Right on the River Douro, in the heart of the village of Pinhao, just a short hop from the wharfs, is this relaxed and comfortable hotel. Recently re-opened after a much-needed facelift, the Vintage House is back to its best after some years of decline and makes a wonderful base for exploring the surrounding winelands. The 50 bedrooms all face south and have balconies on which to sit and enjoy the spectacular panoramic outlook over the river.
Recently re-opened after a major refurbishment by the new owners, all the bedrooms are both south-facing and benefit from a balcony overlooking the river. As you would expect, the Vintage House has one of the finest port wine cellars in the world! The Rabelo restaurant offers delicious traditional Portuguese cuisine (with of course perfectly paired wines) in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere; and during the warmer months, a table on the vine-covered terrace is the ideal spot for morning coffee, pre-dinner drinks or an al fresco lunch. A lovely swimming pool sits discreetly at the front of the hotel overlooking the river - a delightful sun trap to recharge the soul. The property is owned by Taylor, Fladgate & Yeatman, the world-famous port house, and boasts a truly amazing collection of Portuguese wines. In addition, the hotel has its own private access to the platform of the charming, tile-covered little station, so that there is no need for a car, if you would like to explore the valley by train. Just down from the hotel are the wharfs of the river from where you can catch a boat upriver, if you prefer to see the winelands from the comfort of the water.
- Wine and port connoisseurs
- Walkers and nature lovers
- Non-drivers and train/boat enthusiasts
- Great in combination with The Yeatman in Porto
Things to do at the hotel:
- Book a wine and port tasting session with the hotel's sommelier
- Lie in the sun with a good book around the outdoor swimming pool
- Play a game of tennis on the hotel's court
- Visit the Vintage House Hotel wine shop
Things to do nearby:
- Travel upriver by private boat for the best perspective on the world-famous terracing
- Visit one or several of the nearby, world-renowned port houses
- Join in with the grape harvest in autumn, if you like
- Rent a classic car to explore the area or travel up the valley by train.