|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
A farmhouse which was bought by our family in the early 1960's, reconstructed and fully refurbished at the time as a holiday home for our use, retaining many of the original characteristics: the local granite stone surrounding the large fireplace, a carved oak ceiling in the 1st floor living room, 'alcove' beds in that room, and original oak beams in the large living/dining room. The house is in a rural countryside area which overlooks the river Cavado, and Ofir beach and Espozende with its many attractions are within a 5 minute drive. A mature and secluded garden and lawns surround the house, with swimming pool and adjacent 'eira' (a cemented area originally used for beating corn - this was the miller's house!) is ideal for outdoor meals. Barbecue, canoes, bicycles are available. The house is for self-catering rental, is fully equipped, and maid service(cleaning) is offered daily with weekly change of linen. Changeover: Saturdays, arrival from 6pm departure 10am.
Arrival and departure times: We ask our guests to arrive at the property no earlier than 6pm on changeover days, and to leave up to 10am on the day of departure. This is to allow sufficient time for a thorough cleaning and change of linen. Your cooperation will be much appreciated.
Sports facilities: The swimming pool, canoes and bicycles as detailed below are available for guests enjoyment, but please note that the use of any of these facilities is expressly at your own risk and liability for damage or injury to our property, yourselves and third parties.
Swimming pool: for your own comfort and safety in the pool area, please note that a/ there is no trained lifesaver on hand; b/running and diving are not permitted; c/no food or drink is to be taken in this area. Please use the cemented area above the pool ('eira') for this purpose if required.
Canoes: these must be handled by adults only and care taken in their removal from and return to storage. Canoes may capsize easily in inexperienced hands, and the use of life jackets (provided) is obligatory.
Information/Instruction folder: Detailed information and instruction for use of equipment available in the house is contained in a plastic folder, usually left on the kitchen worktop.
Please note that the copper pans on the kitchen wall are decorative and not for use by guests.
Perfect home from home in rural setting but close to all amenities and within easy access to Porto, unesco world heritage sites and the seaside. House and wonderfully established gardens, well positioned terraces and pool provided very spacious indoor and outdoor space for 7 adults. All the facilities you would want and then some, from towels by the pool, to BBQ equipment, clean and cushioned pool chairs, and sun loungers and plenty of shade if required for outdoor eating. The house inside was delightful, spotlessly clean and there was endless hot water. On top of that, the view from the wisteria covered balcony was lovely. The caretaker made sure everything inside and out remained in perfect condition and nothing was too much trouble. We enjoyed the short walk to both nearby bars and the little supermarket provided anything needed at short notice, ordering bread for us, saving a trip to the nearby superstore, only 5 minutes away in the car anyway!
Local bread van and fish lady passed the house daily and there was a good selection.
All in all, a great home to stay in, suited all of us perfectly, ages from 23 to 63. Highly recommended
This was our first visit to this area of Portugal, and it combined very neatly with a couple of days in Oporto at the end. The description on the website of the surrounding area is very accurate – if you have a car, you have access to the motorway and lots of very scenic towns and villages, as well as the local beaches.
The property itself was much bigger than we expected – it easily accommodated two couples and a teenager and we all had ample space to do our own thing if we wanted. It was kept immaculately clean and was very well stocked with kitchen implements etc, which we appreciated. The gardens were a highlight, and we had fresh peaches from the garden picked for our arrival – which was a lovely touch! The caretaker/cleaner for the property made us really welcome, and told us about the local festivities which were due to take place during our stay including religious processions, shows and fireworks – a real bonus!
We could have spent most of our holiday by the pool just doing nothing! The area is very rural and peaceful, and I went running on the little farm tracks that criss-cross the countryside around – getting a smile and hello from the tractor drivers!
There was a lot of sporting activity on the river nearby, which we didn’t partake in, but I imagine this would suit families with active teenagers.
I would thoroughly recommend this property to anyone wanting a quiet base in which to relax and from which to explore the surrounding area. It is especially good for a large group of friends or a large family.
The villa is lovely. Even better than the understated pictures lead you to believe. Very well equipt, clean and comfortable with personal touches. We particularly were taken with the beautiful garden and all its hidden secrets, perfectly maintained but not overly manicured. The pool is a bit small for 'real' swimmers but suited us and our children's splashing around perfectly.
Location is great and we felt the villa's views from the balcony and windows a treat. Close to small shops and cafes / bars and just a few minutes walk to the river and a short drive to the beach or the estuary at Esposende (we loved the fish restaurant on the promenade and the bicycle go carts you could rent to toodle up and down the prom). A short drive to the huge market in Braga and Bom Jesus (totally worth the walk up the steps - we had mini splashing fights in the fountains to beat the heat).
Eating out was surprisingly inexpensive and we munched our way through Esposende and Fao as well as the local bars / cafe. The nearest big supermarket is on the roundabout to Esposende so again very convenient for families.
I have recommended the villa to friends already.
The property is a lovely old farmhouse that has been converted into a very comfortable and characterful home, with 4 good sized bedrooms, loads of bathrooms, 2 spacious living rooms and a well-equiped kitchen. There are lots of places to sit out and eat and a very nice pool. The main rooms have lots of character and period features and the house feels like someones home instead of a standard holiday let.
The gardens are really charming, with secret paths and fruit trees, and good views across the valley and river. There is a large bbq, small lawned area and plenty of space around the pool for lounging. The river is about a 10 minutes walk along a quiet road and is great for swimming and canoeing (one 4-man canoe and 1 single kayak in the garage, plus some bikes).
There are several small 'locals' bars 200m to 400m away where you can also buy some bread and basics. The supermarket is about a 15 min drive and there are countless lovely beaches within 30 minutes drive.
The daily maid service is excellent and very discrete, and there are more plates, dishes and glasses than you could ever hope to use.
There are many interesting places to visit within 50kms, although, like us, you may spend most of your time around the pool or in the river. The weather in August was very hot and sunny (28-30 degrees) but cool in the evenings - perfect!
Positives - spacious, quiet, lovely grounds and pool, characterful and 'homely', well equipped, close to river and coast.
Negatives - none really, If I had to come up with some negatives then the kitchen could be larger (although it is perfectly adequate and there is also a utility room), and there doesn't appear to be anywhere to eat out within walking distance, other than the golf club (which we didn't try).
Overall I would certainly recommend it. Our party comprised 2 kids (3 and 5) and 4 adults (ranging from 27 to 72) and everyone enjoyed the house.
We hope to go back next year!
Laurence, Aug. 2009
We had a wonderful stay in the house. We all just loved it and had a great time exploring the region. The house is so comfortable and the spirit of hospitality was everywhere! We especially appreciated the kindness and beautiful spirit of the caretaker! She kept the place spotless and it was great to have her come in daily and clean up a bit. We rented 3 other properties in Europe this same summer and this property provided the best service. We had a toddler and she loved running around the garden. It was lovely to be near the beach but not right on the busy tourist strand and it was so close to so many other beautiful towns. We highly recommend this house and hope to return sometime soon. Thank you!!!
Location très propre, bien entretenue, avec un super jardin. Accueil attentionné de la part du propriétaire.
La description de la location est en conformité avec réalité.
La piscine est spacieuse et toujours bien entretenue, elle est idéale pour une famille. Cette location est au calme et près des commerces. Nous recommandons vivement cette location
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
3 Jun 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £7 per night, per additional guest|
My Standard Rate
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest|
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Prices: 4 people occupation rate shown.
Max occupation is 8 people
Check in at 18.00h, Check out at 10.00, on Saturdays
Damages will be charged when in excess of 50 euros.
Rents are payable by bank transfer
25% deposit on booking.
No cancellation refund
Balance 4 weeks before arrival.
The house has excellent motorway access: 25 mins Porto Airport, 1 Hr Vigo/Santiago airports. On Cavado River, with rowing facilities. Riding stables 5 mins away. Nearby Ofir beach is linked to other beaches on the coastline, such as Apulia where men in togas still collect seaweed for sale. Espozende is the nearest main town - 5 kms - offers many tourist attractions, supermarkets, etc. Port wine lodges in and near Porto, open to visitors. Local Golf at Quinta da Barca, 5 mins walk from house. International golf at Estela, a 15 minute drive. Windsurfing at Vila do Conde and Viana de Castelo - 20 mins drive. Valença do Minho on the border with Spain - an easy drive and a charming 'estalagem ' for lunch. Weekly fair on Thursdays at Barcelos - 20 min.-is well worth a visit - everything imaginable is for sale. Good food at nearby restaurants - A Lareira in Fão is highly recommended, spare ribs a speciality! - Martins, also in Fão - delicious seafood and reasonable prices.
Other Activities: Canoeing on the river