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Casa Luna - comfort and wonder in North Portugal

People12
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

A spacious and enchanting home in a green river valley near Monção and Valença

Casa Luna, our home in North Portugal, near the river Minho and the border with Spain, is open to receive guests and visitors. It can sleep 6-10 persons and offers comfort, relaxation and adventure in beautiful natural surroundings. We can also host special events, family reunions, team building exercises, workshops and classes.

We renovated the traditional farmhouse using local stone, wood, straw, clay and lime, all of which combine to make it a natural, warm and healthy ambient. It stands on south-facing, terraced land in the village of Troporiz, in a lush valley at the confluence of the rivers Gadanha and Minho. You can find more information and pictures of Casa Luna on our website,

The house is surrounded by 4,000 square meters of terraces with fruit trees, gardens and flowers. The upper terraces contain a separate living space with a glamping tent (in the summer), outdoor kitchen and pizza oven, a dining area, washing facilities and composting toilet. The property also includes some land and watermills on the banks of the river Gadanha.

The house is spacious and comfortable, with lots of natural light; there are 3 double bedrooms on the first floor (one of them en suite) with additional sleeping space downstairs in the living room and the mezzanine areas. The ground floor consists of two spacious rooms that can be used for meetings, socialising or simply relaxing with a book or a film. This space can also host workshops, social events, sports, games or yoga.

Casa Luna has 3 bathrooms and a large, open-plan kitchen with an adjacent larder / utility room. Guests can use all the equipment and facilities, wood burning stove or barbeque, fridge and freezer, dishwasher, microwave oven, mixer, juicer and bread maker.

The property is currently being looked after by our wonderful custodians, Phil and Diana. They live in a separate building on the land, speak English and Portuguese and are happy to help with any requests or information. They are willing to cook meals for our guests at a small additional price.

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Casa Luna is a great base for exploring two different countries and cultures, and widely varied landscapes - from mountains (the Peneda Geres is 30 minutes' drive east) to the Atlantic ocean (beaches on both the Spanish and Portuguese side, 30 minutes' drive west). Further away and equidistant from Casa Luna, are the cultural centres - and transport hubs - of Porto and Santiago de Compostela.

The house itself is located in a tranquil valley, with the sounds of birds and the river from below, and views over gentle forested slopes all the way to the river Minho. The two rivers couldn’t be more different: one is shaded and narrow, flanked by dense wild forests, vineyards and watermills; the other wide and sunny, with tranquil beaches and bathing areas.

Casa Luna’s riverbank is a magical area of moss and trees engulfing the stone ruins of three watermills, and – at the end of the water channel - a natural swimming pool with deep, green waters, a cave mouth, picnic area and diving rocks.

A short walk along the main road will take you to the Minho and the Ecopista, a cycling and walking/jogging path that follows the river and covers the 17 km to Valença. Bikes are available to rent at Casa Luna.

The Minho region abounds in lovely swimming spots on the rivers Mouro, Vez, Gadanha (in Portugal) or Tea (in Spain). You could try boating and kayaking, using the equipment we keep at the house or engaging a local kayaking/adventure company for instruction.

You can visit picturesque small towns on the Spanish and Portuguese sides of the Minho, visit castles, fortresses and ancient quintas, sample the local cuisine or join the celebration of numerous Saints’ days, market days and local fairs. The local town of Monção, 5 minutes' drive from Casa Luna, is full of delightful shops, cafes and restaurants, riverside parks, a cinema and library, an exceptional spa and swimming pool.

The Atlantic coast with fine sand beaches and resorts (either Portuguese or Spanish) is 30-40 minutes away. The world-renowned Cies islands off the Galician coast can be reached by boat from Vigo, making for a pleasant day trip. If you prefer hiking, the Peneda-Geres national park, one of Portugal's largest natural reserves, lies just about 30 minutes to the East. This entire area is completely unspoiled by development of any kind and there are many ways to explore and enjoy it.

Even without all the local attractions, Casa Luna can be a perfect place to relax and unwind; you could try your hand at making pizza or bread in the clay oven, or light up the grill for a feast of sardines and other culinary delights. Shops and supplies – including the famous vinho verde that defines the region - can be accessed by foot (10 minutes' walk), bicycle or car.

You will find more details and pictures of the house and surrounding attractions on our website.

CAUTION: The stairs in and around Casa Luna are wide and stable, however not all have bannisters. Please use care and caution when you make your way around the property.

The land surrounding Casa Luna consists of multiple stone terraces, with native vegetation. As such, caution is required when walking or running around, in order to prevent accidents and injuries.

Children especially need to be supervised when they play around Casa Luna - pay attention to uneven ground, trees, stone hidden by vegetation, insects, equipment such as the tent, trampoline, etc.

More Details

Property Manager
Monica Wolfe Murray
Member since: 2017
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
24 September, 2018

About Monica Wolfe Murray

Hello! I am Monica, and here is the story of my life in 2000 characters (or less); I grew up in Bucharest, studied literature and social anthropology; married an adventurous Scot. We travelled and worked together for two decades, on aid projects, chasing wars and disasters on three continents. In 2007 we wanted a home of our own, and found Casa Luna. We spent 4 years renovating it, then went back to work - and decided, for now, to share Casa Luna with guests from around the world (and this is where you come in, with your own life stories...)

Monica Wolfe Murray purchased this house in 2007

Why Monica Wolfe Murray chose Monção

We found Casa Luna in the spring of 2006 - and I couldn't imagine a future without it. That's it - it only took a moment and it has charmed and changed our lives ever since.

I hope you will discover why when you get there.

What makes this house unique

Casa Luna is an entirely natural building - stone, straw, wood, lime plasters - it has a timeless feel.

Each terrace around it has its unique character and charm.

The rivers... what to say? how to start? I should have countless epithets but I am rendered speechless, even at the memory of them. They touch another level of beauty and being.

The local people, both in Portugal and Spain, are cheerful and friendly and fun.

"Both in Portugal and Spain..." - this is key, and amazing: at Casa Luna, you're not visiting one country, but two; you can walk to the river Minho and swim to Spain. You can decide which bread is better, and where the fish is fresher and the peaches more fragrant. You can pick and mix. You can change languages 20 times a day. Buenos dias or bom dia - just like that. You can stand on the bridge between countries - a bridge, not a border - and watch the two cultures blending and enhancing each other, and see how unique Europe is.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house around the Monção around the Municipality of Monção

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • waterfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet , Ensuite
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Composting toilet and shower facilities on an upper terrace of the property
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Double Bed , One double bed on mezzanine level
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Two single beds on mezzanine - one in a small separate room
  • More sleeping spaces: - double sofa bed in the living room - glamping tent with mattresses - for 4 persons
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • 6 bicycles
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis

Reviews

4.7/5 -
(3 traveller reviews)

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4

Maravilloso fin de semana en una vivienda increíble.

  • 4 of 5

Pasamos un fin de semana en esta vivienda que es absolutamente espectacular, tiene todos los detalles que te puedas imaginar, lo que hace que te sientas como en casa. Cada estancia está decorada con un gusto increíble y todos fueron encantadores con nosotros.

El único inconveniente que tuvimos es que hacía bastante calor, ya que en el exterior había 32ºC y no había manera de refrigerar la vivienda, esto hizo que no disfrutáramos al máximo del exterior de la misma que tiene muchas posibilidades en otras circunstancias y que dormir se hiciera un poco complicado. Por eso no le puedo dar la máxima puntuación que en otras condiciones le daría a la vivienda por descontado. A pesar de esto, nos encantaría poder repetir esta experiencia en otra ocasión.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5 Estrelas

  • 5 of 5

Fantástica harmonia entre a casa e o meio envolvente. Extremo bom gosto nos materiais e decoração.

Para voltar sem dúvida.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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100% de conforto no campo!

  • 5 of 5

Adoramos a nossa curta estadia na Casa Luna. O entorno é espectacular, apesar da chuva tivemos umas abertas que permitiram passear pela aldeia e disfrutrar das belas ponte, casario de pedra e a ecopista que te leva até Lapela e Monçao pelo antigo trilho dos caminhos de ferro. A Casa Luna é tal e qual como nas fotos, e oferece o melhor conforto que possam imaginar. A sala de jogos, a sala de estar, a cozinha extremamente espaçosa ideal para convívio em família, os espaços interiores e os quartos, muito bom!

Obrigado à Diana e ao John (?) que nos acolheram de forma exemplar.

Uma experiência que repetiríamos sem duvida!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
43 Kilometres
Vigo
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Monção
Nearest Ferry
620 Kilometres
Santander
Nearest Train
14 Kilometres
Valença do Minho
Nearest Motorway
14 Kilometres
Valença do Minho
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Monção
Nearest Beach
42 Kilometres
Caminha
Car: recommended

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Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £30
Pet Fee £10
Refundable Damage Deposit £50

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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