Is on the 1st place on my "dream places where i've been" list. <3
The house is amazing, the location wonderful, and in august the weather... magnific. = )
We had 4 nice days in Seixal - and the service was great. The dock house is a charming and different place. We had not read the material too well, so it was a surprise to us that the whole house is one big room - the bedrooms having one open side to the downstairs room. We're sensitive sleepers, so we took an ekstra room at the nearby and inexpensive hotel. Situated on the dock, the house offers a fantastic opportunity to be living with and by the see. A drawback to this is that the dock is a public place day and night, which at two occasions meant interrupted sleep. The equipment is functional and Seixal offers a nice walk: Caminho do Chão da Ribeira and free natural pools. But the major attraction is the sea.
By the time we arrived here we had travelled a lot, had colds and were in need of rest and relaxation, so that my colour my review.
I should have paid much more attention to a review posted here on TA in January 2017 saying that this would be a good spot for adventurous travellers, not for a relaxing get-away. We had booked three nights but left after one. We were very put off by tourists actually walking right into the house! Not relaxing and didn't make us feel safe and secure in any way.
The one double bed upstairs is NOT big enough for two nearly 6-feet tall people. My husband took that bed and I "slept" in a tiny very uncomfortable old, sagging single. When I moved the bed away from the wall to plug in a reading lamp, the floor was filthy. The bathroom in between the two buildings smelled "funky."
The kitchen and living area downstairs are dated but serviceable.
The owner, Joana is very, very kind and responsive. Her friend and property manager who checked us in was also very nice. There is a book in the apartment outlining nearby attractions. This place just simply was not for us. If you're okay "roughing it" a bit, and not really having any privacy, then this is for you. The location right on the protected ocean pools is gorgeous.
Mostly great, but here's the bad part first: This house is on a very public pier, and all of the pier around it, right up to the walls of the house, is public. There are no signs suggesting it's a private residence (because of ordinances that prohibit this); it looks like a bar or other tourist spot; and, as another reviewer noted, between 10 AM and 7 PM tourists will come right into the house if the doors are open and open them up if they are closed. In addition, the quality of the furnishings and kitchen are shabby... not terrible or unusable, but in need of updating. Finally, on the down side, both 2nd-floor bedrooms are open to the common area (not a problem for us), and the closures on the doors are very basic. The front doors would be very easy to pry open if a criminal wanted to get in. (Fortunately, there seems to be no crime in Seixal, but this would be an issue for someone who cares more about security than we -- two men -- do.) Now the good, which is extraordinary: The windows open directly onto the water, and the sound of the waves lapping on the shore right beneath your window is incredible, as is the fantastic -- not merely good, but fantastic -- view from the two upstairs windows. The house has a feeling of charming, rustic, historical authenticity that simply can't be beat, including the raw stone walls. It's on a wonderful beach that wasn't overly crowded in early June, and the pier attracts tourists from throughout Western Europe. So if you're socially minded and don't mind politely explaining that it's a private house over and over throughout the day, you'll have contact with lots of good people. Everyone we encountered during our two weeks there was understanding and polite. Best of all is Ernesto, the manager of the bar/cafe/restaurant across the small volcanic pool from the house (a 3-minute walk). If you patronize his establishment, tip generously and make a rapport with him, he'll take you out ocean fishing on his canoe, give you a canoe tour of the extraordinary secluded coves and cave nearby, make you extraordinary meals of fresh fish he caught that day and regale you with stories of growing up in Seixal that explain why -- despite all the hardship -- staying there makes him and the other residents so contented. The rugged, artful town is fantastic. I've recommended the Dock House to all our friends, and we look forward to returning some day. It's ideal for a certain kind of adventure traveler though not for someone looking for a relaxing private getaway.