The Casa do Rio Vez is, to put it simply, really cute, but would you expect anything less from an old 19th century olive mill located alongside the banks of the River Vez and set within 5000 square metres of gardens? Olive trees, oak trees and lawns abound and even though Rio Vez has its own attractive swimming pool, a dip in natural water of the local river is an utterly bracing experience, given the beautiful nature that surrounds it. But what about the accommodation itself? Well, it may have been built in 1886, but a total renovation in 2004 has added generous contemporary spaces and lines to go with the granite walls and history of the place.
So, the main house, which is “L” shaped and takes in the rooms, has two new levels, with the mezzanines (for the loft) and lounges all beautifully decorated in modern comfortable tones. It even has those minimalist type large rectangular windows to take in all that light and nature that the place affords. For nature is what you certainly get at the Casa do Rio Vez, and in this regard we cannot forget to suggest a visit to The Peneda-Geres National Park, which is only 10 minutes away and an utterly beautiful experience, which is more akin to Switzerland than for a country known for its sandy beaches and warm climate. Yet if some urbane city like requirements are needed, then you are only 2km or so from Arco de Valdevez and it’s only a little bit further to one of northern Portugal’s loveliest cities – Viana do Castelo, right on the Atlantic Ocean.
As for the rooms, there are 4 doubles in all plus a loft that can cater for 4 persons:
The "Maria" and "Sara" Double are both15 square metres and have a 150cm double bed; The "Joao" Double is 20 square metres and takes in a 180cm bed; The "Gilberto" Double is 28 square metres and also has a 180cm bed; The "Luis" Loft is self catering and has its own kitchenette. Please note: breakfast costs 5€ per night for the loft. Prices may also vary for public holidays, New Year and festivities to the ones published.
A delightfully charming gem in the beautiful North of Portug
by Matthias & Christl
Date of stay 10/05/2018
We are incredibly glad we chose Casa do Rio Vez for our 10 night stay in the area of Arcos de Valdevez / Ponte Barca. Our accommodation - we stayed in the self-contained studio - provided everything we could ever have wanted for a longer stay. Due to coolish weather in the beginning of our stay, we spent quite a bit of time "at home". With large, comfortable sofas, a well equipped kitchen and the beautifully homely feel the studio had, we just enjoyed a most relaxing time. Valérie, the host, would probably be one of the most friendly, attentive and caring hosts we have ever had the pleasure to stay with. The absolutely amazing breakfast, lovingly prepared every morning by Paula, a local lady, was beyond any expection. The choice of fruit in particular was incredible: one monrning, we counted ten different types of fruit on our breakfast platter. Cold cuts, cheese, hand-made jam, honey, butter, bread, bread rolls, pastry, joghurt - it was all there.
To sum up our review in two sentences: Thank you for your warm welcome and the hospitality, Valérie, we immensely enjoyed staying at Casa do Rio Vez. We wholeheartedly recommend this establishment to anyone seeking a personal, relaxing, quiet holiday away from maddening crowds - and chances are very good that we will be back one day!
such a good surprise !
Date of stay 09/04/2017
The environment as well as the casa were absolutely fantastic... Nothing to ad.
Better in reality than on the site. Valerie is a perfect host. We absolutely loved everythong there.
Thank you Secret Places ;) !!
Absolut zu empfehlen
Date of stay 09/06/2016
Eine verwunschene alte Mühle - modern und absolut geschmackvoll ausgebaut und gestaltet direkt am Fluss. Ein absoluter Traum! Swimmingpool und Badestelle am Fluss. Wunderschön! Sehr freundliche und immer hilfsbereite Gastgeberin. Sehr gutes Englisch. Tolles Frühstück liebevoll angerichtet mit viel frischem Obst. Lage nah am Nationalpark! Direkter Wanderweg am Fluss. Besser geht es nicht!!!
absolut authentisch und perfekt
Date of stay 22/09/2014
Tolle Lage (sehr ruhig) mit privater Lagune am Fluss
Herrvorragendes, mit Liebe zubereitetes Frühstück
Sehr nette und zuvorkommende Besitzer
Gute Restaurants in der Umgebung
Zimmerausstattung: modern und gemütlich
insgesamt hat das Hotel unsere Erwartungen übertroffen, absolut perfekt!
by Xavier Bonhomme
Date of stay 20/07/2012
Muchísimas Gracias a Valérie y Aníbal por el máximo cuidado con el que nos han recibido, atendido y aconsejado!!
La casa, la habitación, los desayunos y el entorno han sido lo mejor de las vacaciones. Tranquilidad y Bienestar: un lujo!