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Garden with view of Lagar

Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 5

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 50 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner

Set in the beautiful Minho region of northern Portugal are two nineteenth century cottages which have been authentically restored to include all mod cons. with private patios, gardens and a large outdoor pool. A mountainous area with magnificent views, broad river valleys and quaint market towns, the farm is rural and very peaceful but within easy driving distance of many visitor attractions including the Atlantic coast, the Peneda-Geres national park, Spanish Galicia and the historic towns of Braga, Guimaraes, Porto and Ponte de Lima..

The cottages can be rented separately or together sleeping a maximum of 9/11 people. A cot can also be provided.

Many local activities including canoeing and peddle boating on the river Lima, horse riding within the local riding school grounds, trout fishing (rods provided) in a nearby stream where the fish is then cooked or taken home, walking on the river path or country trails (there is a large natural reserve a few kilometres away), visiting colourful local markets, hill top shrines with fantastic views or swimming at the river beaches.

We have welcomed visitors from many countries and are always pleased to make new friends. Retired couples, families with young children and groups of friends leave glowing reports of the accommodation and location.

Size Sleeps up to 5, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Atlantic Coast 50 km
Will consider House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 8 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Francisco Sà Carneiro, Porto 100 km, Nearest railway: Viana de Castelo, Portugal 50 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
Pool Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Children's pool
General Central heating, TV, Video player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (3), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 5, Lounge seats for 5
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ
Access Parking

About this location

Northern Portugal region

Here in the Alto Minho can be found the real Portugal, a world apart from the madding crowds heading for the Algarve. Essentially rural, there are many small holdings usually worked by a single family growing their own grapes and maize with a couple of cows, a few sheep and half a dozen hens. There are also the bigger farms specialized in producing grapes for Vinho Verde for which the region is famous. Sleepy villages and small market towns full of character abound and most have their own street markets, Barcelos is the biggest in the north and definitely worth a visit, all day every Thursday. The larger cities are steeped in history many dating back to Roman times.

The Alto Minho has much in common with Galicia in north western Spain but make sure you have insurance cover to leave Portugal - some of our guests have been disappointed as their rented cars are insured only within Portugal. Note too that the A28 and A3 are toll roads, so please ask the hire car company for advice on this as some of these roads are controlled electronically ie. no ticket can be obtained on entry. The nearest petrol stations are about a 20 drive away.

Although we are 35 minutes drive to the coast there are many river beaches and watering holes in the area. Paredes de Coura has a very attractive riverside swimming area, look for the sign 'Praia Fluvial' and the river Lima has many hidden beaches. There is also a magnificent waterfall and natural pool just a few minutes drive from the cottages.

Ponte de Lima has many restaurants catering for different tastes and budgets and there are several family style restaurants in Paredes de Coura. The local restaurant about 1.5km away serves good value Portuguese food and also has a take-away service.

Paredes de Coura is now internationally famous for its music festival held on the bank of the River Coura in August and Ponte de Lima has the 'Feiras Novas' at the beginning of September.

Ponte de Lima

Peace and tranquility. Lazing in the sun by the pool or on the patios with a good book is a wonderful way to spend the day. The only sounds you are likely to hear are the farmers' animals, birdsong, the chiming of the local church bells and the occasional car. The views are stunning, particularly from the pool area where visitors often take their pre-dinner drink at dusk. The night sky is amazing with thousands of stars visible.

Less than 5 km away on the road to Paredes de Coura is an 'area protegida' (protected area) ideal for walking, hiking or just driving through although the roads are beaten earth and tend to be bumpy. It is home to many wild animals and birds, the most likely to be seen are the semi-wild horses which roam the area. There are also many more local walks around the valleys or over the hills of which details can be found in the cottages. If one keeps to the paths, many of which follow the traditional irrigation system of shallow ditches which can be damned by a wooden board to control the flow of water, one cannot go far wrong. Short lengths of the ancient path to San Tiago de Compostela run nearby.

The north bank of the river Lima has a canoeing centre, a river walk, a toy museum and thematic gardens well worth a visit. We suggest parking on the north side and then crossing the Roman bridge (pedestrian only) from which there is a panoramic view of the town. Ponte de Lima is a beautiful place with twisting narrow streets, cafés and lots of small shops. For grocery shopping there are several big supermarkets on the ring road, Continente, Intermarché, Minipreço and Lidl where all basics and many foreign products can be found.

Also in Ponte de Lima there are the Lagoas which is a marshy area being reclaimed as a nature reserve. There is a bi-weekly market on Mondays on the river bank and on alternate weeks a Saturday morning market in Paredes de Coura.

The area has many hill top shrines affording magnificent views and the unfinished monastery of Senhora de Secouro is 10 minutes away by car. The nearby trout centre offers a different way to ensure you have supper. Rods are provided and you catch your own fish which can be grilled on the premises or taken home. For the adventurous, the tiny chapel of S. João hidden deep in the woods is romantic and a wonderful location for a picnic but beware, several kilometres of unsurfaced road around the valley is a formidable obstacle.

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    Calendar last updated:07 Feb 2015

    Based in Portugal

    Languages spoken
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