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Traditional cottage with pool in rural location

Bedrooms 1
Space 592 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 6 nights


About the property

Close to forest walks, sandy beaches and Spanish border

Built in 1868 the granite stone cottage has been sympathetically restored and retains many original features, including the open beamed ceiling and shutters.

Overlooking the rural hamlet of Tarrio, the property has stunning views across a river valley to the mountains beyond. The cottage is adjacent to the farmhouse where the owner lives and has a private patio with lemon tree and rustic barbecue. The pool and surrounds( occasionally shared with the owner) overlooks terraces of lawn, flowers and vegetable gardens that guests are welcome to explore. Car-parking is available under shady vines that are still used to produce wine on the property.

The accommodation is laid out as an open plan studio and has a double bed plus sofa beds suitable for children. In winter there is a cosy wood-burning stove and a fan is available for the summer months. The well-equipped kitchen has a gas hob/oven/grill and a microwave. The bathroom is spacious and modern with a thermostatic shower, wc, bidet and wash-basin.

The cottage has free wi-fi coverage and the flatscreen TV is connected to a satellite receiving all UK channels. There is also a DVD and music system.

There are many tracks for walking and mountain-bike riding leading from the property and the owner has bicycles for guest use. In the old stables of the farmhouse there is a games room with a table tennis table, table-top football, boules and badminton equipment, and a paper-back library.

There is a shared laundry area with washing machine, tumble dryer and iron for guest's use.

The local town of Paredes de Coura is 6km away and has a river swimming area, shops, cafes, restaurants and a Saturday market. In addition to the forest and village walks on your doorstep and the property is ideally situated to explore the coast and it's sandy beaches, the market towns of the Minho/Lima valleys or the Peneda-Geres National Park. The Spanish border is 30 mins and Porto airport is 1 hr drive away.

Canoeing/Kayaking: The owner has details of canoes for hire on the River Lima and River Minho. The canoeing is suitable for beginners and children.

More Details

Mike Wild
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French, Portuguese
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 June, 2017

About Mike Wild

Moved to Portugal from the UK in 2005 to enjoy the peace, climate, lush countryside and uncrowded beaches of the Costa Verde. The friendly, relaxed attitude of the local population and the lower cost of living were also major factors.

Now retired, I spend my time gardening and looking after the property, cycling and kite-surfing, and of course, making sure our guests have a wonderful holiday!

Mike Wild purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Mike Wild chose Viana do Castelo (District)

I love the character that comes with an old granite built property - and it keeps nice and cool in the summer. The view from the pool across the valley is stunning and although we are in a peaceful unspoilt location, we are only a few minutes drive from the local market town of Paredes de Coura

What makes this cottage unique

A large, virtually private pool (as only occasionally shared with owner and wife) and well-maintained terraced gardens of 3,000 sq metres.

Peaceful - apart from the church bells, and the occasional tractor working in the fields below.

Well-located to access

-the coast and a range of beautiful sandy beaches

- the Peneda -Geres National Park

-the Spanish border and coastal resorts

-the historic towns of Ponte de Lima, Braga, Guimaraes


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Municipality of Paredes de Coura in North Portugal

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 592 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Backpack
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • PC
  • Parking ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Tiled Stove
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 2 Child Bed , 1 Cot , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , The sleeping area is 'open plan' (studio style). See photo.
  • The sleeping area is open plan (studio style). There is one double bed, two single fold-out beds for children and a cot for babies.
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Child's Swing
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 4 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
The laundry room, games room, swimming pool and gardens are shared with the owner and guests are requested not to use these areas at night between the hours of 11pm and 8am.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(31 traveller reviews)

Maidenhead, UK

Lovely cottage in beautiful unspoilt surroundings.

  • 5 of 5

My 7-months pregnant wife and I came over for a pre-baby week of relaxation and quality time, and the Casita fitted the bill perfectly. Casa da Fonte is a perfect combination of traditional buildings and gardens with modern levels of equipment, comfort and convenience. Everything is in excellent condition. The casita consists of one very large room for sleeping, living and eating, plus a seperate shower room off to the side, with access to the private courtyard - a perfect amount of space for a couple and maybe 1 or 2 small children. The spacious pool area looks out over the terraced garden and vines, into the valley below.

The local hills and valleys are great for exploring, with ancient lanes and pathways, abandoned water mills and ruins, local smallholders with their traditional tools, waterfalls and abundant wildlife. These are best explored on foot or by mountain bike. Mike was an excellent guide on 2 wheels, taking me down some challenging and scenic trails while giving me the benefit of his detailed local knowledge!

Getting into the car, there are plenty of good days out within easy driving distance - I particularly liked visiting Ponte de Lima for the Roman bridge and exploring the interesting back streets and the Gil Eannes hospital ship in Viana do Castelo (we were going to go to the beach, but never quite made it!); also the fortress in Valenca, looking across the Minho river to Spain. My wife enjoyed a day in the spa at Moncao, which is fed with warm spring water from the nearby hills.

Other highlights were: the wood-burning stove; drinking Alvarinho in the sunny courtyard with a good book (if you run out, the games room has a good stock, of books that is); entering the 'Draftzone' mountain bike event at Melgaco; eating local salt cod dishes; travelling on the scenic and almost deserted local roads.

I'd recommend the Casita to any couple looking for a relaxing getaway in tranquil surroundings that are great fun to explore.

  • Review Submitted: May 27, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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Mike and Maria are wonderful hosts and this is an excellent base for exploring North Portugal.

  • 5 of 5

The property had everything needed for us to enjoy our stay. We particulary liked the local waymarked walks and the virtually empty and winding roads - great for sports cars! Mike and Maria, our hosts, were very helpful but in no way intrusive. It was lovely to be able to enjoy the home produced fruit and eggs.

We would recommend trips to Ponte de Lima and Vila Nova de Cerveira. No doubt, we would have visited the beaches if it had not been end-of-season. The evenings do get a little chilly in October but the log burner kept us warm and cosy.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Romantic cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in the cottage Casa da fonte, its absolutely beautiful place with great views everywhere.

North Portugal is very green , lot of nice walking routes and charming towns and places to visit.

Maria and Mike are great hosts very friendly and warm people.

Would recommend to anyone looking for peace and quiet atmosphere.

Thank you very much for hospitality ,fresh vegetables,fruits and eggs (delicious ).

Katarzyna and Jurek

  • Review Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was lovely to meet you both and we are so happy you enjoyed your stay. Please visit us again !
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Superb accomodation for a peaceful relaxing holiday.

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Mike and Maria's cottage. It was clean and comfortable and had everything we needed for a wonderful holiday. Mike and Maria were always friendly and helpful. We enjoyed your chats and advice on the local area. The lovely fresh fruit and vegetable from the garden was an unexpected bonus. We managed to complete several of the many waymarked walking routes in the area and a few cycle rides. When it was too hot for walking we enjoyed relaxing in the garden or by the pool. There are many delightful towns and villages to explore in the area. We would definitely recommend this property to friends and family. Thank you Mike and Maria for providing this beautiful cottage.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Restful, peaceful welcoming and bliss.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful, restful week in the cottage. Mike and Maria were helpful, kind and unobtrusive.

The views from the cottage and pool are stunning. As a keen swimmer it was bliss to be able to have a pool available for a couple of two. The area has much to offer and travelling to Spain easy. Porto itself offers everything you could wish for.

Thank you for a fabulous holiday I slept really well too !!!

Annette Freeman


  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Absolutely stunning. The photos don't do justice to the colours, comfort and ambience. Stunning

  • 5 of 5

Utterly stunning location and equally superb property. Such friendly and generous hosts in Mike and Maria. I would wholeheartedly recommend the casita to anyone. We were a family of 5 for a quick 5 day break and we managed superbly in the accommodation.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! Please come again! Mike and Maria
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Prices & Availability

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Peak Season
1 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
Low Season
1 Oct 2017 - 30 Apr 2018
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
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6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights

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