The pool size was good. Great for a family holiday. Swing area great for the kids. Steam room was a lovely touch.

Irvine O.May 2019
Conectar com a natureza

Que paz, que sossego, muito bom para recarregar energias, conectar com a natureza e abrandar o ritmo. Que bons momentos, que boas recordações! Muito, muito Bom! 

Catarina F. -Aug 2020
Relaxing, cosy, stress-free holiday retreat

In this unprecedented time, we decided to practise what we preach and spend our annual family holiday (2+2) in one of the Distinctive Portugal self-catering villas. Even though we know the villas and region well, we were pleasantly surprised. There was so much of the Minho region to (re)discover and as always the pictures don't do the properties justice. Villa 250 is located in a perfect setting, a home away from home with everything you need for a relaxing, cosy, stress-free holiday retreat. Waking up to the picturesque views was a bonus. Our walks and short drive outings became part of our daily routine. It's unbelievable how much there is to see and do in the unspoilt Minho region. And, the Turkish steam room was a haven after our competitive football matches. Initially, we thought a 9-night stay would be pushing it with 2 (pre)teens, but we all enjoyed the peacefulness, serenity and tranquility after a long overwhelming year. Happy New Year! 

D. Goncalves - Jan 2021
Não queremos ir embora!

O que dizer da estadia nesta casa? Não queremos ir embora! Foi tão bom! A casa em si é fantástica. A decoração tão intimista permitiu que nos sentíssemos num verdadeiro "lar". A piscina aquecida fez toda a diferença e proporcionou-nos muitas gargalhadas. O campo de jogos deu origem a fins de tarde muito divertidos, que culminavam com jantares naquela grande mesa. Tudo se resumiu a momentos de risos, de ternura, de amor, de partilha, de família, de magia. Ficámos curiosos para experimentar outras propriedades. O melhor levamos connosco, as recordações! Obrigada 

J. Pereira -Sep 2020
Esta casa fará parte dessas memórias

Férias em família são momentos que nos marcam para a vida! Esta casa fará parte dessas memórias. Agradecemos a prontidão do Sr. Sérgio.

Fam. Teles & C.C.C -Aug 2020

"Não há palavras para descrever a experiência", é um dos comentários dos miúdos. Subscrevo! Férias absolutamente fabulosas em família. Concerteza que ficará na memória de miúdos e graúdos. Esperamos que se repitam!!! 

T. Silva -Aug 2020
Casa 6 estrelas

Casa 6 estrelas com todas as comodidades. O Sr. Sérgio sempre disponível. Férias incríveis

V. Gomes -Jul 2020
“5 estrelas”

Gostamos muito da estadia. A casa e o jardim é muito acolhedor. A piscina estava "5 estrelas". Umas férias a repetir!! 

D. Silva (PT) -Jul 2020

Diana e Sergio Quero agradeçer pelo profissionalismo e simpatia que tiveram, durante a estadia na casa 250 (paredes de Coura). A casa é deslumbrante, o espaço em todas as divisões, a sala/cozinha enorme que faz com que o grupo estivesse sempre junto. Mas o Alpendre virado para o Jardim com a Piscina ali em frente, faz com que a vontade de sair seja pouca. A Piscina com agua aquecida, fez esquecer os dias com menos sol. O Campo de Futebol com a relva super bem tratada fez com que alguns de nós até parecêssemos jogadores de Futebol. A localização está perfeita, perto de Paredes de Coura, perto de muitos trilhos para caminhadas e paisagens linda. Aconcelho está Casa a todos os amantes da Natureza. Eduarda/Isabel/Jorge/Rodrigues/Maria/Carolina/Leonor

Joaquim Rodrigues (PT)Jun 2020
Kindness of the Portuguese people

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)Jan 2017
Very good “formula”

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)Jan 2017
Fabulous 2 weeks in this beautiful house

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) -Aug 2012
Stunning location

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) -Aug 2016
Winelovers paradise

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 ideal 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) -Sep 2012
OVERWHELMED by the magnificent beauty of this part of the world

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) -Aug 2016
An absolutely amazing holiday!

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) -Jul 2012