We really enjoyed our holiday at Quinta Travessa. The accommodation had all we needed and the hosts were very kind and hospitable. Nothing was too much trouble for them.
We have also been impressed by Casas da Cabreira. Answers to questions and booking came through very quickly. Information about the holiday was accurate and helpful.
When we had a delay to our inward journey you were kind enough to liaise with the quinta to tell them our changed time of arrival.
Mr. P. H. from England
Casa do Ermal
, August 2014
We just made our compliments to the owners! What a beautiful house, garden and swimming pool! The house and the service were perfect!
We want to make a reservation for next year. We are very satisfied.
Family. S. from the Netherlands
Casa Tadeu, September 2013
“Thank you very much for arranging our holiday again. We have had a wonderful four weeks at Casa Tadeu which is exactly as you describe on your website.
The owner and his family were excellent hosts and could not have looked after us better. Their generosity and friendliness we found
was typical of the people of Portugal.
The Casa was clean, comfortable,spacious and well equipped and met all our requirements.The garden and pool were well maintained and
enhanced the Casa.”
Mr and Mrs J. S. from England
Quinta dos Vieiras, September 2013
“The booking process with you was very smooth and efficient and the extra touches of being able to order a map was invaluable. The accommodation was certainly as described and as shown in the pictures and of a very high quality and standard.
The location was perfect, tranquil but with the lovely small town very close by. The owners met us at the gate as we arrived and gave us a great tour of the villa and were on hand if we had any problems. We will certainly be recommending your company and the villa to our friends.”
Mrs F. C. from the UK
Quinta da Aveleira, August 2013
“Firstly I would like to say a big thank you to you, Marta (the owner) and her team for ensuring our holiday was as good as we expected.
The property is truly wonderful and the area very beautiful, we will definitely be coming back.”
Mr L. H. from the UK
Quinta Cercas da Costa, August 2013
“I just wanted to send a quick message to say thank you for supplying such excellent holiday accommodation. Quinta Cercas da Costa was excellent and the owners were very helpful and friendly.”
Dr P. L. from Ireland
Casa do Olival, July 2013
“We wanted to write and thank you for a most enjoyable holiday at the Casa do Olival. It was one of our very best holidays and we would much appreciate it if you could personally thank the villa proprietor and his wife for being excellent and generous hosts. We will recommend your Company to our friends and perhaps speak to you again in the future.”
Mr J. L. from the UK
Casa de Castel’Rei, July 2013
“We had a great holiday thank you. The accommodation was superb and the owners were both helpful and informative regarding the area. It was our first time in this region of Portugal and we loved it. The food, wine, weather and friendliness of everyone we met was a delight. The gardens of Casa de Castel'Rei were beautiful and we will miss the views of the hills from the verandah!
Would you please pass on our thanks to the owners as we missed them on the morning of our departure as we had a very early flight. I would also like to add my thanks to you and your company for being so efficient and professional and I hope to use you again in the future.”
Mrs K. T. from the UK
Casa de Pichoses, July 2013
“Our holiday got off to a fabulous start when we entered the doors to Casa Pichoses. The house is gorgeous and gleams from ceiling to floor. The rooms are bright and airy and nicely decorated and the kitchen is equipped with anything we needed. The view is jawdropping!
The garden and pool are wonderful. The owners discreetly maintained the pool in the early hours before we got up and the cleaning was done to an extremely high standard.
We were delighted to find so many little bars and restaurants within walking distance. The Cafe de Ponte at the bridge is a gem of a place for a cheap beer and snack, free wifi and a mini market below. Check out AML on the far side of the other bridge for a well run watersport business.
Geres and Sao Bento are a quick drive away for more options.
Casas da Cabreira are a pleasure to deal with and everything from time of booking to return of deposit was done in a timely and professional manner. The information was very helpful.
All in all I would be very happy to recommend Casas da Cabreira to anyone and I would highly recommend Rio Caldo as a holiday destination. The next time we visit we will choose Casa Pichoses again!”
Mrs R. E. from Ireland
Casa do Olival, September 2012
“Just to let you know we had an excellent holiday at OLIVAL. The owners are lovely people. They were so generous and helpful, nothing was too much trouble.
We were very pleased with Casa do Olival and of course we arrived at a good time for the Festival. Please pass on our thanks to the owners for their great kindness and for looking after us. We hope to meet them again. Also thank you for your assistance.”
Mr and Mrs J. S. from England
Quinta da Aveleira, September 2012
“I have to say that our stay at Quinta da Aveleira was absolutely fantastic. The accommodation was superb and remarkable value for money. The owners were incredibly hospitable and we can't thank you enough for offering us this wonderful Quinta.”
Mr P. C. from the UK
Casa de Castel’Rei, August 2012
“You kindly said no questionnaire, but you welcomed any feedback. So I just wanted to say we had a really great holiday. The house was all we could have wanted, and the owners made us most welcome. Except for a short business trip to Lisboa, it was my first time in Portugal, and we all loved it. It's not an area that many English people visit, it seems, but we are determined to come back.
I should also say that your company has been really good to deal with - quick professional responses, and accurate descriptions on the website (and really clear travel directions!). We'll do something different next year but I really hope we will use your company again in future.
You asked for suggestions. One minor one. The guidance notes you gave were really good. I wondered if one thing to add might be a full list of market days in the main towns? Not all English guide books are helpful about this. We hit Ponte de Lima on market day by chance which was fun...
I really can't think of anything else. Thanks very much indeed!”
Mr A. B. from the UK
Casa de Alfena, July 2012
“We really enjoyed our stay at Casa de Alfena. The house, gardens and pool were lovely and Isabel and her mother could not have been more helpful. My friends agree that it was one of the best holiday rentals ever. In addition we had perfect weather.”
Dr F. A. H. from England
Casa do Olival, August 2011
“Just a quick thank you for our holiday in Casa do Olival. The owners were very welcoming hosts and somehow we managed to communicate with our Spanish and a bit of sign language! Please express our gratitude to them for their kindness and tell them how lovely we think their home is. We were so grateful to the owner for showing us his wine press etc. The house was lovely and exactly as described. If I were to offer any constructive feedback at all it would be to have mirrors in the bedrooms (1 mirror is not really enough, especially with teenagers!) (the owner will take care of it) – but we had a wonderful holiday and your service was excellent too!”
Mrs I. B. from England
Casa de Pichoses, August 2011
“We had a really great holiday in Rio Caldo. The house was great and a fabulous location. The owners really made us feel at home.”
Mr T. K. from England
Casa do Olival, June 2011
“We had a tremendously enjoyable time and will recommend the place and of course your website. The owners were delightful and although away for some of the time made contact a couple of times, with French as our best common language. On our last night they gave us a bottle of port for which we would like to write a thank you letter.
Thank you for all you did to make this holiday such a good experience.”
Dr I. G. from England
Quinta da Tapada, September 2010
“Just a brief note to thank you for all your help. We had a wonderful holiday at Quinta da Tapada which is a beautiful house set in a large walled garden with a fab swimming pool. The owners couldn't have been more welcoming and helpful. The local people were so friendly, we even managed to organise for the local fishmonger and baker to call to us along with the locals so we had wonderful fresh fish and bread and cakes daily ! We hope to return very soon.”
Mr L. A. from London
Quinta de Penas, July 2010
“We had a great holiday - thank you so much for your help. The accommodation was excellent and the owners were extremely helpful and friendly. They made us feel very comfortable. I am so glad we found your firm and through you, Quinta de Penas.”
Mr W. D. from England
Casa de Fundevila, June 2010
“Casa de Fundevila is a hidden gem - a beautiful lake to swim in, a Casa that's a home away from home, and a lounge with a view to die for. Thoroughly recommended!”
Ms L. R. from London
Casa do Olival, August 2009
“It was nice to meet you on the 1st August. We would just like to tell you how much we enjoyed our stay at Casa da Olival, which is in a fabulous setting and has a wonderful atmosphere. Please convey our thanks to the owner and his wife for making us feel so welcome, and for the use of his cottage which has made our holiday so good.
Mr T. F. from the UK
Quinta Travessa, July 2009
“May I take this opportunity to say how much we enjoyed our stay, the Quinta was beautiful, very stylish modernisation of the property, with excellent gardens and pool. The hosts were very friendly and I'm sure we would have had long chats if we could speak Portuguese or they could speak English!
I could not fault your organisation, everything was dealt with promptly and efficiently. Your directions and information were very useful, much better than the local tourist information centre who did not even know the DiverLanhoso adventure park which was only about 10 miles away. We will certainly reccommend you to anyone and use you again if we return to this area.”
Mrs P. B. from England
Casa do Cruzeiro, June 2009
“Our family completely enjoyed our visit to Portugal. Casa do Cruzeiro is a wonderful villa - very welcoming and comfortable with great views and lake enjoyment. We hope for a return visit.”
Mrs D. M. from the USA
Casal dos Zimbros and Casa do Valle, August 2008
“We had a very enjoyable stay at both houses. They more than lived up to the descriptions on your web site. Casal dos Zimbros, in particular, was fantastic with more personal touches and facilities than described (we have updated its description). It really is a lovely place to stay and I can see us returning in the near future if it stays available for rental.”
Dr D. H. from England
Casa do Garrano, August 2008
“Just a quick note to say how much we enjoyed our 2 weeks at Casa do Garrano. What a lovely property! The garden was so peaceful and attractive that many days we decided just to sit and enjoy it rather than go out.”
Mrs A. B. from England
Casa Normanda, August 2008
“We all had a superb holiday at Casa Normanda - many thanks to you and to the owner for everything! I have been recommending the area to everyone back at home!”
Dr C. B. from England
O Alpendre and Quinta de Penas - Casa da Colmeia, August 2008
“We very much enjoyed our holiday in Portugal. Both places we stayed were excellent. At Casa da Colmeia the owners were there on their holidays and made us feel very welcome. Their games room was a real bonus for our 16 year old son. We would certainly consider returning to the area where we completed some fantastic walks in the mountains.”
Ms V. H. from England
Casa do Olival, July 2008
“We really enjoyed our holiday at Casa do Olival, made a lot of use of the pool as it was so hot. To the restaurant suggestions would like to add Churrasqueria do Paço near the A7 junction on the Arco road - one of the few places to provide outside dining. All the restaurant suggestions found provided excellent food at very good value, all the people very friendly indeed. The owner and his wife are very charming, we very much appreciated their gifts of fresh peaches, salad and vegetables as well as the delicious wine and bottle of port. Thanks for all your help in arranging our holiday in such a beautiful area.”
Mrs V. L. from England
Casa da Cortinha, June 2008
“We would like to let you know that we had a wonderful time at and in Casa da Cortinha. The location was fabulous and provided a much needed slower pace of life, the views spectacular. The restored farm house description does not give it justice - it is a huge barn!, with everything we needed on a luxury and functional basis. The owners were very warm and welcoming and nice to meet them as so many rental holiday houses just involve the agent. Thank you for your assistance in paying the baker the correct money - complete bliss to awake each morning to fresh bread! The owners wine was excellent too!”
Ms J. B. from London
Casa dos Três Bicos, June 2008
“We had a fabulous time thank you - great villa and weather, plus we really enjoyed Cabeceiras and the surrounds. We have already started looking into next year’s holiday!”
Mr J. P. from England
Quinta de Penas - Casa da Colmeia, August 2007
“We had a fabulous holiday in Portugal and were particularly impressed with the standard of accommodation at Casa da Colmeia. It was a pleasure to meet you and thanks for the prompt responses to the power cuts. Our restaurant highlight of the holiday, thanks to your recommendation, was the trip Dona Melozinha at Oliviera. Wonderful setting, excellent food and a charming host, very enjoyable thank you.”
Mr G. H. from England
Quinta de Penas - Casa do Forno, July 2007
“We had a wonderful holiday at Casa do Forno. The property was superb and the owners, who were in residence, made us very welcome. The region, which was new to us, was so beautiful and the walking we did was equal or better than any previously experienced. I can’t think of a holiday we’ve had to beat it.”
Mr J. B. from England
Casa de Pichoses, June 2007
“The villa was wonderful - the owners were very helpful and the facilities were first class. The weather meant that we didn’t use the pool as much as we would have liked but, as the holiday was primarily an off-roading 4x4 holiday, the location was ideal. We will definitely recommend Casa de Pichoses and Casas da Cabreira to our friends.”
Ms M. C. from England
Casal do Gato, June 2007
“We have had a great holiday, despite the weather which has been quite mixed. The sunshine has been plentiful, but so has the rain! However, it’s a fabulous house - perfect for two honeymooners like ourselves. We really enjoyed the pool when we could, the bbq and granite table and the beautiful flowers and vines all around the house which seem to attract birds of all kinds. Due to the (at times) disappointing weather we had fairly frequent excuses to use the open fire too which gives a lovely romantic atmosphere to the already cosy sitting room. As to the area, its gorgeous!”
Mr and Mrs D. V. from Ireland
Casa de Gandufe, August 2006
“We have always made it a principle never to visit the same place twice in a row (far too many places to see in the world, too little time etc). However, Northern Portugal has changed all that, and even the teenagers (!) want to come again! The place is beautiful beyond our expectations, the Casa de Gandufe a perfect retreat, and the people so friendly (in spite of our extreme language differences!) We have only done a fraction of what we had planned in the short space of time we were there and will make it a fortnight next year.
Incidently, you seemed to know of the gentleman that runs the Pensão Nascente Do Ave (the nearest restaurant). He kindly (at my daughters request) put chicken on the menu for the Saturday before we left. He had gone before we got the chance to thank him and say Aurevoir - if you happen upon him at any point please tell him we really appreciated it and the chicken was delicious! Good example of the kindness and friendliness of the people we met!
Delighted to have found your organisation - thanks for your friendly and efficient service!”
Ms M. v E. from England
Casa do Pontido, August 2006
“We are home now two weeks and have had plenty of time to remember our holidays with the help of our many photographs. The country, the region, our home for the duration of our holiday were simply wonderful. It was our first time in Portugal and the professionalism (completeness and clarity and ease of access) of Casas da Cabreira and your own courtesy made identifying and booking our ideal holiday home very easy. The travel directions provided were ‘spot-on’ and finding the home was extremely easy too.
Viera do Minho was a wonderful discovery for us and a region we will return to.
Casa da Pontido was a beautifully appointed and tranquil location.
So a big ‘Thank You’ for your contribution to our memorable holiday in Portugal. We will certainly consult with Casas da Cabreira if considering another holiday in Portugal - actually we will be returning (hopefully soon) to Portugal and Casas da Cabreira will be our first ‘port of call’.
With lots of good memories and kind regards,”
Mr A. C. from Ireland
Quinta Travessa, August 2006
“We really enjoyed our holiday. Quinta Travessa was beautiful and the owners were extremely hospitable and generous.”
Mrs D. L. from England
Casa da Fonte, August 2006
“Once again our family had a fantastic holiday because of your helpful information and perfect surroundings. We would like to send a small token of our appreciation to the owners. They were such a friendly couple and we loved their house.”
Mrs C. B. from England
Quintal da Avó and Casa do Olival, July 2006
“We enjoyed our stay greatly, the people were friendly and patient with our limited Portuguese, especially the owner of Casa do Olival and his wife. We had one or two problems - a leaking dish washer, an interruption in the water supply to the house and stinging wasps at the outdoor shower, all of which were dealt with effectively and promptly by the owner. They were also very kind inviting us in for a welcoming coffee and liqueur and providing us with fresh fruit, refreshing and delicious vinho verde branco and tinto, advice on route planning when we went walking in the Douro valley, also a generous bottle of port when we left. Communicating with sentences made up simultaneously of Portuguese, French and English was a surreal experience but somehow we seemed to manage! Once we worked out that the place with a windmill outside was the paderia and not someone's house we were regular and, it seemed, welcome customers. The bread was delicious and I enjoyed particularly the day I was able to buy some custards. Our friend was grateful also to the taxi driver (transport to the airport of Porto) who was a happy, helpful and reliable man.
Casa Pequena was something special, a fabulous oasis where we were content to stay and relax and have our spirits restored. My wife here too enjoyed getting up early so she didn't miss the baker's van, an impressive every day service and we required little else than his rustic heavy wheat loaf to sustain us. At Olival we realised the benefit during the great sunny weather of granite wall construction that we had enjoyed at Casa Pequena.
All our memories are happy, positive and satisfied ones. If we have any suggestions, provision of a cooling fan at Casa do Olival would probably be the main one (suggestion dealt with by the owner), a print-out at your various premises of what to look out for in the region, etc might also be helpful, especially for the likes of us who may not have had the time to research things fully. However, these are minor points, we hope to be back and thank you sincerely for your friendly help and prompt response when needed.”
Mr C. H. from Scotland
Quinta Travessa, July 2006
“We had a lovely holiday at Quinta Travessa. The casa was really lovely and the owners were very helpful and friendly. We would certainly recommend it to others.”
Mrs J. B. from England
Casa de Pichoses, July 2006
“We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Casa de Pichoses. The house and pool were great and the owners were very helpful and discreet. The area is beautiful with plenty to see and do, and it helped that the weather was fine! Incidentally the information you provided about the route and the area proved extremely useful and we managed to find the property without any difficulty.”
Mrs B. M. from Ireland
Quinta do Meira, July 2006
“Just a quick note to tell you how much we enjoyed our trip to the north of Portugal. We loved the area and we toured around for hundreds of kilometres! We would recommend the area to all our friends and also your website. Thank you for the clear directions and useful information you sent us. We wouldn't hesitate to book our holiday with your company again.
Just a tiny bit of feed back about the apartment: The accommodation was extremely spacious, clean and very comfortable and air conditioned - all great - and we had a very happy stay for our two weeks. Pool area very attractive and clean with well maintained gardens. Friendly and helpful owners. All very good and we thought excellent value for money.
If we had to be REALLY picky we would suggest a few more kitchen items. Great balcony area with parasol however the wooden seats were uncomfortable - only mentioned if the furniture was being replaced in the near future or seat pads could be provided perhaps. (suggestions dealt with by the owners)
P.S. We did visit Diver Lanhoso while we were away and had a great day! We also recommend Água Montanha (water sports at lake Caniçada) and Peter says “Hello”!
Here’s hoping we can visit another of your properties next year.”
Mrs D. B. from England
Quinta de Penas - Casa do Forno, June 2006
“We enjoyed our stay very much. Its a fine place you have there, and the location is excellent. We'll definitely be back to explore further.”
Mr O. M. from England
Quinta do Meira, May 2006
“Just a short note to thank you and everyone at Quinta do Meira for a wonderful stay with you in May. Myself and my husband and two boys absolutely loved our stay in the Quinta and Portugal, everyone was so nice and the place was amazing. We are hoping to come back again in September.”
Mrs L. F. from Ireland
Casa de Fundevila and Quinta da Boucinha, August 2005
“We all had a fantastic time (very relaxing and peaceful) both accommodations were beautiful. We, only the other night, had yet another "family debate" deciding on which week was the winner and all came to the conclusion they BOTH were.
Advise to any prospective travellers:
Suberb and unspoilt part of Portugal (may be a little quiet for some families - but plenty to do if you are prepared to put your-selves out and well worth the effort). Take the time to have some fun at Lake Caniçada fantastic water sports run by Peter a great British man (very helpful). One of the most relaxing holidays we have had and our children (aged 16, 15 & 8) also appreciate the fact they have had the chance to glimpse this beautiful unspoilt region.
P.S. The much publicised forest fires were pretty stunning as well and although we were apprehensive Joost put our minds at rest (as with any questions we had Joost was very friendly and efficient).
Thank you Casas da Cabreira.”
Mrs J. P. from England