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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Porto, Porto District, Northern Portugal

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87paulad
Whitstable, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“A hidden gem!”
Reviewed 7 August 2016 for a stay in August 2016
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This holiday exceeded our expectations. We knew little about the region and simply selected the destination due to the fantastic photos on the site and the fact that my husband is a keen sailor. We booked the chalet for a week and hired the boat for 5 days, however we only used it for 3,as lazing around in the hammocks by the river was just so lovely.

Jose and the lovely Michelle couldn't have been more welcoming and were fantastic hosts. The 'fish soup 'restaurant is a real little gem and we moored up after our meal one night to spend the night in the little bay, which was a great place to swim.

There are several places to visit for a day trip which Jose suggested, including Pinhao (35 mins by train) where we visited the Quinta do Bomfim for a port and wine tour and tasting, a real 'must do' but you need to book in advance.
A fantastic, relaxing holiday I would thoroughly recommend to anyone looking for something off the beaten track and a bit different!

Date of stay: August 2016
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Micah7201...
Haifa, Israel
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Gorgeous, very different, undiscovered, relaxed excitement, superb host.”
Reviewed 20 July 2016 for a stay in July 2016
3
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There is little to add to the previous reviews. We took the motorboat to the Spanish border and back - 3 days, 5 nights on the boat. Grandparents, adult son and 4 year-old grandson - a terrific trip for all. July is a hot month, and we spent time cooling off swimming in the little bays and hidden nooks of the charming river. We cooked and ate most of our meals on-board, but enjoyed the occasional restaurant very much. This holiday is unspoiled, there were very few boats on the river, except for the Cruise ship birth and coaches in Barca Dalva there are no tourists to disturb this pristine paradise, the countryside of vineyards and olive groves laid out in kinetic art landscapes and interspersed with the wilderness of untouched nature reserves, yet always accompanied by the abandoned railway, its many scenic bridges, lonely stations and watering stops. A grand and mystic river and valley.
There is nothing mystic about Jose and his team - warm, friendly, and above all caring to the last detail: the boat ship-shape and well equipped, the instructions complete and understandable, and always there for every need or question - the base is a home away from home, totally dependable, completely responsive.
But note - this is no luxury cruise - it is boating, and it is like camping, If those are your expectations, you will not be disappointed!

Date of stay: July 2016
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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: too short
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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27 Jul 2016
It was a real pleasure...
Jose, Joao, Victor and Michelle
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rloja
Funchal, Portugal
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Fabulous trip on the Douro”
Reviewed 16 December 2015 for a stay in November 2015
2
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It all starts with a great train journey. Porto to ferradosa (ca 3 hours). You are then picked up from the train stop and taken to the chalets, right on the river. Dinner, and next morning a briefing, on what you can do, as to how far you can go, and what there is to see and to do. The owner will help you, suggesting restaurant, and special nooks of the river. We did two days in a row, and would do it again. Tomorrow.

Date of stay: November 2015
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Liked best: The river
Liked least: November - it was a bit on the chilly side, but we had been warned about it!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Lisbon, Portugal
Reviewed 21 July 2015 for a stay in May 2015
5
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Date of stay: May 2015
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
23 Jul 2015
Meeting your family was a real pleasure...
Jose
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Reviewed 21 July 2015 for a stay in May 2015
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Date of stay: May 2015
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23 Jul 2015
I enjoyed also...
It was FUN!!!
Jose
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skipperU
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“The perfect boat holiday in an amazing location”
Reviewed 16 October 2014 for a stay in October 2014
6
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This was our first boat hire holiday, infact it was Jacki's first proper boating experience.(apparently a day trip on my trawler doesn't count!) and what a fantastic holiday we had.
Jose's base location is stunning and by the time we arrived Jose,who was an excellent host had planned our 7 nights cruising on the river leaving us nothing to do but enjoy the sights and villages along the way.
We ended up with a bigger boat for the first few days due to Jose's cleaner preparing the wrong boat for us by mistake,but we found both boats were in very good condition,modern and spotlessly clean equipped with everything we needed.
If like us you are looking for a truely relaxing boating holiday with beautiful scenery,then this will be for you.
Thanks Jose for a wonderful experience, we can't wait to return.

Neil and Jacki

Date of stay: October 2014
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Liked best: location
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Liv S
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Amazing, relaxing, beautiful stay in one of Jose's chalets”
Reviewed 16 June 2014 for a stay in June 2014
4
people found this review helpful

We arrived at the place on the incredibly beautiful Duoro River not knowing what to expect - but we were absolutely blown away by the beauty of where we would spend the next five nights. Jose was a wonderful host who was welcoming, friendly and helpful. His dog Banjo is an enormous St Bernard who we grew to really love. The accommodation was clean, well kitted-out and perfect for cooking dinner and relaxing on the deck by the pool. We hired a boat for one day with Jose driving us which was fantastic, the rest of the time we just spent swimming in the river and sunbathing and staring at the unbelievable view. Cannot wait to go back!

Date of stay: June 2014
Travelling group: Friends
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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