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Location, location, location!
1) Tranquillity but literally right next to a large fashionable town and opposite a river beach; you get walking distance access to cafes, restaurants, shopping, banks, a spa & more, yet only enjoy bird song and country / river / mountain views at our property.
2) Direct river access for boating / kayaking / fishing / paddling / swimming, plus a great pool (pool is summer season only - £150 / week discount if you do not want to use it). There is also an all year indoor heated public pool within easy walking distance.
3) Spain and Portugal; 3 minutes drive and you are in Spain. Enjoy Portuguese and Spanish cuisine, wines, shopping, etc. Best seafood, traditional Portuguese food and tapas!
4) Privacy, luxury and more; secure grounds (not overlooked), advanced security system (night time mode and allows certain open windows), luxury furnishings, quality bedding, insect screens.
On the River Minho border with Spain; this is one of the few properties on the Iberian Peninsular with direct river access for boating, kayaking and fishing (trout and salmon). Fully furnished to a very high standard with all amenities, large (12,000 sqm) walled secure grounds, full sized swimming pool with children's section, fruit orchard, vineyard, family garden, there is even a stream going through the grounds. Adjacent field / horse paddock available. Bring your own horse or boat if you want, or boat / kayak rentals to your river entrance gate easily arranged.
6 Bedrooms (master en suite), 4 bathrooms in total, large family lounge, large TV lounge, UK Sky HD TV, dining room, large kitchen, additional large breakfast room, extra guest / children's lounge, study, office, laundry (drying) room, separate laundry room, full sized swimming pool, large vineyard, gated vehicle and pedestrian security with video entry, large BBQ serving family garden and outdoor dining area. Gate house, dog pounds, triple garage and workshop area, summer house, granite pergola, established grounds with all the fruit (cherries, plums, apples, citrus, peaches etc) & flowers you can think of, granite cubos / cobblestone driveway goes all the way from the entry gates past and around the villa / garages, then down to the river access gates, large parabola, intelligent alarm system, Spanish and Portuguese mobile phone coverage, Internet with Wi-Fi, telephone line. The kitchens are all fully equipped.
No pets or smoking inside the villa please, but dogs and smokers are welcome outside.
There are fruit & nuts for you to pick year round! Easter, July, August and December are festival times in town (bands, music, events, fairs, etc.)!
There is a cot, play pen, baby rocker and baby feeding high chair at the villa. If you want to work / stay connected while here and bring your lap top, no problem; we can provide a fax / printer. We have a general use PC anyone can use.
The section of river our property is on is the last navigable section going upstream (it is possible to take a boat all the way down the river to the Atlantic). Just east of us is a white water section of the river. If you are a boating enthusiast, this gives you the best of both worlds. You could take a boat down (and back up) the river one day, and then go kayaking the next. If you like kayaking, you could start all the way to / at Melgaco, and then kayak all the way down the river to our property, along some of the most beautiful and unspoiled river scenery on the Iberian Peninsular, if not Western Europe. Along the course of the river from Melgaco to our villa, you will experience tranquil, faster moving and white water sections; some local adventure companies also offer white water rafting.
The river water is still exceptionally clean at our property, with superb chad, trout and even some salmon fishing (low cost seasonal permit required, easily obtained). It is also great for a dip / swim (with caution), as many Spanish families do on the other side where there is a popular though seldom overcrowded river beach (praia fluvial). Unlike much further down the river towards the estuary end which has a typical muddy smell and of course is subject to the output of the towns along its course, the river water quality at our property is exceptionally high. And, unlike the local beaches on the Atlantic Coast, though well worth a visit to buy fresh fish direct from the fisherman, some superb fresh fish restaurants, and Atlantic rollers (popular with surfers) / white sandy beaches, the river beach / access sections around us do not get so busy, even during the height of summer.
We provide a housekeeper every two days to come in (bedding and towels); can do your laundry for extra payment. All mattresses are regularly steam cleaned. We use comfortable bed protectors which are washed and replaced before each new guest visit. Our duvets and pillows are also washed in between guests. Our bed linen is quality poly-cotton. Our towels are 100% cotton.