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Hidden Away in Quiet, Discreet, Woodland Gardens, with Large Pool

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Last updated: 08/28/2014
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  • Minimum stay:5-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Viana Do Castelo cottage description

The Dacha is a simple yet well-appointed and surprisingly spacious cottage set amongst the trees and terraced gardens of the owners’ house, on the outskirts of a hill village a few kilometres inland from the beaches of Portugal’s Costa Verde. There's one large double bedroom looking out towards the pool, bathroom and an open plan living room with kitchenette and dining area, opening on to a terrace and barbecue area adjacent to the gardens, swimming pool and lily pond. The cottage was new in 2006, and has been tastefully furnished and equipped with painstaking care, with lots of little extras designed to make your holiday more comfortable. Visitors can enjoy the various lower terraces of the property, with their variety of woodland and orchard areas, shrubberies and flowering borders.


Beaches and Golf: The family seaside resort of Vila Praia de Âncora is about 15km away, and either side of it, along a 50km stretch, are the many safe, clean beaches of the Costa Verde - surf beaches, sandy, rocky, wide, discreet, family, romantic beaches - you can go to a different one each day to suit your mood. At Afife there's a surfing beach (and surf/body boarding lessons); at Caminha there's a beach with one side on the Atlantic, the other on the River Minho; or you can hire a ferryman to take you out to a deserted island; on Serra de Arga there are fresh mountain pools and waterfalls; and there are also warm, sheltered river beaches on the Rivers Lima and Minho, within 8km.

For golfers, the excellent Ponte de Lima course is 20km away. Part of “a bucolic scenery of mountains, vineyards and fruit gardens”, it's a course typical of the Minho region. Par 71, 6005m, including Portugal's longest hole at 622m (par 5).

Touring, tourism: For those who enjoy rural sightseeing, just touring around, or taking some long walks, there's the rugged, wild countryside of Peneda-Gerês National Park, and further away the Douro Valley provides plenty of opportunity. The villages and country lanes of Alto Minho offer a landscape from an earlier era; and Serra d’Arga (784m) provides great views in all directions. For more sophisticated entertainment, there's the Casino in Póvoa, and plenty of history, culture and night-life in a dozen towns within a short drive. There's karting, canoeing, surfing and fishing, and the World Heritage City of Porto. The traditional Romarias, folklore, singing, dancing and decorative crafts and costumes provide an unusual taste of the local culture. And the famed cuisine of the Minho region can be found in restaurants galore, accompanied by Portuguese wine - one of the world's best kept secrets!

Property Type

  • 1 story
  • Cottage
  • 40 m²

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Massage

              Suitability

              • Not Suitable For Children
              • Pets Not Allowed
              • Wheelchair Accessible
              • Long-Term Renters Welcome

              Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

              • Bedroom 1: 1 double

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              • The bedroom is spacious, with plenty of wardrobe space, heater/fan (depending on season) and large window with mosquito net looking out to the gardens and pool. We provide bath robes, and also offer as a gift Burel travel bedroom slippers, hand made in Portugal's highest mountains. Original art on the wall, quality bed linen and an extensive library of novels (you can take the novels you're reading home with you as long as you leave books you've read behind)....moreless

              Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

              • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

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              • Hair dryer is provided. Towels are provided. Soap and toilet paper are provided....moreless

              Other Amenities

                  • Outside, the gardens are full of discreet corners and terraces where you can sit and get away from it all - a pond, a shrubbery, by the 11m x 5m pool, amongst the vines and fruit trees, in the potted plant garden. A good range of garden furniture is provided. The garden is surrounded by trees, so while you can always find somewhere to lie by the pool in the full sun, there's also plenty of shade, and the cottage itself is pleasantly cool all day long, offering a welcome respite from the summer sun. The pool is shared with the owners, though they tend not to use it when there are visitors in the Dacha. Visitors have access to the village sports facilities (tennis, etc). Massage is available in the Dacha, in the gardens or by the pool. All bed linen and towels (including pool towels) are provided. For days at the beach, sunshades, wind breaks and beach towels are also provided....moreless

                  Entertainment

                  • Books:

                    Good library of novels and other books, mostly in English, but also other languages. Take them with you if you haven't finished, but leave yours that you finished with....moreless

                  • Games:

                    Cards, jigsaws and some board games....moreless

                  • CD Player

                  Theme

                  • Romantic
                  • Away From It All

                  Attractions

                  • Waterfalls
                  • Autumn Foliage
                  • Forests
                  • Pond
                  • Restaurants

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Walking
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Sight Seeing

                  local services and businesses

                      • Massage Therapist

                      Location Type

                      • Mountain
                      • Rural

                      sports and adventure activities

                      • Hiking
                      • Golf
                      • Mountain Biking
                      • Fishing
                      • Swimming
                      • Tennis
                      • Cycling
                      • Surfing

                      Arrival Day

                          • Flexible

                          catering options

                              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

                              Dining

                              • Dining Area
                              • Seating for 2 people

                              General

                              • Linens Provided:

                                Bed linen and towels changed weekly....moreless

                              • Basic Soaps
                              • Toilet Paper
                              • Parking Off Street
                              • Activities Guide
                              • Hair Dryer
                              • Local Restaurant Guide
                              • Towels Provided
                              • Parking
                              • Internet:

                                Free wi-fi internet accessible from parts of garden, and sometimes inside the cottage. Good mobile phone signal....moreless

                              • Living Room

                              Kitchen

                              • Coffee Maker:

                                Traditional 'italiano' stove-top coffee maker....moreless

                              • Kitchen:

                                Small, part of the open plan living area, but well equipped with oven, gas hob, fridge, kettle, toaster, coffee machine, juice maker, sink, and a good range of utensils, crockery and cutlery....moreless

                              • Dishes & Utensils
                              • Pantry Items:

                                Spices and condiments, olive oil, vinegar, sugar and paper kitchen towels always provided, as well as any food left from previous guests still in good condition....moreless

                              • Cooking Utensils
                              • Toaster
                              • Grill
                              • Refrigerator
                              • Oven
                              • Stove

                              Outside

                              • Outdoor Grill
                              • Terrace
                              • Barbecue
                              • Beach Towels
                              • Tennis:

                                Available free of charge in the village, on request (you need your own racquets and balls....moreless

                              • Lawn / Garden:

                                Extensive steeply terraced mature gardens, with woodland, lawns and areas of flowers and shrubs....moreless

                              Pool / Spa

                              • Private Pool:

                                Pool 11 metres by 5 metres (at the widest point), from 1.4 metres to 2 metres deep. In theory, shared with the owners, but they never use it while guests are there....moreless

                              • Outdoor Pool

                              property descriptor

                                  • Detached
                                   

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                                  Rental basis: Per property
                                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                                  Autumn breaks
                                  Aug 30 - Oct 31, 2014
                                  5 night min stay
                                  €95
                                  €630
                                  Winter breaks
                                  Nov 1 - Dec 19, 2014
                                  5 night min stay
                                  €75 €75
                                  Fri, Sat, Sun
                                  €490

                                  Additional information about rental rates

                                  Fees:

                                  • Taxes Not included

                                  Notes:

                                  Rates include bed linen, towels, pool/beach towels, bath robes and sunshades, and weekly cleaning.

                                  Complimentary Burel travel slippers are provided, and a welcome pack.


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                                  Last updated: 08/28/2014
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                                  Location

                                  80 Kilometres
                                  Nearest Airport
                                  Porto
                                  690 Kilometres
                                  Nearest Ferry
                                  Bilbao/Santander
                                  18 Kilometres
                                  Nearest Train
                                  Viana do Castelo
                                  6 Kilometres
                                  Nearest Motorway
                                  A27
                                  15 Kilometres
                                  Nearest Beach
                                  Vila Praia de Âncora
                                  2 Kilometres
                                  Nearest Barpub
                                  Village
                                  20 Kilometres
                                  Nearest Golf
                                  Ponte de Lima
                                  10 Kilometres
                                  Nearest Restaurant
                                  Viana, Ponte de Lima, Vila Praia de Âncora....

                                  Car: Necessary

                                  The cottage is strategically placed for access to the beaches of the Costa Verde as well as the wild hills of the National Park and the historic towns and villages that are part of the Minho landscape. The Spanish border is close by, and there's also easy access to World Heritage Porto. The village is near to Viana do Castelo (the main historic port of the region), Ponte de Lima (the distinctive centre of Minho tourism) and Vila Praia de Âncora (a pleasant fishing village and family seaside resort), which are all about 15km away and easily reached either by winding country lanes or by motorway. It's an attractive, scattered hillside place of about 300 people, in a heavily wooded zone (pine and eucalyptus) on the way up to Serra d'Arga (784m). There are a couple of cafés, and a “mini-mercado” that sells everything from spaghetti to farm equipment. (It’s 15km to the nearest “hypermarket”.)

                                  Other Activities: Karting, bowling, canoeing

                                   

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                                  Speaks: english, french, portuguese, spanish

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                                  Photos

                                  • The view from the bedroom window

                                    The view from the bedroom window

                                  • The bedroom

                                    The bedroom

                                  • Towards the Dacha from the pool

                                    Towards the Dacha from the pool

                                  • The pool seen through the orange trees

                                    The pool seen through the orange trees

                                  • A place for lunch by the pool

                                    A place for lunch by the pool

                                  • The waterfall in Vilar de Murteda

                                    The waterfall in Vilar de Murteda

                                  • The village nestling under Serra d'Arga

                                    The village nestling under Serra d'Arga

                                  • Bedroom looks out on the garden and pool

                                    Bedroom looks out on the garden and pool

                                  • Just outside the front door

                                    Just outside the front door

                                  • Lounge, leading to bathroom and bedroom

                                    Lounge, leading to bathroom and bedroom

                                  • Pool, Dacha, sunshine......

                                    Pool, Dacha, sunshine......

                                  • One of the local residents

                                    One of the local residents

                                  • Looking out from the lounge

                                    Looking out from the lounge

                                  • Well equipped kitchen

                                    Well equipped kitchen

                                  • The agapanthis display lasts most of the summer

                                    The agapanthis display lasts most of the summer

                                  • View of the lounge

                                    View of the lounge

                                  • The kitchen

                                    The kitchen

                                  • Somewhere to enjoy a quiet drink in the evenings

                                    Somewhere to enjoy a quiet drink in the evenings

                                  • The bathroom, with shower

                                    The bathroom, with shower

                                  • Looking out from the lounge

                                    Looking out from the lounge

                                  • The kitchen and dining area

                                    The kitchen and dining area

                                  • The quiet, simple life

                                    The quiet, simple life

                                  • Just a few steps to the pool

                                    Just a few steps to the pool

                                  • 11 metre by 5 metre swimming pool

                                    11 metre by 5 metre swimming pool

                                  €75 - €95 per night (EUR)
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                                  1 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                                  Sleeps 2

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                                  Minimum stay: 5-7 nights
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