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Beautiful Farmhouse, Lovingly Furnished, Between Braga and Guimarães

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Last updated: 04/28/2015

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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

Beautifully restored stone farmhouse set in the countryside but only 15 minutes drive to the historic towns of Braga and Guimarães.
Approved with flyiing colours by the Portuguese Tourist Board, with Registration No. 10308/AL.
The Roman spa town of Taipas is close by, replete with an abundance of cafés, outdoor swimming pools, parks and spa treatments at the soon to re-opened (after a year of building works!) 19C spa.
The farm makes its own red and white wine and there are fruit trees surrounding the property.
The accommodation consists of the entire ground floor of the farmhouse and is very spacious and tastefully decorated. All mod cons in the kitchen.
The owners with their 3 children live on the first floor and have their own side entrance. They buy in wine, bread and cheese for guests' arrival.
The sitting room was the original stone wine house and its double doors open onto a wisteria covered pergola with table and chairs. Next to this is a barbecue area.
There is Wi-fi if guests want to bring their laptops, ipads etc.
The gardens are extensive and walled in. Guests are welcome to wander through the vines and fruit trees and help themselves to the fruit. We have oranges, kiwis, tangerines and lemons all winter with peaches and plums in the summer months.
Behind the house there are many woodland walks, leading to Sameiro and Bom Jesus, with excellent walks around the Celtic settlement of Citânia de Briteiros only 10 minutes drive away. Alternatively, walk along the Santiago de Compostela trail, some still laid in stone and come back in time for lunch at our local taverna, Bar da Igreja, just next to the house. You'll feel you desserve a good lunch/dinner after all that fresh air.
Food: There are lots of excellent restaurants in the area with a local taverna down the hill from the house, a nearby barbecue chicken take-away and a restaurant 5 minutes from the house that only opens at the weekend.
There are lots of walks around, swimming pools and playgrounds in Taipas ( 5 mins away). The thermal spa in Taipas is being renovated and will open its doors in July 2015, with a new swimming pool and offering luxury spa treatments.
For breathtaking scenery, walking and water sports, Geres national park is 40 mins away.
Perhaps the best part of being here is just sitting outside in the sunshine, hearing the church bells chime every half hour, listening to the birds and in the early morning to the owls hooting, enjoying the view over the mountains and distant villages and going for walks - right from the doorstep.
Portugal has excellent undiscovered wines- the reds from the Douro and the Alentejo are sold in the local supermarkets and are an absolute treat. Oporto, and its port wine lodges, is only 1 hour away - you can either drive there or take the train from Braga, if driving into Oporto doesn't appeal.
Vinho verde (red or white) is very regional. The locals drink the red out of bowls ( 'malgas'). It's supposed to open up the flavour of the wine. If it's not mother's milk it is certainly an acquired taste....
We have a dog, cat, rabbits, birds, a large tank of goldfish and friendly geese - for now (watch this space).
If you want to have a relaxing holiday in a beautiful setting yet near everything in the north - this is a good place to be. The apartment is a real home, with the sounds of nature all around and unbelievably close to Braga, Guimarães and Oporto.


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Property Type

  • Apartment
  • On floor 1
  • 300 m²

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Events Allowed
  • Groups
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • Children Welcome:

    We have three children, aged 10, 8 and 7, who are always more than delighted when other children are staying here - language is usually not a problem for children of this age! ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking is allowed outsider, of course!...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    We have a cat and a dog and geese who would feel theri noses were put out of joint if other pets came to live with us, even just for a short time!...moreless

  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    The farmhouse is situated high up and the outside area is all cobbled - so for a wheelchair it's probably not ideal. Also, the bathroom only has a shower, no bath. However, the doors are wide throughout the ground floor, the view is amazing and if you just want to sit and read, enjoy the view and cacophony of sounds from the forest behind the house I'm sure there are worse places to be......moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

  • Pine bedroom: 1 queen


  • Green bedroom: 1 queen


  • Yellow bedroom: 2 twin/ single, 1 child bed, 1 baby crib, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Double sofa bed...moreless

  • All three bedrooms are very large and airy and are painted regularly to give them a fresh feel. The Pine room, with a double bed, has a bathroom opposite. It looks onto the garden and has beautiful views over the mountains and valleys. The Green room, with a double bed, has French windows opening onto the front of the house. The view is superb, looking over the garden and a kiwi walkway leading down to the fish tank and our new duck/goose house ( birds out during the day and in at night). There is a pergola running along the whole front of the house and vines, roses and passion flowers are trained to cover the pergola. The Yellow room is very spacious and has two large single beds and a sofa bed. It looks onto the side of the house, with its stone walls and flowers cascading down. There is a pretty African tiled bathroom between the Green room and the Yellow room. All rooms are large, bright and airy and very individual....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower, bidet


  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower


  • Both bathroom are large and well decorated. There is no bath, only showers. For parents with small children or babies they may arrange with the owners to use the bath upstairs. The owners provide soap, bath gel, toothpaste and shampoo for each of the bathrooms, so no need to bring your own ! Bath and hand towels are provided. Also towels for the beach provided. There are heated towel racks - giving off a lovely warmth in the winter....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Guests are on the ground floor so wheelchair access is good however the outside area is paved, which can be quite bumpy for a wheelchair. Also, there is no downstairs bath. Families with babies can use an upstairs bath, after arranging a suitable time with the owners. The kitchen is well equipped, including a washing machine ( powder incl), an ironing board and an iron. Guests have their own clothesline. There is also a dishwasher ( tablets provided ). For coffee connoisseurs there is a Krups Nespresso machine. The sitting room, which has wooden doors which open onto the patio area, has a wood burner and the whole apartment has central heating. There is wi-fi for those who want to use their own laptops. The hosts have a spare Sat Nav so those wishing to borrow it may do so. We provides a welcoming snack for guests arrival. Next to the patio is a BBQ area - essentail for al fresco living....moreless


  • Books
  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:


  • Game Room:

    We're planning to convert the garage into a table tennis room for the summer...moreless

  • Games
  • Games For Kids
  • Music Library:

    Yes - a mix of the old and the new!...moreless

  • Ping Pong Table


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Rustic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Pond
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    A big dining room table, next to the kitchen and the sitting room. A pleasant place to entertain, as the door of the living room opens onto the patio - easy to take food outside to the patio....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning:

    Fans provided, but no central air conditioning units. We find cold air conditioning is not needed as the walls are of stone and this keeps the rooms cool in the summer....moreless

  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access:

    Yes, wifi ...moreless

  • Fireplace:

    A woodburner in the living room. Free wood....moreless

  • Firewood
  • Garage:

    We have a large garage but are planning to make it into a table tennis room for the summer....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Diesel central heating - included in the cost....moreless

  • Internet:


  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    Changed once a week...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Very characterful - made of stone, with 3 windows looking to the front of the house. The kitchen and dining room are all part of the living room, so it makes for a very sociable area....moreless

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:

    Next to the house - very safe as the house is walled in and gated....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    You can park next to the house, 5 steps from your bedroom door!...moreless

  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    Changed once a week. Also, beach towels can be provided upon request - for free....moreless

  • Tumble Dryer:

    A rack is provided, which dries clothes in front of the fire. There is also a clothes line, outside the door - under the verandah and protected from the elements - which dries clothes quickly....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Yes, and washing powder provided...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:


  • Wood Stove:

    a wood burner and logs provided....moreless


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker:

    A Nespresso machine and a filter coffee machine...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Everything provided...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:


  • Dishwasher:

    Yes, with dishwasher tablets provided....moreless

  • Freezer:

    Not huge, but big enough for a week or two's holiday!...moreless

  • Grill
  • Kitchen:

    Fully equipped, with washing machine, dishwasher, fridge freezer, electic cooker etc....moreless

  • Microwave:



  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles:

    2 adults and 3 children...moreless

  • Binoculars
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio:

    next to the sitting room...moreless

  • Golf:

    Golf courses in Ponte de Lima and in Esposende - about 45 minutes from the house...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Diverlanhoso, an adventure park organizes outings in kayaks. it is 40 minutes from the house....moreless

  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden:

    All around...moreless

  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill:

    Next to the patio area...moreless

  • Patio
  • Tennis:

    Courts in Taipas - 4kms way...moreless

  • Terrace
  • Water Sports Gear:

    In Gerês or Prada...moreless

  • Yard

Building Type

  • Farmhouse

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional

Property Descriptor

  • Detached


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Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Sep 14 - Jun 14, 2016
2 night min stay

£500 £1,500
Jun 15 - Sep 15, 2016
7 night min stay

£550 £2,000
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
£500 £1,800
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


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  • Taxes Not included


If guests are only coming for 3 nights (in low season) the apartment is rented out at £100 per night.

The price covers the price of diesel for the central heating and logs for the woodburner.

A welcoming snack is provided for your arrival.

We have bikes for children and 2 bikes for adults, a swing and slide - but this is not great cycling country. We regularly take the childrens' bikes i

Half at time of booking, the rest when here or they can pay 6 weeks in advance of coming.

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40 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Porto ( 1 hour)
2 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
Longos ( 5 mins )
500 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
Santander- 7 hours drive
35 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
Esposende/Ponte de Lima ( 40 mins )
10 Kilometres
Nearest Train
Braga ( 10 mins)
8 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
Braga ( 10 mins)
2 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
Longos ( 5 mins )
30 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Esposende ( 40 mins )

Car: Necessary

Breathtaking views over the hills and mountains. Surrounded by woodland walks. Wake up to the sound of nature and breathe in the scent of eucalyptus.

Begin the day with freshly squeezed orange juice and fresh eggs from the farm.

Go for a walk through the forest, ending up at Sameiro or Bom Jesus.

Pop down to Café Europa in the village of Longos for hot bread rollls and croissants. Bar da Igreja is the perfect stop for lunch - try the local cuisine.

Caldas das Taipas is 5 minutes away with a colourful Monday market and lots of cafes, restaurants, a thermal spa and 2 good supermarkets.

There are also 2 outdoor public swimming pools and a nice park in Taipas, with a playground for children.

The house is set in the country but only 20 minutes from the beautiful historic towns of Braga and Guimarães.

The nearest beach, Esposende, is only 35 minutes away and Geres national park is also close at hand.

For those interested in our past, the Celtic settlement of Citânia de Briteiros is only 10 minutes away.

Golf: There are excellent ( and beautiful) golf courses at Ponte de Lima - 40 minutes drive away and at Esposende, 30 minutes drive away.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2000

About the owner: My children tell me to pass on this information: I'm very important, I have red hair, I do translations. I have 3 beautiful children; their names are Freddie, Emma and Olivia. I've been living in Portugal since 1999. My husband is Portuguese and I was born in N.Ireland, but then moved to England when I was 18. So, now I'm a fine mixture of N.Irish, English and Portuguese - but I love France, S.Africa, Algeria, Scandanavia and South America - basically I love travelling and could spend my life getting to know all the places I haven't been to - hence my interest in receiving people from all over the world to my house (living vicariously). I like walking, aqua aerobics, cinema, good food and wine, holidays.... I'm now a translator but prefer to be outside walking than inside in front of a computer screen - but noblesse oblige. I speak English, Portuguese, French and Spanish. My husband is a scientist (and a bit of a linguist too!). I used to be a high flying city lawyer in London - no, to be honest never high flying, and now I live up a mountain in Portugal with my husband, children and a menagerie of pets...all a bit different to my life 25 years ago, but not a bad swap!

Why the Owner Chose Vila Nova de Famalicao:
It's well located, has great views, is very peaceful and has endless possibilities. We restored it from nothing and so if we don't like what we've created it's our own fault! The view cannot be criticised, looking out over trees and mountains, knowing Braga and Guimarães are so close. I love hearing the sounds of nature all around - birds, owls, roosters and crickets in the summer. And the sound of church bells chiming every half hour.

The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
It's set in beautiful countryside, near two historic towns. You arrive to a glass of wine and traditional Portuguese tapas. I have a list of places for you to visit and, if you'd like, I can put together a little itinerary for you. We live on the first floor of the house, but our entrance is separate to the guests - we're at the back of the house and guests come in the side. I have a file with a list of retaurants and their price range, so you'll know where to go and won't be shocked at the price. There is a restaurant near the house, about 5 mins drive away/15 mins by foot - very traditional Portuguese cuisine and very reasonable in price. Lots going on here - walks, gardens, churches, swimming pools, a spa with a beautiful indoor pool and offering different treatments (massage, facials, Vichy shower etc). Make as much noise as you like - only one other house is within sight, and we don't hear a thing through the thick walls. This is a great place to enjoy Portugal from and is also good to just sit back and do nothing. It's ideal for nature lovers - with walks behind the house. It's very safe for children - being walled in, with electronic gates. If you want gastronomic delights at home, Virginia can ask a Portuguese friend to come in and cook you something traditionally Portuguese - you just need to pay the cost of the ingredients.

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Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Front of the house

    Front of the house

  • Our wine label

    Our wine label

  • BBQ next to patio

    BBQ next to patio

  • Top entrance

    Top entrance

  • Garden


  • View from the Green Room

    View from the Green Room

  • Pine bedroom

    Pine bedroom

  • Sitting room, leading out to patio

    Sitting room, leading out to patio

  • Kitchen


  • Bathroom 2

    Bathroom 2

  • Side profile

    Side profile

  • Water tank next to patio

    Water tank next to patio

  • Entrance to the apartment

    Entrance to the apartment

  • Leafy front

    Leafy front

  • Patio


  • Main entrance

    Main entrance

  • Green bedroom

    Green bedroom

  • Table tennis

    Table tennis

  • Twin bedded yellow bedroom

    Twin bedded yellow bedroom

  • Dining room / Kitchen

    Dining room / Kitchen

  • Bathroom 1

    Bathroom 1

  • QT façade

    QT façade

  • Azulejo at entrance

    Azulejo at entrance

  • Along the front

    Along the front

Minimum stay: 2-7 nights
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Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese
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  • Calendar last updated 04/28/2015
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