The Douro is one of the most picturesque parts of the wonderful country of Portugal and it must be hard to find a more perfect place to stay in the area than Hotel Rural Casa dos Viscondes da Varzea. Indeed, this is one of the finest places I have ever visited. A family run property full of fascinating and stunning antiques, heirlooms and art, this estate puts on incredible weddings and private parties alongside being a hotel. Dinner is traditional Portuguese food, served in the same way an aristocratic family would customarily host guests. If you want to get a feel for authentic Portugal, look no further than this amazing establishment.

The sitting rooms were full of lovely antiques.

A beautiful sitting room.

Our bedroom.

Debs posing outside the hotel.

Another magnificent sitting room.