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

Overview

Property

Updated: 24-Jun-2017
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

About the property

House in Porto, Costa Verde, Portugal

Sleeps 4/6 comforably. 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 etc for your arrival.

More Details

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Camilla Whitworth-Jones
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
24 June, 2017

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 area

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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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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17 Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(17 traveller reviews)

5

Ideal location and accomodations to experience beautiful Porto. Very comfortable for 6 people.

  • 5 of 5

Everything is greate about this house. Just book it!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

The Perfect Place in Porto

  • 5 of 5

Camilla's home is utterly delightful. If anything the pictures do not do it full justice. Ideally situated in Miragaia, it is the perfect place from which to explore beautiful Porto. Tranquilly located but only a short walk to the river and the old town.

The communication and information provided prior to our trip was prompt, thorough and always friendly. This matched the lovely welcome we received from Sofia and Manuel. Knowing it was my birthday holiday, Sofia had left a card and a rose. This thoughtfulness was also reflected in the attention to detail and little touches that make such a difference. Living in the the house really felt like being at home. All creature comforts were provided from coffee to literature to music to ..rooms with river views.

We soon became regular shoppers at Carlos' lovely fine food and wines (not expensive) emporium and Fernanda's convenient mini market store on Rua de Belamonte.

As for restaurants and bars, our favourites included San Antonio, Cafe de Muralha de Barca (a bit touristy but great location, super food and lovely staff), Casa Mezquita (back street near Continente supermarket) owned by Jose (it's been in his family for decades...tiny not a tourist in sight!). We also ventured out to Matosinhos in pursuit of jazz and had wonderful seafood. Talking of jazz Hot 5 is the place to go! it was a band we saw there that led us out to Matosinhos.

Another recommendation is the helicopter tour. We took the 20 minute trip. Another Carlos is the super pilot and Sara was the friendly face in the office and helper in and out of the helicopter.

Overall, we cannot recommend too highly both Camilla's house and Porto. We will be returning.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this lovely review and also the useful tips for restaurants and the helicopter ride! Hope you will come back soon. Best wishes and many thanks Camilla
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5

Stunning apartment in great location with fab view

  • 5 of 5

I stayed with my parents for 4 nights at this beautifully designed apartment and honestly can't praise it highly enough. Every little detail is thought of, Sofia who checks you in is lovely and very helpful if you need a taxi arranging, and the views from all the front Windows and the terrace are simply stunning. If you're going to Porto, stay here. You'd be crackers not to.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 28, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jane for this lovely review and so glad you had a good visit. Sofia is our resident star and glad you recognized that. Hope you will come back soon. Best wishes and thanks Camilla
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5

Beautiful, modern apartment in central Porto

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic stay in this beautiful apartment with views over looking the river. The apartment is over 3 floors including a lovely outdoor terrace downstairs and two good size double bedrooms. The apartment is beautifully maintained and equipped and spotlessly clean. Just a few minutes walk from the river and the centre of town, and very close to lots of lovely tapas restaurants!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Rowan Glad you had a good time (in spite of the weather) and thank you for this lovely review. Best wishes Camilla
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5

Great house in a great location in Porto

  • 5 of 5

We had an excellent long weekend stay at this charming house in Porto. The views of the river are lovely and we very much enjoyed sitting out on the terrace enjoying the view and the winter sun.

The house was absolutely spotless and Sofia, who looks after the house, was very welcoming and took care of everything. The welcome coffee, milk and bread were a lovely touch.

The beds are all very comfortable, the bathroom modern and super clean.

Recommended

  • Review Submitted: Nov 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this lovely review; I will pass it on to Sofia who is a star and appreciates being appreciated! Hope you will come back soon. Best wishes and thanks Camilla
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Fantastic Accommodation

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic holiday in Porto due primarily to Camilla's gorgeous house. It was comfortable, spacious, clean and well thought out - everything was provided for and more than enough room for the six of us. The outstanding views from 3 different levels in the house really set it apart. Every morning, afternoon and evening held a different mood due to those views! Porto itself was, for us, an undiscovered gem. Glorious food and wine that was inexpensive, friendly people, amazing sights and great beaches. We could not have asked for more. Camilla and her housekeeper Sofia were so helpful and kind. We are still talking about this wondrous holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a wonderful review - thank you very much and particularly glad you appreciated the beautiful views. They are the ultimate USP for the house and we probably don't emphasize that enough. But you have, so many thanks. And I will of course pass on your comments to Sofia without whom nothing would work as well. Best wishes, Camilla
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Location

From the Owner

see above!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : at 20 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : at 50 Metres Nearest Ferry : at 1 Kilometres Nearest Train : at 1 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : at 3 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : at 2 Metres Nearest Beach : at 2 Kilometres Car: not necessary

Coast/Beach:

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.

Travel:

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 and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
standard rate up to 4 persons
1 Apr 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£300
for 3 nights
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£600
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£300
for 3 nights
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£600
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking and pricing notes:
The rates quoted are for a maximum of 4 guests for 3 nights minimum stay
For 5-6 guests the rates are as follows from January 2017
Winter rates: £100 per night Weekly rates(7 nights) £600
Standard rates £130 per night Weekly rates (7 nights) £780
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 by sterling cheque, made out to and sent to one of the owners or by internet banking. Account details are available on request.

Please note that your deposit is non-refundable. PAYMENT IS IN STERLING EITHER BY DIRECT TRANSFER OR BY STERLING CHEQUE. THIS IS THE ONLY PAYMENT WE CAN ACCEPT.

Changeover Day:
Please contact owner.





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Facilities

From the Owner

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!

Property Type

  • house

Theme

  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library

Suitability

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • city centre
  • near the sea
  • river
  • town
  • waterfront

Attractions

  • 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

Bathrooms

  • Toilet 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Top floor: bathroom with large shower, bidet and WC. Second separate WC off living room.

Bedrooms

  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • 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

Outside

  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace

Meals

  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome

Notes:

  • 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.