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BEAUTIFUL FARMHOUSE, LOVINGLY FURNISHED, BETWEEN BRAGA AND GUIMARÃES

Virginia Henry Martins

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

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Virginia Henry Martins

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BEAUTIFUL FARMHOUSE, LOVINGLY FURNISHED, BETWEEN BRAGA AND GUIMARÃES

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 !

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

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Words can never describe our experience here! What a great time it was. Spring everywhere around us, flowers, trees, birds singing.

We visited all the beautiful towns and villages around Quinta da Tapada. Gerês National Park was our favourite, as we love hiking. But once again, our stay here with you, Virginia and José, was the most important ingredient of our holiday. Thanks a lot for all your efforts in making such a lovely and welcoming place.
Apr 2014
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Reviews

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5
based on 6 holidaymaker reviews

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Beautiful farmhouse, lovingly furnished, between Braga and Guimarães
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews
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5

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  • 5 out of 5
It was the detail in the description and the thought that had gone into providing the extra touches that first attracted me to this property.
When we arrived we continued to be very impressed. There was a welcome pack in the kitchen & Virginia & her family made us feel at home immediately.
The property was very spacious, clean & equipped to the highest standard with good quality items.
Virginia had prepared a comprehensive list of local ameneties & directions to the nearby attractions. The property is ideally placed for visiting several attractive cities(Porto, Braga, Guimaraes) along with beautiful countryside destinations such as the national park at Penedas Geres & the Douro Valley vinyards.
The approach to the property is initially a bit challenging because the road is very steep, but after the first couple of times of driving it you will become more relaxed.
I would not hesitate to recommend this property. It lived up to & exceeded our expectations.
  • Review Submitted: 30-Sep-2008
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thanks for this review - we try our best to make sure our guests feel comfortable and at home. Our aim is not to be too commercial but to make sure everyone has a super holiday. So far so good !
The north of Portugal is all windy roads and pretty mountainous, which adds to its charm but also makes sure the driver doesn't fall asleep ! When we first bought the house in the year 2000 I wondered if my old Honda Civic would make it up the hill - once I'd done it once or twice I actually got to enjoy the drive - it's like a long private avenue and you rarely meet any cars.
Most people, when they get here, say it's like paradise on earth and ask me how I can bear to leave the place - it is indeed a very inspiring place to live and I don't intend to ever sell up and move on !
With three young children it's the ideal place for them to grow up. Lovely countryside, surrounded by vines and fruit trees but only 10 minutes from Braga and 20 minutes from Guimarães. We think we've got the ideal location...
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Beautiful farmhouse, lovingly furnished, between Braga and Guimarães
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+351 00351 253472258
Guimaraes Braga
toronto canada
5

A tranquil and beautiful farmhouse

  • 5 out of 5
We spent one week at this Quinta and we love it!! It is a beautiful stone wall farmhouse exactly like in the pictures. We were only 2 couples so each of us can have our own bathroom, which is a good treat as well. Rooms are spaceous and well decorated with a lot of nature light. and the ground is big so you can walk around and we ate fresh plums from the tree which are so juicy and fresh herbs for our BBQ meat and salad.
Even though Virgina and her family were not there, she still has her friend bought in some cheese,meat, bread and vinho verde to welcome us! It was a good treat to start our stay after a bit of challenging drive to the farmhouse. ;) We BBQ most of the nights and eat all our breakfasts and dinners outside on the patio as sunlight lasted almost till 10pm every night and it was really comfortable to be outside and listening to church bell music every 15 min. on the background. And since we were there by ourselves, we felt very free to stay up late outside and chat till stars in the sky.
My husband doesn't drive manual car very well, so it was a bit challenging to drive in this part of Portugal as roads are quite hilly and narrow. and road signs are not 100% clear especially going around towns. But Portugese are very friendly so we got a lot of help along the way. it is great at the end of the day when we drove through the gate of the farmhouse and totally could de-stressed with wine and food and the tranquil surrounding at the quinta.
We enjoy staying out so much, not once we turned on tv ;) but we wish weather was cooler so we could use the fireplace inside the living room!
Thank you Virginia for checking on us via email everyday and made sure we were comfortable in the house and we did. We wish we could stay longer!
Lynn and Wayne
Toronto,Canada
  • Review Submitted: 11-Jul-2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Guimaraes Braga
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5

Truly a Place to Remember

  • 5 out of 5
The four days we six (three couples) spent here were too short by a long way. The farmhouse has been lovingly renovated and great care has been taken to make it comfortable and welcoming to the (perhaps weary) traveler. Virginia and her family are so charming you feel immediately at home.
Surrounding the house on every side are orchards and grape arbors, trees and shrubs make it so cozy, it's hard to make yourself leave. The beds are very comfortable and the mountain air makes for wonderful sleeping.
Nearby religious retreats, castle/fortresses and world heritage sites made for marvelous day trips...and then you get to come back to Quinta da Tapada to unwind and compare notes on the day's sights and treasures.
We spent five weeks driving around Spain and Portugal, staying in many different towns and villages. This stop was our absolute favorite, and we would love to come back here someday.
  • Review Submitted: 21-Oct-2012
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2012
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Owner's Response: Well, what can I say- many thanks!
We do try our best to make sure everyone has a fantastic holiday here. So far so good. My aim is to give guests what I would like to arrive to when I go on holiday with my husband and three children.
Renting out the ground floor apartment of our farmhouse is sort of a hobby for me - making sure it looks cosy and inviting, modern but not out of keeping with the look of the house.
I always buy in food for guests' arrival so they don't have to go off shopping as soon as they put their bags down. I also send them a list of ideas of what there is to do and see in the area - before they come so they can plan in advance. In fact, I'm full of lists - best restaurants in the area, good food and wine guide etc!
It is fantastic to be able to meet people from all over the world, a real delight!
Best wishes,
Virginia
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Beautiful farmhouse, lovingly furnished, between Braga and Guimarães
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p67940
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Guimaraes Braga
5

Five stars that are worth six!

  • 5 out of 5
A bucolic setting; a spacious, comfortable, tastefully decorated apartment; immaculately clean rooms; fully equipped kitchen (even with plenty of food to start the week!); a garden full of fresh oranges, lemons, plums, apples, nisperos, etc; a warm welcome from Virginia who will do anything to make you feel at home (and even provide daily nice and crisp vinho verde from their winery). Can’t ask for more! I give five stars because I can’t give it six!
  • Review Submitted: 28-Jun-2012
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2012
  • Source: HomeAway, from HomeAway
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Beautiful farmhouse, lovingly furnished, between Braga and Guimarães
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Guimaraes Braga
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5

Comments from Owner Guestbook

'What a lovely house and wonderful hosts'...Alison, Monica and Carrie
' Home is what it felt like, none of us wanted to leave'...Paul & Ann, Ade & Tina
' We all wished we could have stayed longer'.....Joel, Maiko, Ryusuke, Moeke and Yoko
' We have had a wonderful time in a lovely place with lovely people'...Alan, Susan and Gareth
  • Review Submitted: 06-Dec-2007
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful farmhouse, lovingly furnished, between Braga and Guimarães
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Guimaraes Braga
Peißenberg
5

Herzlichen Dank!

  • 5 out of 5
Wir haben zu siebt in der "Quinta da Tapada" Urlaub gemacht und uns sehr wohlgefühlt. Die Wohnung mit den drei Schlafzimmern, zwei Bädern und dem großen Wohn-, Eß- und Küchenbereich ist sehr schön und geschmackvoll eingerichtet. Die Küche enthält wirklich alles was man zum Kochen braucht! Draußen sitzt man wunderschön im Schatten einer Pergola, umgeben von Zitronenbäumen und Weinreben, mit Blick auf die umliegenden Hügel. Die Gastgeberinnen Virginia und José sind sehr herzlich, hilfsbereit und beraten in allen Ausflugfragen. Im Umkreis von Santa Cristina de Longos lässt sich viel unternehmen, u.a. sind es zum Meer ca. 50 km auf der Autobahn. Virginia hat ihre persönlichen Tipps auf sechs Seiten "What to do around Santa Cristina de Longos" zusammengestellt.
Es war für uns alle eine wunderschöne Woche!
Herzlichen Dank an Virginia und José für ihre Gastfreundschaft!
  • Review Submitted: 26-Jun-2011
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2011
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Location

Location

Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Porto ( 1 hour)
Nearest Ferry
500 Kilometres
Santander- 7 hours drive
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Braga ( 10 mins)
Nearest Motorway
8 Kilometres
Braga ( 10 mins)
Nearest Beach
30 Kilometres
Esposende ( 40 mins )
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Longos ( 5 mins )
Nearest Golf
35 Kilometres
Esposende/Ponte de Lima ( 40 mins )
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Longos ( 5 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 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.
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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:
  • Family
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Internet
  • Broadband Access
  • Washing Machine
  • Heating
  • Fireplace
  • Iron & Board
  • PC
  • Backpack
  • Sofa Bed
  • Wireless Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Mosquito Magnet
Kitchen:
  • Hob
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Pantry Items
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • 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:
  • Television ...
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • Games
Outside:
  • Bicycles
  • Patio
  • Deck Chairs
  • Binoculars
  • Child's Swing
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Large Cooler
  • Beach Towels
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • live theatre
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • horse riding
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • scenic drives
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness centre
  • laundrette - serviced
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • wind-surfing
  • mountain climbing
  • golf
  • equestrian events
  • whitewater rafting
  • cycling
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • mountaineering
  • fishing
  • hiking
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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