Layout and amenities
Ground floor: Entrance. Dining room. Living room with open fireplace. Large recreation room with billiard, lounge and dining table. Toilet. Fully fitted kitchen with exit to the large covered patio.
First floor: 3 Double bedrooms, of which 2 with ensuite bathroom and one with shower room. 1 Twin bedroom with ensuite shower room
Heating: Airco (hot and cold), with an open fireplace in the living room.
Amenities: Private swimming pool with separate part for children (depth 0.50m), billiard, TV, dvd player, wi-fi Internet, dishwasher, barbecue, mountain-bikes, cot (at request), microwave oven, coffee machine, washing machine, car port.
House and surroundings
Quinta da Aveleira is a 30 hectare wine estate bordering a tributary of the Douro river. The magnificent Douro landscape (Unesco World Heritage!), with endless terraced vines on steep slopes reaches beyond this quinta.
The land is still very much in use, mainly producing grapes, but also olives, cherries and other fruits. One of the outbuildings of the 17th century manor house is recently converted into a comfortable cottage. The main house itself, the old chapel and the former lagar (winery) are not used or rented, so you will have the exclusive use of the yard, the gardens, the swimming pool etc.
The cottage, which is suitable for 8 people, is charmingly and tastefully decorated with a mixture of antique and modern furniture. Outside the high season it can also be rented by a smaller party, in which case the remaining bedrooms will be closed and not be let out to others.
Next to the kitchen is a large covered patio with tables and benches, where you can have your breakfast or enjoy a long summer evening. Past the chapel at the end of the yard you come to the swimming pool which is surrounded by an ample terrace. There are exceptional views over the vineyards and the mountains in the distance.
The region has lots to offer, from boat trips on the Douro to swimming in the river that runs alongside the quinta, and from the beautiful Romanesque chapel of São Pedro das Águias to the rock engravings of Foz Côa (also World Heritage). Many visitors, however, will like to know everything about the grapes, the wine and the making of port. For those Aveleira’s owners organise wine tasting excursions to their own and other adegas. The high point of the wine season is in early autumn, when you can see or even take part in the grape harvest.
There are a few small shops and a café in the nearby village of Távora (1.5 km). More choice is to be found in Tabuaço (6.5 km), with a supermarket and other kinds of shops, restaurants, banks, the post office, a healthcare centre, and a monthly market.
The distance to Pinhão (with the famous train station on the Douro) is about 20 km, to Peso da Régua 35 km, and Lamego 45 km.