Ideal for family holidays, near beaches, towns, supermarkets, sports facilities
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About Charles Lindley
The house is the property of 3 brothers and sisters, members of an English family resident in Portugal since 1930
Charles Lindley purchased this Farmhouse in 1962
Why Charles Lindley chose Esposende
The property is situated in Barca do Lago, which means "Boat of the lake". A village where the river Cavado forms a lake, and where the travellers on the main road from Porto to the North and Spain, crossed the river by boat before a bridge was built in Fão.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
The house was a miller's house, built using granite and tastefully restored and decorated, using wooden period furniture, but with modern creature comforts. Walled private and mature garden, pool and garage, make for a comfortable family holiday.
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Spacious cool farmhouse - great for relaxing family stay
We had a fabulous relaxing stay in this comfortable spacious house - plenty of room for everyone to do their own thing or spend time together. Everything we needed was provided from the welcome pack of basic provisions and huge fruit bowl to plentiful towels for inside and the pool. Everywhere was spotlessly clean and tidy. The gardens were lovely and very lush compared to the heatwave we'd left behind in England and there were plenty of options for sitting in the sun or in the shade throughout the day.
We ventured out to the Thursday market at Barcelos and to Esposende and Fao but could have easily spent our days lazing around the pool and garden. Although there were kayaks provided we decide to head round to ProRiver over the other side of the river and hire them so we could all kayak at the same time.
The icing on the cake was great views of the blood moon lunar eclipse and Mars from the top balcony - perfect end to a very relaxing holiday.
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
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