Studio fully equipped for resting, having fun, soft meals and, with a beautiful garden.
We love to receive people but, respecting their space and privacy.
Can park the car at front door, bus stop on the corner and subway stations 10 min. walking.
We envision "White Basement with Green Garden" (WBwGG) as a "waiting room " of the city of Porto, yes, because the city has so much to see and to live that, we don't want our visitors stuck in the house so, between each city tour, here will be the perfect refuge to rest and, why not, have fun with comfort and privacy.
If arriving by car, can park at the front door for free.
Once installed, you can reach downtown by bus, subway or, even walking for 20 minutes; the bus stop is around the corner and, any of the four subway stations are 10 minutes away.
Guests can walk away and return when and, as often as they want.
While in the house enjoy; read your own book or, pick one from our bookshelf, do it indoor or in the beautiful garden, if the weather allows; watch cable tv or a dvd movie or, even, rent one in the pay- per-view; wi-fi internet access is available all around and, also, one computer.
To accompany the leisure time, prepare a drink and a soft meal in the fully eqquiped bar, just the stove is not available because we do not want you to miss the experience in the fantastic restaurants all over the city.
If you prefer, we can arrange a picnic in the garden, will be different and, guaranteed, unforgettable.
To all this, we add our helpfulness until you want it but, if anything is missing, please ask, if you need any information, or tip, please ask or, if you want to talk and know about things around and our life style, it will be a pleasure , let's sit and chat .
Our guests will have, for their own, a completely independent basement, sharing with us, just the access from the front door.
Remark: The ceiling has wood bars on each 1 meter and it's not vey tall; it will not be very comfortable to walk for persons taller than 1.80 mts.
The wide and beautiful garden is reached by the basement and, besides we also have acces to it, during guest stays, we will do our best to become invisible.
The bathroom is exclusively for the guests.
The sofa-bed is huge and very comfortable.
The bar is equipped with fridge, microwave, espresso&capppuccino machine, toaster and sink.
On tv, there dozens of cable channels, pay-per-view access and game console.
Wi-fi with internet access is coveres in the full area, including the garden.
Also available for use; foosball, drum, guitars, computer, books and magazines.
Interaction with guests
This project is based on our motivation to interact and well receive people, we just love it!
Also, Porto is a passion and, we will love direct you to find the best spots of the moment and visiting our rich patrimony.
Other things to note
We are permanently searching for partnerships, with people and businesses, to provide interesting services and, different kind, products that can be a plus to our guests experience.
By now, we have:
- yoga lessons
- picnic basket
The main rule here is common sense and, more than impose, we hope that our visitors share this same principle.
Based on that, we have no restrictions about schedules we just ask to do it with elegance.
We are fine with late hours talks and laughs, again, under the correct limits.
You can bring your pets (*); we've had already dogs, cats and parakeets and for a while, only the neighborhood cats used to cross the garden. Recently we were adopted by Fox the dog, that just followed my son in the street on his way home! We couldn't resist! Fox is very young, so she is still learning how to behave! :) and how to not destroy the garden!!!
Smoking is allowed, preferably in the garden for your own interest but, it's also allowed in the basement near the outside door.
Also allowed to sing during the shower, even followed in duet with drums or guitar; it's up to you.
(*) giraffes are not allowed due the small height of the basement ceiling
My main hobby is searching; I search about everything related to life-style, design, arquitecture, decoration, fashion, restaurants, shops, cool places in general and, I confess, gossip!
Poker was a mix of hobby and profession, it came to me by fun, playing online but, started to met people in the real world, and
writing for magazines and websites. During 8 years I had an weekly column in J magazine, what ended with an invitation to cooperate with BetClick for the Poker section in their Portuguese branch office.
To handle my Poker consulting business, I founded "Coisas do Poker" ("Things about Poker).
But, my real passion is interior design and receive people.
Until now, I only practiced in in-house projects, for personal needs, in the different appartments where I lived.
For eight years, I lived in Luxembourg, where I worked in the headquarters of the European Community Parliament, revising texts for the Portuguese publications.
After a short return to Portugal, I went to Brazil for one year, this time, just for fun, where I lived in Araras and Rio de Janeiro.
Now I've embraced, somehow, professional projects in these areas, like this WBwGG" (White Basement with Green Garden", the "Caramba!" and the "WHwTG" (White House with Tasca Gourmet).
The "Caramba!" is an, already running, project with my friend Marina where we convert old fashioned furniture, and objects, into cool stuff.
Most of my parent's furniture will be the guinea pig and, once transformed, will be exposed in hot spots in the city but, also, in the house, where guests can see and even use.
The "WHwTG" is on his half way to launch, it's also a guest house but in the countryside, in Póvoa da Raínha, a very small place on the way to Serra da Estrela.
This is my grandparent's house, a typical old stone house of the Portuguese countryside, which I've adapted to be comfortable but keeping the original trace.
The purpose here is, not only, receive guests but, also, open the "tasca gourmet" to serve, and sell, regional food and beverage and promote tasting events.
With luck, the project in Póvoa da Raínha can be extended for the family lands that will face the water mirror of the future Girabolhos dam, under construction and, expected to be finished in one, or two years.
Here is a little of myself, what I've been doing and future projects but, here, may main goal is to have the chance to receive, the best possible, everyone who decides to visit us; that will be an enormous pleasure!