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4 bedroom detached house with terraced garden & luxury facilities. Sleeps 8

Bedrooms 4
Separate WCs1
Space 2,690 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

4 bedroom, 3 bathroom, sleeps 8, walking distance from beach

Villa Manuela is spread over three floors. It has four spacious double bedrooms with fitted wardrobes, one of which has en suite bathroom and a roof-top terrace; a large lounge/dining room with English language satellite TV; and a fully equipped kitchen. Outside, there's a great barbecue area, a double garage, and narrow terraced gardens leading up to a private 8m x 4m swimming pool, with extensive views over the woods towards the sea (not visible, but it's close enough to know it's there!).

No expense has been spared in providing everything you might need for a holiday, making this a luxurious home-from-home. Ideal for a summer holiday for a large family or a group of friends, but also in a perfect location for short off-season breaks all year round (and with special rates for small numbers). Shops, beaches and restaurants are all within walking distance, and although a car is recommended, Gelfa is accessible by train from Porto.


Gelfa beach underwent a €1.5 million makeover in 2012, with wooden walkways across the dunes giving easy access to the protected woodlands of Pinhal de Gelfa and the family seaside resort of Vila Praia de Âncora further along the beach. Already a beautiful beach, it has become an even more perfect holiday spot. 'Camarão', a quality fish restaurant, is one of the Costa Verde's only beachside restaurants, and overlooks Gelfa beach.

From here, the many safe, clean beaches of the Costa Verde stretch for miles - surf beaches, sandy, rocky, wide, discreet, romantic beaches - you can go to a different one each day to suit your mood. At Afife there's a surfing beach (& a surf/body boarding school for tourists); at Caminha a beach with one side on the Atlantic, the other on the Minho River; or you can hire a ferryman to take you out to a deserted island; on Serra de Arga there are fresh mountain pools and waterfalls; and there are also warm, sheltered river beaches on the River Lima.

Touring the countryside and historic towns:

For rugged, wild countryside, visit the Peneda-Gerês National Park, or go further to the Douro Valley. Gelfa lies at the base of Serra d'Arga (784m), and the villages and country lanes in its hills offer a landscape from an earlier era. History, churches and monuments, culture and nightlife abound in a dozen towns within a short drive, or for more sophisticated entertainment, there's the Casino at Póvoa de Varzim.

For the more active, there's karting, canoeing, surfing, 10-pin bowling, fishing, cycling and horse riding. A visit to the World Heritage City of Porto is a must, as are the traditional local Romarias, with folklore, singing, dancing, decorative crafts and the famous cuisine of the Minho region. And the famed cuisine of the Minho region can be found in restaurants galore, accompanied by Portuguese wine - one of the world's best kept secrets! Minho is also something of a secret destination, still untouched by the pleasure playgrounds of other holiday spots.

Golf and fishing:

For golfers, the excellent Ponte de Lima course is 35km away. Part of “a bucolic scenery of mountains, vineyards and fruit gardens”, it's a course typical of the Minho region. Par 71, 6005m, including Portugal's longest hole at 622m (par 5).

If you enjoy fishing, there are some great opportunities here, both in the rivers and on the shoreline. Licenses are easy and cheap to obtain from the ATM machines, and the Minho, Lima and Âncora rivers have some wonderful spots to while away the hours.

More Details

Manuela Sampaio
Member since: 2017
Speaks English, Portuguese
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
3 August, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Âncora in Municipality of Caminha

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2690 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , En suite (Master Bedroom)
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet
  • There is also a poolside shower. Hairdryers are provided.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , En suite bathroom, roof terrace
    Double Bed Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Twin Bed Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed
    Twin Bed Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • All bedrooms are spacious, with fitted wardrobes. Bed linen and towels are provided.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Boat
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • bay
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


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4 bedroom detached house with terraced garden & luxury facilities. Sleeps 8
average rating of 1.0 based on 1 reviews

Dirty and Damp and a rude owner who takes the money and runs.

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This was the email I wrote to the owner:

Hi .......

Following our stay last week at your villa I am writing to ask for a 50% refund.

There were a number of unacceptable issues as follows, a number of which I wrote to you about during the stay but you did not rectify:

The house was very damp as was the bedding, the toilet rolls and all towels, a number were actually dirty.

There was no washing powder or fabric conditioner.

There was no washing line.

There was no dishwasher salt or rinse aid.

As there was mould on the oven racks, we could not cook in the villa and ended up having to eat out every night. There was mould on the wooden cooking spoons in the drawer so we could not even prepare BBQ food.

The bedroom on level 2 had brown marks on the ceiling including mould.

The English speaking TV had just 1 channel which was Sky News, it was not what you advertised.

The swimming pool was just being chlorinated when we arrived and we could therefore not use it for the first 2 days.

There was minimal kitchen roll.

There were no bin liners after the we used the one in the bin; there was no salt and no pepper.

I thank you for the bottle of wine and the few bits but the above made me regret booking this villa.

I look froward to hearing from you.

This was the reply yesterday:

No refunds.

You were the worst guests ever...

Yours sincerely,


It's probably just as well I didn't mention the toilet seat which was not fitted properly...

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
85 Kilometres
Francisco Sá Carneiro, Porto
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Nearest Ferry
15 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
50 Kilometres
Ponte de Lima
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Nearest Beach
500 Metres
Gelfa beach
Car: recommended


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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.

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