Cecilia P. 🇨🇦 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
"We just finished a fantastic four-night stay with our friends (5 couples in total) at the glorious Fox House, and everything from start to finish was absolutely wonderful. Everyone’s expectations were surpassed and we can’t say enough about the beautiful property, the wonderful hosts and staff. The property, home, accommodations, pool and grounds are even more beautiful than the pictures show. Our wonderful hosts Miguel and Mafalda made our stay so memorable with their hospitality, graciousness, warmth, friendly and professional manner--it quickly put all of us at ease, and feeling so welcome. It truly made it hard to leave when the time came. Their suggestions and subsequent arrangement for day trips, tours, transportation, guides, restaurants and onsite dinner options brought the words ‘customer service’ to a whole new 5 star level. We were so well taken care of. The onsite daily breakfast provided was delicious and full of selection. The group also opted for dinner to be prepared onsite for the 4 nights and we were so happy we made that choice. The dinners provided were created and prepared by such a wonderful Chef who night after night thrilled everyone. Our group was made up of some well travelled, food and wine lovers who have all expressed what an incredible time they had at the Fox House. If we had to sum up our stay in one word….PERFECTION!! Thank you so much Miguel & Mafalda!!"
The Fox House felt like home
Chris B. 🇺🇸 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
"From the moment we arrived at the Fox House, we felt that we had arrived at home, not just a vacation rental. Mafalda & Miguel were there to greet us with warm smiles and hugs after our long day driving up from Lisbon. Like cousins from across the ocean, the hosts welcomed us with sincerity and charm, and instantly made us feel that their beautiful home would indeed be OUR home for the week. And what a magnificent home it is! Spotlessly clean, relentlessly tranquil, and painstakingly decorated to the highest standard, the Fox House is one of the rare vacation rentals that is better in person than described online.
Our group of 9 (4 adults, 5 teenagers) had more than enough room to spread out and find plenty to do, whether sitting on the patio with a wonderful Dao produced wine, taking a dip in the perfect infinity pool, or knocking off 18 holes on the quaint miniature golf course, there was something for everyone. And the nocturnal visits by the eponymous "fox" made the fantasy complete. The service provided by the household staff was impeccable. Somehow breakfast got served, rooms refreshed, and dishes removed and cleaned as though by a ghost. We could not believe how unobtrusive and efficient these hard working people were.
Mafalda & Miguel helped arrange 3 amazing dinners for us at the house, in addition to an unforgettable night of live fado music and dancing, that became a life highlight for some normally hard to satisfy young people in our group. The attention to detail and insistence on providing the most authentic experience of Portuguese life, cuisine, and culture by the owners is so unusual that it became the most memorable part of our vacation in an utterly enchanting country. We left the Fox House feeling that we had really made new friends who we honestly hope to meet again. It is with some reluctance that I speak to glowingly of our experience at the Fox House, since it is one of those places you hope goes undiscovered by the masses: a secret to be held close and guarded. But Mafalda & Miguel deserve to become known by as many people as possible. I know my life is now better for having met them. So will yours. Go to the Fox House and see for yourself!"
We had an absolutely wonderful time
Jessica B. 🇺🇸 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
"Miguel & Mafalda are incredible people who have made this place breath with soul and personality. The detail of every thing has been thought to make the stay the best. The fox house is a real piece of paradise on earth. The swimming pool is incredible, the calm and peaceful atmosphere will help you get away and forget all your problems. Arlete bringing us breakfast in the morning was definitely a highlight. The property is designed for everyone kids, athletic people, families, friends, working partners... Mr. Fox visited twice during our ritual outdoor diners. Kids were amazed. We had an absolutely wonderful time. Thank you Mafalda and Miguel for your hospitality, your time and your good vibes. We will definitely come back!"
We made memorable stories
Felix R. 🇺🇸 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
"Fox House was an amazing property that is not to be missed. It provides a unique experience that will be a highlight of your time in Portugal. The amenities, layout, housekeeping, breakfast and many thoughtful touches provided our family a fantastic atmosphere that we thoroughly enjoyed. We made memorable stories."
Our group had a lovely time at The Fox House
Patricia J. 🇺🇸 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
"The home and grounds are beautiful and the amenities were great— we didn’t want to leave! The hosts were also wonderful and so helpful with area suggestions and always very responsive."
It was unbelievableLisa M. 🇬🇧 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
"We had a dreamy stay at the Fox House after 5 days at Boom Festival. The Fox House truly exceeded all of our expectations. The amenities were amazing (huge garden with mini golf facilities, volleyball pitch, badminton, Zen garden, pool, outside BBQ area) and the house was beautiful. Mafalda and Miguel have great taste! When we arrived, we were offered some local sparkling wine and the hosts told us a little bit about the story of Fox House. Then we had 2 days of total privacy. We were 13 people (mostly couples) celebrating two 30th birthdays and two engagements. It was unbelievable. I did not want to go back and we all already said we would definitely return - perhaps next year..perhaps in a few years time with our kids. LOVE LOVE LOVE this place! "
Jessica H. 🇬🇧 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
"What can I say except... PARADISE! Mafalda and Miguel truly delivered a perfect holiday and continued to impress us throughout our stay. They are an amazing couple with some great achievements and a magnificent sense of style and out look on life. They encouraged us to enjoy the villa to its full potential and even organized a 3-course meal for myself and 11 others. Communication was quick and helpful, and after a small hiccup with hire cars they even stayed and waited till midnight to welcome us to The Fox House. The grounds are beautifully maintained and the villa was spotless. Their wonderful house keep Arlete (I hope I have spelt it correctly!) was amazing, she prepared breakfast for us every morning, made our beds and even mowed the grass and kept the whole area spotless and beautiful. She really made our trip relaxing and easy going. All in all a huge thank you to everyone at The Fox House for giving me and 11 of my friends the best holiday we could have asked for. We would love to come back in the near future and cannot recommend a visit enough. Obrigada!!"
We simply fell in love with this place
Mati 🇫🇮 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
"Kiitos! Thank you Mafalda & Miguel for the fantastic week we spend here.
We’ve been driving around the area, playing golf, walking down to the village, spend a day in Douro valley, Aveiro, Costa Nova, etc. The splendid breakfast every morning. Sunbathing on the pool, enjoying the amazing surroundings. Bier, wine and good dinners. We simply fell in love with this place."
Eva L. 🇺🇸 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
"This was just an incredible experience. We were looking for a special place to celebrate my mother’s 65th birthday with a small group of adult family members and the Fox House provided everything we needed to ensure that everyone was comfortable. The open space and range of activities meant that everyone could pursue their own interests for the day, coming together for meals, and with plenty of privacy in the evenings - the ensuite bathroom for every bedroom made it feel like everyone had the best room in the house. With an Airb&b rental you don’t normally expect staff, but we had breakfast prepared every morning and our beds made by the wonderful Arlete. This attention to detail and level of service took the experience to the next level. Our hosts Mafalda and Miguel responded quickly to my requests, making excellent suggestions, and seeing to all the details. If you are looking for an intimate tour of Portugal this is the trip for you. If you book the Fox House be sure to ask for help arranging a tour of a local vineyard. We also arranged to have dinner waiting for us the night we arrived and we are so glad we did - what a perfect welcome to a travel weary group. Initially we were a little concerned about the drive from Porto to the Fox House but, in the end, it was fairly direct, with most of the travel on two open highways. The last 15 minutes or so have you driving on small winding streets but nothing beyond what you might expect for a house on top of a hill. We highly recommend this estate. Mafalda and Miguel, thank you again for helping us to craft a once-in-a-lifetime experience."
We walked away from this stay feeling like we gained two more family members
Tonya & Justin 🇺🇸 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
"There really are no words to describe how extremely perfect and magical our stay was at the Fox house. We were looking for a quite beautiful place to have our wedding celebration. From the beginning Mafalda and Miguel were wonderful at communicating. We planned our wedding from the states and as you can imagine that could be very stressful dealing with not physically being there and the language barrier. This wasn’t at all the case. They put us at ease every step of the way. We found we could trust them completely with all our wants and needs. It was a small wedding. Around 30 people total. Everything was beyond perfect. Mafalda and Miguel were there all the way making sure everything was perfect for us on the big day. We walked away from this stay feeling like we gained two more family members. Truly spectacular in all aspects. Not to mention their wonderful modern and beautiful design aesthetic. We had this event in May and I’m writing this review in September. Not at all in reflection of them but more that there was simply too much great things to say about them and the Fox House. It was hard to put it into writing. They excited our expectations!!"