Casas de Pousadouro

Santa Cruz do Douro, Porto, Douro & Minho, Portugal
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Casas de Pousadouro

Santa Cruz do Douro, Porto, Douro & Minho, Portugal

Three secluded riverfront houses and a studio (for 2-6) with sweeping views, daily breakfast deliveries, and boats for pootling down the Douro

Three secluded riverfront houses and a studio (for 2-6) with sweeping views, daily breakfast deliveries, and boats for pootling down the Douro

Situated deep in the Douro Valley, on an inlet where grassy banks meet leafy slopes, these quaint houses survey the scene in silent admiration. Emerald green hills reflect in the Douro’s calm waters, neat rows of vineyards tumble down valleys, and tiny pockets of civilisation dot the landscape. It's a spectacular sight.

Each of the three riverfront houses is rustic yet charming, with plenty of space for a couple or a family. Expect natural stone in exposed walls, cool slate floors, and oversized windows that gaze over the river. Set just above them, with panoramic views of the valley, a cosy studio apartment offers extra privacy and impressive views for romance-seeking couples. Housekeepers are on hand to assist whenever you need them, and breakfast is brought to you each morning - a real luxury for a self-catering property. You also get secluded gardens to relax in, a shared swimming pool, free bicycles and boats to borrow. Grab a kayak or paddleboard and spend wholesome days meandering down the Douro, stopping for picnic lunches (available on request) and river swims. We're already dreaming of lazy afternoons on that gorgeous terrace, soaking up the riverside restfulness and those ruby touriga wines.


  • Located in an extremely quiet spot on the riverbank, with gorgeous views of the Douro from every house
  • These are self-catering houses with hotel facilities: breakfast is included, and there's a shared pool and terrace
  • Very homely and welcoming, with friendly owners and housekeepers on hand
  • Brilliant for families - loads of activities on the river, a swimming pool on site, and free kayaks and bikes to borrow
  • With a train station nearby and boats for exploring, car-free holidays are very possible here


  • There’s no formal restaurant for lunch or dinner, but meal deliveries from local restaurants can be arranged
  • This is a rural part of Portugal with no shops or restaurants within walking distance
  • We’ve heard that the property can be tricky to find by car – check your route in advance as mobile signal in the area is weak
  • The houses are rustic in style, rather than designer

Best time to go

The Douro has a micro-climate. Temperatures tend to be higher than in Porto (summer can get unbearably hot), and rainfall is less. Spring and autumn are the most popular times to go. September is wine harvest month.

Our top tips

The Douro Valley is one of the oldest demarcated wine regions in the world, so wine tasting is a must! There are dozens of vineyards and wineries to choose from nearby (try Quinta de Covela) and most restaurants let you BYO (but check with them first).

Great for...

Great Outdoors
  • Boutique houses
  • 4 houses for 2-6
  • Breakfast included + meal delivery service
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • Beach Nearby
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Car recommended
  • Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • WiFi
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
  • Bicycles Available
  • Laundry Service


The houses have been carefully restored in order to retain their rustic charm. Exposed stone walls and floor-to-ceiling windows help them to blend seamlessly into their natural surroundings, and layouts have been carefully thought out so as to maximise on river views.

Rock House (sleeps 2) is perhaps the most striking of the three, having been built into a cliff. Exposed stone forms one wall, an open staircase skirts the cliff, and a log burner has been cleverly immersed in the rock. The house has a double bedroom, a kitchenette and a living area with gorgeous views.

Ruin House (sleeps 2) is similar, with exposed brick walls in the bedrooms and a living area that protrudes out in order to gaze over the river. It features a double bedroom and a small kitchenette.

Pilot House (sleeps 4-6) is the largest of the lot. The downstairs has two walls of floor-to-ceiling windows, so expect lots of natural light and breathtaking views. The kitchen has more space than those in the other houses, and there’s a dining table for 5. Bedrooms are upstairs: one double (ensuite) and two twin rooms (with an adjacent bathroom).

Amelia's House (sleeps 2), on the other hand, is the smallest. It's a snug studio apartment set above Rock House, with a queensize bed, kitchenette, and a living area that opens onto a sunny terrace. Though it doesn't sit right on the river bank, its elevated position gives you the best views of the river winding through the valley. Guests staying here can still use the shared garden, pool, and all of the watersport equipment.

Features include:

  • Coffee / tea making
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar
  • Radio
  • Toiletries
  • TV
  • WiFi


A breakfast delivery of freshly-baked bread, local cheese, yoghurts and sweet orange juice is brought to you each day, to be enjoyed wherever you please: in your house, on the balcony or down by the river on a sunny morning.

All houses have kitchenettes for preparing other meals, though they aren’t particularly large. More likely, you’ll try the local restaurants. Either dine out (15-min drive), or ask for your meal to be delivered – a real bonus for such a rural property. Gastronomy is a big thing here, so expect lots of delicious local dishes, like pork cheek in red wine or Aroquesa veal steak - each perfectly paired with a Douro wine, of course!

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Coffee maker
  • Dinner by arrangement
  • Dishwasher
  • Fridge
  • Kitchenette
  • Lunch by arrangement
  • Meal delivery service
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Toaster


  • Spend a day relaxing at the property: swim in the pool or river, slump in a beanbag on the deck, sip delicious local wines and get dinner delivered - heaven!
  • Try kayaking, paddleboarding or jet-skiing on the river
  • Explore the Douro by train: a railway line runs right along the banks of the river, stopping at pretty villages and passing directly in front of the property
  • Board Pousadouro's own speed boat and zip along the river
  • Go walking in the hills or along the river banks – maps are available to borrow
  • Learn more about the region at the Douro Museum in Regua
  • Visit the Eça De Queiroz Foundation to learn about one of Portugal’s most famous writers.

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Museums / galleries
  • Shopping / markets
  • SUP
  • Swimming
  • Walking


There's so much for families here, and all ages are welcome. There are twin beds (in one house), kitchenettes for self-catering and plenty of space for youngsters. You get daily breakfast deliveries, and picnic lunches or restaurant deliveries are available on request. There's a shared swimming pool for splashing about in - or the river! Bicycles and kayaks are free to borrow, and boat trips depart from the private dock.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

Pilot House is perfect for a family of 4-6, with its a slightly bigger kitchenette and a more spacious living area. There's a cot and an extra bed available to borrow.

Kids Activities on site:

  • Swimming in the pool or river
  • Kayaks and bikes free to use

Families Should Know:

Balconies are unfenced so take care of children when near the river


  • Airport: 75 mins' drive
  • Hospital: 30 mins' drive
  • Supermarket: 15 mins' drive
Kid Friendly:


Casas de Pousadouro is located on the north bank of the Douro river in Portugal's Baião district. It's 75 mins' drive from Porto, and four hours from Lisbon.

By Air
Although there's a small regional airport at Vila Real, most people fly into Porto.

By Car
Travelling by car is the quickest way to reach the property, and you will find it useful to have your own transport for exploring and dining out. See our car rental recommendations.

By Train:
The scenic Douro railway line, which begins in Porto, runs right past the houses. The nearest station, Aregos, is less than 1km away; taxis are available, and it's walkable without luggage. But be aware that for most shopping and dining trips, you would need to either use taxis or their meal delivery service.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.


  • Porto 84.0 km OPO


  • Beach 81.0 km
  • Shops 5.0 km
  • Restaurant 5.0 km

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