What is(are) your name(s)?
Cees & Jolanda Kerssen
For how long have you been running a B&B?
Please share something about the history of your present bed and breakfast.
We are a Dutch couple who had always dreamed about running a small luxury Bed and Breakfast and after a life of working we decided to go for it. We both love northern Portugal, so this was the natural choice, and when we saw the ruin Quinta da Cumieira, it was love at first sight. Quinta da Cumieira is a dream come true and we really hope you will share and enjoy its unspoilt beauty with us.
What are the unique characteristics of your B&B?
Adults only, exclusively non-smoking, no extra costs (a-la-carte breakfast, lunch, all the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, Nespresso coffee and tea, fresh fruit, snacks and homemade pastries are included), a max of 4 guests at any one time is providing lots of privacy and intimacy. A minimum stay of only 2 nights. Free use of the Finnish sauna, free Wi-Fi, additional packages possible, luxury en-suite accommodation, perfect place for walkers, cyclists, active seniors and honeymoon.
Based on your guests' opinions, what feature of your B&B has made their stay special?
Our guests enjoyed the space, privacy and tranquility. Guests appreciated the fact that we take care of everything so guests can just sit back and relax. For example if guests like to have dinner in the village we offer to arrange transport and make a table reservation. We help our guests exploring the North of Portugal, to decide what is worth seeing here in Portugal by offering an extensive map with lots of information about the area. We arrange all kind of trips like guided city trips or winery sightseeing tours.
How many rooms are offered at your B&B and what is its maximum capacity?
We only offer 2 spacious (45m2) lodge tents. Our enchanting little Bed & Breakfast is limited to only 4 guests at any one time, ensuring privacy and intimacy.
What do the room rates include?
Our room prices are all inclusive except dinner. A welcome drink with snacks, a-la-carte breakfast, lunch, all alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, snacks, homemade pastries, fresh fruit, coffee and tea are included.
Do you offer any special packages?
We offer the following ADDITIONAL packages; for special occasions, romance packages and activity packages.
Special occasions; like birthday, anniversary or honeymoon
Romance; a romantic escape for two, sauna pampering package for two
Activity; abseiling, canyoning, kayaking, horse riding, golf, walking including a picnic
To explore more of Portugals nature, culture and local dishes we offer ADDITIONAL ITEMS which can be booked on site, for example, guided walking tours with picnic, dinner in a Portuguese restaurant wit Fado music, wine tasting with little bites, guided city trips and Espumante wine with chocolates in the room.
What may guests expect from a typical breakfast at your property?
We offer a breakfast a-la-carte including English breakfast and daily specials like spinach and feta cheese, frittata, homemade pancakes with fruit, yoghurt, nuts and honey, oat porridge made with (plant) milk, raisins and honey, a parfait of fruity overnight oats, breakfast smoothies, freshly baked muffins with a variety of fillings, homemade waffles with fresh fruit and maple syrup, banana bread, spelt bread with rosemary, nuts and raisins, Portuguese specialty: chorizo and bacon bread. Always available from our buffet counter; If you prefer something a little lighter in the mornings, choose from a selection of cereals, muesli, fresh fruit from our garden when in season, (plant) milk, yoghurt, honey, toast, homemade bread and jams, sandwiches, cheese and ham.
Teas, coffee, cappuccino and freshly squeezed apple and orange juice are always on the menu. Breakfast times are to suit our guests. We are happy to cater for anyone with special dietary needs. No prior arrangement is needed.
When and where is breakfast served?
Breakfast is served in the pool gazebo or on the terrace. Breakfast times are to suit our guests.
Are dietary needs accommodated?
We are happy to cater for anyone with special dietary needs. There are no additional costs. When guests inform us before the day of arrival that will be fine with us.
Do you serve other meals?
The following is included; A welcoming glass of Vinho Verder wine with snacks. A-la-carte breakfast, lunch, Nespresso coffee and tea, all alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, fresh fruit, snacks and homemade pastries
Is your bed and breakfast suitable for children?
We are an 'ADULTS ONLY' retreat (+18 yrs).
Do you accept pets?
As a small holding with our own animals, Quinta da Cumieira unfortunately cannot allow pets.
What is your smoking policy?
We are an entirely non-smoking bed and breakfast.
Is there a parking facility on premises or nearby?
Guests can park their car next to the lodge tent.
Is your B&B suitable for disabled guests?
Related to the terraced area and height differences of our property we point out that it is not accessible for people with walking difficulties.
What safety precautions are provided at your B&B?
Although we have taken all the necessary safety precautions, your stay on our property is entirely at your own risk.
Are there a minimum number of nights for staying at your B&B?
Minimum number of nights: 2.
How can guests check availability and make a reservation?
Guests can check the availability and make a reservation via phone, email or online.
What is you cancellation policy?
Guests are welcome to arrive on any day of the week. Pre-payment or cancellation fees do not apply. Payment will be done in full on departure.
What types of payment do you accept?
We accept only cash payments.
Is there a special etiquette that guests should know about and comply with?
No dress code required
Where is your B&B located and how it may be reached?
Bed & Breakfast Quinta da Cumieira is a wine producing farm. We are located in the Minho, North Portugal. Porto, the International airport, is just one hour drive from our luxury Bed & Breakfast. From outside Europe there are flights to Lisbon. From there guests can fly directly to Porto airport (1 hour flight) or drive by car from Lisbon to B&B Quinta da Cumieira. (appr. 3 hrs).
What would you say to people who have never stayed in a bed and breakfast?
We offer lodge tents with a private bathroom. We are on 3 ha. so with a max of 4 guests there is lots of space, tranquility and privacy. There is a pool (15x4) with sun beds on a big terrace and we provide also a riverside platform where guests can relax and cool off. The breakfast is served in the pool gazebo or on the outside terrace. Guests can have their breakfast when they want and speaking out of experience, we almost never see all guests at the same time during breakfast.
Is there something more that you want to share about your property?
New for summer 2016 is our Finnish sauna! Guest can use the sauna without additional costs.