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A Great Place To Visit - Charm And Culture With Low Cost Living

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

House in Porto, Costa Verde, Portugal

Sleeps 5 comfortably. Relax and enjoy in outstanding modern comfort and style in Rua Tomas Gonzaga, Porto. The house is located in a quiet street in Porto’s stunning historic district. There are magnificent views over the river and it is ideally situated to explore the city on foot. It is close to the metro, the main railway station (Sao Bento) and many bus routes. There are plenty of good restaurants and bars within easy reach too. The house has been completely renovated to the highest standards. As a guest said recently "Fabulous location.Central to everything. Thank you so much for providing everything for our comfort".

Guests will be welcomed by Sofia Alves who will have provided coffee, tea, milk and bread and fruit etc for your arrival.

More Details

Camilla Whitworth-Jones
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese, Norwegian
Calendar last updated:
21 May, 2018

About Camilla Whitworth-Jones

My husband worked at the Casa da Musica in Porto and we fell in love with the City. We were very lucky to find this recently renovated house in 2008, situated in the wonderful old city with incredible views over the River Douro. The feedback from all our visitors has been hugely enthusiastic and for most of them it was their first visit to this beautiful and utterly unspoilt city. But we are spoilt in the way house is managed by Sofia Alves who keeps it to immaculate, hotel standard.

As the Evening Standard wrote in July 2012 "For great city life plus beaches on the doorstep, and unbelievably low prices, Porto, in the North, is unbeatable".

Camilla Whitworth-Jones purchased this house in 2008

Why Camilla Whitworth-Jones chose Porto

see above!

What makes this house unique

Since buying this house 5 years ago Porto has become a very popular tourist destination. Our house is unique with its amazing views and location and beautifully looked after by Sofia. As a result it is standing up well to the increased competition.

This is what our guests say - not just us!

Recent article (Jan 30th 2016) in the International New York Times: "Stunning 18th and 19th Century buildings, new indie bars and restaurants and a laid back vibe, facilitated by the excellent wine - its hard to find anything to dislike about Porto. Its walkable center is crammed with cobbled streets and balconies adorned with flowerpots and the city's love of food and design is apparent in concept stores and trendy restaurants offering innovative small plates. An ideal day in Porto combines both the grandeur of its history and its very up to minute cool"

Our house is right in the center of l these attractions all easily reachable by foot!

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We loved your house in Porto; extremely comfortable, well equipped, aesthetic, a great pleasure to be here"

“The perfect location for exploring this fascinating city”.

“A perfect holiday in the most perfect of surroundings”

"There can be nowhere else in Europe that provides such good value for money"

"The house has been really well thought out and equipped. We have had a brilliant 4 days".
Aug 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Porto in Municipality of Porto

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 13:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • near the sea
  • river
  • town
  • waterfront
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Top floor: bathroom with large shower, bidet and WC. Second separate WC off living room.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed Bedroom 2 with double bed Bedroom 3 doubles as sitting room with sofa bed for 2
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Broadband and Wifi internet access is provided free and there is also a hi-fi system with a connection for an iPod. The house is managed in Porto by Sofia Alves, who will be available to welcome you on your arrival after 1300. She will explain how everything in the house works and give you a key for the duration of your stay. Outside: Balcony with wonderful river views and dining table and chairs for 6. Utility Room: washing machine Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen is provided. Other: Ground floor: Entrance hall with desk for computer/internet access, dining area to seat 6 and a WC.


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A Great Place To Visit - Charm And Culture With Low Cost Living
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 25 reviews
Vashon Island, WA

Lovely Stay in Porto

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful and comfortable apartment! The views over the Douro River to the warehouses storing Port across the river were stunning from the bedroom, the dining area and the deck. The danger of the deck was that we were tempted to stay there and not see all the sites of Porto or sample its outstanding restaurants. The location made it easy for us to walk everywhere in downtown Porto. The apartment was sparkling, well outfitted and extremely comfortable. Sophia greeted us most graciously, was thorough in explaining how everything in the apartment worked and helpful with suggestions for restaurants and things to see. Our next trip to Porto will find us in the same apartment.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you enjoyed the house and Porto and look forward to welcoming you back soon. Thank you for this lovely review. Camilla
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Wonderful Stay in Porto!

  • 5 of 5

Great location - we could walk everywhere. There are amazing restaurants, bars and cafes close to the apartment. The apartment was very clean and had everything that we needed (wifi, washer, comfy beds, etc.). The view from the patio was great! The host was very accommodating and quick to respond to all the questions that we had during our stay. Before we arrived, the host sent us a super helpful guide to Porto that included information about getting to the apartment and a great list of recommended restaurants. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: 09-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Megan i am so glad your family had a good stay in our house and thank you for your lovely review. Please come back soon! Best wishes Camilla
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Wonderful stay in Porto

  • 5 of 5

What a welcome, what a house, what a view! The "House in Porto" is one of the most well-appointed self-catering places we have stayed in. Being able to sit on the patio to enjoy the views make this a special place. Its central location is excellent, both to explore Porto but also within easy access of the station to explore further places north and south of the city. Sofia and Manuel's welcome was a wonderful start to our week's holiday too. Thank you Camilla for all the special touches in your house in Portugal that make it a really special place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this lovely review. It was a pleasure having you there and hope you will come back soon. Best wishes Camilla
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Very good house, great location!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed the last week of July in this house in Porto. We had a great week! It was a bit difficult to reach it by car, but that is the only drawback I can mention. Receipt by Ana was great; she was lovely! The house is very nice and much bigger than expected. The view is excellent and the location, in the middle of the city is perfect. We visited all interesting places in the city on foot, except for the beaches (most times we went to Praia dos Ingleses) where we went by bus. The children liked the beach very much, though the sea is cold, the waves big and the winds strong. The best restaurant we found was the Tasca Caseira restaurant, close to the house. We had a very good dinner there and the atmosphere is very relaxed. Everything totally recommended!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Cosy house with amazing Douro's view

  • 5 of 5

We really spent very good holidays in this cosy house, well situated, close to sights and restaurants !

The river view was really amazing and our two teenagers have appreciated to have their own bedroom.

Camilla has thought about everything to make you feel at home : books, TV, music, guides, differents equipments ... and gave us precious information (taxi, shops, restaurants, visits) before our arrival.

Sofia and Miguel have welcome us very well and the house was very clean, special thanks to Sofia.

Thank for all : everything was perfect to spend great time in Porto. We recommend this house !

  • Review Submitted: 29-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your nice comments and glad you had a good time and please come back soon. Camilla
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Une maison magnifique au cœur de Porto

  • 5 of 5

La maison est magnifique, en plein cœur de Porto et la vue de la terrasse est exceptionnelle. Rien ne manque (du lave vaisselle à internet), les chambres sont spacieuses, les lits excellents. Camilla et plus encore Sofia font tout leur possible pour rendre le séjour agréable et faciliter notre installation dans cette ville superbe. Un grand merci à elles deux. Et à bientôt! Famille Marechal

  • Review Submitted: 10-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Car: not necessary


The house overlooks the river and the nearest beaches are at Foz, a 10 minute bus ride to the end of the estuary. There are many beaches just South of Porto, within easy reach by bus or train.


There are direct flights to Porto from the following UK airports...

London Gatwick (TAP & Easyjet)

London Stansted (Ryanair)

Liverpool (Ryanair)

Please note not all flights operate all year round.

There are also connecting flights from several other UK airports.

Further Details:

A recent article in the Guardian newspaper said Porto was “nothing like as popular with tourists as Lisbon or the Algarve, which is a shame as few western European cities so successfully combine charm and culture with a low cost of living.” Porto is certainly cheap. A beer rarely costs more than a Euro and you’ll pay the same for a three day pass which gives access to the cities excellent public transport system.

Porto is a beautiful unspoilt city sited on the steep banks of the River Douro just before it reaches the sea. It has architecture dating from the Middle Ages to 19th Century neo-classical. The historic centre is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Renowned for its port wine, this industrious, friendly city offers a warm welcome to visitors and has particularly strong ties with its “oldest ally”, England.

There is no better way to enjoy the delights of Porto than actually staying in the old town and we can offer a thoroughly modern recently renovated house in a very quiet street. It has a magnificent view over the river and is ideally situated to explore Porto on foot. It’s also close to the city’s metro system and the main Sao Bento railway station.

Porto facts:

Porto is Portugal’s second biggest city.

The city has a population of just over 200,000.

There are some excellent museums and art galleries.

Porto cathedral is the city’s oldest surviving structure.

Nightlife in the city has been described as “turbo-charged”.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking and pricing notes:
The rates quoted are for a maximum of 5 guests for 3 nights minimum stay

We require a 50% deposit on confirmation of your reservation. The remaining 50% will become due one month before your arrival.
our rates are inclusive of all costs.

Both payments should be made using either sterling cheque, made out to and sent to one of the owners or by internet banking. Account details are available on request. Payment is made direct to owner and not through Owner's Direct. Rates are inclusive which includes linen, towels, toiletries and coffee, tea etc for first breakfast.


Changeover Day:
Please contact owner.


Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.