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Striking Farmhouse apartment, with Pool, Wifi, near Guimarães and Braga

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Space 5,381 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

A total of 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, large pool, mountain view, free Wifi, BBQ

Beautifully restored stone farmhouse and a new pool below the main house.

Situated in the heart of the countryside, overlooking vines and mountain ranges but only 15 minutes drive to the historic towns of Braga and Guimarães. This 17th Century farm house was renovated by the present owners 20 years ago. The ground floor used to be the 'adega' (wine house) and, in a bygone era, the livestock lived here too. It is now a modern, beautifully furnished spacious apartment, with all mod cons - a world away from its humble beginnings, however maintaining the rustic charm of its origins.

It has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms (plus one next to the pool), a large sitting room/kitchen and dining area, with double wooden doors opening onto the patio, shaded by wisteria and jasmine. Just to the side of this is a built-in BBQ.

The kitchen is well equipped - washing machine, dishwasher, electric cooker and hob, with all provided - dishwasher tablets, washing powder, fairy liquid etc.

The bathrooms are also well stocked with bath gel, toothpaste, shampoo, hand cream, toilet rolls etc.

The salt water pool is brand new - just completed in August 2017. It is tiled and measures 12mx6m - shared only with the owners of the house. There are sun loungers, tables and chairs and guests may read on the verandah of the Pool House, next to the pool. Just by the steps leading into the pool there is a solar shower, giving hot water - heated by the rays of the sun. Towels are provided for everyone, so no need to bring towels for the pool or for inside.

The pool area, with stunning views during the day, is also very striking at night - the garden has up-lights onto the granite wall and the pool itself is illuminated, the turquoise blue tiles contrasting with the thousands of twinkling lights in the distance.

There are no time restrictions for use of the pool. Guests are welcome to go for a late night swim - the only proviso is that children are closely supervised by their parents.

There is a built-in BBQ next to the Apartment. Also, there is a large Games Room (ex- wine house) with a table - tennis table (bats and balls are provided). There is also a darts board and volleyball.

All around the farmhouse are gardens and vineyards. Fruit trees abound and guests can help themselves to oranges, lemons, kiwis, clementines (Winter) and plums, apples, sharon fruit, walnuts and chestnuts in the Summer and Autumn.

We also have chickens, ducks and geese and, when the hens are laying, eggs are offered to the guests.

On your arrival you are invited to join Virginia at the pool annexe for a glass of vinho verde.

We have also built a new bathroom with shower, wash-hand basin and WC on a terrace just below the pool. The bathroom opens onto a little patio, overlooking the vines and mountains, bringing us close to nature and offering splendid sunsets. There is a table and chairs - to sit back and enjoy a glass of vinho verde.

For those who like walking, this is a good spot. Behind the house there are unpaved roads through the forest to arrive at Sameiro 30 minutes away, and then it is possible to walk another 20 minutes to get to Bom Jesus. Another nearby walk is the Santiago de Compostela trail, beginning 5 minutes drive from the house. Park the car and then just follow the signs. Another good walk is around the Celtic settlement of Citânia de Briteiros, 10 mins drive from the house.

The farm house has bicycles but the terrain is not ideal for cycling. Virginia's car has a bicycle transporter and, depending on her time available, she could drive you to Guimarães to start a very pretty eco cycle track, which used to be a railway line (Guimarães to Fafe) and come back and collect you 3 hours later. A small charge might be levied to cover the cost of petrol and time. There is no charge for the use of the bikes.

The area abounds in interesting places to visit and from the farm itself there is an excellent taverna, serving food at lunch time and at night.

The Roman spa town of Taipas is 5kms away, replete with an abundance of cafés, outdoor swimming pools, parks and spa treatments, including a luxurious naturally heated indoor pool, with Turkish bath and sauna.

The seaside, Esposende, is only 40 minutes away. The whole coast has interesting towns and beaches - just look for the sign 'Praia.'

Most people enjoy an outing to the pretty towns of Ponte de Lima, Viana do Castelo, Valença and Aveiro is doable in a day - not to mention a drive to the Douro valley (incorporating a port wine tasting at Sandeman's or Symington's).

The owners' and their children live on the first floor of the farmhouse and rent out the apartment spanning most of the ground floor. The entrance to the apartment is independent of the owners, at the side of the house. The farm is walled in and gated, so very safe. There are two entrances.

Those staying in the apartment in the winter are greeted with a roaring fire and coffee/cakes whereas those in the summer can enjoy a chilled bottle of the house white and a snack consisting of local produce. - this is often served on the verandah of the annexe, next to the pool.

The apartment has Central Heating in all rooms and heated towel racks in the bathrooms. It also has a wood burner.

For breathtaking scenery, walking and water sports, Gerês national park is 40 mins away. It has rock pools for a dip under waterfalls and if you drive over the Portugal/Spanish border there's a hot spring, with naturally heated water in the winter and summer.

Perhaps the best part of being here is just sitting outside in the sunshine, having a dip in the pool to cool off, hearing the church bells chime every half hour, listening to the sounds of nature around, enjoying the view over the mountains and 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. 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.

We have 2 dogs, a cat, a large tank with goldfish, friendly geese, ducks and chickens.

If you want to have a relaxing holiday in a beautiful setting yet near everything in the north - this is a good central base. The apartment is a real home, with the sounds of nature all around and unbelievably close to Braga, Guimarães and Oporto.

Guests are sent a list of 'Things to See and Do in a Week' at the time of booking - this saves a lot of research time! Virginia is also happy to answer any queries you may have either before you come or when you are here.

More Details
Registration Number : 10308/AL

Owner
Virginia Henry Martins
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
November 20, 2017

About Virginia Henry Martins

I've been living in Portugal since 1999. I've always enjoyed travelling and I like walking, aqua aerobics, cinema, good food and wine, holidays..... I speak English, Portuguese, French and Spanish (OK, my Spanish is getting rusty as I don't use it much!). My husband is Portuguese and we have three children.

Virginia Henry Martins purchased this apartment in 2000

Why Virginia Henry Martins chose Guimarães

It's well located, has great views, is very peaceful and is in between Braga and Guimarães.

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 criticized, looking out over trees and mountains.

I love hearing the sounds of nature all around - birds, frogs, owls, roosters and crickets in the summer.

I also like to be far from the madding crowd, but not so far I feel cut off!

Down the road in Longos there is an excellent restaurant which is so reasonable in price it's cheaper than cooking at home - so I don't have to feel eating out is a big treat.

Perhaps it's just me but I LOVE the nearby town of Caldas das Taipas - it's pretty, has everything there and more - about 20 cafés, 10 restaurants, a Monday market, banks, pharmacies, including swimming pools, a spa, an amazing tea shop that has lemon meringue pie and cheesecake and about 100 varieties of tea.

Personally I like to feel I live surrounded by the countryside and at one with nature but if I fancy popping off to the cinem I'm only a 10 minute drive away from Braga and 15 minutes from Guimarães.

When we first saw this house my husband and I knew immediately it was the place for us - in the right location, stunning scenery around and a few but not too many neighbours! The forest is behind the house which is lovely for walks, no matter what season. We never intend to move as nowhere else would tick all the boxes like this place.

We have just put in a great swimming pool and built a perfect little house - it's been a lengthy project but thankfully now it's over. It complements the main house and adds to the impression of living in paradise.

What makes this apartment unique

It's set in beautiful countryside, near two historic towns. You have shared use of a beautiful large swimming pool, with stunning views over the mountains.

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. I have a file with a list of restaurants 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.

There is lots going on here - walks, gardens, churches, swimming pools, a spa with a beautiful indoor pool and offering different treatments (massage, steam room, dry sauna, facials, etc).

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.

There's a local taxi driver who is happy to drive guests to/from restaurants so the usual driver can have a break from driving and enjoy a glass of wine when out.

As we live at the property (our entrance is at the side), if there is a problem with the TV or the Wifi we are here to sort out the problem immediately.

If you like adventure - Virginia is happy to take you for a trip in her 4WD Duster up the mountain through the forest to Sameiro. In the space of 10 minutes you can see 4 churches - Santa Cruz, Santa Marta, Sameiro and Bom Jesus. You don't have to be interested in churches to be able to enjoy the views and the twinkling lights of Braga below.

We've just put in a new kitchen island with induction hob and cooking has been revolutionised!

We've also bought new orthopaedic mattresses, a new double bed for the Pine Room, built a new bathroom below the pool and a solar shower.

As it's our house we have a vested interest in making the place as nice as possible for us all.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our second visit.

Quinta da Tapada continues to be a magical place for us. We will be back for the friendships, the walks, the food and wine! Highlights we missed on our last visit: Barcelos market, Valença, Tibães Monastery, Viana do Castelo and the long hike over the hills to Sameiro.

See you next time, here or in Canada!
May 2014
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Amenities

Guimarães Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment (detached)
Building Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5381 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • Children in the pool must be supervised by their parents. Pool is for the enjoyment of guests/ owners. Guests must keep the gates shut.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Rustic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 (On separate terrace below the pool) - toilet , shower , We have built a new bathroom on the terrace below the pool.
  • All bathrooms are large and beautifully decorated. There is no bath, only showers. For parents with small children or babies they may arrange with the owners to use the bath in the main house. 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 pool are provided. There are heated towel racks - giving off a lovely warmth in the winter.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Yellow bedroom - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib
    Pine bedroom - 1 double
    Green bedroom - 1 double
  • 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 to the chickens. 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. 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Yard
  • 5 bicycles
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Groups
  • Singles
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
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. 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. The kitchen has been modernised, in July 2016, with a new island and cooker. Also, both double beds have new orthopaedic mattresses. The pine bed is brand new, as of 2017.

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Striking Farmhouse apartment, with Pool, Wifi, near Guimarães and Braga
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Above & Beyond

  • 5 of 5

It was the detail in the description and the thought that had gone into providing the extra touches that first attracted me to this property.

When we arrived we continued to be very impressed. There was a welcome pack in the kitchen & Virginia & her family made us feel at home immediately.

The property was very spacious, clean & equipped to the highest standard with good quality items.

Virginia had prepared a comprehensive list of local ameneties & directions to the nearby attractions. The property is ideally placed for visiting several attractive cities(Porto, Braga, Guimaraes) along with beautiful countryside destinations such as the national park at Penedas Geres & the Douro Valley vinyards.

The approach to the property is initially a bit challenging because the road is very steep, but after the first couple of times of driving it you will become more relaxed.

I would not hesitate to recommend this property. It lived up to & exceeded our expectations.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2008
  • Stayed: September 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for this review - we try our best to make sure our guests feel comfortable and at home. Our aim is not to be too commercial but to make sure everyone has a super holiday. So far so good ! The north of Portugal is all windy roads and pretty mountainous, which adds to its charm but also makes sure the driver doesn't fall asleep ! When we first bought the house in the year 2000 I wondered if my old Honda Civic would make it up the hill - once I'd done it once or twice I actually got to enjoy the drive - it's like a long private avenue and you rarely meet any cars. Most people, when they get here, say it's like paradise on earth and ask me how I can bear to leave the place - it is indeed a very inspiring place to live and I don't intend to ever sell up and move on ! With three young children it's the ideal place for them to grow up. Lovely countryside, surrounded by vines and fruit trees but only 10 minutes from Braga and 20 minutes from Guimarães. We think we've got the ideal location...
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A great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful rental that we highly recommend! We (two parents and three teenagers) spent two weeks in this beautiful farmhouse and had a great time working at the nearby university and exploring the region. The apartment is spacious, very clean, comfortable, and well furnished with everything guests need. The layout works well, allowing for meals and social time in the large kitchen/dining room/living room area and quiet and privacy in the back bedrooms.

The outdoor spaces are a special part of staying at the farmhouse, and we spent as much time as we could outside enjoying the lovely views, meals, coffee, wine, reading, cards, and ping pong. We also hiked and jogged on the trails near the farmhouse, and the teens hiked down the mountain to the local bakery. We looked forward to returning to the property – with its vineyards, fruit trees, and friendly animals – each day.

Virginia has a book for visitors with many suggestions for restaurants, sites, and trips, and she is a great source of ideas for exploring the area. The drive up to the farmhouse takes a time or two to get used to but is well worth it. In addition to experiencing the nearby villages and cities, we made several day trips, including ones to the Douro Valley, Geres (site of a beautiful waterfall), northern Spain, Porto, and coastal towns.

While we had a wonderful time visiting the area and taking in some special local events, we also thoroughly enjoyed our time at the farmhouse relaxing. A highlight of our trip was meeting and getting to know Virginia and her family. They are friendly and gracious hosts. We had a delightful stay and are pleased to give this property the highest rating!

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for this lovely review. I still have great memories of our trip to the University of Minho to watch the World Skipping Competition - and you are the only family I've met who have managed to go to a church service in the hidden away Santa Cruz Sanctuary - mostly reserved for the monks, nuns and the angels..... The drive up to the house is initially a bit of a challenge - but as it's "off the beaten track" and the road is actually good it's not a problem at all - I feel as if I'm driving along my own personal avenue. But, admittedly, with 3 children I'm up and down that road about 10 times a day, so I know every bend and curve...so far, with a wing and a prayer, I've survived very happily. And it was lovely to get to know your family too - it's great we've kept in touch. One day you might find us skipping our way to Texas!
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Wunderschön gelegenes Weingut in den Bergen

  • 5 of 5

Wir haben Anfang Oktober zum dritten Mal eine tolle Zeit auf dem Weingut der Familie Martins verbracht. Uns begeistert immer wieder das Ambiente und vor allem die Gastfreundschaft der portugiesisch-nordirischen Gastgeberfamilie!

Die Wohnung ist sehr gemütlich eingerichtet, super ausgestattet und breitet sich über das gesamte Erdgeschoß des wundervollen Steinhauses aus.

Die Begrüßung durch die Gastgeberin Virginia ist sehr warmherzig. Sie hat viele Ideen für Ausflüge vor Ort und immer ein offenes Ohr.

Unsere Kinder fühlen sich auch immer sehr wohl gefühlt und spielen viel mit den Kindern der Gastgeber-Familie (Dart, Tischtennis, Basketball, Reiten etc.).

Die Gegend um Longos (10 Autominuten von Braga entfernt) eignet sich perfekt für z.B. Wandertouren, Städtetrips nach Braga, Guimaraes oder Porto und Ausflüge in den Naturpark Geres, an den Atlantik oder nach Spanien. Viel Kultur und viel Entspannung. Hier ist wirklich für jeden was dabei! :-)

Danke nochmal an Virginia und ihre Familie für den "perfect stay". See you soon again! :-))

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks and I hope we do indeed see you soon. You were a joy to have at our home. 😄 Warmest regards, Virginia
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Unforgettable holidays

  • 5 of 5

We are a German- Russian family of five living in the Silver- Coast region of Portugal. It was not the first time we escaped to the north of the country looking for peace and quiet during the high season, but this apartment has revealed to be absolutely the best choice.

Its location was superb- we were 10 minutes away from Taipas ( a lovely small town with amazing infrastructure including very nice swimming pools that our children really loved to bathe in). It took us just about 20 minutes to reach Guimaraes and Braga, an hour to fabulous Geres and almost the same time to the picturesque Caminha beaches close to the Spanish boarder. The was one reason why we didn't travel as much as we expected: we felt so well at our new home that it was hard to leave it sometimes. Our children kept playing for hours in the green and shadowy garden and we enjoyed the calmness not having to be worried that they might hurt themselves. I should say that the garden area as well as the apartment itself is very safe and children-friendly which is really my priority being a mother of two small children and a baby. The apartment is very spacious with a modern equipped the kitchen that provides everything you might need if you like cooking. We also enjoyed the comfort of our beds due to the orthopedic mattresses and high quality bedding.

However, what really made our stay unforgettable was the hospitality of its hosts. Virginia and Jose were so attentive that we felt welcome and relaxed every moment of the 10 days we stayed at their apartment.

We highly recommend this place and will definitely come back ourselves!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks indeed for this lovely review. I'm so pleased you enjoyed staying here and also exploring this part of Northern Portugal. There really is so much to see and do here and even though we've lived here for 17 years we're constantly discovering new walks and cycle tracks, amazing restaurants and cafés, different beaches and swimming pools. I do my best to pass on information that I have accumulated over the years to guests It was wonderful having you here and I do indeed hope you come back.
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Lovely experience

  • 5 of 5

Lovely house, lovely location and lovely host family, splendid views , warm welcome, including an assorted basket of foodie presents. Loads of useful information about places to visit, restaurants to eat etc. Fresh eggs, oranges and kiwis from the orchard every morning. What else can you ask for?. Missing the place already. I will definitely go back.

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're really delighted you enjoyed your stay with us, and hope you'll come back one day. Can't guarantee eggs every day as we're at the mercy of our 2 chickens - must buy a few more!
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superb location in north Portugal

  • 5 of 5

This is a fantastic place to stay. It is well worth the climb up the hill for breathtaking views over the hills and valleys beyond. The garden is gorgeous with orange, lemon and lime trees to name but a few. There are even kiwi fruit growing naturally. The apartment is well equipped and comfortable. Your host Virginia could not be more welcoming and helpful. Lots of interesting places to visit locally so you may want a car as well. I hope to return to do it all again!

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm very glad you enjoyed your stay here, and hopefully you will indeed come back. We love the location as it's near Braga and Guimarães, but you really are in the middle of the country. The drive up to the house is at first quite a challenge- but once you've done it once it's really quite enjoyable, driving up country roads that are only used by those who live here. There is lots to see and do in the surrounding area - beautiful historic towns, celtic settlements, beaches, as well as a national park. Braga is known as the Rome of Portugal, so if you like churches, basilicas, monasteries, gardens and walks, you're spoilt for choice! If you simply like to eat out and enjoy good food and wine at a reasonable price, there are a range of good restaurants nearby.... I love living near the town of Caldas das Taipas (5 mins away) as it has swimming pools, a hotel with spa treatments, tennis courts, a lovely old park with swings and slides for the children, a riding school and loads of cafes. What most of my guests enjoy best of all is "coming home, sitting outside with a glass of vinho verde and taking in the view!" Best wishes, Virginia
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Map

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

The area is full of beautiful chuches and monasteries, such as the São Martinho de Tibães Monastery. Almost every hilltop has a church overlooking the plains below.

Braga and Guimarães are brimming with culture and hold many festivals throughout the year.

The region has many restaurants, cafés and teashops, all reasonably priced.

The home owner has been living in the area for 17 years and is happy to help you put together a little itinerary for your stay at the house.

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Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

This is a multiple rental - there is also a Pool House, which has 2 bedrooms and accommodates 4 people. Shared pool and outside bathroom and terrace below the pool.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.