On the positive side: nice premises (an ex farm house), gardens. Very nice personal (though we didnt meet the owners, just the helpers). Peaceful. Clean. Generous and good breakfast.
On the negative: the rooms themselves are not so good, esp for the price (60 euros per room, off season). There are some rooms in the priniciple building, then apartments in adjacent builduings. These are old buildings, which the owners invested quite alot of effort in remodelling them, with partial succes. We were 1st offered a room in the principle house. It was not good. No windows almost, bad smell (sewage). We asked to change and were given the next night an apartment, which was better, but still had problems: funny smell, strange dining table, too little indoor illumination, no outdoor illumination. They should hire a real architect to help them improve these points (the proble with the smell may be hard to fix).
The location is not so good if you dont have a car. Its in a boring part of town, not walking distance from centre.
There is also something funny about this place: the great majority of the reviews donot mention the obvious problems... how come? I dont think we were particulary unlucky or picky...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Charming guesthouse just outside the town of Vila Real with rooms and cottages for 2,4 and 6 people.Family farmhouse with 6 hectares of garden and wineyard. Seven granite-stone houses totally renewed are spread in the terraced garden. This is lovely spot for those who wish to combine country with easy access to town. 3 Kms from Casa de Mateus, 10 minutes from the heart of the Douro Valley and from Alvão Natural Park. ... more less
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