This post was last updated on August 18th, 2017
The Douro Valley immediately shot to the top of our travel bucket list the moment we decided to celebrate our six-year anniversary in Portugal. Luckily, this spectacular wine region did not disappoint.
From the rolling green hills to the rushing Douro River to the lush vineyards and olive groves, the Douro Valley is easily one of the most romantic places we’ve visited. Top it all off with spectacular wines from family-run wineries and mouthwatering local cuisine, and it’s hardly any wonder why we’re already dreaming of a return visit.
For such a magical destination, it only makes sense to splurge on a memorable and luxurious hotel to match. And in the Douro Valley, there is simply no comparison to The Vintage House.
The Vintage House: A Luxury Hotel In The Douro Valley, Portugal
The Vintage House is a five-star boutique hotel just steps from the famed Pinhao Train Station. Located in what was once an 18th-century wine estate, The Vintage House is all elegance and style. From luxury bedding to sophisticated furnishings, you’ll find all the amenities you would expect from a five-star hotel.
The true highlights of the rooms are the private terraces, each with unparalleled views of the Douro River. There’s nothing quite like sipping a cup of coffee in between wine tastings on your personal terrace while soaking in the outstanding views of the Douro Valley all around.
The Vintage House also boasts a lovely pool with panoramic river views, which looks particularly scenic when lit up at night. We didn’t get to spend time at the pool, but we did enjoy the Vintage House’s Bar Library, complete with a comfy lounge and fireplace. Be sure to stop by the Library Bar for a nightcap. We recommend sampling our favorite Port, Fonseca, as well as Taylor’s (the latter actually own the hotel.) And for a real treat, don’t miss the Taylor’s 40 year!
The Rabelo Restaurant
To top off our luxurious and romantic getaway at The Vintage House, we feasted on an unforgettable five-course meal at The Rabelo Restaurant. Each dish was seemingly more beautiful than the last, featuring regional specialties prepared in a fusion style. Be sure to make a reservation if you plan to dine here!
If you don’t dine at The Rabelo, you’ll still enjoy a sweeping champagne buffet breakfast, including meats, cheeses, fruit, pastries and eggs made to order.
While you’re at The Vintage House, don’t miss a full day wine and olive oil tasting tour with Barefoot Tours. This was the highlight of our entire Portugal trip and we truly can’t recommend it enough. Additionally, the town of Pinhao is a lovely place to walk around, with many Port houses within easy walking distance.
If you’re looking to shed a few of the extra pounds from wining and dining, you can hike to charming Provesende. Many wineries also have walking paths, though we didn’t get to explore these due to my insistent allergies.
For a fantastic place to visit after The Vintage House, don’t miss our review on Carmo’s Boutique Hotel in nearby Ponte de Lima.
Have you visited the Douro Valley?
We were guests of The Vintage House. All thoughts remain our own.