We stayed for one night at Villa Pedra and had a fantastic time. The houses are incredibly well appointed with midcentury furniture, and the rooms are spacious, modern and beautiful. From the welcome bottle of Villa Pedra wine to the fresh breads that come from the wood fired oven and the fresh eggs from the hennery, this place is like no other we have stayed in before. It is quiet, far from a city or crowds, and that is just fine - looking out on the fields and the sheep in the pasture is a great antidote to the crowds of Lisbon and Porto. Take a few days between the big city activities and relax here.
Manuel treated us like royalty - he showed us around the houses and told us about their history. He had us follow him to a great local restaurant (Caracol), and he even called a restaurant in Lisbon and arranged a reservation for my wife's birthday dinner. I can't say enough wonderful things about Villa Pedra and Manuel. It's one of those secrets that you don't want to advertise too widely, but all the praise is well-deserved. And there will be a restaurant there soon, which would make the whole experience so well-contained that there may never be a reason to leave.