Solar Da Natureza - Splendid 18th Century Manor House & Separate Gîte - Gîte
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Viana Do Castelo cottage 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.
Gîte: Viana Do Castelo Vacation Rental by Owner Listing 57358ha
Located in the gardens of the Solar da Natureza e do Bem Estar, the Gîte is right next to the and tennis court. It has been newly refurbished and re-designed (in 2005) and is completely self-contained and available on a self-catering, bed & breakfast or half board basis. There are two double rooms, with twin beds and en suite bathrooms, both with satellite TV and central heating, and an open-plan kitchen and lounge with fireplace. There is also a double sofa bed in the lounge, so the cottage will sleep up to 6 people. Outside, there is a pleasant terrace reserved for guests in the Gîte, while the pool, gardens and all the facilities in the main house are freely available and shared with other guests from the Solar. If you are taking a holiday with a larger group of family or friends, you may also like to rent rooms in the Solar, which sleeps up to 23 people.
- Vacation Rental
- Breakfast - Booking Possible
- Lunch - Booking Possible
- Dinner - Booking Possible
- Pets Considered
- Children Welcome
- Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
- There is a double sofa-bed in the lounge.
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- Both bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms.
- CD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- DVD Player
- Away From It All
sports and adventure activities
breakfast meal type
- Booking Possible
- Dining Area
- Child's Highchair
dinner meal type
- Booking Possible
- Sofa Bed
- Dialup Access
- Towels Provided
- Linens Provided
- Clothes Dryer
- Washing Machine
- 4 Ring Stove
lunch meal type
- Booking Possible
- Tennis Court
Pool / Spa
- Outdoor Pool
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Great value home-away-from-home
Great value home-away-from-home
Travelling with our mum-in-law we wanted a base for exploring where we could have our own space. It is often difficult to find economical lodgings that are stylish and feel luxurious for 3 or 4 people and we were were surprised at the price for the 2 bedroomed gite. Even before we arrived we were impressed with the professionalism of the handling of our booking and then our 3 night stay just exceeded our expectations. We enjoy cooking 'at home' even when travelling but often this can be annoying (as there are never sufficient implements) or frustrating (if only I had a splash of balsamic or a pinch of cumin). The gite is better equipped than our home (who needs a breadmaker on holiday!) and with quality equipment and crockery too. The owner was charming and made us feel like visiting friends rather than paying punters. The Solar is on a roadside but the entry is at the back through extensive gardens where we thoroughly enjoyed the pool, tennis and table tennis and didn't feel that traffic noise was an issue for us in the gite. We were on a northern Portugal tour and the Solar was a very convenient base after exploring the Douro. We planned our stay around the Barcelos market day (disappointing) but Viano do Castelo was surprisingly nice and Ponte de Lima just charming. This was our mum-in-law's favourite lodgings of our tour. When we stayed at the gite there was one bedroom with twin beds and the other with a double which was perfect for us. Our only area for improvement would be the mattresses - a bit too hard for our comfort which was a shame as the bedlinens were lovely.
- Guest sam h. (-)
- Date of stay 10/05/11
- Review Submitted 10/11/11
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, romantic getaway, age 55+, girls getaway.
Manager response: We're delighted that you enjoyed your stay so much, and that our efforts to make you feel at home were appreciated. The Alto Minho region is a beautiful, largely unexploited area of the country, and while we don't want it spoilt by droves of visitors, the Solar da Natureza is, as you say, ideally located for exploring the region, and is only 60km or so from Porto airport - in many ways more convenient and more pleasant than the hassle of staying in Porto for a short break.
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Oct 1 - Mar 31, 2014
2 night min stay
Extra Nights: €70
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Solar da Natureza viewed from the swimming pool
The Dining Room
Lounge in Gîte, also with kitchen & dining table
The Red Room, one of 9 colour coded bedrooms
One of the sitting rooms available to guests
Stone Suite has 2 bedrooms, sitting room & kitchen
The Gîte - open plan lounge & kitchen
The White Suite
The 2-bedroom Gîte, next to the swimming pool
The 14 by 7 metre pool
Private tennis court - one of many facilities
Part of the extensive gardens
One of two ensuite bedrooms in the Gîte
2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
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