Although mesmerizingly beautiful and grand, Vesúvio betrays also its original purpose: not an aristocratic house but the Douro office of an estate manager. There is no elaborate entrance. Instead you enter the house through a small door into the kitchen. Today there is also a spectacular shaded terrace overlooking the river, which has become the heart of the house. But in Dona Antónia’s day life at the Quinta gathered around her office. The Symington family has preserved the house almost entirely as Antónia left it and it retains all its original charm.