The Calcada Residence

northern portugal, portugal
3 bedroom - 2 bath
(1 review)
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€389 per night (EUR)
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Perks for the Parents

The manor house on the outskirts of Melgaço, in northern Portugal, includes a large swimming pool and lawn and has plenty to make kids feel at home. The living areas are warm and welcoming and there is a cozy living room for kids with a TV and toys. The spacious kitchen has a dining area and small table for kids for easy family meals. There is an additional single bedroom with a shower for a nanny or au pair. Don’t miss the local award-winning tart wine Alvarinho, with the region’s traditional cuisine (there a lot of restaurants in the city centre and its vicinity), Spanish tapas in Galicia (3km away) and therapeutic treatments at Termas de Melgaço Medical Spa, 3km away.

Why Kids Love it

The house has a living room for kids with plenty of toys plus a TV and DVD player. There is an outside courtyard where they can ride a bicycle, playing football or other games. Although it is a manor house, the surroundings are very cosy and children feel safe. Located in a safe neighborhood with a village and markets walking distance away, the house has plenty of character. The property is fully walled and enclosed. The kitchen has a dining area for children and there is a high chair. Two cribs, a baby bath and a potty can be provided on request. Nearby family attractions include castles in Melgaço and Castro Laboreiro, river rafting in Minho and day trips across to Spain for tapas and more.

Things to Know

Minimum stay: 5 nights. Bedrooms are all on the first floor of the manor house; there is a stair gate. The swimming pool is unheated and ungated but is set away from the house; children may need supervision around it. WiFi included. Car parking available; car rental strongly recommended for this area. The estate is protected by dogs; please do not disturb or feed them. They are guard dogs; not allowed in the house.

About the Location

The manor house is on the outskirts of Melgaço, walking distance from the historic center. The local area in the north of Portugal includes Peneda-Gerês National Park, great for hiking or cycling; castles, Roman bridges and Romanesque churches in nearby towns and villages and the famous pilgrimage route of Caminhos de Santiago (St. James's Way). Melgaço has a sports and leisure complex with a health club, tennis court and mini golf, and the Minho river nearby has river rafting, canoeing and canyoning. The closest major airports are Francisco Sá Carneiro (Oporto, 150km) and Vigo (Spain, 58km).

Accommodation Details

This 3-bedroom house includes a large fully-equipped kitchen, a spacious living room, a smaller kids play room/living room, a dining room and veranda. There is a master double bedroom with an ensuite shower, a bedroom with 2 twin beds, a children's bedroom suitable for ages 3 and up with 3 twin beds, and a bathroom. There is also a laundry room. Outside space includes paths, courtyard, vineyards, a swimming-pool and a lawn with stunning views.

Style Notes

Historic Portugal. The house was built in the end of the 17th century by the owners’ ancestors and still respects the local tradition of white painted roofs, to protect it from the frost. It is the place where the family gathers during holidays. The decoration mixed antique and traditional design and includes stone floors, whitewashed walls and polished wood ceilings. There is a mixture of homely and traditional and grand, making it a great place for a large family stay with kids.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Baby Bath
  • Baby Monitor
  • Babysitter / Nanny
  • Backyard / Garden
  • Balcony
  • Bathtub
  • Bed Rails
  • Bicycles
  • Cabinet Locks
  • Changing Table
  • Chef / Catering
  • Children's Dinnerware
  • Corner Guards
  • DVD Library
  • DVD Player
  • Dishwasher
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace Guards
  • Game Console
  • High Chair
  • Housekeeper
  • Outlet Plugs
  • Parking
  • Pet-friendly
  • Pool
  • Pool Gate
  • Stair Gates
  • Television
  • Toys / Children's Books
  • Washer / Dryer
  • Wifi
  • Window Guards
1 full / double
5 twin / single
sleeps 2
2 baby crib
Maria F.
Member since August 23, 2016
Quinta da Calçada is my family place where I gather my daughters and son, and my grandchildren during holidays. The kids love to play in the swimming pool, to run on the lawn, explore the Quinta limits, to climb its trees, to pick up the fruit, and relish with an ice cream when playing traditional games at the eira (barn floor). I love to travel around the world, to meet people from other countries, and interact with different cultures.

Northern Portugal, Portugal

1 review

Jen K.
Visited in August 2019
We had a wonderful stay in Melgaco at the Calcada residence. We were a large group of 7, 4 adults and 3 children, and the house accommodated us perfectly. The interior is quite rustic, but the pictures do not do the property justice. It is set on a vineyard, with gorgeous outside areas to relax and eat, with views of the rolling hills of Spain and nearby vineyards. Breathtaking! Ana went above and beyond with providing local knowledge, including superb restaurants and day trips to explore the area. Every recommendation she gave us we thoroughly enjoyed. The kitchen is well equipped. One of the best parts of the house is that, from the back, the house feels very private, yet you walk right out of the front gate into the town of Melgaco, with a grocery store, restaurants and cafes directly across the street.