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Comfortable rural cottage in ancient village in the Douro region



Updated: 18-Oct-2016
Restored 2 bedroom cottage with living room, kitchen, bathroom and terrace

Casa da Fonte got its name from the spring beside it, where the local women still wash their clothes. This cosy and comfortable cottage has an area of 60m2 divided into three floors. It has two bedrooms with a total of 4 single beds and 3 extra beds (2mx65cm). The kitchen is modern, stylish and well equipped. The bathroom has a heated towel rack and an excellent shower. The cosy living room has a pellet run fireplace connected to radiators which keep the house warm and dry in the winter. There is a spacious terrace with barbecue and eating area, where you can have your evening meal, watching the surrounding fields and houses, and the shepherds bringing their sheep back home for the night. The bells of the cattle compete with the church bells that ring to the tune of 'Ave Maria'. Here you can find the soul of Portugal.

Food and Restaurants: The village of Mazes has no grocery store of its own, but you can find one in neighbouring Lalim, which is 15 min away by car. There you can also buy the delicious ham from the local smokery, and excellent cheeses from the area. Another 10 min by car and you can visit the 'Caves da Morganheira' one of Portugal's leading producers of sparkling wine, or,in another direction, Lamego, which has a lot of restaurants with excellent local dishes, such as wild boar, black pork and of course 'bacalhau' (dried cod). Lamego is of great historical interest, starting with a 7th century chapel, built with the remains of a Roman temple, going through its Arabic fortress, narrow medieval streets, and famous huge staircase leading up to the beautiful church of 'Nossa Senhora dos Remédios'.

Places of interest: If you walk up the mountain from Mazes (or drive 3 min) you get to Anta, a fascinating abandoned village, which takes you back a 1000 or perhaps even 2000 years. Many houses are in ruins, but you can still see how people lived. You can walk around in this stunning panoramic landscape and make your own discoveries of anthropomorphic graves and megalithic altars. Don't walk alone up here after dark, however, since there are wolves and plenty of wild boar.

Other places of historic interest are the medieval villages of Ucanha and Salzedas (half an hour from Mazes), the archaeological site of the monastery of São João de Tarouca - among many other places. You will enjoy a boat trip up or down the river Douro from the nearby town of peso da Régua, or a day tour which takes you round the main sites of the Cistercian order and the Templarians, which dominated politics in Portugal for hundreds of years.

Sports activities: The whole area is excellent for hiking and mountain biking. In the Serra de Santa Helena (municipality of Tarouca, 30 min away) you will find facilities for practising paragliding, mountain climbing, canoeing, shooting and fishing (on the river Varosa). At a bigger distance (1,5 hours by car) you have one of Portugal's main sites for paragliding, namely in Linhares da Beira.

More Details
  • Sleeps 7
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

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Speaks English, Portuguese, Swedish

9 Reviews

based on 9 holidaymaker reviews


Cool cabin, cool village

  • 5 of 5

We had the most wonderful stay in this stone cottage in Mazes. We arrived in the evening when it was close to dark, and had no trouble finding the house. We had not brought provisions, but managed to find enough to put together a simple meal from the small shop/café at the bottom of the hill.

The house was well equipped, cozy with classy touches (no wifi - but you really don't want it there). Plenty of space for the four of us - two adults and two older kids, with room for more. And the location was perfect for watching village life while sipping morning coffee. We stayed here and used it as a base for exploring the Rio Douro and Lamego. But our favorite part of our stay was a hike that we stumbled upon to some old mill houses and stream. We had no idea where it would lead, but decided to follow the hiking sign a short way down the hill (we followed the sign to molhino, and were happy to learn first hand what a molhino is!).

Can't speak highly enough of this house. Definitely worth going out of your way to stay there.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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fantastic experience

  • 5 of 5

The room is located in a traditional rustic village, yet with all modern amenities.

The village is so peaceful and far from pollution that you can see the milky ways at night.

The landlord is very agreeable and her local housekeeper is very diligent and would go extra miles to help us.

Would definitely recommend it to anyone who would get away from the worldly life in the city.

The only challenge to get there seems to be the hilly Portugal motorway and the narrow and slopy roads in the village. But you should definitely be fine if driving there before it gets dark. And hey, good things never come easy in life, do they?

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Férias inesqueciveis

  • 5 of 5

Uma casa de sonho, recuperada com carinho, sabedoria e muito bom gosto. Muito limpa, arejada, com todas as comodidades necessárias para umas excelentes férias. A simpatia e disponibilidade da Srª Dª Maria, completaram estes dias de sonho. Muito obrigada por tudo e até um dia, com toda a certeza.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Teremos sempre muito gosto em vos receber!
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Estadia Perfeita

  • 5 of 5

Aldeia tipica, ainda muito genuina. Pessoas acolhedoras e casa perfeita pela beleza, bom gosto na recuperação e conforto. Ao chegarmos, uma salamandra cheia de brasas quentes e convidativas. Passeios a pé em cenários deslumbrantes e despojados de presença humana.

Sem dúvida uma casa onde queremos voltar muitas vezes pela tranquilidade que nela se vive!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Uriger geht's nicht!

  • 5 of 5

We hatten eine sehr erholsame Woche in diesem schönen alten Haus. Die Angaben stimmen mit der Beschreibung überein, es war leicht zu finden, und wir wurden aus der Ferne gut von Cecilia beraten. Das Haus ist sehr gut ausgestattet, einzige Einschränkung: wenn man noch nie was mit dieser modernen Art von Kamin zu tun gehabt hat, wäre ein kurzer Hinweis nützlich - einfach auf den Knopf drücken!

Danke und alles Gute,

Jürgen und Christina.

  • Review Submitted: May 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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fim de semana em Mazes

  • 5 of 5

casa muito confortavel localizada numa aldeia tipica. Saliento o restauro, comodidade, o aquecimento funciona na perfeição pois apanhei dias muito frios e dentro da casa não se sentia a diferença. Cozinha totalmente equipada.

Aconselho a qualquer pessoa que procure uma casa de ferias neste local.

Gostei muito e tenciono repetir a experiencia.

Um obrigado aos proprietarios e á D. Maria que estiveram sempre disponiveis.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2015
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Porto at 154 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Mazes at 100 Metres Nearest Train : Peso da Régua at 27 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Bigorne at 5 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Britiande at 10 Kilometres Car: necessary

The cottage is located in the ancient village of Mazes, where people live and work much in the same way as 500 years ago. It is near historic Lamego, first capital of Portugal, in the Douro region, famous for its wine production and stunning panoramic landscape, as well as its rich cultural heritage. Take a boat ride up the river towards Spain, visit Foz Coa with its prehistoric rock paintings. Discover the trails left by Celts, Romans, Visigoths and Arabs, and help solve the mysteries of medieval symbols left by the Cistercians and Templarians. If you are looking for adventure, there is paragliding and mountain climbing, cycling, canoeing, hunting and fishing - all within 25 min by car. From the village of Mazes you can walk up to Anta - an abandoned village of Celtic origin- or to the old mills, where you can bathe under the waterfalls. There are plenty of festivals in the summer, and the Carnival in nearby Lazarim is famous . This is Portugal at its most genuine.


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Property Type

  • cabin


  • Away From It All
  • Historic


  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Safe
  • Towels Provided


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding

Floor Area

  • 60 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • A modern and perfectly adequate bathroom, equipped with a good amount of electrically heated water, and a hot towel rail, which keeps the whole bathroom warm in the winter.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed, 3 Child Bed, bunks (65cmx2m)
  • The top bedroom is an open mezzanine, with 2 normal single beds and 3 bunk beds, suitable for young people. It has no place for hanging clothes, but two small chests of drawers help to keep the room tidy. The ceiling follows the shape of the roof, so an adult can only walk upright in the middle of the room. The bedroom on the middle floor has two normal size single beds and a small space for hanging clothes. The light in both bedrooms comes mainly from the Velux windows in the ceiling, and can be blocked off completely.


  • Barbecue
  • Veranda


  • Self-catering


  • The cleaning lady speaks only Portuguese, but if necessary you can always speak to the owners by phone. Cecilia speaks English, Swedish, Portuguese and a little bit of French. Michael speaks also German and Spanish.

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