We stayed here late September and had a great time. We were there to use the boats but spent a good deal of time just chilling out and enjoying the peace and quiet. The railway line is on the other side of the river and a few trains a day – plus the occasional river tour boats - pass by. These don’t disturb the peace of the area, rather, they enhance it by underlining just how quiet it is! A real pleasure was breakfasting on the chalet veranda while listening to the singing and chattering of the grape-pickers during the harvest (up to a mile away).
There are three units – a small house and two chalets. The chalets are pretty small (the house isn’t much bigger!) and basic but have the essentials required. Most welcome was the excellent shower, with plenty of hot water, and the air-conditioning unit if you sleep in the chalet and the weather is hot. You need to be self-sufficient to get the best of the area – either by boat or by walking the hills. If you come by train (the station is a ten-minute walk away) further supplies can only be got from the nearest main village (Pesqueira). By car is best but it takes as long to negotiate the windy bit from Regua as it does to get to Regua by the fast road from Oporto – there are alternatives and all reveal different aspects of the fantastic Douro countryside. Having a car means you can nip up the hairpins to the well-stocked supermarket and to some other restaurants. There is one restaurant close to the marina but its opening hours are dependent on bookings. Some great restaurants are reachable by boat.
Don’t expect entertainment and nightlife but do expect to relax and enjoy the remoteness and the peace. The site also has a small pool and a good decking area for sunbathing and socialising. We did lots of the latter – on the water and off – and it just added to the relaxation. Jose was a friendly host and added to the relaxed atmosphere.
|How easy was it to book the property?||How helpful were the directions to the property?|
|How easy was key pickup/access to the property?||Overall condition of the property|
|Bedding & mattresses||Kitchen & utensils|
|Bathroom cleanliness||Other facilities & amenities|