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The important stuff

  • Check-in is from 3pm
  • Check-out is before 11am
  • Sleeping arrangements
  • King-size double, three single bunks

Extra space available

Space for 1 baby no charge.

Space for 2 pets no charge. Please be aware there are chicken and other animals on site

Space for 1 adult from €15 per adult per night All bedding provided. Children very welcome at same rate.

Kids & Pets

Children and pets are very welcome


  • Kitchen inside lodge with full range of kitchen appliances (including hob and fridge)
  • All crockery, cutlery, pots and pans
  • Coffee percolator


  • Private bathroom with toilet and semi-outdoor hot shower

Heating, lighting & bedding

  • Gas burner
  • Electric blankets in cooler months
  • Electric lighting throughout
  • All bedding and towels provided
  • Plug sockets throughout


  • Books and board games to borrow at the main house
  • Swimming pool
  • WiFi at main house


At Vinha Da Manta

Vinha da Manta is the perfect place to do absolutely nothing - just read a book at the pool, take an occasional nap in the shade and get a snack and drink at the pool.

Outdoor & Active


The “Parque Natural da Serra de Estrela” is famous for its rugged granite formations, alternating with savannah-like plains where the indigenous Bordeleira sheep still graze. This protected natural area, that has escaped mass tourism, can be discovered from Vinha Da Manta with some great tours. Old trails that run criss-cross through the area, that often date back to Roman times, lead the walker over vast mountain ranges and through sparsely populated valleys, where wild boars, eagles and foxes wander around in large numbers. This area, even during the hot Iberian summer, is a green oasis. Menno and Jacqueline are happy to drop you off at a good starting point if you're not driving.


Horse riding

This is the perfect place for horse lovers, whether you're an experienced rider or just a beginner. Jacqueline has been working with horses practically her whole life and is more than happy to take guests out fir a ride (at the moment this is limited to two guests at a time). 


There are several places where you can swim. The natural swimming pond at Vinha da Manta itself has both a deep end for diving and a shallower end for kids. There's also a river within walking distance, ideal for swimming and playing. It is always cool and calm. There are several places. What we think as the best place, which can be reached by car, there are many flat rocks where you can easily lie down on and the kids can play safely. And of course, there are many other places that are not even discovered yet. Just a short drive away, there is a large reservoir, with a small beach where you can enjoy a quiet long swim. There is also a “praia fluvial” in almost every village, which are beaches along the riverside. They often have a little bar with cold drinks and ice creams and a slide for children.

Local villages

In Portugal, in the old villages, there is still plenty of population, and they are very interested in anyone who comes along. Our environment is 5000 years old cultural landscape. From the prehistoric rock art here in the Coa Valley, through the many Roman roads, even next to our property, Moorish fortresses and castles around here to the tangible traces of the medieval Iberian history in the old Guarda from the 11th century. You can find something back from every age in the landscape, which includes people who live partly in the 21st century, but clearly have their roots in an almost medieval society. The old ladies dressed in black with a bundle of sticks on their heads, the last donkeys, the common baker's ovens, the Christmas fire, the busy village pub, the Eastern processions, in short, everything here is very much alive and takes place in an environment that is as it was 200 years ago.

Further afield, you can visit Salamanca (Spain), The Douro valley, and the highest point of Portugal (2000m) which is also a ski resort in winter.

Food & Drink

At Vinha Da Manta

Vinha Da Manta is located in a fantastic area, where small-scale farmers and producers offer unique local specialities. Renowned are the cheeses from Celorico Da Beira, the cherries from Faia, the wine from Aldeia Viçosa and not to forget the olive oil from the valley below - its fruity flavour may remind you of artichoke.


The kitchen is Menno’s domain - he serves a daily breakfast, and an sumptuous evening meal every other night, all made from fresh produce either from his own vegetable garden or from local farmers. He describes his style as "Mediterranean classics with a touch of cheeky input from myself". Think clams with piri-piri and coriander, lamb loin in anise herbs and presunto (dried Portuguese ham from Iberian pigs), tagine with figs and bio-dynamic lamb, bread and pizza from the wood oven and pesto made from Portuguese basil. 

If on Menno's days off you'd like to cook for yourself, each lodge has a fully-equipped kitchen and there are shops in Porto de Carne (4km) or Guarda (12km) where you can stock up.

Pubs & Restaurants

Besides Vinha da Manta's own very popular restaurant there are several restaurants in the surroundings ranging from the “all you can eat for almost nothing” to the more “fine dining” venues.

Meet your hosts

From owners Menno and Jacqueline:

"We are Menno and Jacqueline. In 2011 we moved to Portugal together with our 3 children, Finn (now 16), Thijm (now 13) and Kate (now 10). We wanted to create something special for and by ourselves, where we can both live and share our passions at the same time. Menno's passion is cooking and as a viticulturist he is also passionate about wine. Horses are Jacqueline's main passion.

We were both active in the business sector in the Netherlands. Menno was manager of Amsterdam Central Station and Jacqueline was an IT consultant. Vinha Da Manta represents a time for new challenges and a different interpretation of our everyday lives.


Vinha Da Manta is a small estate of 10 hectares that we arrange as we would like to have it when we ourselves go on vacation. We created beautiful spaces and an environment in which peace and comfort together with friendliness and a sociable atmosphere. We love to share all of this with our guests.

We opened the doors of Vinha Da Manta in the summer of 2012. We realized an accommodation where we ourselves would like to go to – light, air, space, enjoying the nature, good food, a good atmosphere and luxury. That is why we would like to keep Vinha da Manta small and intimate, with a certain amount of exclusivity. We run the company ourselves, which means that everything is done to maintain our own high standards. We are constantly improving what we have created, and make it even better, year after year. We are constantly seeking for a way to provide our guests the best holiday experience possible and at the same time we also have a clear ecological conscience. We combine "green" with luxury. We are committed to protecting the relationship with the land, the local community and the natural environment, what goes well together with a luxurious, outdoor holiday. That is also the reason we have a natural pool, cleaned only by plants in which the water is better than from your home tap. Our own well provides us with the purest drinking water. We use local sustainable wood to build the platforms for our lodges and our fixtures and furnishes are designed in conjunction with the shapes and colours of the surrounding landscape. We grow our own vegetables for our restaurant as much as possible, all organic, just like our cheese, eggs and milk. Our fruit trees, vines, fig trees and olive trees are also organic. Total darkness is now a real treat, so we try to minimize light pollution with solar soft lighting. These are all just examples of the first steps we are taking, small but durable ones, to be able to share with our guests and taking them in a new way of seeing the world."

Getting there

Vinha da Manta, Quinta Do Barata, 6300-095 Faia, Guarda, PORTUGAL

By plane

You can fly to Porto (2 hrs' drive), Lisbon (3 hrs), Madrid (4 hrs) and Valladolid (2½). It's best to hunt around for good deals!

Possibilities include:
TAP to Porto or Lisbon;
Easyjet to Madrid, Lisbon or Porto;
KLM to Lisbon or Madrid;
Transavia to Lisbon or Madrid;
Ryanair to Porto, Lisbon, Madrid or Valladolid

By train

The nearest station is Guarda, 12 km, a stopping point for all intercity trains as well as the international train from Paris. Check here for train times. From Guarda you can get a taxi to Faia for around €15.

By bus

There are quite good bus connections from Porto, Lisbon and Madrid to Guarda. Bus information can be found here.

By car

From Porto: From the airport follow first the A44 or A4 to Porto till you see the A1 (toll road) towards Lisbon . Follow this until the exit Aveiro/Viseu to the A25. Take the direction to Viseu and after Viseu the direction to Guarda. Leave the motorway at junction 28, follow signs IP5/Porto de Carne. Take exit Transito/Porte de Carne to the N16. Follow this road about 12 miles and then turn to the right to Faia. Take that exit and drive down the valley. At the roundabout drive into the village Faia (3d exit). Continue straight through the narrow streets of the ancient village, the road winds to the right and then left. At the end of the village begins a new asphalt road. Follow this road up until you're on top of the hill and the road curves to the left, follow the road and after 500 meters (along the white water basin) on your left is a dirt track (300 meters) that leads to our estate.

From Lisbon: From the airport follow the motorway A1 direction Porto until the exit of Torres Novas, Castelo Branco and Abrantes. Then follow the A23 to Guarda, exit 35. Follow the signs Hospital, to the roundabout with the modern image in the shape of the letter G. From there, follow the signs for Vale do Mondego. Drive through the villages Cubo, Prado and Chaos, where you will see the lake on your left. Then take the exit to Pero Soares on the left. After Pero Soares, after the cemetery, you get a sharp bend, take the turn in the new asphalt country road on the right, which shows the sign of our neighbours, Dominio Vale do Mondego. After 800 meters there is a dirt road to the right. This is the entrance to Vinha da Manta. It only takes 300 meters to get to our estate.

From Salamanca, Spain (also if you will be arriving by car from England) :
Cross the border at Vila Formosa on the A23 and drive to Guarda. Take the A23 towards Castelo Branco and turn right at the first exit, number 35. Follow the signs Guarda centro/Hospital, to the roundabout with the modern sculpture in the shape of the letter G. From there, follow the signs to Vale do Mondego. Drive through the villages Cubo, Prado and Chaos, where the lake will be on your left side. At the end of the village of Chaos, turn left, direction to Barragem, along the lake. Take that exit and follow the road to Pero Soares. After Pero Soares, after the cemetery, you get a sharp left curve with on the right a new asphalt country road, which shows a sign that says Dominio Vale do Mondego. After 800 meters there is a dirt road to the right.

This is the entrance to Vinha da Manta. It only takes 300 meters to get to our estate.

Booking Terms

Canopy & Stars low price promise
Book with us in confidence knowing you won’t find that place cheaper elsewhere. All of the prices we display are set and matched by our Owners. (In this world of foreign currency, we do have to say 'subject to exchange rates' for some of our European places.)

What does ‘from price’ mean?
Our ‘from price’ is based on a four night stay in low season and designed to help you to compare different prices across our collection. Some of our Owners vary their nightly rates and check in days throughout the year, so it may differ from the rate quoted below the calendar. It is quite common (although by no means universal) for places to charge a little more in peak season or for shorter stays, to cover changeover costs. Consider booking longer stays during the cooler months if you’re looking for the lowest nightly rates.

Agency Terms & Conditions

Except where otherwise specified, we Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd Company No 09088366 of Merchants House, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RW act only as an Agent in respect of all bookings we take and/or make on your behalf. Sawday’s Canopy & Stars is part of the Alastair Sawday’s Group of Companies. We accept no liability in relation to any contract you enter into or for any services or arrangements you purchase (“Booking(s)”) or for the acts or omissions of any supplier(s) or other person(s) or party(ies) connected with any Booking. For all Bookings, your contract will be with the supplier of the Booking in question, and in most cases this will be the owner of the property you’ll be staying at (“Owner(s)”). When making your Booking we will arrange for you to enter into a contract with the Owner of the Booking. Your Booking with us is subject to these Agency Terms & Conditions and any specific booking conditions of the relevant Owner(s) you contract with. The Owner’s booking conditions may limit and/or exclude the Owner’s liability to you.

You may decide to make more than one Booking with us at the same time. The price charged in total for more than one Booking will always equal the prices charged separately for each individual Booking. All Bookings are available to be purchased separately at the same price as they are when more than one Booking is made. This means that any multiple Bookings do not constitute a package as defined in the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.

By making a booking, you agree that:-

  1. you have read these Agency Terms & Conditions and agree to be bound by them;
  2. you consent to our use of your information in accordance with our Privacy Policy;


  1. you are over 18 years of age and where there may be age restrictions in place, you declare that you and all members of your party are of the appropriate age.


The Canopy & Stars online booking system enables Guests to make Bookings 24 hours a day. A Booking is confirmed on receipt of a 25% non-refundable deposit for all Bookings with check in dates of more than 10 weeks away. For all Bookings that have a check in date of less than 10 weeks before check in, payment for the Booking will be required in full and the entire Booking will be non-refundable. The Canopy & Stars telephone booking line is open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm. When using the online enquiry form, for those Properties without online booking, please allow 24 working hours for us to contact you by telephone to confirm the Booking. If we are unable to reach you by phone we will attempt to contact you by email. We will contact you during Canopy & Stars working hours (Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm). Online or email enquiries will be dealt with in the order they are received, but please be aware that we cannot guarantee reservation of your selected dates until the receipt of suitable payment. Therefore, if possible, we do recommend that you book on the Canopy & Stars website using the online booking system.


1. Booking and payments


1.1 In order to confirm your chosen Booking, you must pay a non-refundable deposit as required by the Owner of the Booking in question (or full payment if booking within 10 weeks of the date of your check-in).


1.2 Your Booking is confirmed and a contract between you and the Owner will exist when we receive payment of the deposit and send you a booking confirmation on the Owner’s behalf. This booking confirmation will normally be sent out within 24 hours in the case of email and seven working days in the case of post, and will contain the details of your Booking and of payments made and due. If you have not received your booking confirmation within the specified time, please notify us as soon as possible by email ( Please check your confirmation carefully and report any incorrect or incomplete information to us immediately. As we act only as booking Agent, we have no responsibility for any errors in any documentation except where an error is made by us.


1.3 Where a deposit has been paid, full balance payment will be due 10 weeks in advance of your check in date and a reminder will be sent to you two weeks prior to this date, where applicable, by email. We automatically take the balance payment using the same card as used to make the deposit payment. It is your reponsibility to advise us if we should use a different card and to contact us by telephone (0117 204 7830) to arrange for alternative payment method. If the balance payment does not successfully go through as there is a problem with your card, such as it expiring, then we will contact you to try and take alternative payment. If we have been unable to take payment after two weeks of the balance due date, then with regret, we will notify the Owner who may cancel your Booking.


1.4 Except where otherwise advised or stated in the booking conditions of the Owner concerned, all monies you pay to us for a Booking will be held on behalf of the Owner(s) concerned.


1.5 Credit Card payments are processed via Alastair Sawday’s Publishing Co. Ltd who provide merchants services facilities to Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd.


2. Cancellation and Amendment by You


2.1 Any cancellation or amendment request must be sent to us by email ( and will be considered and responded to within one working day of receipt. You are also advised to confirm all changes to our Customer Services Department by calling 0117 204 7830. Please ensure that you have received written confirmation of any changes to your Booking prior to travel. Whilst we will always try to help, we cannot guarantee that such requests will be met.


2.2 Amendments and cancellations can only be accepted in accordance with the booking conditions of the Owner of your Arrangements. The Owner may charge the cancellation or amendment charges shown in their booking conditions (which may be as much as 100% of the cost of the Arrangements and will normally increase closer to the date of departure). The Owner may charge cancellation or amendment charges in accordance with its own booking conditions, however for the sake of convenience only, we have outlined the Owner’s charges at clause 2.3 and 2.4 below. Please note that these are the Owner’s own cancellation and amendments charges, not Canopy & Stars’, and therefore the Owner may vary their charges as they wish, without notice to us. The correct charges will be notified to you at the time of your cancellation or amendments.  


2.3 Owner’s General Cancellation Charges:

2.3.1 Cancellation by you at any time will result in your deposit being forfeited, as all deposits are non-refundable.


2.3.2 All monies paid for a holiday (deposit and balance) are non-refundable within 10 weeks before check in date.


2.3.3 Cancellation of any holiday after it has been paid in full and at a date 10 weeks or more in advance of your check in date, will result in forfeiture of your deposit (or an amount equivalent where one was not paid as the holiday was paid in full) and the balance being returned to you. 


2.3.4  Cancellation insurance is available but will be a third party arrangement and not involve Canopy & Stars or the Owner in any way.


2.4 Owner’s General Amendment Charges:

2.4.1 Alterations to your Booking can only be made more than 10 weeks prior to the check in date, after which time alterations will be treated as cancellation. All alterations are subject to availability and may incur a £30 adminstration fee.


2.4.2 Differences in the total amount payable resulting from alterations will be refunded to you in the case of a decrease in price and paid by you in the case of increases in price.


Special note: Generally Owners will charge the above cancellation and amendment charges, however we must stress that these are a guide only and charges may differ from those shown here depending on the Owner. The exact charges will be notified to you by the Owner at the time of cancellation and/or can be found in the Owner’s own booking conditions which are available from the Owner on request.


3. Changes and Cancellations by the Owner

We will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if the Owner needs to make a significant change to your confirmed Arrangements or to cancel them. We will also liaise between you and the Owner in relation to any alternative Booking offered by the Owner but we will have no further liability to you.


4. Complaints

Because the contract for your Booking is between you and the Owner, any queries or concerns should be addressed to them. In the event that you have any complaint about your stay, please notify the Owner as soon as possible. If you don’t follow this procedure there will be less opportunity for the Owner to investigate and resolve your complaint and so make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Delays may also mean that amount of compensation you may be entitled to may be reduced. Whether or not your complaint is dealt with satisfactorily, please also contact us as we appreciate all feedback. It’s important to us and the Owner to know that you’ve enjoyed your stay or if anything could have been improved.


5. Pricing

Canopy & Stars reserve the right to amend advertised prices at any time on behalf of the Owner. We also reserve the right to correct errors in both advertised and confirmed prices.Special note: changes and errors sometimes occur.


6. Information & Accuracy

The information and prices shown on this website are varied from time to time and may change between the time you first view a property and make a Booking. You should check that all the details are as you expect prior to making a Booking. It is always possible that, despite our best efforts, some of the properties (including the features and extras available) may be incorrectly described and/or priced. If we discover this is the case after you have made a Booking, we reserve the right to contact you with details of the correct information and/or pricing and will give you the option to:

(1) proceed with the Booking based on the correct information and/or pricing, which may require the payment of an additional amount by you;


(2) subject to availability, change your booking dates to dates when the pricing can be honoured ad so no additional charge to you. In the event that a lower price can be offered for alternative dates then the difference would be refunded;


(3) cancel the Booking. If we do not receive your instructions within 5 days of contacting you, we reserve the right to cancel your Booking without liability to you.


7. Our Responsibility for your Booking

Your contract is with the Owner and its booking conditions apply. As Agent, we accept no responsibility for the actual provision of the Booking. Our responsibilities are limited to making the Booking in accordance with your instructions and acting properly in accordance with our legal duties as an Agent. We accept no responsibility for any information about the Booking that we pass on to you in good faith. However, in the event that we are found liable to you on any basis whatsoever, our maximum liability to you is limited to twice the cost of your Booking (or the appropriate proportion of this if not everyone on the Booking is affected). We do not exclude or limit any liability for death or personal injury that arises as a result of our negligence or that of any of our employees whilst acting in the course of their employment.


8. Pets

Not all properties accept pets. If you wish to take your pet on holiday, please advise us before booking and we can check whether pets are accepted at the property. You must obtain the prior consent of the Owner before taking any pets to the property. A nightly charge may be made by the Owner for each pet and additional terms may apply.


9. VAT

Many of the Owners of properties in the Canopy & Stars portfolio are not registered for VAT in which case no tax is payable. Where VAT is payable, the tax is included in the advertised holiday rental price.


10. Visa, passport and health requirements.

Unless you tell us otherwise, we assume that all members of your party are British citizens who hold or will hold full British passports valid for the entire duration of the Arrangements you chose to purchase. Information on visa, passport and health requirements, where given and applicable, is so given on this basis. Requirements may change and you are therefore strongly recommended to check the up to date position with the Owner of the Booking, Passport Office, appropriate embassy or consulate or your doctor as applicable in good time before the commencement of your holiday.


11. Insurance

You are strongly recommended to take out personal travel insurance for all members of your party. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance you purchase is adequate and appropriate for your particular needs. Please read your policy details and take them with you on holiday.


12. Special requests

If you have any special requests (for example dietary requirements, cots or room location), please let us know at the time of booking. We will pass on all such requests to the Owner, but unfortunately, we can't guarantee that they will be met and we will have no liability to you if they are not.


13. Group Bookings

Not all Owners accept Bookings for a single sex group (for example, a stag or hen party). Guests wanting to make such a Booking should check with us beforehand to enable us to check whether the Owner is prepared to accept the Booking. We will then advise you accordingly. In event that an Owner does not accept this type of Booking then it is with regret, that the Booking may be cancelled and cancellation fees may apply. It is the Guest’s responsibility to enquire with Canopy & Stars and/or check on our website beforehand to make sure that this type of booking is permitted.


14. Maximum Numbers

Please note that except by prior arrangement confirmed in writing, only the number of persons specified on a booking confirmation may occupy  a property. Most owners reserve the right to refuse admittance or revoke a booking if this condition is not observed and you are unlikely to receive any refund.


15. Your Responsibilities

Please note that you have a contract with the Owner of the property. As such you are under a responsibility to behave in a proper, appropriate and legal manner whilst staying at the property with due respect to the Owner, the Property and other guests and their property. You are responsible for informing the Owner of any losses or damage to the property as soon as possible. Please note that you will be liable to pay the Owner for any losses or damage to the property caused by you or a member of your party (except reasonable wear and tear). Some Owners will also require damage deposits. You must also leave the property by the check-out time specified on your booking. If any guest behaves inappropriately or improperly (of which the Owner will be the final judge on their Property), or illegally, the Owner reserves the right to ask the guest and their party (at their discretion) to leave the Property before the end of the holiday period and/or refuse any future bookings from you.  Any refund for so doing will be at the entire discretion of the Owner. In addition, the Owner reserves the right to sue the guest for any loss, damage or injury caused to the Owner, the Property or to other guests and/or their property. As agent, we will have no liability to you in these circumstances. 


16. Governing Law and Jurisdiction

These terms and conditions have been drafted in accordance with and are governed by English law and the courts of England and Wales have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any and all disputes arising out of these Agency Terms & Conditions.


17. Discrepancies

In case of a discrepancy between these Agency Terms & Conditions and any other Canopy & Stars literature, these Agency Terms & Conditions shall prevail.


18. Validity clause

In the event that a court finds that a condition in these Agency Terms & Conditions is illegal or void, the illegal or void provision will be severed from the remainder of the Agency Terms & Conditions, which will continue to be valid and have full force and effect.