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Elegant Villa, Caminha. Heated pool. Large garden. Near market towns & beaches.

People10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Space 1,657 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

Ideal for two families - Sleeps 10. Wonderful private spaces.

A large, architect designed, private villa near Caminha. The accommodation is immaculate and looks out onto a heated pool and landscaped garden that are hidden from outsiders by high walls. The villa accommodates two families with ease. There are two master bedrooms with double beds and en-suite bathrooms, a shared bathroom and two further bedrooms, one with twin bunks and one with two singles. Two PlayStations, games, DVDs, CDs and a large table football will keep the children (and dads) happy when they are not splashing in the heated pool or running in the large garden. The nearby fortified medieval market towns are picturesque and well maintained. This is a green and hilly region where the well-to-do Portuguese go to on holiday. It is quiet but it has plenty of restaurants, bars and cafes. The villa is about 10 minutes by car from a series of golden sandy beaches that stretch for many miles. The local beach has riverside area sheltered from the surf. Over the river is Spain.

Getting There: Flying to Porto is the easiest way to get to Caminha. It will be necessary to have a car. We will provide detailed directions from the car-hire area at Porto airport to the doorstep of the Villa. It takes about an hour to drive along an almost empty motorway with some spectacular views.

More Details

Owner
Anna Stroud
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
70%
Calendar last updated:
31 October, 2017

About Anna Stroud

We are Anna and Adrian, a couple with three teenage daughters living in the UK near London. Anna is the one who does the bookings and sorts everything out for our guests. Anna is Portuguese on her mother’s side which explains at least one of those other languages. Adrian, though making vague promises about learning Portuguese, still struggles with much more than ordering a coffee.

Anna Stroud purchased this villa in 2005

Why Anna Stroud chose Caminha

Anna lived in Portugal as a child and still has strong family connections there. We wanted a holiday home big enough for us to share with family and friends so it had to be four bedrooms with plenty of communal and private space. Initially we looked at renovations and more rural settings further from the coast. Our minds were instantly changed by the wow factor of this house with its sleek minimalism mixed with traditional rustic stone walls. We wanted some nightlife nearby for us and for teenagers but nothing too commercialised and not too close. We feel it hits that balance perfectly. The whole local environment is safe and civilised but full of activity. The houses nearby are all by the same architect. They fit into the landscape effortlessly and by deliberate design give each other complete privacy. With beautiful local market towns and Porto only an hour away – it simply ticked every box for us.

What makes this villa unique

We saw other houses of the same quality in the region but they all had something that that we felt compromised them in some way – like being by a busy road or having a garden that was overlooked or even just feeling too much like a residential home rather than somewhere special for holiday. In this case we felt there was no compromise, simply nothing we would change. The exterior rustic walls completely hide the house with no windows visible from the outside. It is only when you go inside that you discover how special it is. Spacious, light-filled rooms have wall-to wall windows overlooking the pool and garden. The roof overhangs to ensure you can enjoy the view without being dazzled or overheated by the direct sun. The architect has done his job very well.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Caminha in Caminha

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1657 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Family
  • Luxury
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking On Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • En-suite 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
    En-suite 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Familly - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The bathrooms are all modern and well-finished with high quality fixtures. The shower-enclosures are stone and the floors tiled.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Cot , Main House
    Master 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Rustic Annex
    Twin Bunks - 4 Single Bed , Main House
    Twin Single - 2 Single Bed , Main House
  • All the bedrooms have ample cupboard space. The master bedroom in the main house has a huge double bed with a PS2 and small flat screen to play DVDs and PS2 games. This is spacious and tranquil room with a comfortable chair if you want to sit somewhere quiet. It has an en-suite bathroom. Like the other bedrooms in the modern part of the house it has large sliding doors that open to the garden and pool. The second master bedroom in the rustic stone annexe is a more romantic traditional style with large double bedstead. It also has its own bathroom with shower. This bedroom is reached from the main house via an internal cobbled entrance area and has twin double doors that open onto a wysteria-covered cobbled yard with high stone walls. The twin room was furnished with young people in mind and has a more a more vivid and ethnic style. The last bedroom has twin full-size bunks each with personal fan and wall light, the children love this 'dorm'.
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Beach Towels
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 10 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • bay
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • mountain biking
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
The lounge has a large flat-screen for the DVD player and PS2 games. There are PS2 games and many DVD's to choose from. The good quality stereo has an iPod connection and plenty of CDs. There are classic games like chess, backgammon and dominoes and a few puzzles, games and toys for younger children. The full-size table football in the entrance area is popular with teenagers. If you are experienced you can use the real surfboard and anyone can have fun with the two proper 'boogie boards'. There is a selection of wetsuits to choose from including children’s sizes. The outside changing area means wet children don't have to trail in and out of the house. For the peace of mind of parents with toddlers, a section of decking lifts to complete a low-wall between the pool and the house. An elevated sunbathing patio with a low fence offers privacy away from the main seating area. The lounge seating can be boosted with 'bean bags' and footstools if all ten people want to sit together.

Reviews

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average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews
5

Way better in real life!!

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time in the Villa. The spacious layout was perfect for two families, allowing all 8 of us to come together but still maintain our own space.

The villa is jam packed full of toys, PlayStation games & books, so we all had something to do in the event of getting bored from being in the stunning pool.

The weather was wonderful during our stay and we chilled most of the time, the kids (ages 6,5,3&1) were not interested in going to the beach, they just wanted to be in the pool at the villa and use all the space to run around the garden!

Beds were super comfy, with lovely crisp linen and the rooms were very cool at night once we left the shutters down. The shutters are full length electronic & completely black out if you wish (a godsend in helping the kids sleep in!).

The secret terrace behind the pool was also fab for catching the evening sun whilst sipping on a Spritz...

We had a truly wonderful time, the villa was way better than we had anticipated. Communication with Anna & Adrian was top notch and we were delighted that Jorge met us in a restaurant on our arrival and guided us to the villa.

Thanks for helping us kick of summer in the best way possible!

Lorentzson & Moscrop Families

London 2017

  • Review Submitted: 03-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Wonderful Caminha Villa

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed the stay in our Caminha villa as it is located in a perfect spot to explore the Minho region in Northern Portugal. The road system is excellent whether you take the major roads or the scenic side roads. There is much to see and do in and around Caminha and we especially enjoyed the fortress at Valenca and her sister town, Tui, across the Minho ind Spain. We were also enthralled by Oporto which is a short drive from Caminha. The people of Caminha were wonderful and treated us as friends. The most enjoyable time of the day was when we headed back to our lovely villa and enjoyed its comforts. The villa is very spacious, private and relaxing with large windows that open to the pool area, lawns and surrounding hills. Anna the owner of the property was very reponsive and provided us with all the help and information that we needed for our stay. We will always remember our time in Caminha and our first thoughts will be of our lovely villa which we would return to in a heartbeat.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Apr-2015
  • Date of Stay: April 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed it. You appreciated it for the same reasons that we do!
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Preston
5

Excellent villa in lovely location

  • 5 of 5

This villa was ideal for two families to share for a wonderful two week break. Superb facilities and amble room with a refreshing pool to cool off. The area is also beautiful and there are lots of places to visit. I would recommend this to anyone without doubt.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful modern villa in great location

  • 5 of 5

We booked the villa for a week in early October for some winter sunshine. We took the owner's recommendation for car hire (who were half the price of the larger companies!) and were met at the airport with our rental car. The villa was straight forward drive from Porto airport and easy to find on the private development thanks to the helpful instruction pack we received beforehand.

The villa itself is absolutely stunning, modern, stylishly decorated, very spacious and superbly equipped. The villa is very private and not overlooked with plenty of space for lounging by the pool. The weather was great throughout our stay and the heated pool was warm enough for a dip (even in early October!). We loved the log fire in the lounge in the evenings and used the outdoor BBQ most days.

The welcome pack on arrival with lots of information and recomendations about the surrounding area was really useful, we explored the very pretty Caminha (5mins drive away) as well as towns further along the coast.

The villa is fully loaded with toys - we hooked our iPods up to the sound system in the day and raided the DVD collection in the evening. There were also a couple of PS2's and lots of games as well as books and board games, oh and a table football for good measure too!

We had a great week and would definately stay again.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Oct-2012
  • Date of Stay: September 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
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Girton, Cambridgeshire
5

Great family-friendly location

  • 5 of 5

We didn't know this particular part of north Portugal before, but Caminha has fantastic child-friendly beaches nearby (although not far from surfer beaches like Afife also). We didn't have time to explore walks in the hills nearby, but there's more than enough to do in the towns and villages nearby, with 'festas' seeming to occur somewhere nearby throughout the summer.

The villa itself is very clean, and has all the conveniences you need. The swimming pool is a good size, and the heating is easy to operate. You can sit around the pool very happily, even with small ones, as its been designed so toddlers are safe from the edge. Table football and an extensive DVD library will keep older ones happy when they get tired of the pool. The interior design is well thought out (and very stylish!) - but the layout's very practical and the large windows have push-button shutters so its easy to keep cool inside even on hot days.

Saying that, the climate in this part of Europe is wonderfully temperate, and it never seems to get oppressively hot. There is a river not too far away at Vilar de Mouros that is a great place to cool of and have a freshwater swim.

We would have loved to stay longer - its a relaxing place to be, and feels very unspoilt for a beach holiday location. You do need a hire car go get about, but the roads never seem particularly busy, and there is more than enough to do in the vicinity to mean that most activities are within 20-30 minutes of the villa.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Sep-2011
  • Date of Stay: August 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love the area so much. It is great to hear when someone else appreciates it too. Thanks for the positive review. Adrian.
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5

Wonderful discovery ;Switzerland with beaches

  • 5 of 5

This is a very luxurious, ultra modern villa, with masses of space. The pool is practical and of a good size. The parking is secure and enough for several cars and groups, behind very substantial gates. Ideal for both family, groups or romantic couples just getting away from it all. The area is a real ' discovery', having the scenic views of switzerland, yet the water sports & beaches of the med with weather to match. Eating out is both very good value, compared with UK or France, with very large choice. This includes both spectacular river valley views, historic narrow streets, or sophisticated beach bars. The kitchen is well equiped, with more than enough plates etc for guests.

The owner provided a very comprehensive guide to area & helpful customer service, including ' photographic' landmarks / directions right back to Airport Hire car depot. Every need or requirement has been thoroughly thought through & tested, over the years one suspects. A safe, comfortable & practical villa. everything is provided, all you need to do is get on a plane. Highly recommended

  • Review Submitted: 20-May-2010
  • Date of Stay: May 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
90 Kilometres
Porto
Nearest Barpub
7 Kilometres
Caminha
Nearest Ferry
664 Kilometres
Santander
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Caminha
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Caminha
Nearest Beach
7 Kilometres
Caminha
Car: necessary

The villa is a few minutes by car from Caminha which is a historic market town with medieval walls, cobbled streets, bars, cafes and restaurants. Vila Nova de Cerveira is perhaps 15 minutes away by car. It has a similar historic centre with bars and cafes but it also has a wonderful outdoor Saturday market. Viana do Castelo and Ponte de Lima are about 20 minutes by car, they are the largest local towns and both offer historical interest. This coast has mile after mile of beach with golden sand. It is the Atlantic so there is no shortage of surf and it is popular with surfers. The nearest beach is in Caminha about 7km from the villa, this has a sheltered spot inside the mouth of the beautiful Minho river. The next beach is Moledo which is rather trendy and a few km on from there is Ancora which is a bit more commercial, after that Afife which is huge and wide-open. There are small bars and restaurants at all the beaches. Porto is an easy-going one hour drive with spectacular views.

Other Activities: Surf board, boogie boards and wetsuits of various sizes are supplied by prior arrangement.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Caminha, Viana do Castelo (District)

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £175.94

During the periods above that that are indicated to be 700 euros per week we have lower charges for four people or less and for shorter periods than one week. Minimum charge for any stay during these periods is 340 euro. During these periods the changeover day is also flexible.

Please note that there is always a 200 euros (or £200) damage deposit which is fully refundable if no damages

50% of total payable on confirmation of booking and the balance + damage deposit payable 6 weeks before arrival at the villa.

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