Welcome to Casa Bonança (House of Maritime Calm). We're Laura and Tony. We love getting to know all of our guests from around the world, as well as their stories.
We welcome all guests regardless of race, culture, age, gender, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity or spiritual preference.
We're happy to socialize with you or to simply get you established at the cottage to relax and unwind on your own. We are easily accessible for your needs, staying 15 minutes away at our main home by Obidos Castle. During your stay, we are available anytime to assist you, 24/7, by phone, text or email.
Tony is the local boy, having spent his childhood growing up nearby in Caldas da Rainha and summering here in Salir do Porto, his father's hometown. His father built this house before he was born. His grandparents were from Salir too and owned this property as well as others, dating back more than 100 years. They were the first town residents to add electricity and an indoor bathroom to a home. Times have certainly changed! :) Most of his family still lives in the region.
High-school sweethearts, we have spent our lives together living in both the U.S. and Portugal. While I was born in the U.S., my heart has a special spot for this wonderful country.
We love travel! Both of us have been in the tour and travel industry for decades, as well as real estate. Tony is in the motorcoach and tour industry, while I was in hotel management with a major international group. Guest satisfaction is our primary goal and sharing the wonderful culture of a traditional Portuguese beach home with others is our other.
Our love of travel extends to the many trips and camping we have done around Europe. Nothing like just throwing the gear in the car and taking off on a last-minute adventure.
We both love animals and water sports too. Horses, dogs and cats have been a large part of our lives. Water skiing, boating and swimming are some of our favorites as well, especially as we came to know each other taking a lifeguarding course. One of my quirky skills is horse shoeing, as I was a professional farrier for 5 years.
I enjoy trail running and have done 4 marathons as well. Tony prefers to stick to the shorter runs.
Loving nature and animals, we also embrace a holistic approach to food, nutrition and health. Eating within a Paleo lifestyle, which is not hard to do in Portugal, has enhanced our lives in many ways.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know about us! We hope to have the same opportunity with you.