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A nineteenth century farm house set in the beautiful Minho area and restored to incorporate modern living standards whilst retaining many original features. Here can be found the real essence of Portugal where the only noise one is likely to hear, apart from the occasional car or the local churches chiming the quarter hours, are the farmyard sounds of chicken, sheep and cows. The farm can be rented as a single unit for a group of friends or separately, each house being independent and having a private terrace. There is a central laundry room and a large shared pool.
Eating Out. Shopping: The nearest restaurant is just over a mile from the property and although it is traditional Portuguese fare good reports have been received regarding both quality and price. The restaurant also does a take away service. There are several good, family style eating houses in Paredes de Coura, a 7 mile drive away, whilst Ponte de Lima boasts some more elegant restaurants for a special evening out. There are 2 small supermarkets in Paredes de Coura where most requirements can be met and an Intermarché, Modelo and Lidl in Ponte de LIma. It must be remembered however that Portuguese supermarkets often do not accept Visa cards so money should be raised first at one of the numerous cash points. For good value for money, variety of products and high quality, however, we recommend a visit to Tui, just over the border in Spain where there is a large hypermarket and a Lidl supermarket.
Places of interest in the immediate vicinity.: A couple of miles from the property is the protected area of Corno de Bico. This wild park like terrain is ideal for walking or mountain bike riding. It is the habitat of many rare animals but those most usually seen are the semi wild horses which roam the area. The whole area is very good for walking enthusiasts and ordinance survey maps are available on request. Another local place of interest is the unfinished monastery church of Nossa Senhora de Secouro (Our Lady of Help) and the two local hilltop shrines of Nossa Senhora de Fatima and San Silvestre are worth a visit on a fine day to see the views they afford. Although the nearest sea beach is a 30minute drive, there are plenty of local river beaches for swimming enthusiasts. Look out for the sign 'Praia Fluvial', a very up market one in Paredes de Coura and many 'natural style' ones on the Lima River. Golfing enthusiasts have given excellent reports about the local course in terms of price, quality of play and beauty.
Ponte de Lima: This historic town with its Roman bridge and medieval centre is a must. From the farm house it is fun to park the car on the north side of the river, cross the (now pedestrian) bridge and visit the town on foot. There is a bi-weekly market on a Monday which takes place on the river bank and there are various specialist markets at other times. There is also a nautical club where canoes can be hired, a riding school, (riding only on the premises) and the golf course. The north bank of the river has recently been developed into a series of gardens which make for a pleasant stroll. On the way in to Ponte de Lima there is a fish farm where visitors are lent rods and tackle and can catch their own supper. The trout is either grilled on the spot or you can take it home to cook yourself. Hang gliding is also practised in the area but this seems to depend very much on weather conditions and we have been unable to discover much about it.
Lagar Cottage: Arcos de Valdevez Vacation Rental by Owner Listing 15852ha
The old wine making shed has been renovated to make the Lagar cottage. The huge stone tank where the grapes were trodden has been put outside on the patio and is being made into an attractive water feature. The old threshing floor can be seen nearby. The cottage has one double bedded room and additional sleeping accommodation for two people in an alcove off the living room. There are French windows opening onto a vine covered patio which is an ideal spot for outdoor meals. The kitchenette has a full sized gas oven a 4 ringed hob, a fridge freezer, microwave, dishwasher and other smaller kitchen appliances. There is a fully equipped bathroom with shower over the bath.
Cot and high chair are available on request.
The shared pool is 11meters x 5 meters and this summer (2010) reached 30ºc
The cottage is reached by going down 3 shallow steps and a fairly narrow gateway into the private garden - if a wheelchair is to be used, please check measurements with owner. ...moreless
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Set in the beautiful Minho area, midway between the towns of Ponte de Lima and Paredes de Coura, the location is essentially rural. The farm is well placed for sightseeing, however, with Spanish Galicia to the north, the Atlantic beaches to the west, the historic cities of Porto and Braga to the south and the national park of Peneda-Geres to the east. The area abounds in picturesque market towns with their colourful street markets, tiny hill top shrines affording fantastic views and village festas with their traditional religious processions.
The local golf course in Ponte de Lima is only a 25 minutes drive in the car. Enthusiasts have told us that golf on the local course is more attractive, considerably cheaper and gives a better game than many of the Algarve courses. Other courses in the area are at Estella and Vigo (Spain) both being approx. an hour's drive away. A car is essential, please check that insurance covers trips into Spain to avoid disappointment.