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Client Reviews for Casa do Lagar

What a fabulous week we’ve had! The grounds are stunning – we’ve enjoyed just wandering around – and the pool has been blissful – a beautiful sun trap to relax and get away from it all. We have loved the local area – Braga, Guimerães, Ponte de Lima and more…Porto really deserves a couple of days at least (don’t miss São Francisco or the Palace next to it!) The villa has been well equipped and comfortable – Thank you Teresa & João for your welcome and advice and thank you Rosa for your unobtrusive watch over the place. Think we need to return at some point and would happily recommend Casa do Lagar to anyone.
Janet & Fred, Wakefield

We’ve had a lovely holiday here in Casa do Lagar. Meeting Teresa and João and hearing about the history of the house, it is very that the renovation work has been a labour of love for them. We have been fortunate to enjoy beautiful weather and it’s not been easy to leave this lovely house to see the sights of this very nice part of Portugal. We managed a day to Braga and also ventured to Ponte de Lima which is a delightful town. Guimerães is not to be missed and we highly recommend Hotel da Oliveira, where we stayed on our way here. Thank you to Teresa, João and Rosa for all they do to create such a memorable experience for their guests.
John and Christine Ferguson, Aberdeen - Scotland

We have had a wonderful week at the villa, doing very little but swimming and reading which has been very relaxing. All our needs have been catered for in this well-equipped villa. We have cooked prawns from the local supermarkets and eaten at Velho Vinho in Povoa de Lanhoso which is very good. The local bakery is top class and we went most days to enjoy Pastel de Nata and coffee and buy excellent bread. A lovely week in a beautiful part of Portugal!
Lyndon and Margaret (Stourbridge, West Midlands)

Dear Teresa and João. We couldn’t have asked for a more enjoyable time than we had at your house. The house, the gardens and pool were marvellous! It exceeded our expectations. You have an ideal home where we could feel your love and tasteful attention to all details on every step. I don’t think we’ll ever forget it. We would love to come back and experience more in your house and country. Please say a very special thank you to Rosa for keeping the garden so beautiful. Muito Obrigado! With very best regards
Mrs Romanovska & Mr Zoldners

Over recent years, we have stayed in about 40 houses and Casa do Lagar is definitely in the top 5! It has character, set in a beautiful garden, very comfortable and wonderfully relaxing. On many days we simply stayed here reading, snoozing, swimming, eating and drinking, just enjoying its charm. We had some good days out to Viana do Castelo, Ponte da Barca and the Citania at Briteiros. One great success was taking the bus (we got a timetable from the Povoa de Lanhoso tourist office) which meant we could get around without worrying about parking. We also visited Lanhoso castle; great little museum and amazing views. Two super weeks. Thanks to Teresa, João and Rosa for making us so welcome.
Mr & Mrs Richardson

The pictures of Casa do Lagar are stunning & beautiful, and that is why I chose here for a much needed holiday. Yet, they fail to tell of the essence & peace that settle around your shoulders like a gossamer blanket as soon as you pass through the gates. It is immediately obvious that this is a loving cherished home, & to be able to share its warmth is a privilege. Thank you.
The Gill Party

Dear Joao and Teresa. Thank you for a super week in your lovely villa. We had the added bonus of an unseasonal heatwave for 4 days and really appreciated the pool and all the various carefully thought out sun bathing and shaded areas. BBQ was a great success. We particularly enjoyed the ancient hill town of Citânia de Briteiros, and it was well worth waiting for the associated museum (in the nearby village) to open at 2pm, with its fascinating glimpse of daily life in the ancient city. Guimarães is a lovely old town, we especially liked the Paço dos Duques de Bragança and had a very good lunch at Restaurante Buxa. Already planning next year!
Cindy and Graham

The accommodation was wonderful and the service we received from Vintage Travel was generally excellent. We had a lovely holiday and thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Casa do Lagar. It really is a beautiful property. Please thank Joao and Teresa for their warm welcome.
C. Lanchbery

We came to relax and that is exactly what we have done. The house is beautiful and the gardens extensive. We haven’t ventured far other than walking to the village and, save trips to the supermarket, we have done a lot of reading, snoozing, eating and relaxing – just what we needed and in a fabulous setting. Sadly home tomorrow but a last thank you to Teresa and Joao for their very pleasant welcome (Rosa too!) and for making our stay such an enjoyable one.
Terri & Ian

When we saw Casa do Lagar on the Vintage Travel website we felt this was the right place for us – but nothing could have prepared us for the tranquillity and atmosphere of this wonderful house. We have spent 2 wonderful weeks here, enjoying everything the house and area have to offer. When we arrived and were welcomed by Teresa and Joao we immediately felt at home - their tour of the property and the local village helped enormously – thank you! When we were asked by a local young man in the café/bread shop what we liked best, we had to say it was the people we have met. You’ll find the bread shop by following the amazing smell from the bakery – it is brilliant – cakes and croissants highly recommended. We have sampled the local cuisine in Póvoa de Lanhoso at Velho Minho and Restaurante Avenida – both good and authentic Portuguese food. The visits to Guimarães & its beautiful medieval squares, to Barcelos & its market, the Geres National Park (can recommend lunch at Beleza da Serra Hotel) and the prehistoric remains at Briteiros were all great trips. But, we mostly enjoyed being in the garden and the pool at Casa do Lagar – Wonderful! Thank you Teresa and Joao. We hope to visit your wonderful home again.
Mr & Mrs Wells

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