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Luxury 2/3 Bed Country Villa With Large Private Pool, Secluded Garden And BBQ



Updated: 22-Jun-2016
Villa in Riba de Mouro, Moncao, Costa Verde, Portugal - Tranquil Location On The Outskirts Of Peaceful Rural Village, 5 Minutes Walk To Secluded River Pool

This modern 2/3 bedroom wing within a stylish villa is set on the outskirts of a small hamlet in the foothills of the stunning Peneda Geres National Park. Walk along the wild trails of the mountain, among the wild horses and roaming long horn cattle typical of this region.

Nearby you can walk in winding undulating tracks amongst beautiful, ancient hillside villages. See years of ox cart wheel tracks cut deep into the small granite tracks, almost lost in time, traditional houses built into giant rocks and Roman roads and bridges still in use today, over two thousand years old in this stunning undiscovered area of Portugal. A rare chance to see locals still working the land as their forefathers did centuries ago.

This is a single apartment within the villa which we let therefore the property and the grounds are private to the holiday guests. It is a 2 / 3 bedroom apartment, comprising of two large double bedrooms which sleep 5 and a smaller single room which is optional. The main villa itself is usually only occupied when the owners visit, normally out of season, to carry out maintenance etc.

The property has large, bright airy rooms with quality finish and has central heating. There is a large indoor log fire/ BBQ in kitchen which is on the ground floor. 2 large bedrooms with option of 3rd bedroom if reqd, bathroom with shower and a cosy sitting room with glass door to large veranda with fantastic views over the fertile valley below on the top floor. Home cinema with picture projected onto sitting room wall with complete surround sound bringing the big screen cinema into your sitting room. Internet and Sat TV. Large lawns and rose garden. 11 x 4 heated private pool. Laundry and toilet/shower next to kitchen on ground floor. Large games room with table tennis and darts.

More Details

Details for holiday villa Lugar de Carvalho Oak Wing (2/3 bedrooms, sleeps 6), 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, 2 Bathrooms

Bedroom 1: double and single bed. Large bedroom could add additional bed if required (extra charge per week). Large wardrobe, chest of drawers with mirror, bedside tables and lamps. Bedroom 2: double bed (room for cot). Large wardrobe, chest of drawers with mirror, bedside tables, lamps. Bathroom: with bath, shower, WC, wash basin. Kitchen: fully fitted with large indoor BBQ, gas hob, oven, microwave, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, toaster, kettle, full set of pots, pans, cutlery and utensils. Large dining table and chairs to seat 8. Child's bumper seat also available. Sitting room: with 3 piece suite, DVD and video unit, bar with stools and fridge. Large veranda with table and chairs, overlooking the fertile valley below. Home cinema with full surround sound system. DVD and Video players,tapes and DVDs. Flat screen satellite TV. Internet access. Laundry and additional toilet/shower on ground floor.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 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

We love the outdoors, cycling, walking and helping out the locals, harvesting the grapes and corn. We could not think of a better place to stay, a real step back in time. The weather and scenery are fantastic and the local people are so friendly and welcoming, always ready to help if needed. We really enjoy the quality of life as it should be without the stress and complications of modern day living.To relax by the pool and enjoy the barbeque is such heaven surrounded by beautiful scenery and sunshine!

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Speaks English, Portuguese

Guestbook comments from the owner

Highlight of holiday was meeting Jim, Eileen and Zoe and especially Poppy.Weather was beautiful and the area was fantastic. Will return.

Local bars, shops etc very friendly and very helpful to us non speaking Portuguese. Local people were a joy to meet & share time with. Will be back next year.

Trevor and Maggie Grice and Paul and Judy. Wolverhampton.

Everything was excellent for us as a family with five children. Private pool fantastic. Plenty of space outside for the kids to run around on the well kept lawns and around the pool.

Loved the privacy, riverpool with the huge rocks my older boys loved to dive off, cafe Cruzerio, Home Cinema big hit with the teenage children.

Many thanks, Mary and Joe O'Dwyer.

Had a wonderful stay. Highlights were the playroom, your wonderful daughter and your kind hospitality. Steak in St Antonio brilliant, great prices, fantastic chef.

Kids loved the garden with loads of space.

Will be back.

Mecheline and Bram, Netherlands.

Beautiful place, away from the crowds and hustle and bustle. Loved exploring the mountains, with the abundance of wildlife and endless trails. The weather and scenery was fantastic. Pool and BBQ area was perfect and really enjoyed dining outside in the evening sunshine.

Feb 2008
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2 Reviews

2 holidaymaker reviews


Very nice suroundings. Fine apartment and excellent pool area. Good internet

  • 5 of 5

Overall a nice place, but you need a car as there is long distance to lager city and supermarket.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you had a lovely holiday and enjoyed your stay in our villa.The pool would have been so inviting with all the hot weather. We still wow at the awesome views! Thanks and hope to see you back again.
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Gorgeous views

  • 4 of 5

We had a fantastic stay. The pool was superb and the views stunning. We loved our meal in the restaurant in San Antonio. The villa was clean and spacious. We loved eating at the table on the balcony at the very top of the villa. The views both at breakfast time and at sunset were sensational. The local villagers were very friendly. We had wonderful weather all week. Although the villa is up in the hills in a very rural setting, it was only a 15-minute drive from the main road. We went on day trips every day. We would highly recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am delighted that you had a fantastic holiday in our villa. Everyone gets blown away with the amazing scenery. We were so lucky to find such a special place being so rural and yet have all the amenities on the doorstep and with picturesue principal towns as close as 20 minutes away. Glad you made it up to the St Antonio Restaurant, we love it there and Fernando, the chef makes you feel so welcome not to mention the wonderful steaks.
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From the Owner

We love this area which has so much to offer up on the outskirts of the National Park. The Villa is on the outskirts of a small hamlet so we have both the peace and tranquillity of the countryside but yet also close enough to the cafes and stores to walk so we are not too remote. We are 10 miles equidistant from the two main towns and also both of these towns are on the border to Spain. The countryside is similar to the west coast of Scotland being quite rugged and green but it is alot warmer, drier and not windy. It is easy to drive from the UK, catching the ferry from Portsmouth or Plymouth and sailing overnight to Santander in Spain with an 8 hour drive through beautiful scenic countryside on quiet dual carriageways to Moncao or Melgaco in Portugal.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Vigo at 50 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Riba De Mouro at 1 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Santander at 600 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Pont De Lima at 70 Kilometres Nearest Train : Valenca at 32 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Salvaterra (main highway) at 20 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Riba De Mouro at 2 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Modelo at 45 Kilometres Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

There is a large outdoor pool and small children's pool across the bridge from Moncao (20 mins drive) in Salvaterra Spain also a large play area with lots of slides, swings and climbing equipment. There is also an outdoor gym park across the fence where the adults can try their hand at the huge range of outdoor exercise equipment. There are also a small farm with various animals, birds and a horticulture display.

For those wanting to become a bit more involved with the locals and their lifestyle we can arrange for you to assist in the harvesting of the grapes or the corn, depending on the time of year.

Either on foot or by bike you can explore the countryside in more depth and off the beaten track where you may encounter the wild mountain ponies and the long horn cattle grazing in the mountains. You could even cycle along the beautiful eco-piste from Moncao to Valenca along the riverside, picnicing along the way. Why not visit the nearby riding school and go trekking.


Vila Praia De Ancora an hours drive away is within a 50km stretch of safe, clean beaches, some sandy, rocky, surfing, family or romantic. Portugal offers the best warm surfing in Europe with over 500 miles of consistent waves and sunshine with surf school and lifeguards. Peneda Geres National Park is a 5 mins drive. Beautiful streams, rivers and waterfalls run through the valleys. Walk over miles of untouched countryside, try a cheeky dip in the many secluded river pools.

Salvaterra 25 mins.


We are equidistant to Porto airport in Portugal, or Santiago de Compostella Spain at 90 mins drive. Vigo airport in Spain is the closest at 35 mins drive. The drive from Porto airport is via the A3 motorway. Flights available from Stanstead, Heathrow and Gatwick to Porto (Portugal) and Stanstead and Heathrow to Santiago. Also from Liverpool to Porto and Santiago and from Dublin to Porto. Travel by car from Portsmouth or Plymouth to Santander on Brittany Ferries then a 7 hour drive here.


We are a short stroll to the cafes,stores and restaurant

River pools 2km.

St Antonio 10km a tiny, ancient mountain village with two excellent restaurants.

Melgaco 18km a beautiful fortified town on the river Minho

Moncao 20km nearest large town straight from a Mateus Rose bottle, with three large,modern supermarkets.

Valenca 32km the old town is a must see.

Vigo (Spain) 55km Large historic city with fantastic shopping and a Zoo.

Santander on the Spanish coast (ferry from Plymouth, UK) 600km.

Further Details:

Families with young children are very welcome . Suitable for mountain biking, hiking, bird watching and nature enthusiasts. Also nearby there is quad bike experiences, white water rafting, horse riding, surfing, fishing or maybe you want to have a go at grape picking. Just let us know what your requirements are and we will do our very best to accommodate. There are four small grocery stores, three cafes/bars and a butcher nearby and we also have daily deliveries of fresh bread and fish. There is also an all weather football pitch 10 mins walk away. This area is renowned for its festas (traditional music, costumes, singing and dancing) weekly throughout the season with fantastic fireworks day and night. Often there is BBQ food (no burgers just real meat) and wine on offer, all free. The locals are very friendly, family orientated people and include their children in all their outings and celebrations. They will make you all very welcome and are very helpful people. Eating out here is very cheap. You can eat out here in various restaurants (our local being a 10 minute stroll down the road). Very popular is the "plate of the day" (usually choice of three main dishes) soup, bread, main dish with rice and chips, dessert, wine, coffee and a spirit and all for around 7 euros! and that will be more than you can eat. Don't order for your child just ask for another plate (it's expected). Should you want to chill out by the pool all day without the hassle of cooking then you may call the local restaurant and have your meals delivered to your door. A morning coffee and fresh pastry or cake will cost about one euro. You may also book a dinner and dine with a local family, a unique chance to experience the traditional way of life of the Portuguese, enjoy their food, wine, their cosy open fire kitchens and of course their charming company. Prices available on request.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 4
29 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Festive Season
17 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
7 Jan 2017 - 17 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
18 Mar 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
27 May 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
NB: Please note this is a sole letting apartment which we let. The reason that it it shows two properties is only the fact that we offer guests the option of renting the property with the 2 bedrooms or rent the 3rd bedroom also.

Please book by email or telephone. A 30% deposit is required on booking with the balance due within 6 weeks of your arrival.

Payment accepted by cheque or bank transfer by prior arrangement.
Payment can be made in Euros to Portugal or UK Pounds.

Changeover Day:
Flexible. Arrival 4pm and departure by 10am. All our rooms are thoroughly cleaned between lets and many guests depart with others arriving same day therefore should you require early entry please advise.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds. Depending on the number of guests for a month's stay - 10% discount. For weekends and B&B (also available), please contact us. Check out our calendar, see any part weeks not booked then contact us for bargain breaks at knock down prices. Special rates for last minute bookings.
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From the Owner

We love sitting outdoors on the upper veranda and look out over the small fields which surround us and watch the world pass by. There is so much to see each day as the locals tend their crops and lovingly care for their vines. The views are fantastic down into the valley which is lush and green with the river snaking its way along through the pastures below and the forests above teaming with wildlife.We can cycle and walk from our doorstep and spend hours enjoying the countryside and abundant wildlife or we can enjoy the back garden where we have the BBQ and swimming pool and is totally secluded from the front of the villa. We have an excellent butcher shop, open 8am to 8pm, with an english speaking assistant, a 15 min walk away. The local restaurant, run by two Portuguese sisters, is only a 10 minute walk away, serving excellent lunches and dinners at a very reasonable price and are open every day except Sundays. There are also two excellent restaurants 10 km away up the mountain.

Property Type

  • villa


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • 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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool


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

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2


  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: Furnished to a high standard and always thoroughly cleaned between lets. This apartment is part of our main villa and has the option of renting two or an extra third bedroom. Please note we do not have other accommodation to let therefore you will have the private use of villa apartment, pool, garden and BBQ areas during your stay. Satellite TV and Internet access. Oil central heating. Baby bed or cot available and can be placed in any bedroom. Generous supply of bath, hand towels and bed linen (changed weekly). There are small fields on all sides of the villa with a quiet tarred road to the front. Spectacular mountain views. There is a small family run restaurant 0.5 km away which serves very generous portions of local dishes at very reasonable prices. Suitable for families,groups, couples and single parties. Fully enclosed large garden with grassed area for badminton. Private heated pool with shower. There is no smoking within the house. Outside: Large private heated pool 11 x 4m (if heating required, usually only from November to March, at an additional £150 per week). There is a large cobbled patio and BBQ area in a secluded garden to the rear of the property which is surrounded with lawn, vines and fruit trees. Granite table and seats,sun loungers and reclining chairs. Large roofed area overlooking the pool with a soft seating relaxation area around coffee table in one corner and a huge rustic banquet style wooden table and benches area situated alongside the large BBQ and sink. Our accommodation is suited to all ages and interests,loads of activities for the restless and tranquility for those that like to relax and just chill out watching the world pass by while enjoying the endless warm sunshine. Lots of circular walks either on the quaint country lanes or through the many nearby forests all from the doorstep. Great for that early morning or evening run or cycle.

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