5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 1 WC, sleeps 10 (+ 5)
- english, spanish, portuguese
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Beautiful & well located property
We are a family of 7 adults and a toddler and we all had a great time staying at Vila do Conde. The house was very spacious and the garden was exceptional with lemon, orange and plum trees. The pool was very inviting.
The location suited us very well as we could walk round the corner to a cafe for breakfast and also walk to the metro to take the train to Porto.
While we were there the weather was cooler than normal but there were still plenty of activities to keep us busy.
It was my 60th birthday and we decided to rent this villa for a family holiday. There were eight adults, three children ranging from 2 to 8 years of age and one nine week old baby. The accommodation was plenty big enough for us all and the grounds were amazing. The swimming pool was just perfect and there was no need to leave the place at all. On our arrival we were met by Joao, who took his time to explain all about the villa and then took a couple of the group out and about to show them the local area. There was a birthday cake and a couple of bottles of’fizz’ to welcome us, as well as a few essentials to see us through to the next morning. Nothing was too much trouble. We caught the metro to Porto one day, which I would thoroughly recommend and a few of the group went to various different beaches in the area. The nearest supermarket was about 15 minutes walk and was well big enough to supply everything we needed. We had a fantastic holiday and would thoroughly recommend the villa to everyone.
Spacious family home with stunning grounds
We thoroughly enjoyed a family holiday at O'Refugio, Joao made us feel so welcome upon our arrival which immediately set the tone for a wonderful stay. We had four families staying here with six children altogether and we found the house large enough to easily accommodate us all. The house is clean, well-equipped and the gardens extensive. We made use of the pool every day.
Locally, there is a fabulous bakery just a five minute walk away which we visited daily for fresh bread, custard cakes and delicious coffee too. We also walked to the beach which took just over fifteen minutes; the sand is golden and there's a fabulous beach bar serving a wide range of snacks and meals.
We thoroughly recommend a day trip to Porto; this is a stunning, vibrant city with plenty to do for both children and adults alike. It is also easily accessible by the metro which has two stations within walking distance from the villa.
Thank you to Joao, Ana and your mother for providing us with a holiday to remember. We would like to visit this area again.
Beautiful house and garden north of Porto
We had a great family holiday here along with my mother, my sister and her family - 10 of us in all. The house is huge and well appointed, and is surrounded by very well kept gardens featuring a large swimming pool. Beyond the central garden is further land where orange and lemon trees grow and old vines are supported by the high stone wall.
O Refugio is in a small, untouristy village about 1.5 miles from Vila do Conde. It has a fantastic bakery a few minutes walk away and some small supermarkets within half a mile. You can walk to the nearest town, and the metro station is about 10 minutes walk. Trains go to central Porto twice an hour and take about 45 minutes.
Just over a mile away is the sea, with wide sandy beaches stretching north and south. The beaches to the south are recommended as they are quieter with a beautiful nature reserve behind them. There are a few cafes and a surf shop/school to the north.
The house is family-owned and our hosts were extremely welcoming and made our stay very comfortable. When we had a problem with the oven one night it was replaced the next day which was well beyond our expectations.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend O Refugio, especially for families who want a holiday villa with a lot of space to relax away from it all.
stunning property, friendly helpful hosts
We had a lovely holiday, the house was perfect for our 3 families and the pool was exactly what we needed to cool off! We had everything we needed for a relaxing family/friend holiday. We had bbqs every day and ordered a takeaway pizza on my daughters birthday from the local pizzeria which was really good and The local bakers make a delicious birthday cake. We visited Villa do Conde and the other local beach (sorry I cannot remember the name) which we’re both ideal for families with small children. We also visited Porto and Uber was super easy to get us around. Joao was really helpful when we needed him and the whole family was friendly and welcoming when we arrived. We will definitely return x
This house is beautiful well cared for & spacious
I rented this house to take my parents, brother, partner and teenage niece and nephew away for a weeks holiday, all together.
As we walked up the drive into the garden and saw the pool, set in beautiful gardens, I knew we were in for a good week. We were met by João and his Mum who were so welcoming, helpful and lovely.
We didn't hire a car, its only 15 mins from the airport so a local taxi firm is good value and easy to get to the place. João drove a couple of us around the local area to show us the supermarket, beach and a few restaurants which was really helpful.
We were left a beautiful welcome box full of fresh fruit, a cake and a bottle of Port that all went down very well on our first night.
Our group consisted of 8 adults, (3 couples) all had their own bedroom and three bathrooms was perfect. The house was spotless and very well equipped making catering for the herds easy and the gardens were really well cared for - fresh oranges / lemons on the tree which complimented my G & T nicely. The pool, BBQ area, outside dining and table tennis was brilliant and we ate at home more than going out although everywhere is really good value.
The Metro is a short walk away and then a ride into Porto which was great ... river cruise and open top bus ride were good and the small, side street restaurants served fantastic fresh food, all really good value.
The local people are so friendly and helpful, I would definitely go back, and highly recommend this property. When you close the gates and sit round the pool, we were in our own bit of paradise for a week, thank you for sharing this with us.
The house is situated in Arvore, 3km away from Vila do Conde and 15km from Oporto. We now have the METRO, we are in the middle of 2 stations ARVORE and AZURARA are 10min walk. There is a metro line from airport to Arvore as well.