Santa Mafalda

Santa Mafalda

The pictures may wow you, but they are just a hint of the luxurious and indulgent experience that awaits you when you stay in this lavish rental villa for 8 guests, with its spectacular views, panoramic infinity pool and Jacuzzi, perched high above Pinhão on the Douro Valley!
An unique holiday villa, Santa Mafalda is surrounded by 8,000 sq meters of land and all the 4 en-suite double bedrooms as well as the social areas, have been designed to enjoy the very special landscape and views over olive trees and vineyard terraces, slopping all the way down to the river Douro. The villa has high standard contemporary interiors where slate (local to the Douro), glass and wood are the principal materials; and its fitted with air-conditioning for those very hot Douro summer days, as well as central heating and fireplaces for off-season rentals, making it suitable for year round rentals. And while the gracious and accommodating staff prepare fantastic daily breakfasts as well as other meals on request, the panoramic terraces are perfect for “al fresco” meals. Then in the evenings, the outlook from the swimming pool and the Jacuzzi transforms into something quite magical – whilst the pool is flood-lit, the Jacuzzi’s ceiling is all lit-up with tiny stars and you look out onto to the faint twinkling lights of distant villages. A very spacious games room includes a pool table, a piano and a bar. There is also an outdoor chill-out area amidst vineyards and olive trees, providing the ideal set up for a private wine tasting (on request) or just somewhere to relax the hours away, with a book and a glass of port in your hand of course.
One week (or longer) rentals also benefit from a complimentary “local gastronomy” meal during the stay, a visit to one of the Port producing Quintas with wine tasting, and weather permitting a vineyard terraces picnic plus a two hour Rabelo boat ride on the Douro, all included in rental as well as other offers.The Douro Valley in Portugal is an UNESCO World Heritage Site recognizing the area around the Douro River where wine has been produced for the past two thousand years. Port wine is produced exclusively in the Douro and you can visit numerous Quintas, learn about the process, taste their production and buy Port directly. You will feel “far from the madding crowd”, yet with plenty to explore and enjoy locally, from nature walks to river cruises, as well as some excellent eateries (both simple and sophisticated) to be sampled. Not to be missed is the unforgettable historic train trip up-river from Pinhão to Foz Tua: never leaving the riverside and passing Douro Quintas and damn locks, with the landscape of terraced vineyards changing to dramatic rocky outcrops, making this one of Europe´s great rail journeys!

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Please note – Due to some unprotected drops this property is not suitable for children under 5 years but a baby of non-walking age would be accepted!

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ACCOMMODATION – 8 GUESTS

FIRST FLOOR – Entrance hall; guest WC; master double bedroom suite with shower bathroom (rain and hand held showers), double sinks and opening to private terrace and garden access to pool area; double bedroom suite with full bathroom (bath and shower) opening to private terrace and garden access to pool area; double bedroom suite with shower bathroom (rain and hand held showers); kitchen and larder with service door to exterior as well as access to dining area and terrace; very spacious open plan dining/sitting room with surrounding panoramic windows, TV lounge area and fireplace, access to terrace.
GROUND FLOOR – Double bedroom suite with shower bathroom (rain and hand held showers); very spacious games room with pool table, piano, bar, another TV lounge area and fireplace; shower bathroom & WC; fully equipped laundry room; access to the Jacuzzi or swimming pool terrace with barbeque and oven plus another outdoor dining area.

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STAFF & SERVICES

MAID SERVICE – Included x 2 hours per day after breakfast is served – the swimming pool and the surrounding terraces are cleaned and maintain first thing in the morning as required.
EXTRA COOK SERVICE – On request for minimum of 4 guests, paid locally – 3 course meal @ €35 per person per meal including local wines.
BABY SITTING – On request, paid locally.
PERSONAL LAUNDRY – On request, paid locally.

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COMPLIMENTARY WITH BASIC RENTALS 3 TO 6 NIGHTS – Check-in & check-out assistance (local maid); Port served on arrival; basic welcome hamper; breakfast everyday; courtesy use of tablet computer during stay.

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COMPLIMENTARY WITH ALL 7 NIGHT RENTALS OR LONGER – Check-in & check-out assistance (local maid); Port served on arrival; basic welcome hamper; a courtesy dinner during the stay; breakfast everyday; courtesy use of local mobile phone with €10 credit & tablet computer during stay; Quinta do Bomfim visit & wine tasting; a vineyard terraces picnic (weather permitting); and a 2-hour Rabelo boat ride on the Douro (a non exclusive regular tour with departure from Pinhão from April till November) for all guests.

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DISTANCES

Pinhão (river marina & historic train station, supermarket, specialist wine & regional product shops, basic convenience shops, restaurants & bars, banks & ATMS, post office, health center & chemist, taxi, church & petrol station) – 1 km
Alijó (larger supermarkets) – 15 kms
Provesende (one of the protected Heritage Site villages, also features a great restaurant) – 13 kms
Porto Airport (with motorway link from Vila Real) – 136 kms

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OTHER FACTS

Rental Licence 20801/AL; minimum 1 week rentals apply during July, August & September with Saturday change-overs preferred; minimum 3 night rentals accepted other periods; check-in after 16:00 hours/check-out before 11:00 hours; a basic welcome hamper (water, wine, fruit, cheese, milk, coffee, tea, bread, sugar, salt & pepper, olives, charcoal for barbeque use, guest soaps & lavatory paper, essential cleaning products such as washing up liquid, dishwasher & washing machine detergents, spare electrical bulbs, candles & matches, citronella candles for terraces & mosquito repellent plug-in gadgets for indoors) is included in 1 week rentals or longer; household linen & pool towels supplied/changed once a week; all the bedrooms suites have block-out blinds, a TV unit, and beds of 2 x 1,60 metres each; open-plan bathrooms extra include bathrobes, slippers & a hair dryer; baby cot & high chair available on request for non-walking baby; all electric kitchen including 4-hob cooker and oven microwave, TV unit; kettle, toaster, juicer & coffee machine; the main social areas are fitted with electric blinds; Wi-Fi included in the rental; central heating/air conditioning included in the rental; Satellite TV (social areas: 120 channels; bedrooms: 16 channels) & music system in the games room; snooker & piano for client use; free-form swimming pool with a feature bridge & roman steps (size 11 x 4,40 meters, all one depth @ 1,45 meters); poolside furniture including sun loungers & umbrellas; barbeque & outdoor oven; private parking.

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RENTAL PRICES IN EUROS FOR 2017 & 2018

PEAK SEASON (15 July – 31 August): €4,490 p/week
HIGH SEASON (1 May – 14 July & 1 – 30 September): €4,010 p/week with short stays of minimum 3 nights accepted in May/June pro-rated
LOW SEASON (1 January – 30 April & 1 October – 31 December): minimum 3 nights rental accepted @ €540 per night

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BOOKING/CANCELLATION TERMS

— 30% non-refundable deposit required to reserve the property
— Balance due 6 weeks prior to start date of rental
— Security deposit of €500 for rentals of 7 nights or longer, or €350 for rentals of 3-6 nights, handed in at the property – this amount minus any applicable charges is refundable at the end of the holiday