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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 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

Camilla Whitworth-Jones
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
12 August, 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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Porto in Porto

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
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 6
  • 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
  • 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
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 4.9 based on 21 reviews

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: Aug 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 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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Levallois perret

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: Aug 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Milford, NH

Stunning apartment in Porto

  • 5 of 5

Our family loved this apartment so much last year that we booked it again this year. It is a wonderful apartment in which every detail has been considered to maximize the beauty and efficiency of the space. Camilla was wonderful regarding communication ahead of time. Sofia and Manuel were there to greet us when we arrived with some provisions to get us started in the apartment. The view facing the D'ouro is impressive! You can see it from all three floors. It was great for us because we were traveling with teenagers who slept late every day. We could enjoy coffee in the morning and just relax. There are so many wonderful things to do and see in Porto but one of our highlights was simply staying in the apartment and enjoying the view. Thank you so much for another wonderful visit. If we are lucky enough to come to Porto again, it will only be if we can stay here!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad your return visit was good and glad the teenagers could enjoy a proper sleep in! Hope you will come back and thank you for this lovely review which is much appreciated.
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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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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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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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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

Prices for this holiday house in Porto, North Portugal

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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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
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

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.


Changeover Day:
Please contact owner.


Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.