We loved this house, (I visited with my husband and two 18 year olds)
The views were spectacular (the photos on the website at the moment do not do proper justice to these views). I have attached one photo which is just one vista and another with the hammock of another but there are more. The owners Jose Luis and Margarid, who were so attentive always asking what we liked, plan to change the photos on the site on our advice.
The place was newly converted and the design of the buildings excellent. Also it was more than well equipped (no need to buy tin openers or cork screws), the owners provided good cooking equipment, including special touches such as fresh oranges from their other garden and an orange juicer...We could take fruit and veg from the garden which made it feel like our own place. There are good restaurants and shops (green grocer, bakery, super market within in walking distance ( 5 mins). A fish van called by every couple of days with all sorts of fish, stopping outside a neighbouring house. We bought sardines and cooked them on the barbeque. Other neighbours gave us the largest and tastiest fresh figs I have ever seen or eaten from their garden.
We liked the place so much instead of eating out on the last night as we had originally planned, we used the barbeque again (this came with briquettes) and we also cooked the local sausage in the local way with a flame bowl which came with the necessary cooking alcohol!
We felt welcomed like old family friends and the owners took care of every small thing (responding within minutes when I was too dumb to turn the key in the lock on the laundry room door)...
The traditional portugese banao was another treat and so cooling...see photo
Our visits to Porto and the Duoro made the location and surrounding area a great place for discovery and cycling on the green eco route in Amarante was so magic that even when I fell off my bike, it was all such a treat I barely noticed.
Thanks to the owners for their care and trouble and for making it a brilliant time and one of the best holidays I have had in years.
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