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Galician Cottage with unshared pool, the perfect place to unwind



Updated: 10-Oct-2016
Cottage near Tomino, Galicia, Spain - Tranquil Setting, Spectacular Views, Award Winning Beaches, Vineyards, Forests And Charming Villages

Probably the best kept secret in Europe, the Southern Rias Baixus in Galicia home to some of the most stunning islands and beaches in the world . It is here that you will find Pilgrims Cottage nestled beneath the vineclad mountains .If you would like to get a sense of the area and countryside surrounding our lovely cottage do look at the websites of two of the major bodegas/wineries here, they are Altos de Torona , and Bodegas Terras Gauda, their videos show the vine clad mountains which lie immediately behind our property and the beautiful viewing areas which can be enjoyed by our guests. This is the perfect location to relax in our charming , restored Galician cottage. This is a special place and offers the traveller a high quality experience there is so much more included and no hidden extras , your own large floodlit pool .Beautifully maintained and equipped to a high standard and lots of luxury toiletries and a delicious fruit hamper welcome all our guests plus of course the delicious wine of the region.

Only a 5 min drive to N. Portugal, again stunning scenery.A two country holiday in one. Spectacular scenery and an ideal base for sailing, walking, riding, wine appreciation,food, water sports and artists or just getting away from it all. Superb location, peaceful but with easy access ,Islas de Cies just a 20 min drive + 45 min. ferry ride to these finest award winning beaches ,incredible islands situated in the Ria de Vigo ,Isles de Cies and Islas de Ons ( Google them for stunning images ) named as one of the top 10 beaches in the world and a haven for nature, birds, snorkelling and fantastic ocean views, the islands are protected so visitor numbers are limited, assuring visitors of peace in the most idyllic secret location in Europe.A day spent on the islands is truly memorable.

Delicious sea food restaurants, La Guardia has a fiesta of the Langostine and tapas bars and furancos make for lively ,friendly and very inexpensive dining. An organic micro climate providing fresh flavoursome produce and wines of the highest quality, still at affordable prices.House wines about 4 euros per bottle ! Colourful markets. A plant filled courtyard at the cottage and shaded BBQ area to enjoy informal alfresco meals . Space for children to play happily and a lawned area by the pool with sunbeds and hammocks for relaxed peaceful sunbathing.

Pilgrims Cottage is a very popular cottage because it is so private and has everything you need to enjoy a relaxed break, nothing is too much trouble, its position is ideal because it is private, not overlooked ( up a country lane ) but at the same time just 5 minutes to the main road and all that this amazing region has to offer, one week never seems enough for guests! Key features, well this croft style cottage has very thick granite walls which make it very comfortable in the summer but the glass panelled gallery mean it is light and spacious too. The wood burning stove for winter guests makes for a wonderfully cosy feel .

After a good nights sleep guests are refreshed and ready for the following days activities, rock pooling ,exploring the lanes on foot or bikes,kayaking, swimming snorkeling, riding or simply enjoying their own swimming pool which is available to guests 24/7 .

Breakfasts are always fun at Pilgrims Cottage often enjoyed in the courtyard perhaps after an early dip in the pool ,with so much fresh fruit from the finca and fresh bread delivered to the door and organic eggs from the small holding up the road or pop to the pananderia for wonderful patiserrie and coffee a popular local custom or perhaps chocolate and chorros for the sweet toothed ..

To sum up, Pilgrims cottage is a place to recharge your batteries after doing so many diverse activities here in Galicia, from Santiago de Compostella and Tui with their breathtaking Cathedrals, the Islas de Cies an absolute must, perhaps the historic towns in Portugal of Ponte de Lima and Braga. The numerous food fiestas, Kayaking on the River Minho and bodega visits , the list is endless and the cottage is the place to return to , listen to the wildlife,dabble with some water colours or even watch a movie ( UK TV !) wander in the countryside while the supper cooks or pop out to the surrounding villages for tapas and local sights and sounds.

This is an area completely unspoilt by high rise hotels with long wide bays of white sand, small coves, fishing villages,traditional values and majestic expanses of unspoilt countryside, rivers and rias teeming with fish, birds and so very clean.Galegos respect and nurture the environment and are very proud of this fascinating corner of Iberia, come enjoy, and you will ,we have no doubt be charmed by this lovely property and indeed this region.

More Details
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Speaks English, French, German, Spanish

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for your great hospitality and for borrowing your hidden paradise. Ludger and Carolein, Holland. What a find, superb hosts, peaceful setting and amazing surrounding area, Judith and Karl could do no more to make us so welcome, a huge thank you. Janine and Hugh Rees. Thank you ever so much for such an enjoyable stay in Pilgrims Cottage, the pool was lovely and we had many lovely swims, thank you for being so kind and for your great hospitality, we loved it all. Don, Helen, Doug, Calum, Ellie, Rob, Naomi, Joe and Majella.This place is filled with grace and serenity. The Berrill family, Ireland.

We have had our best holiday ever,Marianne and Brian Hughes,Graystones. Ireland.

Such a great place to relax, so peaceful , what a charming cottage , so lovely and cool and having a pool for our exclusive use was very special , thanks for everything , we will be back , Sarah and Dominic, Winchester, Hants.

So looking forward to returning in 2013 , heidi and harald, Dusseldorf.

We had the most amazing holiday , we didnt know such idyllic places existed, the islas de cies were really wonderful and the restaurants and bars such amazing value. Pilgrims cottage is quite simply delightful. Emily and family .October 2014
Jul 2008
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9 Reviews

based on 9 holidaymaker reviews


Garden and pool great, house poor

  • 1 of 5

From the details about the cottage our family group consisting of two couples, we were very excited to be staying. When we arrived we were so disappointed with the property, although the garden and BBQ area were lovely.

The cottage was very run down, very poor fittings and fixtures. The kitchen was like stepping back into the 1960s with an awful gas stove that had to be lit with a match, lighting the oven was scary as it lit with a bang. No dishwasher, no microwave and a poor assortment of cutlery. The washing machine was in a shed in the garden and was not working properly, it had to be watched and manually turned as the programmes stuck halfway through.

The double bedroom was minute, with a glass door directly into the lounge!!

The wet room shower/toilet was very small and opened into an area directly in sight of the kitchen and lounge, and as the room was so small it was necessary to step out to dry.

The large twin bedded room was so dark that my brother in law called it the cave, the ensuite was at the light end of the room with no door between it and the bedroom!!

Doors and windows stuck and did not fit properly.

All in all not a good experience.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Could we know please which fixtures and fittings they are referring to as the taps and shower heads were new this year?and we annually up grade all f&f,s. For elderly people , we apologise if the doors were heavy and the gate leading to the pool has a catch quite high up to protect little ones from entering the pool area unattended ,a vital safety feature , but sorry if this was an inconvenience and difficult to open. The kitchen is the same age as the cottage with all the original features of a 300 y old cottage, including the churascsco, but most definitely not 1960,s ! The cooker is just 3 years old we dont advertise a dishwasher, however there is a microwave and their are 2 sets of cutlery , one for BBQ dining the other a smart canteen in a red case which perhaps the travellers didnt find.? The utility room houses the washing machine, double sink and drainer , cleaning apparatus, spare sun beds and chairs plus BBQ equipment which we are so glad the travellers enjoyed using. A free laundry/housekeeping service is included and this was provided twice during the guests stay. Photos of the rooms in the cottage are on the website . We pride ourselves on excellent communication because without being intrusive sometimes guests will have a query which we can readily answer having lived here for 14 years. We could have said where things were so it is a shame we were not asked, we also could have rehoused the guests in a modern property which might have suited them better. Most of our guests love the fact that this is an original Galician cottage which are quite rare but has been restored with care retaining charming features, its thick granite walls making it refreshingly cool after a hot day on one of Galicias amazing beaches.
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A lovely cottage with fantastic hosts.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful fortnight here with our two young sons. It was a part of Spain we had not visited before so we were keen to explore. The hosts were amazing from the moment we booked and there was a warm welcome to Os Bravos with a cold beer, glass of fizz and plenty of suggestions for places to visit. They could not have done more to make our stay any more enjoyable. It is a great location for visiting Portugal/Galician coast/Iles de Cies and the house itself is very peaceful, in a relatively remote setting (though there is a village bar). Despite some high temperatures the house stayed cool but I can imagine it being warm and cosy in the winter too. Particular highlights for us were the Cies Islands, Santa Tecla Celtic village and fortress at Valença. The morning mist on the river Minho and the evening sun through the vineyards were a photographer's delight. Truly beautiful. Altogether a great holiday, enjoyed by all.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is always our pleasure when guests have a truly wonderful holiday .
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Below expectations

  • 1 of 5

We were disappointed with the standard of accommodation and only stayed one night although we had paid for 10. The main bed was small and my 6'2'' husband did not fit. The kids bedroom did not have a window and was accessed via the bathroom. Our 5 year old son woke up with 24 mosquito bites. The pool water tasted very bitter. The WIFI didn't work. We raised these and other concerns with the owners who were less than receptive. We have stayed at properties booked through Owner's Direct before and had fantastic accommodation with fabulous hosts so were extremely disappointed. It made it a much more expensive holiday than anticipated!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have rented out our delightful Galician cassitta for 13 years , it is very popular and many of our guests make repeat visits.We pride ourselves on ensuring that all our guests return home with very happy memories of their time here in Galicia. Nothing is too much trouble. Please always contact us ahead of your stay if you have any special requirements , i.e larger beds etc and your request will be happily addressed. .Should you need anything during your stay, or have any queries we are on hand to help. Our twin bedded room is an ensuite with 2 windows ( please see photo) , the double room has 2 windows with a charming garden view. Regarding the WIFI , a technician came immediately and boosted the signal . The water in our pool is fed directly from the Galician mountain spring above the cottage, guests have described the pool as immaculate. We trust this young family will accept our offer of a fortnight here in 2016 with our compliments.
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A Fantastic and Peaceful Holiday Setting

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderfully relaxing holiday at Os Bravos in Galicia. Karl and Judith were very generous hosts, who were always happy to give us useful recommendations on the best places to eat, visit and even made a phone call in Spanish for us to book ferry tickets. Our children loved the cottage and the private garden and pool. We enjoyed several lazy days by the pool as a rest from sight-seeing and barbecues in the evenings - either on the private patio or in the sun garden. The garden itself was beautiful with views of the hills in Portugal. The cottage was very well equipped and the layout suited our family. We found Galacia to be full of friendly people, fantastic food, spectacular scenery and with lots of interesting places to visit. We only scratched the surface of what there was to see - we would love to visit again and would recommend this cottage and part of Spain to everyone - particularly families and couples who like a quiet relaxed pace of life. The highlights of our holiday were the pool (kids' vote ages 8 and 11), a visit to Santiago and a ferry trip to the beautiful Isles de Cies (adults). Thank you Karl and Judith.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was our pleasure to welcome this charming family to Galicia and are so glad they enjoyed their holiday here.
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Paradise Found!

  • 5 of 5

Having just spent a glorious 2 weeks in Pilgrim Cottage, I cannot recommend this retreat highly enough. Pilgrim Cottage was a charming, rustic was a charming place to relax in after a day of exploring Galicia. The pool was a beautiful place to relax by on those hot afternoons in Galicia. The gardens were lovely to stroll around also, I can only imagine how these beautiful gardens will look like in bloom!

The owners were always on hand (but also very unobtrusive) to offer advice, often to recommend places of interest to visit, nothing seemed too much trouble for them.

I hope to Visit Pilgrim Cottage again next year, when the gardens are in bloom!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 19, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Amazing !

  • 5 of 5

I cannot recommend this charming cottage highly enough. The orignal feachers, the pool, the private bbq area all fantastic. Nothing was too much trouble for the owners and I will be telling all my friends about this little haven of paradise and booking for next year for certain. Not to be missed !!!!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 28, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always delighted when our guests young and old come and enjoy Galicia and all that is on offer. Thankyou Jess for the great pictures of your day snorkelling off the islands, we look forward to your next visit and perhaps Ons the other island next year ? So glad you enjoyed staying in the cottage and had such a great Indian summer to enjoy the pool and alfresco suppers.
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Activity and Interests

Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

Os Bravos is situated in the heart of the S. Rias Baixus ,(Ruta del Vino), Albarino growing region, surrounded by bodegas/vineyards who welcome visitors and give an English speaking guided tour of the lovely hilltop vineyards and tasting (FOC)

The Port lodges in the Douro valley (Vila Nova de Guia) are also well worth a visit.

For Pilgrims weary from their pilgrimage to Santiago why not rest/reflect at Pilgrims Cottage.

Painting holidays for groups of up to 8 people can be arranged out of season.


La Guardia, a wealth of beaches with blue flag status, 15 minsdrive. Baiona, Samil, Patos, Playa America, offer a host of amenities, free parking, safe bathing, water sports (a surfers heaven!) 20 mins drive. Take a ferry to islands off Baiona, discover 1 of the top 10 beaches in the world,Cies. Paradise.Fantastic for snorkelling .Galicia prides itself on clean beaches,( one designated for nudists ) sandy bays, rock pooling, coves and hidden places, unspoilt and nearby. Soft white sand,clear turquoise sea, even dolphins.


Fly to Vigo summer only OR to Oporto 89klms 50 mins .Also Santiago De Compostella 97klms, again a good road. Easyjet seem the best most caring provider but also Flybe from Birmingham,Tap Air , and Aer Lingus .We recommend car hire but local,taxis can be arranged please ask. Bus 10 mins walk.Train stations Valenca and Tui. Bus and train service to Oporto from Vila Nova de Cerrveirra. Ferries to Santander and Bilbao, a really lovely scenic drive down to the Rias Baixus.


Tomino 5 min drive ,20 min walk, good facilities.Lots of taperias. Market Wed.

Tui medieval town,impressive cathedral, market on Thursday.

Vigo city/port ,theatres, galleries, museum of the sea and restaurants.

La Guardia - langoustine capital just 15 min drive, a must for seafood lovers.

O Rosal famous for wine 15 min drive. Baiona, lovely beaches & castles. Santiago de Compostella , just 97klms So much to do and see. Portugal just a 5 min. drive across the R.Minho! Braga 30 mins drive.

Further Details:

Nearest village shop (well stocked) 20 min walk. Figuero ,friendly bar with outside terrace, walk through the cool forest (20mins), past the 'fortaleza' to this extraordinary village , relax in the village square (bars and a shop) with a glass of Albarino, or visit the magnificent church of San Campio de Lonxe, a famous place of worship and healing, also a refuge on the Santiago Way. Markets galore , two vast ones in Portugal on Wed/Sat selling everything

5 min drive (Goain and Tomino) have good local supermarkets  fresh meat, fish and deli. Weekly markets. Banks 5 min drive , with cash points. Internet cafes too. Many bars, restaurants and taperia's offering excellent value for money. Fresh bread delivered daily to the house and cottage. Good value restaurants close by, all offer a 'takeaway service'. Superb local produce, fresh, healthy and organic. A feast from the sea and flavours unrivalled. This really is a gastronomic delight. La Guardia (harbour town)is called the Langostine capital of Europe, with many fantastic well priced restaurants along the harbour. In Galicia, there is something tempting on offer to eat, see, or do 12 months of the year. From bodega visits , to lazy days on the stunning islands of Cies and Ons. For the more active, kayaking/canoeing, surfing, windsurfing ,cycling and whitewater rafting. Culture/art is all around, from the medieval town of Tui with lots of great taperias to the celtic site at Santa Techla, Santiago de Compostella is also a must (just 1.5hrs drive). So, in the spring come and marvel at the wild flower meadows, the rushing streams and the wild pony roundups , in summer enjoy the glorious beaches, sail off the islands and soak up the long sunny days, in autumn  help with the harvest of the vines, marvel at the colours, a perfect time for artists and walkers. In winter explore Vigo, enjoy the stylish shopping, numerous art galleries and classic architecture, theatres, museums and spa's, return to log stoves and Rioja!


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Low season
20 Sep 2016 - 25 Mar 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Mid season
26 Mar 2017 - 3 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
4 Jun 2017 - 16 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
We are happy to pencil in any dates (for a day or so )that you may be interested in while you arrange flights/ferries then booking can be made by phone or email and confirmation by email/phone when just a 20% deposit will be required, the balance 8 weeks prior to your holiday. Payments by direct transfer please.

Changeover Day:
Change over day,to suit our guests convenience wherever possible.Usually Saturday in the summer months.
Arrival after 4pm . Departure 10 am to facilitate cleaners.

Long winter lets 1 month or more POA

A 20% deposit is payable when booking and the balance 8weeks prior to the holiday. Payment is made by direct bank transfer.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Pool / Spa

  • Private Pool

Onsite Services

  • Massage
  • Staff


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • 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
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Ensuite to bedroom 1.with bath, shower, wc and basin. Bathroom 2 with wet/shower room, basin and WC.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4(2 Bedrooms)One double , 1 twin Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1.large twin beds with en-suite bath/shower, WC, (room for cot)or small z bed Bedroom 2 .,double bed , adjoining wet/shower room, basin and WC.


  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: Spacious, cool comfortable furnishings a lovely cottage and ideally situated for guests wanting to explore our beautiful region, read, relax, cook. Full CH, also a wood burning stove and free logs making this an ideal winter/Christmas choice too.Os Bravos welcomes families, groups and couples alike. Secluded and secure, it is a haven of tranquility, but perfectly situated for access to all that Galicia and N. Portugal have to offer. The cottage is suitable for guests looking for a secluded, away from it all break The en-suite bedroom has space for a cot. The cottage is ideal for young families, lots of shade and a lockable gate leads to the lawned pool area.No stairs or balconies to worry about. At Os Bravos we are flexible and want all our guests to be comfortable and happy. The cottage has been restored sympathetically , it is a delightful property and ideal for family holidays or for couples wanting to escape the hustle and bustle and totally relax and unwind. Outside: Beautiful, walled, grounds with separate pool area, a haven for many bird species with shaded corners, cooling fountain, specially designed 'tranquility garden' with many species of plants and roses, ideal for reading, relaxing, meditating, but with plenty of space for recreation. Your own lovely swimming pool set amongst flora and fauna with breathtaking mountain and vineyard views, (11 metres with jacuzzi) plenty of sunbeds , deckchairs and hammocks to while away the long sunny afternoons . Fruit trees and kiwi fruit plantation provide the cottage with delicious produce  A refectory table+ seating area, herb and salad garden and in the shade of the large plum tree in the cassita courtyard is a large built in BBQ+mini kitchen, seating for lazy suppers and shady lunches.The gardens at Pilgrim Cottage are quiet and private theres a paddock next door where children can kick a ball and the walled pool garden is totally private. Utility Room: Washing machine ,ironing board,iron, double sink/drainer a v. useful room next to the BBq area for food prep/washing up/storage etc. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen (crisp cotton sheets) and towels are provided. For S/C guests there is a weekly housekeeping service (included in the rental price). A daily can also be arranged (10 euros ph) if parents need a complete rest its a great idea! Other: Pilgrims Cottage delightfully cool in summer and warm in winter. A rare opportunity to stay in one of Galicia's unique and historic cassitta's which has been lovingly restored retaining original features. The long galleried room is perfect for siesta .

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