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About Mafalda Carlos
On a summer night with a starry sky, we dined in the pergola when a young fox appeared, shy and curious, attracted by the aromas of dinner and the joy that was felt. This would be the moment of inspiration for the concept of exclusivity and nature of our tourist project and thus appeared to The Fox House. As hosts we feel the call to share the peace, joy and harmony present in the positive and inspiring moments that this space has always provided. Today we aspire that our passion lead us to grow in the art of well-being and the magic of providing good experiences. We are Miguel and Mafalda, welcome to The Fox House.
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The Fox House is perhaps the most beautiful home we’ve ever stayed in. The ancient stone walls, the gorgeous antiques, the bedrooms each with an en suite bathroom are all perfection. The grounds are beautiful. The pool is great. We loved waking up to the amazing breakfast spread every morning on the outdoor table. The Fox Club (an adjacent building) was fun to retire to at night for games. The location is very rural and peaceful. About an hour from Porto. We really loved visiting the hot spring spa and swimming in the natural swimming hole at Poco Azul. But the house was so great we didn’t even want to leave.
Treated like Family
What a wonderful experience we had at the fox house. From the moment we arrived with a champagne reception until our last breakfast everything was simply perfect. The house and surrounding property are impeccably maintained. The owners truly thought of everything to make their guests have a wonderful experience.
Thank you for a memorable stay at your spectacular home!
Tim and Family
The fox house far exceeded all of our expectations. The location was peaceful, beautiful and absolutely perfect. We all wished we could have stayed longer. If I could give it more than 5 stars I would. Miguel and Mafalda were the perfect hosts very kind and helpful.
The Fox House felt like home
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!
Dear Chris and dear friends,
Your words inspire us! When we read your review we remember why we love this project, it´s about sharing experiences with people like you!
Thank you and we really hope to welcome you again, and together enjoy the good things of life, friendship & happiness in a peaceful and beautiful place.
Mafalda & Miguel
Fox House lives up to description of 'Exclusivity & Nature'. Perfect holiday setting!
I was blown away when I saw The Fox House as it is even more amazing than what you see in the website photos. The descriptions of the house and its setting are not exaggerated. It really is an exclusive place to have a holiday and to be close to nature. Perfect for unwinding or to have a social event, both of which were on my agenda. Whether there are children in the group or only adults, I would say the Fox House would suits all. You find it hard to tear yourself away from the house as there is enough to do within the grounds but if you did want to explore the area, there’s enough to see and explore by foot or within reasonable driving distance. The living experience is enhanced by the wonderful owners who really make you feel at home. Highly recommended! I, for one, would consider going back again.
This house and owners were amazing. From the moment we arrived we all felt welcomed as if it was our home. The location was peaceful, beautiful, and perfect. We were provided breakfast every morning which was wonderful and delicious. We utilized three bedrooms and three baths during our stay and they were spacious, clean, and very comfortable. Mafalda and Miguel were absolutely wonderful hosts. They even allowed us to add on two guest for one night that were traveling through Portugal at the same time as we were. We had a wonderful night of dinner, wine, dancing, and conversation with Miguel and Mafalda. They even celebrated the birthday of one of my friends that evening. Portugal is a wonderful place with wonderful people. Mafalda and Miguel were exceptional hosts and wonderful people. I cannot wait to return.
Some advice for people wanting to explore the surroundings. We went to Lamego one day and enjoyed the 600 step walk to the cathedral. It was spectacular. The town was small but very nice. We had lunch, did some wine tasting near the church in town, and bought some groceries for dinner that evening. We also did a Hydro spa treatment at the spa in Sao Pedro. It was great. Not very fancy like American spas, but had an invigorating hydro spa, shower, and 25 minutes massage with water sprinkling on you. They were able to accommodate us without a reservation which was a plus. After the spa we sat around the pool and enjoyed the sun, pool, and conversation.
If you are thinking about booking please do. You will not regret it. It is a wonderful place.
Mafalda and Miguel, thank you for your hospitality, conversation, and friendship. Hopefully we will meet again.
Kim, Chris, and Elsie
OPEN THE GATES OF THE FOX HOUSE and experience the true thermalism in the spring of thermal water used since the 1st century, with mineral-medicinal healing properties. You can enjoy a therapeutic approach or relax and well-being in the modern bathhouses D. Afonso Henriques and Queen D. Amélia in the Baths of São Pedro do Sul 5 min from The Fox House.
But do not stop only by the thermal baths, get to know the region's heritage and take inspiration from nature by exploring the 7 pedestrian walks with various themes and capable of providing you with a unique cultural and biodiversity experience.
But to have an incredible story to tell, mix the pleasure of discovery with the adrenaline of the challenge and do Canyoning, Rafting, Stand Up Padle, Rapell, Trekking and Bikes in the rivers and mountains of the region with our partner, Nómadas - Adventure Tourism.
Or of course, take a leap to Viseu and where a fantastic golf course awaits you.
DISCOVER THE CENTRALITY OF SÃO PEDRO DO SUL during your stay at The Fox House, traveling from one hour to four cities representative of Portugal's identity.
Go to Aveiro and ride your Moliceiros boat, or go surfing on the beaches of Costa Nova or Barra.
Then make a leap to Viseu and get to know the wealth of his heritage or play a game of golf peacefully.
Get to know Coimbra with its secular university surrounded by the academic tradition.
Travel in the Douro, taste the famous Port wine and mix in the cosmopolitan and vibrant urban landscape of Porto.
At the end of the day review the pictures and reminisce about the moments while relaxing in the moonlight at The Fox House.
Discover the region of São Pedro do Sul and its heritage, where the Castros, Roman Pools, Convents, Palaces and Lands cross the Roman bridges, Chapels and Mother Church.
Visit the typical shale Villages, Aldeia da Pena, Fujaco, Covas do Monte and Covas do Rio and breathe the air of the Sierras de Arada, Gralheira and São Macário, where the Vouga, Sul and Paiva rivers flow, full of biodiversity .
Have fun at popular and traditional festivals, where themes range from religious devotion to local gastronomy, to artistic festivals and product fairs in the region.