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Gatehouse Of 16th Century Monastery Near Barcelos

Bedrooms 1
Space 430 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Carvalhal, Barcelos, Costa Verde, Portugal - Shared Pool

The gatehouse to a lovingly restored Franciscan monastery, now home to an English family who also offer bed and breakfast. Set in 35 acres of gardens and woodland, the Gatehouse is the entrance to the cloistered gardens and is designed along nautical lines. The bedroom and living room are on the first floor, the galley kitchen and shower room below decks on the ground floor. The walled verandahs fore and aft afford spectacular views of the Quinta. Woodland paths to the top of the hill reveal breathtaking views to the coast 12kms away and inland to the mountains of the National Park of Peneda/Geres. Although quiet and secluded it is only 6km from the market town of Barcelos, famous for its ceramic cockerels and lively thursday market. Braga,with its baroque churches is only 20 minutes away. For those who prefer total relaxation, the gardens, terraces and the 16th century font and swimming pool 200m from the house provide the perfect spot in which to unwind away from it all.

About Us

Piers Gallie
Friendly Paradise Turismo Rural Unipessoal Lda.
Quinta da Franqueira,, Travessa do Senhor Fonte da Vida, 189
4755-399 Pereira
R.N.T., 2904
Quinta do Convento da Franqueira
VAT Reg No513078576

Piers Gallie
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese
Calendar last updated:
22 April, 2018

About Piers Gallie

My father bought this old monastery in 1965 when I was 11 and its been home for me ever since, except for 6 years spent cattle ranching in the Argentine. In 1979 I returned to Portugal to take over the running of the quinta, restoration of the house and planting a vineyard. I met my wife Kate in Porto where she was working as a clothing designer in the textile business. In 1988, 2 years after the birth of our first child, Sophie we thought it would be fun to rent out accommodation under the Manor House Tourism scheme, a totally new concept in Portugal, to help owners of historical properties like ours with the costs of maintenance. Many of our guests have become firm friends and return every year, its really gratifying to know that other people appreciate this place as much as we do.

Guestbook comments from the owner

An excellent hilltop retreat - gracious hospitality in a beautiful location - many, many thanks! D.M. & G.E.

Idyllic. Will be back to do some more writing. Thanks for laying on the weather. T & A.

Here we have swum like the Franciscans never did! W.& A.B.
Dec 2008
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Barcelos in Municipality of Barcelos

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 430 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom with shower and wc. on the ground floor.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom with 1 double bed, on the first floor.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Guests in the Gatehouse enjoy the facilities of the sitting room in the main house with WiFi, TV. and a library of English books. The washing machine is available to use at a small extra cost. Outside: A terrace by the lily pond garden in the patio with garden furniture and a barbecue. The spectacular spring fed swimming pool which is 10x11m is up steps, behind a 17th century fonte, some 200m from the house. It has a lawn and a terrace with sun loungers and umbrellas and is shared with other guests. The quinta is surrounded by woods of pinetrees, cork oaks and eucalyptus, offering plenty of opportunity for walks to visit the adjoining church, the ruins of the ancient castle of Faria and the famous little chapel at the top of the hill. The view from the top of the Monte da Franqueira reaches to the sea and the mountains in Spain. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bed linen and towels provided. Bed linen changed weekly,bath towels changed twice weekly. Maid service twice weekly. Other: The 2 terraces each have a table and chairs and panoramic views.


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Gatehouse Of 16th Century Monastery Near Barcelos
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

A peaceful oasis of calm

  • 5 of 5

The gatehouse offers simple accommodation for a couple. Unusual layout with two terraces upstairs offering views of the garden and a barbecue for outdoor living. The kitchen has all that you need for everyday cooking. Piers and Catherine are genial hosts available for help in advising on local restaurants and places to visit. However you can be completely private in the gatehouse as it is away from the main house. Tranquil grounds and a lovely swimming pool with plenty of loungers and shade. An ideal place to just chill out and enjoy the weather.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A beautiful, peaceful stay in a unique setting

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful few days staying in the gatehouse at the beautiful Franqueira convent. The flat was completely self contained and had all we needed a very enjoyable few days exploring the area. The kitchen was compact but made self catering easy and the bedroom was very comfortable. The unusual layout (like a ship) meant we had a small private terrace perfect for sitting out looking out across the peaceful grounds of the Quinta. The cloisters make a lovely location for reading or meals with the secluded pool great for catching the sun or a refreshing swim. Piers and Kate (the owners) were very helpful with identifying things to see in the area and where to get all the supplies required. Polly the dog is also a friendly member of the family! I would highly recommend staying here as a base to explore the north of Portugal. The beach is not more than 30 minutes away. Would really recommend the gatehouse to anyone looking to get away from it all.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Idyllic Gatehouse

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the charming gatehouse and had what must be the best views of the Quinta. We breakfasted on the balcony each morning with the woods and pool as a backdrop and listened to the birds, frogs and fountain - magical!

Piers was very helpful and friendly - we arrived with a car problem and he went out of his way to help us find a local garage who sorted it out in no time. And his knowledge of the area really helped us make the most of this fascinating part of Portugal. We're already looking forward to our return!

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jan-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Surprenant. À voir absolument..

  • 5 of 5

Endroit rempli d histoire. Insolite. Propriétaires charmants qui font tout pour vous être agréable. Je recommande.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Idyllisch, stilvoll, ruhige Erholungsoase, toll gepflegte Gartenanlage

  • 5 of 5

Ideal zum entspannen und auftanken. Idealer Startpunkt um Nord-Portugal zu erkunden. Sehr nette britische Gastgeber. Seher gepflegter Pool, gespeist durch Quellwasser. Einfach toll.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Sehr interessante und gepflegte Unterkunft

  • 5 of 5

Sehr interessante und gepflegte Unterkunft

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Porto - aeroporto Francisco Sa Carneiro
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Cafe Franqueira
Nearest Ferry
56 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Nearest Train
6 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Restaurante Chuva
Nearest Beach
12 Kilometres
Car: recommended


The long sandy beaches of Apulia and Ofir are 20 mins drive away. Further north the beaches of Afife and Moledo, popular with surfers are a 40 mins drive.


Porto - Aeroporto Francisco Sá Carneiro is 40 mins drive. Vigo (Spain) airport is 1 hour 15 mins by car.

GPS Coordinates: N 41º 29´56" W 08º 38´40"

A car is useful but not essential as Barcelos is on the international Porto-Vigo rail route with connections to Lisbon and Madrid.

The regular service to Porto-Campanha takes approximately 1hour 15 minutes,

Campanha station is linked to Porto airport by metro.


Barcelos 6km. Braga (the Rome of Portugal) 20km. Guimaraes. A World Heritage city 35km. Porto home of Port wine 50km. The National Park of Peneda/Gerés 65km.

Further Details:

Barcelos, the nearest town has many restaurants, shops banks and supermarkets. The famous weekly market is on Thursdays. The nearest grocery shop is a 1,5km. walk in local village, Carvalhal which also has a chemist and medical clinic.


Prices & Availability

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Upon booking a 50% deposit is required which will be refunded should you cancel more than 30 days prior to arrival date, less costs. We accept sterling cheques, bank transfer or Paypal. The balance is payable upon arrival.

Changeover Day:
We are flexible about this, but we do request that guests vacate the Gatehouse by 10am.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.