Opened in 2015, this eight-suite boutique hotel is surrounded by organic vineyards and wildflowers. It’s located deep in the Douro wine region, more specifically, in Vila Nova de Foz Coa. Casa do Rio is an impeccably designed wine hotel with Scandinavian style rooms and decor.
On the terrace in a mesmerising setting, guests can taste delicious wines from the hotel’s own estates.
Casa do Rio is slightly farther than most of the hotels in the Douro region so we recommend that you stay for at least two nights. It’s truly beautiful here.
Fill your soul with the wonderful views that the Douro region has to offer.
One of the most beautiful infinity pools we’ve ever seen.
Eight suites only, so it never feels crowded.
Each room has its own balcony and pod wood-burner.
Complimentary wine tasting, kayaks, paddle boards and bikes.
Bear in Mind
It’s a two-hour drive from Porto, but a very scenic trip. Access to the hotel is made through a 2 km dirt road – and if you’re scared of heights it can be a little scary.
Due to its elevated wooden structure sound travels a little into the rooms. The two suites outside the main building are a safer choice if you want absolute silence.
No children are allowed unless the property is hired exclusively.
No dinner served on Sundays but snacks are available.
“On the walls we have pictures of the Douro which were taken by my father in the seventies.”
We were searching for a place to plant new vineyards, and found this amazing place – it had both potential for producing great wines and natural beauty.
No we didn’t. During the process we realised it made sense to make the new project with the same architect.
The architecture is modern but timeless, it’s well integrated in the landscape and ecologic. The interiors are clean, simple with a mix of furniture designed by the architect, as well as vintage Scandinavian furniture. On the walls we have pictures of the Douro which were taken by my father in the seventies.
It took a year and half.
Traditional viticulture in the Douro valley is based on the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides.Here it was very important for us to preserve the nature. We use grapes that are not subject to the use of any chemicals, everything is organic.
Actually we went through four design proposals for the swimming pool… it was a difficult process to get to the final solution but it’s been worth it. Both materials and colours were chosen to achieve a natural look, including the colour of the water.
There are very few other hotels in the region – but our concept is to take advantage of the quietness and beauty of the nature, to provide very good local gastronomy and high level of service.
My favourite piece is the antique granite lagar (winepress) in front of the entrance. It belonged to an old house, in the medieval village of Marialva.
I enjoy going to my friend’s house in Aljezur (south west Portugal) or to a chalet in the French Alps.
Thank you too!
Chill by the stunning pool or by one of the water tanks that are spread around the property. Kayaks, stand up paddle boards and bikes are all available for guests to use.
For those colder days, the cosy and stylish living room features a fireplace (and so do the rooms), books, magazines and board games – all of which go exceptionally well with an excellent glass of wine from Quinta do Vallado.
Watch the video above which we did with Condé Nast Traveller. In it we talk about Foz do Douro - the seaside neighbourhood in Porto where we grew up. check out the Full article on their website.
Casa do Rio Wine Hotel is located in the Upper Douro region of Portugal, 13Kms from Vila Nova de Foz Côa.
The closest airport is Porto Airport. From there you can hire a car – or the hotel can arrange a transfer for you.
Porto (OPO) – 209km
Lisbon (LIS) – 389km
Faro (FAO) – 631km
It’s a two-hour scenic drive from Porto to Casa do Rio. Hiring a car is recommended if you want to explore the region. Otherwise, the hotel can arrange a transfer from the airport.
Casa do Rio offers guests a shuttle service to the following locations: Pocinho Railway Station, Vila Nova de Foz Côa and the Estate’s main entrance at the end of the dirt road.
The train from Porto takes around three hours (interchange in Regua).
For a super scenic route, take a cruising boat from Porto to Regua and from there take the train to Pocinho (day trip).
© Photos by JO&SO and courtesy of Casa do Rio.
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