About the property
- Farmhouse861 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay7 nights
Ideal for family holidays, near beaches, towns, supermarkets, sports facilities
A farmhouse which was bought by our family in the early 1960's, reconstructed and fully refurbished 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.
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within a few hours
- english, french, spanish, portuguese
- Calendar last updated:
- May 24, 2018
Pool / Spa
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 6:00 PM
Check-out: 12:00 PM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
A spacious farmhouse perfect for relaxing and entertaining
A lovely well equipped farmhouse with interesting garden and a lovely pool. We immediately felt at home and were made to feel very welcome by the generous gift of wine, fruit and essentials. There was plenty of shade in the heat of the day and three patio areas to choose from depending on where the sun was. There were a couple of small shops within walking distance and a large supermarket a short (5 minute) drive away that sold everything you could want. The farmhouse is in easy reach of the main roads for sightseeing further afield. We all had a lovely time and would recommend this place. Thank you
Spacious house, Cool at night when days are v hot. Lots of outside space
Much nicer than the pictures suggest, as other have stated.
Family home, good for relaxing holiday.
The owner was very helpful answering preliminary queries; the description of the property was detailed and accurate, arrival instructions worked a treat; the kitchen is generously equipped and we appreciated the basic welcome supplies. It certainly has the feel of a well loved family home.
We were not very ambitious exploring the area, but did enjoy walks alongside the river, the Chapel and 'beach' at Barca do Lago, lunch at the Golf Club, Ofir, Esposende and San Laurenco, Barcelos on market day. The nearest bar was our reliable supply of bread rolls! We spent quite a lot of time by the pool, which unfortunately does not have a shallow end suitable for very young children. Would be more than happy to recommend this property, with the proviso about the swimming pool.
Delightful, well equipped home from home
Perfect home from home in rural setting but close to all amenities and within easy access to Porto, unesco world heritage sites and the seaside. House and wonderfully established gardens, well positioned terraces and pool provided very spacious indoor and outdoor space for 7 adults. All the facilities you would want and then some, from towels by the pool, to BBQ equipment, clean and cushioned pool chairs, and sun loungers and plenty of shade if required for outdoor eating. The house inside was delightful, spotlessly clean and there was endless hot water. On top of that, the view from the wisteria covered balcony was lovely. The caretaker made sure everything inside and out remained in perfect condition and nothing was too much trouble. We enjoyed the short walk to both nearby bars and the little supermarket provided anything needed at short notice, ordering bread for us, saving a trip to the nearby superstore, only 5 minutes away in the car anyway!
Local bread van and fish lady passed the house daily and there was a good selection.
All in all, a great home to stay in, suited all of us perfectly, ages from 23 to 63. Highly recommended
Charming house in a peaceful location
The property is a lovely old farmhouse that has been converted into a very comfortable and characterful home, with 4 good sized bedrooms, loads of bathrooms, 2 spacious living rooms and a well-equiped kitchen. There are lots of places to sit out and eat and a very nice pool. The main rooms have lots of character and period features and the house feels like someones home instead of a standard holiday let.
The gardens are really charming, with secret paths and fruit trees, and good views across the valley and river. There is a large bbq, small lawned area and plenty of space around the pool for lounging. The river is about a 10 minutes walk along a quiet road and is great for swimming and canoeing (one 4-man canoe and 1 single kayak in the garage, plus some bikes).
There are several small 'locals' bars 200m to 400m away where you can also buy some bread and basics. The supermarket is about a 15 min drive and there are countless lovely beaches within 30 minutes drive.
The daily maid service is excellent and very discrete, and there are more plates, dishes and glasses than you could ever hope to use.
There are many interesting places to visit within 50kms, although, like us, you may spend most of your time around the pool or in the river. The weather in August was very hot and sunny (28-30 degrees) but cool in the evenings - perfect!
Positives - spacious, quiet, lovely grounds and pool, characterful and 'homely', well equipped, close to river and coast.
Negatives - none really, If I had to come up with some negatives then the kitchen could be larger (although it is perfectly adequate and there is also a utility room), and there doesn't appear to be anywhere to eat out within walking distance, other than the golf club (which we didn't try).
Overall I would certainly recommend it. Our party comprised 2 kids (3 and 5) and 4 adults (ranging from 27 to 72) and everyone enjoyed the house.
We hope to go back next year!
Laurence, Aug. 2009
Our holiday in North Portugal
This was our first visit to this area of Portugal, and it combined very neatly with a couple of days in Oporto at the end. The description on the website of the surrounding area is very accurate – if you have a car, you have access to the motorway and lots of very scenic towns and villages, as well as the local beaches.
The property itself was much bigger than we expected – it easily accommodated two couples and a teenager and we all had ample space to do our own thing if we wanted. It was kept immaculately clean and was very well stocked with kitchen implements etc, which we appreciated. The gardens were a highlight, and we had fresh peaches from the garden picked for our arrival – which was a lovely touch! The caretaker/cleaner for the property made us really welcome, and told us about the local festivities which were due to take place during our stay including religious processions, shows and fireworks – a real bonus!
We could have spent most of our holiday by the pool just doing nothing! The area is very rural and peaceful, and I went running on the little farm tracks that criss-cross the countryside around – getting a smile and hello from the tractor drivers!
There was a lot of sporting activity on the river nearby, which we didn’t partake in, but I imagine this would suit families with active teenagers.
I would thoroughly recommend this property to anyone wanting a quiet base in which to relax and from which to explore the surrounding area. It is especially good for a large group of friends or a large family.
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
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Prices: 4 people occupation rate shown. Max occupation is 8 people Check in at 18.00h, Check out at 10.00, on Saturdays Damages will be charged when in excess of 50 euros. Rents are payable by bank transfer Terms: 25% deposit on booking. No cancellation refund Balance 4 weeks before arrival.