Private pool. A small corner of paradise between nature, vineyards and comfort.
- english, french, spanish, portuguese
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Incredible house, wonderful location
Starting with 30” thick granite walls with h beautiful custom doors and windows. Then go to wonderful pool or swing softly in a hammy, you can’t go wrong. Comfy beds, nice bathrooms. Great furnishings. A keeper.
Great place to stay and relax!
A bit difficult to find for the first time, though it is immediately off of the N206. Just be sure to spell it right -- e.g. Vila Franca and not Villa only one "l"). Great swimming pool and lovely old stone house. Helena and Geraldine could not have been more helpful.
Highly recommended. Rick and Joanne Soued, Phoenix, AZ USA
Best place to relax and watch the day go by with friends and family.
Our family reunion began when my dad wanted all of his 5 children and some grandchildren to experience northern Portugal with him. My siblings and their families flew in from Florida, California and Germany where we hoped for some fun and relaxation, but we received much more! Amazing memories that will last a lifetime.
Every morning we were awakened by my dad with some hot coffee and the daily fresh bread he brought from the small town of Cavez... Then it was pool time where everyone grabbed some snacks and some wine from Vila de Franca and brought it down to the infinity pool for some sun bathing and swimming. After a few hours of pool time, which by the way has amazing views of the Tamega river and surrounding vineyards, we headed back up for a late lunch, and then back to the pool.
We also made some time to visit Porto, Geres National Park, Santiago de Compostela, Vigo, Gimaraes, Fafe, Barcelos, Braga, and much more! Everything was within driving distance.
I recommend staying here not just for the R & R but to experience the culture and to meet some of the locals of this region. They're incredibly nice and hospitable as are the owners Mariana, and daughters Helena and Paula. Vila de Franca will always be forever in our hearts.
What a magical place!
We stayed at this amazing old stone house for 10 days. The pictures don’t do it justice. Although you are surrounded by thick granite walls, the renovation to current day standards was very well done. I loved having my morning coffee on the balcony overlooking the vineyards, seeing the mist rise over the river beyond and hearing the river sound in the background. The fact that it is in a working vineyard adds another extremely interesting and fun element. The location is convenient to sights/parks, but off the beaten path so you are surrounded by locals, not tourists. We spent our stay doing day trips (Braga, Mateus, Guimaraes, Peneda-Geres park), then returning to our haven to make supper. The markets in nearby Arco de Baulhe have good grocery supplies and, a little further, Fafe has major stores that will meet any need. The only (very minor) quirk was having to take outside steps to get to bedrooms upstairs, something we got used to immediately. Our bed was very comfortable for my husband’s bad back and the linens were pristine. Helene is very attentive and responsive host. We would stay again in a heartbeat!!!
Paradiso di calma e relax
Le fotografie, per quanto numerose e ben fatte, non riescono a trasmettere la bellezza e la cura con cui è stata ristrutturata ed arredata questa abitazione. Perfetta anche per 3 coppie, che amino la pace ed il relax più totale, ai bordi di una piscina da sogno, immersa tra i vigneti. E' un po' lontana dai tradizionali servizi (supermarket, ristoranti, ecc) ma non poi troppo!! E in ogni caso ne vale assolutamente la pena. La regione circostante è interessante e località più turistiche non sono troppo distanti. Le strade portoghesi sono magnifiche.. Unico suggerimento ai proprietari: qualche indicazione lungo il tratto finale di strada, non asfaltato, per raggiungere la casa.
Un ringraziamento particolare a Geraldine per come ci ha accolti e supportati durante il nostro soggiorno. Luogo nel quale si desidera veramente tornare.
Casa com muito espaço e limpa. Hóspedes muito simpáticos e atenciosos. Piscina fantástica e espaços verdes muito bonitos e bem tratados! Recomendo!