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Large Family Apartment For Holiday Let In Warm Heart Of Porto

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 1,442 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 nights

Overview

About the property

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.


Owner
Ann Palmer
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
21 October, 2017

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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Location

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

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Porto in Porto

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1442 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • WC, bidet, wet-room shower, hand basin, large cylinder cupboard. Fully tiled.
Bedrooms:
  • 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
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
Suitability:
  • Groups
  • Singles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
Local person comes in once a week for thorough cleaning and to change beds. Price for this included in rent.

Reviews

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Large Family Apartment For Holiday Let In Warm Heart Of Porto
average rating of 4.90625 based on 39 reviews
5

Great apartment, super host

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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.
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5

Beautiful Porto apartment.

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Stockport, Cheshire, England
5

Great Apartment, lovely owner

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Toronto,Canada
5

Fantastic apartment

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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!
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5

Beautiful, sunny and convenient!

  • 5 of 5

This lovely flat with a roof balcony and little garden, a piano for obsessively playing (what, not everyone does that?) and a great selection of books was so close to the train and the metro and to everything we wanted to see and do in the Porto region... It was truly fabulous and ticked every box for us. We'd stay here again in a heart beat! Thanks so much Ann for a wonderful home from home.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad to know that the apartment was all you wanted. It is especially good that you used the piano, which my neighbour likes to hear, and I am pleased to know it is appreciated. Welcome back!
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5

Lovely apartment and everything you'd need :)

  • 5 of 5

We were met with a warm welcome by Ann the owner & shown all round her delightful apartment.

It's a lovely place full of all the items you need, including all the essentials for home cooking- olive oil, spices etc. There was a great welcome pack too so we didn't have to shop immediately & there was a bottle of wine, as well as some port for Christmas Day.

The flat is really well proportioned, with good sized bedrooms & a sunny balcony to enjoy eating breakfast on warmer days. Definitely recommended!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Prices for this holiday apartment in Porto, North Portugal

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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4 night minimum stay
£322
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£536
£1,787
 

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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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