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Ground floor apartment with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and large shared pool. - Tapada Farmhouse Apartment

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,614 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Parking



Tapada Farmhouse Apartment

Large 3 bedroomed apartment, with 2 bathrooms, sitting/dining room and kitchen.

Shared pool with the owners and with those renting the Pool House. An outside bathroom on a separate terrace, below the pool. Solar shower next to pool.

The apartment has all mod cons, with a very well equipped kitchen and satellite television with British channels. DVD player. Free Wifi.

For those with children - there is a cot, a high chair - everything is on the ground floor so no steps to fall down.

The BBQ is 10 steps away from the patio.

The bedrooms are all very large and beautifully decorated, with new orthopaedic mattresses.

Nature is surrounding the farm - vines and fruit trees. At night you can hear the owls, eagles, frogs and crickets.

The owners have 2 dogs - a Labrador (Luna) and a Golden Retriever (Skye) and a cat called Lucky. They also have chickens and guests are welcome to eggs, when the hens are laying...

Guests arrive to a hot or cold meal, depending on the season.

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About the property

Tapada Farmhouse Apartment

Large stone farmhouse with whole of the ground floor converted into an independent apartment. 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. A large sitting room/dining area and kitchen. Totally equipped, a real home from home.

The front bedroom has French windows opening out onto a vine covered pergola.

The second bedroom has views over the mountains and valleys.

The third bedroom, with twin beds, gets the morning sun.

Both bathrooms have showers.

The doors of the living room open onto a patio area, next to a BBQ - encouraging 'al fresco' living.

Below the house, following a short path, is a large salt water 12x6m tiled pool, walled and fenced in. It has sun loungers and parasols. It is a shared pool with the occupants of the Pool House - and guests are requested to come for their morning dip any time from mid morning and to leave the pool area around mid evening. Both properties have independent BBQs and in the old 'adega' (the wine house) there is a table tennis table - this can be brought outside in the summer months.

The house is situated half way up a mountain but the access is good, with tarmac roads and little traffic. Behind the house there is a eucalyptus forest, with a dirt road leading to Sameiro - which is popular on Sundays with many people walking from Taipas to Sameiro for Sunday church at 7am!

This is the Rome of Portugal, with the church of Santa Cruz along the dirt track leading to Sameiro. Falperra has the church of Santa Marta and further down the hill from Sameiro is the famous monument of Bom Jesus. Even for those who don't like churches these areas are beautiful for their architecture and views (and cafes).

Virginia has a list of 'Things to see and do in the area' so this is sent off to those coming to the house well before their stay - so little research is necessary.

The main towns around are Braga and Guimaraes. Other prety places are Ponte de Lima and Viana do Castelo. For bird watchers and greenery Geres national park is a must. For the seaside, Esposende is the most popular - it is about 30 minutes away.

For historians, there is the Celtic settlement of Citania de Briteiros - this is a very interesting site as we can imagine life over 2000 years ago.

The Sao Martinho de tibaes Monastery, just outside Braga is well wortth a visit - it has been restored over the years and has beautiful gardens behind the monastery. It also has a great restaurant, with food cooked by nuns from the Carmelite Order.

The house is walled and gated, so very safe. It has totally fabulous views over the hills and vines. All around are vines and the owners make red and white wine. There are fruit trees in abundance - especially oranges, lemons, plums, kiwis.

The kitchen has a juicer so guests can help themselves to oranges (in the winter months until mid spring) and make orange juice.

We also have chickens, ducks, geese - all enclosed. Guests are encouraged to recycle vegetable scraps by feeding the livestock.

The two family dogs are a Golden Retriever and a Labrador and we have a cat.

Virginia does her best to make everyone welcome and depending on the time of your arrival she'll do her best to provide you with a tasty snack. Provision of coffee, tea, bread, ham, cheese, water, juice, wine etc is a must.

All you really need to bring with you are clothes - dishwasher capsules, washing powder for the washing machine, fairy liquid is provided. the bathrooms are also well supplied with shampoo, soap etc.

The house is above the village of Santa Cristina de Longos - which has a good bakery, 3 cafes, a mini market and an excellent restaurant, open for lunch and dinner.

For those who hate driving there is now a Getbus which transports people from Porto airport to Braga and from there it is possible to employ the services of our local taxi driver, Sr. Manuel who lives 5 minutes from the house. A car is however advisable for guests who want to get out and about and see the surrounding landscape and towns.

Many guests include Porto and even the Douro valley when visiting.

The main advantage of staying here is the beauty of the place, the fact the apartment is so well furnished. The TV has satellite and so guests can watch all the British channels. There is also a DVD player with DVDs to watch. The bookshelf in the sitting room has lots of books - which guests are welcome to read when here.

The main attraction now is the pool, with a bathroom below it. This means guests from Tapada can use the bathroom by the pool instead of having to return to the apartment. There is a little terrace next to the bathroom, with stunning views over the hills and vines - with a table and chairs to sit and enjoy the evening sunset.

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Registration Number : 10308/AL

Virginia Henry Martins
Member since: 2005
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Calendar last updated:
7 October, 2017

About Virginia Henry Martins

Originally from N.Ireland - a linguist, followed by a lawyer, then a teacher, then a translator and now I concentrate on my tourist business. My husband is Portuguese and we have 3 children, which is a full-time job in itself.

We fell in love with the house and its view as soon as we saw it. We had it restored in the year 2001 and converted the ground floor into an independent apartment in 2004. I love meeting my guests, planning little itineraries and making suggestions for days out.

The location is perfect, in between Braga and Guimarães, near the sea and also fairly near Porto.

In 2017 we built the pool and Pool House, which we love. It's been a long year, with lots of builders coming and going but now the work is done and we can simply enjoy it.

Virginia Henry Martins purchased this farmhouse in 2000

Why Virginia Henry Martins chose Braga

We bought Tapada in 2000 as we loved the view, the location and the amount of land it had around it. We spent a year restoring the old property and planting vines, fruit trees and sourcing furniture.

In 2017 we decided to build a pool and a little house - it's still our precious baby. It definitely adds to the fun of living here and we hope people enjoy it as much as we do.

What makes this farmhouse unique

The view, the fresh air, the sound of the frogs from the water tanks, the birds (eagles) and owls from the forest behind the house, the pool....

Guests are very welcome to the oranges, lemons, plums, eggs from our chickens etc. A bottle of our vinho verde is always there to greet guests as well as a welcoming snack or full meal - depending on when guests arrive here.

Children are welcome to use our childrens' bikes/toys/DVDs etc. We also have a table tennis table - and free Wifi.

I love updating my list of ideas for visitors - what they can see or do in the area and this is sent to guests when they've made their reservation, so they can plan their holiday in advance.

The area abounds in cafés and restaurants, churches and monasteries, gardens and spas, natural parks, historic towns and beach resorts are close by.

If you love to wake up to amazing views and the chime of bells pealing from the church in the village below - all enjoyed 'al fresco' with a cup of coffee, fresh oranges or kiwis from the farm, and croissants and hot fresh bread from the village bakery 5 minutes down the road you'll know the benefit of being here without having to think too hard!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Deseamos dejar por escrito que el haber podido passar 4 maravillosos dias en este pequeno paraiso lo han permitido la amabilidade, disponibilidade y hospitalidade de Virginia y su família, al haber hecho posible dejarnos disfrutar de esta encantadora casa en el campo com estas excepcionales vistas.

Los pequenos detalhes de esta construccción delatan que es el fruto de la pasión que tienen sus dueños a estas tierras.

La alegría que nos há dado estan aqui, oculta la pena que nos da marcharnos.

Com mucho cariño de dos famílias castellanas.
Feb 2015
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When large groups of up to 10 people book the Tapada apartment and also the Pool House at the same time they are entitled to a discount of 100 Euros on the overall sum.

Changeover Day:
We're totally flexible.

Notes on prices:
Price includes cost of central heating, diesel operated.
There is a wood burner and we provide free wood.
Free fruit, when in season.
Eggs from the hens, when they're laying.
Hosts provide a welcoming meal/snack for guests' arrival.
The kitchen is well equippped, with food, coffee, tea etc, as well as washing powder, dishwasher capsules, all included in the price.
The bathrooms have soap, bath gel, shampoo, toothpaste etc - so no need to worry about bringing heavy toiletries.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Braga in Municipality of Braga

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1614 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00 / Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Wash hand basin
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Wash hand basin
    Outside bathroom, next to the pool - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Outdoor Shower , Complete bathroom, with terrace in front - and fab views
  • Bathroom 1 - Modern, light and spacious bathroom with stand up shower cubicle, wash hand basin, WC, bidet, heated-towel rack. Bathroom 2 - very attractive large bathroom with stand-up shower cubicle, WC, wash hand basin, heated towel rack. Third bathroom is located below the pool - with amazing views over the landscape. It has a shower, wash-hand basin and toilet.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , the sofa bed is only big enough for 1 person
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. It has French windows opening onto the front of the house. It has a bathroom next door. Bedroom 2 with a double bed. It looks over the front, with views over the mountains. It has a bathroom opposite. Bedroom 3 with twin beds. There is a sofa bed here - for occasional use, when necessary. It also has a cot - which can be removed when not needed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 5 bicycles
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • 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
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: The farmhouse has central heating and a woodburner in the living room. The farm is walled in and we have a friendly Golden Retriever, a cat, chickens, geese and goldfish. Guests will be offered fresh farm produce of the season (kiwis, plums, peaches, oranges, lemons etc) and the hosts provide a tasty snack for your arrival, dinner and breakfast if you arrive late. The accommodation is a beautiful, quiet haven with spectacular views all around. There are lots of walks through the eucalyptus trees and the area abounds with parks and gardens. The bedrooms are luxuriously furnished. The living room/kitchen used to be the original wine house and retains the thick granite walls, which keeps the room cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Fans are provided for hot summer nights. There is internet access. The house is ideal for the sporty and for those who just want to sit back, take in the view, swim, sunbathe and relax. Deckchairs are provided! Outside: Extensive front and side gardens, planted with abundant fruit and decorative trees. The sitting room leads out to a patio area, covered over with wisteria and jasmin. There are also deck chairs and a large parasol. There is a built-in barbecue area next to the patio. A wooden pergola runs along the front of the house, with vines, roses and passion flowers trained over. The farm is on 5 different levels, planted with vines making red and white wine. Forest walks are right behind the house. If you don't want to cook, cheap/good restaurants abound nearby.


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Tapada Farmhouse Apartment
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 17 reviews

memorable holiday in a wonderfull location

  • 5 of 5

Virginia gave us a wonderful welcome , with a lots of local information , the apartment was modern with a rustic feel , very comfortable , everything worked , a well laid out kitchen .

The local facilities ,shops were about 5km away with supermarkets about 10 km away offering a good choice of quality produce .

The locals were friendly and helpful .

Lots of things to do if you got bored reading .

A 100% family run business who cared and shared your experiences .

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks. I just wish I could have seen more of you- these days I'm between Portugal and Ireland. Jose says he had a great time with you. I'm really happy you enjoyed your stay with us.
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Great stay at gorgeous home in northern Portugal

  • 5 of 5

We had wonderful stay at this beautiful home, it is quite spacious and very comfortably furnished.There's a great kitchen for cooking, comfortable sofas for reading and very good beds.The apartment is fully equipped with everything you could possibly need, the setting is spectacular, quiet and yet close to many major sights. Virginia and her family went out of their way to make us feel welcome, and provided many suggestions for local experiences we could not have found ourselves. We also enjoyed fresh eggs, oranges and wine from her farm! We highly recommend this elegant property and great hosts.

  • Review Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for this lovely review. We do our best to ensure everyone knows what is going on locally and that they don't miss out on the main 'must see' places in the area. There is lots to do and see and I like to tailor my suggestions to each family/group's individual preferences. Some like walking, others visiting historical settlements and churches. We know the area well as we've been living here for 18 years. Having people to stay at our farm is a pleasure. Guests are very welcome to help themselves to the oranges, lemons and kiwis in the winter months and plums in the summer. We usually have a surplus of eggs from our chickens and we make our own red and white wine- always offered to our guests. The farmhouse is in a magnificent setting and often guests just prefer to sit outside, with a cup of tea and a novel and enjoy the view to the sound of the church bells down in the valley.
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Tre härliga höstdagar på hemtrevlig vingård

  • 4 of 5

Härligt boende med uteplats och utsikt över vinplantagen, nyrenoverat kök, stora badrum och generellt mycket gott om plats. Barnen stortrivdes med snäll katt och hund, och pingisbord i vinkällaren. Vi blev mycket väl mottagna och fick många bra tips om utflykter; härlig vandring i Geres med bad i vattenfall, marknad i Barcelos, och klättring på DiverLanhoso. Det enda som krånglade var informationen rörande betalningen, men det löste sig på bästa sätt. Vi skulle absolut kunna tänka oss att komma tillbaka.

familjen Wählby i Uppsala

  • Review Submitted: Nov 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was lovely having you to stay. The payment system was a bit of a mystery (to you and me) as HomeAway have recently changed their system - just as well I noticed you had paid Home Away and... a deposit to me!!! (Mamma mia!) I'm just glad the weather was ok for you in November!! You were lucky! A day later the temperature dropped 10ºC Your children are just lovely - so interested in everything around them, even when I'm speaking in a funny N.Irish accent. Wishing you all the best. Virginia
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Groot, sfeervol schoon huis met een grote groene tuin. Heerlijk om je vakantie door te brengen.

  • 5 of 5

Het huis en de plek op de heuvel zijn prachtig met een mooie beplanting en de uitzichten in het dal zijn fenomenaal.

Binnen is het heel ruim met een sfeervolle inrichting voorzien van alle voorzieningen. Je komt niets te kort.

Je vakantie is hierdoor al een groot succes.

Virginia is een geweldige gastvrouw en geeft je antwoord op al je vragen. Geeft ook tips wat te doen en waar.

Bij aankomst een geweldige lunch en de dag voor vertrek een barbecue aangeboden door Virginia.

Het verkennen van de prachtige omgeving is ideaal vanuit het huis zoals, Braga, Guimareas en Porto. Zelfs Santiago is goed te doen om te bezoeken .

Zeker een aanrader en een volgend bezoek waard omdat er in de omgeving zoveel is te zien en te doen.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for this Review. You were first class guests! Do come back. We'd love to see you again.
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A hidden gem!

  • 5 of 5

My two friends and I had a fantastic few days at this beautiful Quinta. We managed to pack a lot into a few days, visiting Braga, Guimaraes and Porto, all beautiful cities.

The Quinta is so well situated - you can walk to Sameiro and Bom Jesus from it and enjoy a coffee and nata at one of the many cafes as a reward for your exertion! Highly recommended! This won't be our last visit!

  • Review Submitted: May 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm delighted you enjoyed your stay and I hope to welcome you back in the future.There is so much to see and do in the area - next time you could maybe visit Ponte de Lima (a beautiful small Roman town), a beach trip to Esposende and a trip to the beautiful spa in Taipas, or even check out the highly recommended cycle path running between Guimarães and Fafe (I have bikes and a bicycle carrier for up to 3 bikes). Kind regards, Virginia
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Wonderful family holiday!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay with Virginia, Jose and family (and dog, cat, chickens and geese!). It is truly a special place, and we have many happy memories of our stay there. The location is great for touring around northern Portugal, with many amazing places within easy reach. The apartment is excellent and has everything you need for a very comfortable holiday. We had a great time and wouldn't hesitate to go back! Thanks again Virginia for making us all feel so welcome.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely comments. I'm delighted you enjoyed yourselves at our house. Our children certainly loved playing with yours! The location is very good to explore the north of Portugal and there is plenty to see and do in the area. Although I have been living here for 17 years I'm still exploring new places and you were great at telling me about new places you had discovered - all carefully noted down in my Visitors' Book. Many thanks and we must keep in touch.
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Bar da Igreja
Nearest Ferry
500 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
30 Kilometres
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Bar da Igreja
Nearest Beach
30 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Lots of excellent woodland walks around the house, with eucalyptus and pine trees everywhere. Easy to follow the Santiago trail or just walk to Sameiro or Bom Jesus.

History - the Celtic settlement of Citânia de Briteiros is only a 10 minute drive away.

Gerês National Park is 40 mins away and has excellent watersport facilities and breathtaking walks.

For city life, it's easy to drive to Oporto (1 hour) or take the train. Also, it's possible to drive to the Douro valley, see the spectacular terraces and return in the same day.

Braga and Guimarães are 10 mins away. Braga is known as the Rome of Portugal - lots of churches, monasteries, gardens.

Gastronomy - lots of reasonably priced restaurants - offering local delicacies, eg roast pork. Portuguese wines are excellent, and very reasonably priced.

Sporty: Excellent public swimming pool complexes, in Taipas, 4 kms from the house as well as 2 tennis courts.

Health and wellness: fresh fruit from the farm and a spa in Taipas, with steam room, dry room, jacuzzi, massage, facial treatments, etc.


Esposende, which is about 35 minutes drive away, has an extensive white sandy beach. Other popular beaches in the area are Povoa de Varzim, Vila do Conde, Viana do Castelo and Caminha.

The beach at Porto is also very nice, with little coves and cafes along Boa Vista. It's possible to have a morning of shopping in Porto and a session at the beach in the afternoon!

Just north of Esposende there are some magnificent empty beaches with white sand and rolling sand dunes.


The nearest airport is Oporto, 1 hour away from the house. We recommend hiring a car, as public transport is not available in country areas. Lisbon airport is about 4 hours away. Vigo, in Galicia, is about 2 hours away.

It is possible to drive - boats from Portsmouth/Plymouth to Santander (or Bilbão), then about a 7 hour drive south. The boat does take 24 hours but is quite pleasant. If the boat arrives in the evening, best stay in a hotel in Santander and drive to Portugal in the morning.


The village of Santa Cristina de Longos is a 2 minute drive away from the house, a 10 minute walk downhill! The town of Caldas das Taipas is 5 minutes drive away. Citania de Briteiros is a Celtic settlement 10 mins away. Braga and Guimarães are wonderful for shopping, eating out, to admire the medieval architecture and are 10-15 mins away. Porto is a 1 hour drive away. You can go there by train, free carparking at Braga or Guimarães railway stations. Gerês national park is 45 minutes drive away.

Further Details:

The village of Santa Cristina de Longos has several cafes, a good bakery, and a small grocery shop. It has three restaurants. Taipas spa town is only 5 minutes away and has lots of cafes, bakeries, restaurants, supermarkets, banks, a post office, a large outdoor swimming pool complex, thermal baths with a pool, jacuzzi, offering various types of spa treatments eg massage. Market day in Taipas is Monday. Barcelos market is Thursdays. Braga and Guimarães are very attractive historic cities. There is a cable car going up to the attractive wooded Penha area in Guimarães. There are lots of churches and museums to visit and excellent restaurants, from very reasonable to fairly expensive. The owners have a file setting out all the restaurants in the area, the price range and directions how to get to them. The area is filled with vines and eucalyptus trees, very picturesque and quite mountainous. It is of particular interest to people who enjoy walking and to families with children. There are lots of parks, pools, an adventure park; beaches are 35 mins away. The area is full of farms, producing their own wine. This is on sale directly from the farmer or in the local restaurants, of which there are many. Guests are encouraged to eat any fruit that's in season free of charge. There is no traffic around and the farm is walled in. Guests mostly enjoy sitting around, watching the birds, admiring the scenery and the flowers, reading books with tea or wine in hand.

There is a local dance and singing group ('rancho' music) and Virginia will give you information about what is going on in the area, festivals etc.