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A Family Owned Converted Farmhouse in Minho, North Portugal

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Barca do Lago on Cavado river, 200m from house


Last updated: 04/27/2014

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  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Viana Do Castelo farmhouse description

A farmhouse which was bought by our family in the early 1960's, reconstructed and fully refurbished at the time as a holiday home for our use, retaining many of the original characteristics: the local granite stone surrounding the large fireplace, a carved oak ceiling in the 1st floor living room, 'alcove' beds in that room, and original oak beams in the large living/dining room. The house is in a rural countryside area which overlooks the river Cavado, and Ofir beach and Espozende with its many attractions are within a 5 minute drive. A mature and secluded garden and lawns surround the house, with swimming pool and adjacent 'eira' (a cemented area originally used for beating corn - this was the miller's house!) is ideal for outdoor meals. Barbecue, canoes, bicycles are available. The house is for self-catering rental, is fully equipped, and maid service(cleaning) is offered daily with weekly change of linen. Changeover: Saturdays, arrival from 6pm departure 10am.

Arrival and departure times: We ask our guests to arrive at the property no earlier than 6pm on changeover days, and to leave up to 10am on the day of departure. This is to allow sufficient time for a thorough cleaning and change of linen. Your cooperation will be much appreciated.

Sports facilities: The swimming pool, canoes and bicycles as detailed below are available for guests enjoyment, but please note that the use of any of these facilities is expressly at your own risk and liability for damage or injury to our property, yourselves and third parties.
Swimming pool: for your own comfort and safety in the pool area, please note that a/ there is no trained lifesaver on hand; b/running and diving are not permitted; c/no food or drink is to be taken in this area. Please use the cemented area above the pool ('eira') for this purpose if required.
Canoes: these must be handled by adults only and care taken in their removal from and return to storage. Canoes may capsize easily in inexperienced hands, and the use of life jackets (provided) is obligatory.

Information/Instruction folder: Detailed information and instruction for use of equipment available in the house is contained in a plastic folder, usually left on the kitchen worktop.
Please note that the copper pans on the kitchen wall are decorative and not for use by guests.

Property Type

      • Farmhouse

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental


              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Onsite Services

              • Daily Maid Service
              • Housekeeper
              • Staff


              • Long-Term Renters Welcome
              • Children Welcome
              • Pets Not Allowed
              • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
              • Wheelchair Inaccessible

              Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8

              • Bedroom 1: 2 twin/ single


              • Bedroom 2: 1 double


              • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single


              • Bedroom 4: 2 twin/ single


              • Bedroom 5: 1 baby crib


              • Bedroom 1: ground floor, twin singles, ensuite bathroom; Bedroom 2: 1st floor, double, outside verandah; Bedroom 3: 1st floor, 2 single beds, outside verandah; Bedroom 4: 1st floor, 2 single beds; Bedroom 5: 1st floor living room - 1 child's cot available if needed....moreless

              Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

              • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, bidet


              • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower, bidet


              • Bathroom 3: toilet, combination tub/shower, bidet


              • Bathroom 4: shower


              • Bathroom 5: toilet


              • Bathroom 1 - ensuite with bedroom 1on ground floor; Bathroom 2 - ground floor shower room; Bathroom 3 - 1st floor full bathroom - available to bedrooms 2-5; Bathroom 4 - 1st floor shower room - includes washbasin - available to bedrooms 2-5; Bathroom 5 - 1st floor WC and washbashin - available to bedrooms 2-5....moreless

              Other Amenities

                  • The alcove beds in the 1st floor living room are not available for rental. The room is large and accommodates a child's cot if necessary. The garage is an open shelter for two cars, within the property. The 'staff' is Conceição, who provides daily cleaning service only (2 hours/day) and on Saturdays also a change of linen. She is also responsible for garden and pool maintenance. Telephone is metered and payable to Conceição at the end of stay. Elderly or infirm: would be comfortable on the ground floor as there are stairs only to 1st floor. Long term renters: on application only, as we often use the house ourselves....moreless


                  • Audio Tape Player
                  • Books
                  • CD Player
                  • DVD Player
                  • Satellite / Cable
                  • Television
                  • VCR


                  • Family
                  • Sports & Activities


                  • Autumn Foliage
                  • Churches
                  • Forests
                  • Marina
                  • Museums
                  • Playground
                  • Restaurants
                  • Ruins
                  • Winery Tours

                  Local Services & Businesses

                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Groceries
                  • Hospital
                  • Medical Services

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Beachcombing
                  • Eco Tourism
                  • Gambling Casinos
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Paddle Boating
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Walking

                  Location Type

                  • Near The Ocean
                  • Rural
                  • Village

                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                  • Cycling
                  • Deepsea Fishing
                  • Equestrian Events
                  • Fishing
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Golf
                  • Hiking
                  • Jet Skiing
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Mountaineering
                  • Pier Fishing
                  • Sailing
                  • Snorkeling
                  • Surfing
                  • Swimming
                  • Tennis
                  • Water Skiing
                  • Wind-Surfing


                  • Dining Area
                  • Seating for 10 people


                  • Dialup Access
                  • Fireplace
                  • Garage
                  • Internet
                  • Linens Provided
                  • Local Maps
                  • Local Restaurant Guide
                  • Parking
                  • Telephone
                  • Towels Provided
                  • Washing Machine


                  • 4 Ring Stove
                  • Cooking Utensils
                  • Dishwasher
                  • Freezer
                  • Grill
                  • Microwave
                  • Oven
                  • Refrigerator
                  • Stove
                  • Toaster


                  • Balcony
                  • Barbecue
                  • Beach Chairs
                  • Bicycles
                  • Boat With Paddles
                  • Lawn / Garden
                  • Terrace

                  Pool / Spa

                  • Outdoor Pool
                  • Private Pool

                  Property Descriptor

                      • Detached


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                      Prices: Up to 5 people occupation rate shown. 
                      For 6 to 8 people, rates are :
                         High season: €1100
                         Rest of year: €900
                      Discounts available :
                              Two weeks: 10%. 
                      Damages will be charged when in excess of 50 euros.
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                      Terms:25% deposit on booking, balance 3 weeks before arrival.

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                      25 Kilometres
                      Nearest Airport
                      1 Kilometres
                      Nearest Barpub
                      1 Kilometres
                      Nearest Golf
                      Quinta da Barca
                      30 Kilometres
                      Nearest Train
                      3 Kilometres
                      Nearest Motorway
                      IC1 Exit 9
                      1 Kilometres
                      Nearest Restaurant
                      Quinta da Barca
                      5 Kilometres
                      Nearest Beach

                      Car: Necessary

                      The house has excellent motorway access: 25 mins Porto Airport, 1 Hr Vigo/Santiago airports. On Cavado River, with rowing facilities. Riding stables 5 mins away. Nearby Ofir beach is linked to other beaches on the coastline, such as Apulia where men in togas still collect seaweed for sale. Espozende is the nearest main town - 5 kms - offers many tourist attractions, supermarkets, etc. Port wine lodges in and near Porto, open to visitors. Local Golf at Quinta da Barca, 5 mins walk from house. International golf at Estela, a 15 minute drive. Windsurfing at Vila do Conde and Viana de Castelo - 20 mins drive. Valença do Minho on the border with Spain - an easy drive and a charming 'estalagem ' for lunch. Weekly fair on Thursdays at Barcelos - 20 min.-is well worth a visit - everything imaginable is for sale. Good food at nearby restaurants - A Lareira in Fão is highly recommended, spare ribs a speciality! - Martins, also in Fão - delicious seafood and reasonable prices.

                      Other Activities: Canoeing on the river


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                      Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese


                      • Barca do Lago on Cavado river, 200m from house

                        Barca do Lago on Cavado river, 200m from house

                      • Living room with fireplace

                        Living room with fireplace

                      • Front of house and staff

                        Front of house and staff

                      • Double room, 1st floor

                        Double room, 1st floor

                      • Dining area

                        Dining area

                      • 1st Floor Twin Bedroom 1

                        1st Floor Twin Bedroom 1

                      • Suite Bathroom

                        Suite Bathroom

                      • 1st Floor Bathroom

                        1st Floor Bathroom

                      • House exterior

                        House exterior

                      • Swimming pool and lounging area, with house in background

                        Swimming pool and lounging area, with house in background

                      • 1st Floor Drawing Room

                        1st Floor Drawing Room

                      • Sitting Room, 1st Floor

                        Sitting Room, 1st Floor

                      • Ground Floor Suite

                        Ground Floor Suite

                      • 1st Floor twin bedroom 2

                        1st Floor twin bedroom 2

                      • 1st Floor shower room

                        1st Floor shower room


                      4 Bedroom / 3.5 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 8

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                      Member since: 2007
                      Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese
                      • Calendar last updated 04/27/2014
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                      A family owned converted farmhouse in Minho, North Portugal

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                      4 BR  3.5 BA  Sleeps 8

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