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Attractive stone farmhouse and cottage in quiet rural location. - Quinta da Ribeira

Bedrooms 3
Space 775 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights



Quinta da Ribeira

The Quinta da Ribeira is two bedroom apartment (1 double room, 1 twin) on the first floor of the house. There is sleeping accommodation for a fifth person in a small curtained apartment off the living room. The ground floor was traditionally reserved for the animals although it now houses a laundry room and store room. The living room has an open fireplace, dining area and extra sofa bed, satellite TV and DVD player. The attractive stone terrace is ideal for outdoor meals. The kitchenette includes a full sized gas oven and 4 ringed hob, fridge freezer, microwave and dishwasher together with smaller kitchen appliances. There is a fully equipped bathroom with bath and shower. A traditional feature of this house is the steep flight of steps leading up to the living areas, this however makes it less suitable for the elderly or families with toddlers.

About the property

Casa de Ribeiro

A nineteenth century farm house set in the beautiful Minho area and restored to incorporate modern living standards whilst retaining many original features. Here can be found the real essence of Portugal where the only noise one is likely to hear, apart from the occasional car or the local churches chiming the quarter hours, are the farmyard sounds of chicken, sheep and cows.

The farm can be rented as a single unit for a group of friends or separately, each house being independent and having a private terrace. There is a central laundry room and a large shared pool.

Eating Out. Shopping: The nearest restaurant is just over a mile from the property and although it is traditional Portuguese fare good reports have been received regarding both quality and price. The restaurant also does a take away service. There are several good, family style eating houses in Paredes de Coura, a 7 mile drive away, whilst Ponte de Lima boasts some more elegant restaurants for a special evening out. There are 2 small supermarkets in Paredes de Coura where most requirements can be met and an Intermarché, Modelo and Lidl in Ponte de LIma. It must be remembered however that Portuguese supermarkets often do not accept Visa cards so money should be raised first at one of the numerous cash points. For good value for money, variety of products and high quality, however, we recommend a visit to Tui, just over the border in Spain where there is a large hypermarket and a Lidl supermarket.

Places of interest in the immediate vicinity.: A couple of miles from the property is the protected area of Corno de Bico. This wild park like terrain is ideal for walking or mountain bike riding. It is the habitat of many rare animals but those most usually seen are the semi wild horses which roam the area. The whole area is very good for walking enthusiasts and ordinance survey maps are available on request. Another local place of interest is the unfinished monastery church of Nossa Senhora de Secouro (Our Lady of Help) and the two local hilltop shrines of Nossa Senhora de Fatima and San Silvestre are worth a visit on a fine day to see the views they afford.

Although the nearest sea beach is a 30minute drive, there are plenty of local river beaches for swimming enthusiasts. Look out for the sign 'Praia Fluvial', a very up market one in Paredes de Coura and many 'natural style' ones on the Lima River.

Golfing enthusiasts have given excellent reports about the local course in terms of price, quality of play and beauty.

Ponte de Lima: This historic town with its Roman bridge and medieval centre is a must. From the farm house it is fun to park the car on the north side of the river, cross the (now pedestrian) bridge and visit the town on foot. There is a bi-weekly market on a Monday which takes place on the river bank and there are various specialist markets at other times. There is also a nautical club where canoes can be hired, a riding school, (riding only on the premises) and the golf course. The north bank of the river has recently been developed into a series of gardens which make for a pleasant stroll.

On the way in to Ponte de Lima there is a fish farm where visitors are lent rods and tackle and can catch their own supper. The trout is either grilled on the spot or you can take it home to cook yourself. Hang gliding is also practised in the area but this seems to depend very much on weather conditions and we have been unable to discover much about it.

More Details

The Owner
Member since: 2004
Speaks English, Portuguese
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 September, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

We all enjoyed it very much to be here. One week is to short . . .It was lovely, the house, swimming pool, beautiful views everywhere. The nice people we met - wonderful.
Jul 2011
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Nearest Airport
95 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
620 Kilometres
Santander, Spain
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Ponte de Lima
Nearest Train
36 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
16 Kilometres
A27 Junction 4
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
40 Kilometres
Viana de Castelo
Car: necessary

Set in the beautiful Minho area, midway between the towns of Ponte de Lima and Paredes de Coura, the location is essentially rural. The farm is well placed for sightseeing, however, with Spanish Galicia to the north, the Atlantic beaches to the west, the historic cities of Porto and Braga to the south and the national park of Peneda-Geres to the east. The area abounds in picturesque market towns with their colourful street markets, tiny hill top shrines affording fantastic views and village festas with their traditional religious processions.

The local golf course in Ponte de Lima is only a 25 minutes drive in the car. Enthusiasts have told us that golf on the local course is more attractive, considerably cheaper and gives a better game than many of the Algarve courses. Other courses in the area are at Estella and Vigo (Spain) both being approx. an hour's drive away. A car is essential, please check that insurance covers trips into Spain to avoid disappointment.

Other Activities: canoeing

Available Rentals

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No hidden charges for bed linen, cleaning etc.but heating charges - central heating and logs - apply when heating is required.

Generous welcome basket included in rental.

Discount available for third and subsequent weeks.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Ponte de Lima in Municipality of Ponte de Lima

Property Type:
  • cottage (semi-detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 775 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed
  • 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single, 1 cot
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • 5 garden chairs
  • 5 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
The living room has digital TV/radio and DVD/CD player. Cot and highchair provided on request at small extra cost. Shared pool measuring 11m x 5m this year reached 28ºC


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Quinta da Ribeira
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews
Gloucestershire UK

A lovely rural retreat

  • 5 of 5

The Minho region in northern Portugal is a beautiful, unspoilt area of the country, in the middle of which there is Casa do Ribeiro.It is a great place to stay and ideally situated for touring the region. It is a truly rural location, but within easy access to the local towns with their markets, shops, cafes and restaurants.

The accommodation is second to none. Everything that could possibly be needed for a comfortable holiday is provided, and more. We were four adults staying in Quinta da Ribeiro and there was plenty of space. The pool area, with stunning views over terraced hills and valleys of vineyards and maize fields, was a joy to use and relax by. The lovely gardens have several attractive sitting areas in which to enjoy a meal or just chill out.

Having a car is essential as the area has a wealth of towns and villages with historical or local interest. The farmhouse is within easy driving distance of some superb beaches on the west coast, a beautiful national park to explore and walk in and is in relatively close proximity to Spain for a raid over the border as well.

Thank you Margaret and Alex for providing such a great place to stay, being such welcoming hosts and being part of making our holiday as good as it was.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We really enjoy meeting and getting to know our guests and we are very happy that you enjoyed your holiday so much. As you point out the cottage is perfect for those wanting a relaxing holiday to unwind but there is also plenty to do and see locally for the more energetic. Walking enthusiasts are well catered for with trails varying from a gentle stroll to an envigorating full day hike. Thank you so much for your kind words and we are really looking forward to seeing you all again soon.
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Beautiful peaceful cottage in stunning setting

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful holiday in Casal Pedro in July 2013 (sorry Margaret that we have taken so long to review!). The setting is truly stunning and we never tired of the beautiful view from the swimming pool. Casal Pedro was perfect for two of us and would comfortably accommodate more guests. The cottage was clean and everything you could possibly need was provided for us. We really enjoyed using the barbecue just outside and eating on the terrace in the evenings. The gardens are beautiful and you can't help relaxing with the peace and quiet. You definitely need a car and should be prepared to drive distances to visit nearby towns although there are some nice walks to do not far from the cottage. Margaret was very helpful and easy to communicate with prior to arrival and we met her and her husband at the beginning of our holiday - they are a very kind and helpful couple and we felt very well looked after. We would definitely return to this place, and the two cottages rented out together would be perfect for a group of friends or large family. Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 3, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that you enjoyed your holiday at our cottage and gain great satisfaction from knowing that we are achieving our target of making visitors feel at home in a relaxed and welcoming environment and at the same time giving really good value for money. We thoroughly enjoy meeting our guests and have made some good friends who often return to Casal Pedro, bringing friends or more family members with them. Thank you so much for your kind words which sum up exactly the atmosphere of the farm and what we are trying to do. We should love to welcome you back one day.
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The most fantastic view over the swimming pool

  • 5 of 5

This was the most amazing place to visit. We came here primarily to attend the music festival in the town (Paredes de Coura) - but had never been to northern Portugal before - it was a real eye opener. The scenery is absolutely stunning - green rolling hills and hair-pin bends similar to what you'd expect to see in Greece or Italy. The house itself is a really lovely old place (and very well equipped) - and the garden and the pool are unbeatable. The place is really peaceful and the views are breath-taking. Margaret the owner was really friendly and helpful. We had a great time at the festival which was about 15 mins away in Paredes de Coura - like a mini Glastonbury - with mini prices and fabulous weather. We also really enjoyed nearby Ponte de Lima where you can swim and canoe in the river and have delicious meals in the riverside restaurants. Also a trip to Porto was fantastic. An absolute dream of a holiday!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 28, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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great house in a great location

  • 5 of 5

It was the most beautiful holiday house that we have ever rent. Thank you Margaret for you hospitality. Your welcome package have saved our lives when we finally arrived late at night (around 1 a.m.). Your big, well equipped kitchen really helped us preparing some great Portuguese dishes. The view from the pool was overwhelming. We have lived in your hose for a week but I wish we could stay longer.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 12, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Piotr for your kind review and we are really happy that you enjoyed your holiday to the full. Our objective is to give our visitors the best possible break with the least possible hassle and we are pleased that the welcome pack came in useful. We always try to provide a snack or light meal for guests arriving late or those who are feeling too tired for an immediate visit to the local supermarket. Thank you too for being our first Polish visitors to send in a review. We hope it will encourage more of your countrymen to visit us and we certainly hope we shall see you again in the not too distant future.
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Just a lovely piece of Portugal!

  • 5 of 5

This farmhouse is located in the beautiful green hills in a tiny lovely village. The view over the mountains is breath taking. The house itself provides everything you need for a great stay, including a pool. We stayed with 5 people for 10 days and it feels like home. Margaret and Alex are perfect hosts. They provided any help we needed to find the place and to enjoy our unforgetable trip.

The location is a good place to explore the nature and the north of Portugal: Ponte de Lima, Viana de Castello, Porto and many more. Also the Spanish coast with its small villages and uncrouded bays and beaches.

Thank you Margaret and Alex for your kindness. We will come back!

  • Review Submitted: May 30, 2012
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We really enjoyed meeting our guests and hearing about their home countries and the meal we shared gave us a chance to sample the excellent and varied Shri-Lankan cuisine and was much appreciated. As you say the location is very good for sight seeing and despite the less than perfect weather you experienced there is always plenty to do and usually some sun to be found in one direction or another. We look forward to welcoming you again in Casal Pedro before too long.
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London, UK

Far from the maddening crowds

  • 5 of 5

This converted, stone-walled olive press provided us with a very relaxing break from our busy lives in London. Situated about an hours drive North of Porto, several hundred metres up into the Portugese countryside we found our perfect bolt-hole.

Everything has been though of here to make life comfortable. There are too many fine details to list. The kitchen is well equipped, well down to the dishwasher - much appreciated for helping us not waste time with the drudegry after our al fresco dinners on the terrace under the grapevines.

The views of the hills and valley are jaw-droping - even better from the pool. The pool is shared with the only other property on the site, though it is a good size and has ample furniture to lounge on whilst taking in both the vistas and the sun.

The pretty Roman town of Ponte de Lima is a 15 drive away with good supermarkets and plenty of cafes, shops and restuarants to discover in it's ambling maze of streets.

But the joy of Quinta da Ribiera is it's quietness. The tolling of the local church bells, the sound of farmers tending their animals and crops all lend a nod and a wink to lost, halcyon days of rural arcadia.

I will certainly come back and without doubt recomend this to anyone wishing some time, truly away from it all.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Simon for your glowing review. Our aim is to give all our guests a relaxing hassle-free holiday when they can forget the problems and worries of their everyday lives and can return home feeling really refreshed. We are really happy that we seem to have achieved this in your case and we look forward to seeing you all again in the not too distant future.
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