”Good friends are like the stars: we can’t always see them, but we’re sure they’re always there.”

I love socializing with my friends. Those days enrich our souls and feed our spirits, am I right? So we arranged a low-budget way of spending a weekend with friends.

We’ve been friends for 15 or 16 years and, after a few years apart, we got back together and since 2018 we’ve had regular “meetings”.

This time we decided to book a house and spend a weekend celebrating our friendship. We have this pleasure in common, which is being together, sharing lots of stories and good mood, at a table full of food and drinks.

The choice of location fell on the following priorities: a house in a downtown area, with beds for everyone, a barbecue, and a large leisure space.

The rest flows naturally: each one brings food, drinks, and good energy.

And we went: 14 adults and 2 kids.

We booked the 9Arches, in Vila Nova de Poiares. A rural tourism house, in a village called Venda Nova. With 7 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchenette, and a patio overlooking the pool.


Houses That Get Very Cheap If You Join Your Friends

We found 9Arches through a search on Booking and when we were there we made a new booking for June 2022. The place is fantastic and we considered it a bargain.


Capacity: 14 people

Average price: €190/night (less than 14€/per person)

Book here.

Worth going back, right?

To help you, we looked for other amazing houses like this, if you join your friends, each one ends up paying a real bargain.

Casa da Paz (Alenquer, Lisbon)

Casa da Paz has 5 bedrooms with garden views, an equipped kitchen, and 3 bathrooms. There is also a barbecue.

Capacity: 11 people

Average price: 190€/night

Book here.

Vivenda Flor (Vila Nova de Cerveira , Viana do Castelo)

It has a private pool overlooking the garden and a terrace. The holiday home includes 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and a fully equipped kitchen.

Vivenda Flor also has a children’s playground.

Capacity: 10 people

Average price: 290€/night

Book here.

Rent Abilios Villa (Alvor, Portimão)

Offering a garden and a lighted outdoor pool, Rent Abilios Villa has 5 bedrooms and a barbecue.

Capacity: 10 people

Average price: 440€/night

Book here.

Furnaka Eco Village (Lourinhã, Lisbon)

Furnaka Eco Village has an outdoor swimming pool, a garden, and barbecue facilities. Each room has a private bathroom.

Possibility of getting breakfast included.

Capacity: 12 people

Average price: 370€/night

Book here.

Casa da Fidalga (Mêda, Guarda)

This villa has a garden with a barbecue and awesome views of the mountains.

Capacity: 10 people

Average price: 400€/night

Book here.

Douro Natura (Mogadouro, Bragança)

Set among the mountains of the Douro Valley, this house has an outdoor swimming pool, a fully equipped kitchen, and a living area with a fireplace.

Ideal for relaxing and sunbathing by the pool.

Capacity: 12 people

Average price: 240€/night

Book here.

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