Quinta Souto Covo.
B&B | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 12
The Quinta has two accommodation offers:
The Lodge, self catering plus the two suites in the main house for multi family holidays OR the two suites in the main house on a B&B basis.
Following a recent renovation, the lodge is a perfect self-catering option for families or small groups.
It comprises a mezzanine bedroom with extra king sized bed, together with its own wash basin, and overlooks the large private sitting room which has the most spectacular views of the river Paiva and neighbouring valley.
There is also a second bedroom, a loft niche for two single beds (suitable for kids), which together with the mezzanine bedroom shares a separate bathroom with shower. A third, en-suite, single bedroom is also part of the Lodge with its own separate entrance
The large sitting room is made up of several sofas and seating, TV & video, free satellite TV, and large cathedral windows opening across the width of the building which leads onto a HUGE balcony with sun loungers, large table and chairs for al fresco dining with breathtaking views over the river valley and the Quinta grounds.
The kitchen and dining room is fully equipped for 12 people and includes wine glasses, oven, hob, fridge freezer and microwave. The large dining table overlooks the valley through a grand window.
Exquisite linen, large towels and beach towels are provided, and cleaning and linen changes are done weekly.
Additionally, with its own private entrance, there is a separate single en-suite bedroom next to the main lodge, if required.
The Main House Suites:
The Cream & Green Suite
The Cream & Green suite has a king size bed facing a huge window with river valley views plus a single bed in the dressing room area, and shower room with a high-tech shower, steam free mirror, towel heater and WC.
In the bedroom there a separate wash basin and vanity table, plus hairdryer and conversion electric plugs. A tea table is supplied with an array of teas, coffees and coffee-maker. Towel dressing-gowns and luxurious soaps are on hand as well as a hairdryer and electrical conversion plugs.
The linen is exquisite and no expense has been spared for your comfort, with underfloor heating for those chilly winter days!
A sofa and arm chair completes the comfort of the suite, and there is a fridge for the odd bottle of wine!
The Black & White Suite
The Black & White Suite is a large family room which sleeps two in a king size double bed or 4 using the two large single beds in a raised niche.
It is quite spectacular with a free-standing bath and wash basin. In a separate room is a WC, bidet, vanity unit, and towel heater.
Additionally, the main room has a sofa, lots of cupboard space, trouser press and towelling robes.
Perfect for honeymooners!
The grounds are very secluded in their own bend of this delightful valley, with stunning views over the river and the Serra de Montemuro mountains opposite, wherever you walk in the grounds you are followed by the sound of water from the river and natural springs and benches and hammocks have been provided in shady spots to enjoy your surroundings.This marvellous countryside is ideal for those who enjoy walking, swimming, bird-watching, trout fishing, kayaking down the river or practising various outdoor pursuits and a majical place for children.
It is also the perfect spot for those who are looking for peace and tranquillity, "far from the madding crowd", in an area of outstanding beauty. The Quinta nestles in a green and lush valley: the sides of the mountain are clad in eucalyptus and pine, and the tops are open moorland which in the spring time is covered in heather of the most beautiful colours. In the valley floor grow warm Mediterranean crops which are available from the garden in season.
Legend relates that the artist, Picasso, visited this estate on a number of occasions as the guest of the original owner of the property, the German artist Heinz Kraken.
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Aveiro 100 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Porto 150 km, Nearest railway: Regua 20 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, Telephone, Fax machine, Table tennis, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Swing set, Trampoline, Private fishing lake or river|
|Further details indoors|
Satellite TV is available in the sitting room.
Plenty of outside furniture, sun beds etc.
Terrace for al fresco dining.
Breakfasts served on the terrace weather permitting.
|Further details outdoors|
The terrace adjoining the main house has lots of outdoor furniture and leads to a natural springwater shallow pool. The gardens cover an enormous area of 16,000 square metres consisting of vine-laden terraces, leading to a large lawn and eventually the River Paiva where there is a man-made terrace and private sandy beach leading into a natural deep pool, perfect for children and boating. Fly fishing on the river is amongst the best in the area (a fishing Guide is available for a charge of 30 €uros for a half day and we arrange Licenses in advance). there is also a large choice of varied and breathtaking walks and amazing bird life to see.
The Quinta is very pet friendly (the owners have their own Labradors) and is an exciting experience for children. There is a pony and friendly Geese. All seasons are a joy: Winter offers the chestnut harvest, Summer and Spring for walking and swimming or just lazing in hammocks reading, whilst Autumn is the grape harvest and the whole region is steeped in this culture.
Northern Mountains region
Known as a painter's paradise, the area and indeed views from the rooms are perfect for the aspiring or established painter.
Fishing is an absolute must, with an idyllic, flowing river at the bottom of the garden with Trout, Largemouth Bass, Barbel and carp.
There are many museums to visit nearby, with Art, History and Geographical among the most unique.
The locals are charming, helpful and very kind to tourists, and children are always welcomed with open arms.
The climate is ideal with four seasons, all never extreme but long hot summers.
The food and wine is amongst the best in Portugal, at very reasonable prices.
On the River Douro, 35 minutes drive away, there are several Quintas who offer table wine and Port-wine tastings. Nearby are two renowned Health Spas which offer various types of specialised treatments. 40 minutes drive from here there is a very entertaining riverside Water Park which is ideal for little ones and adults alike. There is a tennis court 10 mins drive away for the more energetic!
Aveiro ( known as the Venice of Portugal) and Costa Nova, a beautiful and unspoilt beach village, is a 1 hour drive away. The beach is over 6 km. long and very clean, with beautiful dunes and fine sand and there are wonderful seafood restaurants to be found there. Our nearest city Viseu has a very good 18 hole golf course. It is 35 minutes drive away, never crowded and offers very reasonable daily rates. We will supply information and arrange tee-off times if required.
Viseu, our nearest city, has wonderful shopping, a variety of good restaurants,beautiful historical buildings to see and a fine choice of museums to visit. There is a skating rink and a state of the art Water Park. Souvenir shops stock the best of Portuguese Pottery and Table Linen.During all of summer therre are Festivals in all the surrounding villages which are great fun to visit and a country fair which lasts all of August.
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8 Aug 2011
what a fantastic place! Tucked into a wooded hillside with great views across valley and down to the river flowing down below - the setting is incredible. Even in 35 degree heat of summer the landscap… More
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