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Villa With Private Pool



Updated: 17-Aug-2016
Villa in Boim, Nr. Lousada - Centrally Placed For Touring

The property is ideally located equally for relaxing in the sun by the pool or for exploring the area's beautiful scenery and the rich cultural heritage of Northern Portugal. There are 2 double bedrooms, one further bedroom with twin beds, a lounge with a sofabed, a fully equipped modern bathroom, a further separate WC and a newly furbished kitchen. There is a small garden at the front and a larger garden to the rear of the property with lawns, flowers and fruit trees as well as a swimming pool. The property has air-conditioning/heating in the bedrooms and the lounge, with heating also available in the bathroom.

  • Sleeps 7
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I am a retired teacher and artist and I have lived in Portugal over half of my life! I grew up in Hertfordshire but came out here as a teacher in 1979. I grew to love Portugal, and though I returned to the UK as a Head Teacher for a number of years, I simply missed this sunny land with deep blue skies and hospitable people. Since I retired, I have discovered two passions - travelling, and painting. I spend my days in my studio either painting or teaching art to groups of people from all over the world, mainly in the winter months. I travel as much as possible, especially to India, which is my second home! I try to get ideas from my travels, and my own experiences, to apply to my own villa, to ensure you have a super holiday!

Speaks English, French, Portuguese

Guestbook comments from the owner

'We have had a wonderful ten days, a big 'thank you' to Linda.' Jane, Bernie and Lucy, North Wales.

'We've had a fantastic two weeks with mostly perfect weather. The house is lovely, the pool great - and what a beautiful garden. Lots of nice places to visit, lots of tasty food. Thanks, Linda, for making this such a great place to stay and for making the house so welcoming for our children.' Lou, Gareth, Stan (7) and Frank (10 months).

'A wonderful holiday..lovely area with plenty to see and do, enjoyed visiting local towns. House lovely, comfortable and clean. Thank you Linda for your hospitality and supply of home-grown fruit.' The Cuthbertsons, Scotland.
Aug 2007
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3 Reviews

based on 3 holidaymaker reviews


Very good, excellent value

  • 4 of 5

Well equipped lovely kitchen. Great views from rear of the property. Aircon in two bedrooms and lounge. Accommodation overal very good, most impressed with the huge television and supply of DVDs. Nice pool area and fruit trees in lower garden.

The house information book full of useful information and owner available to supply any information required.

Local shops and two large supermarkets a short drive away.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words - I am delighted you enjoyed your stay.
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wonderful time in the sun

  • 4 of 5

My friend and I enjoyed our stay in Linda's villa. The house is very comfortable and well equipped and Linda could not have been a more helpful hostess - unobtrusive but always on hand to help out when needed. House very well situated for trips in teh area and the large red folder gives directions and suggestions about where to go.We had the most amazing weather and the lure of the sunbed and pool proved hard to resist. Thanks Linda for making our stay so enjoyable.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Wonderful relaxing time in the sun

  • 4 of 5

My friend and I had a wonderful time - house very well presented and comfortable. Linda could not have been more helpful - she was friendly and unobtrusive yet always on hand when needed. We enjoyed fantastic weather and the pool was perfect for cooling off. The house is very well placed for trips out and about and Linda's folder including directions was invaluable. Thanks for a great time Linda.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
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From the Owner

It's a lovely house with a super garden and a lovely outlook to the rear. It's great for chilling out by the pool, or for touring some of the fascinating historic towns all very easily accessible. My main aim is to make my guests feel at home - that everything is clean, bright, comfortable and up to date, so guests feel relaxed as soon as they arrive. I love meeting people, but I am happy to keep a low profile if people prefer privacy.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Porto at 30 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Boim at 300 Metres Nearest Ferry : Santander at 500 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Amarante at 25 Kilometres Nearest Train : Penafiel at 5 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A42 at 4 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Boim at 300 Metres Nearest Beach : Gaia at 40 Kilometres

Special interest holidays:

I am an artist and teacher with a large studio for workshops, both groups and individuals, which I offer mainly off season. However, If you would like some tuition, or would simply like to spend some of your holiday in the studio, painting or drawing, please contact me.

Short courses in holiday Portuguese and personally guided day and/or half day tours are available as optional extras and tailor-made to match your interests. Linda, the owner, is passionate about scenery and has explored much of Northern Portugal. She is happy to share with you some of the best places to visit - not always in the guide books! She also speaks fluent Portuguse and can always help if necessary. Informal cookery demonstrations by local Portuguese people can also be arranged.


The coast, consisting of many long sandy beaches to the North and South of Porto, some with surfing facilities, is approximately 30/40 minutes' drive.


The nearest airport is Oporto airport, aproximately 25 minutes away. Cheap flights are frequent via Ryanair from Stansted, Bristol, Liverpool and Dublin. Car hire is essential for air travellers and this is available at the airport, best booked in advance on the Internet or by phone. The nearest ferry ports are Santander and Bilbao, about 6 - 8 hours' drive. Accessibilty is constantly improving as the north of Spain and Portugal are now covered by an excellent motorway network.


The villa is on the edge of a local small town, Lousada. The nearest city, well worth a visit, is Porto and is 30 minutes' drive or easily reached by a very cheap train service(free station parking). There are a number of other historic towns all within 30 minutes' drive and areas of great scenic and natural beauty are within easy reach. It is also the ideal place to discover the 'real' working Portugal, to get to know some of the local people, who are among the most hospitable in Europe.

Further Details:

Local shops, supermarkets, cafes and restaurants are in the near locality. Lousada has branches of the main banks, cash points and a tourist office. There are indoor and outdoor public pools and gymnasiums, with other activities such as bowling and horse-riding within the area. The many local festivals and markets can be interesting, lively and fun to visit. The 'festas' in Lousada and nearby Penafiel, which take place at the end of July and in August are particularly fascinating with stunning firework displays and good live concerts and a tremendous atmosphere.

The villa is a good base not only for visiting the Minho and Porto districts of Northern Portugal, but areas such as the 'Silver Coast', Coimbra and surrounding areas are within a day's drive for those who like to venture a little further afield.

There is a visitors' welcome file full of information about the local area with suggestions for days out etc, together with directions and suggestions for eating out, to which visitors add their own comments and suggestions, and lots of other titbits, including details about the house and emergency numbers.


Rental rates

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Changeover Day:
Changeover day is flexible.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

I bought the property originally because of the lovely view to the rear, the magical combination of being on the edge of a town, yet with a unique rural aspect. I love having facilities, access and services close by, hard working Portuguese families as my neighbours, and that gorgeous feeling of being somewhere way off the usual tourist track...I believe I am still to this day 'the only British woman in Lousada"!!!!

Property Type

  • house


  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible


  • churches
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • golf
  • swimming


  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Jacuzzi
  • Bathroom with jacuzzi bath and walk-in shower, WC and washbasin. Separate WC/laundry. Hairdryer available. Changing room/WC by the poolside.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6/7 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 with double bed and large wardrobe space with sliding doors. Bedroom Three with a rack for clothes and twin single beds. Sofabed available in the lounge if required.


  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: The owner, Linda, lives in separate accommodation on the premises for maintenance purposes and, while happy to keep a low profile, is always ready to help or arrange anything you need. The garden is safely enclosed. Linda also has two rather spoilt cats who also like to take a turn in the garden from time to time. Outside: The main garden is to the rear of the property and off-street car parking is available. The pool is for private use and is approximately 7m x 5m. There is a large patio area around the pool and shady, secluded areas in other parts of the garden. Pool furniture and sun chairs, umbrellas and garden furniture are provided. There is a changing room with WC by the pool. A simple barbecue is available. Utility Room: Use of a washing machine and dryer. Iron and ironing board supplied. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and bedlinen are included. The property is cleaned thoroughly on changeover day. Beach/swimming towels supplied. Other: Wireless Internet access available in all rooms.

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