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

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Last updated: 03/17/2015
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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!

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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

  • Detached
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
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: 03/17/2015
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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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Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese

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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)
Minimum stay: 5-7 nights
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  • Sleeps
    2
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
  • Property type
    Cottage
  • Reviews
    15
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Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese
  • Calendar last updated: 03/17/2015
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