Chao do Rio

Travancinha, Centro Region, Portugal

Six sparkling clean houses made of light natural stone stand around a gracefully landscaped natural pool with a light pebble beach. With their shaggy roofs, they look a bit like little sheep standing on a green meadow. Inside, they are all decorated and colored a little differently. But they are all comfortably furnished with sofa corners, large kitchens, wood stoves and many amenities. In the morning the bells of the small village church ring out here and the rooster's kikeriki mixes with the chirping of birds. On the grounds of Chao do Rio, which used to be a family weekend retreat, there is now a playground, some animals, a vegetable garden and many different types of trees. And a large part of the area is still covered in original forest, where walkers can encounter all kinds of animals and bring their souls into harmony with nature. Swimming between water lilies in a natural pool has a similar effect. To welcome guests, they are also given a map with many excursion options in the surrounding area.

We also featured this accommodation on our blog at Five Places with Natural Pools .

Rooms + Rates

per night
Cottagefrom108 €


ArchitectureThe guest houses are built from regional and recycled materials. The natural stones used already have a second life because they were reused from old demolished houses. Together with the wooden structure and the traditional hay-covered roofs, they provide such good room insulation that the houses can be lived in comfortably in summer and winter. A fan when it's hot and a wood stove when it's cold are sufficient. Power-hungry air conditioning systems are not necessary.

FoodThe breakfast basket at Chao do Rio is filled with produce from their own garden, eggs from the happy chickens, local cottage cheese and bread and other regional products. Vegetarian and vegan products are available on request. You can do your own shopping in the nearby village. Guests can also collect vegetables and fruit in Chao do Rio's own garden. All of this can be prepared in your own well-equipped kitchen. There is even a juicer here, which you can use to squeeze fresh juice from the fruit in your breakfast basket. There is also a barbecue area in the garden for common use by all guests. And there is a restaurant delivery service that brings the most delicious dishes directly to the door of the holiday home, where you can then enjoy them on your own terrace right by the natural pool.

The Chao do Rio works with several social institutions to provide training for the disabled or to look after old people or people in need of support and, among other things, offers products from a neighboring workshop for the disabled at the reception. The employees at Chao do Rio themselves receive regular training and are lucky enough to be able to organize their working hours relatively flexibly.

EnvironmentWell-insulated guest houses and water heated by the sun contribute to the economical use of resources. Waste prevention and waste separation as well. Guests and employees of the Chao do Rio are informed and encouraged to act consciously towards the environment.

Well-BeingChill out in the hammock after a swim in the mild, soft water of the natural swimming pool between water lilies and iridescent dragonflies. Relax in the middle of nature. If you can't do it on your own, you can book various types of massages and wellness therapies in your own holiday home or in the shade under the trees with the help of your hosts.


  • Cozy natural stone houses near the Estrela Natural Park
  • Enjoy eggs from happy chickens, vegetables from the garden, fruit straight from the tree
  • Swim in the natural swimming pond between water lilies and dragonflies
  • Massage under trees
  • Horse riding, guided hikes/snowshoeing possible
  • Many excursion destinations, picturesque villages nearby
  • River beaches for swimming

Holiday homes6 housesOwn cooking facilities + breakfastChildren welcomeWi-FiDisabled accessPoolNature PoolPets allowed


  • Five houses for 4 and one house for up to 6 people
  • All houses with their own kitchen
  • Large garden with fire pit and picnic area
  • Natural pool with pebble beach and sun loungers
  • Sun terrace
  • Free parking spaces
  • Daily cleaning service
  • Family room + playground
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Laundry service
  • Massages can be booked

Certificates + Awards


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5-Sterne-Preis Portugal 2018

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Rooms + Rates

per night
Cottagefrom108 €

Location + Directions

By car

The Chao do Rio is just under 2 hours away from Porto (160 km). Lisbon can be reached in around 3 hours (282 km). The exact address and directions can be found on the hotel's website.