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Traditional cottage with pool in rural location

Bedrooms 1
Space 592 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 6 nights


About the property

Close to forest walks, sandy beaches and Spanish border

Built in 1868 the granite stone cottage has been sympathetically restored and retains many original features, including the open beamed ceiling and shutters.

Overlooking the rural hamlet of Tarrio, the property has stunning views across a river valley to the mountains beyond. The cottage is adjacent to the farmhouse where the owner lives and has a private patio with lemon tree and rustic barbecue. The pool and surrounds( occasionally shared with the owner) overlooks terraces of lawn, flowers and vegetable gardens that guests are welcome to explore. Car-parking is available under shady vines that are still used to produce wine on the property.

The accommodation is laid out as an open plan studio and has a double bed plus sofa beds suitable for children. In winter there is a cosy wood-burning stove and a fan is available for the summer months. The well-equipped kitchen has a gas hob/oven/grill and a microwave. The bathroom is spacious and modern with a thermostatic shower, wc, bidet and wash-basin.

The cottage has free wi-fi coverage and the flatscreen TV is connected to a satellite receiving all UK channels. There is also a DVD and music system.

There are many tracks for walking and mountain-bike riding leading from the property and the owner has bicycles for guest use. In the old stables of the farmhouse there is a games room with a table tennis table, table-top football, boules and badminton equipment, and a paper-back library.

There is a shared laundry area with washing machine, tumble dryer and iron for guest's use.

The local town of Paredes de Coura is 6km away and has a river swimming area, shops, cafes, restaurants and a Saturday market. In addition to the forest and village walks on your doorstep and the property is ideally situated to explore the coast and it's sandy beaches, the market towns of the Minho/Lima valleys or the Peneda-Geres National Park. The Spanish border is 30 mins and Porto airport is 1 hr drive away.

Canoeing/Kayaking: The owner has details of canoes for hire on the River Lima and River Minho. The canoeing is suitable for beginners and children.

More Details
Registration Number : 17967/AL

Mike Wild
Member since: 2009
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French, Portuguese
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 July, 2018

About Mike Wild

Moved to Portugal from the UK in 2005 to enjoy the peace, climate, lush countryside and uncrowded beaches of the Costa Verde. The friendly, relaxed attitude of the local population and the lower cost of living were also major factors.

Now retired, I spend my time gardening and looking after the property, cycling and kite-surfing, and of course, making sure our guests have a wonderful holiday!

Mike Wild purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Mike Wild chose Paredes de Coura

I love the character that comes with an old granite built property - and it keeps nice and cool in the summer. The view from the pool across the valley is stunning and although we are in a peaceful unspoilt location, we are only a few minutes drive from the local market town of Paredes de Coura

What makes this cottage unique

A large, virtually private pool (as only occasionally shared with owner and wife) and well-maintained terraced gardens of 3,000 sq metres.

Peaceful - apart from the church bells, and the occasional tractor working in the fields below.

Well-located to access

-the coast and a range of beautiful sandy beaches

- the Peneda -Geres National Park

-the Spanish border and coastal resorts

-the historic towns of Ponte de Lima, Braga, Guimaraes


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Paredes de Coura in Municipality of Paredes de Coura

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 592 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Backpack
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • PC
  • Parking ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 2 Child Bed , 1 Cot , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , The sleeping area is 'open plan' (studio style). See photo.
  • The sleeping area is open plan (studio style). There is one double bed, two single fold-out beds for children and a cot for babies.
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Child's Swing
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 4 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
The laundry room, games room, swimming pool and gardens are shared with the owner and guests are requested not to use these areas at night between the hours of 11pm and 8am.


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Traditional cottage with pool in rural location
average rating of 5.0 based on 39 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time staying at Mike and Maria’s Holiday Cottage. The gardens and pool are beautiful and the area is also. Lovely quiet rural surroundings and only a 35 minute drive to the coast.

Will definitely return.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review but you never mentioned the wonderful weather! ; ) Love to see you again.
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Highly recommended

  • 5 of 5

A lovely cottage with beautiful views and excellent hosts. The cottage is well equipped with everything you need - even the wi-if works remarkably well despite the remote location. The local area has many interesting towns and villages to visit with great roads (we were on a motorbike so important to us!) Mike and Maria are great hosts, just the right balance of helpful and unintrusive. Thanks for the lift to the local restaurant and for posting back the cable we left behind. Highly recommend this cottage especially if you are looking to get away from it all.

Thanks, April and Ty

  • Review Submitted: 28-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Better than expected

  • 5 of 5

We have had fantastic time. Stunning views, great pool, spacious and quiet cottage. Maria and Mike are wonderful hosts. Kids loved the garden and the possibility to pick up some berries. If you want to chill out there is no better place :-)

  • Review Submitted: 28-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location, great house, great hosts

  • 5 of 5

This place is a true gem hidden in the lush valleys of the Minho region. If you are looking for a base for exploring this fascinating and diverse area look no further. There are almost endless interesting places within driving distance.

The house is very charming and has everything we needed - a great pool, a barbecue and a comfortable bed.

As hosts Mike and Maria are as good as they get. Charming, interested and always ready with some advice on almost everything and at the same time they are private and respect your need for privacy. A perfect combo!

All in all we loved the place and recommend it to everyone!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review! We didn't see much of you as you were always out exploring the local area. Love to see you here again!
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casa da Fonte is a great find

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely place for a holiday. Mike and Maria are both great hosts they can tell you all the best places to visit and all the best walks. The accommodation is wonderful and the swimming pool is fantastic

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Mike and Maria are wonderful hosts and this is an excellent base for exploring North Portugal.

  • 5 of 5

The property had everything needed for us to enjoy our stay. We particulary liked the local waymarked walks and the virtually empty and winding roads - great for sports cars! Mike and Maria, our hosts, were very helpful but in no way intrusive. It was lovely to be able to enjoy the home produced fruit and eggs.

We would recommend trips to Ponte de Lima and Vila Nova de Cerveira. No doubt, we would have visited the beaches if it had not been end-of-season. The evenings do get a little chilly in October but the log burner kept us warm and cosy.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
700 Kilometres
Bilbao or Santander
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Ponte De Lima
Nearest Train
14 Kilometres
Valenca do Minho
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Bom Retiro, Rubiaes
Nearest Beach
40 Kilometres
Car: necessary

The property is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty in the far north of Portugal, undiscovered and unspoilt by mass tourism. The countryside is hilly and forested, interspersed with cultivated terraces of vines and subsistence agriculture. The property is well located to access the many sandy beaches on the coast, the Lima and Minho river valleys or the mountainous Peneda national park further inland. There are several picturesque and historic market towns to explore such as Ponte de Lima and Barcelos. All along the coast are small fishing ports serving excellent fresh seafood. Spain is only 30 minutes away.

Other Activities: canoeing/kayaking


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Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

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