Self catering, 2 Rooms, 2 Bathrooms (Sleeps 4)
Jorge Coelho da Silva
- English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, German and Spanish
About Jorge Coelho da Silva
My name is Jorge and I was born in the Mannor House (Casa de Gatão) of this farm. I spent my childhood and youth in Coimbra but at the end I studied further in Lisbon, germany and UK. I am a retired Teacher and always have been in love with horses and the competition (my father was a Cavallery Oficer). Thus this bet on Equestrien Tourism). As all the people from Portugal I like to interact with different cultures, thus my occupation is more a pleasure than a real work. I love all kinds of music, sports, and to dance, mainly latino-american music. I like to be informed and up to date watching carefully all the news but I like more and more the rural life and the time I earn to read some books. Being aware that all of us are diferent I try to respect the differences , being discret at the same time that I am always available to inform or to help any tourist who wants any information. Living in many different contexts makes me an open mind in relation to a pluralism of opinions. I feel I am always learning when I deal with a different culture.
Why Jorge Coelho da Silva chose Penafiel
Quinta de Gatão was bought some generations ago . Thus a property with 100ha at the beginning , was divided across the family and its generations and today has only 20ha.
What makes this Cottage unique
The Quinta de Gatão and its 5 houses have been for some ten years a meeting point to big families from grand parents to grand children. All the neighbouring houses (1 Mannor House and 4 Cottages) form a touristic complex with a lot of space for children and youth. Many times is reserved also for small families, each one in its Cottage completely autonomous. The swimming pool, the tennis field, the free internet access and the horses, jeep, foot promenades are a must. For groups of more than 10 we have a soccer and paint ball field and some extreme activities as a slide with more than 300m and a scalade. But if you want to be in silence reading your book you can do it at your private backyard. If you want to taste our gastronomy we have good restaurants around the farm (5 minutes by car). If you prefere to dinner at the farm because of your children, than we have a service to call the day before. We have been used too for workshops, retreats, school hallidays camps, etc.
Pool / Spa
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
Charming host. Rustic property with a lovely pool and country views
We were met by Jorge, who gave us a very warm welcome. We parked our car by the property, to unload and then, moved it further up to allocated parking. Jorg showed us where are property was and took us for a guided tour. he showed us where the pool was located, the TV lounge/bar and the pool table.
Our home for the next few days was cosy, and welcoming. Opening the windows allowed a nice breeze to waft through. The small kitchen/dining area was perfect to prepare a simple breakfast. Jorge supplied fresh rolls, ground coffee, jam, butter and cheese each morning, as well as cakes. We did not have a kettle, but used the coffee pot provided. basic utensil allowed us to cook, a simple meal, which we ate outside.
Our bedroom was a good size, plenty of space to store clothes and ample lighting for reading in bed. Our 20 year old son had the bedroom above, it would be better for a younger child or teenager, but was fine for the four nights we spent there. A fan would have been useful, as it was warm upstairs. We visited 7/07-11/07/19 the weather was 22 C. We had one load of washing, done here and there was a sign available to put, on the door, to have the house cleaned each day.
The surrounding grounds are very pleasant to walk around, four lovely horses to say hello to. Jorg was a truly charming host, he offered us a complimentary drink that evening. He was lovely company and we, enjoyed listening to him, telling us about his horse riding days. He had also spent some time in the UK and he told us, he was researching the history of his home.
We went out each day and visited Amarente. Took the train to Porto, as we did not fancy the drive. It took about an hour as we missed the fast train. Arrived at Sao Bento station to admire the Azulejo tiles. We used the hop on, hop off bus and stopped at Real Companhia Villa to sample the port. We spent a day at Bom Jesus in Braga and went to Paco dos Duques,. Our last day was spent at Castelo De Guimares.
We said a sad farewell to Jorg who gave us a lovely bottle of Gatao Vinho Verde and spent a few hours, chatting over our sightseeing trips.
We ate out two evenings, both places recommended by Jorge. O Exaustor and Campones both traditional Portugese. Ample portions and very good value.
A most enjoyable stay
Thank you for your coments fully detailed that is going to help us doing better and better. Thank you for your simpathy and nice conversations over our Oportwine. All the best for you and your family.
Très beau et hospitalité parfaite.
Hôtes très accueillants, ,un endroit magnifique ,extrêmement bien localisé pour visiter.
Bon confort ,agéablement arrangé,Propreté parfaite.
Merci Clarisse par votre paroles simpatiques. J'ai aimée beaucoup de vous connaitre avec votre mari . Votre curiosité et connaissance sur Portugal etait trés interessant et hors de la vulgarité.
Une bonne continuation de la promenade au Portugal.
A estadia correu optimamente.
O Sr. Jorge e a sua mulher foram hospedeiros extraordinários e deixaram-nos à vontade com tudo (horas, barulho, utilização dos espaços, etc.)
A quinta é espectacular e oferece múltiplas actividades para se realizar em grupo.
Recomendo a quinta para grupos que queiram passar um tempo longe da cidade e do stress do dia-a-dia.
Excelente para quem procura sossego e tranquilidade
Todo o espaço envolvente é muito bonito, transmite calma e bem-estar.
Os quartos são muito confortáveis. Éramos um grupo grande e fomos muito bem recebidos e tratados durante a nossa estadia.
Aconselho vivamente a qualquer pessoa, grupo de amigos ou famílias, que pretendam tempo de qualidade longe do corre-corre diário.
Vraiment très agréable
Nous avons passé un excellent séjour dans ce gîte, où tout est fait pour passer un séjour détendu. Le ménage est fait tous les jours dès que l'on s'absente, le petit déjeuner est disponible tous les matins au pied du gîte, et il y a tout pour passer au gîte des bons moments (piscine très agréable, billard, ping-pong, ...). Jorge est un hôte très agréable, toujours présent pour rendre service (il peut aider pour les visites) et très discret.
Le gîte, dans une ancienne ferme, est très beau et l'intérieur très fonctionnel et agréable, même avec des enfants en bas âge. Pour moi il a juste manqué un lave-vaisselle et c'était parfait.
L'emplacement à la campagne assure une vraie tranquillité, toujours à distance raisonnable (moins d'une heure) des sites à voir Porto, Guimaraes, Braga, Amarante, vallée du Douro... mais toujours en voiture.
Dias de paz y sosiego
Acabamos de pasar cuatro inolvidables días en la Quinta de Gatao. Tiene una magnifica piscina de la que disfrutamos cuanto quisimos porque el tiempo fue excelente. Además tuvimos la oportunidad de desayunar y cenar al aire libre en los dos espacios verdes que rodeaban nuestro apartamento. Al atardecer pudimos jugar al ping-pong y al billar en los espacios comunes que tiene la casa para los huéspedes.
El trato con su propietario ha sido magnifico y todos los días nos tenía preparada en la nevera una botella de vinho verde de cosecha propia, que hemos saboreado a la sombra de las vides.
Quinta de Gatão is in the midle of a triangle with 3 World Heritage Spots: Porto (were Portwine Caves keep our famous wine), Guimarães (the net of our nation) and Douro wineyards (were Port wine graves are planted)within a spectacular scenario to observe.
Quinta de Gatão produces "vinho verde", mirtilos and cereals for horses. In the farm we can organise paedestrian, bycicle,jeep,tractor and boat promenades .Besides tenis, soccer and equestrian activities we can organise extreme activities for groups of ten people or more.In the house the tourists can play snooker, table tennis and cards, etc.