Portugal Villa Holiday 
Guest Reviews

In the summer of 2006 we decided to open a Guest Book for Portugal Villa Holiday. These pages contain extracts of client comments since that date.

For those of you who have written in French, Spanish, German, Portuguese and Russian - I hope that I have spelt everything correctly and it all makes sense!


References to "Bobi" means Bobi Dog our friendly, personal, lake tour guide who loves to walk with guests. Bobi was found after being abandoned by the lake at the age of 4 weeks in May 2004. He is a bit naughty and tends to "steal" socks and shoes when left unattended on the villa verandah - hence the references to socks and shoes in the comments!

We now have an additional member of the family called Cleo who was born at the end of September 2009.

We had a very good time in the villa. The scenery is amazing and kept me going with my half term revision. James and I loved the pool and had fun with the cricket and badminton sets.

Thanks, Zara Weldon – Staffordshire

A splendid stay in a splendid location.

Perfect for half term break with a spot of pre-exam revising!

The villa is spotless and well equipped. The bathrooms (my judge of quality and cleanliness) are the best I've seen in a long time!

The welcome pack – amazing, everything we needed to start us off.

Sunloungers, plenty of outdoor seating, pool toys for the kids and a fully stocked library.

What more could you ask for

We'll be back

The Weldon Family – Staffordshire


We had a lovely time in your villa

We enjoyed the place and environment very much

The children loved the swimming pool, the dogs and the big garden.

We had a great rest at this quiet location. The location is really beautiful even after the fires

We made nice walks in the surroundings and nice trips to Coimbra, Arganil, Serra da Estrela, Porto, Lisbon and Fatima.

Thank you for your hospitality.

The Schuhmacher Family – Netherlands


Thank you for two wonderful weeks. We had a lovely time at the villa and in the local area. Lin and Geoff were great hosts and provided good entertainment.

Alan and Mandy Barlow - UK

I had a lovely time here even though my grandad beat me at table football

Daniel Barlow – UK

Dear Linda and Geoff

Thank you for such a lovely stay in Portugal. It was nice to see you and the dogs again.

Keiran Barlow – UK


Time flies when you are having fun.

We cannot believe one week comes already to the end. We all enjoyed it here very much

Beautiful view over the river, with the birds circling around wow!

Can stay sitting here for hours. So nice and quiet

The house is super. Our boys loved the swimming pool – of course – the soccer table game and all the other entertainment.

We made nice trips and walks (Coimbra, Gois), Arganil for dinner, circuit do Acores up to Piodao and then enjoyed the swimming pool to cool down.

We took a trip on the river in the rowing boat.

A pity we could not stay for 2 weeks. Thanks Linda for the chats and hospitality.

Obrigado, obrigado, obrigado..... thank you, thank you, thank you.

Ilse, Jurgen and Family – Belgium



Hello Linda, Geoff and other visitors

We have been able to enjoy this quietly located villa for 2 weeks.

The first week we did not get too hot and had a little sun

We then made several trips and walked a little in the area

The second week it was hotter and we enjoyed the pool and occasionally made a trip by car

In Arganil you can also enjoy good food for a good price

Thanks to Linda and Geoff for this wonderful holiday

Cobi and Mike – Netherlands


We had a lovely warm welcome from Linda and Geoff and the villa and scenery surpassed all of our expectations

We’ve all had a fabulous stay. There is so much to do and see in the area. We particularly enjoyed the fishing and rowing down the river

The pool was “refreshing” and the BBQ area a great place to eat, relax and listen to the chime of the village clock while the aromatic heady scents of the eucalyptus and pine filled the area

The villa is superbly equipped and the welcome pack on arrival was fantastic.

Great to have the fire in the evening

Thank you for sharing your wonderful piece of paradise.

Best wishes

Clare, Andy and Matthew

Wiltshire, UK

Thank you so much for a wonderful stay – far too short!

Fantastic to finally see the place and just sorry its taken so long for us to get out here

Best of all, I got to spend some quality time with my bro! Loved going out on the bikes together – again - something we should have done ages ago

You’ve created something very special out of nothing here – long may it continue

We must definitely come again soon…. Perhaps for a bit of off road riding?!!

Lots of love

Andrew and Fiona Phillips

UK

Hoje e o ultimo dia de ferias e nao queremos ir embora.  Vamos ter saudades deste sitio

E um lugar maravilhosa.  A vista e deslumbrante e a casa maravilhosa

Os nossos filhos passaram momentos muito divertidos na piscina

Adoramos Gois, passamos bastante.  Gostamos muito, o sossego e maravilhosa

Os senhores sao donos de um paraiso

Hoje conhecemos o Bobi, muito simpatico um doce de cao

Obrigado, Muito obrigado!

Familia Tome, Alexandra, Joana, Joao e Gabriel

Somos de Obidos, Portugal


Our third stay at the villa has been just as good as the previous times.

This time we travelled via Lisbon which is a wonderful city to visit.

The villa is hard to beat for peace and relaxation and we all feel refreshed after our holiday.

We've eaten out a number of times and found the food very good with friendly service.

Everything remains very good value for money, despite the recent fall in the value of sterling.

Thanks to Linda and Geoff for looking after us so well.

Steve, Carolyn, Jack and Hattie

West Sussex, UK

Thank you very much for your hospitality. We enjoyed the house, the pool and, of course, the fantastic views.

During our stay it was very warm so we found refreshment in the pool.

We enjoyed our visit to Coimbra, the lovely gardens and falls of Bucaco and the historic village of Fajao.

Regards

Hein and Marya, The Netherlands

Thanks so much for a peaceful and relaxing holiday.

The house had all we needed and the position over the water and among the hillside trees was spectacular.

We really appreciated the quiet and peacefulness.

Thank you especially for launching the rowing boat – we used it early in the mornings when the water was very still and the air cool – magical!

We had hot weather and mainly stayed at the house swimming and reading.

Coimbra – had lunch near the old Cathedral – was lovely; Conimbriga roman ruins were a little gem and we visited on a cool morning.

Otherwise, it was feet up, watch the red kites soaring and diving, the birds and the butterflies as they went by.

Wonderful – thank you!

Carol and Robin

UK

I spent a fine time at Casa da Roda with my husband Roel and my two youngest sons Nils (23) and Gunnar (21).

We all agree that this holiday has deepened our love for Portugal, especially for this region of the beautiful country.

Here's what we did during our stay:

Enjoying the lake – by walking along it (usually me on my own in the morning when the others were still sleeping), by swimming in it, by rowing on it in our inflatable canoe, or just by taking in the spectacular view from the terrace and pool.

Reading (me and Nils – although not as much as we had expected because there were so many other nice things to do)

Visiting the National Forest of Bucaco – perfect for a shady walk

Driving to the sea near Mira – lovely sand beach and nice for cooling down a bit

We tried our kite but unfortunately there wasn't enough wind

Driving to Coimbra – where we visited the Biblioteca and the Ceremonial Hall of the University. Afterwards drinks on the terrace (we love the Portuguese coffee) and later dinner on a terrace (we love the Portuguese wine and beer!).

Finally, we ended up on a terrace watching the football game between Portugal and Wales – of course won by Portugal! What a lovely evening


Having drinks at the Theatre cafe in Arganil – we were also there during the football game France v Germany, so that Gunnar could watch the game. Nils could chat with his girlfriend (free wifi) while Roel and I strolled through the streets of Arganil

Exploring the region by car – its beauty was once again confirmed

Last but not least – relaxing, relaxing and relaxing and enjoying each others' company

Lin and Geoff are very hospitable and helpful and so no-nonsense. They shared with us what must be one of the region's best kept secrets – namely lunch at Hotel Rural in Pombeiro da Beira – Euros 7.50 for a 3 course lunch plus drinks and coffee. One leaves the cafe with the uneasy feeling of not having paid enough for such quality, even after tipping generously!

Linda Schildermans

Belgium

Our week staying here has been a delight

Eating out on the terrace every night, admiring the view and watching the wildlife is the perfect end to a lovely day.

The house is so clean and tidy with everything we needed. Thank you so much for the welcome pack.

We visited Coimbra to see the University and its unique library, Bucaco for the peace and quiet and the great monasteries at Batalha and Tomar.

The drives over the mountains were awesome especially our trip to the car/bike and art museum at Caramulo – what a find!

The pool was my great treat, especially with the salt water treatment rather than chlorine. A must for me at the start and end of the day.

Of course, none of this would happen without the discrete and kind care of Geoff and Lin.

Lin certainly made it a special holiday to treasure and remember.

Anne and Al, UK

Thank you so much for your lovely house with this fantastic view of the lake

The welcome package is great and we were very glad with the products

Coimbra is a wonderful City to see with a welcoming atmosphere

Arganil is great for food shopping

Castelo Branco was a wonderful drive with fantastic scenery on the way. However, the town itself did not impress, other than the Bishop's Garden

If you love being in the woods and a quiet environment you need to stay in this house

You both did a great job by creating all of this

Thanks again

Willem, Corry and Ine, The Netherlands

We came looking for peace and quiet and found them in Geoff and Linda's most beautiful house.

What a joy to wake up and to hear songbirds and nothing else

The four legged hosts (Bobi and Cleo) were very friendly and came to visit us often

We went to:

Arganil to do shopping, bar-hopping and once went for dinner at La Tasquinta near the pedestrianed street

Coimbra to marvel at the old University and to wander around the shopping district

Aldeia das Dez – a lovely village at about an hour's drive from the villa

Piodao – a most remarkable mountain village in the Serrra da Estrela mountains – an hour and a half drive from the villa but well worth the effort.


Kris and Krist, Belgium

This was our third visit, we love it so much. The villa is very secluded and has everything there to enjoy. There is a log fire for chilly evenings, fabulous views, a local hotel that serves good food, bikes, boats, local horse riding and beautiful places to walk. The owners, Geoff & Lin, are out of sight but on hand if you need them. They are friendly and incredibly helpful, and really made sure we had a wonderful week there. It's a great place for adults or for families alike. The motor cycle rides along those twisty, mountainous roads were breathtaking! I'm sure we will be back.

Coop Family

Essex, UK

Our little piece of heaven on earth that is Casa da Roda did not disappoint

This was our EIGHTH visit and we enjoyed it as much as ever

Thanks Lin and Geoff for your company and your thoughtfulness in making our stay so wonderful.  Lovely to have BobiDog and Cleo to take Barry for his afternoon walks to “the prom”

Sad to be leaving today but already planning next year’s visit

Much love to you both

Mary and Barry Barlow

Essex, UK

We have stayed at this wonderful property several times now and each time the beauty of the area hits us. The rolling hills and terraced valleys, the scented smells in the fresh air, the stillness and silence. You drive down a well maintained track to the villa where you are warmly met by the owners Geoff and Linn, who spare no effort to make your stay faultless, The first glimpse of the villa, which is set on top of a mature wooded terraced valley that leads down to the lake edge, is beautiful. When you walk into the villa you will find an uncluttered, simply furnished, well stocked and spotlessly clean space. As you walk into the large kitchen area you find a large bowl of fruit sitting on top of a long dining table. At the far end of the kitchen you open double doors that lead onto the veranda and the stunning view of the valley and lake, and again the silence and tranquillity hit you. To wake up in the morning and sit here with your cup of tea, listening to the birds and breathing in the oh so fresh air, is the greatest way to start any day. You will probably be visited as you sit there by Bob and Cleo,,Geoff and Lin's dogs, who come and say hello gently and are more than happy to just sit there with you looking over the view. As you walk round the veranda to the other side you will find the pool/sunbathing area which has full sun for most of the day. Geoff and Lin have provided tools for enjoyment for your stay, various types of boats for the lake, bikes, fishing rods and pool toys for adults and children!. They are always on hand if you need them as their little house is the other side of the valley although you wouldn't know it as it is well hidden by trees. We never tire of the scenery with so much wild life and bird song,( I woke one night to the wonderful song of a nightjar), and always find it so hard to leave. There is no way that you cannot feel re-invigorated after your stay here. Our only complaint? That we weren't there for a month!

Wij verbleven één week in Casa da Roda. Voor wie houdt van rust, stilte en de natuur is dit een heerlijke verblijfplaats met een fantastisch uitzicht! 's Morgens ontbijten op het terras met zo'n uitzicht en de dag kan niet meer stuk! Het huis was heel proper en alles wat aanwezig. Bij aankomst kregen we van de eigenaars een welkompakket met fruit, melk, brood, eitjes, spek... Linda en Geoff zijn heel vriendelijke, lieve mensen. Zij wonen in hun eigen huis, eveneens op het domein maar niet zichtbaar vanuit het vakantiehuis. Onze kinderen (en wij ook) genoten van het zwembad, een heerlijke verkoeling op de warme dagen! Vanuit de villa kan je eveneens een aantal mooie uitstappen maken : Serra da Estrela, Podao, Coimbra,... In het nabijgelegen Arganil kan je lekker eten of een gezellige bbq op het domein zelf is ook mogelijk. Bedankt Linda en Geoff voor jullie gastvrijheid, wij hebben een heerlijke vakantie gehad!!!!

Elke and Steven De Clercq-Présiaux

Belgium

This house is a little well hidden pearl. It is private and tranquil with a lovely view and lots of cozy spots in and out of the sun. Our children loved the gated pool, which was cleaned several times during the week, and I enjoyed daily walks/runs along the river..The house is well equipped and well maintained and more than lived up to our expectations. The owners Linda and Geoff were very kind and helpful with tips and good ideas for towns and places to visit. On the down side the house is a bit far from the nearest supermarket. About 15-20 minutes drive. But the village Arganil is very nice, so often we made a trip out of it.  I would definitely recommend this house! It is among our top vacations so far. It was just a lovely and very easy vacation place. And the owners let us walk their two very friendly and playful dogs, which also made the house our childrens favourite so far.

A Beautiful Piece of Paradise

We arrived on Tuesday 16 September to be greeted very warmly with smiling faces of Geoff and Lin.  The past 36 hours since our arrival in Portugal on the Saturday had been awful with us having to find somewhere else to stay

Words cannot express what they did to pull all the stops out to make their lovely place available for us.  Our holiday could finally start

Excellent place, lovely views, swimming pool, fridge stocked, lovely people and, of course, to complete it all – BobiDog and Cleo

Because we had already got things planned we could not spend as much time as we would have liked to really appreciate Casa da Roda as it deserved.  There are lots of lovely walks, rowing boat, fishing and even off road motorbikes

We were able to enjoy breakfasts and dinner on the terrace with the lovely view of the lake and the enjoyment of the pool – very welcome with our busy schedule

Thank you Lin and Geoff for making us feel so welcome – you have a lovely place and we will certainly recommend to our friends.  Hopefully we can return sometime in the future

With all good wishes

Sandra & Jim Bloomfield

Suffolk, UK

We spent a very relaxing two weeks with our 3 children in Casa Roda. Geoff and Lin couldn't have been more friendly & helpful, they were on hand if needed, otherwise not intrusive.


The property was perfect for us, very clean and the most amazing views. Plenty of different areas to sit in the sun or the shade and so quiet.


We found the location suited us, being quiet and secluded, but also handy for the shops in Arganil when needed, and day trips into the mountains, river beaches and surrounding areas.


Our children swam every day in the pool which was perfect for them, and we enjoyed barbecues most days, and walks down to the river.


A perfect relaxing holiday!

Lee and Clare Dennison

Had a wonderful time here at Casa da Roda

The peace and quiet and the fantastic views will stay with Dawn and I for a long, long time

We got out and about most days and would recommend a trip to Gois, Coimbra and up into the mountain.

It was my birthday while I was here and Geoff took Dawn and I up into the mountains which was delightful.  Had a great meal with Goat and Wild Boar for Euros 30 so I would strongly recommend you ask Geoff for directions

We especially loved the valley with the Mondego river running through it and the river beaches

Thanks for a wonderful time and for sharing your little bit of paradise with us

John and Dawn Puggmur

Notts, UK

This is our seventh time to visit Casa Da Roda so that must tell you something.


The villa is superb with all the facilities you would want. The swimming pool is ideal for floating around and relaxing. The views are superb across the hills down onto the river and lake.

The owners, Lin and Geoff, are in their house in the grounds, but cannot be seen, but are nearby should you need them. They are also a font of knowledge of the area, recommending places to see and places to eat.

A holiday here, is like stepping back in time, but with modern amenities at the villa. The locals are extremely welcoming and friendly and we have spent many an hour in the village cafe/bar with the locals.

All together, this is the ideal place to relax and chill out. I am now in the process of booking again for next year, I would recommend that you do the same, you will not be disappointed.

Mary and Barry Barlow

Essex, UK

So easy at Casa da Roda and for the FIFTH visit!

Thanks to Linda and Geoff for everything (especially laundry, Sunday’s chicken and the directions for Praia das Rochas, a funny place with waves and games in the water)

And thanks to the French who came in July who gave very good advice for the wine

Patrick, Patricia and Lucy

Paris, France

Had a lovely holiday at Casa da Roda – beautiful, peaceful setting. Lin & Geoff were amazing – very helpful in finding us things to do and showing us routes as we were beginners at driving over here. Lin also helped us a lot when our daughter was ill and took us to the hospital and translated for us
We had a lovely stay – found the village lovely – everyone very friendly especially when you greet the locals with “Bon Dia” – they are all lovely
We loved the yoga with Justine - lovely setting for it. Very relaxing but also catered for the individual so each person can take what they wish. Would definitely recommend – http://www.sweetyoga.com.
Not looking forward to returning to the stress of everyday life and it was a welcome and needed escape.
Thank you Lin and Geoff
Andrea, Joseph, Lauren and Poppy

Nous avons passe un sejour idylique dans cette maison. La vue est magnifique et constitue une source d’apaisement par le calme et les couleurs changeante de l’eau. Avoir des repas sur le balcon sont un vrai Bonheur.
Le temps coule lentement, tout juste rhythme par les cloches de l’Eglise. Deux couples d’Aigles volent en rond
La maison et la piscine sont parfaites avec un bon équipement et le pack de bienvenue avec le panier de fruits a été très appréciée
Nous avons passé d'excellentes vacances avec un merci à nos hôtes pour leur hospitalité
Adieu
Albertina et Michel
Philippe et Lynda

Google Translation We spent an idyllic stay in this house. The view is beautiful and is a source of appeasement by the calm and the changing colors of the water. Having meals on the balcony are a real happiness.
Time flows slowly, just rhythm by the bells of the church. Two pairs of eagles flying in circles
The house and pool are perfect with good equipment and welcome pack with fruit basket was much appreciated
We had a great holiday with a thank you to our hosts for their hospitality
farewell
Albertina and Michel
Philip and Lynda

This is the second time I’ve been to this villa and it was just as good as the first
I would say it was better!

We found lots of great places to eat – I tried chanfana (goat stew) for the first time and it was delicious – I would recommend it to anyone.

This is an amazing country and an amazing villa. The pool is nice because salt water is so much better than chlorine. The view of the lake tops the whole of the villa off.

Thank you Linda and Geoff for being so friendly and nice to all of us and for helping to make this the best holiday ever!

Hattie Render (Aged 11)
West Sussex, UK

We love this place – our second visit is just as good as the first

The villa and pool are superb and the view of the lake excellent

We ate out a few times and enjoyed all the restaurants – the best being the Grelhada in Arganil – good traditional food and very friendly. The Argus Café in Arganil is also good for coffee and cake.

Thanks to Linda and Geoff for making our stay comfortable – they’re always on hand for advice without encroaching on one’s peace and quiet.

We hope to stay here again one day

Steve, Carolyn, Jack (15) and Hattie (11) Render
West Sussex, UK

We had a really nice time in this house – a magnificent view and lots of nice quiet evenings.

We went with our canoe on the lake, we swam every day in the beautiful clear and warm water

The children played around in the lake and the pool.

We did some sight seeing – we went to Coimbra, Luso, the national park Bucaco, Gois, Pampilhosa and tried some Portuguese restaurants.

The supermarket in Arganil appeared to be very complete and even health food was available and fresh fish.

The public library in Coimbra was astonishing.

Our walks along the forest (and our jogging) kept us in shape. We love the area and hope to come back

Peter, Karin, Ankie and Fleur
Holland

Restful and quiet – you can be as busy or peaceful as you wish

Geoff and Lin are on hand to offer local advice and guidance should you require

Beautiful scenery, wildlife and nature – explored from the small dinghy on the lake

A well stocked book shelf and found one I have been meaning to read for 29 years “A Town Like Alice”

Hope to visit again for a guaranteed relaxation, peace and downtime break

Paula Stacey UK

Une semaine dans une villa fantastique
Calme - très exceptionnel - Christine

Owl appelle, entendre les grillons dans la nuit, la fraîcheur de l'air de la nuit, l'odeur des eucalyptus - une agréable surprise qui est cette belle maison - Fabienne

Merci beaucoup - Philippe

Sardines de cuisson trop occupés - Je serai bref - incroyable! – Steven

South of France

Arrived on a lovely sunny day with 25C
Spent 2 glorious days by the pool –true heaven!

Our girls loved the beautiful gardens to explore, including the swinging chair hidden away under a shady oak – thanks Geoff!

Went to Coimbra including Portugal dos Pequenitos (little Portuguese hours, etc for kids) and had a nice lunch in the old town.

Visited Conimbriga – extensive Roman ruins with amazingly complete mosaics. Great museum too.

Bucaco forest – lovely old hotel and grounds at centre with beautiful flowering wisteria.

Great place to unwind and relax. Beautiful part of Portugal!

Great friendly hosts and dogs. House is fantastic and we will miss our first ever changing views of the water each day – magical experiences!

The Sweeney Family – Robin, Helen, Elise, Lara
Tasmania, Australia

Thank you very much for a wonderful, unforgettable holiday in a beautiful place with lovely people.

Michael, Ekaterina, Nikita, Ulia, Feodor
Moscow, Russia

To the next lucky people to stay at this wonderful place:
Porto and Coimbra – brilliant cities

Gois – river beach, wacky little café with tables out in the river so fish can nibble your toes as you nibble your baguette!

Torre/Piodao – trip in the mountains which still had snow in June – fabulous views. The slate village of Piodao was spooky on a misty rainy evenings

Horse riding with Sandra and Mel

Got lost in Bucaco as the map from the tourist office was pretty hopeless. Found a bonus in a windmill museum. Really friendly little café here with views to the sea.

As far as the beaches of Aveiro, Costa Nova, Praia Mira were concerned, perhaps we’re just a little early in the season as the towns were quiet and the sea very cold!

But most of the time you’ll be at this fabulous villa. We’ve been holidaying in villas for more than 10 years now and Geoff and Lin have just got everything right

Perhaps its built on some magical meridian, or maybe it conforms with some mystical Chinese architectural geometry – but if you don’t fall in love with your partner all over again when you stay here – if your children aren’t just the most beautiful things in the world – if this place doesn’t make you realise how wonderful life is – then, you probably need therapy (or a divorce lawyer!).

Thanks for everything Lin (and the absent Geoff)

Kirsten, Simon, Thomas and Amy Palmer
Copenhagen, Denmark

What a special place. As soon as we walked in and saw the view from the verandah, we were instantly “chilled”.

The view to the lake is absolutely stunning and one you would never grow tired of

The villa is superb with every attention to detail taken care of. It’s like home from home but better equipped!

The weather was a bit changeable this time of year but still warm enough for T shirts – end September/beginning October

Tomar is an absolute must for a visit. Without doubt, the best national monument we’ve ever been to. Just Euros 6 to get in and real value for money. Would go again and again if we could.

Bobi and Cleo were gorgeous and were both regular visitors – we were tempted to leave our belongings behind and smuggle them into each of our suitcases!

As our fortnight progressed the weather got worse – went to Piodao on a rainy day – not the best of weather to visit a village made of slate and granite but absolutely fascinating just the same – would like to go again on a sunny day

Of all the places we have visited, we enjoyed going to Arganil the most. The town is lovely with some quaint little gift shops spread around. Don’t forget to look around the quiet back streets where there are some hidden shops and café bars

We have had a lovely relaxing two weeks and are heading home to our own menagerie tomorrow. We will definitely be coming back to see the dogs, explore some more places and try our luck at fishing again – no luck this time!

Thank you Geoff and Linda for creating such a lovely place to holiday, for giving us privacy but being there if we needed you

Thank you too to Bobi and Cleo – will always remember you two with fondness.

Jayne & Neil
Heathfield, East Sussex

The house was perfect, spacious and built to make the very most of it's breathtaking views over the river. Nestled into the mountains, it is completely private.

The pool on the terrace also had the most amazing views....floating there in the warmth of the early evening after a full day, watching the river meander and the sun dance on the water, the colours of the mountains changing with the fading light reflected on its surface, was food for the soul.

The owners (Geoff and Linda) live on the land, which I believe is around 8 acres, but are entirely separate from the house....they are on hand if needed and absolutely nothing was too much trouble.

We swam in the river, went on long walks through woods wonderfully perfumed by the heady scent of the local flora. We rode horses arranged for us by our hosts. We canoed (there was a canoe moored on the river and we were free to use it) in the evenings or had dinner and drank wine on the terrace and watched the sun go down....simple pleasures. The house lit up and viewed from the river at night, is beautiful.

We enjoyed the local area, visited Coimbra, Porto and some smaller towns; we spent a day on the coast around an hour away....quiet beaches and bustling towns...delightful...but always we couldn't wait to get back to our hideaway in the mountains and the beauty and tranquility waiting for us there. Our week (not long enough!) at Casa da Roda, slowly peeled away the strains and stresses of every day life, layer by layer, leaving us truly relaxed, refreshed and ready to enter once more into the fray....

Sarah and John Bray
UK

Greetings from Paradise – The Land of Sunshine

What’s new after 4 times at Casa da Roda?

The house and its hosts are always friendly (and the basket of food), the swimming pool, the view – enjoy!

At Arganil the office of Tourism gave us very good indications about interesting places like Praia Fluvial Gois – a river beach with TV in the trees! Praia Secarias – quiet river beach for families – Benfeita for very cold water!

The Library in Arganil is a quiet and fresh place and gives a free internet service, Portuguese books and magazines to practice the language……hmm!!

Thank you Linda and Geoff – Casa da Roda – Dolce Vita

The magical racket to kill mosquitos and flies

Coimbra – we discovered a very cute little tavern called Fangas – homemade plates of Portuguese tapas.

The new residents of swimming pool – Roco and Olga (inflatable crocodiles)

What else? - to be continued next time

Patrick, Patricia and Lucie
Paris, France

Dans la famille Herve, ce que j'ai prefere:

Thais (8 ans) - me baigner dans la piscine et le lac - faire une balade et ramasser des mures avec maman - je vais conseiller a ma meilleure copine Malice de venir ici!

Madeline (6 ans) - faire une balade sur le lac dans la barque - me balancer sur le rocking chair - me baigner le matin, l'apres midi et le soir dans la piscine! - regardez en famille Harry Potter en Anglais

Malo (10 ans) - la piscine - balades a Coimbra, Tomar, Guimaraes - se baigner dans le lac - aller jouer dans la foret - les aperos et les bonnes glaces!

Geoff and Linda - Thanks for the nice talk we had together and the nice bottle of Rose!

Manu, Cathy, Thais, Madeline and Malo
France

This has been an amazing place to stay – one of the best stocked villas we have experienced.

We loved Aveiro, walking around the backstreets to find art nouveau and art deco houses – drove to Costa Nova – what an amazing and quirky place to explore – great coffee and cakes!

Take your swimsuits to Piodao to experience extremely cold and refreshing mountain water. The drive to Piodao has a similarity of the Corsican mountains.

Thank you to Geoff and Linda for all your information and welcome.

Kath, Paul, Joel and Alice
Sheffield, UK

Quite a thrill on arrival as I knew nothing about Roda before I arrived.
Such a beautiful setting and so peaceful. I have enjoyed every minute of the holiday here.

Weather too hot sometimes but the pool was perfect for cooling down.

Lovely, restful area of Portugal, visiting some very interesting towns this week.

Thank you Geoff and Lin for a memorable holiday.

Dorothy from Wales

This was our fifth visit to Casa da Roda and without doubt it gets better every time.  The villa is superb with everything you could need for a relaxing holiday.  The owners Lin and Geoff are nearby if you should need them and are a font of knowledge about the local area with where to go, where to eat and what to see.  Although living near to the villa, you can't see them and they are not obtrusive at all.

 The views from the balcony are to die for and there is nothing better than eating meals alfresco looking at the lake or relaxing in the swimming pool.   The local area is not 'touristy' and if it is that sort of holiday you want, go elsewhere.

 What you have here is the most peaceful place you could imagine, with the locals being extremely friendly.  It is like going back in time.  There is nothing to dislike, in fact there is everything to like.  If you want a relaxing, superb villa holiday in an idyllic location with stunning views, Casa Da Roda is for you.  A massive 5 stars from us.

Mary and Barry Barlow

Essex, UK

We have had two wonderful and relaxing weeks.

The villa was great and with the welcome pack of food and wine we felt more than welcome.

We’ve made some trips to Coimbra, Gois and the coast but most of the time we’ve enjoyed staying at the villa with the beautiful lake view.

Our two boys enjoyed the swimming pool very much but also fishing by the lake and rowing in the boat.

Thanks Geoff and Linda for your hospitality – you’ve made it a great holiday!

Peter, Mirjam, Bart and Anne Kragt
The Netherlands

What a view! - What a house! – Beautiful

Such a lovingly crafted house and surroundings – the website doesn’t do it justice.

We had a bit of a shock when we got here – it was overcast weather but fine, then within 24 hours the temperature soared to 104F. Given that we’d just left the UK which was going through a bout of rain going on biblical proportions, the heat took a bit of getting used to – but the house was pretty cool and the pool was fab.

A couple of good trips out – Bucaco forest/Luso is lovely. Gois was pretty but even better was the nearby Schist village of Aigra Nova - it is tiny but so beautiful – the road up is fairly hair raising (especially if you meet a massive truck of logs on a hair pin bend!)

Finally, on our last day Bobi Dog took us for a walk – so now all is well in the world!
Guy, Carol and Charlotte (12)
London

Viele schöne eindrücke vom mittleren Portugal
Sehr nette menschen
Unendliche wälder
Wundershöne stadt (Coimbra)
Hübsche dörfer
Tiefe Ruhe
Der aufenthalt war äußerst erholsam und wir sagen Linda und Geoffrey – “Bis wir uns wierdersehen”
Many beautiful impressions from the central Portugal

Google Translation:

Very nice people
Infinite forests
Beautiful city (Coimbra)
Pretty villages
Deep silence
The stay was very relaxing and we say, Linda and Geoffrey: “until we meet again”
Joachim and Ursula
Germany

Our main criteria for a holiday this year was to find somewhere offering peace and relaxation where we could re-charge our batteries and recover from our too busy UK lifestyle. As soon as we arrived at this comfortable, well-equipped villa we knew we had made the right choice.

The views of the lake are stunning and the availability of the rowing boat a real added bonus. The villa is surrounded by forests of pine and eucalyptus which smell wonderful. The salt water swimming pool is much more refreshing than the chlorine variety and less painful on the eyes.

Linda kindly arranged a racing bicycle for our use and this was here when we arrived. Cycling in the early morning is best, before it gets too hot. The roads are quiet but a bit hilly – although nothing so serious that you need to stand up on the pedals.

The villa is so good that we’ve not felt the need to go out much, with our only trips being to Gois (good restaurant), Coimbra (recommend the Jardim Manga restaurant to rear of church in main shopping area) and Lousa (a trip to the castle and chapels is a must).

We hope to return one day and will certainly recommend the villa to family and friends.

All now feel thoroughly refreshed – time to get back on the merry-go-round!

Steve, Carolyn, Jack (13) and Hattie (9)
West Sussex UK

A fantastic relaxation holiday, whether it is doing nothing around the pool, rowing on the lake or exploring the nearby towns.

The Jardim Manga restaurant in Coimbra does superb port, sardines and chicken. The staff are very patient with people who are not great at speaking Portuguese and will do their best to help you wherever you may eat.

Sitting reading a book on the upstairs balcony is a great thing to do, because if you look at and cross the river you experience a fantastic view of the nearby forests.

Thanks again Linda and Geoff for giving us this holiday.

Jack (Aged 13)
West Sussex, UK

I really enjoyed playing in the pool and games like volley ball with a badminton net and trying to bat the ball when you jump in.

I also enjoyed swimming in the lake and rowing the boat. The restaurants serve great food and a lot of the staff speak English.

There are lots of fun things to do here and lots of exciting places to visit.

Hattie (Aged 9)
West Sussex, UK

This is the fourth holiday we’ve had at Casa da Roda and, like the previous three, it has been perfect.

We never tire of the amazing views from the balcony. The weather was glorious and the pool was perfect for cooling off.

Bobi Dog, as always was great company on our walks and it was lovely to meet Cleo who joins us on our walks too.

Becky and Darren had a lovely time with the canoe on the lake and we all enjoyed swimming in the lake.

Thanks Lin and Geoff, Bobi and Cleo for a superb holiday. It’s really becoming our second home.

Mary, Barry, Becky & Darren
Essex, UK

Merci pour l’accueil chaleureux.

Nous avons apprecie les fruits et les victuailles dans le frigo.

La maison est tres calme et paisible. La vue sur le lac est splendide et nous avons aime prendre nos repas sur le balcon.

Sejour tres agreeable sous un grand soleil et dans l’odeur des pins.

Belle region avec pleins de bons vins a decouvrir.

Jolie vue sur la montagne et le fleuve.

J’ai adore la piscine.

Famille Bellec
Bretagne, France

In der villa Casa da Roda haben wir eine sehr erholsame Woche zwischen Aufenthalten in Porto und Lissabon verbracht.

Schon fanden wir vor allem die ruhige lage mit dem wunderbaren blick auf den Fluss. Die Ruderfahrten hauseigenen boot und Erfrischungen im pool haben wir mit unseren 3 kindern sehr genossen.

Das haus ist sehr geschmackvoll, grosszügig und praktisch gebaut; an ausflugsmöglichkeiten in die umgebung ist vor allem Coimbra zu empfehlen, aber auch Piodao und ein Abendessen in Arganil.

Thank you very much for everything

Petra, Heinrich, Theresa (17), Barbara (15) and Jakob (13) Ruttinger
Coburg, Germany

Как только мы зашли в этот дом, сразу же почувствовали его обаяние и теплоту. В незнакомой нам стране, мы почувствовали себя как дома. Это было во всем: в приветливости хозяйки Линды, в чистоте, в музыкальном переливе колокола, а, главное, в приветственном пакете продуктов на первый день (было уже поздно и мы не успевали заехать в магазин).

Неограниченный простор обзора и успокаивающие виды дополнили это впечатление. Не видя всего в натуре (а мы заказали дом по интернету), нельзя было выбрать лучше!!

Прекрасный дом!!

Замечательный отдых!!

Спасибо

Translation from Russian:

As soon as we'd come in this house we felt its charm and warmth.
In unknown for us country we felt ourselves like at home. It was in everything: in affability of hostess Linda, in cleanness, in melody of the bell, and especially in welcome package of food for the first day (it had been already late and we had no time to go to the supermarket).

Unlimited vastness of panorama and restful views increased that feeling. Hadn't seen everything in real (as we had booked the villa through the Internet), it was impossible to choose better!!

Beautiful house!!

Wonderful holiday!!

Thank you

Rima Friedler and Friends
Israel

The villa was great. Lovely aspect, wonderful views.
Sadly the weather was unusual but that meant we could do some walking in less than typical heat.

We visited the mountain (Schist) villages above Gois and Lousa.

We enjoyed the rowing boat and laying by the pool.

Thank you so much for your advice and ideas. We appreciate your patience and willingness to be so helpful. Also your ideas for walks around here.

You have a lovely place here.

Caroline and Roger Cowe
UK

Villa was fantastic, views amazing

Peace and Quiet!

Perfect setting for the perfect weekend - just wished we were here for longer

We will be back!

Louise, Gary, Justine and Nigel
Essex, UK

We first visited in September 2009 with our friends and loved it so much we chose it for our family holiday with a 15 year old, a 7 year old and a 1 year old.

They have all loved it here. Swimming, relaxing and adventures to name but a few of our pastimes – we all could have stayed here longer.

The villa is so well equipped and in such a wonderful position in a beautiful part of Portugal. Love it more than my real home!

It speaks for itself that we have re-booked to come back with our friends in September

Well done Linda for making a true home from home welcome

Louise, Gary, Lara, Harvey and Flo
Essex, UK

It was lovely to be met by Linda despite the very late hour and the beer and wine in the welcome pack was very welcome indeed!

Waking to the fabulous view set the tone for the week – what a fabulous setting and a beautiful part of the world.

We wish we could have stayed longer so we could have spent more time relaxing in the wonderful villa.

There was so much to see and do! –

Figueira da Foz – wow! Wonderful large beach and some great fish for lunch
Gois – lovely food in the local café and peaceful relaxation by the river
Serra da Estrella – the Star Mountains – highlight of the week – a long, beautiful drive, stunning views and the reward of yummy cheese afterwards.
Conimbriga – a long tortuous journey thanks to our silly satnav but worth the trip – our 5 year old loved it!

We also visited friends north of Oliveira do Hospital an equally beautiful part of the Beiras.

Wonderful weather for this time of the year – much appreciated. The bag of slippers also much appreciated as was the lift back from the village when we left the key indoors!

Thank you so much for an introduction to Central Portugal – we loved it and are sure to return

Kerry, Alistair, Marnie and Mairin MacAulay
UK

We have enjoyed our stay here so much. The views are amazing and the place is peaceful. The villa is lovely and everything we wanted was at hand. Thanks to Linda and Geoff for a lovely welcome and for all their help during our stay.

Thanks to Bobi for taking us walkies and for being so loving and entertaining - such a special dog.

We love the area and have toured around in between house hunting and it was good returning each day to such a wonderful place - we truly had to tear ourselves away!

Thanks again Geoff and Linda for making our stay here so perfect.

We will be back!

Cathy & Richard
Nottingham, UK

The house is beautiful with excellent finish and detail. It is clear that Geoff has put a great deal of love and care into the building and design.

Laura and Eleanor were in the pool at every available moment and we all enjoyed the river and the rowing boat. It was great to be able to walk down through the woods and walk or run down the tracks.

The wildlife - lizards, kites, hoopoes, swallow tails, butterflies and huge beetles provided much entertainment.

Arganil is a lovely little town. We enjoyed the market and had great meals at the Grelha Restaurant. Bacalhau a Bras is particularly recommended.

Coimbra was stately and elegant. The Se Velha (Cathedral) is beautiful and the old town was fun. Viseu was similar but rougher - in a good way. We also enjoyed the river beaches in Gois and Vila Nova da Ceira.

The forest walks in Bucaco are a delight. The walk up through the terracotta stations of the cross to the Cruz Alto is well worth doing - take a guide book as there is no map.

Linda and Geoff are friendly and helpful without being obtrusive and clearly enjoy their business and get pleasure out of other people's appreciation of the house and environs. The welcome pack is a great bonus, particularly the wine and beer!

Peter, Therese, Laura and Eleanor
Birmingham, UK

So here’s the plan … we leave Geoffrey (who built this villa) toiling away building 2 extensions to our home in Maldon, Essex, with his builder friends and associated dust, noise, nuisance, etc., and we came here to enjoy the company of his wife and the wonderful peace, quiet and sunshine of their corner of paradise – sounds like a deal to me!

Thank you both for letting us share your secret and unfortunately “more more into the fray”

Best tip for a meal in Arganil is Xisto – lovely service and the best food we have yet had in Portugal

Simon and B
UK

We leave today after a fabulous week. What a peaceful and serene place. The river view is a beautiful start to the day (and middle and end!). The boys had great fun in the rowing boat even if there were a few sore shoulders after.

The wildlife is abundant - red kites circling overhead, jays hopping from tree to tree, lizards and butterflies, a daring rescue of the biggest stag beetle from the pool, plenty of bats around the street light and a particularly vocal owl one evening.

We were going to go to Lisbon but decided there was enough to see and do locally (sorry Linda - after all your research on our behalf) but we had great trips to Coimbra, Conimbriga (amazing roman ruins) and Figueira da Foz. The walk through Bucaco is beautiful but not well sign posted and is further than you think but well worth the effort. Ate in most nights but had a great meal in Arganil at Xisto and Figueira da Foz at Casarola Dois (cards in the villa).

Thanks to Linda and Geoff for their warm welcome. We wish we'd booked 2 weeks

Derrick, Chris, James and Ben Towell
Solihull, UK

Your place should be called "Villa of the Enchanted Forest". The moments we spent here are unforgettable. Thank you Linda and Geoff for letting it happen.

Le séjour de Roda a été enchanteur. La villa, le décor,la piscine, tout était merveilleux.

Nous avons eu la chance de passer une journée complète autour de la piscine et nous avons grandement apprécié les la détente et les paysages spectaculaires.

Nous avons fait des visites à Coimbra, Aveiro et de la Serra da Estrella.

Malheureusement, il faut partir, mais nous recommandons la place à des amis en tant que futur séjour possible.
Denis, Diane, Micheline

Quebec, Canada

Nos escapamos de Madrid, com calor, ruido y stress, y llegamos al paraiso de tranquilidad y buenas temperatures.

Gracias Linda. Hasta Pronto
Isabel and Adolfo
Madrid

We can only repeat what everyone else has said - that this is the most beautiful place to spend two weeks. We will leave tomorrow feeling totally relaxed, a bit sad to be going but looking forward to our next visit!

Everything about the house has been perfect, especially the welcome pack of food and wine which meant we didn't have to shop straight away.

We have enjoyed some trips out, but mostly it has been a pleasure to walk by the lake, swim, sit and look at the view from one of the numerous vantage points provided. It has also been a pleasure to have our evening chats with Lin and Geoff (not forgetting Bobi!)

Thank you for a great holiday

Jane, Graham and James Bentham
Norwich, UK

A beleza a paisagem, a tranquilidade que encontramos na Casa da Roda, vai fazer com que voltamos mais vezes.

Passaimos momentos inesqueciveis.

O convivio com os amigos na piscina, as churrascadas O deslumbrar do voo das aguas, tudo contribuiu para uma semana repleto de momentos relaxantes.

Os nossos agradecimentos a Linda por seu prestavel.

Carla Fale
Portugal

2 weeks was too short to discover all the beauty of this area.

All the good that has been written already about the house is really true. We enjoyed the visits to Porto, Coimbra, Bucaco, Aveiro, Conimbriga, the Serra da Estrella, Figueira da Foz (beach) but also the river walk to Sarnadela, the excellent and very cheap beer in the local bar and the excellent food in restaurant A Grelha in Arganil.

We had a wonderful time in a wonderful place but unfortunately “home sweet home” is our destiny and destination.

Family Clayes
Frank, Hilde, Alexander, Sofie and Annick
Brugge, Belgium

Thank you Linda for the nice welcome.

We had a very relaxing time with early morning walks around the lake … where our two teenagers kept up their running routine. They appreciated not having to journey in the car to find a running track. .

We loved looking out at the view, at the red kites and butterflies. We managed trips out to Coimbra, Figueira da Foz and Viseu… and had the pool to look forward to on our return. A lovely location and house. I am sure we will return. .

Jane, Martin, Kevin and Iris.
UK.

What a beautiful place to spend your holiday

This is THE place to chill. We enjoyed the nature, the villa, the pool, the villages like Piodao, Gois, Arganil and the city of Coimbra, the lake, the boat, the welcome pack, etc

We will tell our friends about this little paradise.

Norbert, Isobelle, Leo and Anna
Luxembourg

We enjoyed our stay in this beautiful house and in this great location.

Thanks Linda for making us feel welcome and looked after

We visited Piodao, Coimbra, Penacova, Lousa, Arganil, Tabua and went horse riding in Midoes with Liesje

Lieve, Hermon, Peter
Belgium

We had a lovely relaxing week. On the one cloudy/wet day we went off to Coimbra which is a “must see” and then did Conimbriga which is worth the trip.

Lousa was surprisingly interesting – its an old market town with fancy old houses from its olden days paper industry money, no doubt. Don’t miss the castle, hermitage and open air river pass beach – they are all together and worth visiting whatever your interests

What I loved best was the boat – we went out on the boat to the river beach. It was lovely that we could paddle out on a nice sunny day and row in the nice cool air

The pool was lovely and refreshing. I loved it. Coimbra is very fun and exciting – I liked the culture and statues
What a wonderful place – not like the Algarve at all! – thank goodness

We’ve had a wonderful time recharging our batteries thanks to the incredible views and delicious food

Ana, James, Sam, William and Ella Ward
UK

Thank you Linda for that little paradise.

For the other guests - if you go to Luso don't forget an empty bottle (not like us) for the famous water.

There is a cute little garden with games for the little children close to the theater in Arganil.

Patrick, Patricia and Lucie
Paris, France

Here we are for the second time!

As in 2007, every day in Casa da Roda was plenty of joy and quiet moments during our 2 week stay.

From the seaside (Praia de Guiaios - not far from Figueira da Foz but more quiet) to the mountains (Piodao), it reminds us that Portugal is a great country where we can come back again and again.

Thanks to Linda and Geoff -your hospitality will be known by our friends in France!

Patrick, Patricia and Lucie
Paris, France

Patrick, Patricia, Lucie – le retour!

Vacances heureuses pour famille au calme!

Apres Casa da Roda en Septembre 2007, Aout 2009, nous revoila enn Avril 2010

Le printemps dans la region est magnifique

Lucie – qui a maintenant 7ans, adore revenir ici; piscine, badminton, le Parque Infantil d’Arganil, etc.- des souvenirs inoubliables

Pour nous, les parents, c’est l’occasion de se reposer, passer du bon temps sur la terrassie, decouvrir encore et encore de nouvelles regions: Piodao, la plage de Gois, Coimbra ….

Casa da Roda c’est l’endroit ou on peut cultives l’art de ne presque rien faire… et ca n’a pas de prix

Casa da Roda c’est l’endroit ou on peut cultives l’art de ne presque rien faire… et ca n’a pas de prix Merci a Linda et Geoff, nos hôtes très sympathiques et très discrets

Patrick, Patricia and Lucie
Paris, France

Great week, great hosts, very helpful with advice for excusions

Recommended:
Castle walk at Lousa – bit tricky to find the castle – once there look for signboard across the road – great short walk
Bucaco - go to Luso tourist office first to get map of property and magnificent gardens
Drive to Piodao – is mainly for tourists but great villages and scenery along the way. We came in on mountain road and left Piodao down the valley road – stunning drive

Glenn and Lucy Hiley
Australia and Poland

Just what we needed after a very busy 3 weeks.

What a wonderful and restful place this is. The welcome pack was so very “welcoming”!

After eating out for 3 weeks we cooked at home every night which was great

Our drives to the Torre, Bucaco, Piodao were very interesting

Thanks

Sue, Mike, Judy and Joy
Australia

It was a very quiet and relaxing Christmas and New Year here. We enjoyed the house and especially the fireplace.

Its very nice to walk around here - we found a way long the lake to Maladao where the next bridge is located.

Coimbra is definitely a city to visit - also Tomar in the south. The Serra da Estrella is very nice. We had a nice trip to the forest at Bucaco with the old palace

So, its not so easy to be lazy here because there is so much to do.

But the best, we think are the walks near the house then sit in front of the fire and relax.

We'll think of it when we are back in Germany with temperatures minus 10 degrees and a lot of snow!!

Mike and Judith
Germany

We have had a great time at Casa da Roda. The villa met all our expectations and more! The gates and fences were very useful for helping prevent our 20 month old getting into any more mischief than normal. The pool was great. There were plenty of shady spots around the villa to enjoy the scenery.....

Alison Bailey Smith and family

Firstly - many thanks to Linda for being so welcoming and helpful (and unobtrusive).

Secondly - for cool forest walks - Lousa with its miniature castle and pools and Bucaco Forest with wonderful views.

Had a superb week amidst peaceful spectacular scenery and it is a shame to be leaving.

Lastly, our son thanks Bobi for the "guided walks" and the pine cone collecting.

Best wishes

Carolyn, Dave & Jordan Marsh
Salisbury, Wilts

Passamos uma semana extraordinaria, numa paisagem incrivel, uma casa fantastica, uns caminhos espantosos, uma tranquilidade sem comparacao. A discoberta duma natureza espantosa deixa-nos ja com saudades em tempos de regresso. Os nossos filhos (Tanguy 6 anos, Tiago and Gaspard 3 anos) tiveram as palavras do fim: Isso ambiante dos nossos sonhos!

Merci beaucoup pour votre accueil dans cette si jolie maison - une semaine reposante dans le calme, une vue superbe, et l'envie de revenir. Notre fils Tanguy nous a dit: "Le bonheir est dans cette maison". Nous le pensons aussi.

- Tanguy (6 years old) says - "Happiness is in this house".

Alberto Costa
Delphine Allannic-Costa
Tanguy 6 years, Tiago and Gaspard 3 years
Paris

Nous avons profite de la piscine tous les jours. Les enfants sont heureux ici.

C'est leur maison des reves et pour nous aussi. Nous esperons revenir l'annee prochaine.

Thanks a lot Linda

Merci pour cette merveilleuse semaine reposante. Nous avons encore pu profiter du cadre exceptional et formidable accueil.

Nesta hora da despedida ja pensamos a proxima oportunidade de recompar as energias.

Muito obrigado e ate breve

Family Costa
Alberto, Delphine, Tanguy (7 ans), Tiago and Gaspard (4 ans)
Paris, France

Congratulations to Geoff and Linda on creating something rather special. We have loved the accommodation and found plenty to do in and around the local area, and further afield. One of the best recommendations that we could make to our friends would be to try this place out. We managed to keep two teenage kids occupied throughout the entire week, and that's some achievement.

Many thanks.

I had a great time here swimming and sunbathing by the pool. The walks down to the lake were lovely. Thank you for my tour Bobi. Thank you very much for the stay it was brilliant!

From Hannah
Peter, Lorraine, Matthew & Hannah
Hornchurch, Essex

Thanks for a great week - it was all perfect for us! The children had great fun in the pool - as did the adults! All in all a very relaxing holiday - thank you.

The Lander Family
Uberlinger, Germany

We had a fantastic week - couldn't have asked for more. We spent many late nights on the upper level which was a great way to relax after the lovely meals we ate in Arganil.

A very special thanks to Bobi who was the perfect guide. Going on walks with him made the experience more enjoyable and we thank him for his patience and company.

Thanks to Geoff and Linda for providing us with the perfect setting for a much needed holiday.

Pat and Vik
London

Globetrotters as we are, we were a bit sceptical about spending the full two weeks in the same place ....

Silly us! The two weeks are over now, and we regret we have to go. The house was perfect for our family - we enjoyed the walks along the lake, the drives in the very scenic area, and above all, the fabulous view from the verandah. We've taken lots and lots of pictures - hope they'll help us to keep this holiday in our hearts for the years to come. Thank you Linda, Geoff and Bobi for a wonderful holiday.

Jannech, Isabel and Oscar (21 months)
Belgium

A very lovely villa in a tranquil setting. It was very easy to lose track of time except for the distant chimes.

We had a very enjoyable time and will be recommending it to friends and family.

The Padda family
Worcestershire, England

A lovely villa, good views, tranquil and great walks. Nice towns - Arganil, Coja, Gois. Many rivers, a very enjoyable time had by all - friendly and will return again.

Harding Family
England

A truly beautiful place - even in February. Hope to return many times.

Millhouse Family
Derbyshire, England

A lovely villa, had some nice walks and rowing on the river was fun! Shame about the weather but the stay has still been nice. Really comfy beds as well! Enjoyed the steam box looking over at the view.

A really enjoyable time. Thanks.

Nicola Rowe
Selby, UK

A lovely setting for the villa, nice and relaxing break. Could have done with being a bit warmer but that didn’t detract too much from the enjoyable walks and ride outs.

Thanks for a nice relaxing time in a well appointed villa.
Steve & Helen Johnson

Selby, UK

A beautiful setting with stunning views we couldn’t grow tired of. Despite the rain we had a lovely time – an excellent heating system!

We go home much rested and with all shoes and slippers accounted for! Thanks to the gorgeous Bobi for his exuberant company.

Jo, Katie & Hazel
UK

Thanks for the brilliant holiday!

The villa was superb, the welcome pack was excellent after a long day travelling.

Thanks Linda and Geoff for the warm welcome and help us sort golf, riding and Lisbon trips. Our son enjoyed using the boat. We couldn’t have asked for more.

Brilliant weather and lots to do.

Special thanks to Bobi for a lovely walk.

Wish we had another week!

PS. Bobi you can keep the socks

Thank you.

Jackie, Peter, Sarah and Richard Jackson
St Helens, Merseyside

Thank you for giving us a peaceful, restful, memorable holiday.

The house itself was comfortable and had everything we needed. The store cupboard is a very helpful addition to the usual self-catering.

The setting is fantastic, sitting on the balcony overlooking the lake is entertainment in itself, especially watching the 'kites' (red kites) swooping around in the sky. It was so nice to step outside in the mornings and smell the eucalyptus trees.

We had some rain during our stay which was also quite soothing in its own way but it meant we had some good days out too. I would recommend a visit to Coimbra which has a huge shopping centre where you can have lunch and sit on the open air decking looking down over the river and the old town.

We also went to Figueira da Foz where we had wonderful sardines at what must be the busiest restaurant in town. There is also an indoor market that sells fresh meat, fish and veg. I bought a large bunch of flowers for about £1.

The best day we had out was thanks to Matt (a friend of Lin and Geoff) showing us the villages around Gois which gave us a feel for the 'real' Portugal and the lovely people. I would certainly recommend future guests to go to some of the small places and have a coffee in the bars that are usually near the churches.

I could go on ........!!

Finally special thanks to Lin and Geoff for the warm welcome, unobtrusive presence, great chats and hospitality.

We would love to visit again. Best wishes

Lorraine and Steve Gray(Liverpool)

We’ve had the most relaxing week, stunning views, beautiful villa (the photos on the website don’t do the villa or the views justice). As we were here for a rest we didn’t do many walks – mainly sat by the pool but a nice trip and near is a little village called Piodao. Lovely drive through the mountains bringing you to a little slate village.

Linda, thanks for a great villa!
Best wishes

Alison & Clive Eyre
Wirral, UK

We found Casa da Roda on the internet but at the time we never imagined it would be such a lovely place. Quiet and peaceful. It was all we needed the last week. The beautiful weather was a “present”.

Thanks for a wonderful 7 days.

Best wishes
Gerry, Hans, Marian & Koen
Netherlands

Have just packed up, ready to move on…
But sit and ponder over the week just gone
It’s hard to describe in just a few words,
That breathtaking silence – apart from the birds
That magnificent view you can look at for hours
And never get bored of but wish it was yours!
We can honestly say, hands on heart
Thank you Linda and Geoff for allowing us to share part
Of your beautiful paradise, giving us the chance
To relax and forget for a while our lives in France!

Thanks again for a lovely, relaxing week
We will recommend Casa da Roda to everyone

Debbie, Nigel, Eloise, Lucie & Olivia Bradbury
Charente, France

Nous remercions la famille de Tanguy (Delphine & Albert Costa), nos voisins de Paris, de nous avoir conseille cette maison qui est effectivement exceptionnelle par sa tranquillite et le splendide panorama sur la riviere.

La maison est tellement agreable que nous n'avons fait qu'une seule excursion…

Donc des bains tres agreeable dans la piscine, des promenades sur les divers chemins, une meteo favourable (beaucoup de soleil avec des temperatures raisonnables), beaucoup de repos et un incroyablement excellent sommeil

Nous quittons a regret ce havre de paix pour retrouver l'agitation de Paris et aimerions bien revenir dans quelques annees nous reposer a nouveau dans cet endroit si charmant

Eliane et Laurent Camber
Adrien (13 ans) Thomas (11 ans) Hugo (7 ans)
Paris, France

Had a perfect week. We all enjoyed the peace and quiet. Beautiful views, lovely setting. The house is lovely, open spaced and cool. The welcome pack was a great start. Would recommend friends and family to come as we were made very welcome.

Thanks for everything.

Best wishes to you both and Bobi
Robert, Christine and Bert

We appreciated the rich flavour of the forest at 8am while sitting in the sun on the blue couch outside. Afterwards, breakfast with fresh bread from Argus café (Arganil). And then, lazy time at the pool or some cultural excursions:

Conimbriga (Roman ruins) Coimbra (Jardim Botanica is nice; library is expensive for 10 mins) Alco Baca (one of my favourites) Batalha (one of my favourites) Tomar (superb) Porto (nice things to see; did not like old town though) Lisbon (beautiful) Fraga da Pena waterfall Obidos (splendid) Fig da Foz

…. We enjoyed the local scenery… the bar at Sarnadela, the town square in Arganil, the boat trips upon the river (rowing boat belonging to Casa da Roda) and the BBQs

Thanks to Geoff and Linda for being there only when we asked for.

Hans & Els Mortier-Van Caekenburghe and children
Kouterbaan, Belgium
Hermon & Leentje Maes-Truyen
Belgium

Thanks to Linda for a lovely holiday. We enjoyed boating and swimming in the lake. It is a beautiful house in magical surroundings.

We look forward to our return.

Alice & Joel McIlveen

Thank you Linda for a very enjoyable holiday. Can't wait to return. We enjoyed the Roman ruins at Conimbriga very much. Also the two journeys made into the Serras was very worthwhile. Am brown and super-relaxed!

Neil and Sally McIlveen
York, England

We have had a lovely holiday here. Thank you so much! A perfect combination of riding, walking and relaxing. The day trip to Bucaco and Caramulo was well worth it. The meal in the hotel at Bucaco was a delightful bonus and even I enjoyed the motor museum at Caramulo.

Thanks for the walks Bobi!! Bobi will show you around all the tracks here. Lots of fun.

Thanks for the breakfasts Linda - and lovely evening meal.

Cheers from Amy and Matt
Aberdeen, Scotland

Casa da Roda more than met our expectations!

The website cannot do the place justice as you can't hear the peace and quiet you experience there - perfect for meditating! The house has everything you could ask with a heavenly view.

We had intended to have a much needed relaxing holiday but there is so much to see in the area we couldn't resist exploring.

Our highlights were Bucaco - wonderful walks through the woods surrounding a spectacular castle. The castle is now an hotel and the rates were quite reasonable - think we'll stay a night or two next time. The drive through the mountains to Torre and Covilha to Belmonte is worth doing and Belmonte itself is worth exploring.

Thank you Linda and Geoff for being such ideal hosts - there when we needed you but never obtrusive. We hope to book Casa da Roda again in the near future.

Mr and Mrs L Scarth
Sheffield, UK

Many thanks for the opportunity to stay in your wonderful villa... we had a great time. Thanks again for all your help with the fishing info. We managed to get our Licenca de Pesca in Arganil and spent our last day fishing.

Henry Orsler and Friends

The last day of our second holiday at Casa da Roda. We are all sorry to leave.

Everybody has had a wonderful time. My morning cup of tea won't be the same without the stunning view from the balcony. I look forward to our next visit, for the scenery and to meet up with you both again.

Mary, Barry, Becky, Darren, Alan, Mandy, Alex, Kieran and Daniel
Essex, UK

What a beautiful place! We just loved the fantastic views, relaxing surroundings and accommodation.

The river is so tranquil, we had a great trip up the river in the rowing boat … even our 7 month old baby enjoyed it. Loved lazing by the pool and sitting in the Jacuzzi.

Great holiday and feel fully refreshed and relaxed ready to go back to the "big smoke".

Peter, Izzy and Alanna
UK

Sadly departing from Casa da Roda this morning but looking forward to Sintra and further travels.

Will miss the view here and wonderful casa that Geoff and Linda built, often hauling all the materials themselves.

Wonderful villa - often wished our children were here to enjoy it too.

Great trips to Porto, Fraga da Pena, Coimbra and Fajao and Benfeita. Great meal at Quinta da Geia in Aldeia das Dez as well as in Fajao and in Arganil at O Manjar.

Thanks for the hospitality

Crystle and John Mazurek
Canada

We were here from 19 July until 2 August 2008 and our stay was most pleasant.

Bobi was a brilliant tour guide and me and/or my family regularly walked around the "Bobi circuit". The pool provided fantastic relaxation in the evenings and often in the mornings too. The verandah was nice and we ate lunch, breakfast and tea outside every day. I am interested in birds of prey and we spotted a red kite.

I am writing this on the veranda in mid afternoon on 1 August 2008.

Jamie Horgan
Aged 9
Aberdeenshire, UK

We have had a lovely relaxing two weeks holiday. Thanks to Linda and Geoff for such a clean, comfortable and well equipped house and for being on hand for help and advice.

The location is great especially the view from the verandah. The welcome pack and store cupboard are a great idea!

Some suggestions for things to do:

Gois
River beaches are child friendly with a nice café by the river

Lousa
River beach by the castle is more rocky and has a deep pool for diving. Walk up past the restaurant (closed Mondays) and follow the blue markings on the rocks and you come to a schist village partially restored. The walk is steep in places but the views are great

Secarias
River beach here but not as good as Gois.

Mondego River Canoeing
A good trip from Penacova to the outskirts of Coimbra. We did it with Transerrano (see tourist leaflets in the villa - they speak English with an office in Gois) and it was very well organised and we got a lift back to our car at the end.

Walk round the lake with Bobi - he's a great guide!

For a good value lunch try the prata do dia at the Café Bar Fontes just off the square in Arganil but be prepared to order in Portuguese.

We are sad to be going home tomorrow

Anne, Graham, Ross and Jamie
Aberdeenshire, UK

Had a fantastic holiday, our time spent here has been relaxing and enjoyable

Bobi is indeed a little rascal and finds it his mission to lick my face before he disappears into the wilderness. But of course he is a wonderful and beautiful dog.

Thanks for all the DVDs - Abbie and I discovered some new favourites

And your house is fantastic - I wish I could live in it longer

Thanks for the horse riding tip - Sandra and Steve were great - and the horses of course!

Thanks for everything

Sophie Wrightson
Worcester, UK

You know you're having a relaxing holiday when you literally lose track of time and don't even know the date!

Nature on the doorstep, butterflies, red kites and definitely something big down in the water, causing big ripples when it briefly surfaces! Just having the time to watch was great!

Trips out to Coimbra, the Roman ruins at Conimbriga and the Bucaco forest were enjoyable and not too far away.

Sitting enjoying a meal in the café just off the square in Arganil and then listening to a great jazz band playing until late into the night was great on our last evening.

The house has everything you need with those little extra touches - robes, store cupboard, welcome pack - to take it a notch above the rest, Plus, of course, two lovely hosts!

Casa da Roda has pleased two parents and two teenage girls.

Marilyn, & John Wrightson
Worcester, UK

This was a party of 6. Dimitris and Myrto were also here 4 years ago so coming back for a second time was a dream come true.

Only this time they brought along 4 more friends who will be dreaming for a come back!

Everything was just perfect!

We'll be back …..
Dimitris, Myrto, Alexandra, Irini, Nikos, Sotitis
Athens, Greece

Firstly, on arrival we saw the villa and the view and were just awestruck - what a view, what a setting, everything about it was fantastic.

We have just spent two weeks here with two 17 year olds and a 12 year old and the time has flown. One regret, yes, we wish it could have been three weeks.

Thanks to Linda for some great directions and suggestions for days out and restaurants. Coimbra really is a special place to visit and Tijoanna restaurant in Arganil is a fantastic place to eat.

Congratulations to both Linda and Geoff for making us feel very welcome and for creating a most tranquil and relaxing location. This really is THE place to chill!

Now the problem - do we keep this little bit of heaven to ourselves or do we tell our friends how really nice it is?!!

Finally, one cannot leave without mentioning Bobi who, if allowed, would I believe have been a constant companion every day. What a friendly, loving dog like none we have ever seen before, or likely to again

Once again thank you to Linda and Geoff

Dave, Tracey, Beth and Bronte Hallam and Nathan
UK


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