This is an idyllic small family hotel in a small traditional rural farming village. The owner speaks English. It is one of my favourite hotels, which is why I have stayed here several times.
It is a very relaxing and calm place to stay, not a place to rush around, and perhaps a bit quirky in the local styles.
Things that I really like are: -
Secure car park, completely covered with grape vines that keep your car cool. You can get out of the car & pick a grape from above your head! There are fruit trees & vines all around.
Quiet cool rooms, with good facilities.
Plenty of grounds to explore, 2 swimming pools, hideaways to relax and the old buildings.
Sitting outside on the church steps watching life go by.
Nearby the is an ancient road bridge over a river & picnic area you can walk to.
The Metro into Porto is about 20 mins away and the motorway 10 mins away, so you can easily get around. There is even a back-road to avoid the summer traffic!
Things to expect: -
You are by the village church and its bells ring, but not over night, however, common with all Portuguese villages, the bells call to mass on a Sunday morning is lengthy! It soon becomes a comforting background sound.
The pace of life in this area is slow and late, with dinner at 10 pm common, so you do need to slow down & relax as things happen in there own time. That does you a lot of good. I did miss breakfast some days due to early starts (there was an option of a packed breakfast though) but eating out in Cafes is so cheap, I chose to eat when & where I was hungry (helped by a cafe on every corner!)
I will be returning again.
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