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Lovely Renovated Stone Farmhouse In Idyllic Rural Setting

Overview

Property

Updated: 17-Nov-2016
Farmhouse in Covas, Vila Nova de Cerveira, Costa Verde, Portugal.Registration number is11398/AL. - Garden, Pool And Magnificent Views Peaceful Walking In The Nearby Arga Hills Where Wild Ponies Roam

Lovely 4 bedroom renovated stone farmhouse, in an idyllic rural setting in the hills of northern portugal, within easy reach of porto airport. A place to get away from it all and completely unwind, being as lazy or as active as you want to be. Ideal for those who love the countryside, authentic areas and the great outdoors - hills and forests on your

doorstep, 20 minutes to the scenic river minho on the border with spain, and 25 minutes to beautiful blue-flag, white-sand beaches. Large secluded garden on terraces with a large 5 metre by 10 metre salt water pool, barbecue area and magnificent views of the valley and surrounding hills. Spacious and fully-equipped open-plan kitchen/living room. Games room and bar downstairs in the old winery. Central-heating in all rooms, plus two log fireplaces. Sleeps 9, ideal for families and groups. The pool area is surrounded by mesh fencing and lockable gates, as is the outside eating and bbq area. Inside stairs have safety gates. All baby/toddler furniture etc supplied.

There is now internet in the house.

More Details
  • Sleeps 9
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 4 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We came to live in Portugal in 1993, when my late husband, Roy, took up a job with Taylor’s Port in Porto. A couple of years after we arrived, we bought a ruined farmhouse in the Minho, which we gradually restored. This became our weekend house, a place we loved coming up to, with beautiful scenery and rural tranquility. We retired up here in 2004. Roy called this area paradise, and with total tranquility, barbeques by the pool, Taylor's Vintage Port and Chelsea on TV, maybe he was right! I love living here in the countryside of north-west Portugal. It is a beautiful area, with lovely villages and friendly people. I especially enjoy gardening, walking in the hills,in Portugal or Spain and having family and friends to stay.I live just down the lane from Oliveiras and speak Portuguese.

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Speaks English, Portuguese, Portuguese

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have had a wonderful holiday in your lovely house. Thank you for making us so welcome and for your hints and tips. Afife beach is so much fun for older kids! Thank you from 7 very chilled people! A superb, well equipped and comfortable villa in a spectacular location. Thank you so much for your hospitality.



Super spot, lovely house, beautiful and thoughtful in design. Very relaxing and homely. Adria and Roy were very welcoming and not intrusive but there for advice and info. Loved the daily bread lady visits! Pool is fantastic!



I thought I would take 5mins to email you to say what a brilliant holiday we had staying in your lovely villa. We wished we had stayed 2 weeks. We are now trying to juggle our diary so we can come agin next year. The children are still talking about the pool and games room. We loved the set up and you as amazing hosts.



The villa was amazing with everything we were hoping for and with enough space to easily fit everyone in with their own space.
Jan 2008
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4 Reviews

5
based on 4 holidaymaker reviews

5

Great location for a fabulous family holiday

  • 5 of 5

The house is very comfortable and sits at the top of a small village, so great views to be had. Our children loved the swimming pool, which is a good size. We really liked the split level layout which meant that the bedrooms were on two floors and gave the family space to get away from each other. The owner lives nearby, which gave us peace of mind, if we had any problems. We were delighted to come back on the day the maid visited to find lovely fresh clean linen on the beds and the kitchen and living room all clean.

Thoroughly recommend Northern Portugal as a holiday destination, the motorways meant that you are never very far away from anywhere between Porto and Santiago in Spain. The coastline is littered with lovely beaches, people are friendly, and the towns offer lots of history. Don't miss a trip to Santiago de Compostela. And whatever you read, you do NOT need to pay to go into the Cathedral, the entrance is not where the visitor centre is (for tours), but round the side!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your review,maybe you will come back another year!
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Holiday bliss

  • 5 of 5

This was a wonderful property for our three generation holiday. We oldies and the childless younger generation slept on the top floor and we left the downstairs bedrooms for the family with young children. This way, we didn't disturb them and they didn't disturb us. The kitchen was brilliant for food preparation and the occasional indoor breakfast and the adults retired there for that last bottle of wine if the evening got a bit chilly. We barbequed every evening and ate outside just adding a salad, fruit and cheese.

We all loved the pool. It was perfectly safe as it is fenced and we always locked the gate We spent hours in it and appreciated the outside bathroom beside it.

We used the washing machine and the dishwasher which were both in very good order and easy to use. Everything was spotless when we arrived and the pretty garden was well maintained.

The owner called on us soon after we arrived and once more a couple of days later and we felt we could have contacted her if there was any problem. There was no problem!

If you are looking for a comfortable, quiet, well maintained property we thoroughly recommend this one.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 26, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Portuguese Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Casa das Oliveiras was the perfect property and location for our 2 families with teenagers. The views from the house over the hills and valleys were spectacular, far more stunning than they even appear to be in the photographs. The house was large, clean and well equipped with lots of balconies and bathrooms for everyone! Oodles of character and space to relax. The pool was large, clean and well maintained, with sun loungers and shades to soak up the sunshine/shade whilst enjoying the peace and the fabulous views.

Adria was especially helpful and welcoming , with her home only a short walk away if we needed her.

There's so much here for everyone: beautiful swallowtail butterflies everywhere, a resident family of lizards, grapes and olives growing all around. WITH NO MOZZIES to spoil our evening meals in the garden.

The night skies were amazing with uninterrupted views of the heavens, we enjoyed the most spectacular meteor cascade whilst lying on the loungers by the pool.

There was a great choice of local sandy beaches, some good for surfers and others calm and great for swimmers. The bonus for us was that there was always plenty of free parking next to each beach.

We enjoyed 13 days of sunshine 30 degrees plus, just one rainy day.

Our son loved the challenge of cycling up and down the hills everyday, encountering more goats than cars on the steep winding roads.

This is a wonderful unspoilt area packed with historical towns and charming little villages to explore. The local restaurants are welcoming and relatively cheap. We'd love to return at a cooler time and explore some more.

The roads were much quieter than the U.K. but it took a while to understand the local toll payment system. A good hire car with air con and satnav is essential.

Highly recommended, especially by our teenage sons.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Sue, thanks a lot for your review and taking the time to write it. Quite a few people have said the photos of the view from the house do not do the view justice! I hope you can come back again when the weather is cooler as you would like.It is still hot here and dry,I am looking forward to some rain!! I think people need to find out from the car rental companies how the tolls work.Some companies seem to be better at doing this than others! with best wishes from Adria with best wishes from Adria
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House in the hills.

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from the most perfect week. The house was just as described; it was beautiful, offering a very high standard of accommodation . The larder and fridge had been stocked very thoughtfully and it was immaculate both inside and out. Adria welcomed us at the beginning of our stay, left suggestions of where to go and the offer to pop down to her house if we required anything.

The area is simply stunning with villages and towns to explore and we divided our time doing this and doing very little relaxing by the beautiful pool.

A stunning location and an equally stunning house.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Ali for your lovely review,it was very kind of you to send it.I hope you will be able to come out again next year as you would like. with best wishes from Adria
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Location

From the Owner

With four children and six grand-children (currently in Portugal, Brazil and Australia), we wanted more space so that they could all come out for holidays together(usually Summer and Christmas). The solution was just up the road- a ruined granite farmhouse which we passed every day. We bought it and adjoining terraced lands in 2003. Another exciting renovation and landscaping project was underway. Casa das Oliveiras (named after the old olive trees on the land) was completed in 2006. It is a perfect base for family, friends and guests to enjoy this lovely area, amongst hills and close to beaches (20 mins), rivers, villages, day trips to Galicia (Spain) and much more. This is a beautiful area, year-round, and ideal for those who love the outdoors and staying in untouristy areas.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Vigo in Spain or Porto in Portugal at 50 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Fontela.Covas at 1 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Caminha at 14 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Ponte de Lima at 25 Kilometres Nearest Train : Vila Nova de Cerveira at 12 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A3 at 12 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Fontela.Covas at 1 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Foz do Minho.Caminha at 14 Kilometres Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Bicycles are for rent in Vila Nova de Cerveira near to the new walking/cycling track along the riverside.There are also tricycles for rent for children.

Canoeing can be booked for the river Coura.

Coast/Beach:

20 minutes drive to the scenic river Minho on the border with Spain. 25 minutes drive to river Lima. 25 minutes drive to Foz do Minho and Moledo beaches. 40 minutes drive to Baiona and the Galician 'Rias Baixas'.

Travel:

1 hours drive to Porto airport. 40 minutes drive to Vigo airport. 90 minutes drive to Santiago de Compostela airport. Hire car essential.

Distances:

Cerveira- 15 km.

Caminha- 25 km.

Valença/ Tui- 25 km.

Ponte de Lima- 25 km.

Baiona/ Vigo- 60 km.

Peneda-Gerês National Park- 80 km.

Porto- 90 km.

Santiago de Compostela- 130 km.

Further Details:

Local mini-supermarket, bar, restaurants, bank machine, post office at a 5 minutes drive. Large supermarkets, banks and good choice of local restaurants within 25 minutes drive in both Portugal and Spain.

This is a great place to go on day trips from,Santiago de Compostela,the famous pilgrimage site is 90mins away by car.Oporto and the port wine cellars are just over I hour away.Guimareans,the old capital of Portugal with its old castle and palace to visit,as well as the lovely old squares is only 1hour away.

Ponte de Lima,25 mins away is a beautiful old town with lovely gardens,the Lima river and old Roman bridge.

Eating out,over the river in Spain,is always a treat,for seafood and tapas in particular,as well as the local Albarino wine.

Baiona,in Spain,is a beautiful town with several beaches and lots of restaurants,as well as a lovely walk around the old castle walls.

BikePark is a new downhill mountain biking service with shuttle service,located 20 mins drive away near the top of the Arga mountains.

Availability

Rental rates

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Summer
6 May 2017 - 8 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,100
for 7 nights
£1,100
 
 
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7 night minimum stay
£1,100
for 7 nights
£1,100
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Deposit with booking. Balance due 1 month in advance.

Changeover Day:
Preferable Saturday. Check out 10am. Check in 4pm. Please notify if you'll need to leave later/arrive earlier.

Notes on prices:
Payments can be made in £ or the equivalent in €.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

From the Owner

Casa das Oliveiras is ideal for groups (up to 9 people) who are looking for a place to stay in the scenic countryside of north-west Portugal. The views of the Arga hills and Covas valley are magnificent. The gardens spread out along terraces at different levels, with lots of space. There is a pool, barbeque and outdoor dining area, ideal for spending time outdoors. The house is full of character, with wood, granite and features like the old grape press; as well as all the comforts of a renovated house. Having young grand-children, we put in security fencing and gates indoors and out. Indoors, the hub is the kitchen, dining area and living room, all adjoining and leading out on to balconies and the garden. Guests come here to unwind, escape, enjoy the outdoors and explore the area.

Property Type

  • farmhouse

General

  • Ceiling Fans
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob

Dining

  • Child's Highchair

Entertainment

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • 1 en-suite bathroom with shower, bidet and wc. 1 bathroom with bath, shower, bidet and wc. 1 bathroom with wc and sink. 1 bathroom with shower, sink and wc. 1 pool bathroom with shower, sink and wc. 5 bathrooms in total.

Bedrooms

  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 9 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 - double en-suite with terrace, fitted wardrobes. Bedroom 2 - double bed, fitted wardrobes. Bedroom 3 - twin beds, fitted wardrobes. Bedroom 4 - bunk bed plus single bed, fitted wardrobes.

Outside

  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Ski & Snowboard ...

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: This is a spacious secluded house built into the hillside with 3 floors.All guests have said it is bigger than they expected! It is also very well equipped and has a large selection of books. Outside: Large secluded garden in old olive grove on terraces with pool, barbecue area and magnificent views of the valley and surrounding hills. The gardens and pool are not shared. The pool is 5 x 10m.It is a salt water cleaned pool so no chemicals or chlorine are added. There are several loungers and sunshades and a poolside bathroom with shower, sink and loo. Utility Room: Washing machine, ironing board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen included and changed once a week. Property cleaned once a week. Beach/pool towels provided. Other: Downstairs in the old winery is a bar with table football as well as exercise bicycle,rowing machine and tummy trimmer. French windows open out onto the outdoor eating and BBQ area. Another dish washer is under the bar.

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