The villa is situated in Alfena, a town in the Municipality of Valongo, in Porto District.
The town was a rural village until the end of the 20th century and its only 12 minutes by car to the town of Porto (17km) and 20 minutes (22 km) to the Atlantic coast.
The 5 bedroom home is nestled in the town center, with 12.500 m2 of area, some buildings in the estate are dated from 1740. Until last century, the Villa used to be a much bigger farm.
The villa has been renovated over the years. The five rooms are spread across two separated houses. The 'Swimming Pool House', has two en-suite rooms on the first floor, with views of the swimming pool area and it's garden, and the 'Cottage House', just five meters away has three rooms, two on the first floor and one on the ground floor. This house has one full bathroom on the first floor and another, very spacious and modern full bathroom on the ground floor.
The property is ideal for large groups or more than one family,
There is wi-fi in all rooms and inside areas as well as outside in the gardens. The parking is free and there is a lot of spaces available. Children's cot's and high chairs are also available without any extra-charge.
The property offers plenty of space for relaxation, with lots of things to do.
The villa/farm has a very kind dog and two cats that live in the villa/farm and can approach the guests to be petted, but they do not go near are allowed to enter the house.
We also have have chickens, ducks, a bird house with many species of canaries right in front of the pool house entrance, two ponds with red fishes... Lemon trees, kiwi plants, fresh oranges, fresh vegetables growing in the farm field.
Single Family Home with 2 levels
5 bedrooms, 5 baths, 32000 square feet
King, 2x Queen, King, Queen, and Queen + Twin
10 guests maximum
10 minutes by car
Activities of Interest
- Wine Country
- Take a short cruise down the Douro River and under the 6 bridges of Porto aboard one of the typical “Rabelo barcos”, which in the past were used to transport Port wine.
- Visit the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art and its magical gardens. Admission is free on Sunday morning.
Places of Interest
- Visit Cais De Gaia - Porto's postcard skyline and the birthplace of one of the world's most famous wines.
- San Francisco Church - One of Europe's most extraordinarily lavish church interiors, completely covered in gold.
- Browse through the colorful Bolhão Market and sit on a terrace in the Ribeira district, drink a Super Bock and simply enjoy the moment
Looks are deceiving
This is a classic old-world home on the outskirts of Porto. The home was likely a cornerstone of a regional estancia. Unfortunately, the land has been sold off and the surrounding neighborhood is no longer residential, but instead filled with light industrial related companies. The hosts were very nice to work with, but we had perhaps unrealistic expectations based on the photos and what we had read about the Porto area. ”
A beautiful estate near Porto
We arranged our stay with the owner Helder and he and his family could not be more welcoming and helpful. Header helped us arrange a special van & tour to get us from Alfena to Madrid for the last part of our vacation. He also arranged for his sister-in-law to cook us a wonderful, traditional meal at the villa. It was absolutely delicious, one of the best meals of the entire trip. Header's parents live in a separate wing of the estate and they were available if we needed them but, in truth, we rarely ever saw them. That is how private the estate is. The location is in Alfena, a suburb of Porto - I won't lie, Alfena is not a vacation spot, it's a working town. The villa is like the jewel or oasis in the middle of the town with electronic gates. There is a big dog who we called Joko and a couple of cats that stay outside but are very friendly. Getting into Porto by van/car takes about 20 minutes. The villa bathrooms were well appointed and modern. The kitchen included all the spices we needed for cooking. There are 2 refrigerators which was great and all the modern amenities to make your stay comfortable. There was a complimentary bottle of white in the fridge & red on the counter too. Great property, great hosts!”
- 40"+ TV
- Air Conditioning
- Chef's Kitchen
- Covered Parking
- Gated Community
- Handicap Accessible
- High Speed Internet
- Outdoor Pool
- Pets (with Approval)
- Satellite/Cable TV
- Washer & Dryer
- Wireless Internet