Need to know
Five, including three suites.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability (depending on if an exclusive-use booking is arriving). Earliest check-in, 10am.
Double rooms from $191.18 (€170), excluding tax at 6 per cent.
Rates usually include breakfast.
The boutique sells trinkets to take home, whether you’re after leather-bound notebooks or a handcrafted vase. In the same space, you’ll find a sofa, small library and wine selection to take notes.
From 22 December until 3 January.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout, winery, gardens. In rooms: tea and coffee kit, free bottled water, speaker, and under-floor heating; one Double–Twin Room also has air-conditioning.
Our favourite rooms
The pared-back design in the rooms lets the views (both garden or river) do the talking, but we do love the flash of millennial pink in the colonial-style bathrooms. The Family Suite is perfect for (you’ve guessed it) families, as there’s a door that seals off the corridor leading to both rooms.
There’s a lawn-lined pool on the riverbank. It’s family-friendly, but there are no lifeguards or fences.
Read up on vinification so you can wax lyrical sommelier-style at the Douro’s many quintas; add a bunch-of-grapes brooch if you’re qualified.
The house hasn’t been specially adapted but there is step-free access for wheelchair users in the communal areas and some of the rooms. There's only air-conditioning in one Double–Twin room.
All ages are welcome, but Little Smith’s aren’t especially catered to. Baby cots (free) can be added to three of the Double–Twin rooms and the Family Suite, which has space for an extra bed. There are highchairs to borrow.
Quinta dos Murças has an organic vegetable garden and works with local producers to source what they don’t grow on-site. Plus, the hotel has solar panels and even a solar-powered boat.