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Quinta da Bouca d'Arques
Ranked #1 of 26 Hotels in Viana do Castelo
Certificate of Excellence
Markham, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Wonderful place”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

We stayed in the 2 bedroom cottage in early June. The place was peaceful and nicely appointed. The internal stairs are a bit strange in that the pattern of the brickwork gives a mosaic effect and can be tricky to navigate

The breakfast was tremendous (actually too much food.....we stored the leftovers in the fridge for a late night snack). We used our stay here as a jump-off point to visit the various towns in the Minho region. The people of the region are very friendly, the food and wine beyond belief and the towns picturesque. We strongly recommend staying here and promise we will be back.

Cheers from Canada

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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joaocouto, Owner at Quinta da Bouca d'Arques, responded to this review, 14 July 2014
Hi,

Thanks a lot for your kind words.
Indeed we are a good country for food lovers, cultural and sports fans.
Now our goal is very clear for our team, we have to surpass your best expectations in your next visit !

All the best to you and your Family,

Kind regards,
João Couto
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Norwich
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18 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2014

A beautiful, peaceful location but only ten minutes from Viana do Castelo.

Plus points:
Location, setting.
Decor and furnishings.
Breakfast (delivered in a wicker basket to your door each morning).
The (non-chlorinated) pool.
Friendly, welcoming staff.
Plenty of sun but plenty of shade for those that want it.
Did I mention the peace and quiet?

Less good:
The beds are a little on the firm side.
Aside from the pool and grounds (inc woods to explore), there is little here for kids, so if you're travelling with some make sure you/they bring your own entertainment.
Not the cheapest (but this is really just a case of getting what you pay for).

Other notes:
Your Euros go a long way in Portugal, most shops, bars and restaurants are very reasonable. I didn't feel ripped off anywhere.
The beaches in the area are beautiful, though many have few if any of the beachside fripperies like cafes. Best served in this respect is probably Afife, though that's a half hour drive from Bouca d'Arques. Radanho beach is also worth a mention - deservedly a gold flag beach but do be on the lookout for, and avoid, any characters you see in non-beach wear in nearby dunes and lay-bys on the approach roads (seems the oldest profession is practised there!)

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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joaocouto, Owner at Quinta da Bouca d'Arques, responded to this review, 25 June 2014
Thanks for your opinion about your stay at Quinta da Bouca D'Arques, which reinforces our responsability to provide our customers with a memorable experience of architecture, decoration, tranquility and exceptional service.
Our next goal is to exceed your expectations on your next stay in our guest-house !!!

See you soon,
João Couto
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

We had a superb weekend at Quinta da Bouca d'Arques, great hospitality by João and Marlene. Just a short trip from the Porto airport and well located near the beach. We'll definitely come again when we have the chance! Victor

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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joaocouto, Owner at Quinta da Bouca d'Arques, responded to this review, 15 May 2014
Dear Victor, thanks for your review. Its very important for our Team the guest review.
Your words give us more responsability to surpass your expectations in your next visit to our country estate !
All the best,

João Couto
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Reviewed 16 March 2014

We were captured by the magic of this elegant and truly Portuguese aristocratic venue.

You can choose from a charming basement suite to a modern fully equipped studio or a complete and totally independent country house with balcony.

Various leisure options are offered and the gentleman-host is dedicated to make you feel like home. I strongly recommend it.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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joaocouto, Owner at Quinta da Bouca d'Arques, responded to this review, 17 March 2014
Google Translation
Muito obrigado pelo seu comentário, ele motiva-nos e aumenta a responsabilidade para continuar com esta nossa obsessão de melhoria contínua !...e de superar as suas melhores expectativas quando retornarem à Quinta da Bouça D'Arques !

Até sempre,
João Couto
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Reviewed 20 January 2014

It is a perfect destination for a weekend away from the city. Very peaceful, pleasing and delighting. You cannot miss it. Beautiful swimming pool area. Perfect base to visit Viana do Castelo (only 15 minutes away). Just go now!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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joaocouto, Owner at Quinta da Bouca d'Arques, responded to this review, 23 January 2014
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Muito obrigado pelo seu comentário !
De facto a nossa localização permite viagens culturais, gastronómicas e desportivas excelentes!
Será para nós um grande desafio superar as suas expectativas da próxima vez que nos visitar !

Até sempre,
João Couto
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Faro, Portugal
2 reviews
Reviewed 8 October 2013

Now I can experience paradise before I pass away.I stay at Quinta da Bouca dÁrques and that miracle happens.
In fact I´ve stayed several times,mostly in August,but this time I chose October,and the experience was delightful.I´ve enjoyed the charm of the house,the tranquility of the surrondings,the wonderful gastronomy,the beautiful square of Viana do Castelo,with its nice people,history and cultural heritage.Difficult to forget this cocktail of emotions.

Room Tip: All different with charm,difficult to advise
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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joaocouto, Owner at Quinta da Bouca d'Arques, responded to this review, 9 October 2013
Dear Luis,

Thanks for your review...big challenge for our team...surpass your expectations in your next visit !!! We are working on it !

Kind regards,
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Leiden, The Netherlands
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2013

We stayed in the Casa the Jacaranda, amazing modern architecture, with everything you need: small but fully equiped kitchen, very comfortable bed, good bathroom, nice sitting room, lovely terrace with view of the vineyards. Good breakfast every morning on your doorstep, advice about restaurants, lovely swimming pool and a quiet wood to walk in next to the quinta. Ideal for trips to Viana, Barcelos, the beach and Ponte de Lima, Barga...

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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joaocouto, Owner at Quinta da Bouca d'Arques, responded to this review, 2 October 2013
Dear Leiden,

Thanks so much for your review!
Arquitecture,good sleep,excellent breakfast,good views, good service...are all our obsessions !
Now we have to work to surpass your expectations in your next return !!!

Kind regards,
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Property: Quinta da Bouca d'Arques
Address: Rua Abreu Teixeira, 333 | 4905-641 Vila de Punhe, Viana do Castelo, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Viana do Castelo District > Viana do Castelo
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 26 Hotels in Viana do Castelo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Quinta da Bouca d'Arques 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Please change our classification to 4 stars ! Quinta da Bouca d'Arques is a beautifully restored Manor House in the Minho region of Portugal. The owners of this small chic hotel Ana and Joao have taken the road less travelled in renovating this beautiful house; they have moved away from traditional materials and have used iron, glass and concrete throughout the property creating a modern fresh feel in all of the 7 casas.AccommodationQuinta da Bouca d'Arques has 7 casas, all one-bedroom apart from the two-bedroom Casa da Lavanda. Antique wooden and wrought iron beds are mixed with power showers and contemporary colour palettes. Each casa has its own balcony, living room, outside area and kitchenette and all come with LCD TVs with Satellite, CD & DVD players and WiFi. Two of these luxury cottages have air-conditioning. Breakfast is prepared and left in the fridge and fresh bread is delivered every day to the room. This ensures that guests can enjoy breakfast at their leisure wherever they like.ActivitiesIn a corner of this small hotel there is a charming small wooden house where children can play. Beaches are just 15 minutes away by car and are just as good as the beaches in the South of Portugal. The swimming pool is in the garden and is treated with salt rather than chlorine. Mountain bikes are supplied to guests and there are 3 great golf courses within 30 minutes of Quinta da Bouca d'Arques. For those who wish to be pampered, take a relaxing massage. ... more   less 
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