Riverstone Cottage

Gois, Beira

A rustic, arty retreat with friendly neighbours and a river nearby to cool off in; bring the family for summer festivals and local food


3 bedrooms


Sleeps 6


Roll through Beira countryside to find a gorgeous stone quinta in a green valley. Once a simple riverside dwelling for two sisters, it is now a beautiful airy home with a quirky feel, colourful rugs, art-strewn walls and original beams and lintels – Alex has worked her magic. The kitchen and living area is spacious and relaxed: cookbooks aplenty, second-hand furniture heaps of character. Most things have been sourced from London flea markets and brought back by Alex in her lorry; the sideboard is an old chemistry table! Walk into the main bedroom through thrown-open double doors to find a comfy sofa and arty bits and pieces; this feels like home from home. Down a few steps from the kitchen is the bathroom, with a tempting sunken tub asking for candles and oils. Outside are lemon and orange trees, a tranquil stone courtyard with succulent plants, a traditional bread oven – an ideal space for a barbecue. You can walk down the lane to the river beach and swim, or take a dip in your garden plunge pool when the irrigation is good. A little paradise.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Booking restrictions
One room has a double on mezzanine & extra single, One has an extra single.


Nightly price
from £85
Weekly price
from £595
Extra beds £15-£20. Under 4’s free. Nightly rate £85-£115 for 4 people. Minimum stay 3 nights.
1 House for 6
From £853 bedrooms


Riverside Cottage is a wonderful place, lovingly restored that made the most of all the details this ancient house had to offer. It is beautifully decorated, with many original ideas and objects. it is the sort of place that blends into the natural setting, and with a wonderful river to cool off in close by, a stay here will revitalise one.

Carlos, Sawday's inspector

We spent a glorious 10 days in this beautiful house. The house has been tastefully refurbished with love and has a calm homely feeling to it. Situated in stunning scenery with a river beach at the bottom of the garden and a host of other sights close by we had a fantastic 10 days. The garden and courtyard are beautifully kept, the beds really comfortable and the views amazing. I cannot recommend this place enough for a relaxing holiday in the sun with plenty to fill the days and nights or perfect if you just want to swim and read a book.. 10/10 as a place to stay. Many thanks Alex.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Alex Burden

  • Vila Nova do Ceira or V.N do Ceira; a short walk to local bars, supermarket, fuel, cash point. River beach (Praia Fluvial).
  • Gois; Riverside beaches, bars/restaurants, mountain Schist villages, hiking, horseriding.
  • Coimbra; Historic University City (40kms)
  • Conimbriga, Roman Ruin and Templar, town of Tomar.
  • Busaco Palace and ancient walled Forest.
  • Coastal towns: Aveiro (mini Venice), Figueira do Foz, Surfing