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Stunning Holiday Villa With Pool Near Spain, Beaches & Minho River - Casa Gabriel

Fontoura, Portugal
  • Villa1614 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 7 nights

Large Pool. Stunning Gardens. Kayaking, Surfing, Hiking, Cycling, etc.

'Yavanna' is a large property made up 2 beautifully refurbished 300-year-old 3-bedroom traditional granite villas/farmhouses, each with its own garden. They are called 'Casa Dolinda' and 'Casa Gabriel'. Each has 3 bedrooms but are individually styled and are very different in layout so please read the separate descriptions of each villa before you choose.

Each has living rooms with flat screen TVs, DVD/satellite as well as well-equipped modern kitchens. There is a large 12x8m salt water pool with stunning views and chill-out zones. There are 1.5 acres of beautifully maintained gardens with plenty of seating, hammocks, BBQ areas, table tennis & yoga. Wireless Broadband. Very clean & well kept.

Its is a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the commercialised world. Yavanna lies only a few miles from the border with Spain. Small farms are dotted around the lush green landscape, connected by granite tracks with grapevines growing overhead.

We pride ourselves on the quality of the service we provide our guests, ensuring that guests leave with a massive “wow!”

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Flying - There are a large number of airlines offering cheap flights to the region. The nearest airports are Vigo (45 mins), Porto (1 hr), Santiago de Compostela (1½ hrs). e.g. Air Portugal (LGW and LHR), Ryanair (STN, LVL, BHX, BRS,LGW), Easyjet (LGW), Vueling (LHR), PGA Airlines, Air Berlin, Air France, SN Brussels Airlines, Hapag-Lloyd Express, Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa, Swiss.

.It is also possible to fly to Lisbon with many airlines, including Monarch from the UK. It will be necessary though to hire a car and drive 4 hours in each direction if you choose this route.

.Ferry - An alternative is a mini-cruise on a ferry. P&O run a service from Portsmouth to Bilbao. Brittany Ferries sail from Plymouth to Santander. The drive to Yavanna is 6-8 hours.

.Train - Fast trains to Vigo (20 minutes from Yavanna) from Barcelona and Madrid including overnight sleepers.

Beaches: Surf Beaches - Within a half an hour drive there are stunning sandy Atlantic surfing beaches. Portugal offers the best warm surfing in Europe with over 500 miles of consistent waves and no shortage of sunshine. Huge sandy beaches offer surf school and lifeguard patrolled areas. There is also a world renowned windsurfing spot at nearby Mindelo. Safe Sheltered Beaches - At the mouth of the Minho River, there are very safe clean sheltered family beaches. These are either at Caminha in Portugal or at Camposancos in Spain, which is accessible either by bridge or ferry. All beaches can be reached in about half an hour. Cafes and restaurants are available at most beaches - they are uncommercialised, small scale and friendly. River Beaches - Only 10 minutes from Yavanna is a sandy beach on the Minho River itself. This is lifeguard patrolled and has a beautiful terraced cafe. There is also wonderful canoeing and fishing possible on the Minho river.

Places to Visit: Within the immediate area, we have some very interesting towns and cities worth visiting:

Porto is Portugal's second city, famous for its port wine trade, is just an hour's drive away. It is one of the most beautiful cities in Portugal. .

Santiago de Compostela is just 1.5 hours away over the border in Spain. It is a city where, according to a legend, the remains of the apostle Saint James were found. Nowadays the stunning city of Santiago is the second most important Catholic Pilgrimage centre, after Rome.

Vigo is the largest city in Galicia, over the border in Spain, and only 45 minutes away. Known as 'The Barcelona of the West'.

Ponte de Lima is a pleasant town named after its famous bridge over the river Lima, with both Medieval and Roman sections.

Lisbon is Portugal's capital city. It's four hour's drive away from Yavanna, but well worth considering for those who want to extend their stay. Lisbon is the westernmost capital in mainland Europe.


Sofia Louw

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english, spanish, portuguese
Calendar last updated:
Jan 22, 2018


    • Internet
    • Swimming pool
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 1
        1 double, en suite
      • Bedroom 2
        1 king, en suite
      • Bedroom 3
        2 twin/ single, en suite
      • Casa Gabriel is a little unconventional in that it was designed for open air living i.e. the central staircase is covered, but open, with bedrooms leading off it. All bedrooms have direct access to the outside. Everyone seems to love this setting because of its quirkiness.


      • 3 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, en suite
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower, en suite
      • Bathroom 3
        toilet, shower, en suite
      • Each bedroom has an en suite bathroom.

      Location Type

        • Beach
        • Mountain
        • Near The Ocean
        • Rural
        • Village


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Farm Holidays
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Living Room
                    • Activities Guide
                    • Fireplace
                      Wood burner in living room.
                    • Fitness Room / Equipment
                      We have a variety of fitness equipment that guests can use during their stay.
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                      Electric oil heaters available in each bedroom.
                    • Internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Laundry Soap
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Basic Soaps
                    • Local Activities Guide
                    • Local Maps
                    • Local Restaurant Guide
                    • Parking
                    • Parking Off Street
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                    • Wireless Internet


                        • Microwave
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Freezer
                        • Grill
                        • Kitchen
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          Basics such as coffee, coffee filters, tea, sugar, olive oil, vinegar and spices.
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Books
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                • Ping Pong Table
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Television
                                • Toys
                                  We provide a variety age-appropriate toys that children can enjoy during their stay.
                                • Video Library


                                    • Bicycles
                                      Can be arranged - independent provider.
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      Can be arranged - independent provider.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Private and shared.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                    • Patio
                                    • Porch / Veranda
                                    • Terrace
                                    • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                      Can be arranged - independent provider.


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Outdoor Pool


                                                • nude beach
                                                • autumn foliage
                                                • coin laundry
                                                • forests
                                                • library
                                                • churches
                                                • recreation center
                                                • restaurants
                                                • ruins
                                                • waterfalls
                                                • winery tours

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • beachcombing
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • eco tourism
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • outlet shopping
                                                    • paddle boating
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • Babysitter
                                                        • fitness center
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • laundromat
                                                        • massage therapist
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • sailing
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • fly fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • jet skiing
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • paragliding
                                                            • rafting
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • snorkeling
                                                            • sound/bay fishing
                                                            • surf fishing
                                                            • surfing
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • water skiing
                                                            • whitewater rafting
                                                            • wind-surfing


                                                                • Suitable for elderly if cobbled paths and steps not a problem. 32' Flat screen TV with satellite channels and DVD player. Although Yavanna is open all year-round, please note that the swimming pool closes around the end of October and becomes warm enough for swimming around the beginning of May. Please also note that there is a third villa on the Yavanna property where owners are present for part of the year.

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: Flexible

                                                                  Check-out: Flexible

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                                  39 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  I had a wonderful stay at Casa Gabriel!

                                                                  Roberta P.

                                                                  Hi dear Sofia and Gustaf :)

                                                                  I want to thank you so much. Everything was fabulous!

                                                                  Great location and a friendly atmosfhere make the Yavanna a perfect stay for budget-conscious travelers. Sofia&Gustaf are a charming hosts who ensures that guests are truly welcome!

                                                                  This place is so full of love! Thank you guys for allowing me to stay in such a beautiful and positive place! I Will definitely be back soon. I would highly recommend!

                                                                  Thanks again for everything!!! :)))

                                                                  Take care!

                                                                  Roberta from Lisboa!

                                                                  Amazing relaxing retreat in a lux setting

                                                                  This is a beautiful property with 3 renovated farmhouses nestled in the countryside in northern Portugal. It is ideal for families, groups, retreats, couples. There is a lot to do on the property-- gardens, large lawn, saltwater pool, volleyball/other games, or just relax in a private garden. We enjoyed picking fresh fruit and produce from the gardens to include with our meals. Books, internet access, and tv available. There is also plenty to do and see in nearby in Portugal and Spain and the coast. The hosts are very friendly and excellent at customer service, family friendly, multi-lingual. Very relaxing, charming without being stuffy, highly recommended.

                                                                  Beyond comfort in the coastal hills of Portugal

                                                                  sean d.

                                                                  Casa Gabriel went well beyond our expectations for a few relaxing days as we traveled through Asturias then Galicia in Spain and into Portugal. The house was thoroughly equipped and immaculately kept with three bedrooms each with their own private bathroom, full living room and separate kitchen/dining overlooking a private garden and grill. Shopping locally for meals to compliment the properties "garden of eden" was a highlight as were the helpful, friendly and fun hosts who were always ready to help pave the way for our adventures. We traveled with two young children and couldn't have dreamed for a better place to enjoy the food and people of the region. My highest compliments and recommendation to future travelers.

                                                                  Fabulous place, great for families.

                                                                  Josy H.

                                                                  This is our third successive stay at Casa Gabriel, we love the house, pool, gardens its perfect for a family. North Portugal is off the beat & track compared to the Algarve, lots to explore, beautiful beaches. I would highly recommend to everyone!

                                                                  Great location and property

                                                                  Claude C.

                                                                  Wonderful location and property with pool. Immaculate villa with all comfort and tastefully decorated. Great host and children who let us enjoy their garden and produce. Would highly recommend.

                                                                  Absolutely recommendable!

                                                                  Sara B.

                                                                  We travelled with 5 kids (age 6-14) and we all had a terrific time at Yavanna. The premises (with a great pool area, table tennis, huge garden with lemon, orange and fig trees) were just perfect and Villa Gabriel very well equipped/maintained. The hosts are extremly friendly and helpful. Unfortunately the kids liked it so much that it was hard to lure them away and get to see at least some of the sights and nice beaches around. The landscapes of Northern Portugal are extremly scenic and what we really liked: not really touristy. We intend to come for another holiday and can really commend a stay at Yavanna!


                                                                  Fontoura, Portugal

                                                                  Yavanna lies in the Minho region in the north-west corner of Portugal only a few miles from the border with the province of Galicia, in Spain, and its village, Fontoura, lies on the Pilgrim's way, the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. Small houses and farms are dotted around the lush green rural landscape, surrounded by small fields and grapevines, connected by granite tracks. Beautiful rivers flow into this region from Spain. The river Lima has the historical and beautiful towns of Ponte de Barca, Ponte de Lima and Viana do Castelo on its banks. The nearby Minho has interesting old monuments along its banks including the fortified town of Valenca do Minho, which is only 3 miles from Yavanna. Safe lifeguard patrolled swimming and fishing in the Minho is only 10 minutes from Yavanna. The southern border of the region is another beautiful river, the Douro, as well as the Penedes Geres National Park. The stunning cities of Porto and Santiago de Compostela in Spain are both day trips. Other Activities: Pottery/Ceramics, Yoga, Cycling and other enjoyable and creative workshops available certain weeks at Yavanna. Golf: Ponte de Lima (half an hour away) is a par 71, 6005m, including Portugal's longest hole at 622m (par 5). Quinta da Barca golf resort (half an hour away) is an excellent 9 hole course with stunning views over the Cavado River. Par 31, 2012m. Estela (one hour away) is built on a 3km stretch of sand dunes is one of the Portuguese golf links that secured a good reputation for itself when it hosted two events in the European Professionals' Circuit. Par 72, 6129m.

                                                                  Rates & Availability

                                                                  Additional information about rental rates

                                                                  * You can arrive and leave on any day of the week and for any period over 3 nights off peak and 7 nights at other times. * Please note that the swimming pool becomes warm enough for swimming around the beginning of April, and closes around the middle of October, but this is weather dependent. * Over and above the 6 bedrooms in the two villas, we have two further double ensuite bedrooms available.

                                                                  39 Reviews
                                                                  Wonderful 4.9/5
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