House of 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms overlooking the Douro River
- english, portuguese
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Although property is somewhat “ hidden” from main roads for us that was even another plus on its location. Absolutely gorgeous garden with an amazing view of the Douro. The house inside was also great , the rooms quite comfortable although small and with limited storage. Also there was only one full bathroom.None of that mattered because we spent almost all of our time outside and the second half bath also helped a lot. We even spent time sitting on the dock right in front of the house with our feet in the Douro river with no one around as the access to the property and the dock is almost just limited to this property and another house. The owners ( a very nice young couple) couldn’t have been friendlier , being there to greet us, showing us the whole house and having a nice bottle of wine and everything for breakfast for the next morning.That was so thoughtful and appreciated. We were 2 couples and highly recommend this property. We loved it
Beautiful, Tranquill Stay Nestled Along the Douro River
We were a family group of 6 (parents and 4 young adults) very happy to spend as much time as possible at this lovely place. We loved every minute and so appreciated the house, the views of the river, and the inspiring garden - new layers discovered every time we stepped outside. We had a memorable final night's dinner on the outdoor table on the garden's first level, overlooking the river at sunset, enjoying every bite of the delicious, plentiful meals prepared by Dona Rosabela at the near-by tavern. We had a beautiful mostly-shady walk, the Camino do Prado, on a warm, sunny day. We wished we could've stayed longer to enjoy the many other walks, wine tours and other explorations. While we didn't meet the hosts in person, they provided very helpful, timely information, and we were well accommodated by the good ladies of the tourism office. We hope to be back!
A taste of heaven!
Casa Mateus is quite simply an exquisite place to stay and unwind. We have rented many places but this has to be one of the nicest. The house is homely and traditional. It was immaculate and very comfortable. HOWEVER, we hardly stayed inside because of the garden, magnificent terraces and panoramic view of the Douro.
Our reception went smoothly and we were given a tremendous and extremely generous welcome hamper.
Rosa Bela is adorable - she and her parents run the taverna across the railtrack and her food is delicious and very good value. Many locals eat there. Highly recommended.
We also had a memorable long lunch at Tasquinha do Fumo.
The house literally backs onto the railtrack but don't let that put you off - a couple of short trains an hour stopping to take people into Porto.
Thanks to Ricardo, Rute, Sara and Bruno for all their help and kindness - we will come back! Helen and Paul
You have to see it to believe it
Absolutely a five star rating. As I read in earlier reviews, this place is a treasure. I don't want to say too much because if everyone hears about how special this is, I may not be able to book it again. The perfect place to unwind- gorgeous gardens, spacious rooms, unbelievable location and the perfect host. Aregos is also a little gem away from it all on the Douro River and you don't need a car to enjoy it. Many thanks to Ricardo for all the added extras. I have to say we ignored his tips about places to see further up the river, we didn't want to go anywhere having found this perfect place.
Many thanks for your feedback and sympathy. I am very happy to know that you have enjoyed it and we will always find a date for receiving you again :).
It was a pleasure to meet you.
This is one of the best places we have rented for a family holiday. Bruno and Rute are wonderful hosts: very welcoming and generous. The house is beautiful - even better than it looks in the already impressive pictures. The river location is picturesque and peaceful, the little pool is great for cooling off and the inside of the house is very comfortable. We did not have a car but were able to get about easily using the regular boat service over to the other side of the river, as well as the local trains. We thoroughly recommend Casa Mateus as the perfect holiday home.
Unique, and amazing place hosted by caring and respectful family, don't miss this place
We stayed at Casa Mateus in May during our lovely trip to Portugal. We were three people, and Casa Mateus was perfect for us. It is somewhat difficult to describe how unique and amazing this place is to stay at. First of all, the hosts, Ricardo and his brother Bruno were extraordinarily welcoming, and patient, especially when we were lost on our approach to the place from the north. We would suggest that if VRBO had one of those web showcase screens with totally unique and amazing places to stay, treehouses in Laos, or whatever, Casa Mateus could be in that list. Yes, it is only a couple of rooms wide, and it is between the train tracks and the Douro River, where there is a water taxi a few times a day. Sometimes there are dogs barking at the vineyards across the river (a common occurrence in our experience in Portugal). However we have stayed in multiple countries with VRBO, and "the other" rental network, and this property is possibly the most unique we have seen. Ricardo had left a homemade cake, port, and other treats for us. He showed us around the two-level building, as well as the other three levels of the property outside. I am 6 feet tall, and walking from one end of the property & house to the other was 120 of my paces, extraordinary. Orange and lemon trees with amazing fruit. Wading pool, appropriate and interesting antique decorations from Ricardo's father, lovely furniture, windows out to the river. Please be sure to look carefully at your map, GPS or Google Maps before trying to drive to the location, to save your time, and that of Ricardo's. Our recent GPS became confused in the tight roads of the Douro Valley driving from Baião. At the Casa itself, there are no sounds of cars at all, no roads nearby. We took the train to one of towns upriver, easy to do. The multiple trains per day passing Casa Mateus were not a problem, though intuitively one could think they would be. We would not have wanted to miss the "one-of-a-kind" experience of staying at the Casa.
Many thanks for sharing with us your thoughts about Casa Mateus - Aregos Douro Valley. We are very honored by having you as a guest and very proud by knowing you have enjoyed your stay.
Thanks for everything. Best regards,