We loved this place. It's in the country, away from the noise and traffic of the city. Our room was large, with another attached sitting room where we could lounge and read. The bed was very comfortable. Breakfast is served outside, buffet style, and everything was delicious. Everyone who works here is extremely helpful and friendly. The grounds are large, so it's nice to be able to take a stroll around or a dip in the pool. There are a few excellent restaurants that are a 10 minute walk around, which is nice since we prefer not to drive once we have come back to our guesthouse at the end of our day. We loved this place for all these reasons and would not hesitate to come back. We actually tried extending our stay but they were fully booked.
Beautiful setting. Lovely people. Rooms were very nice and we'll appointed...flat screen tv and tea and coffee making facilities. Quiet-ish...although you can't see the road there is a road that runs close to the grounds...it's not intrusive but you do know it's there. Be aware that some of the doorways are quite low...bashed my head once ( once was enough!). Breakfast is good. The grounds are quite large and there is a medium sized pool and bathing area a short walk from the accommodation. Vila Real is just about walkable...30 minutes, but when we went in the end of September the place was virtually shut down.
First comes the setting: an exquisite former agricultural estate, built on terraces on a steep hill. The upper terrace holds the mansion, in typical Portuguese style; the lower terraces host flowers and vegetable gardens and crop gardens. The swimming pool is set in a large lawn terrace. Then comes the cottage hamlet, in fact a former tradesmen villages with sturdy granite stone houses dat8ng back to the XVIIth century, recently refurbished with great care and attention to details. Our cottage was the former forge, and benefited from an extensive equipment and a large private lawn garden. Add to this the friendly welcome from the hosts, who gave us mais of the town and regions, and recommended most enjoyable visits, activities and restaurants. One of the key features is the Honesty Shop which the host run, making local products available at very affordable prices: vegetables from the garden, cold beer, fine local wines and ports, home made preserve...you pick what you like or need, write it on a note and pay only when you leave...the perfect touch to make you truly welcome. And from 6 to 8pm, you can enjoy some home made tapas if you do not feel like venturing out to one of the many recommended - and rightly so - restaurants. We visited Case do Mateus, a refined noble house with rare collections inside and exceptional gardens outsude. We were dazzled by the Douro terraced vineyards. But our favourite was swimming in the natural pools of the Alvao Natural Park. You can tell we really enjoyed this too short week in Vila Real: if you plan to visit the Douro valley, make sue you do not miss it! I started by qualifying this lovely place as almost heavens: the one thing which brings it back down to earth is the IP4 main road which runs alongside the estate and does create some noise. We stayed there during a very hot spell (38°C) : we had no trouble sleeping at night with widows wide open to let the fresh mountain air in. If it were not for this inconvenience, this would be a place we could never have afforded. Our honest advice is to not be deterred by this, as the settings, the care taken to make your stay enjoyable and comfortable by far outweigh this. We will recommend Case de Levada to all our friends and relatives, and return there with immense pleasure.…
This year our 7th visit to this haven of tranquility in Vila Real. The staff are all like family and always on hand to assist you in any way. This year an addition to the compliment as the Receptionist and excellent in English is Francisco; he could not be more helpful in every way. A worthy addition to the crew at Casa da Levada. Still our best recommendation to anyone wishing a pleasant and restful stay in the lovely Douro Region of N Portugal. We'll be back !!
What a wonderful find in the middle of a town. Original farm with accommodation in large cottages, with an outside verandah/garden. Ines, the owner is fantastic, and nothing is too much. Restaurants, tours, hairdresser - she is the best guide. First morning breakfast basket with home baked bread says it all. And touring the Douro River from here is easy, as Vila Real is so central. Stayed 3 nights, and if we weren't on such a tight schedule, could have happily stayed longer.