Villa Marao

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Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4


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Book a 2023 villa holiday by 28th February and receive:

  • A welcome hamper on arrival
  • Up to £100 private chef voucher
  • Trees planted to offset 110% of your villa stay

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Nestled in the hills of the world-famous Douro Valley and with breathtaking views over classic vineyards and olive groves, Villa Marao is a distinctive holiday home set within unspoilt countryside.

Converted from an old school house, the villa has been carefully restored and extended to retain its charm and some original features. The sleek, stylish furnishings create a contemporary look throughout and unique touches make for a very special feel.

On the ground floor is a sizeable open plan living/dining room with a sumptuous extra large corner sofa with room for everyone to enjoy a film together on the flat screen television. A wood burning stove provides an attractive focal point for cosy evenings in. Behind is a dining area with retro-inspired table and chairs for up to twelve people. A quirky play area features two old school desks and a blackboard as a nod to the villa's previous life as a school house. The fully fitted kitchen offers a range of modern conveniences and access out onto the barbecue and garden area. There are two double bedrooms to this floor, with both having an ensuite shower room and doors opening onto a terrace with uninterrupted views of the rolling countryside. A guest toilet is ideal for when you're going in and out of the garden.

There are two bedrooms on the spacious first floor. The stunning master double bedroom has an ensuite shower room and sofa bed that sleeps an extra two children or one adult. A balcony provides superb views over the scenic landscapes that surround the villa. The twin bedroom has an ensuite shower room and also has access to a balcony.

The outside space features a private swimming pool with a selection of sun loungers and seats on the surrounding decking. Lawned areas wrap around the villa and an outdoor dining area with built-in barbecue is the perfect place to enjoy an al fresco meal with unforgettable views. An external, well-equipped games room has a pool table for some friendly competition and a comfortable seating area for relaxing.

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What you should know…

  • A local maid will clean the villa twice a week and a cook is available upon request who can prepare meals for an extra cost
  • Chef-cooked dinners include Douro wine and port
  • There are some steps up to the entrance of the villa, so those with mobility issues should be aware

Property Features

Private Pool Heated Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Air-Con BBQ Ground Floor Bed & Bath Satellite TV Games Room Pool/Snooker DVD Heating

The Villa

Villa Marao is situated in the heart of the Douro Valley, one of the world’s most prestigious wine regions. The villa provides a comfortable base for you to return to each day after exploring the many nearby villages and towns.

Ground Floor
- Double bedroom, with en-suite bathroom
- Double bedroom, with en-suite bathroom
- Cloakroom
- Dining & living area
- Fully equipped kitchen
- Games room

First Floor
- Master bedroom, with en-suite bathroom & sofa bed
- Twin bedroom, with en-suite bathroom

- Private swimming pool, with Roman steps access (10m x 4.5m)
- Barbecue grill
- Lawn area
- Outdoor dining & furniture
- Parasols
- Poolside shower
- Private Parking
- Sun loungers


About the surrounding area of Villa Marao
Rural Location Wine Tasting Outstanding Landscapes Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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Basic amenities such as shops and cafes are within short driving distance but you'll need to head to a nearby town for supermarkets, restaurants and bars. The villa is an excellent base for touring the surrounding vineyards, many of which offer private tours and tastings.

The picturesque town of Pinhão is just a ten minute drive from the villa through winding roads cut into the terraced Douro Valley hillsides. As well as being within a well-known wine-producing region, the town also has a rich port heritage and produces some of the best in the world. You can go on guided tours of wineries and sample some of the local tipples.

Pinhão is situated along the Douro River, meaning you can explore the area with a boat tour down the river. During a trip you'll appreciate the steep vineyard terraces from a different perspective and if you're lucky, you'll spot a range of wildlife along the way.

Another must-see attraction is Pinhão's railway station, built in 1937 and famous for its decorative blue and white azulejo tiles that depict traditional Portuguese country life. There's also a bar and shop giving you the chance to try some wine and port.

Around 12 km from the villa is Provesende, an historical town that's full of interesting sites to explore. Walk down the winding streets and you'll come across a 16th century pillory and 18th century Baroque church and fountain. There are also many old manor houses that sit alongside more modest village cottages to show how rich the area was in past centuries.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Porto


Nearest Town/City Vila Real


Nearest Village Sabrosa


Nearest Restaurant Restaurante Papas Zaide


Nearest Bar/Pub Foz do Távora Bar


Nearest Beach Praia da Madalena



Please be aware that the location tab shown on the website is not based on the property's exact location; therefore, all location amenities are an approx of facilities, restaurants, and villages/towns you might find around the property. The property's exact location will be provided to you before arrival and might come along with some recommendations about the area and what to visit.


A symbol of Portugal’s birth and growth as a nation, the Douro has long been the country’s lifeline. Leaving the pastel-coloured metropolis of Porto, venture through the enchanting countryside.

Following the winding Douro river east from Porto reveals one of the most scenic drives in Europe and Portugal’s premier wine region, the Douro Valley. With terraces of vines lining the riverbanks, Douro Valley holidays offer stunning hiking trails, beautiful viewpoints and a wonderful selection of peaceful retreats.

In the Douro, you will find quiet towns and villages, vineyards hugging the bends, castles from the time of the Reconquest and other places worthy of a stop to look far into the horizon.


Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

The villa still has much of its original character as a school house, due to restored features and décor that reflects the theme of fun and learning. Children will love the small play area in the living space with its charming desks and blackboard. For more modern entertainment there's the external games room with pool table and large swimming pool to enjoy.

Around 65 km north of the villa is Pena Aventura Park in Ribeira de Pena. The drive takes a little over an hour but it's definitely worth the longer journey time. Fun for adults too, there's a special zone for children where they can enjoy adventure walks through the woods, paintball and an adrenaline-fuelled zip wire through the treetops.

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Heated Pool
  • Games Room
  • Pool/Snooker
  • DVD

Services Available

  • Chef/Cook Available


Oliver's Extras

  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Dinner including Douro Wine & Port Available for €35 per person

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- Babysitting/childcare services

Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team.

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit €450 charged to client’s credit card at time of booking and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 4.00 p.m.
Departure time 11.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Included in the rental price
Linen & towels included? Included in the rental price
End of stay cleaning included? Included in the rental price
Tax Included in the rental price
Changeover day Flexible
Minimum stay 7 nights
Internet access? Wi-Fi connection included
Pets welcome? Pets are not allowed
Smoking Allowed? Not permitted inside the villa
Insurance It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property.
Pool heating charge? Pool heating is available upon request for an additional charge of €250 per week.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 6th 2023 - Apr 1st 2023 £1,698 £2,376
Apr 1st 2023 - Jul 1st 2023 £2,203 £3,084
Jul 1st 2023 - Sep 1st 2023 - £3,667
Sep 1st 2023 - Nov 1st 2023 £2,203 £3,084
Nov 1st 2023 - Dec 16th 2023 £1,698 £2,376
Dec 16th 2023 - Mar 30th 2024 £2,620 £3,667
Mar 30th 2024 - Jun 29th 2024 £2,203 £3,084
Jun 29th 2024 - Aug 9th 2024 - £3,667

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 6th 2023 - Apr 1st 2023 €1,779 €2,490
Apr 1st 2023 - Jul 1st 2023 €2,308 €3,231
Jul 1st 2023 - Sep 1st 2023 - €3,842
Sep 1st 2023 - Nov 1st 2023 €2,308 €3,231
Nov 1st 2023 - Dec 16th 2023 €1,779 €2,490
Dec 16th 2023 - Mar 30th 2024 €2,745 €3,842
Mar 30th 2024 - Jun 29th 2024 €2,308 €3,231
Jun 29th 2024 - Aug 9th 2024 - €3,842

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 6th 2023 - Apr 1st 2023 $1,919 $2,686
Apr 1st 2023 - Jul 1st 2023 $2,490 $3,486
Jul 1st 2023 - Sep 1st 2023 - $4,145
Sep 1st 2023 - Nov 1st 2023 $2,490 $3,486
Nov 1st 2023 - Dec 16th 2023 $1,919 $2,686
Dec 16th 2023 - Mar 30th 2024 $2,961 $4,145
Mar 30th 2024 - Jun 29th 2024 $2,490 $3,486
Jun 29th 2024 - Aug 9th 2024 - $4,145

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

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