Holiday Rentals, Villas and Cottages in North Portugal - Casas da Cabreira

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Casa de Gandufe, August 2016
It's our pleasure to give feedback. We thoroughly enjoyed our weeks' stay at Casa de Gandufe and wish we could have stayed longer! The photos didn't do the house full justice; in particular, the beautiful well maintained terraced gardens which offered stunning views from the pool area and the veranda, out across the reservoir and into the valley and hills. We (family with 2 children aged nearly 3 and 5.5) loved the pool and ping pong area and made it better still that it had a security gate from the lower terraces, so we weren't worrying all the time about pool safety. We also loved eating outside in the lovely space, shaded by vines, spotting the little lizards. The house itself was very comfortable, spacious, spotlessly clean and well equipped for a family with young children - it had everything that we needed including en-suites in each of the 3 bedrooms and equipment for toddlers (potties etc). The area was very tranquil, but within easy reach of things to see - plenty for children of all ages at the Canicada reservoir about 45 minutes drive away - and also a similar distance to Guimaraes and Braga. We will have very special memories of the house and the area, and very much hope to return in the next few years (there are only a few places that we return to, as we usually like to discover new places - but this will definitely be one of them!). Booking through Casa de Cabreira was also very easy and they provided a speedy response to any queries. The house manager and her son were also extremely helpful when meeting us on arrival. We couldn't think of anything to improve our stay - possibly a bit more detail in the house information book on the local area on amenities. We got very lost finding the supermarket in Vieira do Minho. Thank you again and we very much look forward to returning again soon.
Mrs J. B. from the Uk
 
Quinta da Aveleira, July - August 2016
As for Quinta da Aveleira, it was a delight. The house itself is beautifully restored, to a standard undoubtedly better than my home! The setting is wonderful; the buildings are fascinating, the views are lovely and it was great to have access through the vineyards down to the river to go swimming if we ever got bored of the pool. The space available was much more than we expected and the photos don't do justice to the property. I hesitate to be too positive about the house, because we'd like to afford to be able to go back! Marta and her sister were perfect hosts, helpful and available but not intrusive. The pool table was well used, as were the bikes - the only bit of advice I would offer is that they get the bikes adjusted a bit more often, as the gear change on a couple of them was not quite right and I would have preferred the tyres to be a bit harder - these are small criticisms amongst huge praise. We have stayed in three Casas da Cabreiras houses before. We have loved them all for differing mixes of reasons, but Quinta da Aveleira is certainly the most impressive, with more space and more facilities than any of the others, as always, in a beautiful setting, and is probably our favourite. Please pass on our regards and thanks to Marta and Sophia. We are grateful to them and their family for making it possible for us to stay in such a lovely place.
Mr I. H. from the UK
 
Casal do Gato, August 2016
We were absolutely delighted with the cottage - the standard of finish and the attention to detail in the equipment and furnishings was excellent. We also loved the pool and the tranquillity offered. It was our first time in Mainland portugal and we really liked the area and the magnificient views. We would love to book the cottage again for next summer but we don't have our dates yet. WE will let you know. Mr van der Wegen and his wife were helpful and came to greet us within 10 minutes of our call (even though we were a little early). They were nice. The gardener came 4 times I think during our stay to keep the pool clean and clear of leaves/flies. Thank you for such a lovely stay.
Ms L. M. from the UK
 
Casa de Baulhe, July 2016
The Casa was delightful, a combination of interesting touches in the house plus architecture and then the wonderful setting of the Quinta itself. The owners very friendly and generous with produce inc wine. The village of Arco itself has everything needed, though one of its restaurants has closed. Air con and pool worked well, though I found the outside pool automatic security light irritating when wanting to sit out at night ( especially as the other outside lighting is lovely). I would book there again and could imagine coming in spring or Autumn.
Mr A. C. from the UK
 
Quinta da Bouca, July 2016
We really enjoyed our stay and Paula was very helpful . The property has a beautiful new pool, lovely shaded seating areas, great views and it was very relaxing. The property was well equipped and we loved the welcome food in the fridge and fresh daily bread. We would go back to this property if we visit the area again.
Ms C. B. from the UK
 
Casa da Cuqueira, August 2016
We got back to England on the ferry from Santander yesterday. We had a great time, the accommodation was first class and had everything we needed. We dealt with one of the family’s daughters, Sofia, who spoke very good English. Her husband was very helpful as well when our friend’s car broke down. The driving instructions you gave us were also accurate This area of Portugal was very good, lots to do. Shame about the forest fires. I will recommend this to others
Mr T. L. from England
 
Quinta Travessa, July - August 2016
We really enjoyed - again! - our holiday at Quinta Travessa. The hosts were very kind and hospitable. We enjoyed the accommodation and especially the swimming pool. We appreciated having breakfast provided for us every morning. We also appreciated the way Casas da Cabreira handled our booking. We had to change our holiday dates and you handled this smoothly and quickly. You reminded us of dates when payments were due and you sent us information at the right time. We hope to return to Quinta Travessa in future.
Mr P. H. from the Uk
 
Quinta de Favaes, July 2016
Just returned from 2 fabulous weeks at Quinta de Favaes and would like to thank Ricardo and his mother for letting us use their beautiful family home, the setting and scenery were glorious, weather brilliant and when it got too hot the huge pool was perfect for cooling off. We had some lovely meals in the village also just staying around barbecuing and eating under the grape vines into the late evening was so good. We were 6 adults and 2 children, although 2 could sadly could only stay 1 week, but the space and having so many bathrooms was perfect. Last but certainly not least was Maria Teresa who came regularly to keep us clean and tidy. Gold star for her always happy and nothing was too much too much trouble
Mrs R. M. from England
 
Quinta do Jaco, August 2016
As a family with 2 children aged 2 and 6 we enjoyed very much our stay at Quinta do Jaco. The house was very comfortable with a well equipped kitchen, plenty of towels and hot water. The pool, gardens and views of the lake are beautiful and were used by our daughters every day, morning and night. The owner arranged a delivery of fresh bread every morning and gave us eggs and tomatoes from his land which was appreciated. We had a brilliant time and would consider staying in the same house again next year. We think your company gave us excellent advice on the local area and which property to chose for our young family as we knew little of this area. We also had an exciting day with Garrano jeep safaris who took us into the wilds of the national park that we would not be able to drive to ourselves. I think the property was excellent value for money.
Mrs C. T. from the UK
 
Casa de Castel'Rei, August 2015
We had a lovely time at Casa de Castel'Rei, it was a beautiful house with fantastic gardens & pool, we had a very relaxing holiday. The organisation through yourself was excellent from beginning to end - thank you.
Mrs S. B. from the UK
 
Quintal da Avo, August 2015
We were very pleased with both the accommodation and the organisation. You responded swiftly to all emails and you were very helpful. The directions to the property were very straight forward and clear even though we had to find it in the middle of nowhere in the pitch black, we got there without taking one wrong turn. The accommodation itself was very clean and comfortable, and the owners made us feel very welcome even though they themselves were going away. They gave us loads of pointers on places to visit etc. Both my husband and I thought the region stunning and we will definitely be using your company again. Thank you.
Mrs S. W. from the UK
 
Casa do Espigueiro, July 2015
Thankyou for refunding the security deposit so promptly. The accomodation was even better than it looked in the photos on your website. We loved the huge garden with large swimming pool, tennis court and table tennis. We also loved the traditional style of the house. It was very spacious and had everything we needed. The owner was very helpful when meeting us on arrival. He clearly explained everything to us and gave us his mobile number so we could contact him direct at any time. All of your communication has been excellent and very helpful. I would use your company again if I wanted to return to the area.
Mrs J. G. from the UK
 
Casal dos Zimbros, June 2015
We had a very nice time, as always, thank you. Having been to Casal dos Zimbros for about 6 years now, we are always impressed with the villa and the facilities (including the pool table - new this year), and the standard to which everything is maintained. The owners are very helpful, including this year sending someone to fix a leak in the pool system on a Sunday, which we were very grateful for (and to the lady who answered your mobile number and made contact with the villa owners when we were having difficulty getting through to them). It is because we have confidence in the villa, the owners, and the reliability and ease of booking through Casas da Cabreira that we keep coming back. I always recommend your website and the villas on it to anybody willing to listen!
Mr R. D. from the UK
 
Casa da Batoca, August 2014
It is our pleasure to give you feedback about our wonderful stay at Casa da Batoca. The owners were very friendly and supportive, the organisation on the first and last day went very smooth and we were treated with fresh delicious vegetables from their garden the entire two weeks which was great. The house was in very good shape, the garden really impressive and the owners took very good care of the pool which was cleaned almost daily. All together we had a wonderful vacation!
Mr H. H. from Germany
 
Quinta do Jaco, August 2014
Thank you for your assistance and excellent service. If we're looking for a place to stay in Portugal in the future, we will surely think of Casas da Cabreira.
Mr J. H. from the Netherlands
 
Casa de Alfena, August 2014
Casa de Cabreira had an excellent range of high quality properties at excellent prices within the region. The communication was great before, during and after our stay.
They offered some reliable personal recommendations on which property to chose to suit our parties need; we wouldn’t hesitate in using them again or to recommend to friends and family when they travel to the North of Portugal.
Mr H. D. from the UK
 
Quinta da Travessa, July 2014
We really enjoyed our holiday at Quinta Travessa. The accommodation had all we needed and the hosts were very kind and hospitable. Nothing was too much trouble for them. We have also been impressed by Casas da Cabreira. Answers to questions and booking came through very quickly. Information about the holiday was accurate and helpful. When we had a delay to our inward journey you were kind enough to liaise with the quinta to tell them our changed time of arrival.
Mr. P. H. from England
 
Casa do Ermal, August 2014
We just made our compliments to the owners! What a beautiful house, garden and swimming pool! The house and the service were perfect! We want to make a reservation for next year. We are very satisfied.
Family. S. from the Netherlands
 
Casa Tadeu, September 2013
“Thank you very much for arranging our holiday again. We have had a wonderful four weeks at Casa Tadeu which is exactly as you describe on your website.
The owner and his family were excellent hosts and could not have looked after us better. Their generosity and friendliness we found was typical of the people of Portugal.
The Casa was clean, comfortable,spacious and well equipped and met all our requirements.The garden and pool were well maintained and enhanced the Casa.”
Mr and Mrs J. S. from England
 
Quinta dos Vieiras, September 2013
“The booking process with you was very smooth and efficient and the extra touches of being able to order a map was invaluable. The accommodation was certainly as described and as shown in the pictures and of a very high quality and standard.
The location was perfect, tranquil but with the lovely small town very close by. The owners met us at the gate as we arrived and gave us a great tour of the villa and were on hand if we had any problems. We will certainly be recommending your company and the villa to our friends.”
Mrs F. C. from the UK
 
Quinta dos Carqueijais, August 2013
“Just back from a wonderful 2 weeks in Quinta dos Carqueijais booked through Casas da Cabreira who were very efficient and helpful. The villa was very spacious and kept cool in the heat, the bedrooms were big and airy and the living room more than large enough for our needs. In addition an added luxury we hadnt expected was a cleaner who came twice a week to clean the villa and replace all the linen so more time spent doing what I wanted! The kids had enough to do to never want to leave the villa – table tennis, pool (kept immaculately clean by Manuel the gardener) lake and kayaks. Getting to the lake kept us fit and well worth the many steps down as swimming there was an amazing experience - we swam twice a day and at times it was warmer than the pool.
On our arrival we were welcomed with fresh vegetables and salad from the owner’s farm and rolls were delivered every morning, the local markets had lovely fresh fruit and salad and cheap prices – if you want to eat out, the restaurant in Bouro St Maria – 10 mins drive away did very good food at reasonable prices – but be warned unless you have a huge appetite order the half portion!
Only downside the road leading to the villa is very steep and you can’t really walk anywhere and probably more suited to older children rather than toddlers but that is a small price to pay for an idyllic holiday. Everyone we met was extremely hospitable and friendly.”
Mrs L. C. from the UK
 
Quinta da Aveleira, August 2013
“Firstly I would like to say a big thank you to you, Marta (the owner) and her team for ensuring our holiday was as good as we expected.
The property is truly wonderful and the area very beautiful, we will definitely be coming back.”
Mr L. H. from the UK
 
Quinta Cercas da Costa, August 2013
“I just wanted to send a quick message to say thank you for supplying such excellent holiday accommodation. Quinta Cercas da Costa was excellent and the owners were very helpful and friendly.”
Dr P. L. from Ireland
 
Casa do Olival, July 2013
“We wanted to write and thank you for a most enjoyable holiday at the Casa do Olival. It was one of our very best holidays and we would much appreciate it if you could personally thank the villa proprietor and his wife for being excellent and generous hosts. We will recommend your Company to our friends and perhaps speak to you again in the future.”
Mr J. L. from the UK
 
Casa de Castel’Rei, July 2013
“We had a great holiday thank you. The accommodation was superb and the owners were both helpful and informative regarding the area. It was our first time in this region of Portugal and we loved it. The food, wine, weather and friendliness of everyone we met was a delight. The gardens of Casa de Castel'Rei were beautiful and we will miss the views of the hills from the verandah!
Would you please pass on our thanks to the owners as we missed them on the morning of our departure as we had a very early flight. I would also like to add my thanks to you and your company for being so efficient and professional and I hope to use you again in the future.”
Mrs K. T. from the UK
 
Casa de Pichoses, July 2013
“Our holiday got off to a fabulous start when we entered the doors to Casa Pichoses. The house is gorgeous and gleams from ceiling to floor. The rooms are bright and airy and nicely decorated and the kitchen is equipped with anything we needed. The view is jawdropping!
The garden and pool are wonderful. The owners discreetly maintained the pool in the early hours before we got up and the cleaning was done to an extremely high standard.
We were delighted to find so many little bars and restaurants within walking distance. The Cafe de Ponte at the bridge is a gem of a place for a cheap beer and snack, free wifi and a mini market below. Check out AML on the far side of the other bridge for a well run watersport business.
Geres and Sao Bento are a quick drive away for more options.
Casas da Cabreira are a pleasure to deal with and everything from time of booking to return of deposit was done in a timely and professional manner. The information was very helpful.
All in all I would be very happy to recommend Casas da Cabreira to anyone and I would highly recommend Rio Caldo as a holiday destination. The next time we visit we will choose Casa Pichoses again!”
Mrs R. E. from Ireland
 
Casa do Olival, September 2012
“Just to let you know we had an excellent holiday at OLIVAL. The owners are lovely people. They were so generous and helpful, nothing was too much trouble.
We were very pleased with Casa do Olival and of course we arrived at a good time for the Festival. Please pass on our thanks to the owners for their great kindness and for looking after us. We hope to meet them again. Also thank you for your assistance.”
Mr and Mrs J. S. from England
 
O Alpendre, September 2012
“Our short stay last year in this region, left us wanting more. We have had a lovely holiday & really enjoyed our stay in O Alpendre.The cottage was light & spacious, very comfortable, & had stunning views from all the rooms. On Thursday we booked a landrover safari with Hugo who took us up Mont Isobel in the national park, this was definitely one of the highlights of our stay & we have recommended it to other guests - there is a visitors book in O Alpendre.”
Mrs G. H. from the UK
 
Quinta da Aveleira, September 2012
“I have to say that our stay at Quinta da Aveleira was absolutely fantastic. The accommodation was superb and remarkable value for money. The owners were incredibly hospitable and we can't thank you enough for offering us this wonderful Quinta.”
Mr P. C. from the UK
 
Casa de Castel’Rei, August 2012
“You kindly said no questionnaire, but you welcomed any feedback. So I just wanted to say we had a really great holiday. The house was all we could have wanted, and the owners made us most welcome. Except for a short business trip to Lisboa, it was my first time in Portugal, and we all loved it. It's not an area that many English people visit, it seems, but we are determined to come back.
I should also say that your company has been really good to deal with - quick professional responses, and accurate descriptions on the website (and really clear travel directions!). We'll do something different next year but I really hope we will use your company again in future.
You asked for suggestions. One minor one. The guidance notes you gave were really good. I wondered if one thing to add might be a full list of market days in the main towns? Not all English guide books are helpful about this. We hit Ponte de Lima on market day by chance which was fun...
I really can't think of anything else. Thanks very much indeed!”
Mr A. B. from the UK
 
Casa de Alfena, July 2012
“We really enjoyed our stay at Casa de Alfena. The house, gardens and pool were lovely and Isabel and her mother could not have been more helpful. My friends agree that it was one of the best holiday rentals ever. In addition we had perfect weather.”
Dr F. A. H. from England
 
Casa da Eira Longa, August 2011
“We were delighted with the accomodation at Casa da Eira Longa and enjoyed exploring the local area in Northern Portugal. Our hosts were very welcoming & by the time we left we felt like friends. They kindly provided us with fresh produce from their garden & a glass of Port wine in the evenings, all of which we really appreciated. When I enquired about using the washing machine our laundry was done for us & returned the next day! We had an excellent holiday in a beautiful house which I don't think could be improved upon.”
Mrs G. H. from the UK
 
Casa do Olival, August 2011
“Just a quick thank you for our holiday in Casa do Olival. The owners were very welcoming hosts and somehow we managed to communicate with our Spanish and a bit of sign language! Please express our gratitude to them for their kindness and tell them how lovely we think their home is. We were so grateful to the owner for showing us his wine press etc. The house was lovely and exactly as described. If I were to offer any constructive feedback at all it would be to have mirrors in the bedrooms (1 mirror is not really enough, especially with teenagers!) (the owner will take care of it) – but we had a wonderful holiday and your service was excellent too!”
Mrs I. B. from England
 
Casa de Pichoses, August 2011
“We had a really great holiday in Rio Caldo. The house was great and a fabulous location. The owners really made us feel at home.”
Mr T. K. from England
 
Quinta Vale do Vizela, August 2011
“We had a wonderful holiday; all the booking arrangements were efficient and the information (particularly about the motorways!) very helpful. Now that the restaurant has been repainted it might be an idea to amend the directions to [...] (we have updated the directions).
The accommodation and area were exactly what we’d hoped for. A spacious, comfortable property with a fantastic pool to relax in, attractive locality, and a wealth of interesting places to visit - Guimaraes, Citania de Briteiros, Tibeas, upper Douro/Pinhao, Porto, Viana do Castelo, Braga, Bom Jesus, Barcelos, Amarante. Apart from walking round the nearby lake, which was very pleasant, we didn't do any trekking in the countryside - we'll have to do that on another, cooler, visit!
The owner and his family were welcoming, generous hosts. Please could you pass our thanks to them for their kindness while we were on holiday and their parting gifts of cake and wine. We have many happy memories of our stay in their lovely house.”
Mrs N. S. from England
 
Casa do Olival, June 2011
“We had a tremendously enjoyable time and will recommend the place and of course your website. The owners were delightful and although away for some of the time made contact a couple of times, with French as our best common language. On our last night they gave us a bottle of port for which we would like to write a thank you letter.
Thank you for all you did to make this holiday such a good experience.”
Dr I. G. from England
 
Quinta da Tapada, September 2010
“Just a brief note to thank you for all your help. We had a wonderful holiday at Quinta da Tapada which is a beautiful house set in a large walled garden with a fab swimming pool. The owners couldn't have been more welcoming and helpful. The local people were so friendly, we even managed to organise for the local fishmonger and baker to call to us along with the locals so we had wonderful fresh fish and bread and cakes daily ! We hope to return very soon.”
Mr L. A. from London
 
Casa Pala Luar, July-August 2010
“We enjoyed our stay at the property, the owner was very considerate and helpful. The house was very comfortable, the area was beautiful and the people that we met were very friendly. We would like to use your company again in the future.”
Mr D. K. from the UK
 
Quinta Vale do Vizela, July 2010
“We have just returned from Fafe. We had a wonderful time and have fallen in love with Northern Portugal, particularly Porto, Guimarães and the national park; in no particular order! The owners of the villa were very kind and helpful. Facilities at the Villa were great.”
Mr F. L. S. from England
 
Quinta de Penas, July 2010
“We had a great holiday - thank you so much for your help. The accommodation was excellent and the owners were extremely helpful and friendly. They made us feel very comfortable. I am so glad we found your firm and through you, Quinta de Penas.”
Mr W. D. from England
 
Casa de Fundevila, June 2010
“Casa de Fundevila is a hidden gem - a beautiful lake to swim in, a Casa that's a home away from home, and a lounge with a view to die for. Thoroughly recommended!”
Ms L. R. from London
 
Casa do Olival, August 2009
“It was nice to meet you on the 1st August. We would just like to tell you how much we enjoyed our stay at Casa da Olival, which is in a fabulous setting and has a wonderful atmosphere. Please convey our thanks to the owner and his wife for making us feel so welcome, and for the use of his cottage which has made our holiday so good. ”
Mr T. F. from the UK
 
Quinta Travessa, July 2009
“May I take this opportunity to say how much we enjoyed our stay, the Quinta was beautiful, very stylish modernisation of the property, with excellent gardens and pool. The hosts were very friendly and I'm sure we would have had long chats if we could speak Portuguese or they could speak English!
I could not fault your organisation, everything was dealt with promptly and efficiently. Your directions and information were very useful, much better than the local tourist information centre who did not even know the DiverLanhoso adventure park which was only about 10 miles away. We will certainly reccommend you to anyone and use you again if we return to this area.”
Mrs P. B. from England
 
Casa do Cruzeiro, June 2009
“Our family completely enjoyed our visit to Portugal. Casa do Cruzeiro is a wonderful villa - very welcoming and comfortable with great views and lake enjoyment. We hope for a return visit.”
Mrs D. M. from the USA
 
Casal dos Zimbros and Casa do Valle, August 2008
“We had a very enjoyable stay at both houses. They more than lived up to the descriptions on your web site. Casal dos Zimbros, in particular, was fantastic with more personal touches and facilities than described (we have updated its description). It really is a lovely place to stay and I can see us returning in the near future if it stays available for rental.”
Dr D. H. from England
 
Casa do Garrano, August 2008
“Just a quick note to say how much we enjoyed our 2 weeks at Casa do Garrano. What a lovely property! The garden was so peaceful and attractive that many days we decided just to sit and enjoy it rather than go out.”
Mrs A. B. from England
 
Casa Normanda, August 2008
“We all had a superb holiday at Casa Normanda - many thanks to you and to the owner for everything! I have been recommending the area to everyone back at home!”
Dr C. B. from England
 
O Alpendre and Quinta de Penas - Casa da Colmeia, August 2008
“We very much enjoyed our holiday in Portugal. Both places we stayed were excellent. At Casa da Colmeia the owners were there on their holidays and made us feel very welcome. Their games room was a real bonus for our 16 year old son. We would certainly consider returning to the area where we completed some fantastic walks in the mountains.”
Ms V. H. from England
 
Casa do Olival, July 2008
“We really enjoyed our holiday at Casa do Olival, made a lot of use of the pool as it was so hot. To the restaurant suggestions would like to add Churrasqueria do Paço near the A7 junction on the Arco road - one of the few places to provide outside dining. All the restaurant suggestions found provided excellent food at very good value, all the people very friendly indeed. The owner and his wife are very charming, we very much appreciated their gifts of fresh peaches, salad and vegetables as well as the delicious wine and bottle of port. Thanks for all your help in arranging our holiday in such a beautiful area.”
Mrs V. L. from England
 
Casa da Cortinha, June 2008
“We would like to let you know that we had a wonderful time at and in Casa da Cortinha. The location was fabulous and provided a much needed slower pace of life, the views spectacular. The restored farm house description does not give it justice - it is a huge barn!, with everything we needed on a luxury and functional basis. The owners were very warm and welcoming and nice to meet them as so many rental holiday houses just involve the agent. Thank you for your assistance in paying the baker the correct money - complete bliss to awake each morning to fresh bread! The owners wine was excellent too!”
Ms J. B. from London
 
Casa dos Três Bicos, June 2008
“We had a fabulous time thank you - great villa and weather, plus we really enjoyed Cabeceiras and the surrounds. We have already started looking into next year’s holiday!”
Mr J. P. from England
 
Casa das Minas, July/August 2007
“We just wanted to tell you that we all had a wonderful time during our stay at Casa das Minas. From our first enquiry about the casa to our arrival in Portugal the service that you offered was always prompt, friendly and very efficient. Thank you.
The casa provided superb and very comfortable accommodation for our family of four and we especially enjoyed the comforts provided by the patio and garden; and on the very hot days the granite cistern was wonderful! The kitchen is very well equipped and our only problem with the water heater was dealt with very efficiently. Whilst not being able to speak a word to each other, the housekeeper is obviously a lovely and very helpful lady and it was always a pleasure to meet her whenever she was working in the garden.
We enjoyed some great days out and especially enjoyed our visits to Bom Jesus, Guimaraes, Citania de Briterios, Barcelos, Ponte de Lima and Porto. Further afield we particularly enjoyed the beaches at Moledo, Ancora and Afife, whilst the scenery in the PNPG (the national park) was spectacular. The boys especially enjoyed our two visits to Agua Montanha Lazer at Rio Caldo, having great fun both on and in the water!!
On one very minor point, I think it would have helped us to have more leaflets, maps and tourist information in the casa itself and when we have stayed in other casas in both France and Spain it has helped if there has been a 'journal' in which previous visitors have written comments, advice and recommendations. Usually this has given us some great places to visit, that are not always in the guidebooks.
Overall we had a fantastic holiday and I would strongly recommend 'Casas da Cabreira' and Casa das Minas to anyone looking for a holiday in the north of Portugal.”
Mr A. S. from England
 
Quinta de Penas - Casa da Colmeia, August 2007
“We had a fabulous holiday in Portugal and were particularly impressed with the standard of accommodation at Casa da Colmeia. It was a pleasure to meet you and thanks for the prompt responses to the power cuts. Our restaurant highlight of the holiday, thanks to your recommendation, was the trip Dona Melozinha at Oliviera. Wonderful setting, excellent food and a charming host, very enjoyable thank you.”
Mr G. H. from England
 
Quinta de Penas - Casa do Forno, July 2007
“We had a wonderful holiday at Casa do Forno. The property was superb and the owners, who were in residence, made us very welcome. The region, which was new to us, was so beautiful and the walking we did was equal or better than any previously experienced. I can’t think of a holiday we’ve had to beat it.”
Mr J. B. from England
 
Casa de Pichoses, June 2007
“The villa was wonderful - the owners were very helpful and the facilities were first class. The weather meant that we didn’t use the pool as much as we would have liked but, as the holiday was primarily an off-roading 4x4 holiday, the location was ideal. We will definitely recommend Casa de Pichoses and Casas da Cabreira to our friends.”
Ms M. C. from England
 
Casal do Gato, June 2007
“We have had a great holiday, despite the weather which has been quite mixed. The sunshine has been plentiful, but so has the rain! However, it’s a fabulous house - perfect for two honeymooners like ourselves. We really enjoyed the pool when we could, the bbq and granite table and the beautiful flowers and vines all around the house which seem to attract birds of all kinds. Due to the (at times) disappointing weather we had fairly frequent excuses to use the open fire too which gives a lovely romantic atmosphere to the already cosy sitting room. As to the area, its gorgeous!”
Mr and Mrs D. V. from Ireland
 
Quinta da Baralha, May 2007
“Firstly, thank you! We had a lovely relaxing time and feel somewhat rejuvinted after our visit. We really fell in love with the area, and indeed with that particular valley and were made to feel welcomed by all those we met in the time we were there. What is the availability for Baralha in September this year?”
Mr D. N. from Scotland
 
Casa de Gandufe, August 2006
“We have always made it a principle never to visit the same place twice in a row (far too many places to see in the world, too little time etc). However, Northern Portugal has changed all that, and even the teenagers (!) want to come again! The place is beautiful beyond our expectations, the Casa de Gandufe a perfect retreat, and the people so friendly (in spite of our extreme language differences!) We have only done a fraction of what we had planned in the short space of time we were there and will make it a fortnight next year.
Incidently, you seemed to know of the gentleman that runs the Pensão Nascente Do Ave (the nearest restaurant). He kindly (at my daughters request) put chicken on the menu for the Saturday before we left. He had gone before we got the chance to thank him and say Aurevoir - if you happen upon him at any point please tell him we really appreciated it and the chicken was delicious! Good example of the kindness and friendliness of the people we met!
Delighted to have found your organisation - thanks for your friendly and efficient service!”
Ms M. v E. from England
 
Casa do Pontido, August 2006
“We are home now two weeks and have had plenty of time to remember our holidays with the help of our many photographs. The country, the region, our home for the duration of our holiday were simply wonderful. It was our first time in Portugal and the professionalism (completeness and clarity and ease of access) of Casas da Cabreira and your own courtesy made identifying and booking our ideal holiday home very easy. The travel directions provided were ‘spot-on’ and finding the home was extremely easy too.
Viera do Minho was a wonderful discovery for us and a region we will return to.
Casa da Pontido was a beautifully appointed and tranquil location.
So a big ‘Thank You’ for your contribution to our memorable holiday in Portugal. We will certainly consult with Casas da Cabreira if considering another holiday in Portugal - actually we will be returning (hopefully soon) to Portugal and Casas da Cabreira will be our first ‘port of call’.
With lots of good memories and kind regards,”
Mr A. C. from Ireland
 
Quinta Travessa, August 2006
“We really enjoyed our holiday. Quinta Travessa was beautiful and the owners were extremely hospitable and generous.”
Mrs D. L. from England
 
Casa da Fonte, August 2006
“Once again our family had a fantastic holiday because of your helpful information and perfect surroundings. We would like to send a small token of our appreciation to the owners. They were such a friendly couple and we loved their house.”
Mrs C. B. from England
 
Quintal da Avó and Casa do Olival, July 2006
“We enjoyed our stay greatly, the people were friendly and patient with our limited Portuguese, especially the owner of Casa do Olival and his wife. We had one or two problems - a leaking dish washer, an interruption in the water supply to the house and stinging wasps at the outdoor shower, all of which were dealt with effectively and promptly by the owner. They were also very kind inviting us in for a welcoming coffee and liqueur and providing us with fresh fruit, refreshing and delicious vinho verde branco and tinto, advice on route planning when we went walking in the Douro valley, also a generous bottle of port when we left. Communicating with sentences made up simultaneously of Portuguese, French and English was a surreal experience but somehow we seemed to manage! Once we worked out that the place with a windmill outside was the paderia and not someone's house we were regular and, it seemed, welcome customers. The bread was delicious and I enjoyed particularly the day I was able to buy some custards. Our friend was grateful also to the taxi driver (transport to the airport of Porto) who was a happy, helpful and reliable man.
Casa Pequena was something special, a fabulous oasis where we were content to stay and relax and have our spirits restored. My wife here too enjoyed getting up early so she didn't miss the baker's van, an impressive every day service and we required little else than his rustic heavy wheat loaf to sustain us. At Olival we realised the benefit during the great sunny weather of granite wall construction that we had enjoyed at Casa Pequena.
All our memories are happy, positive and satisfied ones. If we have any suggestions, provision of a cooling fan at Casa do Olival would probably be the main one (suggestion dealt with by the owner), a print-out at your various premises of what to look out for in the region, etc might also be helpful, especially for the likes of us who may not have had the time to research things fully. However, these are minor points, we hope to be back and thank you sincerely for your friendly help and prompt response when needed.”
Mr C. H. from Scotland
 
Quinta da Boucinha and Casa do Pontido, July 2006
“Thanks for your help in arranging accommodation in Quinta da Boucinha and Casa do Pontido. We enjoyed both properties very much although for different reasons. We particularly liked the immediate country location of Quinta Boucinha with good walking right from the door but found the lack of restaurants close by a slight disadvantage. The property had everything we look for in self catering properties plus the bonus of a pool, a real advantage on hot days and a very nice garden with lots of wildlife.
Casa do Pontido did not have such nice immediate surroundings but had the advantage of easy access to the local town and facilities. We found it a good base for exploring the Peneda-Gerês National Park with its countryside so different to the Serra da Cabreira. The house was comfortable and more than adequate for our needs.
The two properties were an excellent combination and gave us nearly two weeks very enjoyable holiday.
Your web site is excellent, easy to use with lots of detail on the properties and surrounding area and booking was handled efficiently. The sterling account made payment very simple with no exchange issues. We would have no hesitation in recommending your services or either of the properties we stayed in to any friends or relatives. We hope to return to the area at some time in the future.”
Mr J. G. from England
 
Quinta Travessa, July 2006
“We had a lovely holiday at Quinta Travessa. The casa was really lovely and the owners were very helpful and friendly. We would certainly recommend it to others.”
Mrs J. B. from England
 
Casa de Pichoses, July 2006
“We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Casa de Pichoses. The house and pool were great and the owners were very helpful and discreet. The area is beautiful with plenty to see and do, and it helped that the weather was fine! Incidentally the information you provided about the route and the area proved extremely useful and we managed to find the property without any difficulty.”
Mrs B. M. from Ireland
 
Quinta do Meira, July 2006
“Just a quick note to tell you how much we enjoyed our trip to the north of Portugal. We loved the area and we toured around for hundreds of kilometres! We would recommend the area to all our friends and also your website. Thank you for the clear directions and useful information you sent us. We wouldn't hesitate to book our holiday with your company again.
Just a tiny bit of feed back about the apartment: The accommodation was extremely spacious, clean and very comfortable and air conditioned - all great - and we had a very happy stay for our two weeks. Pool area very attractive and clean with well maintained gardens. Friendly and helpful owners. All very good and we thought excellent value for money.
If we had to be REALLY picky we would suggest a few more kitchen items. Great balcony area with parasol however the wooden seats were uncomfortable - only mentioned if the furniture was being replaced in the near future or seat pads could be provided perhaps. (suggestions dealt with by the owners)
P.S. We did visit Diver Lanhoso while we were away and had a great day! We also recommend Água Montanha (water sports at lake Caniçada) and Peter says “Hello”!
Here’s hoping we can visit another of your properties next year.”
Mrs D. B. from England
 
Quinta de Penas - Casa do Forno, June 2006
“We enjoyed our stay very much. Its a fine place you have there, and the location is excellent. We'll definitely be back to explore further.”
Mr O. M. from England
 
Quinta do Meira, May 2006
“Just a short note to thank you and everyone at Quinta do Meira for a wonderful stay with you in May. Myself and my husband and two boys absolutely loved our stay in the Quinta and Portugal, everyone was so nice and the place was amazing. We are hoping to come back again in September.”
Mrs L. F. from Ireland