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The tranquility of the countryside 15 minutes from the city of Porto

People6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 15 nights

Overview

About the property

Old house with garden, near the river Douro, for 4 people (+2)

Casa do Mestrinho is a licensed accommodation (License 2832 / AL) housed in an old house, with garden, located next to the river Douro, in Avintes (Vila Nova de Gaia), 9km from Porto.

This is the perfect place to explore the beautiful city of Porto while simultaneously recovering energy! It is an excellent compromise between city and country vacations.

Here you can sleep peacefully, prepare your meals and enjoy them in the shade of the vine, sunbathing, reading, rest and stroll through the garden with views over the Douro (shared with the owners and other holiday accommodation).

Down the street, 20 meters from the house, you will find Areinho de Avintes, a huge river beach with lifeguards, enclosed bathing areas, support infrastructures, picnic park and bike path for cycling, running or walking.

Thanks to its location, the house is a good starting point to explore the city of Porto, the excellent beaches of Vila Nova de Gaia and the beautiful towns, villages, mountains and natural parks of Northern Portugal. It is 5 minutes from the motorways that connect the North (coastal and inland) and the South of the country.

This is a home for those who enjoy living in harmony with the cultural and natural heritage. With it, we help to appreciate a forgotten historical site that has been reborn for decades. The site of Espinhaço and the village of Avintes has a history of centuries linked to the exploration of the Douro River, agriculture and supply of the city of Porto. Despite the proximity of a large city, Avintes has its own identity, with its festivals and pilgrimages, warm, friendly and generous people, its famous bread, taste for theater and culture, multiple cultural and recreational associations ... The proximity to the river Douro and the existence of a large ecological park (Gaia Biological Park) provide beautiful walks and contact with nature.

In the surroundings of the house, the antiquity of the space of narrow alleys, alleys and stairs, distances the traffic and its noise; the proximity of the agricultural and ecological reserve attracts birds and insects that the admirers of nature can hear and observe here. To these sounds, those of the neighbors, of the people who pass in the street on the way to the old grocery store, come and talk with each other.

In the garden and vegetable garden (of 300 m2) we produce vegetables, fruits, teas and aromatic without using chemical products. We love plants, flowers, being outdoors and breathing fresh air.

In the restoration of the house - largely made by ourselves - we try to preserve as much as possible the originality of the 16th century building. XIX, maintaining walls, wooden beams, the old floor of long and wide boards, the elegant window frames, the walls in the partition, the guillotine windows. So we wanted to preserve the history and identity of the building, reduce waste production to the maximum, reuse existing materials, use traditional techniques of conservation, restoration and construction. Again we just added a more functional kitchen and bathroom, a greater thermal comfort through the renovation of the roof, a brighter room with more attic windows and a glazed door overlooking the garden.

This is an ideal house for families with children, for lovers of calm and nature. Here you can always count on our support to help what you need!

Description of the house

The house is distributed over two floors, situated at the bottom of the kitchen, the toilet, the dining room and the living room and in the upper two bedrooms and a small space with cots and toys.

Rooms feature ceiling windows with a sun light and a light-insulating curtain. Thus, with the help of curtains on the door flags, the rooms may be completely dark. The beds are double and have good quality mattresses and clean linen provided once a week.

In the contiguous space, there is a small work space and storage, lit by a window overlooking the river Douro.

The kitchen is equipped with fridge, dishwasher, toaster, coffee machine, microwave, stove, oven and all utensils so you can make and serve your meals. Oil, olive oil and some basic seasonings are always available.

The kitchen has a small table for breakfast but there is a larger table in the dining room and the garden offers a pleasant dining area with shady views of the river!

The living room has a sofa bed and TV and a large number of itineraries and tourist guides of places to visit in the north and center of the country.

The bathroom has a shower cubicle and the water is heated by a thermo-accumulator (cylinder). There is also a washing machine, hair dryer and first aid box. Washed towels are provided weekly.

Children

The House of the Master has received many families with children and she is welcome! The house has baby cots, toys and a highchair for meals.

The garden provides a healthy outdoor area for play and sunbathing. However, we ask that children do not remain in the garden without adult supervision because there are unprotected gaps and stone walls. We recommend the use of the lawn area for leisure and play.

Other amenities

The house has free internet access and cable TV.

The heating of the house is electric but of low consumption, made through radiating plates of 400W installed in all the compartments.

The house has vacuum cleaner, iron and ironing board.

Wi-Fi and television

Safety

First aid kit

Fire Extinguishers

Warning: do not leave very small children alone on the outside!

Grocery and supermarket

Beside the house there is a typical grocery store where you can stock up on some basic commodities; to five minutes by car, there are large supermarkets and all kind of commerce.

Location and surroundings

Casa do Mestrinho is located on the left bank of the river Douro, in Avintes, Espinhaço, an old fisherman's place, with semi-rural characteristics.

Built 20 meters from the Douro River (National Ecological Reserve), there is an extensive leisure area with a river beach with delimited bathing areas, lifeguards and support infrastructure, where you can enjoy the sun, beach and swim .

With a picnic area, pedestrian and cycle path (under construction), an anchorage, pier and fishing, this is the perfect place for hiking, running, cycling, fishing and water sports.

Avintes is a village with its own identity. Suffice it to say that it is considered the capital of amateur theater and is the site of the country with the highest concentration of cultural, recreational and sports associations. In Avintes breathe another air!

In general the people are friendly, helpful and welcoming. In this traditional village there are still good relations of neighborhood, conviviality, cooperation and solidarity among people.

Ridge

Espinhaço is a site with history! It began to be inhabited mainly from the séc. XVIII by fishermen. Nowadays it is a very quiet place of simple and extremely friendly people!

Access and parking

The house is located near the main motorways that connect the north and south of Portugal. Pedras Rubras Airport is 30 km away. We advise you to use the car since public transport is time consuming and scarce. There are parking spaces on the street, free of charge.

For those who want to leave the car and use public transportation, it can be parked in Vila Nova de Gaia and from there you can easily visit Porto and the north of the country using the metro, train and bus.

What to visit

From here we strongly recommend the visit of:

- Biological Park of Gaia (2Km)

- Beaches in Vila Nova de Gaia (14 Km)

- Porto - World Heritage Site (8 Km)

- Serra da Freita - Mountain (53 Km)

- Guimarães - World Heritage Site (60 Km)

- Alto Douro Wine Region - World Heritage Site (100Km)

- Peneda-Gerês National Park (district of Braga) - National Park (120 Km)

- Archaeological Park of the Côa Valley (Vila Nova de Foz Côa) - World Heritage Site (200Km)

And much more!

History

The House of the Master was built in the 19th century by a man nicknamed "Mestrinho", a master builder who was known to have fallen from bridge D. Luis when he worked on his painting and survived!

In the three houses of this building, before we bought it, there lived 3 families composed of almost 20 people! This place was, for about 40 years, very populated and full of children.

Since we bought it in 2001, we have been busy with its restoration, the arrangement of the exterior spaces and the renovation of the dwellings. This work has been done mostly by our own hands, with a lot of passion and enthusiasm and we hope it will feel when staying here!

Restoration

In the restoration were used materials compatible with its conservation and respect for its originality.

The rule of thumb was to conserve and reuse, based on love for the past and respect for the planet. The materials used in the recovery have always been chosen as ecological criteria. Some examples are the use of lime mortars, lime paints or water paints, natural pigments, recon

More Details
Registration Number : 2832/AL

Owner
Teresa e Pedro
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
18 July, 2018

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Vila Nova de Gaia in Municipality of Vila Nova de Gaia

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • river
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Rooms feature ceiling windows with a sun light and a light-insulating curtain. Thus, with the aid of curtains on the door flags, the rooms may be completely dark. The beds are double and have good quality mattresses and clean linen provided once a week.
Entertainment:
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Water sports
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • swimming
Notes:
Public transport Park of the Camellias (near Batalha square, the center of Porto to the place of Stranglethorn (ask hours).

Reviews

Excellent! 4.5/5 -
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The tranquility of the countryside 15 minutes from the city of Porto
average rating of 4.5 based on 34 reviews
4

Maison bien conviviale

  • 4 of 5

Bonjour à vous tous,

Notre séjour de cinq nuits fut très bien dans l'ensemble.

La maison est propre. C'est tranquille également. La maison est bien équipée et belle grandeur. Un très bon rapport-qualité/prix. Malheureusement pour nous, nous n'avons pas été en mesure de profiter de la jolie cour arrière à cause du mauvais temps. C'est un quartier tout près de Porto, un peu difficile d'accès en auto car les rues sont bien étroites et surtout que nous ne sommes pas habitués à ce genre de petites routes. Reste que c'est très charmant et si vous désirez vivre la vraie vie de ces quartiers, c'est un must et surtout...N'oubliez pas votre GPS : )!!

Merci Teresa, Pedro et Julia!

Marc, Cathy et Edouard

  • Review Submitted: 05-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci beaucoup! Oui c'est un lieu ancienne et les rues sont etroites. C'est pour ça que ce lieux est si tranquile!
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5

A very kind and awesome place

  • 5 of 5

We spent wonderful days in this house and garden in Avintes. Our hosts were very kind, there was some food when we arrived, they gave us bread and fruits and recommended things to do and places to see - everything was perfect - even the cats in the garden. Thank you very much.

Matthias

  • Review Submitted: 02-Nov-2015
  • Date of Stay: October 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you!
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Cologne
4

Liebevoll ausgestattetes altes Haus in ruhiger Lage

  • 4 of 5

Sehr schönes altes renoviertes Haus mit einem tollen Garten von dem man einen Ausblick auf den Douro hat. Es ist ruhig gelegen und der richtige Ort zum entspannen.Die Vermieter Pedro und Teresa, die im Nachbarhaus wohnen, sind sehr freundlich und hilfsbereit. Alles in allem haben wir uns dort sehr wohlgefühlt.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Rainer!
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Zoetermeer, Holland
5

16 prachtige dagen in een behaaglijke omgeving

  • 5 of 5

De aankomst in porto was mooi , maar ik moest me wel even aanpassen aan de hoogteverschillen in de omgeving van Vila nova de Gaia. de ontvangst door Pedro en Theresa was hartverwarmend. we hebben een leuke tijd gehad . Er was veel te lezen over de omgeving in de mooi opgeborgen folders , gesplitst in Porto en de overige plaatsen waar iets te zien en te bekijken was.De tuin zag er prachtig uit. Het weer kun je niet bestellen, maar ondanks de wat lagere temperaturen hebben we veel mooie wandelingen in diverse mooie natuurgebieden gemaakt.. Ik ga Pedro en Theresa later nog informatie verstrekken over de mooie wandelingen die er in de omgeving of daarbuiten gemaakt kunnen worden, maar dat moet ik op gaan zoeken en uitwerken.

de groeten van Gerard en Joke van Abswoude.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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München
4

Sehr viel Mühen gegeben.

  • 4 of 5

Uns haben nur Kleinigkeiten gestört. Die Gegend hat viel Potential und es wird sich sicher in den nächsten Jahren gut entwickeln

  • Review Submitted: 05-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Zwolle, Nederland
4

Mooi woning rustig gelegen dichtbij Porto.

  • 4 of 5

Mooi appartement buiten Porto met een mooie tuin en uitzicht! In 15 min is porto met de auto te bereiken. Wij vonden het erg prettig. Pedro en Teressa waren zeer vriendelijk en behulpzaam.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Aeroporto Sá Carneiro
Nearest Ferry
9 Kilometres
Douro Azul - Ribeira do Porto
Nearest Train
8 Kilometres
Estação das Devezas
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
A1
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Grelha do Areínho
Nearest Beach
2 Kilometres
River beach - "Areínho de Avintes"
Car: recommended

Casa do Mestrinho is located on the left bank of the river Douro, in Avintes, Espinhaço, an old fisherman's place, with semi-rural characteristics.

Built 20 meters from the Douro River (National Ecological Reserve), there is an extensive leisure area with a river beach with delimited bathing areas, lifeguards and support infrastructure, where you can enjoy the sun, beach and swim .

With a picnic area, pedestrian and cycle path (under construction), an anchorage, pier and fishing, this is the perfect place for hiking, running, cycling, fishing and water sports.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Vila Nova de Gaia, North Portugal

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Julho
1 Jul 2018 - 31 Jul 2018
2 night minimum stay
£107
for 2 nights
From
£53
£356
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
 
Agosto
1 Aug 2018 - 29 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
£445
for 7 nights
£445
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
 
Promoção
30 Aug 2018 - 3 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
£160
for 3 nights
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£53
 
 
Verão 2
4 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
£200
for 3 nights
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£67
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
 
Outono
1 Oct 2018 - 15 Nov 2018
4 night minimum stay
£196
for 4 nights
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£49
£267
£800
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
 
Inverno
16 Nov 2018 - 17 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
£89
for 2 nights
From
£44
£222
£622
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
 
Natal
18 Dec 2018 - 6 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
£222
for 7 nights
£222
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest
 
Janeiro
7 Jan 2019 - 31 Jan 2019
2 night minimum stay
£98
for 2 nights
From
£49
£222
£711
 
 
Fevereiro
1 Feb 2019 - 28 Feb 2019
2 night minimum stay
£98
for 2 nights
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£49
£267
£711
 
 
Março
1 Mar 2019 - 31 Mar 2019
2 night minimum stay
£98
for 2 nights
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£49
£267
£711
 
 
Abril
1 Apr 2019 - 30 Apr 2019
4 night minimum stay
£196
for 4 nights
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£49
£249
£889
 
 
Maio
1 May 2019 - 31 May 2019
7 night minimum stay
£311
for 7 nights
£311
£1,156
 
 
Junho
1 Jun 2019 - 30 Jun 2019
7 night minimum stay
£311
for 7 nights
£311
£1,156
 
 
Julho
1 Jul 2019 - 31 Jul 2019
7 night minimum stay
£400
for 7 nights
£400
£1,600
 
 
Agosto A
1 Aug 2019 - 14 Aug 2019
7 night minimum stay
£445
for 7 nights
£445
£1,778
 
 
Agosto B
15 Aug 2019 - 4 Sep 2019
15 night minimum stay
£953
for 15 nights
£445
£1,778
 
 
Setembro
5 Sep 2019 - 30 Sep 2019
7 night minimum stay
£311
for 7 nights
£311
£1,245
 
 
Outubro
1 Oct 2019 - 31 Oct 2019
4 night minimum stay
£196
for 4 nights
From
£49
£267
£800
 
 
Novembro
1 Nov 2019 - 15 Dec 2019
2 night minimum stay
£98
for 2 nights
From
£49
£222
£711
 
 
Natal
16 Dec 2019 - 5 Jan 2020
7 night minimum stay
£222
for 7 nights
£222
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£98
for 2 nights
From
£49
£222
£711
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £9 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Preços dependentes do número de pessoas. O preço base é para duas pessoas. Acrescem 10€ por cada hóspede a mais. Sinal/entrada ao reservar (30%). Entrega das chaves pelo proprietário

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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