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We wanted a slow, lazy week and Quinta da Ponte do Louro provided us with the ideal location. Even with two teens in tow it provided enough space for us all to relax in our own ways. The main accommodation is in the ground floor of an atmospheric old farmhouse and includes a wide paved courtyard and a well tended garden overlooking the pool. There is also a newer, smaller house next to the pool, containing a double bedroom and a spacious sitting room. We were invited to wander the farm and help ourselves to fresh veg and fruit - an invitation we couldn't refuse. Our hosts were welcoming but unintrusive and the couple who run the actual business of the farm were a source of information and valuable help.
On the negative side, the kitchen was small though reasonably equipped. To the dismay of the teens, internet access was not available in the house but only near the pool (though we solved this 'problem' with local ingenuity). The property adjoins a busy main road and care is required when exiting the gates.
Although there is a train station about a kilometre away, a car is essential. Within easy reach are the coast and the cities of Braga, Guimarães and Porto. The huge Thursday market at nearby Barcelos is well worth a visit.
We loved it!
We had a wonderful stay at Fontainha house. The setting is idyllic, it’s very peaceful and the surrounding views are stunning. The pool and gardens are wonderful, and the house was equipped with everything we needed. Our hosts were very accommodating and helpful with providing local information and we took up some of these suggestions for trips out and about. It was a beautiful part of the world to explore and a lovely house to come back to and enjoy each day.