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1 bath
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Our house is an old farmers house restored following the original design, located in a rural environment (countryside). We are just 2 km from the center of Penafiel, a small but friendly town. Although very close to the city, the house sits in a very quiet place.

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Our house is an old farmers house restored following the original design, located in a rural environment. Despite that, we are just 2 km from the center of Penafiel city, a small but nice and friendly town with over 250 years of history, and where you can find everything you may need (supermarkets, cafes, restaurants, take away, pharmacies, banks, post office, tourist office, etc.). Hospital is also very close (5 min.).
Although very near to the city (the house is only 5 min. of the highway tolls to/from Oporto), the house sits in a very quiet place, ideal to relax surrounded by the sounds of nature.

The house is a family house, this means we leave here, but we offer you complete privacy in the room (with 2 body-double bed) with private bathroom and separate entry door, if you prefer, in an entire and private floor, with private balcony. There's also a sofa bed for children.
Dining room, living room and kitchen are shared with the family in familiar ambient.

Our goal is that our guests feel comfortable and at home, as part of the family, but we ask for some understanding since we have our schedules (which DO NOT interfere with the schedules of our guests), our jobs, our children to care for. We are not hotel professionals. We are a family that enjpoy to receive and meet people from all over the world who in turn want to have the experience of meeting a Portuguese family.

About the town, Penafiel has a very central location to many other points of interest: 30 km from the sea, the beaches and the city of OPorto (with excellent train connections to there), 50 km from the heart of the Douro River (where is produced the famous Port wine and some of the best table wines in the world), 30 km from Guimarães (the birthtown of Portugal), 50 Km from Braga, and these are just some of the main attractions that we have around us.

Other points of interest may be:

- Winery Quinta da Aveleda, one of the biggest and most famous producers of green wine (Vino Verde - "Casal Garcia") and their beautiful and charming gardens(4 Km)

- Romanesque routes and monuments (XI-XIII centuries), variables, but we recomend route to the city of Amarante (20 km), or monastery of Paços de Sousa (10 Km)

- City of Amarante (20 Km)

- Thermae of S. Vicente (15 Km)

- Ruins of Castro Monte Mozinho is the largest Roman fort in Iberian peninsula (10 Km)

- Ruins of the Roman city of Tongóbriga, Marco Canavezes (18 Km)

- Paiva river Walkways, 8 km that provide a walk "untouched", surrounded by unique beauty of landscapes (40 Km)

- Prehistoric monuments as Dólmenes, tombs, menhirs (variables)

- Mountain nature: Marão mountain (50 Km), Alvão mountain (50 Km), Aboboreira moiuntain (30 Km)

We have also a swimming pool available in summer time. The swimming pool is a little bit apart from the house (50 meters) and belongs to a larger part of the family, but it is on entire disposal for guests.

TO HAVE OWN CAR OR TRANSPORT is not entirely necessary, but it is advisable.

Guest access

Our guests have a private room (with 2 body-double bed) with private bathroom and separate entry door, if you prefer, in an entire and private floor, with private balcony. There's also a sofa bed for children.

Our guests can also use the kitchen, the dining room and living room, but those are shared with the family.

Interaction with guests

We enjoy to meet people from different countries and cultures, and we are happy to fraternize, but we ask for some understanding since we have our personal schedules (which DO NOT interfere with the schedules of our guests), our jobs, our children to care for. We are not hotel professionals. We are a family that enjoy to receive and meet people from all over the world who in turn want to have the experience of meeting a Portuguese family.

Other things to note

We do not have strict cancellation rules for reservations, but we ask people to be understandable and responsible when they make their reservation. Peolple should be sure that want to come to this type of house and environment. Therefore, we advise you to read our full description, and in case of doubt contact us in advance. We are always ready to answer any questions.


Amenities
Free parking on premise
Internet
Breakfast
Wireless Internet

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
2 single beds, 1 sofa bed

Cancellations

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Marisa User Profile
October 2017
The room was as described, out of the city but close enough to easily access all the main amenities around and motorway to get into Porto quickly. If you would like to wake up at the sound of running water and birds singing in the outside, this is the place. Virgilio and his family were very friendly hosts. I'll definitely go back if I'm back in the region.

John User Profile
August 2017
A wonderful oasis of peace and quite within a fascinating family home. Virgilio was most helpful before and during our stay to make sure we had a pleasant experience staying with him on our travels. Well recommended.

Benomi User Profile
July 2016
We stayed with Anna and Virgilio for 7 days and explored the surrounding area in a radius of 50 km by car - Amarante, Porto, all the way up to Viana do Castello, Braga, Guimaraes, afternoon cruise on the Duoro and a trip to a local vineyard to name a few trips. The beaches north of Porto are very nice to just chill and catch some sun, with Labruge, our favorite. With the atlantic of course too cold to swim in, it was very enjoyable to cool of in their family pool. Both Anna and Virgilio were very helpful and made us feel totally at home in their lovely rustic, stone house. Thank you once again. Highly recommended!!

Xinyue (Sephira) User Profile
January 2015
warm and recommendable place to remember~ Alex and Anna were like family members to us. So kind and so thoughtful. The bedroom is sweet and warm,clean and beautiful. Their house is like a living fossil which has 200years old history. It was a facinating experience to us.
Virgílio Alexandre User Profile
Response from Virgílio Alexandre:
Thank you very much, Xinyue Li. It was a pleasure to have you here. Hope to meet you again...
January 2015

Lisa User Profile
December 2014
Virgilio came and found us after our failed attempt at finding his lovely home, secreted away by a river, but at the same time very close to town. Virgilio and his family made us feel welcome straight away, inviting us to join them for a delicious dinner on our first night. The house is located close to the town and was a good base to explore the magnificent Douro region by car. The room in this old stone and timber building is comfortable, it was chilly on our winter visit, but the beds were layered with warm blankets keeping us warm at night. We would highly recommend staying at this rural home for a wonderful experience of warm and friendly Portuguese hospitality.

Ansgar User Profile
July 2013
Virgilio and his wife gave us the warmest reception we had while travelling in Portugal. Their house is an idyllic old farmhouse, which has been renovated to an excellent standard and decorated with plenty of taste and love. It's the kind of place you read about in design magazines! Everything was spotless, and fresh towels and soap were provided. We wish we could have stayed longer!

Stan User Profile
September 2017
We had a lovely stay at Vigilio' s place but it was too short! The house is beautiful and is in great location for exploring either Porto or the Douro Valley. If you prefer rural to urban ( and we do) this is where you should stay.

Penafiel, PortugalJoined in May 2011
Virgílio Alexandre User Profile
I'm from Penafiel, Porto, and I work in floriculture. I love plants, nature and literature.
Languages: English, Español, Português
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