Lodge and B&B in Reriz,Castro Daire, Portugal - Best Kept Secret In Northern Portugal
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Tony and Sherrin bought Quinta Souto Covo in 2006. In 2009 after a huge renovation of the Main House and Lodge in the large, riverside grounds, they decided to share their labour of love with guests and have made friends for life in the wonderful people who have stayed there since. They are passionate about Portugal, the life, food, wine and history and enjoy passing on their knowledge. 'You will be welcomed as guests and leave as friends,' as one guest wrote, ' more of a house party than a villa rental'. Whether your choice is Self catering in the Lodge or B&B in the Main House, the Cottrells will ensure your total privacy but be close enough to help with every detail to make your stay memorable.
Owner purchased this House in 2006
Why Owner chose Reriz
The Lodge and suites in the Main house are beautifully furnished with every little luxury to make your stay memorable. The grounds and surrounding countryside are just breathtaking . The sound of water follows you everywhere from fountains, water channels and the river which flows through the garden. There are walks galore and beautiful terraces for the less energetic guest. It is perhaps the most beautiful area of Portugal, not so well known that there are hoards of tourists. The villages and city of Viseu nearby are full of history and some remarkable architecture and the two wine growing regions, Dão and Douro are within short driving distance, with very hospitable visits for wine tasting to be enjoyed. Diverse, elegant and full of things to do , BEIRAS ALTAS and Quinta Souto Covo are a must for lovers of Portugal.
What makes this House unique
The Quinta is a haven of peace and tranquility. A place of forgotten childhood pleasures. Walks with animals, making boats and sailing them on the river, swimming at night in the flood lit pool. It has become a place of return holidays and we have seen the transformation of little children into young adults, still beguiled by the magic of mountains and water, card games on the terrace, and wonderful local food and wine after an early morning hike with the family. It is the atmosphere mixed with all the comforts of home that make this property so special. So much or so little to do, such a hard choice!
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Wow! What a memorable and happy time we all had staying here! Sherrin and Tony were incredible hosts
The property was as described and the location just spectacular. The house suited us very well as a family with 2 children (who loved the bunk room!) and grandparent (who loved having his own ensuite 'granny flat!). Being originally from southern Africa the house reminded us of a Safari lodge. The house had everything we needed to make our stay comfortable and relaxing. We loved the views during the day of the breathtaking views over the mountains, and at night we star gazed and saw some phenomenal shooting stars.
The pool was incredible and we spent lots of time swimming in it. We also loved swimming in the river and using Sherrin and Tonys inflatable boat to paddle in the river. We went on several walks around the local area- which is really very beautiful.
For us our stay was made so special by Sherrin and Tonys incredible hospitality and kindness: a super welcome pack, welcome drinks at their house, allowing our children to help with looking after the chickens and ducks and walking of the dogs, helpful advice about the local area, and just lovely chats when we saw each other.
We plan to return and would definitely recommend others to stay here too.
What can we say apart from a heartfelt thank you for your kind words.
Like all of us who host, we put our heart and souls into the sharing of our home and it is just families such as yours which make it such a rewarding experience. Thank you Sara , Simon , Kerry , Elsie and Jack for your visit. Come back soon as the dogs miss you!
I first saw this fantastic Quinta last year on YouTube and wanted to go then, but sadly had too much work to doo!!! This year however we decided to go for s short stay in late February and it did not disappoint at all...
The Owners Tony and Sherrin were amazing hosts and extreamly helpful and kind. After arriving we fealt very much at home as we went and had coffee with them in the main house. Also Sherrin’s home made bread was a real treat.
The lodge was fantastic and comfortable and the views are actually better in real life!!!
I really went to see the river. As a keen fly fisherman I wanted to see if it could fish well in the season. We walked a lot of the banks and it’s very accessible and a large amount of fish!!!!
If we were there longer we would have done more exploring as there is plenty to do. Particularly exploring the Towns and Villages on the Douro..
I would definitely go back for longer!!
Thank you Tony and Sherrin for a great break and see you again soon!
Lovely hosts but the property was not as described.
This was a family holiday for 5 people - 2 adults, 3 teens.
Firstly - Tony and Sherrin are lovely people and Sherrin stayed up until 3am as our flight was delayed and we had travel problems. On arrival there was a fruit basket, wine, eggs and milk in the fridge etc and they offered us coffee the next morning and introduced themselves - very friendly - cannot fault them and if the rating was about people, I'd give them 5 stars.
Secondly - The accommodation. We picked the property because it was advertised as having 3 bedrooms. This is where the star rating falls.
Bedroom 1 - Gorgeous and perfect for a honeymoon couple.
Bedroom 2 was advertised as having 2 full sized beds which we thought was ideal for our teenage boys (17 and 15yrs old) and so expected a twin bedroom as the advert description was: "Bedroom 2: 2 x large single beds". However, bedroom 2 was a very small attic space that the boys could not stand up in, indeed they could only just kneel and it had a sloping ceiling. There was no bedroom furniture, no wardrobe and just a ledge to put suitcases and some clothes on - the full sized beds were in fact mattresses laid onto the attic floor. The main advert also stated that "all bedrooms have separate hand basins" - it did not have a hand basin. There was only a ladder to access the space and this had to keep being moved so we could open the front door. This was more than disappointing and the description is a misrepresentation of the room. The lack of space for our 2 sons did have a dramatic effect on the enjoyment of our holiday because they both found it cramped, they couldn't get dressed in it and it offered no privacy and also as the ladder blocked the front door access - it meant that if our daughter wanted to come into the lodge during the night (her room had no access to the main lodge other than via the main door), she could not (unless we stored the ladder, which would have meant our sons being unable to climb down to use the toilet). In summary bedroom 2 is a sleeping area and not a bedroom and not suitable for adults or teenagers and the description did not give a fair or accurate description of what it actually was.
Bedroom 3 was a pretty room with an en-suite. It has no access to the main lodge other than via the main front door - something we had queried in advance but I think the communication on this was confused.
As we arrived at 3am we had no option but to accept the accommodation as was.
Great time in Reriz
This is a fantastic property in a beautiful setting. Perfect for getting away from it all!
Sherrin and Tony were great hosts and helpful in every way. Nothing was to much trouble for them in ensuring we had an enjoyable stay.
Endroit merveilleux et hôtes charmants
Le bruit de la rivière, la vue, le calme, un vrai havre de paix. Les propriétaires sont sur place mais très discrets et aux petits soins et avec de bons conseils des environs. Nous étions 2 adultes et 4 enfants, cela restera des vacances inoubliables, la piscine, la rivière, le décor, plein de visite possible avec l’autoroute à Castro Daire. Rien à redire, juste parfait ! Allez y les yeux fermés ! Sylvie, Nicolas, Thibaut, Maëlle, Aurélie, Anaïs.
Cher Sylvie et Nicolás , Merci pour vos très gentilles paroles. Ce fut un plaisir de vous accueillir avec vos charmants enfants et d'entendre dire qu'ils ont passé un moment aussi agréable à la piscine et à la rivière. La Quinta est un endroit spécial et tous les enfants semblent penser que c'est un endroit magique. Nous espérons vous revoir tous et souhaitons une bonne année scolaire aux enfants.
Sherrin et Tony 💐�
Superbe spot de vacances
Très belle location dans un superbe emplacement adapté pour les balades et le tourisme rural.
Merci pour vos belles paroles. Ce fut un plaisir de vous accueillir, vous et votre famille, au Lodge.
Sherrin & Tony.
Special interest holidays:
Known as a painter's paradise, the area and indeed the views from the rooms are perfect for the aspiring or established painter, whilst it is rumoured that Picasso painted here in this very Lodge. Fishing is an absolute must, with an idyllic flowing river at the bottom of the garden and plenty of trout! Walking in the hills and valleys is ideal for the energetic. On the River Douro, 35 minutes drive away there are several Quintas who offer wine and Port-wine tastings. Nearby are two renowned Health Spas which offer various types of specialised treatments. 20 minutes drive from here there is a very entertaining riverside Water Park which is ideal for little ones and adults alike. There is a tennis court 15 mins drive away. Fly fishing is a relatively new sport in Portugal and we offer a wonderful river and expert ¨Ghillie¨service for enthusiasts. Trout, and local species are to be fished.
Aveiro and the village of Costa Nova is the closest beach. It is a one and a quarter hour drive away. The beach is over 6km long and very clean, with beautiful dunes and fine sand and there are wonderful Seafood restaurants to be found there.
Porto Airport is 1.40 hours drive away and Lisbon 3 hours.
A car is essential.
The Douro River and wine-making area is 45 mins away by car. Castro Daire (ameneties) 15 mins. Viseu (historic provincial capital) is 30 minutes. Reriz 5 minutes. There is a wonderful beach close to Aveiro in Costa Nova 1 1/4 hours drive away which is also renowned for its really very good Seafood restaurants.
In nearby Reriz village is Teresa's Bar which serves the best chicken piri piri, salad and jug of local Dao wine for 6 euros a head! Nearby are many more , good for typical local specialities such as roasted baby goat and the typical bacalhâo, (salted cod) cooked in many different ways. Castro Daire , a bustling market town, has all the shops you could want, banks, large supermarket and again many great, cheap restaurants. The local health centre is efficient and professional in case of emergency.