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BEAUTIFUL FARMHOUSE, LOVINGLY FURNISHED, BETWEEN BRAGA AND GUIMARÃES

Virginia Henry Martins

Advertiser since 2006
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Speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Virginia Henry Martins

Advertiser since 2006
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
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BEAUTIFUL FARMHOUSE, LOVINGLY FURNISHED, BETWEEN BRAGA AND GUIMARÃES

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

Overview

Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday farmhouse in Guimaraes - Quinta da Tapada, Longos

Spacious, luxurious farmhouse apartment with stunning views over the mountains

Beautifully restored stone farmhouse set in the countryside but only 15/20 minutes drive to the historic towns of Braga and Guimarães. The farm makes its own red and white wine and there are fruit trees surrounding the property.

The accommodation consists of the entire ground floor of the farmhouse and is very spacious and tastefully decorated. All mod cons in the kitchen.

The owners with their 3 children live on the first floor ( but you'll have the place to yourselves from March 2013-14 when we're having an away year) and have their own entrance. They buy in wine, bread and cheese for guests' arrival.

The sitting room was the original stone wine house and its double doors open onto a wisteria covered pergola with table and chairs. Next to this is a barbecue area.

There is Wi-fi if guests want to bring their laptops, ipads etc.

The gardens are extensive and walled in. Guests are welcome to wander through the vines and fruit trees.

Behind the house there are many woodland walks

Food: There are lots of excellent restaurants in the area and the sitting room has an information file for guests, pointing out the price range of the various restaurants, BBQ take aways and giving directions how to get there.

There are hundreds of fruit trees on the farm - oranges, lemons, clementines, plums, kiwis, peaches etc - guests can help themselves, use the juicer in the kitchen to make fresh orange or lemon juice. Please note the citrus fruits and kiwis are at their best between December and March !

Eat well, walk lots, swim, visit historic towns: The owners of the farm have an up to date information file for guests and in the sitting room there is a DVD of the places of interest near the house

There are lots of walks around, swimming pools and playgrounds in Taipas ( 5-10 mins away). Lots of water sports at Geres national park, 40 mins away. A new fun swimming complex with slides into the water at Guimarães, 20 mins away.

There is an excellent adventure park, Diverlanhoso, for teenagers, 30 mins away.

Lots of places to visit such as Braga and Guimarães ( hisoric towns), Porto, the Douro valley, Viana do Castelo ( seaside) and Esposende ( seaside ).

The area abounds in monasteries ( Tibães), cathedrals ( Braga ), churches, parks and gardens.

For those interested in history there is Citania de Briteiros which is a Celtic settlement, 10 mins away.

There are restaurants and cafes in Longos, Taipas and of course Braga and Guimaraes.

Portugal itself has excellent wines- the reds from the Douro and the Alentejo are sold in the local supermarkets and are definitely worth trying ( and enjoying ).

Vinho verde ( can be red or white ) is very regional - most people who are new to the area love the white and are not too keen on the red. The locals drink the red out of bowls ( 'malgas') !

We have a dog, cat and friendly geese and ducks.

Every month of the year we have some sort of fruit ready for eating - plums in July, kiwis, oranges and lemons from November until April, chestnuts, apples and pears in September/October. We can never eat everything so guests are encouraged to eat as much fruit as they can !

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Virginia Henry Martins (Owner)
Advertiser since 2006
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Speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese

About Virginia Henry Martins

Hi there. My children tell me to pass on this information: I'm very important, I have red hair, I do translations. I have 3 children., their names are Freddie, Emma and Olivia.

I've been living in Portugal since 1999. My husband is Portuguese and I'm N.Irish.

I like walking, hydro-gymnastics, cinema, eatiing out, holidays....

I'm now a translator but have been lots of things - a lawyer and a teacher. I speak English, Portuguese, French and Spanish. My husband is a scientist (and a bit of a linguist too!). We're all very sociable.

Virginia Henry Martins purchased this farmhouse in 2000

Why Virginia Henry Martins chose Guimaraes

It's well located, has great views, is very peaceful and has endless possibilities.

We restored it from nothing and so if we don't like what we've created it's our own fault!

The view cannot be criticised, looking out over greenery and mountains, knowing Braga and Guimarães are so close.

What makes this farmhouse unique

It's set in beautiful countryside, near two historic towns.

You arrive to a glass of wine and traditional Portuguese tapas. I have a list of places for you to visit and if you'd like I can put together a little itinerary for you. We live on the first floor of the house, but our entrance is separate to the guests. I have a file with a list of retaurants and their price range, so you'll know where to go and won't be shocked at the price. There is a restaurant near the house, about 5 mins drive away/20 mins by foot - very traditional and very reasonable.

Lots going on here - walks, gardens, churches, swimming pools, a spa with a beautiful indoor pool, different treatments, so no bad backs here!

Make as much noise as you like - only one other house is within sight, and we don't hear a thing through the thick walls.

This is a great place to enjoy Portugal from and is also good to just sit back and do nothing.

This is a great place for nature lovers - walks behind the house, spot the mushrooms in the autumn, fresh eggs from the owners' menagerie of hens, ducks and geese.

If you want gastronomic delights at home, Virginia can ask a good Portuguese cook to come in and cook you something traditionally Portuguese, with Virginia interpreting.

Easter is an exciting time to find the eggs and bunnies, hidden around the garden.

Why HomeAway

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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Location

Location

Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Porto ( 1 hour)
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Longos ( 5 mins )
Nearest Ferry
500 Kilometres
Santander- 7 hours drive
Nearest Golf
35 Kilometres
Esposende/Ponte de Lima ( 40 mins )
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Braga ( 10 mins)
Nearest Motorway
8 Kilometres
Braga ( 10 mins)
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Longos ( 5 mins )
Nearest Beach
30 Kilometres
Esposende ( 40 mins )
Car: necessary

The area is very scenic and the house, situated in the mountains, has breathtaking views over the surrounding countryside. Behind the house there are lots of woodland walks.

The north of Portugal is renowned for its gastronomy and vinho verde wine and the area around Longos has many reasonably priced restaurants. The traditional farmhouses of the area are built in granite, the local stone.

3 minutes drive from the house is the village of Santa Cristina de Longos which has a good bakery, cafes and 2 grocery shops. Caldas das Taipas is 5 minutes away with a colourful Monday market and lots of cafes, restaurants, a thermal spa and 2 good supermarkets. There are also 2 outdoor public swimming pools and a nice park in Taipas, with a playground for children.

The house is set in the country but is within 20 minutes of the beautiful historic towns of Braga and Guimarães. The nearest beach, Esposende, is only 35 minutes away and Geres national park, with rock pools, wild ponies and golden eagles, is also close at hand.

Golf: There are excellent ( and beautiful) golf courses at Ponte de Lima - 40 minutes drive away and at Esposende, 30 minutes drive away. You can just turn up ( ideally with your clubs ), pay on the spot ( possible to get a big discount if you pay in cash). If you set off in the morning you can be home here for lunch !

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Availability & Rates

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Rental rates for this holiday farmhouse in Guimaraes, Braga

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Rental Period Minimum Rate Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Rate
 
Autumn/Winter
13 Sep 2014 - 31 Oct 2014
3 night minimum stay
£193
for 3 nights
£450
 
 
Autumn/Winter/Spring
1 Nov 2014 - 30 Jun 2015
3 night minimum stay
£193
for 3 nights
£450
 
 
Summer
1 Jul 2015 - 13 Sep 2015
7 night minimum stay
£500
for 7 nights
£500
 
 
Autumn/Winter
14 Sep 2015 - 31 Dec 2015
3 night minimum stay
£193
for 3 nights
£450
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Notes If guests are only coming for 3 nights (in low season) the apartment is rented out at £100 per night.

The price covers the price of diesel for the central heating and logs for the woodburner.

A welcoming snack is provided for your arrival.
We have bikes for children and 2 bikes for adults, a swing and slide - but this is not great cycling country. We regularly take the childrens' bikes i
Half at time of booking, the rest when here or they can pay 6 weeks in advance of coming.

Facilities

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Guimaraes in Braga

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 200 m²
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Both bathroom are large and well decorated. There is no bath, only showers. For parents with small children or babies they may arrange with the owners to use the bath upstairs. The owners provide soap, bath gel, toothpaste and shampoo for each of the bathrooms, so no need to bring your own ! Bath and hand towels are provided. Also towels for the beach provided. There are heated towel racks - giving off a lovely warmth in the winter.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Pine bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Green bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Yellow bedroom - 2 Single Bed , 1 Child Bed , 1 Cot , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Double sofa bed
  • All three bedrooms are very large and airy and are painted regularly to give them a fresh feel. The Pine room, with a double bed, has a bathroom opposite. It looks onto the garden and has beautiful views over the mountains and valleys. The Green room, with a double bed, has French windows opening onto the front of the house. The view is superb, looking over the garden and a kiwi walkway leading down to the fish tank and our new duck/goose house ( birds out during the day and in at night). There is a pergola running along the whole front of the house and vines, roses and passion flowers are trained to cover the pergola. The Yellow room is very spacious and has two large single beds and a sofa bed. It looks onto the side of the house, with its stone walls and flowers cascading down. There is a pretty African tiled bathroom between the Green room and the Yellow room. All rooms are large, bright and airy and very individual.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles
  • Binoculars
  • Child's Swing
  • Terrace ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Guests are on the ground floor so wheelchair access is good however the outside area is paved, which can be quite bumpy for a wheelchair. Also, there is no downstairs bath. Families with babies can use an upstairs bath, after arranging a suitable time with the owners. The kitchen is well equipped, including a washing machine ( powder incl), an ironing board and an iron. Guests have their own clothesline. There is also a dishwasher ( tablets provided ). For coffee connoisseurs there is a Krups Nespresso machine. The sitting room, which has wooden doors which open onto the patio area, has a wood burner and the whole apartment has central heating. There is wi-fi for those who want to use their own laptops. The hosts have a spare Sat Nav so those wishing to borrow it may do so. We provides a welcoming snack for guests arrival. Next to the patio is a BBQ area - essentail for al fresco living.

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