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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 infiniti pool, or knocking off 18 holes on the quaint miniature golf course, there was something for everyone. And the notcurnal visits by the epinomous "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 addtion to an unforgettable night of live fado music and dancing, that became a life highlight for some normally hard to satisfy young poeple in our group. The attention to detail and insistance 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!