The seven nights that we stayed at Ricardo's place were relaxing and quiet, without the distracting temptation of the internet. During the day, the location is well situated to take driving trips to towns and villages in the Duoro region, with breathtaking views to be had around almost every corner. A short walk from our driveway is the cafetaria owned by relatives of Ricardo, who we got to know and like very much. It's a perfect place to meet the local villagers, sip some port or wine, and have a pastry, while practicing our Portuguese or German with the owners.
The house is actually a studio space within which we had our bed, long dining table, and kitchen counter. On evenings when it got colder, we used a wood-burning furnace to heat up the space. Ricardo and his father were kind enough to teach us how to use it.
Occasionally, vehicles on the road across the valley could be heard in the evening, but during the night when the village goes to sleep, it was usually very quiet.
We had a memorable time, made extra special by the gifts of chestnuts, walnuts, and home-made wine that we received from Ricardo's lovely parents.