The gatehouse to a lovingly restored Franciscan monastery, now home to an English family who also offer bed and breakfast. Set in 35 acres of gardens and woodland, the Gatehouse is the entrance to the cloistered gardens and is designed along nautical lines. The bedroom and living room are on the first floor, the galley kitchen and shower room below decks on the ground floor. The walled verandahs fore and aft afford spectacular views of the Quinta. Woodland paths to the top of the hill reveal breathtaking views to the coast 12kms away and inland to the mountains of the National Park of Peneda/Geres. Although quiet and secluded it is only 6km from the market town of Barcelos, famous for its ceramic cockerels and lively thursday market. Braga,with its baroque churches is only 20 minutes away. For those who prefer total relaxation, the gardens, terraces and the 16th century font and swimming pool 200m from the house provide the perfect spot in which to unwind away from it all.
- Apartment430 sq. ft.
- Separate WCs0
- Minimum Stay5 nights
Carvalhal, Barcelos, Costa Verde, Portugal - Shared Pool
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- English, Spanish, Portuguese
- Calendar last updated:
- 15 Jul 2018
About Piers Gallie
My father bought this old monastery in 1965 when I was 11 and its been home for me ever since, except for 6 years spent cattle ranching in the Argentine. In 1979 I returned to Portugal to take over the running of the quinta, restoration of the house and planting a vineyard. I met my wife Kate in Porto where she was working as a clothing designer in the textile business. In 1988, 2 years after the birth of our first child, Sophie we thought it would be fun to rent out accommodation under the Manor House Tourism scheme, a totally new concept in Portugal, to help owners of historical properties like ours with the costs of maintenance. Many of our guests have become firm friends and return every year, its really gratifying to know that other people appreciate this place as much as we do.
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100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
A peaceful oasis of calm
The gatehouse offers simple accommodation for a couple. Unusual layout with two terraces upstairs offering views of the garden and a barbecue for outdoor living. The kitchen has all that you need for everyday cooking. Piers and Catherine are genial hosts available for help in advising on local restaurants and places to visit. However you can be completely private in the gatehouse as it is away from the main house. Tranquil grounds and a lovely swimming pool with plenty of loungers and shade. An ideal place to just chill out and enjoy the weather.
A beautiful, peaceful stay in a unique setting
Had a wonderful few days staying in the gatehouse at the beautiful Franqueira convent. The flat was completely self contained and had all we needed a very enjoyable few days exploring the area. The kitchen was compact but made self catering easy and the bedroom was very comfortable. The unusual layout (like a ship) meant we had a small private terrace perfect for sitting out looking out across the peaceful grounds of the Quinta. The cloisters make a lovely location for reading or meals with the secluded pool great for catching the sun or a refreshing swim. Piers and Kate (the owners) were very helpful with identifying things to see in the area and where to get all the supplies required. Polly the dog is also a friendly member of the family! I would highly recommend staying here as a base to explore the north of Portugal. The beach is not more than 30 minutes away. Would really recommend the gatehouse to anyone looking to get away from it all.
We stayed in the charming gatehouse and had what must be the best views of the Quinta. We breakfasted on the balcony each morning with the woods and pool as a backdrop and listened to the birds, frogs and fountain - magical!
Piers was very helpful and friendly - we arrived with a car problem and he went out of his way to help us find a local garage who sorted it out in no time. And his knowledge of the area really helped us make the most of this fascinating part of Portugal. We're already looking forward to our return!
Surprenant. À voir absolument..
Endroit rempli d histoire. Insolite. Propriétaires charmants qui font tout pour vous être agréable. Je recommande.
Idyllisch, stilvoll, ruhige Erholungsoase, toll gepflegte Gartenanlage
Ideal zum entspannen und auftanken. Idealer Startpunkt um Nord-Portugal zu erkunden. Sehr nette britische Gastgeber. Seher gepflegter Pool, gespeist durch Quellwasser. Einfach toll.
Sehr interessante und gepflegte Unterkunft
Sehr interessante und gepflegte Unterkunft
The long sandy beaches of Apulia and Ofir are 20 mins drive away. Further north the beaches of Afife and Moledo, popular with surfers are a 40 mins drive.
Porto - Aeroporto Francisco Sá Carneiro is 40 mins drive. Vigo (Spain) airport is 1 hour 15 mins by car.
GPS Coordinates: N 41º 29´56" W 08º 38´40"
A car is useful but not essential as Barcelos is on the international Porto-Vigo rail route with connections to Lisbon and Madrid.
The regular service to Porto-Campanha takes approximately 1hour 15 minutes,
Campanha station is linked to Porto airport by metro.
Barcelos 6km. Braga (the Rome of Portugal) 20km. Guimaraes. A World Heritage city 35km. Porto home of Port wine 50km. The National Park of Peneda/Gerés 65km.
Barcelos, the nearest town has many restaurants, shops banks and supermarkets. The famous weekly market is on Thursdays. The nearest grocery shop is a 1,5km. walk in local village, Carvalhal which also has a chemist and medical clinic.
Booking Notes: Upon booking a 50% deposit is required which will be refunded should you cancel more than 30 days prior to arrival date, less costs. We accept sterling cheques, bank transfer or Paypal. The balance is payable upon arrival. Changeover Day: We are flexible about this, but we do request that guests vacate the Gatehouse by 10am.