Sleeps 2. Treetop Cottage is a modernized chalet-style stone cottage in an idyllic setting. This unique one story dwelling, with a spacious sunny veranda perched above a delightful wooded valley has magnificent views from its large picture windows. It is the ideal retreat for anyone seeking tranquility amid unspoiled natural beauty. Guests have their own private lawn and garden set on a terraced hillside. Sunloungers and BBQ provided. Near many charming towns and golden sand beaches. For those who enjoy walking, cycling or having a dip in beautiful freshwater rock pools, the Serra de Arga National Park is just minutes away. Two mountain bikes are available for guests to use free of charge and guests also have access to the owner's small 'swimming pool'. The village of Covas is situated on the River Coura and has four restaurants and two shops. The village is a twenty-five minute walk through scenic roads. With double-glazed windows Treetop Cottage is a cozy and relaxing get-away.
- Separate WCs0
- Min. Stay5 nights
Cottage in Covas, Vila Nova de Cerveira, Costa Verde, Portugal - Secluded Setting With Stunning Views Over Tree Tops And Valley, Access To Owner's Pool
- english, french, german, spanish, portuguese, italian, dutch
- Calendar last updated:
- 18 Sep 2018
About Ellen McCarthy
I first arrived in Portugal on a mountain bike in 1986 and immediately fell in love with the country and the people. The scenery, especially in the Minho, is so rustic and romantic, with its grape vines on tall granite posts, stone walls and houses. So I stayed in the Minho for 5 years running a campsite. In 1993 I bought a property in Covas and spent the next 6 years restoring the house. The latest labour of love has been to restore the very old stone cottage on the other side of the property into guest accommodation. I live here all year round, teaching English in the nearby town of Viana do Castelo.
Ellen McCarthy purchased this Cottage in 1993
Why Ellen McCarthy chose Covas
We bought the place in Covas because it had all the characteristics that I love about North Portugal. It had the grape vines, the fruit trees, the stone walls and terraced landscape. It is situated on one of the higher parts of the village and enjoys beautiful views. It feels remote and private, yet it is just 2km from the centre of the village. Covas itself is only a 20-30 minute drive from some of the loveliest towns of Portugal. In the Minho you really have everything: rivers, mountains, beaches, historic towns and Galicia, Spain just across the river.
What makes this Cottage unique
Now that Treetop cottage has been restored and modernised, it is, we believe, a unique accommodation. It is not overlooked by any neighbours, but overlooks a 'hidden valley' with a stream and water mills below. The cottage itself cannot be seen from the road and so feels very secluded. While the veranda enjoys sunshine for most of the day, there is shade from the oak trees nearby. We have put in large picture windows and glass patio doors so that guests can feel and see the nature all around them. Yet just a 5 minute drive or a 25 minute walk brings you to the local restaurants and shops.
Pool / Spa
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
Fantastic place to stay in an idyllic location
Ellen’s treetop cottage is the perfect place for a relaxing getaway. Nestled amongst the hillside overlooking Covas, we found it to be wonderfully peaceful and the perfect escape from city life. It had everything we needed for our stay and really did feel like a home-from-home.
With plenty of beautiful towns and villages, just a short drive away, we were never bored once during our stay! Whilst we weren’t blessed with perfect weather, we did manage to squeeze in a visit to a local beach and it was certainly worth the trip after we were met my golden sands overlooking the ocean.
We couldn’t fault Ellen as a host, her green guest book came almost everywhere with us and we took it upon ourselves to tick off as many things as we could during our week-long stay. Plus we couldn’t go without mentioning Ellen’s gorgeous and friendly dog, Rafa, who greeted us on the terrace each day with a wagging tail.
I would highly recommend this lovely accommodation to anyone wishing to visit northern Portugal and all the delights it has to offer.
Great property & location
We really enjoyed staying at Treetops. The location is great for exploring northern Portugal and the cottage is well equipped and furnished.
Ellen is very hospitable and a great source of local information
Topvakantie in Tree Top Cottage
We verbleven 11 dagen in mei (15-25/5/2018) op deze toplocatie. Van onze 5 vakanties in Portugal, van zuid tot noord, was dit veruit de beste. Schitterende ligging, summum van rust, privacy, maar ook prima uitvalsbasis voor korte trips naar de kust of historische locaties: Ponte de Lima, Valença, Caminha, Santa Tegra (Spanje), Viana do Castelo (Het in een zijstraatje gelegen visrestaurantje "Portas da Ribeira" is een aanrader, maar ook de lunch in de "Iate Clube")... Of een fikse wandeling in het nabije natuurgebied Serra de Arga. Prachtig weer ook, of hadden wij gewoon veel geluk met enkel dat beetje regen de laatste avond? In en rond de cottage is alles aanwezig voor een perfecte vakantie: zon & schaduw, een heerlijk wilde tuin, een goed bed, ruime keuken (als je tenminste zelf wil koken met zoveel spotgoedkope restaurantjes in de buurt). Wij konden ook bijzonder de details appreciëren: de aanwezigheid van zout, peper, basiskruiden, olijfolie & azijn, verse eitjes "van het huis", fles rood & wit, (oplos)koffie, keukenrol, enz. Ellen was een zeer behulpzame, taalvaardige en vriendelijke gastvrouw. Luis de stille kracht op de achtergrond, en de hond Rafa alom discreet aanwezig. Een plaats om zeker nog terug te keren, en dat willen wij graag nog eens doen, in de toekomst in de herfst of zo. Er is nog veel te zien, te doen en te rusten…
Dank U wel! Tot fogende keer!
We loved it
We loved it. We have never felt so welcomed. Ellen treated us to delicious honey from their own hives and eggs from the resident chickens. The cottage was delightful. It was a real escape and there was lots to do even in the rain. We look forward to returning in the future.
Wonderful Cottage, great area
We spent a week at Tree Top Cottage, and loved it and the area. Ellen has made every effort to ensure that it is a bit of home away from home, nicely stocked and very comfortable. It has a unique history which Ellen and Luis happily share.
We dragged the green info binder she has created with us everywhere, and explored all the little local areas she recommended. There are many very interesting day trips to be had, Or just sit and enjoy the peace while little Rafa visits, he likes to have his peeps around.
Be sure to go to the restaurant in Fontella, a 10 minute drive, family run and good food.
Thank you Ellen for making this week of our Portuguese adventure memorable.
A wonderful cottage in a special area of Portugal
This was our second stay at this cottage and we were not disappointed. The cottage sits in a secluded part of Ellens garden with spectacular views over Covas and the surrounding area. The cottage is well fitted out with everything you need for a self catering holiday although the restaurant's all serve up delicious food and inexpensive. Ellen has gone to a lot of trouble in identifying all the good spots to visit but you don't have to go to far to find your piece of paradise. The area, people ,food and wine makes your stay special and a must to consider time and time again. Ellen is a wonderful host and is always there to help if needed and of course Rafa the dog always their to greet you when you return home, making sure you are comfortable in the cottage before disappearing till the next time. Everything you need for a vacation, well done Ellen for letting us share your piece of Paradise
Thank you for your kind words. It was lovely to see you again after all those years. I hope that you won't let 6 years go by until your next visit!
Special interest holidays:
Surfing lessons or surf board rental available at nearby beach of Moledo, a 30 minute drive.
A 25 minute drive brings you to the first of the Atlantic beaches at Caminha, also on the mouth of the River Minho. From there south to Viana do Castelo there are 4 or 5 beaches to choose from with pristine white sand. Vila Praia da Ancora is also a fishing village with a charming port.
The closest international airport is Oporto, served by Ryan Air and Easy Jet. It is an hour and a quarter minutes drive to Covas; hire car is recommended but not essential, if you are happy to stay in Covas and walk. Covas can be reached by train from Porto to Vila Nova de Cerveira, then a taxi. There are many hire car companies available at Oporto airport. It is advisable to book your hire car at the same time as your flights, because prices go up dramatically if you leave it late.
Caminha and Vila Nova de Cerveira are two lovely towns on the River Minho, just 20-25 minutes away. The fortress town of Valenca is 30 minutes away and just across the river is Galicia, Spain with its superb restaurants and a surprisingly different culture. Ponte de Lima, with its charming architecture and Viana do Castelo are both within easy driving distance. The Serra de Arga National Park, with its stunning scenery and rock pools, is just 10 minutes from Tree Top Cottage. To get an idea
Covas is a very picturesque village, where the locals still look after their grape vines and cultivate their fields. Many of the roads are cobbled and the boundary walls are often in stone. The village is on a river valley, but surrounded by beautiful mountains. It makes for pleasant leisurely walking; along the way you can find one of the 4 bar/restaurants to have a drink or try the local food. Eating and drinking is still very inexpensive here. All 4 restaurants offer a daily plate during the week which includes soup, a generous serving of the main course, and your drink for 6 euros. One place specializes in delicious barbecued chicken and mixed grills. There are also two shops where you can find almost everything you need, from fresh bread to fruit and vegetables. So on days when you don't feel like driving far, you can find all you need in Covas. It also has a cash point and a post office. Markets are a big feature of life in the Minho. Vila Nova de Cerveira has an excellent market on Saturdays, Caminha and Valenca on Wednesdays, Viana do Castelo on Fridays. The nearest large supermarket is just 20 minutes away in Vila Nova de Cerveira.
I would like to welcome guests from many different countries. I speak German, Dutch, French, Spanish and Italian.
To get an idea of just how stunningly beautiful this part of the Minho is, I recommend you go on Google images and look at the following places:
Viana do Castelo, Ponte de Lima, Caminha, Vila Nova de Cerveira, and Serra d'Arga (the National Park), all within 30 minutes driving from Covas.
Booking Notes: Bookings can be made by phone or email. 25% non-refundable deposit required at time of booking, the balance to be paid 4 weeks before arrival. Preferred method of payment is bank transfer or PayPal. Please make sure you are fully insured against injury, sickness, cancellation, losses, etc, as we cannot accept liability for any loss or damage to your personal property or for any illness that may develop during your stay with us. Changeover Day: any day of the week Changeover day can be flexible (minimum stay 5 days), but we would ask guests to vacate the cottage by 10.00 and to arrive after 2pm, to allow time for cleaning. If new guests are not arriving on the same day, departure time can be flexible. Notes on prices: Prices are for the property per week in euros for 2 people.