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Beautiful detached villa with private pool, wi-fi, garden, games room & BBQ



Updated: 24-Oct-2016
Villa in Souto, Terras de Bouro, Costa Verde, Portugal - Great location in friendly village, close to the National Park, lake, mountains & Braga city

Casa Lumi is a delightful villa furnished to a high standard to offer our clients the best comfort and elegance. It is a haven of tranquility and relaxation surrounded by a large garden with orange, lemon, olive and walnut trees with amazing views of the mountains and countryside. It is not unusual to see locals still working the rich fertile land with an ox-drawn cart in this rural and unspoilt region of North Portugal. The local church (opposite the villa) has traditional festivals throughout the year, most local village activity revolves around the church. A natural water fountain with fresh mountain water is just a short stroll away, wonderful scents of pine and eucalyptus fill the air along the way. Free wi-fi / internet in the villa with a Smart TV. We also have a book case, selection of board games, cards and children's toys.

**NEW** Raised Wooden Gazebo seating area with rattan garden furniture and table, BBQ area with fridge and outside seating for an incredible outside dining experience

Please see links below about the region

Water Park at Amarante -

Water Park at Guimaraes for smaller children -

More Details
  • Sleeps 11
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Casa Lumi was built in 2002 and designed by ourselves, we installed the pool a few years later and keep adding new additions every year. We are a family of four, with two boys. Our dream was to build a house and enjoy this region of the North of Portugal that is still totally unspoilt by tourism. There is so much to see and do, either by visiting the cities or exploring the National Park with plenty of activities to keep everyone occupied. We hope you will enjoy your stay as much as we do.

We also donate at least one week a year for charity and this year we have helped Prostate cancer at a charity auction.

Speaks English, Portuguese

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Diane,

Well it's all over and we are packing to leave this lovely spot and your super villa. We have had a wonderful time and going home totally relaxed, thank you for everything, we hope to return another year.
Apr 2015
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5 Reviews

based on 5 holidaymaker reviews


Lovely casa in an equally lovely unspoilt partof northern Portugal

  • 5 of 5

Very well equipped, plenty of space inside and out. The views are stunning of the mountain ranges. Walking distance to 3 places to eat, though bbq area at Casa is fab for chilling in the evenings.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

Lovely remote setting in the hills. Peaceful and relaxing holiday had by all. Didn't need a watch as the charming church bells allowed me to keep times. Locals very pleasant and friendly with bread van and fresh fish brought to the local square each morning. The local eateries are reasonably priced with large portions of good local wholesome food. We loved the BBQ area and pool with fresh oranges and lemons growing in the garden and lovely views of green hills. The national park is beautiful and will return definitely.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your review, we are so pleased you enjoyed your holiday at Casa Lumi and enjoyed the unspoilt area and National Park, we would welcome your return visit another time, kind regards Diane & Adriano
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Beautifully relaxing

  • 5 of 5

This was our first visit to Portugal and whilst it was November we were very lucky with the weather, the villa is large airy and also cosy too in the evening with the log fire burning away. The little village of souto was so friendly with a festival taking place over the weekend we stayed and we were invited to take part in drinking all the local wines they had made together with BBQ and roasted chestnut and dancing it was such a wonderful evening despite them speaking little English and us speaking no Portuguese. We could not believe how cheap it was to eat & drink out there, the wine in the nearby supermarket started from 1 Euro a bottle! We ate out at the pizzeria which is a short walk away but the owner gave us a free lift back up the steep hill, everyone if just so friendly. We also ate twice in the Ovaticano restaurant who's meze meal is huge and so welcoming for my husbands birthday which resulted in them all singing and presenting him with a cake. We also went to Geres for a spa day, which was very relaxing. I would also recommend Quinta Cova de Raposa for the wine tasting tour in Braga which was such a lovely day. Thank you Diane for everything we love your villa and will definitely be back, highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review, we are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay at Casa Lumi and we look forward to your return visit, Diane & Adriano
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful Villa, garden end swimming pool. a place to come back to, in beautiful North Portugal. Non touristic, you can have long walks in the mountains, taste wine at the neighbors, enjoy the lovely flowers and have a good bbq in the garden. We stayed for two weeks last summer and will be back this summer.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review, we look forward to welcoming you again at Casa Lumi
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Great stay in North Portugal

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely two weeks staying in this very light and spacious villa with great mountain views. The children made good use of the pool table in the games room and the swimming pool and we enjoyed many barbecues on the kitchen veranda next to the orange and lemon trees.There are some very good local restaurants within walking distance (especially O Vaticano opposite the villa) all of which are reasonably priced, the local shop stocks basic items and bread from the daily van is a must ! We found plenty to do in the area and particularly enjoyed swimming in the local rivers and lake at Rio Caldo. This is a great place to stay if you want to experience the non-touristy Portugal where very little English is spoken and 1 euro will buy a bottle of beer or a glass of vinho verde !

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
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O Bem Cozinhado
"Excellent local restaurant, family run and a 10 minute walk down to the main EN205-3 road (c..."
Restaurante O Vaticano
"Wonderful family run bar and restaurant, located a short stroll from Casa Lumi, excellent fo..."
Braga Municipal Stadium

From the Owner

This region of North Portugal is still untouched by tourist prices, example of some prices: Less than one euro : white coffee, tea, soft drinks, bottle of beer or draught beer. Average bottle of wine in a restaurant around 6€, a set menu for lunch with wine and coffee 6€ per person. The euro definitely goes further in the North than in the Algarve.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Porto at 76 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : O Vaticano at 100 Metres Nearest Ferry : Santander at 398 Miles Nearest Golf : Ponte de Lima at 36 Kilometres Nearest Train : Braga at 24 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A11 at 18 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : O Vaticano at 100 Metres Nearest Beach : Apulia at 55 Kilometres Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Water sports are available on the Caniçada Lakes next to the Geres National Park, an area of natural outstanding beauty, (only 18 kms away). Safari jeep rides, jet skis, pedaloes, canoeing, boat hire, boat trips, horse-riding, archery, paintball, quad bikes and fishing also available. Guided walking trails and rock climbing down waterfalls. Paragliding at Monte de Sao Pedro (10kms). River beach within 10 minutes walk. Day trips and adventure days can be arranged locally to visit the beauty and natural fauna of the National Park. Spa breaks at the nearby Caldelas Thermal Spa (6kms) providing various treatments including hydro massage, facials, algae body wraps, body massage with essential oils, a wonderful experience at affordable prices. Take a visit to the Spas and Hydros at Caldelas (5 minutes drive) or at Caldas do Geres, includes water fountains, mineral pool and various treatments to soothe the mind and body. This is also a medical and rehabilitation centre. Water park in Fafe.


River Homem is within walking distance of the villa, where the locals swim in the summer months, nearest beaches are at Esposende and Ofir where there are long stretches of beautiful clean sandy beaches, approximately 40 minutes drive. Horse-riding, hiking, safari jeeps, canoeing and water sports within 20 mins drive. This area is a favourite for walkers with many walking trails. Peneda-Geres National Park you’ll discover amazing backdrops in which to discover ancient ruins and wildlife


Porto airport is located a 1 hr drive (65km) 30 minutes motorway and 30 minutes country roads, well sign posted.Car hire is recommended, taxi transfers available (prices from 75 euros one way). Flights: Easyjet Gatwick or Luton to Porto. Ryanair from Stansted, Liverpool, Birmingham, Bristol, Boden, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Eindhoven, Hahn, Brussels, Frankfurt. TAP from LHR & LGW (2 hrs), Air Berlin, Iberia, Hapag-Lloyd Express and Luthansa. BA to Santiago de Compostela in N. Spain (2 hrs) or Lisbon.


Casa Lumi is ideally situated between the historical city of Braga (18km) with its ancient Cathedral and the Castelo of Bom Jesus with its monumental stairway interspersed with chapels and fountains. The Therapeutic Spa and outside swimming pools of Caldelas are only 7km away and the Canicada Lakes and National Park of Geres are also close by. The Municipal Football Stadium of Braga 16kms from the villa.

Further Details:

Within the village of Souto there are 3 restaurants, 1 pizzaria, 3 bars/coffee shops (1 is only a minute walk away), 2 mini-supermarkets and church. Banks, post office, chemist, health centre, larger supermarket, further shops and restaurants are 5kms away in Terras de Bouro town. A natural water spring is a few minutes walk for fresh drinking water. Free Internet access and printer available at the Posto Turismo in Terras de Bouro town (5 minutes by car). Free wi-fi at the villa. Restaurant prices in this region remain low with large portions, local beers are less than 1 euro, glass of port 1 euro, bottle of wine 6 euros, soft drinks 1 euro, coffee 80 cents. The area still have local prices and are not inflated by tourist prices.

Whether you’re dining at one of Porto’s atmospheric riverfront bistros, on the beach or in a rustic village café, a chilled glass of the region’s lightly sparkling Vinho Verde is a great accompaniment.

The ancient riverside city of Porto is simply brimming with historic buildings and monuments recalling its colourful past. Take the train from Braga to Sao Bento. It’s a great place to admire architectural gems such as the imposing Cathedral and decorative São Bento train station. A short walk down to the riverfront from Sao Bento station or take the funicular, you will find the famous port wine caves of Taylors, Fonseca and Sandeman that have tours in all languages and sampling, then take the funicular back up. Don’t miss a visit to the medieval seaside town of Vila do Conde and the famous Santa Clara Monastery with its 5km-long aqueduct, built on 999 arches.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Autumn / Winter
10 Sep 2016 - 28 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £25 per night, per additional guest
Spring 2017
29 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £25 per night, per additional guest
Summer 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add £25 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Welcome Pack £30
Refundable Damage Deposit £200
Extra cleaning charge +8 £50

Booking Notes:
To check availability and book this property please contact the owners. A deposit of 25% is required to secure booking and final payments made 60 days prior to arrival. £200 security damages deposit is also payable at this time, refunded 7 days after end of booking (subject to no damages)

Changeover Day:
Preferred changeover days are Saturday during Spring/Summer season, however flexible at other times dependent on bookings. Check-in time from 2.30pm, check out time 10.00am.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for upto 8 people sharing, £25 per night for additional persons.
Heating charge for winter / colder months charged at 100.00€ week on request

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 24-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

Newly built Summer terrace to enjoy the wonderful outside with views of the mountains and sunset and newly built shaded BBQ area complete with sink and our own unique olive trunk table. We aim to make the villa as comfortable as possible and hope that we have provided everything you need to feel at home and relax. Help yourselves to the oranges and lemons from the trees for fresh orange juice in the morning or for the perfect gin and tonic.

Property Type

  • villa


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Jacuzzi, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Outdoor Shower
  • En-suite fully fitted bathroom to bedroom 1 with jacuzzi/hydromassage bath and shower En-suite shower room to bedroom 2 with WC and handbasin Bathroom with bath/shower, WC, bidet for bedroom 3 Bathroom with bath/shower, WC, bidet for bedroom 4


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Cot, 1 Sofa bed/Futon, Ensuite jacuzzi bathroom and double doors to outside terrace
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Sofa bed/Futon, Double doors leading to small terrace
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed, En-suite toilet and shower room
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Sofa bed/Futon, Downstairs - level floor to lounge and kitchen area.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 + 2 Infants (4 Bedrooms + 2 Cots) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed, double sofa bed, fitted wardrobes and large outside veranda Bedroom 2 with twin beds and fitted wardrobes. Bedroom 3 with double bed, single sofa bed, fitted wardrobes and outside veranda. Bedroom 4 with double bed, sofa bed


  • Notes on accommodation: Casa Lumi is a comfortable home from home, situated in a friendly village where your euro will go further due to local prices in all the restaurants and bars. It is suitable for children with two cots, two highchairs and a selection of toys. We are sure you will feel at home in this incredible house with luxurious furnishings and everything you need for a relaxing holiday. Casa Lumi has a central heating system and is available for winter lets. Games room with pool table, dart board and I-pod docking station. Selection of childrens toys and badminton rackets for four to play Outside: Large garden with table, bench, chairs and parasol, sun loungers and BBQ. Lawned area with orange, lemon, olive and walnut trees. Private 6x4m swimming pool with rock feature waterfall, outside shower and night lights. Landscaped lawn and garden. New (due for completion by Summer 2015) a raised wooden gazebo area and built in BBQ, outside sink and relaxed shaded seating area Utility Room: Washing machine, ironing board and iron. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are provided and changed once a week. Please bring your own towels for the pool area and beach. Complimentary Molton Brown soap in the bathrooms. Maid service once a week (extra maid service available on request and payable locally) Other: Large outside veranda with ceiling spotlights leading from kitchen door, for total relaxation and privacy with seating for ´alfresco´ dining. You can almost reach the oranges and lemons (please help yourselves) whilst enjoying the view.

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