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Converted Water Mill With Private Pool

Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights

About the property

Watermill near Ponte de Lima, Costa Verde - Idyllic Location, Rural Yet Just 10 Minutes From Portugal's Oldest Town.

Casa do Lagar is a rustic property that allows guests to feel as if they have escaped from it all as it is nestled in a quiet valley surrounded by fields and vineyards with a stream running alongside the house. There are pleasant walks from the front door and guests are more likely to see an ox and cart come down the lane than another car. Yet it is perfectly situated for exploring the Minho region and is just 10 minutes drive from lovely Ponte de Lima with its restaurants, cafes and many activities (canoeing, cycling, gardens, river beaches, market).

Lucy and Darren Welch
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French, German
Calendar last updated:
14 February, 2017

About Lucy and Darren Welch

We are an English family with two children. Now 13 and 11, they have grown up having holidays all year round at Casa do Lagar. Family and friends have enjoyed the mill for years. Having returned to the UK after years living overseas, we have now decided to share the mill with guests.

Lucy and Darren Welch purchased this house in 2007

Why Lucy and Darren Welch chose Viana do Castelo (District)

We fell in love with the Ponte de Lima area while on holiday when the children were still babies. The region has so much to offer: long sandy beaches, the national park, canoeing or swimming in the rivers as well as ancient towns with plenty of fiestas. And Ponte de Lima itself is idyllic with the river running under the Roman bridge, the old square and excellent restaurants. Ponte de Lima is also an ideal base for exploring the whole region as it is centrally placed with easy access to beaches, the national park, down to Porto or up into Spain.

What makes this house unique

It was important to us to find somewhere close to Ponte de Lima and yet we also wanted to feel as if we had escaped from it all. As soon as we saw Casa do Lagar we knew we had found the ideal property. It is in a very peaceful spot, nestled in a quiet valley surrounded by trees and fields. All we hear is the soft babble of the stream. And yet we are just 10 minutes from Ponte de Lima and the motorways so it is easy to get around the region. Meanwhile the children are so busy playing in the stream, the surrounding woods and the pool that they are happy not to go anywhere at all!


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(6 traveller reviews)


The Mill

  • 5 of 5

In need of a peaceful retreat with lots to do then Casa do Lagar is for you. Built into the rock along side of the mountain stream the mill has a character of its own. It has excellent facilities plenty of room well equipped kitchen replace items before you leave.Bed linen, bathroom and swimming towels are provided. The mill is beautifully kept and well maintained it has a secluded pool with fruit trees The agent is a phone call away to sort any problems arrange excursions etc. There is a detailed information pack which contains all the information needed to make your stay a fantastic one. The area has lots of things to do and see, from sport activities for the energetic to relaxing beaches a short drive away. Ponte de LIma is a lovely town with lots of places to eat portions are large and reasonably priced the Portuguese are very friendly and helpful. A trip to Porto is well worth it a sightseeing bus river trip and to end the day a tour around the many port caves. We had a wonderful time and would definitely reccomend the mill

  • Review Submitted: Jun 2, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Somewhere very special

  • 5 of 5

If you're looking for something a bit different and very VERY special, then look no further. As soon as you arrive at the historic mill you are transported back to a time when life was simple and lived at an altogether slower pace......where the only sound is the babbling brook and bird song and the view is of vineyards, woods and local people moving freshly cut grass on an oxen drawn cart .

The mill itself provides spacious accommodation for 10 and the Ponte de Lima area provides loads of exciting things to do for everyone.....from sandy beaches....to vibrant markets and local culture and cuisine.

This is a place of childhood dreams and family memories. We came just my husband and I and had a superb week of escapism.....but it is also a place to bring your children and grandchildren .

  • Review Submitted: May 10, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A hidden gem

  • 5 of 5

A lovely site, well hidden away, walks and beach all within easy reach. Ponte de Lima is a lovely town to visit and have a meal or whatever. Don't worry as you go down the track - it is tucked away at the end!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 14, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2013
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Lovely Family Holiday

  • 5 of 5

We loved our time at Casa do Lagar and would thoroughly recommend this tranquil villa for anyone wanting to get away from it all.A typical day would begin with an all-hands family breakfast in the generously equipped family kitchen, (complete with range-style wood-burning oven), perfect for family dinners and supplemented with a gas oven. We would walk off breakfast with a gentle stroll through the idyllic Portuguese countryside, passing through rustic vineyards and along bubbling streams before returning to the villa for a glass of port, cheese and ham in the sun by the villa’s private pool.The local town, Ponte de Lima, is a charming place with a huge fortnightly market, and is less than 10 minutes by car. The town is bisected by the Lima river, which provides opportunities for swimming and fishing, although the Roman baths just outside of town made for a warmer swim.We will definitely be returning to Casa do Lagar soon!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 11, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Peace and relaxation

  • 5 of 5

Great house with fantastic outside space in a beautiful and undiscovered corner of Portugal, far from the tourist crowds. The stream is idyllic. Lots of walking to be done here, and up and down the Lima valley, and in the national park. We tried geocaching which took us to new places. The walk along the Lima banks was beautiful, especially the watermills with the local cafe. Jose, Manuel and Maria were really helpful and on hand if we needed help. Thanks for a great stay. We hope to come back soon.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 11, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
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Amazing time at Casa do Lagar!

  • 5 of 5

The photos don't do this place justice. The house is beautiful and set in a very private location with all the facilities you could need.

We especially loved sitting in the sun by the stream enjoying a BBQ and a glass of the local wine while the kids spent hours entertained, paddling around and playing in the garden.

In the mornings we would take a short stroll up the lane to collect fresh bread and rolls for breakfast from the local convenience store, followed by an early dip in the pool.

We spent a lot of time in Ponte de Lima which has a lot to offer, especially the huge fortnightly market, and we also explored into Spain which was easily reached.

We cannot recommend Casa do Lagar highly enough and will most certainly be revisiting soon....in fact, we have already booked it for a family birthday later on this year!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 11, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Winter 2017
1 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Autumn 2017
30 Sep 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:


The price includes linen, towels, wood for the fire in winter and a weekly maid service. In addition, we can arrange for a daily maid at modest additional cost. A 25% deposit is required on booking and 75% due 6 weeks before arrival.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday, but we can be flexible especially out of the main season.

Notes on prices:
Prices may be different for holidays such as half-term and Easter.

25% to secure booking, balance 6 weeks in advance

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Ponte de Lima in North Portugal

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • One family bathroom, 1 en suite with shower and a downstairs WC.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot , En suite bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed , Travel cot available
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed , These are bunk beds
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 3 double bedrooms (1 en suite), 1 twin room and 1 room with bunk beds. There is also a cot and a travel cot provided.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Outside: There is a large garden with pool (about 8m x 4m) and children’s slide to the front, enclosed in a gated area. A patio area with BBQ is to the rear. There is a separate parking area. A small stream runs along the side of the house and the rear patio area. You can walk out the front door and straight into the woods. Some guests have enjoyed jogging from the house and there are also geocaches located within a few kms and more widely in the region. Utility Room: Washing machine. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels (including some beach towels) are provided and there is a weekly maid service and a gardener. In addition, we can arrange for a daily maid and breakfast service at modest additional cost.

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