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Fernando Almeida

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese

Cottage located on Douro Valley, splendid views, in front SPA Arêgos

21 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


North Portugal Cottage Rental Photos and Description

6 peolple, 3 bedroom , 4 bathroom sleeps up 7-8 +2 cots

The best way to discover the world heritage Douro Region is tour start Peso da Régua to Pinhão and enjoy the rural life, the vineyards and the landscapes of immeasurable beauty.

This is a renovated Cottage located on the right side of the Douro valley, splendid views overlooking the river situated in the frontier two vineyard region (The 'Vinho Verde' and 'Vinho do Porto'). Fully air conditioned with satellite TV - Internet .Fully fenced, separate barbecue area, outside table, chairs, 4 sun loungers. It was an agricultural place, keeping the natural basis intact. It is recommended for the people that want break the city stress , to have some quiet days, outside of urban centers . For the flower-power. Those who are seeking inspiration. A famous Portuguese writer from the XIX century Eça de Queirós proofed it in his romance City and the Mountains. It's good for appreciating nature and the biodiversity which is amazing . unique. The birds singing are attracted for the perfume of the natural trees and flowers. The olive, famous orange and cherries trees are only possible for one special micro climate.

Perfect Peace : Away from the stress of the City, the Douro Valley is an ideal place to relax. It is ‘The Tourism of Silence’. This is something sought by generations in ancient monasteries, convents, and cottages, lovingly restored to provide very special destinations for travellers.

Our Cottage Vista Alegre is one such place. A stay in Cottage Vista Alegre will offer you the peace of the Douro Valley, and the chance to visit many magical places, without the usual crowds, and a good starting point for exploring the World Heritage Douro region.

Everything about the Douro is designed to prevent stress, to be enjoyed at your own pace. The cottage offers plenty of space to relax, to read a book or simply chill out in the sunshine.

Discover the Douro by boat, road or train.

The important thing is that the silence is there for you when you need it; to be explored alone or in a group. To view the Douro from the waters edge or from the hill top inspires silence in itself.

Organize a pleasant tour and discover : Know where wine oporto born,landscapes and terraces of immeasurable beauty. Go Peso da Régua, Pinhão, Lamego.Stop and taste FAMOUS VINHO DO PORTO in producers companies, wine and gastronomie wait for you order .Visit the farmer's house allows you to understand the rural life and their activities during a year. Depart to adventure discover Douro Verde other beauty countryside.Enjoy region the heritages remnants from stone-age,the ruins, the old Mosteiros with paintings and panels, churches and religious art, old bridges,the dams (Carrapatelo), the roman road /rail (Viae privatae, rusticae, glareae and agrariae) and of course 'VINHO VERDE' where you can taste with fantastic meals. Visit Foz Côa ( Foz Coa palaeolitical rock carvings ) =100 Km

On the threshold of the Port wine-growing region, the counties of Resende and Baião are known, however, for another agricultural produce: cherries, in whose honour a festival is held each May, attracting large of numbers visitors.

Care your Health : In the other side the river you can take baths in SPA Arêgos, dated year 1102. The spa waters are sulphurous, fluorinated, hypothermal and hyposaline with a pH level of 9.1 and temperature of 63ºC; they are recommended for the treatment of diseases of the respiratory system, rheumatism and musculoskeletal diseases and skin diseases.

Internal swimming pool thermal water all year.

Seasonal swimming pool at outside area.

And discover the beauty countryside

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Fernando Almeida (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese

Guestbook comments from the owner

Saramago has told about the heavenly beauties of these valleys. we could imagine no better location to experience this . Clean, confortable and with an unforgettable views. The cottage will be surely one of our sweetest memories of this trip across Portugal. We will come back !

Thank you. Un Caro saluto, liebe Grube.
Aug 2010
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based on 21 traveler reviews

Cottage located on Douro Valley, splendid views, in front SPA Arêgos
average rating of 4.857143 based on 22 reviews

5+ Stars!!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Fernando for an unforgettable stay! Your attention to detail in order to ensure the best stay possible was very much appreciated. Standing on the patio overlooking the Douro river was a view Anne and I will never forget. The house was immaculately clean and comfortable and we will definitely stay with you again. Joe

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Renton, Washington

Paradise overlooking the Douro River

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I just spent 5 wonderful days at Vista Alegre. Fernando and Olga call the "cottage" their little piece of Paradise in the Douro Valley. However, the "cottage" is really a comfortable, clean and well equipped three bedroom, three bathroom home overlooking the Douro River. The location is Paradise! The view is so beautiful and the home so relaxing we had trouble mustering the will to venture out and experience what the Douro Valley has to offer! When we did explore, it was great.

Fernando is a terrific host who provides several itineraries to help you explore. Our favorite was to take the train along the river to Tua for lunch. We met a lady named Lucinda on this trip. Lucinda is in her eighties and was visiting the spa across the river for arthritus treatments. She grew up on a farm near the river and was back on sort of a pilgramage. She told us all about the river as it was when she was a child, but was sad that it had changed from being rocky and wild to deeper now to accommodate the tour boats. However, as we approached Tua, she looked outside and with a big smile and laughing voice exclaimed "Oh, look, it is my river." What a special moment that was.

If you plan to visit Oporto, we highly recommend that you spend some time at the cottage. Read a book, BBQ Portuguese style, watch the lazy river flow by and the periodic tour boats motor up and down the river. Above all drink Port and Douro Valley wines and relax.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful , wellkept.

  • 5 of 5

This is a marvellous property. House is beautifully situated, has all required amenities. We had a wonderful week and would love to return. Obrigado Sr Fernando and lovely wife for all the little extras - like GPS, welcome snacks.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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St. Andrews Manitoba CANADA

Gorgeous place

  • 4 of 5

Gorgeous place inside and out with plenty of trees (figs, etc). Very well equipped cottage with everything you could need, Fernando also provided us with a cell phone and GPS while we were there which was a nice touch.The outdoor BBQ is great.Good location close to train station. the train to Porto takes about 1 and 1 2 hours. I recommend that a hand-written map from the Ruinas crossroad sign be provided to future occupants to make finding the cottage easier. Incredible view of the Duoro, very private location.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful property in a beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent a most enjoyable week in delightful home.They was very informative and we really felt welcome. The cottage has a great standard and with its three bedrooms enough space for two-three families.

A truly beautiful setting hanging over the Douro river and a spacious wrap-around patio with two granite tables and benches made our outdoor breakfasts and evening dinners memorable. The interior is spacious and well appointed with comfortable furniture and lovely decorative accents. The weather was nearly perfect so we didn't get a chance to use the large dining table as we ate all of the meals we had at the house outside on the patio.

The internet come properly within cottage . We made use .

The outlook from the terrace feels like looking out onto a stage although quiet and peaceful there is always something new to see. It was just wonderful .

The area of the Douro and its environs is beautiful, with mountains rising from the riverbank and vineyards everywhere, with small villages tucked here and there. Although we found ourselves lost a number of times in our travels, that wasn't really a minus as it just enabled us to discover more of the area's charms.

The host gave as a great welcome and helpful tips on places to go and restaurants that they recommended. I would not hesitate to recommend this property to anyone. The value for what you get is almost unbelieveable.

The pictures on Trip Advisor or truly do not do this rental property justice. You have to be there to really appreciate it

The only negative, we didnt spend long enough there.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely cottage in Douro Valley

  • 4 of 5

We had an amazing time, perfect views a lovely fireplace at night time.

The kitchen was very clean and well equipt.

It was more than what was in the photos advertised.

The patio was a great place to have our breakfast while the sun shined and boats past ,the lushous views of the valleys reached are morning glory.

A peaceful setting the perfect place for a romantic time with your loved ones.

Fernando and Olga greeted us warmly to Portugal with a smile and an indepth details of the area and maps.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
85 Kilometres
Oporto International Airport
Nearest Barpub
12 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
53 Kilometres
Most used by companies river
Nearest Golf
22 Kilometres
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
There are 02 Arêgos (4,5 klm ) and Mosteiro
Nearest Motorway
49 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
6 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
90 Kilometres
Oporto beaches
Car: necessary

Visite Monastaire Santo Andre , 5 kilometres ,dated the XII century ,visit a small exhibition about the cycle of the vineyards and wine, learn about the history of this monastery, known functionality of these spaces and visit Farm. Go ahead , three minutes, where you have a small shops, Office Post ,ATM . Near, Arêgos village and Bayou Pala there are leisure activities include fishing, sailing and windsurfing, motorized water sports is available in season. Also one anchorage traditional shop.

There are railway station connect you with Regua and Oporto town. You can catch a train to Tua,enjoy the unique picturesque promenade tour, and to go for lunch the traditional meal in Restaurant Calça Curta and their famouses specialties, fish the river, hunting tips.

In case depart from Oporto by boat to Regua for to know the vineyards terraces, in come back you catch the train , 40 min ,and exit in railway sation Mosteirõ ,outside there ther one cab that can give you transfer if available.


Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season
Jul 2 2016 - Oct 1 2016
4 night minimum stay
Medium Season
Oct 2 2016 - Nov 1 2016
4 night minimum stay
Low Season
Nov 2 2016 - Dec 21 2016
3 night minimum stay
High Season
Dec 22 2016 - Jan 4 2017
4 night minimum stay
Low Season
Jan 5 2017 - Mar 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Medium Season
Mar 2 2017 - Apr 10 2017
3 night minimum stay
Easter Season
Apr 11 2017 - Apr 19 2017
4 night minimum stay
Medium Season
Apr 20 2017 - Jul 1 2017
4 night minimum stay
High Season
Jul 2 2017 - Oct 1 2017
4 night minimum stay
Medium Season
Oct 2 2017 - Nov 2 2017
4 night minimum stay
Low Seaon
Nov 3 2017 - Dec 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
High Season
Dec 20 2017 - Jan 5 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

4nights minimum stay. Maximum occupancy 6 persons. The prices quoted are for 2 persons ( adults) and 1 child ( up to 12 years) per day. Additional guests are charged at 20 EUR per day / per adult. Check in after 4 pm and check out before 10 a.m. We will however try to allow other arrangements, according to your needs, whenever possible.Line and towels included.

Final cleaning 50 EUR.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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North Portugal Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 150 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower
  • The bathrooms are comfortable and functional. Extra towels provided .Towels and linen changed weekly, or more frequently if required. Hair dryer. Basic supply of toilet paper and soap provided. We can provide a portable baby cot if required.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Balcony
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Balcony
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Very quiet with solid windows and waterfront balcony.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf privileges optional
  • sailing
  • swimming
Sports & Adventure Activities are seasonal events . Some sports are not close us .

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