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Luxurious Apartment in Restored Farmhouse, All Mod Cons. Outstanding Views.

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Last updated: 03/21/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Sleeps:7
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Apartment
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

About the Property

3 bedrooms, between Braga and Guimarães, spectacular scenery, beautiful place.

Beautifully restored stone farmhouse set in the countryside but only 15 minutes drive to the historic towns of Braga and Guimarães.
Arrive to wine from the farm and a welcoming snack or dinner for those who arrive too late to go food shopping.
New orthopaedic mattresses in both double bedrooms - to ensure a good night's sleep.
The kitchen has a new (as of July 2016) island with induction hob and shiny new pots and pans.
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 termal pool.
The farm makes its own red and white wine and there are fruit trees surrounding the property. Guests are welcome to sample our wine, eat the peaches, oranges, lemons, plums, kiwis, figs etc - we usually have a glut of everything!
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 living room has wifi, flat screen TV with all the English channels, a DVD player with DVDs, books to read, Virginia's basket of suggestions of what to visit in the area.
The owners' and their children live at the farm and are there to answer any queries, make suggestions and they provide a welcoming snack for guests' arrival. Those arriving 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.
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.
The gardens are extensive and walled in.
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, part of the path is still laid in stone.
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 has a swimming pool, jacuzzi, Turkish bath, dry sauna and offers luxury spa treatments.
For breathtaking scenery, walking and water sports, Geres 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 winter and summer - it really is hot!
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. 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, birds, a large tank with goldfish, friendly geese and chickens.
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.
If you want to just book and ask Virginia what to do while here - you won't go far wrong!
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Member since: 2006

Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/21/2017

Property Type

  • Apartment
  • On floor 1
  • 150 m²

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 7
  • Events Allowed
  • Children Welcome:

    We have three children, aged 11, 9 and 8, 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 outside....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    our cat attacks other cats and the dog barks at them!...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Groups
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    The farmhouse is situated high up and the outside area is cobbled - so for a wheelchair it's 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, the frogs croaking in our and neighbouring water tanks, I'm sure there are worse places to be......moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 6-7

  • Pine bedroom: 1 queen


  • Green bedroom: 1 queen


  • Yellow bedroom: 2 twin/ single, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    sofa bed suitable for 1 adult ...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 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. There is a sofabed in the sitting room - it is big enough for one adult....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 área. The kitchen has been modernised, in July 2016, with a new island and cooker. Also, both double beds have new orthopaedic mattresses...moreless


  • Books:

    A book shelf full of books....moreless

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


  • Game Room:

    Table tennis...moreless

  • Games
  • Games For Kids
  • Music Library:

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

  • Ping Pong Table


  • Adventure
  • 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 use the garage as a table tennis room - guests are welcome to play (bats and balls provided)!...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central heating....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

  • 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 as well as a coffee plunger....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Everything provided. New pots and pans for the induction hob....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, brand new electic cooker (induction hob with hood above and cooker below set into an island). All new pots and pans as of July 2016....moreless

  • Microwave:



  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles:

    2 adults and 3 children - but we live up a mountain. A bike transporter is necessary (Virginia can be persuaded to help out with her new bicycle transporter - for 3 bikes)....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. Or, guests are welcome to play in the area in front of the house - racquets and balls provided....moreless

  • Terrace
  • Water Sports Gear:

    In Gerês or Prada...moreless

  • Yard

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    in Caldas das Taipas - 5 mins from the house....moreless

  • Sauna:

    in the Thermal Baths of Caldas das Taipas, 5 mins away....moreless

Building Type

  • Farmhouse

Property Descriptor

  • Detached


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jan 1 - Mar 31, 2017
3 night min stay
$542 $1,899
Spring 2017
Apr 1 - May 31, 2017
3 night min stay
Summer 2017
Jun 1 - Sep 30, 2017
7 night min stay

Autumn/Winnter 2017
Oct 1 - Dec 31, 2017
3 night min stay

My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • No additional mandatory fees


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

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Last updated: 03/21/2017
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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.

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.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2000

About the owner: 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. As my hobbies are walking and cafés - I've now decided to offer guests 'bespoke' tours - yes, of the Portuguese café world (exploring the surrouding cities of Braga, Guimarães and Taipas through a visit to a café (or two) per city...and pointing out the main historical monuments of the city!!) and fairly gentle treks through the forest behind our house to the religious sanctuary of Sameiro or alternatively along the Santiago de Compostela trail.

Why the Owner Chose Guimarães, Portugal:
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, 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! Here, I have a good relationship with my neighbours, being the only Brit in the area. I love their traditions - especially their cooking, I have to admit. I also like the fact all my neighbours make their own wine, many their own chorizo and bread. 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 (not that I miss home!) Personally I like to feel I live in/with nature but if I fancy popping off to the cinema or even the theatre I'm only a 10 minute drive away from Braga. 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 boes like this place.

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. 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. 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, Vichy shower 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 driver can have a break from driving and enjoy a glass or two 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 for both double rooms and a new shower cubicle for one of the bathrooms - so everything is squeaky clean and pretty. As it's our house we have a vested interest in keeping everything nice and modern.

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Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/21/2017

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  • November at Tapada

    November at Tapada

  • wisteria covered pátio in the spring

    wisteria covered pátio in the spring

  • kitchen


  •  green bedroom

    green bedroom

  • yellow bedroom

    yellow bedroom

  • pine bedroom

    pine bedroom

  • Garden


  • Sitting room, leading out to patio

    Sitting room, leading out to patio

  • Bathroom 2

    Bathroom 2

  • Side profile

    Side profile

  • Along the front of the house

    Along the front of the house

  • Main entrance

    Main entrance

  • Front of the house

    Front of the house

  • Entrance to the apartment

    Entrance to the apartment

  • kitchen


  • breakfast outside the green bedroom

    breakfast outside the green bedroom

  • Leafy front

    Leafy front

  • View from the Green Room

    View from the Green Room

  • Autumn days

    Autumn days

  • Bathroom 1

    Bathroom 1

  • QT façade

    QT façade

  • Our wine label

    Our wine label

  • House name on azulejos at front gate

    House name on azulejos at front gate

  • Table tennis and wine adega - enjoy a glass or two!

    Table tennis and wine adega - enjoy a glass or two!

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