“Relaxing Heaven!” We had the most fantastic week at Casa Branca. It is a lovely no-nonsense property that served our needs as a family of four perfectly. The supermarket is very close by and the set out of the property made everything so easy - we had barbecues every night. The pool is as alluring as the photos indicate. . The surrounding area is really lovely and the temperature in August was perfect - warm but never unpleasant. Having breakfast in the sun every morning was a particular pleasure - I wish I was there now!
Villa, hosts and location exceeded our expectations.
Me and my wife have just returned from a 10 day stay at the Villa Vivenda Pirilampo. From the photographs we had seen, the villa seemed to good to be true, you will not be disappointed it far exceeded our expectations! The Villa has the most amazing views and is well equipped for the use of self catering. The pool is maintained at times that fits in with you so that you always have your privacy, clean towels and bed linen were also provided half way throughout our stay.
The hosts Diane and Roy have perfected the balance of giving you your own space but are also available if you should need something or for information. (you don't know that they are there)
We visited Coimbra for the day which has lots of pretty streets to explore and an abundance of cafes to enjoy a coffee and to try one of the many local delicacies.
The university is open to visit, a ticket can be purchased that gets you entrance to the university itself which is steeped in history, the Bell Tower, Library and Science Museums. You an spend 2-3 hours here.
We ate out at a local Portuguese restaurant which is a 10-15 minute drive called "Cota" which again boasts beautiful views over the valley. It serves great food with very generous portions at very reasonable prices. Staff are very friendly and understand some English, worth a visit.
This has been our first trip to Portugal and we will definitely be returning!
We would like to thank Diane and Roy for making us feel so welcome. …
Casa Branca, Pereiro de Alem, near Vila Nova de Poiares
The villa was a lovely compact and serene place to stay. Bella and Bruce were always on hand for advice but not intrusive. The pool was perfect for us with our 2 daughters as it is a remote location. There is a lot to do in the area especially the river beaches which we found were amazing.Swimming with the fish was a delightful experience.
Over all i would highly recommend this for a relaxing holiday. Thank you Bruce and Bella for your hospitality. …