April 7, 2012

Apartment #2

Apartment #2, 1st floor

What to expect ?

120 M2 apartment, turned south, with all the windows of the living room and the bedrooms facing the Douro river and the bridge built by Teofilo Seyrig, a student of Gustave Eiffel. The apartment is at the first floor of the Manor House, and has a large living/dining room, two bedrooms, a charming hall, a large kitchen and a one bathroom. It is the ideal place for a family or two couples to feel this old shipping town and to spend some time to relax. You can walk to the river to visit the Porto wine cellars at about 15 minutes distance from the Manor House.



safe, laundry soap, towels provided, toilet paper, linen provided, hair dryer, soap, local maps, dining room (seating for 10 people), TV, DVD, Cable, High Speed internet (free Wifi), child bed.


fridge, freezer, microwave, washing machine, coffee maker, toaster, iron & board, cooking ustensils, hob, 4 ring stove


2 bedrooms with 2 queen size bed (one of them can be separated in two single beds).


Toilet, Bath with Shower.

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They stayed at the Manor House…

Allan and Deb, from Sydney, Australia, October 2011

“REALLY, we have traveled a lot and this has to be the absolute best location with sensational views, we have ever had the privilege of staying in.
Views of the river, the most amazing bridge, and the other side of town simply captivated us every time we walked past any of the several windows in this apartment. We could “taste” the port lodges across the river with our eyes, and yes, we did do a port wine tasting…..its sort of compulsory! We fell in love with this city, being able to get to all major sites v easily with the Metro a stone’s throw away, the funicular ( great value at the end of the day or night to return home….Porto is really an up and down kind of place ) a few minutes away, buses, trams…its so well located. Given that trams run over the Luiz bridge, which is so close to the apartment, I was pleasantly surprised at how quiet it was there, and I am a light sleeper.
Rustic in style, but with all the mod cons, it is a very spacious, quasi warehouse ape of space only one level up from the street.
Alexandre was very helpful with orientation, organising taxis, and extra linen ( no charge ) and general information. He even has a netbook available for guests use!
On one of our 3 days it poured with rain, we got soaked, but didn’t care because we were going “home” to our apartment…..and it just felt like home.
Would we stay here if we revisited Porto….a resounding YES !!!
Cafe Majestic….do the High Tea! Rua Santa Catarina…about 15 walk downtown.
D. Tonho restaurant in Gaia or Ribeira, both offer great views ( and food )
Others on the Ribeira ..we tried 2 others, can’t remember names…all good
Pasteis de Nata….if you are a custard tart fan…..mmmmm, found everywhere.
Do the Red or Yellow Bus tour….great for orientation
Foz area was worth a look, unfortunately rained the day we went, but beaches looked nice
Thanks Alexandre!”

Anya Paradis, July 2011

“My husband, our 3 year old son and myself stayed here at the beginning of August.
The apartment was wonderful. It was very clean, had everything we needed and, it has to be said, with some of the best views I have ever seen. We spent hours standing at the windows watching Porto life going by. Our son especially loved watching the Metro trains going over the bridge. The apartment seemed to be bigger than we had expected as there was a third room which was used to store our cases, had an ironing board, clothes horse etc in it, which was really handy. We loved the location as it was only a short walk to all the facilities.
Alexandre was so helpful and friendly. He gave us excellent instructions on how to find the apartment, was there to greet us, and periodically kept in touch with us throughout our stay to check things were fine, but without being intrusive.
We would definitely recommend this apartment and, if we came back to stay in Porto, this would be our first choice.
Recommended for: Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway”

Réjean C., Canada, June 2011

“L’appartement est au coeur du cartier historique. On ne peut pas demander mieux pour la localisation. Il est vraiment très beau et très spacieux. Je le recommande…
De plus la vue est magnifique…”

YORKIES, UK, August 2010

“The apartment is in a great location being near the cathedral and only a very short walk into the city centre and railway station. The views over the river and bridge are fantastic. The apartment was very clean and comfortable.
Alexandre was the perfect host giving suggestions for restaurants and where to begin the Douro Valley trip. Thank you.
A really good place to stay in Porto and we would return if visiting there again.
Recommended for: Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway”

James, from London, UK, November 2010

“Three of us stayed here over the first weekend in November. The location of the apartment is pretty amazing and the view over the bridge and river is stunning.
Apart from all the usual facilities we were particularly impressed by the free netbook (small laptop) and wifi access which proved very useful.
Getting around is easy with Sao Bento station very close by. One day we visited Braga and caught the train from here, with a return ticket for the 60-mile round trip costing only a little over four euros each.
Alex who runs the place is also very helpful and provided us with some good restaurant recommendations.
The only downside would be the cobbled and hilly terrain in the immediate vicinity of the building but this should only affect people with walking difficulties.
Definitely give it a go!
Recommended for: Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway”