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Solar Da Natureza - Splendid 18th Century Manor House & Separate Gîte - Solar da Natureza e do Bem Estar

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Solar da Natureza viewed from the swimming pool

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Last updated: 08/13/2014

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  • Minimum stay:1-3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Viana Do Castelo bed and breakfast description

At this splendid 18th Century Manor House situated in over 3 hectares of grounds, with fruit trees, a lovely romantic garden and a pool, you will be warmly welcomed into a pleasant family atmosphere by the owners, Anne Van de Winckel and Lysiane Hamtiaux.

The décor throughout is exquisite, particularly in the bedrooms, each of which is decorated according to a different colour scheme and style, and where you’ll maybe find a four-poster bed, perhaps a modern room or one furnished with antiques.

If you prefer to be more self-contained, rent the Gîte by the pool, where you can enjoy all the facilities of the Estate and have the privacy of your own space.



Touring: Minho is Portugal’s second most popular holiday region after the Algarve. Unlike the Algarve, however, there are no British pubs or Fish ’n’ Chip shops, no amusement arcades or theme parks. It’s all rather more discreet, more natural (unspoilt, you might say). People come here to relax in a quiet rural setting.
A lot of visitors tour around, seeing the historic sites, the small market towns and villages, the rugged landscapes and the quiet empty beaches. 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. Most are subsistence farmers, and while there are few women who still wash the clothes in the stream, they do still go every day to collect the milk from the communal cow, in churns balanced on their heads. Inland, traffic jams, more often than not, are caused by an ox drawn cart.


Folklore, wildlife and cuisine: There’s a thriving regional folklore tradition – singing and dancing and various rustic handicrafts, and the region is famous for its “Romarias”, local village feast days involving religious processions, markets, fairs and evening feasts and folkloric entertainment. They’re a bit like British Village Fêtes, but as they might have been hundreds of years ago!
At night there are wild boar in the hills and owls hunting, and during the day plenty of black squirrels, jays, red kites, water birds on the river below, and, of course, harmless lizards.
The regional cuisine of Minho is famous all over Portugal, and there are some great restaurants in the area - including the Solar - and some great wines. Minho is where Vinho Verde comes from, and is next door to the Douro valley, the home of Port Wine; Portugal’s table wines generally are one of the world’s best-kept secrets and they’re all available locally.


Golf: Estela (30km), built on a 3km stretch of sand dunes on the beautiful Costa Verde, this is one of the Portuguese golf links that secured a high reputation for itself when it hosted two events in the European Professionals' Circuit. Par 72, 6129m.
Ponte de Lima (40km), part of “a bucolic scenery of mountains, vineyards and fruit gardens”, is a course typical of the Minho region. Par 71, 6005m, including Portugal's longest hole at 622m (par 5).
Quinta da Barca golf resort (25km), an excellent 9-hole course with stunning views over the Cavado River. Par 31, 2012m.

Solar da Natureza e do Bem Estar: Viana Do Castelo Vacation Rental by Owner Listing 57358ha

The Manor House has 8 rooms, a mixture of singles, doubles and suites (including one with a four-poster bed), and all with en suite bathrooms, TV and central heating. There are two lounges and a dining room, a games room and a home cinema with bar. Breakfast is included, or you can choose half board. Snacks are served all day by the swimming pool and tennis court. There's also a snooker table, ping pong and pétanque (boules). If you have a large family or are taking a holiday with friends, you may like to rent the whole house (sleeping up to 23 people), or the house and the gîte (to sleep up to 29 people). The Solar is also suitable for business gatherings, for which a conference room people can be specially prepared.

Property Type

      • Chateau / Country House

      Accommodation Type

      • Bed And Breakfast
      • Bed & Breakfast
      • Guest House

      Meals

      • Catering Available
      • Breakfast - Booking Possible
      • Lunch - Booking Possible
      • Dinner - Booking Possible

      Onsite Services

          • Daily Maid Service

          Suitability

          • Children Welcome
          • Pets Considered

          Bedrooms: 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 23

          • Blue room: 1 double

            en suite bathroom...moreless

          • Green room: 1 double

            en suite bathroom...moreless

          • Magenta room: 1 twin/ single

            en suite bathroom...moreless

          • African room: 1 double

            en suite bathroom...moreless

          • Yellow room: 2 double

            en suite bathroom...moreless

          • Red room: 1 double

            en suite bathroom...moreless

          • White suite: 1 double, 1 baby crib, 1 sleep sofa /futon

            Bedroom, sitting room and en suite bathroom...moreless

          • Stone suite: 1 double, 2 twin/ single, 1 sleep sofa /futon

            3 rooms, 2 bathrooms...moreless

          Bathrooms: 9 Bathrooms, 2 Half Bathrooms

          Entertainment

          • Audio Tape Player
          • CD Player
          • DVD Player
          • Radio
          • Satellite / Cable
          • Stereo
          • Television
          • VCR

          Theme

          • Away From It All
          • Luxury

          Leisure Activities

              • Walking

              Location Type

              • Beach
              • Rural

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Fishing
              • Golf
              • Surfing
              • Swimming
              • Tennis

              Dining

              • Child's Highchair
              • Dining Room
              • Seating for 28 people

              General

              • Dialup Access
              • Heating
              • Internet
              • Linens Provided
              • Parking
              • Towels Provided
              • Fax

              Outside

              • Lawn / Garden
              • Tennis Court
              • Terrace

              Pool / Spa

              • Outdoor Pool
              • Private Pool
               

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              Rental basis: Per property
              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
              Winter breaks
              Oct 15 - Dec 19, 2014
              1 night min stay
              €42
              Christmas & New Year
              Dec 20 - Jan 1, 2015
              3 night min stay
              €74

              Additional information about rental rates

              Fees:

              • Pet Fee €0
              • Taxes Not included

              Notes:

              Rates are for a double room (2 people) & include continental breakfast. Full buffet breakfast also available (supplement).

              For half board add €27.00 per person (reductions for children aged 11 and under).

              Additional children in Yellow and Red Rooms and White Suite - €10 each per night.

              The Stone suite is available on a self-catering basis at €595 per week (€420 per week in Low Season). Sleeps 4


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              Location

              60 Kilometres
              Nearest Airport
              Porto
              10 Kilometres
              Nearest Train
              2 Kilometres
              Nearest Motorway
              8 Kilometres
              Nearest Beach
              Beach

              Car: Recommended

              The Solar is in Vila Franca, 6km south of Viana do Castelo, the major fishing port in the region, and a thriving market town steeped in history. The Peneda Gerês National Park is only 50km away, where you can spend days driving or walking around a part of Portugal that remains totally unspoilt. It’s rugged and mountainous terrain is wild and full of rare plants and animals, as well as the occasional village seemingly left over from centuries ago. Viana do Castelo is midway on the 100km “Costa Verde”, with a different beach every few kilometres, most of them wide and sandy, uncrowded and safe. There are also more sheltered river beaches on the banks of the Lima river – one of them just 1km from the Solar. There’s something to suit every taste – sandy or rocky, surf beaches, family beaches, quiet and romantic or beaches full of activities. Or, of course, you can simply relax by the pool, with a drink from the bar and a good book! Or there are 3 golf courses within 40km.

              Other Activities: Karting

               

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              Photos

              • Solar da Natureza viewed from the swimming pool

                Solar da Natureza viewed from the swimming pool

              • The Dining Room

                The Dining Room

              • Lounge in Gîte, also with kitchen & dining table

                Lounge in Gîte, also with kitchen & dining table

              • The Red Room, one of 9 colour coded bedrooms

                The Red Room, one of 9 colour coded bedrooms

              • One of the sitting rooms available to guests

                One of the sitting rooms available to guests

              • Stone Suite has 2 bedrooms, sitting room & kitchen

                Stone Suite has 2 bedrooms, sitting room & kitchen

              • The Gîte - open plan lounge & kitchen

                The Gîte - open plan lounge & kitchen

              • The White Suite

                The White Suite

              • The 2-bedroom Gîte, next to the swimming pool

                The 2-bedroom Gîte, next to the swimming pool

              • The 14 by 7 metre pool

                The 14 by 7 metre pool

              • Private tennis court - one of many facilities

                Private tennis court - one of many facilities

              • Part of the extensive gardens

                Part of the extensive gardens

              • One of two ensuite bedrooms in the Gîte

                One of two ensuite bedrooms in the Gîte

              €42 - €74 per night (EUR)
              2

              8 Bedroom / 9.5+ Bathroom
              Sleeps 23

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