Having been a regular visitor to Northern Portugal over the last 6 years I can only say I wish I'd found João and Quinta Bouca d'Arques sooner! João has made the farm an amazing place to stay and his hospitality and help have been fantastic on both of our visits.
I was impressed with the service before we had even arrived as João and his colleague had sent a text message so I had a mobile number to phone should I get lost on the way...It is a bit tricky to find, in fact I ended up stopping at a pharmacy a few miles away and after a lengthy debate with almost the entire village a very kind lady insisted we follow her all the way to the Quinta! The friendliness of the people here is quite special, as is Quinta da Bouca. João's colleague was there to greet us when we arrived and was so friendly and helpful that we instantly felt at home.
On both occasions we travelled with my daughter aged 8 and on the second visit we invited friends with 2 young children to travel with us. For a peaceful family holiday it was idyllic. The children loved the swimming pool and kept themselves busy all day playing and swimming. The gardens are beautiful and we had use of the farm's BBQ and had some gorgeous evenings sat out sampling the wine from the local vineyard! João's attentive yet unobtrusive manner meant that we felt we had been looked after like VIP guests!
This is the kind of place you can really relax - the rooms are great; spacious, clean and I love the design of the modern wing. Easy to see why it has won awards for design. There are lots of great places to visit nearby - Ponte de Lima is a favourite of mine, but you could easily spend a whole weekend relaxing at the Quinta. It is a unique blend of traditional Portuguese charm and modern day convenience - free Wifi is a real bonus as is the DVD player if you are traveling with young children. The breakfast delivered to your room is fantastic and we looked forward to sampling the different jams etc each day.
Overall a place that I cannot fault. My favourite place to stay in Portugal. We loved it and really look forward to returning soon.
- 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
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Hotels.com, Ebookers, TripOnline SA, Traveltool, S.L.U., Odigeo, Booking.com and Evoline ltd so you can book your Quinta da Bouca d'Arques reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.