10 Top-Rated Cottages in Portugal

April 28, 2023 Jacquiline Darosa

Portugal’s Mediterranean charm is most prominent on the golden beaches of the Algarve; in the wilderness of the Azores islands; among the vineyards of Douro Valley; and on the cobbled streets of Lisbon and Porto, where old-world culture meets cosmopolitan bars and restaurants.
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1. Octant Hotels Evora

Herdade do Perdiganito Lot 52, Nossa Senhora de Machede, Evora 7005-671 Portugal
Excellent
60%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 141 reviews

Octant Hotels Evora

Octant Dreams

Reviewed By aytuğ a

Absolutely wonderful for all points !!! Services, Staff, Director, Cleanliness, Location, Buildings, Gardens, Rooms, restaurant with a beautiful and delicous meals , the kindness of all team, ALL was perfect..

2. Mountain Whisper

Largo Do Leão Gondramaz, Miranda do Corvo Portugal
Excellent
92%
Good
6%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 126 reviews

Mountain Whisper

Um lugar mágico situado no coração da Serra da Lousã. Alojamento em casinhas de xisto que seguem o traço da aldeia em que se inserem, o Gondramaz. Um espaço de enorme beleza natural que oferece experiências únicas na natureza, aliando o requinte, conforto e originalidade das suas casas, desenhadas ao pormenor, despertando os seus sentidos para cada momento que irá vivenciar.

Absolutely amazing stay

Reviewed By earthjujo96

Everything about this place is magical. The mountain views, the shale houses, the people, the staff (everyone was super nice!). The breakfast is really good, and taking it overlooking the mountain just made it that more special (and tasty!). The room (we stayed at Casa da Nogueira) was just perfect: the bed was really super cozy, the kitchenette very well equipped and the bathroom clean and well lit. The fireplace is the cherry on top, providing a really comfy setting for the apartment. Additionally, the design of the place and its contents is super tasteful and modern, but also in line with the surround environment of calm, quiet mountain beauty. On top of all of the amazing things within the apartment alone, being able to walk out of this little corner into the refreshing mountain air and the wondrous peaks and hills of Serra da Lousã is just a pleasure beyond belief. An experience to repeat for sure!

3. Casa da Portela de Sampriz

Sampriz s/n, Ponte da Barca 4980-722 Portugal
Excellent
96%
Good
4%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 25 reviews

Casa da Portela de Sampriz

Sublime and memorable

Reviewed By 651prof

The Casa da Portela de Sampriz was more than we could hope for. Situated just outside of Penedes- Geres National Park, we were surround by amazing natural beauty. The Casa da Portela looked out upon incredible views. The manor is beautiful, authentic, decorated with pieces that have served generations. The rooms honor the past while creating a sense of serenity and calm with modern comforts. The hostess provided us with wonderful recommendations and great maps for hiking. Our walks were filled with great appreciation of the beauty of the area. As I am nervous on small roads at night, we would enjoy an evening snack (our own) with one of the wines they provided. There is a wonderful gathering room where one can play games (we did), chat, or watch TV. One evening we were able to arrange dinner on site. The kindness of the owner and the attention by the staff given to every detail make this memorable. Had we known how amazing this would be we would have booked 4 nights instead of three. We were so very sad to leave and cannot imagine anything living up to this experience.

4. Residencial Portas do Sol

Rua Conselheiro Lopes Silva 51, Valenca 4930-714 Portugal
Excellent
64%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 47 reviews

Residencial Portas do Sol

Great Hotel

Reviewed By frogcarguy

Located in the heart of the old town this hotel was clean, quiet and comfortable. Everything you need is steps away. There is no lift, but if you’re walking the Camino, that should be no problem. Great value.

5. My Ribeira Guest House

Rua Clube Fluvial Portuense 8, Porto 4050-206 Portugal
Excellent
55%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 128 reviews

My Ribeira Guest House

Located in Ribeira, Porto (UNESCO World Heritage Site) in an 1834 building that went through a careful rehabilitation process, My Ribeira GuestHouse has 8 bedrooms and 1 apartment smartly decorated with unic details. My Ribeira GuestHouse offers a new style in accommodation with daily cleaned facilities, breakfast and all the comfort a traveller needs. The attendance by the owners, with their personal experience in the Invicta city offer a truly single and genuine experience every day. The guest is the main character. In the heart of the city, My Ribeira encourages you to unveil the secrets of Porto, fall in love with its history, discover its neighborhoods, explore narrow paths and steps, get to meet the people, know bars and restaurants that don’t show up in tourist guides, taste their wines and delicacies. You just have to step outside the door to be embraced by the river and feel the rattle of the most emblematic part of the city with the advantage of being a stroll away from the main touristic references. This is the perfect place to enjoy the charm and charisma of Porto, where everything, including the beach, is near.

Wonderful!

Reviewed By Bethany1014

This was the second time I stayed here and it’s still wonderful! Perfect location near the bridge and directly accessible to all old city locations by walking. Many Americans would say it’s a small space but I’d give traveled in Europe it is quite spacious. The front desk is extremely helpful. Be prepared for stairs - as Americans we tend to pack big. This really is the best place in Porto!

6. Cerdeira - Home for Creativity

Lugar da Cerdeira, Lousa 3200-509 Portugal
Excellent
85%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 97 reviews

Cerdeira - Home for Creativity

Located in the beautiful mountains of Serra da Lousã, 40 Km from the historical city of Coimbra, Cerdeira is the perfect charming shale village for your next holiday escape. It emerged from the love and care of two families who decided to rebuild the traditional houses, keeping the village's authenticity and uniqueness. The main concept combines sustainability and art by offering a wide range of creative experiences while keeping its focus on sustainable tourism. Cerdeira provides accommodation for families, small groups and couples. We also welcome artists and creative individuals to experience our "creative tourism" concept. All the self-catering homes are independent and beautifully decorated with artworks from local and international artists. The kitchens are fully equipped and there is a private bathroom with shower on every house. Electric heating and a traditional wood-burning stove help guests stay warm and cosy during the winter. You can also book a course in the Cerdeira Arts and Crafts School with one of our national or international artist-teacher. The school's calendar is available online.

Magical place - healing home for the soul

Reviewed By Y6336UAemilyt

I don‘t attempt to put in words the inner peace and gratitude this place created in me. It is a beautiful space! I left a little more whole than I arrived. Overlooking the green Lousã-Jungle, the wooden Terrasse was my resourcing and creative spot - perfect for yoga, a morning coffee, inspiration, or the copo do Vinho along with a lovingly made dinner ✨? I will definitely come back with my mum to enable her the magical experience as well! The place is only one side, the people are what gives Cerdiera Home for Creativity it‘s peaceful family character. Very passionate and kind souls?? I felt so warmly taken care of, whenever I needed something! I spent my day hiking the incredible green paradise (yes, paradise!) and shist villages (of which I think Cerdeira is for sure the most beautiful one) and unluckily got lost at dawn, Ricardo saved me that night picking me up and bringing me home?? Muito Obrigada Cerdeira Village! Love, Emily

7. The Olive Hill Guesthouse

Rua de Cima 10, Brancas, Batalha 2440-501 Portugal
Excellent
92%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 36 reviews

The Olive Hill Guesthouse

On a beautiful ridge just outside Batalha, between olive trees, are our 4 bungalows in typical Portugese colors and a main building with 3 guest-rooms located. The terrace with view includes a large swimming-pool. We want to welcome and treat our guests as we would like to be treated ourselves. It is our privilege to introduce our guests to the beauty and flavors that Portugal has to offer.

Most beautiful guest house in Portugal with amazingly friendly hosts!

Reviewed By kierfeni

The proprietors of Olive Hill (William and Monique) went above and beyond to provide to us a memorable stay. The breakfasts were delicious and the experience at the Guest House was perfect. The pool was heavenly! I highly recommend staying.

8. Deluxe Surfhouse Algarve - Surfcamp Portugal

Vivenda Telhado Verde Cama da Vaca, Lagos 8600-104 Portugal
Excellent
97%
Good
2%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 154 reviews

Deluxe Surfhouse Algarve - Surfcamp Portugal

The Deluxe Surfhouse Algarve offers the convenience of a hotel combined with the lifestyle of a surfcamp. We focus on comfort, sports, and good food.The surfcamp has double rooms only, if requested with your own ensuite bathroom.Consequently the Deluxe Surfhouse Algarve is the ideal place to spend a relaxing vacation and surf. Not only do we offer surf lessons for all levels but the Deluxe Surfhouse Algarve is also the perfect location for any passionate surfer. With access to more than 30 different surfspots within close driving distance you can surf beachbreaks, reefbreaks, and pointbreaks.The Algarve region offers great waves 365 days a year and of course we know and share the best spots and waves with you! After a day on the beach you can choose to either find a private corner to chill and relax or play a match of tennis on our own tenniscou rt which also serves as a basketball court. Our surfcamp's premises are large enough for everybody to find their preferred thing to do after the surf. So if you're up for a night with a pool-party, our property is secluded enough to do so. With the city of Lagos close-by you may of course go clubbing there, or simply stay and use our kicker or pool table in one of our three shared living rooms.

Worth staying

Reviewed By 347isabelm

Pro's: Super nice and supportive hosts, great surf and yoga lessons, clean rooms and bathrooms, other guests were always super nice and communicative Con's: Equipment in the outdoor gym area is rusty and cannot be used properly, if you're not eating at the surfhouse you will get mocked by the employees, dinner in the camp is good, but sometimes there wasn't enough food, water and food extras cost an additional fee and are not included in the "complete eating package", lunch packages are not provided although you need energy especially if you're surfing the whole day All in all, I would recommend it to friends and family, but the camp is randown and needs a little more love and attention.

9. ArcosHouse

Lugar de Oucias, Carralcova, Arcos de Valdevez 4970-105 Portugal
Excellent
79%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
2%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 52 reviews

ArcosHouse

Terrible service

Reviewed By amminib2020

On the first day, as soon as we arrive we conplain about a lipstick that was under the bed (in covid-19 Times), on the next day the person in charge came into my door, without a mask, trying to tell us that is staff isn't responsable for that, almost saying that was our fault. The dishes are poorly whashed, the sponge on the kitchen was not new, the jacuzzi water can't be drained or restored, what make us think that is Always the same for all clients. They claim is "treated" what ever that means. We could see from our Room window the cleaning ladys, cleaning the last gest house Next door, in 10 minutes, without a mask and pooring the dirty water from the floor, right in front of the house. This is not covid right for sure. On the last day, after leaving the house at the check out time we try to contact arcoshouse phone number and nobody answer, to ask if we can spend the rest of the day in the pool. Try to find someone to ask, and was nobody in the facilitys. At 16pm a very rude Lady named Cláudia came to the pool without a mask, telling me that i'm no longer a gest so i'm no longer welcome and that i have to leave the facilitys. It was shamefull, and i have to reenforce that in total, at the time, only 6people are using the pool surrondings. The village is awesome and the facilitys are great, but the staff and the maneging is the worst experience of my life! And i never complained before in my life, so, that bad. I have pictures of all that. Not clean, not friendly, not covid ready, not there problem. I Will conplain to the sanitary authoritys and send those pictures. This property needs to be closed right away. It's dangerous to operate like this. Never again Never again.

10. Casa das Anas

Travessa do Rainho No. 227, Ponte de Lima 4990-508 Portugal
Excellent
95%
Good
5%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 42 reviews

Casa das Anas

"Casa das Anas - Rural Tourism" is located in Anais, Ponte de Lima, 5 minutes from the A3 motorway access node, in the heart of Minho: - 10 Km from Ponte de Lima - 22 Km from Braga - 15 Km from Vila Verde - 25 Km from Viana do Castelo The reconstruction of this country house, originaly built in the 50s, keeps part of its original design, offering those who visit it, an experience of simplicity and rurality, characteristics of the parish that hosts it. Casa das Anas is a place for those who appreciate natural beauty and tranquility. Set in a rural area, This country house can offer you genuine convivial moments, appealing to the senses and surroundings. "Casa das Anas" is equipped with central heating, with 2 suites (one with extra bed), living room with fireplace, fully equipped kitchen with a pool view. It features 2 outdoor decks, with a breathtaking view of the valley, where the river Neiva flows. This rural tourism space is a family project. This past year, all the free time was devoted to the reconstruction of the building, restoring and recycling old pieces, resulting in a perfect symbiosis for a few days of rest and quietness. We invite you to our house, created especially for you, who enjoys the tranquility, the sounds of the countryside and the colors of nature.

Indeed home away from home :)

Reviewed By Margarida D

Breathtaking views, spotless clean and exquisite decor. We are welcomed with a table full of Portuguese delicacies, home grown fruit, a bottle of wine and a freshly baked pie! Ana is the nicest kindest host and she goes out of her way to make us feel welcomed and at home. A great stay in Ponte de Lima!

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