With 7 bedrooms, fantastic gardens, BBQ and pool with total privacy.
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Beautiful expansive rural villa perfect for the whole family
Our family stayed at Casa Piellas for a week- 14 of us ranging in age from 2- 72yrs and everyone had an amazing time! The property is beautiful and expansive and the house has many separate areas - so everyone can be together at the pool or in the courtyard or you can find a place of peace and quiet in the gardens or one of the rooms. Joáo was a very friendly, generous and responsive host both before the booking and during our stay, allowing us early access to the property (our landed early morning) and welcoming us with lemonade, coffee and homemade blueberry pie. The grounds are spectacular - a large, formal garden and larger wooded areas and fields to explore. We spent a lot of time at the pool area which is lovely. Great pool for little kids to paddle on the step and the older ones to jump around in a large area and even pool toys to play with. Rooms were all well furnished and maintained. The kitchen is gorgeous - the real heart of the home, and the cooking room with the wood oven is a wonderful feature especially for those who enjoy cooking - we made great lamb and pizza's in the oven. There are loads of utensils, crockery and cutlery. We didn't use the impressive formal dining room, rather having our meals in the downstairs garden room or outside in the courtyard. It says something about the villa that there are at least 3 areas that can accommodate 14 people meals. The area is great to explore - we walked to nearby river pools to swim, there is a deer and play park just up the road and numerous little villages to explore close by. We did a wine tasting at Santa Cristina which was also highly recommended. The only tiny issue is that there often isn't a lot of space to unpack clothes in the rooms. But that is very minor issue. Overall it is a incredible experience. We were planning when we can return!
Thank you so much for the great comment.
Amazingly unique property, very relaxing, as if you have your own resort
Unique experience to stay in a traditional manor home with upgraded bathrooms
A natural spring water pool to cool off in
There is a farm on the property and our children enjoyed eating on the kitchen steps with peacocks walking by. The manor is very close to the centre of town with supermarkets, butcher, fresh produce market. We were able to relax and unwind.
Dear Trangmar Family
Thank you for your comment.
You will be always welcome!
João and Family
Wonderful place, magical
The house is comfortable, the rooms gracious, the courtyard and garden spectacular. The owner was responsive and gracious. Our group of 12 has a wonderful time.
It was a real pleasure to receive you.
You will always be welcome.
The perfect place
We had the best time. Beautiful house with so many great spaces to relax and have fun. Close to Braga, Guimaraes and Porto for day trips and nights out. Thanks to Joao and family for the hospitality.
Thank you Alastair.
It was a pleasure to welcome you, you are always welcome.
Ancient and modern experience
Casa de Piellas is a breathtaking property. Staying here is a unique experience. The house and gardens are beautiful and an insight into the history of a grand Portuguese landowning family. The cool , large, lower dining room built into the rock , and opening onto the garden was one of our favourite spots.
Geese feature on the family coat of arms and a few still bathe in the pool outside the property. Handsome peacocks feature and display but don't intrude. We were thrilled to see hoopoes fly over the pool.
The bathrooms and bedrooms are modernised with lovely views and are accessed by a communal balcony.
We found the water tepid rather than hot though this was addressed when we mentioned it.
The owners and the manager couldn't have been more helpful when one of our party had an accident .
Antonio , who takes care of the property and animals and garden, was always ready to help or advise.
Our party ate out , ordered food in , and cooked in the kitchen. The oven, coffee makers, dishwasher etc all worked well. The large courtyard , with its fountains , was the most delightful place to congregate and put the world to rights on a balmy evening.
Dear D Bloomfield,
Thank you so much for the kind words.
You will be always welcome.
Wonderful Portuguese experience
Our party of ranged from 70 to 6 months in age. The house, garden and pool provided us with lots of space and room for activities to suit all ages. The courtyard is a perfect space for outdoor living allowing the small children plenty of safe play space whilst the older ones played table tennis and the rest chatted and enjoyed the vinho verde.
The pool is not large but sufficient to provide lots of family fun and the setting is wonderful, accompanied by nosey peacocks. The house and its setting provided an amazing insight into traditional Portuguese life and it was a privilege to experience it. The gardens are beautiful, the planting and the design is historic and the owners ensure the upkeep is excellent. Fancy having camellia hedges over 100 years old.
Its fun that it is off grid and not on google but make sure you get full instructions of how to find it! Even the access is special.
It was a great pleasure to see you.
Thank you so much fantastic comments.
Your family will always be welcome.