Excellent villa, thoroughly recommended.
I stayed here for an extended period during autumn 2013. I cannot praise the villa too highly. There are 4 large bedrooms all with double beds and plenty of wardrobes and drawers, 1 also has a cot. There are 2 full bathrooms (1 with Jacuzzi) plus one by the pool. There is a very large lounge with 2 walls which are completely glass. This gives a very bright room a wonderful outlook to the pool and gardens. There is a formal dining room which also has a lounge area with 2 leather settees. The main entrance is very impressive with fine furnishings. Actually the whole house is filled with high quality furnishings which would grace any home. There are 2 kitchens 1 of which is more like a large utility room, the Aga type cooker is not in use. It has however an additional dishwasher, washing machine, tumble drier and ironing facilities etc. The main kitchen is modern, bright and well fitted out with most things including a dishwasher. There are tables and chairs in all the downstairs rooms in addition to the formal dining room. Outside, via the electric gates, is parking for innumerable cars. The gardens are nice and completely secure. There is lots of space, covered walkways, benches, outside dining table and, of course, poolside loungers. The pool is large, clean and well maintained, as is the garden itself. There is a double garage which has a table tennis table in it. There is also a large covered barbeque area where the barbeque is built in with a chimney for all weather barbies. Vila Mea is a beautiful village with a mix of prestigious properties and some more original rural types. The small population is also a mix of professionals and people living by means of subsistence farming. All make you feel very welcome and are incredibly friendly. Few speak English so it is wise to have some stock phrases prepared unless you speak Portuguese, Spanish or, quite a few, speak French. There are a couple of restaurants within walking distance that are good and reasonably priced. The Rio Minho 4* hotel is also within walking distance and has a cafe/bar and also an upmarket restaurant. The restaurant has a daily lunch special of 3 courses, coffee, a half bottle of wine for 8 euros (discount for children). There is a combined cafe/bar/shop in the village which is a delight. All the locals use it in the traditional Portuguese way of treating it as meeting place - I love the place. You are within easy driving of historical towns such as P D Lima, Valenca. I'm coming back.
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