This really was the idyllic setting for us with our small, well behaved dog. We were in the converted windmill by the river, across the way from the main house. (Teresa and Paco have their own dogs so we couldn't be in the main area)
At first it was a bit of a shock as the bedroom is so authentic it is a bit dark and the stones on the floor are uneven, and because you are near water and it is humid it feels a bit damp. The bed is close to the wall one side so difficult to get in and out from one side, it is also raised off the floor, But you get used to it. This is not a faceless, modern box, it is old and historic. There is wardrobe space and the bathroom is huge. We had our own complete garden with a river running through it and woods. We had chairs and a table with decking to sit under the shade of the trees. We had parking right beside us.
The breakfast was fine and we took ours from the buffet to our little house because we had the dog.
We did eat and drink in our garden a couple of evenings, and as there was no fridge in the property we kept a couple of things in the communal fridge. To keep drinks cool we bought a huge bag of ice every day and put our drinks in a bag with the ice in the shade.
Certainly a place that's one of a kind and Teresa is a lovely woman.
Entre Os Rios is a special place. We intended to use it only as a home base to explore (there are a lot of sites in to see in Galicia within easy driving distance)--however, the property has such an amazing, peaceful vibe that we had a hard time leaving it to tour Galicia (a good problem to have!). The nearby town, A Pobra Do Caraminal, has great Tapas bars and restaurants, and is positioned next to some great beaches. Theresa is truly a one of a kind hostess--very gracious and kind, and very understanding of our lack of Spanish language skills. And the dogs were great, too! There is a winery on the property and we had the best winery tour I've ever been on (and I've been to a lot of them, worldwide) with the right amount of technical detail. Jose clearly has a passion for making wine. Thank you Theresa, Paco, and Jose for a wonderful experience, we hope to come back again sometime. I highly recommend this place.
What a wonderful place. This property is gorgeous. The whole plot, the house and extensive gardens are festooned with beautiful artefacts and all have been stunningly restored. Entre Os Ríos is located on a quiet lane, at the base of the mountains and oozes peacefulness and tranquillity. The road is a bit tight, but follow Théresa's directions, not your GPS and you'll be fine. Our room and en-suite were perfect. A great size, they were decorated tastefully and sympathetically and to a very high level of comfort, including a good-sized bed with ample storage, lots of light and a flat-screen TV. The house wine, made at Entre Os Rios was delightful and comes in three varieties. Breakfast too was great, served in its own facility, another beautifully renovated building with an old oven/fire-place and stone sink. Théresa is a perfect hostess; charming and amicable, offering loads of useful advice, stories and anecdotes. There are three biggish dogs who also live at Entre Os Rios, but they are exceptionally friendly and well behaved. We really, really enjoyed our stay here and the gently bubbling and most pleasant coastal town of Á Pobra do Carminal is just over 5 minutes drive away.
One small quibble, the shower in the en-suite, despite being perfectly hot and powerful, was too low and didn't have any means to be altered. I know I'm tall, but I'm not that tall!! The pool in the garden is also quite small and freshwater. Don't get me wrong, if it had been hot enough outside I'd have had a dip! but it wouldn't suit everyone. The option to have dinner would have been great also, so was missed. However, there are so many really good places to eat nearby, for us it was just a case of wanting to have dinner in that spectacular garden!
We understand why this gets high high ratings on all of the review sites. It was amazing for so many reasons. Tereza, the owner, was lovely! So friendly, helpful and welcoming. Enough rudimentary English, that between us and our rudimentary Spanish, we got by. She welcomed us with their own wine, and toast with a fish (slightly bigger than a sardine, perhaps mackerel) smoked by a friend of hers. We enjoyed this at a massive stone table constructed from a single slab (about 4' by 12') under an arbour of grape vines.
The property has 2 old mills. The owners purchased it 38 years ago and spent 3 years renovating to add gardens, vineyards and a winery. At some point, they renovated the mills to create guest rooms. Our friends had a romantic deluxe room with a spa tub in one of the old mills next to a babbling stream, while we were closer to the main house. Both rooms were decorated with antiques, and comfortable beds with cozy down duvets. The grounds were designed for relaxation with seating under the trees enhanced by the background sound of babbling water from the numerous streams that meander all over this property.
The kitchen is in a separate stone house, and features a huge granite counter and sink, and an old open cooking fireplace where Tereza had started a small fire to keep us warm. What a presentation for breakfast! Croissants, cheese, ham, jams, endless coffee, and a lemonade made with lemons from Tereza's own trees. Enjoyed at a huge solid wood harvest table. Exquisite!
Wifi is free, but may not work when you are within the thick stone walls of your guest room. Somehow, that seems totally appropriate and did not diminish our rating of this wonderful place.
You will need a sat-nav to find this remote estate within the forested mountain above A Pobra do Caraminal. However, if your route takes you along the western coast of Spain, make it your destination!
Absolutely excellent stay at this charming B&B / winery. Teresa is so welcoming and you feel like family from the first moment. Exceptional breakfast in the cozy hearth room (in the cooler months) with a roaring fire and homemade fruit juice, jams, cake, with local cheese and bread. Oh, and a gorgeous plate of jamón ibérico to top things off! Beautifully appointed comfortable rooms. Be sure to ask for a winery tour. Son, José, speaks perfect English and is happy to give the grand tour of the vineyards and winery (with delicious tastes!). Their wines are well respected throughout Galicia, so it's a real treat to be able to see (and taste) the production process. No dinner here, but just a quick 7 minute drive down the hill there are restaurants in A Pobra, or you can pick up one of the best sandwiches in Galicia - the bocata de pulpo (octopus sub sandwich) from Bar Nuevo. Get the one with the caramelizad onions and smoked cheese ... it goes perfectly with a bottle of the Entre Os Rios Altares (Albariño). I can't wait to plan another trip here to enjoy more of this tranquil setting, that wonderful wine, and do some hiking along the Ruta Piscinas Do Río Pedras, a path that passes right in front of the hotel and visits the natural pools that occur along the river that the hotel is built next to (the main building is actually an old mill, so the river actually runs under it!). Thank you, Teresa and family for such a wonderful stay!