Guest Reviews

We are delighted to share with you the feedback from our lovely guests, who have chosen to experience this amazing part of Portugal. We believe Northern Portugal is like Tuscany 20 or 30 years ago.  We offer delightful wine, high quality accommodation and the the most amazing people!

  • Dear Diana, Villa 201 was wonderful - spacious, clean and comfortable and beautifully equipped - and we loved all the fresh flowers and fruit and veg! The booking process was efficient and straightforward. Thank you so much for all your help - we are recommending you to all our friends! Sarah Crawford, 2010

    Hartelijke groet (Holland)

    Villa 201 - Ponte da Barca
  • Het was heerlijk! Het uitzicht was inderdaad prachtig en het huis fijn. We kwamen veel later aan dan verwacht, maar gelukkig deed de makelaar daar helemaal niet moeilijk over. Een aanrader! Ook jij bedankt voor het regelen en wellicht tot een volgende keer. Hartelijke groet,

    Judith Toering(Holland)

    Villa 201 - Ponte da Barca
  • Dear Diana, We have travelled all around the world and stayed in many charming hotels and villas, but Villa 202 rented by Distinctive Portugal is certainly something special. Nowhere did we have our own private water stream, a dam and private electricity plant. The gardens were perfectly manicured, the pool was extra large, the design of the house interior was a good mixture of classical rustic and modern pieces... Congratulations to the very kind owner Jose who, besides having had made this property, provided fresh bread rolls every morning! Although there are many interesting spots to visit and see just a short car drive away, just being lazy around the house was an option hard to fight. Highly recommended. Also Minho province is an excellent choice of location with historic cities, castles and rich cultural offering being easy reachable. We recommended this property to several friends, wish you lots of success, you really have nice houses. Best regards, Martina

    M. Merslavic (Slovenia)

    Villa 202 - Povoa de Lanhoso
  • Bom dia, Diana Primeiro que tudo quero agradecer-lhe toda a sua atençao e de Sergio e espero que na proxima vez possa conhecer aos dois pessoalmente.Pois a villa 206 é uma casa muito comoda para uma familia numerosa, ou grupo de amigos, com um piscina e um jardim maravilhosos,onde podes gozar de um "dolce farniente" olhando a doce e verde paisagem minhota,ou, fazer excursoes a tantos e proximos lugares encantadores. Queria tambem pedir à Diana para dar um abraço a Rosa Sameiro que com a sua gentileza e amabilidade me fez sentir,uma vez mais, orgulhosa de poder mostrar à parte estrangeira da minha familia nao só a beleza da nossa terra como da nossa gente. Uma vez mais obrigados por tudo e até breve Maria Aurora Carreira Wang

    Maria Aurora Carreira Wang

    Villa 206 - Paredes de Coura
  • Hi Diana, Yes I would love to give you some feedback. Our holiday was wonderful. Villa 206 was even better than we hoped. In fact it totally took our breath away. The house very well appointed, with many places to enjoy with fellow 'house mates' or to get away from everyone else (which can be just as important). The garden and pool were wonderful - beautifully maintained and the abundance of fruit trees was an added bonus. The hospitality of the ladies who look after the villa was amazing and we really appreciated the gifts of home baked cakes etc. This was most surprising and really added to the whole experience - please pass on our thanks to them, as well as the pool attendenent. Unfortunately, due to my total lack of Portuguese and poor French I was unable to express this well enough! The games area was great as well and provided good entertainment. What could have been better? I try and find something to help improve… Perhaps some sky tv? or some better english speaking channels? Not that I was bothered but some in our group would have liked that. Thats all I can think of. But the overall standard was excellent. Thank you for a wonderful holiday. Regards

    Ben Taylor (UK)

    Villa 206 - Paredes de Coura
  • Hallo, Wij zijn zeer te spreken over de service en de accommodatie. Het huis en alle voorzieningen zijn geweldig. Wij hebben er een geweldige vakantie gehad. Het royale boodschappenpakket dat bij aankomst aanwezig was, inclusief gebak en geurige bloemstukken in huis verraste ons compleet. Wij hadden onderweg vanaf het vliegveld nog een supermarkt gezocht en inkopen gedaan. Tot onze spijt hebben uw vertegenwoordiger ter plaatse nog extra lang op onze komst laten wachten. Doordat de verlichting bij de in de routebeschrijving genoemde apotheek niet aan was, hebben we nog even extra moeten zoeken, mogelijk kan de routebeschrijving op dat punt wat aangepast worden. Door het frisse weer, was het in de woning wat kil. Toen we vroegen of de verwarming ingeschakeld kon worden was dit niet mogelijk en kregen we het advies de open haard te stoken. Die gaf echter veel rookoverlast in huis. Dit was het enige minpuntje. Voor de rest een geweldig accommodatie met een geweldig service. Tot drie maal toe werd op gebak getrakteerd, open haard hout voor de buitenkeuken werd dezelfde dag aangevuld en zelfs een ontbrekend biljartkrijtje werd binnen een dag bezorgd. Ik bedoel maar, kan het nog beter? Gr. Ria en Leo

    Gr. Ria en Leo (Holland)

    Villa 206 - Paredes de Coura
  • Dear Diana, Villa 206 was wonderful - spacious, clean and comfortable and beautifully equipped - and we loved all the fresh flowers and fruit and veg! The booking process was efficient and straightforward. Thank you so much for all your help - we are recommending you to all our friends! Sarah Crawford

    Sarah Crawford

    Villa 206 - Paredes de Coura
  • It was charming full of character and very beautiful. The gardens were stunning. Booking procedure was very smooth and we were overall very happy with the stay. Many Thanks Hannah

    H. Grant (UK)

    Villa 218 - Caminha
  • Villa 218 is in a beautiful location, has a stunning garden and the house is full of character. Northern Portugal has beautiful beaches, luscious green landscape and the nearest town of Caminha has everything you need; good restaurants, cafes and plenty going on. The garden of the villa is set on a hillside going down from the house to the pool area where there are great facilities (although the fridge could be a little larger). The garden is kept luscious by an automatic watering system and took the whole week of our stay to fully explore. Paths lead from all parts of the house, there are fruit trees, a wonderful array of plants and a choice of areas to sit and relax. The booking process with Distinctive Portugal was efficient and whilst we were at the villa the local representative, Sergio, was very helpful with local knowledge. He responded quickly to the few small problems we had with villa – light bulbs, broken shower head and the swimming pool making strange noises (it needed a top up of water). We thoroughly enjoyed are stay at Villa 218 and despite the few negatives mentioned would recommend it. The great garden and pool area outweigh any drawbacks of the eccentricity of the house. Regards

    Vicki Dawes (UK)

    Villa 218 - Caminha
  • Diana: To say that this villa was perfect is not enough. My husband, children, and all our friends and family had an absolutely beautiful time. The grounds were beautiful, the villa gorgeous, and we have told everyone we know to book this. Thank you for making everything so smooth for us. We will absolutely return! All the best, Emily

    Emily Mattina (USA)

    Villa 219 - Ponte de Lima
  • What a fantastic place to spend time with family we have not been together with for a long while enjoyed the long evening news out on the patio with the wafts of gardenia. Recomend the wine tasting trip, some fantastic wines from the region. Pool was great! Thanks to Sergio from Distinctive Portugalfor his support and recommendations. Great holiday.

    Family Wilkinson (Switzerland)

    Villa 219 - Ponte de Lima
  • A thovoughlyenjoyable holidays with family and friends. Most of the time spent in the pool and playnig tennis. Lovely tonw wich we did it really visit as we were having too much fun in the villa - wich is beautiful. Will hopefully be back.

    The Price and Marshll Families (UK )

    Villa 219 - Ponte de Lima
  • An amazing holiday spart with family who haven't been together for eight years, enjoyed all the character of the house in peaceful and quiet surroundings. Horseriding enabled us to see the montains oud villages moore intimately. Many thanks to Distinctive Portugal.

    Wilkinson (UK)

    Villa 219 - Ponte de Lima
  • An amazing holiday spent with out whole family as part of our both birthday treat. What a wondeful venue in a country we both love, in my case because I was born in Lisboa and lived in that region for 17 years, so constantly have "saudades". The facilities here have been autostanding and we have made full use of the swimming pool, tennis court , billiard table and the table tennis. Many thanks to Sergio and Diana for the excellent customer care and support in making this a truly memorable holiday. MAny thanks to Carlos for making me realise I'm not too old for horse riding.

    Wilkinson Seniors (UK)

    Villa 219 - Ponte de Lima
  • We had a fantastic time here with our family, it just wasn't long enough the baker mentioned by the Johnson family is wonderful as is their coffe!! The horse riding was amazing and Carlos really knows his stuff. The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves, the pool was the best form of entertainment, we found the kitchen more than adequate to cater for 7 adults and 5 children! We are sorry to be leaving the rest of the family today, but we have all had a wonderful time.

    Tallons (Ireland)

    Villa 219 - Ponte de Lima
  • Beautiful location spacious peacely villa. Fantantic weather. Children loved the pool and the tennis camp. Enjoyed Ponte de Lima , Ponte da Barca and Geres (Bit of a drive to get there though)

    The Jonhsons (UK)

    Villa 219 - Ponte de Lima
  • A family of 14from the U.S. had a marvelous week here. The weather was perfect, and facilities served all our needs. Good visits with each areas, linqered over good food and drink, played tennis and swam, and made plans for our next family adventures. We love Portugal and its friendly people. We love the beauty of the area, and its history.

    Wenda Trevarathan (USA)

    Villa 219 - Ponte de Lima
  • Apart from the rain (three out of seven days) we had a good stay in this beautiful house. We will recommend this place to anybody who likes to to spend his holiday in the north of Portugal.

    Van Der Wiel (Holland)

    Villa 219 - Ponte de Lima
  • Great place to celabrate our group's 40'th birthday - we were delighted with the residence and the ground. We did most cooking to enjoy a quiet and serenety of the villa. I think we set a record of 47 bottles of vinho verde shared at the house. Great horseback riding in the area.

    California, (USA)

    Villa 219 - Ponte de Lima
  • The villa was wonderful and blessfuly free of internet connections. Tennis and swimming and no rain for a week. "Extreme relaxing" in this undiscovered country!

    Nancy Taylor (UK)

    Villa 219 - Ponte de Lima
  • Super three weeks of sun and just two days of cloud and rain. Toured area and enjoyed Braga, Viana do CAstelo, Guimarães, Pinhão, Amarante. Pre historic sites - Foz Coa and Citania de Briteiros a hightlight. Lovely peoples, lovely food. Thank you Sergio and Diana at Distinctive Portugal for your help.

    Sue Bright (UK)

    Villa 219 - Ponte de Lima
  • Our second wonderful holiday at villa 219. We love the frendly relaxed people and fantastic food in the Minho. We recommend Carvalheira and our favourite, restaurante Sonho do Capitão.

    Dann Family (UK)

    Villa 219 - Ponte de Lima
  • Great holiday. Food fantastic. Local people very friendly. Enjoyed the wonderfully private villa where we played tennis every day. After 6 years holidaying in Tuscany, Minho has been a great discovery.

    Failes Family (Scotland)

    Villa 219 - Ponte de Lima
  • Het verblijf in Ponte de Lima is ons uitstekend bevallen. Het huis is schitterend gelegen en leent zich prima voor een verblijf met een groep, veel ruimte buiten en binnen en nagenoeg alle kamers hebben sanitaire voorzieningen. Ponte de Lima is een leuk plaatsje. De locatie van het huis is zodanig dat tal van uitstapjes zijn te maken, zoals naar Viana do Castelo, Braga, Porto en niet te vergeten Santiago de Compostela. Wat uw service/site betreft, niets dan lof. Het weer kon beter, maar dat heeft geen afbreuk gedaan aan ons verblijf. Nog één opmerking, de routebeschrijving eindigt met een groen hek. In werkelijkheid gaat het om een grote groene deur. We hebben toch even moeten zoeken. Veel groene hekken in de buurt.

    M.vr.gr. Van der Wiel(Holland)

    Villa 219 - Ponte de Lima
  • Beste, Hartelijk dank voor je prima adviezen voor onze Portugese vakantie. Het was een speciale vakantie dit jaar. We wilden ons 50-jarig huwelijksfeest met onze kinderen en kleinkinderen vieren door een week samen op vakantie te gaan. Dus zochten we een huis voor 18 personen; waarvan de jongste 8 weken en de oudste 75 jaar is. Met jouw advies kwamen we in villa 219 bij Ponte de Lima in Noord-Portugal terecht. Het huis overtrof onze stoutste verwachtingen. De grote groene poort, de oprijlaan met de blauwe hortensia’s, het prachtig gerestaureerde, oude landhuis met de zeer smaakvol ingerichte kamers. En, favoriet bij vooral de kinderen ( 11-19 jaar), het zwembad, de tennisbaan en de biljartkamer. Villa 219 is zeer geschikt voor een grote groep. Elke slaapkamer heeft een eigen badkamer, de eettafel is zo groot dat we er met z’n allen aan konden eten, de tuin heeft heerlijke stoelen en volop gelegenheid om je even terug te trekken en er is een barbecue en de mogelijkheid een private cook in te huren die heerlijk kookt. Villa 219 is ook een prima uitvalsbasis voor het ondernemen van verschillende activiteiten. Wij bezochten Porto en Ponte de Lima, wandelden in het natuurpark, lagen aan het strand en voeren met een kano op de Lima. Een vriendelijke groet, Familie de Groot

    Familie de Groot(Holland)

    Villa 219 - Ponte de Lima
  • Hello Diana, Thank you for your help in organising our recent stay at Villa 219. We were all impressed by the accommodation, and we particularly enjoyed the two evenings with the cooks. Opinion was divided about which was the better, but we would recommend either of them to any future guests, without hesitation. The service, efficiency and quality of food were excellent in both cases, and for our party worked out at under 15 euros per person on both occasions. One problem has arisen today. Best regards, Malcolm Finney

    Malcolm Finney(UK)

    Villa 219 - Ponte de Lima
  • Thank you so much, Diana! It's nice to hear from you. The villa you describe looks like it will be lovely and, although Portugal is not in our plans for 2012, we had a lovely time there last summer and will surely visit again in the future. When we were there in June at villa 219, I had mentioned that I was writing a book on villa travel, and as of last week it is now available. I thought you would want to know this for two reasons -- one is that Distinctive Portugal is mentioned in the book as a website we'd used and were pleased with the results from, and I'm sure it's nice to hear about "good press." The other reason I thought you might be interested is that the book is not so much a travelogue of our own experiences as it is a "how to" guide for prospective villa renters. For a decade now, my friends (generally a much larger group than the one you met last June) have placed their trust in me to find and organize our villa (or chateau or castle) vacations. It's been a pleasure and a privilege from the start, but there actually is quite a bit of organizing, decision-making and finance-planning involved, and each year I find I learn something new about how to successfully navigate the process. Acquaintances and colleagues I've told about our villa adventures often react as though it's a nice but too-overwhelming idea, so I thought you might want to mention the book on your site as a resource for turning what may seem like a large undertaking into a simple one. The book is called Friends, A Villa & A Travel Bug (the byline being "How to Arrange a Fabulous Villa Vacation for Yourself and a Few Dozen of Your Closest Friends") and it can be purchase on amazon.com, BarnesAndNobel.com or most any other book sale site. Here's the link to the amazon.com page: http://www.amazon.com/Friends-Villa-Travel-Bug-fabulous/dp/1466214856/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1317400070&sr=1-6 Thank you again for your help in making our time at Villa 219 lovely, and I look forward to contacting you to arrange our villa the next time we plan a visit to Portugal.? Thanks Janice Davis

    Janice Davis(USA)

    Villa 219 - Ponte de Lima
  • Good morning Diana, I do have to make you a huge compliment Diana! In all my years as a fashion editor and organizer of our fashion shoots I have never had contact to such well organized and cooperative agency! Thank you so far for everything you have organized for us. It has been a great help! Have a nice day, kind regards Julia Rebstock, BILD der FRAU

    Julia Rebstock , BILD der FRAU(Germany)

    Villa 223 - Ponte de Lima
  • Recently I was part of a group of American vacationers who rented accommodations through Distinctive Portugal. Prior to and throughout our visit, Distinctive Portugal provided a truly remarkable level of service, support, advice, and assistance to our group as a whole and to individual travelers. In addition to arranging for our stay at Villa 223, a stunning estate near Ponte de Lima, Diana at Distinctive Portugal provided extensive advice about leisure and touring activities, from wine tours to hiking to soccer matches. When necessary, Diana made all of the arrangements for various activities, including two incredible Douro River Valleyexcursions for which she arranged transportation to the region, sailing on the river, reservations at top restaurants,and tours and tastings at several fascinating vineyards and wineries. Diana impressed us from the start by responding to all of our queries and requests very promptly, often the same dayeven given the time difference. We all agreed that her assistance enhanced our trip immensely, especially given the lack of English-language information about Northern Portugal on the Internet or in books. The region is spectacular, but we would have missed a great deal of it if Diana had not provided as much advice and assistanceas she did! In addition, Diana identified two local chefs to prepare dinners for our group, coordinating meal dates, times, and menus both before and throughout our stay. The chefs were wonderfully skilled! The dinners they prepared for us were very reasonably priced and among the very best we enjoyed during our stay. Diana also identified local babysitters for couples in our group who were traveling with their children, helping them tonegotiate a reasonable daily rate and clarifying requirements before our arrival and during our stay. American travelers might want to note a cultural difference in expectations for babysitting: the sitters were quite competent, ensuring that the children were safe, fed, and getting along well - but they generally were not as proactive in planning activities for the children and required explicit guidance.) Finally, Distinctive Portugal went “above and beyond” for me personally when my rental car was towed while I was exploring on my own in Viana do Castelo. Because I could not contact my fellow travelers, I e-mailed Diana to ask if she could relay a message to them about my situation. Instead, her husband Sergio showed up at the police station to help me personally, a good thing because none of the officers at the station spoke any English! Sergio remained with me there for more than two hours, handling all negotiations with the police until they expedited the process and returned my vehicle to me that very same night. I can honestly say that Distinctive Portugal saved my vacation from potential disaster! Northern Portugal is beautiful, and the opportunities it offers for touring and sightseeing are extensive and varied. I feel like I got to know the region quite well, and I hope to return some day. And when I do, I definitely will make arrangements through Distinctive Portugal, not only because the company provides access to truly unique and historical accommodations, but also because I know Diana and Sergio will help me enjoy a great deal more of what the region has to offer. Best Regards, Craig Jerald

    Craig Jerald (Washington DC, USA)

    Villa 223 - Ponte de Lima
  • Dear Diana and Sergio, We rented Villa 223 through you last spring and had an absolutely marvelous time. The accommodations were just spectacular and the location was terrific. Your services were wonderful. Maria was a delight and we loved her food. My friends who took your wine tour told me it was the highlight of the trip for them. Now its time to look into a trip for 2012 and we are thinking about Spain....specifically the Rioja area. Does Distinctive Portugal have any contacts in that area? If so, we would love a referral. I just think you all are the best! Hope this note finds you well. Kind regards Pam

    Pam Bowman(USA)

    Villa 223 - Ponte de Lima
  • Hi Diana We had a lovely time in the villa, it was very comfortable, well equipped and clean, with plenty of space for 10 of us. The grounds were delightful and so was the pool. The lady who came in to tidy and clean was very discreet and pleasant and the house was well placed to for us visit Ponte de Lima and other local towns. The only small comment I could warmly recommend the house and the service you offer. Best wishes C.Edgar

    C.Edgar (UK)

    Villa 232 - Ponte de Lima
  • Sergio Diana and others Thank you for a brilliant week at Villa 241 Stunning villa and surrounding landscape A pleasure to meet the owner on our first day He has a lovely second home!!!! The Minho region is unspoilt and a real gem to visit Making plans already to return in 2015. Thanks Sean

    Sean McCallion (UK)

    Villa 241 - Ponte de Lima
  • Dear Diana, We had a great holidays at your village. It is extremely spacious, very comfortable, with an idyllic view... About the booking procedure, everything correct, easy and quick. I wish these comments can be useful for you. Regards Jesús Martín

    Jesús Martín (Spain)

    Villa 241 - Ponte de Lima
  • Hello Diana All I can say we were very happy with our stay in Portugal last summer. It was not only a splendid location, the villa was in very good shape, with all the necessary comfort, and foremost the well needed rest (quite and peaceful). We enjoyed a wonderful stay, the moment we entered the place we felt like home. Which is from major importance. Also the guidance from your side, very discrete, very correct and helpful (in booking green fees for golf for example) were very much appreciated. If we ever planning to come back for a summer holiday in Portugal I definitely will think of contacting you guys again. thanks so much again. Best Lieven

    Lieven Van Overbeke (France)

    Villa 246 - Caminha
  • We stayed in Villa 250 for two weeks in July 2012 and had an absolutely amazing holiday! My husband and I travel a lot all around the World, both for work and leisure (we spend a lot of time researching to find what we think are lovely high-end places to travel to and also gems of hotels/villas) and I have to say that it was long since we had such an allround great stay as this one. This is among the best places we have ever found. Great service: Sergio and Diana were really helpful, timely in getting back to us and offered great personalised/ accommodating service – they went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed (without being intrusive). Wonderful villa: The house has been just recently completely renovated to a very high standard and with amazing attention to detail (from the turkish steam bath to the well-equipped kitchen for those who enjoy cooking to the childsafe pool to the all Portugese furniture to…). It is well-designed, clean, comfortable and a nice combo of homely, modern and authentic Portugese. Great garden and views: The house is in a very private setting, has a nice pool, sunbeds and a big dining table. It is a very green garden with for example herbs, strawberrys, olive trees, lemon trees etc. The view is absolutely amazing, overlooking a green valley. There are swings, football goals etc so plenty of fun for young and old kids. The nearby area: Nice leafy walks when going directly from the house. If you take the car, there are many of fairytale like nature walks to choose from (there´s plenty of info about the nearby area made available in the house and Sergio and Diana helped us with making a few bookings for Fado etc). Also, we found Northern Portugal in general to be very peaceful and tourist-free, the people are very friendly and it is a beautiful part of the world. It is a bit like Toscana or Provence – before the tourists came… All in all, we can warmly recommend going to Northern Portugal, booking a villa through Sergio and Diana (we are in the process of booking for next summer ourselves) and also staying in this particular villa. Have a nice holiday! Best wishes.

    Jennie & Martin (Sweden)

    Villa 250 - Paredes de Coura
  • Dear Sergio and Diana , Your advice to stay here at Villa 250 was definitely the right move . The beauty + amenities of the home , both inside and out , are top notch . As this is our first trip to Portugal , we were almost over OVERWHELMED by the magnificent beauty of this part of the world . The garden + beauty of the Douro Valley is almost too wonderful to describe. We feel lucky to have been here for the huge Festival at Ponte de Lima, an idyllic city. Loved Santiago, Braga , Viana do Castelo… Unique Cathedral (+ beautiful grounds ) ! at Bom Jesus ! On piece of advice – when you rent to Americans , I guess the pool is never warm enough ! This is our 4th European attempt at an unheated pool + one none of the 8 adults could handle the temperature! Next time, we will have it heated. We are off to Barcelos tomorrow, we may not have time to report on that before departing. Sonia prepared two most delightful meals for us. Our only regret is that we wish we had lined her up for every night! We tried to convince her to come to USA but she loved to Portugal . She is a gem . This part of the world and this home are hidden treasures! We will definitely make plans to return ! Thank you both. Chris + Vicky Rolfe (Charllote, NC USA)

    Chris + Vicky Rolfe (USA)

    Villa 250 - Paredes de Coura
  • Dear Sergio , Thank you for a wonderful weeks in Portugal . What a magnificent location , we found it easy to get anywhere . The main floor bedroom was I dead for my father who has trouble walking. A particular family favorite was Bom Retiro restaurant , just down the road . Great food at unbeatable prices. You can do take – away there too. The vinho verde of Melgaço were superb. A definite must for any wine lover. Also a fantastic choice is the Douro. If you want the best eggs around , knock on the door of the people across the food. You will not be disappointed . The football pitch was fantastic . Many games were played out there. The beaches around Viana do Castelo , specifically Afife were fantastic . Endless beaches with big waves , for the surfer in the family. Ponte de Lima was a family favorite , great atmosphere and a great Roman bridge. We were around during fair season. Good family fun for the kids and parents alike 1€ glasses of wine at the cafés was a welcome project . We will be back , Portugal was amazing . The Dows

    The Dows (Canada)

    Villa 250 - Paredes de Coura
  • Dear Sergio , Very good Villa, stunning location and facilities. Beautiful area in your friendly country. A local favourite place to eat is Bom Retiro (turn left at the main road -6 km on the left hand side of highway). Very good food at good prices and local wine. Good selection of local birds. Booted eagle, buzzards, raven. Grey spotted and green wood peckers. Sardinian and melodious wables. Serins and Cirl Bunting . Andy Fane, Ros Wimmy and Lzze Wolroyd .

    Andy Fane, Ros Wimmy and Lzze Wolroyd (UK)

    Villa 250 - Paredes de Coura
  • Dear Sergio & Diana, We are all so sad to be going home to Ireland today. We have had a fabulous 2 weeks in this beautiful house. Two families holidaying together and the home was so comfortable. The weather was so good that the pool was is constant use. Competitive volleyball was a daily activity. You were both so helpful with advice and arranging trips for us. White water rafting in the Minho river and surfing in Praia d’Arda were two highlights. A big thank you and to Sonia, who came in and cooked for us a few times. What a treat! This was our fun time to Northern Portugal and we loved it. The scenery, the weather, the food and the wine, all so good. We will definitely recommend it to friends and in particular Villa 250. Thanks again for helping to make our holiday such a success. The McDonald + Hodgins families.

    The McDonald + Hodgins families (Ireland)

    Villa 250 - Paredes de Coura
  • Dear Sergio, It was a great pleasure staying here in Villa 250!! The house is beautiful and so is the garden with the lovely pool! We stayed here for 2 weeks (from 13/7 – 27/7), after visiting Porto & Lisbon. From here we went hiking in Corno de Bico, a really nice area. And we went to the beach in Afife and Caminha. Further move we visited Santiago de Compostela (in Spain), Braga and Guimarães , which we really liked. In Porto , we can recommend a Segway-tour with the Blue Dragon , a fun way to discover the city . And for the rest…a “whole lot of nothing”, that is swimming , reading , cooking and eating , sleeping , playing “Rish”, watching TV, now-and-then , drinking Portuguese Douro wine, and enjoying the beautiful sunny, not-too-warm weather. We’ll recommend the house to friends. The combination of the nice scenery, really comfortable house , with a lot of privacy, is a very good “formula”. King regards, Petra V. Dalsen,Ploris, Caroline and Ron Balm

    Petra V. Dalsen,Ploris, Caroline and Ron Balm (Holland)

    Villa 250 - Paredes de Coura
  • Dear Sergio, Thank you for staying in this beautiful house . It was really fantastic! We were here with our children and grandson and we loved it. We also enjoyed the kindness of the Portuguese people and the beautiful environment, food and the swimming pool was perfect, -warm, and the steam room was wonderful. It was an honour to be the first guest. We would love to come back. Thanks you so much for all your help. With love. Piet and Netty Boelsma Adeus !

    Piet & Netty Boelsma (Holland)

    Villa 250 - Paredes de Coura
  • Diana, We are about to leave Portugal but just wanted to reiterate how much our family enjoyed the stay in the villa. I hope we left it in good order. Again thank you for the welcome and we will be telling our agent how much we enjoyed it and that she should recommend your company. With thanks, Mark and Louise Binns

    Mark and Louise Binns (Australia)

    Villa 251 - Barcelos
  • The villa was excellent, wonderful gardens, pool and facilities, beautifully renovated. Could not complain. Welcome at arrival with food and drink was superb and unexpected. Cleaning during stay very appreciated. I have stayed in dozens of villas before, this was the best to date. In summary, wonderful place with good service in resort. Thanks. Have recommended to friends already who are looking into coming in future Cheers PG

    P. Grundy (UK)

    Villa 251 - Barcelos
  • Bonsoir Sergio, Voici notre commentaire pour la villa : Nous avons passé 2 semaines formidables dans cette villa très joliment aménagée, belle maison avec de beaux volumes, un jardin très agréable dans un environnement magnifique. La terrasse en contrebas est particulièrement agréable pendant l’été. A recommander absolument. Cordialement

    Hélène Dercourt (France)

    Villa 254 - Ponte de Lima
  • We came here in July 2010 for 6 days. Voted to return at harvest time and stay longer. It was worth it! Of course the view is stunning| The breakfast, excellent! Estrela – always ready to help and very knowledgeable. Thank you for your hard work! We returned to Quinta da Avessada and again was guested by Luis and his brother Miguel. We got to enjoy a glimpse of Portuguese culture. We thank you Luis and Miguel! We feel we have made some life long friends here In the Douro Valley. A most spectacular place. We had the pleasure to meet the manager of this lovely house, a real gentleman and very genuine. We hope to return again to this most beautiful house and most beautiful “país” of the world. Thank you.

    Jocelyn Galipeau (Canada)

    Villa 310 - Sabrosa, Douro Valley
  • Dear Diana, Thank you for your email regarding the villa 310, in Portugal. We are very happy to give you feedback on our stay. We had a lovely time at the villa, which was comfortable and spacious.The site had been used to advantage and the different levels afforded fantastic views. We also liked the fact that the villa had modern facilities, but was furnished in traditional style, so we felt very at home, as the style of furnishings is similar to our own home. The housekeeper, Estrella, is very consciencious and hard - working. She is also an excellent cook and a fund of information and went out of her way to make our stay as enjoyable as possible. For example, she chose different types of bread and cold meat for breakfast and bought soya milk, as I have an allergy to cow's milk. Estrella actually cooked a full English breakfast for us on our last morning, before we left to go to Lisbon, after watching me cook one for our son. The house and location suited our family holiday; we were able to enjoy the facilities, the pool and terraces .The gamesroom was used every evening, as darkness fell fairly early, as it was September. In our opinion, the house needs a family group to stay, to enjoy the peace and quiet and each others' company, as there are no shops etc in the hamlet of Gouves. Pinhao is a friendly little town, which we liked visiting, but the distance and our 18 month old grandson meant that we had lunches out, but dinner in the villa. The booking procedure was efficient, as far as I am aware, as my husband dealt with the booking. We were also impressed by the offer of an extra night's stay, as a result of our flight being a day early. In addition, we were persuaded to have the breakfast each day - it was lovely not to have to cook first thing in the morning! The dinners Estrella cooked were delicious and she made sure that she bought very fresh ingredients. I should also mention her welcome of home - made cake and her brother's port, upon our arrival! Please thank everyone involved for a very enjoyable holiday. Kind regards, Sally Woods

    Sally and Howard Woods (Bucks, England)

    Villa 310 - Sabrosa, Douro Valley
  • Nous avons passé un excelent séjour dansla Casade Gouvães. En particulier nous avons apprecié la vue splendide et la piscine ainsi que l’excellent accueil et la cuisine suculente d’Estrela. Avons aussi trouvé le mobilier de très bon gout. Nous recommanderons cette maison sans réserve! Et reviendrons avec plaisir! Avons également apprecié la salle de jeux. Famille Jory

    Famille Jory (France)

    Villa 310 - Sabrosa, Douro Valley
  • What a wonderful week away for the two of us - but we will be back again with friends as this place is too good not to share !! Everything – from Estrela’s cakes to the view from the pool – was fantastic. Jen & Derek

    Jen & Derek (USA)

    Villa 310 - Sabrosa, Douro Valley
  • Superbe séjour – Merci pour le très gentil accueil. Anne Sophie Cambay

    Anne Sophie Cambay(France)

    Villa 310 - Sabrosa, Douro Valley
  • We loved the food, the house, the pool and the wine. Many thanks. The Norwoods

    The Norwoods(USA)

    Villa 310 - Sabrosa, Douro Valley
  • Thanks for such a memorable celebration of the beauty of the Dourolandscape - and an important birthday. It is a lovely spot, a lovely house and comes with a sense of hospitality that we will remember always!! Thank you! Charlotte and Arild Moldstad/Norway and South of France Journalists

    Charlotte and Arild Moldsta (Norway+France)

    Villa 310 - Sabrosa, Douro Valley
  • Two wonderful weeks have vanished in a rush, but what a pleasure!!! Thank you for a very nice stay and a memory for life. Waking up to the scenery and then the ever loving care of Estrela has been life bringing. The house, the area, the surroundings and the weather, everything has been over any expectation, and last, but far from least - Estrela - thank you for fantastic breakfasts, cakes and your generous hospitality. Hakon, Anika, Frida and Sara

    Hakon, Anika, Frida and Sara(Norway)

    Villa 310 - Sabrosa, Douro Valley
  • Thank you for the most beautiful lunch with the most beautiful view! Eva / Denmark

    Eva (Denmark)

    Villa 310 - Sabrosa, Douro Valley
  • Thank you for introducing me to Fado and this beautiful gem of a house. Also thank you for great food & company. Paulina

    Paulina (Denmark)

    Villa 310 - Sabrosa, Douro Valley
  • Tanto el enclave comola casa son dignos de volver a visitar. La casa tiene todo lujo de detalhes y el entorno es realmente genuino y fascinante. Muchas gracias y mantengan este tesoro tan bien conservado! Silvestre

    Silvestre (Spain)

    Villa 310 - Sabrosa, Douro Valley
  • What a lovely house and beautiful place to visit in Portugal. We were so delighted and pleased with everything during our stay this week. The people are wonderful specially Estrela, who went above and beyond her duty to help us! Obrigada Estrela! We want to come back and visit again. Kevin and Jackie Callahan

    Kevin & Jackie Callahan (Iowa USA)

    Villa 310 - Sabrosa, Douro Valley
  • Hoi, We zijn weer een paar dagen terug van opnieuw een mooie vakantie in Portugal. Over het eerste huis in de Douro-vallei niks dan lof. Wat is dat een mooi huis zeg en dan het uitzicht, echt heel prachtig. Ik kan je echt aanraden om daar ook naar toe te gaan. We kregen tot onze verrassing elke morgen een uitgebreid ontbijt, dus dat was echt heel luxe hoor! Wij vonden het zelf daar heel erg mooi, maar de kinderen hadden het na een paar dagen wel gezien, ze vonden het iets te rustig. Daarom was het goed dat het 2e huis dichter bij een grote stad was. Ook daar weer een prachtig uitzicht over Braga. Heel dicht bij de stad en toch helemaal geen herrie. O ja, de schuifdeuren van het zwembad gaan niet open, want dat heeft weer met de klimaatbeheersing te maken volgens Sergio. Het viel ons wel op dat het toch drukker wordt in de Minho-streek. De toeristen gaan deze streek dus echt ontdekken (en waarderen!). Groetjes en wie weet tot een volgende keer.

    Ardine (Holland)

    Villa 310 - Sabrosa, Douro Valley
  • Diana, Just a quick note to let you know that we loved the visit to Foz Coa! Thank you once again for making the booking for us.

    Kirsten Embree (Canada)

    Villa 310 - Sabrosa, Douro Valley
  • We had a wonderful time in Villa 310! The house was very comfortable. The weather was great and the people were very kind. The Douro area is magnificent, we want to thank Estrela for her hospitality and we want to recommend this Casa to our friends and family in the Netherlands. Estrela, you will always be welcome to visit us in our country. The Kooistra family

    The Kooistra family, Netherlands

    Villa 310 - Sabrosa, Douro Valley
  • The spectacular house, the magnificent “vistas” and the beautiful countryside were everything we expected and hoped for and even more! However, what made this a most truly wonderful and memorable visit was the grace and charm of our delightful hostess Estrela Rocha. She accommodated our every wish and need and we will always remember her! Mark and Mary Furey This is a lovely spot. I truly enjoyed painting here, we are thrilled to have visited this Villa 310 and hope to return. Estrela is sweet, smart and very hospitable. Sincerely yours, Lorraine and Paul Furey

    Mark and Paul Furey (Ireland + USA)

    Villa 310 - Sabrosa, Douro Valley
  • Beste , Het was weerom een prachtige vakantie in Portugal. De villa was SUPER. Zoals je dus al eerder vermeld had was de locatie inderdaad rustiger dan de vorige . De villa was zeer ruim en netjes. We hebben wel geen afgevaardigde gezien van het bureau om een waarborg aan te geven,maar hadden wel een nummer van de poetsvrouw gekregen in geval er problemen zouden zijn. Nu zijn we weer een dikke maand later en hebben we allemaal toch weer ontzettend veel zin om de klok effe terug te draaien om te genieten van een gezellig samen zijn en te genieten van de kinderen en het "niets" doen. Hierbij zouden we je ook nog eens ontzettend willen bedanken voor de ongelofelijke assistentie en informatie die we telkens weer van je konden ontvangen. Ik heb in onze vrienden en familie kring al véél reclame gemaakt over jullie organisatie . Omdat dit jaar het derde op rij was dat we naar Portugal zijn geweest,opteren we om volgend jaar Italie een bezoekje te brengen. Hebben jullie daar ook iets ? Nogmaals bedant voor de fijne samenwerking en misschien tot later!

    Martine en Kurt (Holland)

    Villa 310 - Sabrosa, Douro Valley
  • Hello Sergio, We enjoyed our stay in villa 314 and please feel free to use our comments; We were a group of friends, 8 adults and 2 teenagers, that stayed in villa 314 during ten days in June2011. This house suited our needs very well with its well equipped kitchen and the nice garden with both a pool and a tennis court. Our vacation was a combination of lazy days either at the pool side or at the beach, only a few kilometers away, and tours to the interesting neighborhood. One of the highlights was the tour to the pretty town of Porto where we had wine tasting at several producers of Porto wine. All of us enjoyed the stay very much and hope coming back again! A group of friends from Sweden. Best regards, Ann-Christin

    Ann-Christin Söderlund (Sweden)

    Villa 314 - Esposende
  • Hallo ,Ik zou nog wat laten weten,wat betreft de vakantie. Het was heerlijk. We hebben er echt van genoten. De villa was prima. Wel merkte je dat de aparatuur oud was. Het werkte wel, maar niet helemaal top. Wij hadden er verder geen problemen mee, je moest de vaatwasser b.v. niet te vol zetten. De afstand tot het strand is echt niet te lopen, dat staat in de beschrijving, maar dat is niet te doen. De beheerder was erg vriendelijk, borg werd niet eens naar gevraagd, en bij vertrek was alles prima ( bon, bon) zonder ook maar iets na te kijken. Handdoeken werden halverwege de week nog eens extra verschoond. En op vrijdag de bedden (wel erg hard), en er werd gepoetst. Wat ook leuk was, het is er totaal niet toeristisch. Je krijgt dan ook heel andere contacten met de mensen. In het winkeltje, en het cafeetje. Verder is er een hoop moois te zien in de omgeving, wat wij ook gedaan hebben. Alles lukt natuurlijk niet, dus een goede reden om nog eens te gaan! Kortom, een supervakantie, en ook een compliment voor de wijze waarop je dit allemaal regelt. Toch een stukje persoonlijke aandacht! Dat maakt het net even anders. Nog even over de autohuur.Wij hadden wel 2 autos,maar moesten de een bij Hertz, en de ander bij Avis ophalen. Beetje omslachtig. En de organisatie waar je activiteiten kon boeken, was erg wazig. Het ging volgens ons via Engeland, en ze konden na een dag pas wat zeggen. Ze wisten niet eens waar Esposende lag. Die activiteiten kan je daar dus ook niet doen. O ja, de route beschrijving klopt niet helemaal. Het is afslag 19 inplaats van 9, en je komt dan niet op de klinkerweg uit. Maar het was niet moeilijk te vinden. Dit vermeld ik, zodat je daar misschien wat mee kunt doen, of het in ieder geval weet. Groeten van een zeer tevreden gezin, dat zo weer terug zou willen.

    Mary Duyvestijn (Holland)

    Villa 314 - Esposende
  • Dear Diana, We were fully satisfied! The house was well located, service well organised (cleaning lady, towels refill). The service of your agency for restaurants, city trips, boat trips was well organised . If we come back to Portugal we will certainly go via your agency or reference to friends. Kind regards,

    Marie & Sebastien D'Hondt

    Villa 315 - Barcelos - Apulia
  • Dear Diana, We were fully satisfied! The house was well located, service well organised (cleaning lady, towels refill). The service of your agency for restaurants, city trips, boat trips was well organised . If we come back to Portugal we will certainly go via your agency or reference to friends. Kind regards, Marie & Sebastien D'Hondt (Belgium)

    Sebastien D'Hondt (Belgium)

    Villa 315 - Barcelos - Apulia
  • Dear Sergio, We were very pleased with our stay in both villas. Quite different, yet comfortable and nicely decorated. The lemon tree in our first villa was outstanding – we really loved our GT’s ;) We will without doubt come back sometime. Not in 2015 and 2016, since we will go to Greece with friends and in 2016 to USA, where our daughter will go to school for a year – but perhaps later on. We will recommend Distinctive Portugal to everyone interested in vacation in Portugal. Thank you for you kind acceptance and good service to us. Kind Regards to Diana Best Kim

    Kim Skafte Pedersen (Denmark)

    Villa 320 - Esposende
  • Our first trip to Portugal and we couldn't have picked a better place to stay. The house, the surroundings are excellent. Big thanks to Estrela and Gi you have made our stay more memorable. We feel we have been very spoilt.

    Laura King (UK)

    Villa 321 - Sabrosa, Douro Valley
  • What a beautiful location with stunning views and a gorgeous villa that has everything you need to chill and relax and admire the scenery. Thank you to Estrela who made the finest of cakes and was the perfect host to cater for our every need - a real gem! The Douro is beautiful and the sailing boat trip with Paulo and his gorgeous dog one evening was pure tranquility and highly recommended. As always the weather has been glorious and the portuguese people so friendly it feels home from home. Thank you for a fabulous holiday x The McCallion family Leicestershire, England

    Sean McCallion (UK)

    Villa 321 - Sabrosa, Douro Valley