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

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,614 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Parking



Casa Gabriel

Casa Gabriel sleeps 6 and is a traditional Minho farmhouse dating from 1730 and has been renovated to a very high standard. Each bedroom has an en-suite shower room. There are two double rooms and one twin room.

Casa Gabriel is very nicely furnished and equipped. It has its own kitchen, living room, outside eating area, barbecue, garden, etc. In addition, there is a very large garden and large pool, with plenty of room for everyone.

We do everything we can to make your holiday very special. We are available for help and advice, but at the same time very sensitive to your need for privacy.

Towels and linen are provided, beds are changed weekly, and we take great pride in our standard of cleanliness, with a professional company cleaning weekly.

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About the property

Yavanna: Dolinda and Gabriel

'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!”

For More Information and Travel Options: **** For more information please ask us for the address of our web site *****.

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.

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Sofia Louw
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese
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Calendar last updated:
18 August, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

Beautiful Slice of Heaven. Comfortable rooms, and Eunice's generosity made this a wonderful holiday. The garden and pool are fantastic!!
Jul 2010
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* 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.


Accommodation and facilities for Casa Gabrielin Fontoura in Municipality of Valença

Property Type:
  • villa (semi-detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1614 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , en suite
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , en suite
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , en suite
  • Each bedroom has an en suite bathroom.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , en suite
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , en suite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 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.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 12 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • forests
  • library
  • naturist beach
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • 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.


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Casa Gabriel
average rating of 4.939394 based on 35 reviews

Absolutely recommendable!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location and property

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The most perfect holiday, wonderful accommodation.

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of five who stayed at Yavanna in April. The accommodation was stunning, the outdoor living feel was so unique. We had the most beautiful garden for our evening BBQs with stunning views. The sitting room with its log burner was so cosy when we wanted to come in. We all enjoyed the pool, the table tennis, and the thoughtful attention to detail that made our stay so comfortable. Sofia and Gustaf were so welcoming and helpful and could not have done more to have made this an exceptional holiday.

The surrounding area is full of things to do. We visited markets and towns and walked into Spain. The beaches at Moledo are amazing for the children and we could have done with a few more days to stay. We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Casa Gabriel : un séjour merveilleux

  • 5 of 5

Accueil formidable de Sofia, la propriétaire et de son compagnon. La maison Gabriel est composée de 3 belles chambres spacieuses, décorées avec soin et détails, beaux meubles, fleurs fraiches, décoration personnalisée, beaucoup de rangement, ventilateur, bref vous vous sentez chez vous. Salle de bain bien aménagées, fleurs fraiches, douches italiennes, rangement. La maison dispose également d'un salon convivial avec bibliothèque et télévision. Le wifi est offert. La cuisine est vaste, et très bien équipée, lave-vaisselle, four, vaisselles, il ne manque rien ! À noter que tout est très propre.

Deux terrasses, un jardin, sur l'une d'elle, une table en bois sous une tonnelle en fer forgé, surplombe les collines, à coté un barbecue très fonctionnel, "en dur", gros photophores extérieurs. Enfin juste à coté de la maison, une laverie est à disposition avec les produits nécessaires. Des serviettes de piscine sont offertes également. Nous sommes arrivés avec beaucoup de retard, et avons eu un panier d'accueil et de bienvenue à l'arrivée, qui nous a fait très plaisir et qui fut très utile ! Tout est fait ici pour que vous vous sentiez comme chez vous. À noter que les hôtes sont extrêmement discrets. Vous disposez d'un très bel espace piscine, ( eau sans chlore ), avec un ravissant espace salon de détente la surplombant. Coussins, décorations, le patio piscine est très soigné, délicat, haut de gamme. La vue de la piscine est très belle, le jardin est à disposition avec coins repas et ambiances différentes, il y a des citronniers et orangers, potagers, plantes aromatiques, que vous pouvez cueillir ! Le lieu entier est dédié à la détente et au repos. Le service et l'accueil sont irréprochables, professionnels, bienveillants. En conclusion, nous recommandons les yeux fermés Yavanna.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Una estancia idilica.Repetiremos seguro

  • 5 of 5

Fuimos a yavanna en el mes de marzo 4 dias 3 parejas y 1 niño.Desde el minuto 1 que llegamos fue maravilloso,encontrarse con una jardin de noche,iluminado con velas y luces fue amor a primera vista.La casa es una maravilla,tiene muchisimo encanto y la finca con su piscina y zona de hamacas es increible.Es un lugar de relajacion absoluta.Podria hablar mil maravillas.Y por ultimo secir que sofia es maravillosa,muy hospitalaria y siempre dispuesta a ayudar a los que nos hospedamos.Nos tenia hasta una cestita de recibimiento con productos tipicos.Pudimos probar productos de su huerta ecologica.En resumen ha sido una estancia de ensueño y que repetiremos seguro.Gracias por todo sofia.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
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Peace and Joy with Nature

  • 5 of 5

Óptimo local para férias com família ou amigos, com o melhor que o Minho tem para oferecer.

Casa simpática, família acolhedora! Recomendo!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
90 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
700 Kilometres
Bilbao or Santander
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Ponte de Lima
Nearest Train
5 Kilometres
Valenca do Minho
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
15 Kilometres
Car: recommended

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.