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Beautiful Family Home with Large Private Pool

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Last updated: 01/29/2014
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Viana Do Castelo house description

Casa Yasmin is a gorgeous family house built a century ago at the top of a hill village halfway up Serra de Arga, the coastal range in the far north of Portugal. The property is in a group of half a dozen houses right at the end of a quiet and attractive village.

The house and garden have recently been lovingly restored and refurbished to a high standard. All furniture, kitchen and bathroom fittings are new. Delightful pieces of hand carved furniture and fittings have been created by an English craftsman using local timbers both inside the property and out in the garden.

There is a large swimming pool and both the house and pool enjoy spectacular views across the valley to the rugged mountainside opposite.

The house sleeps 7 comfortably. There are three double bedrooms in the main house sleeping up to 6 persons and one single bedroom for one person.

Some of the bedrooms open out onto the gardens, which are mostly lawns and there are also courtyards, balconies, a rooftop patio and a separate barbecue area. There are two bathrooms and a huge lounge/dining room which is 40 square metres!

The property is superbly located for exploring the many local areas of outstanding beauty. Just 15 kilometres to the Costa Verde, a 100 kilometre stretch of coastline with beaches every few minutes. The Spanish border is just 25 kilometres away. Access is great for the breathtaking Peneda-Geres National park which has some amazing overnight camp-sites, very reasonably priced. Full camping equipment is available at the property which includes two tents sleeping up to 6 persons if required.

Both Nogueira and Vilar de Murteda (the house is between the two) are attractive, scattered hillside places of a few hundred people, in a heavily wooded zone (pine and eucalyptus) on the way up the Serra d'Arga (784m). There are a couple of small grocery/hardware shops, various cafés (good for fresh bread) but no restaurants. We provide you with a personalised guide to local restaurants, shops, beaches, sports, culture and sightseeing etc.

Property Type

  • House
  • 160 m²

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Included


              • Pets Considered
              • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
              • Wheelchair Inaccessible
              • Children Welcome
              • Long-Term Renters Welcome

              Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 7

              Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

              Other Amenities

                  • Outside *Main feature is a 9m x 5m swimming pool, supplied with sun loungers and other garden furniture *Sunken patio where you can have a barbecue or simply sit and relax *Split level first floor patio, laid with quarry tiles, which you might use for meals or simply sitting to soak up the sunshine. *Several terraces, mostly laid to lawn, but also with herb garden, fruit trees (orange, fig, apple, olive) and shrubs and flowers. *Ample parking More.... *All bed linens and towels are provided and the house is cleaned on a weekly basis *There is a large wood burning stove in the main house plus an open working fire in the kitchen. Wood is provided at an additional charge of 15 euros per week for all fires. *Free standing radiators are available should the evenings be chilly between November and march *A 'welcome hamper' of local provisions is provided; cheese, wine, bread, milk etc....moreless


                  • Satellite / Cable
                  • Music Library
                  • DVD Player
                  • Books
                  • Toys
                  • Video Library
                  • Games
                  • Television


                  • Family
                  • Away From It All


                  • Museums
                  • Restaurants
                  • Cinemas
                  • Winery Tours
                  • Forests
                  • Marina
                  • Churches
                  • Waterfalls

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Paddle Boating
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Beachcombing
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Walking
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Sight Seeing

                  local services and businesses

                  • Groceries
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Hospital

                  Location Type

                  • Mountain
                  • Village

                  sports and adventure activities

                  • Mountain Climbing
                  • Fishing
                  • Water Skiing
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
                  • Rafting
                  • Cycling
                  • Wind-Surfing
                  • Swimming
                  • Fly Fishing
                  • Jet Skiing
                  • Hiking
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Sailing
                  • Deepsea Fishing
                  • Surfing

                  Arrival Day

                      • Negotiable

                      catering options

                          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


                          • Dining Area
                          • Seating for 9 people


                          • Telephone
                          • Washing Machine
                          • Iron & Board
                          • Linens Provided:

                            bedding, sheets pillow cases,duvets and bedding set.- Changed once per week...moreless

                          • Towels Provided:

                            full range of towels bath sheets, face towels, bath towels and beach towels all changed once per week...moreless

                          • Living Room:

                            large flat screen tv - range of DVD,s, CD,s and books and games...moreless

                          • Parking:

                            room for two cars at the house and one car outside...moreless

                          • Wood Stove
                          • Fireplace
                          • Hair Dryer
                          • Internet

                          house cleaning

                              • Housekeeper Included


                              • Kitchen
                              • Dishwasher
                              • Stove
                              • Dishes & Utensils
                              • Refrigerator
                              • Microwave
                              • Coffee Maker
                              • Pantry Items
                              • Toaster
                              • Freezer


                              • Balcony
                              • Deck / Patio
                              • Outdoor Grill:

                                large portable barbecue...moreless

                              • Bicycles
                              • Lawn / Garden

                              Pool / Spa

                                  property descriptor

                                      • Detached


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                                      Rate 3
                                      Jun 2 - Oct 1, 2014
                                      7 night min stay


                                      Additional information about rental rates


                                      • Taxes Not included


                                      Booking details

                                      Payment should be made by International bank transfer in Euros. A minimum deposit of 33% is to be paid on confirmation of booking and the balance is payable via International bank transfer in Euros on arrival. All currency exchange and other bank charges must be paid at source. A returnable cash deposit against breakage or loss may be requested on arrival.

                                      Changeover day: Tot

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                                      Policy available by contacting owner when booking.

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                                      Last updated: 01/29/2014
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                                      40 Kilometres
                                      Nearest Airport
                                      15 Kilometres
                                      Nearest Train
                                      Viana do Castelo
                                      5 Kilometres
                                      Nearest Motorway
                                      15 Kilometres
                                      Nearest Beach
                                      Villa Praia de Ancora
                                      1.5 Kilometres
                                      Nearest Barpub
                                      Nogueira village
                                      20 Kilometres
                                      Nearest Golf
                                      Ponte de Lima

                                      Car: Necessary

                                      The Minho Region is Portugal's second most popular holiday region after the Algarve. Unlike the Algarve, however, there are no Fish 'n' chip shops, no amusement arcades or theme parks. Everything is rather more discreet, more natural . People come here to relax in a quiet rural setting.

                                      The area is bounded by the Costa Verde in the west (a hundred kilometre stretch of wide sandy, clean and safe beaches), the wilderness of the Peneda-Geres National Park in the east and the Spanish border to the north.

                                      A lot of visitors tour around, seeing he historic sites, the small market towns and villages, the rugged landscapes and the quiet empty beaches and the house is in a great location for that. Others come to lose themselves in a terrain that is still largely unaffected by modern European development and amongst a people who still live a simple life. Traffic jams here are more often than not caused by an ox drawn cart.

                                      These are small remote village but they have a life of their own. centred on the cafes that stay open until the last customer leaves; visitors are really welcomed and its easy to quickly feel a part of the village.

                                      There are golf courses, water sports, fishing and hunting, kart racing, canoeing, horse riding, 4 wheel drive trekking, ten pin bowling...or you can simply relax by the the pool and enjoy the warm fresh air with a good book.

                                      Over the other side of Serra de Arga is Caminha the lively nightspot of the North, and the place to be. The seaside resorts of Vila Praia de Ancora and Moledo, 15km away, are great for families with great wide beaches and the European Union's blue flags for cleanliness and safety. Afife is famous for its surfing- although like many beaches in Minho, it is exposed to the the full Atlantic (next stop New York, via the Azores) and the sea can be on the chilly side but great in the summer particularly late in the afternoon when the sea is a little calmer and filled with Portuguese swimming silently as the sun sets.

                                      There is a thriving regional folklore tradition - singing and dancing, various handicrafts, markets, processions, fireworks, fairs and evening feasts. Many of these take place between July and September. A little like British village Fetes as they may have been hundreds of years ago!

                                      At night there are wild boar and owls hunting and during the day plenty of black squirrels and jays, hoopoes and red kites (and harmless lizards of course).

                                      The regional cuisine of Minho is famous all over Portugal and there are many great (and cheap) restaurants with great wines. Minho is where the Vinho Verde comes from and is next door to the Douro valley the home of Port Wine; actually Portugal's wines are one of the world's best kept secrets and they are available locally. We provide a full restaurant guide when you arrive.

                                      WHAT IS THERE TO DO?


                                      The family seaside resort of Vila Praia de Ancora is 15km away and either side of it, along a 0km stretch are the many safe, clean beaches of the Costa Verde - surf beaches, sandy, rocky, wide, discreet, family, romantic beaches - you can try a different one each day to suit your mood. There are also warm, sheltered river beaches on the River Lima, within 8km.


                                      *Access to the whole of the 'Costa Verde'

                                      *Peneda-Geres National Park (camping equipment provided at the property if you fancy a longer adventure), further away the Douro Valley.

                                      *Serra d'Arga (784m) and the waterfall and natural bathing pool at Pincho (very close)

                                      SPORTS AND TOURIST ACTIVITIES

                                      *Surfing in Afife, canoeing in Lanhelas or Ponte de Lima

                                      *Karting at the International Race Circuit near Viana do Castelo

                                      *Ten-pin bowling and paintball in Viana do Castelo

                                      *Lagos nature reserve at Bertiandes

                                      *Theatre, cinema, concerts, museums, nightlife in Viana do Castelo, Ponte de Lima and Caminha.

                                      *Casino at Povoa de Varzim

                                      *Fishing and hunting on the River Lima and in the Geres National Park

                                      *Horse riding at the Equestrian Centre in Ponte de Lima

                                      *Historic towns of Ponte de Lima, Ponte de Barca Barcelos, Braga, Viana do Castelo, Arcos de Valdevez and more within 50 kilometres.


                                      Ponte de Lima (20km) part of a bucolic scenery of mountains, vineyards and fruit gardens. Park 71, 6005m, including Portugal's longest hole at 622m (par 5)

                                      Estela (50km) built on a 3km stretch of sand dunes on the beautiful Costa Verde.

                                      Quinta da Barca golf resort (35km) an excellent 9 hole course with stunning views over the Cavado River. Par 31, 2012m.

                                      Weather-wise, summer temperatures are usually in the high 20's to mid-30's and rain is quite rare between May and September. In the winter, it can be very wet (hence the lush green hillsides) and temperatures can go down as low as 3 at night.

                                      You will find Portugal noticeably cheaper than at home - a beer is around 85 cents, a normal meal between 8 and 25 euros (including wine).

                                      Have a great stay


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                                      Speaks: english, portuguese

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                                      • Fancy a glass of 'vinho verde'?

                                        Fancy a glass of 'vinho verde'?

                                      • Main bedroom with patio doors overlooking the garden

                                        Main bedroom with patio doors overlooking the garden

                                      • Geres National Park

                                        Geres National Park

                                      • 20 mins drive from Casa Yasmin

                                        20 mins drive from Casa Yasmin

                                      • Relax by the pool

                                        Relax by the pool

                                      • fresh veg from the garden

                                        fresh veg from the garden

                                      • double bedroom with window overlooking herb garden

                                        double bedroom with window overlooking herb garden

                                      • miles and miles of unspoiled beaches

                                        miles and miles of unspoiled beaches

                                      • Nazare beach down the coast

                                        Nazare beach down the coast

                                      €1,195 per week (EUR)

                                      3 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                                      Sleeps 7

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                                      Minimum stay: 7 nights
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