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Reviewed February 26, 2016

This fabulous complex of main house and individually styled self-catering houses provides the perfect getaway for country lovers.

Situated about an hour's drive from Porto this hillside retreat is like stepping back into history. The main Quinta has been completely renovated and modernised, but still retains all original features of a 19th century grand house. All rooms are individually styled and named after the grape varieties which are grown the vast farm estate. The house has it's own chapel with original hand paintings on the ceiling and has been completely restored to original condition; quite beautiful.

Spectacular gardens with fruit trees, gazebo and grotto are open to wander around at will there is a new swimming pool with changing facilities to cool off in during the summer sun.

This is the life that the grand Portugese families would have enjoyed in the late 1800's. You can experience this lifestyle with all the modern luxuries of 21st century including an honesty bar, full air conditioning and buffet breakfast.

Room tip: All rooms have good views, two have direct access to the pool.
Date of stay: February 2016
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Neil D
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Reviewed September 30, 2015

This hotel has beautiful grounds and the rooms are lovely, overlooking the vineyards of the Douro Valley. There are some very grand sitting rooms that are available to guests.
There is breakfast but not a restaurant on site and it is very steep roads to get to the nearby towns for dining- however the hotel welcomes you to bring your own picnic, and there is a great treehouse that you can sit in with wonderful views.
We went for one night, which was quite a long drive from Porto, due to the steep and narrow roads. If you do go- hopefully you have a small 4 wheel drive to tackle the terrain or go for longer. It would be perfect for a small intimate wedding party.

Room tip: The downstairs room had its own patio overlooking the swimming pool.
Date of stay: September 2015
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Thank Bgd1973
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Reviewed September 20, 2015

Stayed here for two nights. We had three rooms total. Two rooms were in the main house. They were spacious and very clean. They both opened to the outdoor pool with it's beautiful views of the Douro Valley. The main house had a number of really nice public rooms to sit, relax, and enjoy.

My wife and I stayed at 'Casa do Caseiro' which is one of the apartments at Quinta do Outeiro. It's a 1-minute walk from the main house. It had two bedrooms, two baths, and a comfortable basement with couches and a TV area. Hotel provided a crib for our baby and we had a very comfortable stay. There was also a nice outdoor patio area with a large table that we used for having outdoor dinners. The only downside of this apartment was the bed - it was incredibly loud and uncomfortable. Every time my wife or I shifted, it would make a loud sound. The other rooms did not have this problem.

The hotel provided a nice breakfast for all of us every day.

We loved our stay but the hotel is definitely not for everyone. First of all, be aware that the hotel is not necessarily the easiest to find. We used Google Maps and it took us through a route that was very challenging to navigate - some of the roads could barely fit our rental van. The hotel did send us detailed navigation instructions, in retrospect it would have been better to follow the hotel's instructions than Google Maps. Make sure you arrive at the hotel in the daylight, driving around the Douro at night is not a fun proposition and I'm an extremely confident driver.

Second, the girls that work at the hotel do not speak much English. We used google translate to communicate what we needed but definitely make plans for any wineries or boat trips BEFORE you arrive since the hotel won't be able to assist you because of the language barrier.

Lastly, the Douro Valley is very quiet and the hotel staff leaves after 2pm or so. If you need anything after that time, you are on your own. The closest supermarket is 5-10 minute away so we stocked up on basic supplies there. If you want a higher level of service/pampering, you might want to look at a more traditional type of accommodation. Another thing we did was pickup food from a restaurant the hotel recommended. It was called Restaurante Douro à Vista and was only a 5-10 minute drive. Food was great and the prices were incredibly reasonable - ~7 Euros per meal and about 5 Euros for each bottle of wine.....Dinner and plenty of wine for 6 people was only 65 Euros!

Date of stay: September 2015
  • Trip type: Traveled with family
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1  Thank Packinmybags8181
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Reviewed September 2, 2015

When I vacation in another country it's always a trade-off between squeezing in as many experiences as possible vs. putting up my feet and indulging in some true rest and relaxation. A trip to Quinta do Outeiro will remind you why the latter is so important. Far far away from the commercial hustle, bustle, and expense of the big city, Resende is nestled in the heart of the Douro Valley - likely the prettiest area of Portugal outside of the coastal regions. It's not easy to get to. You'll have a two-hour twisting turning drive from Porto but the scenery is unparalleled and you will get to see stunning parts of the country otherwise permanently hidden from you. Don't be in a rush.

The Quinta is inconspicuously placed within the orchards and vineyards along the bank of the Douro River 4km outside of the quaint village of Resende. As soon as you walk through the main gates to the grounds you know you're in a very special place. The gardens are expansive and meticulously maintained complete with a treehouse from which to enjoy a glass of wine while the sun sets. The pool is clean enough to drink from and strategically located for those who wish to sun-worship. I won't be able to write enough about the accommodations. Rich in history. Built from a labor of love and patience. Elegant. Regal. Private. Quiet. Flawlessly clean. You will feel like you have stepped into a mansion built by royalty. One wing of the building is dedicated to a modest number of guest rooms (four) and the kitchen, while the other wing contains expansive living and sitting areas richly adorned and decorated. Make sure you check out the museum quality chapel attached to this wing as well. The staff are unobtrusive, attentive, and will go out of their way to provide you as much comfort as possible. Breakfasts are delicious and provide an extensive choice of both hot and cold food. The bedrooms are very comfortable, well ventilated and cooled, with clean modernized washrooms. The soaps, linen, comforters, and pillows will make you feel pampered and assure a good night's sleep. Don't be surprised when you wake up to the sounds of roosters and sheep. Oh yes, internet access is included and is excellent.

The same care and detail has been put into the website (http://quintadoouteiro.pt/about-the-quinta/). Spend an hour going through the information available so you can truly appreciate the luxury that awaits you.

Quinta do Outeiro is the perfect place to relax, quietly enjoy, and immerse yourself into the country and its culture. Afternoon excursions to the local wineries followed by a lingering dinner in one of the many excellent local restaurants will very quickly make you forget the reasons why you needed a vacation.

Room tip: Ask for the Dona Maria if it's available.
Date of stay: August 2015
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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1  Thank O2298VKjohnh
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Reviewed August 24, 2015

My wife and I stayed for a week as B&B guests in a room in the main building. There was plenty of space - a comfortable bed and an en-suite big enough to swing a tiger in. The room had its own terrace, with table, chairs and sun canopy, overlooking the swimming pool and the stunning Douro valley beyond. The Quinta itself has been extensively renovated and the decor is very elegant.
Service was outstanding; the daily maid service was excellent and the overall attitude of the staff was that they couldn't do enough to make our stay go well. Breakfast was very good - a range of cereals, cold meats, cheeses, fruit and some extremely naughty pastries.
Parking for the Quinta was down a very narrow lane with a sharp bend which we found we couldn't negotiate in one manoeuvre, but once we'd got the hang of it we were OK.
The nearest places to eat were in Resende, a 10 minute drive away. Our favourite restaurant was Gentleman, but we were also impressed by O Emigrante which served simpler food but with a great family-run atmosphere. There were several pastelaria (bakers) where you could get a good cheap lunch.
We used the Quinta as a base to explore the Douro Valley - this was our first visit. We visited Casa Mateus (of rose fame) - which was outstanding. We also visited Lamego (we got a tuk-tuk to the top of the steps of the Sanctuary), Amarante (very pretty), Pinhao (where we had a truly awful lunch) and a day trip to Porto. We also had time to chill out, swim and take in the views - including a spectacular brush fire on the other side of the river.
We loved it!

Date of stay: August 2015
  • Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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1  Thank BartonTraveller
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