The house is beautifully situated atop a small village (not more than a few dozen houses in all), built from the traditional slate stones that are a trademark of the local Portuguese villages in the area. Inside, it is very modernly furnished, very comfortable. The view from the house is wonderful, overlooking a deep valley and woods. The river running along the valley is a short walking distance away and offers lots of shade and crystal-clear mountain water, flowing amidst orchards and vines, a wonderful option in the hot summer days - very special. The villagers are very friendly, open, helpful - a great opportunity to see Portuguese rural life up close.
The not so great:
a) Water shortages. Of the three nights spent in the village, two were without running water in the taps. We had later learned from villagers that this is very common in the village, especially in the summer months. Unfortunately, our hosts failed to mention this predicament in advance, and it was a rather upsetting surprise for us (we were travelling with our three small children)
b) No cell phone coverage. This might actually be considered an advantage by some :-) - but take into account you will have difficulty navigating in the area if you're relying on (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) Maps and the like, and Relvas isn't very well known.
c) Access to the house by car. The village is built on a steep mountain slope, with few and very narrow streets in it. You can't get the car up to the house, but need to park it in the village center below. Depending on the amount of luggage you're carrying - that might be an issue.
d) Meeting the host. Jorge is very nice, but he is not a local of the village, and the house isn't particularly known. We spent a good thirty minutes trying to actually find the house, until finally we were met by our host in the village center. Together with lack of cell phone coverage - that might be an issue, make sure to set an exact meeting point in advance.
All in all, we had a very good time. Maybe if we were more prepared, we could have enjoyed this "rustic" experience more - and to that end, I hope this review will be helpful to others.