describe! The terrace and garden offer a peaceful and private outside space for relaxing with a drink whilst listening to the birdsong and watching the sunbathing lizards.

The proximity to the station and metro is ideal for travelling into Porto and for day trips to other nearby and equally fascinating cities. The train journey along the Douro Valley to Pinhao is delightful and from there a boat trip further up the river is a great way to see more of the beautiful scenery. The neighbourhood feels very safe and friendly with all you would need in easy walking distance.

Ann is a very thoughtful and gracious host. We arrived early on a Sunday morning and she kindly welcomed us with food and wine for our first day when local shops were closed. She was on hand if we needed any help but always very discrete.

In short it is hard to imagine anywhere better to stay in Porto. Thank you Ann!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I really appreciate your posting such a positive review. I had designed the apartment and garden for myself, so it is great to know how much the two of you also enjoyed staying there. I'm also glad that you pointed out the convenience of its location for shopping and sightseeing in other towns. It was a pleasure to welcome such considerate and appreciative guests.
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Toronto, Canada

Superior Property

  • 5 of 5

I chose this property on VRBO because it appeared to be a home away from home rather than an impersonal rental property. Kudos to the owner for making our stay memorable. The apartment is located near the Campanha train station and is only one stop by train from Sao Bento which is the tourist heart of the city. We appreciated staying in a quieter residential area (even though it is close to the station) with local shops patronized by local people, a grocery, greengrocer, fish monger etc. There is also very easy access to the subway and trains to the Duoro region. The apartment is beautifully, tastefully decorated with the owner's personal possessions, and she made every effort to ensure we enjoyed our stay and were comfortable. She even met us at the station and led us to the apartment. The kitchen, terrace and garden are real pluses. We did not even leave the apartment on our arrival day as we enjoyed being in it so much. Porto was our favourite location in Portugal, and we hope to return and stay longer in future. We spent one full day touring the Casa da Musica, attending three performances that were all different from one another and highlighted the possibilities of the remarkable building. We recommend their guided tour very highly. We prowled around the art galleries, visited port lodges, enjoyed dining al fresco both at "home" and in the cafes on the Rua das Flores, and visited churches and museums. We took the local train to Pinhao (2 1/2 hours), enjoyed lunch at a riverside restaurant and visited Quinta d Bomfim and Quinta das Carvalhas, both in walking distance from the station. It was a long day, but very enjoyable. In summary our stay in the apartment and visit to the city far exceeded our already high expectations.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am delighted to learn that you did not even go out the first day because you felt so at home! The most important thing for me is that guests do feel at home, with personal things around them, instead of being in an impersonal temporary place. I'm also delighted that you mention all the conveniences of the situation, with transport and shopping so handy, and the centre of town only one stop away on the train. It's very good that the train up the river Douro leaves from just outside our door. So thanks very much for your remarks, and I do hope to see you here again.
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Very homelike, very comfortable apartment; super equiped with everything needed for a 3 month stay

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Ann`s apartment for 3 month ( March - May 2016);

Ann has with her helpful and friendly way of caring for us supported all our wishes and needs ( towels, recommendations, a Garage for our car, place for bycicles, etc). In addition Branca and Antonio were also very helpful if help was needed.

A special treasure is the big terrasse which is lovely equipped with flowers which are raised and cared for by Ann. The terrasse has sun until app 4 or 5 pm.

The apartment is equipped with nice furniture, has a warm and homelike athmosphere and has sufficient room for 4 adults to stay.

We did like the stay in Ann`s apartment and we enjoyed the three month in Porto very much.

We would like to come back.

Thank you very much Ann

  • Review Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was very pleasant for me to know that my family apartment had such an appreciative family in it for such a long stay - you began as visitors but you became my friends. I was particularly impressed with the good care you took with everything. Come back soon!
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A Unique Porto Experience

  • 5 of 5

After a less than stellar vrbo experience in Lisbon, we found ourselves in paradise. Ann is an amazingly gracious and open hostess. Just reading her biography was the reason my sister and I chose her apartment. We had no idea we would end our Portugal journey in such an amazing place. Ann had sent us so much pre-arrival information. She was so gracious when we had our guide called to say we would be arriving much later than expected. Her response was "no one should rush through the Duoro Valley." She was there to greet us and meticulously had us try each appliance, etc. to be certain we could operate it. There was even a bottle of wine as a welcome gift as well as food for our breakfast the next morning. She has a well-stocked kitchen that was welcome when we cooked our dinner instead of going out. Ann reserved a wonderfully typical Portuguese restaurant for our last night's dinner. She was there to bid us farewell the morning we left. Her apartment is spacious, open, full of light, and it was truly a "being at home" experience. The location was perfect. Ann even has metro and train cards guests can

use. The mercado next door was perfect for shopping. And we did make use of the washing machine. We cannot wait to return to Porto and once again avail ourselves of Ann's hospitality. I cannot imagine finding another vrbo anywhere that could match this magnificent experience!!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thankyou for writing such a perceptive review of what it is like to be in my apartment. You have highlighted the welcome and care that are important for guests. You also mention the light and spaciousness of the apartment - the very reasons I bought it, and which give it such a lovely ambience. Finally you mention the the nearby supermarket and restaurants - all of these made your stay at my place easy for you, and added to your enjoyment of the city. It was a pleasure to meet you here - welcome back!
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A wonderful apartment in Porto

  • 5 of 5

We were very impressed by the apartment. It's location was excellent, a stone's throw from the station and the metro. There are supermarkets, cafés and other shops close by. The apartment was spacious, very comfortable and immaculate. Having rented many properties in Europe, I have to say that the quality and level of equipment was exceptional. There was a beautiful terrace which was an added bonus. The owner made sure that we were comfortable and had very kindly provided a welcome pack which we greatly appreciated. Should we ever return to Porto, we would certainly stay in the apartment again and would willingly recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind remarks. Guests like you, who appreciate my home, make me glad to share it. Welcome back!
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Nearest Airport
11 Kilometres
Oporto, Francisco Sa Carneiro
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Campanha 1 minute
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Central circulation
Nearest Restaurant
across the street
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Foz and Matosinhos


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Porto, Porto City

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High season
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
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4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

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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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Porto in North Portugal

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 134 m²
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • WC, bidet, wet-room shower, hand basin, large cylinder cupboard. Fully tiled.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , bookcase, desk, clothes cabinet. Walk-in wardrobe in hall.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed , clothes chest, clothes storage in Ikea shelves, desk
  • Books ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Groups
  • Singles
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • freshwater fishing
Local person comes in once a week for thorough cleaning and to change beds. Price for this included in rent.

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