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Luxury in the heart of the Portugal, rural retreat with pool and tennis court

Bedrooms 6
Space 6,996 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Six large double bedrooms, all en suite, with pool, games court and vine yard

Welcome to @ZororoRetreat, a relaxing haven set in the heart of central Portugal's Beira region, frequently described as the most attractive corner of this special country. Located on the borders of a traditional village in the Serra Lousa hills with the Ceira River and beach a short walk down the valley side, just 3 minutes by car is the beautiful town of Gois.

We offer luxurious accommodation to those who would benefit from time away from the stresses of everyday life.

Our 5-en suite double bedrooms are air-conditioned, with central heating and generously sized; each has a balcony with views across the valley. A large kitchen, lounge and games room are downstairs. Outside there is a good sized, gated pool, our own vineyard and private tennis/games court.

We also offer a 6th twin bedroom on the middle floor, again with ensuite bathroom and step in shower. This 6th bedroom is optional and is ideal for those with mobility issues as it reduces the need to use the stairs. The room is also ideal if you have a number of younger children, with the addition of 2 fold-up beds this room can sleep upto 4.

See our facebook page for events around the area or our website for a video tour of the villa.

Zororo's location: The area around @ZororoRetreat provides a wide variety of country activities, including horse riding, hill walking, nature watching, canoeing, cycling, etc, as well as a unique opportunity to see and experience the 'real' Portugal that is little altered from a century ago, in the farming communities, people and way of life of the region.

Only slightly further a field is Portugal’s old capital and university city of Coimbra, with the often deserted sand dune backed beaches of the Silver Coast beyond. The Knights Templar last European stronghold at Tomar and the Roman ruins in Conimbraga are easily reached, as is the Serra Estrella (‘mountains of the stars’) National Park.

More Details

Michelle & Gordon Young
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, portuguese
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2018

Why Michelle & Gordon Young chose Municipality of Góis

Having fallen in love with the Portugal. we looked around central Portugal for a house that had a certain 'wow' factor and found it here! Countryside location on the edge of a 'real' Portuguese village, with cafes & bars, restaurant, butcher, mini-market, pharmacist and petrol station.

What makes this villa unique

Properly in rural Portugal, placed on the edge of a popular but modest village just a few hundred metres above the River Ceira with it's award-winning River-beach and cafe.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Gordon and Michelle

We wanted to let you know that we have had what we think is our best retreat yet.

The yogis were full of compliments about your home, and we found it a fantastic place to host them.

Looking forward to 2018 dates.
Sep 2017
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Municipality of Góis Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 6996 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 14 ...
  • Max. adults: 12
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Varzea - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Rio Ceira - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Azul - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Mimosa - toilet , shower , bidet
    Verde - toilet , shower , bidet
    Gemini - toilet , shower , bidet
  • Large mirrors, fully tiled, razor point and storage. Bidet. Three are bath/shower, three shower only. All are individually decorated, towels etc included. Plus 2 further toilets on the middle and lower floors. We also have a Poolside toilet and shower area.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Azul - 1 king
    Verde - 1 queen
    Mimosa - 1 queen
    Rio Ceira - 1 queen
    Varzea - 1 king
    Gemini - 2 twin/ single , 2 sleep sofa /futon
  • All the bedrooms are air conditioned, en suite, centrally heated and have French windows out to a balcony with seating. There are generous fitted wardrobes and the decoration is unique to each. In addition we have a travel cot as well as two comfortable folding beds most suitable for youngsters. All linen, towels and pool-towels supplied.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Pool Table ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 3 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis


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(6 traveler reviews)

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Luxury in the heart of the Portugal, rural retreat with pool and tennis court
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Beautiful, relaxing villa

  • 5 of 5

We had a ten day stay in August at this lovely villa. There were nine of us and the villa has lots of little nooks and crannies for chilling out in -- it's big enough so that we all felt we had our own space. The fruit gardens were an added bonus and we baked figs and apples for breakfast -- delicious! A lovely area although a car a must to be able to explore. Kayaking on the Mondego was brilliant -- we'd recommend it!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Michelle, thank-you for your kind comments. We love our home in Portugal and we're always thrilled when others do to. Really pleased that you got out and about and experienced portuguese life as the people here are so very friendly. All the best and hope our paths cross again in the future.
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Olstykke, Copenhagen, Denmark

Luxurious spacious well equipped villa

  • 5 of 5

We stayed there during warm weather in the very spacious luxurious villa with all the bathrooms/toilets you could ever dream of. The large, recently built is villa situated in a wonderful garden with a great swimming pool area and several outdoor, shaded sitting areas. We, a party of 7, had a terrific relaxing time there. The rooms are big with balconies allowing everyone a piece of privacy if wished for. There are many options for entertainment at the villa itself, both outdoor multi-court with tennis and basketball hoops, the pool, bicycles, the garden, bbq etc. Inside there is a well equipped games room with an impressive large home cinema system etc.

The villa is situated in a small quiet town, but there is a very well equipped super market, butcher, bank, atm, a few bars/cafees etc, florist, river café etc.

The nearby town of Gois offers different dining experiences.

This is one of the best villas we have ever stayed in, with a define home feeling. The english owners are very helpful and goes out of their way to make you feel right at home.

This comes highly recommended.

A car is necessary to get here, and to get around.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nikolai & family, thank you very much for the kind review. We are always so pleased to hear that our guests have enjoyed themselves at our home, as we are conscious that this is an important family holiday that should be memorable. We are particularly pleased that you enjoyed exploring the surrounding area as, as you found, there is so much to do and enjoy.
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Amazing experience - thanks so much

  • 5 of 5

My friends and I spent three days at the house but wanted to spend a week or two. We only just scratched the surface of the local area and didn't even get to the tennis court as we were so happy by the pool and in the games room. A very happy and spacious home! Thanks so much!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

If you're looking for a place to get away from it all, which has all the luxuries you could ever need, then this is your place. Unusually for the time of year, we didn't have particularly good weather when 10 of us stayed here, but it didn't stop us having a great time due to all the facilities and great equipment (there are several tennis racquets for different sized hands!).

The house is spotlessly clean and very well maintained and we had great help from the owners when we asked for local information. Thoroughly recommend this house for your stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful relaxation

  • 5 of 5

Set in a rural area it is very quiet but a 10 minute walk away is a local village with a bank, petrol station, butcher's (useful for the bbq!), supermarket, pharmacy, and some cafes also a short car journey takes you Gios which has some restaurants and river beaches. The villa is well equipped with a pool and good sporting facilities as well as a great games room.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased you liked our Portuguese getaway and thanks for the positive comments. We bought it because we just loved its location, facilities, friendly locals and wonderful sunshine.
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Great house, great area.

  • 5 of 5

The house had everything we expected and a bit more: the home cinema was really a plus for children and adults when weather outside was not so good. Rooms were large and the fact that all of them were suites was great. The outside area was excellent, especially for our dog. The football ground was enjoyed by the kids. We did not use the swimming pool, of course, but it should be a 'must' in summertime.

The surrounding area is great for walking and sightseeing. I had not been in Góis for a long time and it is gorgeous. Várzea Grande/V.N. Ceira (which I did not know before) is also beautiful, and people are rather nice.

All in all, great experience. Certainly to be repeated.

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are pleased you and your family enjoyed your stay at our home in Portugal and thank you for being such good guests
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Nearest Airport
195 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
120 Metres
Central Cafe
Nearest Train
40 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
22 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
120 Metres
Vila Nova do Ceira
Nearest Beach
60 Kilometres
Figueira da Foz
Car: recommended

Just a short walk to the nearest river beach, which has a small sandy beach and nice cafe, BBQ facilities and loos.

One of the greatest attractions of the Góis region is the abundance of places to swim in the summer months. There are so many places dotted along the river Ceira where you can find a way into the water, and everyone has their own favourite. This place really does have something to suit everyone, from secluded spots that take a bit of hunting for, to river beaches with full facilities, café-bars and lifeguards, and everything in-between.

Loads of local woods and trails to walk through, lovely 100% Portuguese village and very friendly and helpful locals!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $69.9
Refundable damage deposit $279.6

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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