Ideal for two families - Sleeps 10. Wonderful private spaces.
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About Anna Stroud
We are Anna and Adrian, a couple with three teenage daughters living in the UK near London. Anna is the one who does the bookings and sorts everything out for our guests. Anna is Portuguese on her mother’s side which explains at least one of those other languages. Adrian, though making vague promises about learning Portuguese, still struggles with much more than ordering a coffee.
Anna Stroud purchased this Villa in 2005
Why Anna Stroud chose Vilarelho
Anna lived in Portugal as a child and still has strong family connections there. We wanted a holiday home big enough for us to share with family and friends so it had to be four bedrooms with plenty of communal and private space. Initially we looked at renovations and more rural settings further from the coast. Our minds were instantly changed by the wow factor of this house with its sleek minimalism mixed with traditional rustic stone walls. We wanted some nightlife nearby for us and for teenagers but nothing too commercialised and not too close. We feel it hits that balance perfectly. The whole local environment is safe and civilised but full of activity. The houses nearby are all by the same architect. They fit into the landscape effortlessly and by deliberate design give each other complete privacy. With beautiful local market towns and Porto only an hour away – it simply ticked every box for us.
What makes this Villa unique
We saw other houses of the same quality in the region but they all had something that that we felt compromised them in some way – like being by a busy road or having a garden that was overlooked or even just feeling too much like a residential home rather than somewhere special for holiday. In this case we felt there was no compromise, simply nothing we would change. The exterior rustic walls completely hide the house with no windows visible from the outside. It is only when you go inside that you discover how special it is. Spacious, light-filled rooms have wall-to wall windows overlooking the pool and garden. The roof overhangs to ensure you can enjoy the view without being dazzled or overheated by the direct sun. The architect has done his job very well.
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
What a delight it was to stay here, great facilities in a great location with very helpful owners. Perfect for families.
We enjoyed our stay in this beautiful home and quite location. THe owner was quick to respond to any questions that we had. We were a little disappointed that the location had advertised a heated pool and upon our arrival that's not what we found. This is the main reason we chose this location over many other we had looked at. We were told that the pool is rarely heated and ready during the time of our staywhich was the first week of April. Yes the weather was cold and rainy at times but there were times of the day we could have used the pool had it been ready. If I were renting this property again I'd make sure that I asked specifically about the pool being ready if this was one of the selling points of the property. It's big and very comfortable and well furnished. I'd just clarify the pool if that's what I was looking for again.
Way better in real life!!
We had a fantastic time in the Villa. The spacious layout was perfect for two families, allowing all 8 of us to come together but still maintain our own space.
The villa is jam packed full of toys, PlayStation games & books, so we all had something to do in the event of getting bored from being in the stunning pool.
The weather was wonderful during our stay and we chilled most of the time, the kids (ages 6,5,3&1) were not interested in going to the beach, they just wanted to be in the pool at the villa and use all the space to run around the garden!
Beds were super comfy, with lovely crisp linen and the rooms were very cool at night once we left the shutters down. The shutters are full length electronic & completely black out if you wish (a godsend in helping the kids sleep in!).
The secret terrace behind the pool was also fab for catching the evening sun whilst sipping on a Spritz...
We had a truly wonderful time, the villa was way better than we had anticipated. Communication with Anna & Adrian was top notch and we were delighted that Jorge met us in a restaurant on our arrival and guided us to the villa.
Thanks for helping us kick of summer in the best way possible!
Lorentzson & Moscrop Families
Wonderful Caminha Villa
We really enjoyed the stay in our Caminha villa as it is located in a perfect spot to explore the Minho region in Northern Portugal. The road system is excellent whether you take the major roads or the scenic side roads. There is much to see and do in and around Caminha and we especially enjoyed the fortress at Valenca and her sister town, Tui, across the Minho ind Spain. We were also enthralled by Oporto which is a short drive from Caminha. The people of Caminha were wonderful and treated us as friends. The most enjoyable time of the day was when we headed back to our lovely villa and enjoyed its comforts. The villa is very spacious, private and relaxing with large windows that open to the pool area, lawns and surrounding hills. Anna the owner of the property was very reponsive and provided us with all the help and information that we needed for our stay. We will always remember our time in Caminha and our first thoughts will be of our lovely villa which we would return to in a heartbeat.
We are so glad you enjoyed it. You appreciated it for the same reasons that we do!
Excellent villa in lovely location
This villa was ideal for two families to share for a wonderful two week break. Superb facilities and amble room with a refreshing pool to cool off. The area is also beautiful and there are lots of places to visit. I would recommend this to anyone without doubt.
Beautiful modern villa in great location
We booked the villa for a week in early October for some winter sunshine. We took the owner's recommendation for car hire (who were half the price of the larger companies!) and were met at the airport with our rental car. The villa was straight forward drive from Porto airport and easy to find on the private development thanks to the helpful instruction pack we received beforehand.
The villa itself is absolutely stunning, modern, stylishly decorated, very spacious and superbly equipped. The villa is very private and not overlooked with plenty of space for lounging by the pool. The weather was great throughout our stay and the heated pool was warm enough for a dip (even in early October!). We loved the log fire in the lounge in the evenings and used the outdoor BBQ most days.
The welcome pack on arrival with lots of information and recomendations about the surrounding area was really useful, we explored the very pretty Caminha (5mins drive away) as well as towns further along the coast.
The villa is fully loaded with toys - we hooked our iPods up to the sound system in the day and raided the DVD collection in the evening. There were also a couple of PS2's and lots of games as well as books and board games, oh and a table football for good measure too!
We had a great week and would definately stay again.
The villa is a few minutes by car from Caminha which is a historic market town with medieval walls, cobbled streets, bars, cafes and restaurants. Vila Nova de Cerveira is perhaps 15 minutes away by car. It has a similar historic centre with bars and cafes but it also has a wonderful outdoor Saturday market. Viana do Castelo and Ponte de Lima are about 20 minutes by car, they are the largest local towns and both offer historical interest. This coast has mile after mile of beach with golden sand. It is the Atlantic so there is no shortage of surf and it is popular with surfers. The nearest beach is in Caminha about 7km from the villa, this has a sheltered spot inside the mouth of the beautiful Minho river. The next beach is Moledo which is rather trendy and a few km on from there is Ancora which is a bit more commercial, after that Afife which is huge and wide-open. There are small bars and restaurants at all the beaches. Porto is an easy-going one hour drive with spectacular views.
Other Activities: Surf board, boogie boards and wetsuits of various sizes are supplied by prior arrangement.