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

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Last updated: 10/13/2014
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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

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

              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

                  • CD Player
                  • Games:

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

                  • Radio

                  Theme

                  • Away From It All
                  • Romantic

                  Attractions

                  • Autumn Foliage
                  • Forests
                  • Pond
                  • Restaurants
                  • Waterfalls

                  Local Services & Businesses

                      • Massage Therapist

                      Leisure Activities

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

                      Location Type

                      • Mountain
                      • Rural

                      Sports & Adventure Activities

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

                      Dining

                      • Dining Area
                      • Seating for 2 people

                      General

                      • Activities Guide
                      • Basic Soaps
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Internet:

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

                      • Linens Provided:

                        Bed linen and towels changed weekly....moreless

                      • Living Room
                      • Local Restaurant Guide
                      • Parking
                      • Parking Off Street
                      • Toilet Paper
                      • Towels Provided

                      Kitchen

                      • Coffee Maker:

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

                      • Cooking Utensils
                      • Dishes & Utensils
                      • Grill
                      • 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

                      • Oven
                      • 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

                      • Refrigerator
                      • Stove
                      • Toaster

                      Outside

                      • Barbecue
                      • Beach Towels
                      • Lawn / Garden:

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

                      • Outdoor Grill
                      • Tennis:

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

                      • Terrace

                      Pool / Spa

                      • Outdoor Pool
                      • 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

                      Property Descriptor

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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 23, 2014
                          5 night min stay
                          €75
                          €490
                          Christmas & New Year
                          Dec 24 - Jan 2, 2015
                          5 night min stay
                          €100
                          €650
                          Winter breaks
                          Jan 3 - Mar 27, 2015
                          5 night min stay
                          €75
                          €490
                          Spring breaks
                          Mar 28 - May 29, 2015
                          5 night min stay
                          €95
                          €630
                          Early summer special
                          May 30 - Jun 26, 2015
                          7 night min stay

                          €700
                          High season
                          Jun 27 - Sep 4, 2015
                          7 night min stay

                          €770
                          Autumn breaks
                          Sep 5 - Oct 30, 2015
                          5 night min stay
                          €95
                          €630
                          Low season
                          Oct 31 - Dec 23, 2015
                          5 night min stay
                          €75
                          €490

                          Additional information about rental rates

                          Fees:

                          • No additional mandatory 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: 10/13/2014
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                          Location

                          80 Kilometres
                          Nearest Airport
                          Porto
                          2 Kilometres
                          Nearest Barpub
                          Village
                          690 Kilometres
                          Nearest Ferry
                          Bilbao/Santander
                          20 Kilometres
                          Nearest Golf
                          Ponte de Lima
                          18 Kilometres
                          Nearest Train
                          Viana do Castelo
                          6 Kilometres
                          Nearest Motorway
                          A27
                          10 Kilometres
                          Nearest Restaurant
                          Viana, Ponte de Lima, Vila Praia de Âncora....
                          15 Kilometres
                          Nearest Beach
                          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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                          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 - €110 per night (EUR)
                          15

                          1 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 2

                          View calendar: Updated 10/13/14
                          Minimum stay: 5-7 nights
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                          Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese
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