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Galicia Rural Holiday Cottage – Home 460684 Cottage

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 4 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Galicia Rural Holiday Cottage – Home 460684

  • Cottage
  • 2 bedrooms
  • sleeps 4
  •  min stay varies

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Cottage / 2 bedrooms / 1 bathroom / sleeps 4

Key Info

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Description from owner

Description

Comfortable old stone cottage with low beamed ceilings, restored to conform to its original style, but with the addition of a big modern bathroom and fully equipped kitchen, set in extensive gardens, where you can relax with a cool drink admiring panoramic views of the gentle slopes of the Barbanza mountains.This is suitable for up to 4 people and is an ideal base for exploring the towns, countryside and coastline of Galicia. It's only a short distance from shops, restaurants and beach yet still in a peaceful and tranquil location and with very easy access.

There is so much to see and do in this beautiful part of the Rias Baixas region of Galicia, from its mediaeval buildings in the stone paved streets of its small towns to the wide variety of unspoilt sandy beaches. These range from wide open expanses of golden sand suitable for surfing on the Atlantic coast to small secluded gently sloping and warmer ones on the Rias, many including that nearest to the cottage being suitable

Comfortable old stone cottage with low beamed ceilings, restored to conform to its original style, but with the addition of a big modern bathroom and fully equipped kitchen, set in extensive gardens, where you can relax with a cool drink admiring panoramic views of the gentle slopes of the Barbanza mountains.This is suitable for up to 4 people and is an ideal base for exploring the towns, countryside and coastline of Galicia. It's only a short distance from shops, restaurants and beach yet still in a peaceful and tranquil location and with very easy access.

There is so much to see and do in this beautiful part of the Rias Baixas region of Galicia, from its mediaeval buildings in the stone paved streets of its small towns to the wide variety of unspoilt sandy beaches. These range from wide open expanses of golden sand suitable for surfing on the Atlantic coast to small secluded gently sloping and warmer ones on the Rias, many including that nearest to the cottage being suitable for young children.

Inland the beautiful countryside is perfect for walking or just admiring nature, or perhaps a bit of bird watching. Within easy driving distance are the historic and hugely interesting cities of Santiago de Compostela, Pontevedra or La Coruna. While everywhere you go are excellent restaurants featuring the best of fresh Galician meat and fish or shellfish. Local wines such as the superb Albariño white wines or the reds and whites from Ribeira Sacra perfectly complement any meal. Galicia is justly famous for its gastronomy and the cottage is a great place to stay in while trying out the local food and drink!

Location description from owner

The Galicia region

Galicia, because of its fishing and agriculture, is noted for its cuisine, which is generally inexpensive. Restaurants feature locally caught fish and shellfish. Specialities include octopus and mussels fresh from the Rias. Or maybe you'd enjoy a T-bone steak, bigger than you can manage, possibly!

The culture is different to most of Spain, having a Celtic rather than Moorish influence and is evident in the music played by bands in traditional costumes. The Galician bagpipe played by the "Gaitero" adds a distinctive note, reminiscent of an Irish jig at times.

Natural Attractions

Galicia has much to do with water. There are hundreds of streams and rivers to testify to this as well as the waters of the southern Rias Baixas and the northern Rias Altas flowing into the Atlantic Ocean, which frames Galicia to the North and West.

Take a drive and you will soon find unspoiled scenery to delight the eye. Go inland a bit and explore the countryside and relax to the sounds of running water from the ever-present streams.Or just go down to one of the many beaches either along the sandy Atlantic coast or to a small secluded bay in one of the Rias, which are the estuaries for which some of the coastal regions are named.

For lovers of birds and plants, there are several nature reserves especially along the Atlantic coast. Some of the dunes form part of EU protection projects for developing a range of interesting flora.

Nearby Places Of Interest

Within easy driving distance, you can discover nature reserves and parks such as at Monte Louro, close to the town of Muros on the other side of the Ria. Many of the villages and towns around the Rias boast beautiful stone buildings and bridges from the 14th or 15th century. There is an especially fascinating mediaeval footbridge over the river at Xuño. The town of Noia just 15 km away, was once a major port serving the city of Santiago de Compostela. Many of its Gothic or Roman style buildings and churches still bear the coats of arms of former important families. At nearby Pontenafonso, the mediaeval road bridge over the river Tambre, which empties into the Ria, is one of the best examples of such bridges in Spain. The Castro de Baroño, dating from the 1st century BC, offers an amazing glimpse of the lives of the first known settlers to the area.

There is also good access to major cities such as La Coruña to the north, and Pontevedra and Vigo on the southernmost Rias as far down as even into Portugal. A visit to nearby Santiago de Compostela with its renowned cathedral is a must! This is one of Galicia's most important cities, dating back to the 9th century and now with world heritage status and less than an hours drive by car or bus. Walking through its narrow lanes, with their beautiful stone buildings and old-fashioned shop fronts takes one back in time. The cathedral of St. James is the focal point for tens of thousands of pilgrims who each year walk there from all over Spain. Inside, the wonderfully carved Portico de la Gloria by the Maestro Mateo carved in 1188 is one of the finest pieces of Romanesque architectural work in Europe.

Galicia really does offer the visitor a huge range of exciting opportunities to explore its wide range of natural scenery and its interesting historical past. On the other hand, you might just want to be relaxing by the sea or in the garden enjoying a quiet drink, admiring the views of the mountains of Barbanza while listening to the river running through the valley below.

Porto do Son

Local Background

The town of Porto do Son itself is a small typical Galician fishing port full of charm with its attractive stone paved narrow streets and its gardens and park fronting the harbour and beach. It is situated on the Ria de Muros y Noia, the northernmost of the Rias Baixas or big estuaries that comprise the southern coastal region of Galicia. There is a magnificent viewing spot, the Atalaya, looking out onto the Atlantic and up the Ria. In the town you will find well stocked small shops, supermarkets supplying virtually all your needs, plus all the normal services, banks, post office, heath centre, church etc, as well as a fresh fish market displaying the local catch. There are a number of excellent restaurants in the town, especially down near the port. The bars in the Plaza de España will give you free tapas with your drinks, even a "churro" (long fried donut) with your coffee - relax and enjoy the local scene.

The borough of Porto do Son has a resident population of some 11,000 people spread among its ten parishes. It lies on the North and West of the Barbanza peninsular, which separates the Ria of Muros & Noia and the Ria Arousa. In shape, it is roughly oval about 22,5 by 6,5 kilometres in size. Its 29 kilometres of coastline start on the sheltered Ria of Muros & Noia but for the most part extend along the more exposed Atlantic Ocean.

The landscape away from the sea is fairly steep due to the proximity of the Sierra de Barbanza whose peaks rise some 2000 feet above sea level, only leaving a relatively narrow coastal plain fringed by large beaches and coastal dunes in many places, alternating with rocky stretches.

The beaches provide a choice between the large expanses of golden sand on the Atlantic and the smaller and more sheltered beaches of the Ria, with their warmer water and finer sand. Such magnificent waters make Porto do Son the ideal place for water-sports as well as swimming. There are favourite beaches for anglers, surfers and windsurfers, while Portosin, one of Galicia's major marinas, offers the opportunity for sailing. There are also local clubs providing activities as diverse as scuba diving and paragliding. Some 30 minutes drive away is a Pitch and Putt course situated in the scenic Barbanza hills.

The trails and paths that criss-cross the hills offer all the natural delights of the woods and streams and allow you to reach many of the fine examples of petroglyphs – the Bronze Age stone carvings which provide clues to previous settlers. Other especially worthwhile reminders of the past are to be found at the Castro de Baroña, while an exquisite mediaeval stone footbridge still crosses the River Sieira at Xuño.

There are a number of vantage points (Miradores), such as on Monte Enxa, where you can get a really good perspective of the area.


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Families

  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed
  • High chair available

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Double Bed
    Bedroom 2: 2 Single Beds
  • 1 Family bathroom

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Mountain Views
  • Shared garden
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Patio
  • Internet access
  • Safe
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Access

  • Parking
  • Secure parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

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Smoking
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About the owner

Miguel G.
Response rate:
100%
Calendar updated::
25 Apr 2017
Years listed:
3
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English, Spanish


This Cottage has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and sleeps 4. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 14 May 2013. Located in Province of A Coruna, it has 20 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate is £327.

The Owner has a response rate of 100% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 25 Apr 2017.

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“Stone-built cottage in a convenient location for exploring western Galicia”

Reviewed 19 Jun 2016

The property is attached to the owner's residence, is stone-built with very think walls and rather spacious. The windows are quite small so there is not much natural light inside. It is well equipped and the stove in particular is gas and very good. The small electric oven does a great job as well. The washing machine, should you need it, is in the owner's garage, but easily accessible. There are two good-sized bedrooms, one with a double bed, one with two singles. There is a lovely garden with a terrace and barbecue for eating outside. The wi-fi is OK, although the signal is very weak in the cottage and was rather slow in the living room, also apt to drop out for a while at times. Be careful you don't overload the electrics - it will trip the fuse which is in the owner's property. Access to the property is through a very narrow lane with concrete walls either side, so be careful if you have a large or long car - it will be a real squeeze-through! The surrounding area is quite rural - close to the coast, whcih is built up, and the mountains, which aren't. The mountains were almost permanently cloud-covered during our stay, though. Conveniently situated for visiting the Rías Baixas and Santiago, there is a good road network making access to all the sights easy. The owner has compiled a book of everything you need to know about the area, and we found that very useful in our explorations. Unfortunately the weather was not very good during our stay - wet and cold for much of the week, which made the cottage cold as well. The owner and his wife were very friendly and helpful. Both are English speakers.

Owner's reply: Thank you for your comprehensive review - we are very pleased that the cottage provided you with the right accommodation for exploring this wonderful part of Galicia and equally pleased that you appreciated the facilities. The small windows were of course traditionally built that way for centuries along with metre thick walls, to conserve heat in winter and keep the cottage pleasantly cool during the hot summer months. It was just a shame you didn't get to enjoy the normal good weather for June. Fortunately, this didn't seem to restrict your daily exploring! Certainly our WI-Fi signal is not up to the optic fibre speeds one is used to in a city, but at around 2.5 Mb, we are fortunate that it is better than in much of rural Spain. We personally find that it generally works adequately for normal use. There was an improvement after installing a signal booster and the most recent visitors were certainly able to upload their holiday photos without problems! As you say, the cottage is very well placed for visiting the numerous sights in the region and we were glad you found the road access to them so good. Of course, some of rural Galicia's narrow country lanes and village streets do provide quite a change for visitors but they also form a major part of the charm of the region, being designed for the age of the horse and cart or the donkey. However, what was most pleasing was to learn that our handbook proved to be of such benefit to you for your explorations. We do thank you both for staying at the cottage and for your kind and helpful remarks - we are pleased you managed to enjoy yourselves so much and we really do hope that you'll visit us again.

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