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Client Reviews for Casa do Eido da Devesa

Great villa, lovely area.
Ms S Hall

We are a group of 14 wine enthusiasts who enjoy holidaying in lesser-known wine regions, and Casa do Eido fitted our requirements perfectly. The 8 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms were very comfortable, and most had stunning views. The house itself is full of character, with a well-equipped kitchen and massive dining room, but the star of the show is the exterior of the villa - a superb (and warm) pool surrounded by comfortable loungers, chairs and breathtaking mountain views, an immaculate garden and a beautiful shady and scented flower-covered pergola to eat under - and of course, to taste the local wines! It is possible to take walks in the nearby pine and eucalyptus woods from the house if you stay off the main road, or to do some more serious hiking in the Penedes Geres National Park. Ponte de Lima itself is a delight, and should be in anyone's list of Top 10 Towns! It has a lovely riverside setting, with numerous gardens, river walks, festivals (but don't stand too near the fountains for the Vacas das Cordas!), restaurants (our favourite was Petiscas, on the north bank of the river, just across the old bridge), several supermarkets, a Monday market with wonderful flowers and plants and lots of opportunities for just pottering about. The more energetic can hire bikes to ride along cycleways either side of the river. Nearby are numerous historic towns full of quiet pleasures, on the coast or along the local rivers, and the wild flowers in spring are amazing. Further afield, Porto is worth at least a day, as is a river trip from Pinhao on the upper Duoro to see the prestigious port estates and steep slopes covered in vines. There is also a train ride along the river, but a bit less leisurely than the boat! The wine of the Minho region is mostly white - the slightly spritzy but eminently quaffable vinho verde, made to drink young, but with some alvarinhos also made for keeping. Red wines from the Dao and Douro are readily available, as are the various styles of port (try white port with tonic water and ice, very refreshing) and all the wines (and indeed all the food and other goods) are incredibly good value. Finally, a word about our hosts at Casa do Eido, who live next door, and are extremely kind, caring but never intrusive. Daughter Marianna speaks excellent English, and her parents have just opened a cafe down the road in the village which stocks basic provisions and is a good place to pop in for an ice cream on the way back to the villa! Bread can be delivered fresh each morning by arrangement. All in all, we had a superb time. None of us had visited this region of Portugal before, but we all came home with a wish to return again before too long! A complete delight, and a wine lover's paradise!
WAGS on Tour 2015

We were eleven in total and this villa perfectly suited our needs. The building is clearly very well cared for and it was immaculate and equipped with everything we needed including a fabulous pool and patio space. The owners were charming and very helpful. Their daughter's English is better than mine and she did most of the communication with us. Our family goes to Europe every year and we always rent large villas like this one. We have seen quite a few in many counties but this one was at or near the top of our list of best liked. Thanks to Vintage (the most professional rental company we have ever dealt with) and the owners! We loved it!
The Bock Family

An ideal venue for a large party. The owners were extremely helpful but discrete. Nothing was too much trouble: they provided meals, cleaning services, etc. when requested. Their daughter spoke perfect English, which was a real boon.
R. Sims

The pool is fabulous as is the outside eating area. There is a good selection of bedrooms (enough to suit everyone. Generally would recommend this house for a large family group. Kayaking in Ponte de Lima is great fun, also best place to go to for supermarkets (there are two). This is a great region of Portugal to go to if you want to avoid the tourist track
Eve family

We were the first visitors this season and any minor problems that we had were all resolved within 24 hours. Great location for all the family with facilities on site and 3 motorways giving rapid access to beaches, National Park (mountain) and medieval towns.
The Shaw Family

The villa was very well set out with plenty of space for a large group. Lovely furnished rooms with lots of character and beautifully presented.The owners were charming, welcoming and very helpful.The area is lovely with plenty of towns to visit. I would definitely reccommend the place and the villa.
S. D. Ball

We thoroughly enjoyed the warm weather and the pool. We can recommend a visit to Viana do Castelo and it is worth spending time in Ponte de lima, it is very picturesque. We also visited the National Park and the Spanish border Valenca - again we can recommend both trips. But above all we have enjoyed coming back to out temporary home here.
The Raven party

We visited the villa late spring/early summer and found it absolutely delightful. It took ages to allocate bedrooms as they are quite different; two very large and cool rooms in the lowest section of the house and various doubles and twins all with different and lovely decor. Perhaps one of the most outstanding features is the fantastic and well-equipped kitchen. I have been to many large properties both in the UK and abroad and they never 'sit' the large number that they claim to accommodate. The pans, crockery and cooker are all great to use, as is the super-fast dishwasher. The family who own it live very nearby and proved wonderful hosts, so we didn't cook all the time. I would highly recommend this property for any large group who enjoy eating al fresco as a whole. Oh, the pool of course is delightful!
Jacky Wise

An excellent holiday. The owner was very helpful and provided us with a very enjoyable tapas evening. The property was in excellent condition and nothing was too much trouble for her.
The Pritchard Family

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