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The house was well furnished/equipped with quality everything. No shortage of hot water. Beds and bedding were more than comfortable. We were not disappointed with anything (and my husband can usually find something wrong with anything and everything).
All of my prior VRBRO experience has been that the pictures and the list of amenities are overstated AND over rated. Not in this case.
Joao gave us great recommendations for dinner and helped us make the reservations, which was especially appreciated since we do not speak Portuguese.
We would rent again from Joao again in a heartbeat!
Tips for future visitors: If you will be there for more than 2 days/nights and/or you want to cook any of your own meals, stop at a grocery store in Lousa before heading up the road to Talasnal because the road is extremely windy and narrow and you will not want to go back down the mountain just to go to the grocery store unless you really have to.
The road is very narrow and does not comfortably fit 2 cars. In addition, there really is no shoulder on either side of the road - so the drive up can be nerve rattling. However, this should not be a deterrent.
This is indeed a luxury apartment with a fully equipped kitchen, beautifully renovated bathroom, and comfortable sitting room with TV, cable and wi-fi. Bedrooms were very comfortable and nicely decorated. The apartment is close to a number of restaurants and pastry shops. For those of you interested in hiking to Lousa castle or nearby schist villages, the walking route runs right beside the building.
Carlos is a gracious manager and met us when we arrived in town to pass along keys and answer questions about the apartment and the town. He was easily available by phone for any questions during our stay.