“We had a truly wonderful stay at Lagoa Formosa in Carvalhal, Comporta. The house exceeded our expectations – an amazingly beautiful home in a fabulous location. We loved every moment we stayed there, such a special place, so peaceful and relaxing. Our whole family loved exploring the area whether it was going to the beach, horseback riding, biking, yoga, shopping and enjoying wonderful meals in or out. Local manager Paulo and his wife were terrific hosts and their attention to detail was flawless. From end to end a great trip!”
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“What a fantastic house, Douro Villa I! We have enjoyed every minute of this beautiful place. The views are spectacular, the décor and special touches are perfect, and the peace and quiet made this one of the most relaxing vacations we have ever had. We especially appreciated Carla’s (the housekeeper) incredible hospitality – her recommendations were exactly what we wanted, her willingness to make reservations, arrange for a delicious dinner in, and her breakfasts made for the perfect experience! Thanks for sharing this beautiful holiday home; we hope to be back!”
“It’s been absolutely wonderful: the setting & the accommodation, Casa da Praia is perfect… We are leaving this lovely villa tomorrow but we want to come back soon.”
“We absolutely loved it! Casa da Praia is perfectly laid out and has pretty much everything you could ever want. We were looked after by a heavenly lady called Eugenia, who came every day – we felt thoroughly spoilt. Huge thank you for everything. You officially have two new clients for life!”
“We had a great time at Casa da Infanta. Thank you for all your efforts on our behalf.”
“We have just spent a wonderful week in the Douro during the “vindima” and the Douro Villa I was the perfect spot from which to enjoy the Douro Valley. Architecturally the house is amazing, with a great pool and games room and the views are nothing short of breathtaking. But perhaps best of all was having a good hearty breakfast to set you up for a day of wine tasting! We highly recommend you also ask for dinner to be cooked for you, as you will not be disappointed! We really felt we had the best of both worlds – our own space but with some service too and the staff were always happy to help. We will definitely be back in the Douro next year…”
“We had an amazing holiday at Casa da Infanta. The villa was superb: clean, quirky and spacious. The location overlooking the harbour was magnificent. The kids played on the beach and the rock pools were fantastic. There were great restaurants only a 10/15 min walk away on either side of the cliff. Regina and the gardener were excellent – she cooked supper for us one night, which was great and assisted us in any way she could. Ferragudo remains a cute little village, with a scattering of nice fish restaurants. We are seriously considering returning next year.”
“Our group of 8 couples in total were very impressed with Villa Lagos. It was extremely clean, well maintained and serviced regularly. Our excellent and warm host was most helpful in all ways possible – he made us feel at home and provided us with many great recommendations. The proximity to the centre of town was excellent and the surrounding area easy to navigate. We made excellent use of the spacious terraces and eat outside regularly. The kitchen appliances, dishes and tables etc were top class. We also had a wonderful chef and assistant cook on 3 occasions, which was fabulous, and one evening had a small music group in for a birthday celebration with dancing, who were superb. We also used the gym facilities regularly, a plus for all. All in all an excellent experience and wonderful place to celebrate with friends! Thank you for your assistance and help in planning our trip.”
“We had a lovely time at Quinta das Laranjeiras. The house was just what we were looking for. Lovely pool, plenty of space for dining and sitting on the terrace and excellent bedrooms for everybody. The tennis court was also well used and the garden was beautiful and very well maintained. Our maid Genevieve was also very helpful.”
“Superbe séjour. Merci pour le gentil accueil. J’ai aimé la piscine at Douro Villa I.”
“Quinta das Laranjeiras was as good as last time and the food fantastic (a chef now comes with the villa). The weather got better as the week went on and we had a brill time!”
“Had a lovely time, everyone was over the moon with Villa Lagos, it was definitely a winner.”
“Best villa stay ever! Douro Villa I is beautiful and so are the surroundings. Thank you so much for your hospitality. It was lovely to have both Estrela and Gi (staff) getting our last dinner sorted. We will miss you but hopefully see you again soon.”
“Everything is wonderful; we love it here! Villa Lagos is gorgeous and the owner extremely helpful.”
“We had a great time at Beach Villa @ Comporta and loved exploring the area. We were sorry to have to leave early (due to kids’ sports schedules) but hope to return again sometime. Please thank the owners and cleaner too. The house is beautiful and we especially enjoyed horse riding on the beach and riding bikes from beach to beach!”
“I would just like to say a huge thank you for letting us stay at Villa Lagos, it was out of this world. We will hopefully return to this lovely house in the near future.”
“We had a great holiday, the place is beautiful and Design Villa @ Comporta was perfect for us. But we had our teens with us (ages 13 and 17) and they found the place a bit too quiet – they were looking for more activities and some cool bars at night specially the eldest one, which were all at some distance away.
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All city stresses and noise were swept away as we left Porto and entered the magical landscapes of the Douro Valley. The Douro Valley Words simply cannot do it justice. Rippling slopes of terraced vineyards wrapped their folds around us as we smoothed along roads that became gradually slenderer and twistier, like the river below […]
Booking some holiday catering is a great way to give “mum” an extra special vacation! At some of our luxury villas, you can get meals delivered to your holiday rental ready with instructions how to finish it off, have it all prepared in your own kitchen by the villa’s private cook or you can also book a […]