Casal do Pau & plunge pool

riverside at Gois in beautiful central Portugal
Guests: 6       Wifi: available       Pets? Strictly no pets allowed

Casal do Pau & plunge pool

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about the property

A wonderful Portuguese villa in the Coimbra mountain region, with access to its own privately owned river bathing beach in the summer – however you may come across be a few local residents using the beach during the summer season too. The perfect inland Portugal family holiday property at a great price!

The hills of central Portugal may be greener than much of Spain, calmer than the hectic coast, and enjoy more dramatic scenery than most areas, but when it is hot in summer all you want to do is jump in the clear waters of the local rivers. Lucky then that Casal do Pau is close to the Rio Ceira where you can peacefully bathe all day long. There are so many local river beaches and gorges in this area that this one rarely gets busy, but if it is total privacy you desire then this quinta (farmhouse) also has a stone-walled courtyard that would suit even the nudists of this world.

The mix of modern, antique and secondhand furnishings give the house a simple, homely Bohemian feel, and you have a large garden to romp about in with a plunge pool. The raised patio has good views, and you can use the original wood-fired oven if you wish; the less adventurous will appreciate the modern kitchen with the usual appliances. 

Lots to explore in this area, with affordable eating and good drinking in the village (10 mins. walk), and a laid-back atmosphere to boot.



latest review

We loved it! A really beautiful and comfortable house - inside and out - and very well-equipped, in a beautiful place. Especially if you like river swimming, there is nowhere better.

Tim W, August 2019

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£470 (based on 2 staying)
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£835 (based on 2 staying)
strictly no pets allowed
bed layout
Master Double, Double and the Double only

facilities at Casal do Pau & plunge pool

farm or rural location
open fire / woodburner
beach (within walking distance)
pub nearby (walkable)
media & technology
wifi broadband available
cleaning services
washing machine
young children welcome

map - location

travel info

Buses and trains from Lisbon and Porto to Coimbra. Then regular buses from Coimbra to Vila Nova do Poiares. Taxi to house (5 km) just off the N2

in detail

The property has Wi-Fi broadband internet.

First Floor (property entered on the first floor)

  • Reception - with seating, dining and open-plan kitchen. Modern appliances, fridge-freezer, microwave, TV (Portuguese channels)
  • Master Bedroom - large room with double bed, sofas, wood burner (only used in Winter months)
  • Bathroom - with bath and shower, WC
  • Bedroom - bunks with double on top, single below. Best suited to children

Ground Floor (accessed independently off courtyard)

  • Bedroom 1 - Double bed 
  • Bedroom 2 - Single bed


  • Plunge pool
  • Large enclosed garden
  • Shady courtyard or open sun terrace with views (patio furniture for both)
  • Direct access to swimming beach or walk further down to the beautiful gorge
  • Parking for up to four cars behind gates

local area

  • Clean river bathing - edge of the property
  • Beaches - choice of many river beaches (4 within 15 minutes)
  • Villa Nova do Ceira - a village with shops, cafes, bars - 10 mins. walk
  • Gois - a lovely town with beautiful sandy beaches- 10 mins. drive
  • Schist villages - choice of 9 within 30 mins.
  • Bussaco Palace, National Park & gardens - 45 mins.
  • Coimbra - historic University town - 40 mins.
  • Coast - (many beaches, castles) - about 1 hour 15 mins.


  • Porto (Ryanair, Easyjet, TAP, British Airways etc.) - 2.5 hours (or less)
  • Lisbon (Easyjet, TAP, British Airways etc.) - 3 hours (or less)
  • Faro (Easyjet, Ryanair etc.) - 6 hours (or less) - split with stay in Algarve?

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customer reviews for Casal do Pau & plunge pool

We loved it! A really beautiful and comfortable house - inside and out - and very well-equipped, in a beautiful place. Especially if you like river swimming, there is nowhere better.

- Tim W,
August 2019

The house was lovely - very charming and quirky - definitely the place for a getting away from it all holiday!

- Georgina W,
September 2018

We had a wonderful 'slow' week here in May, the property is a true rural idyl and its obviously a much loved home. It was equiped as described and the owner was most helpful with suggesting outings, shops and restaurants. The pictures dont do it justice.

- Frank N,
May 2018

We had a very relaxing holiday in this beautiful and interesting house. Lots of different places to relax outside and lovely views. We went to Porto for a few days first and it proved to be the perfect combination for a holiday.

- Genine oneill ,
September 2017

We were an extended family of 5 adults, 3 children (4, 5, 7) and an 8 month old baby. The house was lovely, although a little cramped given our number, and we managed despite the single toilet. The area was attractive, hilly, green and with good swimming in local rivers. There was something for everyone, and the adults relaxed while the children splashed about. The Portuguese we met were extremely friendly, welcoming and helpful, and the prices were very reasonable. We had a terrific meal in Combria on our way to the house, and returned on a Monday to visit its recommended garden , but found it closed, so explored the University/library, which we found really interesting. (Do thoroughly check opening times, which were wrong when we looked!) We also visited its remarkable ancient Roman ruins on our way back to Porto. We could have done with an extra bathroom &/or toilet, but really enjoyed ourselves. We discovered what seemed to be a swimming pool in the garden, which we never used. We would recommend this is mentioned in the brochure together with advice about its usability, since it could be a risk for small, curious children. Overall, thoroughly recommended.

- Dr.morice G,
August 2017

What a wonderful house and location. We loved all the thoughtful additions, which made the cottage so homely. This meant we barely explored the area, but what little we saw confirmed that we want to return. Loved all the natural wildlife, and Pickles too! It was so delightful to swim in the river and natural water pool too. Thank you.

- Sallie B,
August 2016

A fabulous house and garden in a perfect location - beautifully furnished with all that you could wish for there....and more. We loved it instantly. The views from the terrace are breath-taking and the surrounding countryside well worth exploring. The green and fertile land round the River Ceira really is lush and productive thanks to their ingenious irrigation systems. What a jaw-droppingly beautiful country Portugal is! Some great quiet river beaches nearby to swim in too, as well as the busier ones. This was our first visit to Portugal and we would have been hard-pressed to have found anywhere better... and that was due in large part to the accommodation. The river beach just down from the house is a lovely spot - a dammed wide section of the river, full of fish with Dragonflies, Damsel flies & swallows darting everywhere. It is used by the locals too (it is more theirs than ours after all)- but that never caused any problems for us as we had no proprietorial feelings about it. If you should want total solitude there, you can always just pick your times. Lots to do and see in walking distance and short drives away. A drive up ...and up... into the Serra da Lousa is a must. A truly memorable family holiday in very relaxed and comfortable surroundings. Thank you so much to Alex the owner ......& to UTT :) Kind regards Liz & Konrad Hughes .... and from Ella & Jasmine too

August 2015

We have thoroughly enjoyed our short break in this wonderful house-we are kicking ourselves now that we didn't book for longer! Thank you for offering your home to UTT customers-it really is truly wonderful! Em and Mark

July 2014

Casal Do Pau' has been the most perfect place to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. The climate, the welcoming locals and the slow pace of life is just what we were searching for. The Beira Litoral province is truly a rather special location. A lovely combination of isolation in the hills and sunshine. After 10 years of searching we may just have found our perfect holiday location. We have enjoyed cooking on the BBQ in the tranquil courtyard. The local supermarket in Vila Nova do Ceira has a good selection of fresh fruit/veg and fish/meat. Thank you so much for sharing your very special home. Claire and Nigel

July 2014

My daughter and I have spent a wonderful 10 days here. The house is beautiful,the location stunning and the river amazing. We have found a part of the world that we love and look forward to more adventures here. Hannah and Georgia

July 2014

We loved the river swimming, most of the roads were empty, great mountain views, colour,landscape, cheap food, friendly people. Loved it here, and feel Portugal for us needs more exploring. August 2011.

July 2014

We chose to come here to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary and we could not have had a nicer stay anywhere. We went to buy a bottle of wine and almost came back with a house! Feel as though we have travelled back 100years. Wonderful. Thank you for sharing Casal Do Pau, it is a wonderful and inspiring place in an enchanting part of the world. Mark and Julie

July 2014

We feel like we have found a beautiful and forgotten world. Thank you, we will always remember this week. We leave feeling relaxed and inspired, ready to face the world again. Kirsty and James

July 2014