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Luxury Holiday Villa with Pool Sleeps 8-11 in Douro Valley

People11
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights

Overview


Details
Property
villa
People
11
Bedrooms
4
Bathrooms
4
Minimum Stay
1 - 7 nights

Description

Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday villa in Vila Real District - Luxury Holiday Villa with Pool Sleeps 8-11 in Douro Valley

Stunning Holiday Villa with Pool - Breakfast And Welcome Dinner included

In 1956, this former school building held its first lessons in the hilltop village in the heart of the stunning Douro Valley.

50 years later the school building was rescued and in the following years a project was created to transform it into what is now a very high quality construction designed to provide you a taste of the World Heritage Site known as the Douro Valley.

'The School House' overlooks the stunning landscape of vineyards and olive groves of the Douro Valley as far as the eye can see.

Your first reaction is to breath in and appreciate the beauty but many secondary reactions is to imagine you are so remote, it will take 'forever' to get there and there will be nothing to do!

This NOT the case :-)

As you read on you will discover that there is lots to do for all the family and all age groups - what makes a big difference here is that Francisco and his wife Maria do most of the 'work' for you along with their amazing housekeeper Estrela.

What makes this holiday home different?

1.Breakfast made and served for you every morning starts the day with a smile and no stress! Check!

2.Shopping lists provided and fetched and put away in the kitchen! Check!

3.Daily maid service included for 2 hours per day - make beds etc. Check!

4. Want to eat at home and you're on holiday so can't be bothered cooking it! Check!

5. Don't know the best places to eat and the best foods available - and Tripadvisor is not the best source of information - need a local guide to help? Check!

6. Would like a series of day trips and excursions for all age groups to be suggested? Check!

7. It would be great to have some of these all planned out and even tickets etc bought in advance of arrival? Check!

8. When remaining at the house for the day or evening it would be nice to have some activities at the house for both adults and children to enjoy, board games, garden games, pool table, wifi, satellite TV, good sound system etc. Check!

If there is something that you think Francisco and Maria have 'missed' - guess what just ask! These guys have a rare 'can do' mentality and their pro-active attitude and mindset is what makes the difference between a good holiday and truly memorable one!

Portugal has benefited and continues to benefit from EU funding for road infrastructure. From Porto to the front door at a reasonable pace it took 1 hour and 20 minutes - soon a new bridge and section of highway will be opened taking a further 15 minutes off the travel time.

The list of things to do within 20 minutes of the house is endless and we will expand on that later.

So what about the house?

Internal

The house is comprised of the original school building all rennovated tastefully and with very high spec and presented in a quirky fun way with superbly thought out reminders of its heritage/roots.

The other part of the house is a new modern construction and the whole thing comes together in a well presented fusion of traditional and contemporary.

The daytime living space is fabulous!

High ceilings, big bright open window spaces, this huge open plan space is subtly divided into three areas. The quirky fun hallway and 'school themed' part with black board and original school desks provides nostalgic fun for adults and nowadays novelty fun for kids who often can't believe desks like those existed!

The other two areas as you can see from the picture gallery include a good sized dining area, ideal for indoor gatherings to enjoy great food and wine and the spacious relaxed lounge area. Note both these areas are served by a double sided central fireplace, a nice feature at any time of the year but naturally it comes into its own during the winter season.

The kitchen is modern, well equipped and very pleasant to be in if you enjoy cooking as a therapeutic pass time or not! Fully equipped with all the pots pans and contraptions that you may need away from home.

There are 4 very comfortable good sized bedrooms all ensuite, which accommodate 8 people. However the twin bedroom has trundle beds allowing for another 2 adults and in the master bedroom there is a cutre sofa bed ideal for another person to sleep.

All the rooms have a very nice outward aspect but as you can see from the pictures the master bedroom has a spectacular view courtesy of the huge floor to ceiling aspect windows.

Outside

There is a further 'pool house' outside just a few steps away which is a superb entertainment area for all. Pool table, good sound system and wifi are all provided and there is comfortable seating too for you to sit and relax.

All the rooms in the house enjoy wifi coverage and are air-conditioned for your comfort.

The pool is a good size for leisure and enjoys superb views across the valleys.

Outdoor tables, deck chairs, sun parasols and a built in BBQ are all provided for your comfort. There are even out door games such as garden dominos provided.

So here's a brief summary of what you get as standard during your stay with us

Every day you will have a welcome basket full of regional products that we have specially prepared for you.

Experience the traditional gastronomy and the distinguished Douro wines with a welcome dinner cooked at home. You will always remember our delicious dessert together with a finest Port wine…

Use our courtesy mobile phone to book a local restaurant or a sailing boat trip in the Douro river…and use our Tablet to explore pre-loaded 'things to do suggestions' during your stay.

Included in your stay

Welcome Port

Welcome hamper

Welcome dinner

Courtesy Tablet and cell phone

Daily Breakfast

Breakfast is served in the 'classroom or in the playground'.

At what time? You decide…

Regional bread

Butter

Cheese

Ham

Homemade jam

Honey

Fresh made cake

Cereals

Milk

Chocolate powder for milk

Coffee

Tea

Yogurt

Fresh orange juice

Fruit

On request

Babysitter service

Organizing tours and experiences in the Douro region

Attendance of a tour guide

MEALS AT HOME

Price per person / meal 30.00 €

Children 6-12 years old 15.00 €

Children up to 5 years old Free

Meals are prepared at home upon prior/advance request

Minimum 4 people

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Property Manager
Fernando and Rita
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
6 December, 2016
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Reviews

5/5 -
(3 traveller reviews)

Luxury Holiday Villa with Pool Sleeps 8-11 in Douro Valley
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews
5

Amazing villa in the heart of Douro Valley

  • 5 of 5

The Old School House Villa is amazing, the facilities are great, the bedrooms and bathrooms finished to such a high standard and the living area well laid out, the way the theme has remained is such a lovely touch. There are lots of nice Quinta's to explore nearby and plenty of sightseeing. Estrela looked after us so well, we wanted to bring her home with us! We're hoping we can go back again. Jo & Brian Hicks, London, UK.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
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5

Sweeping view of the Douro Valley, amazing home

  • 5 of 5

We were introduced to this stunning villa by Fernando, the owner of "Porto Vista - Luxury Townhouse." We were completely unprepared for the amazing views and warm hospitality offered to us (particularly by Estrela, the property's receptionist who does double duty when cooking deliciously hearty meals using local products from the Douro). It seems almost criminal that our stay was so short, with wine tastings a stone's throw away and the entirety of the Douro available for viewing from the lovely pool and balconies. Absolutely incredible experience and we cannot wait to come back again!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
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Stunning house, location and great hosts

  • 5 of 5

The pictures and the services included in the price attracted us to the place, but what we experienced when we arrived was even better.

We were a small group with children and there so much more than we realised to do around the area. The house was fabulous but the housekeeper and the hosts were truly 5* in terms of attention to detail and genuine service.

Thanks to Francisco, Maria, Esterela and Fernando for making this such a superb experience full of great memories.

Linda and John

Chelsea

London

  • Review Submitted: Mar 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Vila Real District, North Portugal

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Autumn
1 Oct 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
£512
for 2 nights
From
£256
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £30 per night, per additional guest
 
Xmas
24 Dec 2016 - 26 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
£1,024
for 3 nights
From
£341
£2,134
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £26 per night, per additional guest
 
Off peak
27 Dec 2016 - 30 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
£512
for 2 nights
From
£256
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £26 per night, per additional guest
 
New Year
31 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
£1,024
for 3 nights
From
£341
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £26 per night, per additional guest
 
Off Peak
3 Jan 2017 - 13 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
£512
for 2 nights
From
£256
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £26 per night, per additional guest
 
Easter Holidays
14 Apr 2017 - 28 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
£1,024
for 3 nights
From
£341
£1,793
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £26 per night, per additional guest
 
Early Summer
29 Apr 2017 - 16 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
£1,024
for 3 nights
From
£341
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £26 per night, per additional guest
 
Summer
17 Jun 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
5 night minimum stay
£1,707
for 5 nights
From
£341
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £26 per night, per additional guest
 
Peak Summer
15 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
£2,390
for 7 nights
£2,390
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £26 per night, per additional guest
 
Late Summer
1 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
£1,366
for 4 nights
From
£341
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £26 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
£341
for 1 night
From
£341
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £26 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £427

Please remember everything this includes;

Free cell phone
Free Tablet
Free Port and Cake on arrival
Free breakfast prepared and served every morning
Linen,aricon,towels
Wifi
Games and Pool Table
Housekeeper available upon request to do more evening meals - 30 euro per adult 15 euro per child Under 5 Free
Housekeeper available upon request for daily maid service
Housekeeper available upon request to accompany group on supermarket trips or on excursions. Speaks English Well and Spanish and French

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Vila Real District, Portugal

Property Type:
  • villa
Floor Area:
  • 380 m²
Theme:
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • swimming
Notes:
We provide FREE breakfast every morning and a welcome dinner We provide a free cell phone to make local calls We provide a tablet to with preloaded places to go and things to do

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