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Quinta do Convento da Franqueira
Ranked #2 of 12 Barcelos B&B and Inns
Reviewed 3 January 2012

We stayed at this hotel for several days last august. This place is quiet with a remote country feel yet the town of Barcelos is quite close by. Staying here provided a nice balance of quiet relaxation and exploration of the surrounding area. Piers is an informative host and kindly gave us a fabulous tour of the chapel and winery.. I loved the pool though it was really too cold to enjoy during most of our stay. We had a great time exploring the surrounding area and even stumbled upon the ruins of an old fort! Piers also gave us recommendations for local restaurants and activities.that were very useful.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 October 2011

I've stayed 3 times at Convento da Franqueira and will keep coming back. The rooms are lovely. The house itself is well restored and has a beautiful chapel that is still used for services. The gardens are always gorgeous. Piers and Kate are welcoming, friendly and helpful. Very good value, too!

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 31 July 2011

We stayed here for two nights in July and absolutely loved it. The quinta is situated on a hill overlooking the small town of Barcelos. We stayed in the Blue Room, which was spacious, beautifully decorated and immaculately kept. The rooms have gigantic windows which open onto a courtyard in the center of the property. We slept quite well and enjoyed breakfast in the morning. The spring-fed pool was refreshing after a day spent seeing the sights. In addition, it is well-situated to see many wonderful towns and landmarks in northern Portugal. We enjoyed visiting Ponte da Lima and Viana do Castelo, both short drives from the inn. We wished we had more days to spend as we would have enjoyed getting to the national park or Guimaraes.
As much as we loved the property itself and its location, what really put this place on our list of absolute musts when we return to Portugal was the service. The owner, Piers, and his staff were top notch. We received excellent tips regarding what to see, how to get there, where to eat. In short, if we ever get back I would be comfortable doing no advance planning and just seeking Piers' advice.
When traveling, we place a premium on inns where details are attended to and the host and staff go the extra mile, and Quinta do Convento da Franquiera has these qualities in spades. If you need somewhere to land in the Minho, look no further.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 13 June 2011

This convent has a great inner court yard. The historical building offers great rooms. We had a large dinning room, rest room, bedroom and bathroom, well decorated, with fresh roses from the garden. The hosts were very helpful and knowledgeable about the area and the whole country. We had a wonderful time. The breakfast was great. It was quiet with nice walks to do around the convent. We stayed a week. I was a great way to visit the area.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 June 2011

The most wonderful aspect of this place are the wonderful, welcoming hosts. The property is beautiful and very special. The breakfast is abundant and tasty. The rooms are spacious and comfy. But, to repeat, the hosts make the place really, really nice.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Quinta do Convento da Franqueira

Address: Barcelos 4755-399, Portugal
Region: Portugal > Northern Portugal > Braga District > Barcelos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Barcelos
Price Range: €88 - €322 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Quinta do Convento da Franqueira 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the Quinta do Convento da Franqueira, an enchanting guest house offering bed and breakfast and self catering accommodation.This 16th century Franciscan monastery surrounded by 35 acres of beautiful private grounds has been carefully restored with charm and imagination by the Gallie family,owners since 1965,creating a comfortable environment in which guests feel completely at home.The lush greenery of Franqueira´s gardens, fields and woodland, and the spring-fed swimming pool, hidden behind a graceful 17th century "fonte" provide the visitor with a perfect setting in which to unwind.Located near the market town of Barcelos in Portugal, the Quinta do Convento da Franqueira combines high standards of comfort with historical interest in the lovely setting of the Minho. ... more   less 
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